Monday, January 31, 2011

Asparagus.Stuffed.Pears.

Another great roommate dinner night!!! Spaghetti, lemon orange chicken, with the sides of zucchini & asparagus.

Stole this recipe from Brittany Wood:
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Breakfast.

Here's what was for breakfast this morning. Vanilla yogurt, strawberries, bananas, & granola :)

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bean.Salsa & Orange.Chicken

Sunday dinners with the roommates are THE BEST!! Tonight we made orange chicken (sooo yummmy) and Bean salsa. These recipes I got from Jenn (my sister) it's nice to eat this chinese cuisine without feeling like you're eating straight oil, because they usually deep fry it. It's a super fast easy recipe. Black bean salsa you can make for super bowl Sunday next week. This recipe will feed everyone at the party and you'll still have left overs! As an apartment we agreed we won't be sharing the left overs with anyone. Give it a lil taste. You won't be disappointed!


Orange Chicken cook time 20-30 min. serves 6

Ingredients
2 lbs. chicken breast (boneless skinless)-cut into bite size pieces
Flour mixture:

½ Cup flour

1 Tblsp. cornstarch

½ tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
Sauce:

1 Tblsp. Gingerroot- peeled and minced (2 tsp. powdered)

1 tsp. garlic, minced

¼ Cup green onion, chopped

1 tsp. sesame oil

1 ½ Tblsp. Soy sauce

1/3 Cup white sugar

5 Tblsp. White vinegar

¼ Cup orange juice

1 Tblsp. Orange zest

1-2 Tablespoons for frying
Directions
 Cut chicken into bite size pieces. Dip Chicken in beaten egg then into flour mixture. Shake off any extra flour. Heat oil. When hot, saute chicken in oil until golden brown. Remove and set aside. Saute garlic, ginger and green onions. Add soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, O.J. and orange zest. Cook sauce about 5 minutes until sugar dissolves and sauce thickens. Add chicken and heat through. Remove from heat and add sesame oil just before serving.

Sarah (left) & Kim (right) love helping out with Sunday dinner!!!
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Black Bean Salsa

**This recipe makes enough salsa to feed a crowd!

 3 cups (1/2 lb. dried*) black beans (cooked and cooled)

3 cups frozen sweet white corn (cooked and cooled)

 1 med. Onion, chopped

 7 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped

 3-4 garlic cloves, minced

 ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

 the juice of 1 1/2 limes

 olive oil, just enough to blend flavors (about 2 Tablespoons)

 1 tsp. cumin

 2 Tablespoons salt

Pepper to taste

 3 avocados

Directions

*canned beans may be substituted. Rinse and drain before adding to salsa.

Mix first 6 ingredients together. Add the lime juice, olive oil, cumin, salt and pepper. Mix well, but carefully. Chill overnight. Add avocados just before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.
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Lemon.Cupcakes

Brittany Wood and I made some lemon cupcakes froms fresh lemons last night!!!! They turned out, as you probably guessed, better than Sprinkles cupcakes. Here's the recipe you can substitute the lemon with strawberries if you wanted to make strawberry cupcakes. Try it out!

Ingredients

1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 cups granulated sugar

4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature

1/3 cup grated lemon zest 

3 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour cupcake pans.

Cream the butter and 2 cups granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, and the lemon zest.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, combine 1/4 cup lemon juice, the buttermilk, and vanilla. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour. Divide the batter evenly between the pans, smooth the tops, and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a cake tester comes out clean.
Frosting Ingredients

(Makes enough for 1 dozen cupcakes)
3 Tablespoons Lemon juice
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, firm and slightly cold

Pinch of coarse salt

3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted (powder sugar)

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Frosting Directions

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy.Reduce mixer speed and slowly add confectioners' sugar; beat until well combined. Add vanilla and 3 tablespoons lemon juice, mix until just blended. Do not overmix or frosting will incorporate too much air. Frosting consistency should be dense and creamy, like ice cream.

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Grapefruit.Avacado Salad

First out of many recipes I will try with the goods from today's basket. Tonight I tried a recipe I never made before. Grapefruit avacado salad. Here's how to make this delicious healthy salad. Bon app├ętit!!!!

Ingredients

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup good olive oil

4 ripe Hass avocados

2 large red grapefruits


Directions

Place the mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until the vinaigrette is emulsified.

Before serving, cut the avocados in 1/2, remove the seeds, and carefully peel off the skin. Cut each half into 4 thick slices. Toss the avocado slices in the vinaigrette to prevent them from turning brown. Use a large, sharp knife to slice the peel off the grapefruits (be sure to remove all the white pith), then cut between the membranes to release the grapefruit segments.

Arrange the avocado slices around the edge of a large platter. Arrange the grapefruit segments in the center. Spoon the vinaigrette on top, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve. Serves 4-6.
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Next Recipe: Lemon Cupcakes
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Health.Baskets

Ordered this basket for only $15! 50% veggies 50% fruit. Each week it comes with asorted veggies and fruits. Takes me about 5 minutes to pick this delicious basket up on Saturday mornings and I don't even have to waste time at the store. Here's whats in todays basket: Bananas. broccoli. lettuce. cauliflower. tomatoes. strawberries. asparagus. apples. oranges. grapefruit. cantaloupe. cucumbers. granola. Time to get creative with cooking :)

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Monday, January 24, 2011

New Baby

My newest nephew was born on New Years Eve 8.2 lbs 21 inches. Don't you just wanna squeeze these chubby cheeks!!!!!! Love em

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sexy Rexxy Rooom #5

My Interior Designer isn't done decorating my room (Brit Wood), but she will get it done ASAP since she's not in school this semester.



Bed. Door. lil Table.





I actually have a desk!!!

Wood Sample. I have to study.booo
I was going through my pix and forgot about this Christmas . This is how the kids set up the Nativity Scene. Funny. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mormon Bachelor

Beana is my sister, Nikki's really good friends. Vote for her to be on the Mormn version of The Bachelor!!!!! She's a super awesome outgoing girl that deserves to find the man of her dreams. Click Here!!