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The Breeze Bruschetta Burger

Check out the article by James Madison University’s newspaper, The Breeze.  It talks about LetsGetBasted and even gives a delicious Bruschetta Burger recipe that we created.

http://www.breezejmu.org/life/article_ce3b78ba-8ce4-11e1-a124-0019bb30f31a.html

 

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Earth Day Ideas

Happy Earth Day foodies! In honor of this holiday, check out these great environmetally friendly grocery shopping and cooking tips from a kaboose.com article written by Lisa Bell.

Celebrating Earth Day- Every Day 

BAKED with an Orange Glow Shrimp

This is by far the tastiest post I have made to date.  I really enjoy seafood and the bags of shrimp were on sale, buy one get one free, so I decided to get some and see where my imagination would take me.  It really reminds me of coconut shrimp, minus the coconut coating. Its sweet and juicy with a slight hint of spiciness.  The other thing I love about the recipe is it is quick.  Shrimp doesn’t take long at all, 15 minutes in the oven and its ready to go.
I’m not kidding I really do believe this is the best tasting recipe I have made to date.  Try making this yourself, you will not be disappointed I promise.     
  • 1/2 bottle of Italian Dressing 
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic 
  • 1 pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 pinch of Old-Bay seasoning
  • 1 Orange- cut into slices and squeezed 
  • 1 pound of shrimp peeled
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. After the ingredients are blended eventually, pour in a baking pan. 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Make sure you keep an eye on the shrimp because if you cook them too long they will become rubbery.
Serve and enjoy, I hope you like it.
-Ryan

BYOBowl: Cheesy ANYday

A classic D-hall favorite that attracts tons of JMU students each week is “cheesy Thursday.”  This weekly menu option attracts long lines of students eager to get one grilled cheese and a small bowl of soup.  You may be thinking that this is a very simple recipe… you’re right, it is. To make this recipe more interesting I have a couple of different ideas to improve the meal.  Adding croutons to the soup is the first option.  This idea came from Panera which serves its tomato soup with a handful of croutons.  The second option is to put multiple types of cheese as well as slices of tomato on your grilled cheese.

Another great reason to make this meal off campus or at home is because you will save a meal plan punch or around $9.50.  Every JMU student will admit that they wait in the grilled cheese line and beg the chef to give them two at a time. This begging almost always fails to convince him or her and they end up in the back of the line to wait again for a second grilled cheese.  At home you can cook as much as you want while also saving money. Cheesy Thursday can now be on any day of the week!

Ingredients:

  • can of tomato soup
  • pepper
  • milk & water
  • croutons
  • two slices of bread
  • cheese
  • butter

Empty the can of tomato soup into a pot.  Then fill the empty soup can half and half with milk and water.  If you prefer your tomato soup extra creamy fill the entire can with milk, no water.  Stir occasionally on medium heat for about 7 minutes.  At the same time, butter both sides of each piece of bread and allow the bread and butter to heat up on a skillet (medium).  Once the first two sides of bread are headed put the cheese in the center of the heated sides and then allow the cool sides to cook until golden brown. This will take a minute or so on each side.  Once the soup is heated up add a touch of pepper and some croutons!

-Katie

Stuffed Crust Secret

Hey everyone,

I know that pizza is that “typical” college eat and we all could just order a pie, but a homemade pizza tastes so good.  I decided I wanted to try and make a homemade stuffed crust pizza so I did a little experimenting until I figured out how to make that delicious stuffed crust.  It clicked and I decided to wrap the edges of the dough around string cheese and it ended up working perfectly.  Here are some photos of the homemade stuffed crust pizza I made.  I used the leftover dough to make pizza bites.

 

If you want to make the pizza yourself you’ll need:

  • 2 Pillsbury pizza dough tubes
  • 1 large jar of pizza sauce
  • 2 bags of mozzarella cheese
  • any toppings you would like to put on your pizza ( I used pineapples, onions, pepperoni, green peppers and mushrooms)

Now you don’t have to order a pizza if your craving stuffed crust.

-Ryan

Blazin’ Buffalo Mash

Hey Everyone,

One of the all time favorite dishes on campus here at James Madison University is Buffalo Mashed Potatoes, or just “Buffalo Mash” for short.  Its one of those dishes that you just simply crave for no reason around here at JMU, it makes my mouth water just writing about it.  During lunch the other day my friends and I were discussing how we have not seen “Buffalo Mash” at the dining hall almost all semester.  We aren’t sure if it was discontinued or if we just eat on campus on the wrong days.  Whatever the reason may be for the recent absence of “Buffalo Mash” it is extremely disappointing. I have decided to bring back this JMU favorite right here in my kitchen.  I hope you enjoy the bite this “Buffalo Mash” brings!

What you will need:

  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Chicken
  • Buffalo wing sauce (I’m using Frank’s Red Hot)

Directions:

  • Follow the directions on the instant mashed potatoes box combining the appropriate amounts of potato, butter, salt, milk and water as directed.
  • Cover the chicken in a decent amount of buffalo sauce and put it in a pan to cook over the stovetop
  • Leave chicken in pan on medium heat until fully cooked.
  • In a bowl, first coat the bottom of the bowl in a decent amount of mashed potatoes
  • Next, place the fully cooked chicken on top
  • Finally, add as much buffalo sauce to the top of the dish as desired. (The more sauce the spicier the dish will be)
  • Enjoy
Let me know what you think about this JMU original,
 
-Ryan

Going Green Tuna Wrap

Trying to eat healthy while still enjoying your meal in a college world can be a very challenging task.  Here I created a refreshing tuna salad wrap that won’t leave you feeling shameful after eating it.

Here is what you need:

  • 5-6 oz. of tuna (1 can)
  • One small granny smith apple
  • 1 TBSP of light Mayo or plain greek yogurt
  • 2 TSP of Lemon juice
  • 1 TSP of Dijon mustard
  • Spinach tortilla wrap

Combine the tuna, mayo (or yogurt), lemon juice, and dijon mustard into a bowl and stir them together evenly.  After stirring the ingredients cut the apple up into slices and set one slice aside to add into the tuna salad.  Cut the one apple slice that was set aside into small cubes and stir this into the tuna mixture.  Evenly spread the tuna salad onto the spinach wrap and roll it up.  If desired toast the wrap. Serving the wrap heated or cold is perfectly fine it is all about preference. The apple slices that were not put into the tuna salad can now be the side dish.  I love using tuna in my recipes, its quick, easy, very cheap and is full of protein.  Leave a comment and tell me what you think about the recipe.

Enjoy,

-Ryan

Cool Off with Ice

Rita’s Italian Ice is one of the most delicious Italian ice dessert chains with over 50 flavors including lemon, strawberry, chocolate and even cookies and cream.  Since today is the first day of Spring and Rita’s 20th Spring season they are celebrating with FREE ice for all their customers who come in today March 20, 2012.  Each customer is allowed one free regular sized ice any flavor they like.  If you live near a Rita’s or know one relatively close to you go out and get your free ice, you won’t regret it.

For those of us who aren’t so lucky as to have a Rita’s on the corner here is a homemade strawberry Italian ice recipe from Tasteofhome.com.  It is a very simple recipe with only a few ingredients, yet still looks delicious. Check out the link below and take some time to look at other recipes Taste of Home has to offer.

http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Strawberry-Italian-Ice

Happy first day of Spring,

-Ryan

St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage

Hey everyone,

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays considering all the goofy shenanigans that go on.  I mean it’s practically a holiday that celebrates terrible food and drinking a lot of beer.  If you are Irish or know something about Irish history you know that they are not well known for their food.  It feels like they eat bland old potatoes.  No worries though I’m about to present to you one of my favorite (and easiest) Irish dinners of all time.  I only eat this once a year on St. Patrick’s Day so you could imagine my excitement about this meal.

I present to you my St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe!

What you need:

Carrots

Potatoes (naturally)

Corned Beef

1 head of Cabbage

To prepare this meal you simply combine all the ingredients into a crock pot, fill the crock pot 3/4 full with water and let it cook for 8-10 hours on the low setting.  Most of the time the corned beef will come with a spice packet. Open that up and include it in the crock pot as well.  There is no need to measure out amounts of each item, it all comes down to how much you want of each ingredient and how large your crock pot is.  And there you have it, the most delicious and simple meal of all time.  While you wait for your corned beef to cook you can go out with your friends have a green beer or a Guinness.  Since it takes a good while to cook you can probably enjoy multiple beers and I’m sure time will just FLY by!

P.S. This meal is still extremely cheap, when I went out to get all the ingredients I spent around $15 total for everything and it will be enough food to feed at least 5 people

Happy St. Patrick’s Day enjoy,

-Ryan

Egg Noodle Recipe

Ingredients:
-chicken
-cheese
-butter
-bread crumbs
-broccoli
-can of cream of broccoli soup
-milk
-noodles

Preheat oven to 350.

Steam broccoli in microwave and place in casserole dish. Cover broccoli with cooked shredded chicken Mix one can of cream of broccoli soup with milk to thin and put on top of chicken Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top. Melt 1/4 stick of butter in microwave mix with Italian bread crumbs and sprinkle over casserole.

Cook about 20 minutes or until bubbling.

While casserole is cooking cook egg noodles as directions state. Then drain noodles and put it all together on a plate.

If you have a little bit of extra time you can….
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in large frying pan. Add drained noodles add sprinkle breadcrumbs over noodles. Cook until noodles become slightly crunchy

-Katie

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