Anyone who knows me must know I absolutely adore Giada de Laurentiis. I use a LOT of her recipes. Here are a few basic staples in my house.
Simple Bolognese Sauce (aka meat sauce)
This is a very basic recipe. I like to add more garlic and some basil.
This is a good one to double and freeze some for later.
I saw this recipe on pinterest and it reminded of an awesome recipe I used to make a long time ago. I haven’t made enchiladas in awhile so I decided to give it a try. I did change quite a few things in this recipe though.
I use corn tortillas instead of flour. Instead of 6 it makes about 12-15 when using corn tortillas. Also season the chicken as well as the sauce. I use salt and pepper and cumin. If you like onion you can saute 1/2 diced onion when you melt the butter, before you add the flour. I dip the tortillas in the sauce before I add the filling and then roll. Then put extra sauce on top with the cheese and bake.I serve this with a side of rice and/or beans. This is a good comfort food dish!
I love a good portabella mushroom. They are delicious on the grill. Their flavor is quite good and is very meaty. A few weeks ago I made a vegetarian version of meat and potatoes. It is a grilled portabella with garlic mashed cauliflower. The mashed cauliflower is a low carb version of mashed potatoes and just as delicious.
For the mushrooms, I usually just brush with evoo and season with salt and pepper. I have also used pesto and that tastes awesome as well. Then just grill for about 5 minutes per side. The last time I made these we were in the middle of a terrible monsoon so I roasted them in the oven instead. Use a high temp of 425 for about 20 minutes.
For the garlic mashed cauliflower this is the recipe I use…
A few things I change are I use more garlic and I saute it in butter. I also steam my cauliflower instead of boiling it. I do not use the cream cheese or chives. These are great and the best part is they are low carb!
I have been trying to make a perfect or even good pie crust for such a long time. I finally figured it out. 🙂 The key for me is using a pastry cutter and putting the bowl in the freezer for a good amount of time before starting.
The recipe is
1 1/4c. flour
1/8 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tbl. sugar
1/8 cup shortening
6 tbl. butter (cold and cubed)
1/8 to 1/4 c ice water
Mix flour, salt, sugar in bowl. Cut in COLD shortening and butter and when ready add ice water, tbl at a time. I then bag it and freeze for 30 min before rolling out.
This video helped me learn 🙂
So now that I have the perfect crust I made a coconut cream pie. It turned out nothing short of amazing. Quite possibly the best pie I have ever had. My husband and son agreed!
A few things I changed in this recipe were I added 1 tsp. of Watkin’s coconut extract. Instead of using 3 cups of half and half I used one can of coconut cream and then used half and half to equal 3 cups total. I did use cool whip for the top but next time think I am going to do homemade whipped topping.
I also made a lemon meringue pie. It was also amazing!
Here is the link to that recipe. This one I made as is. Perfection!
I made this pasta dish last Sunday night. I really liked it…some things I did differently were I used regular peas and I used mozzarella instead of cheddar.
Roman loves tomato soup so after searching many recipes I found this one. I haven’t made tomato soup in AGES! I did change a few things in this recipe. I just used about 1 TBL of butter instead of 1/4 cup. I sauteed 4 garlic cloves, minced up in the butter and then added the other ingredients. I did puree this soup in my ninja master prep. I also used half & half instead of heavy cream.I left out the basil because Roman doesn’t like it. Next time I will make half of the batch with basil. This soup was EXCELLENT! I will definitely be making this again. I froze half of it and it was awesome for leftovers with grilled cheese. I will never buy canned tomato soup again.
Every Sunday night since Anthony gets off early, I have been trying out new recipes. Here’s a few I have made in the past few weeks…..
We really love the lettuce wraps at PF Changs so when I saw this recipe I had to try it. They were SO good! This is a new favorite!
I also made the sauce to go with it.
The recipe for that is 1/8 tsp. sesame seed oil
2 tbl. soy sauce, 2 tbl rice wine vinegar, 1/4 c. sugar, 1/2 cup water 1-2 tsp. chili garlic paste and green onions. Whisk everything together and refrigerate.
Anthony loves french dips and I saw this super easy recipe on pinterest so I gave it a try.
I made some au jus on the side of course. I would recommend baking 5 minutes longer than recipe calls for.
For the past few weeks, Roman and I have spent either Saturday or Sunday in the kitchen baking up some yummy treats. I have never been the best baker, but have been determined to perfect all kinds of recipes. My husband requested lemon bars and how could I say no even though we were already planning on baking pumpkin spice cookies.
For the lemon bars I used a recipe I found on allrecipes.com.
I thought they turned out ok. Not the best lemon bars ever, but Anthony really loved them.
Here’s the link for the lemon bar recipe
The pumpkin spice cookies are an amazing recipe I found on pinterest. Just 4 ingredients and even though it is still 100 degrees out I can feel fall right around the corner! Since the stores don’t have the pumpkin kisses in yet, I used the dark chocolate ones. Also sanding sugar is a bit difficult to find…I found it at Michaels.
And the link for these amazing cookies…
I decided to start a blog mainly for myself. I have a horrible habit of finding amazing recipes on the web and then when it comes time to make that said recipe again I can’t remember where to find it. Maybe it was from http://www.epicurious.com, http://pinterest.com/,http://allrecipes.com/, http://www.foodnetwork.com/or any number of other websites. I also want to keep a sort of food journal so when I menu plan for my family I can look back to remember what recipes were well-liked.