Tagged with garlic

Spaghetti Squash and Italian Meat Sauce

Here’s a new favorite in my household. I found this recipe on Facebook and after a few tries I’ve changed it to make it my own. This is my new and healthy take on Spaghetti and Meat Balls. However, rather than spaghetti I use spaghetti squash and instead of meat balls, Turkey and Mushroom Italian … Continue reading »

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

So it’s been a while since I posted something. So here’s an easy go to side dish, Garlic Mashed Potatoes. It’s a great go to and a great way to use those potatoes that you have lying around.  You can use any type of potato you desire.  I used colorful fingerling potatoes because those are … Continue reading »

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Who doesn’t love pizza?  Well, it’s even better when homemade because you get exactly what you want on top.  However, it does take some time if you want to do it right.  The only way is by making your very own pizza sauce.  Plus it comes extremely handy if you have tomatoes that need to … Continue reading »

Avocado Salad with Tomato and Radish

If you love avocados, this recipe is for you.  If you love tomatoes, this recipe is for you.  If you love radishes, this recipe if for you.  If you love all three…then this recipe is REALLY for you.   In the September/October 2012 issue of Cooks Illustrated,  author Celeste Rogers stops her reader in their tracks with … Continue reading »

Sauce

With a name like sauce, it has to be good.  Well, it was!  It really was!  It was so good that we went back the following weekend with another group of friends because we loved it so much.  What’s not to love when you see what amazing food and drinks they cook up for their … Continue reading »

Bottle Cap

Yum, yum, and yum.  The food was amazing, the service was okay but the waitress was funny.  She kept keeping us drinking so we’d forget that the kitchen was backed up.  This year old restaurant in North Beach was well worth it’s rave reviews.  All the food came out hot, delicious and beyond our expectations. … Continue reading »

Sautéed Sole with Lemon Beurre Blanc

This recipe is really fun to make and somewhat simple.  I discovered it while dining in Napa and have been addicted ever since.  It’s light but with a ton of flavor.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Ingredients: 2 large pieces of sole 2/3 cup of dry white wine (like a … Continue reading »

Italian Wedding Soup

I really wanted Minestrone soup so my fiancé decided to whip up this gem instead.  Like Minestrone, it’s very hardy but with a twist.  Check it out and see if it intrigues you like it intrigued us.  This recipe was from Cook’s Illustrated Magazine: Issue 115, March + April 2012. Note: This isn’t a recipe for the faint of hearts.  It takes … Continue reading »

Orzo, Kale + Portobello Mushroom Pasta

I honestly didn’t know what to make for dinner tonight.  All I knew was that I had kale and I needed to use it before it went bad.  Kale is not only a superfood but very tasty when cooked correctly.  So I found a recipe and made it my own.  Adapted from, allrecipes.com, this Orzo … Continue reading »

social foods version of a Cobb salad

Who says that a Cobb salad has to be a certain way.  Well, we say NO to that notion!  So we decided to make our own version of a Cobb salad.  Instead of the “standard” mixture of iceberg and romaine lettuce, watercress, avocado, blue cheese, chicken, chives, hard-boiled eggs and tomatoes we did it a bit differently.  We decided to … Continue reading »

Three Cheese Grits and Shrimp

I’ve never been a fan of grits until I visited my future mother-in-law who made me cheese grits and shrimp in Nashville, Tennessee.  I fell in love.  So I figured if I’m going to marry a southern man, I might as well learn to cook a few southern recipes.  Luckily, my southern man likes to … Continue reading »

Bistro Unique

  If you looking for a traditional french bistro, this is the place for you.  I literally felt like I was eating in France.  The food is amazing, the atmosphere inviting and the servers extremely friendly and helpful.  I went here with my fiancé and friends for the first time and we were blown away. … Continue reading »

Roasted Carrot + Cauliflower Soup

Inspired by Bin38 Carrot Soup, I decided to make my own adaption of this delicious soup.  I’m so happy I did because it turned out better than expected.  It’s actually pretty easy to make and oh so good. Garnished with Sautéed Mushrooms Ingredients:  7 medium carrots, peeled 1.5/2 cups of cauliflower florets 1 medium onion, chopped … Continue reading »

Easy Turkey Chili

This is a simple recipe that anyone can make and not mess up.  The reason being is because you can make it your own.  You do not have to follow the recipe to an exact tee.  Truth be told, I usually take a recipe and make it my own by seeing what’s in my pantry. … Continue reading »

Veggie + Noodle Soup

This is my “what’s in the fridge” recipe.  I always have a ton of veggies from our weekly farmers co-op delivery and I was craving soup since I was feeling under the weather.  I used the former chef’s recipe as a guideline but invented my own creation. So here’s what I did and it’s super … Continue reading »

Amazing Turkey Meatballs

We were starving and did not know what to make for dinner.  Should we order pizza or actually cook something?  I remember seeing a recipe that inspired me to make some homemade turkey meatballs with whole wheat angel hair pasta.  Yum!  The Former Chef always seems to make these incredible dishes that I always want to … Continue reading »

Best Caesar Salad

The secret to a great caesar salad are in two major elements: the dressing and croutons (both need to be homemade).  If you have those nailed down, you can make any boring caesar salad amazing.    Ingredients: Caesar Dressing 5-6 cloves of garlic 6 anchovy (more if you feel risky) 1/4 olive oil 1/2 of … Continue reading »

Guacamole Night

Why buy store packaged guacamole when you can make ten times better at home.  It’s simple, easy and quick.  You’ll look like an amazing chef with such a basic dish.  I usually prepare this dish when we’re having taco night or have some tortilla chips that need a little company.  So here’s your how to on this … Continue reading »

Braised Red Wine Beef Short Ribs

 If you are hungry and want your food now, this isn’t the recipe for you! If you want something mouth watering and are willing to put the time into it, this is your dish. Ingredients 5 pounds bone-in beef short ribs, cut crosswise into 2″ pieces (ask your butcher to cut these for you.  We only bought … Continue reading »

Revised Turkey Lasagna

Ingredients:  1.5 lb ground turkey (optional) 1/2 red onion 2 garlic cloves half a bunch of chopped fresh basil 1 teaspoon of dried oregano 2 tablespoons of brown sugar 1.5 teaspoon of salt 1 (29ounce) of diced tomatoes 2 (6ounces) cans of tomato paste 12 dry lasagna noodles 2 eggs 1 pint of skim ricotta … Continue reading »

Mussels @ Home

Have you ever wanted to make mussels at home?  They are so good at the restaurant but why pay triple the amount when you can do it just as well at home!  I found an awesome food.com recipe that anyone can do.  You really cannot mess this one up….even if you try. Ingredients 4 pounds mussels 2 tablespoons … Continue reading »