Six Sisters’ Stuff has done it again. They’ve released a new cookbook that requires six ingredients or less.
Many of the recipes are super easy and very delicious. I always say that you can’t go wrong with a Six Sisters’ Stuff recipe. I’m still making their In-N-Out Burger from their Copycat Cooking cookbook. I make a turkey burger version and I swear to you it is the best burger I’ve ever had in my life! It’s all in the animal sauce.
As for “Six Ingredients,” one of the recipes I made was the Green Beans With Candied Pecans. Making candied pecans was a whole new experience for me. I didn’t think it would work and then all of a sudden, it almost burned! EEK!
Thank goodness I caught it in time. Luckily, I ended up making too many candied pecans, so I put a bunch to the side to add to my salads. I highly recommend making candied pecans, because it can really bring your salad game up a notch.
While I could rattle on about stuff you really don’t care about, let’s get to the recipe. I selected their Easy Lemon Garlic Shrimp recipe to share with all of you. I made this and had meals for days! It’s light and very tasty.
You can purchase “Six Ingredients” from any of PW’s favorite booksellers:
[Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.]
Sponsored Post. I was asked by RawSpiceBar to develop a new recipe using their Apple Pie Spices mix. While most would instantly think of a dessert, I knew that would not work for me. I am not the kind of person that usually makes desserts. So I thought about it and came up with Apple Spiced Ham.
My logic was if we can put pineapple on ham, then we should be able to use apples! And boy, was I right about that.
The result? This is by far the best ham I have ever had. And the apple gravy…*eyes rolling into the back of my head*…was so good it needs to be bottled up and sold in markets everywhere.
Since this is also apple season, this recipe works perfectly for the time of year. When choosing apples, make sure to use apples that will hold up while cooking. I used Granny Smith and Empire apples. Other apples that work well: Golden Delicious and McIntosh.
The key ingredient here that you cannot skip is the Apple Pie Spices mix from RawSpiceBar. This is one of the most important ingredients in the entire recipe. This is what adds the extra oompf to the entire dish, making the ham and the gravy go the extra mile.
For those who end up with leftovers, I recommend using this in every leftover ham recipe you can think of…including the apples. I added the ham and apples to bean soup, pastas, scrambled eggs…and to tell you the truth, I never knew the apples were there.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did. Let me know in the comments if you tried this and what you thought of it.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, start with the apples. Cut the apples into quarters and de-core them (remove seeds and ends, no need to peel the skin). Using a mandoline, thinly slice 2-3 apples (depending on the size of your ham). Reserve these slices to be inserted between the slices of the ham. For the remaining apples, use the thicker setting on the mandoline. These slices will go on the bottom of the baking dish.
Place the thick slices of apple on the bottom of a large baking dish. Place the ham on top of the apples, cut-side down. Add the thinly sliced apples between each slice of ham (usually 2-3 slices of apples will fit for each layer).
In a bowl, mix the brown sugar and the apple pie spices mix together.
Using your hands, rub the mustard all over the ham (including the slices of apples sticking out from the ham). Next, rub the sugar and spice mixture all over the ham (like you did with the mustard). [You may or may not use all of the mustard/sugar mix. Use enough to liberally cover the entire ham.]
Add the orange juice to the bottom of the baking dish. Make sure there is enough orange juice to cover the entire bottom of the dish. If not enough, add more orange juice.
Bake 10 minutes for every pound of ham (for a 16 pound ham, that is 160 minutes). Let the ham bake for 1 hour. After the first hour, begin basting the ham using the juices at the bottom of the baking dish every 20 minutes until the ham is done.
Remove ham from oven. Let cool for a few minutes before serving. When serving, use the apple gravy at the bottom of the baking dish to add a little oompf to your amazing ham.
How many times have you sat in your favorite restaurant, eating your favorite dish, wondering how you can make this dish? Six Sisters’ Stuff has taken the guess work out of it for you and have launched their new cookbook: “Copycat Cooking.”
From Olive Garden’s breadsticks, In-N-Out Burgers and Animal Fries to Universal Studios’ Butter Beer, they have the recipes. Before you ask yourself if the recipes taste exactly like the dish, I’ve taken that guess work out of it for you.
I made Red Lobster Shrimp Linguine, a Dairy Queen Blizzard and The Cheesecake Factory’s Sun-Dried Tomato Fettucine. All I can say is…I can understand now why there are thousands of calories in these dishes! Oh, and yes, each recipe tasted exactly like the real thing.
Red Lobster Shrimp Linguine
Dairy Queen Blizzard
Cheesecake Factory Sun-Dried Tomato Fettucine
My favorite (and Matthew Lucifer’s) is by far the Red Lobster Shrimp Linguine. We gobbled that dish up quickly.
I couldn’t believe how simple it was to make a Dairy Queen Blizzard. It is literally all about the process of mixing two ingredients: the ice cream and cookie/candy.
As for the Cheesecake Factory’s Sun-Dried Tomato Fettucine, I saved the best for last. Over this last week, I asked for people to vote (on Instagram & Twitter) for the recipe they wanted of the three. The picture with the most likes, would be the recipe I would share. The Cheesecake Factory recipe was the winner.
Two Recipes for the Price of One
Before I share this recipe, I want you to also consider an alternative recipe. While I was waiting for the noodles to finish cooking, I kept tasting the sauce, remarking how this would make an excellent tomato soup. The more I thought about it, I realized…yes, this would make for an amazing tomato soup. What makes this unique as a tomato soup is none other than the sun-dried tomatoes. It adds a unique flavor that makes it almost addictive.
So when you make this recipe, note that it can serve as either an amazing soup or a pasta dish.
On to the Other Recipes
I can’t wait to make the In-N-Out Burger and Animal Fries this weekend. This will be my answer to my lack of visits to the West Coast.
For those who are watching their wallets, this may be your answer to eating out. Just make these dishes on special occasions. It may be less on the wallet, but thick on the waistlines. But oh so good.
Cook fettucine according to package directions, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water; set aside. While pasta is cooking, add olive oil to a large pot over medium-high heat. Saute garlic for 1 minute, being careful not to burn the garlic. Add sun-dried tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and sugar, stirring until well combined. Reduce heat to medium-low and whisk in cream and sour cream. Let simmer and thicken for 5 minutes. Add spinach to sauce and cook until wilted. Add salt and pepper to taste. If sauce is too thick, use reserved pasta water to thin it out. Add pasta to prepared sauce and toss until coated.
I am a big fan of the Today Show on NBC. When I was given the opportunity to review Siri Daly’s cookbook “Siriously Delicious,” I was so excited. The recipes she cooks up on the Today Show always have my mouth watering.
It is one thing to watch her make these recipes, it is quite another to experience her creations. This book is filled with recipes for the healthy eaters to the not so healthy eaters. For those who have special diets like Glow 15, Whole 30, vegetarian or vegan, she has you covered with so many options.
One thing that she points out in her “Spinach, Chickpea, and Tomato Frittata” recipe is that some of these recipes were borne out of finding what she had around her kitchen, especially on those days when the fridge was practically empty. Keeping that in mind, you have permission to swap out ingredients to go with either what you have or to match what your diet allows.
One recipe you will want to try is her recipe for Greek Nachos. Although, when I made this, I discovered my Feta had gone bad, so I substituted it with Bleu Cheese and it was amazing!
This recipe is perfect for at home tailgating or just about any party. Never mind that they’re super healthy!
I made her Buddha Bowl, but went with what I had and stuck to my Glow 15 lifestyle. Instead of wild or brown rice, I used black rice with coconut oil. Instead of broccolini, I used lemon braised kale. I had some roasted butternut squash leftover, so I opted to use that instead. The avocado? Well, that’s the Avocado Glow version (from Glow 15). The only thing that stayed true to her recipe were the chickpeas…and I highly recommend making the chickpeas. I used her original recipe as a guide to building my own Buddha Bowl and I have to say it was absolutely delicious!
When I saw the Pan-Roasted Brussel Sprouts recipe, I knew I had to try this and this recipe did not disappoint. It was so good.
Another favorite recipe is her Miso Tzatziki. I never would have thought to put miso and tzatziki together. I mean, it was excellent!
When I made Siri’s recipes, it happened to be on my no to low protein day, so basically my vegetarian day. My cheat day was the next day so I tried to make the Daly Fried Chicken to an epic fail. I have to go back and try to make it again. There were several mistakes I made. The first one being that I did not notice that the drumsticks did not have their skins when I dumped them into the buttermilk (damn Whole Foods). My second mistake was trying to use coconut flour instead of all-purpose flour (I ran out of all-purpose flour). So the next time I want to try the fried chicken recipe again, I am sticking to the recipe.
I will be trying her Buffalo Baked Cauliflower, Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps and Spinach Balls this weekend.
If you want a recipe book that is packed with delicious healthy (and not so healthy) recipes that are packed with flavor, this is the book for you. It is family friendly, and includes plenty of recipes for the various diets and lifestyles out there. If you are a foodie (like me), you will be happy with how every single dish is bursting with flavor.
The majority of the recipes are very simple to make, but more importantly, it is designed to cater to what you have in your home. So many of the ingredients can be swapped out for like ingredients, which means you do not have to adhere 100% to the recipe. Siri had that in mind when she put this cookbook together, because when you have a family of 5 waiting for dinner, you can’t always drop everything to run out and get a missing ingredient. She gives you a guidebook on how to create each dish, but knows you may need to work with what you’ve got.
Since the publisher shared her Greek Nachos recipe on Amazon, I am going to share it here as well. Like the book says, if you make anything in this book, let it be the Greek Nachos. I highly agree with that statement!
Make the Dressing: Whisk together all of the ingredients until smooth.
Make the Nachos: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cut each pita into 8 wedges. Arrange the pita wedges in a single layer on an aluminum foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Brush the pita wedges with the oil and sprinkle with the paprika and salt. Bake until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove the pita wedges from the oven. Increase the heat to a high broil. Sprinkle the wedges with the feta, bell pepper, and red onion. Broil until the cheese starts to melt, about 3 minutes. Remove from the oven.
Sprinkle with the tomato, olives, and chives. Transfer the dressing to a squeeze bottle, or spoon into a plastic ziptop bag and snip 1 corner to make a small hole. Drizzle the nachos with your desired amount of dressing. Reserve any remaining dressing for another use.
To make this more kid-friendly, top the toasted pita with store-bought hummus, feta, and diced avocado.
When you try this version of Pisto Manchego, you will wonder why this stew was not a regular go to soup for you.
What makes this Spanish dish so amazingly tasty is that it really is a labor of love to complete. This vegetarian stew takes more than two hours to make. And guess what? It is every bit worth the wait.
When I made this stew, I had just run out of olive oil and was waiting for Amazon Fresh to deliver more to me. I decided to use what I had, so I reached for ghee (clarified butter) as a substitute. That ended up being the smartest decision I could make as a substitution. The ghee was the difference to propel this dish to foodie standards.
If you don’t want to use ghee, use extra virgin olive oil. It won’t taste as good as it would with ghee, but EVOO is a perfect substitute.
Ghee is clarified butter, best known as an ingredient in many Indian dishes. This butter is used in many Whole 30 and Keto compliant recipes.
Because ghee is gaining popularity thanks to new diets and lifestyles, it is becoming much easier to find it on the shelves at local grocery stores. I recommend finding a local Indian grocer and walking around their aisles to find ghee.
My local Indian grocer has the best produce (better than regular supermarkets), and so many wonderful products. I would not have seen ghee on the shelves if my brother hadn’t pointed it out to me. I grabbed a tub and I’m very thankful that I did.
In French dishes, you’ll find that they call for a lot of butter. Butter just makes everything taste better. But try ghee…you may find this butter is on a whole other level.
This recipe calls for roasted garlic. If you don’t have any on hand, don’t worry. It is super easy to make. All you need is a head of garlic and olive oil.
I recommend roasting your own garlic, because it will add to the overall flavor of this dish.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Cut off the top of the garlic head and take as much of the outer skin off as you can, leaving at least a layer of skin on the garlic.
Wrap aluminum foil around the garlic, leaving the top portion open (but enough foil to cover the top).
Drizzle a couple of teaspoons of olive oil over the top, covering all of the cut, exposed garlic cloves. Cover the top of the bulb with aluminum foil.
Place covered clove on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 40 minutes, or until cloves feel soft.
Prepare roasted garlic (per instructions in blog post).
While garlic is roasting, prep ingredients.
After the roasted garlic is done, heat 2 tablespoons of ghee in a large pot over moderate heat. Add onions, fresh garlic and roasted garlic. Cook until the onions are translucent (8 minutes).
Add bell peppers and zucchini. Cook for 3 minutes. Stir often.
Add white wine and simmer, stirring occasionally, until wine is reduced to 2 tablespoons (5 minutes).
Reduce heat to low. Add tomatoes, simmer for 30 minutes, until majority of the juices have evaporated (leave a little bit of juice, or if you prefer a more 'stewlike' soup, cook until all of the juices have evaporated).
Add salt (season to your liking).
Stir in vinegar, parsley and remaining ghee during last two minutes of cooking.
Transfer pisto to bowls and add shredded manchego cheese on top. Enjoy!
It’s been a long time since I did a country focused post. I needed to explore a new cuisine I’ve never made (or tried) before. I asked a friend which country I should focus on this time and she came up with Spain! So over this last month, I focused on making and trying out several Spanish recipes. Today, I am going to share my favorite of the bunch, a tapas recipe featuring Spanish Shrimp in Olive Oil (Gambas al Ajillo).
This dish is best served alongside some crusty bread (I sopped up this dish with a Rosemary & Olive Oil loaf). This dish was so amazingly good, it got Matthew Lucifer’s paw of approval. He does not like to eat human food often, so it always surprises me when he discovers a dish he likes. [Although, the boy does love him some sugar.]
Apparently, he loves shrimp. Who knew? He won’t eat pork in any way shape or form. For the longest time, I thought he might be Jewish…until he inhaled all of that shrimp. (Disclosure: Pics below are not from this latest taste test.)
I found this recipe on Food & Wine. I have to say that this recipe is going to be an absolute keeper in my recipe book.
Some modifications…if you can get fresh shrimp…great! But if you can’t, purchase frozen shrimp with the tails (I used frozen for this recipe). Also, make your life a little easier by making sure you purchase the shrimp already shelled and deveined.
About Olive Oil
Make sure that you use high quality extra virgin olive oil for this recipe. It seems like there is a widespread epidemic where it is becoming more and more difficult to find real olive oil in America. I tried a brand from California for this recipe, but it is nothing like a good 100% Italian olive oil.
For those who don’t know, there are a lot of fake olive oils on the market. Read the back of the label. Sometimes you’ll find that there are several different types of oils in that “olive oil” packaging, plus food coloring. That is not olive oil. It is fake olive oil. The Italian Mafia have been sending over a lot of fake olive oil and selling it on the US market to even the most well known food distributors in America, passing it off as if it is the real thing. Many of the major name brands are guilty of being fakes. It’s a billion dollar con.
The only legit olive oil I’ve been able to find is at the olive bar at my local Food Emporium in Manhattan. I usually put a few olives in the container and then ladle up as much of the olive oil as I can. Weird, I know. Other good places to get olive oil are shops that specialize in olive oil. That way you can sample the olive oil before you purchase.
According to this article, if you find olive oil from Australia or Chile, buy it. They are the most stringent countries putting out the best and purest extra virgin olive oil.
In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with 1 teaspoon of salt. Let stand for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a cast iron skillet, combine garlic and olive oil, cooking over moderately LOW heat, stirring occasionally, until garlic is very fragrant and just starts to turn brown (8-10 minutes). Add chile and cook, stirring until fragrant (15-30 seconds).
Add shrimp to the skillet, stirring and turning the shrimp occasionally, until barely pink (5 minutes). Stir in parsley, sherry, lemon zest and a generous pinch of salt. Remove from heat. Let stand until shrimp is cooked through (3-5 minutes). Serve in the skillet with crusty bread.
I’ve been wanting to share this recipe for such a long time. Amazon Prime put three racks of ribs into my hands last week, and I knew it was time to share my recipe for Slow Cooker Portuguese Ribs.
First, for those who are Amazon Prime subscribers and live in or near a major city, sign up for the Amazon Treasure Truck texts [signup is located at the top of the linked page]. The morning the Treasure Truck is in town, they will send you a text with their current deal. If you want the deal, just click on the special link in the text, select the time and location that works for you based on where the truck will be, checkout, then meet up with the truck.
Before Halloween, their special deal was a 160 piece bag of candy and a pumpkin of your choosing for $8. The candy alone usually goes for $18, the pumpkin for $13. Talk about an excellent deal!
Last Friday, I got three racks of ribs for $15.50. That is a great price considering they usually go for $8+ per package.
So with three racks of ribs, I decided to finally share this recipe. I took one picture of the ribs before Surita (Matthew’s 19 year old sister) destroyed the set. Matthew came running in after it happened. He’s usually a great set assistant, not so much on recipe days. Surita devoured the ribs. As skinny as she is, I have no idea where she puts it.
Luckily, I did get to try it before she ate them. So mouth watering good!
In the original recipe, Tia Maria bakes the ribs. So if you want to go the old school method, or throw them on the grill, follow her recipe. If you want to go the slow cooker route, follow the recipe below.
The Slow Cooker Recipe
Unlike most slow cooker recipes, this isn’t a dump into the crock pot, wait a few hours and then it’s done. This is a process (but very simple). What you’ll wind up with in the end is the juiciest, mouth watering, meat falling off the bone, best pork spare ribs you’ve ever tasted.
This recipe is adapted for the slow cooker from Tia Maria’s original recipe. Only the BBQ sauce stays true to her recipe. Please note that if you want to bake or grill, please follow Tia Maria’s recipe in the link.
I am not a huge meatball fan. That is, not until I tried this recipe. There are two ways you can try this recipe, you can either stuff them with cheese or go sans cheese.
The bonus to this recipe is that it is a crockpot recipe. During the summer months, I try to stay away from the oven and find other methods to cook up delicious meals. This recipe takes 15 minutes or so to prep. The end result is everything.
You can eat the meatballs with spaghetti or zoodles. I am a huge fan of making meatball subs with them to add a little variety.
I recommend doing a mix of cheese stuffed meatballs with regular meatballs. The cheese gives the marinara sauce an extra oompf. Feel free to experiment with different cheeses. When I do a mix, I cut up one mozzarella cheese stick and stuff the meatballs with that. I am considering trying this recipe with pepper jack cheese some day.
I recommend starting with the basic recipe first so you can really get the feel for how amazing this recipe is. Later, feel free to experiment with different cheeses. Also, if you are a mushroom fan, feel free to dump a small can on top with the marinara sauce.
This recipe was originally posted by Tasty (Mozzarella-Stuffed Slow Cooker Meatballs).
With your hands, mix all of the ingredients together.
Scoop up a small portion and create a small ball by rolling the meat around in your hands. Place in crockpot.
After all of the meatballs have been placed in the crockpot, add the marinara sauce on top.
Cook on high for 2.5-3 hours.
*If you are making stuffed cheese meatballs, follow these additional instructions.
[All Cheese Stuffed meatballs = 1 pound of cheese.
Small Batches = use cheese sticks.]
[Note: Best cheese to use is mozzarella, but feel free to try other kinds of cheeses like cheddar or pepper jack.]
A. Cut up the cheese into small bite sized pieces.
B. After mixing the meatball ingredients from (#1-2) above, take a small amount of the meat mixture in the palm of your hand, place the cheese cube in the middle and roll the meat around it, forming a ball.
C. Place meatball in crockpot. Continue following instructions (#4-5) above.
My brother hates sweet potatoes and I don’t blame him. When we were kids, sweet potatoes were gross. The usual fixings that go along with the holiday feast made us want to gag. We always passed up the sweet potatoes.
Then one day about 15 years ago, I found a recipe for baked sweet potato fries. I made them for Thanksgiving and my brother couldn’t stop eating them. Later, I decided to up the ante and do something similar in a home fries version. I fell in love with sweet potatoes after I came up with this recipe.
Even Hockey Players Love It
When I first moved to NYC, I was invited to a former New York Islanders player’s home for Thanksgiving. His cousin was a friend of mine. I had no idea he was a former hockey player until halfway through the meal when we sat down to watch some hockey. I asked for the New York Rangers game and he almost kicked me out (jokingly).
As part of the pot luck, I brought my East Meets West Sweet Potatoes to the dinner. All I heard around me throughout the meal were people going on and on about the sweet potatoes. When Grandpa asked who made the sweet potatoes, I fessed up that it was me. Right then and there, I came up with a name for this dish: East Meets West Sweet Potatoes.
This recipe takes some of the Western ways of making sweet potatoes and mixes a bit of the Asian element into it. What you get is a much more flavorful version that has even the biggest haters of sweet potatoes turning into fans. Hey, my brother loves this dish and he hates sweet potatoes.