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Back to the Kitchen – Thai Chicken Curry Soup

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Apparently, I was in a soup mood this week as Thai Chicken Curry Soup was also on the menu! I went to a different cookbook today, one that I’ve used for other recipes in the past and has always been good. This recipe comes from Freddie Prince Jr.’s Back to the Kitchen cookbook. There are several recipes I LOVE from this cookbook and highly recommend you buy it! Click here for the Back to the Kitchen Cookbook.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion, Halved, Thinly sliced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Thinly sliced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2-4 Tablespoons Thai Red Curry Paste
  • 1 Pound Boneless chicken chicken breast (thinly sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 ounces pad Thai-style rice vermicelli noodles
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • 1 jalapeno chile slivered

Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe – Cravings Review

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Hi y’all! Hope you all are staying safe and healthy during this crazy pandemic!

Today we are going to be testing this recipe from Chrissy Teigens Cravings cookbook. I particularly like this recipe because most of the ingredients are items that you would have in your kitchen. I personally have to go out and get a few items but that is because we just moved and the fridge is basically empty. So, if you don’t know this already, my husband is a huge meat eater. It’s just what he does, so I added some meat to the side of this pasta for him. But to keep my review honest we will keep the pasta on par with the recipe!

But if you ever feel like a recipe is light, adding chicken or salmon to the meal will help you feel fuller afterwards. I will do a post on how I cook chicken and salmon soon!

So let’s get into it.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Salt
  • 12 oz dried spaghetti
  • 1/4 pound pancetta or bacon finely diced(about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 3 cups baby arugula

Start off by boiling the water and getting the spaghetti going. Then chop up the bacon or pancetta and get that into a skillet. Let me just say that the bacon taste is very prominent in this dish, so make sure its a flavor and brand of bacon that you LOVE. Trust me, you will be glad you did. Once you get the bacon nice and crispy you will add the olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Let that season for 1 minute.

At this point, your pasta should be done and you can strain that while you finish your sauce. (Oh you need to keep one cup of the pasta water before you strain it.) Once the spices have blended(about a minute), add the lemon juice and pasta. Stir that in, add the parmiginao cheese and the pasta water and stir until combined. Once this is all combined as well as you can get it. Finally, add 3 cups of arugula and let that wilt and combine.

Overall, my husband loved the pasta and went back twice to get more! For us that is the sign of a good meal! If you try out this meal let me know your thoughts below!

Ramen Dump – Chrissy Teigen Cravings Review

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I put off writing this review for weeks. Let me start out by saying that I had high hopes for this recipe. My husband and I have really grown to like ramen and I was interested in expanding my uses of ramen. Especially since it’s such a cheap ingredient! I will be honest that I was a little worried when I started reading the ingredients, there were a lot of items that I just wasn’t a fan of. For example, one of the prime ingredients is apple cider vinegar, which is a rough flavor, when it’s not cooked I feel like it overpowers the dish. There was also raw cabbage mix that went in, again something that I think it rough without being cooked with other ingredients.

Onto the honest thoughts. This was without doubt the most disgusting dish that I have ever had. I could barely get 3 bites down and my husband got maybe one bite before he looked over at me with wide eyes. This was just bad all around. For one, the ramen wasn’t cooked it was softened with the apple cider vinegar and that flavor combo was…. interesting to say the least. Combine that with the sugar, peas and corn and we just couldn’t stomach the flavors. I mean if you are a die hard ramen fan, then maybe I would suggest giving it a shot, but honestly I would say just avoid this recipe in its entirety.

Overall Review:

  • Overall Difficulty: 1/5
  • Price: Less than $15 for all ingredients.
  • Taste: 1/5
  • Recommendation: Now let me just state, this was an incredibly easy dish to make. It wasn’t hard and took very little time. However I would not recommend this dish. It makes a ton of food and if you don’t like it you will throw it all in the trash like I did. Sometimes its best to just let a recipe die and this is the one I would recommend.

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

xoxo – The Unprofessional Chef

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