Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Scrambled Eggs Bruschetta

             Has anything ever sounded so good? I was driving one day and this recipe just
        came out of no-where. Thank goodness it did. How can you go wrong with eggs -
        topped with my all time favorite topping. Oh, and crusty french bread too. YUM.
        Please, go to the market and make these for breakfast, brunch or dinner.

                                                           Scrambled Eggs Bruschetta

        scrambled eggs ( done your favorite way ) I add a little cheese.
        french bread, sliced
        cherry tomatoes, cut
        fresh mozzarella, diced
        1 garlic clove
        1 tablespoon olive oil
        salt and pepper

      1) Slice bread and add butter to a pan and grill bread until lightly brown. "set aside"
      2) Cook your scrambled eggs.
      3) In a small bowl, add tomatoes, garlic, basil, salt, pepper and olive oil, mix.
      4) Place eggs and bread and top with tomato mixture.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

M & M Banana Bread

     I made this a few weeks ago. I'm always experimenting with banana bread. It's my
     daughters all time favorite. I stick with my go to banana bread recipe which is out of
     this world good. Make it with out add ins or be creative and add anything. I make a
     Reeses peanut butter cup banana bread that is amazing. I'm thinking about doing a
     Cadbury Egg banana bread next. This would be perfect treat for Easter Morning.

                                                              M & M Banana Bread

          3 bananas, mashed
          1 cup sour cream
          1/4 cup butter, softened
          1 1/3 cup sugar
          2 eggs
          1 teaspoon vanilla
          2 cups all-purpose flour
          1 teaspoon baking soda
          1 teaspoon baking powder
          1/4 teaspoon salt
          1 cup of M&M's

         1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 loaf pans.
         2) Combine bananas and sour cream and set aside. In a large bowl, cream together
         the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Then stir in vanilla
         and banana mixture.
         3) Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl.
         4) Add flour mixture slowly with the wet mixture. Blend.
         5) Pour into prepared loaf pans.
         6) Bake for about 45 to 50 min.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Prosciutto, Asparagus and Parmesan Spaghetti

        I could eat this entire bowl of spaghetti that you see in the picture. It has just the
    right combination of flavors and would be great for company coming over. It has the all
    the elements of sophistication for pasta. Serve with a nice side salad and a little glass
    of limoncello and I'd say you are good to go. Almost Rockstar quality! Make soon.

                                                Prosciutto, Asparagus and Parmesan Spaghetti

       8 ounce of angel hair pasta
       2 tablespoons of olive oil
       2 garlic cloves
       1 small onion, diced
       2 cups of sliced mushrooms
       4 oz. of prosciutto, cut into strips
       1 lb. asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
       1 1/4 cups heavy cream
       1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
       salt and pepper
       1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes.

      1) Cook pasta according to directions and put pack in pot.
      2) Meanwhile, heat oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat. Cook
      onion, garlic, and mushrooms until fragrant and semi done. Add Prosciutto
      and asparagus and cook until asparagus is bright green, about 3 min. Add
      cream, 1/3 cup cheese, salt and pepper and red pepper flakes. Reduce heat
      to simmer and cook until sauce has thickened, about 4 minutes.
      3) Pour sauce with vegetables over pasta and toss to coat.
      4. I put more parmesan cheese on top and crisp prosciutto pieces that I baked.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Hawaiian Bubble Bread

        Are you naturally drawn to bread? When you go to a restaurant, do you highly -
    anticipate for the bread to come. Would you be fine having crusty bread for dinner with
    a little Vino? If the answer is yes. You are not alone. I repeat. You are not alone. From
    one bread addict to the next. This recipe is for you!! A whole lotta bread and a few
    additions of tasty morsels. You have to love a meal that you can pull apart and eat.

                                                             Hawaiian Bubble Bread

       1 round loaf Italian bread or a round hawaiian loaf
       1 cup ham, cubed
       1 cup pineapple, diced
       8 ounces grated cheese
       4 tablespoon butter, melted
       2 garlic cloves, chopped
       salt and pepper

       1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
       2) Slice bread lengthwise and then width-wise being careful not to cut through the
       3) Place cheese in the cut slices then ham and pineapple.
       4) Melt butter and put garlic in the butter and pour over bread.
       5) Season with salt and pepper.
       6) Cover bread in reynolds wrap and bake for 15 minutes and unwrap and bake for
       10 minutes more uncovered. Make sure you use a baking sheet. Serve with sauce.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Coconut Lime Margaritas

               Got Tequila? That's a good thing because today is National Margarita Day!!!
        I'm so glad you're here. Have a seat. I have the most PERFECT Margarita you will
       ever taste. I mean how could you go wrong with  Lime and Coconut. If you make
       these you will be sure to sing all night Put The Lime In The Coconut!!! Enjoy - friends.

                                                                 Coconut Lime Margarita

      1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
      1/2 teaspoon salt
      1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
      1 cup cream of coconut
      1/2 cup of tequila
      1/4 cup of triple sec

     1) Preheat oven to 350. Mix coconut and salt and put on a baking sheet and cook
     until lightly toasted. Watch carefully. Cool
     2) On a small plate squeeze some cream of coconut and rim glass and then dip in
     coconut mixture.
     3) Combine remaining ingredients in blender with 1 1/2 cups of ice. Blend until
     smooth and serve in glasses.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Manchego, Kielbasa and Kale Pizza

    Oh, pizza....oh how I love you!!! I could eat pizza everyday for the rest of my life. I'll
    take it with sauce or with out. I grew up in New England and Kielbasa was a staple food
    in the East Coast. When I first moved out my parents house when I was 20..all I knew
    how to make was Kielbasa 20 different ways. I'm laughing as I write this because truly,
    I did not know how to cook a thing but good ole Kielbasa. Flash forward to the present
    time...I still love the sausage goodness but like to eat in creative ways. You are going
    to love this Pizza. I promise.

                                                         Manchego, Kielbasa and Kale Pizza

        1 bag ( 10 oz ) chopped Kale
        1 lb. pizza dough
        1 1/2 cups shredded manchego cheese
        6 oz kielbasa or any sausage you like
        1 tablespoon olive oil
        salt and pepper
        red pepper optional

       1) Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
       2) Boil kale for 3-5 minutes, drain and squeeze excess water.
       3) Meanwhile - roll dough onto floured surface roll out your dough.
       4) Sprinkle dough with manchego cheese, kielbasa, kale and spices.
       cook for about 7 to 10 min or until done and drizzle with olive oil.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sweet Potato Fries with a Maple-Marshmallow Dip

       I have a secret to tell you....come closer. I'm completely addicted to Sweet Potato
   fries. This is a true story. I have no self control when they are on the menu at any one
   of my favorite restaurants. Hey, I figure they are better for you than regular fries, right?
   This was my first attempt at making home-made ones and I wonder what took me so
   long? They are great and the sweet dip makes it fun. You can use your favorite dip.

                                            Sweet Potato Fries with a Maple-Marshmallow Dip

     5 sweet potatoes, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
     olive oil
     salt and pepper
     cinnamon - optional

     Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

     Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl coat sweet potatoes with oil.
     Season with salt and pepper. Spread sweet potatoes on baking sheet and do not over-
     crowd or they will get soggy. Keep them in a single layer. Bake until golden. Flip
     them occasionally during baking. For the dip. I used 1/2 cup marshmallow ice cream
     topping mixed with 1 tablespoon maple syrup.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Love Day!!!

         I just wanted to wish my friends and fellow bloggers a very Happy Valentine's Day!
                 I hope you get spoiled today with love and goodies. You deserve it!

                                   P.S It's not too late to make my Sweethearts Bark!

                                                        sweethearts-bark recipe


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Penne with Light Turkey Ragu

     This pasta recipe is pretty guilt-less and packs a ton of flavor. I love eating pasta and
  don't always have the time to make bolognese sauce and sometimes I just want a lighter
  dish and this is a winner. Serve with your favorite white wine and you will be in bliss.

                                                     Penne with Light Turkey Ragu

      1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
      2 leeks white and green parts only, finely chopped
      2 garlic cloves minced
      1 pound ground turkey
      1 28 ounce can San Marzano tomatoes, crushed
      salt and pepper
      1/4 teaspoon oregano
      1/4 teaspoon parsley
      1/4 cup fresh basil and more for top
      3 tablespoons parmesan cheese and more for top
      12 ounces penne
      2 tablespoons half and half

     1) Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet
     over medium high heat. Add the leeks, garlic and turkey and cook, stirring until the
     turkey browns slightly, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, 2 cups of water and spices.
     Increase the heat to high, bring the sauce to a boil and cook 5 minutes and reduce the
     heat to medium, add half of the basil and parmesan and simmer about 10 minutes.
     2) Add cooked sauce into the pasta and serve. Add extra cheese and basil.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Game Day Food

           Here is quick round-up of some of my favorite game day food that I made last year.
                                                                   Pure Deliciousness



                                                                     Beer Margaritas

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