Crispy Roasted Mushrooms

Crispy Roasted Mushrooms ~ The Peachy PairSimple Scratch Cooking is a quarterly publication that Jennifer Perillo over at In Jennie’s Kitchen has started up.  I purchased the inaugural issue (as well as the follow up!) and immediately felt the pull to make Crispy Slow Roasted Mushrooms. 

So, I waited for mushrooms to go on sale (I am a couponer, after all!) and got to work.  The aroma of mushrooms roasting in the oven was intoxicating.  To me.  To Glen?  Not so much.  He suffered through like a champ, though!

I think I may have burned mine slightly….might turn the heat down a little next time.  And there will be a next time.  Jennifer recommends using these as croutons in a salad, but I ate mine as a crunchy, salty snack.

The best part about these (well, second to the taste!) is the ease!  Slice mushrooms, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt.  Bake.  Low and slow.  2 hours.  Stir about halfway through.  Done.

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Peanut Butter Bacon Pancakes

Peanut Butter Bacon Pancakes ~ The Peachy Pair

I am having so much fun celebrating all of these foodie holidays!  And today is another good one.  Happy National Peanut Butter Day!

I absolutely j’adore peanut butter.  The crunchier the better.  Just give me a fork, and I am in hog heaven.  Which is why I don’t keep regular peanut butter in the house.  I would just eat the whole jar with sed fork. 

Enter Better N Peanut butter.  Glen introduced me to this treasure.  It’s made with real peanuts, but with half the calories.   But I don’t feel tempted to take a fork to it.  (It’s a consistency thing, not taste.)

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So, in my quest for what to make for this highest of peanut butter days, I found this little gem from Joy the BakerPeanut Butter Bacon Pancakes.  Peanut Butter.  Bacon.  Pancakes.  

If you aren’t reading Joy’s blog, you must.  Now.  Open a new window and go to Joythebaker.com.  I’ll wait.  You will thank me.  But please come back when you’re done.

Peanut Butter Bacon Pancakes

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons Better N Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

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Cook bacon per package instructions (I prefer stove top). 

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Set aside to cool and then crumble.  Make extra, cause you know you are going to snack on some.  Meanwhile, in a medium sized bowl, combine egg, butter, peanut butter, buttermilk and vanilla. 

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Once well incorporated, add dry ingredients (flour through salt). 

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Stir until smooth.  Add crumbled bacon.  

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Heat oven to 200 degrees and put an oven proof pan in oven.  Using some of the bacon grease (or butter or oil), coat a griddle and put over medium heat.  Ladle three dollops of batter onto griddle and cook for about 3 minutes. 

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Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes. 

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When complete, place on pan in oven to keep warm.  Repeat until batter is gone.  Serve with bananas and/or maple syrup.  Or whatever you like on your pancakes. 

Peanut Butter Bacon Pancakes

Peanut Butter Bacon Pancakes
Serves 3
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
56 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
56 min
432 calories
44 g
101 g
21 g
16 g
9 g
180 g
1025 g
10 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
180g
Servings
3
Amount Per Serving
Calories 432
Calories from Fat 183
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g
32%
Saturated Fat 9g
43%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 101mg
34%
Sodium 1025mg
43%
Total Carbohydrates 44g
15%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 10g
Protein 16g
Vitamin A
8%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
22%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 4 slices bacon
  2. • 1 large egg
  3. • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  4. • 2 tablespoons Better N Peanut Butter
  5. • 1 cup buttermilk*
  6. • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  7. • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  8. • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  9. • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  10. • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  11. • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon per package instructions (I prefer stove top). Set aside to cool and then crumble. Make extra, cause you know you are going to snack on some. Meanwhile, in a medium sized bowl, combine egg, butter, peanut butter, buttermilk and vanilla. Once well incorporated, add dry ingredients (flour through salt). Stir until smooth. Add crumbled bacon. Heat oven to 200 degrees and put an oven proof pan in oven. Using some of the bacon grease (or butter or oil), coat a griddle and put over medium heat. Ladle three dollops of batter onto griddle and cook for about 3 minutes. Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes. When complete, place on pan in oven to keep warm. Repeat until batter is gone. Serve with bananas and/or maple syrup. Or whatever you like on your pancakes.
Notes
  1. If you don't have buttermilk, use regular milk and add either lemon juice or vinegar.
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calories
432
fat
21g
protein
16g
carbs
44g
more
Adapted from Joy the Baker Peanut Butter Bacon Pancakes
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Wanna start running? – Part 1

Wanna Run? - The Peachy Pair

If you have looked into starting to exercise then you have probably come across or heard about the Couch to 5k (C25K) plan. They are everywhere! Plans here and here and even apps for iPhone or Android devices.

I have been running for almost a quarter century (oh my, that hurts to say!) and Jenny started up about 2 and a half years now. She started with a C25k app and we both realized that if you really start from the couch, the programs increase pretty quickly and can be a little less than motivational. We talked about this often during her plan and sometimes on a difficult week, I would have her do the week over. Good thing we had planned her celebratory 5k a few extra weeks out!

To make a long story a little shorter, I stopped her on about the 4th or 5th week because the plan was pretty advanced. Not to mention that while Jenny wasn’t a runner, she wasn’t really starting from the full on couch potato lifestyle.

I ended up putting together a personal plan for Jenny and we seemed a lot more successful. I’m working on a 5k plan that will work for the real couch potato and get you to the point where you can complete a 5k. Do I mean run the whole thing? Maybe, if that works into your plan. Do I mean walk the whole thing? Maybe, again. The plan will be specific to your abilities, your progress.

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This may be a defining moment in 5k training and you will be on the cusp of history. More likely, you will complete a 5k and I’ll be thrilled. Really, I just want people to realize that they can do more than they think they can. I want to challenge you to do something you don’t think you would ever do, or ever complete. For some, the 5k is so far out in left field that they think it is an event for crazy people. I truly believe that you can do it. No matter the shape you are in. I’ve seen people do it on crutches, in leg braces, with a cane, 90-year olds in jeans and suspenders, and 50-year old women in long denim dresses (she beat me!).

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You may be reading this and thinking you can’t do it, but you can.

The great thing is that 5ks are easy to find. I’m sure they have loads of them near you and I’ll help you find one that suits you. Watch this space in the coming weeks.

“Part 2: The Plan” next Thursday!

The Peachy Pair Original: Macaroni & Cheese

Macaroni & Cheese ~ The Peachy Pair

Macaroni & Cheese.  The epitome of southern comfort food.  At least in my mind.  And I have a favorite recipe that I have developed over the years.  So what else would I share to celebrate National Cheese Lovers Day!

This dish has 5 or 6 different types of cheese.  Enough said.  Right?!  Well, I could always add more cheese.  You can never really have a enough.  Seriously.

So, this is my go to recipe for family gatherings and pot luck meals.  It’s also great to throw together some extra and freeze until you are ready to bake. 

Share with us how you are celebrating National Cheese Lovers Day! 

Macaroni & Cheese

  • 13.25 oz whole wheat penne pasta, cooked and drained
  • 16 oz container small curd cottage cheese
  • 8 oz Container sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ c flour
  • ½ t salt
  • ¼ t white pepper
  • ½ t dry mustard
  • 2 c (8 oz) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 c (8 oz) Colby-Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 c plus 1/3 c Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 c plus 1/3 c Romano cheese, grated
  • Cooking Spray

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, except the 1/3 cups of Parmesan and Romano Cheeses.  Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.  Pour macaroni mixture into the dish.  Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan and Romano cheeses.  Bake for 40 minutes, uncovered, or until browned and bubbly.

Macaroni & Cheese ~ The Peachy Pair

Macaroni & Cheese
Serves 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
489 calories
28 g
106 g
29 g
28 g
17 g
148 g
776 g
2 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
148g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 489
Calories from Fat 256
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g
45%
Saturated Fat 17g
87%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 106mg
35%
Sodium 776mg
32%
Total Carbohydrates 28g
9%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 28g
Vitamin A
16%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
66%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 13.25 oz whole wheat penne pasta, cooked and drained
  2. • 16 oz container small curd cottage cheese
  3. • 8 oz Container sour cream
  4. • 1 egg
  5. • ¼ c flour
  6. • ½ t salt
  7. • ¼ t white pepper
  8. • ½ t dry mustard
  9. • 2 c (8 oz) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  10. • 2 c (8 oz) Colby-Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded
  11. • 1/2 c plus 1/3 c Parmesan cheese, grated
  12. • 1/2 c plus 1/3 c Romano cheese, grated
  13. • Cooking Spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, except the 1/3 cups of Parmesan and Romano Cheeses. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Pour macaroni mixture into the dish. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan and Romano cheeses. Bake for 40 minutes, uncovered, or until browned and bubbly.
Notes
  1. Split this into two smaller baking dishes. Bake one now and freeze one for later!
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carbs
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The Conference Conundrum

Too Many Choices - The Peachy Pair

I, like many of you, have a job that involves conferences. Not the parent teacher kind, but the kind where adults gather and participate in a shared learning environment. They can be topical or industry specific, but no matter what, they revolve around food and drink.

Over the past two weeks I have been to two different conferences. One in Denver and one much closer to home. As many of you know I am an Entomologist who works for a pest management company. Last week’s conference was the Global Bed Bug Summit and this week was the Georgia Pest Control Association’s winter conference. Obviously, one was more specialized and one more broad in nature. Just know that I taught some and learned some and we are making your life better through pest management. Enough about that and not really what I wanted to tell you……. I wanted to tell you about food, the good and bad.

This wasn’t really a planned blog post. It came to mind as I went through these events and had to make some difficult choices. I didn’t get many pictures at the first conference, but the second one I came prepared!

In addition to the breakfast provided (grits, biscuits, gravy, eggs, bacon and sausage, oh my!) they provided drinks and snacks throughout the day between sessions. Now these snacks are kind of a necessity between breakfast and lunch and between lunch and dinners out from vendors (whole ‘nother blog post!). The problem might be more of what is provided or how it is presented.

See these pics and I’ll discuss after the jump.

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As you can see, the choices were limited. Well, the good choices. Even when there were good choices there was a temptation with various dipping sauces that, while tasty, can tack on the calories fast.

Even when you look at the drink options, the positioning of the sodas is in the quick grab middle section, high calorie juices on top, and the water stuck way down at the bottom. It’s just hard to do things right!

What crossed my mind about all this and what I want to leave you with is a consideration. You know you are going to get hungry and need a snack. At work, at a conference, or just running those errands and wiping baby bottoms that make up a full time job without pay. What you must consider is planning. Planning to be in these situations. Planning on what you are going to snack on. For me, it involves packing my own snacks so I don’t fall into the temptation of eating what they provide. At least if I don’t eat high calorie snacks, I don’t feel soooooo bad when lunch is fried chicken. I can always pull the skin and just eat the lean meat!

Don’t let work or daily activities get the best of you. Plan your meals and snack the best you can and roll with the punches on the stuff you can’t control.

PS. just for those that don’t believe me…… ;O)

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