Monday, February 28, 2011

MY KITCHEN MY WORLD - Going to Italy this month

After visiting Italy last summer, I decided I wanted to learn to cook real Italian food. Not just spaghetti from a jar as most of us do here in the states. I have made this spaghetti sauce three times now and it never fails so I am posting it for the MKMW post this month.  This recipe came from the La Cucina Italiana Magazine and is a delicious bolognese sauce. It is not a difficult recipe - just takes a long while to simmer, but believe me it is worth it in the end.  I made it exactly as the recipe said, except I left off the milk at the end.  I know spaghetti is not very "creative" when it comes to Italian food, but to me it is the BEST Italian food there is.  I can't wait to see what the other cooks made for this month's journey to Italy.  Check them out here

You can get the recipe here http://lacucinaitalianamagazine.com/recipe/ragu-alla-bolognese

On another note, I won the give-a-way on MKMW that Andrea posted last month.  I wanted to show you all what I got.  I love these!  A new freezer container and a beautiful red pie plate!  I cannot wait to try them out.  Thank you Andrea!  I never win anything so I was super excited.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

CEiMB - L.O.V.E. Wrap Sandwich

In this land of bloggers, you grow close to each other.  You are, after all, sharing your love of cooking and your life in the writings of your blog posts.  That's how friendships form - a common bond, right?  I feel that way about my friend, Joanne of Applecrumbles.  Joanne is the hostess this week for our Craving Ellie group.  Be sure to check out Joanne's blog.  She always makes everything look so delicious and her photos are outstanding.  Joanne has helped me a lot with food substitute recommendations and she always has very creative ideas.  I enjoy cooking with her.

I was not excited about this sandwich however.  First, even though I love egg salad, I couldn't imagine egg salad with bell pepper and onion.  Secondly, Chandler does not eat bell pepper and onion so I knew he would not like it.  I figured I would make him a pepperless, onionless version.

I cannot believe February is almost over, can you?  It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating 2011 coming in, and now in another month spring will be upon us here in the south.  We have had a cold, hard winter with lots of snow which is unusual for this area.  Spring is my favorite time of the year so I am getting excited already!  I love the flowers blooming, but most of all I love the sunshine and the warmth it brings to my body.  I hate being cold!!!

Back to the sandwich - my verdict after tasting it is that - it was really good!  My whole wheat wrap was a tiny bit on the dry side, but other than that, we really enjoyed these.  Maybe it was because they were low fat??


I served them with an apple waldorf salad and some cinnamon mini-muffins.  My photos did not show the inside of the wrap very well and I had to use a toothpick to keep it together!  You couldn't ask for an easier dinner, however!  I'm all about easy.


Here is the recipe if you want to try it:

Ingredients

8 hard boiled eggs

4 teaspoons mayonnaise

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped

Salt and pepper

4 pieces whole-wheat wrap bread (9 inches in diameter)

1 red bell pepper, cut into strips

12 thin slices red onion

8 leaves romaine lettuce, torn into pieces (about 1/2 cup)

Directions

Dice 4 whole eggs and 4 egg whites and put into a small bowl. Add the mayonnaise and mustard and stir with a fork, mashing somewhat for desired consistency. Stir in chives and season with salt and pepper. Place wrap bread on a plate and spread the egg salad in the middle. Top with the peppers, onion slices and the lettuce. Fold into a wrap sandwich.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

TWD - Bourbon Bread Pudding

This week Sharon of Simply Southern chose Bourbon Bread Pudding for the Tuesdays with Dorie Group. 

I have been under the weather this week so this will be short and sweet.   I will just say I love bread pudding.  Started with the driest bread ever.  I left out the bourbon in this however because I do not like the flavor.  I added a few chocolate chips to the mix.  Some whipped cream on top.  Everyone loves this.

Cannot wait to see what the others did with this recipe.  Dorie never fails.