Saturday, January 30, 2010

Mac n Cheese Festival!

Alrighty...So Friday I made Mac N Cheddar with Broccoli.


It was DELICIOUS!  Lily loved it....Here's Lily blowing on hers to cool it down



Ben and I made Mac N White Cheddar with Cauliflower and Smoked Almonds


Which was also yummy and not something I would have thought of making on my own at all.  So it was great to try something new.


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Recipe #3 Beef Goolash

What Rachael calls Beef Goolash I would call Beef Stroganoff.  Where I come from goolash is a tomato based meal...with hamburger meat, noodles, ketchup, tomato soup, onions and a little worcestershire sauce.  (forgive me of the spelling mistakes *LOL*)


THIS meal was DELISH.  I omitted a few things - and added cumin instead of smoked paprika.  Takes a lot like the "Hamburger Helper" version of Beef Stroganoff.

Next recipe...Mac N Cheese with a twist!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Smokey Turkey Shepherd's Pie

Ok I FINALLY made the Shepherd's Pie - recipe #2 LOL


Some tips I have - after you cut your potatoes in cubes and put them in water to boil cut the rest of veggies right then before you start the bacon and ground turkey.

Here is a picture when it came out of the oven:


It was YUM YUM YUMO!!!  Soooo good.

Even Owen loved it


And Lily didn't want to eat


I highly recommend this recipe.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ladies & Gentlemen we have been delayed

OK OK OK I know.  I was supposed to make recipe #2 on Saturday and I didn't.  I didn't do it on Sunday OR Monday either.  I'm SO far behind, I don't know if I can reach my goal of 365 recipes in 332 days.  That sounds kind of crazy doesn't it?  But I figured on the weekends I'll do 2....One for lunch and one for supper.  And invite friends over more to help us eat all this food - because Rachael's serving sizes are enormous!  BUT Delish!

SOOOO I went to the grocery store last night and I picked up everyday I need to make the next 4-5 recipes.  The only thing I couldn't find was chipotle powder and chorizo.  I live in a small town, I'm lucky they had cummin LOL

SOOO prepare yourself! I'm making recipe #2 tonight for supper.  Wish me luck!!!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Scramblewiches a Success!

So I've started my venture...366 recipes in 336 days. I started doing this 2 years ago...then gave up after 2 weeks.  After watching Julie & Julia I really wanted to do it again - but this time finish it.

It will mean making more than one recipe per day.  It might cost me my sanity.  But I'm going to stick with this and get it done - and hopefully learn something about cooking along the way LOL

Recipe #1 Scramblewiches


I went to the store last night and picked up the stuff I needed to make the scramblewiches...I was going to make them for supper last night but decided it would be a great breakfast :)

I cook everyday and yet somehow when I started to cook Rachel's recipe I dropped and egg and broke it. Then dropped another and it rolled across the kitchen floor.  While cleaning the egg up the ham was cooking away and it smelled SOOO good.  Absolutely divine.

I used ciabatta demi baguette which were the perfect size.  The recipe makes A LOT of food, so we have half leftover to eat for lunch...not sure how it will taste after being wrapped up in the fridge for a few hours and then warmed up but we'll give it a shot.

I used black forest ham and provolone cheese (which hubby didn't enjoy). The provolone has a strong taste so if you're not into strong cheese I would recommend using just medium cheddar or mozzarella.

It really was a fast meal, as Rachael promised.  Quick, easy, and even my 2 year old loved it so I give it 2 thumbs up!

Next meal is the Smoked Turkey Shephard's Pie....mmmmmmmmm I have made this one once before and it was delicious.

Stay tuned ;)

You'll need
1 baguette
2 Tablespoon unstalted butter
1/2 pound deli-sliced ham
8 large eggs
1 tsp hot sauce
salt and pepper
4 deli slices of Swiss Cheese (halved lengthwise to fit the bread)
chopped fresh chives or parsley

Preheat Oven to 200F

Crisp the bread in low oven, split it lengthwise and hollow it out (I found using a spoon made this easier)

Cut each bread in half, then across making 4 boats

Turn the broiler on

Heat large skillet over medium heat.  Add butter and melt it. Add meat and cook for 3 minutes.

In a bowl beat the eggs with the milk, hot sauce, salt and pepper.  Add to meat and scramble. 

Divide eggs among the bread, cover with cheese.  Melt cheese in broiler.  Don't let the cheese bubble just melt.  Garnish with chives or parsley and serve.

Friday, January 22, 2010

366 Recipes in 336 days

I've been putting this off but am now going to start my adventure of cooking through Rachael Ray's 365: No Repeats cookbook. Published in 2005 by Clarkson Potter/Publishers.

First Recipe Scramblewiches - which is considered to be a super-fast supper.  I'm going to the store to pick up the things I need and also pick up what I need for Smoky Turkey Shepherd's Pie and Beef Goulash.

Wish me luck! lol

366 Recipes in 336 days!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Welcome to my Blog

Hello fellow chefs, cooks, chef de cuisine, sous-chefs, commis, etc...My name is Amanda.  I'm a stay at home mom with 2 kids with many hobbies and interests among them is learning the art of cooking.  I will be sharing my recipes with you, trying new recipe and rating them, sharing tips and flounders of recipes gone wrong.

I will also be cooking my way through entire cookbooks (inspired by the movie Julia & Julia).

I'll be sharing as many photos and how to's as I go along, and feel free to send emails, messages, ask questions, share your own tips, etc....

Bon Apetit!