Caprese Grilled Cheese AKA My New Favorite Food

Sometimes your mozzarella cheese is starting to get moldy, so you have to use it up. After browsing a few recipes online I stumbled across the caprese grilled cheese. As a fan of grilled cheese and pesto, I knew this recipe maker was on to something.

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Plus, this is super easy to make. You put some butter on the outside of the bread, cut up the mozzarella and tomatoes, spread the pesto on the inside of the bread, and add some basil. Then you just grill it much like regular grilled cheese – keep flipping the bread every few minutes until each side is golden brown.

Despite being so simple to make, this sandwich is absolutely delicious. I may never be able to go back to standard grilled cheese again.

How to Chiffonade Basil

Chiffonade is a weird word. When I first saw “4 leaves basil, chiffonade” in a recipe for spinach tortellini, I thought it was saying that I needed to make the basil look like chiffon fabric or something.

All I can say is thank goodness for Google. Turns out chiffonade is a certain way to cut herbs such as basil.

photo 4 (4)Here’s how to chiffonade basil:

Step 1: Layer all the basil leaves on top of each other

Step 2: Tightly roll the basil leaves hamburger style, as opposed to hot dog style. Thank you elementary school art teacher for that analogy!

Step 3: Cut the leaves across the roll. The tighter the slices, the finer the basil cuts.

So that’s how you chiffonade basil – much easier than I anticipated.

Garlic Alfredo Tilapia Is Scrumptious

photo 1 (4)In an effort to mix up the fish I eat, I’ve expanded my fish selection from salmon, to salmon and tilapia. When looking for different ways to make tilapia tasty, I stumbled across the absolute best tilapia recipe ever – garlic alfredo tilapio.

When making it, I adjusted the recipe to one serving. Which made for some problems. Like what is the difference between tsp and tbsp? How many tsps are in tbsps? Luckily I googled that and it turns out google really does know everything!

They have this nice converter where you can figure out how many is in each thing. You really do use math after college (but google does all the work for you). It was pretty fabulous.

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But next problem – it turns out you have to unfreeze tilapia before you cook it. So I put the tilapia in a bag and put the bag in a pot of water. But the directions on the tilapia packaging said the water had to be cold, so that’s why there is ice cubes in the pot.

photo 5 (3)Then after the tilapia was no longer frozen, I patted it dry with a paper towel and put it on tin foil. I wasn’t able to find the creole seasoning in the grocery store, so I ended up using Italian seasoning. Which most likely gave it a different flavoring but I loved it!

While the fish was in the oven, I put the butter, garlic, and alfredo sauce in a pan. Once the fish was done, I used a fork to do the fork test, which my roommate told me about. You put the fork in the fish and twist, and if it breaks easily into flakes, it’s done! You then put the sauce on the fish, add more seasoning and voila, a delicious meal.

Delicious Peanut Butter Bars

photo 5 (1)The college I went to had these absolutely delicious peanut butter bars. Every single time they were offered as a dessert, I HAD to get one…or two (…or three). Not sure if it was the peanut butter bottom or the chocolate top but I was hooked. After I graduated college, I was devastated that I had to leave these delicious bars behind.

That is, until a few days ago when I decided to see if I could find the recipe online. Low and behold these bars are not as elusive as I thought they’d be – it was the first recipe after googling “peanut butter bars.” They looked easy enough, so I decided to make them as my first non-box-mix attempt.

The first problem I ran into was when I was purchasing my ingredients. I had no idea what confectioners’ sugar was or how it was different from normal sugar. Luckily I quickly learned from a roommate that confectioners’ sugar is another name for powdered sugar. Why not just say powdered sugar in the recipe? Life would be so much easier if ingredients only had one name.

photo 1 (2)photo 2 (3)The second problem concerned the graham crackers. The recipe calls for graham cracker crumbs, so on my first attempt I tried to break up the graham crackers using a spatula (see picture on the left). But then I quickly realized that breaking graham crackers up with a spatula is super messy. More crumbs ended up on the floor than in my little pile of cracker crumbs. It’s also very time consuming.

Then I had the brilliant idea of putting the graham crackers in the bag they came in and breaking them up with my hands (see picture on the right). Not only was this way not messy but it was faster than using the spatula. See, this is what they should tell you in recipes – kind of like the Half-Blood Prince notes (but seriously, how did Harry not know that was Snape’s handwriting?)

photo 4 (1)You may be thinking to yourself, there’s no way you could have a problem with the rest of the recipe. That is where you would be wrong my friend. This recipe calls for melting the chocolate in the microwave or in a metal bowl over simmering water. Didn’t have a microwave, since a former roommate took hers when she moved out, and didn’t own a metal bowl. So I did what any normal person would do – I just heated the chocolate on low heat and hoped it would turn out correctly. Which it did!

After placing these bars in the fridge for the allotted time, I tried one. I must say they passed the taste test. They tasted exactly like the ones at my college. I would recommend keeping them in the fridge if you aren’t serving them right away, since they taste better when cold. Room temperature makes them softer and melty.

If you’re looking for a simple delicious recipe, look no further. Peanut butter bars are the way to go.