Showing posts from July, 2015

Caprese Pasta

I have basil overload in my garden right now.  After making a bunch of pesto, we've been making caprese salad almost every other night.  This caprese pasta was a way to incorporate the basil, tomato, mozzarella and balsamic tastes of the salad into a dinner meal.  The sauce was a little sweet, so it is a bit different than what I would typically make.  This is great warm, or as a cold pasta salad (chop the mozzarella and toss with rest of cooled ingredients instead of melting).
Caprese Pasta Ingredients: 1 lb. penne pasta1 c. balsamic vinegar1 tbs. brown sugarsalt and pepper1 tbs. olive oil1 pint baby bella mushrooms, washed and sliced1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved1/4  cup packed basil leaves1 16 oz. mozzarella cheese, sliced in 1/4" slices
Directions:Boil pasta according to package directions.While pasta is cooking, combine balsamic vinegar and brown sugar in small saucepan over medium heat until reduced about a half, about 6-8 minutes.  Add salt and pepper.In straight-si…

Twix-Style Ice Cream

Nothing goes hand-in-hand quite like hot summer days and ice cream.  I love ice cream.  I probably have an unhealthy addiction to ice cream.  But it's not like I can help it.  It's in my genes!  My dad's family used to own an ice cream shop in Vietnam.  I look back fondly to the moments my dad and I shared watching Tom and Jerry cartoons and eating ice cream after dinner when I was younger.
One of my favorite things on ice cream is a nice, ooey-goeey melty salty caramel sauce.  So let's make some caramel chocolate ice-cream!  The sweetness of the ice cream and chocolate go well with the salty caramel flecks.  This recipe was inspired by this Tasting Table recipe for Snickers ice cream.
Twix-Style Ice cream Ingredients: Caramel: 2/3 c. sugar3/4 c. heavy cream, heated but not boiling1/2 tsp. sea salt
Ice cream base: 1 c. whole milk3/4 c. sugar1 tsp. vanilla2 c. heavy cream5 large egg yolkspinch of salt
Mix ins: 2 packages of Twix bars, chopped1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chip…