Posts tagged #cooking

Croque Monsieur

This is so delicious. I got this recipe for Ina Garten! She is one of my favorite chefs. I changed the recipe a bit to fit what I had in my kitchen. I also changed the sauce a bit, I felt it wasn't thickening enough.

This is a great brunch recipe and so easy to make! A french recipe!


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup hot milk
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 12 ounces mozzarella, grated (5 1/2 cups)
  • 16 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
  • Spicy brown mustard
  • 8 ounces baked Virginia ham, sandwich sliced at your deli.


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Melt the butter over low heat in a small Saucepan and add the flour all at once, stirring with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Slowly pour the hot milk into the butter–flour mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thickened. Off the heat add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, 1 cup of the Mozzarella and set aside.
Toast the bread, bake on a baking sheet 5 minutes. Turn each slice and bake for another 2 minutes, until toasted.
Lightly brush half the toasted breads with mustard, add two slices of ham to each, and sprinkle with half the remaining Mozzarella. Top with another piece of toasted bread. Slather the tops with the cheesesauce, sprinkle with the remaining Mozzarella, and bake the sandwiches for 5 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the topping is bubbly and lightly browned. Serve hot.
Posted on May 1, 2011 .

Chicken Tortilla Soup

I made this tonight and it turned out very tasty. I was please that it wasn't overwhelmed with sodium like most soups. It's actually pretty healthy. An original recipe of mine! This batch is pretty large and is great for a family and leftovers!


3 Chicken breasts

3 Garlic cloves minced

1 cup of onion chopped

2 14 oz cans of diced tomatoes, drained

1 can of green chilies, drained

10 corn tortillas

1 8oz can tomato sauce

1 teaspoon cumin

1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

48 oz chicken broth ( I used College Inn Light and Fat free, 50%less sodium)

1 tablespoon olive oil

vegetable oil

Cheddar cheese


Optional toppings: sour cream, lime wedges, avocado

What you do...

1)Boil chicken breasts until cooked, about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.

2)In a large pan saute onions, garlic with a tablespoon of olive oil. Cook until onions are tender.

3)Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, green chili, oregano, and cumin. Stir

4) In a large sauce pan bring the chicken broth to boil. Add the tomato mixture to the sauce pan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Shred the cooled chicken

5)Slice tortillas in strips. In a pan of hot vegetable oil, fry the tortilla strips, about 30 seconds until they get golden. Place on a plate covered with a paper towel.

6)After the soup has simmered for 20 minutes add the shredded chicken and heat through.

Serve with the tortilla strips and sprinkle shredded cheddar on top and garnish with cilantro. You can also add other toppings such as sour cream, avocado, and a squeeze of a lime wedge.


Posted on January 30, 2011 and filed under Food.

Taco Bread Casserole

Menu planning for the birthday fiesta!

I've made this dish before as a dinner one night and it was delicious! However, I think it is best as a party snack. I'm excited that I get to make this dish again! Here is where I got the 



Taco Bread Casserole


For the bottom layer you will need...

3/4 cup of flour

1/2 cup cornmeal

2 envelopes of yeast

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt, I use sea salt

3/4 cup warm milk

3 tablespoons corn oil

1 egg

Other ingredients

1 pound of lean ground beef

I package of taco seasoning

I jar of salsa or you can use a can of diced tomatoes or cut your own fresh tomatoes

Shredded Cheddar cheese

What you do...

1)Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare ground beef as you would for tacos. Brown the meat and drain excess grease. Add taco seasoning.

2)Make the batter for the bottom layer. In a dish combine yeast, sugar and milk and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes.

3)Combine the remaining ingredients for the bottom layer. In a 3 quart greased baking dish spread the batter.

4)Add the taco meat on top of the batter, evenly coat the top.

5)Pour salsa or tomatoes, what every your preference, evenly over the meat filling.

6) Sprinkle evenly the shredded cheese over the salsa.

7)Bake in an oven for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese has evenly melted.


Posted on January 25, 2011 and filed under Food.

27 is my year

What a way to start 27...

I don't know where my head has been today... up in the clouds for sure.

I burnt an entire roast, with the potatoes and all... Yes an entire roast!

For those of you who don't know me, I LOVE to cook!!! I pride myself on my cooking, and I have never really burnt anything, except maybe some cookies once. But, today I burnt a whole meal. I had put the roast and potatoes in a slow cooker earlier in the day. I wanted to cook it before it went bad and for my husband who gets home late in the evening. I'm not a beginner when it comes to a slow cooker, nor when it comes to cooking this particular dinner. I don't know what was wrong with me. I had forgotten to first pan sear the sides to create a crust to seal in the juices and then I go ahead and set the timer on HIGH, not low, for 8 HOURS!! What the hell was I thinking?!?!?!

I left for my parents earlier that day and when I came home I immediately smelled the ruined food, if you could even call it that. YUCK!

I really am concerned here for myself.

On a much more optimistic note, today I purchased a lottery ticket for the power ball. I usually do on a weekly basis but today was different. Here is what dawned on me as I drove away from the gas station....
~I bought a lottery ticket on my 27th birthday, for a lottery that will be drawn on the 27th day of the month. If you take those two numbers and switch them, 27.... you get 72, which is the exact millions that the jackpot is worth~
I'm feeling lucky! Or maybe just making something out of nothing? Later on today I was quizzing my husband on questions about me...

Me: "what time I was born?"

He didn't know.

Me: "8:27pm" as a matter of fact.
Luis: "and that would be another 27!..."

I'm thinking that 27 or 2 and 7 might just be my lucky numbers for this years age?

Posted on October 25, 2010 .