Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cheesy Baked Pasta

1 16 oz box campanelle or wagonwheel pasta (but really any shape will work)
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. bulk Italian sausage
1 yellow onion, diced
1 diced green bell pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil
1 jar alfredo sauce (15-17 oz.)
1 large jar spagetti sauce (16-17 oz.)
1 jar salsa (16 oz.)
2 c. shredded mozarella
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

1. Cook pasta al dente according to the package directions.
2. Brown ground beef, sausage, onion and green pepper. Add garlic near end of browning time. Drain well.
3. Mix together pasta and meat mixture in large greased baking dish (at least a 9"x13" or 3 quarts). Mix together all the dried herbs and roll between your hands to crush over the pasta. Mix in alfredo sauce, spaghetti sauce and salsa. Stir together gently to combine.
4. Top with mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Cover tightly with foil (spray foil with cooking spray so it won't stick to the cheese.) and bake in a preheated 375° oven for 60 minutes.

**This makes a LOT of food. But it's delicious!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Spicy Latin Baked Chicken

1/4 cup fresh lime juice (takes about 2 limes)
3 Tbsp less-sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp minced chipotle chile in adobo sauce
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Spanish or Yellow Rice

1. Preheat oven to 400
2. Measure out first 4 ingredients, and put in a bowl, stir to continue.
3. Add chicken and toss to coat. Let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.
4. Arrange chicken, without marinade, in a broiler pan coating with cooking spray. Stick in oven for 15 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, blend the remaining marinade to make it smooth.
6. Remove chicken from oven and flip over. Baste it with half of the sause mixture. Stick it back in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove, flip again, and baste with remaining sauce. Place it back in the oven for 10 more minutes.
7. Serve over rice.

**We ended up grilling ours because it was such great weather, but I am going to try to bake it one day.

Strawberry Bread

Strawberry Bread

3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 & 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, beaten
1 & 1/4 cup veg. oil (You can lighten it by using 1 c. applesauce and only 1/4 c. oil)
2 cups fresh chopped strawberries
1 cup chopped walnuts

In large bowl, combine first 5 ingredients. Add egg and oil; mix well.
Stir in berries and nuts until evenly distributed - batter will be
thick. Grease & flour two 9" loaf pans and divide batter evenly into
each. Bake at 350 approx. 1 hour. Cool in pans 10 min. Invert onto
wire rack to cool completely.

**This makes two loaves

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Giveaway: Social Icons

I'd like to send out a special thank you to my dear blog friend, Jamie. She redesigned my blog layout for "Cookbook Jungle"! Do you like??

Jamie is super sweet and very talented. She doesn't waste anytime either. She also designed my "Simply Smithwick" layout which I love.

Well, she is hosting a giveaway on her blog. Jamie will be giving one lucky follower a set of Social Icons.


You have until Thursday, February 17 at midnight to enter! Good luck!