Hi everyone! Hope you’re all having a wonderful start to the week!
I love remaking some of our faves! Since we still couldn’t get over how amazing and super satisfying (and easy!) sesame noodles were, we just had to have it again for date night! And I decided to make pork tonkatsu with some chops I found in the fridge!
I’ve noticed that the more and more I remake a fave, it just tastes better and better the next time! The pork tonkatsu came out perfect! Way better than the first! It was super moist, crunchy, and a beautiful golden color! And much more flavor because I used Lawry’s instead of sea salt. Ahhh Lawry’s makes everything taste better!
And the sesame noodles?! Well, just the best thing ever! This time around, I used whole wheat spaghetti. I do like that fact that it’s wheat but the quality of these noodles were just not that great compared to the Trader Joe’s spaghetti that I used earlier. And look, no scallions!!! A certain unnamed boyfriend used up all the scallions :). But all the flavors were all there (even sans scallions), hehe.
Some of my other favorites that I make over and over again (and great ideas for meals during the weekday) include:
- Paula Deen’s Old-Fashion Meatloaf
- Paula Deen’s Lots O’Meat Lasagna
- Momofuku’s Ginger Scallion Noodles
- DIY Potato Gnocci/DIY Homemade Pasta Noodles (boyfriend’s specialty!)
- Hot+Sweet Sriracha Wings and Baked Buffalo Wings
- Baked Salmon à La Mon Ami
- Betty Crocker’s Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
As you can tell, I’m pretty much Paula and Momofuku obsessed!
What are some of your favorite timeless recipes? Feel free to link below :)
Simple Sesame Noodles (from Pioneer Woman)
- 12 ounces, spaghetti noodles, cooked And drained
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 3 teaspoon hot chili oil
- 4 tablespoons grape seed oil
- 3 whole green onions, sliced thin
- red pepper flakes (optional)
- Whisk all ingredients (except noodles and green onions) together in a bowl.
- Taste and adjust ingredients as needed.
- Pour sauce over warm noodles and toss to coat.
- Sprinkle with green onions and toss.
Pork Tonkatsu (original post here)
- slices of thin boneless pork chops
- flour for dredging (season with salt and pepper)
- two eggs, lightly beaten
- panko bread crumbs (season with salt and pepper)
- oil for frying
- Lawry’s seasoning salt (or salt) + pepper
- Rinse chops and pat dry. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
- Dredge in flour, then dip in egg mixture, and press the panko to coat both sides.
- Heat a large skillet with about 1/2 inch of oil until hot and lay one or two cutlets into the hot oil. Fry for about 3-4 minutes per side.
- Drain the cutlets onto a paper towel and cut into bite-sized strips.
- Garlic Jasmine Rice with Pork Tonkatsu and Tonkatsu Sauce (shecooksandheeats.wordpress.com)
This is an update to an old favorite! Growing up as a child, I was deprived of such simple and delicious meals like meatloaf. It wasn’t until my late teens that I finally had my first bite of meatloaf. And yes, it was love at first bite. Mmmmmm! Okay, what’s the point of this? Errr I don’t really know… I apologize :)
Anyways! New take on old favorite! Rather than a loaf, I shaped them into balls. Hahah, balls… Pourqoui Kat? Because every time I shape it into the most beautiful loaf you’ve ever seen in your lifetime, it always turns in a mountain of meat blob out of the oven. Not too appealing and photogenic, you know what I mean? And being my paranoid self, I am convinced that it is never cooked evenly, especially the middle.
To make these meatloaf balls, feel free to use your favorite meatloaf recipe but I am a tad impartial (and always will be) to Paula Deen’s Old Fashion Meatloaf. The key to making perfect uniform balls…a cupcake pan!
This next step actually came from a friend’s wife. He’s been raving about his wife’s meatloaf on Facebook for as long as I can remember and he and his wife were kind to give me their secret ingredient…bacon! Delicious, fatty, amazing bacon! Cover each meatloaf ball with bacon. Oh, please be generous with this step. I’m only thinking of you :)
Did I mention that my favorite part of meatloaf is the ketchup+mustard+brown sugar glaze? Sure, it doesn’t sound all too appetizing but when you mix them all together you get that delicious meatloaf sauce. I love Paula’s recipe for this sauce so much that I actually doubled it!
While the meatloaf balls were baking in the oven, I washed and peeled some veggies for roasting…
And added them into the oven with the meatloaf during the last half hour of baking.
An hour later, this is what you get… amazing perfectly portioned mini bacon meatloaf balls!
The best part about making these meatloaf balls is that they keep amazingly well in the refrigerator and taste even better the next day! Another fun way to adapt this into an appetizer for parties is to make them into bite-sized meatballs and serve with a toothpick… mini bacon meatloaf appetizer balls, how cute right!
ps. she cooks 12, he eats 3 :)
Mini Bacon Meatloaf Balls (adapted from Paula Deen)
makes 12 balls if using a cupcake pan
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 8 ounces canned diced tomatoes with juice
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
- 2/3 cup ketchup
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Mix all meatloaf ingredients well.
- Brush a cupcake pan with oil. Scoop meatloaf into the cupcake pan.
- Cover each meatloaf ball with bacon. Feel free to cut the bacon slices.
- Mix ingredients for topping and spread onto each meatloaf ball.
- Bake in the oven for 1 hour.
I’ve definitely come a long way since my first attempt at making garlic bread. For those that think that you can’t mess up garlic bread, I did… it was that horrible. In my defense, I still blame it on the bread! :)
My second try at garlic bread was pretty good, but I thought it was tooooo buttery tasting and not enough garlic, sigh… Well, Paula Deen to the rescue!!! This Paula Deen recipe is now my new go-to garlic bread recipe. The fact that there’s roasted garlic involved, it makes it a million times better! I think next time, I should throw in another head of garlic! I LOVE garlic! Too much?? :)
This is a pretty easy peasy recipe but it takes a bit more time and effort to make, but it tastes soooo good! Trust me!
Check it out below…
Before you start anything, pre-heat the oven to 425°. I have a tendency to always forget midway…
Please please please make this! I promise you, this is the dish to make if want to: impress that special someone, land a second date, end the date on a positive note, have him (or her) wanting more, and/or receive lots of compliments all week long!
This is what I call the “relationship sealer” or “relationship enhancer” meal. If your guy is nostalgic for those home cooked meals the way mom used to make, then this is the one dish that you should make for him! I swear, this is a relationship booster… No more wandering around that awkward iffy relationship stage, when you make this and he eats it, you’ll be boyfriend/girlfriend status, you-are-the-best presents, shiny sparkly slightly bigger than my tiny hands pink diamond (or Chopard) engagement ring status hehe (just saaaaaaayin’… :) This lasagna is a love potion! Hehe.
Ok, enough with my run-on sentences and excessive babbling! Enjoy some delicious pics from date night dinner last night!
How can he say no? :)
Garlic bread recipe coming soon (it’s my new fave!). Hope you have a great date night this week!
Oh my, I have such a long list of essentials I need for Paula Deen night!
Can you guess what I’m making for special dinner night this week?? :)
What’s everyone making for dinner tonight? I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
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Last week’s date night was a hit!!!
This was my first try at making lasagna, and it wasn’t as scary or difficult as I thought it would be. As soon as you get over the fear of the long list of ingredients, everything thereafter is a breeze. The only difficult part is the having the self-restraint to not eat the meat sauce while it’s simmering.
And can I just say that no-boil lasagna noodles are amazing!! Not only is it one less pot to clean, but it’s also one less thing to fuss about…you don’t have to worry about noodle breakage! That was my main concern when it came to making lasagna.
This is the dish that you have to try making if you want to impress that certain special someone in your life. I’m calling this the “relationship sealer” lasagna. It fits every man’s dinner criteria (well, at least my man’s :)…it’s meaty (very meaty), cheesy (extra cheesy), it’s comfort food and reminds them of home. Just trust me on this one, your guy will end up falling in love with you all over again :)
This lasagna is just perfection at it’s best.
Get ready for a picture bloated post!
For the meaty part the lasagna, you’ll need ground chuck and ground Italian sausage…
We’re dedicating date night this week to my favorite butter queen, Ms. Paula Deen!
I’ll be making her Lots O’Meat Lasagna. After a quickie google search packed with drool-worthy photos and lots of positive reviews, I am so excited! This will be my first lasagna! I don’t want to mess this up because lasagna (especially lots of meat lasagna) is one of my boyfriend’s favorite dishes, so I’ll definitely be cooking to impress! Hehe. What?! Don’t all girlfriends do this? :)
I love that I get to document all my firsts on my foodie blog…and there will be plenty more of that to come! The recipe calls for no-cook (or oven-ready) lasagna noodles. Has anyone tried these noodles before? Are they truly a lifesaver or should I not even bother? If you have lasagna cooking tips, please do share!
I can’t wait!! Fingers crossed! Wish me luck! :)