Bacon goodness in Scrambled Eggs and an Everything-in-the-fridge Biscuit!

ImageI love making my own biscuits and this past weekend, I wanted a homemade brunch. Finding out that now I have become lactose intolerant, I now have to figure out ways to replace milk with other products…..and the first one that I am trying out is almond milk.  I am glad to say that so far, so good! I have not had any negative reactions. Had a cup of Nespresso coffee with the almond milk and it Worked!! Hallelujah! Happy Camper on that note!

I have an upcoming dinner that I am creating for a friend that requested “everything bacon!” So I decided to try out different things, beginning with biscuits.  Looked in the fridge and put everything and then some in these lovelies.

Not only did I use parmesan cheese but I also shredded about half a cup of sharp cheddar. Also sea salt and pepper went into the flour mixture, along with finely chopped bacon and ham, of course!! Talk about savory, savory deliciousness…and yes, I did use some of the almond milk in the biscuits.  I took some to a couple of people for them to try out and they all said the same thing…..”Delicious!”

So since I am in the midst of creating the menu for this upcoming “bacony-goodness” birthday dinner, I am open for suggestions for the appetizers. I was all excited about bacon wrapped figs or dates, but I was told no way by the birthday boy……so now I am seeking suggestions…..and will continue to surf to find some yummy bacon goodness for savory appetizers.

 

Tomato Soup-Rice Broiled Green Pepper with Peppercorn-Cumin-Coriander Chicken

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What to do with one cup of leftover tomato soup? Why, simply liquify yellow and green zucchini in half a cup of low sodium chicken broth, place one cup of that vegetable mix into the tomato soup, bring to a boil and place one cup of arborio rice, letting it cook for 15 to 20 minutes.  I found a green pepper in the fridge, filled it with this awesome mixture, sprinkled it with a about a tablespoon of parmesan cheese and placed it in the oven to finish cooking with the peppercorn, coriander with cumin broiled chicken!!!

Leftovers rock!

Best comfort food for a chilly day in Miami? Why, Tomato Soup, of course!

ImageWoke up to 56 degrees……but in Miami, that feels like it’s a lot colder than it really is! I bundled up to go to work, in Boots, Sweater, Scarf and Coat.  Yes, it was That Cold to me.

On my way home, I passed an open field where they were selling fresh fruits and vegetables….so I stopped and walked right up to the stand where they had some gorgeous colorful vegetables. My grumbling stomach said…it’s time to make Tomato Soup!

I purchased some large tomatoes, a poblano and vidalia onions.  Couldn’t wait to get home in order to start creating a new style of tomato soup.

As soon as I walked into my kitchen, out came a large cookie sheet, where I spread out the tomatoes, poblano pepper and vidalia onions to broil them first. Into a stovetop pot went garlic, tomato paste, tomato sauce, dash of kosher salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and the juice of one lemon, as well as two cups of low sodium chicken broth.  As soon as I could smell the lovely aroma of the broiled tomatoes and the vidalia onions,  the tomatoes were peeled, and then were chopped up with the vidalia onions and the poblano pepper, and all went for a swim with the rest of the ingredients in the stovetop pot. After a good 20 minutes, small batches of the soup went into a blender, where it liquified the vegetables together….such an amazing aroma came from this light and superbly flavorful soup.

But there was something missing…..I always keep my biscuit mix nearby, so in went one cup of the tomato soup, as well as half a cup of parmesan cheese and 1/3 cup of chopped bacon.  In just 12 minutes at 400 degrees, the tomato soup biscuits were done!

Yum……now where did I put my soup spoon????

 

What’s the next best thing for breakfast-lunch-and-dinner? Why, Quiche, of course!

It was one of those afternoons when I wanted to use all the veggies left in my fridge…..so out came asparagus and mushrooms….found some cream and cheese and all of a sudden it made sense….these ingredients would make a fantabulous quiche!

Also found some bacon, so chopped all the veggies, mixed in some eggs, cream, cheese (parmesan, of course) and some Muenster and Voila! In less than an hour, I had two quiches which serve for breakfast, lunch and dinner!!!

YUM…..now let me go get my fork!

Oh, what a day! And I mean last Saturday, March 24th at Tart & Berry

I had such a Great Time!  Talk about intense baking…..last Friday I ran home from work and made quite a few goodies:

  • Nespresso/Chocolate Mini-cupcakes
  • Strawberry Mini-cupcakes with fresh Strawberry/Neufchatel Cheese Frosting
  • Lemon/Key Lime Mini-Cupcakes with fresh juice
  • Chocolate & Peanut Butter Mini-cupcakes, with a hint of orange
  • Banana and Dulce de Leche Mini-cupcakes

And on the savory side

  • Parmesan, olive and sundried tomato mini-mini biscuits, and last but not least
  • Corn and black bean mini-muffins!

I had a grand time baking and what fun it was to meet so many people!  We had quite a few hundred that stopped by to taste mini-baked goodies made by yours truly, as well as try the numerous yummy yogurts and awesome paninis and salads that Tart & Berry sells!

Make sure to stop by Tart & Berry and try out their Tiramisu yogurt…..talk about severe yum factor!!!!