Kuzak’s Closet is consistently booming in November and December so I am thinking ahead and stocking my freezer with simple meal ideas that will rescue me in a pinch. The funny thing about freezer meals, I love stocking up on food and at the same time being able to use up goodies from my pantry. I always find recipes that let me “shop” for items that I already have on hand like pasta, extra cheese, stocks and frozen veggies. The best part of having a pantry full of odds and ends, it helps me fill my freezer with complete dinners!
Last week I asked Taylor’s 8-year-old son Evan to come over after school for a cooking date and we made an easy pasta freezer meal. I promised her that I would send him home with a quick and easy dinner for the whole family (and we even made brownies for dessert!). After Evan took the grand tour of my kitchen, got the lay of the land and figured out how things worked we started cooking. Evan’s favorite part (besides washing dishes) was checking to see if the water was ready for the pasta. I guess it is pretty magical when it starts to boil, and he does love chemistry! Continue Reading »
I hope you all had a nice weekend! The weather was beautiful here. My team had to divide an conquer all weekend. We had 2 big projects to tackle on Saturday, an estate sale in Santa Clara and a estate liquidation in Palo Alto. Today Taylor wrapped up the Palo Alto project with the crew while I sold items out of our warehouse on Craigslist and took care of delivering the baby grand piano from last weekend’s Estate Sale. It’s 9am and I am finally sitting down, thank God!
If you had a busy weekend like me and didn’t have time to meal plan you’ll love today’s simple recipe. It will help kick-start your week and won’t leave you with the bloat that most Chinese takeout does. I hope you enjoy the recipe! Continue Reading »
If you are looking for a simple recipe to get you through another week you’ll love this simple mediterranean pizza. It’s one of the recipes I taught my assistant Jennalynn how to make on Friday afternoon during our DIY fun. I had her go create the shopping list, check off the items I already had in the pantry, and then and hit the grocery store. All important skills for a young lady to learn!
The recipe uses Naan bread for the crust cutting down the baking time significantly. I love using Naan, it crisps up and each piece creates a person pizza for one person. We make pizza for dinner typically once a week and I switch up the toppings based on what I have on hand. Continue Reading »
I’ve been taping all of the Barefoot Contessa cooking shows and watching a few episodes each night before I go to bed. I thought it would be a good alternative to all of the junk that is on television these days, especially reality TV. Most of the episodes are reruns but at this point in my Ina obsession I don’t mind.
A few weeks ago I ran across an episode that I’d never seen about Italian entertaining. Ina prepped a dinner party in advance for her friends (I pretend that I am one of them) and one of the dishes was baked shrimp scampi. She always says things can be made ahead, most of the time I believe her but with this dish I wasn’t sure. I love shrimp but it is one of those ingredients that I can never get to taste very good when I cook it at home. It always has a rubbery texture and a blah taste.
Her recipe was really simple so I thought I’d give it a whirl, if it tasted as good as it looked I thought it could be perfect for my next dinner party. I picked up some shrimp at the market and got to work. All I had to do was mix up the topping, layer the shrimp in a baking dish, cover them with the topping, and then bake it in the oven. The end result was great, the shrimp had so much flavor and the topping had a nice crunch.
Chris and I shared the whole dish for dinner and joked that we at Red Lobster’s endless shrimp event. I think it would be perfect paired with steak for a surf and turf dinner or just on its own with a salad. Here is the recipe, give it a try and let me know if you love Ina as much as I do! Continue Reading »
I’ve shared this recipe for stuffed shells before but I wanted to share it again because I recently made it for a small dinner party and was able to re-photograph it. It looks much more appealing than it did in my original post 3 years ago with my old camera.
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I have been on a Mexican food kick lately, I think it is because it is starting to feel like spring here in California. Chris likes tacos and quesadillas (so do I) but I wanted to make something healthy that I could prepare ahead of time and freeze for future dinners. Even though it is just the two of us I try to do that as often as possible, it really helps me organize my weekly meal plan and stay on top of my budget for groceries.
I found this recipe for Black Bean Turkey Enchiladas on one of my favorite blogs and I’ve made it a few times over the last two months. I made a big batch so we could have a nice dinner before we left for our recent trip to Hawaii and I pulled an extra batch out the freezer when we got back so I didn’t have to cook. Continue Reading »
I was looking for a low carb crock pot recipe when I stumbled upon this one from Skinny Taste, one of my favorite food bloggers. It is the best of the beloved chicken wing without all of the grease and the calories. I made a double batch so we could have these lettuce wraps for dinner one night and spicy chicken quesadillas the next. I put leftover chicken in the freezer for spicy chicken tacos for a night when I don’t have time to cook.
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