Cool Ranch Doritos

There are two people in this world of ours. Nacho Cheese Doritos lovers and Cool Ranch Doritos lovers. I happen to be a Cool Ranch lover! My mom used to buy the lunch sized bags of chips for our lunches and it was always the BEST day when that shiny blue bag was waiting for me. Surprisingly these chips are super easy to make at home and you probably already have everything to make them! Throw these with a PB&J and some chocolate chip cookies and your back at the fourth grade lunch tables!

Ingredients

  • uncooked small tortillas
  • 2 (1 ounce) packets dry Ranch seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • canola oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a dutch oven or deep fryer and heat to 350F. You want about 2 inches of oil minimum.
  2. Cut the uncooked tortillas into wedges, like pizza slices.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the ranch seasoning, paprika, garlic, onion, and salt. The seasoning works best super fine, so you can pulse in a blender if you would like, but its optional and I didn’t.
  4. Working in batches, fry the tortillas until crispy, about 3 minutes per batch. I used tongs to press the tortillas down one at a time to let some of the air out, otherwise they can puff up very easily. Be careful with this step because the oil can bubble up.
  5. Place the fried tortillas on a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with seasoning. Toss to combine, then sprinkle the flip side. You want to do this right after removing from the oil. Allow to cool.
  6. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas. This will make quite a bit of tortillas for the amount of seasoning.
  7. Store chips in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Enjoy!

Egg Nog Brulee Pie

Oh well hello 2015! You came rather fast! I have come to the conclusion that I am a horrible blogger and that I should put a stop to this non sense immediately…but I can’t! I have so much to catch up on such as our wedding, our big news, but most importantly I need to share this recipe!

I have a secret love affair with Creme Brulee. It is the best thing in the world. It fills my heart with joy when I see in on the dessert menu at restaurants and I can’t even bring myself to make it myself for the fear I may ruin it. I will try to make it. Someday. I even have a kitchen torch just waiting in my cupboard patiently for that very day! When I stumbled upon this recipe on Instagram, my mouth began to water and I knew that I had to give it a try. And I am so glad I did! It is the PERFECT holiday pie and is actually incredibly easy to make. You will want to eat this every day of your life. I promise!

Egg Nog Brulee Pie

Ingredients

  • 9 inch pie crust, baked and cooled
  • 4 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups egg nog (alcohol free) I used a cinnamon vanilla egg nog
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste (vanilla bean paste is amazing!)
  • Topping:
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized heavy saucepan, whisk together cornstarch and sugar. Whisk in the 4 Tablespoons melted butter, egg nog, and whipping cream. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is the consistency of a thick pudding. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  2. Preheat oven broiler to high. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Pour mixture into pie crust and spread evenly. Drizzle with melted butter and sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the top. Place under the broiler until butter and sugar begins to bubble all over the surface–keep a close eye because it doesn’t take long. Seriously!
  4. Let pie cool to room temperature, then chill several hours before serving.

This pie is very delicious and very rich! I hope that you like it as much as we did!

The original recipe is from one of my favorite blogs: www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com She is amazing and has so many yummy treats and ideas!

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