Month: December 2017

Meat and Ricotta Lasagna

Meat and Ricotta Lasagna

Ingredients 2 eggs 2 16oz ricotta containers One and a half cups of parmigiano reggiano grated cheese Sea Salt Olive Oil 3 pounds of beef 1 container of 100% strained tomatoes (24oz) – Tip: Make sure the only ingredient is tomatoe 1 chopped white onion […]

Potato Latkes

Potato Latkes

I absolutely love potato latkes and look forward to Jewish Holidays when I know I can get my hands on them. Max and I are usually the ones that end up making them, I must admit, it does not require many ingredients, but it is […]

Simple Cheesecake Recipe

Simple Cheesecake Recipe

There is nothing better than having a deliciously clean cheesecake during holidays… and every other day… that leaves you feeling great and wanting more, quite a difference from the usual Holiday desserts that leave you feeling bloated, uncomfortable, and at times… gassy. When I first met Max, the only cheesecake that I had came from our nearby Publix and I always imagined that making your own cheesecake at home would involve heavy labor and a staff of five helpers. Well, I ended up being very, very wrong. Max showed me how to make this easy and simple cheesecake recipe and it is the best cheesecake that I have had. It was so easy to make and you only need to take about 15 minutes out of your day to prep the ingredients before putting the cheesecake in the oven. The beauty of this simple cheesecake recipe is that you know exactly what ingredients you are putting into it, we used all organic, and you can eat this deliciously rich cheesecake as is, with a fruit reduction, or with freshly whipped cream. It’s your call on how you decide to serve it, but I love serving it as is, you can taste the richness of the ingredients and every taste takes me to a farmhouse where all the ingredients where locally made… we can dream right?

This Simple Cheesecake Recipe is easy to make and it doesn’t require many ingredients

To make this Simple Cheesecake Recipe at home, all you will need is: Graham cracker crumbs, cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, butter, and hot water. simple cheesecake recipe ingredients One of the fun things about this recipe is that you bake the whole cheesecake in an aluminum foil wrapped springform pan placed in a large roasting pan filled halfway with hot water. This water bath is the key to a perfect cheesecake and the water bath method ensures that your cheesecake bakes gently, so it won’t darken or curdle. simple cheesecake recipe baking Enjoy!

 

Hollandaise Sauce

Hollandaise Sauce

One of our favorite go to breakfast/brunch meals is rice topped with eggs over easy, topped with melted cheese, topped with delicious Hollandaise Sauce. Most people use English Muffins or Biscuits instead of rice, but we always go the rice route, rice is easy to […]

Easy Steak Recipe

Easy Steak Recipe

Lately, I’ve been craving meat and can’t get enough of it. I used to be a vegetarian, vegan, and then pescaterian. I am no longer restricting from meat, fish, chicken, etc., and quite enjoy a nice simple piece of meat once in a while. Max […]

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan

Max and I always go to a nearby Italian restaurant to celebrate our Birthdays and the last time that we were there, one of us ordered their Chicken Parmesan, it was delicious and a dish that we wanted to try to make at home. The Chicken Parmesan came out great and we enjoyed it 100 times more than the one we have ordered at our favorite local Italian restaurant. The Chicken Parmesan was much easier to make that we had imagined, we hope that you enjoy our recipe as much as we did!

First, you start with the sauce. It is a very easy and simple sauce to make at home that anyone can do. You start with cooking your veggies with oil set over medium heat, the chopped onion and garlic, until soft and then the carrot, until soft. Then, you add in your crushed and strained tomatoes, basil, sea salt, and red pepper flakes. You let it simmer covered with a lid and let it be for one hour, or until thick, that’s it!

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As your sauce simmers, start with your Chicken Parmesan assembly. Grate two cups of cheddar cheese or if you prefer, mozzarella, and put it on the side for later. Have one bowl with one cup of flour. Another bowl with 4 eggs, beaten. Another bowl for your bread crumbs. Then get a plate and place two paper towels on it.  

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The fun part is pounding out the chicken thighs, you can use breast if you prefer, but we prefer the thighs because of the juices and it doesn’t dry out like thighs do.

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Once your chicken is pounded and you take it through the assembly line of dredging each side with flour, dipping it in eggs, and then dredging it into bread crumbs. Fry each side until golden and crusty, then place it on the paper towels to soak up the excess oil. Then place the chicken thighs into the roasting pan and cover them with your tomato blended tomato sauce.

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Follow the sauce by the shredded cheese.

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Bake in the over for 15 minutes, set on 450 degrees F. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 6 skinless/boneless chicken thighs, pounded thin
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup flour (we used spelt)
  • 2 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup oil (we used olive oil)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (you can use mozzarella instead)
  • Sea salt
  • Tomato Sauce, recipe follows
  • Tomato Sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 jar strained tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Tomato Sauce:
  2. In a sauce pot, heat the oil over medium heat, add your chopped onions and minced garlic, cook until soft and translucent. Add your chopped carrots until soft. Add the tomatoes, basil, sea salt, and red pepper flakes. Lower the heat to low, cover, and simmer for one hour, until the sauce is thick. Add your sauce into a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
  3. Chicken Parmesan:
  4. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  5. We used a 2.5 gallon slider bag to pound the chicken thighs, I place 6 within, space them out, and pound away.
  6. Now, create an assembly line. One bowl with one cup of flour. Another with the beaten eggs. And the last bowl with the bread crumbs.
  7. Add 1/3 cup of olive oil into a saute pan, heat over medium high heat. Dredge both sides on the chicken thighs in the flour, then dip them into the egg wash (coating completely), then dredge into the bread crumbs.
  8. When the oil is hot, add 2 chicken thighs into the saute pan and fry for 4 minutes on each side until golden and crusty, turning once. Then place the thighs on a paper towel to soak up the excess oil. Repeat with the remaining chicken thighs.
  9. Once your chicken thighs are done cooking and have been placed on paper towels to soak up the excess oil, place them into a roasting pan and cover them with the tomato sauce, we used the full amount of sauce that we made. Cover the sauce with the shredded cheese.
  10. Bake the Chicken Parmesan for 15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly.
Spelt Pound Cake

Spelt Pound Cake

 I was creating a new recipe, Strawberry Cream Parfaits with Chocolate Covered Cashews and Pound Cake, and really wanted to use pound cake as part of the layer. We’ve made Gluten Free Orange Pound cake before, but really wanted to make a simpler pound cake. We […]

Blueberry BBQ Ribs

Blueberry BBQ Ribs

Max and I visited my best friend, Ernestine, when she was living in Denver, Colorado a couple of years ago and we stopped by a great restaurant that we had seen on the Food Network. The restaurant was Tocabe, an American Indian Eatery. They had […]

Black Beans

Black Beans

Max’s sister in law recently invited us to her families home for dinner where we had some amazing authentic black beans. Max loved them so much that I vowed to myself that I would make him some at home. My mom used to make her own black bean recipe when I was younger with pigs feet, yes, pigs feet. Now that I’m older and don’t have to eat my mom’s black beans, I’m staying far away from using pigs feet in my black bean recipe. 

I soaked the beans overnight, rinsed them out the next day and started shopping all the veggies. Our recipe is very simple, you just throw everything into one pot with eight cups of water, put it on high heat until it boils, and once it does, cover and let it simmer for an hour and a half to two hours (until the beans are tender). We let our beans simmer for an extra 30 minutes without the lid on just so some of the liquid would dissolve. It really is your choice if you want more or less liquid. If you want less liquid, take the lid off the pot once the beans are tender and let it simmer until the liquid dissolves. If you like your beans with more of a soap consistency, turn off the heat once the beans are tender. Enjoy!

Black Beans in Pot Black bean Recipe

I served them on a bed of white rice and topped it off with shredded organic sharp cheddar cheese.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 – 16 OZ Bag of Black Beans (we used 365 Organic Black Beans from Whole Foods)
  • 2 medium white onions, chopped
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 15 ounces strained tomatoes / tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 8 cups of water

Instructions

  1. Rinse and soak beans according to package. Once soaked, drain and rinse the beans,discarding the liquid.
  2. Place your beans and all of your ingredients in a large saucepan, mix all the ingredients together. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until tender.
  3. Note: If the beans have too much liquid for your taste, once the beans are tender, remove the lid and let it simmer for another 30 minutes, this will help dissolve some of the liquid.
Queso Fundido

Queso Fundido

When I was a little girl, there was nothing that I liked more than melted cheese. Queso Fundido is the perfect dish for any melted cheese lover and you can add in any of your favorite vegetables and sausage.  For our Queso Fundido, we use […]