Saturday, July 13, 2013

Fig & Cheese Crostini

I had quite a lot of homemade fig jam left when I made Giada De Laurentiis' breakfast panini and was wondering what to do with it when it suddenly hit me: a crostini! Lately, The Cheese Course has been my favorite restaurant to go to where they sell lots of cheese (as well as salads, sandwiches, soups). I had tasted this cheese called cambozola- which is like brie and gorgonzola had a baby together- it's very tangy with a punch in a gut with a sweet buttery comforting taste. They also had baguettes available so I helped myself to one. I drizzled honey on the top. Delicious!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Turkey-Loaf with Mash Potatoes

There was ground turkey in the refrigerator and I was wondering what to do with it? Make burgers? Been there done that. I wanted to do something different and the idea of meatloaf came to mind. I did some internet research and found some ideas of what to do with it.

1 small onion chopped
1 green bell pepper chopped
2 garlic cloves chopped
saute in little EVOO (you don't want it TOO wet) and S&P for 5-7 minutes
let cool

1 lb of ground turkey
about a cup of bread crumbs (I had Italian style on hand)
1 egg
ground dried sage

preheat oven at 425 degrees
combine everything in the bowl and on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and shape the turkey mixture into a loaf. Bake for 50-55 minutes

I made mash potatoes to go alongside with it.

My Kind Of Salad

Honestly I rarely make salads. Don't get me wrong, I do love salads but I usually go for the ones that are already made. The salad I really like to make is simply tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic and EVOO- yummy! But last night my household wanted a salad so I gave them a salad!

-Lettuce (Romaine)
- 1 Tomato
-3 Carrots
-Red Pepper
-Chick peas (drained)
-Dried cranberries (a handful or two)
-3 celery

-2 spoonfuls of dijon mustard
-2 tablespoons of honey
-a little sprinkle of garlic powder
-lemon juice from 1 lemon
-balsamic vinegar (eyeball- about a shot or two)
-EVOO (eyeballing while whisking it in)

Roasted Veggie Pasta

1 can of corn
1 yellow bell pepper chopped
1 red bell pepper chopped
2-3 carrots diced
basil, sliced

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees
Arrange veggies on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil with salt, pepper, garlic powder and EVOO
roast them for about 20-30 minutes until golden brown at the edges

I made Parmesan sauce (heavy/whipping cream, butter and cheese) to mix in with the pasta and veggies

Cut basil in thin strips to mix in at the last minute/garnish

Any short pasta would do