Healthy Caesar Salad Dressing

Who likes salad?

Me!

One thing I like is caesar salad, but the dressing can be so unhealthy.There is one recipe I use, but the day I was going to make it I didn’t have all the ingredients, so I had to start searching the internet.

This recipe comes from the blog Humorous Homemaking.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Jar with a tight fitting lid
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, minced (about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons of Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil
  • Dash of Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a jar.
  2. Screw the lid on tight and shake the jar until all ingredients are combined.
  3. When finished serve immediately or save in fridge up to a week.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I thought it was fantastic.

It was fun shaking the jar and absolutely delicious on the salad.

For more salad recipes, go to Caesar Salad

For more salad dressings, go to Garden Pasta Salad with Bocconcini

Eggplant Tomato Bites

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I’ve never been a big eggplant fan-but when I saw the picture in the Real Simple magazine. I decided to try it, and hoped it would turn out right.

Ingredients:

  • Safflower Oil, for the Grill
  • 4 Large Slices of Country Bread, 1 inch thick
  • 1 Large Eggplant, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil
  • Salt & Black Pepper
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, Halved
  • 12 Ounces Smoked Mozzarella (They didn’t have it so I used Low-Skim)
  • 2 Large Tomatoes, Sliced
  • 1 Cup of Fresh Basil

Directions:

  1. Heat grill to medium. Once it’s hot, clean the grill grate with a wire brush.
  2. Oil the grill grate with the Safflower Oil.
  3. Brush the bread and eggplant with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Grill bread until brown and crisp, one to two minutes, and rub with garlic.
  5. Slice in half crosswise, and put aside.
  6. Grill eggplants, turning occasionally, until tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  7. Place the mozzarella on the bread and grill, covered, just until it is warm and beginning to melt.
  8. Top with the eggplant, the tomato, and then basil.
  9. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve with a salad. (I recommend the caesar.)

Thoughts After Cooking:

I LOVED IT!

I thought it was so good and couldn’t stop eating it.

You should try it out!

For more Real Simple recipes, go to Orecchiette with Red Onions, Almonds, and Green Bell Pepper

For more grill recipes, go to Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups

For more eggplant dishes, go to Ratatouille

For more Vegetarian recipes, go to Crazy Cantina Chili

Crazy Cantina Chili

So today is:

As I am part Mexican, this is a holiday I celebrate every year. I haven’t posted anything for this day yet as haven’t made anything that would be perfect for any Cinco de Mayo celebration. But today I have something:

Chili

Thoughts Before Cooking:

So a friend of mine entered me in a chili competition and I was at a loss of what to do. I’ve never really cooked chili, but then I decided to do a recipe from The Star Wars Cookbook:Wookie Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes by Robin Davis.

Ingredients:

  • 1 16-0z Can of Kidney Beans
  • 1 16-oz Can of Black Beans
  • 1 16-oz Can of Garbanzo Beans
  • 1/2  a Large Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Chili Powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 28-oz Can of Crushed Tomatoes with Juice (I used the Diced Tomatoes with Chiles as I like my food HOT!)
  • 1 Cup of Tomato Juice
  • 1 lb of Ground Beef or Turkey (Optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream or Plain Yogurt

Directions for Vegetarian Chili:

  1. Open the cans of beans. Drain off the liquid from the cans in the sink. Rinse and set aside.
  2. Chop the onion and set aside.
  3. Put the oil in a large saucepan and set the pan on medium heat.
  4. When the oil is hot, add the chopped onions and stir with a wooden spoon until tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the chili powder and cayenne pepper and stir for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the beans, tomatoes, tomato juice; and stir well.
  7. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve Chili with cheese and/or sour cream

Directions for Meat Chili:

  1. Cook meat in a pan on the stove.
  2. Follow the directions above, adding the meat during step 7.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I thought the original recipe was good, but wasn’t as hot as I liked it so I added the chiles. I also included meat as I thought it would be more appealing.

I didn’t win the contest, but I had fun trying.

For more recipes to help with your Cinco de Mayo, go to Best Guacamole Ever! (Plus Make Your Own Tortilla Chips!)

For more from The Star Wars Cookbook, go to Twin Sun Toast

For more holiday posts, go to Yoda Soda

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

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

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StarWars

As Tuesday’s book review was on a fantasy/science-fiction book, I thought that the perfect recipe to pair it would be one from The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookie Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes by Robin Davis.

This is similar to the Joanne Fluke recipe, Hole in One, but doubles it! Is it doubly delicious? Or a double fail?

Ingredients:

  • 1 Wide Slice of Sourdough Bread (at least 7 inches wide)
  • 1 Teaspoon of Butter
  • 2 Small Eggs
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions:

  1. Put the bread slice on a cutting board.
  2. Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out two holes side by side, but leaving bread between and around the holes.
  3. Put a skillet on the stove and switch on the medium heat.
  4. Put the butter in the skillet.
  5. As butter melts, spread it evenly around the bottom of the pan.
  6. Place the bread slice in the pan and break an egg into each hole.
  7. Add salt and pepper.
  8. Fry until the clear parts of the egg turn white, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  9. Slip a spatula under the bread and flip it over quickly and carefully enough to not let the eggs slide out of the holes.
  10. Cook for one minute more.
  11. Slide toast on a plate and a plate and enjoy.

Thoughts After Reading:

So this did not work out at all like the image in the cookbook. The bread kept ripping and egg went everywhere.

But I did not see that they needed to be small eggs, I just used the regular large ones.

So I will try to make this again and make sure I use small ones. But otherwise it was a delicious way to start the morning.

For more recipes from theThe Star Wars Cookbook: Wookie Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes, go to Wookie Cookies.

For more breakfast recipes, go to Herbed Eggs with Sour Cream

For more recipes, go to Vanilla Crackle

Herbed Eggs with Sour Cream

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Yep, we are going to make a recipe from The Cat Who Cookbook. Now my big sister blog TheCatWhoWroteaBlog usually does this with all the recipes in one post. I perfer doing one at a time so I won’t be reposting the whole thing.

However if you are interested in all the recipes pulled from the first book, The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, just follow this link.

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Ingredients:

  • 6 Large Eggs
  • 6 Tablespoons of Sour Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Fresh Chives
  • Butter
  • Sour Cream and Chives for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven at 400°.
  2. Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add in the sour cream, flour, salt, pepper, and chives. Whisk briskly.
  4. Pour into a 1-quart buttered baking ramekin (if you don’t have a ramekin use a 1-quart round dish that can be placed in the oven).
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until eggs reach preferred degree of doneness.
  6. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and an extra sprinkle of chives if desired. Serves 2-4.

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So when I first pulled out the dish it was nice and fluffy, but then it fell.

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I guess I’m like Sabrina, I haven’t got my skills of souffles quite perfect.

But as served:

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The egg was very good, and we all enjoyed it as a breakfast or dinner food.

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It says it serves 2-4, but unless you have multiple side dishes it really serves 2. If you have more people, I would think of preparing two dishes or doubling the recipe. But very cheap and easy to make.

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For more The Cat Who…Cookbook recipes, go to Caesar Salad

For more breakfast recipes, go to Potato Chip Omelet

For more egg dishes, go to Breakfast Omelet

For more recipes, go to Blueberry Sour Cream Pie

Chicken Cashew Wrap

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Gung Hay Fat Choy or Happy Chinese New Year!

Today marks the new year, the year of the Rooster. Roosters are trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work. Some famous Roosters are Donny Osmond, Dolph Lundgren, and Jennifer Lopez. Roosters are best with Oxen and Snakes; but should avoid Rats, Rabbits, Horses, and Pigs.

In honor of this being the year of the Rooster, I have decided what better way than to have a chicken recipe.

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

This recipe is from Bake Until Golden, the wraps Lisa Leann makes when they are in a hurry to get to the airport. I’ve never made wraps before, but have always wanted to try, so I give this a look.

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Ingredients:

Dressing:

  • 1/4 Cup of Mayonnaise
  • 3 Tablespoons of Honey Mustard
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  •  A dash of Pepper

Meat Mixture:

  • 1.5 Cups of Chicken
  • 1 Cup of Celery, Chopped
  • 1/4 cup of Cashews, Chopped
  • Flour tortillas (I used wheat)
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/8 cup of Onion, Chopped

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, create the dressing by stirring the mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  2. Next: add the chicken, celery, cashews, and onion to the dressing.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Warm the tortillas on the stove.
  5. Scoop some of the chicken mixture into the tortilla.
  6. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  7. Roll it up like a burrito.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

These were really good! I had a hard time stopping:

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I like making them in the morning or night before and taking them to work with me.

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For more Potluck Catering Club recipes, go to Happy Trail Mix

For more Chicken recipes, go to Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken

For more “sandwiches”, go to Ham and Cheese Monte Cristos

For more Holidays, go to Potato Chip Omelet

For more recipes, go to C is for Chocolate Oat Crackles

Arugula Salad with Olive Oil, Lemon, and Parmesan Cheese

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

So Sunday I posted that recipe Potato Chip Omelet, well in the article I cut the recipe from it said to serve the omelet with a baguette and an arugula salad. I had never made an arugula salad, so I went searching on Pinterest and found Arugula Salad with Olive Oil, Lemon, and Parmesan Cheese from Tyler Florence on Food Network.com

It sounded easy and I had all the ingredients, so I thought I would make it.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Bunches of Arugula, washed & dried
  • 1/4 Cup of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Lemon, Juiced
  • Sal
  • Pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. In a serving bowl, drizzle the arugula with the olive oil.
  2. Squeeze in the lemon juice and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Shave thin slices of Parmesan cheese and sprinkle on top.
  4. Serve.

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Thoughts After Reading:

You know what, I realize that I don’t like arugula.

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I don’t care how much Vincent ‘Vinnie’ Antonelli (Steve Martin) likes it.

I think it is gross.

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I mean the salad tasted good except the arugula, It is just not my favorite vegetable.

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For more Pinterest recipes, go to Rice Krispies Peanut Butter Banana

For more salads, go to Caesar Salad

For more arugula, go to Arugula-Walnut Pesto

For more Food Network recipes, go to Orange Chocolate Cake

For more low calorie dishes, go to Lemon Scones

For more vegetarian recipes, go to Orecchiette with Red Onions, Almonds, and Green Bell Pepper

For more recipes, go to B is for Blueberry Smoothie

Potato Chip Omelet

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Happy New Year!

I hope you all have a blessed year!

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So last year I did a breakfast food post and I thought that it would be fun to keep that tradition going!

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I found this recipe in a Good Housekeeping magazine, I don’t remember which one, and it intrigued me. Potato chips in an omelet? Will that taste good?

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But that’s what this blog is about! Covering the written mysteries and the food mysteries!

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Ingredients:

  • 8 Large Eggs, beaten
  • 3 Cups (about 4 oz.) of Potato Chips, Crushed
  • 1/4 Cup of Fresh Parsley, Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons of Oil (I used Olive Oil)
  • 1 Small Onion, Chopped
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Smoked Paprika (Can substitute with Cayenne Pepper)
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl combine the eggs, potato chips, and parsley.
  2. In a 10 inch nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of oil on medium-low.
  3. Add the chopped onion and cook for 8 minutes.
  4. Stir slowly, until the edges start to set. Cook undisturbed until top is mostly set.
  5. Cover with a large lid and carefully flip. (If your skillet has no lid, use a large plate or platter without a rim.)
  6. Slide the omelet back into the pan and cook 5 minutes, or until set.
  7. Sprinkle with paprika.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Serve with an arugula salad and a baguette.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I loved it.

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I thought it was surprisingly delicious and it was only 365 calories, a calorie for every day of the new year.

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For more New Year posts, go to Best-Ever Blueberry Muffins

For more omelets, go to Breakfast Omelet

For more breakfast posts, go to Rice Krispies Peanut Butter Banana

For more Good Housekeeping recipes, go to Arugula-Walnut Pesto

For more recipes, go to B is for Blueberry Smoothie

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In other news, let’s have a quick year review.

So last year I published 110 posts!

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Out of those 110 posts, I’ve reviewed 54 mysteries. Which you should definitely check out.

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The Black Sheep Knitting Mystery Series (5 books), A Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery (1 book), Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery (1 book), Death on Demand (1 book), The Dresden Files (3 books), Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery (1 book), A Greek Island Mystery (1 book), Hatter’s Cove Gazette Mystery (1 book), Hannah Swenson Mysteries (7 books), A Hemlock Falls Mystery (2 books), Kinsey Millhone Mysteries (2 books), A Kovac and Liska Mystery (1 book), Ladies of Distinction (2 books), A Midwife Mystery (3 books), Miss Marple (1 book), Nellie Bly (1 book), A Plain Jane Mystery (1 book), Potluck Catering Club (1 book), Regan Reilly Mystery (2 books), Sherlock Holmes (1 book)A Southern Sewing Circle (1 book) and Ultimate (1 book)

And with independent mysteries: The Book of Madness and Cures: A NovelDeath Comes to PemberleyFangs But No Fangs, The Girl on the Train, The Italian WifeMurder and Other Unnatural DisastersSleeping BeautyTickerWhere Are You Now?, and The Winter People: A Novel

And the true crime books: Cape May Court House: A Death in the Night and The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars.

Along with the biography, Agatha Christie: The Woman and Her Mysteries and the short story “The October Game” from Long After Midnight.

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With cooking I reviewed 55 different recipes; 1-2-3-4 Peanut Butter Cookies, A is for Applesauce Cake, Apple Orchard BarsArugula-Walnut Pesto, B is for Blueberry SmoothieBasil Spaghetti with Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes, Best-Ever Blueberry Muffins,  Breakfast Omelet, Breakfast Puffin MuffinsBrioche French ToastBroken Lasagna with Zucchini-Tomato Sauce, Brussels Sprouts Turkey Sausage & Pesto Pizza Casserole, Bulghur Salad, Caesar Salad, Caprese Salad, Caraway Rye Bread, Cheesy Pesto Pull Apart BreadChocolate Covered Cherry Delights, Christmas Cheese RoundsCocoa M&M Cookies, Crasins Scones, Garden Pasta Salad with BocconciniGreen Tea Frappuccino, Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups, Happy 4th of July Triple Berry Salad, Happy Trail Mix, Harlem Tea Room Baking Powder Scones, Harlem Tea Room Cheddar-Thyme Scones, Harvest Pumpkin Scones, Irish Soda Bread, Italian Wedding Soup, King Arthur Carrot Cake or Cupcakes, Lemon Bars, Lemon Scones, Mini Lemon Pancake Cookies, Mozzarella Tomato Toast, No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies, Orange Chocolate CakeOrecchiette with Red Onions Almonds and Green Bell Pepper, Oven-Crispy Creole Seasoned French FriesPasta with Prosciutto Cherry Tomatoes and AsiagoPesto Parmesan Popcorn, Pigs in a Blanket, Pizza Siciliana, Polka Dot Macaroni and CheesePumpkin Spice Cake, Ratatouille, Rice Krispies Peanut Butter BananaScandinavian SpudsSchooner’s Summertime-Only Strawberry-Raspberry Pie, Simple Pasta Salad, Sour Cream Lemon PieVegetable SoupWhite Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens, and Wookie Cookies.

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This blog was viewed 2668 times last year.

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The busiest day of the year was December 10th and the post Scandinavian Spuds

The top five posts of this year were:

5) Breakfast Omelet from Key Lime Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

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4) Lemon Meringue Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

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3) No Limits by Lori Foster

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2) Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

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1) Scandinavian Spuds from Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke

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I wish I had that.

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So what will the next year hold? You’ll just have to follow me to find out!

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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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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!

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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

Caesar Salad

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

So this recipe comes from my sister blog theCatWhoWroteaBlog.wordpress.comI was going to a work function and had to bring an item. Originally I was going to make something different, but then I found myself running out of time and needed something delicious, easy to make, and fast. I choose this salad.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons of Butter or Margarine
  • 2 Slices of Bread, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 Small Clove of Garlic, minced
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons of Salad Oil
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice
  • 5 Cups of Romaine Lettuce, torn into pieces, washed and dried
  • 1/4 cup of Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat butter or margarine in skillet. Add bread cubes and minced garlic.
  2. Fry until bread is crisp and golden. Remove from pan and put away for later use.
  3. Rub salad bowl with cut garlic; then add salad oil, a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice.
  4. Mix ingredients.
  5. Then add lettuce and toss gently.
  6. Sprinkle with croutons, Parmesan cheese, and pepper. Serves 4-6.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I thought this was the best Caesar salad I have ever tasted.

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It was just the perfect blend of everything. I could eat this again and again.

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For more Cat Who Cookbook recipes, go to Crasins Scones

For more salad recipes, go to Simple Pasta Salad

For more recipes, go to Pesto Parmesan Popcorn

Simple Pasta Salad

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

Just a simple pasta salad I like to whip out when I need to.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Stalks of Celery
  • ~10 Black Olives
  • Mayonnaise to Taste
  • Mustard to taste
  • Pasta Noodles of your choice
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions:

  1. Prepare the pasta according to the pasta directions.
  2. While that is occurring slice the celery in half. Afterwards, chop the stalks into small pieces.
  3. Slice the olives.
  4. When the pasta is done cooking, strain, and rinse in cold water.
  5. Add the olives and celery to the pasta.
  6. Add mayonnaise and mustard to taste.
  7. Place in the fridge to cool or eat right away.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

Fast and tasty. A great side dish when you are in a hurry or just have a hanker.

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For more pasta salads, go to Garden Pasta Salad with Bocconcini

For more salad recipes, go to Ratatouille

For more recipes, go to Schooner’s Summertime-Only Strawberry-Raspberry Pie

Basil Spaghetti with Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

This recipe comes from Real Simple magazine, issue June 2011.

It sounded fantastic so I couldn’t wait to make it.

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Ingredients:

  • 12 oz Spaghetti
  • 3 Large Beefsteak Tomatoes (about 1.5 lbs), each cut into 4 slices
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil, plus more for the baking sheet
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 8 oz fresh Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1/4 Cup of grated Parmesan (1 oz), plus more for serving
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Teaspoon of Crushed Red Pepper
  • 3/4 Cup of torn Fresh Basil Leaves, plus more for serving

Directions:

  1. Heat broiler.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain and return it to pot.
  3. Meanwhile, arrange the tomato slices in a single layer on a lightly oiled rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Season with the salt and black pepper.
  5. Dividing evenly, sprinkle the slices with the mozzarella and Parmesan.
  6. Broil until cheese is bubbly and golden, 3-5 mins.
  7. In a small saucepan, warm the oil with the garlic and red pepper over medium heat, until fragrant (about 1-2 mins.)
  8. Add the contents of the saucepan; along with the basil, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper to the pasta and toss to combine.
  9. Serve topped with the tomatoes, basil, and shaved Parmesan cheese.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I loved it. I thought it was absolutely delicious with just the right taste of spice.

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My parents thought it was too spicy and would prefer no red pepper. But I thought it was just perfect and can’t wait to make it again.

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For more pasta recipes, go to Broken Lasagna with Zucchini-Tomato Sauce

For more Real Simple Magazine recipes, go to White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens

For more recipes, go to No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

I read this soup in Real Simple magazine November 2015 issue. It sounded so good that I decided to make it.

I know some of you might think it is too hot to be having soup, but I love it and could eat it anytime throughout the year.

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After I bought the ingredients I noticed this little rating system at the top of the page.

[  ] Quick Cooking

[  ] Healthy Pick

[X] Freezable

[  ] Big Batch

[  ] Slow Cooker

[X] One Pot

[  ] Whole-Grain

[X] Vegetarian

[  ] Gluten Free

That’s nice to know.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil, plus more for serving
  • 1 Large Onion, chopped
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 48-oz [6 cups] of Low-Sodium Vegetable Broth
  • 1 28-oz Can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup of Pearl Barley, rinsed
  • 4 Cups of Kale, stems discarded and the leaves cut into strips.
  • 1 15-oz can of Cannellini Beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 Cup of Shaved Parmesan Cheese, plus more for serving

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion, garlic, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender (about 8-10 minutes).
  4. Add the broth and tomatoes (with their juice) and bring to a boil.
  5. Add the barley, reduce heat, and simmer until the barley is tender.
  6. Add the kale and beans and cook until the greens are wilted and the beans are heated through (about 3-5 minutes).
  7. Stir in Parmesan Cheese.
  8. Serve soup drizzled with olive oil, top with cheese, and add salt and pepper to taste.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

The recipe says that it serves four, but it makes enough for 5-6 people.

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It was very tasty and filling. I loved it.

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

For more soup recipes, go to Ratatouille

For more vegetarian recipes, go to Garden Pasta Salad with Bocconcini

Ratatouille

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

Ever since I watched the movie Ratatouille, I have wanted to make Ratatouille.

I actually got this book The Wooden Spoon: Book of Home-Style Soups, Stews, Chowders, Chilis, and Gumbos for free. When I was leafing through I found Ratatouille and decided to make it.

Ratatouille is an interesting dish that can be classified as a soup, salad, and casserole.

Now you can do it two different way: layer it like Remy in Ratatouille; or cook it in a pot on the stove. I went the stove route as it was waaay to hot to be using the oven.

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Ratatouille is a marvelous all-vegetable stew, featuring eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes. It requires a rather large casserole or pot for layering the ingredients, but it cooks down to less than  half the original volume. Serve with crusty bread and a variety of cheeses. Leftovers can be served cold as a salad or side dish.”

Ingredients:

  • 5 Quart Stovetop-to-oven casserole or stockpot
  • 6 Tablespoons of  Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Yellow Onions, Thinly Sliced
  •  2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 Eggplant, Peeled and Cubed
  • 3 Small or 2 Medium Zucchini, Sliced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Seeded and Cut into Strips
  • 4 Red-Ripe Tomatoes, Peeled and Sliced
  • 1/4 Cup of Coarsely Chopped Fresh Basil (Do Not Use Dried)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chopped Fresh Oregano, or 1 Teaspoon Dried
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper

Directions:

Oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Warm 3 tablespoons of oil in the casserole over medium heat.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Layer the vegetables in the casserole, using half of each vegetable in each of two layers.
  5. Sprinkle layers with basil, oregano, salt, and pepper; until all are used.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil over the top
  7. Cover and bake for 1 hour.
  8. Uncover the casserole and gently move the contents with a wooden spoon so that they settle.
  9. Serve in flat soup plates.

Stovetop:

  1. Warm 3 tablespoons of oil in the casserole over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Layer the vegetables in the casserole, using half of each vegetable in each of two layers.
  4. Sprinkle layers with basil, oregano, salt, and pepper; until all are used.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil over the top
  6. Simmer on stovetop for 1 hour, using a wooden spoon to gently move the contents from time to time, but without actually stirring.
  7. Simmer, uncovered, on the stovetop for 10 to 15 mins to thicken the sauce.
  8. Serve in flat soup plates.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I really enjoyed it. It came out great and was delicious.

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For more soups, go to Italian Wedding Soup

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

For more salads, go to Garden Pasta Salad with Bocconcini

For more low-calorie dishes, go to Bulghur Salad

For more vegetarian dishes, go to Happy 4th of July Triple Berry Salad

For more recipes, go to Green Tea Frappuccino

Garden Pasta Salad with Bocconcini

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Thoughts before cooking:

So I was looking though the recipes in this magazine and I spotted this one. It  sounded absolutely delicious and I couldn’t wait to make it.

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Ingredients:

Dressing:

  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup of Cherry Tomatoes (preferably mixed colors)
  • 3 Tablespoons of Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup of Fresh Basil
  • 1/3 Cup of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Salad

  • Salt
  • 8 oz Campanelle or Fusilli Pasta (~4 Cups)
  • 1 Small Zucchini
  • 1.5 Cups of Halved Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup of Halved Bocconcini (Small Mozzarella Balls)
  • 1/4 Cup of Slivered Almonds or Pine Nuts, Toasted
  • 1/2 Cup of Basil, thinly sliced
  • Pepper

Directions

  1. Bring a small saucepan of water to boil; add the garlic and cook for two minutes.
  2. Remove the garlic and place in a blender with the cherry tomatoes, vinegar and basil; puree until smooth.
  3. With the motor running, add the olive oil in a slow, steady, stream and blend until smooth.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Bring a large pot of water to boil, adding the pasta and cooking until al dente.
  6. Drain and rinse under cool water, shaking off the excess.
  7. Transfer the pasta to a bowl and toss with the dressing.
  8. Shave the zucchini into strips with a vegetable peeler or mandoline; halve the strips crosswise and add to the pasta.
  9. Add the tomatoes, bocconcini, pine nuts or almonds, and basil.
  10. Toss.
  11. Season with salt and pepper.
  12. Serve immediately or refrigerate, covered, up to 6 hours (bring to room temperature before serving.)

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Thoughts After Cooking:

It was phenomenal.

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I loved it!!!

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I took it to a potluck and it was gobbled up in like five mins.

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For more from Food Network Magazine, go to Broken Lasagna with Zucchini-Tomato Sauce

For more salad recipes, go to Happy 4th of July Triple Berry Salad

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