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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 excellent 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.) Continue reading

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 restrictive dietary process last Saturday. And what do I crave immediately? Pasta!

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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 a 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 is over.

Okay, I didn’t destroy it, but I came close. In pasta making 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 daydream 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 pleased 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 combine 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 a 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 ravioli the way you want. Make sure the ends are pressed together tightly. Add the fresh ravioli 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 at 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 premiere 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.

 

 

I’d Like Some Pasta Sauce With My Wine Please

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 know we all face, “Do I want to drink the wine or cook with it?” For me, it boils down to whether or not I have enough for both. Today I do, so pasta sauce with wine it is!

I really like the flavor of a good homemade sauce. If it has wine in it, then I love it more, the more intense, the better. Before I get started, I put on the 80’s music and pour my first glass of wine. My kids respond well to the music, even singing along to some it (of course, they would never admit that to their friends).

For my sauce, I always start out with my tomatoes. I need them to be skinless. I do this by boiling them for a few minutes. The skin starts to crack and get wrinkly. When this happens, I toss them in some ice water to stop the cooking process.


While this is going on, I chop my green peppers and onions. I cut mine a little thick because I like my sauce so chunky it could be a dish all its own. I add the onions to some olive oil with a sprinkle of salt and cook them for a few minutes before adding the green pepper and garlic.

When I have added all the ingredients, and they have cooked until tender, I add wine to the mix. I cook the wine down, then I add more. I repeat this a few more times. I like my sauces to have an intense flavor of a good wine. The amount you add will be based on how intense of taste you desire.


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Documentaries, Food, and the Sweet Promises of Pasta sauce

I enjoy watching documentaries, especially ones about food. I started watching them a few years ago when my eating habits became horrible. I knew I wanted to change but did not know how.

Even though I had a solid foundation in my cooking skills growing up, the 50-70 hour work weeks took their toll on me. Leaving the house at 7 in the morning  and not getting home until six or seven in the evening made my motivation for meal planning non existent. Instead of quick dinners and pizza becoming the exception, they became our go to. Processed foods are cheap, easy, and eventually my mind and taste buds tricked me into thinking it was the best tasting thing in the world.

Fast forward several years and 100 pounds later I was tired of being tired. The first documentary scared the *insert expletive* out of me. In reaction to this, I became a vegan for a year. Not a day, A. WHOLE. FREAKING. YEAR! Now being vegan wasn’t really the lifestyle for me. I literally dreamed about cheese for the first couple of months. It did get easier,but I never lost my desire for dairy. I did really well until one drunken night I found myself ordering the most glorious cheese pizza I have ever tasted in my entire life (at least that what the wine made me believe). Then came the guilt. I remembered the baby cows from the documentary being pulled from their mothers. After a few days of beating myself up I realized, food should never be about guilt.

After my realization, I started seeking out provocative documentaries that made me think about where my food comes from. I wanted vindication for my beliefs and  to celebrate food. I wanted to eat to live, instead of…you know the rest.

I am now very passionate about what I feed my family and where the food comes from. I am not going to be a hypocrite and say that “I only eat organic and all my meat is pasture raised.” I have two teenagers and a husband who eat me out of house and home, I would go broke. I do however, make sure the meat is not treated with hormones and if pasture raised is on sale, I buy it.

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