Tuesday, July 7, 2015

recipe roulette - pistachio mousse and pistachio mousse casserole..

so you've been wondering where i have been.. maybe.. no? well i'll tell you anyway.. ha.. we've been working on the house in williams and doing projects around the boulder city house.. business has been super busy and i kinda got burned out on having to remember to take a photo of our meals.. ha ha but i am back.. ready, willing and able to get back into the swing of things.. so for my first post in months i bring you one of my all time favorite dessert recipes!!
today's recipe is one of grandmommy's from her 1000's of recipes.. i served this for father's day.. it was a huge hit!!

(recipe in grandmommy's hand)

once a week since i was 16 and until my grandma passed we would have lunch at her house.. and on  special occasions, i.e. the sky was blue.. she would make this pudding... so for father's day this year i asked my dad what he wanted and he said pistachio mousse.. it's so freaking good!! and so simple!!

pistachio mousse
prep time: 10 minutes
servings: 10-12
2 boxes of instant pistachio pudding
1 12 oz. tub of cool whip
1 cups cold milk
1 cup mini chocolate chips
put everything but chips in a bowl and mix with a hand mixer until blended  then add chips.  refrigerate.. serve in fancy glasses.. {well you don't have to serve them in fancy glasses but grandmommy always did} but for the party i got clear plastic tumblers and served it in those.. below is a bonus recipe..

no bake pistachio mousse casserole

prep time: 15 minutes
chill time: 2-3 hours before serving {preferably overnight}
servings: 20 {it's so rich small pieces are best here}


1 box of chocolate graham crackers
pistachio mousse (see above)
1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup of heavy whipping cream


line the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole baking dish with the graham crackers.. break some of them up them to fit..spread one-third of the pistachio mousse evenly over the graham crackers.. top with a layer of graham crackers then pistachio mousse again.. continue until you end up with a layer of the pistachio mousse on top.. make your ganache.. over medium low heat melt chips and cream until smooth.. keep stirring and once the chocolate is completely melted and the 2 ingredients are well combined turn heat off... about every 5 minutes whisk the chocolate.. for about 15-20 minutes.. once it has cooled but is still pourable.. pour it over the top.. then pick up the casserole dish and tilt it back and forth coating the entire top.. put the uncovered casserole in the freezer for about 30 minutes..

enjoy and get cook'n!!!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

throwback thursday.. valentine round up!!

for valentines day this year we will be up in willaims working on our kaotic cottage.. so i was thinking i would plan on our morning starting with a little mimosa.. then

maybe  these heart shaped cinnamon rolls.. or

these insanely good chocolate donuts.. umm yumm..

we will surely have these scrambled eggs valentine weekend.. and maybe even one morning

these yummy chili huevos rancheros...

these tomatoes would make a great side dish to any breakfast meal on this day for lovers..

tomato bruschetta  and definitely want to have these super easy

brunch potatoes ..

maybe make your sweetie breakfast in bed....

how about for lunch this super easy pizza with heart shaped pepperoni ...

and a romantic weekend would not be complete without a perfectly grilled rib eye with whiskey butter ...

end the evening with maybe this  no bake s'more cake ..

or this amazing vanilla cake with chocolate frosting..

have a wonderful valentine weekend!! and remember to

enjoy and get cook'n!!!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

take my word for it wednesday.. these steamed clams with "fried" spaghetti were da bomb.com


soooo this happened and take my word for it it HURT.. i was making these spicy sweet potato stacks the other night and was not paying attention and i sliced off the tip/finger pad of my finger.. wowzer did it hurt and typing is challenging!! be very very careful when using a mandolin.  ok now on to the dish.. sam ordered this dish years ago at a little bistro in town and ever since then i always order them whenever we go and i love love them.. well clams were on sale at the local market and i decided i would try my hand at making them.. let me tell you they were delicious. next time you see fresh clams you need to try this dish!!

starts off with a little bacon and wine... umm helloooooooo.. *knock knock on screen* did you hear that.. bacon and wine.. if i don't have your attention now i never will :/.. 

"fried spaghetti" is left over spaghetti noodles sautéed in a little olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and crushed red pepper... yum!!

steamed clams

prep time: 10-15 minutes
cooking time: 10-12 minutes
servings: 2


3 strips of bacon cut into lardons
3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 pounds of clams, rinsed and cleaned
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

*optional 1 small lemon cut into wedges
cooked "fried spaghetti" as mentioned above  {if you don't want them served over pasta they are just as yummy without it}
crusty bread is a must though to "sop" up the broth


over medium heat in a large skillet with cover cook bacon until rendered down and just before crispy.. add garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes until garlic is fragrant but not burned.. add wine and crank up heat to medium-high until wine is brought to a simmering boil.. add clams and cooked covered for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until clams have opened.  toss out any clams that didn't open. add parsley... pour clams and broth to a large serving bowl over "fried spaghetti", serve with lemon wedges on the side and crusty bread.. we had jake and sam over for dinner the night i served this and sam it was as good if not better than the one from the local bistro..

enjoy and get cook'n!!

Monday, February 2, 2015

makeover monday-- diy door headbord and another sneak peek at my kaotic kottage!!

good monday morning!! we've been doing some upgrades again to our kottage in the woods.. i really wanted a repurposed or old antique door to turn into a headboard.. i found some at vintage recycle stores but they were like 100 bucks.. so pete went to home depot bought unfinished interior door and well the rest is history as they would say.. i totally love love how it turned out and it was so easy!!!
it was already white so i did a thin layer of annie sloan pure white chalk paint over the front of the door..

i then decided i wanted an accent color on the door to give it dimension.. so i painted the raised panels with annie sloan chalk paint in the color called arles..

i then hit it with a coat of the clear wax and could have finished here and i would have been totally ok.. but... i can't leave well enough alone ha 

i  sanded certain spots to give it the distressed look then gave it a very thin coat of the dark wax and steel wooled it then polished it with a dry lint free cotton rag..

i do i do love it!!!!!


a few people inquired about the chest of drawers in my bedroom.. i bought it at a yardsale and it's from the old boulder city hospital.. it's probably from the 40's .. it's metal and just has such character...

this is my kaotic kottage!! ha ha as you see it gets pretty crazy around here.. but at the end of the day it all gets put away and becomes a kozy little kottage..

the kitchen is coming along nicely.. i need to paint the bottom cabinets and once the walls are done we will tackle that project..

the walls are a light buttercream yellow.. {that clock doesn't go there there just happen to be a nail in the wall from the previous owners so stuck up there ha i will eventually move it..}

i am not sure if i like the valances i need to see them once the couch and chair come up {which should be next week} i really wanted light even white couches but pete reminded it's the woods and dirt and can get rainy and slushy and if the dog jumped up on a light colored couch with muddy paws i would have a fit so we actually got a darker grey/blue couch and chair.. let's hope they look good!!

the pictures above were from our last trip to the house and the photos below are the ones from this past weekend..

 i really did not like the cabinet doors that were in this bathroom!! we brought them home and pete was going to just skin them in bead board and call it a day but when we got home he decided to just make new doors! i love them.. i have cute knobs for them as well and we will put those on next week.. the drawers are a different story and not much we can do so i painted them and need to sand them and hopefully they will look better.. :)

i bought those end tables above at a yardsale for 5 bucks for 2.. i immediately brought them home and gel stained them and immediately hated them.. ha but i brought them up to the house and hated them even more ha ha ha .. luckily i could change them and now i love them.. i painted the top with the ci ci caldwell grey {i had never used her product before and while i love the color i was not happy with the product itself and will stick with annie sloan} the legs are annie sloan pure white..

this cute little stool i got at savers for a few bucks.. i painted the legs with annie sloan pure white and covered the top with some fabric i picked up at joannes.

here is the before photo..

here are few projects we are working on.. so this above cabinet has a funny story.. when pete first built the doors for the bathroom he made them to big and we were like augh what to do with these doors.. so we came up with this linen closet he is building and the doors fit perfectly and i now will have extra storage in the bathroom.. things tend to work themselves out in the long run because i love this cabinet and it will fit in perfect in the bathroom once we bead board the walls!!

 on our way outta town this past saturday we stopped at yard sale and the little table was 3.00 so of course i bought it.. we had nooooooo room in the truck since it was loaded for a run to the house i almost had to go the whole way with it in my lap.. ha ha ...  it's a good solid little table.. it was pine so i painted it and will add a cute knob.. i love it.. next to it is going to be the headboard for the extra room in williams.  i picked up some old shutters at a vintage store in boulder for 7 bucks and pete built a frame around them with left over wood from the linen closet, when i was painting it i knocked a slat out and pete has to replace that but other than that i love it .. re-use, reclaim, recycle nothing goes to waste around our house!!

enjoy and get diy'n!!

Friday, January 30, 2015

peppered salisbury steak pasta with a chobani cream sauce {#madewithchobani project}

first off let me say it's always so nice to hear from you guys and some of you say the sweetest things and for that i appreciate your encouragement, comments, constructive criticisms, etc. the other day i got a fun email that chobani {ya know the awesome greek yogurt company} liked my page and asked if i could create a meal using their yogurt and share it with you and them {#madewithchobani project}.. the answer was of course yes.. i love their yogurt.. one of my favorite afternoon snacks is a chobani vanilla yogurt with about 12 chocolate chips tossed in!! umm yummm.. i also use is it in sauces and what not to add creaminess when i am trying to stay away from heavy cream or half and half.. it's a great substitute for sour cream as well...

coincidentally the  day i was asked to participate in the #madewithchobani project i was creating a new dish in my noggin!! lately after work i've been working on furniture projects and so the time spent in the kitchen has been reduced.. i had initially planned on making salisbury steak meatballs.. but then on  my way home i started thinking do i really want to go home and make meatballs?? and the answer was no, i had a headboard to paint {that project being posted next week} so i thought what if i just cooked the ground turkey with all the ingredients i would use for the meatballs toss it with some pasta and add a cream sauce.. and well guess what!! that's what i did and it was a huge success!! we both loved it.. and so easy..

peppered salisbury steak pasta with a chobani cream sauce
prep time: 5 minutes
cooking time: 30-40 minutes
servings: 4-6

1 onion, diced
1 lb. ground turkey {or beef}
1 tblsp. mustard
1 tblsp. spicy ketchup {regular is ok too}
1/2 tblsp. worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil


1/2 cup chicken broth {you might need to add a skosh more start with 1/2 cup and see}
1/2 tblsp. worcestershire sauce
1 cup chobani greek yogurt

2 cups macaroni cooked to package directions {i used small shells}
minced fresh parsley {garnish/optional}
salt and pepper


heat two twirls around the pan of olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet.. once olive oil is hot add onions and a dash of salt and cook until tender.. about 4 minutes.. add ground meat and cook until no longer pink.. then add salt, pepper, worcestershire, ketchup and mustard.. mix well.. in a small mixing bowl combine chicken broth, worcestershire sauce and yogurt and whisk together.. then add chobani greek yogurt/chicken broth to the pan.. stir until everything is well combined.. add your cooked noodles and about 3 tsp. of pepper {hence the name peppered pasta} the peppery taste goes very well with the creaminess of the yogurt.. reduce the heat to simmer and cook another 15 or so minutes so that everything has a chance to meld and get all cozy and comfortable together...... once well combined and everything is heated through sprinkle with parsley and serve in a big bowl.. {if you don't like pepper or at least not that much you do not need to add it.. it's a personal preference..}

enjoy and get cook'n!!
*disclaimer-i was asked to participate in the #madewithchobani project, i was not compensated in any way and the opinions expressed in this post are my own*

Thursday, January 29, 2015

throwback thursday.. crunchy bbq chicken

today is throwback thursday!! i am  sharing with you today one of my favorite chicken dishes.. it's so  easy!! it's perfect for a quick weeknight meal or if you cut them up and served them as nuggets or bites they'd be perfect for football party!! :)

crunchy bbq chicken

prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 30 minutes
servings: 4-6
2 lbs boneless/skinless chicken tenders, thighs or breasts {i only had breasts so i used them and they were outstanding}
about a cup of honey bbq sauce {or whatever kind you like best, i used sweet baby rays}
3 cups panko breadcrumbs
1/2 tblsp. smokey paprika
2 tsp. cayenne {more if you like more heat}
salt and pepper
extra bbq sauce for dipping and blue cheese or ranch dressing
in a flat pie dish or plate mix paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper with the panko bread crumbs and set aside.. spray a lined baking sheet with pam and heat your oven to 375 degrees (f).. brush each piece of chicken with a healthy amount of the bbq sauce then dredge through the panko and place your chicken on the baking sheet.. once they are all panko'd spray them with pam and put in the oven for about 30-40 minutes {depends on what type chicken you use and the chicken's thickness}.. be sure to flip over half way through.. pay attention you want them crispy but not rubbery.. serve immediately with extra bbq sauce and either blue cheese or ranch for dipping.. for lunch the next day i put it on little hawaiian slider rolls with extra bbq sauce.. very good..
enjoy and get cook'n!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

take my word for it wednesday.. it's my 4 year blogaversary!! lets re-visit one of my first posts.. breaking all the rules scrambled eggs!!!


ooooohhhhh emmmmmm geeee.. i can't believe i've been chronicling my culinary adventures for 4 years now!!! what is shocking to me more is that people actually read it!! one of my very first posts was this break'n all the rules scrambled eggs.. it's how we've made scrambled eggs for the past 30 years.. they are so creamy.. so fluffy.. so cheesy.. in a word.. delish!! { i know that isn't technically not a word but it described these eggs to the "t"} i have made these eggs for up to 30+ people and i didn't change the way i made them one bit.. lucky for me uncle jimmy has an egg pan that can hold up to 5 dozen eggs... they are so good you must try them!! excuse the pictures if you can believe it snowed in las vegas/boulder city and i made this scrumptious breakfast new years day and we ate outside admiring the white powdery stuff covering everything..

easy scrambled eggs
prep time: 2-3 minutes
cooking time: 5-7 minutes
servings: 2

4 large eggs
1 slice of american cheese
pat of butter
salt and pepper to taste
jalapeno or regular ketchup

melt your butter over medium heat then add your eggs {if you want to crack them into a separate bowl and add that way it's cool, but don't whip them before adding to the pan} once eggs are in the pan stir with either a fork or whisk, making sure the bottom doesn't stick.. after about a minute add the cheese in peices i just rip it and toss it in, drop the heat to medium low and keep stirring, it will start to set up, again don't let the bottom burn and get brown, just keep stirring {said in dory's voice from finding nemo} now add a little salt and pepper to taste.. once set remove and serve immediately.. i served it with sweet potato hash browns.. which were super yummy!! or mash them and the taters in a flour tortilla with a little cheese and have a breakfast burrito.. wowza it makes me hungry thinking of it!!
for new years dinner i made garlic crusted prime rib, baked potatoes, baked  white sweet potatoes, yorkshire pudding and creamed spinach.. talk about wow what a way to ring in the new year.. anyway i had left over sweet and regular baked potatoes and figured I'd make them into hash browns..
sweet potato "hash" browns
prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 20-25 minutes
servings: 2
1 baked potato cut into chunks
1 baked sweet potato cut into chunks {this is a little harder cause they are softer and kinda mushy but do your best}
1/2 a small onion, diced
1/2 a red, yellow, orange or green pepper, diced
olive oil
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper {add more if you like it goes very well with the sweetness of the sweet potato}
salt and pepper
heat 2 twirls around an iron slillet of olive oil over medium heat.. add onion and peppers and cook until tender and translucent... add salt.. turn up the heat to medium high {you want the pan hot enough to "crisp" the potatoes but not burn} and add potatoes, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper and stir to incorporate everything.. then with the back if your spatula press them down... cook without stirring them for approximately 7-10 minutes.. midway check the underside and see that they are crisping and not burning.. once they get to the desired level of crispness flip them over and do the same to the other side.. once the other side is done remove and serve hot.. maybe even toss some cheese on them.. they go great in burritos or just like i served them.. perfect with scrambled eggs!!
enjoy and get cook'n!!