Wednesday, November 30, 2011

VIDEO: Angel Hair Pasta with Asparagus & Truffled Egg

My newest video.. enjoy!

1. Marinate your asparagus (5 stems per person) in olive oil and salt and pepper.

2. In a saute pan, line bottom with OO -- this is your sauce. Add crushed garlic and red pepper flakes. Warm through on low, but don't cook.

3. When you drop the angel hair in the boiling, salted water, drop the asparagus in a grill pan.

4. The pasta takes only a minute or two to soften, so once al dente, transfer pasta to saute pan with the warmed olive oil. Reserve some of the cooking liquid and add to pasta as needed. Season with S&P.

5. Start your poached eggs.

6. Your asparagus will probably be done at this point.

7. Turn up the heat for the pasta and toss to coat and finish cooking.

8. Plate pasta. Add asparagus. Top with egg. Top egg with S&P (I used truffle salt) and truffle oil.

9. Finish with fresh basil and parmesan reggiano.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Roasted Cauliflower

Oh yes. We just had a huge Thanksgiving feast last night, but I'm hungry again! Being a fan of cauliflower, I looked some recipes online and came across roasted cauliflower. It looked simple and tasty, so I decided to go for it.

Before the oven

All done!
Recipe was pretty easy and took a mere 10 minutes to prepare.

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped up
  • olive oil
  • garlic salt
  • pepper
Preheat over to 400 degrees. Cut up the cauliflower into florets and put into a baking dish. Toss in the garlic and drizzle olive oil on top. Add salt and pepper to taste. Put dish into over and bake for 27-30 minutes until the tops are brown and tender. Remove and serve immediately. You can add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, but this was tasty without it.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Slow Cooker- Honey Garlic Chicken

I'm a huge fan of the slow cooker because I don't like to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen. The last two weekends I've put the crock pot to good use. Last weekend was beef stew which turned out pretty good. This weekend I tested out chicken. Yes, chicken can be cooked in crock pot and it comes out tender! I used boneless, skinless thighs and breasts for this recipe as there are finicky eaters in my household.

Honey Garlic Chicken

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs and/or breasts. Up to you on what your family prefers
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped up
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 honey
Wash and trim off fat from chicken. Put into slow cooker. I used a 4 qt Rival Crock Pot which I got from Ralph's for around $20. Combine all the ingredients into a mixing bowl. Pour over chicken and make sure it's coated evenly. Cook on low for 5 hours. Serve over rice.. enjoy!

This is a great meal to make first thing in the morning so you can enjoy it for lunch. The smell of the chicken is seriously amazing. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Potato Leek Soup

It's been chilly in LA which means it's the perfect time for soup! I made this wonderful potato and leek soup last night and it was delicious! Simple comfort food that is budget friendly too.


  • 4 medium Russet (or other starchy) potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 stalks leeks
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 qt chicken broth or stock
  • chopped up pancetta to garnish
Cut leeks into 1/2 to 1 inch thick, roughly the same size

Peel potatoes and cut into the same size as leeks

Add butter to a big soup pot and melt over medium heat

Add leeks and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes

Add wine and reduce by half

Add stock and potatoes, bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 more min till potatoes are easy to cut with a fork, but not mushy

Put into a blender and puree working in batches if needed

Put back into pot and simmer for a bit longer

Serve in soup bowls and top off with some pancetta or bacon if desired