Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

  Tomorrow I am leaving for my annual vacation. Starting in 2013 I decided to take an extended weekend away from my kids and darling spouse to enjoy alone time. During this weekend I focus and re-center myself. This quiet time gives me moments to concentrate on the things around me. Albeit I am going to one of the busiest cities in the U.S. NYC has been my vacation spot 3 times now and I thoroughly enjoy it. I will take my time at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and eat cupcakes and sushi at Dean and Deluca. These little moments that are usually taken for granted will be an indulgence and as close to luxury as I can get. It also gives me a few days to miss my amazing daughters. I love being a stay at home mom and homeschooling but I think it’s healthy...

Braided Pizza aka Homemade Hotpockets

Braided Pizza aka Homemade Hotpockets

I am pleased to report that my children absolutely loved this meal. My homemade hot pocket was a success! It’s always a good day when my children rejoice in meals that I cook. The great thing about this recipe is that it allowed us to bake together. Once the dough is rolled out the girls could add their own toppings. Ingredients Start with Basic Pizza Dough 8 ounces ricotta cheese 5 ounces of sun-dried tomato pesto 5 ounces of basil pesto 1 cup of mozzarella fine shredded 1 lb of Italian sausage, cooked 2 cups of pepperoni olive oil Directions 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees 2. Roll out the pizza dough. Cut 10 even slits on each side of braid. Add toppings in middle. Starting from the top cross each strip over filling alternating left to right. Brush with...

Baja Style Fish Tacos

Baja Style Fish Tacos

I miss the summer & nothing makes me feel more connected to sunshine than Baja Fish Tacos. Best served with cold beer and a healthy appetite. Ingredients Beer Batter 1 cup all purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 cup dark Mexican beer oil, for frying Fish Tacos 1 lb Alaskan pollock cut into strips 4 flour or corn tortillas 2 cups of cabbage, cilantro, carrots, green onions mixed well or substitute store packaged coleslaw or salad mix 1/2 avocado 1 lime shredded queso Cream Sauce 1/4 cup of mayo or sour-cream 1/8 cup of finely chopped cilantro 1/8 cup chopped purple onions juice from 1/2 lime 1 tablespoon of pickled or fresh jalapenos 1. Mix beer batter ingredients....

Baked Ravioli

Baked Ravioli

There’s nothing like a good baked pasta. I don’t know if it’s all of the layers of cheese or sauce but the combination with ravioli makes a great comfort food. This bake is simple, I used packaged ravioli with a pasta sauce but I added extra ingredients to make it full of taste. Ingredients 1 bag or container of ravioli (frozen or refrigerated section) 1 (24 oz) jar of tomato sauce (I used vodka sauce) 1 lbs of ground beef or turkey 1/2 medium onion diced 1/2 bell pepper diced Italian seasoning (rosemary, basil, thyme, sage) 2 cups of shredded mozzarella olive oil Directions 1. Brown meat in a tablespoon of olive oil with Italian seasoning. When fully cooked add onion and bell pepper to mixture. Combine tomato sauce and allow to cook on low for...

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