honey & sriracha roasted cashews

Honey & Sriracha Roasted Cashews

I have to admit this post was inspired by a facebook ad from a company selling sriracha cashews.  I wanted some but I knew that it would probably be pretty easy to make my own, and I was right. I found this recipe at an amazing blog by fellow (though far more accomplished!) designer / food enthusiast Jennifer Chong.  These honey and sriracha cashews have a nice subtle sweet and spicy roasted taste without overpowering the natural buttery goodness of the cashew.

honey & sriracha roasted cashews

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quick & tasty smashed red potatoes

Quick & Tasty Smashed Red Potatoes

This is my go-to potato recipe because it is so easy to do and results in slightly crispy garlic-buttery potato goodness.  By microwaving the potatoes then broiling them, you can have the whole dish done in about 20 minutes, compared to the usual roasting methods that take a lot more time. Also I find smashing the potatoes with my hands (protected by an oven mitt) pretty fun to do; I admit that is kind of weird, but hey it’s the little things.

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baked crab rangoon with sweet chili sauce

Baked Crab Rangoon with Sweet Chili Sauce

The restaurant selection in the small town where I live in has gotten even smaller this summer now that the Chinese restaurant has temporarily closed it’s doors for renovations. This makes me really sad because I can no longer get wonderful cheap Chinese junk food like crab rangoon without driving for half an hour.  I have mentioned before that I hate frying things at home, it’s a big, messy, potentially dangerous ordeal and you have to use a ton of vegetable oil.  I don’t think it’s worth it. So, I decided to try out baked crab rangoon.

I will admit that this baked version is not the same as the fried flaky crab rangoon that you get at chinese restaurants, but it is pretty good and it’s definitely easier to make.  The butter helps add a little flavor and ensures that the wonton wrapper gets crispy; you just have to go in with the expectation that will not be the same.

baked crab rangoon with sweet chili sauce

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chocolate covered banana slices with crushed pistachios

Chocolate Covered Banana Slices with Crushed Pistachios

These chocolate covered bananas only take a few minutes to prepare (plus a half hour to set up in the freezer) and they are a delicious yet healthy treat.  You can use any kind of chocolate, bars or chips, and you could also replace the pistachios with some other kind of nut; however I think salted pistachios compliment the chocolate and banana wonderfully.

chocolate covered banana slices with crushed pistachios
That slice in the back looks like it’s melting! But it only looks like that because I cut the banana at an angle. :P

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tuna cakes with apple salsa

Tuna Cakes with Apple Salsa

Summer may not officially be here yet, but summer like weather has finally come to Wisco. In the spirit of summer, I’ve been motivated to try out some new yummy looking fruit and veg dishes.  I bought some apples the other day and I’ve been wanting to make an apple salsa, but wasn’t sure what to serve it with.  Then it occurred to me that I like apples in tuna salad, so some kind of tuna dish would probably work.

I found this tuna cakes recipe from Kraft and thought that it would work pretty well. Not only that but the tuna cakes (which I’ve never done before) are surprisingly good. Who knew fish from a can could be so scrumptious?  The tuna cakes were easy to throw together and cook up in only a few minutes, so these will probably be a new regular thing for me.

tuna cakes with apple salsa

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