Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

So  Tuesday’s post was on a mystery set in Victorian England, so we need a recipe to go with it. I’m thinking a tea time recipe…

Specifically, cucumber sandwiches borrowed from my sister blog: JaneAustenRunsMyLife.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons of Mayonnaise
  • 2 Teaspoons of Chopped Fresh Dill
  • 1 Teaspoon of Chopped Fresh Chives
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Long English Cucumber, Thinly Sliced
  • 1 Loaf of Bread, Crusts Removed

Directions:

  1. Mix cream cheese and mayonnaise in a small bowl with a hand mixer, until smooth.
  2. Stir in herbs, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Cut crusts off bread slices.
  4. Spread bread slices with cream cheese mixture.
  5. Thinly slice cucumbers, layer over half of the bread slices.
  6. Top with additional herbs, if desired.
  7. Top with remaining bread slice and cut each sandwich into three pieces.

Thoughts After Reading:

These sandwiches were absolutely delicious. I couldn’t stop eating them. These will go great with your choice of a cup of tea.

For more recipes from JaneAustenRunsMyLife, go to Scottish Oat Scones

For more sandwich recipes, go to Hummus Egg Salad Sandwiches

For more cucumber sandwiches, go to Cucumber Hummus Sandwich

For more tea time recipes, go to Skinny Chai Tea Latte

Irish Potato Pie

It is Pi[e] Day!

But not only that, with Saint Patrick’s Day being on Tuesday, I thought what better pie to make then an Irish pie.

I searched throughout Pinterest, and found this recipe which comes from A Spicy Perspective.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Sheet of Frozen Puff Pastry Thawed or Pie Crust
  • 4 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 7 Slices of Bacon, Chopped (I omitted this)
  • 5 Potatoes-Peeled and Sliced Thin (I used only three)
  • 1 Onion, Peeled and Sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Dill
  • 1/2 Cup of Heavy Cream
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chives

Directions:

  1. Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the thawed puff pastry or pie crust in a 8-9 in pan and crimp the edges.
  3. Remove the excess dough and piece it along the rim if needed to make the rim in some places.
  4. Refrigerate until it is ready to fill.
  5. Place butter and bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat and sauté until bacon is crispy and toss in the onions.
  6. Follow with potatoes and dill.
  7. Season with 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of pepper.
  8. Gently stir 3-5 mins.
  9. Spoon mixture into crust and drizzle with heavy cream.
  10. Bake on low rack for 35-45 mins-or until the potatoes are fork-tender and crust golden.
  11. Rest for 10 mins and then sprinkle with fresh chives.

Thoughts After Baking:

I omitted the bacon as I don’t like the way that bacon grease smells after cooking. Then after last year’s potato dish didn’t cook all the way through, I decided to use less potatoes this year. And I added all the chives as I didn’t want them to go bad.

This turned out really delicious, although it was missing one thing: cheese! I added a bit later and this made a great slice of pie-a slice that I will be eating on Saint Patrick’s Day too!

For more Pi[e] Day recipes, go to Creamy Sour Cream Lemon Pie

For more pie recipes, go to Hillshire Farm Crustless Quiche

For more Saint Patrick’s Day recipes, go to Easy Northumberland Pan Haggerty

For more potato recipes, go to Baked Garlic Parmesan Fries

For more Pinterest recipes, go to Heart Shaped Pizza with Homemade Pizza Dough

For more holiday recipes, go to Dao’s Egg Rolls

Roasted Carrots

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I was going to a potluck and needed to make something, but had very little in my fridge-and no money as I was waiting for a new debit card and my work hours don’t work well with my bank’s hours.

I had just bought a huge bag of carrots, so I decided to look up a carrot recipe. I searched through google, and when I saw Ina Garten, I thought why not try it out as Barnes and Noble has been promoting her like crazy. It comes from Food Network

Ingredients:

  • 12 Carrots
  • 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1-1/4 Teaspoons of Salt
  • 1/3 Teaspoon of Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of Minced Fresh Dill or Parsley

Directions:

  1. Preheat the Oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. If the carrots are thick, cut them in half lengthwise; if not, leave whole.
  3. Slice carrots diagonally in 1-1/2 inch thick slices. (The carrots will shrink when cooking, so make the slices big.)
  4. Toss in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  5. Transfer to a sheet pan in 1 layer and roast in the oven for 20 mins-until browned and tender.
  6. Toss the finished carrots with minced dill or parsley, season to taste, and serve.

Thoughts After Reading:

So I took them to the potluck and they were all gobbled up instantly.

I know, I wanted seconds but there were none. So yeah, it was delicious and I highly recommend it.

And this also works for potatoes, but you do have to roast them longer.

For more Food Network recipesgo to Arugula Salad with Olive Oil, Lemon, and Parmesan Cheese

For more carrot recipes, go to Grilled Sausages, Potatoes, & Carrots with Salsa Verde

For more recipes, go to Spinach Tortellini Soup

Spanakopita Penne Bake

I found this recipe in an old Good Housekeeping magazine. I’ve never had spanakopita but have heard it is good and wanted to try out this variant.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Penne
  • 2 10-oz Boxes of Frozen Chopped Spinach
  • 1 Cup of Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup of Loosely Packed Dill, Chopped
  • 15-oz Part-Skim Ricotta or Cottage Cheese
  • 1/2 Tsp. of Salt
  • 8-oz Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded

Directions:

  1. Cook penne for half the time said on the box; adding the spinach.
  2. When draining, reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta/spinach water.
  3. Combine feta, dill, cottage cheese, & salt in a bowl.
  4. Add penne, spinach, and the 1/2 cup of water.
  5. Spread evenly in a 3 quart baking dish. Top with the Mozzarella Cheese.
  6. Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees F for 25 mins.
  7. Uncover and bake for 10 mins.
  8. Serve.

Thoughts after cooking:

I thought it was absolutely delicious.

I couldn’t stop eating it.

For more casseroles, go to Too Easy Hotdish

For more recipes from Good Housekeeping, go to Two-Cheese Roasted-Veggie Pasta

For more recipes, go to Herbed Eggs with Sour Cream