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Bacon Cheeseburger Dip January 10, 2014

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We loved the Cheeseburger soup, (and you did too!) so I decided to go one step further and make a dip out of it. I found a recipe on Pinterest and I changed it up a little bit, once again, to make a delicious version we all loved. We couldn’t stop eating it! We were making the dip and Nachos, and we got filled up on the dip before we even got the Nachos in the oven! We think this dip is perfect for Sunday’s watching football and a perfect appetizer for parties!

Bacon Cheeseburger Dip

Ingredients:

1 1/2LB Ground Beef

1 1/2 Onion, Diced

2LB Velveeta Cheese, Cubed

6OZ Cream Cheese

1LB Bacon

1 Can Diced Tomatoes, Drained

1 Can Rotel with Green Chiles, Drained

1/2 Cup Milk

 

Directions:

Cook beef and onions in large pot.

Add velveeta, cream cheese, and milk and cook until cheese is melted.

Add tomatoes and rotel.

Add cooked and chopped bacon.

That’s it! Very simple, quick, and delicious!

Enjoy!

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Strawberries, Raspberries, and Cream January 8, 2014

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Yummy! Its been years since I indulged myself in the deliciousness of strawberries and raspberries in cream and sugar…we used to eat this all the time when a were little. I forgot how much I loved it!

 

Chicken Parmesan December 30, 2013

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Chicken Parm is a super simple and really delicious meal. If you’ve already made your sauce, you’re halfway there! Many times I have a ton of sauce left over and I always freeze it. Then I can keep it for long periods of time and not over-sauce my husband. He’s not a huge fan of pasta so I have to figure out ways to switch it up and pace myself because I could totally eat sauce and pasta every day. This week, I chose to make chicken parm with my leftover sauce. I have never made it for my husband so I knew he would love it and enjoy not having the same old thing. My best friend was more than willing to join us for this dinner, thankfully she shares my love of food, unlike my husband, so we can bond over calories. She’s great because she always helps me cook and clean and it’s definitely always nice to have some company in the kitchen. Back to the chicken, I also enjoy having Veal Parmesan, which can be easily switched out in this recipe. There are very few steps and regardless which way you go the end result is fantastic. Good luck!

Ingredients:

1 LB Chicken Breasts, or as much or little as you need for your family

Homemade Sauce

Mozzarella Cheese

Eggs

Bread Crumbs

Salt and Pepper

Directions:

Clean fat from chicken breasts.

Dip chicken breasts in egg seasoned with salt and pepper and then bread crumbs.

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Fry in a saute pan in oil until golden and cooked through.

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Place in sheet pan and cover with sauce.

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Sprinkle with cheese and bake at 400° until cheese is melted and browned.

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I served with angel hair on the side.

That’s it!

 

Homemade Meat Sauce

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I grew up in an Italian family who owned a restaurant and the staple of most of our dinners was tomato sauce. I think I have had store bought sauce once in my life as a guest in someone’s home. Honestly, I wouldn’t be shocked if there was meat sauce running through my veins instead of blood. The first time I ever made sauce, I didn’t glance at a recipe or even ask anybody how to do it. I made it just like I watched my grandmother, grandfather, and mother make for years. I hope everybody takes the extra few steps to make homemade sauce for meals instead of store bought sauce, because it really does make a huge difference and it doesn’t take very long. I have to say though, It’s not 100 percent homemade because I do start with canned sauce and add my own flavors and spices. Some people may not consider it homemade, but I do because it’s not straight from a jar. I guess you could call it cheating! I love this sauce, every time my mother or I makes it I always have to grab a bowl of it and eat it like soup! It’s so flavorful and perfect for any type of pasta. Of course you can omit the meats if you want plain sauce and many people enjoy peppers or other types of meat in their sauce. This is how my family loves it, but feel free to spice it up with your own favorite ingredients as well!

 

 Ingredients:

1LB Ground Beef
2-4 Sausage Links, I like to use hot Italian sausage.
2-3 Medium Onions
2 Cans Hunts Tomato Sauce
1 Can Hunts Diced Tomatoes
1/2 Can Tomato Soup
2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
1 Tsp Onion Powder
2 Tbsp Red Pepper, sometimes I use more and sometimes less depending on how hot I feel like having it.
1 Tsp each Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, and Basil

Directions:

Brown beef and sausage with onions in large pot. Add cans of sauce and bring to a slow boil. Add spices once boiling, cover and let simmer for about an hour. You can add anything you want and any spices you like.

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How To Properly Roast Garlic November 19, 2013

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It’s really, VERY simple! I’ve seen that a lot of people asking how to roast garlic the correct way and I see that many people, including myself at first, are completely intimidated by it. I’m not sure why, but when you first try roasted garlic I guess it just seems a lot more complicated than it is. I always thought there was some sort of secret technique involved to get the cloves perfectly cooked and tasting perfect. There is absolutely no special or fancy techniques at all.

All you have to do is place however many heads of garlic in an oven safe dish with the tops cut of to a flat surface. I usually cut them just below the point, however my mother cuts them a little lower to ensure easy access to each clove. This is entirely up to you. Next, drizzle oil all over the tops and around in the dish so that it goes down inside and slicks the bottom. I probably use about 1-2 TBSP of oil. Most of the time I use vegetable because that’s what I have closest to the stove, however olive oil works just as well and is better for you. It really doesn’t make a difference. Sprinkle with salt and pepper generously. Add about 1 TBSP of water to the dish for steaming, cover with tinfoil, and bake at 350° for 30 minutes.

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Take them out, check the cloves with a fork or knife to see if they are soft, almost mushy, right into the middle. I usually check the fattest ones and the innermost cloves. They are rarely fully cooked at this point, however it does happen depending on the amount of heads and size of the cloves. If not, you will probably need to add another TBSP or so of water, cover, and return to the oven for another 10-20 minutes.

That’s it! Very easy, very delicious, and very worth it.

 

Mom’s Lasagna

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This recipe is simple and delicious. My mom passed it on to me and she got it from her mom and so on. The best part about Lasagna is that you can add whatever you like whether it’s pepperoni, sliced sausage, hamburg, spinach, or anything you want at all. The homemade sauce is the best part, however some people just don’t care to make it themselves. I assure you, it really makes the flavor uniquely better. I’ll be sure to add the recipe for the sauce as soon as possible, it’s really very easy and I always have plenty to freeze for later. In this particular Lasagna I added sliced sausages in the middle and pepperoni on the top. Sometimes I switch it up and add different things, but this is by far my favorite way!

Ingredients:

Tomato Sauce ( I use meat sauce, this is entirely up to you)

2 Boxes Lasagna Noodles

2 LBS Ricotta Cheese

2 Eggs

1/2 C Parmesan Cheese

1 TSP Parsley

1 TSP Garlic Powder

1 LB Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Salt and Pepper

Ingredients:

Mix ricotta, eggs, Parmesan, parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and 1/3 of mozzarella in large bowl. Spoon sauce into lasagna pan and begin layers. Layers are as follows:

Sauce

Noodles

Ricotta

Sprinkle Mozzarella (sometimes I mix it with shredded cheddar as well)

Noodles

Sauce

-This is the layer you can add anything under the sun. Once I spread the sauce I layer the sliced sausages, my mom likes to put spinach and sometimes meatbals or other types of meat.

Sprinkle Cheese

Noodles

Ricotta

Noodles

Sauce

-Here I top it with pepperoni

Sprinkle cheese

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It seems difficult to remember, but think about it as a sandwich. Each layer is divided by noodles and the ricotta is like the bread with sauce in the middle.

Now that you’ve assembled the layers, you will want to gently cover it with foil and bake at 350° for 30 minutes, then remove foil and continue baking for an additional 15 minutes. I’ve made this before to bring to work and sometimes I will bake it for the 30 minutes and stick it in the fridge over night, then I’ll do the uncovered 15 minutes the next day so it’s hot, but not overcooked. When I do it this way I have to do it for around 20-25 minutes the next day where it’s starting out cold rather than hot from baking the first time.

I like to let it sit for a few minutes before cutting so it can set. It makes it a little easier to work with.

Enjoy!

 

Italian Garlic Pasta November 18, 2013

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As an Italian, anything with garlic tastes good to me. My family has always made these HUGE fantastic meals full of garlic and tomato sauce and by the end of the 17 delicious courses you feel like you are going to bust. Now, as an adult who married someone that doesn’t really like pasta and doesn’t really care for tomato sauce, I’m wishing it was socially acceptable to force feed my husband. With all these delicious Italian recipes passed down through the years I’ve been itching to make every single thing I can that includes garlic or sauce…Here is something I know everybody will love. It’s got the delicious roasted garlic butter, which is always a hit, and if there’s any question of how to properly roast the garlic, I will link back to my post on how to do it. It’s very easy if you know what you are doing and totally worth it. Most of the ingredients in this are really to your own taste as to how much you add. I never measure, so the ingredients are approximate and you will need to adjust to your liking. I personally like a strong garlic taste and a little less Parmesan, however the original recipe was the opposite.

Italian Garlic Pasta

Ingredients:

1 box Elbow Macaroni

1 1/2 – 2 Sticks Butter

1 TBSP Lemon Juice

1/2 C Parmesan Cheese

Several Cloves of Roasted Garlic, I roasted two heads of garlic and and used 5-10 large cloves to get the taste I wanted. This part is entirely up to you as to how garlicy you want the garlic butter, which will be the base for the dish.

Directions:

Roast garlic.

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Cook macaroni until tender.

Mash garlic cloves and softened butter together in large bowl until mixed well.

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Once butter is to the desired taste, add a small amount of salt and pepper, lemon juice to taste, and pasta. Top with Parmesan and mix well. You may add more or less Parmesan to taste.

That’s it! Enjoy!

 

 
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