Angel Hair Pasta with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

For those of you that have never experienced ghost cheese, it is a game changer. It adds a creamy and salty layer of flavor to any dish and just takes the dish to another level. This is a recipe that I got from Everyday Pasta by Giada De Laurentiis.  1 10 oz jar sun-dried tomatoes…

July Culinary Adventures

Hey, guys! So, the past few weeks have been kind of hectic and I have not really had much time to cook. However, I have been adventurous and tried some really delicious, albeit different, dishes from across town. My closest friends know that I am obsessed with Asian food and could probably eat it multiple…

Chicken Parmesan Balls

This week, I’m making and focusing on recipes from an Alton Brown cookbook I have called Everyday Cook. This recipe came from an idea to cross meatballs with chicken parmesan. Chicken Parmesan Balls 3 ounces panko bread crumbs  4 ounces parmesan cheese 1.5 pounds ground chicken  1 large egg  2 tablespoons olive oil  1 tablespoon…

Portabello and Arugula with Blue Cheese Burger

Yet again, this is an amazing recipe from Michael Symon’s 5 in 5 book. Portabello and Arugula with Blue Cheese Burger 4 large portabelllo mushroom caps 1 medium red onion, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar Kosher salt and black pepper 4 oz blue cheese, crumbled…

Chicken Saytay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

This is another recipe I got from Michael Symon’s 5 in 5 book. The original recipe calls for chicken thighs, but I had to substitute with chicken breasts to accommodate the rest of my household. I’ll include thighs in the recipe and you can make that judgement call for yourself. Chicken Saytay with Spicy Peanut…

Mushroom and Spinach Pasta

This week, I have been cooking up some recipes from this awesome cookbook from Michael Symon called 5 in 5. The whole idea of the book is a bunch of recipes that use 5 fresh ingredients, and, if done properly, can be cooked in 5 minutes. I wanted to find more recipes with fewer and…

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Thai food is a subset of Asian cuisine that most people in the South tend to overlook and that is a shame. Thai dishes can easily stand alone and uniquely apart from anything in a Japanese or Chinese restaurant. Most Thai dishes accentuate the salty, sweet, and bitter flavor profiles to create a balanced meal…

Linguini with Bell Pepper Marinara

I found this really awesome cookbook last week called the Chopped Cookbook. If you’ve ever seen Chopped on Food Network, this book was written around that idea. Every recipe is written in a way to where 99% of all the ingredients are ones that you should already have in your fridge or pantry. Thus, one…

Mexican Style Tomatoes and Noodles

It’s been raining here for what seems like months. The past few days have been dark, gloomy, depressing and makes a person just want to eat junk food and watch Netflix all day. This was my plan for today until I checked my fridge…. and there was nothing in there! *Insert dramatic music* I didn’t…

Nashville 2017

A few days ago, I went on a trip with two of my closest friends to Nashville, TN to see Iron Maiden at the Bridgestone Arena. Now, everyone that knows me knows that this trip was a REALLY big deal for me. I have been wanting to see this band live for almost a decade…

Chicken and Rice Casserole

Growing up in the backwoods of Alabama, I have been exposed to what the rest of the world would call “good ol’ southern cooking.” This mostly means that everything is either fried, fattening, or both. However, every once in a while, my mom would try to shake things up a bit with some “lighter” fare…

Review: O’Henry’s Tuscaloosa

As you all should know by now, I love coffee and I especially love quality coffee. I am always on the lookout for new and exciting coffee spots around Tuscaloosa or not far from here. I don’t mind getting my regular Starbucks fix, but it is nice to have something different. This is where O’Henry’s…