Sloppy Joes

Hello! Lately, I have been in the mood for Sloppy Joes. The taste of flavorful, saucy meaattt on a crispy bun just sounded amazing. And I was right…. I had never made a Sloppy Joe, but I knew it had to be fairly easy if you added the right seasonings. The only Sloppy Joes I had ever really had weren’t homemade, so when I tasted how flavorful this was, I was blown away.

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Meatless Meatball Failure

I attempted tomake a vegetarian meatballs and it did not work out in the slightest. It all started when I saw a pin on pinterest on pinto bean meatballs, so I attempted the recipe and it said to serve with marinara sauce. We only had mystery sauce in the freezer, so I decided to take a chance and heat it up. It ended up being a meat sauce. Needless to say, it did not work out. This was a first try dealing with beans, and it will likely not be the last. At least I know for next time never ever to use beans, meat and tomatoes together unless you are making a chili.It just does not work out. All well. Still, it was disgusting.

 

Anyone have any recommendations on what I should make next?

Sourdough Toast topped with Sauteed Mushrooms and Scrambled Eggs

Hello! I felt like making a savory breakfast this morning, so I decided to make some sauteed mushrooms with eggs and toast. Of course, it had have all of the flavors wrapped all together, so I put them all together in this eye-pleasing (and tummy-pleasing) dish. The only change I would have to this is to add some green, likely spinach because I love the mushroom-spinach pairing but possibly kale(?). Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Leftover Frosting Cookies

Hello! Beautiful day out when you have leftover frosting. There is just so much to do with it.. Eat it straight, have an excuse to bake a cake, mix it into a variety of things… Or you know, bake some frosting cookies.

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Chocolate Chip Challah

Hello! For those of you who go to temple… You know challah. Challah is challah. You either get it right or wrong, there isn’t an inbetween. I hope you enjoy my challah recipe. It is chocolate chip after all. 🙂

For those of you who don’t go to temple but are really curious what challah is… Challah is a beauty. It is like a giant braided roll with a touch more sweetness than usual and has a special flavor that I associate with challah, despite the fact it is just a sweet yeast-y taste. Awesome things about challah that you should know about eating challah: Challah is very good dipped into grape juice. Challah is meant to be teared off (hence the braiding) and shared with others. Challah can be eaten at any time (awesome right?) but is usually served for shabbat (Friday night at sunset to Saturday night at sunset… Jewish holy day). Challah is spectacular. It is food heaven in a bite. Expecially chocolate chip challah. Which I made today.

For those of you GEEKS: Let me tell you something about challah. We were best friends during Shabbat. I know, right? It’s so embarrassing. I don’t even… Whatever. So then during Passover, I started going out with my first unleavened-friend matzah who was totally gorgeous but then he moved to Indiana, and challah was like, weirdly jealous of him. Like, if I would blow her off to hang out with matzah, she’d be like, “Why didn’t you call me back?” And I’d be like, “Why are you so obsessed with me?” So then, for my passover party, which was an all-bread pool party, I was like, “Challah, I can’t invite you, because I think you’re yeast bread.” I mean I couldn’t have a yeast bread at my passover party. There were gonna be unleavened rolls there in their *baking suits*. I mean, right? She was a YEAST BREAD. So then her mom called my mom and started yelling at her, it was so stupid. And then she dropped out of school because no one would talk to her, and she came back in the fall for high school, all of her hair was cut off and she was totally weird, and now I guess she’s on chocolate chips. If you’ve never watched Mean Girls go educate yourself. Now. 

Ok. In all honesty, this is not even my family recipe. I based this off of this Kindergarten Challah recipe. As for the actual braid a beautiful instruction for 3, 4 and 6 strand braiding can be found here as well as my version for the 3 and 4 strand below.

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How to Braid a Four-strand Challah

Hello! This post is to show how to braid a challah with four strands. Here we go:

Begin by seperating your loaf dough into 4 pieces. Set three aside and roll one out.

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Roll this into a snake and stretch the snake as far as you can until its equal throughout  in diameter and about 1/2 inch.

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Repeat with other three strands.

Grab the most left strand and weave it through in the pattern over under over.

Repeat with next most left strand.

Continue pattern until you have reached the end, then tuck the ends underneath the challah in a small twist.

Flip around and repeat on other side.

Hope I helped. 🙂

-Redheadedwhovian

How to Braid a Three-strand Challah

Hello! This post is to show how to braid a challah with three strands. Here we go:

Begin by seperating your loaf dough into 3 pieces. Set two aside and roll one out.

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Roll this into a snake and stretch the snake as far as you can until its equal throughout  in diameter and about 1/2 inch.

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Repeat with other two strands.

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Grab the most right strand and throw it over the middle.

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Grab the most left strand and throw it over the middle. Then, the most right strand and throw it over the middle. photo 1 (3)

Continue pattern until you have reached the end, then tuck the ends underneath the challah in a small twist. photo 2 (3)

Flip around and repeat onother side.

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Hope I helped. 🙂

-Redheadedwhovian