Sunday, August 22, 2010

Well today my family had a surprise birthday party for my aunt at olive garden
It was lunch time so I decided to do the soup salad and bread sticks lunch
I already know that I love their salad and who doesn't like bread sticks so all that was to decide was which soup to try
I decided to so the Tuscana which was a light sausage and potato soup with kale
I was actually going to try another since its endless but I filled up on so much salad and because this soup was so good I ate it all and left no room to try another
I guess next time ill have to take it a little slower lol

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Tonight it was my papa's turn to cook
I had bought some country pork ribs a few days ago and I'm not the best at cooking ribs yet so I let him do it
He also made some delicious dill potatoes to go with the ribs
He made these by cooking off some prosciutto and onions and boiling the potatoes
He them sauteed them with the onion mixture and seasoned with salt and pepper and of course dill
Delicious every bit of it
I really do love these days when someone else cooks for me
I think my parents will do just fine without me

Friday, August 20, 2010

Johnny Cakes

So tonight I was in the mood again to experiment so I decided to try and make my version of Johnny cakes
See at work we have these things called johnny cakes which are basically little honey corn meal pancakes that we serve with our pulled pork
I absolutely love these things and I just wanted to see if there was an easier way to make them at home
Well I think I figured it out
After some trial and error I think I got it
But the thing is I don't have measurements exactly
But here is basically how I made them
I mixed a little pancake mix with some corn meal
not exactly equal a little more corn meal
Then I added some water, milk, sugar, honey, and a bit of melted butter
Now these things are a little finicky to cook so you kind of have to practice to get it right but they are definitely delicious and make an awesome breakfast or a side dish for dinner
or even a snack either way these things are AMAZING!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tuna Salad

So lately I have really been wanting to make some tuna salad
But unfortunately we had no tuna
But the other day when we went to Sam's I had to get some
So today I decided to make my tuna salad for lunch

Now normally tuna salad is made simply with canned tuna, mayo, and pickle relish
But I decided to jazz mine up a bit and this is how I did it
I started with 1 can of chunk light tuna and I added to it...
(note: I don't have measurements because this was an experimental recipe)
Mayo, dijon mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper
And I didn't have any pickle relish so I decided to substitute some of my pickled Cherry peppers
Its basically a hot pepper relish so I figured it would be pretty good and substitute in pretty well
Well that's about it
This is a great healthy lunch and its perfect with some crackers or as a sandwich with whole wheat bread and a little lettuce and tomato

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tonight it was just my mom and I for dinner
My dad had a unexpected meeting so I had to come up with something simple to make for just my mom and I
So I decided to make a frittata
Just a simple one made of what I found in the frig
which happened to be some leftover Italian sausage, bell pepper, some red onion, basil, Parmesan, salt, and pepper
Oh and of course GARLIC
pretty simple and this is definitely one of those recipes were you can make as much of as little as you want depending on how any you are feeding
So my mom never feels like just the frittata is enough so I made some hash browns as well to go with it
That too was easy enough
simple grate a few potatoes squeeze out the extra water add to a HOT pan greased with a little olive oil and butter season with some salt pepper and garlic
and cook the crap out of it until golden brown and crisp on both sided
These leftovers make a great breakfast or brunch!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Alright so today I just wanted a little snack before I went to work and I'm a huge lover of fruit and what makes a better snack than fruit?
In my opinion not much and this is probably one of my very favorite fruit snacks
Apples and peanut butter
ok so you way be thinking
WHAT? not caramel
well you see I never have the caramel dip at home so one day I decided to pair one of my favorite fruits with my favorite things ever!
peanut butter
and it was delicious
thus birthing this snack
But you all know I'm pretty nuts about peanut butter and I like it on everything
so you try it and you be the judge

Monday, August 16, 2010

Today my mom and I had to do all kinds of shopping in beavercreek and we really needed to go to Sam's to get some of those things we go through so fast it only makes since to buy in bulk
so any way we both decided that for dinner it would be good to just buy one of their delicious roast chickens
so when we finally got home we decided to just have salad with the chicken or in my cases chicken in my salad
for my salad I used the spring mix with a delicious Parmesan and herb vinaigrette
and of course the chicken

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tonight it was back to the chicken
My mom didn't want my dad eating anymore beef or pork because he had ate way to much steak the other night especially for his diabetes
So tonight I tried to make something a little liter but still super delicious So I made chicken breasts with a broccoli sauce and bulgur risotto
The chicken was simple enough to make I just seasoned the chicken breasts with some Cajun seasoning we bough from a market in South Carolina a few years ago
I then seared them in a pan with a little olive oil then removed them from the pan
Then I added 1/2 can of cream of broccoli as well as 1/2 a bag of frozen chopped broccoli
I then placed the chicken back in the pan and covered and allowed the chicken to finish cooking while I made my bulgur risotto
Also simple enough this risotto starts with one small red onion softened and about 3 cloves of minced garlic
then I toasted the bulgur and added chicken stock a few ladles at a time until the bulgur was cooked through and was nice a creamy
Finally I finished off the risotto with a little Parmesan and served along side the chicken

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Today was another day off for me
Which at my house is not really a day off since I still have to cook for my parents
But at least I don't have to do it for 6 hours straight
So what I decided to make my parents tonight was actually one of the first meals I ever cooked for them by myself
It has much improved though
What I made was pork chops and mashed potatoes with pan gravy and mixed veggies
These pork shops are so simple to make and best of all its a one pan deal and by making the gravy you get a kick start on the clean up
You see after cooking the chops in the pan you have all though lovely brown bits and are full of flavor but a hassle and a half to clean
So why not take to extra step and add a bit of flour to the residual fat and make a roux
Then add milk and with a whisk scrub away at those little brown lovelies
And vuala clean pan and in the process you made a delicious gravy!
Now you can either smother your chops or some delicious mashed potatoes
Or in my case both

Friday, August 13, 2010

Cinnamon Apple Crisp Cheesecake

Well we got a new dessert at work this week and its pretty delicious and as you can see we have a great presentation for it so I decided to take a pic of it and post it for you guys
So its called the apple cheesecake crisp
And we make it by frying the tortilla triangles and tossing them in Cinnamon and sugar
I then scoop out a square of the apple cheesecake and place it in the bowl
I stick the tortilla strips into the cheesecake to make a star and then drizzle it with caramel sauce
Then the crumble
Then some whipped cream (hand whipped by yours truly)
Chocolate drizzle and "fairy dust" more Cinnamon and sugar
Delicious and beautiful!
Well today my doggy had to have surgery for a blockage in his tummy which turned out to be a corn cob and nothing serious
But to take my mom and I's mind off it we kept ourselves busy with errands
So when it was time for lunch we were still out so we decided to grab something to eat at Arby's
I know I'm sorry not to exciting but we had to eat and we weren't close enough to home to make anything
Plus I had to work all night to I also didn't get a chance to make dinner
I promise something better tomorrow

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

So as you know I usually work pretty late and I'm always a bit hungry when I finally get home
So tonight was pretty much the same story but I didn't really want anything big so I decided to make myself a little platter of crackers and hummus
two kinds of hummus to be exact a little garlic hummus and a little roasted red pepper hummus
Just a little simple snack before bed

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

So today I actually got called off work so of course I made dinner for my parents and I
Well my dad wanted some pasta but all we had was a canned marinara sauce
So you know I had to spice it up a bit and make it my own

And to do so I started by sauteing one onion until soft about 10 minutes

I then added 3 cloves of minced garlic and let cook for about 2 more minutes

I added the jar of sauce to the onions and garlic and added some basil and a bit of red pepper flake because as you know my dad and I like things a little spicy

I also added about a cup of water and I allowed the sauce to simmer and develop it flavor for about 15-20 minutes

Lastly of course I cooked my pasta in a nice big pot of SALTED boiling water until al dente

and served with plenty of Parmesan cheese

Monday, August 9, 2010

Well today realized that we literally had not food in the house and we definitely needed to go grocery shopping
But before that we had to figure out how to use what little we did have in the freezer
So we found these steaks and decided to cook those off with some corn on the cob and the last three of our potatoes
So while my mom and I shopped for groceries my dad got ready to make dinner
He baked the potatoes and boiled the corn and caramelized some onions to go with the steaks
and once we got home he cooked of the steaks
They were delicious and perfectly cooked
props to my dad because he definitely knows how to cook a steak

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Today my parents and I went to visit my aunt and uncle and look at cars so while we were out we decided to get a little late lunch/dinner
So we went to a place called Smash Burger
My dad and I went here before back during swim season and I had gotten the classic Smash Burger
So this time I decided to try something different
But between my mom and I we couldn't decide which to try
So we each got something different and we split them
For me I got the Spicy Baja
This burger consists of
Pepper jack cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, onion, chipotle mayo and fresh jalapenos on a chipotle bun
Man it was good and not overly spicy it just had the right kick with a little extra when you got a bight of jalapeno
For my mom she got the Mushroom Swiss
consisting of garlic sauteed mushrooms, Swiss cheese and mayo on an egg bun
Very much a classic burger just simple and delicious
And you can't have a burger with out fries
So we decided to try the
Sweet Potato Smash Fries
which like their regular smash fries are tossed in rosemary, olive oil, and garlic
Absolutely delicious I say if you want a good burger go Smash Burger

Saturday, August 7, 2010


So today I went back to my roots and school lunch box ways and made myself a PB&J before I headed off to work
I love PB&J sandwiches a lot but I don't eat them a lot in the summer because they remind me of school and it upsets me that I have less than a week to get prepared to go back =/
But you know what its my senior year so Ive got to get through and and make the most
I actually think I'm really going to enjoy this year

Friday, August 6, 2010

Lobster Bisque

Well today was pretty exciting because my dad was out this morning running some errands
He stopped by a local market to grab a little lunch and he brought me home a little treat
Lobster bisque!
Oh man this stuff was delicious
I have only had lobster bisque a few times but that just makes it all the more special when I do get it

Thursday, August 5, 2010

As you know after work I like to just make up something to eat with whatever we have in the frig
So tonight my dad made some kind of steak we really aren't even sure what cut it was but whatever he did to it made it delicious
Even if its no so attractive it was yummy and I'm sure it was better when they had with the corn on the cob and potatoes that they decided not to save for me =/
so I had to eat mine with black beans and rice
still good but I wish I would have got some corn

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Blackened Chicken

Yes tonight I actually got to cook for my parents
An actual meal too not just something out of a box
So what I made was a blackened chicken breast with green beans and baked sweet potato fries
Those were a request from my mother
Alright making this meal was fairly simple I just started by peeling and chopping my sweet potatoes and tossing them with olive oil salt pepper and a little bit of brown sugar
Then after getting those in the oven I started on my chicken and green beans
I got a pot of salted water boiling to cook the beans and heated my pan pretty high so I could sear then chicken and get that nice dark blackened crust
I seasoned the chicken breasts with some blackening spice and salt and pepper
Then got them cooking in my pan
Once the chicken was cooked through I removed them from the pan and tented them
I then sauteed my blanched green beans with some of the blackening spice and by the time they were done so was everything else
So to serve I just sliced up the breasts and served with some of the green beans and fries

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Today I was out and about for most of the day and so I brought with me one of my favorite protein bars just in case I got hungry
Its called a LUNA bar as you can see and they are made by CLIF bar which in my opinion are the best organic energy bars
But what is great about LUNA is that they are made just for women
they have extra vitamins and minerals that us gals need
and with all the delicious chocolaty flavors
of course we are going to love it!
All so they are only about 180 calories and are packed with protein so they are a great substitute for any candy bar

This flavor is cookies 'n cream delight
But my favorite has to be the chocolate peppermint stick
It tastes just like thin mint girl scout cookies!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Tonight we just had a easy little dinner because it was really hot and none of us felt like really cooking so we just made one of our favorite summer meals
Taco Salad
its one of the simplest dishes but its perfect for lazy summer days
you can just make it up and everyone can come and eat whenever they want
its just and all around great recipe

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Mini Frittatas

Today we had a family birthday party for my uncle bobby
and I was asked to make an appetizer type thing for it
So I decided to make mini frittata
I actually made two different kinds
the fist was an Italian style with sausage, peppers and herbs
and the second was another Italian style with mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes
To make them I started with a basic frittata base of about 8 eggs and a little bit of cream
I then seasoned the mix and added my mix-ins and cheese
I divided the mixtures up into well greased muffin tins and baked them at 350 for about 25-30 minutes or until they pull away from the sided
These are perfect little appetizers because you can fill them with anything and make them your own
also leftover are perfect for breakfast the next morning

Saturday, July 31, 2010

So today before heading off to work I made myself a little lunch
and what I decided to make was a hot ham and cheese sandwich
I actually made it in a pita pocket because they are just so handy and portable they make messy sandwiches so easy to eat
So to make it I simply filled the pita with cheese and ham and heated it up on the flat top until the cheese melted
And finally when it came off the flat top I stuffed in a little lettuce and spread a little pesto inside
So yummy!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Tonight before I left work I made myself my favorite salad
Our homemade pesto salad!
Mmm it is so delicious

But when I got home I saw that my dad had made jambalaya for their dinner
So I made myself a little bowl of that to go with my salad
My dad made the jambalaya with a store bought sauce base and he added spicy sausage and some chicken thighs and served it over brown rice
It was actually really good but what can be bad about sausage or even chicken thighs?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

So today being the last real day of summer school and the second to last day I had to wake up before 10 I decided to get myself a donut from Stan's
Mmm that's the breakfast of champions right there

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sand Pudding

Tomorrow is officially our last party in summer school
So I decided to make one of my favorite desserts
Sand Pudding!
Sand pudding is really just a vanilla version of dirt pudding but I love it and it is so addictive
To make it all you need is three simple ingredients
1 large packet of vanilla pudding mix (plus milk)
1 tub of cool whip
1 box of nilla wafers
And to make it is just as simple
I start by mixing up the pudding and putting it in the frig
then while the pudding is setting up I use my food processor to grind up the whole box of nilla wafers into a powder much like sand
Then before the pudding is completely set up I add the cool whip to it and fold it in until thoroughly mixed
I then divide the "sand" in half and add half to the pudding mixture itself and preserve the other half for topping
Finally I let it set up in the frig and serve
This is such a simple and awesome dessert you just can't get enough of it
And with the way the "sand" topping acts like real sand by filling in all the spaces as the pudding is dipped out everyone always gets a little bit of the topping
Who ever invented this dessert was a genius!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wow my eating habits are becoming terrible because of this job
I always get home late and I'm hungry but there is never anything really good for me to eat and I really don't feel like cooking after cooking at work for 5 plus hours
So its always exciting when I get home and there is leftover take out from flying tiger!
good job dad thanks for dinner lol

Monday, July 26, 2010

Lemon Pepper Cod

So today I continued the fish theme and made cod for dinner
I made baked lemon pepper cod with pasta and sauteed zucchini and squash
This was really just a quick fix dinner I had to make before I went to my class at the Y
I find baking fish is one of the fastest and easies ways to cook it plus it super healthy that way
To make the veggies I just sauteed them in a little olive oil with salt and pepper and right at the end I sprinkled a little dill weed on the squash because I just really love that combination
Oh and the pasta was just a simple box mix I found
Hey I'm allowed to take short cuts sometimes
especially when I'm in a bind and we have nothing else
Any way it was very tasty and I was pretty impressed with it for throwing it together in such short notice

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Well today was the day my sister left town we had to drop her off at her bus in cincy around 6:30 so my dad decided we should go out to dinner as a family before she left
He chose to go to his favorite restaurant
Its in Aurora Indiana right on the river and the food is amazing!

Every meal starts off with their homemade ciabatta and apple butter

I got a salad with my dinner
I mean where can you go wrong there?

My sister and my dad ordered a bowl of french onion soup
so of course I had to try it
They definitely do it the right way
with lots of soft bread and TONS of melty cheese dripping down the sides
In my opinion that is the only way

For my main course I decided on the baked Mahi Mahi with mandarin orange glaze and a baked sweet potato
I really enjoyed this dish and mahi mahi was cooked great and the glaze was delicious but I found I really liked topping it with horseradish
You see my sister got the horseradish crusted salmon but she asked for the horseradish on the side because shes really not the most adventurous eater
and like suspected she didn't like it so I took artistic liberties and added it to my dish
I loved it!

And we musent forget dessert
Applewood makes the absolute best bread pudding I have ever had and it happens to be where I stole my recipe from for my bread pudding
The bread itself it spiced and the custard makes it to moist and the use of apple pie filling just gives it that special Applewood touch
Oh and the amaretto sauce just puts it over the top
Its a humble dessert and not one that everyone it a fan of but if you haven't had this bread pudding it could convert you

Alright so this is where the real story begins
My sisters bus got delayed 3 hours and since its a Sunday nothing is really open after 6 so we spent the time driving around cincy and Kentucky and being a cliche family
but finally around 9:45 the bus arrived and my sister went home
But my parents and I believe it or not were quite hungry so as you can see we made a late night stop to whit castle
One of the greater fast food establishments we have in America
and like waffle house its better after night fall

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Pulled Pork

So it was another late night at work tonight and when I finally got off I was really hungry so I decided to make myself a little something for dinner
What I made was a little mini version of the pulled pork dinner
I just made myself yummy johnny cake and a little bit of pulled pork
Mmm so delicious
I just love those little johnny cakes they go so well with the pork and just tastes like nothing I have ever had before
I Love My Job!

Friday, July 23, 2010

BW3s Hot Wings

Today we had yet another party in summer school
And this time it was a WINGS PARTY!
Yesterday we made our orders at BW3s and one of the students picked them up last night and brought them in this morning
It was awesome we had so many wings and some other really good food
I got the Asian Zing favor which was really good and really hot
I compared them to extremely hot general tso
I really haven't been to BW3s more than probably 4 times but every time I do go I love it even more

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pesto Salad

So today was a very long day and I really didn't have much sleep
So basically my day consisted of loading myself up on COFFEE going to school coming home taking a little nap going to work and soon I will be going back to bed
Well I really didn't have a ton to eat today just a little something here and there
But I accidentally made the wrong kind of salad at work so I decided to just set it in the frig and eat it later
So once I finally got off work at 9 I grabbed my pesto salad and headed home
Plus this late at night I never like to eat a lot so this was just perfect

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Chicken Pesto

So my cousin, my sister and my dad all have birthdays in July so today we had a big family birthday dinner
And my dad got to choose where we went and he decided to go to Smokin Aces
So even on my day off I had to go into work
Well any way for dinner I decided to get the Chicken Pesto because well I actually hadn't tried it yet
I also got the sauteed mushrooms and scalloped potatoes
It was really delicious and I ate every bit of it

After dinner we had birthday cake of course!
Oh and it was red velvet which happens to be my VERY FAVORITE
We also had coconut pound cake and my cake truffles but I was focused on the red velvet

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Cake Truffles

Today I made cake truffles!
these are something I saw on food network a while back and I have been wanting to try them
mind you this is not exactly how I saw them made
The one I saw were on a stick and called cakes pops but I like my way

To starts simply bake you favorite cake
for me I chose spice cake

next crumble it all up and throw it in the mixer

mix until the cake is almost sand like

then either use homemade icing or you can doctor some store bought
I used store bought cream cheese icing and added some vanilla and cinnamon to it
Add as much icing as you like to the cake crumbs
not to much just enough to make it stick together and mailable

Finally roll your cake mixture into balls and refrigerate
I froze mine but either way works

And lastly use melted white chocolate to either drizzle or dip your cake truffles in
The only reason I drizzled mine was because I have terrible luck with any melted chocolate let alone white chocolate
I would recommend refrigerating before serving to allow the chocolate to set and so the icing doesn't melt and get all sticky
I really love this recipe and I think I will be making these a lot more often for parties and what not and I hope you liked it also and try it with your favorite cake