Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Kitchen Witch Occult Box w/ Jodee Bowie

Since Jodee and I both like cooking I invited her over for a Kitchen Witch Occult Box unboxing video. I told her we are going to have a traditional meat and potatoes comfort food dinner ~ but with a twist ~ and she's welcome to bring the potatoes!

For the menu I made BBQ Turkey Meatloaf and Steamed Broccoli, Jodee brought Scalloped Potatoes, and I made Chocolate Tiger Cookies for dessert. I've included the recipes if you are interested...



BBQ Turkey Meatloaf 

2 lb. Ground Turkey
6 oz. box of Stove Top Stuffing
1/2 cup BBQ Sauce (I used Tastefully Simple's Smoky Bacon BBQ Sauce), divided
2 large Eggs, beaten
1 cup Water

Mix all the ingredients, but BBQ only use 1/2 cup. Place foil into a 13x9 in pan and spray with nonstick coating. Shape mixture into a loaf and brush with the rest of the BBQ sauce. Bake at 325 for an hour.

Tips: I premade it the day before.




Steamed Broccoli

Buy a frozen bag of steamer broccoli and nuke it. (I know fresh broccoli is better but I had to cheat on this since I was running from work to make dinner.)

 Scalloped Potatoes

1 Tbsp Butter
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Tbsp Flour
1 cup Milk
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1 Bay Leaf
1 large or 3 small Potatoes
1 cup Parmesan or Romano Cheese

Wash and thinly slice your potatoes with a mandolin or with a knife, place them into a bowl full of cold water and let them sit. Preheat your oven to °350.

In a pot, put your butter let it melt then add your flour let it absorb until it starts to smell nutty and add your milk and your spices as well as the crushed clove of garlic bring to a boil stirring. Then turn off the heat.

Butter your baking dish then start to line it with you drained potatoes, overlap then in the circular pattern and when all of them are arranged nicely take you sauce removing the garlic and the bay leaf then pour over your potatoes. (If the sauce doesn't quite cover it, add 1/4 cup of milk over it and give the dish a little shake.

Before you put your potatoes in the oven top with your cheese then place in the oven and bake for an hour. When the timer buzzes take the potatoes out an let them sit for 5 min just to let everything set! Top with green onion if you want.

Tips: You can use a teaspoon of garlic powder if you don't have fresh garlic, you can also add some dried thyme if you like as well or a little dried onion soup mix too.




Chocolate Tiger Cookies

1 1/2 cups granulated Sugar
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup Hershey's Dutch Pressed Cocoa or Hershey's Cocoa
3 Eggs
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 3/4 cups Flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt

Powdered Sugar
40-48 Hershey's Kisses, unwrapped

Combine granulated sugar and oil in a large bowl. Add cocoa, beating until blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt, gradually add this mixture to the cocoa mixture. Mix well.

Refrigerate for at least 6 hours. I usually make the dough a day a ahead of time because it has to chill for 6 hours.

Heat oven to 350. Grease a cookie sheet. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and roll in powdered sugar to coat. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.

Bake 13 min., remove from oven. Press Kiss into the center of each cookie. I flip them upside down so once cooled they are easier to stack. Let cool.



Now that we are full, let's unbox! Included in the Kitchen Witch Box...



*Note: Lots of kitty meows in the background and you can listen to us ramble on about hair. We also mention some of our favorite recipes including Alton Brown's Mac & Cheese (I love this Macaroni and Cheese so much that I eat it even though I'm lactose-intolerant) and Jodee's Lavender Cupcakes, she makes them with Lemon frosting.

1. Rosemary Sage Smudge Stick, you can even see the rosemary in it!


2. Black Salt.


3. Wooden Book Stand.


4. Floor Wash, smells like lemongrass.


5. Kitchen Witch Oven Mitt.


6. Mortar & Pestle. It's pretty heavy duty. I'm glad I have one. I just always used my little metal cauldron, but I feel like this will work much better.


7. Herb Packet. Rosemary, Chamomile, and Yarrow. Interested to try the yarrow out!


I like that although the things included in the box are staples every witch should have, it's a good refresher to have instructions and to restock!

You can check out my other Occult unboxing blog here:

 Samhain Occult Box

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