Sunday, October 11, 2015

Balsamic Grilled Tri Tip Skewers

TriTip is a great cut of meat, it is tender, takes a marinade well, and cooks in many different ways - in steaks, as a large piece of meat that can then be sliced or in small pieces.

Today, I decided on a simple Italian marinade - the kids and my dad LOVED it!

Eggs Florentine, with a Twist


I said it!

I absolutely love that creamy, tangy, salty, buttery sauce. I could put it on just about anything.

Hollandaise,  you complete me.


So, this morning, I thought about making Eggs Florentine, Nate asked if I would put cheese in the sauce, so I dug around in the fridge and 20 minutes later, this is what I came up with:

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Jambalaya - in 30 minutes!

Chop 1 green pepper, 1 med onion, 1 small zucchini and 2 andouille sausages - sauté on med high heat in 1 tablespoon olive oil for 3 minutes.
Add 1 cup of rice, sauté for another 2 minutes.
Add 1 can stewed or dices tomatoes, 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth, 4 chopped garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon celery salt and 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning - I like "Louisiana Fish Fry" - stir well. Add in 2 whole chicken breast and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes. (Add more broth/water if neccessary.)
Slice 1 cup Spanish olives, chop 1/2 cup fresh parsley and femove the corn from 1 fresh cob (you can use frozen if you don't have fresh, but fresh is WAY good!)
Remove the chicken breasts and dice.
Add the diced chicken, olives, parsley and corn. Stir and cook for 5 more minutes.
I know the olives and corn aren't traditional, but they kick this up to a whole next level - A-MAZ-ING!
Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Paella for Nate's Birthday

Fresh clams, shrimp and scallops, chicken thighs, onions and peppers with a tomato and white wine broth and arborio rice. Served with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and crusty Italian bread.

It doesn't get any better than this!

Happy Birthday honey!!!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Puff Pastry with Tomatoes, Swiss and Asparagus

The other night, my friend came over for dinner and brought a delicious savory tart with tomato, asparagus, cheese and basil - so I made my own individual sized version!!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

MMMMMMMM, Breakfast.....

I woke up this morning STARVING!
I opened the fridge,  went right for the good stuff, and made this super yummy breakfast:

Toasted rosemary sourdough bread smeared with herbed goat cheese, layered with 1/2 an avocado and a few slices of vine ripened red tomatoes. 
And a perfectly fried egg.


Admittedly, as soon as I took the picture,  I plopped the egg right on top,  cracked the yolk and dove in.

Perfect breakfast to start my day,  now,  yardwork!


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Monogrammed Wine Glasses

I went to my brother's house for dinner about a month ago and went to pour the wine only to find a measly 2 wine glasses in the cupboard. They were down to only 2 wine glasses! A travesty!! LOL! I think we all know how that goes..... "Why do we only have 2 spoons?? Who keeps throwing them away???" I know every mom has said that more than once!

My sister-in-laws birthday was coming up, so I knew EXACTLY what I was going to give her.

Handmade, monogrammed wine glasses!!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Corned Beef Hash for 50? Ummm... OK!

I regularly take a pan and some supplies to work and cook myself breakfast. Usually, I'll take whatever we had for dinner the night before - some leftover quinoa or brown rice, along will some veggies, like asparagus, Brussels sprouts or mushrooms - I will heat them and top with a sprinkle of cheese. Then fry an egg and put that right on top. In my book, you can call anything breakfast if it has a egg on top!

And every time, I have co-workers saying "where's mine?" and "hey, aren't you going to share?" So, awhile back, on a whim, I said "I could cook corned beef hash and eggs for St. Patty's day" - our manager heard this and said he'd cover the cost if I cooked for the whole branch - so fast forward to today, I just finished prepping corned beef hash for 50 people.

I think it's time for a Guinness!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A dining room table, made out of a door? You gotta see this!

Lets start with a picture of the finished product:

Now that I have your attention, here is the story!

Faux Stainless Appliances!

In October 2013 we bought a house - a VERY OLD house. It was built in 1920 to be exact.
Said house was owned by a slumlord who did not do regular repairs, and was a section 8 rental for the last 30 years. It was in need of MAJOR love and TLC.

Throughout the past year, we have re-roofed, completely remodeled 2 bathrooms and 4 bedrooms, refinished 94 year old fir floors, lifted and leveled the house, cleaned out a nasty crawlspace, insulated said crawlspace, carpeted, demolished a rotted deck, replaced exterior doors, built new steps and landings, replaced rotted beams, painted hundreds of walls, hauled thousands of pounds of trash to the dump, and SO MUCH MORE!

Why am I telling you this?

I'm trying to make excuses for why I have not been keeping up with the blog and my cooking.
And I've decided to share some of these adventures with you!

Lucky you!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Crepes, Crepes and more Crepes!!

So - everyone says crepes are so hard to make.... I'm here to tell you THEY'RE NOT!!

We made both sweet and savory ones - they were easy, and delicious!
  • Ham and swiss cheese
  • Mushroom, spinach and swiss cheese
  • Macerated strawberries and whipped cream

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mushroom Leak Soup

Alright - it's been awhile, but I am going to try and get back into regular posts!
We bought a house, remodeled said house, had 2 boys in football on 2 different teams at the same time and life just got in the way for a bit! But here goes...

I made an AMAZING yummy soup a couple weeks ago, gave the recipe to my cousin and she's made it twice a week since then for her kids and husband. I also brought some to work for a co-worker and he LOVED it! Guess it must be good, huh!?

Who doesn't like mushrooms and onions and garlic - and creamy soup!

My kids LOVED this, my husband liked it - but wanted a chunky consistency, hence the reason I now end up with 2 pots of soup at the end of the night :)