Brownie cheesecake cookie magic birthday cake.
We made this for our cat Neptune’s 5th birthday. This is another amazing recipe from Buzzfeed Tasty. I definitely recommend this recipe but it does take a while to make. We didn’t have all of the exact right pans for this so it was a bit tricky. There was a little smoke out incident where the brownie batter overflowed and spilled into the bottom of the oven. We then placed a large cookie sheet under it to catch the rest of the spillage.
Beef stroganoff in the Instant Pot.
I used a recipe from the Tastes Better from Scratch blog. It was pretty easy to follow and ended up tasting delicious. Probably could have used more seasoning on my end. I didn’t quite get the pressure cooking right because it started burning at the bottom. The pressure cooker option only kicks in once the pressure is built and sealed. So it was on but never started the 2 minute timer. Instead the instant pot started beeping and said “burn.” This happened twice but by then the pasta was fully cooked so it was fine.
I realized the next time Brian used the instant pot that there is a button next to the release lever that needs to be pushed down or popped up and that was the reason the timer never kicked on. Whoops.
We used the recipe on the sloppy joe mix can. Brian loves sloppy joes. At the beginning of quarantine times I stocked up on ground beef but made the mistake of freezing the whole 3lb. pack all at once. In retrospect I should have used the vacuum sealer to break this up so I could thaw smaller amounts. The way it was, we had to thaw all three pounds and use them before they went bad. So we decided on Sloppy Joe’s and a massive lasagna.
If you didn’t know, Sloppy Joe’s are hella easy. You brown the meat, add the manwich and put that on a bun. That’s it.
Lasagna is also a pretty simple recipe but definitely a crowd pleaser. Although for this one, the crowd is just me and Brian. You brown some meat then combine it with red sauce. The cheese layer is comprised of mozzarella, parmesan, ricotta and an egg. I use precooked lasagna noodles to skip a step there.
It was fun to do some Italian cooking because we were supposed to be going to Italy this month but our trip got cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have also been drinking some Italian wine in honor of our missed trip.
Hit me up with other recipes I should try while in quarantine times. In Wisconsin, it’s looking like we have at least 5 more weeks!