June 22nd, 2011
The joys of working from home! By far the best thing about working from my home office is lunchtime. I usually eat a good lunch whether in the office or working from home, but last night's leftovers will never compare to a freshly made meal. As always, the inspiration for this particular meal was the contents of my refrigerator. The only thing between you and delicious lunch is a bit of undressed leftover pasta, a few fresh vegetables and some staple pantry items. Even better yet, you're looking at no more than 5 minutes once vegetables are prepped, 15-20 if you do not have any cooked pasta on hand. Continue Reading »
July 19th, 2008
Thanksgiving in July began as a humble “holiday” 3 years ago. It started with a small hand full of friends gathered around a makeshift dining room table to feast on a Thanksgiving meal in the middle of July. Only the love for Turkey and Thanksgiving sides could possess us to fire up our ovens in the middle of a summer heat wave! Fast forward three years later and what began a small gathering has now expanded to an extravagant celebration embracing the very essence of the magical spirit of Thanksgiving. Like any other Thanksgiving there are great displays of generosity accompanied by an over-the-top gluttonous spread that has come to define this All-American holiday; the only difference is that it happens in July.
June 17th, 2008
On the way out of the house this morning, I noticed a major change of color in the tomato vine. The thought of fresh tomatoes got me so excited, I decided to pay homage to one of my favorite things; fresh tomato salsa. In our fast-paced lifestyle where fast food is king, ketchup tends to be one of the most abused and overrated condiments, where salsa on the other hand must be one of the most underrated. I hope that this easy fresh salsa recipe will awaken your senses to tomato's full potential without all the sugar and tasteless additives.
May 2nd, 2008
Ginger-Orange Carrot Cake Recipe
The great thing about this twist on the Classic Carrot Cake Recipe (besides the taste, of course), is its versatility. Whether you prefer a sheet cake to a layer, bundt, or even cupcakes this recipe is meant to satisfy all. If you just aren't that adventurous and prefer a classic carrot cake, without the twist, you can remove the ginger (ground and crystallized) and orange zest in steps 1 and 2 below and increase the cinnamon to 1 ¼ teaspoons. However, I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, I think you will be pleasantly surprised!
Cream cheese frosting for carrot cake is a must but the calories that comes with it, not so much. The frosting for carrot cake shared in this post does not require the use of cream cheese. Classic example of More Taste, Less Filling :)
January 3rd, 2008
Caramelized Onions Recipe
Caramelized onions are one of my favorite things to eat and a weakness of mine. Dark, sweet, and browned, that’s exactly how I like my… Well ever mind, we won't go there.
Contrary to belief, caramelized onions is pretty easy to make, you just need time and a little bit of patience. If you are not used to chopping mass quantity of onions, from start to finish will take about an hour or so. But your time will be greatly awarded with finished product that will help you jazz up any where from your omelet in the morning, sandwiches for lunch, mashed potatoes for diner, heck pizza topping for home made pizza, and tasty onion dip for a little beer snack. Heck, you can even make French onion soup with it if you like.