Saturday, November 15, 2008

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Another Free Style Soup Day

The weather is rainy and damp-although it really is not cold!
For some reason I was desiring soup...soooooooooo I got to cooking!

Well as usual I don't use recipes- I sort of create as I go along.

I started dicing onions and pretty soon I was making a soup very similar to the one I made the other day - you might remember from a previous post.
The only difference is t
hat I used spinach today- I added barley and some tomato paste.
I also added a can of beans and some green beans.
The soup was chock full of goodies and tasted delicious.

Last minute I decided to make some quick bread dough - I thought the soup could use some fresh baked rolls.

It was a hit and everyone was happy- even my son-since I knew he would not dare try my soup I made him a pizza.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Christmas Giveaway 2008
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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Really Easy-Yummy-Stuffed Peppers

I don’t usually measure when I cook.
These are the ingredients I used to make these stuffed peppers …

4 Peppers
Ground Turkey about 8 oz.
Onions 1 diced
Scallions 2 diced
Garlic 2 cloves chopped
Rice about 1 cup
Tomato paste (1 tbsp)
Parmesan cheese about a tbsp
Salt and pepper to taste

Sauté the onions, scallions and garlic
Then add turkey and sauté until meat is no longer pink.

Add 1 tbsp of tomato paste and then about 1 cup of rice
Add some parmesan cheese.
Salt and Pepper
Wash and clean the peppers ( I made enough for 4)
Stuff the peppers with the mixture and then pour
1 cup of tomato puree over the peppers

Cover and cook for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees- until the peppers are tender.
Uncover- sprinkle with shredded cheese- any kind you like- I had cheddar so that’s what I used.

These peppers are so delicious and really easy to make.
They are also really great leftover.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Win Wall-E from 5 minutes for Mom

This is too exciting!!!
Sure to be on most children’s wish lists this holiday season,
Disney Pixar’s box office favorite, WALL•E ,
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

To Die For Chocolate Cake

I had to create dessert tonight before my family revolted!

Last night there was no dessert in the house and they were climbing the walls
-sooooo I deceided to make a simple yellow cake with chocolate icing!

Once the cake was done...I started thinking about Ganache...oh how I love ganache!

The simple little cake would taste so much better with deep dark rich ganache on it. Sooooooo..... I made it.

Of course I had helpers...trying to lick utensils that I might put down!!!!
Begging for a taste ...repeatedly!!!
They were making me nuts.

I finally was able to finish and I have to say it came delish!

They loved it - and if they don't eat it too fast it should keep them happy for a day or two!

Now I have to think of the next treat! Any suggestions?

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Sausage, Swiss Chard and Pasta Soup

It cold, windy and nasty outside and I thought soup was the perfect choice!
This was quick and easy and so comfy!

Sausage, Swiss Chard, and Pasta Soup

6 Italian Seasoned Turkey sausage, chopped
4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, un-drained
4 cups coarsely chopped Swiss Chard
½ cup of ditelini pasta
½ onion diced
3 scallions diced

Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
Sauté onions and scallions.
Add sausage to pan; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add chicken broth and diced tomatoes; bring to a boil over high heat.
Stir in the Swiss chard.
Reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes or until the kale is tender.

Stir in pasta, and cook until tender.

Serve with Crusty Bread.
Yield: 4 servings

Sunday, November 9, 2008


Well that time of year has finally come again...

Baking and freezing for Christmas.

I love making biscotti...and everyone always looks for my biscotti!

There are a few recipes that I make every year-tried and true. There are traditional recipes that I make every year - then there are a few new experimental cookies that I try. Some make it to the annual list and some we never see again!

Kathryn at OVERWHELMED WITH JOY is having her 3rd annual big Holiday Cooking, Blogger Style recipe exchange.

Dig up your holiday recipes and start posting and sharing. Rush right over to Katheryns site and join the fun.Happy Baking!


Festive Nutella Biscotti

This festive chocolate-hazelnut flavored biscotti (thanks to the Nutella) has a very festive look with the green pistachios and the red cranberries. Dee-lish!Makes about 48

4 large eggs, divided

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup Nutella, divided

1 cup green unsalted pistachios, shelled

1/3 cup dried cranberries

2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/4 cup powdered sugar

3 tablespoons boiling water

Pre-heat oven to 350 F.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

In large mixing bowl, beat together 3 eggs, 1 egg yolk (reserve extra white) and 1 cup granulated sugar until well mixed.

Add 3/4 cup Nutella; mix well. Stir in pistachios and dried cranberries.

Gently stir in flour, salt and baking powder.

Divide dough in half and form into two 12 x 2-inch logs on prepared baking sheet.

Brush logs with remaining egg white and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons granulated sugar.

Bake for 25 minutes, rotating baking sheet once after 15 minutes to ensure even baking.

Turn oven down to 300 F.

Remove logs from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.

While warm, cut logs width-wise on slight diagonal to form 1/2-inch-wide strips. Lay on sides on baking sheet. Bake cookies for another 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from baking sheet.

When cool, in a small bowl, whisk together remaining 1/4 cup Nutella, powdered sugar and boiling water until smooth.

Drizzle glaze over cookies with fork or dip one end of each cookie into glaze. Dry at room temperature for at least 1 hour to set the glaze.


For those not interested in the cranberry version I noticed that there is a simple Nutella Biscotti recipe here

on the Baking Bites website.