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Homemade Chicken Taquitos

I don’t know about y’all–but I am all about that easy and convenient life! Especially with school in full swing, I am always looking to find a reliable recipe that I can make ahead of time and enjoy for the whole week! This recipe is just that! Growing up, I was obsessed with flautas which are extremely similar to taquitos EXCEPT for the fact that they are made on flour tortillas (which I can no longer eat) Maybe I’ve been feeling nostalgic or maybe I was just craving mexican food…but the idea of making taquitos hit my brain and I went with it! Minus the fried part, these taquitos are just like the ones you’d find in a restaurant…maybe even better, if i do say so myself ;)

 

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Chicken Taquitos

  • 1 rotissere chicken (shredded)
  • 2 TBS cumin
  • 1 TBS cayenne (if ya like it hot)
  • 2 TBS garlic powder
  • 1 TBS seasoned salt
  • 1 TBS black pepper
  • 2 TBS paprika
  • hint of lemon or lime
  • splash of olive oil
  • corn tortillas

Filling

  • 2 bell peppers (julienne)
  • 1 small yellow onion (julienne)
  • shredded cheese (as much as you want)
  • top with salsa and hot sauce (as much as you want)

Directions—>

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. cut up the chicken, gather all the meat and put it in a bowl–where you will mix together all of the spices
  3. microwave tortillas for 10-15 seconds or until soft
  4. spray tortillas with a little bit of cooking spray, add chicken and filling (SAUTE THE ONIONS AND PEPPERS BEFOREHAND), roll up and place on cookie sheet. (Repeat this process for how many taquitos you are making)
  5. Place in oven for 10 minutes or until tortilla begins to get crispy
  6. *** for the last 3-5 minutes place the oven on boil to get the taquitos browned and extra tasty!
  7. ENJOOOOOOY :)

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Hope you enjoy!

 

xoxo

 

Kelsey

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Peach Crumble Dessert (Gluten Free)

Hey y’all!! Happy (almost school time) to me! I’m definitely having mixed feelings about this final semester of mine at UK. Don’t get me wrong, I am so incredibly pumped to be finishing up…it sure has been a long time coming! BUT–it’s for sure a little sad and scary to be closing the chapter to such a big portion of my life and moving on to something new. I am forever grateful that my unconventional college path led me to UK–I have had some of my best memories here and Lex totally feels like home to me. Kinda wish I had started here all along, but everything happens for a reason!

Although I’ll be finishing up at UK–I am still going strong at Sullivan finishing up my culinary arts degree by the end of spring. Last weekend in class, we focused on working on some dessert ideas for our seven course practical final. While I was originally going to do a peach tart– I decided on something a little more creative. It is basically a tart–just deconstructed :) And might I add, as not being a peach lover, this dessert was HELLA good! Definitely will make again and again :)

 

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Peach Crumble

  • 4-5 peaches
  • ~ 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • ~ 1 cup COLD water
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (depends on how sweet ya like it!)
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • handful of dates (roughly 4)
  • cinnamon (to sprinkle and garnish)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • sea salt (just a pinch)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

*** You’ll need two small ramekins like the one in the picture above to bake the dessert in!***

Directions:

** Preheat oven to 350 & cook for 15 minutes (or until top is browned) **

  1. Make your crumble: pulse the nuts, coconut, dates, sea salt in a food processor until they create a soft mixture
  2. Combine the nut crumble with the oats, a little bit of brown sugar, and set aside
  3. Make your slurry (cornstarch and COLD water) mixed together. (small) Dice up two of your peaches and put them in a pot on medium heat—Add the slurry mixture and continue to stir until peaches break down and form a cohesive mixture. (sprinkle in some brown sugar for added sweetness) This will be your peach filling!
  4. Dice up the rest of your peaches
  5. Make your whipped cream— heavy whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla (kitchen aid mixer, handheld mixer, OR by hand on medium speed until soft peaks)
  6. Assemble your dessert–> peach filling on the bottom followed by the diced peaches, oat/nut crumble and topped off with the whipped cream!
  7. ENJOOOOOYY :)

 

Hope y’all will love this as much as I do! :)

Happy eating!

 

xoxo

 

Kelsey

 

 

 

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The Unofficial Guide To Boujee Appetizers: Recipes Included!

Since I’ve been in culinary school—I’ve taken a wide range of different classes from basic skills, baking, and now garde manger ( which I like to explain to people that it’s essentially “boujee appetizer class” and I LOVE it. I think it is by far my favorite class thus far. My Chef really lets us do things on our own (within reason) which definitely helps strike my creativity! We’ve done a whole variety of things in this class which is awesome because it’s like you’ll never know what you’re going to be doing next Saturday. Some highlights: I’ve learned how to make homemade gluten free pasta–which has always been a goal of mine but never had the determination to just go and do it at home. One day we made sorbet and that was super fun too– I had never used an ice cream machine before and was blown away ( science, man ) I made a strawberry balsamic basil sorbet, and I must say, it was out of this world! And just this past Saturday, I deboned a whole chicken and made a filling to stuff it with–I gotta say this was a little frustrating, but once you get the hang of it, it’s kinda fun! Kinda felt like a surgeon lolz

Annnnnnnnnd let us not forget: the canapes AKA boujee appetizers ;) These are awesome to make–because they don’t really require any cooking (SO EASY) and look super fancy on a plate! I’ve made quite a few in this class and I always always get comments or messages about them on insta so I thought I’d share my three faves that are guaranteed to knock your socks off! (and make your friends think you’re a boss ass chef)

***DISCLAIMER: I don’t typically do things exactly to recipe so the measurements might not be 100% accurate, be sure to taste as you go!

Cucumber/Goat Cheese/Smoked Salmon

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  1. Cut the cucumber into (medium thickness) slices
  2. Make your filling– A half package of goat cheese (about 6 oz), salt and pepper to taste, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1/2-1 teaspoon garlic, 1 tablespoon dill (maybe add some cold water, if consistency isn’t quite like a spread)
  3. Top with small slices of smoked salmon
  4. Add dill sprig for garnish
  5. ENJOYYYYY :)

 

Cucumber/Cream Cheese/Prosciutto

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  1. Cut cucumber into (medium thickness) slices
  2. Put a dollop of cream cheese on each slice
  3. Thinly slice prosciutto on each cucumber slice
  4. Garnish with chiffonade (finely cut) basil
  5. Drizzle balsamic glaze and top with a sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper
  6. ENJOYYY :)

 

Polenta/Prosciutto/Pesto (MY FAVE)

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  1. Make the polenta: 1 cup of cornmeal into a boiling pot of water/ continue to stir until thickened/ add 3 tablespoons of butter / add 1/2 cup of shredded parm / 2 tablespoons garlic / salt and pepper to taste / spread out on a pan and place in the freezer to harden for at least 30 minutes / Cut into wedges: egg wash and flour each wedge and pan fry on the stove with some oil! They will have a golden brown crust when they are ready :)
  2. Make the pesto: 2 cups of greens any of these will do–>(basil, parsley, arugula, cilantro, spinach) / 2-3 cloves garlic / 1/4 cup of nuts any of these will do–> (TOASTED pine nuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews) / 1/2 cup parm / 1/4 cup EVOO / salt and pepper to taste / Throw all of it in a food processor and pulse until a creamy consistency!
  3. Julienne (thin slices) bell pepper ( I used yellow and red ) saute in a pan with olive oil until soft!
  4. Cut prosciutto into small slices!
  5. Pan fry the polenta wedges, spread them with the prepared pesto, top with the       sauteed peppers, a couple small prosciutto slices, and a sprinkle of fresh parm!
  6. ENJOYYY :)

 

If you’ve ever wanted to be super EXTRA and FANCY with your appetizers–here’s your chance! Hope you all enjoy and if you try them out– let me know!!

 

xoxo

 

Kelsey

 

 

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Moving Update && Italian Pasta-less Salad

For those of you who don’t follow me on social media (ya should), I have been documenting my crazy moving experience and the progress thus far! As of now, I am officially all moved in. It only took a whole week (lol) and the help of my mom and a Uhaul–but hey, we did it and had a blast doing it! It is amazing all we put together in just five short days but I am so overwhelmed with how perfect it turned out. It is so very cozy (and I think I am going to love living alone) :) If ya’ll are in the moving process or know anyone who is, I’d highly recommend checking out some secondhand furniture shops! I was a little apprehensive at first, but you’d be shocked at the unique gems you may find! My couch, dining table, and chairs are all from the consignment shops listed below!

Some cool places in lex–> Restore // Another Man’s Treasure  // The Great Room //

Here are some updated progress photos below…

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(Even Noli approves of the new bedding ;))

Next up, I’ve got an awesome and super duper easy recipe for ya! I’ve always enjoyed a pasta salad but since my gluten allergy came in full force–I’ve been trying to do things differently and healthier! This salad is super fresh and inexpensive– I put prosciutto and a little calabrese in it, but you can definitely do without if you’re not a meat eater!

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Italian Pasta-less Salad

  • 3 roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/2 english cucumber (diced)
  • 3 slices of prosciutto and/or calabrese salami (finely chopped)
  • handful of green olives (halved)
  • handful of kalamata olives (halved)
  • feta or mozzarella cubes (as much as you want)
  • 2-3 tbs olive oil
  • 1-2 tbs italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup roasted garlic **optional (I found this at the olive bar @ kroger)

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Annnnnd that is literally it! SO simple and packed with flavor! Yesterday, I enjoyed a bowl of it on my porch with some pineapple and a la croix, of course! You can definitely meal prep this for the week for a perfect portable lunch or dinner option!

Hope you enjoy and let me know if you try it out!!

 

xoxo

 

Kelsey

 

 

 

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Lexington Blogger Brunch: Eggs Edition

It has been two weeks now and I STILL can’t stop telling people about the lexington blogger brunch. I mean, ya’ll FOR REAL, this was the most gorgeous set up I could ever imagine. We all kept joking (but not really joking) that it looked straight out of Pinterest! It could best be described as a fairytale…If ya don’t believe me, check it out below ;)

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The event was at the barn at Springhouse Gardens which was just the most perfect setting: beautiful land, gorgeous barn, and the nicest family who owns it! The morning was jam packed with so many good eats, a self-serve mimosa bar, a DIY flower crown bar, and of course, the awesome goodie bags!

I think if you’ve followed the blog long enough–you know I’m a huge breakfast person, or “bruncher” you could say, currently trying to work on having “professional bruncher” be a real thing. For me, breakfast is all about eggs (and mimosas) :) Eggs are like a super power food because they are so incredibly versatile! Like I literally just googled “how many ways can you cook an egg?” I found 16!! That’s insane guys! By far my favorite way to make eggs is in the form of either an egg bake or egg muffins! In fact, I cooked up some killer egg muffins for the blogger brunch! I cannot even get over how simple these are to make and you can literally add whatever you’re feeling that day and bake it all up (!!!) Not to mention, it is totally cheap and a great way to get rid of veggies that are on their last leg! Find the recipe HERE  :) Again, as I say in all my recipe posts, measurements are a rough estimate–as I typically throw things together without using measuring devices!

—-> Just remember, the key to a good egg bake is sufficient seasoning ( don’t be afraid to add in that extra dash of salt and pepper ) AND some of your favorite cheese (!!)

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All in all, I wish I could have brought every single one of you to this magical, fabulously fantastic brunch that I thought could only be as good in my dreams (yes, I dream about brunch. And yes, I have accepted it) It could not have been possible without the awesome people that contributed to making this morning perfect and the even better company ;)

Thank you to all…

The whole brunch was photographed by: Kirstie Dunston Photography

Goodie Bags && ETC: Springhouse Gardens // Shop Local KY // Miss Molly Vintage // AJ Apothecary // Shop Twenty Something // Morton James // Whole Foods Lex // Kentucky Yarnbirds // The Barn At Springhouse

Annnnd can’t forget the bloggers —>

Be sure to check out their pages and posts on the brunch too!!

The Stylish Tales of Tay <http://www.thestylishtalesoftay.com/

Authentically Emmie <http://authenticallyemmie.com/

Space, Place & Southern Grace <http://www.spaceplaceandsoutherngrace.com/

Kentucky Girl Ramblings <http://kentuckygirlramblings.com/

Bright on a Budget <http://brightonabudget.com/

Hartley Social <http://hartleysocial.com/

Lee’s Lookbook <http://www.leeslookbook.com/

Kayla Weber Art <http://www.kaylaweberart.com/blog

Fabulous in Fayette <http://fabulousinfayette.com/

Girl Meets Lex <http://girlmeetslex.com/

Basically Bronwyn <http://www.basicallybronwyn.com/

This Lexington Life <http://thislexingtonlife.com/

Lex Eats <http://lexeats.com/

Miss Molly Vintage <http://www.missmollyvintage.com/blog/

Candor and Rose <http://candorandrose.com/

Salt & Life Blog <http://www.saltandlifeblog.com/ 

 

Here’s to hoping we can top this brunch next time ;)

xoxo

Kelsey

 

 

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Travel Eats: Columbia, MO

About a month ago, I went to visit my sister in Columbia! Let’s keep it real here, you’ve probably never heard of this town unless you’ve been to Mizzou or know someone who goes there ;) It’s not really a sought after destination… about 80% of the town is the actual university and then some corn fields (lol) but hey, we had fun and there are definitely some places that I would highly recommend :) With that being said, let’s get on with it…

Geisha Sushi Bar (804 E Broadway) 

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We came here our first night and it was definitely a hit! Although, I was kinda amazed that my (asian) sister had never had edamame before–so naturally we had to order it! (YUM) We both had miso soup and a roll ( I think mine was the crazy roll, but not completely sure. It was 10/10 good though! ) Definitely a casual laid back atmosphere with quality sushi (which is super important)

Andy’s Frozen Custard (610 Cooper Dr N) 

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Y’all seriously have to come here, OMG! I’m not even huge on custard but man, this place sold me! Such a cute late night summer spot for a sweet tooth craving ;) SO GOOD, I demanded we go twice! Both times, I got a chocolate concrete with peanut butter cups!

Nourish Cafe & Market (1201 E Broadway)

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Cannot say enough good things about this place! First came here with the family when we went to a Mizzou Kentucky football game (GO CATS) and I had a goat cheese frittata that rocked my world. Obviously, we had to come back and I had a grilled veggie wrap with pesto and a coconut matcha smoothie! Definitely the best part about this place is not having to worry about any allergy concerns because the whole menu is GF!! (This never happens so naturally, I was PUMPED) Real & delicious food that you can feel good about eating! Side note: they have desserts too that are out of this world. I ended up picking up some cinnamon rolls that had cashew cream frosting, like WOAH! 12/10!

The Roof (1111 E Broadway)

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Welllllllll, I’d for sure come here for the view, drinks, and just a fun night out. This place is a nice bar/restaurant on top of a hotel with crazy cool views of the downtown and comfy seating. The food and service left a lot to be desired, but we still had a good time! However, we did have pretty good brussels sprouts and pork lettuce wrap things that were pretty decent!

Lakota Coffee (24 S 9th Street) 

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I don’t think I could write a travel eats without including a coffee shop, because let’s be real, I am an addict. I really like this place because it has a very extensive menu with unique options, like a coffee shake, which I’m kinda kicking myself that I didn’t get because it looked amazing. I guess you could say I am a creature of habit and stick with my black coffee and a splash of almond milk ;) Definitely a chill vibe, somewhere you could sit for a while and get stuff done. Love, love, love, local coffee shops!

 

Hy-Vee (3100 W Broadway)

—–> LAST, but certainly not least, I have to give a huge shout-out to the local Hy-Vee for quite the impressive “healthy section” where I found the NEW Skinny Pop flavors that I SO highly recommend :) I’m probably the only person that would get pumped to go to a new grocery store and find new products, but hey, it is what it is! #sorrynotsorry You should ask my sis though, I was completely geekin out over this popcorn y’all (lol)

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Annnnnd that’s a wrap :) If ya ever head to Columbia (for whatever strange reason) — I hope you’ll check these places out!

Until next time,

xoxo

Kelsey

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Be The Best You.

Hey everyone! Hope you all are enjoying your summer. I am sorry, yet again, that there has been an absence on the blog…and it is because I have been struggling to get my thoughts out on paper (or cyberspace)// Truthfully, I have been wanting to write about this for a while now– but wanted to make sure I got it right…I hope someone, somewhere, will resonate with this.

This summer has been full of changes. Change isn’t always easy. At the end of the semester, I watched three of my good friends walk across the stage and graduate college…something I probably should have done two years ago (lol) , but that’s beside the point. The fall will come and I will have my time. Anyway, I was super pumped for them, but also really emotional. I am naturally emotional, so it didn’t come as a big surprise to me when I started tearing up during their commencements– But, I think my emotion goes WAY beyond being proud of my friends.

All my life, I’ve had someone to depend on. Now, I am not saying this is a bad thing…but it does make life somewhat “easier” when there is someone around. Ever since I was in 7th/8th grade, I had someone around. All throughout high school, I had a “serious” boyfriend. In college, I met someone new right away and we dated for an extended period of time…Then I met someone else, and we also dated for an extended period of time…Meanwhile, I had the same tight knit group of friends… In fact, one of them even lived with me last summer…like actually in the same room. Someone was always always there… Do you see the trend? Don’t get me wrong, It’s AWESOME to have people there. Someone to go to target with late at night, someone to come lay with you while you cry, someone  to go to dinner with you on a whim or someone who will watch movies with you all day (and avoid responsibility).

But that all comes to an end. And once it ends, you are left with yourself. This sounds depressing, but at some point, the guy you thought you’d marry will dump you, the friends that were always there will graduate and move on with their lives, and you are just here, dealing with it all. Maybe it won’t happen quite like that, but in some form, one way or another, you will truly feel and be alone. 

If you’re there right now, I am here to tell you that it is OK.  You’ll make it. No, seriously, you really will. I have finally finally finally gotten to a place in my life where I can truly say I believe this. 100%. And as someone who has been through it, I can tell you it is even better than “OK.” Finding myself, loving myself, and supporting myself has been the greatest blessing. I take myself on long drives, I finish books I never got around to, I try a new workout class just for the hell of it, I spend hours cooking myself a good meal, because why the hell not?? When did life become all about “wishing you had someone to do (fill in the blank) with” ? Are you NOT enough as it is?? Newsflash, YOU are pretty awesome just the way you are and don’t ever forget it. You don’t need anyone to complete you, because you, yourself, are whole. You don’t need to pour all your love on someone who won’t love you back, because you deserve to be loved. You don’t need someone else to make you happy, because you can be your own happiness. You don’t need to chase after someone who sees you as a second option, because you should always be first. 

 This summer has been full of changes. I’ve done things for ME, not anyone else. And I have to say, it feels pretty great. I’ve rediscovered old hobbies, created new interests, and have worked toward a new chapter for myself…A new chapter where I put myself first, where I do things for me, where I let go of the past, and strive to be the best ME I can be.

Because I (and you) deserve it.

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xoxo

Kelsey