Sunday, April 20, 2014

Kitchen Organization

You ever have  one of those  base cabinets in your kitchen that is real deep and  you  have to get on your hands  and  knees and almost crawl in  to find the  right pan?  That was me, I dislike this cabinet very much and  it  did not work for me.   Im sure my husband got  tired of hearing me  complain about it. 

Anyway, I have this hallway between my  kitchen and dining room with a very high  ceiling that  I just  kept  looking and thinking  what a waste of  space, so I went on the hunt for ideas.  I saw these very nice looking shelves at Ikea posted on Pinterest, so I saved them to show my husband, he also liked the look and he knows  when I am on a mission to watch out . So to Ikea  we went.  Ikea has so much to  chose from as  far  kitchen shelving and organizational  items, the possibilities are endless.

I chose the  IKEA's Grundtal shelving system, very simple to  install.  I  only spent $65.00  for the 2 shelves and hooks and it looks awesome and I am so pleased and very happy with my choice.   Now I have a couple more problem areas that I believe Ikea  can help with, so I will be back soon.           Ikea                                

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Turkish Spiced Cod

2 pounds  Cod fish fillets
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 red  bell pepper diced
2 teaspoons Turkish seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
 Remove any pin bones from the fillets and pat them dry. Salt the fish fillets well and set them aside. Heat the olive oil, 1 teaspoon  Turkish  seasoning and diced peppers in a saute pan and set it over medium heat for 2 minutes . After 2 minutes place the fish fillets on top of the peppers and  cook undisturbed for 90 seconds.
When you see the bottom of the fish fillets turn opaque, tilt the pan and using a large spoon baste the tops of the fish with the hot oil and  season with  1 more  teaspoon of Turkish  seasoning and spoon some of the peppers on top of the fish. Constantly  baste top  of the fish with  oil until the top of the fillets begin to flake, about 3 minutes.
 Cover pad with the  lid and cook for  90 seconds. Turn off the heat
Put a fish fillet on everyone's plate.  Spoon out some peppers and sauce to pour  over the fish and serve.

* I got my  Turkish seasoning  from

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Garlic Roasted Mushrooms

abt. 16 Button Mushrooms

Olive Oil for frying

4 tbsp. melted unsalted butter

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 tbsp. Thyme

1 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste

3 tbs. bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 300. Lightly fry the mushrooms, cap side down in hot oil for just abt. 1 min. Arrange the mushrooms in a shallow baking dish with the stalks facing upwards. Mix together the melted butter, garlic, thyme, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Spoon a little garlic butter onto each mushroom, then sprinkle with the breadcrumbs. Any remaining garlic butter pour over top of all. and put in the preheated oven for 15 min.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Summer Tomato Spicy Soup

5 cups cherry tomatoes cut in half

2 yellow or orange peppers, seeded and roughly chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon powdered coriander seeds

1 tablespoon powdered cummin seeds

a pinch of salt

a pinch of freshly ground pepper

1 cup of Vegetable broth

parsley for garnish

Directions:Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Place the tomatoes and peppers onto a baking sheet and sprinkle with the powdered coriander seeds , powdered cumin seeds, salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil. Bake until the tomatoes are very soft and the peppers are starting to caramelize, about 45 minutes. Scrape into a medium saucepan, using a rubber spatula to remove all the juices, and then add the vegetable broth. Puree with an immersion blender, and then taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper if needed. Ladle the warm soup into bowls and garnish with a sprinkling of parsley. Serve warm.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Moroccan Meatballs


1 – 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes                                                      

8 oz. shredded mozzarella


Ingredients for Charmoula Marinade

½ Tbsp. dried chili flakes

½ Tbsp. sweet paprika

½ tsp. grated ginger

½ onion, diced

½ Tbsp. ground cumin

1 garlic clove minced

1 Tbsp. chopped Parsley

¼ cup olive oil

Juice of ½ lemon

Combine all ingredients and let stand in fridge for at least 30 minutes


Ingredients for Meatballs                                                                               

1 - pound ground lamb/Beef

¼ c. milk

5- slices white bread tore up into small pieces

½ tsp. cumin

½ tsp. paprika

½ tsp. chili powder

½ Tbsp. chopped parsley

1 egg

1 Tbsp. olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Meanwhile, prepare meatballs – soak bread pieces in milk until soft, add remaining ingredients and combine. Form into golf ball-sized meatballs and place on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes to seal.

2. While the meatballs are baking, prepare the sauce.  Heat a med. size sauce pan over medium heat and fry the Charmoula Marinade for about 5 minutes, until onions have softened. Add the tomatoes and simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes. Add the meatballs, coat in sauce, and put in a baking dish at 375 degrees about 30 min.

3. Before the meatballs are done add shredded mozzarella for about 10 minutes longer. When melted serve over cooked Israeli /Pearl couscous. Garnish with parsley.

*Notes – I doubled the recipe so I could make the meatballs larger

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Authentic Italian Tiramisu

This is a modified Tiramisu recipe from my friend Michela Concetti from Susa Italy


17 ounces mascarpone cheese

4 egg yolks

2 pkgs. of lady fingers

½ cup of sugar plus a little extra to sweeten coffee

Unsweetened cocoa powder

6 cups of mocha coffee

First prepare the coffee, which is essential to wet the lady fingers * See note below

Put in a bowl and add sugar to your taste, then let it cool.

Whip the egg yolks with the sugar until the mixture is puffy and creamy.

Add the mascarpone cheese until creamy, smooth and fluffy.

You got the cream of tiramisu!

Lightly dip the lady fingers in coffee for longer than a couple seconds or they will get soggy. Put a single layer of into the bottom of your baking dish

Cover the lady fingers with a layer of mascarpone cream.

Arrange now the second layer of lady fingers.

Cover them with the remaining cream and level.

Sprinkle with cocoa powder the surface of the Tiramisu and store in refrigerator until it is to be eaten.  I added chocolate shavings for a garnish

  • NOTES*   If you are unable to find lady fingers in your local grocery you can substitute Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Chickpea and Tomato Basil Salad

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 pint Cherry tomatoes, halved

5 large basil leaves, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tsp olive oil

1/2 tbsp honey

pinch of salt

Toss all ingredients together and chill for at least 20 minutes and serve.