Kielbasa Bowtie Pasta

Thoughts Before Cooking:

Sometimes you need something that is fast to make, cheap, and be able to serve a large group of people. When that happens, I like to pull this recipe out.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box of Bowtie Pasta Noodles (You can substitute with any pasta noodles)
  • 1 Kielbasa Sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 Cup of Chopped Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Cup of Chopped Green Bell Pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons of Chopped Red Onion (Can substitute with yellow onion)
  • 3 Teaspoons of Butter
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to the package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the peppers and onion in the butter, until tender.
  3. Add the sausage, salt, and pepper; cook and stir until sausage is heated through.
  4. Drain pasta and add to the skillet.
  5. Toss to coat.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I love this recipe. Delicious, fast, and great.

I recommend it!

For more pasta recipes, go to Two-Cheese Roasted-Veggie Pasta

For more recipes, go to Nature’s Own Cocktail

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Orecchiette with Red Onions, Almonds, and Green Bell Pepper

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

I had made the Brussels Sprouts Turkey Sausage & Pesto Pizza Casserole from this magazine and thought that was all I wanted. However, months later I decided to review it before donating it for an art project. There I found this recipe.

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Now I had to change it up as I am not a fan of two ingredients they used: green olives and ricotta cheese.

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Hate him.

Like the White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens, this recipe also came with a rating system.

[X] Quick Cooking

[  ] Healthy Pick

[  ] Freezable

[  ] Big Batch

[  ] Slow Cooker

[ ] One Pot

[  ] Whole-Grain

[X] Vegetarian

[  ] Gluten Free

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Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces of Orecchiette (or small pasta)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil, plus more for later
  • 2 Medium Red Onions, Chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2/3 Cup of Chopped Green Bell Pepper
  • 2/3 Cup of Roasted Almonds, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons of Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup of grated Parmesan Cheese, plus more for later
  • 1 Cup of Cottage Cheese

Directions:

  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. While that is cooking chop the vegetables and the almonds.
  3. Heat the two tablespoons of oil in a pan.
  4. Once heated add the red onion, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  5. Cook until tender (~8-10 mins).
  6. Drain the cooked pasta and put it back in the pot.
  7. Add the red onion,the lemon juice, bell pepper, almonds, Parmesan cheese, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir.
  8. When well mixed, transfer to a serving bowl or platter.
  9. Dollop with the cottage cheese, drizzle olive oil, and sprinkle with pepper and cheese.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I had a photograph, but I’m not sure what happened to it as I can’t find it anywhere. This recipe was very delicious as the cottage cheese and bell pepper perfectly complimented the rest of the dish. I will definitely be making this again!

joker-yum

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For more Real Simple Magazine recipes, go to Basil Spaghetti with Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes

For more pasta dishes, go to Pasta with Prosciutto, Cherry Tomatoes, and Asiago

 For more vegetarian recipes, go to White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens

For more recipes, go to Lemon Scones

Bulghur Salad

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Thoughts Before Reading:

This recipe comes from an old cookbook from the ’70s,Time Life’s American Cooking: The Melting Pot, and covers all kind of recipes from the different cultures in the USA.

This was was under the Armenian section. I read the ingredients and thought it sounded pretty good, after all I had been very curious as to what bulghur tasted like.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 1 Cup of Bulghur (Cracked Wheat)
  • 1 Small Cucumber
  • 1 Medium-Sized Firm Ripe Tomato
  • 1 Small Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 Bunch of Large Scallions or Green Onions
  • 1/4 Cup of Finely Chopped Parsley
  • 2 Teaspoons of Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoons Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons Strained Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Bring the two cups of water to a boil.
  2. When boiling, drop in the bulghur in a slow thin stream so the water continues to boil.
  3. Cover the pan, lower the heat and simmer the bulghur for 10 mins, or until all of the water is absorbed.
  4. Uncover the pan and, stirring frequently, cook over low heat for another 1 or 2 mins to dry the grains.
  5. Transfer the bulghur to a large mixing bowl and cool to room temperature. Then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 mins, or until thoroughly chilled.
  6. With a sharp knife or rotary peeler, peel the cucumber. Cut it crosswise into 1/2-inch slices, then cut each slice into 1/2 inch cubes.
  7. Cut the stem out of the tomato, then cut the tomato into 1/2 inch pieces.
  8. Halve the green pepper, cut out and discard the ribs and scoop out the seeds. Cut the pepper into 1/2 inch pieces.
  9. Trim the root ends of the scallions and wash them under cool running water. Cut the, including 2 inches of the green stems, crosswise into 1/8 inch-wide slices.
  10. Add the cucumber, tomato, green pepper, scallions, and parsley to the bulghur and season with salt and pepper.
  11. Just before serving, sprinkle the salad with lemon juice and pour in the olive oil.
  12. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, toss the salad.
  13. Transfer to another bowl and serve.

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Thoughts After Reading:

This is one of the cheapest things I have ever made. The most expensive ingredient was the green bell pepper, costing $1.50 (I already had olive oil as I use it regularly).

It was also delicious.

joker-yum

Healthy, good for you, and tasty. What more could you want?

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This is definitely something I will be making again.

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For more recipes from Time Life’s American Cooking: The Melting Pot, go to Caraway Rye Bread

For more salad recipes, go to Caprese Salad

For more low calorie recipes, go to Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups

For more recipes, go to Crasins Scones

Pizza Siciliana

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Thoughts Before Reading:

This recipe comes from an old cookbook from the ’70s, Time Life’s American Cooking: The Melting Pot, and covers all kind of recipes from the different cultures in the USA.

I am Sicilian so when I saw the pizza I had to try it. I decided to not make the pizza dough with the recipe they gave but followed every other facet.

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Unlike the familar round Neopolitan pizza,  Sicilian pizza is a newcomer to the pizza-loving Americans. It’s soft, breadlike crust and rectangular shape actually make it a more practical recipe for the home. The ingredients for the garnish are flexible; you can substitue such items as sliced cooked sausage, black olives or anchovies for the mushrooms and peppers-or add any or all of them to the recipe given here.”

-Time Life, 1971

Ingredients:

Pizza Dough

  • 3 Cups of Lukewarm Water (110 to 115 degrees F)
  • 2 Packages of Dry Yeast
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Sugar
  • 8-10 Cups of Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Unsalted Butter, Softened

Directions:

  1. Pour 1/2 cup of lukewarm water into a cup and sprinkle with yeast and sugar.
  2. Let the mixture rest for 2-3 mins, then stir.
  3. Place the cup in a warm, draft-free place (such as an unlighted oven) for about 10 mins, or until the yeast bubbles and the mixture doubles in volume.
  4. Place the 8 cups of flour and the salt in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the center.
  5. Pour in yeast mixture, the ret of the water, the vegetable oil; and with a large wooden spoon incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet.
  6. Continue to stir until the ingredients are well combined and can be shaped into a ball.
  7. Transfer the ball onto a floured surface and begin to knead; pressing the ball with the heel of your hand, pressing forward and folding back.
  8. Knead until dough is smooth, and an elastic medium-firm; (incorporate the 2 more cups of flour if you need to).
  9. With a pastry brush, coat the bottom and the sides of the dough with butter.
  10. Place dough in a bowl and a warm drat-free place for 1-1.5 hours, or until the dough doubles in size. Punch it down with your fists and replace in the bowl to rise again.
  11. Meanwhile, prepare the tomato sauce.
  12. When dough has completed its rising, punch it down and then cut it in half.
  13. Roll out each half to fit in a jelly-roll pan.
  14. Place the dough on the pans and then stretch it with your fingers so hat it fills the edges and corners.
  15. Drape with a towel and place in warm, draft-free place until dough has risen double.

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Ingredients:

Tomato Sauce:

  • 4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup of finely Chopped Onions
  • 1.5 Teaspoons of finely chopped Garlic
  • 3-1lb cans of solid packed Tomatoes and their liquid
  • 1 Tablespoon of Basil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Pepper
  • 1.5 Teaspoons of Salt
  • 6 oz can of Tomato Paste

Directions:

  1. In a 10-12 inch heavy skillet heat the olive oil, until a lught haze forms.
  2. Add the onions and garlic, stirring frequently until the onion become translucent.
  3. Stir in tomatoes and their liquid, oregano, sugar, black pepper, salt, and tomato paste.
  4. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for an hour.

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Ingredients:

Pizza Garnish:

  • 1 lb of Mozzarella Cheese, coarsely grated
  • 1/2 Cup of finely grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Cup of thinly sliced Mushrooms
  • 1 Large Green Bell Peeper; seeded, deribbed, and thinly sliced
  • 1 Large Red Bell Pepper; seeded, deribbed, and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Cup of thinly chopped Onions
  • Chopped Sausage
  • Sliced Olives
  • 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven tp 500 degrees F.
  2. Divide the sauce in half and coat the top of the dough.
  3. Bake in the center of the oven for 30 mintes, then sprinkle with mozzarella, Parmesan, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, olives,  and sausage.
  4. Dribble the olive oil on top and bake for 10 minutes longer.\Cut pizza into squares and serve at once.

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Thoughts After Baking:

Here is what I thought about this pizza:

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It was amazing! The sauce was the best I have ever had and the only one I will ever make for pizza again. It was just so fantastic!

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You should definitely try this out for yourself!

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For more Italian recipes, go to Italian Wedding Soup

For more recipes, go to A is for Applesauce Cake

Breakfast Omelet

Key lime pie murder

Thoughts prior to cooking:

This recipe is from Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery #9)When I first read this recipe it sounded really tasty, except for one thing: the cream of mushroom topping. Now not being from the Midwest, I can’t stand my meals being too hearty. So I made a few adjustments…

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Ingredients:

  • Non-stick cooking spray or butter
  • 1.5 lbs of skinless sausage links
  • 8 Slices of bread (Any kind)
  • 2 Cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 Cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 Cup of finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of salt
  • 1.5 Cups of milk
  • 1/2 Cup of half-and-half, or cream
  • 1 Tablespoon of mustard
  • Sliced mushrooms

Directions:

  1. Spray the inside of a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick cooking spray or rub with butter.
  2. Cut the crusts from the bread and throw away. Take the rest of the bread and cut it into one inch cubes. Toss them into the 9×13 pan.
  3. Cut the sausage links into fourths and sauté them until they are lightly browned.
  4. Drain the fat from your sausage. Put the sausage on top of the bread cubes.
  5. Sprinkle the grated cheese on the sausage, then the chopped onion, and finally the green bell peppers.
  6. Whisk the eggs with the salt, milk, half-and-half, and mustard. Pour the mixture over the top of the casserole. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  7. Next Morning: This takes about an hour to a hour and a half to cook.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  9. Take the casserole out of the fridge and remove the plastic wrap.
  10. Lay the sliced mushrooms over the top and place it in the oven.
  11. When egg is cooked, remove from the oven and enjoy!

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Thoughts after cooking:

It didn’t photograph well, but trust me this thing is absolutely delicious.

joker-yum

It had everything you could want in a breakfast food.

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It smelled and tasted good that we practically devoured the whole thing. I know I will make it again.

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For more Hannah Swensen recipes, go to Chocolate Covered Cherry Delights

For more breakfast recipes, go to Brioche French Toast

For more recipes, go to Lemon Bars