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Friday, September 25, 2015

Pasta La Vista, Baby - Spinach and Artichoke Casserole



1. Boil 1 frozen chicken breast in water mixed with seasoned salt, until done. Let rest and chop.  (you can add more chicken or omit for a vegetarian dish)
2. Cook 1/2 lb of penne pasta to al dente
3. In a saucepan melt 1Tbsp of butter over medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp of flour and stir until a rue has formed.
4. Add 1 cup milk and 1 tsp salt, stir until the sauce starts to thicken
5. Add 4 oz cream cheese cut into cube and stir until it starts to melt
6. Add 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese and 1 cup of mozzarella or Italian blend cheese and stir until melted. Turn off heat.
7. Add 1/2 cup of sour cream, 2 Tbsp mayonnaise, 2 Tbsp Miracle Whip and stir.
8. Add 1 or more cups of chicken water (or chicken stock or pasta water) and stir
9. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a kick
10. Mix together chicken, artichokes, onions, spinach and sauce
11. In an oblong baking dish, spread out pasta and pour over sauce mixture, and stir
12. Crush 1/2 package of Ritz crackers and sprinkle over casserole, drizzle with 1/2 stick of melted butter.
13. Cover with foil and bake for 15 min, remove foil and bake for another 10-15 min.
Serve and enjoy

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Apple of My Eye - Apple Recipes


Apple Pie Applesauce

1. Wash, peel, core and cut 6 lbs of apples and place them in a heavy bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven.  
2. Add 2 cups of Apple Cider, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ground ginger
3. Boil until soft (about 20-30 min) Stirring to make sure all the apples get cooked.
4. Puree apples in a food processor and put back in the pot.
5. Add 1/2 cup sugar (1/4 cup brown, 1/4 cup white) 1 tsp butter and a pinch of salt, stir .
6. Taste and make adjustments (ex. more sugar, more cider)
Store in refrigerator or can for later.  (See the "I Think I Can, Canning" episode for canning instructions)

Wassail Applesauce 

1. Wash, peel, core and cut 6 lbs of apples and place them in a heavy bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven.
2. Add 2 cups of Orange Juice, 1 can crushed pineapple, pinch of ground cloves, 1 cinnamon stick (or 1 tsp ground cinnamon)
3. Boil until soft (about 20-30 min) Stirring to make sure all the apples get cooked. (Make sure to remove the cinnamon stick)
4. Puree apples in a food processor and put back in the pot.
5. Add 1/2 cup sugar (1/4 cup brown, 1/4 cup white) 1 tsp butter and a pinch of salt, stir .
6. Taste and make adjustments (ex. more sugar, more cider)
Store in refrigerator or can for later.  (See the "I Think I Can, Canning" episode for canning instructions)

Apple Butter

1. Wash, peel, core and cut 6 lbs of apples and place them in a heavy bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven.
2. Add 2 cups apple cider and boil until soft (about 20-30 min) Stirring to make sure all the apples get cooked.
3. Puree apples in a food processor and put back in the pot.
4. Add 2 cups of orange juice, a pinch of allspice, a pinch of cinnamon and stir
5. Cover and Bring back to a boil, cook until the mixture is thick and a dark brown color.  Stir often to prevent burning.  You know it is done when the butter sits on the back of a wooden spoon without running off the sides.
Store in refrigerator or can for later.  (See the "I Think I Can, Canning" episode for canning instructions)

Apple Fritter Donut Holes


1. Cut biscuits into 4ths
2. Deep fry until golden brown 
3. Roll in cinnamon/sugar
4.Chop up 1 tart apple into small pieces and saute in 1 Tbsp butter and 2 Tbsp sugar until soft
5.Pour over the donut holes and toss to coat
Serve hot and enjoy!


Apple Pie

2 pie crusts
6 tart apples (peeled, cored & thinly sliced)
3/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup white, 1/4 cup brown)
1 1/2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Combine sugar, apples, flour and spices in a bowl
  3. Pour into bottom crust
  4. Dot with butter
  5. Add top crust
  6. Bake 40-50 min

Friday, September 4, 2015

Pork-n-Pineapple Tacos



Pork-n-Pineapple
1. Place a pork tenderloin in a slow cooker and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper
2. Add 3 oz tomato paste, 1/2 cup tomato juice, 6 oz pineapple juice, 
1 Tbsp brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cumin, and 1 Tbsp chili powder
3. Add one onion cut into fourths, let cook for 6 hours. 
4. Remove pork and shred with a fork
5. Discard the onion and add pork back to the sauce until serving. 
Pineapple Salsa
 One jalapeno or mini sweet pepper (according to preference) finely chopped
1 slice of onion finely chopped
1 Tbsp cilantro minced
1/2 cup chopped pineapple chunks
Lime juice and salt to taste
Combine and chill until serving


Guacamole 

1. Chop 6 cherry or grape tomatoes, 2 slices of onion, 1-2 Tbsp cilantro and place in a bowl
sprinkle with 2-3 Tbsp lime juice and let soak for an hour or so
2. Mash 2 ripe avocados and add to the vegetables. 
3. Mix and add salt to taste.