Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Thai Red Curry

I picked up 3 chicken breasts, a bag of broccoli florets and a bottle of Thai Red Curry sauce at Trader Joes.
I put some water in the bottom of my crockpot, I added the thai sauce, tossed in the chicken and chopped whatever amount of onion I had laying around in the fridge. I did check the grocery store to see if there was any thai basil or lemongrass or some sort of spice I could add, no such luck. I feel like the dish needs some hot chilies but I dont know what kind!

I boiled my noodles and at the end threw in some of the broccoli.

Anyways. Anthony is coming home from work with his coworkers and they have decided they feel like grilling so my meal will be put off until tomorrow. At least everything is made.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Peanut Butter Passion

I used this Eagle Brand kit to make the Peanut Butter Passion. I was having a real chocolate craving last night. They are not what I expected. I thought they would be more brownie like but its more like chocolate and peanut butter fudge with a crust on the bottom. They are very good. I could make something similar from scratch though. All that was needed to make these was butter and a bit of water.

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Spotted Pig

**2009 edit*** I just realized this was a Mario Batali restaurant** yay

We were in New York City over the weekend and while I was watching Rachael Ray she actually recommended two NYC restaurants. She doesn't usually do that on 30 minute meals but I had DH look up the restaurants and we decided on going to Spotted Pig. It was the best dinner I've ever eaten.

I ordered quail stuffed with chorizo, goat cheese souffle, and a salad with spanish almonds.

DH ordered a huge burger with shoestring fries.

All night I told him he was missing out because my meal was SO good!

I think drinks may have been expensive. DH had a beer and iced tea, and I had two rum and cokes.

In total we spent about $100 on dinner.
Phew NYC is expensive

The restuarant is in the Greenich Village area. It was fun to walk around and check out the other restaurants in the area.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Anthony's birthday cheesecake

Last year Anthony requested I make a cheesecake with a peanut butter cookie crust. So I made a crust out of nutter butters, poured half of my cheesecake batter into the crust, added a layer of mini peanut butter chips, and then the rest of my cheesecake batter. It was quite good.

My basic batter has whipping cream and no sour cream. Anthony seems to like my cheesecake made this way so I stick with it and add various things

This year Anthony wants a summer cheesecake with a lemon cookie crust.
I have come up with this =)

2 cups lemon filled cookie crumbs
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar

Raspberry sauce: (that was my surprise part for Anthony)
2 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons lemon juice

Cheesecake filling:
3 packages (8 ounces each) softened cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg whites
1 cup whipping cream (*I used less* use 1 cup for plain cheesecake filling)
*1/3 cup lime juice (eliminate for plain cheesecake filling)

Combine crust ingredients to make crust; press into bottom and up sides of a greased 9 inch spring form pan. Chill 1 hour or until firm.

Puree berries in a blender of food processor. Press through a sieve into a measuring cup; discard berries into another cup. Add water to seed and press through sieve again. Add water to berries in measuring cup if necessary to measure 1 cup of berry juice. In a sauce pan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in raspberry juice; bring to a boil. Boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Refrigerate sauce.

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, flour, and vanilla until fluffy. Add egg whites; beat on low until just blended. Stir in cream and *lime juice.

Pour half of the cream cheese filling into the crust. Top with 3/4 raspberry sauce. Carefully spoon the other half of the cream cheese filling on top.

Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until center is nearly set. Refrigerate overnight. Spoon chilled leftover raspberry sauce on top when serving.

----For presentation sake I am not spooning raspberry sauce on top. I am cutting paper thin slices of an orange to arrange on top----

And you have my version of a triple citrus cheesecake :) with a raspberry ribbon

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Pepperoni Roll

Last night I made spicy garlic lime chicken with penne noodles.
I wasn't a huge fan. I dont know if I made it right. The leftover noodles and salad are going to accompany todays creation

Today I have a pepperoni roll in the oven and OMG it smells good! It looks great too

I made just a few adjustments to this recipe
The adjustments were I bought pizza dough in a can, I used the whole thing and did not cut it in half to make two and I used regular Hormel pepperoni not turkey. It may have been better to cut in half and make two because then I worried about the dough in the middle cooking. I put mine on a foil covered baking sheet. I would recommend spraying the foil with Pam before putting the really sticky dough on it.

Pepperoni Roll


* 1 loaf refrigerated bread dough
* turkey pepperoni
* shredded mozzarella
* butter
* Italian seasoning
* garlic salt
* olive oil
* dried parsley (optional)
* pizza sauce


1. Preheat over to 350F.

2. Take the dough out of the container & lay it flat. Cut it in half & roll out two rectangles. Spread a little butter over the dough. Sprinkle that with some Italian seasoning & garlic salt. Layer the pepperoni on the dough, and cover with mozzarella cheese.

3. Roll up lengthwise and seal the ends and seam. Place seam-side down in a baking pan.

4. Brush a small amount of olive oil over the top; sprinkle with dried parsley.

5. Bake for 30 minutes.

6. Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.

Morningstar asian veggie patties

I am eating a yum yum yummy lunch

I put two morningstar southwest patties in the toaster oven
I then broke them up on a tortilla
I topped with some reduced fat cheese
I added Franks Hot sauce, lettuce, and reduced fat sour cream

So yummy! I have heard the asian style patties are good too.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Ming Tsai at Target

I bought some Ming Tsai frozen dumplings at Target a while ago and never got around to boiling them up until today. They are really yummy! We have had so much American picnic type food from 4th of July that last night we had pizza for dinner and for lunch today I'm having asian dumplings :) Pick some up next time you are at Target