Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mötley Crüe, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Buffet and a Spatula

Let's talk MUSIC!! 

You are probably wondering why I am bringing music into the mix when this is a food blog. Well it's like this, food and music go well together. There is no bull cookies about that. 
Food and music are the perfect marriage for the senses. Both are considered a form of art for some people,both satisfy your soul! What could be better then that!? When I cook I like to crank up my Spotify and yes I will admit I do dance around the kitchen with a spatula in hand.

I am never with out Mötley CrüePoison or some Jimmy Buffet while cooking! I find that having the music brings out the best in my cooking! 



Try adding some music to your cooking. Next time you are in the kitchen just crank that stereo up so loud the neighbors can hear it and just let your kitchen skills take flight! 


Happy Cooking!








P.s. I will have that post about the fair up soon! I swear!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


I have another new post for you all today,it is a short quick one!

The late Charles Bernard Shaw hit the nail on the head when he said "There is no sincerer love than the love of food". I cannot agree more and that is why I am sharing these three things today. I got the pleasure a week ago to sample some new offerings at California Adventure. Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Trio of Sliders and Risotto Bites, I could not resist. They were meant to be in my belly.

The first thing was a trio of Tri-Tip Sliders, Mojo Criollo with crispy Onions, Barbecue with tangy cole slaw and Arugula and Blue Cheese, all served on very yummy Brioche rolls.



 These were amazing! Between you,me and this blog...I could have eaten at least 6 more of those sliders...

The other thing I had was Chicken Lettuce wraps. OMG! This was a meal all in itself. It was a lot of food for one person! I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. The peanut sauce included on the side was a great compliment to the whole dish,it was thick and dip-able. This is another must eat at Disneyland Resort if you have a love of food like me!



The third thing, and I cannot even mention it without drooling but I will do my best..okay here it goes... Risotto Bites.Yeah Imagine Risotto...now imagine it with aged cheese and formed into a ball then deep fried and sprinkled with seasonings. You got those image?! If not I got a images for you...



Right about now I am going to guess you are saying " oh dear good GOD". That was about what I said when I saw these for the first time. Nine little balls of heavenly yummyness in a basket accompanied by Roasted Garlic Herb Aïoli and Marinara Sauce. Yeah you get nine. It was not enough. In fact I asked for a bucket of like 50, the server laughed at me and told me I was not the only one that requested there be more then just nine. I was also told they are super popular. 

So if you find yourself visiting Disneyland Resort this summer do not be afraid to sample some of the great offerings. I am not just a fan of the theme park, but a fan of their food also! Honestly people there is life outside the  "cookie cutter" theme park food of Corn Dogs and Turkey Legs and Churros at Disneyland Resort ( I won't lie those are good too). :)

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

It is that time again!! OC Fair is in town! Part 1

It's here!!!!!!! I been waiting all year for it!! OC Fair is now here!

Just like last year for the fair, I have made a list of things I want to eat this year. I am calling it my "projected path of eating" food list. 

Here is my list:

  •    Deep fried peanut butter and jelly
  •  Deep fried avocado
  •  Deep fried s'mores
  •  Australian battered potatoes
  •  Deep fried chicken skin
  •  Red velvet funnel cake
  •  Deep fried pickles
  •  The "Bam!" dog
  •  Fried Doritos
Just like last year, let's see what of this list i actually do eat! I am pretty darn excited to try the friend Doritos and the Australian potatoes. 

G- Force!  Last year's photo!



Also, I liked the G-force sooo much last year and seemed to keep my food down after I rode it that I plan to ride it at least 3 times this year, last year I think I rode it a total of 6 times. I also am seriously considering the Disk-O'! 


Doesn't that look fun!!!! Last year's photo!

So are you ready for the fair!? You have like 2 days! 

More on OC Fair and the food at a later time!

Happy fried food eating!

Well, this is different!

Hello all!

I know it's been a while since I wrote a post. I been busy! But I got a super,awesome new recipe for you today,so here it goes! About two months ago while scrolling past countless recipes in my news feed in Facebook I came across a interesting garlic bread recipe, I don't know what to say about it so I will just cut to the chase, it is a Caprese Garlic Bread  by two peas & their pod,it was super easy too. 

I am not sure I will go back to regular garlic and butter garlic bread since that version is so “cookie cutter” to me. Who wants boring garlic bread when you can have interesting and different garlic bread! I am all about pushing the envelope on different variations or varieties when it comes to cooking. 

So how did it taste?! It was excellent! This is my new favorite garlic bread. It pairs well with fish or chicken dish.


Cheese Melted,before final baking.

What did I do differently?! I baked the Mozzarella slices on the bread to get it slightly melty before I topped it with the other ingredients and baked it. Yes, they baked the cheese on the bread then topped it with the tomatoes and then called it a day, I topped with final ingredients and baked it some more. Drizzle just a bit of balsamic over the top at the end to give it a sweet tangy taste, I drizzled and baked it 3 min because that is how I roll. It still came out the same, still just as yummy.

 In the end it was crisp, hot and turned out just like it showed in the pictures two peas & and their pod had. I did not use the butter they had, just regular margarine or butter will do fine people! I also pre-cut the bread,this is a good idea. Take my word for it!



Final bake with balsamic drizzle.

They reduced their balsamic, did I?! No. Not the 1st time at least and I just described the first run above. 2nd time I made this I heat some balsamic with Raspberry jelly an got it nice and thick. I added the fruit jelly to give it a kick of flavor. I have also tried it with straight Raspberry Balsamic vinegar and I heated in a pan then also to slightly reduce it.  

If you are looking for a quick and easy garlic bread recipe I suggest you try this!

Until next time! Happy Baking!



Monday, May 19, 2014

Tex-Mex Tortilla Casserole Night


Welcome back people!!

I have been swamped with activities so I haven't had one chance until now to update the blog. You will also notice that the blog itself had a make over. Yep, I decided it was time to go with a cleaner look. So a week ago I was scouring the internet for an easy Casserole recipe. I didn't want to spend a whole lot of time making layers and layers of stuff. My laziness runs deep sometimes.

 Reading through food blog after food blog after food blog I finally, and by finally I mean two hours later, came across the easiest and probably the quickest Casserole recipe ever.

Let me introduce you to the Tex-Mex Tortilla Casserole recipe by Panning the Globe. Ya, so if you clicked on the link I am sure you saw that it took very little ingredients and used one baking dish, it is a one pot meal!

Now given this recipe is Vegan I did add chicken that I had marinated all day in Italian Dressing, bottle of Corona and a dash of red Wine Vinegar and of course pinch or two of Taco Seasoning from the nine pound jug we get at Costco however, and it was pretty darn tasty that way.



Veggie,Bean, Cheese mixture

What my Tortilla's looked like..not to pretty..not yet at least.


I also added as much cheese as I could pile on the top and on the 1st layer. I like cheese so the more the merrier! The other thing I did different was the recipes asks for Chili Powder... well we apparently don't have that in my house and I am not sure why LOL, so I substituted Taco Seasoning that actually has Chili Powder in it. I used a bit less than what it calls for just because I wasn't sure how it would affect the recipe. But it did not change the taste of it, I also did not cut my Tortilla's to fit the dish I just used a bigger one LOL!


1st Layer with a truck load of Cheese!

Veggies and Beans and Cheese up close

Top Later before Cheese invasion.Chicken added to top also!

Cheese on top layer. Whoa! That's a lot of Cheese!
I do  have some bad news though to add to this post, I forgot to get a photo of the Casserole after it had come out of the oven. I know,FAIL!!!? Can't win them all but you are looking for something different to make for a weeknight dinner THIS is the recipe for you. 

There you have it! I hope you all will go check out the link and possibly try this one out!

Happy Cooking!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Time for Easter!


Hello People!


Wow! Time has just gotten away from me lately! I almost forgot about Easter! 

So let's hop right into it!

So who likes Chocolate? Who likes those Cadbury Eggs? Well this years featured Easter treat recipe is by Slow Roasted Italian, it is a Cadbury Egg Inspired Trifle. I have not made it yet, but it looks A-mazing!!! Don't take my word for it though, just go check it out yourself!


Gotta give props to SRT it is her photo!


The other delightful Easter treat I have found is a Kit Kat Barrel Cake. A chocolate cake (round of course) with Kit Kat's stuck on the sides with frosting and then the middle is filled with M&M's or whatever you fancy. 

It is sugar with sugar with more sugar! Who wouldn't love that!? LOL! It is also a cute idea and something different to wow your guests with! I do fully intend on making one for this year,whether it be for Easter or some other occasion. :)
Photo by Todaysmama!

That is it for this post!

Please visit Food "Porn" Chronicles-Facebook to see all the other tasty Easter treats!

Happy Easter!!












Thursday, March 20, 2014

Comfort Food Friday!!



Shrimp Parmesan Pizza. Let's talk about it.

Who would have thought that Alfredo combined with cooked Shrimp on a Pizza would be so amazing!! It was an OMG moment!

So here you have it. I got this recipe from Classico. I hhaaadd to try it!  There really isn't much to say about it. I mean it was super simple and easy! 

I did make it again a second time, the second time around I did not combine two sauces together like in the recipe, I decided to cut out the middle man and I used a Sundried Tomato Alfredo instead. It tasted just as good and got very good reviews from my family. I did learn something the second time around.I do not like rolling out Pizza dough. I don't even like working with it. 

Anyhow, not much us to tell ya.This pizza took no effort.

I have the recipe below for you and some photos! But thanks to Classico for making such a great Pizza!!

Click on recipe title to view full recipe and website for Classico!

Shrimp and Parmesan Pizza


  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Resting Time: 0 minutes
  • Marinating Time: 0 minutes
  • Chilling Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 12" Prepared Pizza Crust
  • 1/2 cup Classico® Fire Roasted Pizza Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Classico® Creamy Alfredo Pasta Sauce
  • 1/2 pound Uncooked Fresh or Frozen Shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 Large Garlic Clove, grated
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 5 Fresh Basil Leaves, chopped

Directions:

  1. Sautee shrimp in skillet over medium-low heat with garlic and oil until thoroughly cooked. Let cool. 
  2. Remove tails from shrimp and cut into bite-size pieces. 
  3. Combine pizza sauce and Alfredo together in small bowl. Spread evenly on crust, leaving 1" border around outer edge. 
  4. Top pizza with cooked shrimp, garlic, cheese and basil. 
  5. Bake on tray at 450°F for 10-12 minutes. 


Shrimp cookin!

Before sitting in the oven!

After sitting in the oven! Fantastic! :)
 Happy Comfort Food Friday!



Thursday, March 6, 2014

Oh Snap!



THIS is a BIG post today! Just a warning!

I “liked” this page on Facebook that all about food, but they feature only things that have cheese in them, seeing that page mad my cheese loving ass happy beyond words.

Exploring the page and their posts I went clickety-click through some links on their page and I stumbled upon two new food bloggers.

I felt like I had won the lottery! Recipe after recipe, food photo after food photo, honest to god I literally was drooling all over my keyboard. I figured that I might as well share my findings, however I am only going to share a few items that made my engines roar. LOL!

Okay. Let's do it to it!

So first up I am sharing the Facebook page of this cheese related recipe heaven, Cheese Ooey Gooey Cheese. If you, A) like cheese and B) Looking for creative ideas to use cheese I suggest you pop over and “like “ their page.

So item number one, a Bacon Grilled Cheese, from a food blog called Oh, Bite it! ( ohbiteit.com ). I have this plan to bookmark as many of their recipes as I can! I think it was the photo of the grilled cheese that sucked me in, I am not sure.

Oh, Bit it! Bacon Grilled  Cheese

Item number two .. okay just to put it out there, this first for FPC to feature such a recipe,however it looked good and hey it's a new take on Mac and Cheese by That Was Vegan? ( thatwasvegan.com ). Yep the recipe is Vegan! :)

Item number three, another mouth drooling recipe from That was Vegan?, a single serving Bloomin' Onion Bread !

Good God that looks good That was Vegan?


Anyhow, check this out, this morning the cheese page on Facebook put out a post on a really creative idea that I probably would have never thought of, a DIY Mac and Cheese Bar by Spoonful ( Spoonful.com ). It really is a bad ass idea for parties or pot lucks! Oh snap! I need to remember this for Superbowl next year! :) Note to self!

I know what your thinking right now, “good god just torture us why don't you!”. Well lucky for you this post is done! LOL!

Happy drooling



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Short Tale of Soup

It was cold and rainy and thunder-y this weekend in socali and I just felt like it was soup weather, so cruising the interwebz on Saturday for a good Tortellini Soup recipe I stumbled upon one that was like a Tomato Soup with Tortellini.

I had original Chicken Broth type of Tortellini soup, but this was way unique and I just had to try it! Super easy as well! You cook some Shallots and Garlic in a pan, then add Chicken Broth and then some Marinara.. and some (fresh) Basil and let it boil then you add Tortellini of your choice and cook it up good for 15 min I used Cheese Tortellini's that were frozen and I even added some fresh Spinach. 


The FRESH!! Basil I picked up at my local store-Albertsons!

The colors are pretty aren't they!? They pan that i cooked it in is not though..LOL


The Marinara I used was a Cabernet Marinara and I even added add a tad... okay more than a tad, like a teaspoon of red Wine Vinegar to the mix for laughs and giggles. The recipe never said what type of Marinara and I discovered at the store there is more than one type so I went with what I thought sounded good! The next time I do this recipe I am totally going to try a Vodka Sauce or something more creamy. :)

The Soup was at its best even the next day, I just added another can of Chicken Broth when I heated it back up! However, we had soup for days because I made the whole batch lol and by the 3rd day the Tortellini's in the soup got softer then I really liked.

 I will  be using the Marinara\Chicken Broth method to make tomato soup now on! It is probably a lot healthier then the canned junk at the store, even the author of the recipe won't touch the canned stuff as well!

Speaking of my local grocery store. Just a warning!! It is that time of year again when little girls  stand outside the store and con you into making a not so needed purchase with their coy-ness and puppy dog eyes. I am talking about GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SEASON! So just a warning,I got bombarded by four of them, they wouldn't let me enter the store until i bought a box!! I stood my ground though and fought them off, I did not buy any. 

Anyhow I should probably give you the recipe now huh!? LOL. Here it is, by Iowa Girl Eats-Tortellini Soup

Happy Soup Making!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What a crappy, cold day in Southern California.

What a crappy, cold, threatening to rain southern California DAY!!!! Not the type of Wednesday\Hump Day I like to have! Mother Nature needs to get her shizzle together!

Then again a day like this makes me want to curl up with strong arms and a warm heart and a bowl of Tomato Tortellini Soup! 

Tomato Tortellini Soup-Taste of Home


Check the recipe out here-->--->-->Taste of Home-Tomato Tortellini soup!

Cheers to the weather getting better!