Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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
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
I found this recipe on allrecipes.com 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
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
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
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.