Thursday, April 17, 2014

Smoky Spicy Turkey Burger with Caramelized Onions and Spicy Sweet Mayo

 
I'm loving my new non stick grill pan! It sizzles from edge to edge even though the pan is way bigger than the burner on my glass top stove. Check out that pan **here** and get one for yourself while they're 40% off! I've been grilling up lots of stuff lately, like these oh so yummy, turkey burgers! I've been making these once a week, as requested by my family! Yes, we are hooked on these juicy, smoky, slightly spicy burgers! These burgers are topped with caramelized onions (also grilled in this pan) and a spicy/sweet mayo. We practically inhaled these! I've never been much of a 'ground turkey' fan, but when it's mixed together with such tasty ingredients, as in this recipe, the flavor is totally transformed from bland to bold and delicious!
 
This recipe is from a fellow food blogger named
 Michele from Flavor Mosaic.
Michele is also known as 'Occasional Cooker'. Her recipe is published on Allrecipes.com.
I doubled her recipe to make 8 burgers.
And I tweaked her mayo recipe because I didn't have the same ingredients she listed.
It all worked out perfectly because my family was giving me thumbs up while they were devouring these burgers! You may remember another one of Michele's burgers that I tried and LOVED, in this post called Grilled Asian Burgers. It is also one of my family's favorite burgers! Michele is my 'Burger Queen'!
Try one of her burgers and you'll be hooked too!
I'm writing the recipe as I made it...
 
Smoky Spicy Turkey Burger w/Caramelized Onions & Spicy/Sweet Mayo

INGREDIENTS:
2 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 large onion, grated
6 jarred jalapeno slices, minced
4 tbls. barbecue sauce
4 tbls. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp liquid smoke
1 tsp. 'Grill Mates' mesquite marinade
1 large onion, sliced thin (for caramelizing)
1 tbls. olive oil
8 burger buns

DIRECTIONS:
In a very large bowl mix together the first 8 ingredients.
Form into 8 burger patties.
Heat a grill pan on medium with 1 tbls. olive oil.
Cook the thin sliced onions until very well browned, stirring often.
This should take about 5 minutes.
Then remove the caramelized onions from grill pan and set aside.
In the same grill pan cook the burgers
 for 6 minutes on each side.
You may need to cook the burgers in a few
 batches depending on the size of your grill pan.
Put burgers on the buns and top with the caramelized onions and the spicy/sweet mayo sauce.

Spicy/Sweet Mayo Ingredients:
6 tbls. mayo
2 tbls. spicy brown mustard
1 tbls. Sriracha sauce
1 tbls. honey
1 large clove garlic, crushed
1 tbls. lime juice, fresh squeezed

Mix the 6 ingredients together in a small bowl
 and chill until ready to serve on burgers.



 
 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Chinese Casserole

This is such a good idea for a casserole. I never think of Chinese food when I think of casseroles, but this works perfectly! What gives this an Asian flair is the soy sauce and pure sesame oil. I found this recipe **HERE**. This is very easy to make. Of course I tweaked it to suit my taste and to simplify the directions. I also doubled the recipe to feed 6 very hungry people. If you want to make a smaller amount just cut everything in half. It will still work fine. The leftovers even taste great the next day, right from the fridge! The noodles will soften but this casserole will still be so very tasty! I'm writing the recipe the way I made it...

Chinese Casserole

INGREDIENTS:
2 lbs. 93% lean ground beef
3 ribs celery, chopped
1/2 of a large onion, chopped
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 cans chicken & rice soup
1 cup of frozen petite peas, thawed
2 tbls. brown sugar
2 tbls. soy sauce
1 tbls. pure sesame oil
2 cups water
1 cup long grain white rice (not minute rice)
3 cups chow mein noodles


CHINESE BROWN SAUCE INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 tbls. cornstarch
1 can(14.5 oz )beef broth
2 tbls. soy sauce
2 tsp. pure sesame oil

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a very large oven safe skillet with a lid, cook ground beef on medium heat with celery and onions. Break up the ground beef and continue cooking while stirring until the beef is no longer pink and the veggies are tender.
Now add the salt, soup, peas, sugar,
soy sauce and pure sesame oil.
Stir well and remove from heat.
Now thoroughly mix in the water and rice.
Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
While the casserole is baking start making the brown sauce.

TO MAKE THE BROWN SAUCE:
In a medium size sauce pan over medium heat, whisk together all the brown sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer while whisking until sauce thickens. This should take about 5-7 minutes. When sauce has thickened set aside to pour over casserole before serving.

When casserole is done baking remove from oven and top with the chow mein noodles. Then pour the brown sauce over the noodles and serve warm.
Serves 6-8 people
 
This post belongs to My Recipe Journey food blog.
Recipe adapted from Recipe Lion.com



 


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Honey Lemon Glazed Oven Roasted Chicken

Your mouth should be watering just from reading the title! This recipe was so delicious in so many ways! Not only did I savor ever bite of the chicken, but the onions were pretty amazing too! Tender and sweet from basting in the glaze. Just add some potatoes or a green veggie and dinner is done with just a few ingredients!

This recipe was given to me by my foodie friend and fellow food blogger Judith from The Midnight Baker. She got the recipe from her friend Tara McConnell. It was Tara's mother's recipe. So this recipe has really been getting around! And after you taste this juicy, sweet and tangy chicken you'll know why! Take a look at more yummy photos of this recipe by clicking on the highlighted type above! Yes, food porn at its best!

Honey Lemon Oven Roasted Chicken

INGREDIENTS:
10 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 large onion - thinly sliced
3/4 cup dry white wine (not cooking wine)
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

GLAZE:
1/2 cup honey
juice and zest of 1/2 lemon

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Season the chicken thighs with the salt and pepper.
Place the onions and wine in a large baking pan.
Put the seasoned chicken thighs on top of the onions.
In a small bowl whisk together the glaze ingredients.
Brush some of the glaze over the chicken thighs and place on middle rack in oven to bake uncovered for 1 hour.
 Brush with more glaze every 20 minutes.
After 1 hour of baking and glazing, place
 the chicken under the broiler for about 4 minutes to brown.
Serve warm with the onions and a green veg or mashed potatoes.
Serves 4-5 people

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Corned Beef Hash Served with Fried Eggs


I had lots of leftover Glazed Corned Beef & Cabbage so I decided instead of making my soup recipe, I would try something I've always wanted to try...corned beef hash! I love 'home fries' or 'hashbrowns' that I sometimes order at my local diner for breakfast! And I've seen lots of recipes floating around the Internet for corned beef hash. So it just seemed like the perfect time to try it myself! I wasn't sure I could get the potatoes to brown-up as nicely as I like them to be...but it was quite easy, as you can see in my photo above! I thought since the potatoes were boiled and very soft that they would just turn to mush! It was a nice surprise to see how easily they browned and stayed firm!

This was very easy to make using the leftovers. All I had to do was brown some onions to add to the leftovers before frying everything in the skillet. And everything cooks in one skillet. Just fry the eggs first and set them aside, keeping them warm until the corned beef hash is cooked. I didn't use the carrots from the leftover Glazed Corned Beef & Cabbage but you can include them if you like. This was so tasty. I served it for dinner because we like to have breakfast for dinner (brinner) once a week!

Corned Beef Hash

INGREDIENTS:
8 cups leftover corned beef and cabbage w/potatoes, drained and chopped
1 medium onion, sliced thin
6 Tbls. butter
salt & pepper to taste
8 large eggs

DIRECTIONS:
1. In a very large non stick skillet over medium heat,
melt 2 tablespoons butter.
Then gently crack each egg and add it to the skillet.
Fry the eggs until the whites become solid. Then cut each egg away from each other and flip each one over to lightly cook the other side.
 Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
Remove to a platter and keep warm.

2. In the same skillet used to fry the eggs, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Add the onions and fry until tender.
Add salt and pepper to taste.

3. Now add the cooked onions to the leftover, chopped and drained corned beef and cabbage mixture. Toss to mix.
Melt another 3 tablespoons of butter over medium heat,
 in the same skillet used to cook the onions.
Add in the corned beef and cabbage/onion mixture,
spread evenly in the skillet. Press down with a spatula.
Cook for 7 minutes, pressing down occasionally.
Then toss the browned mixture and press down evenly again.
Cook another 5 minutes, pressing down occasionally.
Toss the browned mixture again,
press down evenly and cook another 3 minutes.
If the hash is browned to your liking
serve now with fried eggs on top,
or you can continue browning until desired browning is achieved. Mine was done after the third browning.
Serves 4-8 people
 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

2 Ingredient Biscuits

 
I am once again amazed at how simple and delicious a 2 ingredient recipe can be!
 I recently tried a 2 Ingredient Pizza Dough and was very impressed with the delicious results. So when I came across another similar recipe for biscuits, it was a no-brainer that I would try this also! These biscuits were so light and fluffy with just a hint of cherry sweetness. Perfect served warm with a little butter and a cup of coffee or tea.

 Not only are these biscuits very tasty, they are also so very quick to make. This took 10 minutes to mix and cut into biscuits. And another 9 minutes to bake. I was in biscuit heaven in less than 20 minutes! I'll be doubling the recipe next time because I ate 3 biscuits with one cup of coffee. This recipe makes 8 biscuits. By the way...I also have a recipe for making your own 'Low Fat Bisquick Mix'. I've used it many times and it works perfectly! Check it out **here**.



What I love about this biscuit recipe is that you can customize the recipe in soooo many ways. I made mine using cherry yogurt. You can use any flavor yogurt you like such as chocolate, peach, strawberry, blueberry, apple cinnamon or even plain yogurt. You can easily add just a few more ingredients such as cheddar cheese and garlic to create a copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit.

Give this recipe a try in the flavor of your choice! Then comeback here and let me know how it turned out! I know I'll be trying apple cinnamon next time...then chocolate after that...and probably blueberry soon after. ***Smiles***

2 Ingredient Biscuits

INGREDEINTS:
2 cups Bisquick
6 oz. yogurt - any flavor

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
In a medium size bowl mix together the Bisquick and yogurt.
Roll the dough to 1/2 inch thickness on a Bisquick dusted surface.
Cut the dough with a biscuit cutter.
I was able to make 8 biscuits.
Place the biscuits on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake
on middle rack for 8 - 10 or until golden brown.
Serve warm topped with butter if desired.

This blog post belongs to My Recipe Journey food blog.
Recipe adapted from Just a Pinch Recipes

 







Wednesday, March 5, 2014

2 Ingredient Pizza Dough



Yes, I know it sounds crazy! That's why I had to try it! I saw this recipe floating around the internet recently and was intrigued. Then when I saw that one of my favorite food bloggers, The Slow Roasted Italian, tried this creation, I knew I had to also! I'm a full blooded Italian from New York, so I'm very picky about my pizza! New York has the best pizza in the world. My Grandma and Mom also made the best pizza in the world! So my pizza standards are extremely high!

I was very impressed with how nicely the bottom of this dough browned. And I didn't even use a pizza stone. I just placed the dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet. This isn't the kind of  pizza dough that you can toss in the air to stretch and shape. It's a very dry dough that I rolled out. I like that the dough isn't stretchy because I didn't have to fight with it to shape it! It was a very rustic shape...which I also like.

The taste is not like a traditional pizzeria style dough. It's more of a sour dough pizza. But still very tasty! My entire family loved it! And since it is so very quick to make, I'll be making this a lot! I topped mine with the usual...sauce, mozzarella and pepperoni. Check out The Slow Roasted Italian and see the huge selection of pizzas she made using this recipe.

I'm writing the recipe as I made it. You can even triple the recipe as I did because I was serving 6 people. You may need to add a tablespoon of water to the dough if it's too dry. I baked the dough for 5 minutes before adding the sauce and cheese. Then continued baking for 12 more minutes. It worked perfectly to create a nice dry crust! I totally dislike soggy pizza. Give this pizza dough a try! It's so worth it!


2 Ingredient Pizza Dough
 
INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups self rising flour - *see note
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
 
*note...you can make self rising flour by mixing together 1 1/2 cups flour with 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder and 3/4 tsp. salt
 
DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Mix ingredients together by hand. Knead for 5 minutes.
Dough should be very dry, but if too dry to form into a ball, add 1 tablespoon of water.
Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Form dough into a round ball and roll out with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface. Roll to form a very thin crust. The dough will puff up slightly during baking. 
Place on prepared cookie sheet and bake on middle rack for 5 minutes.
Then top with sauce, mozzarella and other desired pizza toppings.
Bake again for 12 minutes or until crust is nicely browned on top and bottom.
Makes one pizza that serves 2 adults.
Recipe can be doubled or tripled to make more pizzas.






Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Relished Recipe Kits at 50% Discount = Less than $5 Per Serving!

Look closely at these 3 yummy meals below! I am so excited to show my readers these recipe kits from Relished Foods.comThese three meals were all included in one shipment that was sent right to my door in a cooler box. As you can see in my photos below, the kits included EVERY SINGLE ingredient needed to make each meal! You DO NOT need to shop for anything. You don't even need to measure any of the ingredients! They are all in pre-measured packages! All you need is salt, pepper and sometimes a few teaspoons of cooking oil, to create these fabulously delicious gourmet dishes. The taste is  truly '5 Star' restaurant quality because they supply fresh, top notch ingredients. And each recipe is created by Relished's own professionally trained restaurant Chef! They also send  glossy, easy to follow, full size, recipe cards with each meal kit.
Turkey Burger with Homemade Pickled Onions and Sweet Potato Fries
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Wedge Salad with Bacon, Walnuts and Homemade Gorgonzola Dressing
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Sambal Glazed Salmon with Roasted Baby Bok Choy and Wasabi Whipped Potatoes
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You can tweak the recipes to suit your tastes. For instance, in the Salmon kit pictured above, I omitted the wasabi from my mashed potatoes but included it for my hubby! He raved about them! He actually raved about all 3 meals! And for the turkey burgers I decided to butter and toast the pretzel buns! Yes, PRETZEL BUNS!!! I love pretzel buns! My kids (20 & 23 years old) wanted a taste of the turkey burgers...they loved it also. And It was their first time eating turkey burgers. My kids are usually VERY picky eaters but they really wanted to taste everything! I think the gorgeous presentation piqued their interest. I can't even take credit for that because the recipe cards tell you how each dish should be assembled. I was able to easily prepare these 3 scrumptious meals without much thought. What I love about these kits besides the taste is not having to shop for each ingredient and not having to measure each ingredient! It's like have a sous chef with me in my kitchen. I just wish a clean-up person would have been included in these kits! Oh well, a girl can dream, can't she? You really feel like a highly skilled Chef while preparing these meals!

 
 50% discount to my readers until the end of March.
Use coupon code 'LillianCooks' at checkout. 
Price per serving is less than $5 with this discount!
 
The people at Relished really thought of everything! I just placed an order for the first week of March...I'm hooked already! And they are offering my readers a 50% discount on your first order placed from now until the end of March 2014. Just use coupon code 'LillianCooks' at checkout. That means you get 3 complete meal kits for less than $5 per serving. That's less than the price of a fast food take-out meal! Take a look at my order for the first week of  March **here**. And it only cost me $29.85. I don't understand how they can offer such a low price! Shhhh...don't tell them I said that! They sell out quick so order fast! I can't wait to get my next shipment! They will set up delivery on a day that is convenient for you! But you don't need to be home for delivery because the items stay cold for hours in the cooler box. Just place the items in the fridge when you get home.
 
I highly recommend that you take advantage of this discount and give Relished Foods a try! Then come back here and thank me later! **smiles**
 
Chat with the friendly people of Relished Foods and see what other menus they offer! Click on the sites below to find them on...
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Disclosure: I was not paid to promote Relished Foods. I was given their product for review purposes only. I received no other compensation. The above food photos and opinions are my own. I will always only write about products that I truly love and want to share with my readers.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Red Beans and Rice

This is a very popular dish in Puerto Rico, Cuba and Jamaica. Smoked pork sautéed with onions, red bell peppers and garlic in a smoky seasoned broth with red beans. Served over cooked white rice. A hearty meal that I serve with some crusty bread to soak up the smoky broth...yum! I've been making this for many years. Always a favorite in my house!

Red Beans & Rice

INGREDIENTS:
2 Tbls. olive oil
1 lb. canned red beans
5 cups water
2lbs. smoked pork butt portion with bone
1 large onion-chopped
1 red bell pepper-chopped
2 large cloves of garlic-minced
1 tsp. liquid smoke flavoring
1/4 c butter
salt & pepper to taste
4 cups cooked rice

DIRECTIONS:
In a large soup pot, on medium heat, saute onion, bell pepper, smoked pork, and garlic in olive oil, until onions are tender.

Add beans and water. Cover and simmer on low heat for about 1 1/2 hours.

Remove smoked pork and cut meat off of the bone. Discard bone.
 Add meat back to the pot.

Add salt, pepper, liquid smoke and butter. Taste and adjust seasoning. If you want a thicker broth, make a cornstarch(1 tbls.) and cold water(1/4 cup) slurry and add it to the pot. Stir until thickened.

Serve over cooked rice with bread for dunking!
Serves 8

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies and Cookbook Giveaway

Am I the only person on earth that never had a homemade whoopie pie? I've had the store bought kind with the chocolate coated cookie and marshmallow filling. Not a fan of those, so I never thought to try any others! Well, I'm now in love with the homemade variety! It is so much better than those marshmallow ones! It actually can't even compare!


I found this recipe in a cookbook given to me by the Florida Department of Citrus. The recipe caught my eye because it's red velvet flavored and contains orange juice and orange zest...very unique and so very refreshing! I never thought to add orange juice to a red velvet recipe, but it truly works perfectly! And the sweet cream cheese filling also contains orange juice and orange zest! I almost ate the entire bowl of filling before I had a chance to add it to the cookies! Good thing I was able to lick the mixer beaters to keep me from devouring all of the filling! And yes, I turned off the mixer and unplugged it first! I'll never make that mistake twice!

I made these whoopie pies in honor of Valentine's Day! Get it...red velvet...red heart...sweets for my sweetie...and all that jazz! This dessert was so decadent, creamy and chocolaty with a hint of fresh orange goodness! You bite into the soft cookie and the creamy filling starts to ooze out and you have to lick your fingers and it's messy but you don't care because it's so heavenly! Before you know it your whoopie pie is gone and you're reaching for another one! And after the second one is gone you have to stop yourself! Yes, that's how the scene went with me! My hubby loved this also! And so did my kids!

Florida Orange Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

INGREDIENTS:
For the cookies...
1 cup Florida orange juice
1 tsp. Florida orange zest
1 box red velvet cake mix
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup all purpose flour

For the filling...
1 tsp. Florida orange zest
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, room temp.
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:
For the cookies...
Place orange juice in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer.
 Let simmer until reduced in half. Then remove from heat and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl mix together the cake mix, reduced orange juice, orange zest, egg, butter, vanilla and flour. Mix until well combined, but do not over mix.
Make 24 (1 1/2" diameter) balls and place on cookie sheet, leaving space between each cookie for cookies to spread. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Let cool completely before adding filling.

For the filling...
Whip heavy cream to stiff peaks. Set aside.
In a separate bowl combine remaining filling ingredients.
Beat with a mixer until smooth.
Then fold in the reserved whipped cream.
Refrigerate until chilled.

To assemble...
Spread 2-3 tablespoons of filling on flat side of 12 cooled cookies.
Top with remaining cookies, also flat side toward filling.
Dust with confectioners sugar and serve.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Easy Lasagna Soup

These few simple ingredients are all you need to make this quick, easy, delicious, hearty, satisfying, Italian style, soup! Did I forget any descriptive words?

If you use store bought, pre-cooked meatballs and jarred sauce...or leftover meatballs and sauce, this soup can be done in about 20 minutes! I used 'oven ready' lasagna noodles, so I didn't need to pre-cook them. You can find them in the pasta isle. I love those noodles! I always use them when I make lasagna! This soup idea is a great way to get your lasagna fix quickly! And it uses much less lasagna ingredients than if you were making a regular lasagna! So, it's a great way to save time and money, but still get all those flavors you love from lasagna!

Easy Lasagna Soup

INGREDIENTS:
24 ounces prepare pasta sauce
1/2 lb. meatballs, cooked and diced
2 cans (14.5 oz. ea.) low sodium chicken broth
9 sheets 'oven ready' lasagna noodles, broken in pieces
1/4 cup ricotta cheese, plus more for topping
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley, optional for garnish

DIRECTIONS:
In a large soup pot bring the pasta sauce to a simmer. Then stir in the cooked, diced meatballs and chicken broth. Bring to a low boil and add in the broken lasagna noodles. Stir and let cook for 5 minutes or until noodles are tender. Then add the 1/4 cup ricotta and 1/3 cup grated parmesan. Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes. Serve warm with an extra dollop of ricotta on top and a sprinkle of mozzarella and optional fresh chopped parsley.
Serves 8

This post belongs to My Recipe Journey food blog.

 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Orzo Veggie Bake

 
I've been eating way too much meat lately, so I started hunting for recipes that only contained vegetables. Well, in this case, vegetables and pasta. I knew that I also wanted an easy recipe. This was all of those things! I love that I didn't need to pre-cook the pasta. I was able to make this main dish using only a large oven safe nonstick skillet and a baking sheet to roast the veggies.

This dish was so full of flavor from the roasted eggplant and sautéed garlic, carrots, celery and onions! And I loved the addition of fresh tomatoes. It was a nice contrast to the roasted and sautéed veggies. This was comfort food that I could feel good about! So hearty! I served this as a main course with a salad, but this could also be served as a side dish to any beef, chicken or seafood main dish.

I found this recipe here and tweaked it slightly. But it is fine as written, so please check out the original recipe also. I'm writing the recipe as I made it.

Orzo Veggie Bake

INGREDIENTS:
2 very large eggplants - peeled and cut into 3/4 " cubes
salt and pepper
2 Tbls. olive oil
2 medium carrots - peeled and cut into 1/4" slices
2 ribs celery - cut into 1/4" slices
1 very large onion - chopped
5 large cloves garlic - minced
1 lb. orzo pasta - uncooked
2 Tbls. tomato paste
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 can vegetable broth
3/4 cup water 
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
4 medium tomatoes - chopped
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley - garnish

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the cubed eggplant on the baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and some olive oil. Spread out the eggplant in a single layer.
Roast uncovered on center rack until well cooked, about 20-25 minutes.
In the meantime, heat a very large oven safe nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 Tbls olive oil. When the oil is hot add the carrots, celery, onions and garlic. Cook while stirring for about 5 minutes or until veggies are tender. Then stir in the orzo and tomato paste. Cook for about a minute then remove from the heat. Add the oregano, mozz, parmesan, tomatoes, roasted eggplant, 1 tsp. kosher salt, 1/4 tsp. black pepper, vegetable broth and water. Mix well.
Cover skillet and bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes. Then remove cover and bake another 20 minutes. Let rest about 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley before serving.
This serves 6-8 as a main dish.

This post belongs to My Recipe Journey food blog.



 


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Game Day Small Bites!

This year the big game is all about New York because it's taking place in the home stadium of 2 New York teams. I'm a New Yorker, so this is a huge deal! I don't know about you, but to me, the food served during these football games is just as important as the game! So today I'm sharing some tried and true small bite snack recipes that have a New York theme. The recipes also have a RITZ cracker theme because some of my fellow food blogger friends have created these recipes for RITZ. So these recipes have not only been tried by the creator but also by the people at Ritz! The Ritz company loved the recipes so much that they posted them on Allrecipes.com.


I'd like you to meet the creators of these RITZ recipes, so below each food photo is the link to the blog and recipe! I hope you'll try some of these recipes or just stop in to let these food bloggers know what you think of their creations! They would love to hear from you!


Ritz Spicy Asian Wings
By Life Tastes Good
Ritz Cuban Minis
By Renee's Kitchen Adventures

 
Ritz NY Style Mini Crumb Cheesecake
By The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch
Ritz Fried Ravioli
By Flavor Mosaic


Ritz Hazelnut Gelato Sandwiches
By The 7 Up Experience
Ritz Steakhouse Bites
By Behind the Shades


Ritz New York City Lox and a Schmear Bagel Bites
By Country Girl Gourmet



 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Kitchen-Aid Mixer Giveaway

I'm so happy to have joined forces with some blogging friends to be able to bring my readers a chance to win a KitchenAid mixer! I've been trying to win one of these mixers myself for the past few years! This lovely prize still eludes me! But that doesn't mean you can't win one! 

Here is the KitchenAid mixer we are giving away this week! The color is called 'Caviar'. It's metallic black. Isn't she pretty?
 
 
To enter for your chance to win just do ALL the Rafflecopter stuff below! That's right, don't skip anything or your entry won't count! And please read all the 'terms and conditions' listed in the Rafflecopter to make sure you follow all the giveaway rules. Every entry will be checked and validated before a winner is selected.
Good Luck to everyone who enters!
 
 
 
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