Vegetarian Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls

Last month I graduated with my degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University and also started my bachelors degree in culinary nutrition with a concentration in clinical dietetics. This degree is more heavily focused in academics with a handful of culinary labs. The first one is Vegetarian Cuisine. At the beginning of the…

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Mozzarella Sticks

  One of my favorite snack foods when growing up was mozzarella sticks.  I grew up in fairly small town, however it had three or four pizza places (mostly run by Greeks instead of Italians) and none of the pizza was ever spectacular or out of this world but the mozzarella sticks were always good…

Weekly Menu Planning

I’m determined to get back into planning out a weekly menu and base our grocery shopping on that menu.  I hope that this will save us money but also the frustration of what to eat each night.  This week is a very Asian inspired week as you’ll see below.  I really miss my favorite little…

Getting Setteled with some Spicy Orange Chicken

Well we are here….finally!  At some points I wasn’t sure if it was ever really going to happen.  I move out of my apartment in Monterey on June 1st, moved in with some great friends, flew to New Jersey on July 9th and we moved into our condo in Rhode Island on July 31st.  I…

Garlic-Basil Shrimp

This super simple recipe has become one of my favorites (and Bryan’s too I think).  Its from the “So Easy” cookbook by Ellie Krieger.  You really have to give this a try and best part, the original recipe almost 100% naturally gluten free.  The only substitution I have to make is instead of orzo pasta,…

Sweet and Spicy Chicken

I’m going to give P.F Chang’s a run for their money with this chicken. (ok maybe only in my mind). I love P.F.’s Spicy Chicken but this one I made tonight has got a good kick of heat to it. Last week at the Farmer’s market I found some Thai Chili’s and have been trying…

Mongolian Beef (adapted from P.F. Chang’s)

Mongolian Beef 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon ginger, minced 1 tablespoon garlic, choped 1/2 cup Gluten Free soy sauce 1/2 cup water 3/4 cup dark brown sugar vegetable oil, for frying (about 1 cup…I used less with my non stick pans) 1lb flank steak 1/4 cup cornstarch 2 large green onions, sliced ~For the…

Baked Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta

Baked Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta (adapted from Eating Smart w/ Ellie Krieger) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion, diced (about 1 1/2 cups) 2 cloves garlic, minced Two 14.5-ounce cans of Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Green Chillies* 1/4 Cup finely minced fresh flat-leaf parsley 1 tablespoon finely minced dill 1…

General Tso’s Chicken (A bit lighter)

General Tso’s Chicken (adapted from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food Magazine issue pg, page 34) 1/4 cup corn starch 1 pound snow peas, trimmed and halved crosswise 4 garlic cloves, chopped 2 teaspoons ginger (freshly grated or jarred) 3 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce 1 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes 2 large egg…

Steak and Salsa

This is by far one of my favorite and easiest recipes. To me its definitely a comfort food. Sadly I didn’t not come up with this one, but I try to make it my own. Steak and Salsa 1 – 2 lbs of Steak 2 Garlic Cloves minced 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar 4-5 Shakes of…

Sesame Orange Shrimp

Sesame Orange Shrimp (Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Every Day Food, #13 page 76) 2 large egg whites 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/4 cup sesame seeds coarse salt and ground pepper 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus more if needed 1 cup fresh orange juice 2 tablespoons soy sauce (gluten…