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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter And Sage

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Two Words: Flour Explosion!

This caused one of the biggest cooking messes I’ve ever made in my trailer. I had flour covering me, the counter, and basically half the trailer. I’m not kidding either! So. Much. Flour. This recipe was relatively inexpensive and was honesty so so good. The biggest issue I had with this recipe was that I needed more counter space. The lack of counter space created a lot of issue trying to move things around and make space for all the steps.

Let’s start from the beginning, a quick 12 minutes in the microwave equaled soft sweet potatoes that were easy to mash. Combine the sweet potatoes, ricotta and salt and pepper. After that add the 3/4 cup of flour. I had to add a couple extra tablespoons of flour to get it to the consistency Chrissy said I had to be at. Goal was to not stick to the side of the bowl. I was so excited when I finally hit that point that I ran over to my husband to show him how well I was doing. He had no idea why I was so excited, but I needed to tell someone I did it! Ha!

At that point, you place it on your counter space with flour and start kneading the dough to make the gnocchi. Chrissy said 9-10, 90 degree turns would do. I’m pretty positive I was doing something wrong because it took me more like 15-20 to get it to be non-sticky. And non-sticky was a reach, it was more like less sticky than it was before. Once I got to that point, I moved it into the three dough balls as instructed and tried to roll it into 12 inch long rolls as requested. Honestly, each one was a different size and different width. I definitely did not get those rolled out right, but I wasn’t as concerned with that.

At this point, I cut the dough and threw the pieces into boiling water. As this cooks you can get the sauce ready. Honestly, the easiest part of the entire meal. Melt a stick of butter, add freshly torn sage leaves and cook. Once the gnocchi rises, strain it and put it into the butter/sage mixture. Sprinkle the Parmesan, salt and pepper and mix and you are good to go!


Overall Review:

Overall Difficulty: 1/5

Price: Less than $20 for all ingredients.

Materials Needed

  • 1 Pound Sweet Potato
  • 1/2 cup whole-milk ricotta
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour (I needed a couple more tablespoons)
  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 1/4 cup torn sage leaves
  • 1/2 cup grated parmigano-reggiano cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (butter sauce)

Taste: 5/5

Recommendation: This recipe is super filling, a little goes a long way. I would recommend pairing this with some veggies, fruit and some chicken for a wonderful meal.

The recipe can be found in Chrissy Teigens cookbook Cravings. This recipe review is a part of our Cravings Cookbook review series.


xoxo – The Unprofessional Chef

Cravings Review- Roasted Tomato Soup

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Jack Frost decided to visit North Florida which meant tomato soup and ham and cheese sandwiches were a must! Chrissy Teigens Roasted Tomato Soup was one recipe I was looking forward to making. I’ve never made a tomato soup that I didn’t use some kind of canned tomato or canned tomato paste. Which made this recipe all the more exciting and slightly challenging. I’m never sure if I am buying the right amount of tomatoes or if they are ripe enough for the soup. But I digress that’s a problem for another day!

First off, this recipe called for gutting all the tomatoes, which honestly hurt my soul. Throwing away the inside of perfectly good tomatoes just felt wrong. Does anyone know what to do with just the insides of a tomato? If you do, let me know in the comments below. Regardless, this recipe ended up being a lot easier than I thought. While it did take close to an hour and a half to finish the meal, it was easy to accomplish each task.

Once you gutted and put the tomatoes in the oven, you could wait and prep the second half of the meal. After the tomatoes have roasted you threw them into the bowl and let all the ingredients stew. A few puree rounds in the blender and you are good to go! And from the reaction of my husband and I after we tried it, we would highly recommend this soup! Light yet filled with flavor! Definitely worth your time to make!

Overall Review:

  • Overall Difficulty: 2/5
  • Price: Less than $25 for all ingredients. Fresh tomatoes can get pricey
  • Taste: 4/5
  • Recommendation: This soup is perfect for a cold winter night! Pair is with your favorite hot sandwich and its a great dinner. If you are looking to feed a decent amount of people with this soup, you will need to double the recipe.

The recipe can be found in Chrissy Teigens cookbook Cravings. This receipe review is a part of our Cravings Cookbook review.

xoxo – The Unprofessional Chef

Cravings Review – Roasted Jalapeno and Chorizo Queso

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Y’all. This might be one of the most unexpected yet truly AMAZING dips I’ve ever made! Without doubt one of the spiciest quesos we’ve ever made, but well worth it. My husband is all about spicy foods and a good dip. This was just what the doctor ordered and it has everything you need for a great dinner or party. This recipe called for six whole jalapenos. Now I know that the amount of jalapenos can be a deterrent for those who don’t enjoy spicy foods. And I won’t lie, it’s spicy and a little intense. But once you get through a few bites, you start working through the spice and enjoying the flavor. So be willing to try something new and give this queso a shot!

I don’t use chorizo regularly so I wasn’t entirely sure how this would taste going in. But any kind of meat is acceptable to my hubby so we went in full force! The longest cooking time in this recipe is the roasted jalapenos. You want to get them nice and dark so depending on your oven this could take a while. We cook in a tiny oven in our camper that only goes to 450 degrees. So it took double the amount of time to cook these. The rest of the dip went by quickly: an onion, tomato, velveeta cheese and chorizo. Simple ingredients but one heck of a taste! The best part is there is no bad aftertaste, which is a huge deal when working with new recipes!

  • Overall Difficulty: 2/5
  • Price: Less than $15 for all ingredients
  • Taste: 5/5
  • Recommendation: This was my and my husbands favorite recipe thus far! It makes plenty of dip to go around and is very hearty so be prepared to fill up quickly!

The recipe can be found in Chrissy Teigens cookbook Cravings. This receipe review is a part of our Cravings Cookbook review.

xoxo – The Unprofessional Chef

Cookbook we are working through this year! You can find a copy here! Cravings Cookbook

Transition from Apartment to Trailer Life – Part One

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Finding a trailer that we like, that is within our budget is incredibly challenging! We need something that is reliable and doesn’t need work beyond cosmetic tweaks. This is a serious undertaking, I have no idea what to look for or what are necessary requirements. So I am Pinteresting like crazy trying to figure out what to look for, what design I like, what updates I can make, and man there is so much information! But beyond just finding the trailer there is the undertaking of changing our lifestyle.

There are two main areas that I foresee some hard changes in: downsizing and cooking. Lately when I walk around my one-bedroom apartment, I am thinking about all the things that I will need to go through. All the things that will need to be shipped back to Indiana, all the things that might need to be thrown away before we move into the trailer. It’s just crazy to think through and right now these are the questions I am trying to answer!

  • What renovations are necessary in the kitchen? Are you able to cook normally like you would in an apartment? Do you just eat out more often?
    • Currently, I am thinking that the only changes I will make are cosmetic changes and potentially a stone pizza block to even out the heat in the oven. But with the amount of space in the fridges I’m seeing, I think I would have to make at least 2 grocery trips a week. Alternatively, we could eat out more often to eliminate trying to cook within such a small space. I’m not sure what the best option would be seeing as we will be moving around a lot, and I will be working out of the trailer. Are there any guides to cooking in an RV that y’all would recommend?

 

  • Is it best to go as minimalist as possible or to bring as much as I can stuff in the trailer? Is there a happy middle ground somewhere?
    • At the moment, I am thinking about going more toward the minimalist side. For the sheer fact that the more I bring the more cluttered the trailer will become. So to eliminate the stress of trying to find places for all of our stuff, I would just bring the essentials. The real question will be, what items are ‘essentials’ and what items are ‘wants’, you don’t really think about it when you have room to store everything. But over the next two months, we will have to sort through our essentials and be okay with storing the rest at my parents. Does anyone have a must have list for RV life?

 

But honestly, I am so excited for the future. I am so excited for this opportunity, because how often do they come? How often do you get the opportunity to try out new areas? How many times do you get to live on the road with your spouse and at the same time be growing in your careers? It’s extremely rare to have this opportunity and for that I am incredibly grateful. So for all the struggles and questions that I have, I am so beyond thankful to be on this journey with my husband.

If you have any advice on trailer living, I would appreciate it! We are new to the game and would love to avoid making costly mistakes!