Corn, Broccoli, Tomato and Cheese Pasties...

What the Hell? Golden, flaky pockets of veggie goodness. Think of them as homemade Hotpockets. Make these and freeze them for future instant hangover, handheld, booze soaking relief. They’re time consuming to make, but totally worth it. If you want to get fancy, serve them with some marinara dipping sauce. These can be made appetizer size or main course size. Appetizer size will yield 32 pasties, main course size will yield 16. What the hell should I drink? A Moscow Mule would be lovely with there. Vodka, good quality ginger beer, a pinch of grated ginger and a big squeeze of lime juice on the rocks. Yeah, that goes down real nice. What the hell should I listen to? All kinds of Girls by the Real Kids. You’re gonna need something poppy and upbeat to keep you rolling and stuffing. Corn, Broccoli, Tomato and Cheese Pasties   Save Print Prep time 1 hour 30 mins Cook time 40 mins Total time 2 hours 10 mins   Author: Embrace the Cheese Serves: 16 or 32 Ingredients Pastry dough 3 C. unbleached, all purpose flour ½ tsp. salt 2 sticks unsalted butter, cubed and chilled solid 10-15 Tbls. ice water Filling 1.5 C. finely chopped broccoli florets 1.5 C. corn kernels 1 C. shredded, part-skim mozzarella cheese 15 oz. carton of low-fat ricotta cheese 4 scallions, thinly sliced ¼ C. chopped, fresh basil ½ C. finely chopped, sun-dried tomatoes ½ tsp. garlic powder ¼ tsp. kosher salt ¼ tsp. black pepper 1 egg 2 Tbls. water Instructions Pastry dough Wisk together the flour and salt Cut in the chilled butter until the mixture resembles coarse corn meal Gradually mix in the water until the mixture just comes together and forms a stiff ball. For appetizer size...

None more black stew

What the Hell? My culinary tribute to Spinal Tap. Black rice, black barley and black beans is a gooey mess of dark goodness. It’s like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black. Feel free to improvise and add more hot sauce if you want to make this go to eleven. Black rice and black barley can be found in bulk at Whole Foods. What the hell should I drink? Dark beer! Thick and throaty. If you can find it, Fat Head’s Oompa Loompa Chocolate Cream Stout is really amazing. What the hell should I listen to? Big Bottom by Spinal Tap, of course. Triple bass assault. None more black stew   Save Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 1 hour Total time 1 hour 20 mins   Author: Embrace the Cheese Serves: 8 Ingredients Rice ½ C. black rice (Forbidden black rice) 1 C. vegetable broth 1 tsp. bacon salt ¼ tsp. kosher salt Stew 6 C. vegetable broth ½ C. black barley 1 C. diced onion 6 cloves garlic, minced 2 carrots, diced 2 ribs celery, diced 1 Tbls. Italian seasoning ¼ C. chili peppers, minced (heat level of your choice) 1 tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. onion powder 1 tsp. dried oregano 2 tsp. siracha chili sauce 1 15.5 oz can black beans, rinsed well 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes 1 bag Quorn grounds or Boca crumbles Instructions Rice Combine all rice ingredients in a small, heavy bottom pot. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 30-40 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Stew While rice is cooking start the stew In a large, heavy bottomed pot, combine broth, black barley, onion,...

Split pea and barley stew...

What the Hell? This is a vegetarian version of my favorite split pea and ham soup. Using pearled barley gives this stew some heft and rib sticking goodness. It’s stupidly easy to make and packed full of fiber and veggie goodness. Your colon will thank you. Eat it! What the hell should I drink? A nice mineraly, acidic white wine would be lovely. Something the in the Sauvignon Blanc family would be a good fit. What the hell should I listen to? She pays the rent by the Nomads. This is a Lyres cover. Since this soup is a different interpretation of my split pea and ham recipe it seems appropriate. Woot! Split pea and barley stew   Save Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 60 mins Total time 1 hour 15 mins   Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Soup Serves: 6 Ingredients 1 Tbls. olive oil 1½ C. chopped onion 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 C. chopped celery 1 C. chopped carrots ½ tsp. black pepper 1 tsp. kosher salt 2 tsp. dried marjoram 1 tsp. dried thyme ½ tsp. dried rosemary 2 bay leaves 8 C. vegetable broth 1½ C. green split peas ½ C. pearled barley Instructions Heat olive oil in large, heavy bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, celery and carrots and sauté until onions are translucent and tender. About 5 minutes. Add salt, black pepper, marjoram, thyme, rosemary and bay leaves. Stir until veggies are will coated. Add vegetable broth, split peas and barley. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and slightly cover. Simmer until the peas are tender and just beginning to fall apart. About an hour. Remove bay leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper....

Garden Lentil Soup

What the Hell? Chop. Dump. Cook. Eat. No cooking skills needed. If you can chop vegetables, open a can and boil water you can make this soup! You have no excuses. Do it. Feel good about what you put into your gaping maw. I’ve seen you, and you could use the veg and fiber. What the hell should I drink? A nice, spicy Bloody Mary. Booze and veggies! Together at last! What the hell should I listen to? Parasight by Entombed. Something to help with all the chopping. Garden Lentil Soup   Save Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 35 mins Total time 50 mins   Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Soup Serves: 8 Ingredients 3 carrots, diced 3 ribs celery, diced 1 lg. yellow onion, diced 1 lg. red onion, diced 5 cloves garlic, minced 1 lg. potato, diced 1 C. dried, brown lentils, rinsed and drained 1 C. corn 8 C. vegetable broth 2 bay leaves 1½ tsp. dried thyme 1½ tsp. dried oregano 1½ tsp. dried parsely ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes 1 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes 1 C. peas Salt and pepper to taste Instructions Place all ingredients except tomatoes and peas into a large sauce pot or dutch oven. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until vegetables and lentils are soft. About 30 minutes. Add tomatoes and peas. Simmer until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. 3.1.07...

Crack-a-licious Frosting...

What the Hell? The most amazing buttercream frosting EVER! It’s crack. Once you’ve had this, you won’t want any other buttercream. You’ll crave it. You’ll NEED it. It will haunt your damn dreams. It takes a little bit of extra time, but it’s so worth it! Super creamy, not too sweet and makes a ton. The best part is you can make it ahead and freeze it! Thaw in your fridge and give it a good whip before frosting your cake. Sweet, creamy bliss I tell you! What the hell should I drink? I’m gonna go with a White Russian on this one. The Dude Abides. What the hell should I listen to? Sugar Sugar by The Archies. Sweet! Crack-a-licious Frosting   Save Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 30 mins Total time 50 mins   Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Dessert Serves: a three layer cake Ingredients Cooked base 2 C. whole milk, room temperature 6 Tbls. unbleached, all-purpose flour ¼ tsp. salt Buttercream 1 lb. unsalted butter, softened 2 C. granulated sugar 1 Tbls. vanilla 2 Tbls. meringue powder Instructions Cooked Base In a medium pot, whisk together the milk, flour and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil and becomes very thick. Scrape mixture into a large, shallow dish. Immediately cover surface with waxed paper. Make sure the waxed paper is touching the surface of the mixture. You don't want a skin to form. Set mixture aside and allow to come to room temperature. Once it's room temperature, place in refrigerator to chill. Buttercream When you place the milk and flour mixture in the refrigerator, start the buttercream. In a large bowl, whip the butter with an electric mixer. You want to really...

Smoked Trout Ravioli

What the Hell? Ravioli! With smoked trout! Smothered in browned butter and fresh Parmesan! Your mouth will be overjoyed with smoky, pasta-y, full-fat goodness. No, this is not low calorie or for the health conscious. This is full-on pleasure food. Eat it! What the hell should I drink? Something crisp with a bite. These little pillowy bastards are rich, you need something to work with all that butter and cheese. My default white is Trader Joe’s Espiral Vinho Verde. It’s cheap and pretty much perfect with anything. If you’re looking for something fancier, anything in the Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc family would work. What the hell should I listen to? Let’s pretend we don’t know each other by Milligram. Powerful, melodic and perfect. Smoked Trout Ravioli   Save Print Prep time 1 hour 30 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 1 hour 40 mins   Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Pasta Serves: 8 Ingredients Pasta (you will need two batches): 3 C. unbleached all-purpose flour 3 lg. eggs, room temperature 1 tst. salt 3 T. Olive oil Filling: 15 oz. carton Ricotta Cheese 8 oz. smoked trout 2 T. minced, fresh chives 1 T. minced red onion Sauce 2 sticks salted butter, room temperature Freshly grated Parmesan cheese Instructions Making the pasta dough: I suggest looking at some fresh pasta making videos on Youtube to show you what the dough should look like in the various stages. Mound flour on a clean, dry surface and create a well. In a small bowl, beat the eggs, olive oil and salt until combined. Add egg mixture to the well in the flour. With a fork, gradually draw in the flour from the inside wall of the well in a circular motion. Continue to...

Chicken Noodle Soup

What the Hell? One of my very favorite comfort foods. No matter what time of year, a big, steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup sets everything right and cures what ails me. This is a super simple recipe, requires next to no cooking skills. Another recipe that if you can boil water, you can make this soup. Impress your family and friends and show them how much you care. Doooo eeeet! What the hell should I drink? Give your liver a break and try something healthy for once, like some nice lemon tea. What the hell should I listen to? Falling back to earth by Bluebird. No real reason, I just really like this song. Chicken Noodle Soup   Save Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 1 hour Total time 1 hour 10 mins   Comfort food! You love it! Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Soup Serves: 8 Ingredients 10 C. chicken broth 1 C. chopped carrots 1 C. chopped celery 1 C. chopped onions 2 tsp. poultry seasoning 1 tsp. dried thyme 2 bay leaves 1 tsp. fresh ground pepper 2 Tbls. fresh, chopped parsley 3 C. cooked, diced chicken 8 oz. noodle of your choice Instructions Place all ingredients up to the noodles into a large heavy bottom pot or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and partially cover. Simmer until veggies are tender. About an hour. Remove bay leaves. Bring back to a boil. Add noodles. Return to a boil and remove from heat. Cover and let noodles soak for 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper....

Rainbow Bean Soup

What the Hell? Beans! Beans! The musical fruit. You know the rest. Beans, good tasting and good for you. Full of fiber and antioxidants to keep your poopy system running smooth. Nobody wants a clogged up poopy system. Eat your damn beans and feel good! What the hell should I drink? A medium bodied Côtes du Rhône or a young syrah would be lovely. E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône is tasty. Beer is always lovely with beans too. What the hell should I listen to? Whistle Pig by Solace. So good it hurts. Rainbow Bean Soup   Save Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 3 hours 30 mins Total time 3 hours 50 mins   Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Soup Serves: 4 Ingredients Beans ¼ C. dried kidney beans ¼ C. dried great northern beans ¼ C. dried split peas ¼ C. dried brown lentils ¼ C. dried black beans Soup 5 C. vegetable broth 1 C. diced onion 5 cloves garlic, minced ½ C. diced carrots ½ C. diced celery 2 tsp. dried oregano ½ tsp. chili powder ½ tsp. black pepper 1 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning ½ tsp. dried thyme 2 bay leaves 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes Instructions Rinse beans well Place beans in a large microwave safe bowl and cover with cold water, with at least an inch of water above the beans. Loosely cover with plastic wrap. Place in microwave and cook on high for 7 minutes. Stir and add more water if necessary. Recover and cook for an additional 7 minutes. Drain beans and rinse well. Place beans in a large pot and add all ingredients except the tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and slightly cover. Simmer for 3 hours or until...

Chicken Pot Pie

What the Hell? Chicken Pot Pie Dammit! You know it. You you crave it. You love it. Yes, it’s a little time consuming. Yes, there are a lot of steps. Good comfort food takes time, quit complaining and cook! This is very free form. Add any veggies you like. Have fun and experiment. It’s pot pie dammit. It’s suppose to be fun and comforting. What the hell should I drink? Cheap white wine. Trader Joe’s Espiral Vinho Verde is fantastically cheap and remarkably tasty. Light and slightly bubbly. It will be your new go to chugger. What the hell should I listen to? Itchy Chicken by Los Straightjackets Chicken Pot Pie   Save Print Prep time 30 mins Cook time 1 hour 40 mins Total time 2 hours 10 mins   Chicken Pot Pie Dammit! You know it. You you crave it. You love it. Yes, it's a little time consuming. Yes, there are a lot of steps. Good comfort food takes time, quit complaining and cook! This is very free form. Add any veggies you like. Have fun and experiment. It's pot pie dammit. It's suppose to be fun and comforting. Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Winner. Winner. Chicken Dinner Cuisine: American Serves: 8-10 Ingredients Chicken 2½ lbs. boneless, skinless, chicken boobs 8 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. pepper ½ tsp. poultry seasoning ½ tsp. onion powder Roasted veg 1 C. diced turnips, about 1 medium (I like ½" dice) 4 C. diced red potatoes, about 3 large (I like to keep the skins on and ½" dice) 2 Tbls. olive oil 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. onion powder 1 tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. dried thyme ½ tsp. dried, crushed rosemary Filling 1 Tbls. olive oil...

Marinara Sauce

What the Hell? Simple, versatile and tasty red sauce. Not only is it great as a pasta sauce, it’s also a fantastic pizza sauce and adds some sass to soups or tomato based chowders. Use it, abuse and love every minute of it. What the hell should I drink? Red, red, wine. A full, sock you in the face, oaky Cabernet would be my first choice. What the hell should I listen to? I can never get enough pasta. Can’t get enough of you, baby by, ? and the Mysterians seems fitting. Marinara Sauce   Save Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 2 hours Total time 2 hours 20 mins   This is my go-to, basic red sauce. It's easy, makes a ton and freezes very well. Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Basic Sauce Cuisine: Italian Serves: 10 Ingredients 3 Tbls. olive oil 3 C. chopped yellow onion 1 Tbls. sugar ¼ C. minced garlic 2 tsp. kosher salt 2 tsp. dried basil 2 tsp. dried oregano 1 tsp. dried thyme ½ tsp. dried, crushed rosemary 3 bay leaves 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper ½ tsp. fennel seeds, crushed 2 Tbls. balsamic vinegar 2 C. vegetable broth 3 (28 oz) cans no-salt-added crushed tomatoes (I really like Cento brand) Instructions Heat oil in large dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion to pan; cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add sugar and next 9 ingredients (through fennel seeds); cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in vinegar; cook 30 seconds. Add broth and tomatoes; bring to a simmer. Cook over very low heat for 2 hours or until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Optional I like my sauce really smooth. Once it's finished cooking, I puree my sauce with an immersion blender....

Veggie Black Bean Soup...

What the Hell? Fiber! Fiber! Fiber! Tasty and delicious fart fuel! Fill your belly and treat your body right with this healthy and hearty soup. This recipe makes a shit-ton! You will need a very large Crock Pot to hold it all. This freezes very well. What the hell should I drink? A good ale would sit right with this. Bells Two Hearted Ale is lovely. If you’re more of a wino, something fruity with low tannin would be best. In my opinion, tannins and black bean are not yummy. A nice Beaujolais or fruity Zinfandel would fit the bill. What the hell should I listen to? A big black bean soup need some Big Black. Cables by Big Black is my choice. Veggie Black Bean Soup   Save Print Prep time 1 hour Cook time 8 hours Total time 9 hours   Fiber! Fiber! Fiber! Tasty and delicious fart fuel! Fill your belly and treat your body right with this healthy and hearty soup. This recipe makes a shit-ton! You will need a very large Crock Pot to hold it all. This freezes very well. Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Soup Cuisine: Southwesternish Serves: 10 Ingredients 1 lb. dry black beans (or 4 15-ounce cans of black beans if you don't want to deal with dry beans) 8 C. water (6 cups if you're using canned beans) 1 C. carrot, chopped 1 C. celery, chopped 1 large red onion, chopped 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 8 cloves garlic, crushed 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced ¼ C. dry lentils ½ C uncooked white jasmine rice 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes 1 Tbsp. chili powder 2 tsp. ground cumin 2 tsp. dried...

Veggie Chili

What the Hell? No bell peppers! Bring on the root vegetables and squash to bulk up this bitch! This is a very spicy chili. It’s a slow, forehead sweating, nose running, put hair on your teeth kinda burn. If you’re not a fan of spicy don’t make this or cut back on the chipotles and adobe sauce. You have been warned. What the hell should I drink? A nice porter would sit well with this chili. Great Lakes Edmond Fitzgerald Porter is yummy. What the hell should I listen to? Something with a melancholy 80s synth vibe. Hold On (Goodbye To All Of That) by Crippled Black Phoenix, fits the bill. Veggie Chili   Save Print Prep time 30 mins Cook time 45 mins Total time 1 hour 15 mins   Warm your guts with this hearty, spicy and veggie rich chili. It's a slow, forehead sweating, nose running, put hair on your teeth kinda burn. If you're not a fan of spicy don't make this or cut back on the chipotles and adobe sauce. You have been warned. Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Vegetarian Cuisine: Southwestern Serves: 6 Ingredients 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1 large yellow onion, diced 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 turnip, cut into ½-inch pieces 1 large sweet potato, cut into ½-inch pieces 3 C. peeled, seeded butternut squash, cut into ½-inch pieces 2 Tbsp. chili powder 2 Tbsp. ground cumin 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. thyme 1 tsp. oregano 2 bay leaves 1 26 oz. can diced tomatoes with juice 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, diced, plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce 2 C. vegetable stock 2 C. chopped kale 1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained 2 C. roasted corn...

Veggie Lentil Stew

What the Hell? Lentil soup! With mushrooms and roasted veggies! Warm, hearty, satisfying and it’s really good for you! So full of fiber your colon will thank you. Chow down, gas up and dutch oven your loved ones! Farts always equal funny. Fact. This is fantastic with the Crusty Bread Ball. What the hell should I drink? A nice porter or stout would be a fine choice. Old Rasputin is lovely. What the hell should I listen to? “Out in the cold wind, out in the snow.” Dead Meadow – What needs must be. Veggie Lentil Stew   Save Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 1 hour Total time 1 hour 20 mins   Yummy, hearty, full of texture and fiber. Perfect for a cold winter day with some rustic, crusty bread and a nice dark ale. Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Soup Serves: 8 Ingredients Roasted veggies 2 C. corn - fresh from the cob is best, but thawed frozen works too. ½ C. diced carrots 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half 1 Tbsp. minced garlic 1 Tbsp. olive oil salt and pepper Soup 1 Tbsp. olive oil 8 oz. chopped crimini or mini-bella mushrooms 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 medium red onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste 6 cups vegetable broth 1½ C. dried, brown lentils, rinsed and drained 3 tsp. dried basil 1 tsp. dried thyme 1 tsp. poultry seasoning ¼ C. dry sherry Grated fresh Parmesan cheese Instructions Roast the veggies Preheat oven to 400 degrees Put corn, carrots, tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil in a large roasting pan. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir the mixture to combine and spread out to a single layer. Roast...