- 4 cans fire roasted tomatoes
4 tbsp. dried onion powder
1 tbsp. of diced garlic in a jar
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. of minced basil
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
4 cups vegetable broth
I’m a huge Johnny Depp fan and anxiously awaiting the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise! In honor of the Black Pearl, we have whipped up a pirates flag cookie to treat your lil’ mateys. You can easily use store bought cookie dough but we have shared our recipe to make your own from scratch.
You will need:
3 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 C soft unsalted butter
1 C granulated sugar
Cookie Cutter: Flag cutter
– Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth not grainy to the touch in a mixing bowl.
-Add eggs…Continue to mix.
-Add the vanilla.. Continue mixing.
-Sift the four, baking soda, and salt together.
-Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
-Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
-Make the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap completely covering the entire dough ball.
-Put in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight. Check to see if the dough is firm.
-Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
-Pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and sit it out to soften up a bit.
– Put flour out on the cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into
the batter. (if needed).
-Roll the dough out on the cutting board and using the cookie cutter begin to make your cookies.
-Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
-Using a metal spatula move the cut cookies to the parchment lined cookie sheet.
-Bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes. Check to see if the cookies are thoroughly baked.
-Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely.
(About 10 minutes).
2 egg whites
1 C powder sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla
Black food coloring
2 piping bag with a number two tip
black edible marker
Combine all ingredients except the colors into a standing mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed onto stiff peaks form. Split icing into two bowls. In one bowl, add the black gel and mix, add more gel color to get the shade of black that you want. Scoop some white into one piping bag and some black into the second bag. Add 2 tbsp of water into the remaining black icing that is in the bowl. Add the thinned black icing into the squeeze bottle.
Take the black edible marker and outline a a torn pirate flag. Take the black icing in the piping bag and outline the flag in icing. Fill in the black outline with the black icing in the squeeze bottle. Let dry for an hour. Using the white icing in the piping bag, pipe on the skull and crossbones. Take the black piping bag and add a black line to the side of the flag, Add a black dot to the top of the flag.
Let dry for 4 hours.
We love to play in New York City with Miss Sarah — it is so full of culture, history and amazing food! One thing we have learned from our travels is the simple fact that if you want something great to eat you just ask the locals. We were just wrapping up a tour of the Hudson and had a craving for some pizza. Three different people suggested we hit the local chain Artichoke and they were right!
The place itself, was kind of small and was jam packed with people waiting to take food out or grab one of the few seats and dine in. There were several slices ready to go but we opted for a sausage and mushroom pie. (Miss Sarah isn’t all that adventurous yet).
Just look at the size of the pie that came to our table!
We were blown away with the size of it and had half of it to take back to our hotel room. On a scale of 1 to 5, we would give it a 4. It was a little too soft in the crust so it was easiest to fold in half and eat like a New Yorker. The sauce was flavorful and it had the right amount of toppings and cheese for our tastes.
We learned that this pizza place opened in 2008 and the owners hail from three generations of Italian food preparation history. We didn’t try the Artichoke pizza that has made it famous, but will make an effort to try it next time we visit.
If you are heading to NYC, add a stop to one of the three different Artichoke locations and treat yourself.
This simple recipe is perfect for taking to a party or starting off your very own gathering! Ham and Cheese Cups look impressive and yet are easy to make. We serve these at family brunch!
You will need:
- 10 ham slices
- 1 Large onion, finely chopped
- 2 Cups cheddar cheese
- 1 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1 Tsp olive oil
- 8 Eggs
- 10 Cherry tomatoes, halved
- Salt to taste
- Parsley, as garnish
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Prepare a muffin tray with cooking spray.
- In a bowl mix the onion, cheddar cheese, butter, olive oil, eggs, and salt.
- Place the slices of ham in the muffin tray resembling muffin liners.
- Fill with the egg and cheese mix.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until done.
- Remove from the oven, set aside to cool down to room temperature before removing the cups from the tray.
- Top the cups with the cherry tomatoes and parsley.
Tips: Try with any other fillings!
Pear Raspberry Loaf
2 Cups flour
1 Cup brown sugar
2 Tsps baking powder
½ Cup butter
¾ Cup milk
1 Cup raspberries
1 Cup pear sauce
½ Tbsp apple vinegar
Preheat oven to 350F.
Spray cooking spray over a loaf dish.
In a large bowl add the flour, sugar, and baking powder.
In another bowl whisk the molasses, milk, eggs, butter, raspberries, pear sauce, and vinegar.
Slowly incorporate the ingredients from the first bowl into the second bowl, stirring in between.
Mix until thick and transfer to the loaf dish.
Top with a couple extra raspberries and place in the oven for 30 minutes or until done.
Remove, set aside to cool, serve, and enjoy.
Try it adding different fruits.
This is one of those refreshing takes on an old classic. The cilantro and lime give the steak a little zip while keeping it light and tasty.
- 1/2 lb steak, sliced into wedges
- 1/4 Tsp fresh ground pepper
- 1/4 Tsp salt
- 1 Cup lime juice
- 2 Tbsps chopped cilantro
- Extra lime slices for garnishing
In a small bowl, combine the pepper, salt, lime juice, and cilantro.
Add in the wedges of steak and toss until mixture fully covers the meat.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour to let marinate.
Place steak on a grill and cook both sides for 15 minutes (20 minutes if meat is preferred well done).
Season to taste with additional salt and pepper if needed.
Garnish with cilantro and lime slices.
Serve and enjoy.
Tip: Give an even tastier and aromatic spin to the steak by adding 1/4 tsp of cumin to the lime juice mixture.
Juicing is not dead because of the souping craze. You have many juicing options and I want to preset a few for you. Why should you start juicing? Juicing has great healing benefits and health benefits. It is an excellent way to get in your daily intake of fruits and vegetables. You can juice for health maintenance, weight loss or energy boosters. Whatever your choice it is easy and affordable to get started.
Tips For The Beginners
- You do not have to have a juicing machine to get started. I recommend using a blender until you decide if you are all in. Juicers range in price from about $60 to $500 and you probably already have a blender.
- Your goal should be an intake of three whole fruits a day and four whole vegetables a day. Remember to go for color in your selection process so that you have a good mixture of taste, vitamins and minerals.
- Watch your calorie and sugar intake. When juicing it is sort of easy to lose count of your calorie intake and sugar intake so stay with a plan that is is not so heavy on the fruit side and remember to cut fruit juicing with flax seed, yogurt, almond milk or even a vegetable or peanut butter.
Great Starter Recipes
There are a number of juicing recipes out there and it is an acquired taste. You will definitely learn how to tweak recipes to your liking and still get the most from them. My secret weapon is a green apple and greek yogurt. This two babies make everything taste right whether used together or solo. Here are some sites I try recipes from and have gotten some tasty recipes.
Great Juicer Machines
There is a huge variety of Juicing machines to select from. The prices are all over the place as well ranging from $60 to $500. It is truly what you can afford and what you looking for in a machine. Here are three in three different price ranges.
- Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor. This is available at various stores and online at Amazon.com. The price ranges from about $130 to $160.
- Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Dual-Stage Vertical Single Auger Low Speed Juicer. This baby really performs and cost about $300.
- Magic Bullet NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System. Is a simple one serving system and the price ranges between $50 and $75. This is available at stores like Target and Walmart or you can get it online at Amazon as well.
Benefits of Juicing
The best example to share with you regarding to juice or not to juice is the film Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead by Joe Cross. This film will make you change your life and make juicing a lifestyle choice. http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/watch-fat-sick-and-nearly-dead/
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp Cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp of chili powder
- 1/2 tsp of red chili flakes
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 pound Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
- 1 15oz can black-eyed peas
- 1 15oz can black beans
- 1 11oz can sweet corn,
- 1 red onion, diced
- 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
- 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
- 1 bunch of chopped cilantro
- 5 Roma tomatoes, sliced
- 1 large green tomato, and sliced
- 10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 1 (9-inch) pre-baked deep dish pie shell
- 1 cup grated blended pizza cheese
- 1 cup grated cheddar
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Slice all of your tomatoes
- Place the tomatoes in a colander in the sink.
- Use salt to season your tomatoes and allow your tomatoes drain for 10 minutes.
- Then place your tomatoes on a paper towel and pat-dry the tomatoes.
- Lightly push on the tomatoes to make sure most of the excess juice is out.
- Layer the tomato slices, basil, and onion in pie shell.