One of my all-time favorite holidays is the Fourth of July! No major family expectations to live up to as newlyweds (like Thanksgiving or Christmas), just fun with friends celebrating our country’s independence with food and fireworks. Whether you’re throwing your first BBQ as husband and wife or attending someone else’s shin-dig, here are 3 awesome recipes for Fourth of July treats!
Quick & Easy – Jello Fire Cracker Shots are tiny red white and blue mouthfuls of fun…with or without alcohol. If you’re stumped on what to bring to a friend’s BBQ, you honestly can’t go wrong with this recipe. It took me all of 30 minutes to complete and they look exactly like the photo on the recipe. P.S. they’re also incredibly budget friendly (2 boxes of jello, milk and an envelope of unflavored gelatin)!
Ready to Impress – Are you confident in the kitchen and looking for the ultimate Fourth of July dessert to wow guests? This American Flag Cake looks amazing and difficult, but if you study the recipe it all comes down to how you layer colored cakes to make every slice a piece of patriot pride (seriously…every slice looks like an American flag…check out the photo above)!
Healthy Choice – Trying to avoid gaining the newlywed 15? This recipe for an angel food cake layered with lemon curd and berries is low in calories but high in taste. It’s also quick to assemble and can even be done with a store-bought cake!
However you spend Fourth of July this year, count yourself blessed to be celebrating independence with the person you chose to love and marry!
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Easter and Passover are coming soon, making it the perfect time to host a brunch for your families or friends. As newlyweds, you probably now have enough plates to serve a medium to large group and plenty of kitchen gadgets to try out! I thought I’d share a few of my favorite brunch recipes to make the planning process easier.
If you’re hosting a combined family meal, consider dietary restrictions. Is anyone allergic to nuts or keeping kosher for the holiday? If you’re hosting friends, you’ll need to juggle everyone else’s family obligations and meal times.
Once those details are understood you can start planning your menu. I am a huge fan of frittatas to feed a group. They’re fun, fancy and not very hard to make. Here are a few links to my top 3 frittata recipes: Baked Potato Frittata, Leek Potato & Gruyere Frittata, and a Spring Pea Frittata.
Not feeling the frittata? My other suggestion would be an Egg and Wild Mushroom Tart or a Strata. The advantage of these is that you can prep most of their components the night before.
Once you select a main recipe, you will need fruit (I suggest raspberries and black berries in a bowl) and a bread of some sort to round out your menu. Muffins, a coffee cake or croissants are great choices. Add a pitcher of juice and or mimosas and you’re brunch is ready for rave reviews from family and friends!
Are you hosting a holiday brunch for the first time as a newlywed? What’s on your mind and menu?
You’ve heard of engagement chicken, but what about newlywed chicken? Did you envision preparing elaborate and elegant meals when you got married? Thought you’d give Martha a run for her money? Me too. In reality, it can be very stressful to figure out what you and your spouse will eat every night all week/all month/all year. Here’s an idea that can jump-start your planning this week or rescue you when you feel uninspired or overwhelmed.
A chicken is my solution. Yes, a whole roaster chicken cooked on Sunday so you have time to prepare it.
Meal 1: Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Veggies
Roast* your chicken in the oven for the amount of time specified on the label. I suggest liberally shaking kosher salt on the inside and outside first. You can also mix crushed garlic and herbs ,such as sage and thyme, with a tablespoon of butter and slide this under the upper skin of the chicken (it’s sort of like giving it implants). This ensure a moist well-flavored chicken. While it roasts you can whip up mashed potatoes and any vegetable you have on hand. Have you heard the expression “winner winner chicken dinner”? That is how your spouse is going to feel about this classic home cooked meal!
*If you’re too busy to roast a chicken, you can put it in your crockpot for 4 hours. Just add 1 cup of chicken broth so it doesn’t stick to the bottom.
Meal 2: Layered Chicken Enchilada Bake
Shred ½ of the remaining chicken and make this quick layered chicken three cheese enchilada recipe. It takes 10 minutes to assemble and 30 minutes to bake. Blend some margaritas while it’s cooking and you’ll have an instant fiesta dinner!
Meal 3: Spicy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup
Shred the remaining chicken and use it to make Asian chicken noodle soup. If your spouse is like mine, soup doesn’t count as dinner, so you may want to make this for both of you for lunch. Here’s the recipe adapted from The Londoner Blog:
Splash of sesame oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
4 spring onions, chopped
2 handfuls of shredded chicken
2.5 cups chicken stock
1 cup boiling water
Piece of ginger about the size of your thumb, thickly sliced
3/4 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp of soy sauce
1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped
1 red chili, chopped
1 can of sweet corn
1 big handful of thin noodles (I use somen noodles..but any will work)
Put a saucepan onto medium heat and add a few splashes of sesame oil, add your garlic until it starts to sizzle. Stir it around a bit & add your spring onions. Fry until they start to soften.
Toss in the chicken and stir to make sure it gets nicely coated in the oil & garlic. Pour in your stock & boiling water. Add your ginger slices, fish sauce, soy sauce, coriander & chili. Just before it comes to the boil add your sweet corn & noodles. Boil 2 more minutes and serve immediately.
So, from one chicken on Sunday you ended up with 3 completely diffent meals for the two of you. Not a bad way to begin the week! It took me longer than I care to admit to figure out how to utilize one ingredient a few different ways to make quick and interesting dinners for 2. I also thew out a lot of leftovers and felt badly about it. I hope you and your spouse enjoy these dishes and that he washes them!
Remember all those amazing, can’t-live-without kitchen gadgets and appliances that you registered for? That the sales associate said you just couldn’t do without? Well now it’s time to use them all. If you registered for an immersion blender, a food processor and a dutch oven, a waffle iron, maybe a slow cooker or crockpot, there’s no point in letting them gather dust in a cabinet when you can use them to make some amazing, delicious food. Now you just need some awesome recipes! Instead of flipping through your cookbooks for hours looking for a recipe that actually utilizes your kitchen gadgets, check out Feastie, where you can search through over 100,000 recipes (all with gorgeous photos)…it’s a newlywed cook’s dream come true!
Whether you’re already comfortable in the kitchen but looking to try something new or you’re just learning how to cook, we’ve got you covered. To get you started, I’ve picked out a few of my favorites that will make good use of your new kitchen gadgets – get your new knives ready.
1. Immersion Blender: Once you’ve used your immersion blender a few times you’ll fall in love. It’s perfect for making creamy soups and sauces, even shakes. A favorite: Creamy Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese
2. Food Processor: Puree, grind, grate – make hummus, spreads, frostings and cake batter, even bread or pizza dough in your food processor. This is by far my favorite and most-used appliance in my kitchen. A favorite: Feta Pineapple Pizza with Cauliflower Crust
3. Dutch Oven: Perfect for soups, chilis, stews, roast chicken or meat, these heavy pots are super versatile. This may sound weird, but a dutch oven is fantastic for baking bread. The easiest, tastiest, most foolproof bread you’ve ever made. A favorite: No-Knead Bread
4. Waffle Iron: Waffles – there are endless varieties of waffles, both sweet and savory. But this contraption is not just for waffles – what about cookies made in a waffle iron? Or mac & cheese waffles? A favorite: Big Ol’ Blueberry Quinoa Waffles
5. Slow Cooker or CrockPot: Classic slow-cooker and crockpot recipes include chilis and soups, but did you know you can make lasagna in a slow cooker? Or pulled pork? How about enchiladas or even chocolate cake? Turn it on when you go to work, and dinner’s waiting when you get home. Here’s a surprising favorite: Slow Cooker Chocolate and Nutella Bread Pudding
Learning how to cook can be a fun, rewarding experience, whether you’re cooking with your spouse or on your own. Don’t be intimidated, and don’t be hesitant to try a new ingredient, new cuisine, or new cooking method. The absolute worst case scenario? Pizza delivery and a good laugh!
Thanksgiving is almost upon us and that means getting together with family and celebrating all of the things you are thankful for with a ton of food. It’s also a great time to showcase your personality and abilities to the family you married into. Whether it’s pumpkin, chocolate meringue, apple or berry; a fabulous slice of pie is the best way to top off a great meal. As the newlywed addition to your spouse’s family, what better thing to bring to the meal, but a homemade pie?
Here a few recipes to help you make a great impression (and pie) this Thanksgiving:
For the Traditionalist: If you and Martha Steward are BFFs make a classic dessert to add to the feast. Here are a few great recipes for pumpkin pie, apple pie and berry cobbler. Your new family is certainly in for a treat!
For the Foodie: Are you the gracious gourmet? Flaunt your skills and great taste with a Pear Tarte Tatin or, if the oven is in over-drive, why not make a festive frozen treat? You’ll have more than a few family fans after making a Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie for dessert.
For the Frazzled: Want to bring something to add to dinner, but are short on time? Here are two great ideas that take an hour or less: whip up a Blackberry Pear Pie or try this Pecan Caramel Tart Recipe. These recipes may be short on prep time but they sure aren’t lacking in flavor or presentation. No one needs to know that you made them in a matter of minutes!
For the Innovator: Are you the edgy interesting person that loves a new flavor combination? Show off your taste for adventure with Pear Soup with Pancetta & Blue Cheese. I know it’s not pie…but it’s too amazing not to mention! You could also make a Banana Rum Cream Pie that will have your in-laws drooling!
For the Health Conscious: Challenged by the invitation to bring something “sweet but healthy” to dinner? Instantly ingratiate yourself with any children in the family by bringing Caramel Apples or Cranberry Pineapple Minis!
Do you have a signature pie recipe that you plan to make this Thanksgiving? Please share it with us!