Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sunday, January 31st

Phew! Boy has it been busy this weekend. I tried to post something on Friday, but things just got too crazy. So as I was making some stuffed beefsteak tomatoes, I found that I didn't like stuffed tomatoes. However, the stuffing was super delicious with tortilla chips! Its pretty good actually, and with super bowl coming up, and parties galore this simple dip is pretty easy to make for your hungry guests.

1 3/4 cups heavy cream
2 zucchini (finely diced)
2 red bell peppers (seeded, and finely diced)
3 oz of white button mushrooms (or whatever mushrooms you want really)
1 garlic clove crushed
1 3/4 cups mozzarella cheese
Vegetable oil for frying
salt and pepper to taste

1.) Put the cream in a heavy-bottom pan, bring slowly to a boil, and cook to reduce the volume to about half.
2.) Meanwhile, heat a pan and gently fry the zucchini, bell peppers, garlic, and mushrooms until soft. (about five minutes) Make sure you season your veggies at this time
3.) Slowly add cheese into the heavy cream and stir until it becomes fully melted. Remove from the heat, and stir the mix into the veggies.
4.) Serve mixture warm with tortilla chips, blue corn chips, pita chips, or even some sliced and toasted baguettes.

No seriously, it is delicious. Im eating it right lie!
Tonight, I'm going to try to post some recipes for those of you who are having super bowl parties.
See you soon!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hot Mexican Spinach Dip

Okay! My class made this Hot Mexican Spinach Dip for the first time on Wednesday. It turned out to be AMAZING. At first I was kind of freaked out by the words "Mexican" and "Spinach" in the same sentence, but I willlllll be making this again sometime. This isn't hard to make AT ALL! It is also pretty inexpensive if you buy the right brands. I don't know who said "off-brands aren't good" but...they lied. True, you have to be careful because sometimes off brands CAN be kind of funky. However, if you trust an off brand then use it! I always use Great Value. Its cheaper and its still pretty good. Well, here's the recipe! Enjoy!

1 jar (16 oz) of salsa (any kind)
1 (10 oz) package of frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained)
2 cups shredded Montery Jack (you can substitute Jalepeno Jack if desired)
1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese (softened and diced)
1 cup evaporated milk
1 (2.25 ounce) can of black olives (sub jalepenos if desired)
1 tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

1.)Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C)

2.)In medium baking dish, mix together salsa, spinach, cheese, cream cheese, evaporated milk, black olives, red wine vinegar and salt and pepper. (basically...everything)

3.) Bake in oven for 12 to 15 minutes.

Let cool to desired temperature and serve with chips!

Not hard at ALL guys! Oh and by the way, I willll be bringing a recipe for Sweet Potato Pecan Cobbler. My group made this Wednesday as a test run for Taste of the Triangle in Beaumont coming up. It is ABSOLUTELY to die for. Literally...I mean, I'd probably run through an intersection for a bite of this stuff.
See you tommorow!
-Stephanie E.

First Post Ever!

After watching Julie and Julia, I decided to start doing a little "blogging" of my own. Blogs have become quite popular these days so it seemed like blogging would be a good hobby for me.

Well, in case it's not obvious by the name, this site is all about the food I'm making.
I'm 18 years old and in the culinary program at Lamar University.
I'm starting out as a freshman in the four-year hospitality degree with chef certification.
Everything posted in this blog will be something that I decided to make that day.
I will try to have pictures, but sometimes I will be cooking in class, and not have a camera readily available.
This site is also to encourage people who think that their cooking skills aren't worth anything. Believe me, I know how you feel! I'm actually a terrible cook and I have a hard time sticking to a recipe. Most of the time I add things and it turns out...well...not like the picture in the book.
As I progress in skill, I hope that you will also learn the things I'm learning.
I hope you enjoy the recipes and I hope you enjoy them enough to keep coming back for more.

In the words of Julia Child "Bon Appetit"!
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