Homemade Marinara Sauce.

We had pillow pasta with stuffed cheese and marinara sauce tonight for dinner it was delicious!! I love me some Italian food 🙂

Recipe to follow:
1 15oz. can of organic tomato sauce
1/2 cup of chopped tomato
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinaigrette
1 teaspoon of garlic salt
1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
1 tablespoon of sauteed’ garlic
1 teaspoon of cracked black pepper.

In a deep dish pan pour you organic tomato sauce, add 1/2 cup of chopped tomato, balsamic vinaigrette, garlic salt, rosemary, sauteed’ garlic and cracked black pepper. This sauce is tangy and full of sweet aroma to the soul!


A Southern Cobb Salad.

This was super easy and delicious. It’s not like your regular salad being it’s very hearty, rich and filling.
Recipe to follow:
1/2 head of chopped romaine lettuce
1 chopped vine ripened tomato
1/3 cup purple onion
4 slices of bacon fried
3 eggs boiled
1/2 cup of cheddar cheese
4 cups of water
In a deep dish bowl add chopped romaine lettuce, tomato, cheese and purple onion.
Fry 4 slices of bacon; let cool, add to the deep dish bowl.
Boil eggs on high for 10 minutes in 4 cups of water. Turn off heat and drain the water; fill with cool water.
Break the outer egg shell and cube the eggs. Add to the deep dish bowl. Voila! Serves 3

Bring on the books.

Recently I have decided to go back to school to get my associates in culinary arts. Cooking is a great passion of mine. I love hosting parties and filling a kitchen up with sweet aroma. Food is more than just a sit down meal to me its an experience for all five senses. Anticipation as you hear the chopping of vegetables and meat,the array of colors laid out on a plate, the smell of intensity as your meal is set out before you, the taste of pure goodness as you indulge yourself, the atmosphere that creates the mood and ofcourse the texture is important. You must fall in love with food, culture and the complete art of it all. Food is like a romance you must deal with it delicately and it will give back whatever you put into it. Thus, spend your time wisely or wasted. I’m so excited to start on this journey creating a world of essence one bite at a time.

Adventures with food.

This meal is juicy,bursting with flavor, and filling. The chicken is very tender because the juices from the vegetables and Worcestershire sauce blend together making this dish so amazing. This recipe can go many ways being that you have control of what veggies you want to foil as well.
Recipe to follow:
2-3 chicken pieces (per serving)
1 potato, peeled and quartered
1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
garlic and onion powder
1 large onion, 3/4 inch sliced rings
2-3 green pepper rings
2-3 tablespoons raw long grain rice
small pkg of sun dried tomatoes
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 18 inch squares heavy duty foil
salt and pepper
2 cups of chopped carrots.
1 teaspoon Lipton Onion Soup Mix or chicken bouillon (optional)
olive oil spray
Wash the chicken pieces and pat dry. Spray with olive oil.
Sprinkle with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic and onion powder.

Place the chicken in the center of the double squares of foil (one layer of foil over the other) with the shiny side in. Add the vegetables, rice, and remaining ingredients.

Fold the foil up around the food to make a package with the seam on top. Seal it tightly with a double fold so that none of the juices escape. Make up one packet for each person.
Heat oven to 350 F. for 1 hr.

Adventures with food.

I brought this dip to church fellowship yesterday. The flavor is exotic,spicy,tangy and rich. baba-ganoush is full of veggies so its a very healthy alternative compared to the regular dips out there. I’m also a big fan of greek food because its flavor is very distinct. You can serve this dip with warm pita bread, as a spread on sandwiches or as companion with grilled fish or chicken.
Recipe to follow:
2 cups dried chickpeas, soaked in cold water for 8 hours as drained
1 carrot, peeled and cut in half
1 medium white onion, cut in half
4 garlic cloves, peeled
2 eggplants, cut in half lengthwise
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
2 bird’s-eye chilies,cut in half, seeds and ribs removed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of capers
1 teaspoon of harissa
which is 3/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1teaspoon ground caraway
1 cup mild chili powder
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons of chopped mint
Heat the oil for the harissa in a small saute’ pan over medium heat.
When the oil shimmers, add the garlic and saute’ until golden , about 4 mins
Remove the pan from the heat. Add the caraway, chili powder,coriander, salt, mint and stir to combine.
Let cool.
Combine the chickpeas,carrot, and onion in a medium saucepan, add 4 cups water, and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer until the chickpeas are very tender, about 1 and half hours.
Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 300 F. Toss the garlic and eggplant with 1/4 cup of the olive oil and arrange on a roasting pan, eggplant cut side down. Roast for 40 minutes. Add the chilies to the roasting pan,cut side down, and roast for another 10 minutes. Set aside until cool enough to handle.
Scoop the flesh from the eggplant and transfer to a blender. Add the roasted garlic and chilies,chickpeas, harissa, cumin, lemon juice, capers and the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, and 2 to 3 tablespoons of the reserved cooking liquid. Puree, adding more cooking liquid 2 to 3 tablespoons at a time as necessary, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Serve at room temperature with warm pita bread.

Remembering September 11,2001.

I remember being in the 9th grade and was attending morning exercise/prayer time at First Gospel Academy. A private school that I grew up in since the time of I was young. We had just finished up and we’re heading to the classroom when I saw Bret Winigar come running through the building with a radio blasting. Eyes full of sheer panic and dismay.
My Uncle Billy was one of the teachers who worked at the school and interceded in the situation. Most of the students, were still trying to figure out what had just happened. We were motioned to head to our designated desks and a T.V. was brought into the classroom. The images I saw that day on the television screen have forever changed my life.
I saw the airplane hit the first trade center and my heart sank. It was hard to shake the mere shock that befell me. We all stood there hoping to see a miracle but knowing the events that lead up to that sad day would change history. Emotions were high as the two trade centers collapsed into a trail of dust before our eyes. A deep fear arose inside of me and I had to say a silent prayer.May we continue praying for our country and remember a somber day on Sept 11,2001.

These are a few of my favorite things.

My morning started off with Adia jumping in bed with me and watching Go Diego Go! Then it proceeded to a late brunch in the kitchen around 10:00 a.m. as I drank my coffee and read a few blogs. Soon afterward Adia and I decided to head for the park being it was so beautiful today. We played for a good 30 minutes running back and forth from swing to slide and then sandbox.
It was nice being able to spend some quality time with my big girl as she doesn’t like to be called baby anymore which is hard for mommy because I’m having a hard time remembering to call her that . We then picked up some lunch from Zaxby’s drove home and ate. By the way, Zaxby’s in my opinion has the best sweet tea which just added more awesome to my day. I tucked big girl into her bed for nap-time and checked my email so on and so forth.

An hour later, Adia woke up from her nap and we drove to the local grocery store to pick up ingredients for homemade salsa and Baba- Ghonoush . I love grocery shopping…it always feels like an adventure. Adia was happy to ride in her cool car/grocery cart. I was very thankful as this kept her busy during the shopping process. The smell of sweet, buttery bread filled the air as we walked into the bakery. The produce section is always interesting between the colors and textures of the fruits and vegetables.

The sounds of endless carts being pushed as customers hurry their way out the door. An experience for all five senses.
My recyclable bag is my oh so faithful companion on these small endeavors. I cant forget my comfy flip flops that go wherever I may lead them and the beautiful pumpkins outside the store reminding me that fall is almost here.

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