Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

There’s nothing I crave more than spicy food. Used to not like it, and by some miracle, now I love it. AKA the best discovery ever. Maybe fish is next…? hmmm not yet! Anyways, the first time I had lettuce wraps was amaze-balls and it was the first meal I made when I started seriously cooking around a year ago. It was fitting that I finally make a blog post about it as well as remake it spicier! I’ve decided to add some cool awesome *chilis* to designate how spicy a dish. 🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶 okay I’m done.

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Kelsey’s Spice Meter

Kelsey’s Spice Meter

Spice, spice & more SPICE!

Here’s a quick guide to help with my recipes that are spicy!

🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶 – 💀

🌶🌶🌶🌶 – Habanero & Scotch Bonnet Peppers

🌶🌶🌶 –Cayenne peppers, Chili Oil,  Red Chile sauces, Cayenne pepper (powder)

🌶🌶 – Jalapeño, Chipotle, & Serrano peppers, Sriracha & Tabasco sauce, crushed red pepper flakes

🌶 – Poblano & Banana peppers, Franks Red Hot-Original, Chili powder

*Bell peppers are considered a 0

**taste is subjective, therefore you may find some recipes that are rated 🌶🌶 more like a 🌶🌶🌶🌶 – use your best judgement and always taste as you’re cooking!

Somehow managed to figure out how to rate my favorite spicy peppers & sauces using this website for guidance — if I forgot one, check the Scoville scale (units of spiciness) here.

Asian Steak Roll Ups

Asian Steak Roll Ups

Had a few *old* college roommates over for dinner tonight. I often get the “well you didn’t cook like this in college”… For the one year I actually had a kitchen/apartment, it was low-stocked, small, and I shared it with 4 other girls. This was finally my chance to show off – I can cook more than pasta/chicken and I don’t have to share the kitchen! I let my friends decide based off my favorite recipe site – Damn Delicious – and boy was it damn delicious!!! This is for you Olivia & Katie 🙂

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Pulled Pork Philly Sandwich

Pulled Pork Philly Sandwich

Even though I enjoy cooking, sometimes I get pretty lazy. Nothing like a combo of slow cooker & quick recipes to allow me the most time to binge watch Friends. I decided to make pulled pork in the slow cooker which left me with lots of options to make for meals – and 6 hours of downtime! Rather than the usual and predictable BBQ pulled pork sandwich, I took to Pinterest/Buzzfeed for some inspiration. Found this recipe in casserole form and made it into a quick sandwich with the leftover pulled pork. Pancetta is a sleeper ingredient and elevates the sandwich – bacon always makes everything better!!

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Roasted Red Pepper & Feta Dip

Roasted Red Pepper & Feta Dip

I’ve found my new favorite dip to bring to parties (big thanks to Brittany for discovering it). It’s not the usual Lipton’s dried onion soup in sour cream (or skinny version w/ greek yogurt) and chips – which will always hold a favorite place in my heart –this dip is just as fast AND is way fancier! It seems like you slaved away rather than shoving all ingredients it in your nutribullet for maybe 2 minutes *insert sassy girl emoji*Impress family and friends during the last weekends of summer with this easy dip!

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Marinated Flank Steak with Blue Cheese Sauce

Marinated Flank Steak with Blue Cheese Sauce

Well I wasn’t planning on making a complicated meal tonight… but it turned into one of the best dinners I’ve made since I’ve started cooking! It involved a last minute trip to the grocery store, a quick marinade and prep, and some careful timing to get everything ready at the same time — something I’m still perfecting! Definitely a meal I’ll make to impress friends with in the future and it earned a place in my top 10 favorite meals. Enjoy!

 
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Bavarian Pretzels

Bavarian Pretzels

Sorry for the hiatus! I spent the last 25 days in Europe. The single thing I was dying to remake when coming back to America was soft pretzels after having the best ones ever in Germany. I’ve made pretzels before but these were by far the best! Already missing Hofbräuhaus beer, pretzels and beer gardens.

because pretzels should always be as big as your head | Munich, Germany

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