Monday, January 31, 2011

Roasted Garlic & Parmesean Mash Potato

 I'm sure the last thing on your mind this Monday is thinking about what to cook for dinner.Monday, it's probably the hardest day of the week, getting the kids back to school and yourself back to work. Why not make it a great Monday? Think of it this way, everyday you wake up healthy and get to enjoy this world is a just another great day and my recipe for Roasted Garlic & Parmesean Mash is the perfect example of life's simple pleasures. To make the recipe even easier I use red potatoes and leave the skins on - so one less thing to do for you,
Mash Potatoes for chefs is like a huge white canvas to a painter. There's so much more you can add to your mash then just butter (although butter is pretty great too), by adding in cheeses and spices you take the dish to a whole new level. Trust me, make my mash as this Monday night's side and your family will forget all about the entree- hey one less thing to cook right?
Roasted Garlic and Parmesean Mash Potatoes
2lb of small red potatoes, halved
1/2 cup of milk
2 sticks of butter
1 cup of grated parmesean cheese
1 head of garlic roasted

Drizzle olive oil over 1 head of garlic, wrap in foil and roast on 350 for 12 minutes
Meanwhile, boil potaotes in a pot of salted water, cook and drain
To drained potatoes slowly add in butter, roasted garlic and milk , mash until incorpoated
Fold in parmesean cheese and enjoy!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday Suppers- Baked Ravioli with Roasted Garlic Chicken Strips

Are you looking for something different for dinner this Saturday? My baked ravioli and roasted garlic chicken are sure to tantalize the taste buds. Ravioli, is probably one of my favorite dishes along with rice beans hence my being half Colombian, half Italian. While scouring through my fridge I found some odds ends, left over marinara sauce, handful of mozzarella, one empire kosher chicken breast and a bag of three cheese ravioli. Like an ephiphany it came to me- Bake em!  So I decide to bring all  these odds and ends together to create a symphony of flavor that'll warm your belly and your heart -we sure need it with all the snow we keep getting in NYC. Here's my recipe for Baked Ravioli with Roasted Garlic Chicken- give it a try and send me your reply!

2 cups of marinara sauce (I always have homemade on hand but jar sauce is fine)
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup of parmesean cheese
1 handful fresh basil
1 lb of 3 cheese ravioli
3 cloves of garlic- sliced
1/4 cup of olive oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Cook ravioli according to bag and drain
Saute garlic chips in olive oil until lightly golden (remove & reserve)
Add chicken to oil and saute until 3/4 of the way cooked ( it will finish in the oven)
Meanwhile, Warm up marinara sauce
Toss Ravioli with sauce and chicken, sprinkle in garlic and cheeses
Add to baking pan top with a little more mozzarellza and grated cheese-
Cook 10 minutes until brown and bubbly
So Simple, So Spectacular

Friday, January 28, 2011

Dunkin Donuts White Hot Choclate

Dunkin Donut photo
Happy Friday people! If you didn't shovel out your car yestrday from the 12 inches of snow we got in NY on Wednesday, good luck with that today! Indeed, you will be needing something to warm you up on this frigid day- Dunkin Donuts  has got us covered. Have you tried their new White Hot Chocolate?? It's the perfect treat when winter's got you beat. Warning, Warning- it is very sweet, absolutely delish but sweet so sip it slow or share with a friend. I don't know what it is about the white hot chocolate it's just so winter wonderland- what are you sippin in the storm??

Sunday, January 23, 2011


Today is a tribute to all things Green & White! In preparation for the big game today,my mini apprentices and I have whipped up a special NY Tribute treat- a classic sweet vanilla cake that's Green & White inside and out! The kids had a blast, probably more so spraying themselves with the green frosting mist than anything else! Even my lil pooch is sporting a green & white do! Anyway you have it- Let's Go JETS- make New York Proud! How are you celebrating NY's favorite green team??

Green & White inside n out!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Jersey Shore

(MTV photo)
It's Thursday Night and I'm counting down to this week's episode of Jersey Shore on MTV. Get ready for T-shirt time and 60 mintues of some good trash tv. A couple of questions I have about Season 3 are: Is Sammi really goin home? Do sparks fly between J-Wow & Ron? What's the deal with new girl Deena? I can't wait for the answers to unfold!
Jersey Shore airs at 10pm so that's a long time since dinner, while watching my favorite show I have been inspired to create the perfect boardwalk bite. What to eat while watching Snooki discuss her latest guido gorilla juicehead crush- well nothing says guido like a sausage and peppers hero. If you're looking to get Sitch's 6 pack I say ditch the hoagie roll and just plate it up sans the bread.

2 lbs of pork sausage sliced
1lb of red peppers sliced
1lb of yellow peppers
 1lb of greens peppers sliced
1-2 large onions sliced
Preheat oven o 375 degrees
Roast the sausage in oven on a broiler pan, till half way cooked  (25 minutes)
Remove sausage from broiler pan and slice
Add sausage, peppers and onions to a roasting pan continue to roast until sausage is cooked through and peppers and onion s are soft. (30 minutes)


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Weekday Winner Dinner- Part 1

I'd like to propose Winner Dinner Wednesdays! Each Wednesday I will be posting family friendly meals promised to win over your pickiest eaters.Feel free to email me with your recipe request. The Wednesday Winner Dinner pictured above is a personal favorite of  mine- Asian Glazed Chicken over Sauteed Spinach and Penne.

For the Chicken
1/2 cup of Very Teryaki Marinade
1/4 cup of dijon mustard
1 tbsp of fresh ginger
1/4 olive oil

Preheat oven to 425
Whisk together marinnade ingredients  Pour over chicken
Allow to sit 30 minutes
Place Chicken on broiler pan roast 25-30 minutes or until cooked through

For the Penne
1 lb penne
1/2 small red onin sliced thin
1/2 lb ofpork sausage
1 bag of fresh spinach

Cook Penne according to box, drain & reserve past water
Saute red onion until soft
Toss in Sausage
In a separate skillet, sautee spinach with olive oil until wilted
Add spinach and its' cookin gliquid to sasusage pan, toss in pasta
Add in 1/4 cup of pasta cooking water
Finish with 1-2 tbsp of butter
Adjust seasoning (salt & pepper)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Market Pantry Meals-

Have you been to your local Target lately? I can not believe all the selection of produce, meaats and frozen fish they are now carrying! It has never been easier to put together a fantasic and fit meal just by walking up and down a few aisles. Today, I am preparing a light and luscious lunch with four ingredients, picked up on my latest Target trip.

Shrimp Stir-Fry with Asian Vegetables and Brown Rice
1lb of Market Pantry Frozen Shrimp
1 bad of Market Pantry Frozen Vegetables
1 box of Uncle Ben's Fast and Easy Brown Rice
3 Tbsp of Very Very Teryaki Sauce

Cook rice according to the box directions
Heat a large skillet with 2 tbsp of olive oil
When Hot, toss in shrimp- saute 5 minutes
Add in Vegetables, cook 4 minutes
Pour in Very Teryaki and Serve!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Roasted Chilean Sea Bass, $20 per lb and worth every bite!

There are some things in life that will always be worth their price- diamonds, gold, a brand new Cadillac, roses on Valentines Day and Chilean Sea Bass. Chilean Sea Bass by me, is selling on average anywhere from ($19.99-27.99 per lb retail), ouch! In all honesty, they can charge it because I am more than willing to pay it. Chilean Sea Bass is like no other fish
 a) its not fishy at all
 b) it's has a heavenly buttery bliss flavor
 c) it's almost impossible to overcook.

Seriously, this is the perfect fish for the beginner cook because it is so rich and flavorful, very user friendly. The fish has a magnificent taste all on it's own therefore requires minimal seasoning. It's super rich, so it stands up well to high heat and doesn't easily fall apart. Another plus, a delicious aroma will fill kitchen while it's roasting, no stinky fishy smell here.

What's important to know when cooking this type of fish, be sure the pan is super hot and the fish super dry, pat it down with paper towels before seasoning to absorb all the moisture or you will never achieve the gorgeous golden crisp picture above. All that golden goodness is what creates the magical taste everyone loves. I truly believe this fish will win over any crowd, even those who hate fish! Trust me, my brother does not like fish but always agrees to try my food at least once- he took one bite and was like "omg this is insane" and continued to eat the whole piece (his & mine)! I tell you I get more enjoyment from watching people eat and love my food than I do than from anything else. Here's my recipe for the Roasted Chilean Sea Bass pictured above, I hope you enjoy:
Fresh Chilean Sea Bass 6-8oz , pat dry (the piece picture above is 1 1/4 over $25)
Salt, Pepper and a dash of Paprika
1 screaming hot pan
1 tbsp oil
Preheat ove to 425 degrees
Heat saute pan, add in oil
Place fish in saute pan, allow to cook 5 minutes
Place in oven until cooked through.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Food Network 10pc TriPly Stainless Steel Cookware Review

Earlier this week I told you about the Wusthof Steak Knife Set I purchased as a Christmas present for my dad. It's only right that I now tell you what I bought my mom. Ya know when the saying "oh, she gets it from her momma", yeah well I sure did get my passion for cooking from her! Growing up my mom was always in the kitchen , she cooked eveything from scratch- it wasn't until I was a teenager did I even know boxed mash potatoes existed!
When considering a Christmas gift for her, I wanted it to be something fabulous but useful. In an age when less is more and practicality is king, I felt this year I wanted to pick something  she can use everyday, not just on special occasions.Year after year it gets harder to pick a gift, I did the pricey purses, expensive perfumes, fine clothing, jewelry -you name it, I bought it . I thought well I've accessorized her, now why not her stove! So I began on my quest for spectacular cookware. I wanted a set that was useful, stylish and well made. Seriuosly it's hard to come by all three!  There at Kohl's, I found this fine and fancy stainless steel tri-ply 10pc cookware by Food Network  and into my shopping cart it went. Here is what the cookware is fantastic at:
  • Heats Quickly
  • Evenly Distributes Heat
  • Comes with a Nice array of pan sizes ( Set includes: 9 1/2-in. skillet, 11-in. sauté pan, 1 1/2-qt. covered saucepan, 3-qt. covered saucepan, 5-qt. covered sauteuse & 8-qt. covered stockpot )
  • I love how the 1 1/2 qt sauce pot coemes with a lid that strains, great for pasta, soup or sauce!!!
  • Super Stylish
What could use a slight drop of improvement- the weight of the pots. This is some serious cookware and I would expect nothing less from my friends at  Food Network but the pots are a bit on the heavy side.Partly why they cook so well but at the same time, be sure to use two hands when you're picking them up! Saty tuned for some of the latest dishes I prepared in the new cookware!
So tell me what are you cooking in your lastest cookware set!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

American Burger RockVille Centre -Long Island, NY

People put this address is you navigation!!!!
American Burger
326 Sunrise Highway # A

Rockville Centre, NY 11570
(516) 766-2227

I just had lunch at American Burger in Rockville Center- home of the 7oz burger! Let me tell you- this is one serious burger joint! It's a small, how do you say- hole in the wall, dive, kind of place -which of course are the BEST kind! There is a burger from each state on the menu, I indulged in the Mississippi Burger,it's packed with with cheddar, mushrooms and onions!! OMG it was heavenly! They start with US Grade Prime beef which is perfectly seasones and topped with melty cheddar, (tons and I mean tons) of grilled mushrooms and onions!!! My friend ordered the Indiana burger- which is topped with Virgina ham, smothered with cheddar and grilled onions- HOMERUN!

Now I rarely blog about a place without a picture of the meal but today I left my camera home and this place was just so fantastic - I just had to go ahed and let ya'll know!! This is one BANGIN' Buger- go grab a bite!!!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Wusthof Steak Knife Set- Review

After wondering what to get my dad for Christmas this year, it finally came to me! My Dad is a die hard steak fan so what better than a real-deal steak knife set with all the bells and whistles? I began on my quest to find the perfect steak knife set. There were three demands I was in search for:
 1) Price
 2) Quality
 3) Presentation style.
There on Chef's Catalog, I found the most perfect 8 piece stainless steel knife set by Wusthof in a wooden gift box- jackpot! Priced at ($79.95) and free shipping I knew this was it. Let me tell you when my set arrived, man was I pleased! This set is of great quality, nice heavy knives and a great presentation box. Then I thought, how can I give my dad steak knives without a couple of steaks! To complete my gift ensemble I pciked up (2) U.S. Grade Prime, Rib- Eye Steaks, 1 bottle of Ruffino Chianti and 1lb. of fresh boccacini from the Pork Store. Let me tell you those knives stood up quite nicely to that juicy rib-eye pictured above!