Today was a very long day at work and I needed a sweet alcoholic beverage to relax. I loved Olive Garden’s Limoncello Lemonade when I had it so I found a copycat recipe online on Food.com to try it out at home. I had all the ingredients I needed. This is my first time making a mixed drink. I followed the recipe but added an ounce more of vodka and limoncello because the mixture was really sweet and had a lot of lemon flavor. I adjusted the serving size to 3; 2 for me and my partner and 1 for later. 🙂 Wonderful! It was still very sweet but more balanced. I can have 3 glasses of this and not have to pay $9 each time. Much more affordable and I still have the ingredients left over to make more! I like that! 😉
My special someone is on a low-carb diet. I made my meatloaf like I usually do (skim cheddar cheese, peppers, onions, 1 egg, pork sausage, ground turkey) but I didn’t add breadcrumbs. I usually cook cornbread and rice to go with my meatloaf. It’s the perfect combination in my opinion. But those are carbs! I thought, “why not take a vegetable and cook it like a carbohydrate food just like I did with cauliflower pizza crust?” So I found a recipe on Food Network for scalloped potatoes, I substituted squash for potatoes and got cooking! I haven’t been able to cook in my own kitchen for the last couple posts. So I now have experience improvising when I don’t have proper bakeware. I had to bake them in a skillet instead of a casserole dish. It was a little crispy and brown on the edges but there wasn’t a burnt taste to it. I really liked this! I love when I can eat a food and not realize it’s a vegetable. My special someone also enjoyed it and he ate it quick! I recommend making this for a potato substitute. You might like it too! 🙂
I heard from a co-worker about cauliflower pizza crust. He said his girlfriend made it for him and he couldn’t stop eating it. Determined to taste this low-carb alternative, I made the crust using a recipe from Allrecipes.com. I got my cauliflower from the 99 Cent store. They only had green cauliflower because they were out of white. I was just surprised to find good produce at the dollar store!
Anyway, I didn’t have a food processor so I used a blender….I won’t ever do that again! It took too much time and it didn’t shred all the cauliflower. I read other recipes that said you must squeeze the water out of the shredded cauliflower in order to make it more like a crust. I did that.
I totally didn’t have parchment paper so I used a cookie sheet without lining it with foil. Again, I won’t ever do that again! Needless to say, my crust was stuck to the cookie sheet. Even though it may sound like a bad day of cooking for me, I loved it! It smelled really good and tasted delicious. I used my same homemade pizza Alfredo sauce and toppings combination. So in love! I will totally make this again but next time, without the hassles. 😉
My wonderful friend was kind enough to buy me Madeleine pans. I was happy because I’ve always wanted to try baking them. I used this recipe from Allrecipes.com. I loved how these taste! We all know how I love lemons! 🙂 The only thing I would modify is the baking time. My Madeleines came out brown instead of yellow/light brown. I will surely make these again! People who ate them couldn’t eat just one, they had to have more!