Everybody watch out, I have had a creative moment so beware. I’m sure we all suffer from the same feeling; you know the one where you feel like you never have your own good recipe ideas and everybody else has the coolest ideas, so you just want to copy them? I am always trying to think up my own recipes, but very rarely do I actually think up a blog-worthy idea. So as you can guess I am VERY excited to share this recipe with you; it is my very own recipe brainchild. The one thing you will notice about my own recipes is that they always have some outrageous title, way longer than any should probably ever be. But just think of it as a way to attempt to show how deliciously packed the recipe is!
Do any of you have that one (or two or three) food that you crave CONSTANTLY?! I have two, pizza and cheese. I could eat pizza anytime, anywhere. Lately all I have been thinking about it pizza, but for some odd reason I went a really long time without having any. As you could imagine, I was stoked when I walked into Morimoto a few days ago for work to find out that staff meal that day was focaccia pizza! Even after eating more than my fair share of staff meal, I still am craving pizza, so naturally I want to share one of my newest pizza creations with you to feed my craving.
The title of this post may have you thinking, “Oh god, Jenny is about to rant about how much she loves artichokes and goat cheese again.” Lucky for you, I think I have established that. Instead I am going to talk about casseroles/stratas/any other dish you can cook in one pot/casserole dish. There is something that eases my mind when I am able to make an entire meal without having to wash tons of pots, pans and skillets afterwards. If you don’t make one-pot-meals very often, you really should give it a try; there is something therapeutic and relaxing about its simplicity.
I was watching a Next Food Network Star rerun the other day and got a good laugh out of Wolfgang Puck bringing one of the contestants back inside the house to show her how to make risotto. I am sure many of you saw this episode too. I was amazed that a person would make it that far on a show like that without knowing how to make risotto! I guess that shows that TV is not always as realistic as we may think. Come to think of it, I also watched a 24 Hour Restaurant Battle where the girl who was going to be the head chef had never even worked in a restaurant before!
I am back at it again with the goat cheese. I recently read that goat cheese has a large amount of tryptophan in it, the same stuff in turkey that makes everybody so sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner, so if you are having trouble sleeping you might just want to try one of these quesadillas before bed, or maybe the Smashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese & Parsley. Tryptophan is not only good for sleeping, but is an essential amino acid that has been shown to boost your mood and help you relax as well. If that isn’t enough to get you eating goat cheese, maybe this recipe will.
I have recently gotten hooked on a new food addiction- goat cheese. I have always loved cheese, but never had tried goat cheese until a few weeks ago on a boat in Cape Town. Many thanks to the guys who bought the large assortment of cheeses for the party. Many people do not like goat cheese, probably because of the funky kick it has compared to other cheeses. For me, that is what makes me love it! I have given into the prices and decided to suck it up and buy good cheese. It really does make such a difference when you have fresh real cheese.