Roasted Garlic (No oven needed)

Well today the hubby and I were cleaning the house as that is now our weekend thing. (Have I mentioned I hate not working from home!)  We also usually have a bottle of bubbly as well. Ok maybe two bottles. But today as a ‘snack’ with our bubbly we went with something different. I wanted to roast some garlic to make garlic butter and garlic mayo. Didn’t quite get that far today. I swear I roasted at least 20 heads of garlic (I buy those huge bags in BJ’s). My husband started to eat it right out of the roaster, so I continued. Discovering that eating the garlic this way was extremely addicting. I have one of those electric garlic roasters and use it all the time. Today it got quite a workout. I put a little olive oil and kosher salt in the little pan inside and let it roast. Once it’s done I sprinkle on a little more kosher salt for flavor. Eat it warm. It’s like eating a garlic candy or something. Soooo good. I can’t even tell you all how many we ate so far. Heads of garlic I am talking about remember.

Also remember when you roast garlic the flavor mellows quite a bit and it’s like an orgasmic garlic bite of happiness. For those of you who don’t like garlic, I feel very sad for you. Try it this way! I won’t post a recipe for it as there really isn’t one. Just garlic, olive oil and kosher salt. I recommend investing in one of these little gadgets if you like to roast garlic. No oven needed. And it’s way faster! And all the tips I cut off before putting in the roaster, I save for cooking. Why waste it! So try it, you’ll LOVE IT!! And no you will NOT have garlic breath! Honest! And besides, garlic is good for you! We just took a fork and pulled out the little buds of yumminess! I swear you’ll love it!

My awesome garlic roaster

Garlic all ready for the roaster

No I should not have opened the lid...All turned out okay though...No worries!

Ready to eat!

White Sake Sangria

Wow this recipe sounds awesome!  I like sangria, I like sake, I like white sangria…Get the point? I found this recipe in the local newspaper and it’s for one of the great local sushi chains, RA Sushi. I would actually make it right now but I don’t have enough peach schnapps! We used it on our lychee martinis! So once I restock and get a sour mix I will test it out. Sounds like a wonderful spring/summer cocktail. And I sure could use a new cocktail these days. Since I haven’t been able to blog as much as before I am trying to do more on the weekends. RA Sushi has restaurants all over the country but we go to the one here in Florida, in Palm Beach Gardens. Check them out if you have one in your area and love sushi. They have great happy hour deals. Always love a bargain! And the sushi is fresh and delicious! But for now, just whip up a saké cocktail and relax…Monday is almost here.. 😦

INGREDIENTS:

4 ounces Sauvignon blanc

2 ounces sake

1 ounce peach schnapps

2 ounces orange juice

2 ounces pineapple juice

½ ounce Yuzu sour (or other sour mix)

Couple splashes soda

4 lime wedges

2 slices of lemon

2 slices of orange

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a cocktail shaker, squeeze in 2 lime wedges and lemon slices. Add the other ingredients and ice. Shake and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime and orange slices!

Makes 2 cocktails

One Year Anniversary of Blogging! (Avgolemono Spinach Chicken Soup)

Well today is one year since I started my blog. It’s been a long year full of new experiences and new friends. I originally started this to give me something to do while searching for a job and it’s been wonderful. I am now working full-time again but it is a seasonal job till August. Since going back to work I haven’t been able to blog as much as I did before and I miss it. I am trying desperately to get back to posting every day again but it’s been a challenge. But in honor of my first recipe posting I am going to repeat the recipe today. It’s Avgolemono Spinach Chicken Soup.

I have made many new blogging friends and love the community. I have gotten many new recipes myself and learned a great deal about people. So enjoy this ‘flashback’ and I promise to increase the posts as much as possible. I am hoping to be able to find a job working at home again, enabling me to post more often! Happy eating!

(REPOST FROM MARCH 8, 2010)

This is an awesome hearty soup. My husband loves it and would have it every week if I made it! I got the basics from a Weight Watchers recipe and made it my own. Anyone who has eaten at a Greek restaurant has probably had one form of this. It’s easy to make and delicious!


Ingredients:

4 C reduced-sodium chicken broth or chicken stock (I use reduced sodium/fat-free)

1/2 lb. skinless boneless chicken breast (about 1 large breast or 2 small)

2 large eggs

1/2 C lemon juice (use 1/4C if you don’t like too much lemon)

10 oz. frozen chopped spinach

2 C hot cooked rice (I used jasmine brown rice but you can use any kind you like)

Parmesan cheese, for finished soup


Directions:
1: In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, bring the broth/stock and chicken to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, 5-7 minutes. Remove the chicken and, when cool enough to handle, shred into bite-size pieces.

2: In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and lemon juice until frothy; gradually whisk in 1 Cup of the hot stock.

3: Add the spinach to the stock in the saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low; stir in the rice. Slowly add the egg-stock mixture, whisking constantly to avoid curdling; continue whisking until a little thickened, 3 minutes (do not boil). Stir in the chicken and heat to serving temperature. Season with pepper and serve at once.

Serves 4

Per Serving: (1/4 of soup): 261 cal, 7g fat, 2g sat fat, 0g trans fat, 140mg cholesterol, 163mg sodium, 28g carbs, 2g fiber, 22g protein, 141mg calcium.
I used fat-free chicken broth so the fat content will be lower!

Spicy Crab Dip

Long time no post! I’m still trying to get in the routine of blogging when I get home from work. Being I don’t get home till 7pm it’s been tough. But I am determined to get back into this everyday, again. Today’s recipe I found through Taste of Home magazine. I had gotten it in an email. I used to get the magazine but have had to cut back so now I just get emails. This recipe is simple, quick, low-calorie and delicious! Plus it won’t break the bank. It uses the imitation crabmeat but feel free to use the real stuff if you want! I also substituted light mayonnaise and light cream cheese for the full fat ones. Again, feel free to use the regular kind. It can be served with crackers or veggies. Your choice! Enjoy!

Photo courtesy of Taste of Home magazine

INGREDIENTS:

1/3 cup light mayonnaise

2 tablespoons dried minced onion

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons white wine

1 tablespoon minced garlic

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional

½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional

2 packages (8 ounces each) light cream cheese, cubed

1 pound imitation crabmeat, chopped


DIRECTIONS:

1. In a food processor, combine the first eight ingredients. Cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a large microwave-safe bowl. Stir in the crabmeat, mix well.

2. Cover and microwave on HIGH for 2-3 minutes or until bubbly. Serve warm with crackers or vegetables.

Makes 4 cups