Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas Eve Seafood Lasagana...mmmmm

Is it just me, or is seafood a beautiful thing?? I love it all. I have never made a seafood lasagana before, and actually I dont recall ever tasting one before. But I would have to say for a first try, it was very successful!! I used shrimp, crab meat and small scallops!! It was super easy to throw together too and a big hit amoungst family members. Even my hubby, who doesnt love pasta thought it was good!!

1/2 lb lasagna noodles

1 1/2 jars alfredo sauce

3 cups grated mozzerella or any cheese you like

1/2 lb real crab meat, shredded

1 lb small scallops, cooked

1/2 lb small shrimp, cooked

1 small container of ricotta cheese

1 egg, beaten

salt & pepper

parmesean cheese

Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. In a small bowl combine three seafoods, salt and pepper to taste. In another small bowl mix ricotta, egg, salt, pepper, and about 1/4 cup parmesean cheese. In a 13 x 9 baking dish which you have sprayed with cooking spray, begin layering. First drizzle a little bit of alfredo sauce (right out of the jar) to coat the bottom of the dish. Layer approx. 3 lasagna noodles, drop some ricotta mixture and spread on noodles, sprinkle 1/3 of the seafood mixture, then drizzle sauce from the jar and finally a thin layer of cheese. Repeat all steps until you reach the top of the baking dish. Topping with cheese. Bake in a 350 oven for approx 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

My take on Peppermint Bark

Ok this one ended up looking kinda funny......but it tastes awesome!!!!!!
All I did was melt milk chocolate and semi sweet chocolate together in a 'double boiler' until melted then spread it on a pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Then I melted the white chocolate over the double boiler. While it was melting I added about a half a teaspoon of peppermint extract and one tablespoon of milk. When the milk chocolate is set up enough spread the white chocolate over it. Break up some candy canes and sprinkle evenly over the white chocolate. Put in the frig until set up and then break into random size pieces.
That's it!! It is that easy!!

Let the baking begin....

Am I the only one who gets completely excited around the holidays when its time to decide what to bake?? I spend so much time looking through recipes and adding some in then taking some out, and adding some in....and....well you get the idea. It has to be just perfect!! I am always excited to try things I havent tried before, but have the few 'must makes' every year!!

Well it is finally time to begin the process and get ready to give my friends and family the treats they deserve for puttin' up with me all year round!!

Here is the first....

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

All I did for these is make the Nestle Toll House recipe except I added (which is key for flavor!!) 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and some freshly grated nutmeg. It makes ALL the difference!!!