I have a most definite sweet tooth – last week, I was in a restaurant with friends and was drooling over the delicious Crème Brûlée that one of them ordered. I ended up getting Pommes Frites instead, but only because I’ve had this obsession with dipping fries in sauce after visiting Dreamland BBQ in Montgomery. But I can make up for missing dessert that night thanks to this yummy new recipe inspired by DreamWorks Pictures’ The Hundred-Foot Journey:
Protip: If you are having a hard time reading the instructions or would like to print these out, you can click on each recipe to view the image at full size. Happy 4th of July, everybody!
Have you caught World Cup fever? If you’ll be cheering on Team USA this week, here’s some awesome game day grub for you to cook up: Patriotic Nachos! These nachos are unique, easy to make, and feature The Better Chip, a delicious line of chips that are gluten free, non-GMO and vegan-friendly – well, until you cover them in cheese to make nachos, but just omit that part to keep them vegan.
White: White beans, white onion, mozzarella cheese
Blue: Blue cheese
- 2 oz bag The Better Chip Corn Chips
- 2 oz bag The Better Chip Jalapenos Chips
- 2 oz bag The Better Chip Spinach & Kale Chips
- 2 oz bag The Better Chip Beets Chips
- 2 oz bag The Better Chip Chipotles Chips
- 1 can kidney beans
- 1 can white beans
- White onion, peeled & chopped
- Package of salad tomatoes
- Bag of mozzarella cheese
- Package of blue cheese
- Layer all chips in a large, foil-lined pan, arranging in strips by color.
- Rinse kidney & white beans, layer over chips.
- Peel & chop a white onion, sprinkle over the chip & bean layer.
- Rinse salad tomatoes and add to nachos.
- Cover nachos with mozzarella cheese, then sprinkle with blue cheese as the finishing touch.
- Cook at 350 degrees until cheese begins to lightly brown around the edges - roughly 20 minutes.
- Note: These ingredients aren't listed in specific quantities, because nachos are best made to taste - add as much of each item as you want!
I cooked up a tray of these nachos for my family tonight, and it was a big success! Everyone loved it – they thought the dish was really good, and quite different from what you usually think of when you make nachos, making it a simple recipe to prepare yet still unique. My family also noted that they really liked all the different flavors of chips.
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- “Nachos Around the World” recipe sheet
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I used to think that I hated scalloped potatoes. Growing up, my mom always made the boxed kind, and I always thought they were super gross. But then a few years ago, one of my aunts made scalloped potatoes from scratch and they were delicious. I realized it wasn’t the dish, it was just those odd boxes of instant potatoes that my mom would buy because she got a good deal on them with coupons – which I completely respect, because as an adult I would do the same thing myself. Also, as you grow up, you realize that those easy meals may be more bland, but they are so much easier to deal with than cooking every single thing from scratch. I find as I get older I make a lot of the same food I used to think was kind of dull as a kid because I don’t want to deal with cooking!!
So while I may not be motivated enough to make a full dish of homemade scalloped potatoes myself, I can certainly appreciate the work that went into this delicious recipe inspired by The Hundred Foot Journey. This is definitely the “Foodie” version that puts those boxed 1990s dinners to shame with its fancy cheese and dash of nutmeg. Yum! Hey…maybe I should give this to my aunt and see if she’ll make it for us again!
Cooking Catastrophe confession time: I stink at making omelettes. Oh, sure, they taste good, but what I really end up with is just scrambled eggs with sundry fillings. I’ve given up even trying to flip them because I always just mangle it, so maybe I should take this advice about using a cloth:
I had a lot of culinary adventures during my second trip to France in 2005, but not the kind you’d imagine. Traveling with a frugal mindset on a 21-year-old’s budget, my resourcefulness is what allowed me to finance the trip, so instead of going to 5-star French restaurants, I opted for more cost-effective dining. I’ll never forget eating le cheeseburger at a McDonald’s on the Champs-Élysées near the Arc de Triomphe, looking out of a huge glass window at the bustling traffic below.
During my time in Paris, I stayed at a hostel which had a shared kitchen area with a microwave. I stopped by a nearby grocery store to get something for dinner, and ended up with a microwavable quiche. It wasn’t the greatest-tasting meal, but the experience was all part of the adventure and something I’ll always remember! So when I got an email with this Quiche Lorraine recipe, it brought back those memories. I’m sure it tastes miles better than the quiche I ate in that dingy hostel!
Do you have any special memories of food eaten during travels?
Here’s another yummy recipe from The Hundred-Foot Journey for you: Madeleines! Don’t these cakes look fabulous?
Are you doing any big cookouts this Memorial Day weekend? If so, check out this yummy recipe for Tandoori Chicken Wings inspired by the film The Hundred-Foot Journey, coming to theaters this August. Mmmm!