Friday
Feb082013

{ craving melty, gooey cheese }

Friday, February 8, 2013

My craving for melted cheese was overwhelming about 15 minutes ago.  It's now been amply satisfied...

Cheesiest Grilled Cheese: Walnut Bread, Cheddar, American & Jalapeño Jack Cheese

What are you waiting for :)  Make a Cheesiest Grilled Cheese right now.  Just for yourself... we really need deserve to indulge sometimes.

 

Tuesday
Jan152013

{ website currently under construction }

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Happy New Year :)  Hope the holidays was everything you wished it to be and more.  Come February 10th - 2013 will enter the year of the Black (Water) Snake in Chinese astrology.  It's so fun and interesting, I can never pass up reading about it.  If you like the stuff too, here are some fun facts on the year of the snake.

My apoligies being MIA during the holidays... I've been trying to revamp the site!  (Worse timing.)  The design I had in mind was originally going through a really long, horrendous and detoured route.  I transfered the blog content, files and all, crossed my fingers hoping not a thing would get lost or jumbled along the way.  After spending many weeks of work and frazzling millions of brain cells, I discovered there was another way to do it without killing myself in the process.  Of course... sigh.  So please bear with me for the time being while the site is under construction.  You may find missing pages, pictures or links or funny things where they shouldn't be.  Whoops, sorry, I'm probably discovering and testing out fun new web designs.  Thank you for your patience!

Wednesday
Nov212012

{ the juiciest turkey you have made in your life. ever. }

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 

{ spatchcock (butterflied) roast turkey recipe }

 

Promise, I'm not lying.  Want one recipe forever, foolproof every single time, with the juiciest turkey meat you've ever crossed paths with in your life?  Remove the turkey's backbone before roasting.  That's it.  So, it may not be the prettiest bird, but is well worth it.  Spatchcock (butterfly) the turkey and not only will you have the juicest turkey your teeth has ever sank into, but your cooking time is cut in half (hence, juicy legs!).  I mean, literally, there are no more than 4 ingredients necessary.  Turkey, olive oil, salt and pepper.  It's baked to golden, super-crispy perfection in about 1½ hours.  No one will believe the time.  The other secret to the juciest turkey is letting that guy rest about 2 to 3 hours (at least), covered, after he's out of the oven.  I made Dad, chef of his own restaurant, this exact turkey for his 60th birthday and he was speechless.  He's  actually known as the Turkey King around the holiday's - Dad's annual turkeys are dripping with juice, but to my surprise, he told me his birthday turkey was better.  I thought he was lying!  I don't know how else to tell you just how perfect this method is.  Try it on Thanksgiving.  You will NOT regret it.

Happy Thanksgiving and have a beautiful, yummy day with your family and friends :)  XOXOXO

Friday
Nov162012

{ butternut squash soup = warm happy belly }

November 16, 2012

{ Butternut Squash Soup Recipe }
 

It's finally getting chilly outside!  The weather's been a crapshot this year in Southern California - some days its sweltering summer heat, other days its raining so bad our pool will fill up inches at a time.  But it's been getting back to normal and there's even some snow in the mountains.  Perfect timing, because Thanksgiving is just around the corner and who wants a hot Thanksgiving day?  Yap, not me.

Thanksgiving is surely my second favorite holiday of the year with all the yummy, decadent NOMNOM foods you can dream of and an excuse for family and friends to gather around to get super stuffed and happy.  Can't wait :)  However, I have to admit Thanksgiving Day creeps up way too fast every year.  Seems like there's never enought time to prepare or cook everything in time.  If your lucky to be making and hosting Thanksgiving dinner (or not so lucky) make sure your dinner comes out perfect by preparing for it weeks in advance.  As soon as Halloween is over, I like to to start cooking Thanksgiving foods for dinner to test out new recipes and practice the old (makes perfect!).  Even the turkey.  There's nothing worse than a dry turkey or runny pumpkin pie for the big day ::cries::  Because let's be real, Lady, after not making this meal for a year, it's easy to forget what you did 364 days ago.

This butternut squash soup is one of the easiest things to make for your big day with only 3 ingredients.  Even better, you can make this a couple days in advance!  Just heat it up when everyone has arrived.  It will make your Thanksgiving life so much easier.  How does it taste?  Trust me when I say it's the sh*t (really).  Naturally sweet, creamy and thick, piping hot bowl of beautiful orangeness.  Try it.  Oh, and did I mention butternut squash is cheap as heck.  Our local Trader Joe's sells them for $1.67/each.  There's absolutely no reason not to make this.

Wednesday
Oct312012

{ happy halloween! }

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween is my most favorite day of the year.  So much spooky fun with witches, ghosts and goblins around every corner!  Carved pumpkins littered on every front porch.  And all the sinfully decadent sweets you can dream of - pumpkin cheesecakes, chocolate chip cookies, spiderweb cupcakes, caramel apples, fun-sized chocolates!  Oh yes.  I love HALLOWEEN so much, I'd fold it up and eat it if I could.  Well, guys, its 8a.m. - I can not wait to start this most anticipated day of the year.  What will you be doing today?  Hope your day is pumpkiny, creepy, ghouly, scary, sweet, and silly!  Have a frightfully fun day to you all ;)

Love, Stefani

{... a little peek into our Halloween quarters...}

Monday
Oct292012

{ ghoulish guacamole }

 October 29, 2012

{ Ghoulish Guacamole Recipe }

 

Ghoulish guacamole served with spookalicious chips (couldn't believe my halloweenie eyes when Mission corn chips created these in 2011).  Make a sinfully large batch - this guacamole will vanish before you can say Boo.

Ingredients (yeilds about 2½ cups)
4 medium Haas avocados, ripe
2 tablespoons finely minced red onions
2 large cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed through garlic pressed
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1¼ teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground cumin
½ jalapeno, diced finely OR  teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro 

Directions
1.  In a large mixing bowl, combine lemon juice, garlic and minced onions and set aside to rest.

2.  Extract avocado.  Split avocado in half, remove pit (use a large chef's knife to swiftly and gently have blade come down on pit, twist knife with blade caught in pit, pit should slide right out).  Scoop out avocado flesh into mixing bowl of lime juice, garlic and onions.


3.  Add salt and cumin (and cayenne pepper if using).  Use a potato masher to mash avocados to desired consistency: smooth or chunky?  All you.

4.  Use a spatula to fold in jalapeno and cilantro at this time.  Do not use potato masher or it will bruise the cilantro.

5.  Taste.  If you like more lemon juice or salt, add at this time.  Store guacamole in a container, cover top with plastic wrap with the plastic wrap "hugging" or touching the guacamole to prevent browning, and place airtight container lid on.  Refrigerate for a couple hours or until chilled through.

Serve with Halloween themed chips!  If for some sad reason you cannot find them, blue corn tortilla chips also work great.