Wednesday, April 28, 2010

LOL

I don't really follow The Hills but this cute video did catch my eye.

Favorites

 Nicole Riche, I think is so awesome- I think over the years she has overcome a lot and really turned her life around for the better. I admire her style and love this picture of her, she's holding three of my very favorite things, can you guess what they are?
1. A black Birken bag
2. Coffee
3. Flowers

Oh and I guess I love her over sized sunglasses too!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New Book

My new books is The Bible, I've decided that in order to be more informed on faith I should read it, right now I started with The Book of Proverbs, I like how it starts...

The proverbs of Soloman the son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice, and equity; To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion, A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise council, To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Yum

My favorite drink is a French Martini- ever had one? It's delicious! 







Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh pineapple juice
  • 2 1/2 cups vodka
  • 1/4 cup Vermouth
  • 2 teaspoons raspberry liqueur (recommended: Chambord)

Directions

Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Fill a martini glass with ice and pour the cocktail over the ice.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Word to the wise


I was recommended a neat book of wise sayings- it was written by a father for his son. Some wise recommendations are...

Complement three people every day
Have a dog
Watch a sunrise at least once a year
Overtip breakfast waitresses
Say 'please' a lot
Learn to play a musical instrument
Buy great books even if you never read them
Be a student in some kind of class
Once in your life own a convertible

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Red

Do you know what movie this dress is from? One of my all time favs for sure.

Music

I pretty much like all kinds of music- with the exception of profane rap, and heavy metal rock where they're screaming so much you have no idea what they're saying.

 

iTunes suggested to me that I might like Parachute, The Script and Rob Thomas' albums- you know how they suggest music you might like when you're looking at another artist? I took iTune's suggestions and bought all three albums. I love them! The music is so great!

From Rob Thomas' album my fav song is "Hard on You"
From Parachute's album my fav is "The Mess I Made"
From The Script's album my fav is "Rusty Halo"

If you have a chance I suggest you check out these artists- so good! I'm glad I found them because I need to come up with a good playlist for my drive to the Washington Coast this weekend for my families annual beach trip!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Wow

So I'm sure everyone has heard about the volcanic ash over Iceland right? I like to take an interest in all kinds of things, I think it's important to be as well rounded and well informed as possible. A website I visit often is NASA's Astronomy Picture of The Day's website. I checked it earlier and they posted this picture as their photo of the day, its a shot of volcanic ash over the Eyjafjallaj√∂kull volcano in southern Iceland- neat shot huh?

What's for dinner



I'm no chef by any means, but lately I've been wanting to try out new recipes and try my hand at cooking! Tonight I'm going to prepare Bowtie Aglio with Herb Chicken tossed with asparagus, fresh spinach, Olive oil, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese. Phew that's a mouth full huh? Below is the recipe, it's from Maggiano's Little Italy Restaurant. It's a dish they're serving at their restaurant right now to benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation (I'll post info on that later). I hope it turns out yummy! 




Recipe: Aglio Olio (Oil and Garlic Butter)
Yield: 1 pint – 2 recipes
PRODUCT/ITEM DESCRIPTION
AMOUNT
MEASURE
Wh                             Whole Butter Unsalted, Softened
5
oz
                                                    Olive Oil,
8
oz
                                        Fresh Garlic, Chopped
3
Tbsp
                                          Fresh Basil Chopped
3
Tbsp
                                          Red Chili Flakes, Prep
¼
tsp
Kosher Salt
¼
tsp
                                      Lemon Juice, Fresh Squeezed from ½ Lemon
½
oz
Prep Procedures:
1.    In a small cuisine art or blender, combine all ingredients except for the Olive Oil.
2.    Blend for approximately 20 seconds and then add the Olive Oil in a fine stream until the butter mixture is homogenous and not separated.
3.    Place into a small bowl and reserve. This product can be made in advance and reserved for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
4.    Reserve for service of Bowtie Aglio with Herb Chicken.  
   Notes:
§Ingredients Measured properly – all ingredients pureed together
§Slowly drizzling in olive oil during mixing to emulsify
§Butter whipped until fluffy – no lumps
§Butter may also be sued for Garlic Bread or a simple spaghetti or tossed pasta with Parmesan Cheese

Bowtie Aglio with Herb Chicken
tossed with asparagus, fresh spinach, Olive oil, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese
STEP
AMOUNT
INGREDIENT
PROCEDURE
Serves 4 -6 persons
Herb Chicken Pre - Prep
1
1 lb
1 oz
2 tsp
1 tsp
2 tsp
Chicken Breast, Boneless & Skinless
Olive Oil
Kosher Salt
Black Pepper
Fresh Rosemary, finely chopped
In a mixing bowl combine the Chicken Breast, Olive Oil, Kosher Salt. Black Pepper, and Freshly Chopped Rosemary and place onto a baking tray and cook in a 375° oven for approximately 15 – 20 minutes or an internal temperature of 165° is achieved. Cool for 15 minutes and cut into ¼” thin slices widthwise across the grain of the Chicken Breast. Reserve for final dish.
Farfalle (Bowtie Pasta) Pre - Prep
2
1 – 16 oz box
Farfalle (Bowtie) Pasta, Barilla
Cook the Farfalle Pasta for the time recommended on the box in lightly salted water. For al dente pasta cook 1 minute less. Remove and drain, but do not rinse as the starch is valuable to help thicken the sauce in the final steps. Pasta should be cooked approximately 5 - 10 minutes before the step below is prepared. Reserve for final dish
For Service
3
8 oz
3 oz
12 oz
12 oz
3 oz
2 oz
(as needed)
Aglio Olio, See prep recipe
Sun Dried Tomatoes, cut into 1/8” strips
Asparagus, stem removed, cut in 1” pieces
Chicken Broth, Low Sodium Canned or Fresh
Fresh Spinach
Parmesan Cheese, Grated
Kosher Salt and Black Pepper (as needed)
In a 8 - 10 quart – 12” pan or larger, heat the Aglio Oliowith the prepped Herb Chicken, Asparagus, Sun Dried Tomatoes for 30 seconds and then add theChicken Broth and bring to a simmer. Add the Farfalle Pasta and cook for 1 – 2 minutes with the broth and goodies.Then add the Fresh Spinach and Grated Parmesan Cheese. Cook all the ingredients together for an additional 30 seconds. Season with Salt and Pepper as needed. The asparagus should be bright green, the spinach wilted, and the parmesan cheese melted into the broth to thicken the sauce.
For Garnish
4
1 oz
Parmesan Cheese, Grated
Place the pasta the bottom of the dish and pull all the garnish to the top so all the chicken and garnish are highly visible.
Garnish with Grated Parmesan Cheese.
Notes:
§ Herb Chicken Pre Prep - cooked and cut properly
§ Asparagus and Fresh Spinach are bright green and visible on top of dish – do not overcook
§ Sauce is thick viscous glaze and not soupy or runny




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