Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sausage Pepper Spaghetti

I adapted this recipe from a Catelli spaghetti box.  It is such a quick, easy meal!  Serves four.

Heat in a heavy sauce pan:
½ cup olive oil
½ tsp chili pepper flakes
1 tsp dried rosemary (a sprig or two fresh)
Cook for 15 minutes, strain and discard solids.

Meanwhile, prepare your favourite pasta - I used whole wheat spaghetti.

In a large skillet saute for five minutes:
The flavoured oil you just made
1 each sliced red, orange and yellow sweet peppers
1 diced length of farmer sausage (6 or 8 inches worth)

Add and saute briefly:
4 cloves of garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
A little lemon zest

Toss with spaghetti, garnish with Parmesan

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Lime Sherbet

I was given an ice cream maker for a mother's day gift.  I was SO excited.  Now I had an easy way to make inexpensive, healthier ice cream.  The machine came with several recipes for sherbet as well.  This is my favourite.

2 cups whole milk
1 container frozen lime concentrate (softened)
3 T sugar

This is mixed together and placed in the ice cream machine.  Prepare according to your machine's directions.

I like a tart sherbet.  The raspberries I paired with this dessert were sweeter than the ice cream!  It was so good and refreshing.  You may want to add more sugar.  You may also want to add a bit of food colouring to make it 'lime' green

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Mexican Casserole


I found this recipe on and adapted it for our family's taste.  We really enjoyed it.

1½ lb ground beef

1 cups salsa
Simmer until most of the liquid is gone

1 can kidney beans, drained
warm through

Grease a 9 x 12 casserole dish
Spoon beef mixture into bottom of the dish

Spread on top:
1 cup sour cream

Layer on top:
½ cup green onions
½ cup diced tomatoes

Last layer:
Grated cheese (I used Tex-Mex)

Bake in oven for approximately 30 minutes at 350F or until bubbly.

If your family enjoys olives, add them to the onion / tomato layer.  The original recipe called for crumbled tortilla chips on the bottom, but I found they got lost once the casserole was baked.  We enjoyed scooping up the casserole with tortilla chips instead of a fork.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Gooey Caramel Popcorn

I have this distressing habit of throwing stuff together to see if it works.  When it does, I have to guess what my proportions were so I can repeat my success.

So I've "thrown" this together a few times and it's always yummy.  This is my best guess for amounts.

¼ cup butter
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup mini marshmallows

Melt those together in a saucepan.

I'm too impatient, but almonds or pecans and a tsp of vanilla, mixed in after the sauce is off the heat, would be really yummy.