Baking with Buddy: Crab and Prosciutto Stuffed Peppers

One day last month I came home early due to a migraine. All was not lost, however, because I happened to turn on the television and see Giada. I had never actually watched Giada, but quickly found myself glued to the tube as she created amazing seafood dishes. Girl was speaking to my heart because I love some seafood. I knew I had to try some of these recipes! Behold this post all about Crab and Prosciutto Stuffed Peppers. Amazeballs!

1 pound lump crab meat
1 cup crushed cornflakes cereal
6 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped into ½-inch pieces
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 scallions, thinly sliced (½ cup)
1 large egg, at room temperature
Kosher salt
1/8 to ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
2 small red bell peppers, stemmed, halved lengthwise, seeds and ribs removed
2 small yellow or orange bell peppers, stemmed, halved lengthwise, seeds and ribs removed
Olive oil, for drizzling
1 ½ cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
Crab and Prosciutto-Stuffed Peppers

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, combine the crab, cornflakes, half the prosciutto, the mayonnaise, scallions, egg, 1 teaspoon salt and cayenne pepper, if using.

Spoon the filling into the bell pepper halves, dividing it evenly. Place the remaining prosciutto on top of the filling and drizzle with olive oil. Arrange the filled peppers in a single layer in a 13-by-9-inch glass baking dish or small roasting pan. Pour the broth around the peppers. Bake until the peppers are tender, 40 to 45 minutes.

Transfer to a platter and serve.

Okay so if you can’t tell already, this is an expensive meal to cook. Luckily, I already had some of the ingredients. I had previously picked up a bunch of peppers from the grocery store so I was good on those (two red, one yellow and one orange), plus I already had mayonnaise (I used light mayo), cayenne pepper and chicken broth (Wegman’s Organic). I then went to the local Giant grocery store, which is known for having great seafood, and picked up a can of jumbo lump crab. Yes, I said crab, not krab. Though it was in a can, it was authentic Alaskan crab. It was on sale for $10 so really couldn’t hate on that. I picked up the prosciutto from the deli, which was pretty expensive, about $8 for a half-pound. I probably could have purchased less, since I ended up not using it all. I also picked up a can of Kosher salt, which I didn’t have at home, and some scallions. I also bought a box of Corn Flakes, which I don’t keep at home because they have a little bit of wheat in them. (Holla gluten free!) It’s a minuscule amount, and while I wouldn’t eat a huge bowl with milk, I figured it was okay to use the small amount that was required for this recipe.

20140502_200542With my ingredients purchased, it was time to get my Giada on. I chopped up my prosciutto (use kitchen scissors because you will cut yourself with a knife), and sliced and de-veined/de-seeded my peppers with my trusty KitchenAid Knife. (I love this knife. I seriously refuse to use any other knife in my kitchen for any chopping or slicing.) I cut them in half, which made for a lot of peppers. The meal may be expensive, but my peppers were huge and I ended up with eight stuffed peppers so it worked out.

20140502_203420With the peppers sliced and ready to go, I placed them in a large Pyrex Baking Dish, filled them with the mixture (crab, corn flakes, mayo, egg, half of the prosciutto, scallions, salt and cayenne pepper). I then topped them with the remaining half of the sliced prosciutto, poured the chicken broth in the bottom of the pan surrounding the peppers and drizzled them with some olive oil.

They took about 45 minutes to bake, and with prep time, this recipe is well over an hour so plan ahead. Also, the prosciutto on the top of the peppers does get crispy. Be prepared for that as well. Not really knowing  20140502_201051what to pair them up with (Giada, you left out something here), I cooked up some Zataran’s Garlic and Herb Yellow Rice. I love Zatarans because many of their
products are gluten free whereas some rice brands aren’t. Why companies feel the need to use flour in their flavored rice blends is beyond me. I’m talking to you Uncle Bens! Anyway, when I pulled the peppers out of the oven they smelled amazing. Seriously, they were just heavenly. I placed one each on a plate (mine and my husband’s), added a scoop of rice and we ate. The peppers had a great taste and a nice blend of crispy, but soft. The crisp of the prosciutto on top nicely complimented the softness of the stuffed pepper mixture. I will definitely be making these again and I definitely ate the leftovers
for lunch and dinner the next day. Now if I could only get the same view from my kitchen that Giada has from hers….

 

I do not own this recipe, nor did I create it. This post represents my own experience with the recipe. For more Giada recipes, visit http://www.giadadelaurentiis.com.
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Reviews You Can Use: Mary Kay VoxBox

20140427_184817Thanks to the wonderfully fabulous Influenster, I recently had the opportunity to test out some Mary Kay sun-kissed products. Being one that favors a more natural makeup look, I’ve never been a fan of Mary Kay. My impression has always been that Mary Kay favors a more made-up look–definitely not my thing. I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I kept an open mind as I awaited the arrival of my test kit. Boy was I ever surprised.

20140512_201358Included in the kit were several products, all geared towards brightening up my spring look and getting ready for summer. Here’s what was in my box:

  • Lash Love Mascara in I ❤ Black
  • Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist
  • Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush
  • Translucent Loose Powder
  • Gel Eyeliner in Jet Black with an Expandable Brush Applicator
  • Bronzing Powder
  • NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Mango Tango
  • A Cream Eye Color/Concealer Brush
  • A Blush/Bronzer Brush

The box was amazing! I was so surprised to get full-sized samples of so many products and couldn’t wait to try them out. Since then, I’ve definitely found my favorites.

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A softer, more subtle look

My loves:

  • The mascara is amazing. It stays put and doesn’t flake like some mascaras, plus the applicator is really easy to use and there are no smudges.
  • The cream eye color is the best I’ve ever used. In the past, I’ve had issues with creasing where the eye color would wear away halfway through the day, particularly around the crease between the eyelid and the area under the eyebrow. I was surprised to see that I don’t have this problem with the Mary Kay cream eye shadow. Plus, I love the Apricot Twist color. It can be used for a softer look or a more ba-bam look, which is great.
  • Love, love, love both the blush and the bronzer. Both are so easy to use and look great. Plus, the blush has a nice, golden sparkle to it which is great for summer.
  • Both brushes are fabulous, especially the cream eye color/concealer brush. It’s the best I’ve used for applying cream eye colors. The blush/bronzer brush is also great, but I have noticed it looses little hairs when used.
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A more ba-bam look

My ‘ehs:

  • I like the lip gloss, but the orangey Mango Tango shade is too much for me. I just don’t think I can pull it off with my skin tone. The gloss itself is great though and isn’t too sticky, which I love.
  • The gel eyeliner isn’t my fave, but probably because I’m not a gel eyeliner user. It’s a little intimidating and I haven’t gotten up the nerve to rock it yet. That said, someone who loves gel liner might love it. This is a “try it for yourself” kind of thing.
  • I haven’t had much use for the translucent powder. I think it’ll become more useful as the temperature heats up since it can be used to prevent unwanted shine, which is not an issue for me yet.
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Trying to show off my lip gloss

After testing these products, my opinion of Mary Kay has definitely changed. While I do still think some of their looks are a little too much, I’ve realized that I can use their products to achieve the look I’m after. Plus, sun-kissed is a look I love and these products are great for creating it. I’ll definitely be trying more Mary Kay items in the future.

To find out more about Mary Kay, visit their website at http://www.marykay.com and search for a beauty consultant.

A great, Virginia-based consultant is Andrea Jeremiah. You can visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AndreaJeremiah.live2day01.

I was not compensated for this review. I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. This review represents my own experience with them.

DIY: Ticket Stub Memory Box

20140404_222655I finally found a fun way to display ticket stubs, Carnival passes and more. I’ve been collecting this stuff for 10+ years waiting for some idea on how to display it. Thanks to Pinterest, my mementos are no longer collecting dust in old shoeboxes. Behold, the ticket stub memory box.

To make my box, I took a trip to the local Hobby Lobby store to purchase one shadow box (I used an 8×10, but I really should have gone larger) and a piece of scrapbook paper for the background. I chose an antique looking blue pattern, since my living room has blue accents. For the letters, I used glittery stickers I already had at home.

20140404_214405After measuring the inside of my shadow box (the outside is 8×10, not the inside) I cut my paper to fit and attached it to the inside of the box using four small stick pins, one in each corner. Using my letter stickers, I spelled out “Admit One,” and then filled the box with all of my mementos.

The whole project was super easy and took maybe 15 minutes once I had purchased the supplies. Plus, it was less than $20 bucks since I had a 40 percent off coupon for the 20140404_222428shadow box. I saw a similar project going for $150 on Etsy. Maybe I need to get in the Etsy business.