Tag Archives: cheese

Caprese BLT Sandwich {Step-By-Step}

9 Apr

Meow my kittens!

How is everyone doing today? I am on my second cup of coffee and feeling amazing!

Ha.

Can’t wait for 3pm when my energy levels drop and I feel like I’m gonna pass out. Anyone else have the 3pm slump?

Well last night before I headed off to workout, I was at home alone and decided to make myself a yummy dinner. I stopped at this cute little store we have nearby and bought all the stuff to make this sandwich.

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Basic Cheese Ravioli

9 Jan

Good morning friends!

I hope everyone is having a great Wednesday so far. I’m writing this a day ahead of time so I’m hoping my Wednesday is going well too!

This week is just dragginnnngg by. Now that Christmas and New Years is over, there isn’t much going on for a while. So I try to plan things to look forward to, even if they are just little things. For example, I booked myself a Shellac manicure yesterday.

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I like to pamper myself with getting my nails done from time to time. I used to actually have gel nails but I ended up getting them removed because I had a few really bad experiences. I don’t know what it was but everytime I would go, no matter which nail technician did it, I would always get my cuticles gouged with the drill thingy! I have really sensitive skin so I would start bleeding immediately and then I would be paranoid about getting some time of weird disease or something.

Then for obvious reasons, I was always so nervous when I would go. Eventually I realized, what was the point of going for a “pampering” spa appointment, and paying big bucks to do it, if I was going to be scared the whole time. That’s not relaxing!

I think the whole shellac thing may be my new go to nail treatment. No scary drills, nails that can be easily removed, and you can get them in any color under the sun! Wee.

Anyways, lets get to the food shall we?

Today we are on part 4 of the week long pasta series! If you haven’t been reading along, I have showed you how to make and roll the pasta dough, gave you an awesome recipe for lasagna, taught you how to make a beautiful butternut squash ravioli, and now cheese ravioli!

We’re gonna need a salad after this.

Ready? Let’s go.

Okay so if you were here yesterday, this is the same method as making the butternut squash ravioli, it is just the filling that is different. That being said, feel free to fill these guys with whatever your heart desires! You could do spinach and ricotta, mushroom, one with some type of ground sausage, a meat filling with turkey or chicken, really the options are endless.

Today, we make cheeeeeeeze.

Okay so first we start out with a medium mixing bowl and 2 cups of ricotta cheese. Add one whole egg, a dash of nutmeg and season generously with salt and pepper.

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Homemade Cheesy Butternut Squash Ravioli

8 Jan

Goooooooood morning everyone!

I hope you are all having a splendid Tuesday so far! I didn’t get around to posting yesterday because it was monday and well…Mondays just stink. Actually I have a picture that encompasses EXACTLY how I feel about Mondays.

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Hahahaha! I can’t stop laughing every time I look at this picture. Cats are the best.

Anyways, this past weekend was really nice. My sister was still home from University so on Saturday we planned a girls day with myself, my two sisters and my Mom. We went shopping and then had lunch out (including wine) and it was a really great time!

Then Saturday night Chris was fixing a friends car and he invited us over, along with a couple of other friends, and we had a nice dinner (and more wine.) All in all a really relaxing and fun weekend.

Okay so we’re continuing on with pasta week! Last week I covered making and rolling the pasta dough and how to make a lasagna with the noodles we made. Now we’re moving on to ravioli!

I have two different recipes for the ravioli fillings, then we will have another couple recipes for sauces to make with them, which will take us to the end of the week. Hopefully by then I will have some more new recipes to share with you next week!

First up for the Ravioli is…..BUTTERNUT SQUASH.

My favorite as you can tell from this, this, this, and this.

I already have a recipe for butternut squash on this site from back in but that one was using store bought ravioli, so you could always make the homemade ones and try the Brown Butter and Sage sauce from that recipe.

That sauce is to die for. And by “sauce” I mean butter…and by “die for” I mean butter.

Wait, what?

Anyways butternut squash.

LETS GO.

K so you’re going to get a big ol’ butternut squash. Actually you probably only want a small squash, I just wanted to say big ol’. Lop that baby right in half and then dig out the seeds with a spoon, place the halves on a baking sheet. Also grab a head of garlic and lop that thing right in half too. We’re doing lots of lopping today.

Drizzle the squash and the garlic with some olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Like so.

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Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

27 Sep

Bring on the fall recipes, people!

This is justtt the beginning, so I hope you’re ready for some squashy, roasty, soupy, caramelized goodness, because there will be a lot of it.

On another note, this will be the first year that Mr. Delish and I will be hosting Thanksgiving at our house! Luckily, we won’t be doing it alone. My sister in law Carley and her husband Graham will be staying with us for the weekend and we are going to make a feast and a half! We also lucked out because Graham is a chef and I am hoping he will teach me some awesome turkey tricks.

We bought a 14 lb turkey for 10 people, so I think we should be okay on the Turkey front.

If you want to know what we are planning, check out our Pinterest board. It’s looking pretty sad right now but Carley and I will be pinning like crazy this week, so stay tuned.

Since I was craving some fall comfort food yesterday, I decided to whip up this quick and easy mac and cheese, using ALL ingredients I already had in the house. I love it when that happens!

This may seem a little weird, but the base for the cheese sauce is Butternut Squash soup!

You can use homemade, storebought, or if you don’t have any, you can always use butternut squash puree. If you do use the puree I would just nix the addition of flour all together, because it should be thick enough on its own!

You add some yummy cheeses to that butternut base, sprinkle in some sage, pour into a baking dish and top with more cheese and panko.

Bake that baby up and you’ve got an easy, comforting, fall meal!

Plus maybe like 4 lbs added to your love handles, but hey, it’s sweater season!

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese:

Serves 6

1 box pasta of your choice, cooked according to package directions

2 cups butternut squash soup

2 tbsp flour

1 cup milk

2 cups grated gruyere cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan

2 tbsp chopped fresh sage

Salt and Pepper to Taste

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

 

Preheat your oven to 375 and grease a 9 x 12 baking dish.

In a medium saucepan, heat the soup over medium high heat until simmering. Add the flour and whisk until smooth. Add the milk and again whisk until smooth.

Once the butternut/milk mixture has come to a boil and is thickened, stir in most of the gruyere, leaving about a 1/4 cup aside. Add the parmesan and sage and stir constantly until the cheese is melted and the mixture is nice and hot. Taste and season as needed, some brands of soup may be saltier than others.

Toss the pasta in the cheese sauce and pour into theĀ  prepared baking dish. Top with the rest of the gruyere and the panko.

Bake in the preheated oven until bubbly and browned, about 20 minutes.

Serve hot out of the oven!

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