Wednesday, April 13, 2011

i've moved!

it was time. i've finally branched off from because sis said so and started my own food blog called pb & kelly.  this blog just didn't make sense anymore without my better half. so for now our little project is on hold and i'm a solo blogger.  you will be automatically re-directed to my new site in a few seconds...hold tight and enjoy!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

meet the author: joe yonan

last night my dad took me to a private cooking demonstration and tasting with joe yonan. who is joe? joe is a food editor for the washington post, a two-time james beard winner and author of a new cookbook called serve yourself: nightly adventures in cooking for one.

joe's cookbook is really a reflection of his life and how he chooses to live it. joe is single and cooks for himself every night instead of ordering out or eating cereal over the kitchen sink. he also cooks interesting, good food for himself and hates leftovers (i think i have a culinary crush).

we had a great time at the event. joe is very funny, laid-back and just seems like a fun guy to hang out with. he gave some great tips, including what to do with leftover ingredients and how to use less dishes when cooking. he also gave a cooking demonstration for one of his recipes in the book: mahi mahi with kiwi-avocado salsa and coconut rice. the fish and rice cook in the same pot so you have less clean up! we got to try a little sample of this and man, was it good. i will definitely be making it sometime soon.

if you get a chance, i would take a look at the book on amazon. this is really a great find for all the singles out there - or even couples!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

marinated tomatoes with feta

here's a great, light side dish for your spring-time cooking. the red onion and red wine vinegar give it a deliciously tangy bite. this recipe couldn't be easier and tastes better the longer it marinates so you can make it in advance. this would be great to bring to picnic or backyard barbecue.

1 pints grape tomatoes
2 tablespoons red onion, small diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons evoo
2 tablespoons fresh chopped parlsey
1/4 cup feta cheese, in large chunks
salt and pepper

combine onion, garlic and red wine vinegar in large bowl. whisk in evoo. season with salt, pepper and parsley. add tomatoes and stir well to combine. gently fold in feta (making sure not to crumble the cubes). put in fridge and let marinate for at least one hour or overnight.

Monday, April 04, 2011

greek turkey burgers with spinach and yogurt sauce

we're trying out a new diet at our house this week where we have no carbs for dinner. tonight i made bun-less greek burgers (with spinach). i served it over a bed of lettuce with grilled zucchini and marinated tomatoes. i packed the burgers with tons of flavor and top it with a creamy cucumber tzatziki sauce.

ingredients for burgers:
1 lb ground turkey
2 tablespoons red onion, minced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon greek seasoning
1 egg
1/3 cup thawed and drained frozen spinach
salt and pepper

directions for burgers:
preheat grill (inside or out) to medium high heat. meanwhile combine all ingredients in large bowl and mix together. form into 5 equal patties. cook about 6 to 7 minutes per side.

ingredients for creamy cucumber tzatziki sauce:
1 cup non-fat, plain greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tablespoon dried dill (or 1 tablespoon fresh dill)
1/4 cup english cucumber, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup feta
salt and pepper

directions for creamy cucumber tzatziki sauce:
combine all ingredients in bowl, mix well and let sit in fridge for an hour before serving.

to assemble, place turkey patty on bed of lettuce. garnish with grilled zucchini slices and marinated tomatoes. top with tzatziki sauce and serve.

the final product

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

pizza cookies for a stranger

a couple weeks ago, my friend michelle read a blog post on i am baker. she wanted to give away 2 dozen cookies to five different people. she asked her followers to submit stories of those they thought deserved these baked treats and needed a pick-me-up in their lives. the response was incredible - she received over 165 nominations. realizing she couldn't make all these cookies herself, she reached out to the blogsphere asking if anyone would be willing to make cookies for a complete stranger. michelle and i signed up and were assigned this story:

"If I won these cookies I would send them to my Dad. My dad works in the flooring industry he is self taught in the trade and works very hard. He is now the head of a flooring company and his job is very stressful because simple mistakes cost lots of money to fix. He has had a lot of health problems due to the stress of working this job. He would like to quit his job but is waiting until after I get married in October so he can help pay for some of the wedding. After October he is planning on switching from his flooring job to making brick fire oven pizza. (It's amazingly good!) Right now my dad is having a hard time because a few people in our extended family do not support his idea of switching careers, and they tell him quite often. I would like to send him some "pizza" cookies just to let him know that I support him and to give him some encouragement." - Jaclyn

we made the cookies this weekend and shipped them today. we ended up being really happy with the final product...they were not only adorable but actually tasted delicious too. we packaged the cookies in pizza boxes to give jaclyn's dad that extra smile! we used i am baker's sugar cookie recipe and annie's eats royal icing recipe.

Friday, March 25, 2011

foodie fridays

there seems to be a lot of carbs on this week's foodie friday menu....whoops? at least i threw in some kind of vegetable...even if it is accompanied by cheese and candied pecans.  enjoy!

roasted brussels sprouts salad with spiced pecans via

chocolate covered s’mores pops via

feta, semi sundried tomatoes muffin via

green goddess grilled cheese panini via

lemon pound cake via

Thursday, March 24, 2011

spanakopita panini

in my post yesterday i talked about all of the leftover spanakopita dip i had from kim's bridal shower. i combined other greek-like ingredients to turn this leftover into a simple and easy spanakopita panini. the dip acted as the "glue" so i didn't need to add any cheese. the final product was pretty delicious - the dip melted into a creamy, savory mess that gave the rest of the ingredients tons of flavor. you can use any kind of bread you like, but i used the 100-calorie sandwich thins...bikini season is coming up after all.

100 calorie sandwich thins
grilled chicken breasts, cooked (i used the really thin kind)
roasted red peppers
spanakopita dip

preheat panini press. slather each side of bread/sandwich thins with a generous amount of spanakopita dip. season both sides with s&p. top one piece of bread with roasted red peppers, mushrooms and then chicken. top with remaining piece of bread and cook 5-7 minutes on panini press, until bread is crunchy and dip has melted. serve immediately.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

spanakopita bites

when i was planning the menu for kim's bridal shower i asked her what she wanted. she gave me a few suggestions but definitely wanted spanakopita. i knew making these guys the traditional way would be time-consuming and probably not the best idea since i was hosting the party. i didn't want to be greeting guests while i still had food in the oven. so i decided to make spanakopita dip and serve it in pre-made phyllo cups at room-temperature. they turned out great. my favorite part was the hint of garlic at the last second. i found a few different recipes online but ended up tweaking other to make up my own. with this recipe, i made about 60 mini cups and had tons of leftover dip - i've been using the leftovers this week to make meals for dinner...stay tuned.

30 oz non-fat greek yogurt
6 oz light mayo or light sour cream (i used mayo)
2 pounds frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
8 oz feta cheese crumbled
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
2 tablespoons onion powder
4 cloves of garlic, minced
4 teaspoons fresh dill, minced
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
mini phyllo cups (found in freezer section)

in a large bowl, combine greek yogurt, light mayo, spinach, feta cheese, parsley, onion powder, garlic, dill, paprika, nutmeg, and s&p in large mixing bowl. cover with plastic wrap and keep in fridge for at least one hour prior to serving to let flavors come together. (i did this the night before).

when you're ready to serve, cook phyllo cups according to package. remove from oven and fill with spanakopita dip. serve immediately or at room temperature. pretty simple...right?

chicken salad sliders

i've been making chicken salad for a long time and i think i've finally mastered this classic. i like to use a combination of light mayo, light sour cream and greek yogurt. i also love to roast the chicken to give it maximum flavor. i made these guys at kim's bridal shower and served them on mini potato dinner rolls.

2 lbs bone-in skin-on chicken breasts (can substitute dark meat if you like)
3 celery stalks, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/3 cup light mayo
1/3 cup light sour cream
1/3 non-fat greek yogurt
1/3 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parlsey, minced
4 teaspoons lemon juice
mini potato roll

preheat oven to 400 degrees. trim off any excess fat on chicken and place on roasting pan.  liberally season with evoo, s&p and 2 teaspoons lemon juice. make sure to season under the skin as well. place in oven and bake for about 1 hour, until fully cooked though. set aside and let cool.

once chicken has cooled, remove skin and pull apart from bone. shred into small pieces and place in a big bowl. add celery, light mayo, light sour cream, greek yogurt, dried cranberries, parsley, 2 teaspoons lemon juice and s&p. keep in fridge until ready to eat. to serve, scoop a large dollop of chicken salad on each mini potato roll and garnish with fancy toothpick.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

bridal buffet bonanza

last sunday i hosted a bridal shower for my friend kim who is getting married in the bahamas in just a few short weeks. i love entertaining and jumped at the chance to host this party. i was in charge of the food buffet and my friend michelle was in charge of the desserts buffet (jump over to her blog to see what an amazing job she did with this). i was going for a simple and elegant theme..nothing over the top, but nothing boring. here is the menu we came up with.  the **starred** recipes are the ones i made. the rest were brought by the other gals.

side view 1
side view 2
chicken salad sliders
brie mushroom tartlets

sausage wonton stars...made with ranch!

antipasto platter
spanakopita bites

egg rolls & deviled eggs
got these cute straws from etsy and made the tags

honey mustard turkey bites
high school friends with the bride :)

sweet & tangy meatballs

this normally isn't like me - but i have another asian recipe coming your way! i made these meatballs for my friend's bridal shower this weekend (that post is coming later) as an appetizer. i turned the leftovers into a weeknight dinner by adding brown rice and some veggies. theses little guys were extremely flavorful, moist, and sweet with a kick of spice. the best part is that you cook these in the slow cooker so there is really no cooking involved!

adapted from my recipes
1 lb ground beef, turkey or pork
1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
3 scallions, chopped
1 egg
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup bbq sauce
1/4 cup chinese plum duck sauce
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons hot chili garlic sauce
sesame seeds, for garnish

combine meat, panko, scallions egg, soy sauce, ginger and garlic in a large bowl. mix with your hands and form into 1-inch balls.

spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. add meatballs.  in a small bowl, whisk together bbq suace, plum duck sauce, hoisin and hot chili garlic sauce. pour over meatballs and gently stir, making sure to coat each one. cover and cook on low for 3 to 5 hours.

serve over brown rice and your favorite green vegetables - i chose a medley and added a little soy sauce to both. garnish meatballs with sesame seeds and eat up.

Friday, March 18, 2011

asian chicken pizza

i found this recipe over at stephanie's cooks.  my roommates are pretty obsessed with anything asian-flavored so i decided to try this pizza out on them. i ended up tweaking the recipe a little bit to make the sauce a little thicker. i think next time i would add a vegetable to balance things out - maybe red pepper strips or broccoli - but overall it was really delicious. i added a lot of red pepper flakes, so use your own judgment here.

pizza dough ( i always buy the trader joes brand)
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped into small pieces
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 1/2 tablesoon. honey
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup mozzarella cheese
sesame seeds (optional)
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon water


preheat the oven to 450.

roll out pizza dough onto baking sheet. drizzle with evoo and cook for 5 minutes. remove from oven and set aside.

meanwhile, combine red pepper flakes, soy sauce, honey, and vinegar. heat skillet over medium-high heat with evoo. add chicken and cook about 5-7 minutes, until fully cooked through. remove from pan and set aside.

pour the sauce mixture into the pan. in a small bowl, whisk flour into water. beat until there are no more lumps of flour. add to pan and cook until sauce thickens and becomes syrup like, about 10 minutes. add the chicken, toss well.

top pizza dough with chicken/glaze mixture. make sure to cover every inch! top with cheese and sprinkle with sesame seeds. bake for an additional 5-7 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. serve immediately.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

step right up

every time we hire a new employee at work, the party planning committee (me and the office manager) try to host an event to welcome the newbie to the team.  i've always been a fan of a themed parties (i once threw a murder mystery holiday party), so this time we went with a carnival theme. we served all the traditional carni foods you would expect - nachos, cotton candy, popcorn and old-fashioned coke bottles. i also made rainbow fruit skewers and strawberry fruit dip for the more health-conscious. we set up a buffet table for the occasion, but unfortunately the nachos couldn't go on the table because they had to be plugged into an outlet since we served it in a fondue pot. 

here are a few pictures of the food and set-up:

the line up - minus the nachos
excuse the office chairs.
i bought these popcorn bags at party city and then taped these tags i made to them.
all i did was cut yellow card stock with fancy scissors and decorate with some sharpies.
half the popcorn we served was original and half was kettle corn.
the other half - sweet.
taste the rainbow.
fruit dip was so easy and only two ingredients - get recipe here

portion control is key for this sugary treat.
i wish i hadn't given up soda for lent or else i would have downed two of these.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

garlic teriyaki edamame

i made this tonight as a quick easy appetizer while we were cooking dinner. they were sweet, tangy and salty - all in one bite. it is seriously so easy and a great way to spruce up your favorite soybeans. i found the recipe over at and tweaked it a little bit.

1 (16 ounce) package frozen edamame in the pod
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 teaspoons garlic powder
kosher salt

combine teriyaki, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, sesame oil and garlic powder in a bowl.meanwhile, cook edamame according to package directions (i bought the kind you can microwave).

heat large saucepan over medium high heat. add cooked edamame and teriyaki mixture. cook and stir constantly until the sauce has thickened and coats the edamame, about 4 minutes. sprinkle with sesame seeds and kosher salt to serve. enjoy!

Monday, March 14, 2011


that's me. to say i had an awful week last week would be an understatement. between work, messing up my knee and other things, food was the last thing on my mind. i'm singing a different tune these days and can't wait to get back into the kitchen. i'm hosting two parties this week - one at work and one for my friend kim (it's her bridal shower!) i'll be cooking and setting up cute decorative buffet tables for both events. here's what recipes you can expect from me:
  1. asian chicken pizza
  2. chicken salad on mini croissant
  3. mini spanakopita phyllo cups
  4. dinosaur sugar cookies with royal icing
  5. rainbow fruit kabobs with dipping sauce
be back soon. i've missed you.