Friday, July 29, 2011

Popeye Pasta

Want to trick yourself or your kids into eating a bag full of spinach ? Its simple, take some basil, spinach, EVOO, Asiago Cheese, blend it up, pour over some wheat pasta, and voila' you have Popeye Pesto Pasta!
Yummmmm.....Green Goodness!!!

The Starting Line-Up:
 One bundle of Fresh Basil; One Bag of Fresh Baby Spinach;
 About a 2inch piece of Asiago Cheese; 1/4 cup of EVOO

 Put all of the dry ingredients ( Basil, Spinach,& Cheese) into a food processor. Finely chop, then slowly add the EVOO until you have reached your desired thickness. The addition of the Asiago gives the pesto a creamy, nutty taste. You can also add some toasted pine nuts for an additional nuttiness.

This is the final product. The Popeye Pesto is a GREAT way to get  healthy greens into your diet without eating like a rabbit.

I chose to pair my Popeye Pesto with some fresh sauteed shrimp and some whole what pasta.

In a pan with a small amount of EVOO, I use a spray, Saute the shrimp until slightly pink.

I then finish cooking the shrimp with some of the Popeye Pesto so that the flavors have time to marry.
Meanwhile, boil a pot of whole wheat pasts.
Tip: add some of the starchy cooking liquid from the pasta to the shrimp to help make the sauce thicken.

To finish, toss the whole wheat pasta with the shrimp and Popeye Pesto. Serve, enjoy, and watch those muscles grow!!

Handmade Pasta Take One

There are certain rules to being a good wife, she must cook, clean, be a best friend, yada yada yada. I try to be all of those but I seem to fall short sometimes. Does that make me less of a wife? Nah, at least I am trying!...right? I love looking for new things to spice up our weekly dinners, and I usually succeed. Well...SOMETIMES! My newest adventure in the world of wifely duties was to impress my husband with some fresh homemade pasta. I purchased all the fancy attachments to my Kitchen-Aide, I looked up all the Home-made Pasta recipes, and I got all of the ingredients. READY, SET....
1 Cup All-Purp Flour, 2 Cups Cake Flour,  4 Egg Yolks, 1/4cup of evoo,
Salt, and Water.

  Everything Seemed to be going great!. The Dough went together like nothing.
Tip: Make sure to use a well floured surface. Once kneaded, wrap in plastic wrap and put in fridge for 30min

I must admit, I did not heed well to my last tip. I tried to rush the cooling process by placing the dough in the freezer for only about 10 min. I was way too impatient, I wanted to get the process started. I think that's were I went wrong!!
As I put the dough threw the machine I noticed that it was getting a bit too soft. Especially for the
spaghetti settings. I decided to try using the lasagna setting, with the hopes of making more "pasta ribbons" than spaghetti.
Tip: Make sure to keep in fridge for the WHOLE 30 min!

By this time I could see the hunger in my husbands eyes. I kept my cool and acted as if nothing was going wrong. "Yeah hunny this looks GREAT!..Yummy!" At this point I thought there was hope in site. The machine was working fine, and the pasta was coming out the way it should. But, it I still wasn't convinced it was coming out right. 

By the look of this picture you are probably thinking that things look pretty good. Well, you're WRONG
Somewhere along the way something went south, and I am still not sure what.

At this time I was in a bit of a panic. The pasta was boiling but it looked more like mashed potatoes than fresh fluffy pasta. Giada would be pissed that her recipe turned out this bad!!! The background song "Hungry Eyes" was playing as I saw my husband slowly approach the pot and to his surprise this is what he saw....


Monday, July 25, 2011

My Wedding Cake

Ok, so I may be a bit full of myself and my wedding. But, you should be proud of the things you do, right? So here is my last wedding post, I promise...Ok, maybe I promise. 

With the help of our cake baker, I designed my wedding cake. I had seen some cakes that I loved, but that weren't exactly what I wanted. I had a picture in my head of what I wanted, so I sketched it out, sent it to the baker and wala, she made my dream cake. I am so in love with this. I really wish we didn't cut it!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

1950's Bridesmaid's Brunch

As the Big Day grew closer I wanted to make sure I spent some time with my girls. I know how stressful the week of the wedding can be, so my mom and I decided to have a brunch the day before the wedding just for us girls. Instantly, my mind started to go a hundred miles a minute. What can I do to make it "not your grandma's brunch". I am a big recipe collector and one day stumbled upon a really cute 50's themed recipe card, and it was love at first sight. Why not have a 50's themed brunch, dress code strictly enforced.

So here are the invitations that I made mimicking the 50's recipe card. It was so simple, cheap, and it hit the spot. 

What's a party without decorations? We went shopping, looking for anything polka dot, checkered, cherry, basically anything that seemed 50's. We looked everywhere and could only find the typical 50's Sock Hop. So once again we had to chane our focus and look somewhere unexpected. We ended up finding the most perfect place mats at the dollar store. We also found red gingham plates, napkins, and table cloths. We used mason jars filled with daisies as the centerpieces. Simple and Chic.
 The Menu was simple, sweet, a it took you down memory lane. Quiche, tea sandwiches, a simple cucumber-tomato salad, and deviled eggs were swerved on makeshift "cake stands." These super easy cake stands really made a huge impact on the Brunch Bar.
Andrea's Makeshift "Cake Stand"
-Inexpensive Plates in multiple sizes ( glass, antique, ceramic, ect. ) we got them from the $Store
-Inexpensive Large Glass Cups ( Sundae Cup, Milkshake Cup, Beer Cup ect.) You want to make sure they are decorative, and have a sturdy base. We got them from the $Store as well.
- Hot Glue Gun
Start by flipping the Large Cup over, ( base on top). Using clear glue, attach the center of the glass plate to the base of the cup.

Wedding Details, Details, Details

Simple and Chic earrings that I made for my Bridesmaid's

The Welcome Bags...Homemade Cookies and a "Must Do" Map of Key West

Homemade Key Lime Pie Square Wedding favors using my Abuela's original recipe.

The Wedding of my Dreams

Nothing can compare to our wedding. It was a labor of love from the start. Every bit our wedding day was careful designed by me. I put my heart and soul into. Every detail was truly all about us.
As I planned the special day, one of the things we both decided on was that we wanted this wedding to be a special piece of us, down to every detail. We wanted to put a piece of ourselves in every thing. I came up with the idea for my Bridesmaid's to carry small clutches down the isle instead of flowers, that are one expensive and two impersonal. Here's the web site with all of the clutch instructions Clutch Purse How-To

We had a pretty tight budget that we wanted to stick to, so we were forced to be creative. We asked our friends and families for ideas, referrals, ect. We were able to find a wonderful college student that was interested in photography to take the pictures, a family friend with a fancy camera did the video, another family friend made the cake, and with a referral from a friend we were able to get a wonderful deal on the food. By using unconventional means, we were able to make this day truly about us.
Decorations on a budget were a daunting task but with a little creativity and a hot glue gun, anything is possible! My Starfish Tree Center Piece was really simple, cheap, and a nood to architecture. All you need are some inexpensive starfish, tea light candels, and a hot glue gun. Start by creating a steady base with the starfish, then glue on additonal starfish until you have reached your desired size. Make sure to keep it balaced. Once you have achieved your desired size, glue on the tea lights. Tada!!! Instant center piece! You can also use it as a place to hang your seating assignments (just omit the tea lights).