Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Italian Meatballs

If you have spent your entire life searching for the perfect meatball recipe -
Search no further. I have been on a mission to make a soft, flavorful and
utterly delicious meatball recipe that everyone is sure to love.
The best part is that you make a batch and the first night serve it with pasta,
and the second night you can make meatball subs. 

Italian Meatballs

2 pounds ground beef
4 to 5 garlic cloves, minced
5 tablespoons fresh parsley
1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese, grated
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon each garlic powder and onion powder
1 cup Italian bread crumbs

For the sauce -

2 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, diced small
1 to 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
2 ( 28 ounce ) can crushed tomatoes
1 ( 28 ounce ) can tomato sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
5 tablespoons fresh parsley

1) Mix meatballs in a large bowl and form into balls and place on a rimmed
cookie sheet and bake at in a 350 preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes.

2) Meanwhile, heat oil in a saucepan and sauté onion until tender and cook
garlic for 3 minutes once the onions are cooked. Add all the spices and
add the tomatoes and cook for 20 to 30 minutes. 

3) Take the meatballs out of the oven and carefully add the meatballs
to the sauce and cook for an additional 30 minutes. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chicken Parmesan

You can always tell a good Italian restaurant by their chicken parm.
For years, It's all I would order. I was rather obsessed with this dish.
Now, that I make my own for years. I never order it when I go out -
because mine is rather tasty. Pour a glass of pinot and slice some
bread and serve it with a side salad and dinner is served.

Chicken Parmesan

4 boneless chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise and pounded
2 large eggs
1/3 cup milk
2 cups Italian bread crumbs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 to 3 cups marinara sauce
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
salt and pepper
garlic powder
Fresh parsley for garnish

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl mix milk and eggs together.
Put the bread crumbs in a large plate. Season chicken with salt, pepper
and garlic powder. Dip the chicken in egg mixture and then in bread
crumbs and set aside in a plate. 

2) Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Once oil is heated.
Add chicken and cook for about 7 to 8 minutes or until golden brown
on each side. Drain on paper towels.

3) Add half the sauce in the bottom of a pan and then add the chicken
add the rest of the sauce and top with parmesan cheese. Cover with
foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and top with mozzarella
and bake uncovered for 7 to 10 minutes.

4) Now dinner is served. Sprinkle with parsley and your favorite pasta.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Better Than Anything Cake

                  I know that this cake has a million names....But, I thought we would go with the
                  ' anything ' name. What can I say about this cake?? Other than it is completely -
                  awesome and super easy and to me that's the best part and it tastes like a million
                  bucks. Perfect for your holiday Easter table or a potluck. I hope you enjoy.

                                                               Better Than Anything Cake

                                                                1 dark chocolate cake mix
                                                                1 can of sweetened condensed milk - use half
                                                                6 ounces butterscotch ice cream topping
                                                                1 ( 8 ounce ) container cool whip
                                                                chocolate covered toffee bits - for topping

                  1) Bake your chocolate cake according to directions in a 9 by 13 pan.

                  2) Take cake out of oven and while it is still warm with the back of a wooden
                  spoon poke holes in the cake and make sure not to go all the way through.
                  Slowly pour condensed milk and butterscotch topping over the holes.

                  3) Let cake cool completely and put cool whip on cake and top with toffee
                  bits. Refrigerate and serve when ever you'd like.

                  Note - you don't have to use toffee bits. You can use crushed butterfingers,
                  chocolate chips and peanut butter chips....any topping you'd like.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Citrus Roasted Chicken

                 This meal is definitely - winner, winner, chicken dinner. I adore roasted chicken
                 and when you add lemons, limes and oranges mixed in with a bunch of fresh
                 herbs something magical happens. Serve with potatoes or rice and a nice green
                              vegetable and your weeknight meals is complete. Enjoy.

                                                               Citrus Roasted Chicken

                               8 to 10 pieces of chicken with skin on ( legs, thighs or chicken breast )
                                                               2 lemons, one sliced and one juiced
                                                               2 limes, one sliced and one juiced
                                                               2 oranges, one sliced and one juiced
                                                               2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
                                                               1/2 teaspoon oregano
                                                               1 tablespoon each fresh thyme and rosemary
                                                               1 teaspoon paprika
                                                               1 teaspoon garlic powder
                                                               1 teaspoon onion powder
                                                               1 onion, sliced
                                                               6 garlic cloves, chopped
                                                               4 to 5 tablespoons olive oil
                                                               1 teaspoon salt and pepper ( don't skimp on the salt )

               1) In a small bowl mix together lemon, lime, orange, olive oil, sugar, garlic and
               a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Place chicken in a 9 by 13 pan and pour the dressing
               all over the chicken. Turn chicken to coat evenly.

               2) Place chicken skin side up. Sprinkle Italian seasoning, oregano, thyme, paprika,
               onion powder, garlic powder on chicken. Scatter your sliced, orange, lemon, lime
               and onion all around the chicken. I like to tuck fresh rosemary around as well.

               3) At this point I like to add a little more salt and pepper to my liking.

               4) Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for about 1 hour.

                Note - if you have time. You can marinate the chicken over night in the olive
               oil mixture.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Life Lately -

                     There is nothing better than a late brunch - Eggs benedict and fresh fruit.

                                               Swimming and enjoying the warm weather.

                                                             White Roses are my favorite.

                                                          Pretty much my favorite street.

                                                           Sunshine makes me happy.

   These are a few of my favorite Instagram pics lately. You can follow my everyday life here .

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