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Lima Bean Vegetarian Pasta Sauce

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Lima Bean Vegetarian Pasta Sauce

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Color and Swirl Cupcakes

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Color and Swirl Cupcakes

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Carrot and Broccoli Alfredo Spaghetti

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Carrot and Broccoli Alfredo Spaghetti

This such an easy dish to make but so tasty! It’s a dish I made up as I went along, like all my other cooking. I’ll update on the pictures soon.

 

Cut and dice everything up. I do use the stem of broccoli where it’s still tender.

Add the seasoning and the creamy cream in. Give it stir and let it simmer.

You’re almost done! Turn off the heat, just pour the spaghetti with a little dash of black pepper and give it a toss.

And voilà! This dish is done and ready to be served!

Prep time: 15 minutes                           Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • Cooked spaghetti for 6 people
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 3 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 2 cups chopped/cubed carrots
  • salt to taste
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • black pepper
  • optional: finely chopped mixed nuts, extra cheese, chives, or other garnish

Directions:

  1. Cube or slice the carrot, cut the broccoli in small pieces.
  2. In a skillet, heat the oil on mid-high heat then sauté the garlic until slightly golden brown. Then add the carrot and broccoli, stir frequently for about 3-5 minutes or until they start to look slightly translucent. Add salt to taste.
  3. Add water, heavy cream, chives, Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese, and ground black pepper to taste into the vegetables. Bring to a simmer for 1 minute.
  4. Turn off heat. Mix cooked spaghetti into the sauce. Mix and serve.
  5. Add optional garnish such as mixed chopped nuts, extra cheese, chives, chopped, , parsley or cilantro.

Best Food Blogs and Websites

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The Pioneer Woman by Ree Drummond

One of the first food blog I’ve found and actually one that inspired me to start sharing my food adventures. She has a huge collection of hearty, meaty food for all you meat lovers. Not only does Ree features recipes, she also writes about life on the ranch, family, photography and everything else in between with humor, quirk and factor of lovableness. What’s not to like when her step-by-step photo instructions themselves are already eye-candies. She has a hugely successful published cookbook and a romance novel is coming out in February. Really, is there anything she can’t do?

Bakerella Now, this blog is amazing, sweet and creative! Just browsing through her blog transports me to a magical, pretty, candy-filled gingerbread house where everything looks too pretty to touch, much less eat. Bakerella features amazing finds, imagination and creative with skills to make magic happens. Here are a view of her collections I adore:

You simply must see how the pudding cups are made. This is going into my “To Try” list.

She has a series of Cake Pops, that are so very cute and great for parties.

And I think, someone (Rich) actually used this to proposed. See the story for yourself.

I can’t think if anything better than cake and ice-cream. You can’t either, can you. Though so ;P

hsaba and blog I love, love the food on this website/blog. My favorites and most simple include:

Crispy Fritter Batter

Yellow Split Pea Fritters

Both this and the Crispy Fritter Batter are great as apetizers or in soups.

New Year Rice Dumplings almost like mochi

Sago pearls/Tapioca in coconut milk

I’ve made versions of this and it is heavenly. The palm sugar gives it a rich taste and a delicious aroma. If you don’t have palm sugar, brown sugar substitutes well too.

Avocado Ice-Cream

I will definitely try this recipie in the future because I know how good avocado milkshake is so I can already imagine how good this will be.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little gallery of talented cooks and bakers. My next favorites will be coming soon…

Best Youtube Food Channels part 1

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There are few things I love in this world, two that include food and YouTube. What do you get when you mix and toss them together? An endless recipe collection from all over the world right at your fingertips. Below are links of chefs and other food junkies I enjoy learning from.

aeriskitchen shows you Korean cooking. Her instructions are always simple and easy to follow, she has great presentation of the food. Aeris really cares about her viewers and takes the time to reply when you comment or ask a question. I love her Korean Styled Twisted Donuts and so did everyone else who has tried my replication of the recipe. You won’t regret, promise.

foodwishes with Chef John is a treasure in YouTube. I can’t begin to describe how wonderful his recipes are. They’re so simple and he’s just the type to not do extra non-essential steps. Chef John has videos not only on recipes but also tips in cooking and has a few published cookbooks with picture of each dish; that way you’re not left wondering if you made the dish right. He’s got a blog http://foodwishes.blogspot.com/ where he posts the complete recipe, direction and introduction to the dish. Some of my favorites: pumpkin pancakes, garlic spaghetti, his book

cookingwithdog focuses on Japanese food and features a cute little dog that “narrates”. I love watching all the new videos and my favorite one is Christmas Cake which I made for my little cousin’s birthday. Everyone loved it so much I ended up making the Christmas Cake for 2010 Christmas. All the heavy cream and egg white whipping may seem like a pain (especially if you do it by hand. Trust me, I know), but it’s all worth it in the end when you bite into the light and versatile cake.

DairyFarmersofCanada has a few great recipes and you guessed it, the recipes use plenty milk. If you’re lactose intolerant, it’s a sad story if you’re not, this is a great way to get your daily source of dairy.

More coming soon…


Dal Bean Soup with Samosa

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If you’re looking for a simple recipe with huge flavors, you’ve found the right one. This is so simple to make and only requires a few ingredients. The beans give it a strong, earthy flavor while the samosa spice, aroma and taste to the soup. I haven’t masted the art of making samosa so I used a family favorite store-brought frozen cocktail samosa.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbps canola oil
  • 3/4 cup dried dal beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 tbps canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup oil
  • 26 bite-size/cocktail samosas

Directions:

  1. Soak the beans in water, for a few hours or overnight. But if your stomach can handle it, it’s not necessary. Throw away the soaked bean water and rinse before cooking.
  2. Take the beans and 5 cups water into a medium-big pan, and boil over medium-high heat. Salt and cover. As it boils, stir occasionally and gradually add water to desired consistency. Boil for 20-25 minutes.
  3. In a skillet, put the oil and onion on medium high heat. Sweat the onion until it becomes slightly translucent. Then add the garlic until everything becomes golden brown.
  4. Add onion and garlic into the bean soup and let it simmer for 1 minute. Add black pepper.
  5. Samosas don’t need to be deep fried, as long as there’s enough oil covering half, you can stir them occasionally to get all sides golden brown.
  6. In a bowl, server soup with whole or cut pieces of samosa, add cooked white rice if desired, garnish with cilantro or chopped green onion.

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Creative food: alternative to pumpkin carving

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Found this while browsing through Picasa web albums. Why this of all pictures? Well, I haven’t have any food since lunch except for an Apple bran muffin three hours ago and I’m hoping looking at delicious pictures of food would fill my imaginary stomach.
Mind over body.
It’s not working.
I decided to share this picture because it’s a great Halloween decoration item: place one in everyone’s dining plate, use it for apple bobbing and many more uses. It’s not big so you don’t have to buy a big expensive pumpkin and be left with pumpkin you don’t know what to do with or pumpkin you don’t even like. Also, this is small and you can afford to buy in big quantity so this can be a great party activity. Or you could practice your carving skills.

Whomever posted this, thank you for sharing and if this is your work of art, you are very talented. I love the touch of fake blood and thumb, they make a great impact.