March 13, 2015

Homemade Mayonnaise


After reading a few blog posts about making homemade mayonnaise with an immersion blender in approximately 30 seconds I quickly hopped on my Amazon Prime account and ordered this model from Cuisinart. I grew up on Miracle Whip (versus Hellman's) but I love the idea of having fresh homemade mayonnaise in the fridge that isn't filled with all the additives that store-bought brands contain.

Yesterday I took out my handy dandy immersion blender and put The Healthy Foodie's Fool-Proof Paleo Mayo recipe to the test. Unbelievable! I whipped up this cool and creamy mayo in under 30 seconds. It was so easy that I decided to rinse out a Miracle Whip container and made two more batches in order to fill the jar.


The first thing I made with my new mayo was egg salad.  I also had a fresh batch of crispy bacon from the Amish store in Laurel so I decided to sprinkle some chopped pieces on my toasted egg salad sandwich. Absolutely delish!





February 16, 2015

Black Bean Brownies


Whether you are trying to eat healthier or are in search of tasty "veggie-hiding" recipes for a finicky eater in your life, you will want to add this black bean brownie recipe to your collection. Here's why: They are delicious. My taste testers couldn't believe that these rich brownies were made with black beans, which are a good source for fiber, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals. Another bonus is that they are gluten-free!


He's smiling because he knows he is going to be eating brownies. I'm smiling because I know he is going to be eating black beans. It's a win-win!


Do you have a favorite veggie hiding recipe? I would love if you would share it in the comments below.

February 2, 2015

Filippo's Italian Specialties


Although I have lived in Silver Spring since 2005 I am embarrassed to admit that I had no idea how many golden nuggets were tucked away in an area adjacent to the Wheaton Mall known as Wheaton Triangle. I had ventured over there one morning after my friend Brian from Corcoran Caterer's highly recommended visiting a mom and pop baker's supply shop named Little Bits. Unfortunately Little Bits was closed for the day but thankfully a few doors down I noticed a sign for Filippo's Italian Specialties (formerly known as Marchone's). Intrigued by the idea there was an old school Italian market in Wheaton I popped in to see what they had to offer. I was immediately welcomed with a warm smile and greeting from the owner, Filippo. While waiting in line for my sandwich it was apparent that this store had a loyal following. One gentleman that I spoke to had been coming here for over 30 years. I ordered a cold cut sandwich and it did not disappoint! It's one of the best I've ever had... and that's saying a lot coming from a girl that grew up on legendary The Coffee Pot sandwiches in Bangor, Maine.

Oh yeah, they also have fresh and famous cannoli shells from Vaccarro's that are stuffed with a homemade filling on site.

After a superb sandwich and conversation with Filippo I vowed I would be back with Scott in tow so we could take some pics for a blogpost and help spread the word about one of Wheaton's best kept secrets.

In line at the deli counter Menu
Italian Cold Cut 
Meatball Sub

I love the hot cherry peppers that they put on the cold cut sandwich (I always order extra) and am stoked that they have jars of it in stock from Sun of Italy as well as fresh Italian bread, deli meat and cheeses for when I want to make sandwiches at home. 




Sopressata 

Frozen meals to go

I picked up a couple of frozen chicken parms for quick and easy meals for Scott while I was out of town.
Vaccarro's cannoli shells
My favorite is the chocolate dipped cannoli. To die for!


Getting a special cookie from Filippo... or maybe two :)  was definitely the highlight for Morgan. 


Filippo, you've got another customer for life!

Do you have a favorite hidden golden nugget? Please leave a comment and share!

November 26, 2014

Carlty Bryer's Wicked Good Gingerbread Cake Baked in a Pumpkin


My dad had been raving about this unique gingerbread cake recipe that he had found in his Wilson Farm's cookbook so when he came out for a visit last week, that was one of the first things on his list to make. Luckily for you and me, he made it just in time to share before our Thanksgiving festivities begin. You are absolutely going to want to try this one. It is very easy to make, the moist gingerbread cake paired with the pumpkin tastes unbelievable, and the presentation is wicked unique. Topped with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream this gingerbread cake baked in a pumpkin will definitely give you rockstar status at your next gathering.

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The Golden Nugget Gourmet is about sharing with you must have recipes, the food is my first priority, and then hopefully having a few great photos as well. When my dad made this cake, it was early evening so the lighting wasn't great in my kitchen and I wasn't able to get a true quality shot. But I want you to have this recipe in time for the quickly approaching holidays, so here it is, and hopefully down the road I can add some better pics. Better yet, I would love if you share a picture that you took after making this recipe and I'll add it to this post.


For those of you that have picky eaters, this recipe was Terp Tyke approved :)

November 23, 2014

Martha Stewart's Method for Roasting a Perfect Turkey

It was Thanksgiving 2011 when I discovered Martha Stewart's method for roasting a perfect turkey. I had always had pretty good success with my turkeys in the past but had never been able to achieve this type of perfection. The skin was crisp and gorgeously browned and the meat remained tender and juicy. The addition of white wine helped to produce a rich gravy from the pan drippings. Whether this is your first time cooking a turkey, or you are a seasoned home cook, you are going to want to save this golden nugget for the upcoming holidays.

Basting with butter and white wine

Thanksgiving Turkey 2011

Looks like this little guy was satisfied :)

Morgie Thanksgiving 2011 (16 mo)
If you are still searching for some Thanksgiving sides, check out these Golden Nugget family recipes.

Oyster Stuffing 

Aunt Peg's Wicked Good Deviled Eggs

Aunt Peg's Wicked Good Cranberry Relish

Got Leftovers? Find out how to make this gourmet hot turkey sandwich.
Gourmet Hot Turkey Sandwich

What are your favorite Thanksgiving sides?

August 29, 2014

Aunt Sylvia's Oxtail Pasta


During the Fall of 2012 Scott and I travelled to Miami Beach and stayed at the Miami Beach Conference Center so Scott could attend and present (Clicker Experiments That Will Change The Way You Teach) at the Turning Technologies User Conference. One night we headed over to the best spot in town for dinner... his Aunt Sylvia's house. It doesn't get much better than a poolside dinner on a warm Miami night with a cool cocktail in hand and Celia Cruz music playing in the background. On the menu was a special oxtail pasta recipe (pictured above) to celebrate Ernesto's (Scott's step-father) birthday. I had never had ox-tail before, and to be honest I can't say the idea of oxtails was all that appealing, but OMG it was delicious. The meat was unbelievably tender and the rich sauce that melded it all together was to die for! After one bite I knew I needed to get the recipe and I guarantee you'll want it too!

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