Sticky Buns – Bun in the Oven

A phrase such as “There are STICKY BUNS in the OVEN” is sure to get smiles, hugs, and tears of joy from most people in your household. Another phrase which is sure to get people running and make them have the same reaction of smiles, hugs, and tears of joy is “There is a BUN in the OVEN”

…lucky for you, today I am uttering both those phrases!

Sticky Bun in the Oven | via teacher-chef.com 2014

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Leftover Turkey Quesadilla

Quesadillas are amazing food! You can make them in a rush with just some cheese in the microwave (a go-to quick meal when we were in college – thanks to a good friend who introduced it to us, not crispy but still perfect with a bowl of sour cream). As a Grown-Up, I love to just throw a tortilla shell into a pan – a mix of flavors from the cheese and a bit of spice to add some extra flavor to kick it up… cooked over medium heat and flipped for a few minutes. Served with just some sour cream or your favorite salsa or fresh guacamole or even taken to the next level with a family-favorite chili – its a go-to “we aren’t cooking tonight” dinner!

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Chocolate Pecan Pie

PIE!

Chocolate Pecan Pie | teacher-chef.com 2014

 Pecan Pie is a Holiday Favorite on tables around the country! Sometimes Pecan Pie is so incredibly sweet that your teeth almost hurt. You would think that the addition of Chocolate to this Pecan Pie would make this even sweeter – but contrary to popular belief, the addition of chocolate chips actually cuts some of the sweetness and gives you the best of everything pie has to offer!

Chocolate Pecan Pie | teacher-chef.com 2014

Chocolate added to almost anything makes it even better (in my opinion). My family 100% agrees with me on the deliciousness of this pie. I am not even trying to put into words the deliciousness of the pie (I should have written down the quotes while family was eating in order to share with you) Continue reading

Life Lessons from the Dog

I am sorry (yet again) for such a long absence! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that we have gone through quite a few changes recently (new house, new job being some of the big ones)!

Boca chasing the Ball in one of her last days on her feet

Boca chasing the Ball in one of her last days on her feet

Sunday night September 7, 2014 Boca refused food and was just laying around way more than normal. If you are a frequent reader here, you are familiar with Boca (who was featured by Huffington Post as they talked about my amazing Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats) and know that her refusing food is about as shocking as Mr. Teacher-Chef turning down food! I knew something was really wrong when her stomach was rock hard, she refused food, and then yelped jumping into the car. We rushed to the animal hospital where they saw something disturbing on her tummy x-ray. Exploratory Stomach Surgery and they found no blockage, but did find non-functional intestines. Fast-Forward a day or two and the Doctor thinks she strained to poop (sorry, I know this is a food blog and we shouldn’t be talking poop – but, ya know) and lost function of her hind quarters. A few days of Laser Therapy and Chiropractic and no improvement and we pulled her from the 1st Vet and brought her to a specialist (at the same office where Boca had her TPLO two years ago – we love Valley Central).

2013 Boca Dog Bone

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Molecular Gastronomy Kit from Uncommon Goods

…and a giveaway

When I have a chance to combine learning and food – I get quite happy!

Molecular Gastronomy kit collage

The amazing folks at Uncommon Goods recently got in touch with me and offered to send me a product for me to review. After doing a little happy dance that they thought I (me, seriously!?) was worthy of getting one of their amazing gift ideas, I started searching. You know how some websites you start browsing and adding items to your cart to review and narrow down your choices later – and when you go to review you have like $1,000 of goodies in your cart? Yeah – well that was me on Uncommon Goods as I searched for gifts for women here. I had dozens of things in my cart – I mean how can you not love things like this or this or this! But then I had to narrow it down, I got it down to only gifts for cooks, and finally settled on this amazing Molecular Gastronomy Kit by -mostly because it was something I would never buy for myself and thought it would be amazing to cook and learn and play with!!! Continue reading

Baked Zucchini Crisps

When summer produce is in it’s prime, you have no excuse not to cram as much of the summer goodness into your face as possible! It is healthy, it is easily adaptable, it is fresh, and it is cost effective (especially if you or your neighbors/friends have a garden).

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If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t – you probably should) then you saw a teaser photo of me doing some recipe testing of these things! Continue reading