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{September 3, 2013}   Clops

Verdict: Delicious, as always.

Clops are one of those things I’ve never really been able to explain to people very well.  I usually settle on “meatloaf patties.”  I honestly don’t even really know the history on it other than my mother says that it’s a Hungarian dish and she grew up eating it and made it for us and that’s what it’s always been called.  She always makes it better than I do, but I like to think that mine aren’t half bad either.

So what you’ll need for this:

– Ground beef.  I used two pounds and ended up using two bowls to make what you see below.

– Seasonings: Salt, pepper, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, other seasonings you may want to add.

– Onions.

– A few slices of bread.

– 2 eggs, but you can use more if you want.

– A splash of milk, although I forgot to add the milk.

Step 1: Make sure that your meat is all thawed out and all that good jazz. Cut up your onion and tear up your bread.

Step 2: Add all of your extra ingredients in and mix well.  It will probably work best to add them one at a time for the most part.  So egg, mix, onion, mix, bread, mix, milk, mix, seasonings, mix, etc.

Step 3: Form the meat into patties and put them on a plate to get them ready to be cooked.  You could probably grill them if you want, but we’ve always made ours in a pan.  As long as they’re not really touching, you can put as many in the pan as you want.  Flip them after a few minutes when they’re cooked about halfway through.

At some point you may notice an excess amount of grease in the pan.  You really don’t want to let your clops soak and cook in this stuff, so you’ll want to periodically drain it.  Don’t be me and grab the closest thing to you that turns out to be a red solo cup.  They melt.  Use something sturdy and solid.  If you use something disposable like a styrafoam cup you can just toss it once its solidified, but don’t just drain it down the sink.

Oops.

Once they’re all cooked, go ahead and enjoy them! I like mine with ketchup, but you may want to put them on a bun with cheese.  It’s all up to you!

If you have any questions or comments you can either leave them below, or email me.  If you have a suggestion for a recipe or any other ideas, that email address is theboredgirlskitchen@gmail.com.

Happy cooking!

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{June 17, 2012}   Take one at tacos

Verdict: Coulda been better, but weren’t terrible.

Every now and then I get some serious cravings for tacos, and not the kind with ground beef.  I’ve never really made them before and always sought them out, but being on a bit more of a budget than I have been in the past I decided to give it a shot.  What you see below is what I was able to do with what I found around the house.

To copy me exactly, you’ll need:

– Some really freezer-burned meat masquerading as steak

– Various veggies: I used a sweet onion and some avocado

– Seasonings: I used garlic powder, roasted garlic red pepper, and celery salt

– Butter

– Tortillas.  I usually prefer flour, but all I had was corn.

– Cheese

Step 1: Cook the meat.  You can defrost it completely first, or do what I did and try to defrost it a bit then toss it in the pan with a lid on low heat to have it cook and defrost at the same time.  Once the outer edges are at least no longer frozen and can accept seasonings, you can season your meat now if you’d like.

Step 2: While the meat is cooking, go ahead and get your veggies and the like sliced up.

Step 3: Once cooked at least pretty much all the way how you want it, pull it from the pan and cut it up.  You can do strips or chunks or whatever you want.  I ended up with strips because I was too lazy to cut everything up into small chunks.  Then everything goes back into the pan for some more frying in butter.  You’ll also add your onions and season to taste here as well.  Once everything’s all done, drop your meat onto a plate.

Step 4: You can choose to heat your tortillas up a bit if you want, or just start building your tacos right away.  I chose to heat mine on the stove for a few seconds.  Once they start moving – changing shape, curling edges, bubbling – it’s probably time to pull them and start building your tacos.

You can assemble with more onions, tomatoes, avocados, whatever you want.  I opted for just avocados and cheese and even more onions.

This was nowhere near as good as authentic tacos, or even how I butcher assembling tacos when friends make them fairly authentically, but it hit the spot for the moment and I was happy enough with it.

If you have any questions or comments you can either leave them below, or email me.  If you have a suggestion for a recipe or any other ideas, that email address is theboredgirlskitchen@gmail.com.

Happy cooking!



{May 10, 2012}   Customized Pizza

Verdict: Not half bad!

With my new schedule comes getting used to a new schedule.  That meant that when I didn’t eat breakfast in the morning and then didn’t get a lunch, I was very hungry for a short while, and then by the time I got home I wasn’t all that starving anymore.  A few days of eating a normal sized dinner and nothing else led to me feeling like no matter how much I ate I was still hungry, so I got home from work one day and decided I was making myself a pizza and playing a game of how much of it could I eat before I felt full.

To do what I did, you’ll need:

– A frozen pizza of whatever brand you like.

– Slices of cheese.

– Notes: You can use more shredded cheese if you have that, but I had slices and they just stacked so darn neatly.

I promise you the steps for this are super easy.

Step 1: Unwrap the frozen pizza, taking note of the cooking instructions.

Step 2: Add as much cheese as you want to the pizza.  Eat some of the cheese while you’re adding it.

Step 3: Follow the given cooking instructions. Adjust the time if after the allotted time it isn’t cooked to your liking yet.

Step 4: Allow to cool, and then cut and enjoy!

I managed to make it through about half the pizza before I didn’t want to eat anymore, but didn’t feel full until after I ate my next meal.  This is something you can do to spruce up just about any frozen pizza you can buy.

If you have any questions or comments you can either leave them below, or email me.  If you have a suggestion for a recipe or any other ideas, that email address is theboredgirlskitchen@gmail.com.

Happy cooking!



{April 29, 2012}   Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles

Verdict:  Omg tasty!

I like making cookies, but I don’t eat them all that often.  At least not often enough to really justify making them that often.  I think what I like so much about making them is that I think it’s really cool to watch all these (not so) random ingredients turn into something delicious.  My best friend of … well, let’s not start counting… a very long time, wanted to make cookies, so we sat down with one of my mom’s cookbooks (The New Pillsbury Family Cookbook circa 1976) and took at look at what cookies there were to make.  We settled on the snickerdoodles.  What we did varies slightly from the written instructions, but you can follow either one.

In the original recipe, the instructions are all one paragraph that’s essentially one long step.  I broke it up to make it easier to follow with pictures.

What you need:

– 1 cup butter or margarine, softened. To aid those of you who don’t do a lot of baking, that’s two sticks.

– 1 1/2 cups sugar

– 2 eggs

– 1 teaspoon vanilla

– 2 2/3 cups unsifted Pillsbury flour*

– 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

– 1/2 teaspoon soda

– 1/4 teaspoon salt

– 2 tablespoons sugar

– 2 teaspoons cinnamon

– 1 cup of chocolate chips (this is optional, and I decided to added it myself.  Well ok, it was Connie’s idea, but still an addition not in the original recipe)

– Notes: They say you can use whole grain flour if you want, and if you’re using self-rising flour you should omit the cream of tartar, soda, and salt.

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. For a softer, gooier, cake like cookie set it to 380 instead. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar.

Step 2: Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

Step 3: Stir in the flour, cream of tartar, soda, and salt. Once everything’s all mixed, add in the chocolate chips.

Step 4: Combine the sugar and cinnamon together.

Step 5: Shape the dough into balls, using a rounded teaspoon of dough for each.  We opted to use a mini ice cream scooper that worked pretty well, and we decided to put the dough in the fridge for a while to firm it up some.  It worked great for a short while, but after the third ball it was gooey again, so that part is totally up to you. Roll the balls of dough in the sugar mixture, and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.  We used parchment paper and it worked just fine.  The instructions say to bake 8-10 minutes or until the edges are set.  We had our heat turned down and baked them about 15 minutes and they came out perfectly.

Step 6: Allow to cool, and enjoy! Ours stayed on each sheet about 15 minutes or so before being transferred to a plate.

The chocolate chips were actually seriously tasty in there, and the cookies had what I would describe as pretty much the perfect texture.  The outside had a light crisp and the inside was fluffy, almost like cake!

If you have any questions or comments you can either leave them below, or email me.  If you have a suggestion for a recipe or any other ideas, that email address is theboredgirlskitchen@gmail.com.

Happy cooking!



{April 26, 2012}   Quick Avocado Snack

Verdict: Success!

I was hungry one day, but didn’t really feel like making anything.  Also, there were a lot of dishes piling up and I didn’t feel like cleaning them to make enough room to really make anything. (Have you senses a recurring theme yet?) Anyway, I spied some avocados and decided that what the hell, I’ll make a quick snack.

What you need for this:

– 1 small avocado

– Salt

– Crackers of your choice.  I used Triscuits because I had those around.

Step 1: Take your avocado in hand.  Halve it, and then pit it.

Step 2: Slice lengthwise in about 1/4″ strips, and then widthwise in about 2″ chunks. Spoon it onto a place and add a light coating of salt.

Step 3: Put on cracker and enjoy!

If you have any questions or comments you can either leave them below, or email me.  If you have a suggestion for a recipe or any other ideas, that email address is theboredgirlskitchen@gmail.com.

Happy cooking!



{April 13, 2012}   Hamburger Potato Casserole

Verdict: Super nommy

I have something like 3 crockpots.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that since I’m pretty sure they’re all different sizes at least, and at least two different shapes.  The part that’s wrong is that I’ve never actually used any of them.  I got one as a wedding gift and it ended up in storage, I got one from my dad that we cleaned out and has been making the kitchen table its home for a while now, and I recently picked up an awesome crockpot from Target.  Well, I was determined to use at least one of them, and I love that damask print one a lot, so I sat down with The Everything Slow Cooker Cookbook and decided I was making a meal.

What you need:

– 1 pound lean ground beef

– 3 medium potatoes

– 4 medium carrots

– 1 medium sized yellow onion

– 1 cup fresh peas

– 2 tablespoons dry white rice

– 1 teaspoon table salt

– 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

– 1 cup tomato juice

– Prep time is listed as about 20 minutes for a pot size of 4-6 quarts.  Cooking time is 7-9 hours, and should serve about 4.

– My notes: I used 4 potatoes because the one looked kinda wimpy and small, I used a sweet onion instead of a yellow onion, and I used tomato puree instead of tomato juice.  Also, I’m pretty sure the rice I used wasn’t white, or at least wasn’t bleached white.

(Spot my sweet crock pot in the background?)

Step 1: Brown the meat in a medium skillet on medium high heat.  I used a pot because it was handy.  Unless you happen to be a real ground beef connoisseur it probably isn’t going to make much of a difference.  Mine took a while to cook because despite putting it in the fridge from the freezer the night before it still wasn’t fully thawed.  Oh well.  It all turned out ok in the end.  Once it’s all cooked, drain the excess grease.  I poured mine into a canning jar, because once it’s all solidified I can just dump it into the garbage.  If you have a disposable cup anywhere those are also great because you can just dump them when it’s cooled.

Step 2: While the meat is browning, and probably for a bit afterwards (depending on how fast it cooks and how fast you can peel), peel the potatoes, carrots, and onion. The potatoes should be cut into 1/4″ slices, the carrots into 1/4″ rounds, and the onion into 1/4″ pieces.  I didn’t measure mine, and I’m pretty sure they’re bigger than 1/4″, but I like chunkier veggies.

Step 3: Combine all the ingredients except the peas in the slow cooker and stir well.  Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours.

Step 4: Go do something productive to kill the next 5-7 hours. Or sit on Facebook and watch a movie.  That sort of counts.

Step 5: Add the peas.  I had a can of peas and had already washed my measuring cup, so I just dumped the whole can in and went with it.  If you like mushy peas, you can add them when you add everything else.  Cook for about 2 more hours. I forgot the camera when I did this step (blame being hungry and in a rush), but I assure you it went off without a hitch.

I cooked it for about another hour and a half or so and it came out just fine. I garnished mine with some cheese and that made it super nommy, but you can serve it without cheese and it will also be tasty.

If you have any questions or comments you can either leave them below, or email me.  If you have a suggestion for a recipe or any other ideas, that email address is theboredgirlskitchen@gmail.com.

Happy cooking!



{April 10, 2012}   Super Quick Deviled Eggs

Verdict: Om nom, nom nom nom.

So I was at my friend’s place with my husband, and our friend’s kids had done all their Easter egg coloring and had all these hardboiled eggs around that they were eating.  We’re outside in the garage and one of them comes outside and offers me one, darn near shoving it in my mouth for me.  I decided then that I wanted deviled eggs, and set out to make them as soon as I got home.  Like most of my recipes, this one doesn’t have a lot of instructions, but I’ll show you what I did.

What you’ll need to recreate what I did:
– 6 eggs

– Mayo – I used Miracle Whip

– Worcestershire sauce – I use Worcestershire like Betty White uses Frank’s Red Hot sauce.

– Some seasonings – I used salt, pepper, seasoning salt, and garlic powder, and of course topped everything with paprika.

Step 1: Put the eggs in a pot and fill with water to a bit above where the eggs are.  Different recipes call for different water heights, but I just wanted to make sure that there was enough water that the eggs could bounce around as they cooked and started floating.  Set the heat on high to get the water boiling, and boil for about 20 minutes or until they all start floating around.  I decided mine were done when I could tap on the top of each and it bounced up and down.

Step 2: Solitaire, TV, cleaning, Facebook, whatever you want to spend about 15 minutes doing.  Spend the last 5 keeping a good eye on your eggs.

Step 3: I put mine right into an ice bath to cool them down quickly so that I could get to work right away.  I left them in there long enough for the ice to melt, which I think was about 5 minutes or so.  In either case, once the ice is pretty well melted then you’re pretty well good to go for taking them out.

Step 4: Shell the eggs.  My mother informs me that the best way to do this is in the sink under cold running water, dropping the shells into a small strainer in a bowl.  The water helps the shells come right off, and the strainer keeps the shells all in one place so you can easily toss them out when you’re done.

Step 5: Once all the shells are off, you can now start cutting them in half.  If you counted right, you’ll notice that I lost an egg somewhere in here.  Turns out one of them had a small crack when I boiled it and was hard and rubbery and didn’t seem like it was going to taste right.  The rest turned out ok.  Remove the yolks from the whites and put them into a separate bowl.  I found that it was actually pretty easy to just squeeze the white to make the yolk just sort of pop on out.

Step 6: I took the knife I cut them in half with and broke the yolks up a lot. You can use a Slap Chop, cut them on a cutting board, whatever you want as long as the end result is the demolished yolk in a bowl.  Since we’re not making all that many, you’re going to be mostly using dollops, dashes, and pinches, but this is when you would add the spices and the mayo.  The consistency you want is totally up to you, more mayo gives it a creamier consistency and less makes it more like the yolk. Be sparing when adding everything together though, you can always add more but you can’t add less, and Worcestershire will also help thin it out some.  Mix it all together well, and once you have the consistency you like, start spooning the mix back into the egg whites.

Step 7: Garnish with paprika and enjoy!

This was the very first time I made deviled eggs by myself, and I was surprised at how easy it was to do just knowing basics.  I knew that I had to hardboil eggs, halve them, remove the yolks, turn the yolks into deliciousness, and scoop them back into the whites.  I know some people believe that you aren’t making it right if you don’t include specific ingredients, but to me it’s like guacamole; as long as you have the basics, it counts.  I may make it again with different ingredients to go for a different taste, but who knows.

If you have any questions or comments you can either leave them below, or email me.  If you have a suggestion for a recipe or any other ideas, that email address is theboredgirlskitchen@gmail.com.

Happy cooking!



{April 6, 2012}   Pot Fried Noodles

Verdict: Damned delicious

I like pasta a lot, but sometimes it can get old and boring.  Something that never seems to get old for me though is doctoring up elbow noodles.  So that’s what you’re seeing today!  I was initially going to make just enough for myself, but my friend came over and made himself busy cleaning out my fridge, so I decided to be nice and make a little extra so he could have a good lunch as payment for his hard work.

To make this you’ll need:

– Elbow noodles

– Various veggies – I used a can of green beans.  The more people you’re feeding, the more veggies you can add in.

– Various seasonings – I used garlic powder, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and the last of that steak seasoning you’ve seen me use the last few recipes.

– 1 tablespoon butter

– Cheese (completely optional)

Step 1: Cook the noodles.  Drain, and return to the pot.

Step 2: Add butter, stir noodles until butter is melted evenly. Add a low head, and add all of your seasonings and veggies and stir often enough to keep the noodles from burning. When you’re about ready to serve it, add a splash of Worcestershire sauce. You can see in the photo about how much I added.

Step 4: Garnish with cheese if you want, or just enjoy without it.  Tasty either way!

This is a quick and easy dish I usually whip up in some variety just about any time I’m making something and don’t know what kind of side to add.  It’s more exciting than plain noodles, and can be customized and catered to just about any palate. It was delicious with the cheese, it was delicious without the cheese.  The friend who enjoyed it with me said that it wasn’t something that you’d want to eat right before kissing anybody, but if you’re anything like me you don’t care because you just love garlic that much.

If you have any questions or comments you can either leave them below, or email me.  If you have a suggestion for a recipe or any other ideas, that email address is theboredgirlskitchen@gmail.com.

Happy cooking!



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