Friday Food

It’s been a long time, long time…..(cue aaliyah anyone?) since I posted a recipe. The semester started. And it’s all been downhill from there. It’s not to say I haven’t been cooking, believe me, I like to eat enough to not miss too many dinner bells chiming near my brain, but I haven’t been making anything NEW and EXCITING in the foodie world. And, I’ll just be honest if no one on DSLR camera perfection planet wants to be: sometimes, the food isn’t that pretty, but man it tastes GOOD!!!!!!!!

So, I’m going to give you some amateur, close to dark, strangely colored food pics and say “embrace them with me” because that was some damn good chicken kids…maybe you’ll get an idea out of it for a meal and you can rejoice when your chicken looks like my chicken when you finally get to supper at 9 p.m. on any given Tuesday.

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Summer cheese dip. There’s still a mass amount of summer produce floating around me. Summer cheese dip has been a great ‘go-to’ for me this summer as a dish to pass, an appetizer, and if we’re being honest, dinner of champions at least twice. Get on it. Queso or feta makes this really good and both cheeses give it a unique flavor.

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No knead pizza crust. Pizza Friday manages to come around each week with ease and a delicious outcome from the oven. Saving myself time and limping home to the comfort of my apple tv has made life easier all around.

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Zucchini bread & muffins. I’ve had the good fortune of miles of zucchini this year. I binge bake and then freeze the spoils for distribution later. My Mema’s recipe stands the test of time!

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Caprese salad. It needs no explanation.

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The first cool day was last week. And I made the most of it making homemade shake-n-bake chicken. No mix in the house? That’s ok. Mix equal parts panko breadcrumbs with Italian (or plain seasoned up) and shake it off. Taylor Swift would be proud and your chicken will be fantastic. I use a rack to bake the chicken and you can take the skin off (but really, why would you?) before shaking to reduce the fat/cals. I roasted the zucchini with onions and red pepper with some homemade greek seasoning.

 

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Last but not least, these little dudes are individual peach cobblers. Adorable by anyone’s standards and perfectly portioned for you. There’s two peaches under the layer of crispy crust that I cubed and added some sugar and cinnamon too. I paired them with some vanilla ice cream and reheated them before serving.

Stitch Fix #3

Stitch Fix #3 | Domesticated Academic

Welcome to this edition of Stitch Fix Day!

I love me some stitch fix and I’m growing to like it more each month. Great clothes right to my door. No fuss, no muss, three days to try them on and decide if they should be in your wardrobe.

This month I found I liked several of the items and if it weren’t for the price, I would keep more! I do have limits and $98 for a pair of pants is just a price tag I cannot yet fathom in my life.  I’m wearing those pants in the photos above. Great pants, nice stretch, super cute, but that price tag. Nope. Couldn’t keep. The other item that I didn’t even try on: a hoodie. My stylist didn’t know this because I didn’t tell him/her, but I’m not much for hoodies in my real life. I own two or three but that’s about it and they’re from my colleges or my old FFA chapter. I don’t usually don a hoodie as a wardrobe staple. EVER. Again, no one’s fault, I’ll put it in my notes for next time.

What I did love were the three pieces in the pic. The Kensie top with lace details in the shoulders was super attractive on the eyes and flattering for the fit. It’s got some stretch in the back since the back panel is cotton and the front is rayon. I love how it laid and knew immediately I was going to keep it.

The gray blazer in the middle has me on the fence. I like it. I like the stretch to it, but find that it might pill up and not look good for very long. I love the ruffle details in the back instead of just a basic, boring back and since it’s not lined, it’s roomie and could be used as a sweater instead of a cardigan (which can make one look a bit dowdy day after day). I have to keep thinking on this one. I’ve got a day or two.

Finally, the asymmetrical zip royal blue sweater. LOVE. LOVE. Wanted and requested and boom, it landed. I love this thing. I don’t know why, but I do. Ok, I know why: it’s soft, it’s comfortable, it feels like a hug, and it’s stylish! I’m going to have to hem the sleeves or cut a thumbhole (aka: take the stitch out & reinforce it) because they’re too long, but I’ll figure that out after I wash it once. I love the off-set zip to it and the royal blue is simply beautiful and classy. I’ll put a bright top under it and make it pop or wear the kensie top, since it looks good with both this and the gray blazer.

Solid fix stitch fix. I’ll think on this blazer. What do you think?

 

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Check it out and save yourself a few headaches and a lot of stress and time! As a young academic, I’m always looking to improve my appearance to make up for the lack of gray hairs on my head. This is the perfect way for me to do that without losing time doing research or teaching.

Super Easy No Knead “pizza hut” Pan Pizza

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Half whole wheat, half amazing! No kneading necessary to make this soon to be family favorite! I started with the recipe from budget bytes and was intrigued by the notion of a pizza hut like pan pizza. All I can think of it the “book it” program that we participated in as kids. Read books, get a personal pan pizza as a reward! Mom and dad got a cheap night out and the kids ate for free as a reward. Pretty much the best thing ever as a kid. Yeah….pretty much :D

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I beefed up the crust with half whole wheat, half AP flour and used a little more yeast to help balance out the ‘weight’ of the whole wheat flour. Let the crust grow and expand all day (or the day before) and when you’re ready, plop it into a 10 or 12 inch skillet that greased and you’ll have an amazing crust with melty cheese and toppings. shutthefrontdoor. I need to go make another pizza. You can cut the dough into two or three smaller “personal” pan pizza sizes that’s great for the kids or for ‘make your own’ night.

You’ll need:

12 hours (rise time kids)

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup warm water (90-110 degrees F)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fast rising yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil + more to coat the dough
  • *optional: garlic powder and/or italian seasoning
  1. Bloom the yeast in the warm water. Sprinkle it over the top of the water and set aside for 3-5 minutes to wake it up.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl combine the flour, salt, and the two tablespoons olive oil with a whisk just until combined.
  3. Form a well in the middle of the bowl and pour the yeast mixture in.
  4. Fold the flour and yeast mixture together just until combined.
  5. The mass should be sticky but should clean away from the edge of the bowl.
  6. Pour some more olive oil into the bowl to coat the dough.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and set on the counter so the gluten will develop and you don’t have to knead it!
  8. When it’s pizza time, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  9. Take your skillet and coat the bottom with oil. You can roll it around or use a paper towel to distribute.
  10. Flip the dough out of the bowl into the skillet.
  11. Press to fit with your fingers. Sprinkle garlic powder and italian seasoning to give it some more flavor.
  12. Dress it up any way you want all the way to the edge! Sauce, cheese, all the toppings….I mean ALL THE TOPPINGS!!!
  13. Bake for 18-22 minutes until the cheese is bubbley and golden brown.

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Summer Pizza 

Stitch Fix Friday!

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I’ve started getting stitch fix! I couldn’t be more excited about it for many reasons which I’ll get into below. I got my box my first month and was underwhelmed by the choices. I was told, “don’t give up” and to try again for another month or two so I could get my profile “nailed down” and happily, my box arrived and I was thrilled to like more of the items this month!

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(like my bra?)

Here’s how it works:

When you fill out your style details online, you can be as specific as you want and it may take a month or two to get things right. I got an off the shoulder shirt last month, hhmmm, no thank you. Went into my profile and said, “please don’t send off the shoulder stuff anymore.” My friend loves jeans w blazers and asked for “as many blazers as possible.” Her last fix had two of them for $80 each, which is reasonable for a well made & lined blazer. You can also include your pinterest board to help the stylist get a good read on you. If you buy all of the items, you get 25% off the whole box price. You can pick flexible delivery dates and how often you get a fix in the mail to manage your preferences. Nothing shoved down your throat. You pay a $20 “styling fee” that can be applied to your fix if you keep any items.

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In the box: my clothing items, a price list and some really nice style cards to help you coordinate outfits with helpful suggestions. The best part: you don’t have to keep any of it if you don’t want too.

I kept one shirt from my first fix and was glad I did. I love that shirt and I never would have tried it on in a store or bought it off an online retailer. I have a few issues w some of the pricing vs the quality of the fabric and construction. I really like that you can sit with the clothes for three days. It gives me time to make sure I’m really going to wear these things and I don’t feel bad that I can’t make a decision within the first thirty seconds. It pushes me to try on things I normally wouldn’t pull and take a little risk with no pressure from bad lighting or inner feelings of guilt that come with any human trying on clothes.

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There’s proof that they do mark up the clothes in price but that’s how they make their money. I would not have kept the teal shirt had it not been for the $20 off of the styling fee, which made the shirt in my price range/budget. My validation is that there’s not a lot of good shopping here for a professional woman and if someone wants to deliver five nice items to my door and then give me three days to figure out if I will wear them, that’s worth a few extra bucks. While it can be very much about the price, it’s also a really nice convenience thing for me bc I hate shopping in general and everything down here seems to have been attacked by a bedazzler from hell. This also keeps me from browsing otherwise and buying things I don’t really care for or being wasteful with my money.

Total first world problems up in here today…. :P

So, that’s my two cents on Stitch Fix.

Peach Caprese

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Summer produce cannot be beat. The magic of a perfectly ripened peach is something that is simply divine and an almost religious experience. Paired with some creamy, smooth fresh mozzarella, and the bite of some fresh basil makes peaches my number one summer fruit right now.

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No matter how food technology improves, there’s nothing better than biting into a ripe, juicy peach or a fresh ear of sweet corn. Tomatoes, cukes, berries, beans, etc…a whole plethora of goods are marching into my door to never come out :P

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I picked up some beautiful, fresh, fuzzy Virginia peaches on a visit to the farmers market and gave them a few days to ripen on the counter. Once they were firm but not soft, I dug in. Fresh mozzarella, juicy sliced peaches, and basil from my garden made the perfect triple threat. It’s filling enough to serve as the main course, classy enough to serve to company, and light enough for a summer cook out. You can cut everything into chunks for easier serving and Chiffonade basil in right before serving. Adding some olive oil or balsamic vinegar can add a nice level of acidity but it will make it get soggy faster.

You’ll need:
10 min.

  • 2 ripe peaches
    1 1 lb. ball of fresh mozzarella
    5-6 fresh basil leaves
    **optional: olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  1. Slice peaches and remove pit.
  2. Slice thin slices of mozzarella.
  3. Layer together however it makes you happy.
  4. Chiffonade the basil and sprinkle right before serving.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil or balsamic.

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Beet & Tomato Salad

 

 

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Balsamic Green Beans with Tomatoes

5 Things Friday: What I’ve Been Eating

Greetings earthlings! I haven’t posted a recipe since…….mmmmm……wow…….gosh…..mid-July! I’d apologize, but I’m not sorry–I’ve been busy! I have been eating well. Working on cutting some wasteful carbs from my diet and enjoying the bounty of fresh produce that I’m always thankful for.

I have been cooking and baking simple, clean, and simply delicious meals for myself. Unfortunately, they’re not all blog worthy per say. Take a look, I hope you get a good idea or two and keep on summering on! I’ll get back to recipe posting soon, but until then, take some of my own summer inspiration for your own.

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1. Peach & Tomato Caprese Salad. I never would have believed how great it was until I shoved a forkful into my mouth. Simple slices of fresh peachs, fresh mozz, & some basil from the garden.

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Always good with the classic stack with tomatoes too!

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2. Fresh peach cobbler for my parents. Toss the peaches with some flour, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Layer in a sprayed 8×8 pan, top with crumble of oats, flour, sugar, and butter. Bake at 350 for about 30 min. until golden brown. Serve with ice cream. That’s an order.

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3. Zucchini season can only mean one thing: bread and muffins! I’ve been tweaking my recipe all summer and have started adding in 1 cup whole oats, halving the oil and subbing in non-fat greek yogurt. The texture is still great and it’s not too tough. Take this recipe, and do your own bait & switch on the oil/greek yogurt and add in that cup of whole oats.

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4. Ice Cream Sandwich Cake. I got invited to a birthday party and said I’d bring dessert as my ‘gift’ to the birthday girl. Instead of a store bought cake or turning on the oven (hello 90+ degrees outside), I picked up a box of ice cream sandwiches, a jar of hot fudge, and a giant tub of cool whip. Stack those sandwiches, top w hot fudge and let set up in the freezer for an hour. Spread the cool whip love and decorate. It was a hit.

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5. Simple pasta. The fresh tomatoes have made me itch for some homemade sauce and with the help of the food processor, it’s only a few minutes away. Whole tomatoes get pulsed and drained to eliminate some of the liquid. Sautéed with onion, garlic, seasoning, etc… until bubbly and topped with fresh basil, this bowl of goodness was perfect on a lazy, hot, rainy, sticky afternoon. Strange to crave pasta in summer? I know but I was craving some carbs I suppose.

 

 

Vacation in an Instagram

 

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I went on vacation. I went home. To the farm. Where my parents farm 500+ acres and the ladies are always waiting for someone new to show up! Hello ladies! These are a few of our girls in one of our up close barns. They’re pregnant and due within a month or two. They’re put in here so they have more space, can get a super diet of nutrients to care for that calf, and are currently “dry” or not giving any milk. Every cow on the dairy gets a two month “vacation” before she has her calf. We call it nesting, they call it “mooing without a cause.”

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It’s the middle of summer haying season and my dad was getting the discbine ready to go and the cows…..they’re just always ready to get into something!

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Molly, she recognizes me, she loves me, and she’s always ready to play. Advance apologies for the exorbitant number of photos I take of her. I just love her to pieces.

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My friend flew in for a wedding weekend and since I’d never really done any “touristy” stuff in my own neck of the woods, it was extremely fun to do some things with him! We spent a day in Cooperstown at the Farmers Museum and then went to Ommegang for the tour, an amazing lunch, and tastings galore!

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Before the wedding, we got all dressed up and headed to Saranac for the tour and two full size tastings before the ceremony. I loved this tour! For $5, there’s a really detailed tour of the history of the FX Matt Brewing Co. and it ends in the tasting room. Sure, we started early, but it was a day for celebration. Don’t worry, we paid for our extra fun day the next morning :)


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I love this saying. I’ve been following it all summer. It’s so easy to get sucked in to someone else’s problems and when I realized how unhappy it made me at times, I started removing myself from situations and even loosely held friendships. I appreciate that everyone has some bad days once in a while, but some folks have a bad day every day and that’s not acceptable after a while.It wears me down!

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We went and got ice cream one afternoon after I had mowed lawns. She looked less than thrilled until her pup cup showed up! (like my rhymin’ there?)

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And of course, my mom sent me back with a boatload of produce. I enjoyed her fresh tomatoes with some fancy mozz and basil from my garden. Heaven. I repeated the next day w peaches–also delicious! 20140805-193734-70654200.jpg

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My mom had to be away for a few days, making me the “head lady farmer” of the house. Besides feeding hungry mouths, I also fed my dad, kept the garden harvested and the lawns mowed. Summer is a wonderful time on the farm and my mom had pickles canning, tomatoes starting to come on, fresh blueberries to freeze, and sweet corn for miles. What a lucky lady I am to have grown up with all of this out my back door! We also have one zucchini cat and one corn dog.

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Can we go and play now?

Vacation was great and just what this doctor ordered. I’m back at it, working up my syllabus for the upcoming semester and boosting a few research projects off of the ground.