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Easter Dinner
posted by kristen on 4-15-2014 3:03:pm
My family usually goes out for Easter dinner. We cook at home a lot, so it's nice to have the day off. I understand many people who do the opposite, enjoy the home cooked meal on Easter Sunday. My extended family's traditional menu consists of ham, beef tenderloin, potato salad, gumbo, green beans, and so much more. It's always fun to get together with family and friends no matter what's on the menu. What's on your family Easter table?
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Grimaldi's Pizzaria
posted by kristen on 7-15-2011 2:32:pm
I just found Grimaldi's Pizzaria in Sugar Land, Texas. I can't believe I've been missing this. This is the best pizza I've had in a long time. Maybe the best ever. So good!
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posted by Chef Paco on 1-04-2011 11:39:pm
White wine Brown sugar Mustard Cayenne Onion Worcestershire sauce Honey Ketchup Canned chipotle chillies Rum Mangoes/Peaches Take excess and put on stove to simmer. Add mangoes/peaches. After simmer for a little bit, put in blender. Pulse until smooth. Baste throughout grilling. Please give feedback, I want to know what you all think of my marinade.
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Pool Party
posted by kristen on 6-05-2010 4:13:pm
So, I cooked for a Pool Party yesterday. It was a delectable success, if I do say so. Everything with the exception of the desserts were guilt free. I made a beautiful vegetable tray with yogurt dill dip and hummus dip, Greek Pasta Salad, Grilled Jerk Chicken and Steak, Mango Salsa, Guacamole, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Brownies. We passed a good time! :)
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Bread Pudding
posted by kristen on 5-27-2010 6:07:pm
I recently bought too much French bread and a few days have past and the loaves were still sitting there. I didn't want to throw them away so I made bread pudding. :) I cut the bread into small squares and placed them into a baking dish. I mixed together milk, evaporated milk, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, butter, raisins and chopped pecans. Combine all in the baking pan and bake for 40 mins and enjoy. It's delicious. Oh, I almost forgot the best part. The rum sauce. Combine butter, milk, sugar, flour, vanilla and rum. Now enjoy. :)
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Low Fat Egg Salad
posted by kristen on 5-25-2010 6:31:pm
I just figured out how to make egg salad or even deviled eggs without having to use mayo. The answer is Greek Yogurt. Use all of the same things you use to make Egg Salad or Deviled eggs but replace the mayo with yogurt. Trust me it's just as yummy! I used 4 boiled eggs, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, Digon mustard, red onion and cajun seasoning. Put on French or sliced bread and Enjoy.
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Giada De Laurentiis at Williams Sonoma at Town & Country, Houston, Texas
posted by kristen on 4-09-2010 2:47:pm
So, Giada De Laurentiis made an appearance at a Williams Sonoma in Houston to sign her new cookbook, “Giada at Home”. When I was informed of this news I was so excited I could hardly stand it. I have met and talked to other celebrity chefs. Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali, Sarah Moulton, Leah Chase, John Besh, Frank Brigtsen and Paul Prudhomme, just to name a few. But this is Giada. She is amazing. She is beautiful, intelligent, has a great personality, a gorgeous baby girl, is a certified chef and can really cook. Naturally, I was excited. I arrived at Williams Sonoma - Town & Country, about 2 hours before she is said to arrive to find a line already formed inside the store. I wasn’t in the store a full minute when a lady in a green apron approached me and asked if I was there for Giada. I said yes with a smile. She then asked me if I had a ticket. I said, “I’m with the media and am going to cover this book signing on my food website and will promote your store as well as Giada”, all the time smiling and reaching for my press badge.  She said she had to get the manager and asked me to wait. I calmly said ok and started to look around the store. I was then approached by a different woman , also in a green apron, who asked if she could help me. I told her the same information and went to hand her my business card. She remained standing with hands clasped behind her and a scowl on her face and refused to take my card. She told me that they sold 350 tickets to this book signing in less than two days. I asked if I could buy a book now and just be last in line to talk to her. She declined that possibility as well. So, I sat in my car just outside the store hoping to at least see Giada walk by. The line grew and grew and was soon wrapped around the building inside and out. When I started seeing people coming out of the store, I got a closer look. This is as close as I got to Giada… I saw the back of her head as she signed someone else’s book.  I asked someone waiting in line how much they paid for their ticket, and he told me as he looked down at his book, $39. So, the “ticket” was just the receipt of the book purchase. Now, I’m not a celebrity, I don’t work at a cooking gadget store chain, nor do I have a published cookbook. And, I understand that everyone involved was just trying to make money. With that being said, don’t you think they would want to make more money? I mean, when the Girls Next Door sign calendars and magazines, they stay until the last person gets their signature. What’s one more cookbook sale and one more signature in exchange for a good written review? I’ll be boycotting Williams Sonoma for a while. As for Giada, she’s still one of my favorite celebrity chefs and I’ll buy her cookbooks from another retailer.
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Giada's New Book
posted by kristen on 4-09-2010 2:37:pm
Giada's new book is available at Home Goods for $25. :)
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Chicken Salad Salad
posted by kristen on 4-09-2010 1:12:am
Last night my mom made some chicken broth for a friend of hers. So tonight, I made chicken salad with the chicken. Cut up cooked chicken into small dice. Add small cut celery, green onion, mayo, Tony Chachere Seasoning, garlic powder and onion powder. Put a scoop of chicken salad on top of a salad and enjoy.
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Pizza Bella Restaurant
posted by kristen on 4-05-2010 9:30:pm
Went to Pizza Bella today for lunch. The pizza was good. Really crispy crust, good sauce and tasty peperoni. It had and a little too much cheese for my taste. The ambiance was a little lacking, but we ate outside and it was lovely. The redheaded guy that took our order, made our pizza and served us was very nice and helpful. Overall a good experience.
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Gormet Baked Potato Chips
posted by kristen on 3-25-2010 3:10:am
So, I was having a real craving for potato chips or french fries. But instead of giving into McDonalds I opted to make my own Baked Potato Chips. I peeled and cut 2 potatoes and 2 sweet potatoes and put them in a large bowl. I put one egg white, 1/4 stick of melted butter, one toe of minced garlic, salt & pepper. Combine well. Spread out on 2 baking sheets lined with foil and sprayed with pam. Bake for about 20-25 minutes in a 450 degree oven.
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Red Beans
posted by kristen on 3-24-2010 6:22:pm
I have been asked to post a Red Beans recipe. Here goes. In a short stock pot put 1 lb dried red kidney beans, 2 chopped onions, 1 chopped green bell pepper, 3 chopped stalks celery, 2 minced cloves garlic, 2 smoked ham hocks, 6 bay leaves and fill the pot with water. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low. Cook for about 2 hours. When the beans are completely soft, add salt & pepper. Do not add salt at the beginning because the beans will not get soft. Enjoy!
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Pasta Night
posted by kristen on 3-24-2010 6:04:pm
I made pasta last night. It was a big hit. I started by cooking 4 slices of bacon in a large skillet. Take the bacon out and add small cut chicken breast, onion, salt & pepper. Cook until chicken is slightly brown. Add a little water to get some of the brown off of the pan. Add a tablespoon of olive oil & a table spoon of flour. Cook until flour is no longer white. Add a half cup or more of white wine, 2 cloves garlic-grated, 2 chicken bouillon cubes, a cup of frozen peas and 1 cup of low fat cottage cheese. Let the peas defrost and the cheese melt then add cooked pasta and some grated Parmesan cheese. Serve hot and top with more grated Parmesan cheese.
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French Bread Pizza
posted by kristen on 3-21-2010 8:42:pm
French Bread Pizza can only be found frozen or at home, for some reason. I don't know why. It's so good. On real New Orleans french bread, it's truly delectable. Cut the bread in half length wise and top with tomato sauce, cheese and peperoni. Bake at 425 for about 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!
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Bleu Cheese Bacon Burger
posted by kristen on 3-20-2010 7:49:pm
Just had a homemade Bleu Cheese Bacon Burger. Yummo! Simply make a hamburger patty out of fresh, lean ground meat. Add salt and pepper and cook the way you like it. When building your burger, add bacon and bleu cheese along with your other favorite toppings like lettuce, tomato and pickle and you have a "delectable" burger.
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Fried Rice
posted by kristen on 3-02-2010 8:41:pm
Sooooo good! Just cook 2 cups rice in a rice cooker as usual. Cut up some chicken breasts into thin strips and cook with oil & salt & pepper in a flat bottom, non coated large skillet. Add finely chopped onion, bell pepper and carrots. Move all ingredients to one side of the pan and add a tab of butter to the clean side and scramble 3 eggs. Mix together. Add cooked rice to onions and chicken and stir until combined. Add some soy sauce and you're done.
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frittata dinner
posted by kristen on 3-02-2010 5:28:pm
Tonight we had frittatas for dinner. A frittata is like a quiche without the crust. I used a cupcake pan to make individual frittatas. They had a potato bottom and the family really liked them. Would be great for any meal: breakfast, brunch, lunch, snack or dinner. See full recipe
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Leftover Steak
posted by kristen on 2-23-2010 7:51:pm
We had some leftover steak from Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and didn't want it to go to waste. I made Mongolian Beef with the leftover beef. I made a blonde roux with oil and flour and added red onion, green onion, green, red & yellow bell pepper, white cabbage and carrots. I then added one can of beef broth, 3 tablespoons each of Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce & red wine. I also added one tablespoon of red chilie pepper sauce (Asian). Cooked for a few minutes and then add the sliced, cooked beef. Serve with rice.
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Black & Gold Superbowl
posted by kristen on 2-03-2010 4:42:pm
I can't wait for the Superbowl. I keep thinking of what delectable food we will prepare. The unfortunate thing is, not many foods are black & gold. There are black beans and gold tortilla chips, black olives and cheddar cheese and that's about it. If you know of any others let me know. :) Who Dat!
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Shrimp Salad
posted by kristen on 2-03-2010 4:35:pm
Last night I made a delectable Greek salad for dinner. It had lettuce, tomato, cucumber, feta cheese, black olives and boiled shrimp. Boil some water in a stock pot. When the water comes to a boil, add one onion, a few cloves of garlic, a lemon, a few bay leaves, cajun seasoning, salt and about a tablespoon of liquid crab boil. When water returns to a boil, add peeled and deveined shrimp. Boil about 5-7 minutes or until to your desired taste.
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King Cake
posted by kristen on 1-28-2010 5:18:am
My first experience with yeast came out absolutely delectable. I made my first king cake the other day. If you want the recipe, check out the recipe search.
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Birthday Cupcakes
posted by kristen on 1-28-2010 5:13:am
I made Tres Leches Cupcakes for my birthday cake. They tasted really good, but were kind of heavy. I found it interesting that the recipe didn't call for fat, like butter or crisco. Just flour, eggs, sugar and of course three types of milk. Like rum cake, after the cake is baked you put the milk on it. I think maybe I put too much because the cakes were really almost pudding like.
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Healthy Alternative
posted by kristen on 1-28-2010 4:58:am
Tonight I cooked a bake/fried chicken roll. I took one chicken breast and butterflied it completely in half. So there are now two chicken breasts. Then pound the chicken one at a time. Put the chicken in a ziplock bag and use a flat mallet or a heavy skillet to pound the chicken thin. Then salt and pepper the chicken. Put one slice of motz cheese, two leaves of spinach, feta cheese and black oives on the chicken. Then roll the chicken and use a toothpick to hold closed. Do the same with the other chicken breast. Coat the stuffed and rolled chicken in flour then egg then bread crumbs. Spray Pam on a pan and put the chicken in the pan. Spray Pam on the top of the raw chicken also. Cook at 375 for about 40 mins. Serve with any vegetable. I boiled some carrots and sauteed some spinach with some garlic. You'll feel like you're eating fried chicken, but you're really eating quite a healthy meal. :)
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New Year
posted by kristen on 1-05-2010 10:47:pm
Well, the new year diet is going well. But it is only the 5th of the month and the 2nd day of the actual diet. :) Tonight's dinner is grilled chicken and squash. Yum Yum!!!
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French night
posted by kristen on 12-08-2009 7:27:pm
Last night I made white beans and baked/breaded pork chops. Sooooo good! I boiled the navy peas for about 20 minutes. Then drained the water and started over with onion, celery, garlic, cubed ham and more water. Then simmered on low for about an hour and a half more. I dredged the pork chops in flour then egg & milk then bread crumbs. Put them in a baking pan that was covered with pam and put a small tab of butter on top. Baked for about 10 minutes then flip and bake for about 10 minutes. Oven temp 400. A delectable French dinner.
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posted by kristen on 12-05-2009 5:53:am
Oh the weather outside if frightful, but the fire is so delightful. And if you've no place to go, stay home and cook something delectable and watch the snow, watch the snow, watch the snow. Today it snowed. So, I spent the day in the kitchen cooking spaghetti sauce. For some reason, it was bitter. I added some sugar and the bitterness went away, but I've never had that happen before. I wonder if it was the wine. The wine I put in the sauce, not the wine I drank. :) I don't know. It's fine with some sugar added.
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posted by kristen on 12-02-2009 10:59:pm
I just made Jambalaya. It is so good. I have never been a big fan of Jambalaya. Either it's too hot or too mushy or too tomatoey. Mine is perfect. I started by cooking a pound of cubed chicken and 2 diced sausage links of sausage in a small stock pot with cajun seasoning. When that was almost cooked I added a half a pound of peeled and chopped shrimp and cooked until just cooked. I then removed the meat from the pot. Cooked one onion in the pot of meat goodness. Then added one bell pepper and one stalk celery. Then added three cups of chicken stock, two cups of rice, two cloves of minced garlic, five bay leaves and some salt. Cooked covered and low until can't see any water on top. Add meat back into pot and cook on really low covered for an additional 15 minutes. Stir and if all water is gone and rice is not hard, enjoy!
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Thanksgiving Dinner
posted by kristen on 11-27-2009 6:20:am
Wow! Today was the most delectable day of the year. Today was all about food and family and food and friends and food. I spent the day surrounded by the people I love most in this world. We started the day eating fruit while putting the finishing touches on the feast. The feast started with our traditional "shrimp stuff". It is called shrimp stuff because it doesn't really have a better name. It is an appetizer that consists of shrimp, oysters, mushrooms and onions in a cheese sauce. This is our families' holiday traditional dish. It is truly delectable!!! Then we had stuffed artichoke. Another tradition. Then, artichoke soup. The soup had a few too many chokes in it. Every now and then you got a little bit of hair in your mouth, but it tasted fabulous. As if that wasn't enough, there was more. We then had roasted turkey, rice & gravy, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows & stuffed mirliton. It took a lot less time to eat that fabulous meal than it did to prepare it and clean up. So with a full belly and a happy mind, I took a nap. When I woke, I had a slice of homemade apple pie a la mode and called it a day. I love thanksgiving. Tomorrow, I hit the gym.
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Thanksgiving Cooking
posted by kristen on 11-26-2009 4:51:am
I just finished cooking Thanksgiving dinner. I made stuffed miriton, apple pie and helped with other stuff. I stuffed the mirliton with the scooped out squash, onion, garlic, bread crumbs, parm cheese and shrimp. Apple pie came straight from southern living cookbook. I also baked the sweet potatoes for the casserole and cooked the mushrooms and oysters for the appetizer. All together it should be a delectable meal tomorrow.
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Thanksgiving Dinner
posted by kristen on 11-24-2009 9:38:pm
What are you going to eat for Thanksgiving?
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Turkey Chili
posted by kristen on 10-19-2009 2:23:am
I made turkey chili the other night. It's a lower fat version of beef chili. I used ground white meat turkey and pento beans and tomato sauce and diced tomatoes and cooked with all that with onions, garlic and bell pepper. I cooked it for about 3 hours on really low. I enjoyed it on a turkey hot dog. :) It was the perfect dinner after seeing Where the Wild Things Are.
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dinner plans
posted by kristen on 9-30-2009 11:11:pm
I totally had plans on making a healthy dinner of Greek salad with grilled chicken, but was asked to do BLT instead. So, calories won today. :)
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Great Food Weekend
posted by kristen on 7-27-2009 9:43:pm
I had a great food weekend. Earlier in the week, I made some spaghetti sauce. So, for lunch on Saturday I added onion, ground meat and chili powder to the leftover sauce and made chili. It was truly delectable. Then for dinner, I made guacamole and watermelon margaritas and had snow crab legs. Quite possibly the best meal I've had in a long time. What's your best meal?
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5 Napkin Burger
posted by kristen on 6-04-2009 9:59:pm
Recently, I went on a trip to New York City. I ate at several delectable restaurants while I was there. One in particular is the 5 Napkin Burger in Hell's Kitchen. It was truly delectable! I had a Cosmo at the bar while waiting for a table that really hit the spot. Then was greeted and entertained by a handsome, giant of a waiter. I had a roll of sushi, spinach dip and of course a burger. All at the same restaurant. And they were all delectable! The burger was 10oz of ground chuck cooked to perfection. Then as if that was not enough, I had dessert. :) Luckily, I was able to share all of that with the rest of my group. Yes, it took three of us to finish one 5 napkin burger. :)
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Quick food ideas
posted by kristen on 6-04-2009 9:45:pm
Today for lunch I had a Pita Pizza. It's a quick semi healthy way to prepare lunch or dinner. You start with a round pita bread. Put some olive oil on it, then store bought pizza sauce, cheese, and the toppings of your choice. Bake it in the oven or a toaster oven for about 10 minutes or to desired color. What do you like to have for lunch?
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