Wednesday, January 7, 2009


This is my version of a meatloaf. It has an Italian twist which is moist and flavorful. No eggs here! Ricotta cheese acts as the binder. Great served with mashed potatoes infused with garlic. (As I boil my potatoes I add 2 cloves of garlic to the water and mash it into the potatoes..thanks mom!)

1 lb ground beef
½ Zucchini; chopped
½ large green pepper; chopped
1/2 large red pepper; chopped

4 slices pancetta; diced
1 med onion; chopped
2 gloves roasted garlic smashed
4 tbs + 4tbs Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 + 1/4 cup Ketchup
½ tsp Garlic powder
½ tsp Onion powder
Pinch Red pepper flakes
2 tsp Italian seasoning
½ Cup Bread Crumbs
¼ cup Ricotta Cheese
  • Heat oven to 350
  • In saute' pan dizzle with olive oil over med heat and pancetta and cook till crisp
  • Add onion; saute till soft and almost caramelized
  • Add zuchinni and peppers; saute about 5 - 10min; until soft
  • Add garlic and stir one min
    • Let cool
  • In mixing bowl add ground beef, veggie mixture, 4tbs balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup ketchup, seasonings, bread crumbs, and ricotta cheese
  • Mold into loaf pan
  • Mix remaning 4 tbs balsamic vinegar with 1/4 cup ketchup and pour over loaf
  • Bake 40 min and let cool before slicing

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Thank you Cabernet Sauvignon!

I have been sick since NEW YEARS EVE! I even fell asleep before the ball dropped (very disappointing) I started feeling like myself yesterday and sick of eating canned soup; I wanted to cook a comfort meal and even more comforting dessert. My menu planned of pot roast with mashed potatoes, carrots, peas, and brioche berry bread pudding. As I start my pot of oil to sear my pot roast it splatters and about 1/4 cup of oil decides to pop on my arm... (OUCH!!!!) At first I was in shock... then in agonizing pain. I was so upset because I was so looking forward to drinking a glass of the best wine ever (Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon) listen to my new Dean Martin CD (thanks Grandma) but yet I cooked my arm. (And I thought olive oil was good for your skin) So, instead I freaked out and ran all around my duplex (people below were prob wondering what the heck I was doing. Finally, when my scorching arm 'cooled' down I did cook my delicious comfort meal! (just drank the bottle of wine to ease the pain while I cooked)

Thought I would share the pain (picture of when it happened and day after (Ouch!)

After that heres a pretty site!

Brioche Berry Bread Pudding

  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups blueberries (frozen)
  • 1 cup dark cherries (frozen)
  • 1 loaf brioche bread (or other egg bread)
    • Cut bread in 1/2 in cubes and let sit out in oven uncovered overnight to let dry out
    • Place bread in 9x13 buttered dish
    • Heat oven to 350
    • Wisk in medium bowl eggs, milks, vanilla, lemon, and sugar
      • Pour over bread
    • Sprinkle fruits and push down to soak all pieces of bread
    • Let sit 10-15 min
    • Place in oven for 35-40 min until set
    • During baking make glaze (recipe follows)
    • When done pour glaze over and let sit until cooled
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • half squeezed lemon (add more if needed)
  • 1 lemon zested
    • Mix together and top on hot bread pudding