Conquering Chipotle Peppers

When it comes to baking and cooking, my family may tell you I’m the “domestic one” but that does not mean that I am the successful one. I have had some bad experiences in the kitchen and more than one recipe go horribly wrong. Of course, when this happens i regale everyone I know with my disastrous stories. In fact, the other week when a co-worker added WAY too much salt to her recipe, she said she was “pulling a Laura”.

But I am trying to move past the chipotle pepper disasters and branch out in my cooking and baking. I am not one to make New Year’s Resolutions, but if I did, one of them might have been to learn more new recipes… both in the world of baking and the world of cooking.

Here are a couple of my latest accomplishments… I will add more in the coming days…

I made these cute little rice krispie balls for New Year's. Simple, yet addictive.

My main lesson I learned here was that there is a reason the recipe told me to let the marshmallows and cereal mixture cool in a pan and THEN form it into balls.  I thought to myself… “that seems like so much time wasted.  I will just form it into balls straight from the bowl after I mix it all together.”

Ok… Does anyone know how HOT and STICKY marshmallows can be?

I made these delicious Sesame Noodles – I got the recipe from one of my favorite blogs…

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/09/simple-sesame-noodles/

The lesson I learned from THIS cooking adventure is that I prefer udon noodles (I was SO excited to cook with one of my favorite foods from Japan!) AND that rice noodles might not be done when you think they are.  If possible, try to avoid feeding rubbery weird rice noodles to your sister, roommate, and the boy that just fixed your roommate’s car.  hmm…  but this recipe was DELICIOUS when the noodles were properly cooked.  Just sayin…

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2 thoughts on “Conquering Chipotle Peppers

  1. I, for one, am very glad you have conquered chipotle peppers. Although, I think I’m still scarred/scared of them as a result of the initial mistake. It might take a while longer before I’m brave enough to try something else that you make with them.

  2. I’ve had many kitchen disasters too. Most of mine involve homemade bread turning into rock hard lumps or into gooey messes.
    Those sesame noodles look delicious. I think I might just have to pick up some udon noodles now 🙂

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