Monday, June 27, 2011

some recipes you'll love. i just know it.

ok so martha stewart says to never buy caramel. it's so simple she says. but i don't know...mar-mar makes her own marshmallows too. people like that are untrustworthy and are probably aliens, so i just don't believe her. plus,  as per usual i find a loop hole in making caramel because loopholes are my spiritual gift.
and also my other spiritual gift is getting mesquito bites. but whatevs.

anyway, i believe my mother did this little trick-a-roo last year and i was like...gawwww, that's so smart and easy. 'cuz alls you do is boil the can for 2 hours.

truly, remove the label from sweetened condensed milk, put in a large pot and boil. for 2 hours with the lid on. now you will read on the mighty intranet never to do this. why? because if you don't keep the water over the top, it will explode. like shoot up and kill you or something. so ya, keep the water over the can...OR DIE making caramel!
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when you open the can, it'll look kind of wierd. let it cool a little and it'll get thicker. i think it's more like dulce de leche. dulce de tasty, 'mkay?
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sorry for the weird lighting in the photos. 'twas nighttime.

and speaking of tasty, this orzo chicken pasta that my friend amanda made for me is the perfect summer pasta. aside from this other chicken pasta dish. uhhh mazing. make this tonight and you will surely receive an extra jewel in your crown in heaven.

*chicken orzo pasta*

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Ingredients:
I bag Orzo pasta (in the pasta isle...usually in a smaller bag)
1/2 cup Olive oil 
1 rotisserie chicken or grilled
1 pkg feta cheese
2-3 cups torn spinach 
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1-2 lemons 
1 pkg cherry tomatoes quartered
fresh thyme )or dried...a tsp or so)
salt and pepper added to taste.

Directions:
cook Orzo per package. drain and set aside to cool
zest your lemon into the pasta
add diced chicken 
add tomatoes
in a separate small bowl, combine juice of lemons and olive oil. add some salt and pepper and mix.
add the "dressing" to the pasta and stir
add spinach and thyme
stir in feta last before serving

as rachel zoe says, i die. it's just that good.

30 comments:

  1. FYI: I make my own marshmallows! You should try it! Your kids will love them. I'ma try that caramel!!

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  2. I will have to try that!! Looks good :))

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  3. I don't like caramel. But I do like sweetened condensed milk. So I'm confused now.

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  4. That caramel looks fantastic. BUT I'm trying to just cook things in my house. So it'll have to wait to the KC side.

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  5. No stinkin' way!! What are you talking about?? Caramel just from boiling a can of sweetened condensed milk?? This can't be for real, b/c I've had too many brownie ice cream sundaes without caramel while those cans just sat in my pantry, for this to be real.

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  6. I can testify that making caramel that way is absolute YUM.

    That salad looks delish. I shall make it this week.

    The end.

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  7. I'm going to have to try that caramel trick. That is so easy - who would have thought. Thanks for the cheater way to make it! :)

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  8. no way!! i gotta try this, while im making my homemade marshmallows. i just made homemade hot dog rolls the other night and umm yeah...heavenly:)

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  9. i am pretty sure martha is an alien. but she is one crafty alien. as usual you crack me up. thanks for the delish recipes. going to try them soon!

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  10. What the H Jami. How am I supposed to have any self control now?! I was drinking a SlimFast while I read this, and all I could think was how it would taste much better with a can of caramel added in.

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  11. Awesome. Pure awesome. And no I never knew this. I think I love you now.
    xo

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  12. unlike you, i was terrified to try this based on internet threats of death. but now that i see your bravery, i shall do it.

    apparently there's a PIE that involves 2 of these cans and some whipped cream? heck ya

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  13. One summer when I was a kid, my siblings and I found that caramel trick in an old cookbook of my mom's. Except we didn't know the difference between sweetened condensed and evaporated milk. So, while our parents were at work, we boiled the blasted can for two hours (unsupervised) and opened it up to find nasty, sour smelling curdled milk. It was gross. And we were busted because we stunk up the whole house.

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  14. I love it. I have always thought that Martha was untrustworthy. however I think you should figure out an easy way to make marshmallows so I can copy you because I basically have to copy everything you do. ha
    I actually was craving pasta salad type dish for lunch and now I know what I'm going to make thank you.

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  15. Caramel isn't really my favorite I mean... I don't hate it, but I wouldn't choose it in a line up ya know. But that kind of blows my mind enough to make some and enjoy it just because it's like MAGIC.

    The pasta looks delish, you can make that for me when I come to visit you. Dealsies. Deals.

    xo

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  16. oh my, that boiling condensed milk trick is the most clever thing ive seen in a very long time. MUST TRY.

    that pasta looks delicious too. Love me a quick pasta dish.

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  17. hahahahah "keep the water over the can...OR DIE making caramel!"
    Your blog is my favorite.
    I have indeed seen this little trick on the internet but have NOT seen the death warnings so you may have just saved my life!!
    I owe you one ;) Furreals.

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  18. yum!! :)
    Thanks for the giggle!

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  19. could you mail me that dessert? thanks.

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  20. finding loopholes = spiritual gift....hahaha KILLIN me. seriously amazing. and who knew this is how you make caramel? de leches...whatever it is called....YUM>

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  21. I know a non-lethal way to make caramel from sw.cond.milk.....do it in the crock, girl. Pour the milk into a glass dish, pour water to come 3/4 of the way up on the dish in the crock, and cook on low for 4-6 hrs (stir to check if it's done)
    no explosions or risk thereof. promise!

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  22. No freaking way! I bought Orzo for the first time last week and my family LOVED it! I decided to make it again this week and was looking for a good recipe! Thanks!! :)

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  23. I made this recipe last night! Thank you, thank you, thank you! So good!!

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  24. Looks delish! I even have an extra can I didn't use for Brazilian lemonade. Woo hoo! Thanks for the comment on my Nanaimo Bars recipe--let me know if you try it out. Be warned that you will be hooked. ;)
    XOXO,
    Kerstin

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  25. oh how i adore condensed milk...and to learn you can make it better? thank you friend! thank you!

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  26. You never cease to amaze me friend. I'm gonna give this a shot. I love caramel!

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  27. ah man, i could drink sweetened condensed milk--(would probably spew afterwards..but it's that good!) and the chicken orzo dish looks amazing!

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  28. you're too funny! even a post about recipes makes me laugh.out.loud! love it!

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  29. you're too funny! even a post about recipes makes me laugh.out.loud! love it!

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