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Ugly Noodles

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Ugly Noodles

These noodles may look pretty ugly, but they’re a breeze to make and super flavorful.

What goes into ’em?

  • Whole wheat pasta (your preference)
  • chicken (either baked or pan seared)
  • diced tomatoes
  • thinly sliced white onion
  • garlic
  • chicken stock

Additionally you could add:

  • sautéed/roasted peppers
  • white wine
  • other veggies of your preference
  • Cheese for garnish

The method is simple, and quick too if you’re on a time constraint.

  1. cook pasta until barely firm (if it’s shape pasta, I cook it for 5-8 minutes, if it’s linguine or spaghetti, I cook it for 3-5 minutes)
  2. While the pasta cooks, warm up a large skillet. When the skillet is hot, add olive oil. When the oil is hot (shimmering is an indication), add the onion and garlic and sauté until onion is translucent and garlic is fragrant, about a two minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, juice and all, reducing the heat. Allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes or until liquid is reduced.
  4. Add pasta straight from the pan adding 1/4C of cooking water to the pan with the tomatoes.
  5. Turn up the heat and add 1/4C chicken stock, bring to a boil and reduce heat, allowing the pasta to simmer and soak up most of the liquid, cooking it for 5-8 minutes or until desired doneness is reached
  6. Add pasta to warmed bowl and top with sliced chicken breast.

Feel free to serve with salad to complete the meal.

Bon Appetite

~Steffanni

Project Fit Foodie

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August of last year, I began working a second job. In hindsight, it was probably the best and worst decision I’ve made to date, but that’s not the focus here. I went from having abundant time to cook with not enough money to having more than enough money to make the things I wanted, just not the time. Takeout became a staple for me. I would either grab something cheap from the buffet next door, or I’d wait until after work and pick up whatever I could get my hands on. Whether or not I wanted to admit it, I began to put on weight. At the end of the first month, I signed up for the gym that was next door to the shop. In honesty, I didn’t even mean to sign up for the gym, I just meandered in to waste some time before my shift and ended up talking to the owner of the place. I was already going jogging in the mornings before my shift at the shop, why would I want to pay to workout? But, by the end of that night, I was signed up for the gym. The first thing I did my first gym visit was to weigh myself. I’d gotten up to 196 lbs. This was horrible. I knew from the tight waistband of my jeans among other tells that I’d put on weight, but 15 pounds? It was horrible. I felt horrible about my weight and began to do something about it. In addition to going running in the morning, I tried to supplement it with the gym membership, but I really only went a handful of times that first month, and each of those visits was only an hour. I didn’t want to burn myself out, but I was so exhausted after work that first month that I didn’t want to go to the gym. Continue reading

Apologies

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It’s been two months since I’ve last written, but they have not been spent idly.

As a matter of speaking, it’s been quite the opposite and I have done enough cooking to merit some blog posts.

This week, you can expect:

  • Lamb tacos
  • Ravioli 2 ways (one served with a hearty pan tomato sauce and chicken, topped with fresh grated cheese; the other done with brown butter and fresh sage served with pan seared rosemary and thyme rubbed chicken)
  • Polenta 2 ways (one with creamy goat cheese, topped with steak and served with a drizzle of balsamic syrup; the other “to go” made with tomato-basil goat cheese, served with grilled chicken that marinated in extra virgin olive oil, nutmeg and thyme tied together by a garlicky tomato sauce)

As always-

Stay Hungry!

Pasta with Turkey Meatballs

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Lately, I’ve been stepping out of the box with my cooking. Sometimes it goes well, other times, not so much. I’d like to color my experience with turkey sausage a success… save for the excessive garlic taste, but that can be easily resolved.  Continue reading

The Hu Ke Lau

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Hu Ke Lau Restaurant
(413)-567-1212
827 Williams Street,
Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Takeout, carry away, order in…

There’s a great number of restaurants that fit the bill for a place where you can dial up and get good food delivered to your house, apartment, etc. The Hu Ke Lau would fall under the category of places to order from, except for two things.

1. They don’t deliver.
2. The food happens to be a million times better fresh from the wok, served and eaten in house. Continue reading

Experiment: Pistachio Pesto

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A while back, my aunt subscribed me to Bon Apetit magazine. It quickly became one of the things I most often looked forward to. Near the end of every month a new issue came out and I would peruse it, looking for something that I might be adventurous enough to try. Back in… October, the home entertaining issue came out and on one of its pages, there was 3 different ways in which you could use the pistachio.  Continue reading

Easter Was Last Week, I Know.

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So Easter has come and gone again. Like every year, our was laid back and lovely.

This year, we had a bit of variety when it came to food. Just take a look at my plate.

Food! There's some scalloped potatoes, mash, bbq kielbasa, kielbasa and saur kraut, roast and a slice of ham. Completely worth skipping breakfast for.

Food! There’s some scalloped potatoes, mash, bbq kielbasa, kielbasa and saur kraut, roast and a slice of ham. Don’t forget the asparagus, either! Completely worth skipping breakfast for.

There’s just a bit of food there, but it was all really good. Wasting no time, I was mentally making notes of what I enjoyed and what I didn’t. The mash, which is what I prepared, came out bland to me. I think it had something to do with the fact that I should have used heavy cream in place of milk. They (the potatoes) were also too soft, as it was. But, I can’t fault my aunt for that because she was already bustling around the kitchen with other things and pressured cooked them to save on time. The scalloped potatoes were good, but then again, when aren’t they? I was honestly more impressed with the saur kraut and kielbasa more so than the ham. I don’t know what was up with my taste buds, I preferred eating it over eating the ham. As you can see, there was also bbq kielbasa. Which, up until a little bit ago, I would have preferred to eat over the saur kraut and kielbasa any day. But even now, after it took back seat to the aforementioned  it was still good in flavour. There were two types of beef roast, yet only one is shown above. The one I tried had little cloves of garlic injected in it in places that helped add some flavour. The other one I tried (not pictured) had a paprika, garlic salt, and black pepper rub. It was chock full of flavour, though a little on the over done side. What it lacked in texture, it made up in flavour. Finally, the asparagus. Up until now, I’ve always turned my nose up at it. But I saw it on the counter with the other side dish veggies (think corn and green beans) and skipped over them, indulging my adventurous taste buds. After biting into a piece, it occurred to me that there might be something off with it. Yes, it had an interesting, unique, yet good flavour, but the texture threw me for a loop. I never thought it was limp, like a wet noodle. I’ve always imagined it to have more of a crunch. But texture aside, it was pretty good. My aunt seasoned it with salt and pepper and added parmesan cheese.

If there’s anything from that plate that I’ll want to replicate any time soon, it’s going to have to be the saur kraut and kielbasa as well as the asparagus. I’m also hoping to try my hand at scalloped potatoes from scratch, but I digress.

Not your usual cheesecake dessert. The base was made with pretzels and the usual cheesecake filling was replaced with Strawberry Jell-O.

Not your usual cheesecake dessert. The base was made with pretzels and the usual cheesecake filling was replaced with Strawberry Jell-O.

Some time after dinner, I meandered back into the kitchen to see what there was for dessert. There was nothing really that piqued my interest save for something that was covered with whipped cream. Giving in to curiosity, I cut a square from the 12×9 pan and tried a bite. Instead of the Graham cracker crust, I was met with the slight saltiness of pretzels meeting delicate, sweet strawberry filling. It was an odd match, but it worked.

Maybe next Easter I can talk my family into allowing me to cook, but for the time being, the food was good and I got to indulge my newly adventurous tastebuds and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Stay Hungry,

~Steffanni

Back Blogging

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Lately, I’ve been out more than I’ve been home. And on those rare occasions when I’ve actually been home, I’ve snuck a little bit of cooking in. I have pictures to prove it, but rather than try to fit everything into one post, I’m going to do a week of Back Blogging and cover everything food wise that I’ve done.

So this week you can expect posts about (in no particular order):

  • Easter
  • Gnocchi & Cream Sauce
  • The Hu Ke Lau
  • Pistachio Pesto
  • Orchiette with Meatballs and Broccoli
  • Mole Sauce (even though I technically haven’t made it yet)

Stay Hungry,

~ Steffanni.

Spicy Lamb & Chorizo Chili

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I’ve had a bunch of different chilies. From your everyday obtainable-by-can chili con carne, to chili with ground chuck and sausage simmered overnight with a touch of chocolate and lots of chiles, I’d thought I’d seen it all. Then came along a recipe from Bon Appetit calling for lamb and chorizo. This definitely isn’t your run of the mill chili, and not for those who are faint of heart.  Continue reading

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