Monday, September 15, 2014

Quick weeknight meal - Skillet Baked Ziti

I rarely post these days, because it's too hard to coordinate between my writing computer (laptop pc) and my photo computer (iMac). (I have to admit; there is a downside to having photos on iPhoto.) But I've made a couple of yummy things lately, so I just want to get them on here. This one my 12 year old daughter LOVED!

Skillet Baked Ziti (from Cooks Illustrated)

1 Tbs olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced (I use the microplane, and I only used 3 large ones)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (luckily the girls didn't notice, but I could taste it)
1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
3 cups water
12 ounces ziti (I use my awesome scale, but you could use 3/4 of a 1 lb box)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated parmesan (again, microplane)
1/4 cup minced fresh basil (didn't have this, still delicious)
1 cup shredded mozzarella (not the pre-shredded kind)

Heat the over to 475 degrees. (I was also heating Sister Schubert rolls, so I only heated it to 350.)

Combine oil, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp salt in a 12-inch oven-safe non-stick skillet. Saute over medium-high about 1 minute. Add tomatoes, water, ziti, and another 1/2 tsp salt. 

Cover and cook, stirring often and adjusting heat as needed to maintain a vigorous simmer, until ziti is almost tender, 15-18 minutes. 

Stir in the cream, parmesan, and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (No salt was needed for mine. I always love a few fresh grinds of pepper.) Sprinkle the mozzarella evenly over the ziti and transfer the skillet to the oven to bake about 10 minutes. They like the cheese to be browned, but I know my kids wouldn't like that, so the lower temperature was just fine for us. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Julia Child's Brownies

Oops! Sorry! If you saw this page looking blank earlier, it's because I didn't mean to hit publish. I was making a place holder of all the yummy stuff I've made recently and need to blog about. So, here goes!

This past week I pulled out my Baking with Julia cookbook. Frannie had been bugging me to make croissants because I refused to buy her the Pillsbury version in a can at the grocery. I wanted to see what it takes to make them from scratch. (Dang! A whole lot of time!) But somehow along the way, I looked to see if Julia had a brownie recipe. I sorta thought she might be above that, but I was pleased to see she wasn't.

This recipe was quite a bit unlike other brownie recipes I've made and everyone around here thinks it's to die for!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Cake Pops

Cakes

Here's a selection of some of the fun cakes I've made.




Homemade Cuban Sandwiches with Mojo Sauce

Dagnabit! I made these really awesome Cuban sandwiches, but it was so long ago that I can't remember how I made them. I do remember pork, ham, pickles, mustard, swiss cheese, and a really great mojo sauce. But I don't know how I did it!!!

I was looking for something on my computer and found where I wrote down the mojo recipe!

Half onion
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp Himalayan sea salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp cumin
Zest of one lime
Juice of one lime (about ¼ cup)
Juice of 3 navel oranges (about 1 cup)
Olive oil

I threw it all in my mini cuisinart, drizzling the olive oil in through the holes in the top as it spun.

Pizza Perfected


We've been making pizza quite a bit now since my first post on pizza, so it's time to give the latest and greatest! (I hesitate to say the perfected recipe, because it is far from that, but it's pretty darn good!)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

I'm back . . . Mediterranean Couscous Salad

I know, I know, it's been a while. The problem is photos on the camera, pictures on the mac, writing on the laptop. It all needs to come together in one place. (enough excuses)

I have a new favorite meal. My friend, Amy, made this for book club. Amy cracks me up. I was raving over the meal and asking where she got the recipe. Here's what she said, "See, one of the good things about getting cancer is people bring you yummy meals, then you can ask for the recipe!" Such a great attitude. I loved hearing her stories - listening to her describe The Look she would get when someone would realize she had cancer and give her the pity face. She mostly avoided it by donning the Polar Ice Cap to keep her hair follicles frozen so as not to succumb to the chemo.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A Kids Cooking Contest Winner

I am SO thrilled to hear my great l'il friend (one of my daughter's besties), Rebecca, won . . .  WON . . . FIRST PRIZE in the kids division of the Share Our Strength, No Kid Hungry Baking Contest last night!! Go Rebecca!!! Aren't those cupcakes adorable? Easy as pie!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy


I do this to myself; I know. I'm always trying to make every occasion FABULOUS. Well, when the girls have someone spend the night, we like to make a fun breakfast in the morning. (Crepes, pancakes, waffles, etc.) Somehow, somewhere, I heard of the idea for chocolate gravy.  I mean, aren't hot steamy biscuits enough? Not anymore.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes


This post is for my friends and family who want to find all my favorites in one easy spot.

Today is Tuesday. I'll start by making the cornbread for my dressing (4 boxes of Jiffy) and the turkey stock.

Here's what I think I'll do this year. Every year I ponder the "giblets" but in all honesty, I have no idea what's what. I can look at pictures all day on the internet, but somehow it never looks like what came out of my turkey. For that reason, I just stick with using a whole bunch of turkey necks.