Creamy Tomato Spinach Pasta

Thoughts Before Cooking:

This first attracted me as it looked delicious and then when I saw how cheap Budget Bytes said it was, I was sold.

Only one issue, I don’t know where she is shopping but everything cost way more than what she said. I mean 1 onion for 25¢? 2 lbs of penne pasta for 89¢? 2 oz cream cheese for 48¢? Really?

Ingredients:

  • 1-15 oz can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 9 oz of fresh Spinach
  • 1/2 Teaspoons of Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoons of Dried Basil
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons of Tomato Paste
  • 1 lb of Penne Pasta
  • 1/2 Teaspoons of Salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Pepper
  • 1 Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 2 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup of Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  2. While waiting for the pasta, dice the onion and mince the garlic. Cook both in a large skillet with olive oil on medium heat until softened and transparent.
  3. Add diced tomatoes (with juices), oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and some pepper to the skillet of onion and garlic.
  4. Turn the heat down to low. Cut the cream cheese into a few pieces and then add them to the skillet with the tomato sauce.
  5. Use a whisk to stir the sauce until the cream cheese has melted in and the sauce is creamy.
  6. Add half the Parmesan to the skillet and whisk until melted in.
  7. Add remainder of the parmesan and whisk until melted in again.
  8. Add the spinach and gently stir it in, until it has wilted (about 3-5 mins).
  9. Add the pasta and stir until coated in the creamy sauce.
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve warm.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It was okay. Not bad but not anything I look forward to making again.

For more pasta dishes, go to Creamy Parmesan Spaghetti

For more recipe reviews, go to Fajitas

Christmas Cheese Rounds

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

So I love cheese.

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And I especially love cheese logs. So when I saw this recipe I jumped at the chance to try it out.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Cup of finely chopped pecans
  • 8 0z Cream Cheese Brick
  • 1/2 Cup of Chopped Green Onions

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients. Pack into a round or ball.
  2. Chill for two hours to overnight.
  3. Serve with crackers or bread

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I thought it was amazing!

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I took it to a party and we ate up immediately.

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For more Hannah Sweson Recipes, go to Scandinavian Spuds

For more cheese logs, go to Gorgonzola Cream Cheese Log

For more appetizers, go to Cheesy Pesto Pull Apart Bread

For more recipes, go to Harvest Pumpkin Scones

Crasins Scones

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Thoughts Before Baking:

I was going to a tea party and decided to bring some scones. The recipe in The Cat Who… Cookbook, that I got from my brother blog TheCatWhoWroteaBlog.wordpress.com sounded good but I didn’t have all the ingredients needed.

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So I had to substitute. Let’s see how these turn out.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1.5 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Stick of Butter or Margarine, softened
  • 1 Egg, Beaten
  • 1/2 Cup of Crasins
  • 1/4 Cup of Milk
  • 3/4 Cup of Plain Yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon Cream or Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon of Sugar
  • Clotted Cream
  • Cream Cheese
  • Jam

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. Sift or mix the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt together.
  3. Cut in the butter or margarine until the mixture is about the size of small peas.
  4. Add the egg, the crasins, milk, and yogurt to make a soft dough.
  5. Turn out on floured surface and knead gently 4 or 5 times.
  6. Roll out to .5 inch thickness and cut into rounds 3 inches in diameter using a biscuit cutter or drinking glass.
  7. Brush the tops with cream and sprinkle with sugar.
  8. Bake on greased cookie sheet 10-12 mins or until lightly browned.
  9. Serve with butter, clotted cream, cream cheese and jam. Makes 12.

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Thoughts After Baking:

These were pretty good!

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They were a little plain, but I like them that way as they compliment the tea better.

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For more recipes from The Cat Who…Cookbook, go to Vegetable Soup

For more “bread” recipes, go to Caraway Rye Bread

For more recipes, go to Caprese Salad

King Arthur Carrot Cake or Cupcakes

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

I didn’t care for the recipe in Carrot Cake Murder, but I had a super big craving for it.

I shopped around until I found the King Arthur website‘s recipe. Now I love the King Arthur Recipes, I used to have a cookie, bar cookie, brownie, and biscotti cookbook; but I’m unsure where I put it in my latest move.

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When I find it I will finish making the recipes and post the ones I’ve already made.

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Cake Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups of Vegetable Oil or Safflower Oil
  • 2 Cups of Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Ginger
  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons of Baking Soda
  • 3 Cups of Grated Carrots
  • 1.5 Cups of Chopped Pecans or Walnuts (Optional)

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Unsalted Butter
  • 1 8-0z package of Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla or Vanilla Extract
  • 2.5-3.5 Cups of Powdered Sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease two 9″ pans, a 9 x 13 pan, or line your cupcake pans.
  3. Mix together the oil, sugar, salt, eggs, cinnamon, and ginger.
  4. Mix the flour and the baking soda separately, then add it in to the previous mixture.
  5. Add carrots and nuts, mixing until well-blended.
  6. Pour into prepared pans.
  7. Bake the cake 35-40 mins or until toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
  8. Let them cool completely before frosting.
  9. Beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth.
  10. Add the salt and vanilla.
  11. Beat in the sugar.
  12. Add milk or cream if frosting is too stiff, if too thin add more sugar.
  13. Frost the cake or cupcakes.

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Thoughts After Baking:

This was fantastic!

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The cake was perfect, not to sweet but not bland.

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And the frosting was absolutely delicious. And with the two combined it was beyond words!

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I kept eating and eating them, I just couldn’t stop.

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For more cupcake recipes, go to Peppermint Bark Chocolate Cupcakes

For more cake recipes, go to A is for Applesauce Cake

For more dessert recipes, go to Wookie Cookies

For more recipes, go to Brussels Sprouts, Turkey Sausage, & Pesto Pizza Casserole

Gorgonzola Cream Cheese Log

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So this is our last Christmas recipe. It has been some fun times and I hope you have tried and enjoyed the recipes as much as I have.

So today’s recipe, I had thought about doing something Victorian, because I reviewed Charles Dickens’ mystery, but changed my mind. Instead I wanted to do a recipe I thought was really tasty.

Thoughts before cooking:

So when I was planning the Christmas reviews for this blog I kept trying to figure out what would be a good thing to end on? What was something we could all enjoy. Then I was invited to a Christmas party, and as I tried to think of what to bring, it hit me. I could do this cheese log my sister made years ago. It was the best cheese log I had ever tasted, so I signed up to bring it.

Weeks later as I searched and searched for the recipe, it turned out to be missing.

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I asked my sister if she remembered what went in it or what it was called or what magazine/website she got it from. She could remember zilch.

So I combed the web searching for something, anything that seemed vaguely familiar. I sent her the recipes but she responded with a negative. None of them were right.

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I found myself giving up. I had resigned myself to have to try to find something else when she found it. She found the perfect recipe. Thank goodness.

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But now the question was, was it really as good as I remembered it?

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Ingredients:

  • 16 Tablespoons of Chive and Onion Cream Cheese
  • 16 Tablespoons of Gorgonzola or Other Blue Cheese
  • 8 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 8 Tablespoons of Chopped Pine Nuts or Walnuts, Toasted
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Crackers

Directions:

  1. Stir together cream cheese, gorgonzola, butter, and nuts.
  2. Arrange in a one-inch diameter log.
  3. Wrap in plastic and chill for one hour or until firm.
  4. Serve with crackers of your choice

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Thoughts After Reading:

It still was as delicious and posh as I remembered. I absolutely loved it and couldn’t stop eating it.

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So that’s it for now. Merry Christmas everyone!

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For more Christmas recipes, go to Sand Tarts

For more appetizers, go to Misdemeanor Mushrooms

For more recipes, go to Gingerbread Men Cookies

 

Misdemeanor Mushrooms

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Time for another holiday recipe:

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So this recipe of mushrooms comes from Sugar Cookie Murder and the fictional Lake Eden Holiday Buffet Cookbook.

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I love mushrooms and these stuffed ones sounded so great that I decided they would be an excellent one to try out.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Pounds of Ground Sausage
  • 3 Cloves of Finely Chopped Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons of Ground Sage
  • 8-oz package of Cream Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon of Parsley
  • 1 lb of Medium to Large Mushrooms (Big enough to stuff)
  • Parmesan Cheese (to sprinkle)
  • Butter
  1. In a large, non-stick skillet, combine the sausage, garlic and sage.
  2. Sauté until sausage is browned and garlic is translucent.
  3. Drain the fat from the skillet and add softened cubed cream cheese and parsley.
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes, remove from heat, and cover.
  5. Wash mushrooms. Remove the stems and set the caps aside.
  6. Chop the stems very fine and stir into the sausage/cheese mixture.
  7. Brush caps with melted butter and arrange cap down on a non-stick baking sheet (if needed shave a bit from the bottom of the cap to make them flat).
  8. Fill each cap with a heaping mound of warm sausage mixture and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  9. Bake at 325 degrees F. for 15 minutes.

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Thoughts after cooking:

These were great! They were delicious and could make a great appetizer or mean if paired with a salad.

The cream cheese might make them a little rich for some, but I’m definitely going to make them again.

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For more Hannah Swensen recipes, go to a Hole in One

For more recipes, go to Gingerbread Men Cookies