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I am a 31 year old self proclaimed chef :) I love to eat, which means I LOVE to cook, hope you enjoy my recipes!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Pasta DePalma

1 stick butter
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 package portabella mushrooms, sliced
1 can artichokes, drained and diced
12 oz. Canadian Bacon or Thick Sliced Ham
2 cups ½ and ½
2 tbls flour
1 handful parsley chopped
2 cups mozzarella shredded
1 cup parmesan shredded
1 package angel hair pasta

Cook pasta according to package, drain.  In a Sauce Pan melt butter and sauté garlic about 2 minutes on low, add mushrooms, artichokes and ham.  Continue sauting until mushrooms are tender.  Sprinkle a thin coating of flour over the top of the pan and stir until the butter is absorbed (like you were making gravy).  Slowly pour in half and half and stir until the sauce is the right consistency.  You want it a little runny because it will thicken in the oven.  Let simmer 5 minutes, stir in parsley and salt and pepper to taste.  In a 9 x 13 baking dish combine noodles and sauce, mix well.  Coat with parmesan and mozzarella, bake at 425 for about 20 mins until cheese is bubbly and slightly brown on top.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Chicken Pot Biscuits Pie

2 cups cooked chicken, diced (I used leftovers, but you could just as easily boil a couple of breasts)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cups chicken stock
1 can flaky biscuits
2 stalks of celery
1 cup diced carrots
1 med white onion diced
1 tbls butter
1 egg
1 tbls water
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large skillet melt butter and sauté celery, onion, and carrots until tender.  Add chicken, soup, chicken stock, and bay leaf, let simmer 10 to 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350.  In a Cast iron skillet or 2 quart casserole dish pour in chicken mixture, top with biscuits.  In a small bowl mix egg yolk and water, brush over biscuits.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until mixture is boiling and biscuits are brown.

Homemade Hamburger Helper

1 lb ground beef
1 med onion diced
2 cloves garlic
4 – 5 med potatoes sliced very thin
1 can cream of mushroom soup               
1 cup milk
1 can mushroom stems and pieces
Salt and Pepper
Boil potatoes gently until soft, will only take a few minutes if cut thin.  Meantime, in a skillet,  brown onion, beef, and garlic.  Drain.  Add back to skillet with soup, milk, and mushrooms.  Stir in cooked potatoes and let simmer 10 to 15 mins.  Salt and Pepper to taste.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Avacado Ranch Pasta Salad

16 oz package tri-color rotini (or any other pasta you have on hand)
1 white onion diced
2 large tomatoes diced
1 seedless cucumber sliced
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
1 avocado
3 cloves garlic
3 lemons
1 tbls olive oil
1 handful fresh cilantro
1 packet ranch dressing mix

Cook pasta according to package, drain and chill.  Combine next 4 ingredients into pasta and stir.  In food processor mix avocado, ranch packet, garlic, oil, cilantro and lemon juice. process until creamy.  stir into pasta mixture and enjoy!