Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pan-Seared Chicken Breast with Basil & Lemon Pesto Sauce

This dish gives me a warm cozy feeling that you would also get with chicken marsala. Just minus the mushrooms, loads of butter, and flour. This dish is lemony and creamy because I make a thick pesto sauce to coat the chicken in. I also thinly cut the chicken breast so the chicken cooks fast in the sauce and stays juicy all around. This can be enjoyed alone with an italian side salad or over even over pasta. Even throwing a few sliced cherry tomatoes in can jazz it up even more. I also recommend trying in in a sandwhich with fresh tomatoes and your favorite cheese or have it hot, and made into a pannini. Which ever way, I garentee you will enjoy this dish!

1/3 cup of Lemon Infused Oil (If you do not have, Extra Virgin Olive Oil will work)
1 cup of Basil Leaves
1/2 of a Lemon juice
1 teaspoon of fresh Lemon zest
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon of Garlic Powder
5 chicken breast thinly sliced
1 tablespoon of water

In a blender, mix all ingredients together well. Pour over chicken in a bowl and let it marinate for 20 minutes. Place into a medium heat non-stick pan with all the sauce and let it cook for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Then Enjoy!

Dont forget to serve the chicken with the remainders of the sauce from the pan!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cheddar & Scallion Biscuits with Garlic Butter

Here's a quick biscuit that can be enjoyed early in the morning snack for lunch.. or for dinner. Its easy to make and it is sure to satisfy. So you should give it a try..

1 cup of chopped scallions
3/4 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
2/3 cups of milk
2 1/4 cups of Bisquick
1/4 stick of butter melted
1/3 of a tablespoon of salt
1/3 of a tablespoon of garlic powder

Heat oven to 350. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl combine Bisquick, Scallions, Cheddar cheese. Then add milk and mix with a spoon. Next, with your hands knead the dough making one large ball. On a large surface lay out more parchment or use a wooden cutting board dusted with a little bit of Bisquick to prevent sticking, and flatten out dough with hands or a rolling pin until its 1 inch thick. Using a cup or a cookie cutter, cut out biscuits and lay on the baking pan lined with parchment paper. Place in the oven and cook until golden brown on top. I don't give a specific time because the width of your biscuit can only determine how long it will need to cook. So keep an eye on them. Once the tops are golden brown remove it from the oven. In a cup melt butter then add salt and garlic powder. Mix well. With a brush or a spoon, top the hot biscuits with the garlic butter mixture. Let the biscuits cool for 5 minutes, then enjoy!!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My Favorite Egg

I can literally eat this every morning next to some hash browns. This IS my favorite way to eat an egg.

Pinch of chopped fresh or dried chives
1 strip of bacon
2 tablespoons of chopped onion
Salt & Pepper to taste

Heat pan with 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium heat. Cook bacon until half way done. Add onions and cook until it starts to become transparent. Crack one or two eggs ontop. Add chives and a pinch of salt & pepper. Let the egg cook the way you like it!

Enjoy with wheat toast, tortilla, or any kind of breakfast potato.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Joe's Stone Crab, Miami (Review)

I don't really have the time to do restaurant reviews and I often times forget to take pictures. However, I just came back from my Florida vacation and can NOT stop thinking about how friken DELICIOUS Joe's Stone Crab restaurant in Miami was. I just have to share that if you ever get the chance to go, GO. Me and my boyfriend enjoyed the following with not a single complaint.

-Bread Basket with assorted bread, crackers, and muffins. Honey biscuit was our favorite.
-Florida Little Neck Clams – steamed with lobster lemongrass broth, andouille sausage, leeks, garlic, tomatoes & slice of french bread (the broth was to die for..and the bread hit the spot with this dish..)
-Joe’s Stone Crab Bisque (best crab bisque you will ever have according to my boyfriend and trust me he knows his seafood soups!)
-8 Select Stone Crab Claws (Big juicy crab claws..and we went when they weren't in that means if you go when there in season you can get them 2 sizes bigger!! Season ends in May)
-Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes – with green tomato caper remoulade (Now up there with my favorite's from Faidley's from Baltimore and Legal Seafood from Boston)
-Skinny Fried Sweets (Deliciously fried sweet potatoes seasoned with sugar and cinnamon..I swear once you smell and taste these you will never forget these from Joe's and you will be hooked. I took the left overs home..I just couldn't bear to see them get chucked in the trash..)
For Dessert (even though we were stuffed)
Pecan Pie – with a honey caramel sauce à la mode (YUM!)
Joe’s Famous Key Lime Pie – a.k.a. the official Florida State Pie (HOLY &%*!%. IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVERY BITE WAS LIKE A PUNCH TO EVERY SINGLE TASTE BUD ON MY TONGUE! SUPER DELICIOUS..A MUST HAVE IF YOU EVER MAKE IT TO JOE'S)

I miss you already Joe's!

I just wanted to add..I'm super excited to announce that Joe's website offered a few recipes including the Key Lime pie.. which I am going to attempt to make before the summer is over. Hell WHO AM I KIDDING.. I'd even eat in the winter..

Here's the link..

Have a WONDERFUL day everyone!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


This is such an awesome drink. It's a type of a Mexican 'Aqua Fresca'. I recommend it to everyone! It is a must try for the summer. I was told it taste like rice pudding. I'm not a fan of milk so I never had rice pudding but I'm sure it taste similar because it's made from rice and has vanilla and cinnamon in the mix. So enjoy this drink while there is still hot weather. I promise you will be hooked like I am. This recipe calls for the rice to sit over night. So it is not something you can whip up right away. I tend to make it during get togethers. I actually look forward to get togethers for this reason! :) Stay Cool everyone!

1/2 cup of long grain white rice
1 1/4 cups of warm water
1 cup of blanched almonds
2 cinnamon sticks
4 cups of water
3/4 cups of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Place uncooked rice in a blender. Blend until powdery. In a bowl combine blended rice, 1 1/4 cups of warm water, almonds, and the 2 cinnamon sticks. Cover and let it sit at room temperature overnight. Transfer mix to a blender. Add two cups of the 4 cups of water and blend until smooth. Line a fine mesh strainer with some cheesecloth and pour the rice mixture through it. Squeeze the remaining liquid into the bowl and throw away the solids. Pour the liquid into a pitcher or large bowl and add the remaining 2 cups of water, sugar, and vanilla. Serve immediately over ice. Garnish with a bit of cinnamon powder! Enjoyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*FYI* You can store this in the fridge up to 3 days before serving!

Jalapeno Chedder Corn Muffins

Awesome Savory Muffins. It is NOT spicy. It may have a little kick. Make sure your Jalapenos doesn't have any lines on it because that mean it will be more spicy. Anyway.. you are going to love this. So give it a try. Eat some alone, with chili, or BBQ meats.

2 Boxes of Jiffy Corn Bread Mix
3 fresh Jalapenos chopped and seeded
2 cups of shredded Cheddar Cheese
2 eggs
2/3 cups of milk

Line a cupcake tray or two with baking cups. Set oven to 400 degrees. Blend milk and eggs with corn bread mix. Add 1 1/2 cups of Cheddar cheese and chopped Jalapenos into the mix and blend good. Place a tablespoon and a half into each baking cup. Once finished filling each cup, you then add a sprinkle of the left over Cheddar cheese on to each cup. Place the trays in the oven and let it cook until golden brown on top. Should be done anywhere between 15 to 20 minutes.

My 'Mexican' Stuffed Sicilian Arancini di Riso - Mexican Style Rice Balls

I did a twist on the Sicilian Arancini di Riso Recipe. I decided to stuff them with beef that was seasoned with your everyday mexican spices. Next time I try these I am going to add lime zest and some juice to the rice along with some chopped cilantro to the rice as well. I will not add that to this recipe because the picture I am showing is made without it. However, if you want to be a bit daring go ahead without me! Don't forget to let me know! :) Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family did. Its a bit a work but well worth it in the end.

Vegetable Oil for frying.
2 large eggs beaten for blending
2 cups of cooked white jasmin rice, cooled.(lime zest, some lime juice and chopped cilantro is optional *FYI* you would add this after the rice is done cooking.)
1 1/2 cups of dried Plain Bread Crumbs or Panko breadcrumbs for an extra crunch.
2 ounces ground beef
1 tablespoon of chili powder
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
1/2 teaspoon of chipotle powder for a kick (this is optional if your dont want your filling spicey.)
Salt and Pepper for taste

Take a frying pan and spray with a thin coat of oil. Place the pan over medium heat. Once the oil is heated, cook the beef with the chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and chipotle powder. Break the meat as best as possible. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Once the meat is completely done cooking. Let it cool. Pour 4 inches of oil in a deep pot and heat over medium. While the drying oil is heating up get a bowl and mix the beaten eggs into the rice along with 1/2 cup of bread crumbs. Place the remaining bread crumbs on a plate. Pick up 1 tablespoons of he rice mixture and a half ball in the palm of your hand. Create a small indent and pick of a small teaspoon of the meat mixture and fill the indent. Pick up another tablespoon of the rice and cover the meat to form a ball. Coat the ball in the breadcrumbs. After completing each ball, place on a chilled baking tray. Set the balls in the freezer for 10 minutes. Clean your area and prepare a baking tray or large plate with 3 layers of paper towels. Remove the balls from the freezer and in batches of 3 or 4(depending on the size of your pot- DO NOT PLACE TOO MANY AT ONCE)drop them in the hot oil cooking until brown, turning them frequently. This should take no longer than 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cooked balls onto your tray or plate layered with papertowels. Sprinkle a little bit of salt onto the balls once they are taken out of the oil so the salt sticks.


Monday, July 5, 2010

Stuffed Italian Green Pepper's

My mother has a garden blooming with a million Italian green peppers. I decided to stuff them with what was on hand. Here is was I came up with....

6 Italian green peppers sliced in half (giving you 12 pepper shells)
2 cups of rice
4 sweet Italian sausage links
1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes sliced in half
4 cups of water
1 1/2 cup of mozzarella
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup of chopped onion
1 clove of garlic finely chopped
2 chicken bouillon cubes
salt & pepper to taste
2 tablespoon of olive oil
1 handful of parsley finely chopped for garnish

Over the stove pour two cups of rice in a pot with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Heat the rice over medium heat for 1 minute stirring the rice constantly coating every grain of rice with oil. Then add the 4 cups of water to the mixture. Lower the heat to low. Place the 2 chicken bouillons into the water. Cover the pot and let the rice simmer until it's done cooking. Be sure to stir the rice a couple times so the bouillons dissolve evenly into the rice. Once rice is finished cooking, sit the rice to the side. Next get a bowl and remove casings from the 4 sausage links. You will not need it. Break the meat in little pieces with your hand. Over medium heat, place a nonstick pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil on the stove. Once the olive oil is heated place chopped onions and finely chopped garlic into the pan. Once you begin to see the onion and garlic begin to turn brown, add all the sausage. Break the sausage up some more with a spatula or wooden spoon as much as possible. Once the meat is halfway cooked, add in the cherry tomatoes. Stir the mixture constantly. Once you begin to see the cherry tomato's begin to wilt add the cooked rice to the pan. Let the rice fry for 5 minutes with the sausage mixture in the pan then turn off the heat. Line trays with aluminum foil and turn oven on to 350. Let the rice cool enough so when you stuff you do not burn yourself. I found a wooden spoon to be an easy stuffing tool for this recipe. Scoop the rice and sausage mixture and stuff into each pepper. Load them as high as you like. Once all the peppers are stuffed you may enjoy any left over rice and sausage stuffing :). Sprinkle each pepper with mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. You may then add some salt and pepper on top. Cover with some aluminum foil being careful not to let it touch the top of the peppers because the cheese will stick to it. You may even grease the aluminium foil to help prevent that from happening. Place the trays in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour depending on how hot your oven gets or how big or small your peppers are. Just keep an eye on them and check up on them every ten minutes or so. After a half hour or so remove the aluminum foil from the top and let the cheese on top brown. Once the cheese has browned remove the peppers from the oven. Garnish with fresh chopped Parsley. Serve 2 warm with some Italian salad for a yummy dinner!