Posted by: chferrara107 | July 21, 2014

The Perfect Panini

I have probably claimed the perfect panini before, but this panini had me craving it for 2 days, so it must be really good! Its really flavorful and incorporates the mushroom recipe posted yesterday.  It is just REALLY good.

 

Ingredients:

  • marinated mushrooms
  • red peppers (either roasted or raw)
  • goat cheese
  • spinach
  • fresh tomato
  • bread

How to:

  1. Smear a bunch of goat cheese on to the bread, and then make like any other panini :D
  2. I gave you all the parts, you just have to assemble :D

 

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Hopefully you can grill it better than me… Still tasted good!

Posted by: chferrara107 | July 20, 2014

A Little Goes A Long Way

I am going to take a moment and give you a bit more than a recipe.  So let me take a moment to get up on my soap box and tell you a story. As you all know I love Haymarket, I go nearly every week and it just makes me calm and brings a sense of happiness.  So this week they had a great deal of a whole box of strawberries (8 cartons!) for only 3 dollars.  Me being me, I was like “well, I have to have it”.  So of course I bought this whole heavy box full of strawberries when I already had 2 armfuls of other veggies and proceeded to head to the train.  Now for reasons unknown to me, my monthly T pass would not work and there were a bunch of other complications, so by the time I got to the platform I was frazzled, hot, and annoyed.  Oh and I missed the train by a matter of seconds.  But the next train rolled in and I got on, proudly carrying my giant thing of strawberries and sat down.  Now this brought a lot of attention, and one woman was so amazed by these strawberries.  She also seemed a little down on her luck and maybe not in the best position so when I saw how fascinated she was I offered her a box.  I have yet to see someones face light up with that much joy.  The rest of the train ride she could not stop thanking me and saying how happy she was.  Im not telling you this story to brag about a good deed, it is to say that a little goes a long way in making someone else’s life better.  You can do one simple meaningless act to you, but to the person you are doing it for, it could mean everything.  Like when I was walking home, being the cluts I am, I dropped everything, and someone kindly helped me pick it all up.  A little goes a long way.  So I will stop yammering on but leave you with the message to just do the little things for other people, it can seriously brighten their day, and a little goes a long way. :D

 

Now onto the recipe that I made with those strawberries.  This recipe is for a skillet strawberry crumble, cause who wants to have the oven on in this heat??

Ingredients:

  • strawberries
  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • oats

How to:

  1. Slice up the strawberries and place in a small skillet with a bit of butter and let cook until begin to reduce.
  2. In a separate bowl mix brown sugar and oats together.
  3. Let the strawberries reduce and they will start to make just a bit of sauce,  place a lid on the pan so to not loose too much moisture.
  4. Then top with the oats and let cook with the lid on for another 5 minutes or until the sugar is melted.
  5. Top with ice cream and you are good to go!!

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Posted by: chferrara107 | July 20, 2014

Marinated Mushrooms

Summer is the season of grilling, and one of the things I love the most on the grill (minus steak) is grilled portobello mushrooms.  My dad makes them especially well and now being away from home not only do I not have him to make it for me anymore I don’t have access to a grill either.  But fear not, you can still make delicious mushrooms without a grill!  It is really easy and super tasty. Use them on a salad, in a sandwich with goat cheese, or just however you like!

 

Ingredients:

  • portobello mushrooms
  • olive oil
  • white or red wine vinegar
  • garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • red pepper flakes
  • OR a bottle of italian dressing
  • a ziplock bag

How to:

  1. Cut off steams of mushrooms and rinse well, making sure to get the dirt off of them
  2. Place them in a ziplock bag and add in a generous splash of vinegar and just a pit of oil.
  3. Then add all the salt, pepper, garlic, and just a bit of red pepper flakes
  4. Let marinate for as long as you can, I left then in overnight
  5. Then in a pan place the mushrooms and just a bit of the marinade.  Cover and cook on medium flipping half way.  Cover the pan to keep the mushrooms from drying out.
  6. Then finish them finish with a bit of butter.
  7. Now EAT!

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Posted by: chferrara107 | July 19, 2014

Kale Me Maybe

I do apologize for the corny recipe title but its hard to be creative sometimes!! So this recipe is a bit of a leap of faith on your part, and it probably wont appeal to everyone.  But for some of you this will be a great idea and the answer to what to do with all that kale you keep buying! Give it a try, you may like it!

 

Ingredients:

  • peanut sauce (check older recipes for details)
  • kale
  • onions
  • carrots

 

How to:

  1. Cut up the kale, you have a few options on how to do this.  I personally like it sliced thin, nearly shredded cause I am not a big fan of a mouth full of kale.  Yes the kale is raw.
  2. Pour peanut sauce over the top.
  3. Add in 1/4 cup of diced onion and 1/2 cup shredded carrot.
  4. Mix vigorously, you want to get everything evenly coated
  5. And then eat!!

 

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Posted by: chferrara107 | July 18, 2014

Summer Sangria

After having 2 especially good batches of sangria I decided I should try to make it for myself and see how I would compare to some truly phenomenal sangrias. Well this is attempt number 1, and its pretty darn good! Its also pretty easy and another way to spruce up your wine night! Give it a try to sip on with your perfect summer night.

 

Ingredients:

  • wine; cabernet sauvignon is what I used but a sweet red would be delicious
  • fruit: nectarines, apples, strawberries, and blueberries (peaches, pears, all would be good in this)
  • sugar
  • sprite
  • I used black cherry spritzer, but any other kind would work also, or just sprite
  • citrus vodka (a fruit liquor would also be really good with this)

 

How to:

  1. cut up all your fruit, put it in a large bowl and cover with a healthy amount of sugar.  Add some fruit juice or water to help build the natural juices in the fruit
  2. Let that sit over night
  3. The next day mix everything together. If you want to serve it that night make it in the morning.  Its best to let it sit for as long as possible, then it gets even more delicious flavors
  4. There you go! that was easy right?!

Cant drink?  Well try adding just the fruit to any bland soda and it will spice it up too! A refreshing drink regardless of alcohol content

 

EDIT: I wrote this maybe after having a glass or two, so I forgot to mention how much vodka/ liquor to put into the sangria.  Now before you do dumping half the bottle all you really need is 2-3 shorts.  Depending on the quality of your wine you may not want to add it at all. Sorry for not including that before!! DSC_0018 DSC_0019 DSC_0024 DSC_0026 DSC_0027

Posted by: chferrara107 | July 15, 2014

Zomething Zucchini

When it is so hot outside, especially when your apartment doesn’t have air conditioning, it can be very hard to motivate yourself to cook.  The best way to combat this is to 1: grill or 2: make it quick!  Since I don’t have a grill I was left with the second option.  This recipe has lots of good stuff and is nice and filling. Its also really quick :D  Give it a go, and best is it can be breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Zucchini
  • 2 eggs
  • a bit of onion
  • garlic powder
  • basil
  • salt and pepper
  • chopped tomato (optional)
  • parmesan cheese (optional)

 

How to:

  1. Since I am lazy, I just cut the zucchini in half and then sliced it up real thin.  If you wanted though, shredding the zucchini would create a good result.
  2. Then dice up just a bit of onion  and put both veggies in a bowl.
  3. Mix this all together with one egg and all your spices
  4. Then in a hot skillet with a bit of oil pour in the veggie and egg mix.
  5. Now pour another beaten egg on top of this whole mix and let it cook medium and slow for a bit.
  6. Add spices as needed and flip mid way through the cooking (be careful, this can be tricky)
  7. Once everything is cooked up, top with some tomato and cheese and enjoy!!
  8. Quick, easy, tasty

 

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Posted by: chferrara107 | July 4, 2014

It’s Weird, But It Works

Sometimes you don’t have all that much time to eat.  With work and other activities you can find yourself running out of the house without your most important asset; breakfast.  Eating a good breakfast can change the attitude of your whole day.  When you start off with no or a bad breakfast you put yourself on the wrong foot.  It is also proven (scientifically somewhere) that when you start your day with a sugary breakfast you will crave sugar for the rest of the day.  So skip the added sugar and fill up on protein to fuel you through the day. Now this breakfast combines things you may not have considered using before.  But it is good and I dont believe you will be disappointed if you try it. So lets talk about how to make it!

 

Ingredients:

  • onion
  • egg
  • navy beans (or any white bean will work)
  • shredded cheese (optional)
  • piece of bread (also optional, or make it into a sandwich)
  • spices: garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper

How to:

  1. So begin by mushing up the beans, I used the back of a spoon.  Once mushed add in a bit of garlic, salt, pepper, and the red pepper flakes (this will add some spice, and if you dont like that.. dont add it)
  2. Then slice an onion to make rings.  You want a half inch thick ring and use the ring with the biggest diameter.
  3. Spray the pan with pan spray, then once hot add in the onion and add the beans to the center of the onion.  So you are filling the middle and thus making like a bean cake that will be the base of the egg.
  4. Let that cook for a few minutes before adding the egg on top.
  5. The egg will not stay on top of the bean patty but thats when you break the yolk and engulf the bean patty in the egg.  If you like your eggs cooked a certain other way, you do you!
  6. Lightly salt and pepper the egg. Then add a bit of cheese, if you want
  7. Top this onto a piece of toasted bread, or make it into a sandwich!
  8. I also suggest if you have it add some spinach on top, it will go great with the flavors off the egg and such :D
  9. Happy eating!

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Posted by: chferrara107 | June 18, 2014

Because It’s Legal Now

WOOHOOOO 21!!!! Now I can post drink recipes so you can turn your dinner parties with all your 21+ friends into a whole new flavorful experience.  I have a rule, I don’t drink something unless it tastes good.  That’s why I usually never drink beer and why my drink recipes usually incorporate many different fun ingredients.  This cocktail is a fun drink.  Its great for a girls night or a dinner party.  It tastes like candy and goes down nice and smooth.  I like my drinks a bit lighter so if you like a stronger drink alter the proportions as you see fit.

Now that I will be posting drink recipes I want to add this little tid bit; these recipes are intended for 21+ viewers. Drink responsibly always and never ever drink and drive :D

Now onto the fun part!!

 

Ingredients:

  • amaretto ( almond liquor)
  • frangelico (hazelnut liquor)
  • milk
  • chocolate syrup

How to:

  1. I used a shaker to make this recipe, but if you dont have one, get creative its totally not necessary.
  2. Add 2 ice cups to the shaker.  1 generous squeeze of chocolate syrup.
  3. Add 1/2 a shot of amaretto and 1 shot of frangelico.
  4. add 1/2 a cup of milk and just a splash of cream
  5. Shake it all up (be aware there will be foam when you open it up).
  6. Pour into a chocolate drizzled martini glass.
  7. This recipe makes just about 1 martini with a little extra :D

 

 

This recipe is also a celebration of 8000 views!!! Thank you so much and I hope to keep you entertained and hopefully hungry :D

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Posted by: chferrara107 | June 11, 2014

Fruit and Nut Breakfast Bars

Being on a quest to eat healthy isn’t always easy and sometimes it can be not very tasty either.  One of the biggest problems I find is eating healthy while having a busy no-time life style.  One way to combat this is to make things in big batches you can eat for the week.  These breakfast bars are the perfect fix for a busy morning.  You can make a batch at the beginning of the week and then wrap them up so they are ready to go in the morning.  They are also filled with protein and are easily customizable so you can make them how you want! This is how I made mine and they tasted great but you can make them with what you have available!

 

Ingredients:

  • oat meal, quick cook
  • some form of cereal, I used honey bunches of oats
  • cranberries
  • almonds
  • pecans
  • shredded coconut
  • honey
  • peanut butter
  • dates
  • banana

*using cereal is a great way to use up cereal that may be a bit too stale to eat with milk, but you can just use oatmeal and neglect that*

How to:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. In a bowl lightly heat up 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, you don’t want it liquified, just softer to better incorporate the oats and other good stuff.
  3. Then mix in 2 cups of oats and 1/2 a cereal.  You want to lightly crush up the cereal, just so they are not in big pieces.
  4. It is best if you have a ripe banana but if not, thats okay, you’ll get a good arm workout. Put in 1 big banana or 2 smaller ones.  You have to spend a good amount of time mashing this up so all of the oats get coated and wet.
  5. Add in 1/4 cup of chopped almonds, pecans, cranberries, and dates.
  6. Then about 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  7. Lastly add 2 teaspoons of honey.
  8. Mix everything well so it is evenly incorporated.
  9. Then VERY lightly grease a glass baking pan.  Pour in the mix and pat it down so it is very well packed in.  If it is loose then it will be crumbly.  You want it to be about 1/2 an inch thick, it can be thicker, just has to bake longer.
  10. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until it is firm and lightly golden on top and around the edges.
  11. Let them cool and then you can individually wrap them and store in the fridge for about 4 days!

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Posted by: chferrara107 | June 8, 2014

My Take on a Brazilian Dinner

So, if you haven’t quite guessed it, Ive been in Brazil for a bit.  But when I came home I wanted to try and bring a bit of the culture back with me, so for one of the first nights home I made my family my best effort at a Brazilian dinner.  This included several of the staples, rice, beans, and sliced veggies.  But I also took my hand at making some of the more intricate dishes such as frango com bacon (chicken and bacon), pao de quiejo (a cheese bread), beijinho (coconut fudge thing), and a few other scatterings.  So here is some recipes so you can recreate it for yourself!

 

Sautéed Greens

Ingredients:

  • collard greens
  • garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • lemon juice

How to:

  1. Start by peeling and dicing up about 6 cloves of garlic for 1 bunch of collard greens.
  2. Then heat up 2 tablespoons of oil in a large pan (the collard greens will take up a lot of space at first but cook down to nothing)
  3. Then slice up your collards into ribbons, the thinner the better in my opinion
  4. Then put your garlic in the oil and cook until fragrant then add your collards and cook for about 4-5 minutes or until it is wilted
  5. add salt and pepper while cooking, it needs a decent amount of seasoning
  6. once they are wilted, remove from heat, add a squeeze of lemon juice and serve immediately.
  7. SO easy, but really good!

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Pao de Queijo 

Ingredients:

  • tapioca flour (or yucca flour if you can find it)
  • sharp cheddar cheese ( a block)
  • parmesan cheese (a block)
  • milk
  • eggs
  • olive oil
  • salt and garlic powder

How to:

  1. in a sauce pan heat up 1/2 a cup of oil, 1/3 cup water, and 1/3 cup milk.  Once it is boiling remove from heat and immediately add 2 cups of tapioca flour.
  2. You want to make sure that all the flour is wet at this point but it is a very odd consistency, kind of like glue, which is okay.  Let this rest for 10/15 minutes
  3. While you wait you want to shred about a cup of cheese, with a 2:1 ratio of parmesan to cheddar.  You can use the pre- shredded stuff, but its apparently better this way
  4. Mix the cheese with 2 beaten eggs then mix that together with flour mixture.  Make sure everything is well incorporated.
  5. I lightly greased the pan, but you could do without.  Roll the dough into a little (or big) balls and place on the pan.  Then cook at 375 for about 20 minutes until they are golden brown.
  6. These are an interpretation of what pao de queijo is, if you can I suggest you try the real thing, they are addictive.

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Frango com Bacon

Ingredients:

  • chicken
  • bacon

How to:

  1. cut chicken tenders into big bite sized pieces
  2. take raw bacon and cut a piece that is big enough to wrap around the chicken, then wrap it around it, shove a skewer through it, and grill.
  3. It takes about 10/15 minutes and the crispier the better (don’t worry the chicken stays moist)
  4. REALLY easy, and fun

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Beijinho

Ingredients:

  • sweetened condensed milk
  • butter
  • coconut

How to:

  1. In a saucepan heat up 1 can of sweetened condensed milk with 1 tablespoon of butter
  2. Cook this until it is half the amount, it will become nice and thick, not solid, but thick
  3. Take it off the heat and mix with 1/2 cup shredded coconut.  Leave this to cool for a few minutes
  4. Then place in a greased/buttered bowl (this is VERY important or you wont get it out of the bowl, I suggest butter because it tastes better)
  5. Once it is cool, butter your hands, take a piece, roll it into a ball, then roll it in more shredded coconut.  Some people roll it in sugar, I prefer more coconut.
  6. Its best cold, but you can also eat it hot, with a spoon right out of the pan :D
  7. Not a fan of coconut?  You can make it just plan flavored or chocolate by adding a bit of chocolate powder instead!!

 

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Hopefully you can enjoy these recipes as much as I have :D

 

 

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