Lasagna Rolls

Here is a twist on traditional lasagna. All the classic flavors but in a tiny cute package! Give this recipe a try!

Ingredients:
⦁ Lasagna Noodles -9
⦁ Ground Turkey -1 lb
⦁ Spaghetti Sauce -1 jar
⦁ Ricotta Cheese – 1cup
⦁ Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
⦁ Parsley Flakes – 1tbsp plus some reserved
⦁ Dried Oregano -1 tbsp
⦁ Hamburger Seasoning – to taste
⦁ Black Pepper – to taste
⦁ Paprika -to taste
⦁ Egg -1

Prep:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the oregano, parsley flakes and egg into the ricotta cheese and set aside for assembly station.
Cook the ground turkey until brown and add seasonings. Pour enough of the spaghetti sauce on the meat just to coat it and set aside.
Boil the lasagna noodles in salted water for 8 mins, drain and cool and set aside.

Procedure:
Add some sauce to the bottom of a greased baking sheet and spread it evenly. Take 1 lasagna noodle and smear some ricotta cheese on it (a little more than a table spoon is a sufficient amount), Add about a tablespoon of the meat mixture and roll the noodle up. Place it in the baking sheet and add a little additional meat to make sure the roll is filled. Then repeat until all the rolls are filled and placed into the baking sheet. Cover with the remaining sauce and sprinkle a generous amount of shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Then sprinkle reserved parsley flakes on top. Bake at 350 for 30 mins with foil on and then remove the foil for 10 mins.

Let cool before serving.

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X’s Lime Whiskey

This drink was a collab with a good friend of mine X (hence it is named after him). Thanks for the idea Buddy!!

 

What I love most about this drink is how the honey and lime flavors are the stars of the show taking the edge off how harsh whiskey can be but at the same time the whiskey makes itself known in the background (like a strong and silent type of man lol). It’s perfectly rustic and elegant. It’s as strong and masculine as it is feminine and delicate it’s perfectly versatile. This drink is just as perfect for a night out with the guys as it is for a cocktail party. I recommend you try this!

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**Recipe Makes 1 drink

Ingredients:
Tennessee Honey Whiskey
Martinellis Apple Juice (or any other really good brand, not anything off brand)
Ginger ale soda
Lime juice
Lime Wedge Garnish

Procedure:
2 shots of the honey whiskey in a tall glass
1/3 cup of apple juice
1 tbsp of lime juice
A splash of ginger ale (for me a splash is big but use whatever is considered a splash to you)

Stir it all together and pour into your serving glass top it off with a fresh squeeze of lime wedge and enjoy!

The Truth About GMO

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Warning: this is very wordy blog! This post is for READERS and those who actually want to learn something.

One subject that is a hot topic in the food community is the matter of GMO. Short for Genetic  Modified Organisms, an easy definition of this is basically taking the DNA from one species and adding to another species in order to give that second species a  specific trait. This has actually been going on for years in regards to the food we eat. That is why there’s such a fuss behind whether what we eat is naturally grown or  scientifically modified. Most modification up until this point has been to enhance the food we already eat. Most of the time making it bigger to give us more. The fear is that GMO has a negative effect on our health.

I’m not here to argue against anyone who supports modification of food but to just state my opinion on how GMO can be harmful to humans. Definitely state your opinions in the comments I love to read other points of view.

A lot of the GMO testing that has been done claims that the nutritional value is not lost but enhanced through pest resistance, herbicide tolerance, disease resistance, cold tolerance, drought tolerance, nutrition, and pharmaceuticals.
Yet some of the biggest side effects of GMO has been disease, growth disorders and mental defects in humans especially in children and fetal  development.
GMO testing has done nothing but make food bigger and change the color of foods to make them ‘cool’.
Recently in 2017 new apples are going to hit the stores and their not going to be labeled GMO but they will be called Golden Apples and these apples are supposed to not brown after cutting which is called oxidation, it’s normal. While this sounds cool, removing the polyphenol -which the substance located in any plant-you cancel out the natural resources like vitamin C, E, etc which humans need to consume to fight against cancers. All this is about profit. Normal apple shelf life doesn’t last long costing money. If apples don’t brown, they have a longer shelf life which means stores can sell us older apples and still make money. I won’t even get into the politics of it. I’ll stick to the  health risks..

Other side effects include infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, allergens, antibiotic resistance and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system.  Everything has been modified from cereal, cake mixes, cheese, milk, even veggie burgers. Please do your research people and find out what foods are being modified. Also support your local farmers and grocers. It’s up to us to maintain our health.

Please let me know if you don’t support or if you do support GMO foods and why.

Sunny Delight: Cocktail

This week I decided to go through my old recipes and revamp them. I love testing and retesting recipes. And I don’t stop until I am absolutely sure they are perfect!

There is one cocktail recipe from my past which I have had a love-hate relationship with for years. Initially, it was called Wally’s World (Don’t ask why, I don’t even know) and after many variations of the recipe it is now called Sunny Delight!

It’s definitely a bright and very flavorful drink that can be made without alcohol as well. Best served in an old fashioned cocktail glass.

The lemon slice garnish reminds me of a bright & shiny sun. It’s very tropical; it’s like taking a mini vacation.

As summer is fastly approaching, Please give my summertime cocktail “Sunny Delight” a try!

 

There are two variations of this drink depending on if you like a sweeter drink or a less sweet drink. See Below.

SUNNY DELIGHT

 

**Recipe makes 2 cocktail Drinks

INGREDIENTS:

2/3 cup of chilled cranberry juice

2 shots of a smooth distilled vodka (For the Mocktail Version, Just Omit the Vodka and add sparkling water for effervescence )

1/4  cup each  of chilled orange juice ( Tip: Use regular Orange juice for a less sweet drink and Use “Sunny Delight Tangy Orange Flavored Drink” for a sweeter version)

2 tbsps. of simple syrup

Splash of Sprite (To Taste)

Lemon Slice to Garnish

 

PROCEDURE:

Pour vodka, cranberry juice and simple syrup into a shaker with ice and shake.

Then pour into two serving glasses, top with the orange juice ( 1/4 cup in each glass)

Top off with a splash Sprite to your liking.

For Garnish: Cut a slice of lemon and place it into the drink. It will float to the top.

 

Tribute to Chef “Princess Pamela”

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Hello ALL! Welcome back to my blog. This is the last and final chef tribute in our yearlong tribute to African American Chefs and their contributions to the culinary world. It has been a tasty journey, educational and fun! I learned things about these amazing people and I hope you did too. We will continue to do Chef Tributes in the future, let me know below if you liked this series!

Continue reading for our final tribute…

This tribute is to a woman named Pamela who made a loud splash in the culinary community before her untimely disappearance. Pamela Strobel or “Princess Pamela” as she was called to those who knew her was a no nonsense woman who was also caring and giving and loved to share her joy of food with those around her. It is said that people flocked to her small restaurant for great food and great jazz music. She was known to put people out of her restaurant if they disrespected her or her. She attracted celebrities like Diana Ross and Andy Warhol. Her soul food was said to bring people of all walks of life together during a time where there was much separation and racial divide. Princess Pamela was known for her greens, black eye peas, smothered pork chops, and oxtail stew to name a few. She also put her best recipes into a book “Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook”. (My copy has not arrived yet) It is said that she wrote the recipes almost in a poetic lyrical fashion.

Here is an excerpt from her book:

Practically every kind of people/ eat somethin’ that somebody/ else make a godawful face/ at. If that don’ tellya what/ this race-hatin’ is all about, nuthin’ will./ In this life, we gotta give / ourselves a chance to digest a/ lotta things we don’/ understand right off.

Unfortunately, she simply disappeared into thin air in late 1998, and no one has seen or heard from her since. Those closes to her has even hired private investigators but to no avail she has still not been found. Her recipes have been collected and retested but there are still authentic versions of her recipes available.

Many have speculated as to what happened to her, some say she moved to a different state, others have refuted that claim. No one who knew her back then knows of her whereabouts now. There are many people who love her and are still hoping for her safe return. Posts like these are hopefully going to bring attention to her name and we are hopeful that we will find out what happened to her.

 

There are no pictures, just her book. And I will not discredit her by posting a similar picture or recipe. Feel free to try her recipe for Buttermilk Pie and check out this lovely poem excerpt to go along with the recipe from her book.

Buttermilk Pie 3 eggs, separated
 2 cups sugar
 ½ cup butter
 4 tablespoons flour 2 cups buttermilk
 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
 1 9″ pie shell, unbaked

Cream together the egg yolks, sugar, and butter thoroughly. Add the flour and beat. Stir in the buttermilk and lemon juice. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold into the buttermilk mixture. Add nutmeg and pour into pie shell. Bake at 300°F until firm—about 45 to 50 minutes.

Everybody ask me how come I kin do all my cookin’ in that closet- space kitchen. For anyone been in as many tight spots as I have, sweetheart, it’s easy as buttermilk pie.

Peach Cake

I love being in the kitchen. Coming up with recipes, revamping old recipes and trying to recreate some of the recipes I grew up on are my favorite pastimes. But even I have a busy life and I have a lot of fake it recipes that look and taste homemade …and really, why should we tell people any different?
So here is one of my favorite Fake It desserts. Try my recipe for Peach Cake I can guarantee it will be a hit among your friends!

Ingredients:
1 box of white cake mix (and the ingredients needed for the box) [DO NOT DISCARD BOX UNTIL FINISHED BAKING]
1 cup of thawed frozen peaches chopped
1 container of vanilla frosting

Procedure:
Flour a cake pan and preheat oven according to box directions. Thaw the peaches in a strainer and reserve the drained juice. Set 1 tbsp. of cake batter aside and prepare the rest of the batter according to box directions. Stir the drained peaches into the reserved cake batter and then fold into the rest of the mixture. Pour the mixture into the cake pan and bake according to box directions, plus 20 mins.

Once the cake is cooled. Place it on a cake stand. Stir some of the reserved peach juice into the vanilla frosting and frost the cake. Garnish with a few peach slices.

This cake is beautiful and perfect for entertaining.