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Archive for January, 2010

Making stuff up

After work tonight I came home and decided that with what I had in the fridge and cabinets-I was going to make up a recipe. I had several options-the first I thought of was of course something Italian, but I decided to do something different. You probably don’t know this about me but-
My favorite food to eat is Chinese food-like the real greasy, not sure what’s in it, cats don’t hang around here no more, make you feel like you’ve been shot with a tranquilizer when you’re done kind of Chinese food. LOVE it!
I realize it’s bad for you but I’m always down for Chinese food so sometimes I try to figure out ways to make it at home so I don’t feel so guilty. So, that’s what I decided to make: Spicy Chicken and Broccoli-Chinese style!

It was actually pretty good-not quite as amazigly addictive as the good ol Hunan-but how could it be???
The best part is that I didn’t wanna lay down and take a nap at exactly the same time I took my last bite, that I didn’t immediately notice my rings getting tighter from the amount of salt that is usually in Chinese food, and all the neigborhood animals still feel completely safe wandering accross my backyard ūüôā

Anyway-here’s our dinner from last night: Spicy Chicken and Broccoli.
Made with brown rice, garlic, bell pepper, Chinese spicy sauce, soy sauce, and corn starch to make the sauce thicker.

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Chef BoyarDistgusting

Ok, so I guess it’s my turn to blog about our venture on the Spanish Noodles with chicken and sausage.
It was edible-that’s all i’m saying I guess. It was not the best dish we’ve ever made, but it wasn’t THAT bad. The Husband definitely gave this meal the worst criticism I’ve ever recieved on any meal I’ve ever made. He said it tasted like…like…ugh, like..c-ch-chef boyardee!! Ugh!! Seriously? I’m still hurting from that one. I can NOT stand chef boyardee anything! Not even when I was a kid. I just can’t do the watery ketchup sauce over mushy noodles or O’s. Sick. And that’s what our fancy foodnetwork magazine recipe was compared to! I’m blaming it all on the food network–I fully intend on having The SIL-Andi write a sassy letter about how they shouldn’t put such lowly recipes in their magazine. She’ll have em on their knees begging for The Siblings to be contributing writers.

Anyway-here’s the finished product…kinda does look like it came out of a can. Oops.

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Tonight was family cook night with my sister and fellow blogger. We started our usual ritual of thumbing through cooking magazines trying to find something that the critics wouldn’t throw back at us or compare to egg pasta. As usual we complained about finding a recipe at the last minute and not planning ahead. We finally decided on a recipe out of the Food TV magazine that the Food Network puts out. I think we were both a little leary about going to the grocery store, since tomorrow is supposed to be “Colossal Winter Storm 2010” here in OKC. Sure enough, when we got to the store it looked like they were handing out free nachos. We managed to make some fun out of it by announcing several times real loud that we were going to pig out tonight since everyone was going to die tomorrow anyway unless they purchased large quantities of batteries and spam.

So the recipe we decided on was Spanish-Style Noodles with Chicken and Sausage. This recipe was super easy to make and also super easy to add to if you want to challenge your palette. The recipe called for hot italian sausage, but we used sweet because not everyone is a spicy food person. I also think the recipe could have used some bell pepper and of course more garlic. Maybe next time.

Overall, I think it was a quick easy meal, and more importantly – cheap! If you like spaghetti and want to make it with a little twist, give this recipe a shot. It didn’t get rave reviews from the critics, although Brenann did give it a 4 (out of 5) stars. So for me, at least I made him happy. I do suggest adding some bell pepper and extra garlic. Maybe even some mushrooms.

Here is a link to the recipe on the Food Network.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/spanish-style-noodles-with-chicken-and-sausage-recipe/index.html

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I’m not crazy.

So, I worked today-at my BIG job. Which means I worked at the hospital, which means a 12 hour shift, which really means being there for more like 14 hours, and also I get to ride a shuttle from the parking garage to my hospital and back every shift. Iike a short bus-not just a shuttle, a short bus.
While on this short bus after work today, another nurse asked me what I was going to do for dinner and I told her I’d probably make my back-up meal spaghetti. She gave me some crazy eye and told me that I was crazy. SHe said “you’re gonna go home and cook NOW??” (it was like 8:30pm already) so, I had to explain to her how much I really like cooking and that it actually relaxes me. I often come home from work and go straight to my (tiny) kitchen and get to working on something for The Husband and I to eat. I don’t know why it makes me feel better, but it just does. Granted some nights I come home and don’t feel like doing anything but for the most part when 7pm rolls around at my hospital all I can think about is getting home-first to see The Husband but a close second is to do some cooking!

So tonights meal was Spaghetti! It’s probably one of The Husband and i’s favorite meals. We eat it at least once a week. I don’t know why but we both love it! I can’t even order spaghetti at a restaurant because I want it to be like the spaghetti I make and no fancy restaurant makes it like me. ūüôā I love for there to be lots of veggies in my spaghetti sauce-two kinds of bell pepper, tomatoes, onion, zuchinni and sometimes mushrooms or broccoli-and of course lotsa garlic! I usually make it spicy too-with plenty of red pepper flakes. I think my favorite food to cook is definitely italian. Maybe that’s just because I love to eat Italian food OR maybe I’m just hoping to look like Giada DeLarentis from the food network someday. Whatever.

So here’s my spaghetti-the recipe The Husband eats at least two plates of no matter what. ūüôā

I also made the garlic cheese toast-with regular bread, butter,garlic powder, and shredded mozzarella and parmesan!

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We’ve got a first timer here!

Welp, here I am, an official blogger! I am excited to write about something I absolutely love-which is cooking AND food! I also think its freakin’ awesome to be writing with my very own OLDER brother. So, I’ve been told to get on with this blogging mess,so….here I go!

Tonight for dinner The Husband and I decided that a big salad sounded really good-especially after the great workout we had, so I had a recipe for BLT salad and I whipped it together in no time! The Salad has chicken,cheese,BACON,hard boiled egg, tomato and low fat honey dijon salad. Didn’t quite hit the spot that a restaurant salad seems to, but it was definitely healthier and cheaper!

The picture below doesn’t show of this salad’s bacon-y goodness, I, of course, added extra. I also made some edamame that we bought tonight at the grocery store. It was AWESOME! I’m completely impressed with frozen edamame. We will definitely be buying it again.

The one thing I did learn was something “real” chefs learn in one of their first lessons tonight–that is,that it takes alot longer to make a hard boiled than you might think. It actually took 12 minutes before the eggs I made were not still runny in the middle! An egg or two definitely ran all over my cutting board when I cut into it. ūüė¶ Oh well-now I know.

Anyway, that’s it for dinner tonight. Nothing too fancy but, I did get a good review from The Husband-what more can you ask for??

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Sunday 1/24

I realized tonight that I am not good at making side dishes. I can’t decide if it’s because I don’t have much time to plan sides or that I’m just lazy.¬† It’s just so easy to go buy buttered corn in a bag that you can microwave for 6 minutes. I guess I’ll make a mental note to work on my side dish menu.

That being said, tonight I baked tilapia in a lemon butter herb sauce. I have a¬†suggestion¬†about tilapia – do not order it at a restaurant!! I’m not saying that because it’s a bad fish, but i have seen tilapia at restaurants for $12.99 a plate. Tonight I picked up 4 tilapia filets at the grocery store for a little less than $5.00. The easy way to make this is to pre-heat your oven to 425 and lay your filets in a baking dish in a single layer. Find a sauce you like and pour it over the filets and then bake for about 15 minutes or until the fish is flaky.

I got creative on my side dishes and served instant mashed potatoes and microwaved corn in a bag. WOW! Can you imagine my shock when the first thing the critics pointed out was how good the corn was. Tough crowd tonight. Plus my plate presentation sucked¬†– so tonight I’ll give myself a big fat C. What the Fork! – Good Night!.

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Andi’s Birthday Dinner

¬†Ah…. blogging. What is there to say unless you can say it about something you love. Fortunately enough for me I can say that about 2 things tonight. My wife and cooking. Tonight my sister and I made a 3 course meal for Andi’s Birthday.

1st Course was a pretty lame salad. We purchased this jar of “3-D Salad Dressing” from the grocery store. You were supposed to just add it to 16oz of lettuce and poof – instant goodness. But no, it tasted like lettuce and olive oil. The product was made by Formaggiio. I don’t recommend. The only thing that saved the salad was the block of Gruyere cheese we bought and shaved slivers of it on top of the salad.

We rolled into the 2nd course, which was Seafood ravioli, made with lobster and crab meat. Christy busted out some brown butter sauce to go on top and it really kicked it up a notch. We bought the ravioli at Sam’s. It was pre-made, so we can’t take any credit for it, but it was awesome.

Our final course was my classic Cedar Plank Salmon covered in brown sugar. Can’t touch it. If you don’t have¬†a cedar plank board you need to get one. For a side, we put red potatoes, asparagus, leaks, thyme, butter, and olive oil in parchment paper packages and baked them in the oven.

Good meal – Happy Birthday Andi. Love You!

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