Friday, January 22, 2010

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Italian Supper

Stuffed Pasta Shells  & Texas Toast Bruschetta

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Dad's Simple Beer Chili

stew meat
1 lb ground chuck
Onions, green pepper, poblano pepper & lots of jalapeno peppers
(the jalapenos were thrown in the pot "whole" not chopped)

 (he used Bud Light, but I do not have a picture of Bud Light- I think I'm going to use Bud Light Lime in mine)
and of course,
(chili powder, dried oregano, garlic powder, pepper)

It doesn't look that pretty
but it sure taste good!

My New Favorite Ingredient

Oven Ready Lasagna ROCKS!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cheesey French Bread



I have just started using my Pampered Chef stone to cook french bread instead of a cookie sheet.
It seems to toast beautifully and evenly.
In the past, I bought the garlic bread already prepared at the store.
The last couple of times I have been buying the plain french bread and doctoring it up myself.
Here I've put some butter, shredded italian cheese (Kraft), some mozzarella cheese, dried rosemary, and drizzled EVOO.
Since I've been splitting it down the middle, no more gooey center.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

This is a combination of PW's recipe from her cookbook and a friend of mine who made up her own.

13 jalapenos
One pkg of bacon ( I used Wright's Pepper Bacon)
1 block of cream cheese - softened
3/4 cup of sharp cheddar cheese - grated
1 green onion (chopped)
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp Lawry's seasoned salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
bbq sauce

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with foil. 

Using gloves, cut each jalapeno in half and remove the membrane and seeds.  Cut the bacon in half.

Combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, onion, and seasonings.

Spoon mixture into the jalapeno, then wrap with bacon.  Brush with BBQ sauce. (I used Jack Daniel's BBQ sauce)

Bake for a hour or until bacon is brown.

Note: You can use any type of sauce you like - even jelly - if you want to mix the savory with sweet.  I almost used one of my Fischer & Weiser products, but my son is a BBQ lover.  I will be trying that soon.

Other variations - PW uses cream cheese, cheddar cheese and green onions - no seasonings - I bet those are just as delicious. I just have to use cumin and cayenne pepper anytime I can get away with it.   My friend puts shredded chicken in hers - just using a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket. 

Cinnamon + Sugar Brioche Toast