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The Party Appetizer Winner Is.... [20 Dec 2007|12:33pm]
Stuffed Mushrooms w/Pecorino and HerbsCollapse )

Fried Cheese BallsCollapse )
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Uggh... [25 Oct 2006|09:20am]
[ mood | ravenously hungry ]

... I'm really craving crispy polenta RIGHT NOW.

*stomach growling*


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Awwwwwwww, I said Breast. [25 Oct 2006|09:14am]
Spiced Chicken BreastsCollapse )
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Vegetable Enchiladas! [25 Oct 2006|09:11am]
[ mood | hungry ]

*How Scrumptious!*

Behold - the recipe awaits!Collapse )

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On a side note [06 Aug 2006|08:29am]
Anything that's cooked with any type of breading in "low carb" options, I've noticed that SOY FLOUR is replacing the white flour.

Very interesting - will definitley have to buy some.
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Low Carb Pizza [06 Aug 2006|08:28am]
[ mood | happy ]

Low Carb Pizza
Recipe courtesy George Stella

Recipe Summary
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 16 servings
User Rating: 4 Stars

1 1/2 cups soy flour
3 eggs
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup club soda
1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/8 cup diced red onion
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
3 large Roma tomatoes, diced
8 ounces no sugar added tomato sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (may substitute Italian seasoning for dried herbs)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

24 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
8 ounces pepperoni slices
1/2 cup crumbled Italian sausage, cooked
1/2 cup diced Parma ham
1/3 cup julienned red bell peppers
1/3 cup julienned green bell peppers
1/3 cup julienned red onion
2 portobello mushroom caps, sliced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Pinch dried oregano

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Make the crust: Generously spray 2 (12-inch) pizza pans with nonstick vegetable oil cooking spray. In a medium bowl, stir together all of the crust ingredients to make a smooth, thick, pancake-like batter. Using a rubber spatula, spread the batter as thin and evenly as possible over the 2 pans.

Place pizza crusts on center racks of the oven and bake for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown and firm to touch.

Remove crusts from oven and increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees F.

Meanwhile, make the sauce: In a saucepan over medium heat, heat olive oil and then sweat onions and garlic in oil, cooking just until softened and translucent. Add diced tomatoes and the remaining ingredients and simmer for about 2 minutes.

Compile the pizzas: Spread the tomato sauce and then the mozzarella cheese evenly over both crusts. Top 1 pizza with pepperoni, sausage, and ham, and top the other with the bell pepper strips, onions, and mushrooms. Lightly sprinkle 1 tablespoon olive oil over each pizza, and sprinkle each with a dash of dried oregano.

Place the pizzas back in the oven to bake for another 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cheese melts and starts to brown. Cut each pizza into 8 slices.

Nutrition Information
Nutritional Analysis per servingCalories 336
Fat 26 gramsSaturated Fat 12 grams
Carbohydrates 8 gramsFiber 2 grams
Net Carbohydrates 6 grams 

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Since You've Been Obsessed... [06 Aug 2006|08:16am]
[ mood | happy ]

Low Carb Deep-fried Onion Rings
Recipe courtesy George Stella

Recipe Summary
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 12 servings
User Rating: 5 Stars

3 to 6 cups vegetable oil (more or less depending on pot size)
3 eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream or water
3 large yellow onions

2 1/3 cups soy flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning

Place a heavy pot over medium-high heat with at least an inch of vegetable oil. Heat oil to 350 degrees F; it is important to monitor and maintain the temperature, or the soy flour breading and your oil will burn. (Portable deep fryers at home are great for this.)

In a medium bowl, mix the eggs and cream to make an egg wash. In a separate larger bowl, mix the breading ingredients together.

Peel and slice the onions in thick slices and carefully separate the rings. Then dip individual onion rings in the breading, then the egg wash, and then back in the breading again, making sure to coat well. Pat off any excess breading and carefully place into hot oil, in batches as necessary, and fry until golden brown and crisp, just 1 to 2 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. Serve immediately

Cook's Note: Soy flour is made from toasted soybeans and has already been "cooked."
Therefore it has a tendency to brown faster than plain flour when frying.

Hint: Try this same breading for baked pork chops, okra, mozzarella sticks, mushrooms, chicken, and eggplant.

Nutrition Information
Nutritional Analysis per servingCalories 278
Fat 25 gramsSaturated Fat 5 grams
Carbohydrates 9 gramsFiber 3 grams
Net Carbohydrates 6 grams 

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Low Carb Praline & Pumpkin Pie [04 Aug 2006|03:58pm]
[ mood | here. ]

Low Carb Praline Pumpkin Pie
Recipe courtesy George Stella

Recipe Summary
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield: 12 servings
User Rating: 4 Stars

Praline Crust:
2 tablespoons hot melted butter
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup sugar substitute (recommended: Splenda)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pie Filling:
1 (15-ounce) can no sugar added pumpkin filling
3/4 cup sugar substitute (recommended: Splenda)
1 tablespoon plus a dash pumpkin pie spice
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
4 eggs

Low Carb Whipped Cream, recipe follows

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Make the crust: Mix all crust ingredients together in a small bowl. While mixture is still warm from the butter, press it evenly into the bottom of a deep-dish pie pan. Bake for about 5 minutes, or until browned. Remove piecrust from oven.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Make the filling: Place all filling ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well with a wire whisk. Pour filling into prebaked piecrust. Bake for 15 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Continue to bake for an additional 50 to 55 minutes. To test for doneness, stick a toothpick in the center; if it comes out clean, the pie is done.
Cool and then chill before serving. To serve, top each slice with a dollop of low carb whipped cream.

Low Carb Fresh Whipped Cream:
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup sugar substitute (recommended: Splenda)
1 teaspoon no sugar added vanilla extract

With an electric mixer on high, whip the heavy cream just until frothy. Then add in the sugar substitute and vanilla extract and continue to whip on high until peaks form. Be careful not to over-whip, or cream will break. Transfer to a pastry bag or just spoon onto pie.

Nutrition Information

Calories 241
Fat 24 grams Saturated Fat 12 grams
Carbohydrates 7 grams Fiber 1 gram
Net Carbohydrates 6 grams

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Mmmmm - Asian and Vegetarian Goodness! [24 Dec 2005|05:11am]
[ mood | happy ]

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Asian-Style Lettuce Wraps


1/4 cup sliced green onions
4 Morningstar Farms ® Better'n Burgers® Veggie Burgers® cut into 1-inch strips
3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
2 cups packaged cole slaw mix or shredded cabbage
8 butterhead lettuce leaves or leaf lettuce leaves

Preparation Instructions

1. Cook onion in nonstick frypan coated with vegetable cooking spray over medium heat for 1 minute. Stir in burger strips. Cook and stir until heated through.

2. Combine soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, and red pepper.

3. Add soy mixture and cole slaw mix to burger strips. Gently toss until combined.

4. Spoon some burger mixture into each lettuce leaf. Wrap leaf around filling.

5. Secure with wooden pick. Serve immediately.

Helpful Hints

When time is short and you crave oriental food, don't order take-out. Instead in just 10
minutes you can whip together these simple lettuce wraps in your own kitchen.
They're sure to become a family favorite.

Servings: 8

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A New Pizza Tip [22 Jun 2005|10:12am]
[ mood | dorky ]

.... diced very spicy peppers are excellent ways to doctor up boring store-bought pizzas.

home bought pizza mathmatics

canned diced tomatoes + onion + red pepper + hot peppers + mushrooms + fresh herbs = pizza ♥ love

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Information I must commit to memory... [20 May 2005|10:20am]
... i really want to start buying organic produce...

12 Most Contaminated
(Buy These Organic)

• Apples
• Bell Peppers
• Celery
• Cherries
• Imported Grapes
• Nectarines
• Peaches
• Pears
• Potatoes
• Red Raspberries
• Spinach
• Strawberries

12 Least Contaminated

• Asparagus
• Avocados
• Bananas
• Broccoli
• Cauliflower
• Corn (sweet)
• Kiwi
• Mangos
• Onions
• Papaya
• Pineapples
• Peas (sweet)
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A Mushroom Risotto... [20 May 2005|10:01am]
A Mushroom Risotto - Something New!Collapse )

Recipe taken from: Low-Fat Vegetarian Cooking!
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[09 May 2005|06:10pm]
[ mood | excited ]

Easily Modified Panino - for Vegetarians!Collapse )

And for dessert...Collapse )

Both recipes compliments of Food Network!

Enjoy everyone! ^_^

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A Food Related Quiz [10 Apr 2005|09:11pm]
You are MING TSAI, host of "East Meets
West" and "Ming's Quest"! You
are one of the most celebrated avant-garde
asian-french fusion chefs in the world.
Combining your Asian roots with your studies in
France gives you a bold spirit, which helps you
take chances. Youre adventurous, free-spirited
and creative. Who cares if youre popular or
not? Youre doing what you want, in your own
way, and loving it!

Which Food Network Personality are you?
brought to you by Quizilla
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Roasted Polenta with Garden Vegetables [10 Apr 2005|12:21pm]
[ mood | happy ]

An Easily Modified Soon-to-Be Vegetarian Polenta.Collapse )

Compliments of Food Network, as always. :-)

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Recipe 3: My Own Arrabbiata Sauce. [04 Apr 2005|01:12pm]
[ mood | happy ]

Arrabbiata 101.Collapse )

Mmmmmmmmmm - I think I just found dinner for tonight. ;-)

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Recipe 2: Calzones [30 Mar 2005|08:09pm]
[ mood | creative ]

Original Recipe from Food Network WebsiteCollapse )

My modified version of this includes putting diced tomatoes, diced garlic, green pepper, portabella mushrooms, a few pieces of diced jalepenos, diced onion and scallion, a little tofu, crumbled feta and a mix of parmesean and mozzerella cheese.

Bake for about 10 - 15 minutes on 425 degrees or until golden brown, serve and enjoy!

Note: This was the best calzone I have EVER had. Oh my goodness it was fantastic!

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Recipe 1 - Stuffed Tomatoes [30 Mar 2005|05:29pm]
[ mood | geeky ]

Original Recipe on Food Network websiteCollapse )

I did a modified version of this recipe. I also stuffed red peppers in addition to the tomatoes. The filling in the tomatoes was a wild rice mix with a portobella and balsalmic dressing (VERY GOOD) that I handmade. The red peppers had a cheesy, garlic flavoured cous-cous.

All in all - I give this recipe a 9. :-)

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