Stupid Good Summer School 2014 Roundup

Below you will find a roundup of all the recipes and videos from my summer project, Stupid Good Summer School! Looking for the perfect way to cook bacon? I’ve got the video right here! Perhaps you’d like a way to use up diced onions? Let’s check out this recipe. I’m working on a few new projects for the Fall but until then, check out some of my attempts at videos. If you have any suggestions for next year’s potential Summer School, leave your ideas in the comments below!

DSC_7049Week One: How to Poach an Egg
Video // Recipe: Poached Eggs on Asparagus Toast

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 2.54.53 PMWeek Two: How to Dice an Onion
Video // Recipe: Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Shells

10513272_246785078854988_998196453435287399_nWeek Three: How to Cook Bacon
Video // Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon and Cheddar

DSC_7192Week Four: How to Roast a Chicken
Video // Recipe: Roast Chicken with Lemon, Paprika and Thyme

DSC_7219Week Five: How to Prepare a Tomato
Video // Recipe: Spicy Avocado Salsa

marinara-sauce1Week Six: How to Make Marinara Sauce
Video // Recipe: Easy Marinara Sauce

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 11.22.05 PMWeek Seven: How to Make Grilled Cheese
Video // Recipe: Pimento Grilled Cheese

DSC_7405Week Eight: How to Make a Simple Cocktail
Video // Recipe: Gin Mint Lemonade

cookiesWeek Nine: How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies
Video // Recipe: Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans

how-to-make-salad-dressingWeek Ten: How to Make Salad Dressing
Video // Recipe: Red Onion Vinaigrette


Stupid Good Summer School Week 10: How to Make Salad Dressing


Check out the video below for a video on how to make your own salad dressing. Check back Thursday for a recipe for Lemon Red Onion Vinaigrette.

Stupid Good Summer School Week 7: Pimento Grilled Cheese

I think I live in the real south now. Florida, it doesn’t count. Even Tallahassee is pushing near-Georgia status, but Birmingham, AL is where sweet tea flows through most water fountains and my accent is weird. There a few things I am still getting used to, but there is one thing I am finding easier to love than others: pimento cheese. For those who aren’t familiar, pimento cheese spread is essentially peanut butter to Southerners in terms of familiarity and versatility. It starts with shredded cheddar cheese and is then introduced to mayo and pimento peppers. Mine also incorporates cream cheese, which most would scoff at, but I promise it’s all for the sake of the melty, gooey cheese sandwich. Hooked? Read on.


Pimento Grilled Cheese

DISCLAIMER: I am aware this isn’t your normal pimento cheese spread! A lot of these ratios and ingredients are for the sake of gooey grilled cheese so please don’t judge me too hard, Birmingham natives! Makes: 2 sandwiches

  • 4 oz cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tbs mayo
  • 1 tbs chopped pimento peppers
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 slices of good bread
  • Butter
  • 2 slices of tomato
  1. In a bowl, combine cheddar, cream cheese, pimentos, paprika and cayenne. Work the spread with a spoon; it’s going to be difficult to completely incorporate everything, but that’s ok! Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium-low. Butter one side of the bread slices and spread cheese on unbuttered size. Top with another slice of bread, butter side up.
  3. Place sandwiches into the pan and cover with a lid to steam-melt the cheese. Once the bread has browned and the cheese has melted, take your sandwich out of the pan. As soon as it is cool enough to touch, take off the top bread and place the tomato inside. Once you return the bread, you have a beautiful, decadent, southern-style sandwich!

Stay tuned for next week’s Stupid Good Summer School!


School may be out for the summer, but it’s time to get your kitchen game onto the honor roll! ‘Stupid Good Summer School’ features a technique every Tuesday, and a recipe using that technique every Thursday.