cajun jambalaya pasta

May 22, 2011 by

tom and i love going to the cheesecake factory.  forget about the endless search for a parking spot.  forget about the crazy wait. forget about the overpriced slices of cheesecake.  it’s entirely worth it.  the far away parking spaces help to burn the extra calories.  the wait is spent at the apple store.  the cheesecake is devoured bite by bite and lasts a few days in our fridge at home.  the food is out of this world! tom’s favorite is the cajun jambalaya pasta.  my favorite is adam’s peanut butter cup fudge ripple cheesecake.  i figured out how to make the pasta but am nervous to even begin to find a recipe for the cheesecake.  i think i’ll just stop at the pasta and opt out of turning into the michelin woman. slightly adapted...

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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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shrimp pasta

Mar 10, 2011 by

i’m sorry that i’ve been away, shoebox!  the flu hit our, which resulted in a tasty pot of this.  then the parents came to visit for a weekend, which resulted in lots of eating out and a batch of these. going back a few weeks to before things got crazy and busy, i made tom this delicious pasta dish for valentine’s day.  it was a great success!  it was very light and not too creamy, which tom prefers.  it also had some kick to it, but it wasn’t too hot, which i prefer.  this dish is great for any season!  it is also very quick to throw together.  i cut some time off by removing seeds and pulp from tomatoes with a grapefruit spoon.  it comes in handy for this dish and others, like pico...

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pico de gallo

Oct 25, 2010 by

as mentioned in my previous post, i went a little crazy on the dips for quesadilla dinner last week.  pico de gallo is very simple to make and this is just one example of several variations.   This recipe makes about a cup and a half of pico.  Multiply as needed! 4 roma tomatoes, seeded, pulp removed and chopped.  (This is important, or you’ll end up with pico soup!) 1/4 sweet onion or 1/2 red onion, finely chopped. (Use whatever kind of onion that you prefer!) small handful of finely chopped cilantro 1 jalapeño, finely chopped.  (If you want more heat, leave the seeds in.) 1 tsp minced garlic dash or two of garlic powder dash or two of  ground cumin 1/2 lime, freshly squeezed Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Serve immediately.  For...

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guacamole

Oct 20, 2010 by

tonight we had a quick quesadilla dinner before bran and i ran over to paint + canvas for an awesome painting class!  i was going to throw some southwest salad on the side, but bran is not a salad fan, so i kinda went a little crazy with dips for the the quesadillas instead.  this is option numero uno.  i can’t give you my opinion on this dish because i am not a guac fan.  you’ll just have to try it and decide for yourself. slightly adapted from: allrecipes.com 2 avocados – peeled, pitted and mashed 1 lime, juiced 1 tsp salt 1/4 c diced onion 3 tbsp freshly chopped cilantro 1 roma tomato, diced 1 tsp minced garlic 1 pinch, ground cayenne pepper in a medium bowl, mash together the avocados, lime juice...

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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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lasagne

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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