Showing posts with label cooking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cooking. Show all posts

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Pin Attempt or Two - Steak, Crab and Soup!

Welcome back Monday! Last night I begged and pleaded to be a stay at home wife, but for some reason the hubby didn't think that was a great idea. Well, needless to say, I made it through the day today and, I have three posts in one tonight... a pin attempt, or two, and a quick recipe that I haven't made in a while, perfect for a quick dinner when you're not in the mood to cook.

First up....

Pin Attempt - Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup

As I mentioned a few weeks back, I've really been trying my best to eat healthy and as natural as possible... without getting too bored. So, when I was craving a soup for my lunch this week, I thought this would be the perfect recipe, found on Pinterest and taken from manifest vegan.

manifest vegan.
Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup Recipe

1 Large Head of Cauliflower
Olive Oil for Drizzling
3 Medium to Large Sized Sweet Potatoes, Cut into 1" Cubes
1 Sweet Onion, Diced
2 Cloves of Garlic (I used 5!!)
7 Cups of Water

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Cut the cauliflower into bit sized pieces, lay in a single layer on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Put in the oven and let them roast until the tops are golden brown, but not mushy, roughly 20 to 30 minutes.

In the meantime, place sweet potatoes, onion, garlic and water in a large stockpot and bring to a boil. Simmer continuously until the sweet potatoes are tender. Add in cauliflower, remove from heat and let cool. Once cooled, divide soup into two parts, blend one half and then add back to the soup. (Makes 9 servings.)

Easy, healthy and quick to do. But, not my favorite. For some reason I can't get past the texture and it keeps reminding me of baby food. Now, it does taste okay, just a little bland, but a little salt and pepper will fix that. And... I must admit, it smells really good. So, how about a six or seven out of ten. Hey, give it a try... it may be the perfect soup for you.

Pin Attempt - How to Cook Steaks on Your Stovetop...

off the (meat) hook.

... that tastes better than any fancy restaurant. Found on Pinterest and taken from off the (meat) hook. This recipe is easy to do and, trust me, makes the most delicious steak you've ever tasted. Okay a little salty, but I absolutely loved it and would trade in the BBQ any day for this recipe.

Best Stovetop Steak Recipe

All you need is a good cut of steak, coarse sea salt and your favorite steak spice.

About an hour before you're ready to cook the steak, remove them from the fridge and sprinkle both sides with coarse sea salt, I ended up using coarse salt (maybe that is why it was so salty?). When you're ready to cook, heat a pan as hot as you can get it on the stove, some people use a cast iron pan, I used a regular old non-stick. While the pan is getting super hot, rinse the steaks off and add the seasoning you want for your steak. Now, get ready to cook.

Take a pair of tongs and hold a steak with the fat strip down on the pan. Let the fat burn to release grease and brown. Then, take your steaks and put them in the pan... cook until the side browns, flip and continue until the other side browns. The trick here is that the steak will continue to cook after you remove it from the heat. Trust me, I only cooked them for about 3 or 4 minutes per side and they were medium-rare. The trick is to stop one temperature before the one your want, i.e. stop at rare if you want medium rare. Let your steak rest for 5 - 10 minutes and then be prepared for the best steak ever. Okay, if I don't make sense... go here, it explains it all! MMM... You can thank me later :o)

Perfect Weekday Menu - Easy Buttery Crab Pasta

This recipe is mine, all mine. I kind of threw this together a few years ago... made it all of the time and forgot all about it. The other day when we were grocery shopping, I saw some crab meat and thought yes, easy buttery crab pasta is easy and perfect for a work night meal. Here's the recipe:

Easy Buttery Crab Pasta Recipe

1 Package of Crab Meat
1/2 Package of No Yolk Whole Wheat Pasta
5 Tsp Buttery Becel (or Butter)
Garlic Salt for Flavor

Boil a pot of water and add pasta. In the meantime, put a teaspoon of Buttery Becel in a frying pan, melt and add crab meat. Warm crab through and cook pasta until desired tenderness. Drain noodles, divide into two dishes, add two teaspoons of butter to each dish and add crab to each. Sprinkle with garlic salt until desired flavor. (Makes 2 Servings)

Easy-peasy! It takes roughly 10 - 15 minutes and it's absolutely delicious. One of my favorite week-night meals.

Okay, enough from me for one night. I think I've made up for my lack of blogging lately. Here's to food, pinterest and a quick rest of the work week. :o) Cheers!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

BBQ'd Portobello Mushroom Pizza Recipe

I came home last night to Ry making supper - vegetables everywhere and a couple of nice steaks ready to BBQ. The first thing I said was take a picture - I need a blog post and this will work. Of course he hesitated, it's my little secret and you aren't taking credit… So, I told him he'd get full credit and while eating dinner we gave it a name - BBQ'd Portobello Mushroom Pizzas. Of course I didn't get around to posting it last night because we had a fair meeting. So here it is.

BBQ'd Portobello Mushroom Pizza
2 Medium Tomatoes
1/2 Orange Sweet Bell Pepper
1/2 Yellow Sweet Bell Pepper
3 Large Portobello Mushrooms
2 Cloves of Garlic
1/4 Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

Place BBQ on medium heat. Clean all vegetables and dice tomato and peppers, place in a bowl. Add slivered garlic and lightly coat with olive oil. Sprinkle with spices. Place portobello mushrooms on a plate, downside facing up. Spoon mixture onto mushrooms to form a pile. Cover with parmesan cheese. Place on BBQ rack until mushrooms are cooked - they will go thin. Carefully remove from grill and enjoy! :D

That's it, a nice healthy addition to your dinner! Of course you can try adding a sauce first for more of a pizza taste. Other than than, life is still in full gear. We've had five house showings since listing with a realtor last week and there are already some booked for this week. The long weekend is coming up, but of course Ry has to work part of it. The joys of being on a golf course! On the upside, nice weather has finally settled in the area, although it makes working in an office all day rather depressing. Oh well, tomorrow I am off for the day to take my mother to a doctor's appointment, so I will surely enjoy a drink and lunch on a patio somewhere! :D Okay, go and try the recipe and let me know in the comments below what kind of variations you tried.

Monday, April 23, 2012

11 Days Later... I'm Finally Home!

After waking from a 17 hour sleep this morning I realized I'm home! Finally. Most of you would say 11 days in Las Vegas would be amazing, but it wasn't all fun in games. Most days were spent working over 12 hours and it wasn't until the last two days that I finally got to relax. Anyways, I'm not going to complain about that, I'm actually really excited to get back to life and back to you guys on my blog.

It's back to concentrating on selling our house - we now have four houses we're looking at, two of which especially stand out. I'm excited to get back to martha.anne - that means Pinterest, writing, cooking and having fun. I also have a client who I have to make a logo for ASAP - on my to do list for today! I have missed this world that I have neglected for the past month or so.

Before I left, I told most of you that Ry's grandfather wasn't well, unfortunately he had passed away on Easter morning. It was hard to leave for Vegas with everything that was going on and he will truly be missed. We spent that last few weeks visiting him constantly and before that we always made a Sunday visit once or twice a month. Days fishing, him showing us his garden and listening to his stories will never be forgotten.

On to a lighter note, I have finally logged back onto Pinterest. I know I've been MIA for a while, so here is a great start back to what I hope is a week full of blog posts, a few of my favorite pins I have already pinned today:

DIY Felt Owl
(feelin' crafty.)
Steph Zerbe Design

White & Wood Kitchen
(dream home.)

Cheesy Baked Tomatoes
Laa Loosh

Name Prints
Jones Design Company

Dream Closed in Veranda

Thanks for holding in there while I have been away - here's to a great week ahead!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Pin Attempt - Pumpkin Cake Recipe

I must confess, I have made this Pumpkin Cake Recipe once before, but I made it with my very own homemade pumpkin and now I'm attempting it again with a can of pumpkin. The first time I made it my husband and his dad absolutely loved it. I had put a cream cheese frosting on it and they said to try it without next time, so I did:

Pumpkin Cake Recipe
(Courtesy of Real Mom Kitchen - Pumpkin Bars) 

6 eggs
1 1/2 cup oil
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 large can (29 oz) pumpkin (or fresh!)
3 1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp salt
Cream cheese frosting (optional)

Note: I made half the recipe and it filled a 13x9 glass baking dish!

 Mix together eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin.

Mix together remaining dry ingredients.

Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and mix well.

Pour into jelly roll pan (13 x 18 pan).  

Bake at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Do not over bake.  It seems the longer you leave this cake sitting, the more moist it becomes. Of course, I cut a piece and gave it to my husband right away. Although he said last time to leave the icing off, he was looking for icing this time! Well, I did not have any cream cheese in the fridge, so I went searching for something light and whipped on Google.

Here's another great icing recipe you should try, The Best Whipped Frosting, it is just as great as the cream cheese one. Mmm... now go enjoy your cake, it's absolutely delicious and of course, another successful pin attempt!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Best Whipped Frosting Recipe

Okay, this recipe gives complete kudos to "Can You Stay for Dinner?". I had made a cake the other night and had no icing. So, I went to Google to find the perfect one but I knew I didn't want the typical icing sugar recipe. So, I typed in whipped frosting hoping to get something lighter. This has a butter cream flavor, but I'll stick with it's original title:

The Best Whipped Frosting Recipe


1 cup milk
5 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup butter, at room temperature - I used Becel margarine!
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar (not powdered sugar)

In a saucepan, whisk the milk and flour together over medium heat until it begins to sputter (be sure to whisk constantly). Continue to stir as the mixture thickens, it will quickly become the consistency of thick cake batter. Stir in the vanilla and set as to cool completely.

While it cools, beat butter and sugar until light, fluffy and white in color. You can use a stand mixer or a hand held mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes. Make sure the sugar is completely incorporated into the butter.

When the milk/flour mixture has completely cooled, add it to the butter/sugar mixture. Beat all ingredients for about a minute on high speed, until everything is well blended. The frosting show be as light and fluffy as whipped cream.

And there you have it! I put it on a pumpkin cake and my husband loved it! I am putting it in my recipe book next to my favorite homemade cream cheese icing! It is absolutely delicious, light and not too sweet! I can't wait to make it again - I hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Portobello Mushrooms Sauteed in Red Wine & Garlic

Wow! What a busy weekend. We had a few visitors at our open house, very exciting! We had dinner with the fam jam and we spent the rest of the time getting the house ready or trying to catch our breathe. Tonight we went to look at a house (I'll tell you about it later) and came home to make a nice dinner, pork chops, portobello mushrooms sauteed in red wine and garlic, baby potatoes and fresh french bread from the oven. Mmm... I do love to cook. So, I thought I'd share the recipe with you that we used (followed on

Portobello Mushrooms Sauteed in Red Wine and Garlic


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion , cut longitudinally (we used a red onion)
4 garlic cloves , chopped
1 pinch sugar
2 beef bouillon cubes , crushed (we used 2 packages)
2 tablespoons dry red wine (we used regular red wine and added more throughout cooking)
2 medium portobello mushrooms

Warm a saute pan over medium heat and add oil, onions, garlic and sugar. Saute onions until they are soft, about 5 minutes.

Next, add beef bouillon and wine and stir until the bouillon dissolves. Continue to saute the onions until most of the wine has been absorbed, about 4-5 minutes.

Next, add mushrooms (we sliced ours) and saute until soft, about 5 more minutes - turning during to cook each side. We added wine throughout to keep the pan from drying out.


Place caps on plate, top with sauce and enjoy! Make sure you serve it hot - it was great with pork chops and fresh baby potatoes.

Okay, now as promised, the house tour tonight was great. There was a huge building on the acre and a half lot that was currently being used as a cafe, but easily could be converted into an amazing wood shop. Inside the brick home itself was the most amazing character, a brick wall in the kitchen that was exposed, large trim around the rooms, built in shelves in the dining room and a claw foot tub in the bathroom. Character is what we have been looking for and it certainly had it! The problem is, we can't decide whether character with the quirks of an old house is better than a new house that doesn't have any hidden surprises. Hmm... I guess we'll have to wait and see. Oh yes, and I told you I'd bat my eyes, Ryan is coming with me to San Francisco and we're making a weeks vacay out of it... definitely exciting and I can't wait to share the pics!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy Family Day | Tortilla Chip Recipe

Happy Family Day out there!!! While I wrap up the last day of my four day weekend, I decided to throw a snack in the oven for this week at work. So, I took a pack of twelve grain tortillas and made some yummy tortilla chips! The best part is they were quick and easy... and they are a lot healthier than packing a bag of Doritos!! So, here goes, my tortilla recipe:

Twelve Grain Tortilla Chip Recipe


1 Package of Twelve Grain Tortillas (Any kind/size will work)
Olive Oil Spray
Epicure's Herbed Garlic Sea Salt

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Cut the tortillas with a knife into desired size chips - I cut mine into 8s. Lay the chips out on baking sheets and cover with olive oil spray. Turn chips over and coat other side with olive oil spray and sprinkle with herbed garlic sea salt or any spices you prefer. Place chips in oven for at least 5 minutes, after 5 minutes keep an eye on them as they will curl and start to brown underneath. You shouldn't need to bake them any longer than 7 minutes. When done to preference, remove from oven and let cool. Chips will harden. Enjoy your easy healthy snack and be sure to try them with your favorite salsa!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Pin Attempt - Donut Muffins

I was going to have something different this week other than food for my pin attempt, but it has just been way too hectic and my husband had a sweet tooth. :o) So, I decided to try another recipe and plan to use the supplies I picked up tonight to complete next weeks pin attempt soon!! In the meantime, I just pulled these donut muffins out of the oven, which were originally posted on All Recipes. The results... I didn't try them (I know, but I'm not a big sweets person), but the husband said they were good. Anyways, try them for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments below.

Donut Muffins

Muffin Ingredients:

1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup margarine, melted
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup all-purpose flour

Sugar Topping Ingredients:

1/4 cup margarine, melted
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 375ºF and grease a 12 small muffin tin (note: the original recipe suggests 24 mini muffins). Combine sugar, margarine and ground nutmeg together. Add milk and mix. Next, add the baking powder and flour until well mixed. Pour mixture into a muffin tin and fill it half way. Put in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.

While baking, combine remaining sugar and cinnamon. Remove muffins from the oven and dip into remaining melted butter and roll in sugar mix. Let cool and serve.

Enjoy! Another successful pin attempt!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Pin Attempt - Mmm... Baked Cinnamon Bites

Pin Attempt! I stuck with my goal. It was Sunday night and everyone in the house was craving something sweet, so I said, why not do a pin attempt? Problem was, we didn't have eggs and every recipe that didn't require them either needed yeast to rise or some other ingredient we didn't have on hand. So, I finally said too bad and went ahead and changed a few ingredients in a recipe found and the results were a success!! (Chef in the making!!) We decided to make the Scrumptious Baked Cinnamon Breakfast Bites from Oh My! Sugar High. But, we had to substitute a couple of ingredients... here's the recipe I have now created:

Baked Cinnamon Bites


1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup shreddies cereal, coarsely crushed (originally called for crisp rice cereal)
2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup becel buttery margarine (originally called for butter-flavored shortening)
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted (I used margarine again)

Preheat oven to 425ºF.
Mix flour, crushed cereal, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl.


Cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Add milk and stir until just moistened.

Roll dough into 1 inch balls.
Mix cinnamon and remaining sugar in bowl.
Drop balls in melted butter and roll in sugar mixture.

Place balls in greased 8 or 9 inch round pan.
Bake for 15 - 18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Cool before eating and then ENJOY! This pin attempt was a success even with the substitution of ingredients. I would love to try it with crisp rice cereal next time to see if we were missing out on anything. But, when you're in need of a sugar fix - this definitely did the trick!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pin Attempt - Sweet Potato Fries

As promised, I made my first pin attempt - Sweet Potato Fries - and they were absolutely delicious! I have a feeling my pins will consist of a lot of recipes, which means I'm about to be your food test dummy. :o) Good news, this week's attempt turned out great, here it is:

Perfect Oven Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet Potato Fries


2 large sweet potatoes
Olive Oil (I used the cooking spray)
Coarse Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 450º F. Peel potatoes if desired, I didn't and thought the skin was great. Next, cut the potato in half and then into 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick strips. Make sure to square off ends to prevent burning. Then, place the fries in a pile on a large baking sheet. Coat all sides of fries with olive oil flavored cooking spray, coarse salt and fresh ground pepper. Be sure to spread out the fries. Do not overlap or put to closely - as it will effect the turnout. Now, bake for 15 minutes then flip them over for another 5 - 10 minutes (I only did 5 minutes and they were perfect) and enjoy!

For the original recipe, click here. 

Now, onto my next pin attempt. Hopefully next week will be something other than a recipe. But with all of these renovations lately, that's all I can seem to squeeze in time for. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

My Pinning Attempt...

Okay here's the deal. There are so many things I always want to do, try, make, etc. And now that I'm addicted to Pinterest, the list is ever growing. So, I made myself a deal... I want to attempt one new pin every week. This is going to be quite the challenge, but totally worth it! Last week, I successfully did this by trying out this fabulous cinnamon roll cake recipe, which I shared last week! Hmm... I think this is a great goal to have... kind of a new year's goal, but a goal to make sure I fully enjoy life and take moments to do those things I want, after all, Pinterest could more or less be mistaken for my bucket list, okay and dream/wish list.

Anyways, be sure to follow me on Pinterest! I'm on a mission to find this weeks pin. I will let you know next week what it was and how it went. In the meantime, go make the cinnamon roll cake recipe, it was absolutely delicious!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Best Pizza Dough Recipe Ever!

A few years back, my hubby came home from the hunt camp bragging about the best pizza dough ever. A cousin of his was in charge of making dinner that night and decided to treat them all to homemade pizza of different sorts. It was a couple years that I continued to hear about this amazing dough. So, I finally went through the family tree and got a copy of it for myself! Now, we have the best pizza dough recipe ever and I'm willing to share. :o)

BBQ Cilantro Chicken Pizza Recipe

Pizza Dough


875 ml (3 1/2 cups) flour
15 ml (1 tbsp) sugar
5 ml (1 tsp) salt
15 ml (1 tbsp) Quick Rise Yeast (I use pizza yeast)
325 ml water

Sift together first three ingredients. Mix in yeast. Work water into dry ingredients. Turn out and knead. Cover with bowl for 15 minutes - let rise. Work onto pizza stone (I love this stone from Pampered Chef) - let rise again.  

Now cover with all of your favorite ingredients and bake at 400ºF for 20 minutes!

Feel free to pass it on. We made it last night and my husband says he'd take our pizza over take out any day! Now that's a pizza!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Cake... That's What's for Dessert.

Cinnamon Roll Cake
After being snowed and iced in for the day, snuggled up on the couch working from home, it's time for some much needed comfort food. I'm thinking a big bowl of shrimp pasta followed by a piece of Cinnamon Roll Cake from the Chef in Training.

Cinnamon Roll Cake

Cake Ingredients:

3 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup butter, melted

Topping Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp cinnamon

Glaze Ingredients:

2 cups powdered sugar
5 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat the over to 350 degrees. Mix together all cake ingredients except butter. Once mixed well, slowly stir in the melted butter and pour into a greased 9x13 baking pan.

Next, mix together topping ingredients until well combined and creamy. Drop evenly over the batter by the spoonfuls and use a knife to marble/swirl through the cake.

Bake for 28-32 minutes or when a toothpick inserted comes out nearly clean.

While baking, whisk together glaze ingredients. Drizzle evenly over the warm cake and serve warm or at room temperature.

(To see the original recipe, be sure to stop by Chef in Training)
Now go curl up next to the fire and stay warm on this cool winter's day!!