Monday, April 21, 2014

Truly Italian Pesto

Pesto is a Italian basil based pasta sauce that originated from northern Italy. I've purchased pesto at the grocery store many times and tried many different brands. Until  I made my own add loved the truly homemade taste.This recipe is very close to what pesto tastes like in Italy, and is one of the best pesto recipes around. For a fast and easy meal just simply cook your favorite pasta, then add some pesto alone with diced tomatoes and some Parmesan cheese.


- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups basil leaves
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper

1  First cut off all steams from the basil.

2  Then grate Parmesan cheese and peel the two cloves of garlic.

3  Measure out the other ingredients then add all ingredients into a blender and mix.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Double Layered Brownies

   First a layer of a buttery baked goodness, then a delicious chocolaty top with chunks of chocolate. This is why this brownie recipe is a favorite of mine, plus it doesn't taste like a traditional brownie because of its double layers. This adds a unique twist to the well known and basic brownie recipe and is well worth a try. 
Feel free to give me some feed back on this recipe and how it turned out for you :)


First Layer:
-1 cup flour
-1/4 cup granulated sugar 
-1/2 cup butter

Second Layer:
-1  14 ounce can condensed milk 
-1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
-1/2 cup flour
-1 egg
-1/4 cup vegetable oil
-1 teaspoon vanilla 
-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
-1  7 ounce bar milk chocolate broken into small chunks or chocolate chips 

(Preheat oven to 350 f)

1  In a medium sized bowl combine 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and cut in 1/2 cup butter.

2  Mix together until it becomes soft like a dough (you may need to use your hands) then press it into the bottom of a 9 by 9 or 13 by 9 aluminium or parchment paper wrapped pan. Bake the first layer for 15 minutes.

3  Meanwhile in a large mixing bowl add the condensed milk, cocoa, flour, vanilla, oil,
baking powder, and a egg.

4  Whisk them together and add the chocolate, then pour out the batter onto the first layer.

5  Bake for 25 more minutes, let them cool completely before cutting and serving.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pico De Gallo



                   - 1 tablespoon fresh Lime juice
                  - 3 small Tomatoes
                   - 1 teaspoon Green chili and jalapeno sauce
                   - 1 small Onion
                   - 1 cup Freshly chopped Cilantro (Some parsley for added Flavor)
                   - 3 cloves Garlic
                   - 2 tablespoons olive oil
                   - 1 teaspoon salt
                   - 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1)  Chop up the Cilantro,onion, tomatoes then mix in a bowl.

2)  Then mince garlic into bowl, and add salt, pepper, olive oil, chili/jalapeno sauce and lime juice.

3)  Mix together.


        Great for eating with tacos, burritos or as a salsa.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Virgin Mojito


 This is a perfect drink for Spring (Refreshing , Light and Crisp)


     2 slices
     1 teaspoon juice

    10 leaves (fresh)

       1/2 cup  Ice

    1 1/2 cups Fresca or 7 up

Drop lime slices and mint into a glass, then press them with a spoon to bring out the flavors. Add ice, lime juice and soda.

(You can switch up the flavor by adding slices of cucumber, which will give it a more refreshing taste)




Friday, April 4, 2014

Chimichurri Sauce


Chimichurri is a Argentinean sauce/condiment widely made in South America. Which is eaten with steak, but is also eaten with chicken, fish and pasta.

                                 -1 Cup firmly packed fresh Cilantro or Parsley, with stems trimmed
                                                                  -1/2 Cup olive oil
                                                                   -3 garlic cloves
                                          -2 Tbsps fresh oregano leaves (or 2 teaspoons dried)

                                                      -2 Tbsps red or white wine vinegar

                                                            -1 teaspoon black pepper

                                                               -1/2 teaspoons sea salt
                                                      -1/4 teaspoon red crushed pepper
                                       ( Mix in blender, then serve immediately or refrigerate.)


                              I like to use mostly Cilantro, because I love the intense flavor of it.