Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Pioneer Woman - Lasagna

Okay, I could pretend I was just on my blog last week, but the truth is, I have been missing for quite some time.!  Well, I started to miss cooking and blogging, so here I am.

I had some leftover ricotta and mozzarella from a recipe I made.  What would you do with that?  Make lasagna, of course!  I've made the Pioneer Woman's Lasagna before and it is deelicious.  As you browse through my blog, you will see that I make a lot of her recipes.  They are just so easy and yummy!  I'm really hoping to get her new holiday cookbook for Christmas.  I already added it to my Christmas list.

If you haven't made lasagna before and feel a little intimidated by the thought; not to worry.  Ree shows you step by step how to make this.  As you can see from my pics, that is how I did it.  You can find the recipe on her blog, right here, if you would like to give it a try.  I think that you should.  It would also be a great holiday meal.


Friday, July 5, 2013

Salted Nut Squares from The Leftover Club


I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but I started a new job on June 12th and since then it's been a real adjustment to try to fit in time with my family, blogging and keeping my house clean.  Sigh......

This month was the first time I was participating in The Leftovers Club.  If you haven't heard of this club, it's lots of fun!  You are given a partner and you send them your leftover goodies.  It's such a wonderful concept. 

You see...I've been wanting to make this recipe for Salted Nut Squares ever since I saw it on Bake or Break blog.  They were supposed to taste just like a PayDay candy bar.  I love Pay Days!  Let me say that it was a good idea to choose this recipe to share because I could have eaten the whole thing.

My pictures are few, as you can see, and not as desirable as I would have liked.  No light box here or posing nut squares.  Did I tell you I was still adjusting to my new job and schedule???  Hopefully, next month, I will have food photos to make National Geographic jealous!

My lovely partner was Linda from The Urban Mrs.  I hope she likes these yummy peanut bars and they reach her safe and sound!  I CANNOT wait to see what I will be getting in the mail.

If you would like to give these a try, take a visit to Bake or Break!  You won't be disappointed! 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Chicken Riggies for Food Around the World


The theme for June for Food Around the World was Italy.  I was SO excited to make this recipe for Italy.  I slaved in the kitchen over this dish.  Although it doesn't look fancy, it's a lot of work.  Imagine my surprise when I did not put two and two together that today would be July 1st and it's not still June.'re getting Italy!

As I said, this was a lot of work.  It was really good.  It was even better the following day for leftovers when the flavors really soaked into the pasta.  Yum! 

I found this recipe in the June/July 2013 Taste of Home magazine.  LOVE Taste of Home.

Give it a try.  I recommend it!

Chicken Riggies
12 servings

1/2 cup dry sherry
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed (I used drumsticks)


2 tablespoons butter
1 each medium sweet red and green pepper, chopped
4 pickled hot cherry peppers, chopped (I did not use these)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup dry sherry
2 cans (one 29 oz., one 15oz.) tomato puree
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 packages (16 oz. each) uncooked rigatoni
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
6 oz. cream cheese, cut up
1 1/2 cups grated Romano cheese

1.  In a large resealable plastic bag, combine sherry, oil, garlic and oregano. Add chicken; seal bag and turn to coat.  Refrigerate 1 hour.

2.  Drain chicken, discarding marinade.  Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Add chicken in batches; cook and stir until no longer pink.  Remove from pan.

3.  In the same pan, heat butter over medium-high heat.  Add peppers, onion and garlic; cook and stir until tender.  Add sherry; bring to a boil.  Stir in tomato puree, salt and pepper; return to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer 8-10 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.  Add chicken; heat through.

4.  Meanwhile, in a stockpot, cook rigatoni according to package directions.  In a small saucepan, combine cream and cream cheese over medium heat; cook and stir until blended.  Add to chicken mixture; stir in Romano cheese.

5.  Drain rigatoni; return to stockpot.  Toss sauce with pasta.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Aunt Sue's Pound Cake from Southern Plate

I had yet to find a pound cake recipe that I was impressed with; until yesterday!  I recently checked out "Southern Plate" by Christy Jordan from the library.  I am definitely going to purchase this book.  I love ALL of the recipes and the stories that go with them.

This recipe was really easy to put together.  I love that you can put it in a cold oven and then turn it on and forget about it for an hour and a half.  Then what comes out is magical!  The crust on the top of the cake is delicious.  I highly recommend this recipe AND the cookbook.

Aunt Sue's Pound Cake

6 eggs
1 cup (2 sticks) butter 
3 cups sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.  Grease and flour a tube pan and set out the eggs and butter to come to room temperature.

2.  In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition. 

3.   Sift the flour and add it to the creamed mixture alternately with the whipping cream.  Mix until fully incorporated.  Stir in the vanilla.

4.  Pour into the tube pan and place in a cold oven.  Turn the oven to 300 degrees and bake for 80 to 90 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool completely before removing from the pan.


Monday, June 17, 2013

Peach Cobbler For Cookin' With The Deens


This week's recipe for Cookin' With The Deens was Peach Cobbler.  I chose the recipe this week.  I love crisps, crumbles and cobblers; especially with a little ice cream on top when it's warm.  Yum!!

We decided to start our summer bucket list with one of the Star Wars movies last night, so this was our dessert while we watched.  Padme is so pretty.  Don't you think so?

I opted for frozen peaches for this recipe but I think next time I will use fresh.  My peaches weren't as ripe as I like them, so they weren't that soft.  Overall though, the recipe was great!

If you would like to see what Cookin' With The Deens is all about, take a visit to the site.  It's lots of fun!

Peach Cobbler

5 cups sliced fresh or frozen peaches; unpeeled, thawed and drained if frozen.

3 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1 tablespoon plus 1 cup all purpose flour

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2.  Toss together peaches, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, lemon juice and cinnamon.  Spoon into a 2 qt. dish and bake for 10 minutes.

3.  Meanwhile, whisk together remaining flour, baking powder and salt.  Cut in the butter until it resembles coarse meal.  Stir in 1/4 cup boiling water just until dough comes together.

4.  Spoon dollops of dough over baked peaches.  Bake 25 minutes until bubbling and golden brown.  Cool slightly before serving.


Vanilla Biscotti for Food Around the World




This month's theme for Food Around the World is Italy.  I thought biscotti would be a good choice for an Italian recipe.  I've been wanting to make a dessert that goes well with coffee.  Lately, I've been in a coffee mood; especially in the afternoon when I get the yawns.

I chose this recipe from King Arthur Flour.  It seemed simple and looked really good.  It was not hard to make at all.  I wanted to jazz mine up a little, so I dipped them in some white chocolate and used some grey and pink sprinkles.  Did you know that pink is my favorite color?  It is.

I loved this recipe.  It's nothing too fancy, but it goes great with my coffee!    If you would like to join in on the fun of Food Around the World, take a visit to the site.  Kelly from "What's Cookin' Kelly" runs the group.

Vanilla Biscotti

6 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla exract
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease the biscotti pan. (I used a cookie sheet and just shaped the dough with my fingers) 

2.  In a medium-sized bowl, beat the butter, sugar, salt, vanilla, and baking powder until the mixture is smooth and creamy.  Beat in the eggs; the batter may look slightly curdled.  Add the flour using the low speed of your mixer, stirring until smooth; the dough will be sticky.

3.  Scoop the dough into the prepared biscotti pan (cookie sheet), shaping it into a rough log and leaving about 3/4" bare around the edges of the pan.  The dough should be mounded in the center.

4.  Bake the dough for 25-30 minutes, until it's golden brown all over.  Remove it from the oven, and allow it to cool in the pan for 30 minutes.  Remove from the pan.  Using a spray bottle filled with water, lightly but thoroughly spritz the log, making sure to cover the sides as well as the top. (I skipped this step and it was fine)  Wait 5 minutes before slicing.  Softening the crust just this little bit will make slicing the biscotti much easier.  Use a serrated knife to cut diagonal 1/2" to 3/4" slices.

5.  Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees.

6.  Set the biscotti on edge on a large baking sheet; there's no need to grease the pan.  Return the biscotti to the oven, and bake them for 25 to 30 minutes, till they feel very dry and are beginning to turn golden.  They'll still feel a tiny bit moist in the center, if you break one in half; but they'll continue to dry out as they cool.  Remove the biscotti from the oven, and transfer them to a rack to cool.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Summer Bucket List 2013

I am seriously stealing this idea from my friend Kelly over at "What's Cooking Kelly".  She posted her summer bucket list on her FB page and I loved the idea.  My list won't be as fun but I'm going to give it a try! I also stole a few ideas from my friend over at "A Spoonful Of Everything".  Love her blog...

Last week I started a new job so I will be working full-time.  I'm missing doing things with my kids but I decided I will make the best of it and squeeze things in on the evenings and weekends.  That's the way to do it!  Making lemonade out of lemons, right?

Here goes.....

The Wendt/Weisel Summer Bucket List 2013

1.  Make ice-cream.
2.  Go bowling.
3.  Make chocolate gravy.
4.  Go to Sugar Sands Park.
5.  Go On A Nature Scavenger Hunt.
6.  Make donuts.
7.  Go To The Pool.
8.  Go On A Picnic.
9.  Fly Paper Airplanes.
10. Watch A Sunset.
11. Go To A Water Park.
12. Do A Family Car Wash.
13. Make S'mores.
14. Go See Superman.
15. Watch All Of The Harry Potters.
16. Take Zoey To A Dog Park.
17. Take Zoey to The Promenade.
18. Watch All The Star Wars.
19. Make Sweet Tea.
20. Start Walking Every Day.

Well, it's a start!