Showing posts with label cheese. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cheese. Show all posts

Monday, July 23, 2012

4 Cheese Stuffed Shells

I love Italian food, so when I was assigned the blog, Cookin' with Moxie, for this months Secret Recipe Club, I was thrilled. Cookin' with Moxie is a wonderful blog written by Jamie, whose blog is stuffed as full as these pasta shells of delicious sounding and beautiful looking foods. What to make was a difficult decision, but I finally decided on Jamie's 4 Cheese Stuffed Shells. They were so delicious, and cheesy and just yum!!
4 Cheese Stuffed Shells
1 pound Jumbo Pasta Shells
30 oz. Ricotta Cheese
2 1/2 cups Mozzarella, divided
1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1 cup Provolone Cheese
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Egg
2 tablespoon minced, flat leaf Parsley
2 tablespoon chopped, fresh Basil
Salt and Pepper to taste
3 cups Marinara Sauce, preferably homemade

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add pasta.
Cook the shells until soft but not cooked through
(about 1/2 the cooking time on the box)
Drain pasta and set aside until the filling is ready.
Place the ricotta in a bowl.
Add 1 cup of the mozzarella and the Parmesan.
Add the provolone.
Mix together.
Add the garlic powder, egg, parsley, basil, salt and
pepper. Mix thoroughly.
In a 13X9 casserole dish, pour in half of your
marinara sauce. 
Fill your partially baked shells with the cheese filling.
Place the shells in your dish on top of the marinara.
The shells should be open side up.
(I used a smaller dish)
Place the rest of your marinara on top of the shells.
Top the marinara with 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese.
Garnish with minced basil and parsley, if desired.
Cover your dish with foil, and bake for 30-40 minutes.
Uncover and continue to bake for an additional 15-20 minutes,
or until the sauce starts to bubble.
Serve immediately.
Enjoy!

Thanks for joining me today!
Stop by and see what all my fellow Secret Recipe Club members made:

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Freedom Nachos!

Today is Day 10 of our 15 Days of Red, White and Blue and we are celebrating day 10, Friday, summer, and anything else you want to "woo~hoo" about with one of my favorite things to munch on~Nachos! I even went a little upscale with this dish, adding some additional ingredients I think you will be happy to see and taste!

Freedom Nachos
Red, White, and Blue Nacho Chips
Muenster Cheese
          Salsa(recipe)
         Cowboy Beans(recipe)
Avocado
Sour Cream
Filet Mignon Chunks
Sauteed Red and Green Peppers with Onions

Make your beans first. They take a while to make.
You will want to start the day before you need them.
But they are so worth it. Delicious!
Just follow the link to the recipe above.
The same goes for the salsa. 
I didn't take any pictures of it, but you might want to
make it the day before also.
I bought a nice piece of filet. Because it was so big,
the remainder can be used for another meal, making it a much 
better price! I sliced some very thin pieces of beef,
and then chopped them to small chunks.
Cook the beef in a small frying pan.
Saute your peppers and onions at the same time.
Now lets put everything together!
Cover the nachos with the muenster cheese and microwave to melt it.
Place beans, beef, avocado, sauteed veggies and sour cream
in separate bowls for easy access for everyone.
Set out spoons and forks for easy serving, and dig in!
Happy 4th of July!

Thanks for joining me today.

I hope you stop by tomorrow for Day 11 of
15 Days of Red, White and Blue!!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Scalloped Potatoes

Today is reveal day for Secret Recipe Club! This month I was assigned a wonderful, fun blog,
A Day in The Life. It is authored by Danielle, who is the mother to 2 adorable little boys, and she lives in beautiful Kentucky, which is right across the river from where I grew up, and it holds a special place in my heart. Danielle's blog has many recipes to choose from, but I chose this particular recipe because I thought it would be a wonderful addition to our Father's Day festivities. And it was! Delicious Scalloped Potatoes!



Scalloped Potatoes
1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream 
1/2 teaspoon dried Thyme
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground Nutmeg
2 pounds Russet Potatoes
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. 
         Butter or spray a casserole dish.




Peel your potatoes, and then
using a mandolin or slicer, cut your potatoes
into 1/8" slices.












In a medium saucepan, over medium low heat, warm up the cream, thyme, garlic and nutmeg. Keep your eye on the cream because you do not want it to boil over.














Place a layer of potatoes in the bottom of your prepared casserole dish, overlapping slightly.
Season with pepper. 












Pour about 1/3 of the cream mixture over the potatoes.
Sprinkle some of the parmesan and cheddar over the potatoes.







Do this for 2 more layers.






Bake, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes.










Enjoy!








Thanks Danielle for a great recipe, that was loved by all and made a delicious
addition to our Father's Day celebration!


I made a few changes to this recipe. To see Danielle's exact recipe
go to www.danielledeskins.blogspot.com



Monday, November 7, 2011

Crazy Cooking Challenge~Mashed Potatoes

This month at Crazy Cooking Challenge the recipe search was on for a mashed potato dish. I never realized how many different ways there are to make mashed potatoes!! I searched quite a few sites and looked at a lot of recipes, but the one that intrigued me the most was the Mashed Potato Casserole at Lynn's Kitchen Adventures. This is a wonderful site that is is written by Lynn, a busy wife and mother. Her site is full of creative recipes, kitchen tips, and some knock off recipes (Yum~I love those!) She also writes a blog called Lynn's Recipe Adventures,  her journey of  learning to cook gluten free and allergy  free. I chose Lynn's Mashed Potato Casserole for a couple of reasons. First of all, I have never had mashed potato casserole, and second, it seemed different, but true to the mashed potato! And it was. It was delicious! It had lots of flavor, it was easy to prepare, and I think you could serve this dish at Thanksgiving for a welcome change of pace. Thanks Lynn for a great recipe!


Mashed Potato Casserole
3 tablespoon Butter
3 pounds Potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 Eggs 
1 1/4 cup Milk
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese
Wash the potatoes, then peel.
Cube potatoes, by cutting them in half. Cut each half in fourths,
then turn them around, and slice each one resulting in cubes!
Place the potatoes in a pot, and cover the potatoes with water.
Add the butter.
Bring the potatoes to a boil, and then lower the temperature,
and cook until they are done.
Drain the potatoes.
Place the potatoes in a mixing bowl.
Add the eggs....
and the milk.
Mash the potatoes. Add 1cup of the shredded cheese
and mix well.
Place the potatoes in a baking dish.
Spray the dish first with pan spray.
Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on the top of the potatoes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Cut and serve!
Delicious!



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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cheesy Pumpkin Appetizer!

These cheese pumpkins are so cute, and they are not just for Halloween. They would be a perfect starter for Thanksgiving also! I paired them with Ritz Buttery Thin Munchables. I have never had these crackers before, but they are light and bite size, making them perfect for the strong cheddar taste of the pumpkins!
Cheesy Pumpkin Appetizer
(Makes 10 Pumpkins)
10 tablespoons Cheddar cold pack Cheese
2 teaspoons finely chopped Nuts
5 butter flavored Pretzel Sticks
10 pieces tiny fresh Parsley leaves

Chop up the nuts until very fine.
Scoop each tablespoon of cheese into a ball. 
I wore gloves, and rolled the balls between my 
hands to get the correct look.
Place the balls of cheese on a piece of wax paper
or parchment paper. Place in freezer for about 5 minutes,
so they can become firm.
Start scoring lines on the cheese balls, 
so that they resemble pumpkins. Start
in the center, and draw a line from the top
to the bottom center. Do this about 7- 8 times
around each cheese ball.
Here is the completely scored cheese ball.
Snap each of the pretzel sticks in half. On each cheese ball,
place a parsley leaf at the top of the cheese. Take the
pretzel stick and insert it in the top of the cheese to
resemble the pumpkin stem. As you insert the pretzel,
grab a piece of the parsley to secure it as the pretzel goes in.
Tap the bottom of the cheese ball on the chopped
nuts. They should cover the bottom.
All done. Do this to each cheese ball.
If at any time the cheese becomes too soft to
work with, pop it in the freezer for about 5 minutes.
You can serve them all together on one plate,
or go for the homespun look, and serve on a 
cutting board. You could put several on a cutting board.
That would look great! or,
a cheesy pumpkin on an fall inspired appetizer plate.
There is no wrong way!

You could also use cheese that is flavored, such as a
smoked cheddar or a port wine cheese. Of course, your favorite
crackers always fit this recipe!

Happy Halloween!!

Stop by later for more Halloween Happenings!