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My New Project!!

I am so excited to talk to you about my new project, Tutor Menagerie!

Tutor Menagerie is a website that is meant to bring together tutors with students in my local area.  I live in Valley Stream on Long Island, and the website currently focuses on tutors who service New York City and Long Island.

So far, the website is very basic.  it is broken down into two main groups – tutors on Long Island, and tutors in New York City.  The website also has a blog with feature tutors and other pertinent content!

Please visit the website and let me know what you think! This is the first business that I have created (along with my brother), and any advice would be wonderful.

Also, if you are interested in becoming a tutor on the site, please let me know!

Thanks guys,

Stephie

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the creamiest mac and cheese

So I tried this recipe  and boy did it deliver! My husband told me that when he was done eating it was so good that he was sad that the meal was ending!  This “creamy macaroni and cheese recipe” from the New York Times is easily the best that I have ever made.  The cottage cheese definitely adds a distinct creaminess, and adds much needed protein to the dish. I also read the comments on the recipe before I made the dish (over 3000 people recommended it and many commented about it).  Several recommended that I use the ‘youngest’ cheddar possible, because aged cheddar will make the dish drier.  I bought shredded cheddar from Trader Joes.  It worked perfectly.

I served this scrumptious macaroni and cheese with steamed broccoli on the side. We also had celebratory mudslides, just because.

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I was so happy with the way that this dish came out. It is definitely one I will repeat! I am really looking forward to giving some to my daughter tomorrow. She loves mac and cheese!

What are your favorite macaroni and cheese recipes?

Marley Spoon Experience

I loved it. The meals were delicious, easy to cook, and just a little bit “different” and no like what I would usually cook. The package came in time and there were no issues with the packaging. All the food was very fresh. 

I only have pictures of two of the meals. 
This is keema curry with naan. I had never made curry before and it was great! The portion was great, and the different spices really punched up the taste of the meat. My husband and I both loved it.  The naan was very fresh and tasty as well. I am a sucker for good naan. It was real good.
This meal was called Greek poutine. It was thinly sliced potatoes with deconstructed pork sausage (pork with lot of spices and red wine vinegar and orange juice) topped with feta sauce and arugula. It was so good! I had never mad anything like it. 

The third me mealcwas glazed chicken with roasted Brussels sprouts and onion. The glaze was something I had never done before and it was really delicious. It mixed maple syrup with orange zest and a few other ingredients and the glaze cooked down in the pot. Yum. The glaze really elevated whatnwpuld have been just okay pan cooked chicken. Brussels sprouts and onions were of course food but I always make them. 

All in all I recommend trying them. 💋

Califlower Rice and Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

Last night I decided to try to make a whole dinner out of recipes that I have never tried before. I had bought riced califlower at Trader Joe’s because I had heard all about it from health and cooking magazines and blogs that I read online.  For the califlower rice I first chopped up an onion and sautéed it in some olive oil. I then added in the califlower and some more olive oil and sautéed that. I topped it off with some lemon juice. 

For the buffalo chicken nuggets I followed a skinny taste recipe. You can find the recipe here –http://www.skinnytaste.com/baked-buffalo-chicken-nuggets/ I followed the recipe and it came out really great. Here is a picture of the finished product:The chicken nuggets came out so so good. I even had some left over to take to lunch today. They were just a little bit spicy. I made a dipping sauce by mixing together mustard, honey, mayo and lemon juice. Yummmmy.  I served everything with a side of steamed broccoli. 

I was not a big fan of the califlower rice. I am willing to try it again, but it just was not satisfying like rice or pasta would be. I saw a recipe for califlower fried rice and I might try that out.  

Tonight I am making shrimp. I will share my experience either later or tomorrow! ❤️💕. Anyone have an fabulous links for shrimp recipes?

Langostinos!!!

Tonight for dinner I made langostinos. You can get them at the frozen section of Trader Joe’s. They taste like a mix between shrimp and lobster. Yum!!!

I made a very simple recipe that I made by looking at some other people’s recipes and using what I liked and leaving out what I didn’t. 

First I started to thaw the langostinos in a bowl of warm water. I chopped up a red onion. I used preminced garlic. I heated up some olive oil and some butter in a pan and added in the onion and garlic. I added in half a cup of my favorite wine, dry Riesling. I then added the langostinos. They were still semi frozen, oh well.

While this was being prepared I had set a pot of salted water to boil. I threw in pasta. This time it was orecchiette. I let the wine sauce simmer for a while while I nursed the baby upstairs.  I microwaved some frozen broccoli as an easy side dish. That I tossed with olive and grated parmigiana reggiano. 
On a side note, baby is obsessed with this banana toothbrush. I brush her teeth with it and she gives me the biggest smile. 

Halloween Dessert Party

This afternoon we hosted a Halloween party at our house. It was so much fun. Here are some of the decorations:

We bought so much candy for the event, and for Halloween as well. So many kids come to our neighborhood so we have to be ready for them! I don’t have a picture of the baby in costume, but she was a pumpkin. I didn’t want to put her in costume until the last minute, so she wouldn’t get dirty. 


We supplied the candy. My mom brought brownies and Apple cake. I frosted the brownies and put sprinkles on them. My sister in law brought pizza crumb, which is a crumb cake made only of the crumbs and in the shape of a pizza! My mother in law brought cookies and fruit, and my mom’s friend brought bobka. 

Yummmmmmmm. So full of sweets . We also ordered pizza and someone brought a Crave case from White Castle. 

I made mulled cider. I used the four spices lined up below. I bought a gallon of apple from target, heated it up and threw in these four spices until the cider was bubbling. I then let the cider simmer. I had mine this way but some guests decided to spike it.

The party was a lot of fun and the baby loved all the attention.