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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You know the saying “go big or go home”? Well, I was home on Christmas Day when I decided to go big (like entire turkey for two people big). I like to make extra and when it comes to cooking a turkey I figure it is something I only do once or twice a year so I should make enough to have leftovers. Instead of just eating turkey and stuffing all week long I tried out a few new recipes, like this one for turkey pot pie.
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