Archive | June, 2011

Momma’s Lasagna

29 Jun

so i made lasagna, it was delicious… and easy for me to make (beginners chef WARNING!!!!!!)

so here are the ingredients

1 lb package RONZONI LASAGNA (or any for that matter)
4 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese (or 1 whole pound of cheese)
1 15-ounce container ricotta cheese (i used light ricotta)
1 lb of ground chicken or beef, cooked on a skillet, drained, and pulsed in a food processor
1 tbsp. of Oregano
1 (8-ounce) jar of pasta auce, any flavor
1 egg
1 cup of grated Parmesan Cheese


Preheat the oven to 350°. If you haven’t already done so, in a skillet cook the ground meat. Drain the oil from the skillet and pulse the pieces of meat in a food processor to make smaller pieces. In a medium bowl, empty the sauce and add the meat. In another bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, egg, and oregano. Shred the pound of mozzarella cheese and set aside. In a 13″ x 9″, put 3 pieces of pasta down on the pan. Cover it in the ricotta mixture. Then the meat sauce mixture. Finally, spread grated cheese.

Repeat this step 3 more times. On the fourth layer, ONLY put the 3 pieces on the top with the meat sauce and the mozzarella. Add the cup of parmesan cheese.

Cover the pan, and let it cook in the oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes ends, uncover the pan and let it bake for another 15 minutes so that the cheese is bubbling and it looks delicious.


Chicken with Snowpeas over Rice

22 Jun

So we officially moved into our apartment. Our 2 day planned drive from New Jersey to Florida? Meh, didnt happen. We were so anxious that we got to Gainesville in one day, stayed overnight at a local hotel, and picked up our keys in the morning and unpacked our lives from about 10 boxes and tons of furniture (Not to mention carrying these things up 3 flights of stairs in 100 degree weather)

The first meal i made in our new place was inspired by the Pioneer Woman because, well, i love her.

I asked dave what he wanted for dinner, his reply: simply “Chicken with Rice”

So i found this awesome recipe on her site for beef with snowpeas and decided to make Ms. Ree’s recipe with chicken instead, and ended up tweaking the entire thing. Heres what i did:

Chicken with Snowpeas over Rice


  • 1 lb or so of thinly sliced chicken breast
  • ½ cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Ginger (I found an awesome squeezable bottle of fresh ginger in the produce section of Publix)
  • Snow Peas to your liking
  • 5 whole Scallions, Cut Into Haf-inch Pieces On The Diagonal
  • Crushed Red Pepper, For Sprinkling
  • Brown or White Rice
Beat the chicken if its too thick, then slice the chicken into 3 inch x 3 inch or so squares. Then proceed to make the saucy goodness – in a separate bowl, mix the soy sauce, cornstarch, brown sugar, and fresh ginger. Set aside. Cut off the top of the scallions and slice them diagonally. Set aside. Add the chicken to the soy mixture and mix it together with your hands. Let it sit while you heat the snow peas. In a small pan, on medium heat, saute the snow peas so that they brown a little. Take them off the pan and set them aside. Finally, In a deeper pan, Add the chicken mixture with a little water if it seems too thick. Let the chicken cook and when you see they are turning white on each side, add the scallions and snow peas. Mix the mixture often. At the end, if you like spice – you can add crushed red pepper. Serve over rice.