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Monday, February 1, 2016

Churros and Taco

I made another batch of churros because my son keep asking  for it.  I followed the same churros recipe that I made last time. The only difference is that, I added a tablespoon of pistachio cream on this one.
The pistachi gave it a nutty taste which is really good, a great twist actually.
I made the churros as requested by my son so I had to make what  my daughter wanted to eat that day, she wanted tacos.
They used the tco shells but I used the gluten-free  scooper chops from Glutino.  It was a nice  switch.  I think I will be using  this  gluten-free chips from now on with my tacos.
When I make tacos, I don't normally put  the   stuff in the shell because I end up making a mess.  I always  just make a taco salad and it with  spoon but this time, I used the gluten free chips.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Spicy Rigatoni Pie

A friend of mine shared a recipe  of this  rigatoni pie on her Facebook wall so I thought of trying to make it.  My kids love rigatoni  and so does my husband so it was a perfect recipe to try.  I didn't have all the ingredients I need  so I just made it with the  available  stuff I have in the  kitchen.  
Here's what you need.  
  • 1 box of rigatoni
  • 1 lbs spicy italian sausage
  • 1 quart home made romato sauce (store bought is ok too)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp  parsley flakes
  • 1/2 cup  red wine
  • 1 medium size shallots
  • salt and pepper to taste

 Preparation:

  • Cook the past according to the direction on the box.  Drain the pasta and toss a/2 cup of grated cheese and arrange it in a cake pan as shown above then set aside.  


  •  Mixed one  beaten egg with the  ricotta cheese and parsley flakes.  Then put the  cheese mixture on top of the  pasta.


  •  In a medium pan,  brown the italian sausage.  Add the  chopped shallots, wine, and the tomato sauce.  Add salt and pepper tp taste.


  •  When the meat sauce is done (the longer the sauce  coook, the better), pour it on top.  


  •  Add the remaining  shredded cheese on top and bake it for 25 minutes.

 Slice like a pie and serve hot.  Bonapetit!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tortilla Dipper Tacos #GlutenFree

These are the gluten-free goodies  that Glutino sent us this month.  The box includes a brownie mi-x, Parmesan and garlic bagel,  frosted strawberry  pastry,  vanilla creme cookies,  pretzels, animal crackers, and tortilla dippers.
We had tacos the other night so instead of using a regular taco shell, I used  the tortilla dippers instead.  It was a fun twist.  What I love  about these tortilla dippers is  that it isn't oily and they are very crispy.  
Below are just some of the gluten fee goodness that we  have enjoyed for the past weeks.  I baked  the  twinkle sprinkle cupcakes on my son's birthday and  we took some of it during our road trip to Kalahari.  It served as our    road snacks.  You can  peek at the recipe though the link attached to the photo below.
Twinkle Sprinkle Cupcakes
These brownies  are one of my favorites.  I baked it with pecans and topped it with coconut shavings.  It was chewy, nutty, and really delicious!  The link will lead you to the recipe.
Double Chocolate Brownies 
These chocolate Chip banana cookies are also  one of my favorites.  The banana gives it an aroma that you can't resist.  For the recipe, just click the link in the photo below.
Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies 
I am thinking of making another batch of these matcha blueberry pandan  cookies for the upcoming St. Patrick Day.  These would be a great snack for the kids.  We are trying to  eat as much as  gluten-free as  we can although our diet does not require it.  You will never know that these goodies are gluten  free because they are as good as the regular cookies or brownies if not better.  If you or someone you know  needs gluten free products, Glutino has tons of them to choose from.
Matcha Blueberry and Pandan Cookies 
Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the product/s mentioned  to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Chicken Milanese #Recipe and a Meat Tenderizer Mallet

Lemon and garlic comes great together in this  crispy chicken Milanese recipe.  I am not fond of garlic but it  is needed on this specific menu.  The oven roasted potatoes  and the bright arugula salad  with creamy lemon chive dressing  makes this  for a light but hearty dinner.  You can find the recipe below.
Ingredients:
  • 24 oz chicken breast
  • 24 oz potatoes
  • 6 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 lemon
  • 1/2 oz chives
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 oz arugula
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Preparation:
  • Prep and roast the potatoes:  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Cut the potatoes into  1/2-inch wedges.  Toss the potatoes on a baking sheet with a drizzles of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Place in the oven for 25-30 minutes, tossing  halfway though cooking until golden brown.
  • Mince the chives. and zest and halve the lemons.
  • Place the panko in  a shallow dish with a pinch of salt and pepper.  In a medium bowl, combine the lemon zest, garlic powder, sour cream, and a pinch of  salt and pepper.
  • Prep the chicken: Place the the chicken breast between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound  with a meat tenderizer mallet  until 1/2 inch thick.  Season with salt and pepper, then toss each breast with the sour cream mixture to coat.  Press the chicken into the panko mixture to adhere on both sides.  
  • Cook the Chicken:   Heat a drizzle of oil  in a large pan over medium-high heat.  Working in batches, if necessary, add the chicken to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tbsp sour cream,  1 tbsp chives, a squeeze of lemon and a large drizzle of olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  
I love this meat tenderizer mallet that I got  from Cavetools.  I used this right away when I  made the dish above as the chicken need tenderizing.  This mallet is a perfect tool to have in the kitchen .  It is great a  pounder for chicken, steak, beef, and other tough cuts of meat. Now that I have this, I will have to try making weiner schnitzel and cordon bleu.  Its STAINLESS STEEL DESIGN IS DISHWASHER SAFE saving you tons of time cleaning up and also safely sterilizing any raw meat left behind.  This would also be great to use to crush nuts, garlic, ice and hard candy with ease.  You can get this  through the link above or though this amazon link.
Toss the arugula  with just enough dressing to coat and serve alongside the chicken Milanese and crispy potatoes.  Sprinkle with the remaining chives and enjoy!
I also used the mallets to pound the chicken I used when I made the  cordon bleu.  I will be posting the recipe for that soon.

Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the product/s mentioned  to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Beverage and Coffee Glasses #ProductReview

I brew the That tea kit that I got from  an online comp\any the other day and I was surprised that my  kids loved it.  They are very fond of their Dad's  Iced tea so I thought  of trying   a different   one this time.  I even enticed them  by using the glasses that we have on display on our china cabinet.  
 My son exclaimed "Yes, we are having  a tea party!"  They definitely enjoy having iced tea at home.  My husband used to make an iced tea everyday but I old him to control it since too much sugar isn't good and it was making the kids teeth yellowish.
I will be  making another pitcher of tea this week but I am going to use the set of 4 of the Ozeri Serafino double wall insulated beverage and coffee glasses that I received for review.  I love that they are  heat and shatter resistant because with kids,  it is always nice to use things in the kitchen that are safe.   Each glass features a wraparound contour that provides a natural aesthetic grip.  The optical effect of the double wall is always entertaining for my kids.  
You can get this via  Amazon for $32.95.  This set would also make a great gift set for friends and family.  If my Mom  loves near me, I would definitely give her some of these, I know she would love  to use it in her kitchen.  The last two images above and below are stock photos from amazon.

Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the product/s mentioned  to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

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