Sunday, February 17, 2019

Weekly Favorites 02/10/19 to 02/16/19

Every Saturday, I scroll through Twitter to find my favorite #foodblogger posts! These are this week's favorites!

My wife and I love to make Roasted Butternut Squash soup. It's one of our favorite things to make. It's so simple and full of flavor. We have our own recipe for it, but I'm always curious to see other people make theirs.

A good bread can make or break a meal. I've never been really good at baking bread, though I have tried a few different recipes. This ciabatta bread looks like one I may have to try.

Grilled cheese always takes me back to when I was a kid. Now, as an adult, I like to play around with different cheeses, adding different meats, and maybe even some pickles. 

I think by now, you all know that I am a sucker for sweets and baked goods, especially chocolate! This chocolate cake recipe looks amazing. 

I always like to see restaurant reviews. It's a good way to plan a trip or a night out and know what it is you can expect when you get there!  Granted, I'm not planning a trip to Manchester any time soon, but this does give me a few ideas if  I ever do!
To go along with the perfect grilled sandwich above, nothing pairs better than a delicious tomato soup!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Lasagna Soup

Lasagna Soup
Lasagna Soup
 I came home the other night to a delicious smell coming from the kitchen! I saw a pot of tomato sauce, lasagna noodles, and some ricotta cheese! What was this delight? It was Lasagna Soup, something so delicious I had to share with you!

The Recipe:

The Tools:

  • Large heavy bottom stock pot
  • Large Skillet
  • Emersion blender

The Ingredients:
  • 1 Recipe Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 Pound of Ground Beef
  • 1 Box of Lasagna Noodles
  • 8 Ounce Container of Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 to 4 cups of Chicken Broth
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Crush Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
The Method:

Follow the recipe for tomato sauce. This can be made ahead and either stored in the fridge, or frozen for later use. In the large skillet, brown the ground beef. Combine the sauce and ground beef in the stock pot. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Let cook about 20 minutes. 

Add in the lasagna noodles. This is where the chicken broth comes in. Depending on how soupy you want the soup to be, add as little or as much chicken broth as you want. Cook this until the noodles are al dentΓ©. The soup is not boiling, so plan on around 20 to 30 minutes, checking often to make sure the noodles don't over cook.

When the noodles are ready, stir in the ricotta and it's ready to eat! Just like my pizza and pasta, I like this soup with some crushed red pepper flakes to give it a little more kick!

Happy eating!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Weekly Favorites 02/03/19 to 02/09/19

Let's kick of this week with a new batch of weekly favorites!

I have never met a red Red Velvet Cake I didn't like. So, just in time for Valentine's Day, I came across this recipe for a beautiful Red Velvet Cake!
Full disclosure, I tried to resist, but I have found myself on board with the avocado toast trend. So much so, that I have tried a few different variations. This one with burrata and Wiltshire ham, looks amazing!

This Strawberry Panna Cotta will make another great dessert just in time for your Valentine's Day celebration!

A few months ago at a barbecue restaurant, I had a marinated tomato salad. It was delicious! This Heirloom Tomato salad looks like a great place to start trying to recreate it!

You'd think being from Texas, I'd have a solid chili recipe. I don't. I have tried out a few. I used to make one with re-hydrated ancho chilies. It had a bit of southwestern flavor! I can't wait to try this one out!

When I came across this fried cauliflower, I mistook the picture for fried chicken! Looking at the recipe, I realized that it was cauliflower! The more I read the recipe though, the more I realized how delicious this can be!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

A New Collaboration

The Healthy Home Cookbook
The Healthy Home Cookbook
For the last 9 or 10 years, I've worked with the Houston area American Diabetes Association on a charity bicycling event called the Tour de Cure. Specifically, this event is to raise awareness for diabetes and to also raise money for Houston area diabetes advocacy and research. These programs are truly life changing for countless people in our area.

Recently, I was given a copy of The Healthy Home Cookbook, by Barbara Seelig-Brown, from my contact at the Houston American Diabetes Association office. I can't wait to try out a few of these recipes and share them with you!

Weekly Favorites 01/27/19 to 02/02/19

Late again, but I can't let the week go by without posting a series of my favorite food and restaurant articles!!

I've tried to make my own hummus, and have failed miserably. This recipe just might be my ticket to success.

Two things stood out for me in this recipe. First, was the curry. As you know, lately I've been on a huge curry education binge. Second, this recipe is so different from anything that I've ever cooked. I'm always on the lookout for something new!

I was scrolling through Twitter, and I came across this post. As the old saying goes, it was the picture that stopped me in my tracks. Two of my favorites together. Olives and pizza! Pizza and olives! Olives on pizza!

There might not be anything better than the perfect baked chicken. The flavors in this simple marinade sound like they came straight out of my pantry. I'm definitely going to have to try this!

I don't normally eat quinoa, but I've got to be honest, and maybe it's the bacon talking, even the quinoa sounds good here.

I love chickpeas. They are extremely versatile. Salads. Hummus. I've never tried them pan fried though.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Weekly Favorites 01/20/19/ to 01/26/19

Time for this week's batch of favorites! I'm ready to get back to my regular posting schedule to share great content with you!

Super Bowl is just around the corner, and I'm willing to bet you'll be going to a watch party where you'll be expected to bring something. Looks like one of these will be my choice to take with me.
I've been really in to salads lately. I need to be. I need to be eating healthier. I've been finding myself more drawn to pictures of salads too!

Two of my favorite vegetables together, sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts. This doesn't look like a salad I could get the kids to eat, but I may have to make this to bring for lunch some day!

I love spice mixes, especially the ones that don't from a jar. I always like to make spice mixes at home to control the flavor and ingredients.

Weekly Favorites 01/13/19 to 01/19/19

I've been slacking a again lately and haven't been as good about delivering you fresh content! I am so behind, that this is the Weekly Favorites from 2 weeks ago! Better late than never, let's get started!

I've always loved Greek food, I can't get enough of it! Can't wait to try out this lemon rice and lemon marinated grilled chicken!

I can't get away from curry! I'm still trying to find all I can about it! I haven't done a red curry yet, and this slow cooker red curry chicken looks and sounds amazing!

I'm going to be bold and say this may be the ultimate appetizer! What better way to make something that will please everyone than to combine cheese and bread? And, you don't need any extra utensils to serve it!

Have I told you about my cheesecake obsession? I went a while there in college looking for the perfect cheesecake recipe and would get mad if it cracked in the middle. We even had cheesecake at our wedding! I've been able to come to terms with cheesecake obsession, but I still love a good one!

Normally, when I see fried rice, it's chicken, beef, maybe pork, or vegetable. If there is shrimp or seafodd fried rice, it is usually a special. So, to see someone share a recipe for prawn fried rice is a real treat. I'll have to try to sneak this in to the menu someday soon!


Weekly Favorites 02/10/19 to 02/16/19

Every Saturday, I scroll through Twitter to find my favorite #foodblogger posts! These are this week's favorites! My wife and I love t...