Crawfish and Shrimp

Never be afraid to take a step into the unknown. You never know what you might learn. I’m sure this saying can apply to cooking! One night while I was hanging out with my friends, we were really in the mood for crawfish. Little did we know, we can make a good bowl of seafood boil.

Ingredients:

  • Crawfish
  • Shrimp
  • Potato
  • Lemons
  • Corn
  • Onions
  • Crawfish, Shrimp &
    Crab Boil Seasoning

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First, you want to make sure you bring a huge pot filled with water to boil. The pot needs to be big enough to be able to contain many vegetables and all the crawfish and shrimp. Then, once it’s boiling, pour the bag of crawfish seasoning depending on how much seafood you’re boiling. At this time, you have put your seafood into the pot. Get your potato and onions and cut them up (they don’t have to be small pieces) and put them into the pot along with the corn. With the lemons, you want to squeeze the juice and dump the lemon into the pot afterwards! Put the lid on the pot once everything is inside and wait for it to come to a boil again!

My friends and I had little knowledge about how to make a crawfish boil, but we looked at a couple videos and found out it was pretty simple. The seasoning is spicy so make sure you watch out! As always, you add any vegetables or seafood you’d like. It’s all about preference. For seafood, it is quite expensive, but it nice to treat yourself to a nice meal! If I could recommend something for the future, it would be to add more corn and potatoes! It was the second best part of the dish besides the delicious, spicy shrimp and crawfish.

 

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Spectacular Spaghetti

For this post, I wanted to work on something that’s super common, quick, and easy. This dish is something you can do if you’re on a schedule or just too tired from school. Cooking isn’t always easy and can take a majority of your time. As a college student, it’s always important to spend time on your academics, but also eat a good, quick meal. Not only is it simple, but you most likely can find these cooking ingredients in your home. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • Uncooked spaghetti
  • Marinara sauce
  • Ground beef
  • Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper



The first thing you want to do is bring a pot to boil with salt added. Once it’s boiling, put the uncooked spaghetti in and cook at medium-heat. At this time, you can begin to cut your vegetables like tomatoes and onions. In a separate pan, put a bit of olive oil and put your tomatoes and onions. As they soften up, you can put the ground beef and cook with a bit of salt and pepper. If your pasta is ready, set aside until your ground beef is fully cooked. Once it’s done cooking, you can grab your pasta and mix it together including the marinara sauce. Eat up!

This dish is really hard to mess up so I definitely recommend it for a beginner who wants a quick dish. Also, always remember it’s okay to add or take away any vegetables. Everything is personal preference, but at the end, it’ll be the same thing. If you want to take the extra mile, there’s different ways you can make spaghetti! It’s important to go above and beyond to gain the experience you need in the kitchen. Take a step into the unknown and improve your skills!

Another day, Another Pasta!

I know pasta gets the reputation of being pretty simple. Although, I wanted to try something a little different. I was looking on YouTube and found a little more challenging recipe for cajun pasta! This will require a bit of different ingredients than you’d probably have in your house, but I promise it’s worth it.

Ingredients:

  • Penne pasta
  • Chicken breast
  • Onions
  • Tomato
  • Lime
  • Parsley
  • Heavy cream
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Wondra: Quick-Mixing Flour
  • Salt

First, you want to bring a pot to boil and put in salt and your uncooked noodles. While you’re waiting for your noodles to boil, you can cut up your chicken breast. Cut them into small pieces and then mix it with your cajun seasoning! Then, you can cut your onions, tomatoes and a bit of parsley. Place your vegetables in a pan with olive oil and cook until they’re soften up. Make sure as you’re cooking, you put a bit of cajun and salt to get more flavor in your dish. Place your chicken in the pan and cook until it’s about 80% done, but not fully cooked. At this time, I squeeze a lime. With the heavy cream, pour it until it barely covers your vegetables and chicken. Bring it to slight boil. Once, it comes to a boil, slowly pour the mixing flour to make sure the cream is as thick as you want it, but it doesn’t clump up. Once you get your perfect thickness, enjoy!

I know some of the ingredients may seem a little hard to find, but the recipe is so simple! This is definitely recommended if you’re into some spice. Something I’d look at next time would be how much spice I put in. Make sure you understand how spicy your cajun is! Also, you want to make sure not to put a significant amount of flour at one time. You can risk clumping up your sauce so do it little by little. Always remember you can add any vegetables you enjoy. Do not feel restricted on recipes and add something unique!

My Favorite Blog

It’s so difficult to follow recipes or find good resources. Instructions either are too complicated to follow or require ingredients difficult to find around your local grocery. That’s why I took the time to look around and find something helpful and simple for everybody.

Simply Recipes is an amazing blog with different types of content. Something that first caught my eye was how it features different people offering simple, new recipes. This allows the audience to choose who they want to hear specifically.

Not only does this offer different opinions, but it’s on the easy side where I have no trouble following the recipes. The blog offers a variety of recipes from pork to vegetarian. This is definitely approved from a college beginner.


Lesson Learned

For this post, I wanted to challenge myself a bit. Since I started cooking, I genuinely believe I have a better understanding on how to cook. First hand experience really makes a difference. It’s important to understand it’s okay to make mistakes. Just remember, with mistakes, there’s a lesson learned with greater knowledge. With that being said, It’s time to roll up your sleeves and start cooking!

As our third dish, I’ve decided to make a plate of rice with chicken. Although, we’ll be cooking with chicken drumstick legs. It may seem simple, but as I’ve come to learn, it takes patience to get nice seasoned chicken. Not only will we be cooking with chicken, but I found a great tutorial that has taught me how to make rice perfectly every time.

Ingredients:

  • uncooked rice
  • salt
  • butter
  • chicken bouillon
  • drumstick chicken legs
  • pepper
  • garlic and herb seasoning (or any season you’d like!)
  • olive oil
  • corn

To start off with the rice, put 2 cups of water in a pot. As the tutorial taught me, putting in salt and butter before boiling will bring out more flavor on the rice. In addition, I added chicken bouillon. During this time, I take the rice and rinse it in water. Then, when the water comes to boil, I add in the rice and cover it up. At this time, I take the chicken legs and start making knife cuts to ensure the seasoning will go into it for more flavor. I grab my seasoning of salt, pepper, and garlic and herb and just massage it into the chicken legs. I grab a pan and add a bit of olive oil and start to cook the chicken over medium-heat. As the chicken is cooking, I rotate them to make sure all sides are being cooked. Once the rice is done, I add canned corn to give it even extra flavor. To make sure to see if the chicken is fully cooked, I check the inside with a fork. Finally, I wait for everything to be cooked and ready to eat!

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To be quite honest, I really didn’t think I was going to be able to cook the chicken. It was very difficult to fully cook the chicken without it getting burned, but I lowered the heat and gave it more time. I was so relieved to see that the chicken was fully cooked once I gave that a try! Even though it looked a little funky, it tasted great! My proudest moment was probably the rice. The first few times I’ve cooked rice, it usually came out clumped up or sticky. I would have never thought washing rice can make such a difference! To see perfectly cooked rice has been my most exciting moment so far in my cooking experience. In the future, I would take the cooking of the chicken a little slower because it is so easy to burn the outside yet not having the inside cooked. I also would want to make the seasoning a little stronger.

Throughout my experience, I’ve had quite a bit of mistakes. Although, I read more articles and practiced more. Every day, I turn out to make great progress and it’s all because I have learned from my mistakes. A mistake is just one step away from success and to having the lesson learned.

Chicken Alfredo Pasta!

As our second dish, we will be preparing a chicken alfredo pasta dish. I got this recipe from YouTube and it was the easiest instructions to follow. It is especially great for people who are just starting to get cooking!

Ingredients:

  • Penne Pasta
  • Prego’s Homestyle Alfredo (or any Alfredo sauce!)
  • Chicken Breast
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Olive oil

To begin, start boiling water and add some salt. At this time, you can determine how much pasta you’d like and wash it. Once the water starts boiling, you can put the pasta in and cover the pot. As the pasta is boiling, grab the chicken breast and start cutting it up into individual pieces. Sprinkle a bit of black pepper and salt on both sides to season the chicken. Put a bit of olive oil in a pan and place the pieces of chicken over medium-heat. Once you know your pasta is ready, take it and drain the water out by using a drainer. After everything is finished, mix the pasta and chicken and add your Alfredo sauce. You’re done!

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My experience making this for the first time was probably the easiest so far. Of course, I believe the greatest challenge would have to be how to know when your pasta is ready. I’ve heard you can throw your pasta at the wall and if it sticks then that means it’s ready. Although, all I did was just grab a pasta and feel how soft it is. If I felt comfortable with it, then I claimed it’s ready to eat! It crazy to realize my favorite dish at restaurants can be done so easily at home.

Continue following up and being in my journey to successful, tasty cooking! Don’t be afraid to bring a small taste from home.

Let’s Begin!

Today, we will start off with a pork chop with rice recipe coming from my dear friend, Samantha Munoz. I’ve never had pork chops the way she made it, but it blew me away. So, go to the grocery, buy your ingredients, and let’s get cooking!

Ingredients:

  • Pork chops (either with bone or without)
  • Tomato
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Uncooked rice
  • Canned corn
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic & Herb powder
  • Black pepper

To get started on the rice, you have to make sure the ratio of rice and water is 1:2. So, if you’re cooking one cup of rice, it must have two cups of water. Put your stove on medium-high heat and place a pot with the rice and water. Add salt into the pot. At this moment, you can put a lid over the rice and start cutting your tomato, onion and celery. Place a pan on medium-high heat with a bit of olive oil. Then, you want to put your vegetables on the pan and stir it until you can tell the vegetables are soften from being cooked. Here’s where it gets interesting! As your adding your pork chops into the pan, add enough water to cover them up! This is when your rice should be finishing up so just stir occasionally. Flip your pork chops and make sure both sides are being cooked while adding salt, black pepper, and garlic and herb powder. Once your rice is ready, add canned corn. Make sure your pork chops are ready by cutting into the middle! Finally, place your yummy cooked meal into a plate because you finished!

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I’m going to be completely honest. Originally, I wanted to make Spanish rice, but I didn’t realize I had to put in the tomato sauce along with the water. So, I had to improvise and call my mom. I added Chicken Bouillon seasoning because she told me so. Anyways, I personally added the corn because I wanted to have a stronger taste. In the end, it didn’t taste exactly as I imagined, but I added the “juice” leftover from the pork chops and it tasted amazing. The flavor came from the water and vegetables we added to the pork chops. You can add any vegetable to your pork chops so have some fun with it!

Make sure to check on my future posts and recipes! With easy, cheap meals, you can bring a taste from home.