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day 95: cooking it up/ chicken and mushroom pasta bake with roasted asparagus, SO good!




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Project: day 95: cooking it up/ chicken and mushroom pasta bake with roasted asparagus, SO good!
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 3 (I am so bad with the timing of everything, but it still turned out great!)
• Would I do it again? oh yes! This is a definite keeper. It is a very rustic Italian dish with comforting flavors and crisp asparagus to round it out!
• What I would do differently: we substituted regular spagetti for whole wheat spagettie, which was excellent, as well as substitued Parmeseam for Peccorino Romano since we had it on hand. We also did not use the whole package of spagetti- about 3/4 ths. You could easily steep rosemary in the cream for an additional layer of flavor as well as substitue the chicken for a vegetarian option.
• Items used: amazing recepie from Jamie Oliver: http://www.jamieoliver.com/us/recipes/pasta-recipes/chicken-mushroom-pasta-bake-spaghett-1


• 1 oz /a small handful of dried porcini mushrooms
• olive oil
• 4 chicken thighs, preferably higher welfare, boned, skinned and cut into bite-sized pieces
• sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced
• 2 handfuls of mixed fresh mushrooms, cleaned and torn
• 1 cup white wine
1lb dried spaghetti
• 2 ½ cups double cream
• 7oz• Parmesan cheese, grated
• a sprig of fresh basil, leaves picked
extra virgin olive oil


Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Put your porcini mushrooms in a bowl and pour over just enough boiling water to cover them (approx. 2/3 cup). Put to one side to soak for a few minutes. Heat a saucepan big enough to hold all the ingredients, and pour in a splash of olive oil. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and brown them gently in the oil. Strain the porcini, reserving the soaking water, and add them to the pan with the garlic and fresh mushrooms. Add the wine, with the strained porcini soaking water, and turn the heat down. Simmer gently until the chicken pieces are cooked through and the wine has reduced a little.

Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling salted water according to the packet instructions and drain well. Add the cream to the pan of chicken, then bring to the boil and turn the heat off. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add the drained spaghetti to the creamy chicken sauce and toss well. Add three-quarters of the Parmesan and all of the basil and stir well. Transfer to an ovenproof baking dish or non-stick pan, sprinkle with half the remaining cheese and bake in the oven until golden brown, bubbling and crisp. Divide between your plates, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese before serving.

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 78: cooking it up/ crock-pot dessert mac and cheese? A bad attempt, not the recipe…me :(




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• Project: day 78: day 78: cooking it up/ crock-pot dessert mac and cheese? A bad attempt, not the recipe…me 😦
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1 (yes, it actually was easy, even though I messed it up!)
• Would I do it again? well I might have to since I totally botched this one up!
• What I would do differently: ok, so let me serve to remind you that I cannot cook (only under direct supervision from my husband). So obviously he wasn’t here, and I thought I could substitute sweetened condensed milk for evaporated milk (yes I know now). So not only did the end result turn out a touch too sweet for a savory mac and cheese, but it also ended up not a bit creamy or cheesy as you would expect it to. Now I can’t blame it on the recipe since I totally messed this one up, so I’ll have to do a redo soon to see if this one was a keeper or not!
• Items used: below is the recipe from: http://whiskandaprayer.blogspot.com/2010/08/magazinecookbook-monday-slow-baked-mac.html

1 1/2 cups milk
One 12 oz can evaporated milk (I used skim, evaporated milk keeps the egg and milk from curdling)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted, cooled to room temp
3 large eggs
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups (12 oz) shredded cheese (I used an Italian blend, recipe calls for Italian fontina cheese)
1/2 pound elbow macaroni or mini penne tubes, par cooked and drained (this means cook them for about five minutes until tender but not completely cooked)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Spray the inside of your slow-cooker with cooking spray or grease it with olive oil. Combine milk, evaporated milk, eggs, butter, and salt in slow-cooker and whisk until until smooth (or you can use an immersion blender to do the whisking for you).

Add the shredded cheese (not the Parmesan) and macaroni, sprinkle with black pepper (and whatever other spices you want to use). Stir gently with a spatula to coat evenly.

Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top. Cover and cook on HIGH for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, reduce the temperature to LOW and cook for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, until custard is set in the center and the pasta is tender. The macaroni and cheese may sit in the cooker on the KEEP WARM setting for 30 minutes before serving. Before dishing it up, I sautéed some bread crumbs with olive oil and sprinkled them over the top to make it a little fancier.

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 53: cooking it up/ easy football party appetizer/ chili con queso, yum, yum!




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• Project: day 53: cooking it up/ easy football party appetizer/ chili con queso, yum, yum!
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 2 (it really was very easy, except for the fact that I didn’t read the recipe thoroughly, and since I’m such a novice at cooking, I jut threw in the cornstarch and milk with everything else. Yes, I know this is a cardinal rule of cooking that you are supposed to follow, but sometimes I just do things like that ;)! I had to call my husband over, whom is a much better cook than I to remedy the situation, which he did, laughing all the way!
• Would I do it again? for a weight watchers diet chili con queso it was pretty good. But honestly I really still like the real thing, that is pretty hard to steer from!
• What I would do differently: go for a full fat version, unless you’re really watching it, then keep it the same!
• Items used:

Recipe from: http://www.laaloosh.com/2011/02/01/chile-con-queso-recipe/

Chile Con Queso Recipe

– 1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
– 1/2 cup diced Anaheim chilies
– 1/2 cup light ale beer
– 1 3/4 cups reduced fat shredded sharp Cheddar
– 1 1/4 cups skim milk
– 1 large onion, chopped
– 3 cloves garlic, minced
– 3 tbsp cornstarch
– 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
– 1/4 cup sliced green onions
– 2 tsp lime juice
– 1 tsp salt
– 1/8 tsp black pepper
– 1 tsp ground cumin
– 1 tsp chili powder

Spray a large saucepan with non fat cooking spray and set over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft and beginning to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add beer and cook until reduced slightly, about 1 minute. Add 1 cup milk and bring to a simmer.
Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 1/4 cup milk and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add to the pan and cook, stirring vigorously, until bubbling and thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add cheese and cook, stirring, until melted. Stir in drained tomatoes, chilies, lime juice, salt, pepper, cilantro, green onions, chili powder and cumin . Serve warm, garnished with a bit of cilantro.

Entire recipe makes 4 cups
Serving size is ¼ cup
Each serving = 1 Points +

PER SERVING: 75 calories; 2 g fat; 3 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 1 g fiber

Read more: http://www.laaloosh.com/2011/02/01/chile-con-queso-recipe/#ixzz1kFZlYhwY
until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂