Thursday, February 24, 2011

My New Recipes Page

Oh boy, I once thought I was pretty tech savvy.  However, making my new recipes page took me way too long!

I have finally published the new page!  It needs a little more tweaking, but I am happy enough with the layout to share it with you:)

Both the titles and the pictures are linked to the recipe, so click either.

You can click any of the topics at the top to take you straight to the section you are looking for or you can just peruse the entire page for ideas.

See below for a screen shot...


I hope you like my new page.

Have a great Friday!

Friday, February 18, 2011

My Valentines Day


Yes, yes, I know it is a very belated post, but it's still a delicious post!

Trevor and I went to the mountains last weekend and stayed at a little casino called Lakeside Inn.  It's small, clean, and reasonably priced, which makes it our "go to" hotel in South Shore.  We hit up the mountains for some Spring skiing and had a blast!  Trevor is currently on his way to Tahoe again this weekend to test out the snow from the current storm.  I am pretty bummed because I couldn't take Friday off and I am not about to drive up there by myself in the middle of a huge storm!

Spring skiing is always pretty fun though!  No rush to get on the mountain and no panic to stay until the last lift closes. We mostly hit up the Park and Moguls.  Out of the two I would definitely pick Moguls, however I am trying to learn a grab and the best place to do that is in the Park.


After the long weekend we were pretty tired so we stayed in for Valentines Day.  I prefer to eat at home on Valentines Day anyways so it was perfect:)  Trevor came over after work with flowers, wine, shrimp, lobster, salad, and bread!  Trevor still had some work to do so I proceeded with dinner in the following order:

Oven:  Preheated to 375˚F
Flowers:  Cut off the stems at a angle and got those suckers in a vase with lots of water
Wine:  Opened and poured
Lobster:  Got a Pot and started to boil salted water
Cherry Tomatoes:  Tossed in olive oil, salt, pepper, chopped garlic and put in the oven.
Dipping Sauce:  Chopped Garlic and placed in a saucepan over low heat with a half stick of butter
Shrimp:  Tossed in some olive oil, chopped garlic, and cajun seasoning:  Salt, pepper, Oregano, Cayenne, and Paprika.  
Bread:  Sliced and started to toast in same oven as the tomatoes.
Salad:  Tossed lettuce with leftover tomatoes, grated carrot, sliced red onion and oil/vinegar
Lobster:  Placed both lobster tails in boiling water for about 6 minutes
Shrimp:  Seared in pan over medium high heat for about 1 1/2 minutes on each side

Poof! Easy as that and dinner is served!



I melted some butter with chopped garlic for the lobster and bread.  It was amazing! 










 I hope you had a wonderful Valentines Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Goat Cheese with Honey and Toasted Almonds


One of Trevor's best friends, Matt, turned 28 last week!  Trevor put together a tri-tip dinner to celebrate his birthday.

As an appetizer I brought Goat Cheese with Honey and Toasted Almonds.  I also made this appetizer last weekend when I visited Amber and Ashley in LA!  It's pretty addicting to say the least.

 Stephanie made this appetizer for her Halloween Party awhile back.  Stephanie manages We Olive on Chesnut Street in San Francisco and she always has great food/drink ideas!   

Ever since Stephanie's party this dish has been my "go to" appetizer.  The dish is easy to put together, but looks elegant, original, and sophisticated.  The toasted bread and almonds soften the goat cheese and everything just melts in your mouth.

Birthday man himself:)


Ashley, Amber, and I in LA last weekend!



Too mouth watering to hold back while taking pictures!




Goat Cheese with Honey and Toasted Almonds
Serves 8 - 10

Ingredients:
1 Log of Honey Goat Cheese (found at Trader Joes)
1/2 Cup of Toasted Almonds (toast in a dry pan over medium heat until brown)
Honey
Baguette Sliced and Toasted

Directions:
Place log of honey goat cheese on platter.  Top with enough honey to cover goat cheese and run onto plate.  Top with Toasted Almonds.  Surround with toasted baguette slices.
Serve!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Cheesy Baked Pasta with Shrimp


mmmm....Cheesy baked pasta for a weekday dinner...can't get much better than that!


This dinner is easy, quick, and will surely impress your guests!  Also, I used a lot of ingredients that had been sitting in my cabinets/freezer, which is always nice.

I am off to see one of my best friends, Amber, this weekend!  I haven't seen her in what feels like forever, so I am very excited!



For Christmas, my Dad bought me Cheese from the Cal Poly Creamery.  I went to Cal Poly and received my Bachelor's Degree in ARCE (Structural Engineering).  Boy, do I miss SLO!  SLO by the way was voted one of the happiest places to live in the United States by Oprah!

My favorite cheese so far has been the cheddar, but this Galloping Gouda was awesome too!

  





 Have a great weekend!