Archives for November 2012

Garlic & Rosemary Bone in Ribeye Steaks & Matching Aprons

This is probably the easiest recipe for a bone in ribeye roast that tastes and looks like a professional chef made it.  It is just 5 ingredients and then you throw it in the oven.  There is no real work and no need to worry about it.

  • 1 bone in ribeye roast
  • 1/2 tablespoon of fresh rosemary per 1/2 pound
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • chopped garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil

To cook a bone in ribroast:

  1. marinate the ribroast for 24 hours
  2. cook at 450 for 15 minutes
  3. lower heat to 350 and cook 15 minutes per 1/2 pound
  4. tent and let sit for 15 minutes
  5. slice and serve

The other day I remembered something I had a long time ago for Thanksgiving, a bone in ribeye steak cooked slowly in the oven. It was one of the most simple things to cook and that time I didn’t even have or use a meat thermometer. Because it was good and I had a friend coming in from out of town, I decided to try this again.

The recipe was from memory and the person who told it to me was the person at the meat counter at Wholefoods. It is 5 ingredients and you’re done. You can serve this garlic and rosemary bone in ribeye with garlic and rosemary roasted potatoes and 4 cheese, garlic and rosemary stuffed mushrooms. Your house will smell amazing and no one will actually mind all of the garlic or rosemary because of the other flavors that you used.how-to-cook-a-bone-in-ribroast

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Bacon Lobster Pasta – Roasted Potatoes & Bacon & Lobster Aprons

bacon and lobster pasta recipe

bacon and lobster pasta recipe

I cannot tell you how excited I was to get a fun gift box in the mail from Mara’s Pasta. Not only did they send me three types of amazing tasting whole wheat pastas, but it gave me an excuse to break my diet and make one of my favorite recipes, Bacon and Lobster pasta and my garlic and rosemary roasted red potatoes. It also let me look online for fun new aprons to share with you all. Below is a fun widget where I picked out a bunch of pig aprons, bacon aprons (I love the bacon aprons the most and if you love bacon you’ll love them as well) and lobster aprons. You can buy any of them by clicking on the links below and if you buy them after clicking on the link without leaving amazon, you’ll help to support this blog and keep us giving you more fun recipes and aprons to match them.

bacon and lobster pasta

bacon and lobster pasta

Ok, here’s how to make this meal and you can also buy Mara’s Pasta by visiting their website here.

garlic basil and bacon sauce

garlic basil and bacon sauce

Bacon Lobster Pasta:

1 pound of thick sliced bacon
enough of your favorite red pasta sauce (I make my own or buy a basil and garlic one) for 4 people
fresh basil
fresh chopped or minced garlic
red onions (optional)
1 pound of lobster (two large tails or 5 small tails)
1 box of rigatoni or the funny shaped pasta from Mara’s Pasta.

maras pasta

maras pasta

Take your bacon and cut the strips into squares. Cook the squares in a frying pan and once they start to get crispy, pull them out and place the squares on a plate. Keep the bacon fat in the frying pan. Now salt a pot of boiling water and boil your lobster tails until they are cooked. As they are boiling, add your red sauce into your bacon fat and stir it in over low heat. Add in your chopped basil leaves, garlic and red onion and stir it until the sauce and bacon fat mix into each other and you not longer see the bacon fat. Now add the bacon slices back in on low heat.

When the lobster tails have finished cooking, set them aside and let them cool off for a minute. While they are cooling, put your pasta inside the same water you cooked your lobster tails in so you can get them to soak in the flavor from the lobster tails. While the pasta is cooking, cut the lobster tails and cut medium sized pieces of the lobster tail and drop it into the red sauce directly from the main piece so you don’t lose any of the flavors or pieces of lobster. When the pasta is almost all the way cooked, drain it and then add the pasta to the sauce and let it finish cooking in the sauce. Stir it on low heat until the pasta is cooked all the way and you’re done.

rosemary and garlic roasted red potatoes

rosemary and garlic roasted red potatoes

Garlic and Rosemary roasted red potatoes.

extra virgin olive oil
paprika
sea salt
pepper
chopped garlic
rosemary
chili powder
red potatoes

Preheat your oven to 425 and take a baking sheet and cover it with tin foil and spray with a non stick spray or extra virgin olive oil so you don’t ruin your baking or cookie sheet. Rinse off your red potatoes, I use the small ones and cut them into even squares. In a large bowl, pour in a few table spoons of extra virgin olive oil, a tablespoon of paprika, a few pinches of sea salt and black pepper, a few tablespoons of chopped garlic, 2 tablespoons of chopped rosemary and you can throw on some chili powder if you want an extra kick to it.

Mix the potatoes directly in the bowl with the ingredients and when everything is covered, place them on the baking sheet and put them in the oven for 20 minutes or cook them longer if you like them to be crunchy or crispy. Take the potatoes out of the oven and then take the foil and pour the potatoes onto your baking sheet. Let them cool off for a few minutes and then they are ready.

Fun Thanksgiving Aprons & 3 Pumpkin Bread Recipes

One thing that I love about the fall is pumpkin and pumpkin bread. I also love Thanksgiving because of all of the pumpkin you get to use. Combining things I love like pumpkin, baking and aprons means that I also get to shop for a bunch of fun thanksgiving aprons which are some of the most fun.  You have fun thanksgiving aprons with turkeys talking about cooking turkey, you have fun fall prints like leaves and fall colors like red and yellow.  You also get pilgrim aprons, Indian aprons and even ones that are designer and you can only actually get to wear for the holiday since these thanksgiving aprons are kind of insane and pretty much only appropriate during the holiday.  Below are some random fabulous and fun thanksgiving aprons that you can buy to support this blog and also three things you can do with pumpkin bread to make it even more fun.

pumpkin bread recipe

pumpkin bread recipe

Pumpkin bread recipes.

I like to cheat when I make pumpkin bread. I buy the Libby’s pumpkin bread kits that you can find in the grocery stores. It comes with everything you need except for the 4 eggs, the vegetable oil and water. It also only takes a couple of minutes to put the entire mix together so you can save a ton of time and actually get a really good tasting pumpkin bread. They even give you icing so you don’t have to mix powdered sugar and milk together to create one. Here are 3 fun ideas you can do with your pumpkin bread to make it more fun.

1. Change the flavor.

Anyone can make pumpkin bread and it will taste amazing. Here are three ways to change the flavor a bit so that it becomes a bit different and something that only you know how to do. The first thing I do is take 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and drop it in the bread mix. I then take a teaspoon or less of ancho chili powder to make it spicy. Because pumpkin bread is already thick, you can add in a rich chocolate and spicy kick so it becomes an american version of a Mexican, chocolate flowerless cake. Two other ways to change it are to add in 1 tablespoon of cinnamon sugar per loaf so you get a cinnamon sugar pumpkin bread. When I pull it out of the oven, I sprinkle another layer of cinnamon sugar on top and then use the icing. The last way I change it is to make it more like pumpkin pie by using pumpkin pie spices like ginger and other flavors you have in pumpkin pies.

2. Pumpkin bread muffins

Anyone can make muffins out of pumpkin bread. You pour it into a muffin tin and bake. Here are a couple of things you can do to make your pumpkin muffins more fun. 1. Cut off the top and then hollow out the inside after you cook them. Fill the inside with strawberries and a buttercream icing or cream cheese icing and then use a little bit of icing on the bottom part of the top to make sure it holds onto the muffin again. The second fun thing to do with a pumpkin muffin is to carve a hole through the top and save the top part so you can place it over the hole. Then melt caramel and a small amount of sea salt and pour your salted caramel into the middle of the muffin. This tastes amazing and everyone will love tasting the pumpkin muffin with the salted caramel inside.

3. Pumpkin bread decorating

Everyone thinks of decorating gingerbread, but pumpkin bread is just as fun for you and your kids. All you have to do is bake it on a large and shallow pan and then use cookie cutters to cut out the shapes once the bread is cooked. You can use the left over bread for other recipes and desserts. You can use gingerbread men shapes, stars, candy canes and anything else. Then give your kids frosting, candy and other fun things that they can use to decorate their pumpkin bread cutouts.

I love Thanksgiving because of the fun things you can do in the kitchen and also because of all of the fabulous thanksgiving aprons you can buy. I also love the flavors which you can only get around this time of year like pumpkin and pumpkin bread. Thank you again for reading and feel free to leave a comment or your own favorite pumpkin bread recipe below.

Thanksgiving Aprons Sale – Thanksgiving Caramel Apple Recipes

Ok, I’m already going Turkey Day crazy and loving some of the fun and fabulous thanksgiving aprons that I have been finding online.  You can see some of my favorite Thanksgiving Aprons below in the widget I placed in this post.  Anyways, with Thanksgiving coming, we also have Black Friday and Cyber Monday so everyone is getting ready to work their budgets for amazing fall foods like butternut squash and pumpkin and something I have been having a ton of fun doing is creating fabulous fall caramel apples that are perfect from now until Turkey Day.  Below are the recipes and a couple of test apples I made.  Also, don’t forget to click through one of the aprons and buy one so I can keep this site running and bringing you even more fun recipes and fabulous Thanksgiving Aprons.

Brown Thanksgiving Apron for Women

Brown Thanksgiving Apron for Women

Thanksgiving Aprons

Thanksgiving Aprons

Fall Caramel Apple Recipes

Here are the fabulous and fun ways I have done caramel apples.  I’ll start with how to make the caramel so you can do it and then go with decorating them.  After we know how to decorate I’ll give you some fabulous variations of how to change the taste of the caramel to make it even more fabulous and fun.

how to make caramel apples

how to make caramel apples

Making the Caramel Sauce and dipping your apples:

After you rinse off your apples in warm water to get all of the wax off and remove the stems so you can put the wooden skewers in, fill a microwaveable bowl full of unwrapped caramels.  This is a regular sized soup bowl in the picture.  Then add in two tablespoons of water.  Now put it in the microwave for 1 minute on high heat.  Take it out and stir it with something that the caramel won’t stick to as easily.  You can use a frosting stick, fork, spoon, etc…  Now put it back in the microwave for another 1 or 2 minutes and then stir again.  You may notice the caramel looks like it has dirty water in it…this is normal and as you stir it until it becomes a thick liquid you can dip your apples in like you would expect to see with a caramel apple. Once your caramel is ready to dip your apples in, lay a sheet of wax paper or find a non stick pan to place your apples on.

Take one apple and dip it into the caramel sauce.  Hold it over the bowl and let the caramel drip off of it until the dripping slows to every 10 or 15 seconds.  I pulled the excess off with a spoon.  Now you are ready to decorate the apple you dipped.

easy way to make caramel apples

easy way to make caramel apples

Pumpkin caramel apples:

This one is fun.  Place orange M&Ms or M&M minis on a plate and roll your caramel apple through it.  Now you have a fun caramel apple that looks like a pumpkin.  You can also color the stick green.

Candycorn apples:

One that I love is to roll it through candy corns.  It looks very fall and festive.

Leaves:

If you have chocolates that are shaped like leaves, you can place them around the apples by hand and then fill in the excess space with red, yellow and other fall color M&Ms to decorate the apples.

Pumpkin Caramel Apples:

One way to change the flavor and make your caramel apples more fun for the fall is to add in a bit of pumpkin spice and other fall flavors.  Mix it into the caramel as you’re spinning and make sure to take a small taste, but don’t burn your mouth.  These can taste awesome if you do it right.

Salted caramel chocolate apple:

Take 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and mix it into the caramel.  Then once you have it on, roll it in chocolate or use a double boiler to melt chocolate and dip the caramel apple a second time.  This one is amazing.

Regardless of what you like or love for Turkey Day, caramel apples are amazing and fun to make.  You can also find a ton of fabulous styles of Thanksgiving Apons on sale by clicking through any of the links and images you see on this blog.  Just make sure you click through and purchase without leaving the site (even for a coupon code) so I get credit for the sale and can pay for the site and to make new recipes.  Thank you again for reading and feel free to come back and share your favorite Thanksgiving Aprons, caramel apple recipes and how your holiday went.