Friday, November 30, 2012

Semi-Homemade Creamy Tomato Basil Ravioli

This dish was so easy and delicious. I love the idea of semi-homemade. My friend Meg is really creative with semi-home made. She doesn't give herself enough credit for being a good cook, I think she considers it cheating; but I think as long as it tastes great you can call yourself a cook! She didn't create this recipe...but Meg you should try it!

Semi-Homemade Creamy Tomato Basil Ravioli
2/3 jar of sun dried tomato alfredo (just eye ball it, I thought the whole jar was too much)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp white wine
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup sliced basil
1/3 cup grated parmesan
1 package fresh cheese ravioli
salt and pepper
Dice tomatoes and mince garlic.
Slice basil.
 Cook pasta according to package instructions.
Heat oil in skillet, add garlic and cook until toasted.
Add tomatoes.
Add wine and cook for 1 minute.
Season with salt and pepper.
Stir in alfredo sauce.
Add basil and parmesan to sauce.
Drain pasta.
Stir pasta into sauce.
Serve with more basil and parmesan.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Hosting my first Thanksgiving was a success! Mommasita and Pinkie came in town on Tuesday. We had a blast shopping on Tuesday and Wednesday while Jeffrey was working. 
Here we are at the Americana, it was snowing! Beautiful!
 We went to the Grove on Wednesday. Here we are at a cafe in the Farmer's Market.
 We were driving Pinkie to drink...haha!
 Stopped at Dylan's Candy Bar for some sweet treats.
 Thanksgiving day went great. Here is my spread of pre-turkey snacks. Firecrackers, Radish dip and my favorite cheeses from Trader Joe's (Toscano soaked in Syra wine and a Cambozola with Fig spread). 
 Basting the bird! I used Pioneer Woman's recipe for Turkey Brine.
 Yummy Cranberry Sauce, recipe to come...

 Here is our spread:
Cranberry Orange Marmalade
Restaurant Style Mashed Potatoes
 She's a beaut!

 Mommasita is a great sous chef! It was her first time to make a turkey too! We learned together.
 Pinkie carved the bird.
 Caught him in the act of tasting the sweet potatoes.

Sweet picture of Mommasita and her boy.
 Happy Something to Eat!
 I've got a good husband, he suited up to clean the dishes. There were A LOT!

We went to see Skyfall on Thanksgiving night. Even though I swore we wouldn't go shopping on Friday, we ended up doing just that. Pinkie wanted to buy us a rug for Christmas. We found a beautiful rug at Pottery Barn. Thank you soooo much for our early Christmas present we love it! Friday evening we went to see Silver Lining's Playbook at the Vista Vintage theater.
J had to work on Saturday so we took him lunch on set. It was really great for his parents to see him in action on set. 
 I am so happy we were able to have them in for the holiday! Good thing we will get to see them in only 3 weeks because I already miss them. We are ready for Christmas!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cilantro Lime Rice

I am finalizing my thanksgiving menu and grocery list today! I am so excited to cook my first Thanksgiving. My only concern is cooking in my closet sized kitchen. I will keep you updated!

I LOVE this rice. I have made it several times now. Thank you Ree Drummond!

Cilantro Lime Rice
1 Tbsp olive oil
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup white rice
2 cups of chicken broth
juice and zest of 1 1/2 limes
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Add juice to chicken broth.
Heat oil in saucepan, add garlic and saute until toasted.
Add rice to pan. Saute for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add broth, juice and zest to the rice. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Chop cilantro.
Once rice is cooked through, remove from heat and stir in cilantro.
Enjoy with some yummy enchiladas!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Beef and Cheese Enchiladas

I don't know about you, but EVERY time I watch The Pioneer Woman's TV show on Food Network, I become obsessed with making at least 1 thing from the episode. I have followed Ree's blog for years and made A LOT of her stuff, because let's face it, it is YUMMY! But there is something about watching her make it on the show that makes me CRAVE it. (Yes I realize I have been using a lot of caps!) These enchiladas were sooooo good! I didn't photograph them the first time, because I was too lazy. I had to make them again and quick so I could share with you how much I love this dinner. PS I also tried her Cilantro Lime rice and it was another winner, I will post the recipe for you soon.

Pioneer Woman's Beef and Cheese Enchiladas

1 14 oz can enchilada sauce
1 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp flour
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 tsp salt and pepper

1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 onion, diced
1/4 tsp salt
1 4oz can green chilis

12 corn tortillas
1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
cilantro for garnish

Heat oil in a saucepan, add flour and whisk for 1 minute.

Slowly stir in chicken broth.
Stir in enchilada sauce. 
Add salt and pepper. Bring to boil then reduce to a simmer, leave it on low while you prep the other ingredients.

 Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a separate skillet and cook onion for a few minutes, until tender.
Remove onion from skillet. Add meat to skillet and cook while breaking up until done.

Drain grease from meat. Add onions, green chilis and salt to meat.

Heat a 1/2 a cup of oil to in a skillet. Cook corn tortillas in oil for about 10 second on each side. Carefully transfer tortillas from oil and dunk in the enchilada sauce.
Place on a plate until ready to use.
Repeat with 10-12 tortillas.
Make a station with tortillas, a bowl of shredded cheese, and a bowl of meat. Place 1/2 cup of the sauce in the bottom of a baking dish.
Place some meat and cheese on the tortilla, then roll the tortilla up and place seam side down into the baking dish. Repeat with all the tortillas until you run out of meat.

Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas.
Sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes.

Sprinkle with fresh chopped cilantro.

Enjoy with Cilantro Lime Rice, (recipe to come!)