My dad loves banana pudding. So, for father's day I wanted to take that and make it into a cake. Light vanilla cake, thick creamy pudding, layered with banana slices and covered in a cream cheese frosting. Feel free to make any of these elements separately and use them for something totally different. This post is Four parts, so scroll through each one and let's make this Banana Shortcake together...
Fun fact: I made my first apple pie back in January of 2015 because I'd overheard Jeremy tell someone that he looooved pie, especially apple pie. So I made one and took a photo and posted it on Instagram because I wanted him to like me. That time I'd used a store bought crust and I diced the apples and I have no idea what spices I used or what ratio. But, obviously it worked because by the end of that month we'd gone on our first date and now we're on our third year of marriage. Since being married, I've perfected my apple pie. Well, I've made it to be what we like best at least. So, let's make pie.
My sister Sarah totally gave me this recipe. So, thank her. I think all of the real food I make comes from her. She’s the best. This recipe can be made with pork or chicken, I honestly love both. They're juicy and slightly spicy with some honey to balance them out. If you do not have an instant pot you can make them in the slow cooker but it will take 19x longer. But that's okay, just plan ahead. Let's make carnitas together.
This dressing is super yum on a mexican style salad. However, my favorite way to use it is to make carnitas-- chicken or pork. My sister, Sarah, gave me this recipe. The only thing I changed is the vinegar, I use white wine vinegar. So, let's make some dressing.
This is my favorite kind of hot pie. Partly because it's so yum and partly because it looks so pretty when the fruit mixes with vanilla ice cream. My sister, Mary, made a variation of this for us a while back and now Jeremy asks her for it all the time. Basically, I'm making this because when I went to Sprouts all the berries were on sale. So I bought a bunch so we could have healthy snacks. But then Jeremy asked if I could make a pie. So here we are. Let's make pie together.
I don’t like sugar cookies, but I like chocolate. So when I want cookies to decorate I make these or my favorite shortbread cookies. Alright. Let’s make cookies together.
This bread looks fancy and tastes fancy but is stupidly easy to make. Let’s make bread together.
So like 90% of the time we buy milk, we don’t finish the gallon before it’s expired. And usually the whole gallon is pretty comparable to the 1/2 gallon price. So I always just buy a whole gallon. And then it expires. Until now. When you have milk that’s about to go so waste— make ricotta!! All you need is milk and vinegar. Let’s make ricotta together.
Tart and cool. This is your average, simple keylime pie. Nothing fancy at all. Just yum. I think the whole thing cost me around $6. Which is great especially because a slice of a similar pie at Emporium Pies or places like that are basically that price. But wouldn’t you rather eat a whole pie? Me too. Let’s make pie.
A play on the everything bagel. Enjoy a slice or two toasted with butter or cream cheese, with a scrambled egg, or even with sausage egg and cheese for a breakfast sandwich. This is just a basic white bread recipe with some extra flavor added. Let’s make bread.
Extremely easy to make. Just dump, mix, roll. You could obviously make them larger than I do, but I think this size works well for meatball subs or spaghetti and meatballs. Plus if they're smaller they'll cook faster. Come on, let's make meatballs together.
Sausage, ground beef, salt and pepper, breadcrumbs, milk, egg, parsley, basil and oregano.
Baking is a lot of fun, but it’s even more fun when you get to enjoy it with someone else... especially a tiny cute someone else. Before baking with kids I thought “this is gonna be really messy”. Then I remembered that even baking without kids is really messy. Well, at least for me it is. Don’t be afraid to dive in and get dirty, the chocolate will be the reward— along with the fun you’ll both have making it. Plus, just look at how cute those hands are! So let’s make chocolate cake together.
It seems crazy, I know. Must be a lot of work, right? Nope. Must be really hard? Nope. Must be more expensive? Nope. It’s rather fascinating that only a few things plus some heat can get you creamy fresh mozzarella. Honestly, the whole time I was making this I just kept thinking, “this isn’t gonna work. This isn’t gonna work.” But then, it worked. I had cheese. I made cheese from a gallon of milk. I didn’t die and I made cheese. It’s pretty exciting, if you get excited about that kind of thing. There are only two things you need to get that you likely don’t already have: citric acid and rennet. They’re not scary things, just some powder and a liquid. Plus when you count the cost of how many times you can use each of them... it’s definitely cheaper to make fresh mozzarella than to buy it. At Kroger the cheapest price I could find was $4.79 for a pound of mozzarella. This recipe makes 1lb 4oz and comes out to only $.34 ($.14 for citric acid and $.20 for rennet) more than the price of a gallon of milk, which I got for $1.88. You can use a 2oz bottle of rennet for 48 batches of mozzarella. You can use a 7.5oz container of citric acid for 25 batches. Maybe you still don’t think it’s worth buying two extra things. That’s fine. But know that if you ever change your mind, it’ll be really simple and the recipe is right here. Let’s make mozzarella together.
This is my mother’s lasagana. Well, pretty much. The only things I did differently than my mum does— I added sausage and I used homemade ricotta, mozzarella, sauce and noodles. My mum doesn’t use fresh mozzarella at all actually... so if you’d rather not then you definitely don’t have to, it will still be very yum. But the homemade mozzarella and ricotta make it much creamier. But besides all that it’s basically my mum’s recipe. My mother has made this for as long as I can remember and she’s honestly ruined me for all others. Like I don’t even like getting lasagna at restaurants because hers is better. Maybe it’s all speculation. Maybe. But maybe hers really is that good. Maybe you should make it and find out. Let’s make lasagna together.
This recipe was given to me by my older sister. She’s probably a better cook than me. This is extremely easy to make. Cook your onion, dump everything in a pot, cook for a few hours. Oh, you can most definitely make this in a crock pot rather than on the stove. Yum. Homemade sauce. You in? Let’s make pasta sauce together.
Simple to make and very worth it.
I get it if you don’t want to make crust from scratch. That’s fine. But just know that your pie will be inferior. If you’re fine with that, I’m fine with that. This is just your basic all-butter crust and it’s my personal favorite. Jeremy loves it. I love it. It’s yum. If you want to get fancy, depending on what you’re using the crust for, you could add any number of things, like: cinnamon, nutmeg, basil, cheese... just try. You might even like it. (Rolling out crust is my favorite part of pie making)
Let’s make pie crust together.
I know it’s not Christmas anymore... but it’s cold outside and these are warm.
I’ve tried other recipes before, but they weren’t quite what I was hoping for. I saw this recipe in a cookbook my sisters got me for my birthday. It’s everything I wanted it to be. Gingery warm, slightly crisp on the outside, and chewy without being gooey. Let’s make cookies together.
Pasta is one of my favorite things to make. It's surprisingly simple, fun to work with and obviously yum to eat. Try with me?
Pasta is very simple to make. The recipe is rather straightforward. There are lots of variations of dough you can make, this is just the one that I most often make. You CAN dry out pasta, but I prefer not to with this particular recipe because it gets a bit crumbly.... but it tastes lovely cooked fresh, or from frozen. No, you do not need a pasta maker to make homemade pasta. You can use one. I have one that Jeremy got me last Christmas. I use it often so my dough can be uniform. Honestly though, the pasta machine is not faster than doing it by hand. It is only more consistent. I made pasta one time with my friend Brittany and we wanted to see if one was faster than the other... and they're literally the same... both take a bit of time. So maybe don't try this when you have somewhere to be shortly. Try it on your day off... and make enough to save some for later to make the most of your time and your effort. Let’s make pasta together.