Thursday, October 9, 2014

Very easy Ham and Cheese Gnocchi by Kevin & Amanda

How do I start with this one? Well, originally some other recipe came flying through my news feed on Facebook and I believe I did feature it not to long ago. My Facebook news feed,that is mostly where I see all these awesome things to try and make. Naturally I clicked on the link that led me to Kevin & Amanda's awesome food blog. If you have not checked our their blog yet DO IT! You will not be disappointed. They have become my new favorite food blog, it's like a food bible to me. So anyhow moving on..How I found the Gnocchi recipe was simple, I nosed around for pasta and comfort food recipes. Low and behold I found the Ham and Cheese Gnocchi! Quickly skimming the ingredient list and directions I decided THAT night I'd make it, remember when I said I was stuck for a idea on a weeknight meal? 


It was super simple and super easy to make. I did exactly as Kevin & Amanda had laid out in the recipe, step by step! First process was to cook the Ham bits and Onions. I dropped by my local Albertsons and got already cut up Ham bits because I am stellar like that (and lazy when it comes to cutting up things things). The onions I did do by hand.. sorta. I cheated with the Zyliss chopper dice-y thingy I have. It is a awesome little tool!






So then the next process was the chicken broth and peas and heavy cream, the star of the show, the Gnocchi and then CHEESE






Did I use frozen like they had? Hell yeah I did!  I did say I followed the directions just like it was written! Although they used one skillet the whole way through, I wanted to be a rebel and use  ...wait for it... wait.. wait...a casserole dish to bake it! It ….roughly turned out the same. Not as pretty as their photo but hey looks are not everything. How did it taste? Damn good that's for sure! File this one under it's a winner! :)

Till next time!

Happy Thursday!




Tuesday, September 30, 2014

 



What is a Taco Tuesday with out Tacos!??!! Not a good one that's for sure! I have just the remedy for your Taco Tuesday. Three delicious, simple recipes for you to cook up at home.

First up:


( Photo Creme de la Crumb)


Yeeaaaahhhhh BABY!! Doesn't that look good!?? Oh and it is a 20 minute recipe. Oh Snap!


Second :


( Photo Creme de la Crumb)


This got my mouth watering and now has me craving Coconut and Shrimp!! Mostly just Coconut since I been on this Coconut craze lately!


Third:


( Photo by Kevin & Amanda)
If you like spice then this Taco recipe is for YOU!!!


Which Taco recipe will you be trying!?? :) I'd like all three thank you! LOL!

Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, September 18, 2014


You know how it goes. It's end of the day after working that 9-5 job, you are tired, the kids are hungry, your hubberpoodlecakes is too and you have ZERO idea of what to make for dinner! I was sorta in that same boat this week. Luckily I saw a post by Kevin & Amanda on a really quick, under 30 minutes, one skillet recipe! 

So what is this super simple recipe!?? Ham and Cheese Gnocchi!



 It's a pretty fast and simple meal! I have not made it yet, but I will! Maybe even tonight since,I, myself am stuck on what to make for dinner tonight. :) But I love Gnocchi though! It is easy to cook up and pairs well with just about any pasta sauce you can think of! After I saw that post it got me thinking as to what other Gnocchi recipes Kevin & Amanda are hiding in their blog! LOL! Well I found THIS one, Creamy Pesto with Bacon and Parmesan. Anything with the words Cream and or Bacon I immediately flock to and so here I am sharing this with you all in hopes that you will try it out!




Doesn't that look good!!!?? Mmmmm!! 

Alright! Well there you go! Two quick mid week meal ideas!

Happy Cooking,








P.S. That post on the OC Fair... It's coommingg!! I swear!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The 411.

Oh my! Like I don't know which angle to start at! Do I go into all the recipes I been coming across with my top 5? Or Should I share with you the status of my OC Fair visit? I just don't know because there is literally a massive amount of info to put out. I may have to make two posts of info.

I am just gonna get right into it!

The this and that updates..

1st:
Status of the OC Fair visit. Yah I am getting there! Good thing I am not being paid to write this blog because i'd be fired from lack of not writing posts, haha! I just got through editing the photos. I had a whole folder on my computer of photos I had taken from various things in the last 2 months. 500 some photos to be exact and in that folder was my OC Fair photos. So with that said, I am getting to that post. I know I am Slow like a turtle, but eventually you will see it. I swear! :)

2nd:
I have not updated the blog with new and interesting recipes. I usually put a few out here and there when I find them. I am just a bit overwhelmed with all the blogs I follow, 9 of them I follow via email. They been putting out a vast array of yummy things, those 9 in email send me countless emails of their recipes it is hard to read them all every day and then chose a top 5 to share with you guys, my readers. One of them shows I got 68 emails of recipes to go through! So his time around here is how it's going to,I decided to just share the links of the blogs I follow and let you explore on your own and don't just not look at them otherwise you will be missing out on what they have to offer! But there is a catch, I am going to pick 1 recipe that sparked my interest from each blog for you to take a ganter at, I am calling it the featured recipe. You have to view it, I will come to your houses and make sure you view it! HA! J\k!

3rd:
 I am working on getting a better camera. This means better, sharper, snappier, jazzier..well okay maybe not snappier or jazzier ( if those are even words) photos of food. This “upgrade” is much needed. I have settled on a Canon EOS Rebel T2i. Now I just need to win the lottery....

4th:

If you have not visited the Facebook page of the this awesome food blog. You should do it now! I randomly share and post recipes from other blogs on the FB page. I do this every day and I am currently up to 26 likes. To me that is fantastic! Yay! Keep the support coming y'all! Oh! I have also pinned some things in Pinterest I plan to share eventually. I have no Pinterest button on this blog  because I have nothing worth pinning..not yet at least. Little by little this blog is evolving with social media.

5th:
I updated my blog profile photo. I got brave and took a photo of myself with my pin lanyard on at Disneyland, that would be the one with me not smiling and looking serious and yes if you noticed in my last profile photo I did get a hair cut!. Oooh La La!  I also been frequenting Disneyland a lot more this summer. Here is a few photos of ME at the park!!!



How damn cute is this picture!??! LOL!




The blogs I said I’d share and their featured recipes I have chosen:

1st Blog:
I wish I had never seen this blog and or it's featured recipe come through my feed on Facebook. But thanks to another blog I follow the recipe got shared and boom! In my news feed it showed up. I swear I heard angels singing when I saw it. 

The blog is Kevin and Amanda
The featured recipe...you might want to be sitting down for this one..I mean it because you will faint when you see what it is and I don't want you hurting yourself. *Taking deep breath*.. Okay here is the featured recipe I picked out  Cookies ‘N Cream Oreo Fudge Brownies.  The photo is below this paragraph, don't hate me for posting it!



2nd Blog:
Brown eyed Baker does some really interesting things. The recipe that caught my eye is for Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream . Really unique combo I guess. I, myself may have to try this!


3rd Blog:
Closet Cooking. Do I even dare post the featured recipe I have picked?!!? Yes I do dare! Here you go Strawberry Bruschetta with Bacon, Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese with a Balsamic Drizzle

4th Blog:
The Gunny sack. The featured recipe is self explanatory! Butterfinger Ooey Gooey Bars

5th Blog:
This is not a food recipe. But I can relate to the not liking of the main character in her post and got a chuckle out of it all (un)invited by I am Baker. She has some stellar recipes also, check them out too!

6th Blog:
Purple Foodie puts out some interesting things. The featured recipe no doubt is interesting and sounds delish,  Apricot and Rosemary Crumble 

7th Blog:
The Slow Roasted Italian. How does she find the time to come up with this stuff!?? Bacon Cheddar Beer Potatoes .



8th Blog:
This blog should be illegal to read. Christy Jordan's The Southern plate is beyond awesome. So is this recipe, Oven Baked Smore's 

9th Blog:
Last but not least. Two Peas & and their Pod and the featured recipe that is perfect for Breakfast, English Muffin Breakfast Pizzas


Booyah! Update done! See ya next time!

Happy link browsing,




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!!