Monday, July 15, 2013

New Recipes from July 8-15th

I took a break from major baking this week and jumped back into cooking!! I set a goal of trying at least one new recipe every day...I even made two some days! You can click on the name of each recipe and it will take you to the actual recipe.

New Meal #1- Sirloin was a GREAT deal this week, so I used it a couple of ways. No actual recipe- I just made it up as I went along! Here it was simply seasoned with salt and pepper, then topped with a fresh tomato salad (AKA Bruschetta Steak). I combined 2 roma tomoates with 1/4 red onion and LOTS of fresh basil. Season topping with salt.
The rice is brown rice, cooked in beef broth with loads of chopped green onions. Prepare according to package just subbing in broth for water- I added the green onions right before turning off the burner and then put the lid back on and set aside.
The corn was cooked in the microwave (wrap in waxed paper and cook approx 3 min per ear). I threw it on my grill pan for a minute after it came out of the microwave. I brushed the hot corn with a compound butter I had made. Combine 2 dried red chilies, zest of one lime and half a stick of butter in a chopster or food processor. Salt optional.
Family review: Everyone LOVED this meal!! A repeat for sure.

New Meal #2- This was my FAVORITE!!!
Vietnamese Shaking Beef- I didn't have Oyster sauce or Fish sauce, so that made it a little expensive, but I know I will use them a lot now! I used low sodium soy sauce in place of the thick soy. I marinated the beef for about 90 minutes. The lime juice with salt and pepper was such a simple dip that really enhanced the flavor. DO NOT overcook the beef- it's so tender!
Served with steamed snow peas- I also tossed them in the skillet after cooking the beef just to reheat and they picked up the flavor...tasty!
I cooked udon noodles in chicken broth with fresh sliced baby bellas and lots of green onion. I added about 1 TBS each of Oyster sauce and soy sauce.

New Meal #3- Orzo with Parmesan and Basil, Tequila Lime Shrimp and fresh green beans
I marinated the shrimp (shell on) in 1/3 cup tequila, 2 tsp olive oil, plus the juice and zest of one lime- about 20 min at room temp. I grilled with the shells on and then peeled right before serving.
The Orzo with Parmesan and Basil was the star of this meal!!  So creamy and delicious :)
I just steamed the green beans and seasoned with a little garlic salt

New Meal #4- BLT's with Basil Mayo on Chipotle Cheddar Bread
I mixed 1 cup of fresh basil leaves with 1/2 cup mayo and small clove of garlic- puree in food processor and chill at least 2 hours.
Pretty basic otherwise- Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato, a BIG schmear of mayo and good bread. Mine was homemade - Asiago would be great for this!
Served with plain sweet corn.

New Meal #5- Basil Lime Chicken with Roasted Red Potatoes and Green Beans
This took chicken to a whole new level. AMAZING!! I used a recipe I found on Pinterest for Basil Lime Chicken and it did not disappoint. I did not change a thing! I did serve mine over fresh chopped tomatoes- which was so good. The sauce was awesome over the potatoes and green beans too!!
The green beans were just steamed. The red potatoes were quartered and then tossed with olive oil and salt. Baked at 400 until tender (approx 30? min).

New Meal #6- Sweet Corn and Bacon Skillet Mac and Cheese
I was reading Iowa Girl Eat's blog last week as I was looking for new recipes. Her recent post on Sweet Corn and Bacon Skillet Mac and Cheese instantly caught my eye! It was very easy to prepare, and ok, but I probably wouldn't make it again. It's a great recipe, I just didn't love the sauce. My kids did not like it at all, but my husband liked it more than me. I will say the tomatoes on top totally work- they were the perfect pop of fresh!

New Meal #7- Jalapeno Buttermilk Brined Chicken- made into tacos with fresh Pico
The package of chicken breasts I bought was huge- so I cooked a few for the Basil Lime Chicken and then threw the others into this Jalapeno Buttermilk Brine and stashed in the fridge for 48 hours. You could taste the jalapeno in the chicken, but it was not spicy at all. I would add more jalapeno next time- I used fresh jalapenos, sliced into rings. 2 good sized jalapenos, and I did not remove the ribs and seeds. The chicken was super moist and tender after grilling. I sliced it thin and put into tortillas. Topped with a fresh pico - roma tomatoes, red onion and fresh cilantro. Squeezing fresh lime juice over the tacos really made the flavors pop!

I have a few new recipes in store for this week as well. I'll try to share again next week!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

I have many loves :) has been busy, and I haven't had time to do much blogging! However, I have been working on perfecting a new recipe- my Toasted Ravioli with Basil Cream Sauce. It's one of my new favorite meals- great with an ear of Sweet Corn. I use Meat Ravioli, but you could easily use another flavor.

I made my own bread crumbs for this...I toasted up some leftover Asiago Bread and pulsed it in my good processor.

To the bread crumbs, I added Parmesan Cheese, Italian Seasoning, Basil and Garlic Powder.

Place the thawed ravioli in a mixture of eggs and water.

Roll in bread crumbs until  evenly coated.

Place on a baking can bake directly on the pan, but then you should flip them while baking.

After all are coated, spray with cooking spray and place in a 400 degree oven for 25 minutes.

While they bake, make the cream sauce. Heat 3/4 cup of Heavy Cream over Medium High heat for 1-2 minutes, until it starts to thicken. 

Stir in the pesto and cheese.

Serve hot ravioli with a generous side of the sauce!!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A recipe created just for Pizza Lovers!

I saw this recipe from Rachael Ray and tucked it away for a day I needed something "fun" to make for Robyn. Today I was struggling with a lunch plan...and then I remembered Pizza Puffs!!

Easy enough- I always have everything on hand. I added Garlic Salt and Italian Seasoning to mine.

The recipe says to add the basil at the end and sprinkle on top, but I chose to put mine inside.

Everything is better with cheese!!

Fill a mini muffin pan. GREASE WELL!!!! I found these to be a little tricky to get out of the pan. They were actually easier to remove after they cooled a bit. I used a Tablespoon and it filled 24 cups perfectly. Bake about 20 minutes at 375 degrees and allow to cool a few minutes before eating.

Serve with your favorite pizza sauce!

***Robyn and I loved these! Fun because you can easily add whatever toppings you love. Rachael also details in her recipe how to freeze them!***

Friday, August 5, 2011

I don't love heating up the kitchen when it's so hot outside!

Let's face's been too hot to cook!! My husband and I have been eating lots of salads lately!! However, I was really wanting something a little more exciting, so I used my crock pot to cook up a beef roast. I added dried red chilies, oregano and garlic to the pot as well. The result was super tender and slightly spicy shredded beef... click here for the beef recipe.

The 1st night, I used small tortillas...
With cooked peppers and onions...

And shredded beef to make quick fajitas- served with sweet corn.

The second night, I put beef and  Monterey Jack cheese in a large tortilla. I rolled it up and browned on all sides in a hot skillet with a little olive oil. Served with my Kickin corn Salad!

My crock pot made dinner for two nights with enough leftovers for lunch without heating up the kitchen!

And for those that need a baby fix...Lucas at 8 weeks :)

Playing with Big Sister :)

Bath time in a mixing bowl

Robyn brought him all her favorites :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Who wouldn't love cake for breakfast?

I get Rachael Ray's magazine...and although I LOVE reading food magazines, I don't usually follow the recipes. I like to read them for ideas and inspiration! In the latest issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray, they feature a section on things to do with a box of cake mix. One of those ideas...pancakes!! I knew these wouldn't be a "healthy" breakfast, but a very fun one :) With a new baby at home, I'm trying hard to do something special every day with my 3 year old. A few days ago, I decided the time was right to bust out the "birthday cake pancakes!"

So easy- just start with a box of yellow or white cake mix,eggs, oil and sprinkles!

Mix batter according to the directions on the box- I added LOTS of sprinkles :)

 Heat a skillet or griddle, add a little oil and add batter like making any other pancakes. These did take a little longer to them over lower heat so they cook through without burning.

Top with a glaze of powdered sugar and a few more sprinkles! Not your ordinary breakfast, but fun for that special little person in your life :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Brownies baked with love...and an extra layer of yum!!

I'm back!!! After "baking" a beautiful new baby, I decided my first venture back to blogging should feature something baked! I've got a nasty sweet tooth lately, and really don't need all the extra I made something to send to work with my hubby :)

This recipe was super easy- and totally delicious. I had to cut the brownies to send with him to work, so I decided to try one :) This recipe belongs to "Keni" and I found it on

Start with you favorite brownie mix- "Family size". Prepare according to Cake-Like instructions (add an extra egg). Bake until it just starts to set...about 5 minutes less than total recommended cook time.

While the brownies baked, prepare the cookie dough. I'm not a huge fan of sour cream- but it was great in this recipe!

Cream together the butter an sugars. Something about chocolate chip cookie dough makes me need to use a wooden spoon!

Add in sour cream, vanilla, baking powder and flour. I also mixed the chocolate chips into the dough instead of putting them on top- I thought they would be less messy to transport.

When brownies are just set, smash cookie dough between your hands and piece together on top of the brownies.

Cover the whole pan with a thick layer of the cookie dough and put back in the oven. The recipe says to bake for another 10 minutes...I had to bake mine about 15 minutes.
Oh my yum!! It was hard to let them cool before I cut them!!

The end result- ooey gooey chocolate bliss! A totally wonderful recipe I will make again for sure!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

I love being home!!

We brought Lucas home...just 3 weeks after his birth! The Doctors said he broke the mold...technically shouldn't go home for another 2-3 weeks, but they had no reason to keep him!! He weighed 4 lbs 5 oz on the day we brought him home, and we'll find out on Tuesday how much weight he's gained since we've been home. He's a tiny little man, but we love him BIG time!!

Mommy and Lucas snuggles :)

The proud Big Sister!

Finally home- and loving his swing :)