Vegetable tian

17 Dec


I found a recipe for a tian on “For The Love of Cooking” by way of pinterest! I didn’t even know what a tian was! I just knew I wanted to make one. (By the way, a tian is a baked layered veggie dish.)

2 tbsp olive oil (divided)
1 large sweet yellow onion cut in half and sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1-2 russet potatoes, unpeeled
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
3 large Roma tomatoes
Sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
Dried thyme, to taste
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat a baking dish with olive oil cooking spray. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions and saute until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 60 seconds. Spread the onion mixture on the bottom of the greased baking dish.


Slice the potatoes, zucchini, squash and tomatoes in 1/4 inch thick slices.


Layer them alternately in the dish on top of the onions, fitting them tightly into a spiral, making only one layer. Season with sea salt, black pepper and dried thyme, to taste. Drizzle the last tablespoon of olive oil over the top.


Cover the dish with tin foil and bake for 35 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Uncover and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until browned. Enjoy.


Very simple and tasty recipe. My only complaint is that I wish it had a bit more seasoning. But that’s easily solved. I plan on making this again seasoning the veggies before they go into the oven. Maybe even using more seasoning. Any suggestions?


Steak Tacos!

22 Sep

I bookmarked this recipe months ago, but never made it because my bf is not a fan of spicy food. I made it tonight for my sister and mom and they loved it.

The original recipe can be found here. I changed the measurements a bit.


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
1 flank steak (about 1/2 pound ), sliced into 1/4 inch strips, across the grain
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn, cooked according to package directions, drained
1 jalapeno without the seeds or ribs, finely minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced

Warm flour or corn tortillas

Shredded cheese, sour cream, shredded lettuce, guacamole (whatever you like on tacos)

1. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat and add the onions and the peppers.  Saute until very tender about 12 minutes.  Transfer to a plate.

2. Add steak to skillet and cook until it is no longer pink, about 1 minute.

3. Add jalapenos, corn, reserved onions and peppers, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper.  Cook for about 2 minutes or until jalapenos have slightly softened and flavors have melded.

3. Serve with warm flour or corn tortillas and any taco fixings you like. Enjoy!

This was my first time cooking with cumin, but definitely not my last. I loved the flavor it gave the tacos. I’ll definitely be making this often. It was so simple!

White Bean Hash

29 Aug

I woke up this morning and had a cup of tea as I read my google reader.  And I saw this on my screen

excuse my bookmarks >.<

A post from How Sweet It Is featuring 5 delicious looking breakfast recipes! They all looked so appetizing, but the one that had me salivating at the mouth was the White Bean Hash (second pic on the above screenshot). I had to have it! And have it I did!

Ingredients- 4 slices of bacon or 1/2 cup chopped pancetta, 2 leeks, trimmed, sliced and cleaned, 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed, 2-3 eggs (or however many you want)

1.Heat a cast iron skillet on medium heat. Add the bacon or pancetta and cook until browned.

I hate cooking bacon on a stovetop so I baked 7 (yes, I added 2 to my recipe and 1 to eat while I cooked. I love bacon!) strips in the oven on 350 for about 15 minutes.

leeks and bacon before it was sent to the oven.


2.Remove the bacon, leaving the grease in the pan and drain on a paper towel. Add the sliced, cleaned leeks (make sure they are dry) to the bacon grease and saute until caramelized, about 6-8 minutes. 

I poured the bacon grease from the baking pan into my skillet. I’ve never cooked anything in “meat grease” before! I yoinked a piece of leek and it was so good. You can definitely taste the seasoning from the bacon.


3.Add beans and bacon back into the skillet. Stir for about a minute. At this point you can either fry some eggs in a separate skillet, or push the hash to the sides and fry the eggs in the middle. Make sure the beans, leeks and bacon are thoroughly mixed.




4. Serve with eggs. Tada!


It was so good. SO good I can hardly believe I made it. The recipe is for 2-3 people. I had a helping, my sister had a helping and there’s still enough for 2 more plates. Guess I’ll be having it for dinner too :) Thanks for the recipe, How Sweet It Is!

I made a quiche!

26 Aug

I found a recipe online since no one had one to give me. It can be found here and is from

Easy Ham and Fresh Tomato Quiche

Ingredients-1 9-inch pie crust, unbaked, 6 large eggs, 1 cup half-and-half, 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, dash nutmeg, 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar or Swiss cheese, 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes, 1/4 cup chopped onion, 1/4 cup chopped ham

1. Pierce unbaked pie crust several times with fork; set aside. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, and seasonings.

2.Sprinkle cheese, vegetables, and ham over unfilled pie crust.
3.Pour in egg mixture. Bake at 400° for 45 to 60 minutes, or until nicely browned.
It was a pretty simple recipe. I thought I put too much thyme in it, but I could barely taste it. I give this recipe 3 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t amazing, but it wasn’t the worst.  It was just meh. Next time I make a quiche I will try using some fancier cheese and another veggie perhaps. Anyone have any amazing quiche recipes? Maybe I’ll just make up my own recipe!

Fried Green Tomatoes

7 Aug

A church down the street from my house had their annual tomato sale last week. Local farmers got together and sold tons of red tomatoes and my favorite, green tomatoes. I bought 3 lbs for a whopping $2.75!!! So inexpensive and so worth it. Half of them are currently ripening on my windowsill and the other half were used to make fried green tomatoes! I got the recipe from a southern food magazine. My mom makes hers with breadcrumbs and milk, but I wanted to try this simple milk-less recipe.


Classic Fried Green Tomatoes

Ingredients– 4-6 green tomatoes, salt and pepper, cornmeal, vegetable oil


1.Slice the tomatoes into 1/4 – 1/2-inch slices.

2. Salt and pepper them to taste. (I also used Seasoned Salt)

3.Dip and completely cover in cornmeal.

4. Fry in hot grease or oil about 3 minutes or until golden on bottom. Gently turn and fry the other side.


5. TADA!



SO tasty! Eat them with your favorite dressing. I eat mine with ranch dressing others prefer theirs  with zesty sauce or marinara. To each his own ^_^

BBQ pulled chicken

15 May

I recently became the owner of a crock pot. My sister got it for me as a birthday present! I love it and I’ve been cooking a lot of things in it. My favorite which also happens to be the easiest is BBQ Pulled Chicken! I found the recipe on

Ingredients: 6 frozen skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, 1 (12 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce, 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce ( I didn’t use Worcestershire sauce)

1.Place chicken in a slow cooker. In a bowl, mix the barbecue sauce, Italian salad dressing, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce.

2. Pour over the chicken.Cover, and cook 3 to 4 hours on High or 6 to 8 hours on Low.

I cooked it on high for 4 and a half hours. About 3 hours in, I shredded the chicken and let the shredded chicken cook for an hour and a half more. It was really yummy! When I cook this in the future, which I definitely will, I will make some coleslaw to accompany it. I planned on making baked potatoes with it today, but realized way too late that I had no potatoes on hand. The boyfriend solved the problem by picking up some potato wedges from KFC. hehe. Two thumbs up from me AND the boyfriend on this recipe. Simple and delicious!


31 Mar

I rarely eat pork, but this week I’ve had a craving for some “POKECHOPS”! I haven’t had pork chops in years! Not really sure what brought on this craving, all I know is I wanted them in my belly!  I hit up my friend Tony (who has a recipe for everything) for a recipe. He delivered the recipe for “Tony’s Special Unnamed Poke Chops”. Before cooking Tony’s Special Unnamed Poke Chops I had to marinate it for 24 hours, like so:

Ingredients-1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup oyster sauce, zest from 1 lemon, 3 cloves garlic, chopped, black pepper


1.In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together.  Whisk them for about 1 minute to ensure that the sugar has completely dissolved into the mixture.  As for the pepper…just a couple of sprinkles should do you fine.
2.Put the pork chops in your ziploc bag along with the marinade.  Roll it around to make sure that the pork chops are covered in the marinade.  Put in the fridge for 12 hours.
3. Flip the bag over to marinate the other side of the chops.  Put back in the fridge for another 12 hours.
Time to cook the chops!
4. Cook the chops!  NOM NOM! (but how to cook them!? When I asked Tony, he replied, “cook it however you want…skillet, pan, grill, candle. whatevs ) I cooked them on skillet and then transferred  them to the grill. Why? I was afraid I didn’t cook the pork thoroughly in the skillet.
Guys, I was a little worried about this recipe. I was afraid that I wouldn’t like an asian inspired pork chop. But it was fantastic! The marinade was delicious. I could taste it throughout the whole pork chop. It was sweet with an asian kick. I loved these porkchops and will definitely cook them again and again! Tony invented this recipe on accident. He was trying to recreate pork kalbi (korean dish) and failed. What a yummy accident!