Goopy Carbonara – A Sims Recipe

Goopy Carbonara - A Sims Recipe

One of my favorite game mechanics in the Sims is the cooking! I love that you can level up your Sim’s cooking abilities, and I also love that the available recipes to cook change according to the time of day. Another fun thing about the cooking on the Sims games is when one of your Sims craves a certain food.

One food that seems to be popular with my Sims when I play is Goopy Carbonara. I don’t blame them, as this recipe is delicious. Plus, it’s just fun to say “goopy carbonara.” I made this recipe a bit different than traditional spaghetti carbonara, as I knew I had to make it extra “goopy” to live up to its name.

Goopy Carbonara - The Sims Recipe

Goopy Carbonara – A Sims Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup parmesan
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • parsley, fresh or dried, to garnish

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a pot on the stove.
  2. Stir the flour into the melted butter.
  3. On medium heat, add the milk to the butter/flour mixture, whisking until well incorporated.
  4. Allow the sauce to cook on the stove until it is thick and bubbly, making sure to stir constantly to keep it from clumping.
  5. Add the parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to the sauce, and set aside.
  6. Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions.
  7. Drain the water and return the spaghetti to the pot.
  8. Add the olive oil to the spaghetti, tossing until it’s well coated.
  9. Add in the crumbled bacon.
  10. Pour the sauce over the spaghetti and bacon, and sprinkle with parsley.

There you have it! A goopy spaghetti dish that’s delicious and filling.

Summer Vegetable Soup – A Redwall Recipe

Vegetable Soup - A Redwall Recipe

Ever since I first discovered the Redwall books about 15 years ago, I’ve always wanted to be transported to Mossflower wood to live at Redwall Abbey. Life just seems so simple and beautiful there. To me, the food these peaceful creatures eat perfectly embodies the magically simple lifestyle they lead. The creatures of Redwall are vegetarian, with the exception of fish, and most of the food they eat is either grown right on the Abbey grounds or foraged in the surrounding forest. I often wonder what my role would be if I lived at Redwall Abbey. Gardener? Cook? Record keeper? I don’t think I’d mind doing any of those things, especially if it meant I could live in comfortable simplicity.

This vegetable soup recipe was inspired by a scene in Doomwyte, where the characters have a glorious summer picnic by the banks of a river in the middle of the woods. A vegetable soup is mentioned briefly, and I knew immediately that I wanted to recreate it. Since this was a summertime picnic, I knew this soup had to be light and summery, rather than a heavy winter soup, so the ingredients reflect that. Also keep in mind that in order to remain true to the source, I used vegetable broth to make this soup truly vegetarian. Chicken broth or beef stock would taste wonderful in this soup, but then it wouldn’t be something out of Redwall, so keep that in mind if you’re tempted to make substitutions 🙂

Summer Vegetable Soup - A Redwall Recipe

Summer Vegetable Soup – A Redwall Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 large celery stalk, diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 1 cup green beans, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a large pot on the stove.
  2. Add the onion to the butter and cook until translucent (this should only take a minute or so).
  3. Add the broth, potato, carrot, and celery to the onion.
  4. Cook the broth and root veggies on medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until the veggies start to become soft.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients to the soup, and stir well.
  6. Cook the soup for an additional 10 minutes.

This soup is light but delicious, perfect for a summer feast. I do hope that cooking and enjoying this soup will help to transport you to Redwall Abbey, even if only for a moment.

 

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Cherry Pie – An American Girl Recipe

Cheery Pie - An American Girl Recipe

In Happy Birthday, Addy! Addy celebrates her spring-time birthday with cherry pie and homemade ice cream. While I (tragically) do not have an ice cream machine to make homemade ice cream to go with it, I knew I wanted to recreate Addy’s birthday cherry pie. I found this classic cherry pie recipe from Food Network and got to work. I halved the recipe to make a cute little doll-sized pie, but you can just double it again if you want to make a full-size pie, as this recipe is best when shared with friends and family, just like Addy did on her birthday.

Cherry Pie – An American Girl Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups tart cherries, pits removed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 small pie crusts
  • butter

Directions

  1. Place the cherries in a pan on the stove, and cook on low heat until the juices start to come out of the cherries.
  2. Add the sugar, cornstarch and almond extract to the cherries, and mix well.
  3. Cook the cherry mixture on the stove until thick and bubbly, stirring constantly.
  4. Place one pie crust in the bottom of a small baking dish.
  5. Pour the cherry mixture into the pie tin over the crust.
  6. Place the second pie crust over the cherry mixture. You can make a woven lattice design if you want, or you can just place the crust on top and cut a vent in the center.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, or until the crust turns golden brown.

To make a full-size pie, double the recipe. Share this pie with loved ones to celebrate a special occasion, or just to enjoy the fruits of spring and summer. This old-fashioned recipe definitely stands the test of time!

Buttered Scones – A Hobbit Recipe

…the dwarves were starting on a round of buttered scones, when there came–a loud knock.

-The Hobbit

Buttered Scones - A Hobbit Recipe

Here we are revisiting Bilbo’s “Unexpected Party” again. It’s a good thing those dwarves were so hungry, or else we wouldn’t have so many yummy foods to emulate!

Hot buttered scones are one of the simpler menu items at this party, but I wanted to get the recipe right, so I did some research. I’ve never been to the UK, but apparently those triangular things you get from cafes here in the US aren’t authentic scones. In fact, “real” scones seem to be a great deal similar to what we in America call “biscuits,” only sweeter. I found this recipe for Afternoon Tea Scones written by someone who actually used to live in the UK and goes back to visit often, so I knew it had to be authentic! I adapted the recipe slightly to better fit the narrative of The Hobbit.

Buttered Scones – A Hobbit Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter, for brushing

Directions

  1. Mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  2. Cut the butter into several small pieces, and drop the pieces into the flour mixture.
  3. Using your fingers, rub the cold butter into the flour mixture until it forms a crumbly texture.
  4. Add the egg and buttermilk, and mix until just combined.
  5. Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface, and pat it into a flat disk, about 1/2 an inch high.
  6. Cut out scones in a circular shape. You can use a circle cookie or biscuit cutter, but I just used a drinking glass.
  7. Place the scones onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  8. Brush the scones with melted butter.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes, or until the scones turn golden brown.

These yummy scones are a great simple pleasure. Enjoy them with butter, jam, clotted cream, or whatever you fancy. Hopefully you won’t have to share them with any dwarves!

 

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Rey’s Sauteed Spinach – A Star Wars Recipe

Rey's Sauteed Spinach - A Star Wars Recipe

I’m back with another Star Wars recipe for this month’s Fandom Foodies theme, hosted by My Main is a Cook. #MaytheFork be with you!

In The Force Awakens, Rey’s Portion Bread seems to get all the attention, and with good reason! It’s pretty neat to see the bread bubble up from just powder and water. But, along with the bread, Rey cooks up sauteed greens of some kind to eat with her bread. They’re only shown on screen for a brief moment, so I’m not entirely sure what kind of plant this dish comes from in the Star Wars universe, but I figured spinach was a pretty close approximation in our world.

I love spinach, and I don’t understand how anyone could dislike it! This sauteed spinach recipe is so easy to make and is perfect as a nutritious side dish to any meal. You can change up the ingredients however you like, too.

Rey’s Sauteed Spinach – A Star Wars Recipe

Ingredients

  • spinach, 1 block frozen or 1 bag fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Place the spinach and water in a frying pan.
  2. Heat the spinach until it is wilted and warmed through, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, and mix until combined.
  4. Serve hot with any meal you like!

You can use either fresh or frozen spinach for this, but I used frozen spinach since it more closely resembled the portion packet Rey receives. This is very basic food, but that’s perfect because it’s what Rey lived off of for so long. It still tastes great, though. Enjoy, and may the force be with you!

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Cinnamon Hot Cocoa – A Once Upon A Time Recipe

Cinnamon Hot Cocoa - A Once Upon A Time Recipe

I’m back with another recipe from Once Upon A Time! Cinnamon hot cocoa is a food item that is referenced multiple times throughout the series. Cinnamon in hot cocoa…it’s a quirk of the “Charming” family. Cinnamon is probably my favorite spice, and combining it with chocolate is heavenly.

Yes, I am well aware that it is May…almost summertime. Cocoa is typically a wintertime beverage, but when you live in Florida like I do and it’s hot all year round, you just crank up the A/C and drink hot cocoa whenever you feel like it. 🙂

Cinnamon Hot Cocoa – A Once Upon A Time Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. powdered sugar
  • whipped cream

Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients, except for the whipped cream, into a pot on the stove or into a hot cocoa machine. You can also use the “soup” setting on one of those fancy expensive blenders 🙂
  2. Heat the contents thoroughly, stirring constantly. A hot cocoa machine or blender on “soup” setting will stir for you as it heats, which saves you a lot of work!
  3. Pour the cocoa into a mug and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of extra cinnamon.

Drink this cocoa on your own, or double the recipe to share as you bond with family or make new friends. It’s warm and comforting in every way possible.

 

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Mrs. Beaver’s Homemade Bread – A Chronicles of Narnia Recipe

Mrs. Beaver's Homemade Bread - A Chronicles of Narnia Recipe

One of the most quaint little scenes in The Chronicles of Narnia is when the Pevensie children are invited into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Beaver. Mrs. Beaver cooks them all a delicious dinner, and even packs up some food for them to take on their journey.

One of the foods she packs is a loaf of homemade bread, which she later uses to make ham sandwiches on the road. I love crusty homemade breads more than practically anything, but I figured a bread with a softer crust would work better for ham sandwiches, so I found this recipe from King Arthur Flour and adapted it slightly. The butter gives the bread a nice flavor, and the milk helps to make the crust softer. Perfect for sandwiches!

Mrs. Beaver’s Homemade Bread – A Chronicles of Narnia Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 envelope instant yeast

Directions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in the bowl of an electric mixer.
  2. Use the dough hook attachment to knead the dough for about 10 minutes, or until it forms a smooth consistency.
  3. Grease the bowl, and allow the dough to sit in a warm place until it has doubled in size.
  4. Shape the dough into a loaf form. I do this by rolling it out into a rectangle with a rolling pin, then rolling up the rectangle length-wise. Then, I pinch the edges closed and fold them underneath the loaf and place it seam-side down into a loaf pan.
  5. Allow the dough to rise once more, again to about double in size.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes, or until the crust turns golden brown.

If you’ve never made homemade bread before, don’t be intimidated! Here are the three most important things to remember:

Water/Milk Temperature

The liquid should be warm, but not hot. Too cold, and the yeast will not activate. Too hot, and the yeast will die. Think of the temperature of bath water. This is the perfect temperature for bread making.

Amount of Flour

Add the flour 1/2 cup at a time if you’re unsure how much you need. The dough should come together nicely without being sticky. If it’s sticky, just keep slowly adding flour until it reaches a good consistency.

Kneading

Kneading helps form the chewy texture you find in good bread. If you have a dough hook attachment on a mixer, that works perfectly. If not, there are tons of tutorials online for how to hand knead bread dough. It’s actually kind of fun!

 

I hope you enjoy this process as much as you enjoy eating the final product. Homemade bread is one of life’s simple joys, and I think that’s something Mrs. Beaver knew a lot about.

Apple Dumplings Recipe – Disney’s The Apple Dumpling Gang

Apple Dumpling Recipe - Disney's The Apple Dumpling Gang

I’m generally not a huge fan of the Disney movies that were made in the 1970s, but The Apple Dumpling Gang is a definite exception. As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I was fascinated with frontier and pioneer life as a child, and The Apple Dumpling Gang fed that fascination nicely. This movie is exciting, endearing, and funny (mostly thanks to the ever hilarious Don Knotts). Even as an adult, I enjoy rewatching this movie. Just as charming as ever!

In the movie, Celia says that their new adoptive dad, Mr. Donavan, will allow them to eat all the apple dumplings they want. Sounds good to me! Apple dumplings are super easy to make, too, which is a huge plus.

Apple Dumpling Recipe – Disney’s The Apple Dumpling Gang

Ingredients

  • 4 apples, peeled and cored
  • pie crust, cut into 6-inch squares
  • 5 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 4 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups white sugar

Directions

  1. Place each of the apples onto a square of pie crust.
  2. Stuff the hollow center of each apple with 1 Tbsp of brown sugar, 1 tsp. of cinnamon, and 1 Tbsp. butter.
  3. Wrap the pie crust around the apple, pinching it closed on top.
  4. Place the wrapped apples into a deep baking dish.
  5. Place the water, white sugar, and 1 Tbsp. butter into a pot.
  6. Heat the sugar/water mixture on medium heat until it starts to bubble, stirring constantly.
  7. Pour the sugar syrup over the apple dumplings. This will form a sweet, sticky sauce on the bottom of the pan.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees F fro 45 minutes, or until the dumplings turn a golden brown color.

Serve the dumplings warm, and spoon some of the sauce on top of each serving. These are also great served with ice cream.

 

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Simmered Fruits – A Legend of Zelda Recipe

Simmered Fruits - A Legend of Zelda Recipe

In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the simmered fruits recipe is one of the simplest. Link makes this recipe by gathering a bunch of fruits (such as apples, acorns, or spicy peppers) and simmering them in a pot until soft.

Since this recipe sounded simple enough, I decided to try it. The beauty of this recipe is that you can use whatever fruits you want. In this way, you can be a bit like Link as you “forage” in your refrigerator or grocery store for any type of fruit. I’d say that the only type of fruit that would not work well in this recipe is citrus. I used apples (this is a pretty important one to link back to the game, but it’s not necessary), blueberries, and strawberries. I love that the blueberries gave it a nice deep purple color.

While Link doesn’t add any seasoning or flavoring in the game, you can add a few things to give the simmered fruits more flavor, though it’s not necessary if you use fruit that is sweet enough on its own. I used cinnamon, honey, and vanilla extract.

Grab a pan and some of your favorite fruits, and let’s get cooking!

Simmered Fruits – A Legend of Zelda Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of fruit, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. honey (optional)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

Directions

  1. Place the fruit in a pan on the stove, and cover with a lid.
  2. Heat the fruits over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes, or until the fruit is soft. Stir the fruit every few minutes to keep it from burning.
  3. Add the honey, cinnamon, vanilla, or any other flavorings you want and mix well.

You can eat this with a spoon, or serve it over oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, crepes, or ice cream. You’ll definitely refill some hearts with this yummy recipe!

 

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Blueberry Muffins – An American Girl Recipe

Blueberry Muffins - An American Girl Recipe

As a child reading the American Girl books, Samantha wasn’t one of my favorites, but I still enjoyed reading the books about her. Her life seemed very fancy, living with her wealthy grandmother in the early 1900s. In Happy Birthday, Samantha! we read all about Samantha’s 10th birthday and how she feels soooo grown up now that she’s 10 years old. I remember that feeling.

When Samantha wakes up on her birthday, she finds that the cook, Mrs. Hawkins, has made her some special blueberry muffins for breakfast. I’m not entirely sure how authentic blueberry muffins are to the time period, but I’m just gonna go with it.

Blueberry muffins are my 2nd favorite type of muffin (chocolate chip being the first!). I like that I can convince myself that they are sort of healthy because they have fruit in them 😉 A girl can dream, right? I adapted this recipe from Allrecipes.com.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • cinnamon sugar, optional

Directions

  1. Sift together the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder into a large bowl.
  2. Add the vegetable oil, egg, and milk, and mix until just incorporated.
  3. Add the blueberries and stir.
  4. Distribute the batter into a muffin tin, and sprinkle the tops of the unbaked muffins with cinnamon sugar, if desired.
  5. Bake the muffins at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes, or until the muffins turn a golden brown color.

These blueberry muffins had a great texture and a great flavor. Perfect for a birthday breakfast or an everyday treat.

 

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