lasagne soup

Nov 23, 2011 by

italian food is my absolute favorite food on the planet.  i am always looking for new  to try and when i came across this recipe for lasagne soup, i just knew that i had to try it.  i have made it twice now and really enjoy it.  tom really enjoys it, it is one of his favorites!  it’s very simple to throw together and tastes just like the real thing!  i’ll quit babbling about my love for italian food and get on with the recipe! source: 1 lb. italian sausage 1 1/2 c chopped onion 2 tsp minced garlic cloves 1 tsp dried oregano 1/2 tsp crushed pepper flakes 1 tbsp tomato paste 2 14 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes 3 mediterranean bay leaves 3 c chicken stock 4 oz. campanelle pasta...

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sausage pasta bake

Mar 26, 2011 by

i wish that i could be italian… making meatballs, homemade pasta and cannolis filled with marscapone cheese.  but i’m not.  i was, however, elated when i received “the italian issue” of the food network magazine a few months back.  it was full of all things italian and made me a very happy italian wannabe. anyways, this is a really fun dish to throw together.  i thought that i was making it for two, by significantly cutting down the original amounts listed in the article.  let’s just say that moderation isn’t my strong suit when cooking.  i was going for a 8″ square dish, but it made enough for a 9×13″ pan and we had it for leftovers and lunch.  a few times.  it was still very delicious!  this dish is also very customizable, based on your...

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breakfast quiche

Jan 30, 2011 by

i tried to think of a food related to 100 for this 100th post.  100 grand cookies.  something shaped as 100.  100 calorie servings.  i wasn’t feeling it.  so i decided a site revamp would be a lot more fun than foods related to 100.  well, fun for me to pick out what i wanted, and a lot of work for tom to make it happen.  thanks, babe! i also realized last weekend that i had not blogged about this dish.  how have i not blogged about quiche?!  this is one of those recipes that was the reason that i created shoebox.  when you try it, you have to have the recipe for it…  and then i say: “visit my blog!” so, without any more delay, here is the perfect recipe for my 100th...

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Jan 17, 2011 by

ebelskiver, how do i love thee?  let me count the ways: sausage, peanut butter, nutella, cinnamon bun…. bran gave me an ebelskiver pan for Christmas this year.  ebelskiver is basically a filled pancake.  what you decide to fill it with is what really makes it great.  you can go the hearty route, with sausage, eggs, bacon… or you can go the sweet route with pb, nutella, or cinnamon.  there is no wrong way to fill an ebelskiver.  williams-sonoma’s website has 20 different ebelskiver recipes, and i plan on trying all of them.  their cinnamon bun ebelskiver recipe is included below. for the pancakes:  (half this recipe for two) 2 c flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 tbsp sugar 4 eggs, separated 2 c buttermilk 4 tbsp butter, melted fillings: peanut butter nutella jelly mini...

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Jan 9, 2011 by

tom got me a crock pot for christmas and i’ve really been enjoying the brand new cooking world opened by it!  i started off on new years day making gumbo, not jambalaya.  the main difference between gumbo and jambalaya is that gumbo is a roux-based soup and jambalaya is a rice-based dish.  more about the roux later… i wanted to eat our gumbo during game time, so i didn’t have a 7-9 hour window that the original recipe called for.  i pre-cooked my chicken before putting it in the crock pot, which cut down the cooking time significantly.  i also used tom’s favorite cajun style andouille, which is pre-cooked.  if you do have all-day, you can go ahead and throw everything (minus shrimp) in the pot un-cooked. 3 tbsp flour 3 tbsp oil 1/2...

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sausage, egg and cheese bagels

Jun 22, 2010 by

this is another “food i miss from michigan” post.  mcdonald’s breakfast down here excludes sausage, egg and cheese bagels on its menu.  the only good reason to have mcdonald’s breakfast is to splurge, and i think the bagel is the best way to do it. this recipe may be slightly healthier than mcdonald’s.  i can tell you that it is pretty darn delicious and is available after 10:30 a.m. :). this recipe prepares two bagels.  you can adjust the recipe accordingly. 2 thomas bagel thins, toasted 2 slices of co-jack cheese, melted on bagels in toaster oven 6 oz. breakfast sausage (half a tube), quartered and formed into very thin patties, slightly larger than the bagel. 3 eggs salt and pepper to taste cook the breakfast sausage patties until brown all of the way...

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breakfast pizza

May 23, 2010 by

as i have said before breakfast is our favorite meal of the day.  breakfast was served at our late morning wedding reception and i could go on and on about how much we LOVE breakfast.  but i won’t.  i’ll just share another shoemaker-approved breakfast dish. Adapted from SmittenKitten 1 pizza crust (however you prefer to make it)* 1/4-1/2 lb. ground breakfast sausage 1/4 c grated parmigiano reggiano cheese 1 c grated mozzarella 3 eggs salt and pepper to taste green onion parsley flakes * i picked up an awesome pre-made dough from publix that was just waiting to be kneaded and topped. pull dough out of the fridge 1-2 hours before you want to start making pizza. pre-heat oven to 500°. brown sausage in a pan.  place on a paper towel lined dish to drain...

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Feb 4, 2010 by

lasagne is one of my signature dishes, i don’t think that i’ve made it the same way twice.  it has changed and evolved over time, depending on how much prep time i have, what i’ve got in the kitchen and how many people i’m cooking for.  i like to make lasagne split up between two ez-foil pans.  i like the long loaf pans because they accommodate lasagne noodles so well and i can freeze one for later.   they’re also very easy to clean up!  you can find these pans at larger grocery stores, such as meijer’s and wal-mart. 2 boxes lasagne noodles 1 lb. ground beef 1 lb. italian sausage, removed from casings 2 tsp minced garlic 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped italian seasoning salt and pepper, as desired 2 jars spaghetti sauce,...

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sausage, biscuits and gravy

Jan 20, 2010 by

this is another tom dish.  he has been hungry for sausage, biscuits and gravy for a while.  last week, he got his wish. 🙂 biscuits: 4 c self-rising flour* 1 tbsp white sugar 1 tbsp baking powder 2/3 c shortening 2 c buttermilk 1/4 c buttermilk *  an alternate for self rising flour would be: 4 c all-purpose flour, 2 tsp salt, and 2 tsp baking powder, in addition to the 1 tbsp baking powder that’s already called for. preheat oven to 400°.  lightly grease two baking sheets. in a large mixing bowl, combine flower, sugar and baking powder; stir well.  cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.  add 2 c buttermilk and mix just to moisten. roll out dough to 1″ thick and cut into biscuits.  place biscuits on prepared baking sheets;...

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