Category: Cooking for fun!


This will be the easiest recipe I have ever posted!! Just TWO ingredients!! Yes, you read that right..TWO!! Nestles Toll House Cookie tub and either 1 lb of bacon that YOU cook, or 2 c of Kirkland Bacon Crumbles from Costco…for me, I mixed BOTH!!

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
  2. cook Bacon until nice and crispy, for me that is 20-24 mins (and I ALWAYS START WITH A COOL OVEN)
  3. Drain bacon and then chop finely OR use your bacon crumbles…your choice.
  4. Put in little bowl and take a TBL of cookie dough and “roll” it in the bacon and then put on cookie sheet. Fill the sheet and put in oven for 12-15 mins depending on how you like your cookies! I like mine “crispy”!!
  5. Take out and cool and then VOILA…

Could this be any easier?? No measuring, no fuss, and little mess!!  It may sound like a weird combination, but it IS DEEDEEDEELICIOUS!!!! You have to try it!!!

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Spaghetti Squash Lasagna


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 pound of spicy Italian sausage or mild sausage depending on your preference.
  • 2 cups of a marinara sauce in jar.
  • 1/2 cup of Ricotta cheese
  • One cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh basil
  • Salt-and-pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS: preheat oven to 400° and put 1 cup of water on bottom of 9 x 13 pan

  1. 1 spaghetti squash, cut in half and put in a preheated oven at 400° for 40 to 45 minutes upside down in pan with one cup of water covering the bottom.
  2. While that is cooking take 1 pound of spicy Italian sausage and sauté in a pan until cooked and then add 2 cups of a bottled marinara sauce. Mix together adding Italian seasoning to taste and put aside.
  3. In a bowl mix 1/2 cup of Riccota cheese with 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese. Add seasoning of salt-and-pepper,  fresh basil and put aside

  • Once this squash has cooled fluff the filling with a fork, and it will look like spaghetti.
  • Next, take your tomato mixture with the sausage and put on top of the fluffed squash. Then, Add the Ricota cheese and mozzarella cheese mixture.
  • Repeat with the tomato sauce and sausage then the Ricotta cheese and mozzarella as a second layer.
  • Top this with one more layer of the tomato sauce and then add mozzarella cheese on top along with fresh basil.
  • Put in the preheated oven for 20 minutes and when it is bubbling turn the oven to the broiler and melt the cheese until it is brown. Make sure you do not burn it.
  • Take it out of the oven let it cool for five minutes cut them in half and enjoy!!
  • Thank you “celiac in the city” website for this delicious recipe!!!

This recipe was all over Facebook and so I thought I would try it…it was great. I have now tried it 3 mores times and have “honed” it…so, after working up an appetite, while fighting the crowds and waiting in line at the opening of Tucson’s Container Store, I came home and had my “photographer & taste tester” , Tonya Schweigert, help me and here are the results!! PLEASE read the recipe, and then read it again. Go gather everything, shred the cheese, have the sauce ready, and get all your fixin’s….AND USE A 10 INCH PAN WITH A CURVED SIDE, NOT A STRAIGHT UP ONE…makes it easier to get it out!!! 

                               

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INGREDIENTS:  (this fed 6 of us very well)

  • 2 boneless chicken breast cut into 1′ bite size pieces
  • 1 lb bacon with each slice cut into 3 pieces
  • 2 TBS Sriracha Chili Sauce (if you don’t have it, GET IT…one of my favorite condiments!!)
  • 2 TBS lime juice
  • 1/2 cup of canola oil.
  • 1/2 or more of brown sugar on a plate or bowl to roll your chix/bacon wrap

PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 degrees

Spray Pam or whatever you prefer on a large baking pan

Whisk the Sriracha, lime juice & canola oil in bowl and then put n gallon size zip bag.

Chicken breast cut into 1" pieces and marinated in 2TBS Sriracha, 2 TBS lime juice & 1/2 c canola oil.  Whisk those 3 ingredients, then pour into a gallon zip lock bag and add the chicken pieces and put in fridge for 30" to an hour.

Chicken breast cut into 1″ pieces and marinated in 2TBS Sriracha, 2 TBS lime juice & 1/2 c canola oil. Whisk those 3 ingredients, then pour into a gallon zip lock bag and add the chicken pieces and put in fridge for 30″ to an hour.

Take the bacon and cut each slice into 3.  Then take a piece of the chicken, roll it up and then use the toothpick to keep it together. Now, take the Sriracha sauce and brush some on that and then roll in the brown sugar.  The sauce helps the brown sugar stick AND gives it a little more kick  Place on a greased baking pan and put into a preheated 350 degree oven and cook for 25-30 mins.  Put it in the middle of the oven.  If you want to add some "crisp" you can turn on the broiler, but keep the oven door, ajar..and DON'T go to far..you would hate to burn these delicious masterpieces!

Take the bacon and cut each slice into 3. Then take a piece of the chicken, roll it up and then use the toothpick to keep it together. Now, take the Sriracha sauce and brush some on that and then roll in the brown sugar. The sauce helps the brown sugar stick AND gives it a little more kick Place on a greased baking pan and put into a preheated 350 degree oven and cook for 25-30 mins. Put it in the middle of the oven. If you want to add some “crisp” you can turn on the broiler, but keep the oven door, ajar..and DON’T go to far..you would hate to burn these delicious masterpieces!

Then find a really pretty serving dish and watch them vanish in a Nano-Second!!!

Then find a really pretty serving dish and watch them vanish in a Nano-Second!!!

Left over grape tomatoes, garlic, onion, EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), some turkey bacon and capers (all on hand) made a great sauce to top some angel hair pasta for an easy pasta dinner!! EASY!!!!

Left over grape tomatoes, garlic, onion, EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), some turkey bacon and capers (all on hand) made a great sauce to top some angel hair pasta for an easy pasta dinner!! EASY!!!!

Ingredients

4 cups grape tomatoes, halved
1 shallot, sliced thinly or yellow onion…whatever is on hand
2 TBS minced garlic…from the jar is just perfect!
3 Slices Turkey BAcon (optional)
2 sprigs of basil, sliced into ribbons
2 TBS Capers (optional)
1/4-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste
8oz cooked pasta such as angel hair or spaghetti

Instructions

Put olive oil into a hot pan on medium-high heat
Add in the garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, be careful not to burn
Add in the shallots or onion and sauté for 1-2 minutes
Saute garlic in EVOO

Saute garlic in EVOO

Add in the tomato halves and sauté a few minutes until soften and juices start flowing
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Add in half of the basil and stir, cook a few minutes to let the sauce thicken up a little bit
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Add in half of the cheese and stir, cooking a few more minutes to combine
Add the cooked pasta into the pan and toss to mix
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Top with Parmesan Cheese & more Basil and Voila!!

Left over grape tomatoes, garlic, onion, EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), some turkey bacon and capers (all on hand) made a great sauce to top some angel hair pasta for an easy pasta dinner!! EASY!!!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 tomatillas
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 garlic clove, whole
  • 1/4 c chopped onion
  • salt
  • 1/2 c water
  • ***sugar if it is too hot for you****

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Get a blender or food processor and put aside
6 Tomatilla & 1 Jalapeno into pot of water.  Cook for 20 minutes of until Tomatillas have lightened in color.

Put 6 Tomatilla & 1 Jalapeno into pot of water. Cook for 20 minutes of until Tomatillas have lightened in color.

Once cooked, put the Tomatillas in blender or food processor with the garlic clove, 1/4 cup chopped onion, 1/4 c of water, salt and blend it up in the blender.

Once cooked, put the Tomatillas in blender or food processor with the garlic clove, 1/4 cup chopped onion, 1/4 c of water, salt and blend it up in the blender.

Once done, taste it.  If it is too hot add some sugar to it and blend again.  Then put into bowl and enjoy!!!

Once done, taste it. If it is too hot add some sugar to it and blend again. Then put into bowl and enjoy!!!

Now seriously, FOLKS….how simple is that???????

Ceviche a la Lupita

Feeds 8 easily

Finished

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 mahi-mahi filet, thinly sliced then diced or similar mild fish
  • ½ lb med shrimp, deveined
  • 1 med pot with water, bring to boil
  • 10 key limes
  • 2 Roma tomatoes seeded & diced
  • ½ med onion, diced small
  • 1 bottle ketchup
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Take diced mahi-mahi and put in bowl. Squeeze 7 of the 10 limes into the bowl and marinade, turning frequently for at least 10 mins.
  2. Take the shrimp and put into billing water for 2-3 mins then remove and dice, put into bowl with Mahi and stir and let sit for 5 mins.
  3. Take the diced tomato & diced onion and toss in bowl. Then add the chopped cilantro.
  4. Now, take the Mahi & Shrimp mixture and by the handful, take it out and “squeeze” the marinade out of it and then put into tomato mixture
  5. Once that is done, add the bottle of ketchup & then rinse out bottle with 1 cup of OJ and put into mixture, with oregano, S & P and then squeeze the last three limes and the diced avocado Stir it up and taste it.
  6. For those who want a little more “kick”, add some picante or hot sauce and then cover with saran wrap and put in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours and then VOILA!!!

Serve on a bed of lettuce, or in a cup with crackers…whatever you like!! Best part….it’s even better the 2nd day!  ENJOY!!!

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Take diced shrimp and put into boiling water for 2-3 mins, drain and add to Mahi Mixture

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Mixed tomatoes & onion

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Add Cilantro

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Squeeze excess marinade from fish mixture and add to tomato mixture

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Add 1 bottle of ketchup to mixture

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Add 1 cup of OJ to Ketchup bottle then pour into mixture

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Add your last 3 limes

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Add Avocado and then season with Oregano, S & P

Finished

Put it in fridge and in 2-3 hours top it with sprigs of Cilantro and then ENJOY!!

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Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for dish
  • 6 slices good white bread, crusts removed, torn into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 c grated parmesan
  • 5  cups milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1  teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (do taste and add more if you like)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 4  cups grated sharp white cheddar cheese (about 18 ounces)
  • 2 1/2 cups grated Gruyère cheese (about 10 ounces) or 1 1/4 cups grated Pecorino Romano cheese (about 5 ounces) ( I use BOTH!!!)
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni

Directions

  1. Fill a large saucepan with water; bring to a boil. Add macaroni; cook 4-5  minutes, until the outside of pasta is cooked and the inside is underdone. (Different brands of macaroni cook at different rates; be sure to read the instructions.) Transfer macaroni to a colander, rinse under cold running water, and put aside
  2. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 3-quart casserole dish; set aside. Place bread in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Pour butter into bowl with bread, Parmesan cheese and toss. Set breadcrumbs aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, heat milk. Melt remaining 6 tablespoons butter in a high-sided skillet over medium heat. When butter bubbles, add flour. Cook, whisking, 1 minute.
  4. While whisking, slowly pour in hot milk. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and becomes thick.
  5. Remove pan from heat. Stir in salt, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne pepper, 4 cups cheddar cheese, and 2 1/2 cups Gruyère or 1 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano; set cheese sauce aside.
  6. Stir macaroni into the reserved cheese sauce and stir, tasting and adding spices as needed
  7. Pour mixture into prepared dish. Put prepared breadcrumbs over top. Bake at 375 covered for 20 mins and then uncovered until browned on top, about 30 minutes TOTAL.  Transfer dish to a wire rack to cool 5 minutes; serve hot.

Cook’s Note

You can divide this recipe in half; use a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish.

***Thank you Martha Stewart for guidance in this recipe!!****

******I added diced ham, asparagus and 2 roma tomatoes seeded and diced**** Add whatever!!!

Breakfast Frittata

Breakfast Frittata

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 c liquid egg whites & 1 whole egg or 4 eggs but only 1 with the yolk
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 4-5 sliced mushrooms
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 3 stalks of leftover asparagus
  • 1 tomato seeded and chopped
  • 3-4 slices ham, chopped
  • 1 TBS green chilies from a can
  • 1/4 c shredded cheese from the package
  • 1/4 c cilantro
  • 2 TBS oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat “Broiler” of oven
  2. Saute vegies, ham, green chilies and anything else you want to put into it in 2 TBS of oil & garlic  in a non-stick pan that can go into the oven.  
  3. Whip the eggs with a fork and season with S & P, cumin, mexican flavorings….whatever you have on hand
  4. pour on top of the vegies and let it cook on med heat until the sides have hardened.  **now, slip a spatula underneath and tilt the pan, allowing the waterey egg to go underneath the spatula, so that it will cook.  Do this at different places in your pan…as you would do with an omelet.
  5. When the egg mixture is hardened with minimal loose egg on top, take off the stove & put the 1/4 cup cheese on top topped with cilantro and put under the broiler for 5-7 mins…or until golden brown
  6. When done, take out and let it set, then put on a cutting board and use a pizza cutter to cut into quarters.
  7. Top with salsa…or even sour cream!! it’s your frittata, go at it!!