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I am a 31 year old self proclaimed chef :) I love to eat, which means I LOVE to cook, hope you enjoy my recipes!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Week 4

So it is my 4th week of growth with the garden.  The plants are huge, and the basil was actually big enough to try out.  I cut about 3 to 4 leaves off each plant.  I diced them up on a salad and put them in shrimp scampi. It was delicious! 

Friday, January 21, 2011

Low Carb Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage Rolls:
1 head cabbage, Peeled into single leaves.  Try to not tear them,    removing the core with a knife first helps. 
1 lb lean ground beef, I like ground sirloin
1 white onion diced
1 small can tomato paste
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 egg, beaten
Salt, Pepper, and Chopped Parsley to taste

Tomato Sauce:
1 large or 2 regular size cans diced tomatoes
2 tbls white wine vinegar
1 tbls splenda, or other sugar substitute
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and Pepper

Fill a large pot halfway full of water and bring to a boil, add cabbage leaves a few at a time and boil for 3 minutes, Drain and Set Aside.  In a mixing bowl combine ground beef and remainder of ingredients for rolls.  Mix well.  In a medium skillet combine all the ingredients for the sauce and simmer on low until it thickens, about 5 to 10 minutes.  Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with Pam, layer cabbage pieces that are too small to roll up on the bottom.  Use the large leaves and roll a handful of beef mixture in each one.  To roll them.  Place the meat about an inch from the largest edge, fold the sides over the meat and then roll forward.  Place the rolls in the pan, then cover with the tomato sauce.  Cover with foil and bake on 450 for 1 hour. 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Baked Eggplant and Tomatoes

1 large eggplant, sliced into ¼ inch circles
2 sliced tomatoes
Low fat parmesan, or cheddar cheese
Olive oil
Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 400, on a cookie sheet place the eggplant in a single layer.  Top each piece with cheese and tomatoes.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper and olive oil.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes until the eggplant is soft and the cheese is melted. 

Mushroom Turkey Burgers

½ lb ground lean turkey meat
2 large portabella mushroom caps
2 slices reduced fat Colby Jack Cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ white onion diced
¼ white onion sliced in strips
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Salt and Pepper
Olive oil

Burgers:  Combine the Turkey, garlic, diced onion, Worcestershire, salt and pepper.  Mix well in large bowl, I just used my hands, then form into 2 equal size patties.  In a small skillet simmer the patties and the strips of onion on low for 15 mins on each side, covered.  Cook them until they are white all the way through.

Mushrooms:  Place on cookie sheet gill side up, sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Drizzle with Olive oil  and bake at 350 for 15 to 20 mins until they are soft and darker brown around the edges.

Stack the mushroom, patty, cheese, and onions.  Eat with a fork and knife, I dipped mine in mustard and it tasted just like a great burger off the grill.  I didn’t even miss the bun. 

Friday, January 14, 2011

Week 3

So the plants are starting their 3rd week of growth.  The Add Nutrients and Add Water lights came on yesterday, just as scheduled.  I can’t believe how big they are getting.  I did rotate the plants last week because some of them were growing a little lob sided.  The mint is still dragging behind, but he is getting a little bigger!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Week 2

So week two of my aerogarden and I am seeing wonderful results.  The only plant that is lagging behind is the mint and he finally sprouted last night.  I have pictures below of the progress.  So far the system is working perfectly, the lights come on and off as required and the filter is super quiet. 

Globe Basil


Genovese Basil


Lemon Basil


Wednesday, January 5, 2011


I have wanted an herb garden for years, but between moving and usually renting houses that I lived in, there never seemed to be a good opportunity to get one going.  For Christmas I found this little invention!  It is called an Aero-garden, an indoor, hydroponic, gardening system.  I ordered it Christmas night and by Wednesday I had received it.  I intend to keep a weekly log of my progress, in case anyone is interested.  For those who don’t know, hydroponic means that you grow the plants without soil.  Just using water, light and nutrients. 

Week 1

Set up was super easy.  The base, arm and light all go together with ease.  Once you find a spot and fill with water you are ready to start planting!  I ordered the Italian herb kit which consisted of :  Thyme, Mint, Dill, Oregano, Basil, Lemon Basil, and Genovese Basil.  I planted them added the included nutrients and plugged in the system.  The front panel lets you input what you are growing so that the lights will come on and off as needed.  That was really all there was to it.  Now just sit back and wait!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Not Your Average Green Bean Casserole

2 cans of French Style Green Beans
2 cans of Shoe peg or White Corn
1 small jar pimentos
1 can cream of mushroom soup
½ cup diced celery
½ cup diced white onion
½ cup diced bell pepper
2 cups grated cheddar
1 cup French style onion rings
1 stick butter

In a 2 quart casserole dish combine first 7 ingredients mix well.  Top with cheese, onions, and melted butter.  Bake for 1 hour on 325 or until cheese bubbles. 

Holiday Standing Rib Roast

4 to 6 pound standing rib roast, boneless
¼ cup Dijon mustard
½ cup green onions
3 cloves garlic
Splash of olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons fresh thyme

Au Jus
1 cup beef broth
1 cup red wine
½ a stick of butter

In a roasting pan place the roast fat side up on a elevated rack.  Rub the entire thing down with the mustard and sprinkle with pepper.  In a food processor combine green onion, garlic, olive oil, rosemary and thyme.  Pulse until finely chopped and mixed.  Spread this mixture over the entire roast.  Insert meat thermometer into the thickest part of the roast, try to get the end of the thermometer into the center of the roast.  Place in oven preheated to 450 for 20 to  25 mins.  Then reduce heat on oven to 350 and bake until the internal temp is about 140 for rare, 160 for medium.  Usually about 1 to 1 and half hours.  Let meat stand for 20 mins before carving.  Also, it is important not to open the oven until the meat is close to done.

When the meat is about 30 mins from done combine all the ingredients for the Au Jus sauce in a shallow skillet.  Simmer for 20 to 30 mins until sauce has thicken and reduced by half.