Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I've gone to the dark side...

CHECK IT OUTTTTT and update accordingly. :-)

Monday, May 23, 2011

I'm coming back...

With about 25 things to post from the past 6 months of my life...get ready for a thunderstorm of fun.

I will update "retrospectively" and hopefully by the end of the week, I will be almost caught up. We'll see how I fair.


Peace, Love and BBQs.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Creamy Gruyere and Shrimp Pasta

Back to Cooking Light Pasta. Heyooo. This recipe is a definite keeper and is really good if you are entertaining. Definitely a crowd pleaser...or just make it and eat a lot of it...yeah, do that.

Adapted from Cooking Light Pasta


8 ounces
uncooked Cavatelli (I used this) or orecchiette pasta
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) shredded Gruyère cheese, divided
1 tablespoon
1 Cup of Baby spinach
1 1/2 pounds
large shrimp, peeled and deveined
garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons
dry white wine
1/4 teaspoon
ground red pepper
Olive Oil


1) Preheat oven to 375°.
2) Cook pasta according to package directions, no salt. Drain well.
3) Combine the flour and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly with a whisk; bring to a boil.
4) Cook 1 minute or until slightly thick, stirring constantly with a whisk.
5) Remove from heat. Stir in 3/4 cup cheese, stirring until melted.
6) Heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
7) Add shrimp and garlic; sauté 3 minutes. Stir in wine and pepper, and cook 1 minute or until shrimp is done.
8) Add pasta, shrimp mixture, and spinach to cheese mixture, tossing well to combine.
9) Spoon the pasta mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish lightly coated with oil; sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
10) Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown.
11) Share and Enjoy!

This wont last too long in your fridge or at the table. It is just that good. And despite the pasta and cheese, it is really not that bad for you! Yup. Cooking light does it again!

Made: 02/08/11
"Posted": 02/08/11
Posted: 06/03/11

Friday, February 4, 2011

Brunch Part IV: Spinach, Feta and Mushroom Quiche

This was the home run. I actually ended up making it again...twice...for my classmates because everyone loved it so much. No matter what your audience is this is just a winner. WINNING, duh. (you see what I did there!)

Adapted from Allrecipes


1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
5 cups of fresh baby spinach (USE THIS!) or 1 10 oz package of frozen spinach (thawed)
1 pint of sliced mushrooms
1 3/4 cup of Feta cheese
1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust
Salt and pepper to taste
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk


1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

2) In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Saute garlic and onion in butter until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
3) Stir in spinach, mushrooms, feta and 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
4) Spoon mixture into pie crust.

5) Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper.
6) Pour into the pastry shell, allowing egg mixture to thoroughly combine with spinach mixture.

7) Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Sprinkle top with remaining Cheddar cheese, and bake an additional 35 to 40 minutes, until set in center.
8) Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving.

9) Share and Enjoy!!!

Just delicious. If I knew quiche were this easy to make, I would have been making quiche a LONG time ago. Just saying. Super delicious. Super Easy. Make this as soon as you get a chance...please. Do it for me, your friends and your family. They need this quiche in their lives. :-)

Made: 02/04/11
"Posted": 02/04/11
Posted: 06/03/11

Brunch Part III: Mixed Veggie Frittata

It is impossible to have a proper brunch without an egg I made one. Or maybe two...but more to that later. My frittatas in the past have gone over extremely well and this is definitely more of the same. I love frittatas because you can just throw whatever you want into them and cater them to yourself or your company.


1 chopped onion
1 chopped red bell pepper
1 chopped green bell pepper
2 white potatoes
8 large eggs
1 1/2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese


0) Get baking pan
1) Boil potatoes until slightly soft (about 15 minutes) and drain
2) Preheat oven to 350 degrees
3) Heat oil in large sauce pan over medium heat
4) Saute onions for about 4 minutes
5) Add green and red bell peppers to onions and saute for another 6-8 minutes
6) Meanwhile, beat eggs in large bowl with 3/4 cup of shredded cheese
7) Add potatoes to the onion and pepper mixture and then add eggs to the mixture and scramble for about 3-4 minutes until slightly cooked.
8) Turn of heat and transfer egg mixture into baking dish.
9) Top with rest of cheddar cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted and there is a slight browned edge around the dish.
10) Share and Enjoy!

Add whatever you want to this is sure to be delicious!

Made: 02/04/11
"Posted": 02/04/11
Posted: 06/02/11

BRUNCH Part II: Jalapeno Pepper Jack Scones

This was another delicious feature of Joy the Baker. Usually, we make sweet scones...but not today! I really like this change of pace and making savory scones and I would definitely want to experiment along these lines again. Maybe even do a sweet + savory scone?!?! The options are endless.

I will say that scones are a fair amount of work and I actually made the dough the night before and refrigerated it to cut down on prep time the morning of brunch. I definitely recommend this.

Adapted from the Joy the Baker


2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons cornmeal

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes

2 large eggs

1/2 cup heavy cream (plus more for brushing the tops of the scones)

1/4 pound pepper jack cheese, cut into small cubes

2 medium jalapenos, some seeds removed, diced small

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour


1) Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.

2) Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a small saute pan and cook diced jalapenos until softened, about 3 to 5 minutes. DON'T TOUCH YOUR EYESSSSS.

3) Let the diced peppers cool and them mix with the diced cheese.

4) Toss mixture in 1 tablespoon of flour and set aside.

5) In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt.

6) Work in the cold butter with your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

7) Whisk together 2 eggs and heavy cream.

8) Add the wet ingredients all at once to the dry ingredients, fold together with a fork until almost fully incorporated.

9) Add the jalapeno and cheese mixture to the shaggy dough and work together.

10) Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 30 seconds.

11) Form into a disk about 8 inches around and 2 inches thick. Cut disk into six wedges and refrigerate for 10 minutes before baking (yeah I did it the night before to cut down on time).

12) When ready to bake, place chilled scones onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

13) Brush with heavy cream and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.

14) Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown and making your kitchen smell like Paula Dean's kitchen...imagine that.

As I said before, these are delicious. Make them. It doesn't even have to be for brunch...but I also reckon that this would be delicious with a large bowl of Veggie Chili. Just sayin...

Made: 02/04/11

"Posted": 02/04/11

Posted: 06/02/11

BRUNCH Part I: Lox and Cream Cheese Breakfast Pizza

Back in Early February, I had a bunch of the closest Scranton girl buds of BOOF over to my apartment for brunch. We were able to find a weekend that worked for everyone, and I was really excited to host a brunch because I hadn't done so in a while...and I LOVE to host friends and I LOVE brunch. Win. Win.

I started off with the simple Lox and Cream Cheese Breakfast Pizza. This was by far the easiest thing it takes a whopping 15 minutes to make. For real. And did I mention it is delicious?


Frozen Pizza Crust
A Package of Lox/smoked salmon (or fresh)
An 8 oz. package of cream cheese
Capers (if you would like...)


1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2) Oil pizza pan and dust with corn starch (FOR this and your pizza crust will never stick again!)
3) Bake pizza crust
4) Once crust is cool, spread cream cheese over the crust.
5) Top with lox
6) Share and Enjoy!

Easy Peasy. Delicious. Success.

Made: 02/04/11
"Posted": 02/04/11
Posted: 06/02/11