Alright, I got this thing up and running. Hope to add some links within the next couple of days. I think i'll start including blogs of note each day. Here's one that I just came across, if you don't know it or have heard of it. It's called Noble Pig. Here's the link: http://noblepig.com/
Lots of pretty pictures and some interesting recipe ideas. I think I want to try that couscous fruit salad out. Looks quit tasty. I don't take quite as pretty pictures as those, but maybe someday I will.
Also, I'd like to include my favorite recipe. I like to call it, Pizza Pasta. I came up with this a couple of months ago, when I was craving both pasta and pizza. A little note about me first, I'm a low carber. I am because of health reasons. I've got a bit of an underactive thyroid, so, because of that i've got some weight issues. So thus, the low-carbing. Anyways, back to my recipe. I was craving both pasta and pizza. A few months earlier, my parents had sent me some low carb pasta. I had still had some, and I was trying to be "good", so I came up with this. Basically, I took my favorite pizza toppings and incoorperated them into a pasta sauce and then mixed it in with pasta, and thus, pizza pasta was born. I also made this last week at my schools Top Chef competition, but more about that later. Here we have:
What You Need:
1 box of pasta (I like penne, but you can use whatever pasta you like)
1 can of tomato sauce (I think it's 16 oz, I don't remember the exact size)
1 package of Italian Sausage
1 package of pepperioni
1 medium sized onion
6 cloves (or more) of garlic
Your favorite color of Bell Peppers
Italian cheese blend
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Your favorite pizza toppings
1. Cook your pasta according to the directions on the package.
2. Cut your onion, and put half in a pot over medium heat with some Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO, yes i'm a Rachel Ray fan.) add your garlic and half of your bell pepper. Cook till transparent.
3. Open your tomato sauce and dump in with your onion, garlic and pepper mixture. Add in your seasonings at this point NOTE: If you wish, you can use fresh herbs, it makes it taste even better. The sauce also tastes nice if you add in some Red Pepper flakes at this point, just a few for a little kick.
4. Heat up a seprate pan over medium, cook the sausage till throughly cooked, drain, add in the pepperioni till it gets nice and crispy. Add both and your remaining veggies into the pot.
5. Let the sauce simmer for a little while. Then add in the pasta.
6. Dish up you pasta, and top with your cheese and mix it in, so it gets nice and melty and all ooey gooey and cheesey. Top with the parm and the crushed red pepper flakes.
I like to serve garlic toast on the side. Along with a salad. Makes a very nice well rounded meal.
And that, dear readers, is my recpie of the day.
I'm sure i'll be back with more later.