Friday, November 1, 2019

Authentic Italian Lasagna

An authentic Italian lasagna recipe straight from my wife's Italian family in Sardegna. 


Real, authentic, Italian lasagna recipe straight from Italy

My Mother-in-law is from Sardegna, Italy. After graduating from college we were able to visit my wife's Italian family and the food was out of this world! I've never had so much pizza and gelato and was never so glad to it. All food is on another level there and I'm not sure why.

During dinner meals there are several courses, if I remember correctly there are near five courses. I did not know this when first eating with her family and went heavy on the pasta because it was so stinking good! It ended up only being the third course and with my wife's Grandma insisting I eat more, and more, and more. I obliged because I thought the meal was wrapping up with the pasta being the main dish. This is not the case, and I was only half way through the meal but completely filled. I pushed through though and made it happen. 

Real, authentic, Italian lasagna recipe straight from Italy

One of the dishes from my wife's Italian family that is tried and true and well known is their lasagna. It is my Mother-in-law's recipe and without question is the best lasagna I've ever had. Put it to the test and try it out yourself!

Keaton

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Sweet Hawaiian Breakfast Omelette

A sweet variation of the all-american breakfast favorite omelette.


Sweet breakfast omelette recipe with Hawaiian flavors from onion, brown sugar, and pineapple


Ahh, the breakfast omelette. A true testament to breakfast being the best meal of the day. Eggs are eggs. High protein, healthy fat, and delicious. Eggs are great. Combine that with whatever fixins you like, and of course cheese (lots and lots of cheese), and you come out with the beautiful breakfast concoction that is the omelette.





Many recipes I post are spinoffs of other recipes I found that I like and adjusted to the way I like it. But there are some, a select some, that just come to me and are spun out of random inspiration. Most of my meat recipes come from this random inspiration that just leads me to know what sauces and seasonings to combine to give the meat great flavor and moisture. I do this often enough that my wife will really enjoy the meal, want me to recreate it, and I have no recollection of how to do so. Such was the case with this omelette. I had some left over crushed pineapple in the fridge, it was breakfast time, I love eggs, and my mind started to spin. Minutes later, I had this recipe created. I am a fan of the traditional savory omelette, but this was a changeup I loved. I wrote down the recipe as I created this one so I could remember how to recreate it and share it with you all! Enjoy!








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Monday, July 29, 2019

Bakery Style Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Muffins

The classic bakery-style chocolate chip muffin topped with sea salt.

The classic bakery-style chocolate chip muffin topped with sea salt.

I tried several recipes out to find the best bakery-style muffin recipe I could. Some didn't work out too well, some were alright, and some met that bakery-style muffin expectation I had hoped for!

The difference in those recipes from the average and not so great recipes was the BAKING TEMPERATURE. To get that almost crispy outside to the muffin while it's soft in the middle is blasting the muffins with high heat for the first 5 minutes and then cooling down the temperature to make sure the muffin is cooked through in its entirety. Check out this video below to see the step by step process!





I don't know the science behind why this works and not interested in finding out too much, I just know it does work and it made a real difference! Hope you find this useful and enjoy an American favorite!

The classic bakery-style chocolate chip muffin topped with sea salt.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

King's Hawaiian Rolls Copy Cat Recipe

King's Hawaiian Rolls copy cat recipe that brings an American dinner favorite to your table as the perfect side. 



Have you ever met anyone that didn't love a King's Hawaiian Roll? I don't think so. Actually, scratch that, i know so. Frankly, if I met someone that doesn't love their rolls, I would disregard anything they said, thought, did, created, etc.



They're just flat out, stinking, good. I tried several Hawaiian Roll recipes and this was by far the closest to the real thing. The recipe turned out moist, fluffy, and had layer upon layer of mildly sweet goodness to them.

King's Hawaiian Rolls copy cat recipe that brings an American dinner favorite to your table as the perfect side.
We had leftovers from every recipe we tried, but this was the only recipe where the leftovers were nearly as good as having them fresh out of the oven. The other recipes, the rolls were almost rocks the next day. These remained ULTRA soft and fluffy. And of course they maintained their beautiful flavor as well throughout the proceeding days after baking conception.

Try this recipe out at home and instantly make your family happy! The real pineapple in the dough does wonders for the bread and makes these as compatible to the real thing as you'll find out there. Enjoy!

Keaton

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Homemade Honey-Roasted Creamy Peanut Butter

Peanut butter consisting of only three whole ingredients with that sweet-roasted taste we all love!


Homemade peanut butter made of whole ingredients and very quick!

Don't get me wrong. I love a good helping of classic Jif creamy peanut butter, BUT it does leave you feeling a little heavy and gross. Maybe that's just me. Whatever the case, this pantry staple couldn't be easier to make from your own home!

Forget the hydrogenated oils, sugar, and molasses that the standard, store, shelf peanut butters have. You really only need a couple of ingredients to make great tasting and WAY more wholesome peanut butter. All you really need are peanuts and salt. To make this "honey-roasted", I of course added some honey.

Homemade peanut butter made of whole ingredients and very quick!
The first step you take is to lay out the peanuts on an aluminum foiled pan, squeeze a healthy amount of honey over the peanuts, salt them, and place into oven.

Bake at 250°F for 20-25 minutes until tint of peanuts has darkened like pictured below.

Homemade peanut butter made of whole ingredients and very quick!

Blend in food processor for several minutes until creamy and boom! You're done! It really is that simple. This peanut butter is healthier and much tastier (imo) then shelf peanut butters. Enjoy!

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Monday, June 3, 2019

One Bowl Sweet Corn Spoon Bread

A good ole' southern comfort food recipe and side fit for any cookout, reunion, or any family outing.

Sweet corn spoon bread, a classic southern comfort food recipe and side dish

There are those certain recipes that call you home and speak to your soul. Any sweet corn recipe does this for me. We are a born and bred North Carolina family and have been to our share of Southern family, church, and community gatherings and potlucks.

Although this side is one of my all time favorite fixin's, it does not and has not frequented our table at home much. This dish almost seems wrong to eat other than for gathering purposes! Take note that I said ALMOST. This is a great side for almost any family dinner, but it is dangerous! Make sure you have plenty of people to share it with or make it in a smaller quantity because I nearly ended up eating half the pan by myself in a matter of minutes!

Sweet corn spoon bread, a classic southern comfort food recipe and side dish
Be the soul everyone will call blessed by bringing this traditional southern side to your table or gathering!

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