Friday, July 24, 2009

Blog Updates

Hey everybody I just wanted to update you on a few improvements to the blog. I found out that the comments section wasn't working and it has now been fixed!!!! I'm looking forward to getting all of the comments I've been missing out on. Secondly, a cbox has been added. So drop me a line sometime. And finally the page has been simplified. Hope you enjoy it!!!

Awesome Homemade Pizza

Learn how to make awesome home made pizza! I have a great pizza dough recipe for you, so watch the video and learn how to make it. Feel free to use any combination of toppings for your pizza, I just happened to use chicken, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella cheese.

Homemade Ice cream sandwich

A great dessert for the summer time; homemade ice cream sandwiches. I made mine with pre made chocolate chip cookies that I baked right in my oven, and once baked, I just sandwiched some store bought butter pecan ice cream between them. These were definitely a yummy treat.

Paula Deen's Ny Strip Steak w/ Melting Tarragon Sauce

This recipe is easy, yet makes a great steak. The melting sauce is what really gives the steak its flavor, and is quite delicious. I ate mine with some buttered corn, but you may also serve it with mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli with cheese, sauteed mushrooms, etc. Check out my video tutorial and learn how to make this great meal.

Quick and Delicious Sandwich

Made on whole wheat bread with chicken, arugala, sundried tomatoes, and mozzarella. Check out the video below and learn how to make this quick and delicious sandwich.

I served my sandwich with sweet potato steak fries, check out the video below and learn how to make these delicious home style fries.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Stuffed burgers w/ Jalapeneos and Pepperjack Cheese

Check out my video and learn how to make these bad boys lol

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

South Beach Diet Macaroni & Cheese (Low Carb & Low Fat)

Some of my readers have requested a low carb low fat version of mac and cheese. Here's the South Beach Diet alternative for a lighter version of mac and cheese. Feel free to substitute with any low fat cheeses you like.

8 oz spelt or whole-wheat elbow pasta
1 Tbsp trans-fat-free margarine
1 Tbsp whole wheat flour (feel free to skip, it gives the dish too much of a "wheaty" taste, and you can easily thicken the sauce w/o the need of a rou)
1 1/4 C fat-free half-and-half
1 C shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Heat oven to 400 degrees Bring saucepan of salted water to boil. Cook pasta about 6 mins. Drain & rinse under cold water 30 secs. While pasta cooks, melt margarine in wide, straight-sided skillet over med heat. Add flour, reduce heat to low, & whisk continuously til flour is incorporated & cooked, abt 2 mins. Add half-&-half, bring to a simmer, & cook, whisking frequently, til blended & thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add cheese, salt, and pepper; stir until blended. Add pasta and stir until coated and warmed, 1 minute. Transfer to an 8x8 baking dish and bake for 10 minutes. Serve hot.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Giada's Mac and Cheese - Everyday Italian


  • Butter, for greasing dish
  • 12 ounces wide egg noodles
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for pasta water
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups (packed) grated Fontina
  • 3/4 cup (packed) finely grated Parmesan
  • 3/4 cup (packed) grated mozzarella
  • 4 ounces cooked ham, diced, optional
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Butter a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish and set aside. Cook the noodles in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Drain well, but do not rinse.

Whisk the cream, milk, flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper in large bowl to blend. Stir in 1 cup Fontina, 1/2 cup Parmesan, 1/2 cup mozzarella, ham, if using, and parsley. Add the noodles and toss to coat. Transfer the noodle mixture to the prepared baking dish. Toss the remaining 1 cup Fontina, 1/4 cup Parmesan, and 1/4 cup mozzarella in a small bowl to blend. Sprinkle the cheese mixture over the noodle mixture. Bake until the sauce bubbles and the cheese melts and begins to brown on top, about 20 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.