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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 …

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, …

new recipe: Giada’s rigatoni with creamy mushroom sauce

If you’re in the mood for some creamy pasta, this recipe is a good one. It’s Giada’s rigatoni with creamy mushroom sauce. It’s super easy to make. The mascarpone cheese makes it creamy & rich and I added more parmesan cheese to make it even cheesier. I want to make it again but next time, will add some grilled chicken. It was so good, I couldn’t stop eating it and ate 3 servings. Oops, oh well. Recipe courtesy of: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/everyday-italian/rigatoni-with-creamy-mushroom-sauce-recipe/index.html Rigatoni with Creamy Mushroom Sauce Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 12 min Ingredients 1 pound rigatoni pasta 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 shallots, minced 1 clove garlic, minced Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 pound assorted mushrooms, (such as cremini, shiitake and button), cleaned and sliced 1/2 cup white wine 1/2 cup vegetable stock 1 cup (8 ounces) mascarpone cheese, at room temperature 1/2 cup grated Parmesan 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives Directions Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender …

would you say your pesto is the besto?

I will give you mad props if you know where that line is from. Anyone? I get random cravings and ideas all the time. Yesterday, I was driving home and suddenly decided to make pesto for the first time. I think most people, like myself, assume pesto is made with basil but you can make it with other greens as well– for this recipe (thanks to Giada), arugula was used to make the pesto. I wasn’t sure if it was good when I first tried it so for my own personal taste, I added half more of a garlic glove and 1/2 cup more parmesan cheese and then.. wah lah! Fresh pesto ready to go! Make sure to keep stirring the pesto so that the cheese is mixed throughout evenly. Recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/spaghetti-with-arugula-pesto-and-seared-jumbo-shrimp-recipe/index.html Spaghetti with Arugula Pesto and Seared Jumbo Shrimp Prep Time:10 min Cook Time:15 min Ingredients: 2 cups fresh arugula 1 garlic clove 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 pound jumbo …

my Valentine’s Day dinner

Who needs a boyfriend or a fancy restaurant when you can have a delicious, home cooked dinner at home for Valentine’s Day! My roommate and I decided to stay in so I cooked a (romantic?) meal of mushroom risotto and sauteed lobster. To be honest, I had planned to make seared scallops but I went to two different markets and they were all out! Is that like the go-to dish people make on V Day or something? So I decided to be adventurous and cook lobster instead. For the sauteed lobster: I boiled two lobster tails in salted water until the shells turned red. Then I removed the shells & chopped the lobsters into big chunks. Melt butter in a pan and add minced garlic & sautee the lobster. I have never cooked with lobster before so I didn’t really know what I was doing but I did learn that the key to making it tasty is add alot of butter… I used about 1/4 cup but it still could’ve used more butter. Thank you …