Last year, I made red velvet pancakes for Valentine’s breakfast. This year, I am all about dark chocolate.
We always have breakfast for dinner on Thursdays which means I don’t typically make us a big breakfast too often in the mornings, but sometimes it’s really nice to have a fancier breakfast and what could possibly be more perfect than dark chocolate pancakes? And how perfect is dark chocolate on Valentine’s Day?
These are far and away the best pancakes I’ve made. I’m a sucker for anything involving dark chocolate. These pancakes are rich and decadent, it really doesn’t get any better, expect then it does because there is also fresh raspberry sauce!
Pasta e Fagioli, which in Italian means ‘pasta and beans’. This is one of my most favorite soups ever. It’s certainly not the most beautiful soup in the world, but it’s filling and comforting and always reminds me of home! I haven’t made it in forever, but I really got a craving for it while I was sick last weekend and just had to make a big pot to enjoy this week.
People can be very particular about pasta e fagioli. Some versions have meat, some are spicier than others, some have more beans, but I like mine more on the traditional and plain side, but with a touch of red pepper for a little heat! I think this is a great soup for dinner if you are trying to do a meatless meal. It’s simple to make and it’s also very inexpensive which makes it great for serving a family. And as an added bonus, It freezes really well also which is great in my house since there are just two of us and we often can’t eat a huge pot of soup fast enough. Serve it with some warm and crusty bread and you’ve got a really good dinner!
1. We are still recovering from being sick. This last week has been a huge blur and although I finally got myself back to the office, we finished the bottle of Tussin and now I don’t know what to do with myself.
2. I hate how when you’re sick and you lose your appetite (and ability to taste), but then you start feeling better and you want to eat, but you don’t have the energy to actually do the cooking. I also don’t have the energy to go grocery shopping.
3. So we live pretty close to the Phoenix airport and are in the flight path, but we’re not so close that it’s actually something that bothers us on a daily basis. However, this past Saturday night while we were laying on the couch, we heard a plane that sounded like it was flying so low, it was incredibly loud and it lasted a long time. I legitimately got freaked out and thought this plane was going to crash into our house. I jumped up from the couch screaming, “something is wrong!” and bolted for the garage. I don’t know why the garage, but that’s where I went. Where is the best place to seek cover when you think a plane is going to crash into your house? I’m seriously asking this.
If you asked me to pick my absolute favorite Mexican dish, it would be enchiladas. Hands down. Enchiladas all the day long. And when it comes to enchiladas, I tend to be really boring. I almost always go for plain cheese enchiladas. Some might find this boring, but it’s kind of like ice cream, sometimes you just gotta have vanilla.
And although vanilla ice cream is always perfect, sometimes you have to have something a little more exciting. I had this craving for white chicken enchiladas last week. One of my issues with white sauces of any kind though is that they can be too heavy without much flavor and that’s no good. I was pretty happy with this sauce. Although the sauce is nice and creamy, it’s not super heavy and gets added flavor from spices and some heat and texture from diced green chilis. The chicken mixture is also pretty light and I threw in some fresh spinach for good measure because, well, now you can say you also had vegetables with your dinner. You know me, always looking out for you guys.
My husband didn’t love these as much as I did, but in my defense, he doesn’t like onions or chilis, so I made his a little differently and I don’t think his had as much flavor or texture as mine did. And actually, these are a great make ahead meal because I thought they were even more delicious the next day when I ate them for lunch!
Arizona has been so dry lately, I can hardly stand it. As someone with dry and sensitive skin, it’s kind of a nightmare really. My skin needs tons of lotion and my lips have been super chapped. I can’t get enough chapstick!
I first experimented with making homemade peppermint lip balm last month and loved it. First, all it takes to make it is melting ingredients in a bowl over a double boiler. It’s the easiest craft ever, except when you hand someone a tube and tell them it’s homemade, they will be seriously impressed because it sounds much more difficult than it actually is. Score points for you!
And second, I can control what goes in and what doesn’t go in my lip balm. I was pretty happy with the peppermint formula, but this vanilla version is my favorite. It’s softer thanks to the addition of the sweet almond oil. The only thing I might do differently next time is add a bit more of the vanilla oil as I love all things vanilla.
I made a batch and handed them out to my co-workers, but how cute would these be for little Valentine’s Day gifts for your girlfriends or family?
So, I’m sick. Like really sick. Like when you feel so badly, that you just lie on the couch all day staring into space and are completely useless. That kind.
Sickness aside though, I have to share this recipe with you! It’s been a while since I last shared a Chinese dish. That’s because the last three I have tried were horrible and I just wouldn’t do that to you guys. Chinese food can be tricky to master. The sauces have to be just right, not overly sweet, and the chicken has to have the right texture.
We love General Tso’s chicken in this house, but I don’t love the fact that it’s fried and contains a ridiculous amount of sodium. This version lightens things up a bit by cooking the chicken in cornstarch with minimal oil and the sauce also got a makeover with less sodium. It’s just sweet enough thanks to the addition of apricot jam. Both myself and my husband really liked this one. I brought some leftovers for lunch the next day and it was still really good (maybe even a little better!). And that is saying a lot for me because I am really weird about reheated chicken.
My name is Stephanie. I started this blog because I like to cook and I wanted a place where I could share my recipes with family and friends and improve my cooking skills. Why the name Eat. Drink. Love.? Well, I think this is what life is all about!