Monday, February 27, 2012

Oh My! These Are Creamy Grits!

I have never been much of a fan of grits, but in the past few years, I have begun to like them more and more. I have found, for my personal taste, the creamier the better. And oh boy, oh boy are these creamy. I didn't actually try this, but I bet if you turned the plate upside down, the grits would stay in place. The only semi downside to this recipe is it takes about an hour to make. But I think it's worth it. This recipe came from 101 Things To Do With Grits. I highly recommend it, so many good recipes.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Seared Salmon with Red Pepper Pesto and Asparagus

I have been a bit little lazy the past week. I have been avoiding the kitchen like the plague...maybe because using it would mean I would have to clean it. And I was not in the mood. But seeing salmon on sale pulled me out of my cooking laziness. I LOVE salmon and this recipe intrigued me because of the pesto. I have never heard of red pepper pesto before, so I decided to give it a shot. And amazing! I didn't even need the salmon. I could have eaten the pesto on its own. And this recipe does give some extra, so I am excited to put this over some pasta. Yay leftovers!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Grilled Beer Boiled Brats

I love beer boiled brats! It is one of my favorite things to BBQ and one of the very few times I must have mustard. I think the reason I love these so much is the crispy, smoky skin combined with the mustard...oh SO happy I have left overs. :D

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Pineapple Guacamole

Nothing irritates me more than giant chunks of tomatoes in guacamole. I personally like guacamole to be nice a smooth with absolutely no chunks and no crunch. But I decided to make an exception, when I saw this recipe. I have never heard of pineapple in guacamole before, or cucumber for that matter. So I decided to give it a try and was pleasantly surprised. I really liked the sweetness the pineapple adds and the light crunch the cucumber gives. This is a nice, light guac that would work for any party.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

How To: Cut and de-seed a Cucumber

In the process of making some guacamole for the Super Bowl, I realized I had never cut up and de-seeded a cucumber before. Since I had to look up how to do it, I figured others could benefit from a post like this. So here we go, how to cut and de-seed a cucumber.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Slow Cooker: Creamy Spaghetti

I have always wanted to try cooking pasta in a slow cooker. So far I have only made a few roasts and chili con carne, so I thought pasta would be something fun and different to try. All in all, this spaghetti has great flavor. The melted cheese is what really makes the dish for me. But to be honest, the pasta was a tad squishy for my taste. Cooking the pasta in the slow cooker for 4 hours made it very soft to the point of it almost falling apart. Not to say it was bad, but for my personal taste, I don't think I would cook the pasta entirely in the future. Leaving it a touch undercooked before putting it in the slow cooker I think would make it better in the end. But despite that, I loved the flavor of the sauce. I would recommend even making just the sauce without the mushroom soup/water combination and just put it on normally cooked pasta. There is something about olives and mushrooms in tomato sauce. Yummy!

Oh...I did have a little helper with this one. Toast loves tomato sauce.