Friday, June 25, 2010

Here's a Delicious Meal

This is one of my favorite meals:  Mediterranean Chicken  and Braised Lentils.  These flavor combinations make for an eater's paradise!   The nice thing about this menu is that it is fairly inexpensive to make but tastes like a million bucks!

I just made Chocolate Ricotta Mousse the other night.  It is super easy and oh, so good!  It literally took me about 5 minutes to make.

Just a quick tip:  Melt the chocolate in the microwave (use glass - chocolate gets really hot and will melt your plastic and in turn burn you) in 30 second intervals until melted.

Breakfast for Dinner

Some nights you just want something easy and hearty for dinner and this recipe did not fail to please.  Yes, the entire family liked it!  I made a few substitutions based on what I had available, but it was very tasty.  This is called The Eggberts Sunriser from Pioneer Woman.  She has a really great site if you need some recipe ideas.

Here was our version.  I like my eggs over-easy.

I made the girls' portions with scrambles eggs, since they're not big fans over over-easy yet.

Then I made breakfast for breakfast!  Doesn't this look good?  Homemade blueberry muffins with fresh strawberries and raspberries.  I forgot to include the butter in the recipe, so it was even less fattening than the original recipe.  Also, I only used 3/4 cup of the yogurt because I ran out.  I finished the cup with homemade applesauce.  They turned out great!  (That butter is only 1 tsp. even though it looks like alot!)


I'm still here and cooking...

Well, April proved to be a whirlwind starting with my husband getting laid-off and then a trip to NC for a long weekend turned into a week long visit due to my Dad having emergency surgery upon our arrival.  Then 2 weeks after getting home we had to return for my Grandmother's funeral.  One thing my Grandma and I held in common was our love to cook.  She was an amazing Italian cook.  I'll have to pull out some of her recipes and share them sometime (at least the ones that I haven't been sworn to secrecy with!).  So, then May and June have flown by and my sister just reminded me that I really need to post again. 

I have been cooking some pretty good stuff - here's some of it:

Here is a London Broil that I marinated in my favorite recipe from the first cookbook that I ever owned - given to me by my Grandma, Bon Appetit, Entertaining with Style.   The recipe calls for flank steak, but I found that a London Broil does well too, is less expensive, and is nice and thick and tender.
Marinade Recipe - Grilled Flank Steak with Rosemary

Marinate the meat overnight for the best flavor:

I served this with baked potatoes, fresh fruit salad, and a tossed salad.  My fruit salad was so good.  It was cut up fresh pineapple, mangoes, strawberries, & blueberries.  It really hit the spot! 

My tossed salad included cucumbers that I learned a neat, little trick years ago from my Uncle (another amazing, Italian chef).  Just slide fork prongs down the skin of the cucumber and then slice.  They look really cool and the skin isn't as tough.  This way you're getting all the vitamins the cucumber has to offer!