Fresh Watermelon Juice

Yum Yum Yum !

Hello there. I decided the other day to make fresh watermelon juice since it’s not something you just run across in the grocery store. It was really simple. I used a strainer, pitcher, and my ninja blender. I always keep my watermelon in the fridge so it was already cold. I cut the meat of the watermelon into small enough pieces to fit several inside the blender pitcher seeds and all. Then I let it rip.  Once there was more room I added more of the watermelon meat and blended again. I then poured the watermelon slush over my strainer into the empty pitcher. This step took patience as it takes a little while for the juice to drain through the strainer. Then you have your fresh watermelon juice ready to serve. If I wasn’t pregnant I would make a killer cocktail. I envision a watermelon margarita. What do you think?  Below are the pics of each step. Hope you enjoy!

 

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-Pretty Haute Girl

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Mango Pineapple Smoothie

This morning I woke up and decided to re-create one of my favorite sweet treats. The Mango Pineapple Smoothie that I occasionally get from McDonald’s. It so juicy, sweet, smooth and icy. A perfect refreshing treat for the middle of the day.
Since my wonderful hubby purchased me a new Ninja Blender (link below) I have been experimenting with various recipes. Here is how I made my version of McDonald’s.

I put in 1 cup of Central Market’s Organic Apple Juice
1/2 cup of frozen organic Mango chunks from Costco
1/2 cup of frozen pineapple chunks from Costco
1/2 cup of ice
Then I turned the Ninja blender on 3 and let it go until I had my smoothie. It may be necessary to add a little more juice if it is not the consistency you want. The ice gives it a tiny bit of crunch.

Hope You Enjoy !

Ninja Blender:
http://www.ninjakitchen.com//products/4/total-crushing/10/ninja-professional-blender/?tabID=faqsCont

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Jambalaya

So I have a new recipe to share. It was surprisingly simple. I was on twitter following spitfire Chrissy Teigen https://twitter.com/chrissyteigen and she posted an easy recipe for Jambalaya. Of course I made a few changes.  Instead of Emeril’s ESSENCE I used Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning. I chopped the veggies really small so they aren’t so chunky.  Also saute them longer than the recipe calls for.  My personal critic (my hubby) gave it two thumbs up. Enjoy !

 Here is My Jambalaya:

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Ingredients

12 medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and chopped
4 ounces chicken, diced
1 tablespoon Creole seasoning, recipe follows
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
3 bay leaves
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce
3/4 cup rice
3 cups chicken stock
5 ounces Andouille sausage, sliced
Salt and pepper
Emeril’s ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme

Directions
In a bowl combine shrimp, chicken and Creole seasoning, and work in seasoning well. In a large saucepan heat oil over high heat with onion, pepper and celery, 3 minutes. Add garlic, tomatoes, bay leaves, Worcestershire and hot sauces. Stir in rice and slowly add broth. Reduce heat to medium and cook until rice absorbs liquid and becomes tender, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. When rice is just tender add shrimp and chicken mixture and sausage. Cook until meat is done, about 10 minutes more. Season to taste with salt, pepper and Creole seasoning.

Emeril’s ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Yield: 2/3 cup
Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/cajun-jambalaya-recipe2.html?oc=linkback

-Pretty Haute Girl

 

Fave Food

Just wanted to share one of my favorite recipes that makes me and my man so happy !

Chicken Cacciatore.

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Ingredients:

4 chicken thighs
2 chicken breasts with skin and backbone, halved crosswise
2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
3 teaspoons Lawry’s seasoned salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 ( 28-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1  teaspoons dried oregano leaves
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves

Directions:

Season the chicken pieces with Lawry’s Seasoned Salt and Italian Seasoning .

In a large saute pan, heat olive oil over a medium/high flame. Add the chicken pieces to the pan and saute just until golden brown, (about 5 minutes per side). Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside. Add the bell pepper, onion and garlic to the same pan and saute over medium heat until the onion is tender, (about 5 minutes). Season with salt and pepper and Lawry’s Seasoned Salt. Add the wine and simmer until reduced by half, (about 3 minutes). Add the tomatoes with their juice, broth, and oregano. Return the chicken pieces to the pan and turn them to coat in the sauce. Bring the sauce to a simmer. Continue simmering over medium-low heat until the chicken is just cooked through, about 30 minutes for the breast pieces, and 20 minutes for the thighs.

Using tongs, transfer the chicken to a platter. If necessary, boil the sauce until it thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Spoon the sauce over the chicken, then sprinkle with the basil and serve.

-Pretty Haute Girl
I got my inspiration from the Giada De Laurentiis version of this recipe. You can read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/chicken-cacciatore-recipe.html?oc=linkback

Juice Junkie

I love fresh juice. So I was extra excited when I bought the new Breville Duo juicer. I like to throw everything in there and drink it.

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20140124-102911.jpgA little secret for you. Put a produce bag in the canister for easy clean-up.

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-Pretty Haute Girl

Chardonnay Grape Juice

I was fortunate enough to purchase a home with a full grown grapevine. My own mini vineyard ! So excited. Eventually I will make actual wine , but it was too many steps for my first harvest so I decided to make grape juice.

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The grapes on the vine.

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After the harvest.

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Soak and wash the grapes.

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This takes the longest time. Pluck all the grapes and wash them.

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Smash all the grapes while simmering on low until all the juices are out of the grapes.

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Put the remaining smashed grapes in a cheese cloth and allow to drain.

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Finally strain and store in an airtight glass bottle. Great in a vodka cocktail of course.

-Pretty Haute Girl

Eat Drink & Be Merry

For my very first post I decided to document the party I just had.  At the party we all decided to have a goal to reach in the next six months. Mine was to start a blog. So here I am sharing my experiences with words and photos. I hope you enjoy, come back and check out what’s new for time to time.

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Here is the invite for the party. I’m all about formal invitations mailed out if you have time. E-vites just don’t seem as personal to me.

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I turned the center island of my kitchen into a spread. I used what I had around the house and just kept editing until I liked the way it look. People weren’t expecting it when they walked in. Guest were greeted with a welcome cocktail.

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For the floral arrangements I went to Central Market to purchase a pre-made arrangement. However, they are so expensive that I stole a look at one and grabbed similar bunches (3 for $10) and made my own. Voila! 20 bucks vs 65$.

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We had a pizza competition. This is mine.

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This is the winning pizza !

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During prep for the party I went to Costco and purchased pineapples ($2.99) and made infused vodka for the welcome cocktails. So delicious. Totally worth the effort. Your guest will thank you.

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For the party favors we all took ceramic mugs and oil-based sharpies and each wrote a positive word that described the others. Bake the mug on 350 for 30 minutes and allow to fully cool before taking them out. It was something nice that will last forever that is very personal. My mug makes me smile.

Overall we had a blast and just had time to talk to each other without interruptions.  That was the goal, so mission accomplished !

-Pretty Haute Girl