Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad

One of the great things about summer is the food. I know, I know it’s technically spring but it dang sure feels like summer here in Georgia. I eat a lot of salads and pasta salad is one of my favorites. I can eat this once a week and be a happy girl. The black olives that I use are oil cured. You can find those in your local deli and if you can’t canned black olives are fine too. Just be sure to drain them. Ingredients 1 box of rotini pasta 1 cup of grape tomatoes, rinsed 1/2 cup of olives 1 cucumber seeded & chopped 1/4 cup of purple onions 1 package of feta cheese 1/2 cup of peperoncini peppers drained & sliced 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup prepared Italian dressing   Directions 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and...

Meatball Casserole

Meatball Casserole

This weekend I had the privileged of cooking a large feast for my wonderful neighbors. Their adorably sweet daughter Yasmine graduated from high school. She had a graduation dinner and I was luckily asked to cook for the event. She loves pasta and I don’t blame her! I made several pasta dishes but this was one was new for me. It’s layered with pasta, cheese, marinara and meatballs and baked until golden brown. Ingredients 1 box of pasta 2 jars of marinara sauce 2 cups of mozzarella cheese 1 bag of frozen meatballs or homemade from 1lb of ground meat Directions 1.  In a large pot boil water and cook pasta according to the directions. Cook for 1-2 minutes less because your pasta will continue to cook in the oven. Drain and set aside. 2. Heat marinara,...

Glazed Carrots

Glazed Carrots

One impressive dish without much work. These vegetables are colorful and tasty. This side can be dressed up for a holiday dinner or done simply as a compliment to any meal. I listed my basic recipe but you can easily alter the flavor by adding a squeeze of lemon or chopped ginger.   Ingredients 1lb of baby carrots, rinsed clean 1/4 stick of butter cinnamon brown sugar dash of salt   Directions 1. Steam carrots & cook until you can just pierce with a fork. 2. Soften butter, mix cinnamon, & brown sugar. I didn’t list the amount because I feel that you should sweeten according to your taste.  I would start off with 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and 3 tablespoons of sugar & add more to alter the taste. 3.  After you drain your carrots, move to...

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

This morning I made turkey sausage wrapped in croissant dough, baked it on 350 for 20 minutes and  made the most delicious pigs in a blanket alternative ever. While we were eating Elise said, “Mom you can cook anything and it’s all so good. Can you make banana bread?” It just so happened that I had 4 overripe bananas and a strong desire to bake. The ladies said it was the best and between the three of them they ate half. Ingredients 3-4 ripe bananas, smashed 1/3 cup of melted butter 1 cup of sugar (you can use 1/2 brown and 1/2 granulated) 1 egg, beaten 1 teaspoon of vanilla 1 teaspoon of almond 1 teaspoon of baking soda pinch of salt 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg Optional Ingredients You can stir in  1/2 cup of...

Corn Casserole

Corn Casserole

Do you know what’s really good? Baked corn covered in several types of cheese and melted butter. Not something I could cook everyday. I normally make this dish once a year on Thanksgiving. But, I decided to make this today for the kids to eat with lunch. Fortunately for me they didn’t want to eat anything but this! They made a meal out of it and this will most likely be the only time I bake this for 2014. I just don’t think you should eat food like this consistently but definitely devour it on occasion. Ingredients 1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained 1 (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn 1 (8-ounce) package of Jiffy cornbread mix 1 cup sour cream 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese...

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes I give my kids cookies for breakfast. Let’s keep that one a secret. I do think it’s a kind gesture to wake up to the smell of fresh baked & warm cookies and a glass of ice cold milk. I don’t do this very often but enough to leave a positive impression. Hopefully it will create a lasting memory & something they can share with their own children one day. It’s on my courtesy list. I have a list of things I do that I think my kids would enjoy. I am not going to name everything on the list but I asked each of my kids what their favorites are and this is their collective response. 1. Warm cookies for breakfast 2. Warming the towels in the dryer to have when they get out of the bath. 3. Saying yes when they would normally think...

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

  Last Friday was Good Friday! It was extra special because we are celebrated Emma’s second birthday that carried over into the weekend. I am happy that my sweet baby is turning two. For her birthday she received lots of special gifts but the most interesting was seven baby chicks! This will be a birthday to remember. I will make a separate post and page on how to raise and care for baby chicks. We are officially urban farmers. Today I am making Emma’s favorite meal, she loves pot pie. What makes this chicken pot pie so unique is that I add curry. This of course is optional but it gives the pie a hearty flavor that lasts.   Ingredients: Basic Pie Crust 2  1/2  cups of all purpose flour 1 cup of shortening or butter 1/2 teaspoon salt 6...

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