Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ha"Tuna" Matata

Means no worries.  I was going through the cupboard and found a few ingredients that I bought awhile ago. Since tonight I was in a "no worries" mood with dinner, and wanted to make something simple, I thought it would be a good time to try these outs.

I bought the Lime olive oil  and Pomegranate vinegar from the vendor Leonardo and Roberto's Gourmet Blends at The Metropoliton Cooking and Entertaining Show. The spice blend I bought while back home on a day trip to Saugatuck, MI. I walked by this cute shop, Spice Merchants, that smelled awesome, I of coarse had to go in. Of the many things I bought there I picked up this tuna rub.

For the tuna:
All I did was brush the tuna with olive oil and coated with the spice. I seared it about 3-4 minutes each side.

Olive oil

Monday, December 13, 2010

Pizza! Pizza! Pizza!

A little bit of a lazy day in the cooking department this time around. Bought some great pizza dough from Trader Joe’s along with pre-cooked chicken.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

What to do about Ragu?

Got home late from work tonight, tired and hungry. Opened the fringe to find these ingredients, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and a jar of Ragu. I know some of you out there are thinking Ragu, really? And I am not ragging on the stuff. I grew up on Ragu or Prego one of the two. But there are times when even I really do just want a no brainer quick dinner.

So in today's post I wanted to show all of you that you can have a quick and easy dinner with fresh ingredients.

Fresh Mozzarella
Cherry or Roman tomatoes (these work best for roasting)
Fresh Basil
Olivie oil
Salt and Pepper
Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
Pasta of choice

Place the tomatoes and garlic on a cookie sheet coat with olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Put in a 375ยบ oven until the tomatoes blister and break open.  Let cool for a few minutes. Put the tomatoes and garlic in a blender or food processor adding a little olive oil add a time to get to desired consistency. Add in basil and pulse until incorporate. Be careful not to over blend, you want to see the pieces of basil, it adds nice color to the dish. Top with the mozzarella.

the fresh ingredients
the culprit
tomatoes and garlic prepped and ready to go in the oven
right out of the oven
now this is a delicious quick and easy meal