Thursday, March 19, 2015

Parmesan Broth

I've been meaning to share this recipe for a while, so here it goes!  We had a plethora of parmesan rinds that we needed to use (we love our fresh parm!).  I googled parmesan soup and came across this gem from The Smitten Kitchen.  The way she described the broth was so enticing, I knew I had to make it.

I was so excited to make this recipe, and she was right about how amazing it is.  It is the best broth you will every have.  It's velvety, rich and so luscious.  I can't wait until we have enough rinds to make this again.  Side note: you can usually find rinds at stores like Whole Foods for a reasonable price.

I didn't have the white beans or kale that she used in her recipe, but I did have tortellini. I made a small change in water quantity to her original recipe to compensate for cooking the tortellini in this mouth-watering broth.  The end result was awesome.

Parmesan Broth with Tortellini

8 ounces cheese rinds
7 cups water
1 large onion, peeled and quartered
3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1/2 teaspoon whole peppercorns
Handful of flat-leaf parsley
Salt, to taste

To serve
1 - 10 oz package of fresh tortellini (we used cheese)

Make the broth: Bring all broth ingredients to a boil in a large pot, then reduce it to a simmer. Simmer for one hour. Pour broth through a strainer. Your yield should be approximately 4 1/2 cups. You can use this right away or cool it before storing it.

Tortellini time: Bring the strained broth to a boil and cook tortellini according to package directions.  Serve in a big soup bowl and enjoy!  Makes about 2-3 meal size servings.

I hope you enjoy this just as much as we did! What is your favorite soup?

Friday, March 13, 2015

A Week of Fun!

Lots of good stuff to recap this Friday!  We had a great week with Madre visiting us from O-town.  Every day starts out awesome with coffee...mmmm.  I picked up Costco's House Blend and found out it was roasted by Starbucks, who knew?  It is definitely good stuff.

We did a little exploring around Tally, and went to Bradley's Country Store.  They are famous for their sausage and dang it is good!  Perfectly smoky and spiced.  It wasn't over smoked and greasy like lots of other sausages.

The sausage dog was screaming my name.

Last Saturday we stopped by the Tallahassee Downtown Market, it was a beautiful day!  I'm sad to say that the market was a little disappointing.  Not many local produce vendors were there, if any?  We were really spoiled by our farmer's market in Cali.

After the market Wyatt was pooped!  He fell asleep in the car and immediately cuddled with his dog when I put him in his crib.  So friggin cute!  I had to take a pic (in silent mode of course).

On Sunday we decided to drive to Apalachicola, it was a beautiful drive down the coast!  This quaint gulf town is known for it's oysters, and they were worth the drive.

Another yummy treat we got at Up the Creek Raw Bar (full review soon!) was Alligator Empanadas.  I could not say no to those.  They were filled with a slightly spicy and cheesy filling with plenty of ground gator tail.  Just like chicken....hehe.

Last but certainly not least, we have had so much fun exploring our new neighborhood.  Wyatt loves to go on the bridge on the nature trail and look for fishies.  Yesterday we got lucky and spotted 3 different turtles!  Too bad they moved too fast (ironically enough) for us to get a good photo.

No plans for this weekend!  Just playing it by ear.  For my uber-exciting Friday night I'm going to see a movie, either Birdman or Boyhood...which one should I watch?  What are you up to this weekend?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Decadent Eats!

I appreciate all the kind words about my last post.  It means the world to me!  

Now onto one of my fave things... food of course.  I'm joining up with Jenn for What I Ate Wednesday.  This week I'm sharing all my splurges, delicious and soooo worth it!

Let's start with my breakfast splurge, Red Velvet Pancakes from The Bada Bean, close to our house in Tallahassee.  This local joint has an amazing breakfast menu.  These babies were on the specials board and how could I say no?  Red Velvet is my jam.  At first I thought they were a little cheap with the frosting but turns out it was the perfect amount!  I'm hoping these tasty pancakes are a special quite often.

Next up is my lunch splurge, Fried Shrimp from Tropical Trader Shrimp Company in Panacea.  My Dad & Stepmom came to visit and it was our first real chance to drive around the area.  We stopped in for lunch and we were glad we did.  The local shrimp were perfectly fried.  You gotta have grits with shrimp in the south... and these were loaded with cheese.  It was an amazing meal!

Finally my dinner splurge, Homemade Pizza!  We have pizza night almost every Friday, but on special occasions when Jay makes his sauce and meatballs we do it from scratch.  I made this awesome pizza dough recipe, and we top it with the hubby's tomato sauce and meats.  Hits the spot every time.

What were some of your decadent eats this week?!