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This is a super easy and relatively quick recipe for homemade bread. Its good too.:)

3 3/4 cups all purpose or bread flour

1  .25 ounce package of yeast

2 Tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

3 Tablespoons sugar

1 1/2 cup warm water

First dissolve yeast in the warm water . In separate bowl mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, salt, oil and sugar. Add the dissolved yeast water to the flour mixture. Mix together and let stand, covered tightly, for 30 mins.

Now add 1 1/2 cups flour gradually to yeast mixture, mix together by hand to form dough. Place dough on floured surface and continue to knead and fold in flour until dough is smooth and not sticking to hands.

Separate dough into 2 loaves approx. 1 lb. a piece, or you may make 6 mini loaves, they are really convenient for one or two people.  Place loaves one non stick cookie sheet and place in COLD oven for 15 min. and let rise.( Dough will continue to rise while being cooked.)

Turn oven to 425 degrees and bake for approximately 30 min  or until good and golden . 🙂

Enjoy!

Spinach and Sausage Pasta with White Sauce

 

 

For Pasta

smoked sausage halved and sliced

2 cups of fresh spinach

2 small cloves of garlic diced

¼ white onion diced

dash of coarse ground black pepper

pinch of oregano

8 oz. pasta of your choice  (linguine /penne/small shells work well)

olive oil

 

For White Sauce

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

¼ tsp. salt

1cup milk

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese (do not use the kind in the green container, lol, use real solid parmesan)

 

Begin by boiling your pasta per directions until tender, set aside

In large saucepan drizzle olive oil, and add sliced sausage garlic, onion, pepper and oregano. Now brown ingredients thoroughly over medium heat.  When browned add washed and chopped fresh spinach, it takes only a minute to incorporate into the sausage mixture. Turn heat to low as you prepare the sauce.

In medium saucepan melt butter, add flour and salt, Mix together then add milk .Mix and add your Parmesan. Stir together and heat until thickened and bubbly, add pasta to the sausage mixture and sauce, Mix together..Enjoy!

 

 

Ok this is a glorified french bread Pizza/sloppy joe type sandwich..its so yummy.

1 market style fresh baked french loaf

1 cup fresh washed spinach

1/2 cup sliced mushrooms

7 oz. fresh ground country sausage

pinch of oregano

pinch of california chili pepper

dash of corse ground black pepper

dash of garlic salt

Pizza sauce from grocery store, or you can make your own. I prefer to make my own with a small can of tomato sauce, a tsp. of oregano, garlic salt and pepper.

Ok, first brown your sausage in a pan with a tablespoon of water, add pepper,garlic salt. oregano,and chili pepper..When sausage is done add spinach and mushrooms , saute for just a couple minutes.

Cut french loaf in half and then slice horizontally so you have two flat halves, you dont need the whole loaf, only half. Brush cut sides with olive oil and a dash of garlic salt, then add tomatoe sauce mixture, cover well because the bread soaks up the sauce. lay sliced pieces of mozzarella over sauce. Next, pour over the sausage mixture and cover well, it will be a little sloppy, thats the point 🙂  Finally add a few more slices of mozzarella and bake for 10-2 minutes at 400 degrees. Enjoy!


Crustless Sausage and Spinach Quiche

Smoked Sausage (I used 3 hot dog length sausages)

1 and ½ cup fresh, cleaned Spinach

½ small onion julienned

1 cup sliced mushrooms

½ grated cheese

2 small-medium hot-house tomatoes

6 eggs

½ cup milk or cream

coarse ground black pepper

dried basil

1 tbl. butter

olive oil

Halve and slice the sausage and brown in a drizzle of olive oil, cook in large frying pan until browned. Then, add onions and mushrooms, add to this the butter and a pinch of coarse ground black pepper and basil ,and caramelize the mushrooms and onions with the sausage. Next, add the chopped spinach cook down for just a minute then add the tomatoes. You may add another pinch of pepper and basil if you like. Warm for about 2-3 minutes. Place in greased 8 X 11 casserole dish. Add to the sausage mixture the blended egg, milk and ½ the cheese. Pour egg mixture over sausage mixture and top with cheese. Bake for 30 min. @ 375 degrees, or until fork comes out clean. Enjoy!

sliced eggplant

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This recipe can be made on a stove top grill, George Foreman(tm) Grill or even the one in your back yard.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              about 2 pounds of chicken cutlets

2 medium eggplants

about 6 good size tomatoes

Fresh Mozzarella cheese

block parmesan cheese

2 cloves of garlic

1 cup olive oil

course ground black pepper

salt

First thing you need to do is infuse the olive oil with the garlic. This is done by thinly slicing the cloves and roasting them in the olive oil at medium heat. About five minutes should be plenty. Reserve the oil as it will be used in the rest of the recipe as well.

Now, slice the tomatoes vertically and place on cookie sheet. Brush them with some of the garlic infused oil and dash them with salt and pepper. Slow roast in oven @ 250 degrees for about an hour and a half.

About thirty minutes before the tomatoes are done you may slice the eggplant into rounds, not to thin, but not so thick they dont cook well, about a half an inch is good. Brush the eggplant with the infused oil,and dash with salt and pepper as well, and grill on both sides until marks are visible and eggplant is tender. Brush the chicken with the remainder of the oil and season with the salt and pepper and grill until white in middle. About 3-4 min. on each side.

Now, you stack your ingredients for presentation. Cutlet on bottom, followed by eggplant, tomato, and thick slices of mozzarella and parmesan. top with choice of another chicken or eggplant. Enjoy!

chorizo sausage.

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Here is another great recipe from my friend Carrie, presents beautifully and so satisfying. Enjoy!

Chorizo and Potato Paella

1 large head garlic with excess skin rubbed off

1 can of peas

6 cups mixture of beef and chicken broth

¼ teaspoon crumbled thread saffron

½ pound Spanish or other chorizo

8 Tablespoons olive oil

1 large potato peeled and cut into ¼ inch slices

1 med onion finely chopped

2 cloves garlic minced

1 green pepper finely chopped

1 large tomato seeded and finely chopped

2 Tablespoons paprika preferably Spanish smoked

3 cups Arborio short grain rice

Preheat oven to 400 for gas or 450 for electric. Rub garlic with olive oil and place the whole head of garlic in oven and bake while preparing the rest. Pour broth in saucepan and stir in saffron and keep hot over lowest heat. Heat a 15 inch paella pan and add the chorizo and brown lightly and drain on paper towels. Heat oil in same pan and slowly fry potatoes turning once until brown and cooked through drain the potatoes on paper towels and remove to warm platter. Sprinkle potatoes with salt to taste. Add onion, garlic and green pepper to pan and cook slowly until softened. Stir in the chopped tomato and parsley and cook slowly for 5 minutes. Add paprika then stir in the rice coating well with pan mixture. Pour in the hot broth and peas. Bring to a boil taste for sale, and boil about 3-5 minutes to reduce the liquid just enough to arrange the chorizo and potatoes on top. Remove head of garlic from oven and place in center f pan. Arrange potatoes and chorizo attractively over rice. Bake for abut 15 minutes may need more until the rice is almost al dente. Remove to warm spot cover with foil and let sit for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

* it makes a lot so you can always cut the recipe in half

Autor: Carrie Patton

a gaggle of olives

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Another great recipe from my Mama. My grandmother used to make Pea Salad with Velvetta(tm).  Hope you enjoy!

Pea salad:
2 chilled drained cans of green peas
1/4 cup each chopped dill pickle and green olives
1/3 cup chopped onion (or to taste)
2/3 cup small diced cheddar cheese
1/3 cup ranch dressing
mix all ingredients and chill thoroughly.

Great as a side dish, or for us veggies a main course.

Author: Mona Twocats-Romero

Examples of high-protein foods are tofu, dairy...

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Basic Stir Fry Basic Stir-Fry
1 lb. EXTRA firm tofu, cubed and drained             well
1 cup thin sliced carrots
1 cup broccoli coarsely chopped
2 stalks celery, sliced thickly
1 chopped red bell pepper
½ cup chopped red onion
1 hot pepper of your choice, sliced in half
¼ cup sesame or olive oil
another ¼ cup oil
Soy Sauce to taste

Cube tofu and allow to drain for at least one hour in a colander over a bowl. Discard liquid. Heat 1st ¼ cup of oil in Wok to very hot. Add hot pepper and tofu and stir-fry until tofu is lightly browned. Remove tofu from wok and retain oil and tofu in bowl. Add second portion of oil and heat until very hot. Add onion and bell pepper and stir until browned (this will only take a short while). Add the rest of the ingredients in this order, stirring and browning as each is added: celery, carrots, and broccoli. Add the tofu, chili and oil and stir for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add soy sauce to taste.

Add for variation:

Peanuts or cashews
Asparagus
Snow peas
Artichoke hearts
Apples (a favorite)

** As a note, you may easily substitute meat for the tofu.

Author:   Mona Twocats-Romero

Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes

You can use any potato you prefer for this recipe (Russet, Red, Yellow, and many more). Red makes for a very pretty presentation.

5 medium potatoes washed

3 green onions

1 clove garlic

½ tsp. pepper

1/8 tsp. Hungarian Paprika (or any paprika)

½ tsp. season salt

2 Tbs Olive oil to coat

Shake of Parsley for looks

Quarter and cube washed potatoes, place in large bowl to mix. Add garlic and onions, mix , add all other ingredients and drizzle olive oil to coat potaoes evenly.

Place  potatoes on a baking sheet and bake @ 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Turn halfway through .  Serves 4 easily.

A little snack.

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This comes straight from my Mama..my Grandmothers recipe.

Nana’s Potato Pancakes

She used to make these with left over mashed potatoes

2 cups cold mashed potatoes
2 eggs
salt and pepper to taste
flour for breading
oil for frying — Nana preferred Wesson oil, I prefer olive oil.

Mix the potatoes, eggs, salt and pepper thoroughly. Roll into balls the size of a ping-pong ball and flatten to ½ inch thick. Heat oil. Roll each pancake in flour and pat off excess. Place in hot oil and cook until very brown on each side. Drain well on paper towels and enjoy alone or with your favorite condiments. Some examples are fresh salsa, ranch dressing, or ketchup (or is that catsup?).