Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from January, 2008

Penne Alla Vodka & Garlic Cheese Bread

I am a pasta addict; it's as simple as that. If you put pasta in front of me I'll eat it. Probably because I'm Italian, probably because until I started expirimenting with cooking it was all I could make, but definitely because it's YUMMY!!!

I've been pretty busy lately so I've been making super simple meals. Last night I made a simple, though delicious Penne alla Vodka. What's not to love? Noodles - love, tomato sauce - love, cream- love, garlic - love, vodka - love!

Penne alla Vodka
Ingredients
- 24 oz. tomato sauce (store bought marinara or your own stand-by tomato sauce; I used my standard pasta sauce that I keep frozen)
- 3/4 cup vodka
- 1/2 cup heavy cream at room temp (I didn't have so I used 1/2 and 1/2 - still good though!)
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan
- 1 lb. penne noodles
Directions
- Simmer the tomato sauce and vodka in heavy skillet over low heat until mixture reduces by about 1/4 (15 minutes-ish)
- stir in the cream
- Simmer on low until heated…

Sunday + Football + FREEZING TEMPS = Chili

Ah, football... synonymous with chili, especially during the playoffs. Too bad the Packers couldn't pull it off though. Atleast we still have the Pats (and fictional BF Tom Brady) to look forward to in 2 weeks. I do like Eli Manning though and I'm glad that he's going to the Superbowl; I just didn't want him to beat Favre to get there :(

Anyway, it was about 15 degrees here so I definitely wanted something comforting for dinner, but I didn't really feel like cooking either. Something in the crock pot perhaps? Of course, football = chili! My chili is a really basic/semi-homemade recipe but my husband and I love it so that's all that matters!

Chili

Ingredients
1 1/5 lbs hamburger
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1 med. Can brooks chili beans
1 15oz can brooks chili beans
1 teaspoon – ½ tablespoon chopped jalapeno
¼ chopped onion
1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
Directions
- Brown & drain hamburger
- combine all ingredients in dutch ove…

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops (and Honey Butter Rolls)

So, other than bacon, I've never made pork before. I've also always said that I don't like much pork either (again, other than bacon and also honey baked ham at the holidays) because growing up when I would eat pork chops they would always be really dry. The other weekend on Food Network there was a healthy/spa-like theme and many of the hosts made pork and fish dishes. Well, since I'm terrified to try fish after not liking popcorn chicken, I realized that I could, and should, start adding more pork to my meal plans. I've always felt bad for my husband because I cook a lot of chicken and he's not the world's biggest chicken fan.

Being the big Giada fan that I am, I perused her recipe collection online and found a great sounding porkchop recipe. It's coated with a little cheese so that does take away some of the health benefits but at least it's a start!

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops
Ingredients
- 2 large eggs
- 1 c. Italian bread crumbs (dried)
- 3/4 c.…

Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole

So, when I was in college I didn't really care that processed foods were bad for you; I just knew that they were quick and easy (and at that time, I also thought they were cheaper because I didn't have a pantry with everyday staples in it!) One of my favorite boxed foods was Chicken Helper (and sadly, one of DHs favorite foods STILL is Hamburger Helper). Regardless of how bad it is for you I still crave it when I pass it in the aisle at the grocery store; however, thankfully in St. Louis I've never seen the kind I liked in college: 4-Cheese Chicken Helper (or something like that!)

I decided over the weekend to try to make my own version of it. I mean, it's basically just egg noodles, cheese and chicken! I looked online for recipes and couldn't really find any that didn't use cream soups (which I now know not everyone uses!) so I had to make my own (which is not my strongest skill!) PLUS, I used a new "technique" that I've never tried before... a b…