Im an aspiring marine biologist from Vegas who loves to hike, entertain, train dogs, cook, bake and come up with fresh flavorful and budget friendly meals that are easy to put together.
My favorite things to cook
Theres something about a quick n easy chicken dinner that pairs up well with rice, vegetables or even a side of angel hair pasta that always puts a smile on my face, stomach and wallet. Still I love to splurge and take my time with dishes that need more TLC.
I recently spent $50 on indian spices and have been making vindaloos, tandoori chicken, basmati and spicy vegetarian curries that fill my enrite condo with exotic aromas that have my poor pups hunger in agony !
I also enjoy firing up the grill and entertaining for a sunday feast of grilled marinated veggie kabobs, bbq salmon and chicken and a sides of baked potatoes and corn on the cob.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My fathers side of the family is from Italy and my great great grandmother passed on the best spaghetti sauce recipe from the 1920s, which she bottled and sold to help feed her kids during the great depression. My grandmother taught my dad when he was only 8yrs old, and he passed on the tradition to me when I couldn't even see over the table. The sauce is made from organic whole peeled tomatoes, water, garlic and lots of dried italian herbs that is simmered for 10hrs and left to marinade overnight. It is paired with ground sirlion meatballs that are browned well in organic olive oil and cooked in the simmering sauce.
Tims Slap Yo Momma Hot Wings marinated with butter, red hot and beer and then simmered in the sauce, grilled and then tossed back in the reduced sauce served with my buttermilk bleu cheese dip and paired up with a newcastle and basketball game !
I also make THE best Tofu Sandwiches, which are cooked in a cast iron skillet, sprinkled with yeast, soy and white pepper on w
My cooking triumphs
My all time favorite recipes are as follows and will hopefully be submitted eventually!!
Habenero glazed Chicken with chipotle mashed potatoes
Six cheese macaroni
White Chocolate & Coconut Biscotti (check out my reviews)
Ricotta & Spinach lasagne
Grandma Helens 24hr Spaghetti
Honey Dijon Drumsticks
Picante Chicken with Cheesey Mexican Pilaf
My cooking tragedies
Canned cobbler... For some reason the canned peaches are just HORRIBLE to bake with. I also don't have enough patience for fried potatoes and got a very bad second degree burn recently from frying tofu cubed for a curry.