Friday, November 20, 2009

Five Question Friday: November 20th

It's the Friday before the last home college football game in my town, my alma mater has not been doing that hot this season but hopefully we will have a win tomorrow! GO NOLES! And it's also the Friday before Thanksgiving! I'll be going to Louisiana to visit family next week and I couldn't be more excited!

My Little Life

Anyways, here's this weeks Five Question Friday brought to you by Mama M.

1. Are you a Black Friday shopper?
Depends on what's out there and if it's a good deal. This year I most likely will be, along with my aunt, mother, and cousins.

2. What was your favorite childhood toy? (Think Easy Bake Oven, Cabbage Patch Kid, Shrinky Dinks, etc.)
PlayMobile, Nintendo, American Girl Dolls, GrandChampion Horses

3. Favorite Christmas movie?
It's a Wonderful Life (I know it's the classic favorite, but my mom got me hooked!)

4. What is the "must have" item on your Christmas list this year?
KitchenAid Standing Mixer! :)

5. Do you go all out with decorations or do you keep it simple and classy?
I LOVE CHRISTMAS and decorating for it is the highlight of my year. Not only do I decorate my own house, but I go to my parent's house to decorate theirs. If I could open a business decorating houses for Christmas I would, it's my favorite thing to do!

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Time to Try: Everyday Italian-Giada DeLaurentiis

YUMMY! I love me some stuffed shells, but never quite had the guts to make them. But for this weeks Time to Try, I wanted to go out on a limb and try stuffed shells. I was flipping through channels and stumbled on a re-run of Everyday Italian and Giada was making just that! Shells with Crispy Pancetta and Spinach Well, since my boyfriend is the one who gets to enjoy all my meals I had to cut out the pancetta since he doesn't eat pork, yes I know... major sadness since pancetta is so delicious, as is ham. BUT you won't be seeing much of that in my kitchen anymore.
Anyways besides that minor setback I decided to go ahead and try the recipe anyways.
Before you start, preheat the oven to 375 and bring a large pot of water to a boil (I added salt and a splash of olive oil). After it starts to boil, add in your jumbo shells and allow them to cook for about 10 minutes. Now for the filling... since I skipped the pancetta, I just went ahead and added one box of frozen spinach (that was thawed and drained) to a large boil, added in a container whole milk ricotta (15oz) and a cup of grated asiago cheese (just eyeball it, too much cheese is never a bad thing!). Shake in some fresh black pepper and a dash of grated nutmeg. Mix well to combine, by this time your those shells should be ready to drain. Now comes the fun part... stuffing the shells! Before I began I got my baking pan ready (I used a glass 9x12) by putting some olive oil in it to grease it down. Now i stuffed the shells, each one used about a tablespoon of stuffing. I used my hands to stuff them but you could spoon it in also. Now that the shells were done I could make the sauce, the rich, creamy, cheesey sauce. To start off melt about a tablespoon of butter in a saucepan, add in the garlic (one clove, minced), saute it for about a minute. Add one cup of cream to the mixture and bring to simmer.
Turn the heat to low and add 2 cups of grated asiago cheese to the mixture, along with a dash of fresh black pepper, and 1/4 cup of fresh parsley (the Italian kind). Continue to stir until all of the cheese is melted and it's a creamy sauce.
Pour all of the sauce over the shells and top with grated asiago cheese. Bake until golden (about 25-28 minutes depending on your oven.
Serve immediately!
So yummy! I WILL most defiently will make this again! And the sauce ohh how delicious it is, I think that it would be great over some chicken on a bed of pasta.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Chicken Scallopine

This is my adaptaion of Giada Delaurentis' Chicken Scallopine recipe. It's my favorite dish to make (and eat), I usually make a large batch for dinner parties as it can be served with any pasta or alone. Plus who can resiste chicken breast with cheese inside!

First take thin chicken breast cutlets, I used a package of 8, (however, you can always buy the chicken breast and cut it up into strips yourself) and salt and pepper each side. Next place them on a plate and place a sage leaf down the center, then top with some goat cheese (you can use any crumble cheese, Giada's recipe calls for fontina but my groccery store rarely carries it, so I went with some goat cheese I had in the fridge, but use whichever you would preferer).

Now comes the tedious part, rolling the chicken. Basically you can roll the cutlets to starting with the largest end into little pinwheels then secure them in place, I use uncooked speghetti instead of toothpicks so I dont have to pull them out when it is finished cooking. But you can use toothpicks if you want. Meanwhile, warm some olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add a galic clove that is halved, add the chicken when you start smelling garlic and brown on all sides. Remove the garlic and chicken from the pan (don't worry you're not done cooking it).

Add about a 1/2 cup of white wine (just eyeball it) and reduce heat to simmer to deglaze the pan, remember to scrape up the bottom. While this is simmering you can use the blender to mix the sauce. Use a 28oz can of whole tomatoes and add some red pepper flakes, blend until smooth. Now add the tomato sauce to the wine and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the chicken back to the pan with the sauce and allow it to cook on med-low for 15 minutes, turning the chicken every once in a while so all sides get cooked.

Finally remove the chicken from the pan, while it's cooling pour some sauce on the serviving plates. After the chicken is cooled slice into rounds and place on top of sauce. Drissle more sauce on top before serviving and enjoy!
The original recipe for Giada's Chicken Scallopine with Sage and Fontina Cheese can be found here

Friday, November 13, 2009

Time To Try: The Pioneer Woman

This week's Time To Try I went with The Pioneer Woman's Mushrooms Stuffed with Brie. I made them for my boyfriend and I as a snack, and let me just say that we both LOVE them! I was skeptical at first because I'm not a huge fan but ecidently his favorite cheese is brie so he LOVED it.

I followed the recipe she posted here.

Here's what you need :)
Remove the stems, melt butter in skillet and toss in the mushrooms.

Remove from skillet after they have been coated, place upside down in baking pan.
Add fresh parsley (about 1/4 cup, just eyeball it), chopped green onions (a handful or so), and 3 cloves of garlic that has been minced into the skillet, add a splash or so of wine and cook until its evaporated.
Next take the brie and remove rind, and place in mushroom caps, top with the garlic/parsley/onion mixture. And place in oven for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Yummy, they are better cooled but we just couldn't resist the mushrooms with the freshly melted cheese calling our names.

Five Question Friday: November 13th

My Little Life

HAPPY FRiDAY THE 13th! Until my other blog is offically relaunched after it's extreme makeover, I'll be posting these little things over here :)

Here's this weeks Five Question Friday brought to you by Mama M.

1. What is your favorite "eat" on Thanksgiving?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE stuffing, (no celery though) topped with gravy, ohh it's a little taste of heaven. Second place is the sweets: sweetpotato pie, pumpkin pie, and these little mini pecan pie cookies my Aunt makes.
2. What is the name your best girl friend and the best trait about her or how you met (or heck, both!!)
Corrina, she's been my bestie since highschool even though we went to different schools. We met at the waterpark we worked at and have had our shares of ups & downs but always are there for each other, even though we live miles (and time zones) apart.
3. What would you say is one of your "weirdest" quirks?
Anything electronic where the numbers aren't on zero (like calculators or timers) or clocks that aren't set (on tvs, dvd players, microwaves, ovens) oh and everything has to be put up in its place before we leave the house. Dishes done, shoes in closet, etc.
4. What is your favorite genre of music? (Hip hop? Classical? Rock? etc.)
Oh gosh, I listen to everything. Seriously, Christian rock on the way to work, 90s Rock on the drive home, rap at night, country in the shower, haha it changes daily, sometimes hourly!
5. Are you a Night Owl...or an Early Bird?
Night Owl for the most part, I love sleeping in unless I have something worthwhile to get up for.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Quick & Easy Chili Recipe #1

Finally we have some chilly weather in Florida. This "fall" has been from one extreme to another changing almost daily! But thankfully now we have a cold spell and hopefully it will stay around! :) I love chili and as long as it stays cold a new chili recipe will be posted every Monday because nothing is better than Chili & Football! For this week I'm using my Aunt's quick and easy chili recipe that's easy on the budget! Oh and don't forget some yummy cornbread to go with ->


1 lb Ground Sirloin (you could used turkey if you wish)

1 can Tomato Soup

1 can Pork & Beans (don't get generic, it's not the same)

1 can Tomato Sauce

Brown the meat and add whichever spices you would like to season the meat (I used some red pepper flakes, fresh garlic, and some chili powder but you can use whatever you want). Add the tomato soup, pork & beans, and tomato sauce to a stock pot and place on med-low, add the meat, cover and stir occasionally. Let cook for about 20-30 minutes. Serve with all the fixings: sour cream, fresh grated cheddar cheese, and jalapenos if you dare. :)
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