Saturday, January 14, 2012

Boyfriend-approved Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo :)

My blog certainly does have a style problem... usually this is because I'm taking pictures of my actual dinner, cooked very quickly, which I then serve on my actual plates. I definitely should make an effort to take more pictures :)

Boyfriend-approved Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo*

*Not For The Faint of Heart.

(Anything with the world "alfredo" should bear this little addendum. So many dairy products....)

I'm sure this could be made lighter, though I wonder if it would be less awesome.

This recipe is quick and easy and makes about enough for four people.

3/4 of one stick of butter
3 cloves garlic
1 cup cream (I used heavy whipping cream due a factor known as "the store was restocking and had no other kind of cream".)
1 1/2 to 2 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese
A small amount of milk (optional)

3 chicken breasts
Olive oil
A small amount of Cajun seasoning

One pound fettuccini noodles
Chop the chicken into one-inch chunks. Very lightly season with Cajun seasoning. (You don't want to overpower the sauce with seasoning--just enough to give it a little extra flavor.)

Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil and add the chicken. Cook the chicken thoroughly and set aside.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Crush in the garlic cloves and stir and sizzle for a few moments. Add the cream, reduce the heat, and cook until thoroughly heated.

Add the cheese to the cream mixture by handfuls. Whisk constantly as you do this! Season with salt and pepper. If the sauce is too thick, thin it with a small amount of milk. Set aside, keeping the sauce warm.

Boil and drain the noodles in a large pan, returning them to the pan. Pour the sauce over the noodles, and toss until the noodles are coated. Add the chicken, and toss again. Serve immediately.

Next time I make this I want to add vegetables, too! I had a vegetable-less dinner which feels extremely decadent.

I served the dish with bread and a semi-sweet white wine for date night. A lovely evening staying home when it's cold and snowy outside. :) Here's a picture of my super-fancy table......... yes, the "super-fancy" part is just a little bit of sarcasm. :D

Monday, January 9, 2012

Super Easy Recipe to the Post-Holiday Rescue!: Enchilada Casserole

OK, so enchilada casserole isn't exactly a, er, particularly fancy recipe.

But hey, not ALL recipes can be fancy. It's delicious, fairly inexpensive, and can be made in less than an hour total, including cooking time. There are many, many possible variations on this recipe.... it can be made more or less onion-y, with chicken or beef, vegetarian, more layered, less layered, seasoned... Use my recipe or try making your own! :)

Enchilada Casserole


One package corn tortillas
One large can vegetarian refried beans
One pound ground beef
One taco seasoning pack
One or more large cans enchilada sauce, according to taste
About half a block of cheddar cheese, grated
Half a medium onion, diced

Additional ingredients: guacamole, lettuce, sour cream, salsas, green chile peppers, sliced red and green peppers, etc.
Lightly coat the bottom of a casserole dish with cooking spray.
Cook the ground beef and taco seasoning mix according to package directions.
Place a layer of corn tortillas on the bottom of the casserole dish. Layer prepared ground beef, sauce, beans, cheese, onion, and tortillas as desired, ending with a layer of cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees until the casserole is throughly warm and some of the liquid has cooked down, about half an hour.

Set out the additional ingredients to make your own plate with the casserole. :)

Mmmmm. :)

Maybe not picturesque, but definitely delicious. :)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Years Food: Spinach Cheese Pastries; Tropical Martini, Melon Ginger Sour

Happy New Year!!

Thanks to both my father and my boyfriend for all the help in preparing the food for the party... it was absolutely wonderful and I couldn't have done it without you guys. :)

I was in such a hurry to make the party food that I don't have any photographs, but the spinach cheese pastries went over quite well!! :)

A Few Steps To Yummy:

Thaw 2 sheets puff pastry.

Crack one egg and mix with a tablespoon of water. Set aside.

Rinse, drain, and chop 5oz fresh spinach.

Finely dice a medium onion.

Crumble one block of feta cheese thoroughly.

Mix spinach, onion, and feta together with two eggs. Stir mixture thoroughly.

On a floured board, cut puff pastry into pieces. Fill each piece with mixture, fold the edges of the pastry together, and crimp.

Brush pastries with egg and water mixture.

Bake at 400 degrees on a cooking sheet sprayed with cooking spray until golden brown.


Next time I have a mind to add garlic to the mixture--not much, just a little. I think this is the sort of dish it would be very easy to overpower with seasonings.
I like to be a bartender. :) The drink I made this year (in addition to pink and regular champagne at midnight) was a tropical martini. My friend Carly and I, looking for something different to drink, also made a lovely melon ginger sour.

Spinach Cheese Pastries

5oz fresh spinach, rinsed, drained, and chopped
1 block feta cheese, throughly crumbled
1 medium onion, finely diced
2 eggs, beaten
2 sheets puff pastry
Additionally, one egg mixed with water for brushing on the pastries.
Throughly mix the spinach with the eggs, onion and cheese.

Cut the pastry into large pieces. Place filling in the pastry, fold over, and crimp with a fork.

Brush tops of pastry with egg and water mixture.

Bake at 400 degrees on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray until thoroughly golden brown.


Tropical Martini

Serve in Martini or Margarita glass shaken or on the rocks

1 1/2 oz coconut rum
1/2 oz vodka (optional)
1/2 oz melon liqueur 
1 oz pineapple juice
Fill with Sprite


Melon Ginger Sour, by Carly and Rina

Serve in Old Fashioned glass over ice

Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 oz whiskey
Sugar or simple syrup to taste
1/2 oz melon liqueur
Splash sweetened lime juice
Shake together
Fill with ginger ale.