...*a glimse into the daily life of a chef*...

...this blog is a place for me to record and reflect the passion that i put into my everyday life.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


by request, chicken noodle...I made it tonight, it was REALLY REALLY good. There is nothing better than a nice bowl of warm soup on a cold day or when you aren't feeling like yourself...they may have found that chicken soup isn't a medicine to make you better, its more like laughter it lifts your spirits and warms your soul to promote healing...just a small step towards a better feeling you...share the warmth with those you care about, and while you share it, laugh, smile & love.

AlyseMarie's Chicken Noodle

start with a nice big soup pot
(I love my le crueset pot, and the knock off's are great too. 
They hold heat well and look nice too, mine just makes me want to cook!)
get the pot nice and hot
2 T. olive oil
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
it will splatter and you want to keep all the juices aka flavor in pan
(you can use breasts, but they don't have as much flavor and they get a little dryer)
on medium high heat
sear the thighs well on both sides
then add:
1 yellow onion, diced
2 lrg. carrots, sliced
3 stalks of celery, julienne
1 small red pepper, diced
1 T garlic, minced
season with salt & pepper
cook the veggies a little then cover with water
(about 3 qts. depending on size of pan)
simmer everything together for about 20 minutes
remove chicken, cut up and put back
then add:
1 can organic white bean, 1/2 of liquid (to help thicken broth)
1 can organic creamed corn
1 pkg. powdered chicken stock mix
(*****i get an organic gluten free one at my local grocery store, 
but feel free to leave it out or add regular chicken base******)
1 T. black pepper
1 T. sweet basil
1/4-1/2 box of pasta depending on preferance
(i like to use rice pasta or quinoa pasta, SO GOOD and guilt free!)
Feel free to add more water at any point and adjust seasoning, I prefer more stuff to broth, but make it just how you like it!
Let simmer till pasta is ready, season and taste!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

i love bananas

....the much talked about and waited recipe for banana oatmeal muffins...i will give you 2 versions, my favorite version and my lazy version! there is no shame in short cuts, if the end result is ALMOST as delicious! i love when people are excited for me to put up a recipe, this is why i do this, for people to have a bit of my knowledge...i hope you can find things here that make you happy and full...that's my goal everyday to make people happy, and food seems to do the trick, so i hope each recipe can make you and your loved ones very happy...because they sure make me happy, or they wouldn't be on here!

banana oatmeal muffins

the best way....

1 1/2 cups wheat flour

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

3/4 cup milk (use vanilla almond milk)

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup mashed bananas

now if you  want:

add 1/2 cup chopped nut, or mini chocolate chips


now the easy way:

buy a box of jiffy banana muffin mix
add 1/2 cup oatmeal
1 RIPE banana, mashed
and then follow the box
mix, bake, and enjoy

they are LOVELY!

the jiffy muffin mixes make GREAT pancakes...stay tuned for my famous corn pancakes!

HAPPY COOKING, and even happier eating!