Thursday, April 8, 2010
Penne with Italian Sausage
1 lb Italian sausage links (generally there are 5 links in a package)
1 medium onion, chopped (yellow or white)
2 cloves minced garlic
28 oz diced tomatoes (1 large can or 2 regular cans)
2 T pesto
1 1/2 cups penne pasta
3 cups fresh spinach
2 oz feta cheese
Cut sausages into 1/4 inch slices. In large saute pan, combine sausage, onion and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat until sausage is cooked and no longer pink in the center, stirring frequently.
Add diced tomatoes. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
This is a fantastic recipe for brunch. I recommend serving it with a frittata or quiche (super easy recipe coming soon) and fresh fruit. Although it is pretty easy to put together, it tastes great and presents nicely, so guests love it. And, since you can prepare most of it the night before, it makes for less work the day of your event.
Stuffed Blueberry French Toast
12 slices thick bread, crusts removed and cubed (Potato or buttermilk work the best. Something light and fluffy.)
8 oz cream cheese
1 pkg (16 oz) frozen blueberries, or 3 cups fresh blueberries
1/3 cup milk
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 T cornstarch
1 T butter
Grease a 9x13 glass baking dish. Place 1/2 of the cubed bread in dish and spread around evenly. Cube the cream cheese into small pieces and arrange evenly in dish over bread. Add 1/3 of the blueberries over the cream cheese. Arrange remaining bread over the top. In medium bowl, beat together eggs, maple syrup and milk. Pour evenly over the bread so everything is moistened. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cover pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil cover and bake for an additional 30 minutes, until top is lightly browned.
While dish is baking, prepare your sauce. In saucepan combine water, sugar and cornstarch. Stir together to dissolve the sugar. Heat over medium-high heat adding 1/2 of the remaining blueberries. When sauce is cooked and thickened, add the remaining blueberries and the butter. Continue to heat until sauce is hot all the way through.
Remove french toast from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Cut into 8-10 pieces. Spoon desired amount of sauce over each individual potion when serving.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Every year for Easter dinner we have the girls over and Roland makes a lamb roast. It is a tradition everyone looks forward to. With Easter coming up this weekend we are getting ready for another delicious dinner and I thought it would be the perfect time to pass on a few of our ideas. Last year Roland made a video explaining how he prepares the lamb.
Our side dishes vary from year to year, but we generally have a rice or potato side dish (last year it was rice pilaf, this year we are trying au gratin potatoes), rolls and a vegetable or two.One of the family favorites is this roasted asparagus. It is so simple but tastes great.
1 bunch of asparagus
salt & pepper
Preheat the broiler. Wash asparagus and snap off bottoms of stems. Arrange asparagus on baking sheet in a single layer. Lightly drizzle with olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Broil for approx 10 minutes or until asparagus just starts to become tender but not soft. Half way through cooking I usually shuffle the pan a little to rotate the spears.
Friday, January 1, 2010
This is an easy and tasty recipe for homemade chicken pot pie. It is also much lower in fat than the store bought versions. For the crusts, I use the premade ones in the refrigerator section of the grocery store (next to the biscuit dough). Each box contains two crusts so you have a top and bottom. You just roll them out and they are ready to use. If you have a great pie crust recipe, you could substitute that for this recipe.
Chicken Pot Pie1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
1 cup carrots, sliced
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup celery, sliced
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup onion, chopped
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
1 can (14 oz) chicken broth
2/3 cup milk
2 unbaked pie crusts
1 egg white
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In saucepan, combine cubed chicken, carrots, peas, and celery. Add chicken broth and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Drain, reserving the liquid and veggie mix separately.
In same saucepan, saute onions in butter over medium heat until soft. Stir in flour and seasonings. Slowly add reserved chicken liquid and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. About 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Roll out pie crusts and brush with egg white wash. Place bottom crust in pie dish and bake for 6 minutes. This will create a bit of a barrier so once you add the filling, the crust will not get soggy. Remove crust from oven. Add chicken/veggie mixture into crust. Pour gravy mixture over filling. Cover with top crust, seal edges and trim any excess dough. Make several slits in the top for steam. Bake for 30-35 minutes until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Makes approximately 6 large slices.