Friday, May 25, 2012

seafood risotto

I can't give you the actual recipe for this because I made it up and didn't write it down.

Among the ingredients I used:
homemade chicken stock
frozen bell peppers
saffron salt
calamari, shrimp, and bay scallops
a lot of Parmesan cheese

Step 1:

Step 2:

The end result:

It involved a lot of stirring but it was well worth it. The beauty of risotto is that you can basically empty out your entire fridge/ freezer into it.

Croque Monsieur Mac and Cheese

If you're looking for some comfort food on a rainy day, this is your dish.

If you're looking to give yourself a heart attack, this is your dish.

If you're looking to make something that uses no less than 2 pots, a baking dish, and a mixer, this is your dish.

I came across a variation of this recipe ages ago. This week I finally made it.


3/4 to 1 box of  ziti
2 cups milk (or milk substitute)
2 cups grated Gruyere
2 cups grated Parmesan
2 large eggs
3 slices of bread, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tbsp cayenne pepper
8-12 ounces ham


1. Preheat oven to 425, boil pasta until al dente. Drain and transfer to bowl, toss with 1/4 cup milk
2. Combine cheese in a bowl. Beat 1/4 cup milk and eggs in another bowl. Fold in bread and add 1/2 the cheese.
3.  Cook onion and garlic until brown. Add flour and spices.Slowly add 3/4 cup water and remaining milk. Bring to a boil the remove from heat. Add remaining cheese, then add pasta and toss.
4. Grease a shallow baking dish. Add half of pasta mix, then a layer of ham followed by a layer of pasta mix. Bake 20 minutes, or until golden.


You do not want to know this. Trust me.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Kale with Bacon and Garlic

This earned immediate raves in the Snowgoose household.


4 slices bacon, chopped
2 lbs kale, coarsely chipped
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup chicken stock


1. Cook bacon in a pan. Remove cooked bacon and set aside.
2. Cook Kale in same pan over medium high heat. Add garlic and chicken stock.
2. Transfer cooked kale to a dish. Add crumbled bacon and cheese.