Sunday, July 28, 2013

Grilled Asparagus and Feta Salad

I made this salad for a food and wine pairing event for one of my book clubs.  If you want to see more about the event, head over to my personal blog, and check it out!

My dish was eaten along with a Parmesan Crusted Tilapia, and it was a perfect pairing with white wine Vouvray 2011 LaForcine Demi Sec.  This salad is mild flavored and fresh tasting salad. I needed to add a lot more salt and pepper than what the recipe called for. Next time, I would throw in a few sliced baby tomatoes. The tomatoes would have brightened up the dish and added an additional needed acidic note. Next time, I also would use a block of feta and break it up myself instead of the pre-crumbled feta.  Clearly it's not very pretty!  Using a blog of feta would have allowed me to break the cheese up into larger chunks.




If you try this, let me know what you think!

Source: Roasted Asparagus & Feta Salad
Rating: 4 forks


Here are the rest of the wines we sampled along with the courses!
Cheers!

   

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Mock Peach Cobbler

My husband and I picked up some delicious peaches from Costco. Which means we had 9 of those babies! Two too many for us to finish. I wanted to do something with the last few peaches before they went bad and I had to throw them out.  I searched the internet and found this easy recipe. This one caught my attention because 1, the prep work was minimal and 2, the ingredients were simple and lastly, it looked yummy.

Enjoy!
I made two changes to this this recipe. First, I used 2 peaches cut into quarters (skin on) instead of canned peaches. My peaches were very ripe and sweet. I wouldn't recommend using fresh peaches unless they are sweet and very ripe! If not, canned peaches may be the route to go.  My second change was that I used I used Sprite instead of Mountain Dew. Other than those two things, I made it exactly to the letter.  

I think this recipe was near perfect (with my tweaks). When I make this again, I will use those same changes and add a sprinkle of cinnamon inside of each roll.

I really love how these turned out. The crust was nice and crunchy on the top, soft on the inside. It wasn't tart nor too sweet, it was perfect. The inside was moist, yet not mushy. I believe the ripeness of my peaches lent to that. This dessert really reminded me of peach cobbler without all of the work! I bet this would be just as yummy with in-season apples, fresh cut pineapple, or any fresh and ripe fruit that you want to use.
If you try this, let me know what you think!

Source: Easy Peach Roll Up Dessert
Rating: 5 forks

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Vodka Punch

Long time no see foodies!

We had our annual summer BBQ this past weekend and I wanted to make a yummy adult beverage. I found a Vodka Punch recipe and followed it exactly and doubled it to fill this 2 gallon drink dispenser.  It was perfect for two reasons. One, the flavors were spot on and perfect for summer. Two, it's perfect for the light weight drinkers.  I kept the vodka bottle next to the punch for those more seasoned drinkers that wanted to add a shot or two to their glass. Remember you can always add more, but you can't take out.  I added orange and lime slices for decoration. Everyone loved it and I will be making it again!

Source: Vodka Punch
Rating: 5 forks

Monday, May 27, 2013

Now on Bloglovin!

Hey all,

Just a quick update for you. I'm on Blog Lovin now, so if you'd like to follow there, please do! Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Living Lettuce Experience


Apparently I love chicken lettuce wraps, so much that we're having it again! I'm now thinking about taco lettuce wraps, sloppy joe lettuce wraps, salmon lettuce wraps, etc.  My new love for lettuce wraps will be address in another post, back to the subject at hand! I may be slow on this discovery, but I was in the grocery store a few nights ago looking for butter lettuce, aka Boston Bibb, aka Butterhead for our Chicken Lettuce Wraps.  I couldn't find that, but instead I found living lettuce! I thought, "Hmm, it looks similar to butter lettuce."...so I picked it up. I figured, why not try it.
I Googled living lettuce and found out that it supposed to last for 10 days, which is super long for lettuce! That's a good thing.  

It taste pretty good. It's a very mild flavored lettuce.  It's easy to peal off the leaves with minimal breakage.

But, it should be noted that this lettuce doesn't work well for lettuce wraps unless you double up the leaves. The meat mixture makes the leaves soggy super fast. I didn't like the texture of the leaves for my purpose. It was VERY soft almost velvety to the touch. It may be good for a salad, but not for wraps.




Have you tried living lettuce? Tell me what you thought of it. What types of dishes do you use it for?













Thursday, April 4, 2013

Product Review | Ling Ling Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps


I don't use meal kits very often, but my husband and I were wondering around the Costco freezer section last weekend and saw this meal kit, by Ling-Ling. I was a bit leery but since it only cost about $9, I said, "Okay, lets try it"!  It actually was pretty good. 

Did I feel it was a good purchase? Yes, sort of. Would I purchase it again? No, I'll make it myself. 

I liked that it was super quick to throw together when you're short on time. I liked that it's pretty low carb if you leave off the fried noodles they included.  This is perfect if you don't have time to do your own food prep, ie. tons of dicing. Cook this on the stove top in for about 10 minutes on a high heat, add fresh iceberg lettuce and you're ready to go!

I cooked up the entire box. It said the whole box would serve 8 people. It was split into two sets of packages meant for 4 people each.  But I think that's an appetizer serving size. If you're eating this as a meal, I'd say the entire box serves 4 people. Which is still a very good deal for $9!

My main issue was that there were WAY to many onions! Over kill seriously.  It was good, but with proper planning, I can make it from scratch with less sodium! And it will probably taste better because it's all fresh ingredients.

Rating: 3 forks

Friday, March 1, 2013

Easy Low Carb Meatloaf Muffins

My plate is 1 meatball short... I ate one before I got the shot!
Ever since my husband heard his co-worker say "meatloaf muffins" he's been wanting me to make them. They taste exactly the same as my regular meatloaf, except it's now easier to transport for lunches and such. Anyways, here is my version of Meatloaf Muffins.  Of course, since we are still low carbing it, I made this slightly differently than I normally would have by replacing the bread crumbs with ground pork rinds. 

The only thing missing this time, which I normally add is the green bell peppers. We didn't have any and I didn't feel like going to the store. So, these are sans the peppers.  I made some cheesy cauliflower mash to go along with it. 

Source: Me!, Original Recipe
Rating - 5 forks

Ingredients:

2 lbs Extra Lean Ground Beef
3/4 cup of BBQ Pork Rinds, ground to a fine powder (measure after the pork rinds have been ground)
1/2 cup of small diced green peppers
1 envelope of Onion Soup Mix
1 extra large egg
3 Tbsp of Ketchup
2 tsp of Worcester Sauce
Pepper to taste

Instructions:  Preheat oven at 350.  Mix everything in a bowl. Careful, don't over mix! Use a ice cream scoop to make the same size "muffin" for each cup.  Bake for 25-30 minutes depending on your oven.

Makes 12.