I must try this recipe! And make some super gooey grilled cheese sammiches to go with it!
- 3 cloves of minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
- 14 oz. can of whole tomatoes
- 2 cups of stock (chicken or vegetable)
- 1 tsp of sea salt
- 1 tsp of sugar
- 1/2 tsp of fresh ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup of heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons of fresh basil
- parmesan cheese
- In a saucepan, sauté garlic in olive oil on medium heat for 1 minute.
- Add the crushed tomatoes.
- Add the whole tomatoes one at a time, squeezing them into the pan to break them up.
- Add the juice from the whole tomatoes, as well.
- Add chicken stock, salt, pepper and sugar.
- Cook the soup on medium at a simmer for 10 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to low and stir in heavy cream and basil.
I was flipping through the channels one day and ran across a Garlic Spaghetti that Melissa d’Arabian was making on Food Network. If you don’t like garlic, this recipe is not for you. It has a wonderful garlic flavor and was absolutely delicious. I was really amazed at how much the butter cut down the acid in the tomatoes and really mellowed out the flavor. I will put the original recipe and then the things I did to ‘modify’ it. We also made some cheesy Texas Toast to go along with it. Enjoy!
- 9 cloves of garlic – I used HUGE pieces of garlic since we love it
- 1/2 cup of olive oil
- 6 tablespoons of butter – I ended up using 8
- 1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes – I used a 28 oz. can because that is what I had
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 lb. spaghetti – I used Thin Spaghetti and next time will try fresh Tagliatelle
- 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped basil
- Grate Parmesan, for garnish
- In a small saucepan, cook the garlic in the olive oil for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep the garlic from drying out.
- In a medium saucepan, add the butter and tomatoes and stir until well blended and the butter is melted.
- Stir the garlic and oil into the tomatoes and butter and add salt and pepper. Let simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Toss the sauce with the spaghetti and place in a nice serving dish.
- Garnish with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.
Say what???? Mayonnaise in a cake you ask? Why yes!
Growing up, my aunt Karen used to make this cake for us all the time. I believe she would make it with peanut butter frosting if I remember correctly. She is an amazing baker – takes after my Grandma Sutton I hear. She even spent years making and decorating cakes! I however, did not get the amazing baker gene. I love to cook because I don’t like to measure, so baking is a struggle for me.
I’m also not the most patient person in the world (*go ahead and snicker if you know me, we all know it’s true!) so baking is tough, I want to be able to taste along the way and make it better as I go, and well, you just can’t do that with baking. You have to follow a recipe and then bake it and then let it cool, and then possibly frost or whatever to it before you even get to take a bite. It’s like torture! That and I’m not a huge fan of sweets anyway.
If you’re anything like me, then this recipe is definitely for you! Mayonnaise cake is a chocolate cake, a very subtle chocolate cake. It’s not overwhelmingly sweet and it’s SUPER moist! It’s also super easy to make Here it is!
For the cake:
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup mayonnaise or miracle whip
- 1 1/4 cups of water
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Sift and blend flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
- Add mayonnaise, water and vanilla. Stir until mixed well.
- Grease a 9×13 pan and pour batter in evenly.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
For the frosting:
- 1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup of butter, softened
- 16 oz. of powdered sugar (about 2 cups)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Combine cream cheese and butter, beating until smooth.
- Add sugar and vanilla, beat until light and fluffy
Everyone loved the cake and super loved the frosting – even if it sounds odd, just try it! It’s delicious! If you don’t eat it right away, make sure you put it in the fridge.
Ok, so I’ve never heard of Vegetable Tian before, but I saw a picture of it and decided that I wanted to try it. Here is my photo of it:
So for dinner last night, I decided to make it with some Boca Burgers. Not just your normal Boca Burger either, the Bruschetta flavored ones. (See photo below).
While we were making the Boca Burgers, I decided to throw on a nice thick piece of fresh mozzarella. So we ended up with open faced Boca Burgers with mozzarella…YUM! It turned out great! When I started to eat the Vegetable Tian, I couldn’t believe how much flavor there was! Not only that, but Kevin (my fiancé) loved it…and he’s not really a big fan of cooked tomatoes. I was surprised that the veggies still had a good crunch to them as well! So I decided to share this recipe – and a photo, because I think everyone should try this!
- Olive Oil
- 1 Vidalia Onion
- 1 teaspoon Minced Garlic
- 1-2 small to medium Zucchini
- 1 medium Yellow Squash
- 1-2 smaller Potatoes
- 1 medium to large Tomato (I used a beefsteak tomato)
- Dried Thyme
- Kosher Salt
- Fresh Shredded Parmesan Cheese
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Dice the onion and saute with the garlic in some olive oil until the onions are softened.
- Thinly slice the rest of the vegetables.
- Spray the inside of a square or round baking dish with some non-stick spray (Or the culinary AquaNet as Guy Fieri calls it). I used an 8″x6″ glass Pyrex dish. Spread the softened onions and garlic in the bottom of the dish. Stack up your veggies vertically, alternating veggies. Sprinkle generously with salt, pepper and thyme.
- Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle with the parmesan cheese and place it back in the oven for an additional 15 minutes or until your cheese is a golden brown.
I got this recipe from a friend. His wife used to make it for us when we would have company potlucks all the time and it was always a hit. Recently we had a little potluck at my current job and I had to fight to get any of it! Everyone has at least tried the ham/cream cheese/pickle roll-up at least once in their life…well, this is a billion times better! Try it when you have some people over, I guarantee that you won’t have any leftovers…because even if you have a little left, you’re just going to eat it yourself!
- 1 loaf of French Bread
- 1 pound of ham cut up – I take thinly shaved sliced and chop it with my slap chop, works great!
- 1/3 cup chopped parsley – I use the Italian flat leaf
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill weed
- 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese
- 3/4 cup celery
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
- 2 tablespoons chopped onion
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- dill pickles
- Cut bread lengthwise and scoop out the center.
- Spread a thin layer of mayo on the bread and set aside.
- Mix ingredients together and spread on both sides of the bread.
- Line pickles on the bottom half of the bread and close. (I chopped up the pickles and put a full layer of chopped up pickles on the bottom half of the bread before I closed it).
- Wrap in foil and refrigerate overnight.
Ok Ok, I know what you’re thinking…green olives??? Well, the answer is YES! Green olives! This casserole has some very unique flavors but somehow it all works. Between the celery and green olives and the turkey meatballs, it just keeps you coming back for more.
- 2 cups uncooked rotini pasta
- 1/2 pound pre-cooked meatballs, thawed — you can always make your own instead
- 1/2 cup fat free sour cream
- 1 can cream of celery soup
- 3/4 – 1 cup pimiento-stuffed green olives, sliced
- 3 tablespoons Italian style bread crumbs
- 1 tablesppon butter
- Preheat the over to 350°. Spray a 2 quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
- Cook pasta according to package to al dente.
- Meanwhile, mix soup and sour cream in a large bowl. Add pasta, meatballs and olives. Stir gently to combine all ingredients. Transfer to prepared casserole dish.
- Melt the butter and add in the bread crumbs. Stir well and sprinkle evenly over the casserole. Sprinkle lightly with paprika.
- Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes or until casserole is hot and bubbly.
Another great recipe! Delicious meatballs covered in a chunky tomato sauce and warm gooey cheese, served on a crispy bun/roll – YUM! I like using frozen meatballs that I have defrosted for this recipe but you are more than welcome to make your own.
- Meatballs (either frozen or homemade)
- Buns (Hoagie rolls or something similar)
- Sliced Provolone Cheese
- Shredded Mozzarella
- Shredded Parmesan
- Sliced Black Olives (optional)
- Hot Giariniera (optional)
- Sauce (see below)
I use about 1/3 of the giant bag from Sam’s club for my frozen meatballs.
And we found some rolls at the Walmart bakery that looked like this:
- Olive Oil
- 1 onion (yellow or white)
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 3 (14.5oz.) cans of petite diced tomatoes
- 1-2 tablespoon(s) fresh chopped basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Salt & Pepper
In a deep saucepan, heat olive oil (1-2 tablespoons), add onions and cook until onions are transparent. Add garlic and continue cooking for a few more minutes and then add the tomatoes. Cook for 20 minutes over medium low to low heat. Add basil and oregano and continue to cook for another 20 minutes. Puree into a sauce – or mash with a masher if you like chunkier sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add meatballs to sauce.
To assemble: split your buns/rolls in half, lay down 2 slices of provolone cheese and top with meatballs (about 4 or 5 of them) and some sauce. Then top with shredded mozzarella and put them on a baking pan under the broiler until the cheese melts and the bun starts to turn golden brown. Top with parmesan cheese, black olives and giardiniera and enjoy!
Every time I go to Carrabba’s I’ve gotten the Tag Pic Pac since the first time I tried it. It has so much flavor and I’ve always thought that it had to be easy to make this at home. Well, Carrabba’s has posted the recipe on their website and I am so excited to try it!!!!
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes in juice
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pound fresh tagliarini or fettuccine
- To make the sauce, heat the oil and garlic together in a small skillet over medium-low heat just so the garlic is softened and the oil is very warm, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand to infuse the oil, about 30 minutes.
- Pour the tomatoes and their juices into a bowl. Squeeze the tomatoes through your fingers until they are coarsely crushed. Stir in the garlic in its oil and the basil. Season with salt and pepper. Let stand for 1 to 2 hours for the flavors to marry.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add salt to taste. Add the Tagliarini and stir well to separate the strands. Cook according to the manufacturer’s directions until al dente. Drain well.
- Return the tagliarini to its cooking pot. Add the sauce and mix well. Cover and let stand for 1 minute. Divide among 4 serving bowls and serve hot.
I was at my parents house over the weekend and we decided to make kielbasa and kraut…YUM! So my mom had some homemade kielbasa that she laid over a bed of sauerkraut and chopped onions into a roasting pan. She added a few pats of butter, covered and put into a 350 degree oven for an hour and a half. During that time we make the Polish Horseradish that I’ve posted about before. Recipe here. We were so excited to have the relish for the kielbasa! My mom looked at me and asked what we should have with it. We both said rice, which is a household staple, but that just didn’t seem right. So I remembered a trip to Mader’s with Kevin and him mom, stepdad and uncle – and how I was in love with the spaetzle. So I said, “Let’s make spaetzle!”
Neither of us knew how to do this though. So we dug around and found some recipes and tried one out for ourselves. So here is the recipe that we tried and we made our own little revisions. Ours turned out a bit thin but it was pretty awesome for our first try. Also some photos of this amazing lunch that we shared!
- 2 cups flour
- ½ cup milk
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg
- 2 or 3 pinches of ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 3 tablespoons butter
- garlic salt to taste
- In a large stock pot, fill about 2/3 full of water and bring to a rolling boil.
- Mix together the flour, nutmeg, salt, pepper (and garlic salt if desired). Beat eggs well and add eggs and milk to the dry ingredients. Mix until smooth.
- Press the dough through a spaetzle maker if you have one. If not, take a quart or gallon sized Ziploc bag and in one corner, poke 4-5 holes all the way through the bag with a skewer. Make sure you get the holes big enough – should be about 1-1.5 centimeters around. Fill the bag with the dough and squeeze through the holes, a little at a time, into the boiling water.
- Cook about 2-3 minutes and remove from the boiling water and place into a colander and rinse under cold water. Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Sauté the cooked spaetzle in the butter. Sprinkle with the parsley and garlic salt (if desired) and serve!
So I was looking through a recipe book the other night and I stumbled across some Cheesy Hash Brown casseroles. All of the recipes that I found sounded great but there were things that I liked about 1 but not the other, and so I decided to make my own cheesy hash brown casserole recipe and then add some ham. This was an amazing dinner with just this and a broccoli salad as a side. I will definitely be making this again and sharing this recipe – I was literally told by one of our guy friends that if I wasn’t engaged already, he’d propose to me on the spot this was so good. Try it out and see for yourself!
- 1 can Cream of Celery
- 1 can Cream of Chicken
- 16 oz. sour cream
- 3 cups cubed ham
- 2 lbs. shredded hash browns (thawed)
- 4 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 4 cups Corn Flakes
- 1/2 cup butter
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 9×13 pan.
- Mix the soups with the sour cream and seasonings. Add onion, cheese and ham, mix well. Stir in thawed hash browns until fully coated with the mixture. Pour into pan.
- Melt butter and mix in crushed Corn Flakes. Spread evenly over the top of the hash browns.
- Put into 350° oven for 1 hour or until mixture is warm and bubbly.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes