Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What's for Lunch?

What have I been eating for lunch lately? Tasty meals that are easy to whip up in a snap!

The "BEST" Sandwich "Best" also meaning Bacon, Egg, Spinach, and Tomato
on parmesan-parsley crusted sheepherders bread!
How to make: butter one slice of bread and sprinkle with
grated parmesan and fresh chopped parsley. Grill in a hot
skillet until parmesan begins to brown. In the same pan,
crack an egg and cook over hard. Season with pepper.
Assemble sandwich with other ingredients and take your
brown bag lunch to a whole new level :)

Simple Mac & Cheese
You'll never want instant or microwave
mac & cheese after you try this recipe!
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook 8 ounces of pasta until al dente.
2. In a medium saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour until well blended. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Slowly whisk in 1 1/2 cups of milk and bring to a slight boil. Immediately remove from heat and stir in 2 cups of shredded cheese (I recommend a sharp cheddar and jack blend).
4. Add a dash of worchestershire sauce, dash of thyme, and 1/2 teaspoon of spicy brown mustard. Add pasta to cheese mixture and pour in a greased pan.
5. Top with more shredded cheese and make the topping by combining 1/4 cup bread crumbs, 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, and 1/4 teaspoon paprika.
6. Bake at 375* for 30 minutes.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Summer Sangria

Sangria has become one of my favorite drinks of the summer because it is light and refreshing and it combines two great ingredients: wine and fresh fruit. I also love that the variations and combinations of sangria are virtually endless. Most recipes can be tweaked to your personal tastes - here's my simple and easy version:

Summer Sangria

1 bottle Chianti
2 cups ginger ale
1 cup orange juice
1 orange
1 cup blackberries

Combine all liquids in a large pitcher. Cut orange into bite sized pieces. Add fruit to wine mixture and chill for 1 hour. When ready to serve, pour sangria in glasses filled with ice.