roasted pepper pasta salad

Aug 30, 2010 by

summer is a great time for pasta salad of any kind.  since i live in the south now, i get a whole lot of summer weather, which means that i get to try lots of pasta salad recipes.  this is one was featured on the cover of a recent food network magazine and the bocconcini really grabbed my attention.  (i can’t imagine why… :)) adapted slightly from food network magazine 12 oz. rigatoni 2 bell peppers, halved, stemmed and seeded 6 cloves garlic, unpeeled 1/3 c almonds 1/3 c evoo 1 lemon 8 oz. bocconcini (small mozzarella balls) 1 bunch fresh basil, leaves torn pre-heat the broiler to high.  bring a pot of salted water to boil.  add the pasta and cook as the label directs.  drain and rinse under cold water to stop...

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zucchini fritters

Aug 13, 2010 by

growing up, we always had a garden and in the summer we had fresh veggies coming out of our ears.  one of my favorites was zucchini.  mom found quite a few ways to make it: baked zucchini, zucchini bread, zucchini bars, zucchini casserole, and it is all so delicious!  this is a new zucchini recipe and it’s pretty darn tasty, if i do say so myself. adapted from food network magazine 2 small zucchini 2 tsp salt 4 minced scallions 1/4 c chopped parsley 1/4 c chopped dill 1 beaten egg 3/4 c grated parmeggiano reggiano cheese 1/4 c flour evoo grate zucchini into a colander in the sink; toss with 2 tsp of salt and let sit ten minutes. while the zucchini is sitting in the sink, prep and mix scallions, parsley, dill,...

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asian coleslaw

Jun 11, 2010 by

we had paul and brandy over for dinner the other night.  it’s just getting too hot to have egg rolls with chinese dishes, so this looked like an acceptable summer swap!  it kind of reminds me of salad and dressing that you would get at a hibachi grill.  it’s a winner! 6 tbsp rice wine vinegar 6 tbsp vegetable oil 5 tbsp creamy peanut butter 3 tbsp soy sauce 3 tbsp brown sugar 1 tsp ground ginger 1 1/2 tbsp minced garlic 1 bag of shredded cabbage 6 green onions, chopped in a medium bowl, whisk together the first seven ingredients. toss cabbage and green onions with the mixture just before serving....

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ranch bacon pasta salad

Jun 10, 2010 by

pasta salad from the box is really good for hot summer months when you need something to go with dinner in a pinch.  i decided to kick it up a notch and make it from scratch.  it’s my first pasta salad (other than making mom’s pasta crab salad, which is something that i’ll have to add soon!) 1 12 oz. box whole wheat pasta 10 slices bacon, cooked until crispy and chopped 1 c mayo 1 pkg. ranch dressing mix 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp pepper 1/2 c milk 1 pkg. cherry tomatoes 1 c shredded cheddar cheese bring a large pot of water to boil and cook pasta until al dente.  drain and rinse with cool water. in a large bowl, mix mayo, ranch dressing mix, garlic powder and pepper.  stir in...

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mac n’ cheese

Apr 17, 2010 by

this is another one of those woe is me… i miss some of my tasty favorites from michigan blog… 🙂 here’s looking at you, bar louie’s mac n’ cheese.  i still haven’t quite gotten the texture quite right, but this comes pretty darn close.  guess i’ll just have to wait until i come back to michigan to have the real thing. 🙂 this is one of those recipes where i throw in a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  this recipe works well for two.  multiply as needed. 2 c corkscrew pasta 2 tbsp butter 1 heaping tbsp flour 1-1/2 c milk ground mustard garlic powder salt pepper 2 c shredded cheese (i prefer mild cheddar or co-jack) bread crumbs prepare pasta as called for on the box, drain. when...

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cheesy potatoes

Apr 6, 2010 by

this is a side dish that can go with any meal. i love this dish so much, i can eat an entire bowl and call it a meal. 🙂 2 lbs. frozen shredded hash browns, thawed 1 c onion, chopped fine 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 lb (16 oz.) sour cream 1/2 stick margarine, melted 8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded wavy potato chips (approx. 1 c, crushed) preheat oven to 350°. mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. salt and pepper to taste. top with potato chips. put in a greased 9×13″ pan. bake for one hour....

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baked zucchini

Mar 31, 2010 by

ahhh, the tastes of summer…   i may have jumped the gun a bit on this blog, but i’m ready for the flavors of summer!  we had a garden growing up and it was full of delicious vegetables.  well, a few that i liked.  one of my favorites was my mom’s baked zucchini, baked to a crisp in the oven… zucchini, sliced thin pam seasoned salt garlic powder italian seasoning parmesan cheese pre-heat oven to 350°. spray a cookie sheet with pam and arrange zucchini in a single layer on the sheet. spray more pam on top of the zucchini. sprinkle seasoned salt, garlic powder and italian seasoning. sprinkle with parmesan cheese. bake until cheese is brown and bubbly....

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refried beans

Jan 24, 2010 by

growing up as a little girl, i was a very picky eater.  just ask my mom.  i grew up on chicken patties and found several ways to make them.  refried beans were one thing i would not touch with a ten-foot pole.   during my junior year of high school, i went on a mission trip to our church’s honduran orphanage after hurricane mitch hit.  it was a eye-opening experience and i became very thankful for what i had.  i also tried refried beans for the first time, in an authentic  honduran restaurant and actually liked them!  the version that i had was loaded with goat cheese and was very creamy.  when i got home, i recreated them and have been eating refried beans ever since, and always remembering my trip every time i...

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star trek feast

May 25, 2009 by

so my boyfriend tom is a nerd.  it’s not a secret and i love him more for it. 🙂  the movie star trek premiered recently and so i decided to create tom a feast fit for a, well, star trekkie. my research started via google, which led me to this site.  star trek: tng is one of our favorite tv shows.  i found things like banana splits and earl grey tea, hot.  not much to base a meal off of.  i boldly went further into federation space and decided to explore the klingon empire.   they have lots of gross looking food, but that’s the kind of food that can be really fun to make.  so, without further adieu, behold scrag and gagh: scrag scrag is the roasted haunch of the animal garbat, marinated in...

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