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Meatless Monday

Have you seen the show Worst Cooks in America? I’m obsessed with it. I watched the first season, missed the second, and got caught up on the third when Food Network had a marathon on the other weekend (if you haven’t seen the “tofu/tufu” bit you should probably stop reading this and Google/Bing it right now. Don’t worry, this blog is going nowhere, I urge you to take the next 45 seconds and watch the funniest thing you will ever see regarding tofu).  The dinner that one of the final cooks made had a side dish made with cauliflower and a poached egg.  It looked amazing and I knew I needed to make it for Meatless Monday! The recipe called for porcini mushrooms, but I couldn’t find any, so I used crimini. Still tasted delicious. I had some trouble making my poached egg look nice, but I think it’s because I used a pot instead of a pan. Next time I’ll use a pan and try to make it pretty!

 

Roasted Cauliflower *From Worst Cooks in America

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cauliflower
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Himalayan Pink Salt
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Cauliflower. Mmmmm

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Slice the cauliflower into 1/2 inch thick slices and toss in olive oil and salt. Put on a baking sheet and roast for 10-15 minutes until the cauliflower is tender. While the cauliflower is roasting, start making the mushrooms…..

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Roasted cauliflower

Crimini Hash *taken from Worst Cooks of America

Ingredients:

  • 1lb Crimini Mushrooms
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup White Wine
  • Pink Himalayan Salt
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Crimini Mushrooms

Start boiling a pot of water for the poached egg.

Put the olive oil into a pan and heat over medium-high heat and quarter the mushrooms. Cook in the mushrooms in the oil until golden brown and pour in the wine. Cook until the wine evaporates and season with salt. Remove the mushrooms from the heat and begin poaching the egg…..

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Sauteing mushrooms

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Mmmmm Mushrooms

Poached Eggs *taken from Worst Cooks in America

Ingredients:

  • Water
  • 2 Eggs
  • Splash White Vinegar

 

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Boiling water

Once the water reaches a boil, add in the white vinegar and reduce to a simmer. Carefully break an egg into the water and cook for about 3 minutes. Remove the egg using a slotted spoon and carefully dry on a paper towel. Sprinkle lightly with salt.

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Poaching egg

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Poached egg (not that pretty… Still tasty)

Put the cauliflower on a plate and spoon on mushrooms and top with poached egg. Enjoy!

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Delicious!

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Friday Treat

Last week Dan’s mom came into town and I thought it’d be nice if she came home to some freshly baked cookies (and I know Dan would never deny fresh cookies). I just received the new issues of Everyday Food and it included recipes for drop cookies. I had all the ingredients for the chocolate-pecan cookies, except for the pecans. I did have almonds though! Almonds would be a good substitute, right? Right! Sure! Why not? Dan and his mom loved them. Dan’s friends loved them. I didn’t get a chance to try them, but I think I’ll make them again in the future!

Cookie fixin’s

Chocolate-Almond Cookies *inspired by Everyday Foods

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 Cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Packed Dark-Brown Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Bag Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 3/4 Cup Slivered Almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside. Beat butter and both sugars until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes.

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Pale and fluffy (enough)

Add vanilla and eggs and mix until combined. Slowly add in the flour mixture and beat until just combined. Using a spatula, fold in almonds and chocolate chips.

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Artistically adding in the almonds

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Chocolatey-almondy goodness!

Taking a small spoon, drop dough into ball forms on the baking sheet.

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So close to being cookies…..

Bake cookies for about 12 to 14 minutes, until golden brown on the edges. Let it cool on the sheet for 1 to 2 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack and cool completely.

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Cookies!!!

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Tasty

Grab a cold glass of milk and enjoy!!!

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