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Wheat-free Pizza

March 8, 2011

Good Pizza...

The last time I wanted to start off the week on a good note I made pizza! (seen here) Since this past weekend was not that great I wanted to make sure as of Monday I would shake off the bad vibes and create some happiness! I was inspired to make a Wheat-Free Vegan pizza by a friend who has been experimenting with a wheat-free diet. To save time I doubled the recipe and baked the crusts off and froze them for easy assembly later on. You can make 2 full pizzas or 4 personal sized out of a doubled recipe. Having them ready to go in the freezer will deter you from ordering out when you have a craving and help you stick to a healthier wheat-free option. Good pizza = great week!

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Ham & Egg Cups

February 25, 2011

Eggs in ham cuplets...cute

Since breakfast isn’t my favorite meal of the day I’ve been trying to find simple recipes that are quick to make before work and will look great at a brunch too! This is idea is thanks to the girls at fromthelittleyellowkitchen and I think are a perfect sequel to my Bacon & Eggs in toast cups.
Now I’m ready for the rest of the day; going to make some homemade pizza dough, Thai chili chicken and do some more shower planning! Never again will I underestimate a good breakfast.

Assemble...bake...

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Roast Chicken

February 17, 2011

Dinner for my Valentine

I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day! I had two great Valentine’s Days! We did two dinners, one each, Dinner Party Wars style. The first was mine and I made a classic roast chicken with stuffing and a side of lemon butter green beans. Each dish is easy even for the non-cook and it always impresses.

The next dinner I hate to say it but I was completely shown up…the meal I was treated to was definitely the winner and could call itself Dinner Party Wars Champion. Filet Mignon with garlic prawns, and asparagus with prosciutto and orange mayo. I got a front row seat to watch my martinis being shaken and found a new favorite drink! My contribution to the evening was a strawberry mousse cake that I brought which happened to fall over in the box and lost its visual appeal.

So I will admit that I lost (even though I don’t want to) but I will ready for the next round!

Chicken/Turkey Stuffing

3 cups of bread cubes
1/2 a white onion, chopped
1 tbsp butter
1 celery stalk, chopped
boiling water
poultry seasoning

On medium heat melt butter in a pan and add chopped celery and onion. Cook for about 5 minutes, until softened. Place bread cubes in a boil and add boiling water just to soften. Make sure the water is absorbed by the bread. Add your sautéed onions and celery and mix. Add poultry seasoning to taste. You can either stuff the bird or bake it in a dish to heat through. Enjoy!!

Italian Wedding Soup

December 15, 2010

Italian Wedding Soup

During the winter I feel the need to cook large batches of meals to freeze just incase I get snowed in and can’t make it to the grocery store. This is especially true when I make soups or stews in my slow cooker. Now I have never been snowed in but we can all hope right? Trust me you’ll want to be at my place when that happens! Monday I made Broccoli & Cheese soup and today, for the first time, I made Italian Wedding Soup. I combined these two recipes (found here and here) and produced a delicious, tummy warming soup. The best part is I have left over meatballs that I threw in the freezer
for a fast dinner of spaghetti and meatballs!

Sauteed chicken meatballs

Meatballs peeking through the spinach in my slow cooker

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Thanksgiving Menu

October 7, 2010

Thanksgiving is quickly becoming one of my most anticipated holidays and it’s not just because turkey dinner is my favortie meal. It’s because we have started a tradition to all get together for a homemade dinner. Since this is our third annual Thanksgiving dinner we have opted to change-up the menu from prior years. We will of course have the staples like stuffing, brussels sprouts (this year with bacon) and bbq’d turkey but we have chosen a few different dishes to challenge ourselves with. I think we have narrowed it down to a meal that is going to please everyone and garner the perfect amount of praise!

Roasted Fall Vegetables

http://www.cbc.ca/bestrecipes/2010/01/roasted-fall-vegetables.html

Squash and Cheddar Souffles

http://www.foodnetwork.ca/guides/thanksgiving/menus/recipes/recipe.html?dishid=8951

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/bacon-brussels-sprouts-recipe/index.html

What are you making for Thanksgiving?

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Pizza Night

September 23, 2010

Pizza night!

When I was younger pizza night was always friday night for my family. Mom would take our orders and make us each a custom pizza with our fav ingredients. It was an end of the week treat and the perfect start to a weekend ahead. I took that theory and switched it up this week… I chose to make pizza on Monday night hoping that it would be the kickoff to a great week. Paired with all the season premieres of my shows I would say it’s been a great week so far! 90210, Gossip Girl, Cougar Town, and Dexter. Next pizza night I’m definitely making these.

Quick sautee of onions and peppers

Assembly almost complete

It's going to be a great week!

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Roasted Shrimp with Orzo

September 16, 2010


Sometimes the best recipe is the simplest recipe. Not too many ingredients and lots of room for your own interpretations. This Roasted Shrimp with Orzo (found here) is perfect if your just cooking for yourself (lots of leftovers!) yet pretty enough to serve at a dinner party. This dish is so fresh, light, and clean…simply delicious and absolutely perfect.

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