Monday, August 30, 2010

How To: Pizza in a Hurry, On a Budget

Two weeks ago was most definitely the worst work week of my life; every day I would come home and have a glass of wine, and put my feet in the hot tub just to relax. Cooking sounded awful, but unfortunately I have a husband to feed. Enter: biscuit dough pizza! I did not think this was possible, or that it would taste good; I quite enjoyed it, and the mister drooled over every piece. The coolest part about this dough was making it on the grill pan. I got those awesome grill marks without taking a step outside my apartment door. Sigh, I'm going to miss having grills on the roof. I fear when we make the move to live in the cheap we'll be giving up a lot of amenities. Alright, enough whining.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Giveaway: Edgeware Diamond Elite Pull Thru Knife Sharpener *CLOSED*

How about a giveaway for those of your suffering from the hell that is Monday?! Yeah, I thought it would cheer you up.

Edgeware is a leading seller of knife sharpening tools that sells everything from honing steels to mandolins. One lucky reader will have the opportunity to win the manual elite pull thru knife sharpener that works on both straight edged, santoku, and serrated knives. This is the most versatile sharpener because you have the option to select a course or fine sharpening edge; there is also a ceramic stone built in to perfectly hone your knives every time you sharpen. I own the Electric Diamond Elite Sharpener and I must say, it is absolutely fantastic!! I use it a couple of times a week, and use a little hand held one my hubby bought me in the meantime. My knives stay perfectly shaped and incredibly sharp. The Diamond Elite sharpener even took a cheap $3 santoku knife from Target and made it razor sharp, something I thought was impossible to do with a bad knife. Even if you don't win, I highly recommend purchasing this knife sharpener if you're looking for something professional and affordable! At only $29.99 it does the job of a professional sharpener PLUS a steel honing rod. Pretty awesome ^_^

Friday, August 13, 2010

Poulet au Porto

I swear to you, I've been cooking all week! This is roast chicken steeped with port wine, cream, and mushrooms. I ended up making this dish twice for me & hubby and a third time just for myself. Yum! The best part about this dish is you get to flambe the chicken, which is just too fun. I served it over lemon-parsley cous cous with a side of homemade pasta salad. I have to say, I took shortcuts with this recipe. For instance, I did not roast an entire chicken. I bought chicken breasts, and I cooked them in a skillet with the lid on to make a nice fond for the sauce. I'll give you instructions for how I did it, this will serve 2.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Oeufs en Cocotte (Eggs in a Ramekin)

Some of you may already know that I'm a big fan of Julia Child, as well as amazing French foods. I don't cook enough French food, mainly because of the time and unhealthy aspects of butter and certain meats, but I've been trying to do more French cooking lately. I love this dish because it's simple, and you can make it as healthy and as fancy as you want.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

How To: Cinnamon Rolls from Canned Biscuits

My mother made a delicious batch of cinnamon rolls the other day. I went over to her house and left with baggie with two cinnamon rolls. I must admit, with my husband sitting right next to me, that I ate both of them. One was supposed to be for him, but I just couldn't resist! I felt really guilty about the cinnamon rolls; my poor husband had missed out on a treat, a treat we had been craving for weeks. I decided I would make a batch to ease my guilt, this is where I encountered a slight problem. I had never actually made cinnamon rolls before; not Pillsbury and definitely not from scratch. Enter: Store brand 50 cent can of biscuit dough. How do you spell lifesaver? BISCUIT DOUGH.