Crave for Homemade Food

 “In my food world, there is no fear and guilt, only joy and balance. So no ingredient is ever off-limits. Rather, all of the recipes here follow my Usually-Sometimes-Rarely philosophy.  Notice there is no Never.” – Ellie Krieger

Whenever my family visits to our favorite restaurants, I always check the description of the food offered on their menu. The purpose is how I can recreate those foods at home when my kids and husband will crave for the same food.

As we all know, it is really expensive when we eat at a restaurant regularly. Upon looking at the menu, instead of ordering only one meal, you tend to choose other foods that you are craving for.

So while planning to make homemade foods, some of these questions come to my mind…

Are these ingredients available in the nearest supermarket?  Will I be able to cook the food and make it look similar to what is in the menu photo?

With my skills in researching and being resourceful, I know that I can gather more ideas in cooking homemade foods.

I have also come across with the benefits of home cooking.

  1. Saves money – Eating homemade foods is usually much cheaper than eating at a restaurant.
  2. Saves time – It can be faster to cook something at home than driving or walking to the closest restaurant.  If you have enough ingredients of the food you are craving for, then try to experiment. Maybe you can create a dish that is better than the food in the restaurant.
  3. Healthier ingredients – Most of the restaurants prepare foods with a high content of fat, salt, and sugar.  When we personally prepare our own food, we are in control of the ingredients and the amount of each condiment that is going into our food.
  4. Avoid food allergies – Since we are in control of our food, we can reduce the risk of an allergic reaction.
  5. Brings families together – Eating meals together has the potential to strengthen family bonds as it provides time for the whole family to be together.

Here are some recipes that you could try for your cravings…

Simple Homemade Pesto Spaghetti

Ingredients:

  • 400g spaghetti noodles (or pasta of your choice)
  • 2 cups basil leaves (or green leaves of your choice)
  • ¼ cup pine nuts (or any peanuts of your choice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Extra grated parmesan cheese for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Cook the spaghetti according to package directions or until al dente
  2.  While pasta is cooking, add basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, and grated parmesan cheese to a food processor and pulse a few times until chopped.
  3. Then let it run as you drizzle the olive into the processor until emulsified.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Adjust the seasoning to your liking.
  5. Transfer pasta into a large bowl then toss the pesto sauce until pasta coated evenly.
  6. Serve immediately then garnished with grated parmesan cheese.
Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings

Ingredients:

  • 1 kilo chicken wings (cut into drumettes and flats)
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • ¼ cup melted unsalted butter
  • ½ cup hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 230°C (450°F ).
  2. Pat dry chicken wings with paper towels then transfer to a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, combine all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, and pepper.
  4. Sprinkle the mixture over the wings then toss them until evenly coated.
  5. Prepare a baking sheet with aluminum foil then arrange wings leaving about one-inch of space in between.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes; flip and continue to cook for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. While wings are cooking, whisk together melted unsalted butter, hot sauce, and sugar.
  8. Toss baked wings through the sauce to evenly coat.
  9. Serve your buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese dip or creamy garlic mayo.

I hope you enjoy cooking these easy recipes. Bon Appétit!

-Cheryl Calma-

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