Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Seared Tuna with Green Beans, Lemon, and Wasabi

A refreshing and delicious recipe first giveaway!!!

 In March, Rocco Dispirito released his new cookbook,Now Eat This.  In this cookbook he has a compilation of 150 popular dishes that have been revamped to make them healthier without sacrificing any of the taste.  I saw him demo a couple of the recipes on a few talk shows before the book was released and everything looked so good, I was so excited about the release of this cookbook and I couldn't wait to get it and try some of these recipes myself.  For my birthday, one of my wonderful friends was nice enough to get this for me and I was absolutely extactic, I couldn't wait to get home and make something!

I have a quite a few recipes bookmarked and I can't wait to try them and share them with you.  If they are all as great as this dish then look out, because your taste buds are in for a wonderful ride!  I believe this tuna is a spin on Outback's Seared Ahi Tuna appetizer, it's packed with all of the taste but not the fat and calories.  Outback's dish is sooo good and I couldn't wait to try this to see how it compared.  I absolutely loved this tuna and the wasabi green beans were the perfect side.  Next time I cook this, I will cook the tuna a little less so it will be more like Outback version.  I accidentally left it over the heat a little too long but it was still oh so good, so I can only imagine how good it will be when I have it at the desired wellness.

Friday, September 24, 2010

New York Style Cheesecake

 I absolutely LOVE cheesecake, but who doesn't?!?! I have only made a few but I have had quite a few and I just can't get enough of them.  There's just something about the way the fork glides through the creamy, rich goodness that is cheesecake.  I've been fortunate enough to try some cheesecakes from some places that are known for their incredible cheesecakes but those places don't include Junior's.  I have heard nothing but great things about the cheesecakes that Junior's serves at their restaurant.  After seeing them featured on numerous television shows and reading the rave reviews from blogs and other websites I couldn't help but become curious about the wonderous cheesecakes that Junior's produces.

I have read the history of Junior's and they are beyond proud of their history, and rightfully so, they have an abudance of cheesecakes to choose from.  After looking at the pictures shown on their website you can't help but drool over the cheesecake decadence...I know I did!  After reading up on Junior's and seeing them featured on t.v. I was a bit obsessed with trying their cheesecakes.  Since I haven't had the opportunity to travel to the actual restaurant you can imagine how excited I was when I found the"Junior's Cheesecakes: 40 To-Die-For Recipes for New York-Style Cheesecake" while I was standing in line at The Fresh Market.  I thumbed through it while I was standing in line but there was no question that this cookbook was going home with me!  When I got home I read all the helpful tips and secrets that Junior's has perfected over the years to come up with the perfect cheesecake.

Shortly after I came across this wonderful little book, the perfect occasion presented itself (not that I need an excuse to make any type of sweet) for me to make one of these famous and fabulous cheesecakes.  I was asked to make it for a co-workers birthday and he was so excited when he heard it was a Junior's recipe (he's a huge cheesecake fan)!  This cheesecake did not disappoint at all; it was the hit of the party and everyone went on and on about the taste, texture and how it was absolutely perfect.  It was creamy, heavenly goodness on a plate!  I can't wait to try all of the other recipes...I only have 39 more to go and I know they'll be as fabulous as this one was...stay tuned because I'll be posting all of these wonderful recipes.   
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