Let the weekend begin…

February 25th, 2010

… yes, my weekend technically begins on Thursday night… don’t get jealous… most weekends I spend in my apartment studying away… this weekend, I have a lot of cooking planned (and two papers to write)…lately, a number of recipes have been catching my eye so I’ve decided to make them all and post daily all weekend… so stayed tuned…

Today, I bring you Closet Cooking’s Shrimp Po’ Boy!  Um, Yum!  Super double yum!  This was so delicious!  Can’t wait to have the leftovers tomorrow.  I used Slap Ya Mama as the Cajun Spice… brought into our life by our neighbor, N… she’s from Louisiana so I think it’s legit…

Without Further Ado…

February 16th, 2010

… I would like to present my Food Blogging Mentees…

Dot of Foodcent’s hails from lovely Colorado. She graces us with product reviews, food savings tips and some recipes, while ultimately keeping in mind the goal of eating healthy and loving yourself.

Ashley of Smashedpotatoe, a recent college grad, loves pumpkin, baking to de-stress, cooking and Wordless Wednesdays.

I will be mentoring them for the next couple months as part of Adopt-A-Blogger #4 (yes, apparently, I’ve been doing this enough to mentor). So please, jump on over to their blogs and welcome them into the food blogging family…

Carrot-Ginger Soup
(idea from here)

2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 small onion, chopped
2 in. ginger, fresh and chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
12 oz. bag frozen carrots
3 cups chicken broth

In a stock pot, heat the olive oil. Saute the onion until soft. Add the ginger and garlic for about a minute. Put in the frozen carrots and the chicken broth. Bring the broth to a boil. Boil until tender. In batches, puree until fine in a food processor. Be careful because hot liquid can expand in the food processor (and I’ve read, even explode!). Or use an immersion blender (Thanks, Mom!). Serve with some goat cheese and good bread.

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2010

This week I’ve been talking about Valentine’s Day with a number of my friends both coupled and single… the overarching theme was that no one really likes Valentine’s Day…  I think everyday you should tell the people you love how you feel and I’m not the only one. In my family, we almost always say I love you before hanging up the phone, going to bed or leaving for the day.  We are a very expressive family.

However, Valentine’s Day can be a lot of fun. In high school, I went all out- wearing my favorite hot pink boa and red sequined dress to school, eating lots of chocolate and doing fun things for my friends.  It was fun!

Now that my love lives miles and miles away- I used Valentine’s as an excuse to do something special for myself… I made a nice lunch, poured a glass of champagne and relaxed for a bit…   Some good bread with ricotta and roasted red peppers.  The red pepper recipe comes from good family friends that were our neighbors in Switzerland.  I haven’t seen them in so long but it is always nice to have memories when you make a certain dish.

It is important to keep things in perspective!

Roasted Red Peppers
(recipe from good friends)
Place a whole red pepper on a cookie sheet or broiler pan. Broil until they char, turning to char all sides of the peppers. Remove from the pan and place in a brown paper bag. Fold the bad top down to close and live for several hours until the peppers are cool. Then slip the skins off, open the peppers and remove the seeds and core material. Slice thee peppers in strips. In a frying pan, put some good olive oil and minced garlic. Add the peppers and saute. Add a pinch of sugar.

P.S. Stay tuned… My next post will introduce my lovely new blogging mentees!