Monday, November 1, 2010

Mushrooms and Scallops over Linguine

Scallops are a quick and easy seafood that can be prepared in a variety of ways. It just so happens that scallops are my favorite seafood, I love seafood and I love pasta, but most of all I love when they are combinded together. This dish is the perfect marriage of the two. 
Serves 2 with a little leftover.
Ingredients: 
1 (16 ounces) box linguine
1/2 lb of scallops (either bay or sea)
1/4 cup sliced baby bella mushrooms
tablespoon of olive oil
2 tablespoons of butter
1/3 cup Heavy Cream
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped Parsley
Splash White Wine
Begin to boil water in large pot and cook pasta as directed on box. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in large skillet, add in1 TBSP butter, scallops and mushrooms, and saute until cooked through. Once cooked remove from heat. In a small saucepan on low heat, add remaining butter and stir in heavy cream, next add in garlic, parsley, and the wine. Once the sauce starts to thicken add in the scallops and mushrooms. By this time the pasta should be ready to drain. Now it's ready to serve, pour the scallop and mushroom sauce over the pasta and top with your choice of cheeses and ENJOY!
*for a shortcut you could use store bought refrigerated Alfredo sauce.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Pillsbury Sweet Moments

Have you seen the Pillsbury Sweet Moments Bite Size Brownies and Molten Lava Brownies at the grocery store yet?  I picked up some of the Chocolate Carmel Bite Size Brownies yesterday and they are delicious! The perfect little sweet afternoon pick me up that's already ready to eat and the best part is they are only 60 calories per brownie! :)

They come in a package like this, and are hiding out next to the cookie dough

I didn't get a chance to try the Molten Lava Brownies that you heat in the microwave because they were all out at my store... evidently people in my neck-of-the-woods have already picked up on this sweet treat! Don't they just look Divine:


During the month of October you can deliver a special "Sweet Moments" to someone who you know could use an indulgent escape, by stopping by Pillsbury.com and Pillsbury´s Facebook page to send a special e-card with a coupon for $1.50 off one package of Pillsbury Sweet Moments Brownies and you´ll even receive another coupon for yourself.  :)


One Surviving the Kitchen reader will win a Sweet Moments Gift Pack compliments of MyBlogSpark and Pillsbury, your gift pack includes: a free product coupon, T-shirt, an adorable bird pendant necklace and a set of magnets. Just leave me a comment telling me who you would send a "Sweet Moment" to.

Giveaway ends Friday, October 29th

Winner chosen using Random.Org:
Nicole @ BusyGirlBlog

Disclosure: The Pillsbury Sweet Moments, prize pack, information and additional prize pack to give away were all given to me from Pillsbury through MyBlogSpark. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tilapia Piccata


This meal was easy to make and delicious as well. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

What You Need for Tilapia Piccata:
2-3 tilapia fillets
sea salt and black pepper
splash of olive oil
about a tablespoon butter
splash of white wine
1/4 cup chicken stock
lemon (use half for juice and cut the other half into slices)
2 tablespoons capers
about a tablespoon butter

Heat olive oil and butter in your pan over medium heat, meanwhile season your fish with the salt and pepper. Add your fish to the pan and fry until they are a nice golden brown on each side, remove from heat. Add a splash of wine to deglaze your pan and pour a glass for yourself :)
Add the chicken stock, lemon juice, and capers to the pan, let simmer for a minute or two until liquid reduces by half. Add the butter to thicken up the sauce. Pour sauce over fish and garnish with lemon slices.

I prefer my fish served over rice and then topped off with the sauce but you can omit the rice if you would like.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

And the winner is...


Big thanks to all who participated in the Macaroni Grill Giveaway, as well as MyBlogSpark for providing the prize pack! :)

Remember you can always 'Like' Macaroni Grill on Facebook and 'Follow' them on Twitter to get the latest information! 



Tammy
You have won the Macaroni Grill Prize Pack!



Please contact me via email (sammy@survivingthekitchenblog.com) with your address within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Homemade Egg Rolls

The other day after watching Iron Chef, I had an urge to make homemade egg rolls. It's a lot easier than you think and you can freeze some to have as a ready-to-go snack!
Here's what you need:
1 lb ground beef (or pork)
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 cups coleslaw mix
3 green onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
vegetable oil
 Stir-fry meat or tofu and ginger in wide skillet over high heat until lightly browned. Next, add coleslaw mix and green onions, cooking for about 2 minutes. Then, stir in oyster sauce and allow mixture to cool. Now for the rolling/folding, use about two tablespoons filling for each egg roll, nothing more or you won't be able to roll them.
 
To fold:
1. Place filling diagonally on wrapper.
2. Fold corner over filling; roll snugly half-way to cover filling.

3. Fold up both sides snugly against filling; moisten edges of last flap with a little bit of water.



4. Roll over flap to seal; lay flap-side down.
 
After rolling you can either freeze or fry the egg rolls.
 
Frying: Deep-fry at 350 degrees, turning occasionally, until golden, 2-3 minutes. Drain on paper towels, let cool and enjoy!  
 Freezing: If you want to save some, freeze them immediately after you roll them up. Line them up on a cookie sheet and freeze, after they are frozen you can put them in a zippy bag. When you are ready to cook them, just fry them frozen.
 
 
This makes about 20 egg rolls. I served mine with soy sauce, store-bought duck sauce, and homemade special sauce.

Special Sauce:
6 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons sugar

To make the dipping sauce, combine the soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, and sugar in a small bowl. Stir well, makes a half a cup.


Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Macaroni Grill Frozen Entree

 Recently, I was sent a Macaroni Grill Frozen Entrée to try out. I sampled the Basil Parmesan Chicken, it was really easy to make as well as tasty. It was full of grilled white meat chicken, broccoli florets and tomatoes with cavatappi pasta tossed in a flavorful creamy basil parmesan sauce. It only took about 15 minutes to heat up and the only additional requirements was a 1/4 cup of milk! Full of flavor, quick to make, and a one-skillet meal... the perfect combination for a busy weeknight!
It was just enough for two people, very hearty and filling.
Doesn't that look tasty!
 Macaroni Grill frozen entrées come in four varieties that are available in the freezer section of your local grocery store. It's like having a restaurant meal at home, kinda like take out without the drive or wait! :)
Check out Macaroni Grill on Facebook and Macaroni Grill on Twitter to keep up with the latest news about the restaurant and their products!

GIVEAWAY
Would you like to win a sample Macaroni Grill Prize Pack?  It includes one frozen sample, along with a serving bowl and pasta tongs courtesy of Macaroni Grill and My Blog Spark.


 To enter the giveaway, leave me a comment telling me which of the following frozen entrees you’d like to try:

  • Basil Parmesan Chicken

  • Grilled Chicken Florentine

  • Roasted Garlic Shrimp Scampi

  • Spicy Italian Sausage Pomodoro

This giveaway is open to anyone in the United States and will be open until Wednesday August 25th, 2010. One winner will be chosen by a random number generator at Random.org, and will be emailed. The winner has 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen.



Disclaimer: Macaroni Grill provided  the free product, information, and prize pack through MyBlogSpark.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Cornish Hens: Easy but Fancy

I made Cornish Hens for the first time last night and they were delish! I looked at a few of my cookbooks and some recipe sites online then concocted my own little version. This dish is perfect for two, but easily doubled for a dinner party. I served it with mashed sweet potatoes, garlic green beans, and a mini baguette.

Here's what you need:
2 Cornish Hens
olive oil
salt and pepper
half of a lemon, quartered
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
12 cloves garlic (yes, you read that right!)
1/3 cup chicken stock

Preheat oven to 450. Rinse hens with cold water and pat dry. Rub a splash olive oil on hens and season with salt and pepper. Stuff one lemon wedge and rosemary spring (in 'u' shape) into each cavity. Place in roasting pan and add garlic around the hens. (see picture below) Roast for 25 minutes.



Meanwhile whisk together chicken stock and a splash of olive oil. Reduce oven temp to 350 and pour mixture over hens. Cook for additional 25 minutes, baste with pan juices as necessary. When the hens are golden brown they are done.

If you want a sauce, you can boil down pan juices after you are finished cooking. And that's all there is to it! I told you easy but fancy! :)


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lobster Ravioli with Homemade Sauce

Sometimes it's okay to cut some corners, especially when it comes to making ravioli. For this recipe I used a store bought refrigerated Lobster Ravioli, and made a homemade white sauce. It was tasty, plus very quick and easy, as it was on the table in 20 minutes. 


Cook ravioli according to directions on the package, it should take about 4 minutes on a low boil.

Next, make the sauce while you allow the ravioli to cool.
about 2 tablespoons of butter
1/4 cup chopped shallot
carrot, thinly sliced
tablespoon of tomato puree
cup of lobster stock (or chicken or shrimp stock)
1/2 cup Champagne
3/4 cups heavy cream

Saute the shallot and carrot in butter until shallots become translucent. Add tomato puree, stock and champagne, reduce to a simmer for about 5 minutes or until mixture reduces to about half. Then stir in cream, allow sauce to thicken then strain to remove carrots and shallots.

Finally, toss ravioli with sauce and serve.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Baked Spaghetti

Here's my take on my mom's recipe... It's delicious and makes enough for leftovers (and nothing is better than leftover baked spaghetti- yum!).

Ingredients you need:
1 box spaghetti noddles
1 jar store bought tomato-basil pasta sauce
half a bag of finely shredded mozzarella cheese
about 1 lb of ground beef
about 1/4 cup onions (finely chopped)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
olive oil
fresh basil (dried works too)
fresh thyme (dried works too)
fresh oregano (dried works too)
a shake of crushed red pepper

Cookware you need:
spaghetti pot or large stock pot
medium-large saucepan
9x12 glass baking dish
tin foil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Start off by cooking your pasta, remember to go with the instructions on your box for cooking times because not all spaghetti noodles cook the same. I add some salt and a splash of olive oil to prevent sticking...
Now for the sauce, I used a medium size saucepan. Added a splash of olive oil and saute the garlic and onions for about 5 minutes over medium-high, add in your ground beef and cook until brown and crumbly. Add in your jar of pasta sauce and reduce to a simmer. I have a herb garden now and decided to use that to flavor my sauce. I lightly chopped the leaves of my herbs and tossed them in, along with a shake or two of red pepper to 'add some spice'.  I let my sauce simmer for about 8 minutes...
Meanwhile drain the pasta and grease your baking dish with some olive oil.
After your pasta has been drained, return to it's pot and mix in the pasta sauce.
Add about half of the spaghetti mixture to the baking dish and top with mozarella. (You can add any cheese you would like at this point, I added some leftover fontina and gruyère that was hiding out in my fridge)
Finish with the remaining spaghetti mixture and lightly top with cheese. Cover with foil and place in oven for 20 minutes, remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes until cheese is bubbly. Let cool a little then serve.
YUM!

**sorry for such small pictures, my camera is MIA (well, I think it's at my parent's house.) and these were taken from my cellphone.

Monday, June 7, 2010

And The Winner Is...


Natalie
You have won the Wanchai Ferry Prize Pack!
Please respond to my email sometime this week to claim your prize.
Big thanks to everyone who participated!
Have a great rest of the week!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Wanchai Ferry Beef & Broccoli



Last week I received the coolest item in the mail...a frozen meal for two along with a fun prize pack of two tea sets, all thanks to MyBlogSpark. 
The newest Wanchai Ferry flavor, Beef & Broccoli, is the first beef dish in their line of great-tasting, complete Chinese meals for two. Ready to serve in only 14 minutes, Wanchai Ferry Beef & Broccoli comes with tender beef strips, and an assortment of Asian-style vegetables, including broccoli florets, red peppers and water chestnuts. It even includes rice and a rich brown sauce accented with soy and garlic for an authentic flavor experience.

The Wanchai Ferry Beef & Broccoli meal for two was the perfect meal for a day when I worked late. It was easy to have ready, and only took about three steps. All I had to do was pour the meat and veggies into a skillet with some water and let it cook for a bit. Then add the sauce and saute, meanwhile pop the rice packet in the microwave.  
Everything should be done at exactly the same time and ready to serve.
This meal had the perfect portions for two adults and it was really tasty! We both decided we would love to have this meal again. I highly recommend you try it and see for yourself. It's a delicious meal that comes together faster than it would take to get take-out! :)
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Everyone can get a $1.60 off coupon available here so you can try your own Wanchai Ferry frozen entrée. Be sure to try the two additional new flavors of Wanchai Ferry frozen entrées, Kung Pao Chicken and Szechuan Style Chicken, which will soon join five other delicious varieties including Orange Chicken, Shrimp Lo Mein, Spicy Garlic Chicken and Sweet & Sour Chicken. Additionally, all of the entrées have no added MSG! Also, check out their website for meal tips to enhance your Wanchai Ferry frozen entrée.


One lucky reader will win their own Wanchai Ferry Beef & Broccoli  Prize Pack that includes one VIP coupon and two tea sets, thanks to Wanchai Ferry and MyBlogSpark.

To enter you must be a follower of my blog and post a comment with an Asian meal you would like to see as part of the Wanchai Ferry lineup.

 Giveaway ends Saturday June 5th at 11:59PM
(winners will be chosen via random.org)


Wanchai Ferry provided myself with the product, information, and prize pack, as well as, providing one reader a prize pack, through MyBlogSpark. All opinons are my own.


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Piggies in a Blanket!

We love these little guys! So tasty the perfect snack for appetizer night! :)

2 cans refrigerated crescent dinner rolls (I used Pillsbury, they usually have coupons and are on sale)

1 pkg cocktail-sized smoked link sausages (I used the beef Lil smokies)

Heat oven to 375°F. Unroll both cans of the dough, then separate the preferated triangles and cut each triangle into three mini triangles. Place sausage on shortest side of each triangle and roll them towards the other end. Place on two ungreased cookie sheets and bake for about 12 minutes. Remove from sheet and serve immediately.
 
We put about different mustards out to have as dippers. Usually Spicy, Djonn, Honey, and Yellow; but it just depends whasts in the fridge. :)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Menu Plan Monday ~ May 17th


Here's What's Cooking In My Kitchen:

Monday: Dinner Out (Olive Garden)
Tuesday: Taco Night yum! with my homemade salsa hopefully with some local veggies from the neighbor's garden, if the peppers are ready
Wednesday: my mom's Baked Spaghetti, (recipe to come)
Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner 
Friday: Appetizers and Leftovers
Saturday & Sunday: Out of Town


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Afternoon Snack Wrap

Need an afternoon energy boost that's not in the form of a drink!
How about an easy tasty and nutritious wrap!
I used some ingredients that are always found in my house to make this delicious snack!
All you need is:
- wrap (I used sun-dried tomato, but any flavor can be used)
- a handful of diced cucumbers
-a handful of diced tomatoes
- feta cheese (to your liking)
- one tablespoon plain Greek yogurt (or just plain yogurt)
- hummus

Spread a generous portion of hummus on your wrap, then add the veggies and feta cheese to the middle. Then top with the yogurt. Then fold your wrap: Fold in one side of the wrap just past the center; be sure to cover the filling entirely with the wrap, then fold in the other side of the wrap to overlap the first side. Enjoy :)




Wednesday, May 12, 2010

And the Winner is....

There were 76 entries and I used random.org to find the winner... which is #27!

Congratulations Stephanie

You have 24 hours to respond to my email for your $50 gift certificate!

Big thanks CSNstores for providing me with this wonderful giveaway and to allwho entered!


Monday, May 10, 2010

Menu Plan Monday: May 10th


Here's what's cooking in my kitchen this week!

Monday: Pizza Night
Tuesday: Dinner cooked by Adam's dad, some sort of Moroccan Chicken (I'll take pictures for yall)
Wednesday: Manicotti with Red Sauce
Thursday: 15 Minute Mussels from SteamyKitchen with a garden salad
Friday: Grilling Out (not sure on the entree but Corn on the Grill, Grilled Zucchini Bites, and Potatoes, will be on the menu)
Saturday: Date Night
Sunday: Leftovers


Visit OrgJunkie for more menus and inspiration!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

$50 Gift Certificate Giveaway

As promised, here's the first giveaway ever on Surviving the Kitchen!
Here is your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to use as you wish on any of CSN Stores websites where they have bar furniture, bedding, cookware, baby items, and even stuff for your pets! 
Here's a few things on my wishlist that I found on their website!


One (1)  Surviving the Kitchen reader will win a $50 gift certificate to CSNstores to use in any of their 200+ stores!

Mandatory Entry:
Be a Follower of Surviving the Kitchen
Visit CSNstores.com & tell me what you would buy using the gift certificate

Extra entries (seperate comment for each):
-Follow me @TheSassyChef on Twitter
-Follow @CSNstores on Twitter
-Tweet about this Giveaway 
(you can use the re-tweet button at the top of the post)
-Grab my Button and Place it on Your Blog  (2 entries)
- Blog about this Giveaway (3 entries)

 Giveaway Open Until 5/11/2010 at 11:59pm 
Winner will be chose using random.org

Good Luck!


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Be On the Look-out!

Do you know where you can find everything from everything from bar furniture to bedding, cookware to cribs, and even home decor? Well that would be CSN Stores. The best way I can describe them is a 'virtual mall', they have over 200 individual stores that have just about everything under the sun.


Lucky for you guys, CSNstores.com contacted me to do a giveaway!
One (1)  Surviving the Kitchen reader will win a one-time-use $50 gift certificate for you to use as you wish on any of their 200+ websites! Go ahead and start looking around their site, I promise you won't be disappointed with the selections they have to offer. 

Be sure to look for the post tomorrow morning to enter the giveaway!

Winner will be chose using random.org





Monday, May 3, 2010

Menu Planning Monday: May 3rd

Now that session is over and my life has slowed down = no more long hours at work, I'm back in the swing of things and can enjoy my meals at home! Here's what's cooking in my kitchen this week: 

Monday: Taco Night (get your supplies at Publix, they have BOGO on everything you need for tacos!)
Tuesday: store-bought Lobster Ravioli with homemade sauce, served with house salad
Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner, my stuffed French toast and trying Eggs Benedict
Thursday: Grilling out! (Adam's cooking)
Friday - Sunday: Mother's Day/My Brother's Birthday Weekend at my parent's house
(Some years, like this one, my brother's birthday is on Mother's day and my birthday is on Father's day so we have a weekend family celebration)

Visit OrgJunkie for more menus and inspiration!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

You Can Win: Ice Cream Maker!

My lovely bloggy friend SnoWhite over at Finding Joy in My Kitchen is having a really cool giveaway that is just in time for summer! She's giving away not one, but TWO Cuisinart Automatic Ice Cream Makers from CNS stores! How cool is that!? All you have to do is head over here and enter to win! Good Luck!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Menu Planning Monday: April 19th



Monday:  Dinner Out or Leftovers depending on how late I'm at work
Tuesday: My Egg Drop Soup and Gyoza,  Hot & Sour Soup by Simple Recipes and Sesame Chicken from SugarCrafter
Wednesday: Pizza at Home
Thursday: Picking up a deli rotisserie meal, easy $10 dinner and can use leftover for tomorrow!
Friday: Chicken Alfredo Bake
Saturday: Chicken Tetrazinni
Sunday: Cookout

Check out more menus over at OrgJunkie!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Menu Planning Monday: April 12

Check out Laura's post over on Org Junkie for this weeks link-up full of awesome Menu Plans!

Here's what's cooking in my kitchen this week:

Monday: Tacos, easy and tasty! (cooking up extra ground beef for tomorrow's meal)
Tuesday: Last Minute Ziti
Wednesday: leftovers, since it's a busy night!
Thursday: Breakfast for dinner, I love this! Sun-dried Tomato Scramble and trying out my new juicer! :)
Friday: For the love of cooking's Beef Pot Pie (moved from last week)
Saturday & Sunday: out of town, going to visit some friends and go to Ikea!! :)


Check out these Menus with Recipes by some lovely blog friends: SweetPea, Jessica, and Snowhite



Friday, April 9, 2010

Pizza at Home

Here's a quick way to fancy up one of those take & bake pizzas they have a Sam's Club!
The cheese pizzas we're just $4 the other day
I looked around the kitchen and grabbed the following items: a block of cheddar cheese, some fresh tomatoes, jalapenos, and green peppers. I thinly sliced tomatoes, chopped the jalapenos and green peppers, and then laid them out on the pizza. I didn't put that many jalapenos on one side since I'm not a huge fan of them on my pizza, so I added extra cheese on it. Then, grated the cheese right over the top of the pizza. Then placed it in the over for the time that the box stated, (12-15 minutes).

And here's the pizza right out of the oven!
Yummy!

See simple way to dress up a pizza with ingredients you already have on hand.
It's easy to add leftover chicken or ground beef, as well as any cheese or veggies you want.



Thursday, April 8, 2010

Kefta (Middle Eastern Meatball) Sandwich

Sneak peek...
A Sandwich that's a Meal in Itself!

Recipe coming Friday :)

Yum!
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