I know it’s only mid-January and everyone is still staying strong with their new year’s resolutions. Therefore, homemade mac and cheese may not be your go to dish at this time, well, at least it won’t be if you have more will power than me. But, everyone needs a cheat meal every now and then. Life was meant to be lived! What if the Mayans were just off by a month and the world is ending in a few days? Won’t you be happy you had some delicious mac and cheese as your last meal instead of a plate of broccoli? As you can see I really put that law school education to good use when it comes to negotiating food choices. Go delicious or go home – that’s my new motto. Continue reading »
Guess what? I have a garden! A real live garden that actually grows edible things! This is a HUGE accomplishment for me considering I’ve never even been able to keep a house plant alive in the past. I love walking into my yard and picking basil, oregano, chives or tomatoes whenever I need them. I’m ready to move to the country and become a farmer. Totally. I’m shopping online for overalls as I write this. I tell you this garden story not just because I feel like patting myself on the back, but because the dressing in this pasta salad is made from fresh basil and it is delicious. You should make it this weekend while you watch the olympics. You need carbs for all that cardio your brain will be witnessing. Continue reading »
I really like presents. Don’t you? I don’t understand people who hate birthdays because it reminds them they are a year older. Who cares if you’re getting old, be excited for the presents! I love birthdays, and Christmas, and valentine’s day, and any excuse for presents. Anyone who feels differently needs to have their head examined. I used two birthday presents for this delicious summer recipe. I took the recipe from this beautiful cookbook my friend Kami got me. I have a bunch more recipes dogeared and hope to share them with you in the near future.
I also used an amazing present from my friend Sherie to measure the wine that goes into the sauce. You can’t see how cool it is in the picture, but it’s a wine glass that has measurements for cooking on one side and measurements for drinking on the other side. Ahh Yeah!
Do you know what is so wonderful about risotto? You’re basically required to drink wine while you make it. You need wine for cooking it in, and then you have to stand there stirring and carefully watching it for a good 20 minutes. What else can you do when you’re stuck in one place for 20 minutes? Wine! AND since this risotto recipe is light and healthy, you can have even more wine. Yipee! I really love wine if you couldn’t tell. I like mushrooms too, but if you don’t, feel free to replace it with whatever veggie you like, or meat. We definitely aren’t anti-meat around here. Live your risotto dream, just make sure you wash it down with a good glass (or three) of wine. Continue reading »
This is what I made for my valentine and, aside from the mild kitchen disaster, it was quite a success. What mild kitchen disaster you ask? Well, let’s just say I learned the hard way to always ensure the lid is on tight before vigorously shaking a bottle of buffalo sauce. See Exhibit A:
Please notice that my glass of champagne was unharmed. I believe that was the Valentine’s Day magic at work. Enough about my clumsiness, let me tell you a little about this pasta. Do you like buffalo wings? Do you like cheese? If you answered “yes” to either of the above, you need to go make this pasta. Its a little bit spicy, a little bit fattening, and a little bit healthy (chicken breasts and whole wheat pasta!) A trifecta of greatness. Just please remember to keep your lids screwed on tight. Continue reading »
Holy Amazingness. This pasta is sooooo good! I am so happy I found this blog, it is filled with so many delicious and creative recipes. I am in love. I am counting down the hours until lunchtime so I can eat my leftovers. I am also very proud of myself that I managed to roast a pepper on an open flame without catching anything on fire. I’ve had a few mishaps in the past involving dish towels and loose-sleeved sweaters.
Don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients in this pasta, that’s what makes it so delicious. It takes a little bit of time, but if you prep everything before you start cooking its really quite simple, and oh so worth it. Please make this pasta soon, I promise you, you won’t be sorry. Continue reading »
I had numerous kitchen related problems this weekend. First, our fridge decided to die Thursday night without warning. Luckily we were able to get a good deal on a new one Saturday, but in the meantime everything in the fridge and freezer had come to room temperature and had to be thrown out. I felt horrible throwing away so much food! But, on the bright side, our new fridge is awesome. So much prettier and so much more efficient and roomy that the old one. I will post a picture soon! Then, I went to Trader Joe’s Saturday evening to stock up on food to fill the new fridge with. I bought A LOT of food. It wasn’t until this morning that I realized I left a full bag of groceries at the store. For anyone who has been to Trader Joe’s you know they stuff those bags record-brekingly full, so one bag of groceries is a lot! Thankfully, they were very nice and gave me all the food I left behind when I brought in my receipt. Oh and then I tried to make a delicious new pancake recipe and half way through realized I never bought eggs. Pancakes without eggs in them are not very good. I am losing my mind. Or maybe I need to stop drinking Margaritas in the middle of the day before going grocery shopping. No, that’s a terrible idea. But making this lasagna is an excellent idea. Do it. You won’t be sorry. Continue reading »
Macaroni and Cheese is quite possibly my favorite food. Pasta and Cheese – what more could you want? The problem is, too much mac and cheese can give you a little more than you want in your mid-section. But, thanks to the geniuses at Cooking Light Magazine, you can have your Mac & Cheese and eat it too! There is one catch (there always is) you have to like cottage cheese. I think cottage cheese is somewhat like Mayonnaise – you either love it or hate it, there is no in between. I happen to love cottage cheese (mayo not so much), and therefore love this recipe. If you aren’t a fan, maybe try substituting it for part skim ricotta? Let me know how it turns out!
Mmmm Pad Thai Noodles. Mmmm to all Thai food. I have Thailand on my travel bucket list. Although, I hear that real Thai food is insanely spicy, as in burn your tongue off spicy. I wonder if there is some sort of exercise I can give my taste buds to slowly work up their spice tolerance if I ever end up planning a trip to Thailand? I’ll add that to my list of random questions for Google. So this is another recipe courtesy of Bethenny Frankel and I have to say I was quite impressed. When you make the sauce it seems like such a small amount for all the noodles, and I was very tempted to make more but a little goes a long way and this was very flavorful. I made it a little more filling by adding some chicken. The recipe says it serves 4 – I say more like 3 or even 2 if you are really hungry. If you’re not familiar with Asian cooking and the list of ingredients intimidates you, don’t worry, you should be able to find everything you need on the international food isle of your grocery store.
I’m starting a health cleanse tomorrow so tonight was my last supper and it consisted of leftover mac & cheese and halloween candy – perfection! My friend Kami created this recipe and I must say her new Husband Dan is a lucky man! This is such a perfect combination of all the great flavors of fall. And, as far as mac and cheeses go, this one really isn’t that bad for you. Its stocked with fruit and veggies and the whole wheat penne makes it healthy as well. Guess I better go scarf down some more Halloween candy to make my last supper well worth it!