Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Radish and Avocado Salad

Let me start by saying, I know most of you may think this is weird, but I have to write a bit about Kidd Kraddick. For those of you who don't know, Kidd Kraddick is a radio personality from Dallas, Texas. He passed away suddenly on Saturday and it has devastated me as well as many others who were his listeners across the country. I listened to the Kidd Kraddick show when I lived in Fort Worth. It especially helped me when I lived with my aunt for a short time and I would drive from Flowermound to Fort Worth everyday. When I moved to LA I really missed the show and thought about it often. Late, last year my sister told me about their podcast so I started downloading it and listening during my long drives home in LA traffic. I fall asleep SOOO easily when driving and it was the only thing that kept me up! I also found the show extremely entertaining and hilarious. So that being said, when I found out that Kidd had died, I was heartbroken. "How will the show go on without Kidd?" "How are the other members of the cast doing?" and most selfishly "How am I going to stay awake when driving home everyday?" I never knew I would be so effected by a celebrity's death, but I really feel like I have lost a close friend. Here is to Kidd, his legacy will live on!

This may surprise you but I am not a huge salad person. I LOVE a good side salad, but salad as my main meal is never matter how much chicken or protein you add. I usually get tired of the lettuce before I fill up. SOO when I find a fun side salad to share with you, I am happy. Here is a lovely one that is easy and fresh for summer. 

Radish and Avocado Salad

1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 Tbsp sour cream
juice of 1 lime
1/2 tsp hot sauce
2 avocados
4 radishes
3 Tbsp feta cheese
1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
Mix together sour cream, hot sauce, and lime juice.

Thinly slice radishes, Slice avocados and red onions.
Place sliced red onions in cold water and allow them to sit for 10 minutes to make them more mild.
On a serving tray, layer avocados, radishes and drained red onions.
Drizzle with the sour cream/lime dressing.
Top with crumbled feta cheese and chopped cilantro.
This salad is so fresh for summer! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Friday, July 26, 2013

500 Blog Post!

This is one of my favorite blogs to post. I know it can be intimidating to go onto a blog with so many recipes and not know which one to try first. Often when I tell someone that I have a food blog I get asked, "what is your favorite thing to cook?" I can never answer this question because my answer is always changing. But there are a few recipes that stand out and become staples on my menu. It took me over a year to post the past 100 recipes. I have had a crazy, busy year! It has been fun review the recipes and choose my favorites. Here are my recommendations of recipes you should put on your menu today!

My Top 10 Recipes from the Past 100:

1: Crispy Fried Brussels Sprouts 

2: Crispy Scalloped Potatoes

3: Italian Stuffed Shells

4: Beef and Cheese Enchiladas

5: Cilantro Lime Rice

6: Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Strawberries

8: Grilled Skirt Steak with Corn Salsa

9: Pots de Creme

10: Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Lime Butter

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Chicken Lazone

Here is a recipe I found on one of the blogs that I frequent, Plain Chicken. I am always looking for new chicken recipes to add to my rotation and this is an easy one! 

Chicken Lazone
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp chili powder
3/4 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
4-6 chicken tenders
1/4 cup butter
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 pound pasta
lemon wedges (not pictured)

Cook pasta according to package instructions.
Stir together the seasonings.
Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with the seasoning mix.
Melt 2 Tbsp. butter over medium high heat in a cast iron or heavy skillet.
Cook chicken tenders in skillet for 4 minutes per side or until done.

Melt remaining 2 Tbsp butter in pan.
Add heavy cream. 
Lower heat to a simmer and allow sauce to cook until it thickens (5-7 minutes). 
Serve chicken over pasta with a spoonful of sauce. It was delicious, but I decided that it needed some lemon! If you desire, squeeze lemon over the whole thing and enjoy.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Balsamic Strawberries

I was in Portland this weekend for my CAbi training, where we were introduced to the new Fall line. It is beautiful! I have spent the past 2 days playing dress up with all the new clothes and it is my job! Now I just need to start booking my parties...oh the phone it is so intimidating! 
Here are some photos from my trip.
Our first stop was at the famous VooDoo Doughnut shop. We stood in line for an hour! There is always that long of a line, day and night, crazy! My favorite was topped with oreos and drizzled with peanut butter fudge, yummy.
 I made my way to the Rose Gardens. I LOVE flowers! They were gorg!

 Time for the work/fun to begin!
 With my upline and dear friend, Dawn! We were waiting to go into the fashion show.
 Making our way into the fashion show! So exciting!
 Illuminate is this season's theme.
We were a little far away this time, but it was still fun.
 Gena Davis was there! She is going to be the keynote speaker at our CAbi career events this season.
 A sneek peak at some of the new clothes!
 A CAbi drink to toast at successful season!
 A view of the Columbia river from the tallest building in Portland.

This may be one of my fastest, easiest recipes on the blog! For those of you who are way to hot to cook it is perfect for a summer treat. 

Baslamic Strawberries with Strawberry Sorbet
1 pound strawberries, quartered
1 1/2 tablespoons good quality balsamic vinegar
1/2 Tbsp sugar
pinch fresh ground cracked pepper
Strawberry Sorbet

Stir together vinegar with sugar and pepper then pour into the strawberries. Allow them to stand at room temp for 30 minutes.
Scoop out Strawberry sorbet and then pour over balsamic strawberries.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Truffle Cream Sauce

I have been busy this week getting ready for my new Fall season at CAbi! I am starting my 3rd season, which means I am not on "freshman" status anymore! I can't wait to go to Portland next week and get better acquainted with the clothes. If you are one of my CAbi girl's, I hope you are getting ready for some new cute clothes!!

Truffle Cream Sauce
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 onion, quartered
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp corn starch
1 tsp truffle oil
salt and pepper
parsley for garnish

For chicken recipe use the Chicken Milanese recipe here. 
Use this risotto recipe.

Place quartered onion and smashed garlic cloves in sauce pan with cup of chicken broth. Bring to boil and reduce by half.
Add wine and reduce again by half.
Remove onion and garlic, discard.
Add cream and cornstarch and simmer until thickened.

Season with salt and pepper.
Drizzle in truffle oil and remove from heat.

Cook chicken and risotto according to recipes listed above. 

Plate with risotto on the bottom, topped with chicken and drizzled with truffle cream sauce.