Thursday, June 30, 2011
There are some things that just scream summertime and these bars and one of them.
Imagine a soft custard top over the best strawberry ice. YUM. Make them for 4th
of July or just make them because they are worth it. Either way your friends and
family will be ever so grateful!!
Strawberries and Cream Bars
2 pounds of strawberries, hulled and halved. (6 cups)
1 1/2 cups sugar
7 large egg whites
2/3 cup cold heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1) In a blender, combine strawberries, 3/4 cup sugar, and a pinch of salt and
puree until smooth. Pour into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Transfer to freezer
and scrape with a fork every 30 minutes until mixture is thick and slushy,
2 hours. Smooth top with rubber spatula.
2) In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat egg whites on high
until foamy. With mixer on medium, gradually add 3/4 cup sugar. Increase
speed to high and beat until stiff, glossy peaks form, 3 minutes. In another
bowl, beat cream and vanilla on high until stiff peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes.
With a rubber spatula, gently fold whipped cream into the egg white mixture.
Pour over strawberry mixture and smooth with rubber spatula. Freeze until
firm, about 4 hours. Makes 12 bars. Everyday Food.
If you are looking for another 4th of July treat here is one of my very first
posts that I ever did here. Enjoy.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
A couple months ago we started to get our fruits and veggies delivered from local
farmers. I get so excited the day of delivery. I wanted to see if there was a difference
in buying local and organic let me tell you it just tastes fresher and better. We
consume lots of fruits and veggies for juicing, salads and every week night meal.
Do you buy organic and is it important to you? Is it worth paying more ? CSA
Monday, June 27, 2011
What can I say about this meal....other than it is pure comfort food and it's so good. It
is also man approved and my little girl could not get enough of it. What is your go to
comfort food meal?
- 9 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pound white mushrooms, sliced
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 cups whole milk, room temperature
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream, room temperature
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 12 ounces linguine
- 3/4 cup frozen peas
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
- 1 cup grated Parmesan
- 1/4 cup dried Italian-style breadcrumbs
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Spread 1 tablespoon of butter over a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish. Melt 1 tablespoon each of butter and oil in a deep large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the hot pan and cook until pale golden and just cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate to cool slightly. Coarsely shred the chicken into bite-size pieces and into a large bowl.
Meanwhile, add 1 tablespoon each of butter and oil to the same pan. Add the mushrooms and saute over medium-high heat until the liquid from the mushrooms evaporates and the mushrooms become pale golden, about 12 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, and thyme, and saute until the onion is translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the wine and simmer until it evaporates, about 2 minutes. Transfer the mushroom mixture to the bowl with the chicken.
Melt 3 more tablespoons butter in the same pan over medium-low heat. Add the flour and whisk for 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk, cream, broth, nutmeg, remaining 1 3/4 teaspoons salt, and remaining 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Increase the heat to high. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, until the sauce thickens slightly, whisking often, about 10 minutes.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the linguine and cook until it is tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 9 minutes. Drain. Add the linguine, sauce, peas, and parsley to the chicken mixture. Toss until the sauce coats the pasta and the mixture is well blended.
Transfer the pasta mixture to the prepared baking dish. Stir the cheese and breadcrumbs in a small bowl to blend. Sprinkle the cheese mixture over the pasta. Dot with the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter. Bake, uncovered, until golden brown on top and the sauce bubbles, about 25 minutes. Note. I topped with more chicken and cheddar cheese. Giada
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Get your chop sticks ready....You are going to have so much fun eating this. I'm even
excited for you! Ha. My husband and I ate Sushi every friday night for years. We were
completely obsessed. It was a good thing!! My 5 year old loves sushi. I've raised her
well ; ) This is Sushi with out all the hassle. Perfect for entertaining.
California Roll In A Bowl
1 avocado, sliced
1 carrot, julienned
1 cucumber, julienned
sesame seeds, toasted
crab meat, real or imitation
nori sheets, sliced. "optional"
2 cups sushi or short grain rice
2 cups water, plus more for rinsing rice
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1) Place rice in mixing bowl and cover with cool water. Swirl the rice in the water,
pour off and repeat 2 to 3 times until the water is clear.
2) Place the rice and 2 cups of water into a medium saucepan and place over high
heat. Bring to a boil, uncovered. Once it begins to boil, Reduce the heat to the lowest
setting and cover. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered,
3) Combine the rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a small bowl and heat in the microwave
for 30 to 45 seconds. Transfer rice to a large bowl and add vinegar mixture. Fold to
thoroughly combined. Allow time to cool.
4) Serve in bowls and place toppings on top. Pour soy, mix and enjoy.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
This is my new favorite sandwich. One afternoon I was trying to figure out what I
wanted for dinner, but I knew that I did not want to cook....It was so gorgeous out
side and this was the dinner I came up with and it was/is amazing. My new go-to
meal. These are perfect to wrap up and take on a picnic with a loved one. YUM
Ham and Fig Jam Sandwiches
Ciabatta rolls, Toasted
4 slices Black Forest ham - I used Boars Head
Fresh mozzarella, sliced thick
a bunch of baby spinach
salt and pepper
Toast your rolls and layer your ingredients. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Put jam on the one side of the roll. Put together and serve. You will be in bliss.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I grew up in New England and every Summer my family and I would vacation in Maine.
My dad would always stop at these little lobster houses and get lobster rolls and I -
would always be a tad jealous? Why you ask? Well, I don't eat any food that has Mayo
in it. I never have and never will. So, as an adult..You have to be creative and find cool
ways to eat one of my most beloved foods, LOBSTER. This meal could not be any
simpler and it's very impressive.
Lobster Roll Deconstructed
2 lobsters (1 1/2 pounds each) or 4 lobster tails
4 tablespoons butter
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 loaf of brioche
1) Steam lobsters in a large pot, covered, for 14 minutes. Transfer to plate and let cool.
Remove meat from shells. Whisk 2 tablespoons melted butter with lemon juice. Toss
in the meat. Cut the bread into 1 inch cubes, crusts removed. Melt 2 tablespoons
butter in a medium skillet. Toast bread until golden. Toss with sea salt. Divide on
meat and bread on 2 plates. Serve with lemon wedges and garnish with tarragon.
I'm guest posting at one of my favorite blogs http://honeywerehome.blogspot.com/
Come on over and say, hi.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
There is probably a good chance that this summer you will see lots of avocado recipes.
I just can't consume enough of this healthy goodness! I've been making this recipe for
years. It's so easy to whip up and there is nothing better than fresh salsa. You will love
the salty bite of the feta. Enjoy!
Avocado Feta Salsa
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
2 avocados, peeled, pitted and chopped
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper
4 to 5 ounces crumbled feta
1) In a bowl, gently stir in tomatoes , avocados, onion and garlic. Mix in parsley
and oregano. Gently stir in olive oil and vinegar. Then stir in feta. Cover, and
chill for 2 to 4 hours.
Monday, June 13, 2011
This weekend we went to Pasadena and saw the most beautiful tree lined street. The
picture does not do it justice!!!
Oinkster in Pasadena, I heart the name.
The most amazing pastrami sandwich...melted in your mouth.
I had the pulled pork sandwich and it was better than mine. YUM
Spent lots of time playing with Princesses.
New chalk is the best!
I love how she colored her family.
Enjoyed every last bite of this cannoli.
We had a very wonderful weekend! Filled with lots of eating, laughing and having
fun. June Gloom is here and we are excited to see the sun the week. I hope you
and yours had a great weekend!!
Labels: Weekend Wrap-Up
Friday, June 10, 2011
This time of the year I try and eat salads with every meal. I love salads, especially with
fruit. What is not to love about this one. Raspberries, Cashews, Kiwi's and a homemade
dressing. I'm sold and I might be making this, weekly. You can also make cinnamon-
sugar croutons and take to the next level. Enjoy!
6 -7 cups baby spinach
2 cups fresh raspberries
3 kiwi's peeled and sliced
1/2 cup red onion, diced
a handful of cashews or toasted almonds
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
3 tablespoons raspberry jam
1) In a jar with a tight fitted lid, combine the oil, vinegar, jam and pepper, shake well.
In a large salad bowl, gently combine spinach, 1 cup raspberries, onions, and some of
the cashews. Top with kiwi, berries, nuts and croutons if you made them. Drizzle -
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Hi Everyone! I am so honored to be invited to do a guest post here on
ValSoCal, one of my very favorite blogs. Thank you, Val, for inviting me.
Now that Summer is here my family has been enjoying picnics at the park with
our friends on Sundays; a favorite Summer tradition. One of my favorite
childhood memories is of roasting marshmallows over a beach bonfire or
campfire and making s'mores. Did you do that too? But what if you want that
warm gooey-marshmallowy-chocolatey goodness without the campfire?
What's a girl to do? Well, not to fret my friend, just whip up a batch of
cute portable Smore's Brownies in jars and tote 'em along to your next
picnic. I think any dessert in a jar is just darling, but if you don't have
any you can of course use a baking pan.
S'mores Brownies in Jars (or pan)
makes about 12 jars
1 1/4 cups (about 10 graham crackers) graham cracker crumbs
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon saltMarshmallows
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter.
Press into bottoms of jars, ramekins, or a 9 in square baking pan. Bake 7
In a medium bowl, mix together the oil, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs.
Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; gradually stir into the egg
mixture until well blended. Bake about 15 minutes (for small jars, 25
minutes for a pan), or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Preheat broiler. Top brownies with marshmallows. Broil until marshmallows
brown. Watch closely, it takes just a minute!
Yummy Mummy where every Friday
this Summer we'll be having a linky party for you to show off anything
I'd like to thank Marina...for being my first guest blogger!! She is amazing and has incredible
talent for making food beautiful. I'd like you all to go visit her and show some love. You
will soon be just as addicted to her as I'am!! S'mores Brownies In Jars = Brilliant.
Labels: guest post
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
This might be my all-time favorite photo of mine. It's classy, chic and amazingly
delicious. Break out the shaker and enjoy!
Lemon Drop Martini
1 1/2 oz good quality vodka
1/2 oz triple sec
1 tsp. super fine sugar
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice- or more depending on taste
Mix vodka, triple sec, sugar and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker half filled with
ice cubes. Shake well to make sure sugar is blended. Pour into a sugar-rimmed
martini glass and garnish with a twisted lemon peel.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Hello my dear friends ~ It's hard to believe that I have been blogging for 1 year today!
It has been a wonderful journey. There were days when I felt like giving up and there
were days when I did not feel worthy enough in the blog world. When I first started
blogging I had no idea what I was doing. This past year I loved watching myself
evolve. I think I'm a better person. I found out that I have a passion for photography,
who knew? My passion for food is at an all time high.
I wanted to thank each and every one of you who have graced my page with your
presence and have taken a brief moment from your life to visit me. It truly touches
my heart. I read every comment and am in awe of you all. I love the friendships I
have gained. That to me is the most rewarding part of it all. The wonderful bonding
In honor of my blogiversary. I wanted to do a little giveaway to my favorite go to
store. Target, of course. It's my way of saying THANK YOU.
You can enter 3 times to win and all you have to do is..........
1) You must follow my blog to enter.
2) Follow me on Twitter and Tweet about it.
3) Mention it on your blog or Facebook.
Good luck! A winner will be picked one week today by Random.org
Thank you my sweet Avery for being my hand model.
Labels: 1 year blogging
Thursday, June 2, 2011
If we were to go out to lunch together...I can almost guarantee you that if there was
pineapple anything on the menu, that's what I would be ordering. I truly can't get
enough of it in my life. Have you ever had a pineapple burger?? It's divine and I will
have to post that recipe for you soon. So, making these kebabs was a no brainer. A
true win, win. Serve it over coconut-pineapple rice and this girl is in heaven.
1 kielbasa cut into 1 inch chunks
half of a pineapple, cut into chunks
1 green bell pepper, cut into chunks
2 teaspoons sherry (optional)
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 red onion, cut into chunks
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 to 4 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1) In a shallow dish, mix soy sauce, brown sugar, sherry, sesame oil, ginger and
garlic powder. Stir in the kielbasa, pineapple, green pepper and red onion and stir
until well coated. Cover and marinate for at least 2 hours.
2) Preheat the grill to med-high heat.
3) Lightly oil the grill grate. Layer your kielbasa and veggies onto the skewers.
Grill 15 to 20 or until veggies are tender. A perfect Summer meal.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
There are very few things from my childhood that I still need on a weekly basis
other than Peanut Butter Cups. I instantly get transported back to the 80"s sitting on my
my front step and savoring every last bite as a child. These days I just try to put them in
as many baked goods as I possibly can. Trust me when I say that you are going to love
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup buttermilk
In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.
Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture
alternately with water and buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup heavy cream
Place confectioners sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla and salt in bowl and mix
on low speed until combined. Frost on cooled cupcakes and top with peanut