9/30/11

Emeril's One-Pot Blogger Cooking Party: Tuscan White Bean Soup with Broccoli Rabe

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Happy Friday everyone!  Wow, this has been a busy week for me as this is the last week of Emeril's One-Pot Blogger Cooking Party that I have had the honor of participating in.  Since this project fell during the same time I've been traveling a bunch, I've had to cook when I could and in spurts.  So needless to say I've been cooking my little tush off, but enjoying it all the same.  Yes, some nights were challenging because these, my dears, are not 30 minute meals.  They take some time to make and there is some real clean up involved, but the final product is worth it.  Plus, I've never been one to care too much about a recipe taking a couple hours to make - that's pretty much my style every night anyway.  I like to come home from work, do a few things around the house, then putz around in the kitchen all night and take my time cooking while I watch TV on my kitchen TV (If you don't have one of these get one... it's the best thing ever - I barely ever leave the kitchen!)

So anyway, I made this recipe on the same night I made Emeril's Pasta e Fagiole... so it was a night of soup making.  (Uh oh... Mark's gonna yell at me again for calling Pasta e Fagiole soup haha...  He's the Italian in the house after all.  I'll get more into this conversation in my next post.)  I love making soups in the fall and winter.  They make the house smell great, they're enjoyable to make, and they taste so good and so comforting without stuffing you to the gills. 

This Tuscan White Bean Soup with Broccoli Rabe, from Emeril's new cookbook, Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders, is a winner.  I absolutely loved it.  I'm in love with white beans in any pasta or soup and I really love broccoli rabe or in this case, broccolini.  This soup also has a brightness from the lemon and a nice back-of-the-mouth heat to it.  Served with some crusty bread and Parmesan cheese, it's pure heaven.  I would without-a-doubt make this soup again. 

After the jump, I'll show you how this soup is made AND I'm able to include the full recipe for you on this one!  Yay!  Also, don't forget to check out more recipes cooked for you by my food blogger buddies here:

Bite and Booze and on Facebook here.
Just off the Red Streetcar Line and on Facebook here.
Diabetic Foodie and on Facebook here.
Tracey's Culinary Adventures and on Facebook here.
The Boys Made Me Do It! and on Facebook here.
Mommy Hates Cooking and on Facebook here.
Farmgirl Gourmet and on Facebook here.
Cajun Chef Ryan and on Facebook here.
Savoring Today and on Facebook here.
Not Rachael Ray and on Facebook here.
Miss in the Kitchen and on Facebook here.
30AEATS and on Facebook here.
Foodhunters Guide to Cuisine and on Facebook here.
Thyme in our Kitchen and on Facebook here.
Cooking with Books and on Facebook here.
Goov-y Foody and on Facebook here.
Manges! Mangi! and on Facebook here.
The Wicked Noodle and on Facebook here.
Cookistry and on Facebook here.

Also, check out Emeril's Facebook page here: Emeril Lagasse and follow him on Twitter here: @Emeril and check out Emeril's publishing company, Morrow Publishing, blogging here: The Secret Ingredient, and on Twitter here: @MorrowCooks, and on Facebook here: Morrow Cooks.

9/29/11

Emeril's One-Pot Blogger Cooking Party: Big Boy Meatballs and Spaghetti

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Ok, let me just get it out of the way now...  the name of this recipe really cracks me up and makes me feel weird all wrapped up into one.  Haha...  Ok, so with that said...  here I am again with another recipe from one of my now favorite cookbooks, Emeril's Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders.  Order your copy today if you'd like to get the recipes for all these dishes I've been cooking.

I would call this recipe a very masculine recipe.  I mean don't get me wrong, I like a good hearty pasta dish with a meat sauce or meatballs, but if recipes had genders... this one would be male.  And not metrosexual male, or hipster male... this recipe can fix cars, build decks, and save you from a burning building.  It's the fireman of recipes.

However it is also a very good recipe.  The meatballs are full of flavor and hearty and the sauce has such a depth of flavor.  It's a great fall/winter dish when you want to curl up on the couch with a hot bowl of pasta under a comfy blanket.

After the jump, I'll show you how this comforting pasta is made. Also, don't forget to check out more recipes cooked for you by my food blogger buddies here:

Bite and Booze and on Facebook here.
Just off the Red Streetcar Line and on Facebook here.
Diabetic Foodie and on Facebook here.
Tracey's Culinary Adventures and on Facebook here.
The Boys Made Me Do It! and on Facebook here.
Mommy Hates Cooking and on Facebook here.
Farmgirl Gourmet and on Facebook here.
Cajun Chef Ryan and on Facebook here.
Savoring Today and on Facebook here.
Not Rachael Ray and on Facebook here.
Miss in the Kitchen and on Facebook here.
30AEATS and on Facebook here.
Foodhunters Guide to Cuisine and on Facebook here.
Thyme in our Kitchen and on Facebook here.
Cooking with Books and on Facebook here.
Goov-y Foody and on Facebook here.
Manges! Mangi! and on Facebook here.
The Wicked Noodle and on Facebook here.
Cookistry and on Facebook here.

Also, check out Emeril's Facebook page here: Emeril Lagasse and follow him on Twitter here: @Emeril and check out Emeril's publishing company, Morrow Publishing, blogging here: The Secret Ingredient, and on Twitter here: @MorrowCooks, and on Facebook here: Morrow Cooks.

9/28/11

Emeril's One-Pot Blogger Cooking Party: Eggs Florentine

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Hey guys! I'm back again with another one-pot recipe from Emeril's new cookbook, Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders. This time, I wanted to go the breakfast route to mix things up a bit. Now, if you know a THING about me, you know I love eggs. LOVE them. I'm obsessed really. If there is an appetizer, side dish, entree, or literally anything on the menu at a restaurant that is topped with some sort of poached or fried egg, I'm on board.

So when I initially flipped through this cookbook a couple weeks ago and saw a few different recipes topped with beautiful eggs I knew I would be choosing at least one of them to cook during this blogger party. And let me tell you... I am SO glad I chose this recipe. Even if this recipe consisted of nothing more than the creamed spinach... HOLY CRAP this stuff is good. I literally want to have it as a side dish to absolutely everything I cook from now on. I want to spread it on toast, I want to put it on sandwiches, I want to stuff it into little puff pastries, I want to add it to quesadillas.... I mean, it's SO GOOD!

This was also a fairly easy recipe to put together and it's true what Emeril says in the book... you really could make the creamed spinach up ahead of time and then just assemble this dish as a breakfast or brunch option when you wake up that morning. I ended up making it in the evening and we ate some of it as an appetizer before another dish I made that night and it was great for that purpose, too. It's served with toast or crusty bread on the side and you basically spread the mixture on to your bread and then just feel the happiness wash over you. Did I mention this dish was good?

After the jump, I'll show you how this delicious dish is made. Also, don't forget to check out more recipes cooked for you by my food blogger buddies here:

Bite and Booze and on Facebook here.
Just off the Red Streetcar Line and on Facebook here.
Diabetic Foodie and on Facebook here.
Tracey's Culinary Adventures and on Facebook here.
The Boys Made Me Do It! and on Facebook here.
Mommy Hates Cooking and on Facebook here.
Farmgirl Gourmet and on Facebook here.
Cajun Chef Ryan and on Facebook here.
Savoring Today and on Facebook here.
Not Rachael Ray and on Facebook here.
Miss in the Kitchen and on Facebook here.
30AEATS and on Facebook here.
Foodhunters Guide to Cuisine and on Facebook here.
Thyme in our Kitchen and on Facebook here.
Cooking with Books and on Facebook here.
Goov-y Foody and on Facebook here.
Manges! Mangi! and on Facebook here.
The Wicked Noodle and on Facebook here.
Cookistry and on Facebook here.

Also, check out Emeril's Facebook page here: Emeril Lagasse and follow him on Twitter here: @Emeril and check out Emeril's publishing company, Morrow Publishing, blogging here: The Secret Ingredient, and on Twitter here: @MorrowCooks, and on Facebook here: Morrow Cooks.

Emeril's One-Pot Blogger Cooking Party: ...and the winners are!

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I love giveaways. I just started getting opportunities to do them, but I have to say, they are so fun! I love making someone's day by telling them that they won a prize. Probably because I'm a huge cheesehead sap. But I don't care :-) I love it!
So anyway, I'll bet you want to know who won, right??

The winner of their very own copy of Emeril Lagasse's new cookbook, Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders is: Kathy Jacobs! I hope you love this cookbook as much as I do.

And the winner of the Emeril by Zak! Table Art 7-piece Flame-Shaped Serving Bowl set is: Samantha Freni!

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Congratulations to the winners! Please send me an email with your full name and home address so your prizes can be mailed right out to you!



9/27/11

Emeril's One-Pot Blogger Cooking Party: Spicy Sirloin Steak Fajitas

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Hey guys!  I've been blogger-partying my butt off lately (I know, nerd alert!), and cooking up a storm in the kitchen during the few days I've actually been home.  Phew!  But I was challenged to cook 9 recipes in 3 weeks out of Emeril's new cookbook, Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders, and dang-it, I'm gonna do it!  Plus, it's pretty fun ;-)

By the way...  Emeril's cookbook goes on sale TODAY!  So click on the link above and get your copy so you can cook all the stuff I've been cooking!  Also, head on over to my previous post here to get yourself entered to win a copy of your very own or a set of  Emeril by zak! Table Art 7-piece Flame-Shaped Serving Bowls!  Hurry, the contest ends at noon on Wednesday, September 28th!

Speaking of fun...  fajitas are pretty much always fun, right?  I mean, who doesn't like them?  Well, there's a great steak fajita recipe in this book and I was really happy with the final product.  Spicy, flavorful, and fresh.  The only thing I changed was instead of using sirloin steak, I used flank steak that I had in my freezer.  I would also serve some of your favorite hot sauce on the side of these, too, just to give them a little more oomf if you're anything like me.

After the jump, I'll show you how these spicy steak fajitas are made.  Also, don't forget to check out more recipes cooked for you by my food blogger buddies here:

Bite and Booze and on Facebook here.
Just off the Red Streetcar Line and on Facebook here.
Diabetic Foodie and on Facebook here.
Tracey's Culinary Adventures and on Facebook here.
The Boys Made Me Do It! and on Facebook here.
Mommy Hates Cooking and on Facebook here.
Farmgirl Gourmet and on Facebook here.
Cajun Chef Ryan and on Facebook here.
Savoring Today and on Facebook here.
Not Rachael Ray and on Facebook here.
Miss in the Kitchen and on Facebook here.
30AEATS and on Facebook here.
Foodhunters Guide to Cuisine and on Facebook here.
Thyme in our Kitchen and on Facebook here.
Cooking with Books and on Facebook here.
Goov-y Foody and on Facebook here.
Manges! Mangi! and on Facebook here.
The Wicked Noodle and on Facebook here.
Cookistry and on Facebook here.

Also, check out Emeril's Facebook page here: Emeril Lagasse and follow him on Twitter here: @Emeril and check out Emeril's publishing company, Morrow Publishing, blogging here: The Secret Ingredient, and on Twitter here: @MorrowCooks, and on Facebook here: Morrow Cooks.

Emeril's One-Pot Blogger Cooking Party: 2 Giveaways!

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I hope you've been enjoying my recent posts chronicling all the cooking I've been doing from Emeril Lagasse's new cookbook, Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders. It's made for a few busy weeks for me, especially with all the traveling we've been doing, but it has been fun.

I've always gravitated toward Emeril recipes for several reasons. One... he's not afraid of garlic and heat. At all. I love that. I like my food to have tons of flavor and let you know you're alive when you're eating it. Two... he's not trying to fit his recipes into that ridiculous "five ingredients or less" type of mold for "busy moms on the go". I'm not a mom, but I have to assume even busy moms want recipes with a little more flavor than five ingredients can provide.

Well I can tell you for certain, the above two characteristics that I love so much about Emeril recipes are very much alive and kicking in his newest cookbook, Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders. There are zero boring recipes in this cookbook and the variety is amazing. You can open this book and make anything from a big pot roast or pork tenderloin to a seafood stew or a beef and broccoli stir-fry.

I highly recommend this cookbook and you can order it today here. ....OR would you like to win a copy? Well of course you would! Simply leave a comment on this post today and tomorrow at Noon a random winner will be chosen from the comments.

Oh... you want more? Geesh! Alright, alright... just in case you don't win the cookbook, the second prize is the Emeril by zak! Table Art 7-piece Flame-Shaped Serving Bowl set pictured here:

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So leave your comments on this post today and I'll be back tomorrow to announce the winners! Good luck!!!



9/26/11

FOODIE Quickie: Hummus Two Ways

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Hey everyone! Having a good morning so far? I think I'm still waking up... thank goodness for Starbucks. Yesterday was a long day at the Browns game, but it was worth it because they won! Anyway, a couple days ago Mark and I had a party to go to and we wanted to bring an appetizer that would use up ingredients we already had on hand. Since we had a bag of pita bread in the fridge, I decided we would make those into pita chips and whip up some homemade hummus. I found a recipe using my Epicurious iPhone app for "Smoky Chipotle Hummus" and decided to use a portion of that recipe as my base hummus recipe and make two different types of batches: one Smoky Chipotle batch and one Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper batch.

You won't believe how easy it is to make your own hummus and you'll find that it tastes fresher and it's cheaper... especially when you make your own pita chips.

To make your own pita chips... just preheat your oven to 350 degrees, cut up whole pieces of pita bread into triangles, arrange the pita bread pieces into a single layer on a cookie sheet, drizzle some extra virgin olive oil onto the pita bread pieces and pop them into the oven for about 10 minutes, or until they begin to turn a light golden brown.  Remove them from the oven and sprinkle on some sea salt.  They're easy, they taste better than the bagged pita chips, and they're WAY cheaper.

So enjoy making your own hummus and hopefully this will be something easy you can bring to your next party! 



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9/25/11

Emeril's One-Pot Blogger Cooking Party: Red Bean and Rice Soup

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Hi guys!  Happy Sunday!  It's a beautiful mid-70s degree day here in Cleveland today and I'm about to head out to the Browns game.  Go Browns!  But before I do, I wanted to tell you about another recipe from Emeril's new cookbook, Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders.  I think this one was my favorite so far because it's spicy and tangy... two of my favorite things in a dish.  Plus, now that I've got football on the brain, I just realized how perfect this dish would be to make ahead of time and bring to a tailgate party before the game!  Yum!

A lot of times when making a dish using a recipe, I'll substitute something or do something a little different and gear it more towards my taste.  For this dish, I didn't so much change the ingredients, but I changed the technique completely.  You see, this recipe is actually one of the slow-cooker recipes in the book, but I needed to make it fairly quickly last week, so I decided to make it in my stock pot instead.  So I'm going to describe to you how I made this soup my way, but you can also check out how it's made in a slow cooker, plus get the recipe, by ordering Emeril's book. 

After the jump, I'll show you how this spicy stew is made.  Also, don't forget to check out more recipes cooked for you by my food blogger buddies here:

Bite and Booze and on Facebook here.
Just off the Red Streetcar Line and on Facebook here.
Diabetic Foodie and on Facebook here.
Tracey's Culinary Adventures and on Facebook here.
The Boys Made Me Do It! and on Facebook here.
Mommy Hates Cooking and on Facebook here.
Farmgirl Gourmet and on Facebook here.
Cajun Chef Ryan and on Facebook here.
Savoring Today and on Facebook here.
Not Rachael Ray and on Facebook here.
Miss in the Kitchen and on Facebook here.
30AEATS and on Facebook here.
Foodhunters Guide to Cuisine and on Facebook here.
Thyme in our Kitchen and on Facebook here.
Cooking with Books and on Facebook here.
Goov-y Foody and on Facebook here.
Manges! Mangi! and on Facebook here.
The Wicked Noodle and on Facebook here.
Cookistry and on Facebook here.

Also, check out Emeril's Facebook page here: Emeril Lagasse and follow him on Twitter here: @Emeril and check out Emeril's publishing company, Morrow Publishing, blogging here: The Secret Ingredient, and on Twitter here: @MorrowCooks, and on Facebook here: Morrow Cooks.

9/24/11

Emeril's One-Pot Blogger Cooking Party: Linguine with Artichokes, Shrimp, and Mascarpone

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So if you're anything like me, you sometimes just CRAVE seafood.  Well take a look at this fast and easy pasta taken from Emeril Lagasse's new cookbook, Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders.  It's fresh, simple, comforting, and delicious.  I would say this is another great choice for a weeknight dinner since it's not all that difficult to make and really doesn't have that many ingredients.  The only two things I changed was I used fettuccine instead of linguine and I used my jarred marinated artichoke hearts instead of canned ones.  I say use what you have on hand, ya know? 

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After the jump, I'll show you how this pasta is made.  Also, don't forget to check out more recipes cooked for you by my food blogger buddies here:

Bite and Booze and on Facebook here.
Just off the Red Streetcar Line and on Facebook here.
Diabetic Foodie and on Facebook here.
Tracey's Culinary Adventures and on Facebook here.
The Boys Made Me Do It! and on Facebook here.
Mommy Hates Cooking and on Facebook here.
Farmgirl Gourmet and on Facebook here.
Cajun Chef Ryan and on Facebook here.
Savoring Today and on Facebook here.
Not Rachael Ray and on Facebook here.
Miss in the Kitchen and on Facebook here.
30AEATS and on Facebook here.
Foodhunters Guide to Cuisine and on Facebook here.
Thyme in our Kitchen and on Facebook here.
Cooking with Books and on Facebook here.
Goov-y Foody and on Facebook here.
Manges! Mangi! and on Facebook here.
The Wicked Noodle and on Facebook here.
Cookistry and on Facebook here.

Also, check out Emeril's Facebook page here: Emeril Lagasse and follow him on Twitter here: @Emeril and check out Emeril's publishing company, Morrow Publishing, blogging here: The Secret Ingredient, and on Twitter here: @MorrowCooks, and on Facebook here: Morrow Cooks.

9/21/11

Emeril's One-Pot Blogger Cooking Party: BLT Risotto

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So… are you guys ready to party?  It's almost the weekend, right?  Well, sit back, crack open a cold beer, and let me tell you about a meal that's not only easy to prepare; it will also taste great with that second beer you grab out of the fridge ;-)

Before I begin, let me let you in on what will be going on around here on FOODIE from now until October 1st.  I am honored to be one of 20 bloggers to receive, cook from, and blog from Emeril Lagasse's newest cookbook: "Sizzling Skillets and other one-pot wonders" so that you all can get a sneak peak into this fabulous cookbook and go out and get a copy for yourself.  This "One-Pot Cooking Blog Party" kicked off on September 11th and goes until October 1st.  Now I'm admittedly fashionably late to this party because I was busy doing this, so I didn't have much time to get on my blog to post.  BUT, I DID do some cooking from this fabulous cookbook before my trip so I would be able to share them with you the minute I got back!

So, for the next couple weeks, I will be showing you how to prepare a total of 9 recipes from this book.  Unfortunately I cannot share the recipes with you, but you can at least get an idea of what the dishes look like and what's involved in preparing them.  If you'd like the recipes, grab the book.  I'm gonna tell you what… I've bought a lot of cookbooks in my life and this one is a great one.  It has a decent amount of pics of the food (not for every recipe, but for a lot of them), and every recipe is a meal.  It doesn't have any, what I like to call, "filler recipes" like, "Ok, recipe #1: here's how you make cheese and crackers!  Alright, recipe #2: now it's time for minted ice water!"  Every recipe in this book can be prepared, as you might have guessed, using one cooking vessel, whether it be a stock pot, crock pot, wok, skillet, or dutch oven.  Also, each of these recipes are legit meals, not just little appetizers or salsas. 

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Another great thing about these next couple weeks is that you will have a chance to win some fun prizes!  Stay tuned because I will be giving away a copy of the very cookbook I'll be cooking from, and during the last week I will be giving away a 12 piece Emeril by Zac! table art serving set.

Since this IS a cooking party, please join in the fun and check out my fellow bloggers' posts over these next couple weeks as well:

Bite and Booze and on Facebook here.
Just off the Red Streetcar Line and on Facebook here.
Diabetic Foodie and on Facebook here.
Tracey's Culinary Adventures and on Facebook here.
The Boys Made Me Do It! and on Facebook here.
Mommy Hates Cooking and on Facebook here.
Farmgirl Gourmet and on Facebook here.
Cajun Chef Ryan and on Facebook here.
Savoring Today and on Facebook here.
Not Rachael Ray and on Facebook here.
Miss in the Kitchen and on Facebook here.
30AEATS and on Facebook here.
Foodhunters Guide to Cuisine and on Facebook here.
Thyme in our Kitchen and on Facebook here.
Cooking with Books and on Facebook here.
Goov-y Foody and on Facebook here.
Manges! Mangi! and on Facebook here.
The Wicked Noodle and on Facebook here.
Cookistry and on Facebook here.


Also, check out Emeril's Facebook page here: Emeril Lagasse and follow him on Twitter here: @Emeril and check out Emeril's publishing company, Morrow Publishing, blogging here: The Secret Ingredient, and on Twitter here: @MorrowCooks, and on Facebook here: Morrow Cooks.



So are you ready?!  Let's party! 

Find out how to make this delicious risotto after the jump.