Basic Chocolate Truffles Recipe

Rhea Johansen • DIY food

Basic Truffle Recipe

Unless you have been living under a rock, then you know that tomorrow is Christmas, and while the malls are filled with last minute-shoppers, and offices are filled with workers meeting last-minute deadlines, you should be filling your kitchens with homemade treats for your loved ones. Need a last-minute gift idea or dessert? I’ve got you covered with 4 simple ingredients. These rich and velvety truffles are a cinch to make, but taste (and look) gourmet as hell! Wishing you all a happy holiday and hope you get the chance to share some chocolate-y love with those around you.  Basic Chocolate Truffles Recipe Ingredients: 12-oz. bag of semi- or bitter-sweet chocolate chips 3 tbsp. unsalted butter 1/3 cup heavy cream 1 tsp. vanilla In a double broiler (if you don’t have one, simply place a heat-proof bowl over a pot with 1-2 inches of simmering water) and heat the chocolate chips, butter … Read More

Purple Sweet Potato, Sage & Parmesan Stacks

Rhea Johansen • DIY food

Snack Recipe

The second I saw these purple sweet potatoes at my weekly Farmer’s Market run, I just knew I had to have them. What I would make of them, I wasn’t sure, but oh how I adored their royal coloring! Fast forward two days and ta-da, the light bulb went on. I thinly sliced the potatoes on my mandolin, chopped up some sage, and sprinkled some parmesan into a bowl. After 50 minutes {which felt like a lifetime, by the way}, the buzzer dinged, and our side dish was ready! I like to pair these with a simple grilled chicken breast, but would go amazingly with anything from beef to pork, or even served as an adorable holiday appetizer. Can’t find purple sweet potatoes? Feel free to use any kind of potato you prefer.  Purple Sweet Potato, Sage & Parmesan Stacks Ingredients: 2 purple sweet potatoes 2 tbsp. olive oil 3-4 … Read More

Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal

Rhea Johansen • DIY food

Oatmeal Recipe

Baked oatmeal is one of my favorite dishes to make on the weekends, especially after a morning workout or hike. It’s easy to make, super filling, and healthy to boot, which is important during the holiday season, since we all want to look our best in our party dresses. Cranberries are a very easy to find ingredient with the holidays upon us, and oranges are always a grocery staple. The rest of the ingredients you will most likely already have on hand. The best par of this dish in my opinion is the browned butter. It really takes this dish to another level with its nutty aroma and extra boost of flavor.  Baked Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Ingredients: 1 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar 3/4 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 cup almond milk 1/4 cup coconut oil 1 tbsp. butter, melted 1 … Read More

Egg in a Hole

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Egg in a Hole Recipe

 One of my favorite late night snacks in college was what we referred to as “a hole in one”, or as most people know it, egg in a hole. My sorority sister from Iowa taught me how to make them, and when I get to feeling nostalgic, or just need a good hearty breakfast, I go to the classic. But I decided to take it one step further, because a single slice of bread wasn’t enough to mop up all of the delicious egg yolks, so I went to the bigger, badder carb. The bagel. One bagel serves 2, or 1 if you just walked laps around the mall looking for the perfect fall booties and blanket scarf. Either way, this is sure to be one of the easier breakfasts to make on a lazy Sunday morning alongside some mimosas and fresh fruit. Egg in a Hole 1 bagel, split in … Read More

Free Thanksgiving Place Card Design Printable

Rachel Eskandari • DIY food

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Are you already thinking about your table setting for Thanksgiving!? I have your place card design covered for this special occassion. All you have to do is add names! Click HERE for a Pdf you can download with 4, 2.5×3″ folded place cards ( with a 1/4″ inset on top and left side)! Happy Thanksgiving, eat like you have never ate before! Keep Creating, Rachel

Thanksgiving Turkey Tips

Rhea Johansen • food

Thanksgiving Turkey Tips

Say that 10 times fast! With Thanksgiving only two Thursdays away, yes, that’s right, only two! I am here to give you the lowdown on all of your essential turkey cooking tips, like how long you need to thaw a frozen turkey without risking your health, and how long to cook the turkey to get that perfectly crispy skin without drying out the meat. I don’t let anything go to waste in my house, so see how to use up the pan drippings, and the turkey bones after the big day! The quickest, but still safe, way to thaw a fully frozen turkey is to place it breast side down in an unopened wrapper with enough cold water to cover the turkey completely. Change the water every 30 minutes to keep the turkey chilled. It will take 30 minutes per pound of turkey to thaw. Have a 12-pound bird? Allow yourself 6 … Read More

Cajun BBQ Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Cajun Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

I love being able to continue on the glory that is Halloween, even after it’s gone. If there’s one thing I’ve learned that Heidi and I have in common, it’s our undying devotion to all things Halloween related, which is why I have chosen to share with you all today how to roast those pumpkin seeds that you ever so skillfully scooped out of the pumpkin last weekend, then saved, but you are still looking for that perfect recipe before roasting them. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Most people go the sweet route and roast their seeds in a cinnamon sugar mix, but I am not most people. I like to go to the savory route, and this cajun BBQ mix leaves no flavor behind. So get those pumpkin seeds out and get to to roastin’! Cajun BBQ Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Ingredients: pumpkin seeds from 2 large pumpkins 1 egg white 1 tbsp. … Read More

How to Turn Pre-Packaged Pasta from Blah to BAM!

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How to Turn Pre-Packaged Pasta from Blah to BAM!

  I will admit that even though the kitchen is my happy place, there are some nights that I just don’t have the energy to be able to put together a gourmet meal. With working full-time, planning a wedding, writing for my blog, going to school, and training a puppy, I tend to be exhausted from time to time (as much as I like to think I am superwoman; I have found that I am not). So on such an occasion, I call on frozen pre-packaged pasta to the rescue. But just because the pasta isn’t homemade, doesn’t mean that we can’t dress it up a little. With some browned butter, a sprinkle fresh herbs, and a bit of nutty crunch, that pasta from the freezer section goes from blah to BAM, full of flavor!   Make Pre-Packaged Pasta Taste Homemade Ingredients: 1 package of your favorite pre-packages, frozen pasta 5 tbsp. unsalted … Read More

How to Build the Perfect Cheese Board

Rhea Johansen • food lifestyle

How to Build the Perfect Cheese Board

 As the holidays are quickly approaching, more and more of us are spending a large amount of our time entertaining! One quick mention of having a friend over for a cup of spiked cider turns into a dozen friends and a punch bowl. And you know what pairs perfectly with friends and cocktails? The perfect cheese board, of course. They are so simple to put together, and you don’t have to worry about your make-up running, or ruining your fabulous outfit standing over the stove preparing some outrageous appetizer. To start, make sure that you have a sturdy serving platter, or even a large plank of rustic wood would do. I think it is important to have variety when it comes to food, and quality is exceptionally important. You have to eat, so why not eat well?! Plan on buying 3-4oz. of cheese per person, and having at least 3 different varieties … Read More

Fresh Fall Produce Guide

Rhea Johansen • food girlboss lifestyle

Fall Produce Guide

Hello fellow foodies! – It’s Rhea from Hot Dog it’s a Food Blog. I first off wanted to introduce myself as a soon-to-be familiar face here at idieh design, bringing you all things foodie, in the kitchen, and out and about. Even though I live in the desert, I am a leaf-changing-obsessed, pumpkin-spice-fanatic, and the fall season is my spirit animal. With the cooler temps, comes a whole slew of fresh produce to the markets, and I take every opportunity to hit up every local farmer’s market that I can, especially in the fall. There’s something about supporting local, and picking out in-season produce that just makes a girl’s heart sing. There’s something wrong about finding watermelon in the store in February. It is important to buy in season, not only to keep your wallets full, but to ensure that you are getting the freshest possible product. Fall produce is … Read More