Stupid easy Ricotta cheese

What the fuck is up everyone?? Sorry it’s been a while.

I just made, as the title of this post indicates, some ricotta cheese and it was honestly so easy to make I’m almost embarrassed to put it here. But at the same time, it was so delicious that it inspired me to make a post about it…so you know it’s pretty fucking delicious.

This was an amazing way to use up all this milk I bought for a Christmas recipe but knew I’d never use again otherwise. No food waste here!!

Ain’t she a beaut?? I made some seriously great toast on Wegmans Tuscan garlic bread with this and some berries. Woooweeeee was that good!!!

PS- you need a candy thermometer or something for this shit. And a cheesecloth. That’s prob the hardest part about it…hope you will survive

Ingredients

  • 8 cups of milk – I used whole milk because it’s what I had. Probably made it better. And don’t get super ultra pasteurized or whatever because apparently that doesn’t really work as well
  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt

Heat the milk up to 170 degrees, stirring once in a while. Nobody wants weirdly burned milk ricotta.

Once it fits 170 throw in the lemon juice and a lil salt – less is more with the salt, remember you can always add more! Heat the goods up to 190, around 2 min.

Pour that shit into a cheesecloth lined strainer or whatever you wanna do here and let drain for around an hour.

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Korean ground beef with quinoa and sweet potato noodles

Hello hello!! Yeah yeah, I know it’s been a while- sorry 🙂 The only thing that matters now is that I am back with one seriously delicious recipe for ya.

I had this pound of beef to use up and wasn’t really in the mood for a cheeseburger, so I decided to get a little bit more creative. This shit is quick, easy, and full of flavor. And I have enough leftovers for a few more meals! Ah, the joys of cooking for just yourself.

There ya have it, folks. A beauty. I’m a big fan of anything spiralized- I bought some cheap spiralizer from Amazon a while ago for like $10 and I still use it on the regular. If you don’t have one of those bad boys, the sweet potato is obv optional. But you should just get one 🤷🏻‍♀️

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oil (sesame is best but anything without a strong flav will do)
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pep to taste
  • 1 sweet potato (if ya have a spiralizer)

Start off by cooking the quinoa- add 2 cups of water or chicken stock and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cover it for around 15 min.

Meanwhile, cook the garlic and ginger with a lil bit of oil for a minute or two. Then add the beef and brown that shit right up.

As all of that jazz is happening, mix up the rest of the ingredients (except for the sweet potato obviously) for the sauce. If you are cool enough to own a spiralizer, get to work with that sweet potato while you’re at it. Once the beef is fully browned go ahead and add that sauce and your noods- cook everything together for a few minutes and then call it a fuckin day.

Enjoy 😸

The Pie For Breakfast Pop-Up At the Ace Hotel

Hello hellooo!

Tonight not only did I have the pleasure of enjoying a happy hour outside, but I also turned tf up with some breakfast for dinner.

Pie for Breakfast makes some awesome, awesome food. Check out their website here 🙂

First of all, I loved how the event was set up tonight. There were a bunch of tables in the gym and it was served family style- we were seated at a table with four awesome other people. Shoutout to the new homies!! (I obviously told them about this blog and made them look it up lol).

Everything we had was seriously so goooooood:

This shit came out first, and once I had a bite I knew I was in for a night. The pancakes were cooked perfectly, topped with this fancy cream that nobody could pronounce, and went perfectly with a little fruit and maple syrup on top. The bacon and sausage were also top notch, of course.

These donuts- fucking lit. That’s all I have to say about that.

This might sound crazy, but my favorite thing I had all night was this salad! Dandelion greens and kumquats. First of all, what the fuck- is it just me, or are kumquats something the average person doesn’t usually eat?? I had no idea what to expect, but they were perfect in this salad! Like little mini oranges but way better. Great description, I know.

There were also some really good biscuits. One plate with a sausage gravy and one plate with a mushroom gravy- good shit! I don’t usually like biscuits and gravy that much, but this was most def enjoyable.

Of course I got dessert. And of course I took a bite before taking a picture. Whoops! The top one is an apple vinegar pie or something? I couldn’t really hear when they told me lol sorry. The bottom is this awesome chocolate mousse- I’m a sucker for intensely chocolatey things lately, so this was right up my alley.

Last but not least, please enjoy this nice pic of a high quality crew:

All in all, an awesome night with great food and cool people.

Chia Pudding: looks like shit, tastes delicious

Good morning friends. I’m back in the office for a hot minute, which means the return of my super photogenic desk breakfasts.

Yes, this chia pudding looks like a mason jar full of seedy shit and a few bluebs, but trust- it’s fire. I’m perpetually running late, so a make-ahead breakfast is essential for ya girl. This one is easy, quick, and healthy af. Get that fiber, nah mean???

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • Some maple syrup or honey to taste
  • Cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • Fruit- I usually go with blueberries (aka bleubs) and raspberries

Put all of this jazz in a jar, shake it up, and refrigerate overnight. I know this is a really complicated recipe, but I have faith that you can handle it!!

The Cafe at The Frick

Hello peasants, happy Sunday!! Today I had the pleasure of enjoying some brunch at art at The Frick with my good homie Stephen before returning to West Virginia for one last week of fun 🙂

First of all, if you don’t order some sort of alcoholic beverage, is it even brunch? I didn’t save a pic of it, but I got a Pomegranate Fizz. Also known as a mimosa but with pomegranate juice. That shit was SMOOTH! If I wasn’t driving, I could have easily downed a causal 3 or 4 more.

Then, of course, the cheese plate:

I can’t remember the cheeses, but I can tell you that the both tasted the same- delicious!!! Some slices on that crostini, drizzled with honey, topped with a blackberry and some pine nuts…we out here. I fucking live for solid cheese plates.

It just gets better- the Quiche of the fucking Day!! This had something like asparagus and goat cheese in it. Creamy, flavorful, all around great. And a pretty solid crust too. You know something egg-related is good to me when I don’t request hot sauce!

Stephen went with the grilled cheese. It looked fire.

Finally, the dessert. What can I say? I like to really get a picture of the full menu when I try a new place.

This chocolate gelato was so gooooooood. So intensely chocolatey without being too sweet. Ah, so beautiful.

The Frick was awesome, and I’m glad I checked another Pittsburgh place off my list!

FYI, the food scene in Charleston, WV is surprisingly decent

Hello friends- how is everybody doing on this fine Wednesday evening?? I myself am writing this from my hotel room in Wild & Wonderful West Virginia as I eat some of the spiciest, most delicious pad thai I have ever had.

As you can see by the title of this post, the food scene here in Charleston, the capital city, is low key pretty good. I’ve posted about a few of the places down here before when I was on the same client here last year, but to spare you from the effort of having to go into my archives, I’ll repeat some of the winners here.

First of all, this mother fucking pad thai. DAMN!!!

I really don’t know if my taste buds are going to recover. Aka, Chow Thai really nailed the spice level. Nothing I hate more than ordering something as spicy and then having some weak shit come out. Let me tell you, this is NOT WEAK. Although it’s super spicy, it doesn’t overpower the other beautiful flavors in here, which is so important to me. I only have a week left on the job down here, so you better believe I’ll be returning at least one more time.

Next- my favorite pizza here, Lola’s.

Yes, my basic ass only took a boomerang of the pie I recently picked up for myself. Sorry not sorryThe pizza pictured in the boomerang above had sausage (perfect mix of sweet and spicy), caramelized onions, and red peppers on it. So good!!!!

Here’s some other pizzas we got when I went with the work squad- I sadly can’t remember the exact combos we threw on there. What I can remember is that they were bomb AF. Lola’s is in this adorable little house and has a ton of different pizza combos as well as a pretty decent local beer selection.

In case you wanted more pizza pics, here is my (close) second favorite pizza place here- Pies n Pints!!

Very similar to the pic I got at Lola’s, and almost equally as delicious. If you ever find yourself at a Pies n Pints, do yourself a favor and get the Chicken Gouda pizza.

Some other notable dishes I’ve enjoyed at various places around here:

Pulled Pork Bruschetta from The Block. They also have really great charcuterie and a nice cheese selection, but I only took a picture of it on Snapchat and forgot to save it 😦 Oh, and holy fuck, some of the best dessert I’ve had in a while- it’s this like fresh, piping hot waffle with caramel drizzled on it and then topped with a scoop of ice cream. God damn!!

Korean spicy chicken wings at Ichiban. Yep. Every bit as delicious as they sound.

I guess I’ve been slacking on my pictures the past few weeks, but some other places I frequent include:

  • Tricky Fish– really great pulled pork tacos, solid hush puppies, and some really tasty waffle fries
  • Blue Grass Kitchen– get the tofu wings as an appetizer. Trust me.
  • Jimmy Johns– lmao, just kidding. But we do get lunch from here a lot.

Anyway, time to get back to work! Thanks for reading 😸

Bird on the Run

Hello hello hello, how is everyone doing tonight? I personally had a great day full of lounging, ignoring responsibilities, and eating delicious food.

Bird on the Run has been on my radar for a hot minute, so when my friend suggested meeting there for a quick and low key dinner you know I was all sorts of pumped.

I think the first thing we need to talk about is this frozen moscow mule. Hellooooooo. So strong, but also so delicious. I’m a real sucker for frozen drinks.

Now here we have the star of the night: the extra spicy hot chicken sandwich. Simple and done RIGHT!! Even extra spicy wasn’t that hot though, so I’d def recommend that level. The chicken was perfectly crispy and flavorful, perfectly complimented by the pickle chips and soft bun.

I didn’t get a good pic of them, but fuck, this place may have the best waffle fries I have ever tasted!!!!

Long story short, I’ll definitely be back.