Sometimes you just need pasta, yesterday was one of those days. Baked pastas are always a crowd-pleaser, relatively easy to make, and taste amazing. If you’ve never tried your hand at one, now is the time. It’s a very simple concept: noodles, sauce, and cheese. How you go about those three ingredients is what separates the good from the extraordinary. For this particular dish I used rotini, mainly because I happened to have in the pantry. You could easily do this with ziti, penne, or any other similar style of pasta. The important thing is to make a sauce that you’re proud of, and the rest of the dish will follow. This will serve at least 6. Continue reading
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I stayed away from baking for a long time. I always found that there was less room for improvisation than in just cooking. A little of this, dash of that, and you might just end up with a brick or a door stop. You also need a reliable oven, which I did not have in any of my last few apartments. I’m past that now, here’s my first non-pizza baking post, chew on these!
Last night I made an amazing pizza. Now pizza that you make yourself always tastes amazing, but this one had something special. I’ve made hundreds of pizzas, and somehow this one rose above the pack. With the exception of some photos I didn’t bother documenting it… mainly because I was tired and couldn’t be bothered, I just wanted food. I remember coming home from work hungry, and thinking that I really want a bbq chicken pizza right now. I didn’t have any bbq sauce, but we did happen to have some dough leftover from making a pizza two days before. It was brilliant. Afterwards I wrote down what I remembered doing, knowing damn well that I didn’t measure anything. If anything this is for me to remember what made this so special. Continue reading
With all of this cooking, eating, and blogging I’ve been hitting the gym pretty hard lately. I’ve been upping my protein intake but it’s not always an easy task on the go. I’m pretty tired of $%^& brick protein bars and granola bars that taste like kids breakfast cereal. Also, any decent store bought package tends to cost a fortune. I decided I’d give making a simple granola bar with the addition of some protein a chance. So far so good. These are really easy to make and delightfully crunchy. Continue reading
Pan Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Fresh Pumpkin Seeds (I had about 1/2 of a cup)
Pinch of Garlic Powder
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
Pinch of Cumin
Salt to taste
Clean off any pumpkin residue from the seeds and rinse under cold water. Heat a non-stick skillet to medium heat and add the seeds. Dry roast the seeds until any moisture is gone and then add one Tsp of olive oil. Stir occasionally for about 15 minutes. When they start to change color add the cayenne, cumin, garlic powder, and salt. Stir for another 2 minutes and remove from heat. Allow to cool on a paper towel. Amazing snack or topper for soups, salads, etc.