Monday, June 21, 2010
I have been promising Chad's grandma that I would make her a batch of homemade ice cream for months. Yesterday I finally kept that promise. She loves to eat cake and ice cream before bed every night so I decided cake batter ice cream would be perfect for her!
1 teas vanilla extract
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I cook. Alot. I started this blog to share my experiences cooking. The good, bad and the funny mistakes that happen in the kitchen. Well last night's dinner was delish!
1 egg (beaten)
olive oil (for frying)
1 large eggplant
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1 package fresh mozzarella (sliced)
parmesan cheese to top
1 jar red sauce (I prefer one with roasted garlic)
2 cloves fresh chopped garlic (optional)
Step 1: Slice eggplant into 1/4 inch slices. Put one layer of eggplant in a pasta strainer in the sink and sprinkle with salt. Keep layering til all the eggplant has been salted. Put a bowl or plate on top of eggplant with something heavy pushing it down. Let sit for about an hour. The salt is used to pull out all the bitter juice. Rinse with water and pat dry when finished.
Step 2: Add 1 tablespoon of water to the beaten egg and stir. Dredge eggplant piece by piece through the flour and then the egg and then the breadcrumbs. Layer on a plate and let sit in the fridge for a half hour or so. This allows the breadcrumbs to set and the finished product looks more restaurant quality.
Step 3: Preheat oven to 350. Use a large frying pan filled with about 1/4 inch of olive oil. Let the oil get hot and then add the eggplant. Don't overcrowd the skillet. Also add the chopped garlic if desired. Fry til golden brown turning once. Place finished eggplant on a paper towel to soak up excess grease.
Step 4: In a 9 inch casserole dish layer 1/3 of the red sauce. Top with 1/3 of the eggplant and 1/2 of the sliced fresh mozzarella.
Step 5: Top the mozzarella with 1/2 of the remaining red sauce. Add 1/2 of the remaining eggplant and all of the remaining mozzarella.
Step 6: Add the rest of the eggplant and top with the remaining red sauce. Sprinkle the top with the shredded mozzarella.
Step 7:Bake at 350 for 30 min or until all cheese is melted. Top with parmesan and enjoy!!!!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheese Ball
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cup butter (softened)
2 cups chopped pecans
17.5 oz box or pouch chocolate chip cookie dough mix
vanilla wafers for serving
Step 1: Mix cream cheese, cookie mix, and butter together. It worked easiest with my KitchenAid stand mixer. Transfer to the fridge for 1 hour to harden.
Step 2: Using hands form mixture into a ball. Roll the ball in the chopped pecans.
Step 3: Serve with vanilla wafers and enjoy!!!!
Couple of notes:
I prepped the whole casserole a day in advance. If you do this just let stand room temp for about 15 mins before cooking.
This time I used Japanese bread crumbs. I wouldn't recommend doing this. The eggplant turned out too crunchy. Just stick with regular bread crumbs.
The pictures of the casserole show a double batch.
And lastly, I forgot to take a picture of the cookie dough cheese ball. Bummer!
Hope you guys liked my first food post! XO!!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
We had my mom's bachlorette party last night. It was seriously the most fun ever!!!!!!!! We started the evening at Springer's Creek Winery which is on the historic Route 66. The theme of the party was liquor and lingerie and boy did Mom get alot of both!!!! After the winery we went to a couple local bars. The evening didn't end til 3! The only ones left standing were me, Mom, our friend Betty, and Nick. Nick had just gotten off work and came to say hi on his way home. I am so glad I bought a camera because we got alot of fun pictures from it. And here they are....
This is at the winery.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Aldo is a mommy's girl. She loves to meow and is just plain spoiled rotten. We got her at the beginning of March from a lady who could no longer keep her. She is a little over a year old. Aldo is pretty much an easy cat. She is happy as long as she has lots of attention and a spot to sleep above my pillow at night.
Furbert so far is the complete opposite.
And this is her after her haircut.