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Filet Mignon

Last night, I cooked filet mignon for the first time.  I found a recipe in the new Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to make.  The key seems to be searing the beef on very high heat first, then placing into the oven to finish cooking.  The recipe calls for fleur de sel, but I used kosher salt and it still tasted wonderful.  I also roasted some fingerling potatoes and it turned out to be a great winter meal.


Add a comment January 12, 2011

Night Off

Well, out of excitement and curiousity, we made a lot of meals this weekend.  I can honestly say I am happy to have leftovers tonight.  I am in need of a break from doing the dishes, which is one of my least favorite things to do.

Add a comment January 10, 2011

Today’s Recipes

Today looks like it is going to be another full day of cooking.  I try to cook as much as I can if I have the time on the weekends.  This way, I am prepared for the week ahead.  Today, I will be grilling chicken for salads, that we eat during the week.  I found a recipe for a Dijon chicken marinade, that looks like it could be good.  I am also going to try a new grilled cheese dish for lunch, with ingredients such as sourdough, Gruyere and Cheddar.  Dinner will consist of Black Bean Cakes with Arugula and dessert is a Cranberry Apple Cake.
**I will be working out this morning as well, so I can enjoy all of this food.

Add a comment January 9, 2011

Pizza Picture Trouble

I have been having issues this morning, trying to upload a picture of the pizza I made last night.  I hope to have it up soon.  

I made some changes to the recipe and added mozzarella and tomatoes to the pizza.  The additon of these ingredients gave the pizza a less bitter taste.  I’m not sure if you have ever had broccoli rabe, but it is very bitter.  Some of the bitterness does disappear, once you saute the greens.  I have started adding freshly grated nutmeg to all of the greens I cook as well. 

The pizza turned out very well and it was the first time my fiance and I have ever made homemade pizza dough.  If you have a breadmakes, I highly recommend it.  Otherwise, store bought dough works or even flatbreads.

1 comment January 6, 2011

A Little Bit About Myself

I am a self taught cook who was first introduced into the world of food in 1996. I worked in a Public Relations Firm that specialized in restaurants, chefs and specialty foods. At the time, I had no idea that I was working with Chefs who would become Food Network Stars. It seems as though it was the right job, but the wrong time in my life for it. Years later, I have developed an interest in food, wine and dining, which I believe all started from that job.

Add a comment January 5, 2011

First Posting

As a first time blogger, I am excited to share my thoughts, recipes and restaurant findings.  My cooking and dining experiences have come a long way and I have had many mishaps and disappointed meals over the years. 

Kraft Macaroni and Cheese used to be the only item I could cook and I thought I was great at making it.  I never thought about the quality of ingredients and what I was eating. 

Years later, I like to think I have made a lot of progress.  This is what I consider a macaroni and cheese now.

2 comments January 4, 2011






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