Saturday, April 24, 2010

Italian Sausage Pasta Bake

Hot Italian sausage links, cut into bite sized pieces and sauteed
Jarred roasted red peppers, draied
Canned marinated artichokes, drained
Ziti, boiled
Favorite jarred pasta sauce
Italian cheese blend, shredded

Hot Italian sausage being cooked with some roasted red pepper

Everything but the cheese stirred together and dumped into a glass baking dish, then topped with the cheese.
Bake until bubbly and cheese is melted
Serve with some garlic bread

Leftover PB Frosting?

So you know how last weekend I made brownies with PB frosting? I had leftover frosting. I just put it in tupperware and stuck it in the fridge. Anthony and I decided we should dip some graham crackers into it, but then we went a little further turning it more into a candy.

Here is the leftover frosting

Here are the graham crackers covered with the PB frosting

Here are the graham crackers after a dip into melted chocolate bark and topped with a peanut halve

Giada's Lemon Ricotta Cookies

I admit to buying ricotta for some fabulous Italian pasta meal and then never getting around to making it. So I had a 15 ounce container sitting in my fridge and I decided to buy two lemons to make these cookies. =)

Giada from the Food Network's cookies

I followed the recipe exactly until it came to the glaze. My glaze was very thick so I added a little lemon lime soda to thin it out.

The cookies are very cake like and the glaze absolutely makes them awesome
I did not use parchment paper, I just used my regular cookie sheet, no cooking spray or anything needed

In order to not make a giant mess with the glaze I put wax paper on a jelly roll pan, then put my cooling rack on top of that. The glaze dripped down onto the wax paper and the mess was easy to clean up and toss in the trash

Oven "Fried" Chicken

Yogurt and breadcrumb coated chicken that is baked in the oven.
I bought 5 chicken drumsticks on sale for $3 and I wanted something like fried chicken

I used this recipe but changed the seasonings a little bit

I used garlic salt, black pepper, onion powder, and cayenne.
I wish I had tossed a little hot sauce into the yogurt too
I will definitley be trying this again and playing around with the spices. I want some hotter chicken!

No Mayo Potato Salad

Red potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces and boiled
Fresh chopped dill
Chopped onion
equal parts olive oil and red wine vinegar

Peanut Butter Frosted Brownies

Last weekend I made a box mix of brownies that had chocolate chunks in it and I decided it needed some doctoring. I made a batch of peanut butter frosting to go on top of them and kept the brownies in the fridge.

I used this frosting recipe and had leftover.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Fajita Night

I bought a flank steak at Whole Foods and I bought their Santa Fe marinade.
I bought the largest green pepper I've ever seen and an onion
Spanish rice in a bag
Yuca chips
Maggies Fire Pico Salsa from Whole Foods rocks my world
Two cans of black beans
Big burrito sized flour tortillas
and we had a feast last night!

My husband had invited someone to dinner so there aren't photos. I feel weird about taking food photos when "new" friends are over

I just wanted to share my RAVE REVIEW of the salsa I bought at Whole Foods

I also made this simple Rachael Ray black beans recipe

Rachael Ray Black Beans

Black Beans:

* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
* minced garlic
* diced jalapeno
* half an onion, chopped
* 2, 15 ounce cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
* 1 teaspoon ground cumin
* Salt and pepper

Sautee the onion, garlic, and jalapeno in the oil
Then add the black beans and seasonings
Heat through and serve

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bridal Shower Food

A whole lot of salad going on :) and I didn't take pictures of potato salad and a greens salad with strawberries and sugared pecans.

The floral centerpieces were done by Safeway

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Baby Shower Cookies

One of my friends recently had a baby. Our parents have been friends for over 30 years and my mom offered to host the baby shower. I helped my mom by bringing fruit salad and decorated sugar cookies.

The sugar cookies are totally copied from Katie at Good Things Catered and they took me three hours for about 30 cookies and they aren't as detailed as hers. I would never ever make these for someone I didn't just LOVE.

Cookies outlined in blue

Cookies filled in with white

Lasagna Roll Ups

I had only a few lasagna noodles and I had leftover grilled chicken so I decided to use this recipe's filling and make lasagna roll ups instead of a lasagna.

Instead of mushrooms I used some frozen spinach which I thawed in the microwave and strained the water.

Steak and Potatoes

I know I haven't posted in a while. I have some updates coming. For now, here is basic steak, mashed potatoes, and a little sauteed spinach for viewing