Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cozze al Vino Bianco

Cozze al vino bianco
-serves 6

1/2c Butter
4 Roma Tomatoes, seeded & diced
4T Garlic, fresh minced
1tsp Red Pepper Flakes
8oz Clam Liquor
1-1/2c White Wine
1/2c Parmesan, fresh grated
1/3c Basil, fresh chopped
1T Oregano, fresh chopped
1/2T Lemon Thyme, fresh chopped
Salt & Pepper, to taste
3-4lbs Mussels, rinsed & de-bearded
Crusty Bread (Italian/Ciabatta/ect)

-Melt butter in big pot, sauté romas, garlic and red pepper 2-3 minutes
-Add clam liquor, wine, parmesan, herbs & salt/pepper
-Bring to a boil then add mussels, cover & simmer for 5-8 minutes until mussels have opened
-Divide mussels into bowls, discard any that didn't open, and spoon broth over top
-Serve with crusty bread

**I haven't done it yet, however this would be fantastic served over capellini! (Serving over pasta would stretch out how many can be served)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Seafood with Saffron Cream Sauce

Picture really doesn't do it justice, I'm not a photographer and I originally 
made too much sauce (I've already adjusted recipe)

Seafood with Saffron Cream Sauce
Serves 1, about 400 calories (350 if you only use 4oz seafood)

1/2tbsp - olive oil
1/4 c - onion, diced
Pinch red pepper flakes
1/2 tbsp - garlic, minced
1/4 tbsp - butter
Seafood of choice (I used 2oz each fish, scallops, & shrimp)
1/2 C - stock  (I had previously made my own stock from boiling lobster and shrimp shells, you can use chicken stock instead)
Pinch saffron
Pinch black pepper
1 tbsp - heavy cream
Roux - 1/2 tbsp each butter and flour

Seafood Cream Sauce
-Sauté on medium heat onions and red pepper flakes in olive oil until onions start to look clear
-Add garlic and butter, sauté 1-2 more minutes
-Add seafood and toss to coat
-Add stock, saffron, & black pepper. Cover and let simmer 5 minutes
-Remove seafood (if cooked through) so it doesn't over cook, place in a bowl
- Add cream and roux to pan, mix well and let cook until thickened. 
-Pour over seafood and enjoy :)

(I served this over rice)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cornhole Boards!

Here's a few photo's of our building process of the boards. Matt built them and I did the artwork. I found the silhouettes online and drew them bigger on the boards. We used Minwax "Early American" stain, and Minwax Metallic Black (not textured) spray paint.
SN- If you decide to build your own, I suggest using a jigsaw to cut the hole over using a hole saw like we used, unless you are experienced with them. Matt is experienced, but still on the second hole it caught the side, jumped and wrapped up in his shirt. Thankfully he did not get cut or hurt.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Project Electrical Panel

That awful eye sore builder's always seem to put in the most obvious places even when there's an attached garage, or a basement, or even a large closet somewhere.

Maybe there's a reason for the placement. I don't know, I'm not an electrician. But I haven't seen a pattern that makes any sense. My bedroom, growing up, in the very back of the house. Now in the middle of my kitchen (in the very front of my house), preventing me from having upper cabinets if I ever get to move my stove to the opposite wall like I want.

Well. I've come up with a great solution. Make it Art. Build a frame out of 1x2's and secure it to the wall around the box. Then build another frame out of door trim, or whatever trim you like, and attach it to the first frame with hinges.

Add a nice photo or painting, and wa-la! No longer an eye sore!

Unfortunately you can't do anything about placement, hello 1 inch from my countertop and cabinets (also preventing me from building more upper cabinets on that wall)

But, it's better than staring at that ugly gray box :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Irish Stout Chocolate Cheesecake (My 1st cheesecake!!!)

Best. Cheesecake. Ever.

Nope. Not trying to float my own boat. I cannot take credit for this recipe. I found this recipe online, actually, I think it was emailed to me. I get a daily recipe emailed to me from allrecipes.com.

Either way. I can only take credit for not screwing it up and the decision to add an irish whiskey ganache on top.

Here are some photo's I took during the whole thing :)

 Step 1 - Chocolate cookie Crust! (I took the white stuff out of a bunch of oreos because I could not for the life of me find and plain chocolate cookies to use)

 Step 2 - Mix all the ingrediants however the directions direct and pour them in! (the batter tasted sooo good!)

 Step 3 - Time to bake! Don't peek!!!

 Step 4 - Clean up? Naahhh

 Step 5 - Listen to the directions. If it says turn off the oven and crack the door open to let it sit for another hour, then don't decide that it's too jiggly and bake it for another 10 minutes "just to be sure" or else you end up with cracks! lol

 Step 6 - Make Ganache and pour over cheesecake. Next time make less ganache. It was great, but less would make it easier to cut the cake without crushing it.

 Step 7 - Is supposed to be put cheesecake in the fridge to set over night. But being my first cheesecake that little tidbit of information was given to me to late. So my step 7 was let it chill and set for about an hour then drive very carefully to Jawn and Carrie's for some Corned Beef and cabbage and some soda bread!

 Step 8 - Carefully remove side of springform pan!

Step 9 - Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lent Starts today!

I'm giving up fast food, most carbs, meat, and laziness. I have to work out at least 30 mins everyday, and my diet will consist of mostly vegi's, rice to help with fullness and energy, and meal replacement shakes for protein and vitamins.

Good Luck!