I Made Pizza!

In an effort to not buy too much at Publix today (since tomorrow is Memorial Day), I wanted to make dinner simple...use ingredients I have hanging around already... so pizza is what I chose! This is a white pizza. Made with Ricotta, Mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese, with sauted onions, and a fresh garlic olive oil drizzle.

On an unrelated note, Publix once again failed me.. they were OUT of strawberries!!!! Strawberries are a crucial ingredient in my Memorial Day cake that I am making in the morning for our cookout. Thank god Olga's Publix is better stocked, so she brought me an emergency batch. :)

Here are the results of my pizza:

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Cookies THREE! Ways

Here we have cookies three ways.
"barely there" chocolate chip, chocolate peanut butter, and english toffee.

Enjoy! :)

Chick.. Chick.. Chicken Parm!

To make this fabulous chicken parm, some of the things you will need: (No Coors Light was harmed in the process of making this dinner, it is purely for refreshment) ;)

You will also need: either homemade marinara sauce (which I made) or your favorite store brand (I would go with Bertolli Tomato Basil) and mozzarella cheese. Since I know you guys like to get straight into the pictures, I will include the recipe for homemade sauce and directions for making this dish at the bottom of the post.

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe:
- 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 large onion, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, a bay leaf, sweet basil (all dry spices)

Sauté the garlic and onions in two tablespoons of butter until translucent. Add can of crushed tomatoes and dry spices and simmer at least 90 minutes.

Chicken Parm Recipe:
- 1 pound organic chicken cutlets
- homemade (or store bought) marinara sauce
- ricotta cheese
- mozzarella cheese
- half a box of pasta (your choice, I only had bowties on hand tonight)

Bread the chicken (use two bowls; in one bowl mix egg and milk, in another add Italian seasoned bread crumbs) and fry in vegetable oil on both sides until golden brown. Cook pasta until al dente, according to directions on the box, drain. Mix pasta with a cup of sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch glass baking dish. Top with chicken. Smear ricotta cheese on top with chicken, then top with sauce, and finish with a nice layer of mozzarella cheese. Broiler until cheese is brown and bubbly on top.


Pictures, YAY!

So I found my camera AGAIN..after I thought I had lost it forever on Sunday... here's a few pics that were on it... Enjoy! :D


At some point in my near future... I will attempt stuff like this...I need a bit of practice, plus I want it to taste kickass.. not just look it!

(images from epicute)

The Perfect Pot Pie

Hey, You! Follow these steps to make the "perfect" chicken pot pie. :D

What you will need:

1 pound organic chicken tenders
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 cup flour
1 3/4 cup chicken broth
2/3 cup milk
1 (8.5 ounce) canned peas and carrots
salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, nutmeg
2 unbaked pie crust (Pillsbury)

Step 1: Brown chicken on both sides, and cook through until no longer pink, over medium heat,
in 3 tablespoons of butter, 2 and tablespoons of vegetable oil.

Once browned, remove from pan, and set aside on a cutting board.

Remove excess oil from the pan, but be careful not to let the leftover chicken stuff on the bottom of the pan out!

Return the pan to heat.

Step 2: once the pan has reheated over medium heat, add chopped onions, cook until translucent and caramelizing.

Step 3: Once step 2 is complete, whisk in flour, salt, and pepper.

Slowly stir in chicken broth, allowing mixture to blend before adding more broth.

Slowly stir in milk.

Add spices.

Let simmer until the mixture has thickened.

Step 4: While the sauce is simmering, shred the chicken and drain the can of peas and carrots.

Step 5: Assemble. Place one crust on the bottom of the pie pan. Fill with chicken first, then peas and carrots. Finally pour our heated and thickened mixture over the chicken, peas, and carrots. Then place the second pie crust on top. (I also brushed an egg wash on the top crust before putting it in the oven! a secret to golden brown delicious crust!)

Step 6 & 7: Bake at 425 for 30 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before serving. Then EAT!

Cafe Frankies with Olga

Saturday night, my favorite almost mom like person (Olga) and me went out on a search for pizza! We wanted to try something new... but had Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza on the back burner in case our first choice didnt pan out... well... it didn't... I'm not even exactly sure where we went... but it smelled like cigarettes and looked like it hadn't been cleaned inside in years.... So on our way down to Anthony's Olga remembered a place she had gone to in Boynton not to long ago that had great pizza.

(excuse the pictures....of course I lost my camera after finally getting a new memory card and figuring out how to use it right...so everything is taken by my iPhone...again..)

Cafe Frankies... I'm not going to lie... this place was pretty fantastic. Also, literally the ENTIRE time that we were sitting down I was eating and/or drinking something.

We started off with beer and breadsticks with amazing! roasted garlic and pesto-hummus spread...

and then much to our surprise the chef sent out some fantastic tomatoes with basil, a sweet balsamic sauce, and Reggiano cheese ..

Now at this point...I was still stuffing my face with all of this when two of the waitresses came over with these giant displays of their appetizer and entree specials... needless to say my mouth was watering all over again..

We went with an Arugula Salad to start off with and one of the appetizer specials... chicken rolled in pasta with mozzarella cheese, flash fried, and served with a honey grand manier sauce and also drizzled with a sweet balsamic sauce... can you say AMAZING?!!

Of course since we came here originally we got some pizza for dinner.. this was pretty delicious... I had like 4 slices... (we did get the 'individual' size however, I think you can see why..with the amount of food we had already consumed up to this point!)

You can probably guess that it didn't stop here! Let me tell you... those displays really get you... because after we ate our pizza and surely had little room left for more food we "entertained" the
dessert display... AGAIN my mouth was practically watering.. it was really hard to choose between the strawberry napoleon..or the apple pie... but the italian doughnuts were screaming my name...

They came to us in a giant paper bag... the waitress shook them with powered sugar...dumped them into a dish and it was on! O yeah.. it was also served with a raspberry syrup. YUMM.

Basically...if you are in town.. hit this place up... they are on ocean and federal...just south of boynton beach blvd!