Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cheese Tortellini with Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce

Every weekday morning the ladies on my cooking board post blog updates. One morning last week Coleen over at Does Not Cook Well With Others posted these Cheese Tortellini with Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce. It looked absolutely delicious and I immediately printed out the recipe.

Then I had second thoughts. Even though Coleen said the pumpkin flavor was very mild I couldn't imagine how it would taste. Sweet? Savory? I wasn't sure. Despite those misgiving I put it on the menu. I even bought fresh tortellini since our store had a coupon. I told myself I'd make the sauce, toss just one tortellini in it to see how it tasted and if it wasn't good I'd open a jar of sauce and call it dinner.

Thankfully the jar of sauce stayed in the pantry for another day. This was fantastic. The pumpkin flavor is very mild, just like Coleen said, and the cheese and onion help keep it savory. Even Baby Girl loved this. She's a pasta fiend so I wasn't worried, but she practically inhaled her serving and asked for more.

Cheese Tortellini with Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce
From Food Network, as seen on Does Not Cook Well with Others

2 (9-ounce) packages of fresh cheese tortellini
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 small shallot, finely minced
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
Pinch of nutmeg (ground or fresh)
3/4 cup half and half
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
Salt and pepper

Bring a pot of generously-salted water to boil. Add the tortellini and cook according to package directions. Reserve one cup of cooking water before draining. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallot and sauté, stirring often, until the shallot begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the pumpkin and the nutmeg, and cook for a minute, stirring constantly.

Stir in the cream, and bring the mixture to a slow (not rolling) boil. Immediately reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cheese, and cook until the cheese melts and thickens the sauce, about another minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add the tortellini to the skillet, and toss with the pumpkin alfredo sauce, adding some of the reserved cooking water to thin the sauce.

Divide among 4 plates and grate some Parmesan cheese over top.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Onion Ring Topped BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers

It's been awhile since we've had beef burgers but as soon as I saw these Onion Ring Topped BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers over at Lauren's Latest I had to put them on the menu. SP is a big onion ring fan and he also enjoys BBQ sauce on his burger.

I forgot to buy a slicing tomato at the supermarket so I opted to leave off the lettuce and tomato. Big mistake. These burgers were good, don't get me wrong, but I was missing something green. A side salad or something to cut the richness of the beef and onion rings. I've also decided I don't like pieces of onion in my burgers since they don't have a chance to fully cook on the grill.

Once again I was blown away by an Alexia product. We've been enjoying their shoestring fries for some time now but the onion rings were a new purchase. Delicious and crispy in the oven - you can't beat that.

Onion Ring Topped BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers
Slightly modified from Lauren’s Latest

1 13.5 oz. package frozen onion rings, such as Alexia brand
4 slices thick cut bacon
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup BBQ sauce + more for the burgers
Salt & pepper, to taste
4 slices cheese
4 hamburger buns, toasted
Mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickles, etc.

Cook onion rings according to package directions. While those are in the oven, cook your bacon to desired doneness and drain on paper towels.

For the burger patties, in a small bowl, stir ground beef, BBQ sauce, salt and pepper together until combined. Divide into two equal patties. Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray and cook patties on medium heat for approximately 7 minutes per side. Alternatively you can use a grill. In the last few minutes of cooking add the cheese and melt.

To assemble burgers, place cooked patty onto hamburger buns and top with more BBQ sauce, cooked bacon, onion rings and any other desired toppings. Serve immediately with any remaining onion rings and/or fries.
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Friday, September 21, 2012

Recipe Swap - Fried Green Tomato BLTs

As much as I enjoy the Blogger's Choice recipe swaps, they are definitely more difficult than the themed swaps. Having to actually pick a recipe is tough. For this installment of Blogger's Choice I was given Kim's blog, Feed Me Seymour. I love the name and had a tough time picking a recipe. I had it narrowed down to four choices and ultimately gave SP final say. It wasn't a shock when he chose Fried Green Tomato BLTs. The man loves a good BLT.

The sandwiches sounded delicious but I was concerned about my ability to find green tomatoes in the supermarket. I've never noticed them before and, as suspected, they didn't have any. I chose a firmer red tomato and hoped for the best.

These were absolutely delicious, if messy. The tomatoes held together pretty well during the frying process but didn't get crispy or golden brown like I hoped they would. I wonder if Panko would be a better choice, if not exactly authentic. The sweet basil mayo was positively addicting and I was sad that there wasn't more of it (the recipe below makes just enough for two sandwiches). I hope I can find green tomatoes at some point so I can make these properly.

As an aside, I wish I could take better pictures of sandwiches. I haven't been able to figure out how to get a good inside shot while still showing the whole sandwich.

Fried Green Tomato BLTs
As seen on Feed Me Seymour
Makes 2 sandwiches

Fried Green Tomatoes
1 large green tomato (or firm red tomato)
1 cup flour
1 cup breadcrumbs (or Panko)
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 eggs
salt and pepper to taste

Slice the tomato into thick slices.

Put the flour on one plate. Put your eggs, beaten, in a shallow bowl. Combine chili powder, salt and pepper and breadcrumbs on a third plate. One at a time, dip the tomato slices in the flour to coat. Tap off the excess flour. Put them next in the egg, coating them, then in the breadcrumb mix and fully coat.

Heat a sauce pan with about an inch of oil over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot, place the tomato slices in the pan. Cook them on one side until golden brown, about a minute. Gently flip them to the other side and cook until golden brown. Remove from the pan and place on a paper towel to drain. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Sweet Basil Mayo
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

In a food processor, combine basil, mayo, lemon juice and mustard. Pulse a few times until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.

4 slices thick sandwich bread, toasted
4 fried green tomatoes
8 to 12 slices crispy bacon
Sweet basil mayo

Slather one slice of bread with sweet basil mayo. Be generous. Layer on two fried green tomatoes. Next, add 4 slices bacon. Top with lettuce and the other slice of bread.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Chicken Florentine Pasta

I love a good chicken and pasta dish. This Chicken Florentine Pasta from Ali over at Sparks from the Kitchen sounded like a great weeknight meal.

After reading the ingredient list I decided to add a pint of roasted grape tomatoes since they needed to be used up and I knew the flavors would go well together. This was a delicious, creamy pasta with great bursts of flavor from the tomatoes.

Chicken Florentine Pasta
Slightly adapted from Sparks from the Kitchen

1 pint grape tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into small bite-sized pieces
1 tablespoon butter
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
3/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
Cooking spray
1 lb uncooked capellini
2 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons chopped fresh garlic
1 cup whole milk
1 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
3 ounces freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 3/4 cup) plus extra for sprinkling
1 bag baby spinach leaves

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss tomatoes with oil, salt and pepper on a baking sheet. Roast for 30 minutes, or until tomatoes start to burst. Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly, then mash with a potato masher to make it easier to remove the skin (optional).

Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and melt butter. Add the chicken to the pan and cook until cooked through and browned. Set aside and wipe pan clean.

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain well; keep warm.

In the same skillet over medium-high heat add the oil; swirl to coat. Add flour and garlic; cook until garlic is browned (about 2 minutes), stirring constantly. Add milk and broth, stirring with a whisk; bring to a simmer, and cook 2 minutes or until thickened.

Add cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and spinach; stir until spinach wilts. Add pasta, tomatoes, and chicken; toss to combine. Serve sprinkled with remaining parmesan.
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Monday, September 17, 2012

Philly Cheesesteaks for Jey's Virtual Baby Shower

Another one of my dear friends, Jey from The Jey of Cooking, is expecting a baby girl in October, right around Baby Girl's birthday, actually. You might remember her as one of my guest posters for my sixth blogiversary. We met on my cooking board and someday we'll actually meet in person on one of our family trips to Chicago.

In the meantime, a group of us got together to celebrate Jey's impending arrival with a baby shower. But not just any baby shower, an All-Star Virtual Baby Shower. The World Series is scheduled around the time Jey is due (October 17th) and since she and her family are such avid Cubs fan, a baseball theme was the perfect idea for her. Everyone was asked to make some sort of ballpark favorite like a jazzed up hot dog, home-run hamburger, peanut-packed dessert or anything inspired by common ballpark fare.

Being from the Philly area and growing up eating lots of cheesesteaks they seemed like a natural choice for me. I toyed with the idea of doing a chicken cheesesteak to be a bit healthier but in the end I settled for a good old beefy cheesesteak. While I love a good cheesesteak with lots of caramelized onions, these days I'm partial to the cheesesteak hoagie, which adds mayo, oil and vinegar with lots of spices, lettuce, tomato and sliced raw onion (which I didn't use since I wanted the caramelized onions in the beef) to the beef and cheese. I decided to tackle the cheesesteak hoagie for Jey's shower and I'm happy to report that they were sensational. A real home run.

I started with Katie's recipe for Cheesesteaks and then modified it, swapping the green pepper for caramelized onion and adding the necessary ingredients to make it into a hoagie. Aside from the steak being in larger pieces than we're used to (most cheesesteak meat around here in more thinly shredded, something I'm trying to figure out how to replicate at home) these were spot on. Absolutely delicious, just like the cheesesteak hoagie from my favorite local spot (shhh...I may or may not admit to getting a cheesesteak hoagie and fries for dinner every Friday before hitting the grocery store. At least I always bring half the sandwich home for lunch, right?)

If you're looking for a true taste of Philly, try this recipe. I can't wait to make these again the next time we have a craving.

Be sure to stop over to Jey's blog to wish her well, and check out Joelen's blog for a roundup of all the delicious dishes prepared for the virtual shower.

Inspired by So Tasty So Yummy

4 hoagie rolls
1 pound NY Strip steak
1 tablespoon butter
1 large onion, thinly sliced
12 slices provolone or American cheese

Slice the hoagie rolls in half. Wrap in foil and warm through in a 350-degree oven.

Place the steak in the freezer for 15 minutes. Remove the steak and slice into 1/4” strips.

In a sauté pan, heat the butter over medium high heat. Add the onions and sauté until tender. This should take about 30 minutes. Either cover the pan to trap some moisture or add a splash of water as needed to keep the onions cooking evenly. Once the onions are done to your liking, push them to one side. Add the steak slices and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes more. Salt and pepper to taste, then toss with the onions.

Place 3 slices of cheese in the center of each hoagie roll, overlapping slightly. Divide the steak into four equal portions and place on the rolls. The heat from the steak will melt the cheese.

To turn into a cheesesteak hoagie: Slice 1 Romaine heart into thin strips. Slice 1 tomato in half, then into slices. Mix 1/4 cup mayo with some red wine vinegar and a dash of dried Italian seasoning, to taste. Before adding the cheese to the bread, spread some of the mayo mixture on the bread. Add the cheese and meat as stated above. Stuff the lettuce and tomato into the sandwich on either side of the meat.
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Bacon Corn Hash with Fried Eggs

I had some leftover corn on the cob and about half a 5-lb bag of Yukon gold potatoes from vacation that weren't getting any younger. Not wanting to waste food I was thinking about making some sort of hash with the potatoes when I remembered this post from Smitten Kitchen for Bacon Corn Hash with Fried Eggs. Sold!

I made a few changes to her recipe, the main one being adding some onion in addition to the scallions. I love onions and potatoes together and knew this would be a great addition. I also used the Yukon golds since that's what I needed to use up. This was delicious, especially with the fried eggs on top. The bacon and eggs made it hearty enough to enjoy for dinner. I had the leftovers for brunch the next day and added some salsa and a dollop of sour cream, which made this even better, so much better that I'm modifying the directions below to include them as optional (but I highly recommend it).

Bacon Corn Hash
Modified from Smitten Kitchen

1/2 pound thick-cut bacon, cut into small dice
1 pound potatoes, peeled, scrubbed and diced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 medium onion, diced
4 medium-large ears corn, kernels cut from the cob (2 1/2 to 3 cups)
1 bundle scallions, thinly sliced
4 eggs
Sour cream (optional)
Salsa (optional)

Add bacon to a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until they brown evenly, about 10 minutes. Remove the bacon bits with a slotted spoon, leaving the drippings in the pan, and transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain.

Heat the pan to medium/medium-high, making sure the bacon fat is sizzling, then add the potatoes in a single layer. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and several grinds of black pepper. Let them cook for a few minutes in one place and get a bit golden underneath before turning them over and moving them around. Cook, stirring every so often, until the potatoes are browned and cooked through, about 20 minutes.

Add the diced onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the corn to the skillet. Saute the potatoes and corn together until the corn gets a bit brown but stays fairly crisp, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the drained bacon, and stir the mixture together until it’s evenly warm, about 1 more minute. Remove the skillet from the burner and sprinkle the scallions (reserving a couple spoonfuls if you’d like to use them as fried egg garnish) over the hash. Season with more salt or pepper to taste, if needed.

Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat and melt about 1 tablespoon butter. Crack the eggs into the skillet and reduce heat to medium. Cook to desired doneness. Season with salt and pepper, serve on top of a pile of bacon corn hash. Add a dollop of sour cream and a spoonful of salsa to the plate for dipping.
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Pizza Quesadillas

These Pizza Quesadillas were an incredibly simple meal to put together. It's almost not worth writing up a recipe but I had to share it with you all. I made these quesadillas Saturday night, after a long day of swim lessons for Baby Girl, running errands and getting things done around the house. SP was lobbying for us to go out to eat but I really want to save money and knew eating at home would be better for us all. The most time-consuming part of this meal was cutting up the ingredients for the antipasto salad (sans meat and cheese) that I served alongside the quesadillas.

Full disclosure - the pizza sauce is store-bought. I wanted to keep these simple and since I don't have any pizza sauce in my freezer in the summer (I'm not keen on preheating my oven to 550 degrees when it's 90+ outside), I took the easy way out. SP has always wanted to try Don Pepino's pizza sauce so we bought a can. All I can say is wow. No artificial ingredients and less than 5 ingredients total, none of them unpronounceable. Nice.

These are a great, simple dinner or a quick throw-together lunch on a busy weekend. We will definitely be enjoying these again soon.

Pizza Quesadillas
As seen on The Girl Who Ate Everything

6 ounces sliced pepperoni
8 flour tortillas
16 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
1 small can sliced black olives
1 (16-ounce) jar of pizza sauce
Cooking spray

Place three sheets of paper towels on a plate. Add pepperoni, using a triple layer of paper towels in the middle if necessary. Top with 3 more sheets. Microwave for 1 minute. Check pepperoni and if not crisp, microwave another 30 seconds. Pat off any excess fat with more paper towels.

Brush each tortilla with a thin layer of pizza sauce. Sprinkle 1/8 of the cheese on top of the sauce on the bottom tortilla. Repeat for remaining 3 tortillas. Top with pepperoni and other toppings, if desired. Sprinkle with another 1/8 of the cheese and place the other tortilla on top (sauce side in).

Preheat a medium skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray. Gently place quesadilla in the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, until cheese is melted and tortillas are crispy. Slice into quarters and serve with a little bowl of warm pizza sauce for dipping.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

One-Pot Creamy Taco Mac

The night I made this for dinner the original plan had been to make Swedish Meatballs with Egg Noodles. But that morning I just couldn't stand the thought of rolling out all the meatballs, not to mention I wasn't in the mood for those flavors. At all. I asked the ladies on my cooking board for inspiration and Creamy Taco Mac way, which I made back in 2010, was mentioned. While we enjoyed it, I haven't made it since, but I remembered that Elly had turned it into a One-Pot Creamy Taco Mac, cooking the pasta with the rest of the ingredients they way I do for my Skillet Beef Stroganoff. Perfect.

Since I had half a large zucchini in the fridge I decided to sub that for the green pepper. Since I didn't have cream cheese I simply left it out and I didn't miss it. The starch from the pasta acted as a binder and brought the whole dish together, especially since I let it sit for about 10 minutes before serving so it could cool slightly. I added sliced scallions as a garnish for some bright onion flavor and I also left the tomatoes with their juice instead of draining them. For a meal that I decided to make only a few hours before dinnertime, this came together surprisingly well.

Creamy Taco Mac
Slightly adapted from Elly Says Opa!

1 lb. ground beef or sirloin
1 onion, diced
1 small zucchini, diced
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
3 to 3 1/4 cups low-sodium beef broth
4 tablespoons taco seasoning (recipe below, or use a low-sodium store-bought mix)
8 oz. small pasta shapes, like elbows or small shells
1/2 cup sour cream (low fat is fine)
Shredded cheddar
2-3 scallions, sliced (garnish)

Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the ground beef. Do not stir. Once browned on the bottom, flip the beef, breaking it up, and stir in the onion and zucchini. Cook until onion is translucent and beef is browned. (Drain fat, if necessary.)

Stir in the undrained diced tomatoes, broth, and taco seasoning. Season to taste with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Stir in the pasta. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender, about 10 minutes.

Off the heat, add the sour cream and cheddar. Re-season to taste, if necessary. Garnish with sliced scallions.

Taco Seasoning

2 tablespoons mild chili powder
1 tablespoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon oregano
3/4 teaspoon paprika

Mix all the spices together. This makes enough seasoning for the 4 tablespoons needed in this recipe.
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Monday, September 10, 2012

Italian Burger (aka Chicken Pesto Burger)

I love a good burger. They're just so versatile. You can use any type of meat or even a portabello mushroom to make a tasty burger and the topping possibilities are endless. Just check out Shawnda's blog, Confections of a Foodie Bride, for tons of awesome burgers including this one, the Italian Burger.

We both loved this burger. I love grinding my own chicken in the food processor and being able to use pesto from my freezer. Melty mozzarella cheese is always a plus, as are perfectly juicy and ripe tomatoes. Instead of making a pesto mayo I opted to make a balsamic mayo since these burgers were already quite the messy mouthful. Thanks for an awesome recipe, Shawnda!

The Italian Burger
As seen on Confections of a Foodie Bride

For the burgers:
1 1/2 lbs ground chicken (I grind it myself)
4-6 tablespoons pesto (purchased or homemade)

For serving:
4 slices of fresh mozzarella
4 Burger buns, toasted
Balsamic mayo (stir together 1/2 cup mayo and balsamic to taste)
Tomato slices
Basil leaves

Prepare your grill.

Break apart the ground chicken into a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add pesto and mix well. If your pesto is very thin, consider using the low end of the range. If it's thick, you can add more. Form into 4 patties.

Cook ~4 minutes each side (to desired doneness or internal temp) and then top with slices of cheese during the last minute so it has time to melt.

Serve the burgers on buns with balsamic mayo, fresh basil leaves, and sliced tomato.
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Friday, September 07, 2012

Recipe Swap - Homemade Oreos

The theme for the latest recipe swap was dessert and I was lucky enough to receive Homemade Oreos from Jey over at The Jey of Cooking. I got my recipe the day before we left for vacation and must have had Oreos on the brain because we ended up buying not one but TWO packages of Oreos while we were away. Oops. Both packages are still more than half full, but after making this recipe there are plenty of Oreos in my house. Methinks I'll be sending these homemade ones to work with SP.

Like Jey, I opted to make two sizes - small and large. OK, full disclosure: I was fully intending to make these all small since Jey said they were closer in size to true Oreos. Then I was standing there, rolling ball after ball of dough, and I just didn't feel like doing it anymore. So, I upped the amount and made both small and large cookies. Just keepin' it real, folks.

Truth be told, these are good in any size but the small ones are definitely more like an Oreo. The cookies is chewier than an Oreo, but the flavors are pretty spot on. Plus, making them at home you know exactly what's going into them. Speaking of which, this was my first time buying or cooking with vegetable shortening. That stuff is bizarre. I only needed 1/4 cup for this recipe and was wondering if I could freeze it when I looked at the package and saw I have a full YEAR before it will go bad. Once it's opened. And they recommend not refrigerating it. Alrighty then.

I'm also happy to announce that the recipe swaps now have their very own badge, designed by Coleen from Does Not Cook Well With Others, a regular swap participant. Thanks, Coleen! We're also trying something new this time with a link-up. Right now it's text-only as we see how it works for our group but if it goes well hopefully we'll be upgrading to the thumbnail photo version soon.

Thanks for turning me on to these, Jey. And SP's office thanks you, too.

Homemade Oreos
As seen on The Jey of Cooking

For the Cookies:
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 Egg

For the Filling:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 375. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl), combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add the butter, stir, then add the egg. Mix until a dough forms.

Using a cookie scoop (I used a 1 tablespoon for the large cookies and a 1 teaspoon for the small), scoop out the dough. Roll into a ball then flatten slightly between your palms. Place on baking sheet, about an inch or two apart (you will need two baking sheets) and repeat with remaining dough, making sure you have an even number of cookies.

Bake for 11 minutes if making small cookies, 15 if making large ones, or until cookies are set.

While the cookies are baking, cream together the butter and shortening. Gradually add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.

Remove cookies from the oven and allow to cool on a rack. When the cookies have cooled, frost one cookie then sandwich with another similar sized cookie (bottom to bottom). Repeat until all cookies have been sandwiched together.

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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Recipe Swap Roundup - Blogger's Choice Part 6

Time for another Recipe Swap Roundup. This was another Blogger's Choice Swap and it was another huge hit. Check out the dishes everyone chose below. A big thanks to Jaida from Sweet Beginnings for putting this together for me. 

Coleen from Does Not Cook Well With Others took these Baked Cheeseburger Egg Rolls to a party she was invited to, and they were a big hit!


Kate from Kate's Recipe Box decided to branch out and try green sauce on these Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas.

I made these Blueberry and Lemon Muffins that were a delicious and easy breakfast while on vacation.


Melissa from I Was Born to Cook took a chance on this Parmesan Tilapia and loved it!

Dawn from Simple Gourmet Cooking was excited to bake, and chose these Lemon Crinkle Cookies - which have become her current favorite cookie!

Jenna from Jenna's Cooking  Journey endulged her dessert-making spree and love of German chocolate cake with these German Chocolate Cake Brownies!

Jessican from Sunny Side Up was more than happy to feed her sauce addiction with this Copycat Jack Daniels Glaze.

Nichole from The Cookaholic Wife let her husband take part in the recipe selection, and he chose these Pot Roast Sliders, which they enjoyed as leftovers all week! 

Christine from Christine's Kitchen Chronicles was able to make use of her CSA box with these Zucchini Brownies.

Lisa from Tastetastic Voyage was able to fill her side dish void with these amazing Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potatoes.

Mary Ellen from Mary Ellen's Cooking Creations was intrigued by the use of soy sauce for these Soy Cilantro Roasted Potatoes.

Eva from Eva Bakes made these S'mores Bars for a co-workers birthday.

Catherine from A Seasoned  Greeting stepped out of her cooking comfort zone with this savory Roasted Red Pepper Pasta.

Stefanie from Kickin It in the Kitch chose this Mexican Sour Cream Rice as a side to go with a Mexican meal she had planned.


Ashley from Cheese Curd in Paradise knew as soon as she saw these Apple Strudel Muffins, that she had found her recipe!

Chicken and Vegetables in a Garlic Cream Sauce

Carrie from Carrie's Sweet Life satisfied her Chinese food craving with this Honey and  Sesame Teriyaki Chicken.

Jaida from Sweet Beginnings was excited to try a meatloaf in mini size, with these Mini Turkey Meatloaves.


Jessica from The Jey of  Cooking loves root beer, so this Root Beer Float Ice Cream was perfect for her!

Nicole from Cookies on Friday loved this Chai Tea Bread so much, she made it twice!

Jen from Becoming Pigzilla got to make a recipe she's had in waiting, with this Santa Fe Chicken Salad.

Lindsay from Peace, Love, and  French Fries was able to keep this Creamy Artichoke Lemon Chicken Pasta all to herself, which was just fine by her!

Chrissy from Stick a Fork in it found a new favorite potato side dish with these Crispy Smashed Potatoes. 

Kristina from Tasty Treats by Tina found a new dish to add to her rotation with this Chicken in Mustard Cream Sauce.

And finally, Heather from Hezzi D's Books and Cooks was excited to make homemade pasta for this Homemade Fettuccinie with Vodka Sauce.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Ravioli with Tomato, Corn and Pesto

This was a Friday night dinner that I threw together after looking through the fridge and freezer for inspiration. We always have cheese ravioli in the freezer for Baby Girl, so that was my first stop. We also had some tomatoes a friend of mine gave me from her garden, as well as one ear of corn. I'd recently made pesto so I decided that would be the sauce.

Ravioli with Tomato, Corn and Pesto

1 ear of corn
2 ripe tomatoes, diced
1 lb cheese ravioli, cooked according to package directions

Microwave the corn, 4 minutes per ear, inside the husk. Carefully remove from the microwave (it will be hot). Cut off the stem end and hold by the top, shaking to loosen the corn. Or just peel off the husks. Cut the kernels off the cob and place in a bowl. Add the diced tomatoes.

Add the cooked and drained ravioli to the bowl with the corn and tomatoes. Toss to combine, then add pesto starting with 1 tablespoon, tossing to coat each time until there's enough sauce.
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