Archive for February, 2008

How fierce is your cupcake?

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Make it fierce!

NFR: Vote for ME!

I’m hopping on the bandwagon since many of my July 2007 Knottie friends have already done so.  The knot is having  a contest for the best of 2007 weddings.  I am entering, of course because my wedding was the bomb diggity ;), but also because my photographers were so awesome and took SUCH amazing shots.  I wasn’t able to upload all of them, but I tried to represent my wedding as best I could.  Here’s the link, don’t be shy…

http://realweddingawards.theknot.com/photo/view/Summer-In-NYC

Thanks readers!!

Turkey Burgers

I love a good burger.  Burgers feel like summer to me.  I needed some summer in my life.  Good Things Catered had a turkey burger recipe and I had some turkey left over from my baked ziti, so I gave it a whirl.  Let me just say that these burgers were really yummy.  Hubs could not stop raving!  Next time I might just add some diced onion and minced garlic to the meat for a little more flavor.

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Sesame Ginger Stir Fry

I found this recipe on one of my favorite blogs, Good Things Catered, and couldn’t wait to try it.  I love stir fry and this one sounded and looked so flavorful and easy.

 

Sesame Ginger Stir Fry
(Source:  Good Things Catered, my changes in green)

Ingredients:
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, sliced into thin strips
3 Tbsp vegetable oil, divided (I used canola)
1 tsp sesame oil
1 lb. mixed veggies of your choice, cut on diagonal into 1 1/2-inch pieces
     I used carrots, snow peas, and broccoli
1 small bunch green onions, cut on diagonal into 1 1/2-inch pieces (I had shallots, so I used those)
1 1/2 Tbsp minced peeled fresh ginger
1/3 c. chicken broth
1/4 c. rice vinegar
1/4 c. low sodium soy sauce

Directions:
-In flat bottom wok or large skillet, heat 2Tbsp oil over high heat.
-Add chicken in single layer and cook, undisturbed, until meat begins to brown on bottom, about 2 1/2 minutes.
-Flip cook until second side browns, about 2 minutes.
-Transfer meat to plate and cover.
-Heat remaining 1 Tbsp oil and 1 tsp sesame oil in same skillet over medium-high heat.
-Add veggies, green onion, and ginger.
-Sauté until vegetables are tinged brown and crisp-tender, about 2 minutes.
-Add broth, vinegar, and soy sauce to deglaze the pan.
-Bring to a boil, return chicken and cook until sauce is slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
-Serve immediately.

 

 

Baked Ziti Redux

I absolutely love baked ziti.  It is one of my all time favorites.  However, it is not so…well, as Rachael Ray would say, “Figure Friendly.”  I decided to revisit and healthy it up! 

Baked Ziti (the healthier way)

Ingredients:
1 lb. whole grain pasta (I used Barilla Plus Penne) cooked
3/4 lb. ground turkey
2 cups pasta sauce, divided
1 15 oz. container part skim ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided (I always use fresh) plus more for topping
Salt and pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350. 
  • Season the turkey with salt and pepper and brown in a non-stick skillet. 
  • Transfer to plate.
  • Add half of the cooked pasta to a baking dish lightly lined with pasta sauce.
  • Add half the ricotta cheese, 1 cup of mozzarella, 1 cup of pasta sauce and half the ground turkey to the pasta.
  • Mix well to combine.
  • Repeat with the rest of the pasta, turkey, and ricotta.  Add the other cup of mozzarella and sauce.
  • Mix again to combine.
  • Top with sliced mozzarella.
  • Bake covered for 20 minutes.  Uncover and bake for 15 more minutes until cheese on top is melted.

NFR: Billy Joel

I am so excited and I just can’t hide it!  I just got tickets to the Billy Joel concert at Shea Stadium (where my fave Mets play) on my BIRTHDAY!  Woo Hoo.  They were uber expensive, which gives me anxiety, but I can’t wait! 

Vent Complete.

Cupcake Hero – Liquor

So I think I’m completely addicted to blog events now.  I have been eyeing this contest for a while and figure this was an appropriately themed month to join in since the theme was…

I had been wanting to make bananas foster ever since one of my girlfriends told me that her chef boyfriend made it for her and it was so delish.  I figured I’d try to put bananas foster into a cupcake.  I was pretty pleased with my ingenuity, especially since I searched and searched and couldn’t find a recipe.  Then, much to my chagrin, I found one on Wilton’s site.  It had been done.  But that’s ok.  I used their recipe skeleton, measurements for butter, sugar, flour, etc., but really kind of did my own thing!  I actually fostered the bananas (I so know that’s not right) in brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and rum.  And yes, I flambéed those suckers.  The frosting recipe came from my ole buddy CB’s blog.  I adjusted that one also.

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