Archives for the month of: June, 2014

This recipe is a play on meatball subs.

Baked Italian Meatball Casserole

Start with these:

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Then flavor it up…

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Preheat oven & start your layers…

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Bake, serve & enjoy!

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This was my first attempt at this Pinterest recipe. Although it does look really appetizing, there are a couple of changes I would make next time. First off, I would not recommend using frozen garlic bread because it gets way too mushy too quickly once the sauce goes on. Also the pre-sliced bread (like the one I used) doesn’t help with the sogginess either. Either way, I’d use 2 half loaves of (fresh) bread as my base for the dish.

The other aspect I would change are the meatballs. Instead of using the frozen & pre-seasoned ones, I’d spend the extra few bucks and either make them or buy them fresh from the deli. I’ve tried the frozen meatballs so many times, even the turkey ones, and they just always taste too dry with some added grit to them, yuck!

Either way, give it a try yourself and see what creative casserole you come up with and share 🙂

A full shopping list of all ingreients can be found here

Original recipe can be found here

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A quick and super simple treat to make all the daddy’s and grandaddy’s out there. Happy Father’s Day!!!

Whipped Strawberry Oreo Pie

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flavor variations of this pie are endless

First you will need:

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easy list of ingredients to purchase

Prep time:

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1st layer


Freeze the pie tin & these strawberries beforehand to jump start the freezing process.

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main layer of pie: combine smashed strawberries, lemon juice, cool whip & condensed milk

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2nd layer done


Freeze until firm, at least 2-3 hours

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decorating time, again options of this layer are endless

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Father's Day Whipped Strawberry Oreo Pie complete!


Although I could have used another 2 hours to freeze this pie, still turned out looking delicious sans the writing, don’t judge.

I’ve been making this recipe for years but this was my first attempt with using a pre-made crust versus my own. Time was of the essence. Turned out better than expected.

Recipe & all ingredients can be found here

You can find the original version of this recipe here

Easy. Fast. Delicious.

For an appetizing dinner such as this:

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all you need is:
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I line the dish with butter to make sure my potatoes don’t stick and it also helps maintain their crispy coated exterior.

imageBake at 375 degrees for about 25 mintues. Gently toss potatoes and maybe add a bit more oil/butter if needed, cook for about 35-45 minutes longer.

imageAll the main ingredients plus my daily s&p seasonings.

imageCombine all ingredients: sweet italian sausage, onion, 1 egg, desired pasta sauce, bread crumbs, zucchini squash

imageScrap out the centers of the squash.

imageFill with sausage stuffing.

imageBake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes. Top with cheese and bake until cheese is all melted (about 5-8 minutes).

imageToasted pine nut couscous with cucumbers, tomatoes, lemon zest & juice, parsley paste and s&p.

Prep. Plate. Enjoy!

For a full shopping list of ingredients, go here:

Sausage Zucchini Boats

Colorful Couscous

Roasted Potatoes

 

Original zucchini boat recipe from Pinterest can be found here

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dinner for the night included earthy, nutty, crunchy for me & the buff for him

Leafy. Crunchy. Colorful. Bountiful. Nutritious. Palate pleasing. A salad must hit all these notes to complete its full potential.

3 times in one week….I’d say I’m addicted to this new craze of Simply Salad DTLA. I originally found them on yelp while looking for something quick and healthy to eat while I was working.

Like many places in downtown LA, this hidden gem is no exception when it comes to catering to people on-the-go, especially when calling to place your order. But even if you want to check out all the ingredients and accouterments this salad haven offers, like I wanted to, try to have some sort of idea of your palette cravings, which I didn’t, in order to narrow down and make a decision, which took me 20 mintues alone. Now that I’ve been there multiple times and have assured their accuracy and quality, I just call in my order.

This time around I opted for the Earthy, Nutty, Crunchy (ENT) and was more than satisfied with this salad choice. It includes a mixture of lettuces, tofu, beets, edamame, artichoke hearts, sunflower seeds, croutons, grilled corn with pomegranate vinaigrette. Already fully loaded, I know, but there was 1 item still missing; yes to cheese please, always!!! Goat cheese that is (don’t judge).

Its sweet, salty and everything in between. Although the dressing doesn’t look like a typical vinaigrette, it stays true to its pomegranate flavor and adds a nice creamy tanginess without overpowering the rest of the ingredients. This mixture of flavors beats a greasy cheeseburger on any day and I don’t have to worry about the all to familiar food coma either. Oh AND they can make any salad into a wrap too!! What more do you want?! Fine they offer freshly made lemonade, teas and dessert too 🙂

Simply Salad offers over 65+ toppings and 25+ dressings so your combo options are basically endless.
I. Must. Try. Them. All. And. You. Should. Too!

Extra Tip: When I order my salads, I usually ask for the dressing on the side to help keep the salad crisp and fresh for as long as possible on the drive home from work. And when I get home, I pop the salad in the fridge for about 20 minutes and then it’s chow time! Meaning, you don’t have to live right next to your fav restaurants in order to enjoy them, you just have to be more mindful & cautious when placing an order.

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biscuits n gravy

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steak bits n more

Gotta give it to Pacific Diner in San Pedro for their consistently amazing food. Yeah there may be no close parking, yeah there may be a wait, yeah it may take awhile to have that first scrumptious bite……but it’s SO worth it!!

Waited about 20 mintues on a Sunday morning prime time around 11am. Not bad at all.

Have conveniently opted for biscuits n gravy as my alloted appetizer every time I eat here now. Today’s biscuits were the freshest, most pillowly biscuits I’ve ever devoured here and definitely a great choice starter.

My main meal was very loaded to say the least. Steak bits as a usual but I added some new elements, some I liked, others not so much. Instead of potatoes, I got sautĂ©ed veggies thinking it would add to the dish, but it was just too much substance for my liking. Although the veggies were tasty & I liked the variety. My scrambled eggs weren’t as appealing as I had originally hoped either. I was trying to be adventerous with a different flavor of added cream cheese and green onions cooked with the eggs, but it sounded better than it tasted. I like my eggs more on the ‘well done’ side and that can’t really happen when your cooking scrambled eggs and cream cheese.

The best elements of the dish were the bits, sans mushrooms, the bacon, the tortillas and the cottage cheese. Oh and of course the fresh squeezed oj, yum!

Overall this was a great meal with awesome service and I can’t wait to come back again and again and again!