Thursday, April 16, 2015

PHILLY CHEESESTEAK POTATO NACHOS

Philly Cheeseteak Potato Nachos

Well, hello, lover! And yes, I'm talking to this gorgeous skillet of Philly Cheeseteak Potato Nachos. Because if anything can get me to wax romantic, it would be these. Or any potatoes, really (remember the Skinny Texas Cheese Fries of yore? Still my fave).

While these potato nachos may not be the purtiest dish on the block, it more than makes up for its hot mess-ness with stellar tastiness. Let's not beat around the bush: potatoes in any way make me weak in the knees. So it might be shocking to hear that I didn't really embrace the potato until I married Warren. 

Yes, white rice was my preferred white carb for nearly my entire life. Until Warren introduced me to his favorite bachelor meal: fried potatoes and eggs. It was (and is) simple and perfect. 

Philly Cheeseteak Potato Nachos

Let's call those fried potatoes and eggs the gateway drug to Potato Paradise. Because after I ate them, white rice became a distant memory. We were on a mission to create the best homemade French fries (mission accomplished, thanks to the absolutely glorious Herbed Bistro Fries from last summer, which we typically make in 5 pound batches for backyard BBQs and are then inhaled in about .5 seconds). 

I still regularly dream of the patatas bravas we had in Spain and ate by what seemed to be the truckload. I could swim in that bravas sauce and die a happy soul. Do you have a meal like that? Maybe it was the romance of Spain, those white sand beaches and crystalline waters, the swishing palms and flamenco music (can you tell I wish I were still in Cancun--or Spain, pretty much anywhere with a beach?). 

But let's be real: it was probably just the potatoes. They were my everything. 

Philly Cheeseteak Potato Nachos

I could literally go on for another 1,000 words about how potatoes changed my life but who has time for that? I'll leave that to me and my diary. This is all to say that you should saunter right on over to The Collaboreat for my very last (the tears!) Make post. Yes, these Philly Cheesesteak Potato Nachos are my Collaboreat swan song. I have loved exploring the vast and lovely world of food as the Make editor and am so excited to see how it grows this year!

P.S. If you have any interest in becoming The Collaboreat's next Make editor, get in touch with them!

I love potatoes so much I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to them. 

Check out my Mr. Potato Head board for more deliciousness!

And in the meantime, here are some of my favorite potato recipes:


Herbed Bistro Fries

Herbed Bistro Fries


Skinny Texas Cheese Fries

Skinny Texas Cheese Fries



Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Hash

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Hash


Thursday, April 09, 2015

CHOCOLATE MOCHA MUG CAKES FOR TWO

Chocolate Mocha Mug Cakes for Two!

You guys: Chocolate Mocha Mug Cakes!!! And yes, I was slow to jump on the microwave cake train because I just feel so strongly about cake (also because I am a reformed cake hater--I know, I lived a sad childhood) and my thought was that cakes should be baked, not nuked.

Well, friends, I stand corrected.

Because these beautiful little mug cakes are pretty much paradise in an individual serving. 

Chocolate Mocha Mug Cakes for Two!

And I suppose this is a good time to mention the molten Nutella core. 

Yes: molten Nutella.

Rejoice!

Chocolate Mocha Mug Cakes for Two!

I was hesitant about microwave mug cakes because I worried about the texture. But these took probably 3 minutes total to whip up and I had myself essentially a chocolate souffle of awesome complete with a molten Nutella core. 

I just cannot reiterate how amazing that core is. Because it melts and mixes with all that chocolate-mocha goodness and creates such decadence, I could not even speak, just sigh in the glory of it all. 

Chocolate Mocha Mug Cakes for Two!

Also: whipped cream. Totally necessary. 

Chocolate Mocha Mug Cakes for Two!

I put this cake in the microwave with all sorts of doubts leaning towards the "this will be a disaster" variety. 70 seconds later I dug my spoon into this hot mess and my life changed irrevocably for the better.

Chocolate Mocha Mug Cakes for Two!

I'm already thinking of all the variations that should be mug-caked. Red velvet with a molten white chocolate core is next on my list!

P.S. Have you seen Furious 7 yet? If not, get thee to a theater STAT! It was easily the best thing that happened to me this entire year, and I'm growing a tiny human in my belly. I say this with not an iota of irony. Those who know me know of my vast and undying love for pretty much any action movie, The Bourne series being the top of the list with the Fast movies coming in a close second (you may remember my new life motto, cribbed from the glorious Fast 6)

Whenever I was having a bad day these past few months, I watched the preview with the cars parachuting out of the airplane because it always cheered me up. I also thanked the stars above that the movie came out before the baby so I could go see it in the theaters. These are where my priorities are, friends. It's a good thing Jurassic Park 4 and Pitch Perfect 2 squeak in right before my due date or I don't know what I would do with myself.

Anyway, these Chocolate Mocha Mug Cakes are as good as seeing Furious 7 in the theater, and that is saying something, for realz. 

Chocolate Mocha Mug Cakes for Two!

Hop on over to The Collaboreat to check out this freakishly simple recipe and get ready to eat nothing but mug cakes for the remainder of this week!


P.S. Are we Pin Pals? We totes should be! If you are a sweets fan, 


Also, for as much as I love chocolate, I sure don't have very many recipes here--
but these are some of my faves:

Easy Chocolate Tart with Nutter Butter Crust

Easy Chocolate Tart with Nutter Butter Crust


White Chocolate Peanut Butter Kettle Corn

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Kettle Corn


Pumpkin Challah Swirled with Chocolate

Pumpkin Challah Swirled with Chocolate
All You Need Is Cake | Free Printable



Tuesday, April 07, 2015

THE FINAL MAKERS PARTY | FAREWELL GIVEAWAY!

The Makers Farewell Giveaway Rectangle

You guys, the time has finally come to bid a final farewell to The Makers Link Party! Of course we definitely couldn't say good bye without one final shout out to some of our favorite bloggers that have been featured at past parties. We are so thankful for those of you who showcased your talent here and know that our party was successful due to the fact that each and every week we had some crazy good projects and recipes to share!

 So we each rounded up a "The Best of The Makers" post. Each of our blogs will be featuring a different "best of" theme for you to check out. Get started here by checking out my favorite recipes and then click around to each host below to see their favorites. At your last stop, be sure to enter to win $225 PayPal cash using the rafflecopter at the bottom of the post.


Home Made by Carmona: Amazing Furniture Transformations

Nalle's House: Modern Crafts

Upcycled Treasures: Inspiring Upcycled Projects

TinySidekick: Must Try DIY Projects for Your Home

Persia Lou: DIY Art and Wall Decor