40 by 40 With Sammi: Item 21, Recipe 20

Recipe 21 is in the books. I actually cooked this one for my mom a few weeks ago when I was visiting and it came out great. As a woman with Italian blood, pasta is one of my favorite foods and I am always looking for new ways to make it into a meal.

While this particular dish is more of a basic spaghetti and meatballs meal, it is done slightly differently that I am …

40 by 40 With Sammi: Item 21, Recipe 19

Recipe nineteen is finished! I am visiting my mom and told her I would make her one of the recipes from this cookbook challenge. We agreed on the Pork Chop with Sweet Potato Mash and Spinach.  It is a meal I make pretty often on my own, but Snoop’s recipe put a new spin on an old classic.

The pork chops were seasoned with pepper and seasoned salt (which contained the paprika and cayenne pepper …

40 by 40 With Sammi: Recipes 17 and 18

Two more recipes are completed! I actually did these about a week ago, but life got in the way, so it was difficult to find time to post! I also combined these two since they were made on the same day.

Recipe 17: Mile High Omelet:

This was an omelet with 4 eggs, cheddar cheese, chives and the Billionaire’s Bacon. It is very simple to make: just whisk the eggs with 2 tbs of water, …

40 by 40 With Sammi: Item 21, Recipe 16

My sixteenth recipe is DONE! I cannot believe how fast this item on my bucket list is going….I still have a lot more to do, but slowly but surely it will get done. (And don’t call me Shirley!) I have two planned for this weekend and more for when I visit my mom next week, so stay tuned!

This recipe was actually one of the easiest on the list…and one of the cheapest. It was …

40 by 40 With Sammi: Item 21, Recipe 15

Recipe fifteen is in the books! Only 47 left to go for this challenge to be done.  I am excited with how this is progressing and only wish I could do more. However, I have been feeling under the weather these past few days, so cooking has taken a back seat.

This particular recipe was the Hustle Hard Chocolate Cheesecake. It is not quite as good as my mom’s special cheesecake, but it got rave …

40 by 40 With Sammi: Item 21, Recipe 14

Fourteen recipes in….and there was bound to be a failure in there at some point. The bacon may have burned for recipe for recipe 4, but at least with that one, the non burned parts came out fine.

This time….it was a mess. I tried to save it (and it didn’t taste too bad, but overall, it was a disaster.

I decided to make the Hey Auntie Banana Puddn’ the other day. As I said …

40 by 40 With Sammi: Item 21, Recipe 13

Ah, lucky number 13! I am officially done with thirteen recipes for Item 21 on my 40 by 40 with Sammi Bucket List Challenge. So far, all of them have been delicious, knock on wood. Even the bacon that got burned was fairly decent, once I got rid of the burned parts!

Tonight was no different. I made the Seared Filet Mignon (or as Kristy Thomas called it in The Baby-Sitters Club book 18 Stacey’s …

40 by 40 With Sammi: Item 21, Recipe 12

Another recipe is completed. I actually made this last night because I needed to finish up the package of chicken I had defrosted and wanted to make extra food for my brother to take to work. This was his orange (but really kind of burgundy) chicken and white rice. I must confess that I was kind of distracted yesterday and forgot to take the prep pictures, but I at least got one of the finished …

40 by 40 With Sammi, Item 21, Recipe 11

It is Sunday, which is a great day for cooking. Of course, this means crossing more recipes off my list! I made two today, but only served one. I will share that one today and the other one tomorrow.

Here is the rundown for the Yardie Yardbird, aka Jerk Chicken;

Blend 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tbs molasses, 2 tbs lime juice (or one lime juiced), 2 habanero peppers with the stems and seeds removed, …

40 by 40 With Sammi: Item 21, Recipe 10

I finished another recipe this morning. It was very simple, but very delicious and healthy.

It was called Tha Smoovie, which is a healthy protein shake. All you need is a handful of spinach, an orange (peeled and seeds removed), coconut water and a banana. Blend until smooth and serve immediately.

Next time, I will probably add other fruits to it, but overall, it was delicious. I never thought I would enjoy a green smoothie, …

40 by 40 With Sammi: Item 21, Recipe 9

Last night, I cooked another recipe or my 40 by 40 Bucket List Challenge, Item 21. I am officially nine recipes in with 51 more to go.

The ninth recipe I completed was the Tha Next Level Salmon, which had a side of garlic green beans. It is simple, delicious and can be completed in less than 30 minutes. It is a perfect midweek meal and one I plan on making more often.

I used …