Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Weekly Favorites 02/24/19 to 03/02/19

Every Saturday, I go through Twitter with #foodblogger and find my favorite food related articles. These are this week's favorites!

It's been unusually cold here this time of year, making hot chocolate a must! Now making it a S'mores Hot Chocolate brings it to a whole new level!
I've written before about my cheesecake obsession. It was even our cake of choice for our wedding!  I'm always on the lookout for a new recipe to try!

Back in college, I used to make my own granola. It was sugar free, with honey and safflower oil. These refined sugar free granola bars make me want to try both!

I love steak with chimichurri sauce. Normally, when I see people put steak sauce on their steak, I cringe. But chimichurri sauce, that's different story.

If I haven't told you before, I have three kids at home. Making sure they don't have too much sugar is always a top priority. But, we always want to have our cake and eat it too. This cake just might be the proper compromise!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Red Wine Sauteed Mushrooms

Red Wine Sauteed Mushrooms
Red Wine Sauteed Mushrooms
One of my favorite meals is a perfectly grilled steak. The only thing better is a perfectly grilled steak with the perfect side. I like to make Red Wine Sauteed Mushrooms with my steaks for the perfect sides.

The Recipe:

The Tools:

  • Saute Pan

The Ingredients:

  • 5 Baby Portobello Mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, mince
  • 1 Shallot, diced
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Red Wine
  • Salt and Pepper

The Method:

In the saute pan, melt the butter over medium high heat. Once the butter is melted, add in the garlic and shallot. Season with salt and pepper. Saute the garlic and shallot until lightly browned. Stir in the mushrooms. Continue to saute until mushrooms are lightly browned. Stir in the red wine and continue to saute until reduced. Serve alongside or over your perfectly cooked steak.

Happy eating!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Weekly Favorites 02/17/19 to 02/23/19

Every Saturday, I go through Twitter with #foodblogger and find my favorite food related articles. These are this week's favorites!

Menudo is such a great soup to eat when you are feeling down. It is full of nutritious ingredients that can help pick you back up!
When I make cornbread, it almost always has cheese and jalapenos in it. So what better way spice up the other classic southern bread?

I've always liked grilled or roasted lamb, but never had it in a soup. To be honest, this sounds amazing!

One of the easiest week night meals to throw together is a pasta salad. The ingredients go together so simply and they are always so delicious!

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 denté. 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 02/24/19 to 03/02/19

Every Saturday, I go through Twitter with #foodblogger and find my favorite food related articles. These are this week's favorites! It...