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GYC Girl YOU Crazy Presents :

Let Those With Passion EAT CAKE&


s g n i h T r a cookbook

Lauren Alicia

LET THOSE WITH PASSION EAT CAKE & OTHER THINGS. All Content, Photography & Design Copyright © 2014 by Lauren Alicia, GYC Girl YOU Crazy™ “Let Those With Passion Eat Cake & Other Things” is complimentary, as in free, which means that you may share/embed onto your site and print but you may by no means sale or reproduce it as your own…EVER, never. If you take parts from the book to quote me…please “quote me.” This is GYC Girl YOU Crazy, and Girl… I just may be Crazy; therefore, enjoy this book responsibly. Your support of my rights as an author are appreciated. Now that YOU understand…Love you all & enjoy, Lauren Alicia Owner & Founder of GYC Girl YOU Crazy™ Questions, comments or concerns: LaurenAlicia@GYC-GirlYOUCrazy.com Cooking times given in this publication are approximate, please use as guidelines and assess food before adding more time. Cover & Interior Design by Lauren Alicia


This is dedicated to my fellow wannabe foodies ... It is a m-u-s-t that we keep dreaming and infusing passion in everything we do! Girl YOU Crazy™

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"Being Driven with No Engine is like searching for purpose with no passion and baking a cake with no eggs. . ."-True words from The Chef of Life *Yes…I know a cake can be baked without eggs but we’re not talking about that so…

Lauren Alicia

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Please Note: This is a GYC Girl YOU Crazy Book...which means that my recipes will not be in any particular order, and will probably appear to be somewhat placed at random unlike it would be in a regular cookbook. I’ve tried to be normal...there is no room for mistakes...Therefore, this is done on purpose and not as an excuse (*smile). If YOU are a regular Reader of GYCGirlYOUCrazy.com, then you know I do this consistently, and I encourage it! However, the recipes are conveniently placed in 4 short categories. It is 8 OH SO DELICIOUS recipes from my own life that I personally want to share with YOU! Cheers to enjoying every meal and dessert down to the last bite and getting your passion stirred in the process!!

"I do not stick to rules when cooking. I rely on my imagination."-Akshay Kumar

Contents Introduction Grocery List Salad Sandwiches Burgers Sweets Index

1 9 15 43 67 93 120

I’m a wannabe foodie... and I’m cool with that!

Introduction In my first year of blogging (2012), I was told by fellow Bloggers that Readers love to see us live, talk about Holidays, recipes, what we’re wearing, etc. However, that was not the initial goal or aim of GYC-GirlYOUCrazy. com. GYC (blog + collaborative) is about living YOUR/Mine/Our dreams, and encouraging ourselves on the process to getting there (you may forward to the end of the book for more details). Therefore, I was far from sure as to HOW to incorporate recipes or any other “thing” that was not without a doubt inspirational and/or story-sharing related to my blog+collaborative. In respecting their advice, I gave it a true attempt! That year I added Dessert to my blog with one GYC version of a Banana Split, and shared the story of the “Girl YOU Crazy” faces I received whenever it was ordered. This Banana Split was sassy and confident (yes...I am talking about a dessert), it was drizzled with Hot Fudge, Caramel, Pecans and Whipped Cream. That’s it. Apparently, no one orders that and especially not with a serious face like mine because I am serious about my desserts (I have e-mail subscriptions to prove it!)... Don’t believe me (about the faces...)? Then go to your local ice cream shop and order it! Long-story-short, this GYC Banana Split marked my introduction of how I can relate/inspirationally blog about confidently going in the direction of our dreams, using creativity, and not backing down from what we want/desire (no matter the faces of disapproval/discouragement) through doing everyday things like ordering food! Although at the time as a new Blogger, I did briefly place fully pursuing this idea on hold, leaving the Dessert tab there but keeping 1

the agenda focused before I branch out. Fast-forward, this year (2014) I launched a Lifestyle section where I document “the life we live is the story we tell.” I recognize that “through the limitless of the #ICAN…We Live.” Therefore, I decided to use the #ICAN because before we decide to do…we have to decide in some manner that WE CAN. In circling back to relating everyday life activities to living out our dreams and fulling our purpose, that bring us to today...Passion and Cooking (Oh...and Eating too)!! Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post titled “Let Those With Passion Eat Cake.“ It was a hybrid of “how-to” with “let’s do!” A recipe for a deliciously moist (and easy) Peanut Butter Sheet Cake with six steps that attempted to demonstrate accessing passion, keeping passion flowing no matter where we are on our journey, and being satisfied, which is where the photo on the first pages of this book comes from! It was definitely ONE of my favorite posts of the year. So in keeping up with the annual tradition I started to creatively show my appreciation to you all, gifting a free end-of-the-year GYC Book... book number 3 is an extended version of the blog post mentioned above minus the Peanut Butter Sheet Cake recipe. Allow me to welcome YOU to “Let Those With Passion Eat Cake & Other Things.” What you will find in this short cookbook, is inspiration beyond filling your stomach with simple but really good, like really good food! I know “inspiration” can be read as a vague blanket statement but over time, I’ve realized that I just want to inspire people with my journey while they are on 2

their perspective journey in whatever way my Purpose will allow. I want to creatively inspire and provoke YOU and myself to live our best Purpose-Filled life, free and passionately! May this cookbook be an extension of that! Thank YOU for joining me for another AMAZING YEAR!!! 2015 is going to be EVEN BETTER, I know it!!!

Let’s Proceed & Cook!

Get your passio or stirred up b through this co enjoying doing

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I have often wondered… if you don’t know your purpose, can passion be present on your route to getting there? And is it possible to be passionate in all that we do? ... “That’s deep.” So since we’re all thinking the same thing now... 6

I mixed basic cooking instructions with “stir up” YOUR Passion directions while giving you 8 recipes! Yes, I know... I am doing a lot... *But that’s why YOU came!!


Let’s D

Do This!

1 // Go to the store. Get the ingredients. 8

Grocery List Fruits & vegetables: 1 Green Pepper 1 Yellow Pepper 1 Orange Pepper 1 Onion 1 Beefsteak Tomato 1 Cucumber 1 Bag of Spinach 4 Cans of 15 oz Sliced Peaches Meat (raw): 2 Atlantic Salmon Filets 2 Boneless Chicken Breast 1 Pound of Ground Round 1 Pound of Ground Turkey Seasonings: Salt // Garlic Salt Pepper Lawry’s Seasoning Salt Pure Cane Granulated Sugar Light Brown Sugar Cinnamon Vanilla (Pure or Imitation)

Dairy: Sliced Swiss Cheese Shredded Sharp Cheddar Sliced American Cheese Sour Cream Grated Parmesan Cheese 1 cup Whole Milk 5 Large Eggs Condiments: French’s Yellow Mustard Hellman’s Mayonnaise Ken’s Raspberry Pecan Dressing Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce 5 Sticks of Salted or Unsalted Butter Ketchup Other: Sweet Pickle Relish All-Purpose Flour Starch: Baking Powder Eggo® Waffles, Buttermilk Sunflower Oil Hamburger Buns Sandwich Croissants Whole Wheat Sliced Bread 1 Box of Pillsbury Pie Crust 9 Spaghetti Pasta Noodles, uncooked

When We are Passionate, We... +Know what WE want. +Find out/research what it takes to get it. ++Then, WE Go where "it" is and get "it!"++ 11

Note to self

It’s a waste of time to show up for something, do nothing, and go home… THEN later… Realize that YOU/ME/WE have/had the power in our capacity and capabilities (all a long) to achieve what we desire! GYC SideNote (note to self): We simply can’t afford to live that crazy any more…WE CAN’T…NO. Girl…YOU Are TOO Courageous for that (and YOU know it)!!



Purpose places the desire and passion creates its continuous hunger.

Salad my somewhat healthy attempt Before I . . . Go in another direction


2 // Lay out the ingredients 18

s and Prepare. 19

Chicken Pasta Salad


*”I may look dull but I am delicious.”-Chicken Pasta Salad, Boom Shocka Locka

Boom Shocka locka Chicken

Pasta salad Serves 2-4 // Prep 10 min. // Cook 15 min. // chill 20 min. Ingredients: 2 boneless chicken breast, raw pepper garlic salt lawry’s seasoning salt ¼cup green pepper ¼cup yellow pepper ¼cup orange pepper (or carrots) ¼cup onion 3 tbsp. mayonnaise 3 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese shredded sharp cheddar cheese spinach (optional) ½lb pasta noodles (spaghetti or your choice) 1 small frying pan 1 pot for boiling pasta 1 medium size bowl for mixing butter & sunflower oil (or olive oil), enough to fill pan

InsTructions: Bring a medium pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta. Cook for 11 to 13 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Drain and pour pasta into a medium size bowl, chill for 10 minutes in freezer. Dice raw boneless chicken breast, season to taste with garlic salt, pepper and Lawry’s seasoning Salt. Cook in small greased frying pan over medium heat on stove-top, covered. Add a little water after 5 minutes and continue (covered) cooking for 5 more minutes, or until done (whichever is first). Dice peppers (yellow, green and orange) and onion. Pour chopped vegetables over chilled pasta. Mix. Add 3 tbsp. of mayo. Stir. Add 3 tbsp of parmesan cheese. Stir. Add cooked chicken and sprinkle with shredded cheese to flavor. Chill and serve...get fancy with a side of spinach! 23

That moment when someone asks if pasta salad is warm...

Passion IS...

Felt. enjoyed. breathed. lived.

+Know what you have, get ready to use it, then start using it. Sometimes passion is forgotten because we've forgotten what we ARE made of. ++Look at those ingredients as having ALL The Equipment to get the job done. And Prepare (that's right...Get Ready, Be Ready, Stay Ready!!)++ 29

Stir i

it up!

Salmon Spinach Salad


“I’m one sassy salad”

Breakin' All The Rules

Salmon Spinach Salad Serves 1-2 // Prep 10 min. // Cook 8 min.

Ingredients: 1 atlantic salmon filet garlic salt pepper lawry’s seasoning salt ¼ green pepper ¼ yellow pepper ¼ onion 1 cucumber, slice to your liking 1 tomato, slice to your liking shredded sharp cheddar cheese spinach raspberry dressing grease frying pan with butter & sunflower oil (or olive oil)

InsTructions: Season both sides of salmon to taste with garlic salt, pepper and Lawry’s seasoning salt. Cook in small greased frying pan over medium heat for 4 minutes on both sides or until it begins to flake. Set aside. Dice peppers (yellow and green), onion, tomato and cucumbers. Place all vegetables in buttered pan on low medium heat for sautéing. Stir. Slowly add in shredded cheese to your liking. Allow to melt for a few seconds. Place sautéd vegetables and cooked salmon over a bed of spinach. Drizzle your favorite raspberry dressing over the salad and serve!

small frying pan


#ICan GYC SideNote:


Let your passion 38

n tell you “I Can” 39

To eat is necessity. To enjoy it is passion. Break the rules. Make up your own. have fun! do You. Just make sure it’s Actually Cooked.


yea I said it...




when you want goodness on the go 43

“I hold it all

l together.� -Bread

3 // Stay hydra glass of water sure your kitch pretty hot and let "them" see yo 46

ated. have a r because I'm hen is getting you cannot ou sweat! *Whomever “them” applies to... and PLUS sweat drips...so...yup! #Gross // “Girl YOU Crazy”...


salmon 速 eggo sandwich 49

you think you fancy Salmon ® Eggo waffle Sandwich Serves 1 // Prep 10 min. // Cook 8 min. Ingredients: 1 atlantic salmon filet garlic salt pepper lawry’s seasoning salt 1 green pepper, sliced to your liking 1 yellow pepper, same 1 onion, same 1 cucumber, same 1 tomato, same shredded sharp cheddar cheese mayonnaise 2 eggo® waffles, buttermilk grease frying pan with butter & sunflower oil (or olive oil) small frying pan toaster oven

InsTructions: Season both sides of salmon to taste with garlic salt, pepper and Lawry’s seasoning salt. Cook in small greased frying pan over medium heat for 4 minutes on both sides or until it begins to flake. Set aside. Dice peppers (yellow and green), onion, tomato and cucumbers. Place all vegetables in buttered pan on low medium heat for sautéing. Stir and place to the side. Toast 2 frozen waffles for 1 minute, then cook waffles for about 30 seconds on both sides in buttered frying pan. Melt shredded cheese over one waffle, preferably in the mircrowave or toasted oven for 15 seconds. Spread mayo over one waffle, place cooked salmon and sautéd vegetables on top; close that beautiful sandwich with the other waffle and serve! *2 snaps 51

+Refresh yourself. You may be superwoman but you're not a super human! It is okay if you need a break with a time limit. 53

Grilled Cheese 55


Grilled cheese Serves 1 // Prep 4 mins. // Cook 8 mins. Ingredients: shredded sharp cheddar cheese 2 slice of swiss cheese 1 slice of american cheese dash of lawry’s seasoning salt 1 tbsp. chopped onions handful of spinach 2 slices of bread, whole wheat grease frying pan with butter small frying pan

InsTructions: Sauté chopped onions and spinach on medium heat for 2 minutes in small buttered frying pan. Set side. Take 2 slices of bread (your choice), place all cheeses on one side...THEN sprinkle a dash of Lawry’s in the middle and close. Cook in small buttered frying pan on both sides for about 2.5 minutes or until golden brown (if you like that)! Now that it is all gooey with goodness...open it up and place the sautéd onions and spinach inside. AND SERVE!! If you add in smoked sausage and/or smoked sausage with BBQ sauce instead of the spinach... you will be doing major things...MAJOR!! Yooooooo... 57

Passion keeps things fresh…so it is M-U-S-T that we Re-fresh!! Remember…YOU/Me/We are refreshing…not being or getting lazy/putting it off till “tomorrow” (you know… because “tomorrow never comes”). Just refreshing! In case you didn’t hear me the first 50 times…

Give yourself a break! 59

Let your pas 60

ssion Spark

Creativity! 61


.. break over.

Have Passion in YOUR...

Purpose & Process.

Get Creative with your Purpose and potential!

Burgers That's all I need to say


4 // mix everythin you know what because you do!! the manner of w proud/satisfied/ex desired expression 70

ng together like t you're doing And do it with wanting to be xcited/insert your n here _______. 71

BBQ Sauce Burger


I’m So Saucey... BBQ Sauce Beef burger Serves 1 // Prep 6 mins. // Cook 9 mins. Ingredients: 1 lb ground round ¼cup bbq sauce, sweet baby ray’s 1 tbsp. yellow mustard 1 slice of swiss cheese garlic salt pepper lawry’s seasoning salt chopped onions, up to you! tomato sliced cucumber sliced mayonnaise (optional) hamburger bun

InsTructions: Place ground round on a plate or bowl, season meat with garlic salt, pepper and Lawry’s seasoning salt to taste. Add in mustard and BBQ sauce and mix. Get in there and work it out!! Place burger or burgers depending on your size preference, I made 2 (pictured) in medium frying pan and cook on both sides for about 4 minutes or until done to your liking! Place burger on a warm bun with the optional mayo. Add a slice of Swiss cheese, more BBQ sauce and mustard to taste, chopped onions, cucumber and tomato! Then find your finest dish and serve the saucey burger!!

bowl or plate for mixing medium frying pan


+Don't look for the expression and you didn't do the instructions. 76

Note to self

Take what you have & create with every bit of your being. passion is the difference. 79

Turkey burger 81

Allow me to g

Purpose will alw

get dressed...

ways rise to the


Lights, Camera, Action Turkey burger Serves 1 // Prep 6 mins. // Cook 9 mins. Ingredients: 1 lb ground turkey garlic salt pepper lawry’s seasoning salt 3 tsp. sweet pickle relish 2 tsp. yellow mustard shredded sharp cheddar cheese spinach or lettuce tomato sliced, up to you! sauce (wannabe special sauce): 3 tbsp. mayonnaise 2 tbsp. ketchup, or to taste dash of garlic salt (to taste) dash of parmesan cheese (to taste) croissant sandwich size bowl for sauce small frying pan

InsTructions: Place ground turkey on a plate or bowl, season meat with garlic salt, pepper and Lawry’s seasoning salt to taste. Add in mustard and sweet pickle relish and mix. Get in there and work it out!! Place burger or burgers depending on your size preference, I made 2 (and saved one for later) in medium frying pan and cook on both sides for about 4 minutes or until done to your liking! Add shredded cheese on top and allow to melt. Warm croissant in the mircrowave for 15 seconds, cut open, insert spinach/lettuce and tomatoes and lay burger on top. Close that fancy burger. Get a small bowl and mix mayo, ketchup, garlic salt and parmesan cheese together to taste and boom there you have some “special” sauce to dip this juicy burger in!! SERVE. 85

Realize your pot Understand y Acces 86

tential, your purposee & ss your passion! 87

5 // wait with that what you to achievE...YOU ACCOMPLISh! 88

expectation u set out U wILL


quick GYC Commentary I’m pretty sure we’re on the same page… that you did not use your gas, money, time and effort…thinking you’re about to create something nasty or something you never want to speak of again…right? Right. That’s all!

“Girl YOU Crazy”-You (I know you were thinking it…)


Let's Cook!

I mean really cook because there is nothing like nasty dessert. . . It will ruin the whole experience !

Sweets Let them eat Everything sweet!!


*Peaches are not this size... “Girl YOU Crazy”

Peach Cobbler 97

Better than your mama’s

Deep dish Peach cobbler Serves. . .you decide // prep 20 mins. // Cook 55 mins. Ingredients: 4 cans of 15 oz sliced peaches 2 pie crusts, 9inch ¼ tsp cinnamon ½ tsp salt ½ tsp vanilla, imitation or pure ½ cup of granulated sugar ½ cup of light brown sugar 1 stick of unsalted butter medium pot for cobbler juice 8x8inch casserole dish roller knife

InsTructions: Pre-heat oven to 425ºF. Roll out 1 pie crust, place in casserole dish, poke several holes to vent, then bake for about 10 minutes. Take out and set aside. Open the cans of peaches. Take peaches out and do not throw away the juice! In a medium pot, add the juice from the peaches, a stick of butter, light brown sugar and granulated sugar. Stir. Add cinnamon, salt and vanilla. Stir. Taste and make sure it is amazing!! Set aside. Dice peaches and place all peaches in casserole dish. Take the other pie crust, roll it out and make one inch pieces for pattern. Pour in most of the juice. Then, lay pie crust pieces on top, securing each piece. Pour more juice on top but not around the edges (it’s not a good look...). Bake for 55 minutes, if not done, keep baking, and check every 5/10 minutes after untill golden brown or done. SERVE with or without ice cream!! 99




red up!

Brown Sugar

pound cake 103

Untitled(because it's ready for anything Brown Sugar Pound cake Serves. . .you decide // prep 25 mins. // cook 55 mins. Ingredients: 3cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder ¼ tsp of hazulnut creamer ½ tsp. salt 3 sticks of butter, salted/unsalted 1 tbsp. of sour cream 3cups firmly packed light brown sugar 5 large eggs 1cup whole milk & 1 tsp. vanilla, mixed together 2 bowls for mixing, large & small electric mixer or a strong hand wooden spoon

InsTructions: Pre-heat oven to 325ºF degrees. Butter and lightly flour or PAM® your preferred cake pan (options listed below). Mix flour, baking powder, creamer and salt together in a small bowl. Set aside. In a large bowl, use mixer to beat in butter on medium speed for 3 minutes, until whipped! Slowly add in sugar and continue mixing for 3 more minutes until light & fluffy. Beat eggs in one at a time, maintaining the wholeness of the batter. Alternatley add in vanilla milk, flour and sour cream. Beat and pour batter in cake pans. Bake for 55 minutes, if not done, keep baking, and check every 5/10 minutes after untill golden brown or done. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and Serve like a work of art. Get fancy with frosting if YOU need to!

Cake Style/Size Options: 2 // 9x5 loaf pan 1 // 10in fluted bundt cake pan 2 // 9in round cake pan 1 // 9x5 loaf pan & 2 small size baking pans (as pictured)


GYC Sidenote

If you are feeling creative...I am the add-in Queen!! This Pound Cake is truly ready for anything, if you add half of a Banana, it quickly becomes sensational Banana Bread, if you add frosting, it becomes an amazing fancy Birthday Cake...the list goes on. You can not lose with this batter because it is perfect on its own! 107

6 Eat the 108

// cake. 109

+Enjoy and be proud of what was accomplished. ENJOY YOUR LIFE!!! Say it with me, "I will enjoy my life!!!" ++Get a glass of milk or whatever you fancy and EAT ThAT CAKE & other things because it's good (so good) and YOU had the privilege of making everything you wanted in this cookbook.++ 110

Let me say this (and I'm done, I think)... Life always has directions/instructions. Sometimes they’re external and other times internal. Know your voice among voices. LISTEN. And passionately pursue your purpose like you’re going to Eat That Cake (and other things) with the intention of being satisfied!

Purpose and Passion reside within, and because each day has a purpose...each day can have passion, excitement and joy. It’s all about how YOU approach it, and the “why” you are living! Passion gets stirred when we’re focused on the substance of what we set out to achieve. So... Those with passion… 111



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Indulge. Enjoy! Share with

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Recap the 6 steps: Step One, 8 Step Two, 18 Step Three, 46 Step Four, 70 Step Five, 88 Step Six, 108 Meat: Chicken Pasta Salad, 21 Beef Burger, 73 Turkey Burger, 81 Salmon Spinach Salad, 33 Salmon Eggo速 Sandwich, 49


No Meat: Grilled Cheese, 55 Sweet: Peach Cobbler, 97 Brown Sugar Pound Cake, 103

"Combine all of who you are into what you are pursuing to achieve."


Girl YOU Crazy™

GYC Girl YOU Crazy™ exist as an inspiration source, outlet, hand up, support, testimonial release location, fuel station, dream builder, reminder of purpose… whatever you need to move forward and see your dreams, desires of your heart as a reality or help/support to remember or dream a new dream. We often forget in the midst of discouragement, the root of which our vision was birthed, our imagination. When we change our perspective and connotations of frequently used/ popular phrases, sayings or subjects that have discouraged us in the past & present, we can finish or start anything with confidence and expectation as our imagination has free range. GYC Girl YOU Crazy™: Flipping the meaning of something playful that can discourage, keeping it playful but using the phrase as fuel to accomplish/ complete/finish and live your dream with great expectation & a smile!

Your Imagination is the one of the most amazing places to be (at any age)…

Lauren Alicia (Pictured Professional Cake Eater) is the author of “Dear Divorce, Thank You (Even Though I Hate You) Sincerely, My Parents’ Grown Kid: A Journey Of Hate, Healing And Understanding.” Alicia is a Parsons the New School for Design graduate, business/design enthusiast, graphic designer, blogger and collaborator (GYC Girl YOU Crazy™), allowing her experiences to evolve into the reality she always imagined. Visit her at www.DearDivorceThankYou.com & www.GYC-GirlYOUCrazy.com.

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