Sunday, April 10, 2016

Minestrone Soup with Shell Noodles

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"Soup for the soul" is definitely a saying for a reason, its like tea, it has a way of making everything better. I had a cold I couldn't kick and anytime I get sick I make it a point to do everything I can to get rid of the sickness as quick as possible. You know the drill "drink lots of fluids, rest, and eat soup". As much as I like Minestrone soup I had never made it myself so I decided to give it a go. It turned out great and made me feel better!
Minestrone Soup with Shell Noodles
8 oz. medium shell noodles
Dash of Salt, pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and celery seasoning
 1 Tbsp. olive oil
3 cans vegetable broth
64 oz. low sodium V8
1 cup water
3 beef bouillon cubes
1 can diced tomatoes (Italian style with juice)
3 bay leaves
7.5 oz. (1/2 large can) garbanzo beans
7.5 oz. (1/2 large can) dark red kidney beans
1/4 cup fresh shredded spinach leaves
2 sliced zucchinis
2/3 cup sliced white onion
2/3 cup sliced celery
1 cup frozen cut green beans
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup chopped fresh carrots
Cook noodles al dente and set aside
Meanwhile add olive oil to a large pot or Dutch oven and preheat
Add zucchini, onions and all dry seasonings and saute' until translucent
Add all other ingredients and mix
Bring soup to a boil then simmer on low covered for 1 hour
Add noodles and continue to simmer for another 20 minutes
Let cool and serve

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Delicious Deviled Eggs

Everyone has a go to dish that they are known for. Well folks, deviled eggs are mine. I make them every year for the holidays and they disappear quickly. I think the addition of A1 balances out the miracle whip and mustard. I also prefer salty rather than sweet so I think the dill pickle is a nice change of pace. For a shortcut you can always use dill relish instead of chopping the pickles yourself but I prefer the texture when I chop them myself. This recipe makes 24 halves.
Delicious Deviled Eggs
12 extra large eggs
1/4 cup finely chopped dill pickle
1 tsp. pickle juice
1/2 tsp. A1 steak sauce
1/4 cup miracle whip
2 Tbs. yellow mustard
Dash of salt and pepper
Hard bowl eggs
Peel eggs and set aside
Cut eggs in half lengthwise
Using a small spoon, spoon out the yolks carefully into a separate bowl
Using a fork mash hardboiled eggs yolks and mix until texture is smooth and rid of chunks
Add pickles, pickle juice, A1, mustard, and miracle whip and season with salt and pepper
Mix well and add more of the mentioned ingredients if needed (I add to taste when I make these, the goal is to balance out all flavors and not have any overwhelm the other)
Add spoonful's of the mixture back into the egg white halves
Sprinkle with paprika and serve!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Banana Pudding Trifle

I love to cook but I'll be the first to admit that I am not great at baking, so when I make a dessert I look for easy, no bake options. Banana pudding, milk, vanilla wafers, bananas and whip cream are all you need. It looks good, tastes good, and the best part is no bake.
Banana Pudding Trifle
2 boxes banana pudding mix
4 cups milk
One box vanilla wafers
1 can whip cream
4 bananas

Make banana pudding as directed on back of box

Meanwhile, slice bananas

Layer bottom of trifle bowl with vanilla wafers

Then layer sliced bananas

Top with 1/2 the pudding

Repeat layer

Cover top with whip cream and sprinkle with crushed vanilla wafers for garnish

Sunday, June 28, 2015

How to Make Your Own Garlic Bread

If you have no store bought garlic bread but have bread, garlic and butter, then you do indeed have yourself some garlic bread. Thats how this recipe came about. We didn't have any garlic bread but I had all the ingredients needed to make it myself. I usually have a loaf of french bread in the freezer and I ALWAYS have garlic, so I figured I'd give it a try. It turned out great and has become a side dish I make often. I prefer it on the grill but the oven does give it a nice crisp. Feel free to get creative with the seasonings you use. You can interchangeably use parsley, basil or Italian seasoning, they all do pretty much the same thing.

How to Make Your Own Garlic Bread

1 loaf Italian or French Bread
1/2 - 1 stick salted butter (depending on the size of the bread)
1 tsp. minced garlic with juice (I use the canned minced garlic)
Sprinkle of Italian seasoning and salt

Slice bread lengthwise

Combine butter, garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt

Melt all together in a microwave

Pour butter garlic mix generously over the bread and use a brush or butter knife to spread evenly

Bake in a 450F oven for 10-20 minutes or until bread is brown and crispy
Or grill direct for 10-15 minutes on butter side

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Creamy Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

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I'm not going to lie my usual go to move when making chicken broccoli alfredo is to buy the sauce and toss it with some chicken, broccoli and noodles and tada! Chicken broccoli alfredo. But I have always wanted to try making the sauce myself, and let me tell you not only is it easy to make the sauce but it comes out rich in the best way possible. If it comes out a little too thick add more heavy whipping cream or a lttle milk.

Creamy Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

1 lb boneless skinless chicken tenders
1 stick salted butter
1 pint heavy whipping cream
2 cups Parmesan Cheese
1 fresh broccoli crown
8 oz. Fettuccine noodles
fresh parsley
salt, pepper and garlic powder

Season chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder

Cook chicken in a frying pan until thoroughly cooked

Cut chicken into strips

Meanwhile boil noodles until noodles are tender

Steam broccoli cut into large florets and set aside

in a saucepan heat butter until melted

Add heavy whipping cream and Parmesan cheese

Saute on low heat until sauce thickens, stirring frequently

Combine noodles, chicken, broccoli and sauce and toss

Sprinkle with fresh snipped parsley and parmesan and enjoy!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Roasted Red Skin Potatoes

I enjoy a good steak. Why am I talking about steak when I should be talking about potatoes? Because what goes good with steak? Potatoes. Season and bake these and add a little sour cream for a great side dish with steak (or any meat for that matter).
Roasted Red Skin Potatoes
5 small red skin potatoes
2 Tbsp. butter
Salt, pepper, and rosemary
Spray a small casserole dish with non stick spray (spray a lot, they have a tendency to stick)
Rinse then cut potatoes into quarters
Add potatoes and butter
Bake uncovered at 400F for 30-45 minutes or until brown
(About halfway through I usually move the dish around to make sure the butters being fair to all potatoes)

Bagels and Lox

My husband and I like to eat Bagels and Lox the morning of Christmas. With Christmas right around the corner I thought this would be a great time to share. This isn't really a recipe but more of an "items needed" to create bagels and lox for breakfast. So here's what you need:
Bagels and Lox
Toasted bagels
Cream cheese
1 package smoked salmon (I prefer pastrami style)
Sliced Onions
Optional: Hard boiled eggs
Now all you have to do is spread cream cheese on your bagel, top with salmon, capers, and onions and enjoy!