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We Tried One of Those Cooking Videos

Adventures, Cooking, Something Smells GoodAngelina OberdanComment

I love cooking, and I really like what websites like Tastemade and Tasty on Buzzfeed are doing with cooking videos. Honestly, I find the videos, with their clean backgrounds and sans-serif captions, really mesmerizing; I could watch them for hours. 

Now, I know that nothing I do/cook/bake is ever going to be that clean, but I still have been looking for the perfect opportunity to try one of those videos. And yesterday was the day!

We had eggplant and marinara sauce, and I found this video: 

Looks yummy and easy, right?! 

Side note about eggplant: It's my mom's least favorite vegetable. She can't stand it; in fact, she recently found out that she's terribly allergic to it, too. Don't worry; I didn't make this for her.

Here's what really happened: 

Gathering the ingredients was fine. We salted the eggplant; let it sit, and wiped it off before baking it. After baking the eggplant the first time (you put it in for 20 minutes by itself), we started rolling the cheese mixture in the eggplant. That's when the problems started. 

  • In the video, they end up with a whole lot more eggplant that we ended up with. I can't quite explain this, but it did lead to the rest of our problems. 
  • In the process of cooking the eggplant, getting the pan we thought we needed ready, and then finding the right-sized pan, we went through too many extra baking pans/sheets. 
  • Because we were short on eggplant, we had too much extra cheese mixture, as you can see below. Who would waste that much ricotta-mozz-parm!? 

And look: here's one regular-sized eggplant prepared and then wrapped around the cheese mixture. It filled an 8x8 pan, not a 9x13. 

Dan and I, fearless cooks that we are, decided the video was crap, and we went off-book. 

  1. We filled in all the room around the cheese-filled-eggplant rolls with more of the cheese mixture.
  2. We layered marinara over that. 
  3. We grabbed some oven-ready lasagna and layered a few sheets on (because we have oven-ready lasagna in our pantry). 
  4. We layered the rest of the cheese mixture on top of the pasta. 
  5. We slathered the cheese layer with as much marinara as possible, and then we topped it off with some shredded mozz. and parm. 
  6. And we baked it, forever. Well, we baked it for at least another hour. 

Not only did it turn out beautifully, but it looks a lot better than those eggplant roll-ups I originally set out to make. 

So, in conclusion, the video was excellent, but the recipe wasn't. And the proportions and dishes did not work out like they appeared. However, our eggplant roll-up lasagna was amazing! 

Confessions of a Blogger Who Hasn't Been Blogging

Charlotte, Cooking, Something Smells Good, WritingAngelina OberdanComment

I've been busy. But the truth is that I've been a perfectionist. I keep thinking of blog-y things to do, doing them, and then convincing myself that they're just not conceived or intentional enough for a good blog. 

Guess what? My life is not conceived or intentional enough for a good blog. And who cares? 

So the other day, I really wanted some fancy ham and eggs. I thought, that's a great blog idea; maybe I'll try out some Tastemade-style video filming. 

Nope. That's not what happened. Instead, since I'd just finished yoga, I sweatily made a sort-of fried but a little scrambled egg, threw some ham in the frying pan with it, and dumped the only thing on a slice of bread with some mayo for good measure. 

And it was delicious! 

This is all just to say that I'm back at it. And we've been spending a lot of time working on our new house, so get excited for some home projects. 

Happy Mardi Gras: Super Simple King Cake Recipe

Something Smells GoodAngelina OberdanComment

Last week it was rainy and humid, and I was thinking about how much I miss Louisiana and Mardi Gras break (especially when it lands right after the Super Bowl.) 

So I took it upon myself to make a delicious king cake. Please know that last year, my king cake was terrible. And I knew that this year, any cake I made wasn't going to match up to the King Cakes at the Krogers. 

After some googling, I found out that you can make pretty simple King Cake by using cinnamon rolls. 


  1. Two containers of Pillsbury Grands with icing. 
  2. A bundt cake pan
  3. Some sort of pan spray
  4. Sprinkles (preferably green, yellow, and purple) 
  5. And a baby 


<1> Preheat the oven to 350. 

<2> Spray the pan. 

<3> Arrange the cinnamon rolls inside the pan. Note that you are going to have to squish them in there. 

<4> Bake for approximately 25 minutes. 

While the King Cake is cooking, try to find the rest of your sprinkles. I didn't have regular purple, but I did have purple/black/white ghosts from Halloween. They worked just fine.&nbsp;

While the King Cake is cooking, try to find the rest of your sprinkles. I didn't have regular purple, but I did have purple/black/white ghosts from Halloween. They worked just fine. 

<5> Once it's done cooking, remove the cake, let it cool if you're patient. and then flip it over onto a plate. 

<6> Drizzle the icing over the cake. (It would be awesome if you mixed the icing that comes with the cinnamon rolls with cream cheese. Just saying.) 

<7> Decorate! 

And enjoy! I know it's not the same as the King Cakes at Krogers, but it'll do!