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Pesto & Sundried Tomato Totellini with Sausage
Pesto & Sundried Tomato Tortellini with Sausage

Wednesday for me is always a day that I have to think of something quick and easy to make for dinner because we have church on Wednesday nights.  This morning I was reading through my usual food blogs and found a post from Stacey Snacks that gave me the perfect solution to my problem, and it had my favorite kind of pasta….tortellini!  I absolutely love tortellini!  First because it is a stuffed pasta and who doesn’t like stuffed pasta?  Second I love how it holds the sauce in all of its nooks and crannies.  So I took this quick fix and made it my own.  I had to put some kind of meat chunks in it or my Hubby would have been “Where’s the meat?”.  This is a great idea if you need something quick.

Pesto & Sun dried Tomato Tortellini w/ Sausage

  • 2 cups of frozen tortellini
  • 2 links of mild italian sausage, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of frozen peas
  • 1 hand full of pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup of already made pesto sauce
  • 1/4 cup of sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • olive oi

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray cookie sheet with olive oil spray and spread the pine nuts on it.  Toast in oven. (I don’t remember how long I toasted them, so keep and I eye on them)

Put a pot of water to boil.  Once it begins to boil drop in the tortellini and peas.  When everything floats to the top it is done.

While water is heating, heat a saute pan with some olive oil. Mince onion and garlic in a small food processor, saute until tender.  Add in the sausage and cook till done, about 5 minutes.

Once pasta, peas, nuts and sausage is done toss in a large bowl with pesto sauce and sun-dried tomatoes. Dinner is done!

I was chilling after a long day, surfing blogs and after a multitude of clicks, I found Photograzing which is part of Seriouseats.com.  Being an amateur photographer, wanna-be food stylist and lover of food this was perfect for me.  I had to addit to my links.

Here you can see photos of fellow bloggers that link to recipes and you can even upload some of your favorite food photos.  I recommend you check it out, if you are like be you will be poking around for awhile.

oklahoma-dvdcoverSo it is official we are headed out west and moving to Tulsa, OK!  I never pictured myself living in the mid-west but to my relief Tulsa is a nice small city. 

Unfortunately between now and the move I am sure that my postings will slow down a bit since well….I am going to be a little busy.  However on the upside, once I arrive in Tulsa I will have a slew of new places and restaurants to write about.  This will be a new and exciting adventure.  Especially considering I have never lived west of the Mississippi….I am and East coast girl.

Anyone know of any interesting places to eat in Tulsa?

Bianca Pizza
Bianca Pizza

Yesterday I had a busy day and needed to get some dinner together quick.  I haven’t properly restocked my fridge since my trip which is a little frustrating.  (It is amazing how you can get so thrown off when you break from your regular routine for a while.)

I had to run to the grocery store to pick up a few essential items and I was trying to think of something quick I could make for dinner.  It hit me that pizza it always easy and delicious.  Who doesn’t like pizza.  I picked up a tube of Pillsbury pizza dough and some toppings.  I don’t like using canned sauce on home made pizza and I didn’t have time to do my sauce so I figured I just make it Bianca, which is equally delicious.  Besides it reminds me of this delicious pizza I use to order when I was single.  It was a HUGE bianca pizza and I would get it with feta cheese.  It was so big I would eat from it for like 3 days.  If you are ever in Norfolk, VA, visit Bella Pizzeria in Ghent….Yummy!

 

 

Bianca Pizza

Everything was eyeballed, no measuring

  • 1 tube of Pillsbury Pizza dough
  • olive oil
  • oregano
  • garlic powder
  • garlic cloves, pressed
  • spinach, chopped
  • ham, diced
  • roma tomatoes, sliced
  • fresh basil, diced
  • feta cheese crumbles
  • salt
  1. Roll out your dough on a cookie sheet and press out to the size of the sheet.
  2. Mix olive oil, oregano & garlic powder.  Brush over pizza dough.
  3. Press 2 garlic cloves over pizza dough, spreading it out.
  4. Sprinkle feta cheese over pizza
  5. Top with spinach, tomatoes, ham and basil.
  6. Spray with a little more olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  7. Cook in the oven at 400 degrees for 13 minutes.  Yummy! 
The Gaucho

The Gaucho

So I was in Tulsa, OK this past weekend with my Hubby who is on a business trip.  The last night before we left we went to dinner to The Gaucho, it is a Brazilian steakhouse.  It was incredible, a very unique way to dine. 

From the outside the location didn’t look like much.  It is located in a strip mall and has no windows to the exterior.  However, when you walk in it is very elegant. 

The Gaucho is basically an all you can eat buffet with an eelegant cuisine prepared by Brazilian chefs.  The hostess was very kind and took us to our table.  The waitress that greeted us and was very pleasant and personable.  She explained how the buffet works…it went something like this.  Like I already said it is basically all you can eat.  The buffet is $30 a person.  You can start with the buffet which has appetizers, rice, salmon and a salad bar.  Then on your table you have a card, one side is red and the other side is green.  Once you are ready to eat some meat you flip the card to the green side and then the “Gauchos” come out with different meats on a large skewer and they come to your table and carve the meat at your table. 

The Gaucho - Picanha Skewer

The Gaucho - Picanha Skewer

Meats served include:

 

Picanha (cut from top sirloin)
Filet Mignon (dinner only)
Top sirloin
Fraldinha (bottom sirloin)
Chicken (served wrapped in bacon)
Pork Sausage
Leg of Lamb (dinner only)
Pork Loin
NEW – Pork Loin with Pineapple

All of the meats were delicious and cooked perfectly.  I sampled everything that came out and was almost unable to walk when i was done.  My favorite has to be the pork loin which was encrusted with Parmesan cheese, they also came out with a whole grilled pineapple.  I ate my pork loin with the pineapple and it was delicious!  It was a wonderful dining experience.  If you have one of these near you I highly recommend you go or if you happen to be in Tulsa I definitely recommend you visit The Gaucho.

I finished off my dinner with their homemade coconut flan and a cup of coffee.  The flan was also delicious, it was creamy with the firmness of a cheesecake topped off with toasted coconut.

The Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse
6219 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK 74135
918-494-0042

Foodbuzz FP MiniCards

Foodbuzz FP MiniCards

Sorry things have been slow lately, I was out of town in Oklahoma.  I went to a great resturant while I was there which I will post about later.

Anyway today when I came home and I decided I probably needed to check the mail since I had been out of town for 5 days.  To my pleasant surprise I had a gift from Foodbuzz.com in my mail box, it was a box of minicards.  How cute and handy are these, now when I talk about my blog I can just give people a card.  Which of course is the idea.  :)

I am excited to start handing them out.  What other sweet surprises does Foodbuzz.com have in store?

 
With the holidays fast approaching….crazy right?  I thought I would share a traditional holiday drink that we make back in P.R.  The best way I can describe it is a creamy coconut eggnog drink  with a rum bite.  We drink it through out the holidays and sometimes I will bottle it up nice and give it as a gift.  Your friends and family will love it.
 
If you are giving it as a gift and not sure if someone wants the alcohol I sometimes leave it out and just make a little card letting them know they can add some rum to it for a kick.
Coquito

Coquito

Coquito

  • 3/4 cup of bottle rum, light or dark
  • 1  can coconut milk, preferably Coco Lopez
  • 1  can cream of coconut, preferably Coco Lopez
  • 2 1/2 cans evaporated milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 large cinnamon sticks
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • ice cubes, for serving

Mix all ingredients in the blender. Taste and add more rum if you like it stronger. You need to add the water because it will get thicker later in the fridge. Pour into a bottle and refrigerate well. Make ahead for richer flavor. Serve in small glassware, garnish with cinnamon stick.

Appox 10 servings.

P.S. The picture is not mine borrowed from Martha Stewart, with cool recipe check it out. This one has no egg.

I know I have been MIA for a few days.  It has been crazy busy here and I finally have a chance to blog.

One of my Hubby’s favorite food for breakfast is french toast, so I decided to kind of do some french toast but just a little different.  Same ingredients just made differently.   I made what some call eggs in a basket, egg in a hole or bird’s nest, what do you call them?  It was super yummy.

Egg in a Basket

Egg in a Basket

Eggs In A Basket

  • 4 pieces of whole grain bread
  • 4 eggs
  • butter
  • sugar
  • cinnamon

Heat your griddle skillet at 300 degrees.  Cut a 1 to 1 1/2 inch hole into the center of your bread.  Butter your bread and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon on both sides. 

Melt a TBS of butter on the griddle. Place bread on the skillet and crack egg into the hole.  Let it cook for a few minutes and flip.  I cooked it till the yoke was still soft but not runny.

I served it with some cooked prosciutto and drizzled with maple syrup.

My co-worker had just come back from North Carolina with some real maple syrup it was perfect over the french toast.   This is a great and easy breakfast.

Fig Tart

Fig Tart

I have never eaten much less made anything with figs.  Yesterday I was at the grocery store and I came across them.  I have seen many pictures of recipes that used figs, so I decided that I should give it a try.  I did try them stuffed with some Gorgonzola and wrapped with prosciutto…..Yummy.  But i decided to make a sweet treat too.

I kept it really simple. 

Mascarpone & Fig Tart

  • 8 oz of Mascarpone
  • 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 sheet of phyllo dough (I used a pre made pie crust, it was in my freezer)
  • 1/4 cup of powdered sugar
  • abt 12 figs cut in quarters
  • 1 TBS of honey

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Put your crust in the oven to bake, keep an eye on it.  I don’t remember how long I put it in the oven. 

Whip together the mascarpone, heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar.

When crust is ready remove and let cool.  Once cool put cheese mixture into the crust. Arrange figs on top.  Heat honey over stove and drizzle over figs.  Refrigerate until firm and serve.

It was quite yummy and Hubby is now a fan of figs.

Kitchen Tool Tuesday
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This past week I posted about launching Kitchen Tool Tuesday a/k/a KTT.  I thought it would be a fun way for other to share their trusty kitchen and cooking tools. 

Growing up I frequently helped my mother in the kitchen and she regularly cooked with onions, which is a habit I seem to have followed.  Well she taught me that the best way to get the smell of onions, garlic or fish off your hands was to wash them and rub them on metal.  After handling onions she would always wash her hands and then rub them on the facet. Well I thought until recently that this was common knowledge, until I got a metal soap bar. “What? A metal soap bar?” ….. Yes. I have one of these nifty tools sitting next to my kitchen sink and everyone that has come over and seen it has asked me what it was.  When I tell them what it is for the response is, “I never heard of that.”  If you are like me and frequently cook with onions are garlic this tool is a must have.  It gets that rank smell out your hands and the bar never melts away. :) 

Have you ever heard of this trick?  What tools do you have in your kitchen?

Metal Soap Bar

Metal Soap Bar

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