Sunday, August 28, 2011

Food Fanatic!!

I've been cooking up a storm lately!!! Here are some pics to make your taste buds water!!
Mini Omelets!! Broccoli, Cheese, and Ham

Baked Ziti

Whole Wheat Blueberry & Banana Muffins
 I've also made several variations on the whole wheat muffin recipe I found originally by Gina, like Apple Cinnamon, Banana Nut, Chocolate Chip, and Mixed Berry.
Marinating Tuna Steaks... yummmmm

Oven Roasted potatoes, seasoned with salt, pepper, rosemary, and olive oil


Tuna Steak, Beets, my yummy potatoes, and Italian cut green beans!
I have really found a passion for cooking!! And I very rarely use a recipe.. It seems to be something that I'm just kind of naturally good at!! Thank goodness I found something.. Just kidding!!  Some other memorable dishes were meatloaf, shrimp and chicken kabobs, & mushroom and Swiss omelets.

Baby Love!!

Meet Khole!!

I absolutely adore this little girl.  She's the sweetest, happiest baby girl in the world and just loooovvvee her!!! Plus, I get to watch her every Monday while her parents play softball!!!
Jealous much?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Pesto anyone?

I absolutely adore Pesto sauce.  I eat it on pasta, chicken, bread, I'd probably eat it on ice cream.. never mind, No I wouldn't.

Anyway, I was watering the garden and collecting cherry tomatoes and cucumbers, and I noticed that our basil had gone CRAZY!!! it was so big and tall!! I simply had to cut it back right? For the health of the plant!! Side note: My mom is a horticulturist at the NC Zoo, she's taught me well.

So I come back inside with both my hands full of fresh basil and a hankering for pesto.  Uno problemo!! Our food processor broke during our move, and we haven't replaced it yet. Well several cuts to my fingers later, I had a very roughly cut 2 cups of basil.  I saved some of the water I boiled my pasta in (like maybe 1/2 cup), threw in some olive oil, 1/2 tbsp of butter (don't judge me.. I'm Southern), 2 cloves of garlic minced, salt & pepper to taste, and a splash of white wine. At the last second I tossed in the basil so that it would be coated in the rest of the sauce and kind of mix in with the rest of the sauce.  Then I simply added the pasta (I used vermicelli, but you can use whatever your precious heart desires!), and tossed it all together.
Bon Appetit!!