Saturday, December 28, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Seared Tuna with Basil Greek Olive Pesto and Homemade Creamy Pesto Fettuccine

This seems to be a trend with me. Sitting at the airport bar, drinking a Stella, watching SportsCenter waiting to board my flight to go home for Christmas. What to do? What to do? Write a blog post!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Spiked Apple Cider

This is some dangerous stuff. You can not taste the rum what so ever and it knocks you on your butt. It is so tasty, my friends and I drank it too fast. We were singing a happy tune in no time.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Boy oh boy, these are some good mashed potatoes. These are so creamy you semi hate yourself after eating them. This is a recipe from Pioneer Woman. She is like a lesser know version of Paula Deen. All of her recipes are fatty, full of butter and delicious.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Blueberry Pie Bars

These are amazing. I love the crust and it is just the right amount of blueberry goodness.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Slow Cooker: Tortellini

Pasta in the slow cooker always interests me mainly because they can turn out really, really good or really, really bad. My mom found this recipe somewhere and sent it to me. She was worried the pasta would be too squishy and asked me to try it. So I did and I must say, this is pretty tasty (and not overly squishy).

Friday, November 15, 2013

Pumpkin Pie Jello Shots

This last week was Homecoming week at UF. A bunch of people were in town for a visit. For tailgating, I decided to make some jello shots. But I didn't want to make just any jello shot. When I came across these I couldn't wait to try them out.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Smoked Whole Pig

I have been wanting to smoke a pig for two years. I finally got a chance to do it. It is homecoming week at UF and with a bunch of friends in town, now was as good a time as any.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats

I have been a little busy the past month and haven't had anytime to cook. But Halloween is my favorite holiday and even though I didn't have time to make a costume, decorate, or even buy pumpkins this year, I couldn't pass up on making some little treat.


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sparkling White Sangria

Another recipe from The Columbia. This is by far the best sangria I have ever had. For me it is the sparkling wine that makes it so yummy. This is perfect for a nice sunny day.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

S'mores Whoopie Pies

From hunting around the blog-o-sphere, I keep coming across the same types of Whoopie Pies: chocolate, pumpkin, and red velvet. I was excited when I came across this one. Different and yummy. Did experience some minor bloopers...but other than that these are messy and delicious!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Smoked Chicken

Smoked chicken is one of the most underrated things on the planet. It is delicious! Delicious! I'll say it one more time. Delicious! It is by far my favorite way to have chicken. It is loaded with flavor, it is not dry what so ever. Just try it folks. You will not regret it.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Heisenberg's Blue Sky (Breaking Bad Meth Candy)

So far it has been a good weekend. I spent my Saturday sitting on the couch, scarfing down an entire bag of Brookside pomegranate chocolates, and watched the entire first part of season 5 of Breaking Bad. With the premiere of the final episodes coming up on Sunday night, I decided to keep the Breaking Bad spirit going by making some meth candy...aka blue apple flavored rock candy.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Yesterday was my good friend Mo's 30th birthday. I had to make her something sweet and delicious. She wanted truffles so I made these, chocolate chip cookie dough truffles. I was going to make her a second type of truffle but that failed horribly. Will get into that in a minute...


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Grilled T-Bone Steak with Parmesan Asparagus

We have been on a grilling kick lately. It has been slightly challenging timing the grilling with the Florida afternoon summer rains, but so far so good.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Grilled Oysters

Oysters is one of the easiest things to do on the grill. 1. Put on grill. 2. Wait 10 minutes. 3. Take off grill. 4. Open and eat. Simple as that.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Herb Stuffed Rainbow Trout

We have a fantastic fish market in town. Local, fresh product coming through the door throughout the day. Recently they had some fresh whole rainbow trout. We decided to give it a try on the grill, having never grilled fish before. We kept it simple and it turned out wonderful. Nice, flaky fish with a punch of flavor.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Sauteed Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

This recipe we completely made up...sort of. I was watching a video about Christmas Abbott, the first woman to be on a NASCAR pit crew. She's a beast. She made this dish while answering interview questions. I thought it looked good and decided to give it a try.

Friday, June 21, 2013

(Updated) Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake

Another update to an old post. This one originally had no pictures. Having remade this recently, I decided to give this one a little update.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Pressed Pork Belly with Gravy

I am on a pork belly kick. Plus this is another Gordon Ramsay recipe too so I had to try it. It is super simple and it is delicious. The skin has a great crunch.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Chicken in Basil Cream

I am a sucker for basil. My basil plant is no longer a plant, more like a tree and it needed a trim. Now with a giant pile of basil on the counter, I wanted to use it while it was still fresh. I hunted around and came across this. It is kind of like a chicken parmesan with a difference sauce. The sauce is amazing by the way. Highly recommend this one.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Creme Brulee-d Pork Belly Confit

Alright, we're going french and fancy. What is creme brulee-d pork belly confit? Caramelized bacon folks! CARAMELIZED BACON!  I saw this recipe and had to try it. I have tried to cook pork belly in the past and failed horribly. So I was determined to make this recipe work!! And it did!!! And it was delicious!!!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Columbia's "1905" Salad

This weekend my boyfriend and I took a day trip up to St. Augustine for a day at the beach with some friends. After a long day soaking up sun, we decided to pay a visit one of the best restaurants around, Columbia Restaurant. In 2005, their "1905" salad was voted one of the top 10 salads in the US. Both of us in the mood for something light, we decided to try to make their salad. This is their recipe is straight from their website, so here goes nothing.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

How To: Cut Iceberg Lettuce

Cutting lettuce isn't too difficult, but with iceberg lettuce, there is a little trick that will make things much easier.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Beer Steamed Clams

I saw this recipe a few months back and I have been dying to try it. It is delicious and other than the slightly tedious cleaning of the clams, this recipe is quite easy.

How To: Clean Clams

My first attempt at cooking with some clams. If you don't want your food to have a ton of grit, the clams need to be cleaned.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Boston Cream Cupcakes

I am on a cupcake kick. Yesterday was the Hogtown Craft Beer Festival. We live within walking distance, so our place was the official crash pad afterward the festival to sober up. Cupcakes with oozy, gooey-ness sounded perfect after drinking beer all afternoon.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Kahlua Mudslide Cupcakes

Two of my friends just graduated with their Ph.D's. It is time to party it up!! Boozed filled cupcakes is the only way to go.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cinnamon and Orange Sugar Monkey Bread

My boyfriend defended his proposal today. It has somehow become a tradition for me to bake something for these defenses. Today I made cinnamon brown sugar and orange sugar monkey bread.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mango Iced Tea

With the weather starting to warm up, I think it is time to switch to some yummy iced tea in the morning. I love mangos, so I decided to give this one a try as my first iced tea of the spring season.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Happy Birthday To Me: Orange Champagne Cupcakes!!

It's my birthday!!! Champagne cupcakes sounded delicious and dying them my favorite color only made things better!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

It's 11 o'clock at night. You are craving something sweet, but you got nothing in your pantry. Mug cake is the answer. 5 minutes to make a single serving of chocolate peanut butter cake. Perfect for getting rid of a late night sweet craving. And make sure you have a nice big glass of milk with it too.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Blueberry Lemon Bread

This bread looked too yummy not to try. This great for breakfast topped with some honey and a glass of tea.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Creamy Orange Shrimp with Orange Rosemary Potatoes and Cesar Asparagus Salad

This was all my boyfriend on this one. He was in the mood to cook and felt like something a little different. I must say the creamy orange shrimp is delicious and was favorite dish of the night!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Slow Cooker: Chicken Soup

It has been awhile since I have done a slow cooker recipe, and chicken soup just sounded good. I really like this recipe. The broth is more like a vegetable soup, the chicken falls apart, and the beans and corn add some nice flavor.

Monday, March 18, 2013

(Updated) Irish Carbomb Cupcakes

This was one of the first blog posts I ever did. It was before I started taking pictures of every step. I made some of these cupcakes for St. Patty's day and decided to update this old post.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Too intimidated to use my mixer!!!

My KitchenAid mixer now looks like a P-51 Mustang. I am so giddy about this I can hardly contain it. Time to put this enthusiasm towards some serious Lego building.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Grapefruit Buttermilk Muffins

Continuing with my grapefruit obsession, I decided to try this recipe. I think this is a very interesting combination and frankly I have never seen anything like it. These are great in the morning with a little honey. These muffins are like a soft cornbread with a nice citrusy sweetness.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Broiled Grapefruit

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I stayed a cute little bed and breakfast for our anniversary. For breakfast, they made us broiled grapefruit...and right then I was hooked. Now I have a big bag of grapefruit in my pantry and I eat broiled grapefruit for breakfast a few times a weeks. Sooooo yummy!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Salmon in Garlic, Tomato Wine Sauce

I was really in the mood for salmon the other night, but I wasn't in the mood to cook. So I hunted around and found this recipe. Other than chopping up a few things, it was quick and simple.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Nom nom nom. Shrimp cooked in garlic butter. What else is there to say? This recipe is quick, easy, and delicious.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Chocolate Rose Spoon Truffles

I have been super busy, so for this Valentines Day, I wanted a delicious treat that was easy to make. I am a sucker for truffles but was not in the mood to get covered in chocolate in the dipping process. So truffles on a spoon seemed the way to go. Quick, easy, and clean. :D   


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

It is my boyfriends birthday and he loves peanut butter. So chocolate peanut butter birthday pie it is! I made chocolate peanut butter pie not too long ago, but this is more complicated version. A chocolate cookie crust with a peanut butter cream cheese and chocolate ganache is very rich and perfect with a glass of milk.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Slow Cooker: Coconut Ginger Chicken

Fall off the bone chicken cooked in coconut milk...seriously....delicious. I love slow cooker recipes because they are easy and it makes enough for a few lunches during the week. Pour this on top of some rice and you are good to go.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Garlic Soup with Parmesan Croutons

I love garlic. The more the merrier. So how could I not try this soup!? This is perfect for when you're sick or for a gloomy rainy day.