Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients: 1 pound ground beef or turkey 1 ½ cups cooked jasmine or long grain white rice 6 green bell peppers (cut in half) 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon of chopped garlic 1/4 cup chopped onion salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 2 cups of mozzarella or Parmesan cheese   Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 2. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the beef until evenly browned. Add onions, garlic, salt and pepper. 3. Clean and slice peppers in half. Remove and discard the tops, seeds, and membranes of the bell peppers. Arrange peppers in a baking dish with the hollowed sides facing upward. (Slice the bottoms of the peppers if necessary so that they will stand upright.)...

Tamales

Tamales

Confession: I am a food lover. It isn’t much of a surprise to anyone that’s close to me. My love of food goes beyond taste, I love to cook, share recipes, take photos and learn new techniques. I purposely seek out friends that are from different cultures simply to explore their culinary world. Lucky for me I didn’t have to go very far for this recipe. My wonderfully kind neighbors Osmin and Elcy are from El Salvador.  Their culture runs deep and we share  quips about child rearing, respecting our elders, weddings and even funeral etiquette with each other. If you listen to people you can learn so much and I make sure I hang on to every word. Elcy is known for her tamales. A difference between Mexican and El Salvador tamales is the method of...

Meatball Casserole

Meatball Casserole

This weekend I had the privileged of cooking a large feast for my wonderful neighbors. Their adorably sweet daughter Yasmine graduated from high school. She had a graduation dinner and I was luckily asked to cook for the event. She loves pasta and I don’t blame her! I made several pasta dishes but this was one was new for me. It’s layered with pasta, cheese, marinara and meatballs and baked until golden brown. Ingredients 1 box of pasta 2 jars of marinara sauce 2 cups of mozzarella cheese 1 bag of frozen meatballs or homemade from 1lb of ground meat Directions 1.  In a large pot boil water and cook pasta according to the directions. Cook for 1-2 minutes less because your pasta will continue to cook in the oven. Drain and set aside. 2. Heat marinara,...

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

  Last Friday was Good Friday! It was extra special because we are celebrated Emma’s second birthday that carried over into the weekend. I am happy that my sweet baby is turning two. For her birthday she received lots of special gifts but the most interesting was seven baby chicks! This will be a birthday to remember. I will make a separate post and page on how to raise and care for baby chicks. We are officially urban farmers. Today I am making Emma’s favorite meal, she loves pot pie. What makes this chicken pot pie so unique is that I add curry. This of course is optional but it gives the pie a hearty flavor that lasts.   Ingredients: Basic Pie Crust 2  1/2  cups of all purpose flour 1 cup of shortening or butter 1/2 teaspoon salt 6...

Baked Cavatappi

Baked Cavatappi

One of the things I love about baked pasta is that it’s easy and it’s a comfort food. This dish can be made vegetarian by omitting the meat or by adding soy crumbles as a replacement. I used cavatappi (<< my auto-correct wants to change that to catnapping) pasta because I love the shape and texture. It has small ridges that grip the pasta sauce and cheese which makes each bite more flavorful. It’s also fun to say  cavvvv-aaa-tappi now try that with a southern accent. But you can use any tubular pasta with this bake, penne, ziti and even macaroni. This is a kid approved recipe, 3 out of 3 said YUM! Ingredients 1 lb of pasta 1 lb ground meat (turkey or beef) 1 full jar of pasta sauce 8 oz of ricotta cheese 1 cup of mozzarella cheese black...

Oven Baked Penne with Creamy Alfredo

Oven Baked Penne with Creamy Alfredo

New York City gave me life. Four days of roaming around the city with no children and two of my best friends was the best gift to myself. I went, saw and ate everything. I met wonderful new people and documented every second of my vacation. The photos are posted on my private Instagram account: Erica2368 I am considering doing a separate post on my site featuring the food I ate. I purposely avoided chain restaurants, ate street food, local vendors and small local restaurants. The great news is I finally found a chicken biscuit in NYC and it was AMAZING! I will have to do a post just for that. Overall my trip was a success. I came home recharged and energetic. I loved traveling with my friends and I am planning another trip for May 2015. I prepared for my trip by...

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