Category: Food

tortellini soup…

· February 21, 2014 · 3:55 pm · Food, Recipes, , , ,

You would never know by the weather today, but the last weeks here in Florida were quite chilly… (Chilly for my standards anyhow) and soup was high on my list of things to make. So for those of you still having arctic blasts from the north, here is something ridiculously easy to throw together on a cold weeknight.

It is absolutely delicious and satisfying. What more could you want for a winter meal?

Tortellini and Sausage Soup

Here is what I did…

Ingredients

1 large package of 3 cheese tortellini

1 jar of favorite pasta sauce (I used Classico)

3 cups chicken stock

1 package of fresh Italian sausage (I used a turkey sausage for the last batch and it was just as tasty)

1 8oz carton of cream (do your taste buds a favor and use the real stuff)

3/4 cup of freshly chopped basil

*Red pepper flakes to taste (you can obviously skip this, but I love spicy food)

You need one big pot for this. It really doesn’t get a whole lot easier. Take sausage out of casing and cook on medium heat until browned. Drain if necessary and return to pot. Add chicken stock and pasta sauce and bring to a boil. Add tortellini and turn down the heat a bit. Simmer for about 6-7 minutes or until tortellini is cooked. Remove pot from heat and slowly stir in cream and red pepper. Stir in fresh basil and your done. Enjoy :)

eat local with farm to table dinners – bradenton, florida

· December 20, 2013 · 1:05 pm · Food, Travel, , , , , ,

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to shoot a farm-to-table dinner at the King Family Farm in Bradenton, Florida, hosted by the Loft 5. The whole experience was really amazing. The farm itself is a beautiful property owned by the charming King family and the dinner was a delicious mix of ingredients picked right from the farm. The dinning experience is really like no other and I highly recommend it!

Here are a few photos of the evening…

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last taste of summer…

· August 27, 2013 · 9:39 am · Food, Recipes, , , , , ,

It feels like summer passed in the blink of an eye here in Munich this year. Last week blue berries, peaches and nectarines lined every fruit stand here in the city. I love this time of the year. The time when summer is ending and your trying to get that one last taste before the cooler air sets it…

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For my last taste of summer I made some nectarine and blue berry crisp with vanilla ice cream. Nothing brings you back to being a kid than something like this. Here is what I did :)

Ingredients:

filling:

4 ripe nectarines

couple handfuls of blue berries

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 tsp nutmeg

topping:

1 cup old fashioned oats

1/4 cup brown sugar

4 tbsp butter

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup all purpose flour

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. In one bowl combine blue berries, sliced nectarines, white sugar, and nutmeg. Set aside. In a separate bowl combine oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter and mix together with hands until the topping mixture sticks together in small clumps.

Put fruit in bottom of oven safe baking dishes and sprinkle topping mixture on top. Bake until fruit is bubbly and topping is a golden brown. (about 45 min) Let cool for a few minutes and top with vanilla ice cream and serve warm. (also tastes great the next day cold ;)

summer veggie brushetta

· August 6, 2013 · 4:21 pm · Food, Recipes, , , , ,

This is by no means a food blog, but my love of food and cooking certainly inspires my photography at times. After attending Aran and Nadia’s workshop in Italy I find myself wanting to explore food photography even more as well as document some of the things I create in the kitchen. (I tend to forget some really good things I’ve made!)

So this week I had a bunch of summer veggies I needed to use up and this is what I came up with… and let me tell you, it was really really good.

Summerveggies

This recipe could obviously be moderated in many ways, but here is what I did:

Ingredients:

-Italian bread

-1 eggplant

-2 zucchini

-1 large onion

-1 can tomatoes

-olive oil

-salt and pepper

-crumbled goat cheese and basil for garnish

First I sliced and salted the eggplant to release some of the bitter juices. Set aside. Then diced the onion and zucchini and put in oven safe dish. After about 20 minutes I dried the eggplant and diced it as well adding it to the other veggies. I tossed the veggies with olive oil, salt and pepper and cooked them in the oven for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees (stirring about every 10 minutes). When they were just about done I added the can of tomatoes and cooked for another 5 minutes.

Afterwards I grilled (or toasted) thick slices of day old Italian bread and topped the bread with veggie mixture, crumbled goat cheese and fresh basil. A fairly simple dish but with really amazing flavor! Not to mention a great way to use up some of your veggies :)