Foodie Friday - Home Made Brusetta

My friends came over on Tuesday night for craft/cooking night. We made fresh brusettta. Twas delicious!


French Bread
Cherry Tomatoes
Mozzarella cheese
Oil and Vinegar

We got our produce and cheese from Whole foods and our bread from Publix.

First cut thick slices of fresh french bread.
Dice the Mozzarella and cut the cherry tomatoes in two.
Fill the bottom of a bowl with vinegar.
Add cheese and tomatoes to the bowl of vinegar.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Spread bread slices on a cookie sheet.
Add a decent amount of the cheese/tomatoes to each slice of bread
Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the bread is crunchy and cheese is brown'd.
And ta-da! Deeelicious!
As you can see, WE really liked it! :p

What fun things have you cooked this week?

Food and Love to you dear friends!

Foodie Friday! - Baked Brie Bread Bowl.

Say that four times fast!!!

Oh...Brie Bread were a wonderfully horrible thing.

It's so simple, i highly recommend it! But i'm giving you a fair warning. Make sure to invite MANY friends over when you make this. It was SO delicious that my friend Jenny and I DEVOURED it. I said it friends, you have been WARNED! :)

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

We were searching for Sour Dough round loaf, but found a "semi-sour dough" variety. [i found it to be very good. my friends said it was so-so] First step is to cut out a lid/top of the bread.

Hallow out a decent amount from the inside of the bread to make...ta da! a bowl. Put a wrapped brie round inside the "bread bowl". Add preserves on top. We used Current preserves, but apricot should be very good as well. We added pecans on top as well, but they are purely optional. Then put the bread "lid" on top. Cover it in tin foil and put on a cookie sheet.

Now...i just realized, i have NO idea how long we put that in there for. Ha! I think it was 20 mins. I will have to ask my friend Jenny... Either way, the bread should be a little crispy and the brie should be gooey.

I mean could you NOT want to eat that?? Mmm...

I forgot a step. The KEY to this dish... The essence that makes it SO delightful is a secret i will share with you... Make sure to invite your friend over to cook, and then have him sleep on the floor with his legs on the couch...kind of like THIS.

Somehow my friend Chip found this very comfortable. He missed out on not only cooking this delicious dish, BUT he missed out on eating it too. lol

I wonder how long it will be before Chip notices i posted this picture of him on here. I'll keep you posted. ;)

Have a wonderful friday!
Peace, love and PBJ,

Food Friday! - Veggies, Pesto and Rhubarb, oh my!!

Last Saturday night my friend Monica came over and we cooked a DELICIOUS meal!! YUM squared! We cooked up these REALLY fun noodles and pesto from Whole Foods.

I made a veggie mix of a peppers, broccoli, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, and added soy beans and pine nuts.

THEN! We made a rhubarb and cherry cobbler, which was INCREDIBLY splendid! BUT....silly folks who wrote the said it was for 18 people. Ha! Right...we almost devoured half of it just sitting there. I can't even image what a 'serving size' looks like.

What exciting things have YOU been cooking??
Tell me about them if you like!! :D

Food and Love ya'll!

PS: i love love the "bad romance" song from Glee. Hee!

Yum for One! - Foodie Friday

I love food. I love to cook. I love reading about other folks food related adventures. I want to be part of that adventure! Ha. Thus!! "Foodie Friday" is born. I know i generally talk about food related things quite often on here, but i will try [[operative word is try!]] to limit my love for food related things to Friday's blog spot.

Enter "Crunchy French Toast". Crunchy French Toast is something my mom used to make us growing up, and a food i still love 20 something years later. Essentially, it's french toast with frosted flakes on it, but it's SO MUCH MORE too! :D

I peeled and sliced one apple [i like fugi-ish type apples for this] and sauteed them with honey and butter and a smidgen of brown sugar. I like my apples al' dente, but you can cook them as long as you like. I put them in a bowl with a litte cinnamon and more honey if you'd like.

I then drudged one piece of Arnold's 7 grain bread in an egg with a little milk and cinnamon in it. Then dipped it into a plate of Frosted Flakes. I put the slice of french toast frosted flake side down on the grill and put more Frosted Flakes on the other side.

Make sure to cook the slice long enough that the egg cooks [i seem to get impatient and take it off the burner/flip too soon] but not too long to burn the bread.

And Voila! YUM for ONE! :)

Is there anything YOU like to cook for yourself?

Smiles and Blessings to you friends!

Looksy Wednesday! - Claudia Pearson

I stumbled upon the wonderful works of Claudia Pearson a couple weeks ago and have been wanting to write about her. Not only does she have a very distinctive style, but she also draws food! And we all know how much that intrigues me!

I love how simple-ish, yet accurate her illustrations are! And i LOVE LOVE the recipes on her blog that she illustrates. :D

She also has a neato coloring book and calender on all the produce that's fresh each month.

Make sure to check out her etsy shop, and her website to see more of her beautiful works.

One Year Ago today...

[[or in the last couple days..]] :D

I was in South Florida, visiting my family, and learning how to cook from my GREAT italian aunt. She's wonderful, her and my uncle both are, and i miss them very much.

We were learning how to make a proper "Aioli". Which is a combination of garlic, onions, olive oil, olives, pine nuts, parsley and basil. She makes hers with macaroni and broccoli.

Aunt Kiki's Aioli

Put oil in pot, put heat on medium (this will be a sauce) (this is for less then 1/2lb or a package of macaroni) a little more then a quarter cup of oil.
Add 5 or 6 cloves of FRESH garlic
Slice them thin, and brown them.
Then add Parsley, a level table spoon.
1/2 teaspoon basil.
6 olives cut into small pieces. (quarter pieces)
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic.
Some pine nuts (or you can add walnuts). Add a table spoon.
Let it simmer on medium.
Boil macaroni for 10 minutes.
After 6 minutes take 3/4 cup of the pasta water and add it to the oil.
Take a little at the time so it doesn't splatter at you.
Drain macaroni, then put it in dish and poor the sauce over it.


Aunt Kiki Tip!! *Buy [very white] garlic, put it in the jar, whole with skin on, without cover to keep them up to 9 days.**

I learned MAD card skillz playing with my Aunt over the last 20 some years, and it's always cool to see how close the game gets AND to see who wins... I WIN!! :D :D

This meal is really great, and very inexpensive. Add whatever veggies you have on hand, add a different type of nuts, use your imagination! You will be happily surprised at how wonderful this pasta dish tastes. :D