Friday, June 20, 2014

Caramelized Potatoes

Caramelized Potatoes are one of those sides that when served with the "right" entree will hit a home run every time with your guests!  Tonight's batch of Caramelized Potatoes accompanied thick cut pork chops from the grill.  Yum-a-licious!  This side dish has been around and adapted for many years for our family, happy to see it making a Pinterest showing : )
1 pound cooked (do not peel), cooled and sliced potatoes.
2 -3 Tablespoons butter
1 Vidalia Onion  peeled and sliced thin
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Saute onions in butter until translucent.  Add potatoes, brown sugar, rosemary, salt and pepper and continue to saute until potatoes are caramel coated and brown.
Serve warm.
*Sometimes I add to this base.  Bacon crumbles, chopped apple, sweet potatoes (cooked, peeled and sliced).

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Welcome Home Brody and Bailey

A happy and tail wagging welcome home to our new fur family members, Brody and Bailey, our seven week old Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Manicotti Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

Manicotti made easy as 1,2,3!  I have been told by a few friends they avoid making Manicotti because it is somewhat tedious and messy to stuff the Manicotti shells. Let's see if we can make it easier...I start with my sauce simmering and ready to go.  My sauce is one large jar of my fresh canned tomatoes pureed, a combination of ground chuck and Italian sausage browned, spices.  Everyone has a favorite sauce, use yours.
You will need the following
Ingredients for Filling Manicotti pasta:
15 oz. Ricotta
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 eggs
4 oz. mozzarella cheese (you will need 8 oz. total)
4 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
garlic powder
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Other ingredients:
1 package uncooked Manicotti pasta
fresh mushrooms
4 oz mozzarella cheese
a couple of leaves of basil or sprigs of parsley for top chopped finely
Mix all filling ingredients together.
Put ricotta mixture in zip lock back and snip corner of bag.
Put a layer of sauce down into your spray oiled baking dish.  Fill each uncooked manicotti shell with your filling in zip lock.  The pasta is much easier to fill if it is uncooked.
After filling my manicotti pasta and arranging in a layer into dish, I cover with fresh sliced mushrooms.
Cover with remaining meat sauce.
Top with 4 oz. mozzarella cheese and fresh basil or parsley.
Cover with foil and bake in oven preheated to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes until golden brown.  Allow to set for 10 minutes before serving.
Comfort food...
and Manicotti easy as 1,2,3 !
I think I may be back for seconds : )

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Mmm... Biscuits

3 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 egg
1/4 cup water
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and butter until crumbly. Mix in milk, egg and water to make dough workable.  Roll the dough onto a floured surface to a thickness of about 1 1/2  to 2 inches thick. Cut with a biscuit cutter or a 2 inch round glass. Bake on a greased baking sheet and bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Makes about 12-15 biscuits

Place one (okay, two) on your plate, slather with honey and butter and enjoy : )