Friday, August 30, 2013

Okay.....

I have started posting some of my tried and true recipes...I haven't heard any feedback from anyone...do you want me to keep posting recipes? Let me know what you want to see...this blog is for you.

annamarie

Thursday, August 29, 2013

I don't care who knows it, I am a Paula Deen fan and supporter.  This is one of her recipes, that is also a family favourite..

Fried Ravioli with Marinara Cream Sauce

9 Oz package frozen cheese ravioli
3/4 Cup grated Parmesan Cheese (and more for topping when served)
2 Cups (lightly crushed) Rice Crispy Cereal (or generic equivalent)
1/4 Cup milk
1 large egg, slightly beaten
salt/pepper to taste
oil
Marinara Cream Sauce(recipe to follow)

Cook ravioli for 2 minutes.  Place cooked ravioli on paper towels to drain, set aside. 
Put cheese and crushed rice crispies into a shallow breading dish.  Whisk together milk, eggs, salt and pepper in a shallow breading dish. Dip ravioli in egg then dredge in cheese/rice crispy mixture.  Pour oil to a depth of 1/2 inch in a skillet or dutch oven; heat to 360 degrees F.  Fry ravioli, in batches, 2 minutes on each side, or until golden.  Drain on paper towels.  Serve with Marinara Cream Sauce and grated parmesan cheese.

Marinara Cream Sauce

1 1/2 cups prepared marinara sauce
1/2 cup heavy cream (whipping cream, NOT whipped cream)

In a large saucepan, combine sauce and cream.  Bring to a boil over medium low heat.  Boil for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat.

This is a great recipe, of course I haven't ever found a bad Paula Deen recipe...enjoy!
Sausage and Biscuit Casserole

1 lb pork sausage
2Tbsp butter/margarine
12 eggs
1 can evap. milk (NOT condensed)
2 tubes refrigerated biscuits (preferably flakey layers Grands)
2 packages sausage gravy mix or make enough of your own sausage gravy using a roux/milk/crumbled cooked sausage
your favourite seasoning blend...I used italian seasoning, chili powder and red pepper flakes.  It all depends on how spicy you wish to make your casserole.

Cook sausage in 10 inch skillet breaking it up as it cooks, set aside.  in large saucepan, make gravy according to directions.  Add sausage to gravy, set aside.  In large stainless steel bowl, whisk eggs and evaporated milk and seasoning. Scramble eggs with the butter. In a baking dish, layer gravy and eggs, as if you were making lasagna. Top with biscuits.

Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees until biscuits are golden brown. 

This recipe is a family favourite. It can be used for any meal, not just breakfast.  I like making this on a Sunday morning for brunch for my family. 
Here is my latest entry...sorry I missed yesterday, but was so tired and stiff after an hour long workout that I bypassed my blog and just crashed and burned offline.  I will make up for it today, maybe will post more than one recipe, we shall see.....

Gingerbread waffles:

2 1/4 C. flour (sifted)
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ginger
1 C. dark moleasses
1/2 C. milk
1 egg separated (white stiffly beaten)
1/2 C. butter/margarine (melted)

Sift dry ingredients together. Beat egg yolk. Add moleasses and milk. Combine egg and flour mixture.  Add melted butter, and fold in stiffly beaten egg white.  Bake in waffle iron.  Serve with syrup or ice cream.

These are fantastic...I think they would taste great with pumpkin pie ice cream...

Monday, August 26, 2013

Here is the first of many new tried and true recipes i want to share with my friends:

Pasta Ala Carbonara
Ingredients:
1 lb dried pasta such as spaghetti, angel hair or tagliatelle
4 tbsp olive oil
6 oz bacon or pancetta, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
5 large eggs
1 cup grated parmesan or parmesan/romano cheese (with extra on the side for serving)
freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

directions:
Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil, add the pasta, and cook according to package instructions until al dente.

While pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the pancetta/bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes, until crisp.  Add the garlic and cook for one minute.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the parmesan/romano cheese, season with pepper, and add to the contents of the pan with the pancetta/bacon, including the rendered grease.  Drain the pasta well and return to the saucepan, then quickly stir in the egg and pancetta/bacon mixture until the pasta is well coated. Serve immediately, with extra cheese on the side.


Notes:  This is a fantastic, quick and inexpensive dinner to make.  Serve it with a little garlic bread and a salad, and it is also a great romantic dinner as well as a family pleasing meal.

Enjoy!!
Good morning viewers!

Are you all ready for some tasty treats? I have tried several new recipes this weekend that I can't wait to share them with you!  So let me get them all together and hold onto your seats...I am going to post several today and more during the duration of this week...

If anyone here has any kind of recipe they are looking for, please let me know, or if there are dietary needs you are dealing with, please tell me and I will do my best to accomodate whatever needs you may have.

Have a great day one and all, and hope you love what I am about to post....

Monday, August 19, 2013

Happy middle of the month Monday

Good morning to one and all- I hope this morning finds you in good health and good spirits....

This past weekend was a busy one...busted tail at my mother in law's house.  She moved back to Maryland about a month ago (without so much as saying goodbye to any of us), and her son came back to pack up what he could and leave the rest for whomever wanted it.  We did get a lot of things, which is great...wont have to buy canned goods and such for a long time.  And was able to save many of her collectibles...

Hubby, Jr and I really busted our behinds getting everything together that we wanted, and then packed up and taken home.  We just about collapsed when we got home!  I know hubby was hurting and tired, so was Jr...and my back, although it wasnt as bad as it normally would have been, but thanks to that last surgery wasnt as bad as I had anticipated, but it did feel like it was on fire and the muscles were all in knots....say hello to valerian root and a pain killer!

Yesterday, I took the time to start actually going thru the stuff we had grabbed, will do more today, plus I have a bunch of food items and sundries to put away, I don't relish the idea of being down on the floor to do it, but gotta do what needs to be done.

I plan to start posting tried and true recipes and pictures in the next several days...I hope you will like them. 

Guys and Gals, I really need your input, what kinds of things do you want to see in my blog? Recipes? Pictures? And if you want to see pictures, what kind...?  (Keep it clean, y'all!) Crafts? product and business reviews?  Just tell me and we will see what can be done.  Otherwise you can just listen to my boring days and rants.

Who caught the Nascar Cup race yesterday?  Bye Bye Jimmie!!  Could not have been happier to see Jimmie and Kyle Busch both go away....Was sad to see Mark Martin run out of gas three laps from the finish....I would have been all over that crew chief, thats for sure!  Come on Danica, you did so good in Indy car, why are you sucking so bad at Nascar?  Just because you are fully enclosed and you have a lot more protection in a Cup car, you shouldnt be so timid, you werent timid in Indy, so dont be timid in Cup...the good ol' boys network really wants to see you win, you gotta prove the Petty's wrong...now's the time to Cowgirl up, kiddo!! 

Yup, you guessed it, I am just a good ol' girl, I like Nascar, whiskey, shine and wine,  I am all into my family and friends, my home/family and God are the two most important things in my life, everything else is second.  I like dogs, gardening, cooking/baking, art and crafts, movies, music, makeup/nails, getting dolled up and going out or just staying in for a quiet night at home...tho when I do that, I am stuck with my mom, and anyone knowing about that situation knows how i feel....I love sitting on my porch watching the balloons as they go overhead, or sitting inside and watching the birds flock around my back yard.  Life makes me happy...and so much happier since I had my back surgery and I can fully enjoy life instead of spending most of it in agony lying in bed.  Thank you Dr Slaughter!  God bless that man and his family!!  And thank you to a fantastic Physical Therapist!  Now I just have to get my vision fixed and get in to an ENT to find out why I have no sense of smell or taste since I had nasal surgery last year!  It is hell being a cook/baker and having to rely on my son to tell me how my food tastes, but he is awesome at it, and I love spending time in the kitchen with him, teaching him everything I know.  He is the only gift I will ever need in this life....and that gift is the most precious anyone could have given me.

Well, I have rattled on long enough, I will get down to business and start posting reviews and recipes this week and we will go from there, still taking baby steps till I get used to blogging daily like most people do.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Alright folks, how many people do cooking at home, on a trip, while camping, on a boat or whatever?  I found a product that is inexpensive and would cut all your cooking chores and time spent prepping food for cooking, in half.

I found a great little product, that has really been a God send in the kitchen.  It takes up very little room, requires no electricity or batteries, just takes a little turn of the wrist.  This little gadget will do all the chopping, pureeing, shredding, slicing, mixing, etc....

I love cooking and baking, but I dont like to spend all day doing prepwork.  We saw this cute little item on the shelf in one of those "as seen on tv" stores in the mall here.  It was under $20, and may I say, it was money well spent!  It has cut my kitchen time in half, literally.  This gadget does all the work for you with just a little turn of the handle on top of the unit, all your prep work and mixing is done fast and easily.

It is called the Kitchen Plus 2000...if you want to check it out you can find it on youtube as well, ther is a well done little infomercial...when the video was released it was called the "Chefdini".  It is really a great little product, it does over 30 functions!  There is a recipebook/instruction book and at least 15 different parts all for that one little price...you can take it anywhere...are you participating in a chili cookoff? Take this with you and it will chop all your peppers, onions, etc...in no time at all...this gadget would take first prize in any cook off! lol!!  Don't believe me? Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUM3Reo97NM

This item gets a big two thumbs up from me!!  Well worth the price.  If you were to buy a kitchenaid mixer, all the attachments, a mandolin, and various other kitchen items they would cost you upwards of $500!  I know, some people would prefer to waste electricity and space in the kitchen...i have a very small kitchen so this gadget is a perfect fit, and even better, it fit into our budget!!  It doesnt get any better than that...It makes short work out of making guacamole and salsas of any kind...without dirtying knives, cutting boards, dishes and such...and clean up is so easy....

Well its time for me to go and start my time in the kitchen...maybe I will start posting pictures of my creations.....

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The other day my family and I went out to lunch, and we decided to go to Hong Kong Buffet.  We have been there before on many occasions, and have always had great food and great service.  Well, this day is unlike the rest.

We had gone out to walk around the mall, for exercise, mainly...and decided to stop at Hong Kong Buffet since we were that close to it.  We all have favourite foods we mainly aimed for, and we all ended up having a bad experience that day. 

My son immediately headed for the baked cheesy oysters, usually they are pretty good, this time they were just awful.  The cheese tasted and looked like cheese whiz, the oysters were cold and rubbery.  Not good.

Then it was my husbands turn, he went for his favourite enchiladas.  In his case, the enchiladas were cold and hard.  And there were several other items he picked up that ended up being a sad disappointment. 

As for me, I went for the jalapeno octopus...usually the octopus is tender and flavourful...this time there was virtually no flavour, the octopus itself was cold and rubbery, a clear sign it had been overcooked and not seasoned properly.  I had looked forward to some ice cream after our lunch was finished.  Well they had eight flavours of ice cream, which was great...but the major problem was none of the flavours were marked as to what they actually were.  This could actually pose a serious health threat.  Many people have food allergies like nuts, milk, various fruits, etc...well if you dont label your product there is a serious risk of a person with allergies picking something that could potentially send them to the hospital with anaphylactic shock.  And that could mean a huge lawsuit against Hong Kong Buffet. If that wasnt bad enough, this ice cream was self serve, hard packed ice cream...any child could go into it, they could sneeze into it, spit into it, put dirty hands into it, etc...there is usually a sign on self serve ice cream bins that say no children under 12  without being accompanied by a parent.  Most restaurants have gone to soft serve ice cream which is totally enclosed and no one has access to the product except what comes out when you pull the handle.

The service is always done with a smile, whether they are filling/refilling your drinks or clearing away used dishes, they always offer pleasant service.  But pleasant service is not going to make up for bad food or unmarked containers.   

My  rating of that day's experience ...definitely three thumbs down.  They are seriously going to have to improve on these issues before we plan a return trip.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

I'm back...

Ok, here we go...

Here is what is going to be happening....and what you can expect from me and my blog.  I have been helping other people start up their own blogs so mine kind of took a nosedive.  But I am back...in the best health I have known in years.

What you can expect from me is tried and true recipes, healthy and not so healthy new recipes, and how i tweak the recipes i make, to make them more healthy...trust me, it is not difficult.  I will be posting reviews on businesses, products, restaurants, etc.  If you send me questions, comments or ideas, you might see them answered or discussed here...and I will be adding ads for new businesses, etc. 

If you are a business and want to send me a product to review or offer as a giveaway, let's talk!  If I like your product I will even give you a little free  publicity right here on my blog by posting your "button" on my profile that will be a link back to your website if someone clicks on it.

I am even going to look into posting pictures on here.

So, tomorrow, I will be making my first official post on here since I got back out of the hospital...Look out world!!!