Tagged with olive oil

Phyllo dough Quiche

In the past I’ve been going to Whole Foods and buying their frozen pie crust. Recently, I started buying phyllo dough to get a lighter quiche. Now this is my go to. You can change the veggies and add meats. I just prefer veggie quiches. Note- If you use onions or mushrooms make sure to … Continue reading »

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 »

Seared Duck Liver Snack

Here’s a simple dish that doesn’t take much effort.  It’s so easy and delicious that I can’t believe I haven’t done this sooner.  If you’re a fan of liver, pate or fois gras than this is for you.  If your not a fan, just give it a try.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised. So the other … Continue reading »

La Folie

  La Folie isn’t your average restaurant.  It is an experience.  This is fine dining defined.  It is not for the light hearted or penny pincher’s.  La Folie is amazing but it’s hard on your pocket book.  I had the pleasure to experience this cuisine only because it was my 4 year dating anniversary with … 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 »

Roasted Quail Anyone?

Here’s a dish that will make you look like a pro, even if you have no idea how to cook.  Growing up, when my parents didn’t have time to cook something, they usually made us a simple roasted chicken dish with vegetables using the broiler.  The chicken always came out crispy and juicy.  The vegetables … 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 »

Trader Joe’s Easy Pizza

So I kind of feel like I’m cheating on this one but I just had to share.  In the past, I’ve made my own pizza dough.  It’s simple, quick and always delicious.  However, this recipe is even quicker for those who want a great homemade meal without much effort.  The key….Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough! Personally, my … 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 »

Healthy Turkey Pasta

We had ground turkey in the fridge that needed to be eaten.  So we figured…PASTA!  This meant that store bought sauce would not do.  So we made a simple homemade sauce to go with our turkey because we don’t likes preservatives.  I surfed the web to find a recipe a new recipe.  When I found “the” … Continue reading »

Café Castagna a french delight

What a great find!  This place was a true gem.  I always wanted to try this place but never had.  Then last night that all changed.  My fiancé and I had planned to go to our favorite place for dinner, Pacific Catch but something just made us want to try Café Castagna.  There was no … Continue reading »

Mushroom Soup

This is soup for a true mushroom lover.  If you enjoy mushrooms but don’t really love them, this isn’t the recipe for you! I say this because I loved the soup but my fiancé was not a fan.  He would have wanted more of a Cream of Mushroom Soup.  Alas, I did not make a … 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 »

Salt + Vinegar Roasted Kale Chips

I’ve always wanted to try kale chips but been too afraid.  They just look weird.  Well, thanks to the social media outlet, Pinterest, my curiosity got the better of me.  I found this recipe by Kalyn’s Kitchen and tried it out.  The only reason why I decided to try this recipe out was because I … 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 »

Roasting Beets

Beets are extremely nutritious and delicious.  This is one of my favorite things to prepare at home.   I put them in salads, other recipes or even just eat them plain.  It’s simple and extremely easy. Why beets? They protect against coronary artery disease, stroke, lower cholesterol, low in calories, natural antioxidant, significant amounts of … Continue reading »

Country Style Salade Niçoise

Whenever I’m asked if I would like a salad, the first thoughts that cross my mind are: light, a starter or a healthy option because I’m trying to watch what I’m eating.  I’m usually left hungry for something more unless I order the French’s version of a salad; the Salade Niçoise.  In France, the salad … 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 »