So Decadent!!!


So Flavorful


So Invigorating!


So Comforting!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Trader Joe's Favorites Number 1 Cioppino

Run, not walk to Trader Joe's and buy this frozen Cioppino!

 Cioppino is a spicy tomato based seafood stew, and Trader Joe's has big chunks of Sea Bass, Scallops, Mussels and Shrimp.

Stock up! Buy 10! It is that good!
It says it serves 2, but don't share!
Eat it with a hunk of crusty Italian bread

Trader Joe's Lunch


Trader Joe's Chicken Won Ton Soup with tons of veggies and yummy broth and Won Tons!

Try it....

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Food Funnies

Italian Salami and Fennel Salad

Italian Salami and Fennel Salad           

1 pound Sliced Salami, julienned
1 large Bulb Fennel sliced almost paper thin
1 Red Pepper julienned thin
1 Yellow Pepper julienned thin
1 Orange Pepper, julienned thin
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2-3  tablespoons red wine vinegar
Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste

Put it all together, toss, and eat  ! Yummmmm!

The World Famous Preesi Burger

The World Famous Preesi Burger
(no, these aren't for dieters)

Before you even start, do the following:

Buy a jar of hamburger dill chip it thru a food processor on pulse until you make the consistency of relish. Put back in jar. You can omit this step if your store has non-sweet relish.

Pickle the onions, put 1/3 a vidalia onion, diced in a small bowl, cover with white vinegar and a teaspoon of salt, in 5 minutes slightly mash with fork, to let the brine in.

Cut the tops off the tomatoes, scoop out seeds, slice thin, take four paper towels and place them between them to soak up excess juice. set aside.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cool Sandwich Ideas

Cool Sandwich Ideas

I wrote these all in 1998, most have become commonplace at restaurants nationwide, but I just wanted to post them this AM for a giggle....

1) Prepare a nice simple salad (lettuce,diced tomatoes,paperthin
onion rings) dress it lightly with your favorite dressing and
stuff your sandwiches with it!

2) One of the best parts of summer is fresh veggies! One of the
simplest brightest flavors is a warm, buttery, Veggie Du Jour sandwich!
steam up some fresh veggies of your choice (I love broccoli) stuff a
roll with some and pour on some butter or cheese sauce and eat!

Cool Salad Ideas

Cool Salad Ideas

I wrote these all in 1998, most have become commonplace at salad bars nationwide, but I just wanted to post them this AM for a giggle....

1) Buy a boxed hard taco meal and fixins, crush the shells,
prepare the meat, chop a few tomatoes, shred a head of romaine
lettuce. put the meat, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, shells in a
large bowl mix some hot taco sauce with some vinegar and pour
over salad. toss, eat.

2) Any bottled sauce can be converted into a salad dressing,
just thin out with a little oil and vinegar, and depending on
the fat content of the sauce you may want to adjust how much
oil you use.

Read More....

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lavender Apple Sauce

Several years ago there was this Gossip columnist named Rona Barrett. At the last stage of her career she started going into charity work and thru her love of Lavender she started a business selling Lavender scented and flavored products...
One of these products was Lavender flavored apple sauce.
I never got to taste hers, but I have made Lavender flavored apple sauce myself and its a favorite of mine.
All you need to do is peel, core nd chop a few apples, simmer them in water until soft, drain, smash (I like to leave a few chunks for texture) add sugar and powdered dried Lavender flowers to taste....
Very Simple!

If you want yours to be a pretty lavender hue, perhaps for a luncheon buffet, add a few drops of natural purple food coloring (query Amazon)

Its such a welcome change from Cinnamon...
Try it!

If you get to like Lavender as a flavoring, try it in Lavender DRY SODA

PS, only buy Food Grade Lavender as other lavenders can have chemicals and pesticides that can make you sick

Monday, April 16, 2012

Pretty Authentic Gyros

People who know me, know I try to make Ethnic Foods as close to authentic as possible.

If I can I will import ingredients from overseas just to make a recipe authentic.

Gyros are no exception. But I do make them slightly different.

1) Real Gyros are made of sliced meat roasted on a tall upright spit, a spit I do not have nor need so I do make the Greek American Gyro Loaf.
2) Since I can get whole wheat pocketless Gyro Pita Bread I will use it.

My last post was about spices...
Since they stopped selling the dry Gyro mix at the grocery store I wanted to make my own dry mix so when the mood struck me I could make Gyros on the fly...

This is the dry mix I created

    1 Cup Bread Crumbs
    4 T Onion Powder
    2 T Garlic Powder
    2 t rosemary
    2 t oregano
    2 t cumin
    2 t black pepper
    2 t Salt
    2 t marjoram
    2 t thyme

I used 1/4th of this dry mix to mix into 1 pound of lean ground beef and 1/3rd a cup warm water. I put it in a loaf pan and baked it in a 375 f oven  till it registered an internal temp of 150. I then let it rest and cool and sliced it thin and put 3/4th of it in individual vacuum bags for the freezer and ate the rest on gyro bread with Tzazaki sauce, sliced tomatoes and sliced onions sprinkled with ground Penzeys Sumac (the authentic part)
Sumac is a sour berry that is used in Greek and Middle eastern cooking to add sourness.

You can buy it here :

Saturday, April 14, 2012

On The Fly Fish Taco

So occasionally when I stop at Assi Plaza International Market in Noth Wales, Pa Ill buy a tray of Korean Fried Pollack Filets and Ill have some left over the next day and Ill make a yummy giant fish taco with fresh guac, lettuce and a tiny bit of sour cream. SOO GOOD

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Doggy Birthday Cake

Doggy Birthday Cake

1) Assemble the ingredients.
1 roll of your choice Fresh Select Fresh Refrigerated Dog food (medium roll for medium dogs)
1 box of Pillsbury Idaho dry potato mix

2) Prepare one pouch of mashed taters per instructions and stir till its gummy.
Let cool till only warm to touch. DO NOT ADD SALT. OMIT IT.
If you want pink "frosting", add a little beet juice from a can of beets.

3) For 2 medium dogs cut 4 slices of the roll and take the wrappers off. Save rest of roll for later.

4) Put blob of mashed taters on plate and put one slice down on top.

5) sandwich a layer of taters in between two slices of roll

6) Coat all in taters as frosting, Cover and chill to set up a bit.

7) When its Party Time, decorate the cakes with pet friendly decorations (here its Craisins and whipped cream)


Copyright Preesi

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Spreadable Cookies!

So about 3 months ago I was at Trader Joes and while I was checking out I saw this at the check out
What in the fuck is SPECULOOS!?
I bought it and brought it home to investigate.
The bar itself was non descript and frankly tasteless, BUT after Googling I discovered that SPECULOOS was basically SPREADABLE COOKIES!
Namely spreadable Biscoff cookies that are a delightful European Gingerbread cookie.
AN if that wasnt enough, I found out that you can buy Speculoos in a JAR for spreading on toast or dipping bananas in!!!!!!!!



I am IN LOVE with this stuff!
SO decadent!
You cannot put the jar down!


Being the Food Whore I am (shamelessly so) I then set out to create other cookie spreads!

I immediately thought of OREOS!
How yummy would SPREADABLE OREOS BE?

So armed with my Vitamix, Nabisco Chocolate Wafers, Confectioners Sugar and Spectrum Brand
Organic Shortening I got to work.

I pulverized the wafers in the Vitamix, sifted them, and then added 1 cup of confectioners sugar and enough Spectrum Shortening to make a DECADENT spreadable OREO cookie!

I then went crazy and made 3 others, Strawberry Shortbread Cookie Spread, Lemon Dare Cookie Spread, and Oatmeal Cookie Spread...

Here they are

If you wanna make them yourself, I have some tips

1) Pulverize the cookies in handfuls.
2) Use the Spectrum brand shortening NOT CRISCO
3) if using sandwich cookies scrape the creme out and only pulverize the cookie, you can re-incorporate the creme later.
4) Only use dry hard cookies, not chewy style or jam filled.
5) If you want fruit flavored cookie spread pulverize cookies first then pulverize freeze dried fruit then add .
6) Only use confectioners sugar, or you wont get a smooth spread.
7) Add Protein powder to make this more nutritional.
8) Less is more with the shortening, you an add but you cant take away.
9) This is not a DIET recipe!

Also good on cupcakes!

Have FUN!