Saturday, July 30, 2011

Tomato Tortellini Salad

My hubby has stomach issues. I will not get into details, but they have been consistent for years! We have tried everything from dairy free diets, to seeing a gastrologist. The doctor just thought it was stress, but we were not convinced because nothing improves when he is not stressed. It was our last resort, but after talking to a lot of people who are gluten free we decided that we need to try it. Sooooo I have started switching to a lot of gluten free items for him (not me, are you kidding I love bread and pasta too much!). But it does mean I will be making less pasta dishes, therefore I am devoting the next 3 blogs to pasta dishes I made before the "gluten-free," switch. Here is a great summer pasta salad, easy and refreshing! PS: I will keep you updated on how the gluten-free diet is working for him.

Tomato Tortellini Salad
1 package of Tortellini
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 corn cob
1 cup baby heirloom tomatoes
3 Tbsp. lemon
1/4 cup basil
2 green onions
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup parmesan
1/3 olive oil
Blend olive, lemon, Worcestershire, parmesan, salt and pepper.

Half tomatoes, chop green onions and basil. Cut corn off cob. 
Cook tortellini according to package directions. Stir sauce into tortellini.
Stir pasta into veggies. Season with salt and pepper.
Top with parmesan.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Radish chips

We finally got an entertainment center! We have been looking for a new TV stand every since we moved in, especially since we got our new flat screen TV (a year ago last January). Nothing was standing out to us and we didn't want to spend $1,500 on the ones we did like! Yesterday we decided to look in some antique/thrift stops in Silverlake. The first store we went in had a perfect buffet table from the 1950's which was the exact size we were looking for and it was also only $395! The only problem was it would need another piece to fit under it for the DVR and Blue ray to fit on. We didn't know what we were looking for and went into a thrift store and found an old chest. I was like, omg that would be perfect! I also knew we had a blue light case in the garage that I had always wanted to use somewhere. The chest was only $45! So we bought them both and set it up last night. We are very proud of our $440 entertainment center! Here are pictures:

Before. We got these film reels for our wedding and were waiting to hang them when we bought a TV stand.

  After. Jeffrey is not happy I am posting these pictures before we fixed the wires. I need to go to Target to get some adhesive hooks so we can fix them.
Isn't the finish on this table cool! We are obsessed!
 So glad we kept this light box!

Lately all the blogs are featuring Kale chips. I keep meaning to try them, but first here is some radish chips! Jeffrey LOVES Radishes. He also LOVES chips. These were a big hit for him.

Radish Chips
1 bunch of radishes
about 1/4 tsp of: turmeric, garlic powder, cumin, paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp olive oil
Slice radishes very thin. I used my mandolin!
Stir olive oil into the bowl.
Stir in all seasonings.
Spray the baking pan real well, then arrange radishes in a single layer.
Cook for 15 minutes at 350, then reduce heat to 225 for another 20 minutes.
Remove and cool before serving.

I also used this same recipe to make squash and zucchini chips. Yum!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Gorgonzola Stuffed Burgers

I really love a good burger! It is not something I cook often, but when I do it is sooo yum! I really want to go to Father's Office to try their signature burger, (featured on Food Network's Best Thing I Ever Ate.) Jeffrey went last week without me! He had no idea that I even knew about this famous burger. He said "Hunny I had this amazing burger while you were gone, from a place called Father's Office" I was like, NO you didn't!! Well at least he liked it so he will take me back there.

Gorgonzola Stuffed Burgers
Hamburger Buns (I had corn dusted ones!)
3 Tbsp good Gorgonzola
tomato slices
1.25 pounds ground beef
Season beef with salt and pepper then separate into 2 patties. Put about 1 1/2 Tbsp of Gorgonzola in the middle of the patties, then wrap the rest of the meat around it.
Lookin' good!
Grill the burgers for about 7-8 minutes on each side.
There was lots of smoke!
Serve burger with tomato slices and lettuce. Maybe you want some mayo, or miracle whip! You would also add more Gorgonzola crumbles if you like!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Steak and Eggs with Crumbled Goat Cheese

We are finally back! It was a great trip, but I was busy the whole time. Now back to life in LaLa land. Here are some pictures of the trip. I stayed with my mom for the first few days, then when Jeffrey came on Thursday we moved over to his parents. We had a blast at his 10 year reunion. I was really glad that he took a break from working hard to catch up with friends and family. It was much needed!!

My Brother, Bryan, aka "Bubba", trying to hide from the camera
 Handsome Bubba!
 My mom's HUGE poodle, Andre! He had just been groomed, so he was pretty and smelled good!
 Mom and I made dinner every night. This night we made a new chicken dish that I will need to feature soon. It was so yummy.
 The newest adopted member of the Elfert family, Andy. With my beautiful seester Ivy.
 Gongie and Anson
 Anson and I.
 Mom and I ran errands in the hot Texas heat all day...Meals on Wheels, work, shopping, then cooking! We look a little tired, but that is ok, we had fun!
 The first night of the reunion. I tried to take my camera and J wouldn't let me. Therefore there are not any pics of the actual reunion...hopefully there will be some posted on facebook!
 After lunch with his folks. He was posing for me!

 Silly man!
 My new fav! We have a picture from my senior prom in front of this door...aww memories!

Please make this for dinner soon. Mom called me a few weeks ago and said it was a must make dinner. Since she is the "Master Chef" I took her advice and made it asap. I have already made it twice!

Steak and Eggs with Crumbled Goat Cheese
2 4oz ribeye steaks
2 eggs
4 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp Herbs de Provence
Salt and pepper
2 Tbsp Crumbled Goat Cheese
Season both sides of steaks with salt, pepper and Herbs de Provence.
Drizzle 2 Tbsp olive oil in a grill pan and grill for about 6 minutes on each side.
Turn steaks half way on each side to get pretty grill marks.
Drizzle about 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a egg pan and fry an egg.
Top the steak with the fried egg, then crumbled goat cheese and season with salt and pepper.

Worthy of another picture, it is so good!