Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Meatball Stroganoff

My take is a bit different from your regular  stroganoff however it's a cheat recipe so you will have this on the table fast. Your family will love it even the picky eaters. 
I made this after a long day of working, myself and the kids were tired. Pasta is our comfort food so I whipped this up fast so everyone could rest. Especially me. Very little clean up  made it even better. 


One package portobello mushrooms 
Half medium red onion 
1 tsp  chicken soup base 
1 cup cooking sherry 
1 jar of preservative free Alfredo sauce
2 lbs organic meatballs ( mine are frozen) 
Pepper to taste 
2 tbsp butter 
1 package fettuccine nido 

1. Slice onion and mushrooms 

2. Place in sauce pan and cook with butter on medium. Until liquid from mushrooms is starting to thicken a little.  

3. Add soup base and mix into liquid.

4.  Add sherry and meatballs let simmer five minutes. 

5. Add cream sauce, simmer on low 10 minutes. 

6. Cook pasta al dente. 

7. Serve meatballs and sauce over pasta. 

This will please even the pickiest of eaters. 
Happy Eating 
I am off to snuggle with my family and watch PLL. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Portobello's Beets

On vacation one year we ate at Portobello in downtown Disney. I ordered a salad with beets. They were so good I knew instantly they were made in house. My kids loved them, and soon I was sharing them. So I asked for the recipe. This is what they sent me. 


I am making these for a birthday dinner tomorrow night. They did not say how much pickling spice so I am going with 1 tbsp. this is the best picked beet recipe. Grab some beets at the farmers market and impress your family. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Zabaglione Trifle

This is a great dessert to take to someone's house. This is my summer main dish. You need a bit of time so that your cream can set up. 
5 egg yolks 
3/4 cup sugar 
1/3 cup grand mariner
1 1/2 loaves of lemon pound cake. 
1 package plain gelatin
1/2 cup boiling water
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 package trimmed and rinsed    strawberries 
1 package of rinsed blueberries

This does have a cheat with the pound cake so the time is really just the cream. I like the pound cake from fresh market but you can use a lemon pound cake from any bakery. 

1. Making the zabaglione  
5 egg yolks 
3/4 cup sugar 
1/3 cup grand marnier 
3. Whip until pale and thick.  
Place bowl over a small pot of boiling water continually whipping until doubled in size. About 10 minutes. The yolks will be fluffy and soft almost like a custard but softer. 
Remove and stir frequently until Cooled then place in refrigerator to chill. 

2. Mix gelatin with water until dissolved. Set a side and let cool to room temp. 


3. Use electric mixer to  whip the cream into stiff peaks. Chill beaters in freezer for a few minutes before using. 

4. Mix your zabaglione and gelatin gently. Slowly fold this mixture into the cream. Once it is mixed well put in the refrigerator for one hour. 

5. Once your cream is set start to assemble. 
Cube 1/2 of your cake and place in bottom of your trifle bowl. Top with a third of strawberries and blueberries sprinkled around unevenly. 
Place half of cream a top 
Repeat. 
Use remaining fruit to decorate the top. Or let the kids decorate. Keep chilled until serving and enjoy the compliments




Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Double Chocolate Raspberry brownies

This is a bit more on the healthy side. I make them with less sugar. I am working on recipes with less sugar, since I love a little sweet but I want to try and limit inflammatory causing foods. You can always add more sugar.


1 cup butter 
1 cup sugar 
1 1/4 cup cocoa powder
1tsp salt 
1tsp baking powder
1tbsp vanilla extract 
4 eggs
2 cups semi sweet dark chocolate chips 
1 cup organic raspberries 
2 cups almond meal

1. In a small sauce pan melt butter, raspberries and sugar stirring until everything is liquid. 

2. Sift dry ingredients into a bowl.
3.  Mix in all of you wet ingredients until evenly combined.
4. Add chocolate chips. 
5. Use a greased (I use olive oil) 9x13 baking dish.  
6. Bake in pre heated oven at 350 degrees for 30 mins. 
7. Cool and enjoy 




Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Bit Of Spice Pickled Green Beans

This is a farmers market canning recipe. As many of you know I love the farmers market. I have my favorite farmers I buy from and of course my local bakery. Make sure you check out your farmers market.  I was able to pick up my green beans and garlic at the market. The jalapeño came from my little garden. 


1 jalapeño
3 lbs fresh green beans 
6 cloves of garlic 
3 3/4 cups white vinegar 
3 3/4 cups water 
1/3 pickling salt 
1 tbs of dill

Recipe for 6 pint jars. 
Make sure your jars have been washed and sanitized. I put my washed jars in my canning pot while it begins to boil. Along with my flats and lids. After several minutes remove jars and rims. Remove flats only when you are ready to place them on your jar. 
Trim and cut beans to fit in jars with one inch of head room. Cut jalapeño into six slices, place and slice and one peeled clove of garlic in each jar. 
Mix water, vinegar, salt and dill in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Stir to make sure your salt disolves.  
Ladle vinegar atop leaving one inch of headroom. 
Use your canning tool to remove air bubbles. Very important step.  
Wipe rim of jar with dry clean cloth place flat and screw on rim finger tight. Not to tight. 
Place jars into water bath. Bring water bath back to a boil.  Make sure water covers the jars. Process for ten minutes and remove. Lids will pop as they cool. Check lids after 24 hours to make sure they are sealed. 



Happy Eating!!




Saturday, June 20, 2015

Top 5 Foodie Review Of The French Quarter


I am a misplaced southern girl. When I visit the south I truely feel at home. I love the people, and blend of different cultures.   New Orleans was no exception the people are full of colorful personalities. My adventurer and I always have tons of energy so we continued walking around the French Quarter when others needed a rest.  It was hot, and sticky even for me. But I still loved walking the uneven sidewalks in and out of eye catching shops.
Of course we were eating our way through the French quarter as well. Our top restaurants tied. The carnivore and I loved Domenica and picky eater and the adventurer loved Chef Duke's Cafe Giovanni. 

1. Domenica (carnivore and pescatarian choice)
Ordered up!!! Cablabrese Pizza, Fried Tuscan Kale, Rigatoni with shrimp, Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken (special order) and shrimp and Garganelli.   

Fresh warm bread is brought to the table with spicy olive oil for dipping. Check my Instagram video of the dough being rolled out. 
The kale was amazing even picky eater ate some. 
The pizza was perfect and for smaller appetites can be shared.  The pasta can be odered specific to what you want, picky eater was right on that.  We ordered the smaller portions of pasta. When it first came out we were a bit nervous it was not going to be enough food. The fresh made pasta was very filling. They bring out those beautiful expresso cookies when you are finished. They have dessert if you have room. This is a wonderful place for lunch. The fresh food is so good and smaller portions are perfect to keep you filled during a day of sight seeing. 

2. Chef Duke's Cafe Giovanni

Ordered up!!! Seafood Avocado salad, cheesy garlic bread, fettuccine Alfredo, two of the specials that night, crawfish and shrimp Monica and soft shell crab pasta.  Lastly southern style Louisiana voodoo shrimp as seen and won on iron chef.  We fished by sharing tiramisu. 

All of these dishes were very good. I really loved the fresh crab on the salad, large portion perfect for sharing. The voodoo shrimp has a bit of an Asian flare. However this misplaced southern girl can't pass up shrimp and grits.  It sat atop a portobello mushroom and a fried green tomato that melded together perfectly.  The fettuccine got "this is second best next to mom's." Everyone enjoyed their food. The other pasta specials were very good a nice fusion of Louisiana and Italy.  The tiramisu was average. We are spoiled on the tiramisu. Americans love to cheat and use lady fingers (actually I have found this in other countries too) Ugh only way to do it right is with a homemade sponge cake. Maybe I will post the recipe. Sometimes I even make the mascarpone cheese my self. (Mostly that was pre children though). 
Back to the restaurant, we lucked out  and went on a night with live entertainment. This was so much fun. Three rotating singers with huge smiles and a piano player. If your in the French quarter this is a don't miss. 

3. Cafe du monde
Ordered up!!! Frozen cafe au lait, cafe au lait, beignets, water and soda. We sat at a table in the open air cafe. Everything was served in five minutes. It was a wonderful break. The frozen cafe au lait was perfect. And the beignets were served hot, we had to wait and let them cool a bit. I could go hang out there everyday.
This was actually the adventures favorite place. But it's only a snack place.  It has to be at the top of your French quarter places to go. 

4. Acme Oyster House 
Ordered up!!! Crawfish étouffée, peace maker sandwich, oysters on the half shell, shirmp and fish platter and an oyster shooter.
Everyday this place has a line of people waiting to get some oysters. We ordered three dozen. They were loved. I thought I would be adventurous and try an oyster shooter. I had never had one. It was really good. The adventurer loved the étouffée it was the best we had while in New Orleans. The peace make was a good sandwich. It is an award winning bite so I had to give it a try.  Half of the sandwich is shrimp the other half oyster.  Fried food is a bit much for me. So next time I will order the étouffée. It's one of my favorite meals. The fish and shrimp platter was liked. Shrimp being the favorite part. 

5. Sucre 
This is a wonderful macaroon shop. We had a bunch of different flavors they were all good. This is adventurers favorite cookie. So much so that we make them at home. Now the window displaywill entice you to try these delectable cookies, once inside there is so much more. We only wish we had gone back to try the many other treats and gelato.

Wondering all over the French quarter we tried food at many places, grabbing a snack. We did a couple of walking tours so we needed to keep up our energy. The French market has lots of places to grab something quick. We tried some shrimp tacos. 
We also had some fresh shucked oysters. 
A local person told me the dive looking places are really good. He recommended coop's but we never made it. 

We tried the étouffée at this little place by Jackson square.  It was pretty good. The calamari there was a bit overcooked. 

We had a great time and had fresh seafood everywhere we went. Now I begin my seafood withdrawal!!! 
 Comment below and let me know your favorite places in the French Quarter. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Foodie Review of Galveston Tx

This is such a cute island. Wish we would have stayed longer but we are making lemon pie and heading for the big easy and some more sunshine. I like rainy days but not on vacation.
Tropical Storm Bill
Galveston is definitely a island I want to visit again. Lots to do for a little place. 
We are really here for the food. So on to eating. 
First place we went was the Saltgrass, a chain run by landry's. So you can find it in some other states. They have gluten free listed items.
Let me start with the portions are Texas size. So I know I would split a meal with one of my kids next time.  Ordered at my table was an avocado crab stack, t-bone with baked potato, BBQ shrimp stuffed  Enbrochette, salmon oscar, and chicken tenders and shrimp platter. 

 Avacado  crab stackcrab stack was delicious. Order this it's fresh and healthy tasting.  The t-bone was rated a 7 out of 10 by my favorite carnivore.   Our picky eater liked the chicken tenders and shrimp. The BBQ shrimp was not a hit with my adventurous eater. The adventurer loved the baked sweet potato. I was very excited to order wild caught salmon. The only kind to eat. This was very good. It sat on top fried asparagus and I had a baked sweet potato. The adventurer and I should have spit this meal.   

On to my favorite place we ate at in Galveston.  The Sunflower Bakery and Cafe. 
This place was more than eye candy. The bakery items looked amazing. But food made you want to come back. We went here for breakfast. A classic breakfast was order( bacon, eggs, toast, potatoes, sorry forgot the name they called it) Crab cakes and eggs, and pancakes. We left our plates clean. The crab tasted fresh eggs were perfect and the holidaise sauce was light and creamy. The pancakes were large and fluffy. Their breakfast potatoes were cooked in bacon grease. They are really good.   Go here for breakfast!!! 

We went to the Black Pearl for oysters on the half shell happy hour. 
Ok this was a great deal on oysters. They were loved!  The fried okra was good. The Cajun sauce on the po boy was buffalo sauce tasting. Still good. We ordered two donzen oysters on half shell, fried oyster po boy, salad with grilled shrimp, calamari and gumbo. The gumbo was really good. I felt that some of the food was a bit bland, it did serve Texas size portions. This is worth going to for oyster happy hour. 

Don't forget to go to the strand while you are there and get something sweet from La King Confectionary. Check out my video on Instagram. The place is huge. It smells divine. They have certain times you can watch candy being made. 
We had ice cream made in house and served up by a guy who flipped each ball of ice cream into our cups. Worth the indulgence.  Happy travels. 

P.S. Comment below on your favorite places in Galveston. 

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