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Creamy Mushroom Prosciutto Fettuccine

I was craving a hearty, but not heavy meal, which isn’t easy to do with Italian food.  Usually I end up with meatballs, parmigiana, cheesy manicotti…but not this time!  The fettucine is coated in a light, buttery cream sauce that isn’t too rich and the mushrooms really fool you into having a hearty meat-filled meal.   However, since I cannot fix my hubby’s brain into believing mushrooms can substitute as meat, the prosciutto had to happen!  Frankly, I’m ever grateful for it!  The thinly sliced Italian charcuterie and mushrooms make for such Umami flavor!!

*Umami:  delicious, savory taste.  One of my favorites of one’s five basic taste buds.*

**A nice addition in the Springtime is to add blanched sweet peas or even asparagus to this pasta dish!  Great flavor, freshness and vibrant color!

The Starting Lineup

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 slices thinly cut prosciutto, crisped
  • 1 lb mushrooms (mixed with any variety of mushrooms.  I used baby bella, portabella and rehydrated shitake)
  • 3 medium shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 cup chicken stock (not broth, but stock)
  • 1 pckg fettuccine noodles
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • Kosher salt and pepper

Garnish

  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Fresh thyme

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Begin by heating the 1/4 cup of olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat.  Place the thinly sliced prosciutto in a single layer into the hot oil and fry up (similar to bacon) until crisp.  I prefer mine super crispy, but cook to your liking!  Once crisped, transfer to a paper towel lined plate and set aside.

In that same pot, heat the now prosciutto flavored oil to high heat and add in the 1lb of assorted mushrooms, cooking for 7-8 minutes.  Turn the heat down to medium-low and add in the shallots, 1 tsp of fresh thyme and season with salt and pepper.  Sauté all together for a couple of minutes, till shallots soften.  Finally, reduce the heat to low and pour in the chicken stock.  Bring to a simmer and allow to cook down for 5-7 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook your pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water.  You want the fettuccine to be quite al dente, so boil about 3-4 minutes less than package directions.

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Transfer the very al dente pasta, using tongs, to the pot of mushroom mixture.  Ladle 1 cup of the pasta cooking water into the mix as well.   Crumble half of prosciutto into pot.

Increase heat to medium, bring to a simmer, and cook, tossing constantly, until pasta is now perfectly al dente and liquid is slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Add cream, return to a simmer, and cook, tossing, until pasta is coated, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, add the butter, and toss to combine. Taste and season with salt if needed.

Transfer to your serving bowl(s) and top with the remaining prosciutto, parmesan cheese and fresh thyme!  Enjoy!

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Del Mar Salt Cod Arepa

Good morning friends!!  So this past month I was asked to help CFE International in coming up with some new recipe ideas for their fantastic salt fish products!  For those not in the know…’Salt-Fish’ is traditionally known as Bacalao and is a way to preserve freshly caught fish popular in Puerto Rico, Spain, Portugal and much of the Caribbean.

So I decided to take a popular Baja-Mexican spin on it and toss the light and flakey fish with a spicy pico de gallo and serve it almost torta style with a quick soft and pillow like arepa!  We’re learning new cuisine all day in this one, huh? 😉

Now we had these as a fresh, light and healthy dinner but I think these would be great this coming summer as finger food appetizers at the pool or even serve the spicy cod filling along with tortilla chips are crackers as a dip with your cervezas!  Enjoy!

Here in Texas, you can find the Cristobal product in the frozen section at your local Brookshire Brothers, HEB, Fiesta, Food Town, H Mart, Kroger and Los Altos Ranch Market.  So I’d say it’s quite convenient!!

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The Starting Lineup

  • 1 lb salt cod, rinsed and soaked overnight
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1 habanero, minced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Arepa’s

  • 2 cups pre-cooked P.A.N white cornmeal
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tsp salt

Garnish

  • Avocado slices
  • Lime Mayo (1 cup mayonnaise, juice of 1 lime, 1/2 tsp cumin, pinch of salt)

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This meal begins the night before..is it hard?  No.  Is it a must?  Oh yes…

Start by rinsing your salt cod under running water and place into a large bowl.  Fill with water to cover and top with plastic wrap.  Place in your refrigerator roughly 24 hours prior to preparing the dish.  You will want to change the water about 3 times during these 24 hours to rid all of the excess salt.

Party time!  Ok, place the soaked cod and enough water to cover in a stockpot over med-high heat and bring to a simmer on the stovetop.  Change the water and bring to a simmer 3-4 more times or until desired saltiness is achieved.

Place the now de-salted and cooked cod into a large bowl, shred with two forks and allow to cool.

Next, simply chop and dice up the tomatoes, onion, cilantro and hot peppers.  Add these to the cooled fish along with the juice of two limes and a pinch of salt.  Toss together, cover and place in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to meld.

On to the Arepas!

In another large bowl (meanwhile heat a cast-iron skillet to medium heat), stir the water and salt together until the salt dissolves.  Next pour in the cornmeal a little at a time, working with your fingers, to form a pliable dough.

Divide into 8 dough-balls and then pat into “hockey-puck” shapes.

In your heated pan, add the arepa dough (about 2-3 at a time) and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side for a golden brown.  Transfer to a plate and set aside.  *If not using a cast-iron or other non-stick pan, add about 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil to your hot pan and once cooked transfer to a paper-towel lined plate.

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Slice in half (similar to an English muffin) and dollop a good amount of the lime-mayo on each side.  Spoon on a good amount of the tangy and spicy cod filling and top with a few slices of sliced avocado.  Bring that arepa together and chow down with a cold one my friends!!

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Bbq Chicken Cobb Salad

A Cobb Salad is one of the most ordered salads in our great country…I LOVE them!  However, in true Carly fashion, I wanted to give it a Texas twist with an extra punch of flavor! 

This is a great summertime dinner dish that doesn’t heat the home up and can be made in under 30 minutes!  The BBQ sauce doesn’t overwhelm when mixed with the ranch dressing, only compliments, and you get a extra great crunch from the tortilla chip topping!

*You can shred a rotisserie chicken in a pinch!

The Starting Lineup

  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • 4-6 strips crispy bacon, crumbled
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 bag mixed greens
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1/4 green onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeńo, thin sliced
  • 1 can black olives
  • 1 cup ranch dressing 
  • 1 cup bbq sauce, divided 
  • 1 cup tortilla chips/or strips 
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
     

Here we go!  First, in a bowl or mason jar combine the 1 cup of ranch dressing with 1/2 cup of bbq sauce.  Add in a pinch of salt & pepper and give a good whisk/shake and then refridgerate until the salad is complete. 

 

Next, simply rinse the produce and start the chopping and dicing of the vegetables and chicken! 

In a large bowl, add the cooked, chopped chicken along with the remaining 1/2 cup bbq sauce and toss together. 

  Finally, combine all of the ingredients into the bowl, drizzle with the Bbq Ranch dressing your made earlier and top with the crunchy tortilla strips/chips! 

  

Spring Break ’16

I’m baacckkkk….as it may of seemed that I took a bit of a hiatus, I was actually having so much fun visiting family and friends in Arizona and California.  We may of even saw Mr. Mickey Mouse himself!

We started the LONG journey from north central Texas (why o’ why didn’t we fly?? next time for sure!) to Arizona with our two boys in tow.  If you’ve never driven through Texas, or even halfway through, I compare it to flying to the moon.  Yes, it IS that large.  Finally, after battling the I-10 El Paso traffic and smell, the boring flat trip through New Mexico, we arrived to our destination of the perfectly manicured northwest valley of Arizona! 

We fortunately left a day earlier than planned so we got to spend a day with family (Tuesday..outside of our vehicle, yay!) hanging out and enjoying good food and cocktails.  ..because that very next morning we were back at it and off to California!

Luckily comparing that drive to Los Angeles vs the prior one from Granbury, TX to north Peoria, AZ felt like a quick trip to the grocery store.  After a great ‘girls-night’ evening with family we woke up (now Thursday) and jetted off to Disneyland!!  Myself along with my two boys (4 and almost 3 years old) mother in law, sister in law, niece and her son (3 years old) had the best time!!!  The look on their faces seeing the ‘real’ Mickey & Minnie, Goofy..Spider-Man, Darth Vader, all the rides, just priceless oh my!  We won’t speak of Brooks and my ride on the Matterhorn however, we’ll save that for a near death experience blog ;). 

             The very next morning (Friday..are you keeping up here?? Cause I was exhausted!), we headed back to Phoenix for a mexican fiesta at my mother in laws home where we always stay.  More friends and family came over and we stayed up late!  *Two-Stepping, guitar playing and lots of laughter may have ensued. 

 I believe it’s now Saturday morning, my mind is a bit foggy..I’m not sure if it’s from the car rides across states, constant activities or the free flowing wine, but I’m awake and ready for round 52!!  It’s my best friends wedding at the beautiful Carefree Resort & Conference Center..and boy was it ever!!  

Thankfully the boys were off for a fun day of the zoo, park and lunch with their aunt, uncle and grandpa (seriously, they’re having the best week of their tiny lives!), while I attempted to pull myself together, wipe the bags from my eyes and get wedding ready!! 

   All in all, we had the best time at Mr & Mrs Softley’s shindig!  A beautiful environment with beautiful friends I’ve had since I was 14!  No need to ask how old I am, but let’s just say we’ve all been friends for a while ;). 

       Our last day…Sunday.  Like everyday before, it was a busy day of getting laundry and packing done, collecting all of the boys’ new toys from their too nice family members, a Target shopping trip and a farewell till next year dinner.  Teary goodbyes, please-stay-here’s & hugs.  Monday morning we were out…till next year AZ!  I’m back to cookin’!!!

We’re home!!

 
*who ever was curious to Shane’s where-a-bouts half of the time, it involved guitar playing, an acoustic show at the Irish Wolfhound Pub and LOTS of tattooing!  His back kind of hurts ;). He also got a secret surprise when we returned home last night!  In cahoots with his two best friends who run a motorcycle shop, they tricked out his bike with new white wall tires, fxrp suspension, etc while we were away..one HAPPY boy!! 

      

She’s a beaut!

 

LIPTON Crockpot Pot Roast

I’m thankful.  I’m thankful for this chilly, rainy, drizzly weather that has gotten me in the mood for a good ol’ fashioned pot roast!  Now there are ‘fancier’ recipes out there, ones that braise away in the oven, in their expensive, heavy, ceramic cast-iron pans, deglazed with red wine…but this is not one of those.  It is, however, one that tastes the same and smells up the home the same.  Win!  Plus the soup mix you prepare makes for the fabulous onion’y mushroom gravy!!

Now, there are a few tricks of the trade I like to do if time permits, but if not…it’s still delicious!

*Again, IF time allows, have pan on med-high to high heat and sear each side of the roast for a couple of minutes before placeing into the crockpot.  Even better, scrape up any brown bits and juices and scoop those into the pot as well!
If you have beef broth, use that instead of water.  You also can add a 1/4 of dry red wine to this if available.
Feel free to add the veggies of your choosing, but you can easily ‘fancy them up’!  I.e pearl onions, parsnips, sweet potatoes for a savory & sweet flavor, etc.

Also, NO NEED for salt!  The combination of soup mix and the soup itself works just fine without it.  Promise!!

The Starting Lineup

  • 5-7lb beef roast
  • 2 cans of Cream of Mushroom soup (i.e Campbells)
  • 1 packet Liptons Onion soup mix packet
  • 1 cup water (or Beef Broth if handy)
  • Pepper (to taste – or patted on roast if searing)

Garnish

  • Carrots, chopped
  • Onion, quartered
  • Mushrooms
  • Potatoes, quarterd in pot or make mashed later
  • Parsely 

The EASIEST way to prepare this meal is to coat your crockpot with non-stick and place the cut-up carrots and onions (potatoes as well if not ‘mashing) in the bottom.


 In a small bowl, mix together the cream of mushroom soup, Lipton onion mix and water (broth).  Give a good stir and set aside.

 Next, place the roast (seasoned with pepper to taste) on top of those vegetables.  *Here is where you can give the roast a sear.  Once browned on all sides place onto veggies.  Then lay in the mushrooms (if using) around the roast.  *These are more fragile vegetables to me, and they’d be squished under a heavy roast.

   Now is when you can pour that soup mix over top of the entire roast, cover, set to low for 8 hours (high for 6) and WALK RIGHT AWAY!

 Once the time is up, all you have to do is spoon the tender roast, vegetables and gravy onto a large plate (trust me…you’ll need a big one with as much as you’re about to consume) and serve with the tried & true bread and butter!!  Enjoy and bundle up!

 

Glazed Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles

In my home right now, Fall IS in the air!  The pumpkin pie spiced aroma is almost too much to take as my boys and I are baking, so we decide to play outside as the cookies cool.  …Going outside to play, that again told me it was Fall and no longer the hot summer months.

It also made it that much more pleasurable to go back in and REALLY smell that sweet & spicy goodness!  These delicious cookies are topped off with a glaze that can only make them better..if you can even imagine!! 🍂🍃🍂

The Starting Lineup

  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 sticks butter, unsalted softened 
  • 1 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature 
  • 3/4 cup of pumpkin purée 
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Crust

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Simple Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract  

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and have to baking sheets prepped with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice. 

 In a seperate bowl with a hand mixer or a stand mixer and paddle attachment, cream together the softened 2 sticks of butter and the white and light brown sugar till fluffy (2-3 minutes) on medium speed. Add in the egg and vanilla extract and beat for 1 minute. Finally add in your pumpkin purée and beat together till just combined. 

     Now you’ll slowly add in the dry ingredients (flour mix), scraping the bowl as needed, and beat again until just combined. Do not overmix! Saran Wrap the top of this dough and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes (meanwhile clean the mess 😉 and get the ‘crust’ together. 
   In a shallow dish combine the 1/4 cup sugar and 1tsp each of the pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. (Remove dough from refridgerator). With a small spoon or better yet, a small small ice cream scoop, scoop out a ball of dough and roll in the ‘crust’. Make sure to fully coat..you may need to make more sugar mix. 

   Place each dough ball onto the parchment lined baking sheets about 2″ apart. *I typically fit about a dozen per sheet. 

 Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven for 10 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through (at 5 minutes). Cool for 5-7 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Complete with the remaining dough and baking sheets till all are cooked and cooled. 

 Meanwhile, prepare the Simple Glaze for your finished cookies.  In a small bowl combine the glaze ingredients and whisk till smooth.  Now with the cooled cookies still on the wire rack over the baking sheet, you can either drizzle the glaze or dunk the cookie tops and replace on rack to soak in and harden. 

     Set these beauties on a pretty platter or immediately serve alongside a cold glass of milk!  Also…get ready to make another couple dozen, as they go quick!! 

 

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