Chicken Breast with Mushrooms and Cream

I love French cooking and I love Julia Child. So it just makes sense for me to try more of her recipes at home. I used to be intimidated when looking through her book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1; but there are a few recipes in there that don’t seem overly complicated. I’ve actually made this recipe before and it turned out to be a success. The only difference is that instead of cooking this in the oven, I just use my Dutch Oven. Serving Size: 4 Cook Time: …

Ricotta Pasta with Spinach and Mushrooms

I had some left over roasted chicken and decided to have that for dinner tonight. Now the tricky part was finding a yummy side dish to go with it. I really wanted to make a quick and easy pasta dish and add in some healthy baby spinach and mushrooms. The combination of the ricotta and egg gives this dish a very creamy consistency, but with the veggies, it has a pretty rustic flair as well. You can also substitute whole wheat pasta or brown rice pasta as well. If I…

Vegetable Stir Fried Noodles

It’s suppose to be tofu Tuesday in our house, but I just can’t seem to figure out a good tofu dinner for tonight. So to still honor our meatless dinner, I decided to make one of my mom’s quick and easy stir fry meals. She always adds ground pork and dried shrimp. I just opted for a version with more veggies. Serving Size: 2 Cook Time: 5 minutes Ingredients: 8 oz bean thread noodles 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 small onion, quartered 6 oz dried shitake mushrooms, cut into pieces…

Braised Tofu with Mushrooms and Bok Choy

It’s Tuesday and my husband and I are trying to get back into eating more Tofu. I’m cheating a little with this recipe and introducing some ground pork into the mix. The past few times I’ve tried tofu, it isn’t very filling for me, so I will try to add just a little bit of meat for more substance. I would like to state that this in no way is a vegetarian dinner! Serving Size: 4 Cook Time: 30 minutes 16 oz extra  firm tofu 1/2 pound freshly ground pork 6…

Crab and Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms

I found this appetizer recipe on pinterest for seafood stuffed mushrooms and loved the idea as a party appetizer, but also thought it would make a great  meal! I’ve seen some gorgeous portabella caps at the market and knew I just had to pick some up. I’ve toyed with stuffed mushrooms before and do like the final result. The idea of mixing in seafood made it sound like an amazing dinner. Cook Time: 15 minutes Serving Size: 4 4 ounces light cream cheese, softened 1 egg yolk 2 tablespoons Italian bread crumbs…

Shrimp with Penne Pasta and Vegetables in Cream Sauce

I met a good friend for lunch over the weekend at Seasons 54 and was impressed with their new Spring menu. I ordered a shrimp with penne pasta dish and was immensely impressed at how delicious and flavorful it was, while still being under 500 calories! I was so pleased with my dish, that I really wanted to try and make it at home. Now I would like to say that under no circumstances do I believe my dish is under 500 calories (I’m sure it surpasses that calorie count)…

Found the Famous Poutine in Montreal

My husband and I went to Montreal to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary. We are lovers of food and really wanted to go somewhere that had a distinct food culture. We found a food mecca in Montreal. One of the items on our list of must–eats was poutine, a native dish to Quebec. What exactly is this foreign sounding item? In its most simple form, it’s French fries, smothered in gravy and topped off with cheese curds. To us, it just sounded like something we needed to get our hands…

Risotto with Mushrooms and Scallops

One of my favorite restaurants is Chef Geoff’s, they have the most amazing scallop risotto and I’m in love with it. It’s cooked to perfection, firm and creamy. So I wanted to recreate the same experience at home and try making my own risotto! I was super excited at how it turned out and dinner last night was a huge success. Ingredients:4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil1 pounds sea scallops, remove and discard the tough musclesalt and freshly ground black pepper1 medium yellow onion, minced2 garlic gloves, minced1 pound of…

Chicken Marsala – just because there’s marsala wine laying around the kitchen!

A few weeks ago, I had the family over for an Italian-themed dinner and made chicken marsala as one of the main entrees. Well, I had to buy a bottle of Marsala wine which has been sitting in my kitchen ever since. And I’m not one to let things go to waste so I made tiramisu cupcakes a few times and then made the chicken marsala again tonight, just because I’m trying to use up all the wine! I’ve always been a little apprehensive about trying to make Italian at…