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homemade pesto

There’s nothing like fresh, homemade pesto that is ready to eat.  You could include it in sandwiches, drizzle it on fish, dip veggies in it, and of course, mix it with pasta!  This is a great pesto recipe and you can add more of anything you like, depending on your taste buds.   I like to add a little bit more cheese.   It only takes a few minutes to blend everything and then I mixed it with a big bowl of linguine..  so fresh & delicious and I had leftovers to pack for lunch! 🙂 Recipe for pesto courtesy of: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/basil-pesto-recipe2.html Ingredients: 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves 2 cloves garlic 1/4 cup pine nuts 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese Directions: Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper. If using immediately, …

today’s breakfast: sweet potato hash

This was the first time I ever cooked with sweet potato or had it in a hash! I felt like mixing it up since I always use regular potatoes and found this recipe for sweet potato hash. There were a few revisions since I didn’t have some of the ingredients at home: I used yellow bell pepper, yellow onion & no green onions. And you can’t eat hash without some eggs! I of course had to add some fried eggs on top to complete the dish. A great, hearty breakfast to start the day! 🙂 Recipe for Sweet Potato Hash courtesy of: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/patrick-and-gina-neely/sweet-potato-hash-recipe.html Prep:10 min Cook:25 min Yield: 4 to 6 servings Ingredients: 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed into 1-inch cubes 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1/2 red onion, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1/4 cup green onions 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 teaspoons smoked paprika Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley Directions: Add the potatoes to a large saucepan of salted boiling water and simmer …

shrimp scampi for a homemade birthday dinner

My dear friend Jeni was coming over to my place before we went out to celebrate her birthday and I wanted to make dinner for her. I needed a simple dish to make since I had a limited time to cook and eat before heading out to a concert. That’s where shrimp scampi comes in! It’s a pretty quick dish to whip up. I copied the ingredients from this recipe from The Neeleys but didn’t really follow the directions. I bought cooked shrimp so my first step was cooking the garlic, red pepper flakes & olive oil. Then I added wine, lemon juice, zest & butter and let the shrimp simmer in the sauce for a couple minutes. Finally, add the pasta, a little bit of pasta water, toss and add parsley. And with a couple delicious Sprinkles cupcakes on the side, we had a lovely birthday dinner together 🙂 Recipe courtesy of: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/patrick-and-gina-neely/ginas-shrimp-scampi-with-angel-hair-pasta-recipe/index.html Gina’s Shrimp Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta Recipe courtesy The Neelys Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 20 min Serves: 4 …

Anne Burrell’s peach crisp

I had a small dinner gathering with friends the other night and wanted to make dessert. I only had about an hour to get home and start prepping/cooking though so I needed a quick and easy recipe. I found some small ramekins in the cupboard and wanted to make something to put in there. I thought something with peaches would be good and found this perfect recipe from Anne Burrell for peach crisps! It’s a very easy recipe- you mix all the ingredients for the peach filling and blend all the ingredients for the topping and assemble. I encountered a bit of an issue though while I was preparing it and was worried it wouldn’t turn out okay. I sadly do not have a food processor (who wants to buy me a gift?) so I mixed the topping ingredients in a blender. It usually blends well but I had a bit of a technical issue and it was not working well! (time for a new blender too) So I ended up mixing it with my …

Giada’s chicken piccata

Oh Giada, you never fail me with your recipes. I have liked every single recipe from Giada de Laurentiis that I have tried making. She always makes it look so easy on TV but her recipes are actually easy! Well maybe I have been picking the easier ones.. 🙂 But even so, her recipes are always simple, understandable & delicious. I can always count on her & Ina Garten. Maybe I will try Ina’s chicken piccata next time for a little piccata battle. This recipe is fairly quick and good for a dinner for one or a dinner party. Make sure to cook with thin chicken breasts.. it cooks more evenly. I butterflied my chicken breasts but didn’t cut it in half so they were a bit thicker. The lemon caper sauce is so good.. the tangy sauce goes well with the slightly crispy chicken. I feel like if you put this sauce on anything, it will taste good! I think it would be good to serve with angel hair pasta or mashed potatoes. I …

Tyler Florence’s lemon blueberry cheesecake bars

I don’t usually bake much and when I do, it’s usually ready to bake cookies or something from a Betty Crocker box. I decided I’m going to try baking more often so I’m going to start with some easy recipes like this one from Tyler Florence. What do you get when you put lemon, blueberries, cream cheese & graham crackers together? Delicious, sweet, tangy cheesecake bars! It’s a very simple recipe- good for beginners like me. I just happened to have some people over at my place when the bars were ready so they were lucky to try the bars and it got an excellent review 🙂 Recipe courtesy of: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/lemon-blueberry-cheesecake-bars-recipe/index.html Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars Prep Time:25 min Cook Time:35 min Serves:10 bars Ingredients For the base: Butter, for greasing 2 tablespoons sugar 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 9 graham crackers 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted For the filling: 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 2 eggs 2 lemons, zested and juiced About 1/2 cup sugar, eyeball it 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries Powdered sugar, for …

new recipe: Giada’s ligurian fish stew

Sometimes I don’t understand my cravings but when I get one, I must eat it. The other day, I decided I randomly wanted some kind of fish stew so I looked up some recipes on Food Network. I cook alot of Giada’s recipes because they are simple, easy to make and don’t require long lists of ingredients. For this fish stew, I used halibut. The combination of the soft flaky fish with the slighty spicy tomato sauce was yummy especially when you eat it with the crunchy crostini. Try this recipe for a hearty meal! 🙂 Recipe courtesy of: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/ligurian-fish-stew-recipe/index.html Ligurian Fish Stew Prep Time: 35 min Cook Time: 40 min 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped Kosher salt 3/4 cup white wine, such as Pinot Grigio 1 (28-ounce) can crushed or pureed Italian tomatoes (recommended: San Marzano) 1 cup water 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus extra for garnish 1 1/2 pounds whitefish fillets, halibut, …