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11th-Mar-2008 09:46 pm - Sausage Cornbread Muffins
Fandom - ST - CP - big smile baby
8 oz sausage patties
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1/3 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
2 Tbs butter, melted
1 cup frozen corn kernals, thawed
3/4 cup shredded Pepperjack cheese

Preheat oven to 400. Line 12 muffin cups with liners. cook sausage and drain well. I suggest maybe using a maple sausage. Cool the sausage. Combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in one bowl. Combine the buttermilk, egg and melted butter in a separate bowl. Slowly combine the mixture until just blended. Fold in corn, cheese and sausage. Divide among muffin cups and bake 18-20 mins.

This needed something. Syrup, maybe. Or a vegetable of somekind. The muffins were very dry... maybe I should have just added a stick of butter and called it a Paula Deen recipe.

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Shepherd's Pie
1 Tbs olive oil
2 medium carrots, chopped
1 cup pearl onions (frozen is fine, but, I highly suggest that you at least cut the onions in half)
2 cloves garlic
1 1/4 lbs ground beef
1 Tbs flour
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
28 oz can diced tomatoes

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add carrots, onions and garlic. Cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the vegetables from the pan and set aside.

Add the beef and brown, about 5 minutes. Add flour and spices. Stir to coat the beef. Return the veggies to the pan and stir in the tomatoes. Bring to a simmer and cook until beef is cooked through.

Top with Cheddar Spiked potatoes in a casserole dish. Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes

Cheddar Spiked Potatoes
2 medium potatoes, peeled and in chunks
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
salt and pepper

Place the peeled, chunked potatoes in a large saucepan and pour enough water over them to cover. Set pan over high heat and bring to a boil. Cook until potatoes are fork tender. Drain and return to the pan. Add the cheese, sour cream and spices. Mash until smooth. Spread over Shepherd's Pie.

6th-Mar-2008 10:44 pm - Chicken Bacon Rolls
Fandom - ST - CP - big smile baby
4 chicken cutlets
salt and pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dry basil
8 thin slices of ham
4 slices provalone cheese
8 slices bacon

Preheat the oven to 375. Place each cutlet on a piece of aluminum foil about 5x6 inches. Sprinkle each cutlet with salt, pepper and garlic. (I bypassed that and used garlic salt).

Layer a slice of cheese and 2 slices of ham on each cutlet. Starting at the narrowest end, roll up the cutlet tightly. Gently wrap 2 slices of bacon around each cutlet. Fold up the aluminum foil around each roll tightly.
Place in a baking dish and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and gently open up the foil wrappings to expose the bacon. Increase the oven temp to 400 and cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes until lightly browned. I suggest putting the rolls on a rack when they've cooked for about 25 mins because the bacon on the bottom of the roll was not as done as it could have been.

I served it with the warm potato salad I've made in the past. It was very good.

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Cupcakes:
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cups sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 ripe bananas, mashed
1 banana for garnish
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Honey Cinnamon Frosting

Preheat oven to 350. Line 12 cups with muffin liners. Whisk together dry ingredients in one bowl. In another bowl, mix butter, bananas, eggs & vanilla. Divide equally between muffin cups. I threw in about a cup of frozen raspberries and a cup of chocolate chips into the batter before I did. This made them even more excellent.

Bake 25-30 minutes. Cool completely. Frost with Honey Cinnamon Frosting and slices of banana.

Honey Cinnamon Frosting
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 Tbs honey
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

Mix together with electric mixer 4 to 5 minutes. Use it to frost the cupcakes.

These were tasty enough to not even use frosting!!

5th-Mar-2008 12:25 am - Banana Raspberry Bread
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THIS WAS SO GOOD OMG. I wanted to eat it all right now.

Cooking Spray
2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 large overripe bananas
1/4 cup milk
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In a large bowl, peel and mash the bananas until mushy. Add the milk, egg and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture until just blended. Fold in the raspberries and chocolate chips. Do not over mix and turn the batter pink. Pour into the prepared pan and bake until a knife or toothpick comes out clean (excepting for chocolate chips) - about an hour. Let coool in the pan and let cool completely before slicing.

5th-Mar-2008 12:04 am - Savory Pasta Toss
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1/2 cup butter (Did I mention this was a Paula Deen recipe)
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, in 1/2 inch pieces
1 red bell pepper, diced
8 oz sliced fresh mushrooms
10.75 oz can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup milk
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup white wine
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 lb Gemelli pasta, cooked and drained.

Cook the Gemelli pasta according to the package directions, in a large pot of salted water.

In a large saute pan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Okay, for the record, I used about 3 Tbs of olive oil instead of the half a cup of butter and it was fine. Probably better. Add chicken, peppers and mushrooms. Cook for 8-10 minuts until chicken is cooked through. Stir in soup, milk, peas, cheese, lemon juice, wine and seasonings. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add pasta, tossing to coat.

This was very simple and very tasty.

5th-Mar-2008 12:02 am - Fake Chicken Parmesan
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I just threw this together and it turned out pretty good!

1 yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 lb boneless chicken breast, cut into small pieces
8 oz sliced mushrooms
1 jar/can tomato sauce (I used the four cheese)
1 lb pasta (I used linguine)
1 cup Parmesan cheese.

Put up a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. Salt the water when it boils and then add the pasta and cook according to the directions on the box. Saute the onion and garlic and then add the chicken. Cook until the chicken is brown and cooked through. Saute the mushrooms in another pan and then add them and the jar of sauce to the big saute pan. Let cook through and then add the pasta and mix in the cheese.

4th-Mar-2008 11:15 pm - Stuffed Red Peppers with Quinoa
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This was SO GOOD
made 2-21

4 red bell peppers
1 Tbs olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp ground coriander
coarse salt and pepper
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1/3 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1 cup grated aged provalone

Preheat the oven to 450 with a rack in the upper third of the oven. Slice a very thin layer from the base of the pepper so it sits upright. Slice off the top, just below the stem and remove the ribs and seeds from the top and the bottom. Repeat with the remaining pepers. Discard stems, chop the tops and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add onion, garlic, coriander and chopped tops; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion has softened, 4 to 5 mins.

Add quinoa, and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add 1 cup water, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until water has been absorbed and quinoa is tender, 11 to 13 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in walnuts, 3/4 cup provolone. Season with salt and pepper.

Dividing evenly, stuff peppers with quinoa mixture; place in a 2 quart baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake until peppers are tender, about an hour. Uncover and top with remaining cheese. Bake until the cheese melts, about 10 minutes.

I had to buy the quinoa at Whole Foods. It's a grain kind of like rice? Its very tasty though.

4th-Mar-2008 11:03 pm - Zuppa Toscana
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made 2-20
This is the same soup they serve at Olive Garden. I LOVE it.

1 lb hot Italian Sausage
1 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 large diced white onion
4 Tbs bacon pieces (I always use more. a lot more.)
2 tsp garlic puree
10 cups water
5 boullion cubes
(or 10 cups of chicken stock)
1 cup heavy cream
1 lb sliced potatoes
1/4 of a bunch of kale or spinach

Saute sausage and red pepper flakes in a large stock pot. Drain excess fat and refrigerate while you prepare the other ingredients.

In the same pan, saute the bacon, onion and garlic for approximately 15 minutes, or until the onions are soft.
Mix together chicken boullion and water and then add it to the onion mixture. Cook until boiling.
Add the potatoes and cook until soft. About 1/2 hour.
Add heavy cream and cook until heated. Stir the sausage back in and then add the kale or spinach just before serving.

17th-Feb-2008 11:21 pm - Brown Sugar Glazed Pineapple
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12 pineapple rings
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 Tsp hot water
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Preheat the oven to 375. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Arrange the pineapple slices on the sheet. In a small bowl, whisk together the water and brown sugar until the sugar dissolves. Brush the mixture on top of the rings and then sprinkle the coconut over the top. Bake until the coconut is golden brown and the pineapple is tender. About 10-15 minutes.

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