Sunday, May 8, 2011

Pad Thai My Way

A special thanks to my sister, Rachael, for finding this brilliant recipe!

Pad Thai
4tbs soy sauce
4tbs water
4tbs creamy peanut butter
4tsps Asian chili paste
olive oil
1tsp minced garlic
1tsp ginger powder
1 bag frozen veggies (of your choice I use green beans)
bag of pad thai noodles
1tbs brown sugar
1tbs cider vinegar 
1 lime

*In a small bowl whisk together soy sauce, water, peanut butter, and chili paste until smooth

*Heat a large skillet over medium heat add some olive oil and cook chicken.  Squirt lime juice over chicken

*In another large skillet add oil, garlic and ginger.  Cook until fragrant.  Add frozen vegetables, mix so that garlic and ginger cover over veggies.  Cook until hot.  Squirt with remaining lime.
*Cook Pad Thai noodles according to directions.
*In a serving bowl add chicken, noodles and vegetables.  Mix together.  Add brown sugar, vinegar and peanut spice.  Toss together.  Add peanuts as a garnish. 

Enjoy =)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Why Am I So Fat?!

It doesn't matter how skinny, how toned, how hot you are, as a women, this question moves past our lips daily.  Most of us really don't even need to do anything to our bodies.  We're just overly critical.

Last night, my friend Lauren and I decided to participate in the Special K Challenge.  Neither of us need to lose weight, really.  But, we decided to slim down juuussttt a bit more--just like everyone else who wants to.

So, for the next few weeks, I'm supposed to drop like six pounds I guess haha!  We'll see!  I better love cereal, yogurt and fruit.  Hopefully I don't get sick of this--as I look at one bite left at the bottom of the bowl and curse the serving size of one cup!  My Italian relatives would absolutely DIE over this "meal." 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cupcakes (Take the Cake)

Just the Cake Part
didn't bother doing it the way "you're supposed to" just throw all the damn ingredients in together!!

*1 1/2 cup flour
*1 cup sugar
*1/4 cup cocoa
*1 tsp baking soda
*1/2 tsp salt
*1 tsp vanilla
*1 tbs vinegar 
*1/3 cup canola oil
*1 cup brewed espresso

*Pre-heat oven to 350
*Wisk all ingredients.  
*Pour into prepared cupcake holders
*Bake 20 mins
*ENJOY!!!! =)
(thank you to Cassandra for her vanilla from Mexico!!)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

American Tastebuds

Mac + Cheese alla Martha + Amanda

*I found this recipe about two years ago on the Martha Stewart website.  It is THE BEST mac and cheese I have EVER had!! It is complicated, but well worth it.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.  In the past I've made some delicious substitutions.  I have omitted the cayenne pepper before, and I've used smoked swiss cheese instead of the Gruyere.  Below is the original.

*plain bread crumbs
*7 tbs butter
*5 1/2 cups milk
*1/2 cup all-purpose flour
*1/4 tsp nutmeg
*1/4 tsp black pepper
*1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
*4 1/2 cups (8oz) grated sharp white cheddar cheese
*2 cups (8oz) grated Gruyere cheese
*1 pound elbow macaroni 

*heat oven to 375 degrees.  
*ALWAYS shred the cheese before beginning anything else!! That was my very first mistake the initial time with this recipe.  You don't want that kind of workout--trust me.
*Melt 1 tbs butter, and fork in breadcrumbs...set aside.
*In a medium saucepan over medium heat milk (or you can do this in the microwave which I have done)
*In a high-sided skillet over medium heat melt 6 tbs butter.  When butter bubbles, add flour.  Cook, stirring.  1 minute
*Slowly pour hot milk into flour-butter mixture while whisking.  Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and becomes thick.  
*Remove pan from heat.  Stir in, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne pepper, 3 cups of the cheddar cheese and 1 1/2 cups Gruyere.  Set cheese sauce aside.
*Cook macaroni as per direction on the box but under cook 2-3 minutes.
*Stir macaroni into the reserved cheese sauce
*Pour the mixture into a casserole dish.  Sprinkle remaining 1 1/2 cups cheddar and 1/2 cup Gruyere.  Scatter breadcrumbs over the top.  
*Bake until brown on top, about 30 minutes.  Cook for 5 before serving!
*ENJOY!!!! =)

LET'S GO GREEN BAY PACKERS, where cheese is made possible!!! 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lick Your Fingertips Frosting

Buttercream Frosting

 *1 lb package of dominos powdered sugar
*1/2 cup butter/margarine
*4 tbs milk
*1 tsp vanilla

*Combine in large bowl with mixer at low speed 
*Beat until creamy 
*Add milk as needed for frosting consistency 

(pictures from Cassandra's cupcakes for our girl's night)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Anna's Buffalo Wing Dip

Green Bay Packers Game + A Girl's Night

*The perfect dip for a football game and a night with the girls!

*2 cans chicken
*1/2 cup hot sauce
*1/2 cup blue cheese dressing
*1 block cream cheese

*Mix together in a sauce pan, and heat until creamy
*ENJOY!!! =)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Comfort + Joy

Chicken Soup for the Northeastern Soul

On a blustery, wintery day in January my favorite thing to warm me inside and out is a nice bowl of  soup.  We got about two feet of snow last night in New York, perfect day for a warm bowl.  =)

*Organic Carrots
*Sweet Onion
*Organic Free Range Chicken Broth 
*Food process (easiest) or slice veggies 
*In a large pot add entire container of chicken broth and water (to taste)
*Add veggies
*Cook on medium heat until vegetables are soft
*Add salt + pepper