Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cream Sweet Pepper Rice

Well folks I have been mia for awhile, my lap top caught a virus and has not been up and running. Also haven't been really cooking too much lately. Although the other night I did make bread pork chops and along with that made an amazing rice side dish that I think everyone will love. Here is the recipe:

1/2 stick of butter
3-4 small sweet peppers diced (or one large sweet pepper)
1/4 yellow onion diced
3 garlic cloves grated
2 cups white or brown rice
2 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup cream cheese


Sautee butter sweet peppers, garlic, and onions for about 4-5 minutes on medium heat. Add chicken stock and cream cheese and bring to a boil. Add rice in and cook according to the rice directions. Then enjoy!

This is a tasty easy side! I love making new and tasty sides that aren't the same old vegtables or plain rice!

What is your favorite side dish?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Simply yummy dinner!

Thnings are finally settling back to normal, and normal for me is cooking dinner almost every night. Tonight was a wonderful simple but yummy dinner. I actually made it to the gym today so I thought I would try to cook a healthy dinner, the plan was going well untill I found the asparagus in my fridge. Immediatley I could taste hollandaise sauce in my mouth and I started drooling. So of course I went for it and decided since I was not going to cook a starch it was ok. Got love the BUTTER!!!

Here is the simple but yummy dinner we had tonight:

Chicken Recipe:
2 chicken breasts
1 cup of hot sauce (I used El Pato Red sauce)
1 cup of italian dressing
2 garlic cloves grated
salt and pepper


In a ziplock bag add the chicken and all of the ingredients above. Marinate for 30 min. Then grill 25-30 minutes untill juices run clear from the chicken.

Asparagus with Garlic Hollandaise Sauce:

1bunch of asparagus (with the ends trimmed off)
1 stick of butter
1garlic clove grated
1 tsp pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
2 egg yolks

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add asparagus to water and boil for 5 min. Remove asaparagus and place in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.

While the asparagus cools, add the stick of butter into a sauce pan, add the grated garlic and pepper also, melt over med low heat. Once melted whisk in the egg yolks and lemon juice. Continue to whisk about 3-5 min over med heat untill sauce has thickened.

Place the aspargus on a plate and drizzle the garlic hollandaise sauce over the top!

We had both the chicken and aspargus with a nice salad. It was a great meal, not to heavy but still very filling!

What did you have for dinner tonight?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Food, Food, and more Food!

Well I am back, that is from my wedding and honeymoon. It has been awhile since I have last blogged, but don't worry I haven't lost any interest in food! Starting with the wedding, which I actually barely remember eating, we went for a simple salad, chicken, rice (or was it potatoes... see I can't remember) and veggies. Even though I barely remember eating my wedding dinner I heard a lot of people say the food was great.

Now on to the food I do remember, the honeymoon cruise! My goal was to see how much weight I could gain on the cruise although I didn't set a number 6lbs gained was the result. Yes I hung out in the buffet while my new husband was hungover/seasick, I had a routine go to each side of the buffet that way no one would see you go through the line 4 times. The food on the cruise was great I can't even tell you a favorite thing I ate but here are a few things that stand out were the antipasto salad at the specialty Itilian resturant we ate at (see the picture) it was so good I ate the entire salad by myself. After the salad I also ate veal wrapped in sage and prosciutto, absolutely amazing, this was my 2nd time eating veal and it keeps getting better and better. Of course the lobster dinner was also great, it is hard to beat lobster, but the mushroom soup I had as an appetizer was so good I could have ate a gallon of it. The soup was perfectly seasoned with just the right amount of truffle oil, often times I find resturants add too much truffle oil but not in this soup!

All in all there was not a bad experience with the food on the cruise, I loved being able to have miso soup with breakfast, a wide variety of food for lunch, an amazing dinner usually steak, seafood, or yummy itialian, and then a late night snack with artichoke cheese dip and rasberry cheesecake! And yes the artichoke cheese dip and rasberry cheesecake was a nightly late night room service order. Dusty tried to take a chip and dip it in the dip and he almost lost a finger.

The day it we docked back in LA and were leaving the boat it hit me, well the security gaurd reminded me "no more roomservice, your gonna have to cook for yourself!" Wow I thought that sucks, well untill we got home and opened the rest of our wedding presents and then I was excited about getting back into the kitchen!!!

Stay tuned for new recipes with the new gadgets!

Until next time