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I’d Like Some Pasta Sauce With My Wine Please

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Today was a brutal day at work. I believe the only thing that got me through it was the fact that there was a bottle of beautiful dark wine in the fridge, beckoning for me to come home. I could almost hear it calling my name….Never mind, that was my children asking me when I would be home to cook dinner. Now that I was awoken from my daydream it was time for me to go home and get to cooking.

When I arrived home I had to get going on the ingredients quick. I was really in the mood for pasta and the sauce tends to take a little while. After pulling the wine out of the fridge, I had to remind myself what I got in there for. I really needed tomatoes, green peppers, garlic and onions. Whenever I make pasta sauce I wrestle with the dilemma that I…

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One Pan Cheesy Chicken Tacos, With a Splash of Guacamole (Or a Lot, Whose Judging?!) 

I made some really awesome one pan cheesy tacos! Everyone went nuts over it and there were no leftovers. I adapted a recipe from sweetcsdesigns.com. I read this amazing recipe and adapted it to my dietary restrictions. (I posted the link for reference and I will also post what I used.)

I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks, because I have been getting everything ready for my upcoming surgery on the 19th. I am having Chiari Malformation decompression surgery. For those who are curious about what exactly that is, here is the link.

Now back to the food! For my version I used ground chicken instead of beef. To start off I cooked bell pepper and zucchini until it was tender. I removed that from the pan and then browned the meat. After the meat was cooked I added the veggies back in along with a tablespoon of tomato paste.


I let that keep going until the tomato paste started to smell really good then added a few splashes white wine vinegar along with diced tomatoes and green chilis.

The fun part of cooking (at least for me) is the seasoning. I season to taste because I’m super unreliable when it comes to measuring it out. I go by the way it smells. I don’t usually use pre-kitted salted seasoning like fajita mix (although I do occasionally add unsalted fajita seasoning to enhance a dish). I prefer to mix and match until I have the right combination of flavors. I used ground mustard, chipotle, garlic and herb (unsalted), cumin, smoked paprika, turmeric, and salt to taste.

I let all the flavors marry for about 15 min on medium low. When I feel like they are sufficiently hitched I add 2 cups of baby spinach and the juice of one lime. After the spinach wilts, I shred cheese over the top, let it melt, then garnish with green onions.

I put mine in little lettuce boats with homemade guacamole (avacado, lime, red onion, jalepeno, and salt), and Cholula hot sauce. The rest of the family used flour tortillas. In all, this dinner only took about 30 to 40 minutes of cook time. I will definitely make this one again!

Gluten Free is the Way to Be (At Least That’s What My Dietician Tells Me)

My dietitian put me on a low FODMAP diet. This means, no gluten, no lactose, and no to a bunch of other stuff I absolutely love. (I can have hard cheeses though, go figure). I started this dietary restrictive process last Saturday. And what do I crave immediately? Pasta!

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Band Camp & Dirty Dishes

The last two weeks have been rough! Due to band camp, schedule pickups, school clothes shopping, and freshman orientation there was not one day that I was home before 9:00 PM. Needless to say, I did not get to cook anything new. Instead we ate fast food, yep, I am weak. We ate fast food and frozen meals for the LAST. TWO. WEEKS! I feel like poo, and my kids complained the entire time about their meals. I will be sure to meal prep next time. Continue reading

Gordon Ramsay is my Hero!

I spent most of my day off with episodes of Kitchen Nightmares playing in the background. Nothing makes me happier than hearing Gordon Ramsay yelling at an restaurateur. During one of the episodes my 12 year old son announces that it is his dream to own a restaurant and have Gordon Ramsay come in and yell at him. I guess we all have our ambitions.

During this marathon, I am motivated to do something I have never done, make ravioli from scratch. Yep, I am attempting something I have never done before. This is going to get messy. I don’t mean a little messy, I mean catastrophic kitchen debauchery, I will destroy it before the day it over.

Okay, I didn’t destroy it but I came close. In making pasta apparently you need to make a well in the flour and add egg. The first time I attempted this I had a breach in the well and egg went everywhere! It was a nightmare. There I was at my table slowly trying to mix in the flour when I pushed the fork down a little too far. Instead of gracefully mixing in the flour, I was chasing whisked eggs across the table with flour and my arm. Needless to say, it was a disaster. The second attempt at this went much smoother.

The egg stayed contained this time around


In the end the pasta turned out pretty good. I surprised myself, for a moment, I allowed myself to daydream that I could have my own restaurant. Then, the day dream was interrupted by Gordon Ramsey yelling at some restaurant owner who can’t keep their kitchen clean.

As I looked around my kitchen I noticed seasoning on the stove, dishes on the counter, and worst of all, flour all over myself. I even had flour on my neck of all places. Gordon Ramsay would have a field day after visiting my kitchen, but even with all the mess and time it took, the meal was worth the wait! I was really happy with the way it turned out!

This was the hardest part

 

After my pasta was complete, I made a simple butter sauce to drizzle over it, so I would not distract from the taste of the pasta. Below I will post what I used for the pasta and filling.

Finally, we get to eat…and drink wine of course

For the Pasta:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 eggs

Method: 

  1. Pour the flour straight onto the counter or table (make sure that sh*t is clean)
  2. Make a well in the flour
  3. Whisk the eggs into a bowl, then pour into the well
  4. With a fork, slowly incorporate the flour into the eggs, eventually using your hands to incorporate the rest.
  5. Knead the dough until all the dough is a little wet, then wrap in clear wrap. Let rest for 30 min.
  6. When the dough is finished resting, flatten with a rolling pin or pasta maker. Make sure to roll it as thin as you can.
  7. Cut the dough in half and add about a tsp. of filling every inch and half.

For the Filling: 

  • 10 oz of fresh spinach
  • 1 tbsp of minced garlic
  • salt to taste
  • 2/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh Parmesan cheese.

Method:

  1. Boil the spinach for a few min until tender
  2. Wring as much water out of the spinach, chop, and add to mixing bowl.
  3. Mix in ricotta, parmesan, garlic, and salt

After everything is mixed put the filling onto the rolled out dough (on one half that you cut). Put the other half over the top and press out as much air as possible. Using a pastry crimp or ravioli stamp, shape out the raviolis the way you want. Make sure the ends are pressed together tightly. Add the fresh raviolis into boiling water for about three minutes. I served my pasta with a butter olive oil sauce (infused with basil and garlic).

Date Night, Selfies, and Apple Crisp

I am super excited about tonight because it is DATE NIGHT! Yep, my husband and I still go out on dates after 15 years of marriage (which we celebrated on July 4th). Tonight we are making it simple; Chick-Fil-A, and Spiderman homecoming. We are both even wearing Spiderman shirts to the movie. How. Freaking. cute. is. that?!

As you can see, he’s near impossible to take a photo with

Part of my excitement is also due to the fact that I made my first apple crisp a couple of days ago! I did make a couple of errors though, first I did not peel the apples. This is something I will make sure to do since it made cutting through the apple slices a bit of a challenge. It was also a little sweet for my liking, but the family approved.

I added lemon to the recipe along with a whole cup of sugar, forgetting that lemon brings out the flavor of everything, especially sugar. I think next time I make this I will reduce the white sugar to only 1/4 to 1/2 cup. Regardless, I am going to post the recipe I used and you can make it your own. 

For the recipe I used 5 apples, 1 cup white sugar, *update; 1/4 cup white sugar, 1 cup plus 2 tbsp of flour, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup juice of one lemon, 1 cup quick oats, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 2/3 cup melted butter.

I started out by slicing the apples (I recommend peeling them as well) and putting them in the pie pan. I then added the white sugar, 2 tbsp flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, water, and lemon. Now set that aside and in a mixing bowl put together your quick oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, brown sugar, and melted butter. After that Is all mixed in crumble it evenly over the top of the apples. Bake it on 350 degrees for 45 minutes. 

When it was finished cooking I let it cool for 50 minutes. I like to serve mine with vanilla ice cream, there nothing better than warm apples served with ice cream. 

My husband is heading home from work now, and I have demanded that when he gets here we are to take a corny couples selfie. After photos I am off to eat dinner and enjoy a stress free night of movie watching. Have any of you watched the premier of Spiderman homecoming? How did you like it?

For the Filling:

  • 5 apples peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup juice of one lemon

Method:

  1. Slice apples and place into the pie pan
  2. In a mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, mix together
  3. Sprinkle mixture evenly over apples
  4. pour the water and juice of one lemon over the apples and set the filling aside

For the Topping:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 to 1/2 stick melted butter (the mixture should be slightly wet)

Method:

  1. Mix together flour, brown sugar, quick oats, baking powder, and baking soda
  2. Add melted butter and mix in

After topping is all mixed together, spread evenly over filling. Bake apple crisp at 350 for 45 minutes. After removing from oven let cook for 45 min to an hour. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

 

 

Thunderstorms, Pretty Little Liars, and homemade stew

After I finished my last blog post, I couldn’t get my writing flow back. I attempted to do the next one with the recipe I put together. I started to write it, a few times, but it was pretty stinking boring. So, I did what anyone in my situation would do, get caught up in a Pretty Little Liars marathon and finish off the series. I curled up on the couch with my plush blanket, a warm cup of tea, and a thunderstorm brewing outside. It was actually pretty perfect, I could not have planned a better evening.

Now I am sitting up in my bed, listening to the thunder rumble, and wondering what I am going to do without the drama of five women who don’t know how to defend themselves? I will find another show to get lost in but until then, I will write.

So, I was pretty proud of myself for putting together a recipe from just an ingredients list. If you didn’t get a chance to read my last post, I was reading my book and the main character mentioned a list of ingredients she was going to put together. It sounded so good, I just had to make it.

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Since there were no instructions I pretty much had to come up with the method on my own. I’ll have to be honest, even though the stew sounded good, I was a little skeptical about putting potatoes in it. I debated and in the end, I am really glad that I did. Continue reading

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