Crazy Bacon Macaroni

Crazy Bacon Macaroni

You may have come here wondering what, exactly, makes macaroni crazy. Well, funny story about that. See, we were going to make Penne, but we only had 1/3 box (not enough). And so we added some shells we had left, but we still didn’t have enough. So we added a box of the shells from shells and cheese (and tossed the cheese). So now we have some penne and two different sizes of shells. Pretty crazy, huh? Okay, maybe it’s not that crazy. Maybe it’s just disorganized and lazy, like me. But it tastes incredible! I even ate all of the leftovers, and as a rule, I do NOT eat leftover macaroni (never have, it’s icky). Anyway. If you want to give it a try, here’s the printable recipe card! Crazy Bacon Macaroni Recipe Type: Pasta Cuisine: American Author: Sam (Sizzling Mess) Ingredients 1 box uncooked elbow macaroni (or penne, or shells) 4-oz (1/4 pound) cheddar cheese 4-oz (1/4 pound) swiss cheese 4-oz (1/4 pound) Original Velveeta 1/2 package real bacon bits (or 6 pieces cooked, crumbled bacon) 2 tablespoons butter 1 and 3/4 cups milk 1/4 cup flour Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste Instructions Start out by boiling your pasta until it is al-dente. Al-dente pasta should still have a bit of “tooth” to it, in other words when you bite in it should be fully cooked but still mildly firm. Once the pasta is done, drain the water, and put it back in the pot. Add your butter, milk, and flour, and stir over low heat until fully combined. Then add your cheeses, one at...
Guacamole Two Ways

Guacamole Two Ways

It’s not really a secret. I’m kind of testy sometimes. Sometimes people just make me mad. It’s not my fault. It’s probably genetics, or hormones, or a brain defect at play. But seriously, people who make guacamole “wrong” set me off. How can something with so MANY ingredients taste so bland? Why is it chunky? How hard would it have been to make it smooth? Do you know this just tastes like a mashed avocado? (Not that mashed avocado tastes bad, it’s just not guacamole. I’m actually eating plain avocado with a spoon as I type this.) Okay, so now I will stop, and I will tell you how to make it the correct way. Two ways in fact. The “I’m-making-dinner” way and the “I-really-need-a-snack-way”. And both are easy, and both are good. And they’re also healthy, and paleo by nature (not on purpose). And did I mention that they actually taste good? Okay, now with it! Dinner (or lunch, or party, or whatever) Guacamole This guacamole is how I always make it for dinner or when I’m making it for other people. Or when I feel particularly ambitious (never). This is real guac. I use either an immersion blender or a food processor to make it since I like it super smooth. But I suppose it can be mashed with a fork too. First, you add all the ingredients to whatever you’re blending/mashing it in. And then you blend it up, so it’s super creamy and all of the ingredients are perfectly combined. Look at that green beauty! Here’s the printable recipe card! Real Guacamole Recipe Type: Condiment...
Philly Cheesesteaks

Philly Cheesesteaks

I love a good steak philly. Emphasis on good. We have a restaurant here called Pepperjax which sells all kind of phillies and wraps and bowls (and now nachos?!), and they have super thin meat and they are so good. But I’ll be honest, the last 5 or so times I have gone there, the meat has been too stringy and fatty for me. So that’s gross. So, I’ve been on a hunt to make them at home. And when I ran across this recipe from the Pioneer Woman, I knew it would be perfect! Obviously I made some version of it right away. So, I’m using the roast beef here, instead of cooked steak because it’s 1. easier since it’s already cooked and 2. it’s super thin and low on fat. If you want to, you could cut up a steak really thin and fry it until it’s browned, but this was good! I used medium (not rare) roast beef from the deli. And for the cheese sauce, I used American singles in swiss flavor because they melt well. Add in a little milk to thin it out and you basically have nacho cheese. I also used a little soft swiss which I already had, but not too much. Just to give it some flavor. You could use white American too, but they didn’t have it at my store. It’s usually behind the deli counter. Here’s the printable recipe! Philly Cheesesteaks Recipe Type: Sandwich Cuisine: American Author: Sam (Sizzling Mess) Ingredients For One Sandwich 1 deli roll, cut in half 3 tablespoons butter 1/4 onion, sliced thinly 1/2 bell...
Dip and Share Eggs

Dip and Share Eggs

I saw this recipe on The Londoner a couple of months ago (hell, maybe it was a year ago now, I can’t keep track), and I’ve been wanting to try it ever since. I’m kind of lazy when it comes to cooking from a recipe, so I tweaked it a bit here and there to fit what I had in my cupboards. But, all of that aside, it’s healthy, and if you don’t count the bread you dip into it, it’s paleo. I MAY have separated the egg yolks and whites and only used the yolks. Sorry but egg whites are gross level: 1000, and for the most part have little nutritional value anyway. Plus, I get the heebie-jeebies when egg whites aren’t fully cooked and I had my doubts with this (even though I love runny yolks, so go figure). I’ll let you make that decision for yourself. To separate an egg, crack the shell into two pieces, and then over a sink or trash can drop the egg yolk back and fourth between the two halves. After two or three passes, the egg white will completely separate and fall into the trash/sink. Or you can just be normal (unlike me) and use the entire egg. Okay so let’s see some pictures, right?! First, sauté some tomatoes and peppers and garlic. Then, add some tomato sauce, cilantro, and spices: Then stir it together and let it simmer for awhile. Then add some eggs and let them cook. Or if you’re weird like I am, just add the yolks, and let them cook less. Finally, add some chhhhheeeeeessssseeeee! And...
Austin, TX: Hamilton Pool

Austin, TX: Hamilton Pool

This took me way too long to get up here on the blog. Actually though, it works out nicely since it’s a little travel post, and then next month I’ll be going on vacation and posting more! When you pull into Hamilton Pool (technically in Dripping Springs, TX), a frumpy guy comes out and reads you at least 20,000 rules about what you can and cannot do in the pool, then tells you to pull ahead to the parking lot. Once you park, you have a walk ahead of you. It’s about a quarter mile or so down a pretty steep path, and then maybe another quarter mile or half mile to the pool itself. Once you get there though, you can hear it’s waterfall and immediately know where you are! Around the pool (which isn’t really a pool, by the way, it has a “natural” bottom and fish) there is a path where you can walk, which is not only gorgeous but has some cool rock formations. And at the end some rickety-ass stairs which you can climb to get to the top and loop back around. Although the path has some tight spots: It was too cold for us to swim, but we enjoyed the trip nonetheless. And in the summertime when it was full of people, it would be quite the experience! Unfortunately, I can’t find the picture, but if you go the opposite way on the trail from the pool, it will take you along the river and after about a mile and a half of pretty views, it will let out onto a GORGEOUS...