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The Kitchen Lover’s Wish List

25 Nov

Santa's List

Hi Readers!!!

I wanted to share with you my favorite things for the kitchen. If you don’t know what to register for or ask Santa for this is the one stop shop. I’ve included links to the current best prices on the items as well… So forward the entire list or cut and paste your favorites to make it very easy for your spouse or family get exactly what you want for Birthday/Christmas/Hanukah! Enjoy and let me know if you have favorites that should be added to my upcoming WEDDING REGISTRY CHECK LIST 🙂


Brown Sugar Saver $3.99

White 3.5 Oz Ramekin Set of 4 $3.96

Eco Clean Tampico Vegetable Brush $4.99


Garlic Peeler $6.95

Glass Salt Cellar with Lid $8.95

Martha Stewart Misto Spray Can $9.99

OXO Large Stainless Steel and Nylon Tongs $12.95

Professional Decorating Set $12.95


Pampered Chef Garlic Press $16.50

Martha Stewart Flexi Mats Set of 4 $16.99

Vacuvin Wine Saver $18.95 (This is a great thing to add to a bottle of wine for a Hostess gift)


Lodge Cast Iron 12″ Skillet $29.99

Large Round Stone With Handles $33.00

Vinturi Red Wine Aerator $39.95

Lodge 5 Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven $49.99


Cuisinart Food Processor $219.99

Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Classic $349.99 (There are MANY varieties and colors of Kitchen Aid Mixers now, this is the basic one and easiest to find a special on it).

J.A. Henckels Classic Cutlery, 16 Piece Block Set $466.00 (BUT it’s on sale for $199.99)

Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 13-Piece Cookware Set $500 (BUT on Sale right now)

Remember there are AMAZING DEALS both IN STORE & ONLINE for Christmas Shopping. The BEST DEALS you can get on anything during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend is on Housewares/Electronics & Toys. So even if you just want to treat yourself to one of these great kitchen gadgets, this is the best time to buy.  Send this list to you boyfriend, husband, parents, kids, friends, whoever 🙂

There are more Christmas posts to come…


-Mrs. Training


Better Than Carmela’s Baked Ziti

7 Mar

If any of you were Soprano’s fans… You know all about Carmela’s Baked Ziti. Legendary. I can’t hear ‘Ziti’ without thinking of Carmela. No matter how great of a cook you are, there’s always one dish that you make better than anyone else in your family or group of friends. The dish that everyone always asks you to bring, or recipe everyone asks for. Depending on if you’re Italian or not will depend on if you actually give it out. Most Italian women only give these recipes up on their death bed, some never do. This was Carmela’s dish… Baked Ziti is many East Coast Italian women’s “dish”. If you’re celebrating something you make it, when someone dies you make it. Traditionally baked ziti has Italian Sausage cut up in it and also uses a meat sauce, but, not only do I not eat the Swine, it’s Meatless Fridays during Lent. So I added some vegetables to not only add a “Meat Like” texture, but also adds secret nutrition for your family. For all of you that are making this for meat eaters, I challenge you to not tell them it’s vegetarian and see if they notice. The other problem with ziti or baked pasta dishes in general is the carb/fat content. So I’ve made this one lean and mean. You can also very easily make this Gluten Free or Vegan. Don’t be shocked if you can’t find actual Ziti at the store, it’s not easy to come across. Use Mostaccioli or Rigatoni, or ANY OTHER Medium Sized Pasta of your Choice.

*Gluten Free- Use Rice Pasta and Tempura Breading instead of Bread Crumbs (make sure they are Gluten Free, not all Tempura is)

*Vegan- Use Soy Cheese


  • 16 Oz Box Ziti, Mostaccioli or Rigatoni Pasta
  • 1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Zucchini Corsely Chopped
  • 1 Yellow Squash Coarsely  Chopped
  • 1 Large Red Bell Pepper Coarsely Chopped
  • 6 Large White Mushrooms Coarsely Chopped
  • 2 TBSP Minced FRESH Garlic
  • Marinara Sauce (This Recipe costs less than $5, if you MUST, get a Jar of your fav Sauce)
  • 1/3 Cup Pesto Sauce (Homemade or Store Bought)
  • 8 Oz Italian Blend Cheese Shredded
  • 1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs or Tempura Crumbs
  • Low-Fat Mozzarella Shredded
  • Fresh Chopped Basil
  • Parmeasan-Reggiano (To top with after if you like)


Preheat Oven to 375 Degrees. In a Large Pot cook your Pasta of choice mine is Barilla Mostaccioli (for Baked dishes) al dente. Drain and set aside.


In a Large Skillet over Medium heat, add Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Red Bell Pepper and Garlic. Cook for 5 Minutes then add Mushrooms, cook until all vegetables are sautéed.


Now, back in your Large Sauce Pot, add your Easy Marinara Sauce and Pesto Sauce.


These are the Cheeses I used. Add Italian Five Cheese Blend now…


Stir continuously until Cheese melts. Stir in Sautéed Vegetable & Cooked Pasta.


Stir well so that the saucy/cheesy goodness gets all over inside and out of the pasta. Add 1 handful of Basil.


Using a “Casserole” (I hate that word, still not sure why) dish or any other Baking Dish… Spray with your Misto. Then, add the mixture to your pan. Sprinkle with a handful of Mozzarella.


Next add Breadcrumbs or Panko Crumbs. Put into your Preheated oven for 30 Minutes.


Then, you get this yummy-ness.


Let cool for 30 Minutes (Or as Long as you possibly can :)) Top with Basil Parmesan Cheese and Crushed Red Chilies if you’d like to kick it up a notch!



Well, my name is Gina, and I’m a CARB-AHOLIC. It’s not even close to being okay how deep I am into this addiction. Hence why I’m taking a break for Lent. But, prior to that one big change I made 9n the past year is never buying bread for the house. If it’s not there you don’t eat it. Going out to dinner is a different story. So on “Big Dinner” nights as my soon to be likes to call them, I just buy a single roll in the Bulk Bread bins at the grocery store(Usually about 50 Cents). Cut it length wise, butter each side and add freshly chopped Garlic. Then toast for a couple minutes. Now, you won’t go overboard on the bread and you still get to enjoy it. I paired with Balsamic Fig Vinegar.


I would definitely pair this with more vegetables like a Salad or you can pair with fruit like me. Grapes to be exact… We picked up this AHHMAZZING Ravens Wood 2010 Bedrock Zinfandel on our most recent Sonoma trip. Its from their vineyard that was planted in 1885… Hello FLAVOR TOWN! It isn’t a bargain wine, but it is worth every penny.


If you need more Meatless Friday Recipes Click Below…

Mushroom Risotto Feast

Easy Thai Yellow Vegetable Curry

Meatless & Tasty Lettuce Wraps

TGIF Pizza Night

A BIG Thank You to all my followers… It makes this Blog so much more fun to do… Especially with all of the International Traffic I’ve been getting (Then I know it’s not just my friends and local stockers)… SHOUT OUT to Canada, Netherlands, Thailand, Indonesia, France, Spain, Italy (Probably Family, CIAO), United Kingdom, Ghana, Israel, Brazil, Australia and the Philippines. LOVE TO YOU ALL!

Go Train Away!


Big, Easy – Mardi Gras Party

28 Jan

I love me some New Awlins food, so there is NO WAY I miss a chance for a feast every Fat Tuesday. This year more than floats and beads will be taking over the Big Easy. It’s Super Bowl XLVII in the Super Dome! What better way to start your Super Sunday than with the what the city is famous for?! I love planning my football sunday menu around home team specialties. Whether you’re celebrating Mardi Gras or Super Bowl… Here are some quick, easy and fun ways to add some culture to your day…



Beignet means ‘fried dough’ in French, which is why they are referred to as French Doughnuts by many. They are a little piece of heaven, hot fried dough in a bag of powdered sugar, YE S, PLEASE! They are commonly served at breakfast in many restaurants, but are served all day and all night at Café Du Monde in Jackson Square. You can order online, but if you can’t wait for delivery World Market has them for $3.99.

*If you make the dough the night before, not only will it make your morning easier, it helps the dough fluff up better 🙂


Chickory Coffee

Coffee & Chicory… Is amazing. Chicory is the root of the Endive leaf (basically salad) then roasted and ground up. During the Civil War in Louisiana, coffee was running out so they added Chicory to make it last longer and add flavor to watered down Coffee. It is strong and has a really dark roasted flavor, perfect thing to have with your beignets… Or after your Hurricanes 🙂 Buy at World Market for $8.99.


Hurricane Mix & Glass

Pat O’Brien’s is WORLD FAMOUS (Or at least that’s what the bottle says) for their Hurricane’s… Which, at this age, I can only enjoy one or two… Believe me your body with feel like a Hurricane hit it if you over do it with these bad boys. It’s very easy to make, equal parts Rum to Mix. Again, you can order this online or you can go to your local World Market. Make sure to grab some traditional Hurricane glasses while you’re there too.


  • 4 Soft Bread Rolls
  • Canola Oil
  • 1 1/2 LBS Large deveined Shrimp
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 TBSP Emeril’s Essence
  • 1 TBSP Flour
  • 1 Cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Large Hot House Tomato Thinly Sliced
  • Soft Lettuce (I prefer Butter Lettuce)
  • Tartar Sauce (Trader Joe’s is my favorite)
  • Hot Sauce
  • Spicy Mustard

Using a skillet, heat Canola Oil over medium/high heat. Mix the Emeril’s Essence, Flour and Bread crumbs in a bowl. Dip your Shrimp into egg and then your Bread crumb mixture. Place into skillet and fry for about 5 minutes or until golden perfection. Cut your bread rolls open and place tomato, lettuce and shrimp into each, then let everyone garnish with their choice of Tartar Sauce, Hot Sauce and Spicy Mustard. Quick, easy perfection. You can add a side of Zatarain’s Red Beans & Rice, it can be found at your local grocery store for $1-$2 and cooks in 15 minutes.

Po Boy


Kings Cake

The King’s cake traditionally was served from the Epiphany until Fat Tuesday (Carnival time). For fun at Mardi Gras the tradition has included the purple, green and yellow colored sprinkles. The reason the King cake is so fun is the baby you bake into it. The baby was supposed to symbolize the Baby Jesus since this is a cake from the Three Kings. Whoever gets the baby in their piece of cake is the ‘King’ or ‘Queen’ for the day. Also, if a woman gets the baby, they are supposed to host next years Mardi Gras party, and bake the next King cake. This box mix isn’t the best cake you’re ever going to eat, it’s really more like a pastry… But it’s fun, and who doesn’t want the chance to be the KING or QUEEN for the day? You can find this at World Market for $7.49.




Above is a traditional Mardi Gras Mask from New Orleans and my beads below… You can order all kinds of costumes and decorations from Oriental Trading Company for great prices. The Dollar Tree has some fun things too. If you’re incorporating Mardi Gras into your Super Bowl party also, remember to get your beads in your Team’s Colors. For more help planning a Super Bowl Party visit my Super Bowl Extravaganza post.

Here’s Hoping To Be Queen For The Day!

-Mrs. Training

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