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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Today I am giving a "makeover" to the family favorite macaroni and cheese. Replacing elbow macaroni with fresh cauliflower is a delicious alternative!
Melt a 1/4 cup butter in sauce pan.  Add 1/4 cup flour to melted butter and whisk to blend.
Add 2 cups milk and continue to whisk as sauce simmers.
Add shredded cheddar and 2 ounces cream cheese.  Whisk until smooth and blended.  Remove from heat.
Add fresh cauliflower to sauce.  Put into greased casserole dish and add Ritz butter cracker crumbs to top of casserole.  Bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 45 minutes or until cauliflower is soft and tender.
Yummy!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Good Morning Fall

Good Morning Fall
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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Alfredo Linguine with Tomatoes and Spinach

Alfredo Linguine warms me from the inside out, on a days when the chill of fall and early winter make their appearance.  Toss some fresh cherry tomatoes and baby spinach in the mix, creamy heaven on a plate!  This recipe is soooo simple and one of the best alfredo linguine sauce's I have eaten!
 Start by dipping 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced in half and dipped in sugar.
Clean and dry a bunch of 1 cup baby spinach.
Saute the tomatoes, spinach and 2 teaspoons minced garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil.  Boil water for  linguine and place noodles in boiling water until tender.  Drain and rinse linguine.  Set tomato and spinach mix to the side.
In sauce pan combine over medium heat:
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
4 ounces cream cheese
Stir over medium heat until cheese is melted and blended together.  Sauce will thicken.  Add the tomato/spinach mixture to Alfredo sauce.  Stir in linguine.  Serves 3-4.
Warms me to my toes...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Season's Screamings!

'Tis the season for goblins, ghosts and screams...
Free printable.
Postcards can be printed when I size the printable to the size of a card or postcard for all the tricksters  on my snail mail list.  Kids love getting snail mail : )
Just click and print!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Mmm...Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is the perfect snack.   This "recipe" is quick and easy.  Don't judge my lack of fresh from the garden, stove top roasted peppers...the jar is a perfect solution when I need roasted peppers now : )
Into the bullet blender with a can of drained chic peas, roasted red peppers, one clove of fresh garlic and blend until smooth.  Dash of pepper and salt before serving.
Simply Delicious.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Carpe Noctem

It is almost time to Carpe Noctem.  I think this will be our house  t-shirt costume for Halloween this year.  I made it as a sign for my Halloween decor, but now I see t-shirts for the trick or treat night of fun.
Seize the Night-Carpe Noctem
The Moonlight Factory motto, Carpe Noctem, fits well with Halloween, don't you think?

Santa Claus finds it suited to his night of work also : )

Monday, September 1, 2014

Amazing Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread?  If this combo is wrong, I don't want to be right...a summer slice of heaven with a cold glass of milk.  This Amazing Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread is a huge hit with everyone!  It is a very moist bread and it does not dry out waiting to be devoured.  

Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
In a large mixing bowl cream together: 
3 large eggs
1 cup canola oil
2-1/4 cup sugar
Add to the mixture:
3 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups zucchini (squeeze out water)
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1small box of instant chocolate pudding
3 cups flour
Stir into mixture:
1-1/2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Pour batter in to 2 loaf pans that have been spray greased.  Bake 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Mmmm....