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Spaghetti Salad

Let me tell you a quick story: I remember the very first time I saw this dish. We were over my cousin’s house for a family gathering and there it was; sitting on the table with the other delectable delights. Now to be honest at first sight I squenched up my face and whispered to my husband. “I’m not eating none of that. Looks like someone didn’t use enough spaghetti sauce.” Hence the reddish-orange color.  So in comes my cousin into the kitchen who was hosting the gathering. She was like “Girl you have to try this new spaghetti dish I made. It’s to die for.” All while she was piling up my plate with this stuff I just told my husband I was not going to eat. What am I suppose to do now? She is looking me dead in my mouth. Waiting to see what I thought of this concoction of noodles and red stuff. I smiled and amused her curiosity with a little nibble. And to my surprise it was good. I’m mean Really, Really Good. So much so I asked for the recipe. Boy am I glad that I took a bite. I would have missed out on real treat. Like the saying goes, “Never judge a book by its cover.”

Ingredients

  • 1 lb spaghetti, cooked
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 large tomato or 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese – Store bought powdered version works best
  • 1 (8 oz) bottle of Zesty Italian Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons McCormick Salad Supreme Seasoning

Instructions

1. Wash all veggies. Dice and set aside.

2. In a large pot bring salted water to a boil. Then cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions. Drain the pasta and then immediately run it under cold water.

3. In a large bowl combine all of the vegetables, salad dressing and salad supreme seasoning. Next toss noodles in dressing mixture until well coated. Lastly sprinkle in parmesan cheese and give one good final toss.

4. Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight. Serve the next day and enjoy!

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Every since I was knee-high to a grass hopper one of my favorite things to eat was buttered toast. I would have it for breakfast, sometimes as an after school snack while I watched School House Rock & Scooby Doo … And if I really wanted to jazz it up I would add  some good ole’ government cheese on top … Man, Those where the times (LOL) … Now-a-days my diet has changed and I tend to be more watchful of what I eat. But then there are those times when I just crave something that is just plain wrong and all the way fattening … Besides, who said you can’t indulge every now and then?

INGREDIENTS

1 loaf of crusty bread, French or Italian
1 cup Butter, softened
1 cup Asiago cheese, grated
1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese, grated
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 bunch green onions, white parts removed, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix butter, cheeses, green onions, garlic and mayonnaise in a small bowl and set aside.

3. Cut the loaf of bread in half. Spread the prepared cheese mixture on each half of bread, and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and brown.

4.  Cut into slices & serve.

Spaghetti Pie

This recipe was giving to me from a friend, from a friend. It gives a whole new spin on just ordinary spaghetti. Warning: This is a dish I label as “A FEEL GOOD MEAL”. In the sense that it takes a lot of steps to complete. Save this for those special occasions or simply Just Because. Happy Chefing!

Ingredients

1 – 16 oz jar of spaghetti sauce
1 lb ground beef or turkey
1 – 14 oz package of spaghetti noodles, cooked and drained
1 – 4 oz can of sliced mushrooms, drained
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 – 8 oz sour cream
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
2 cups fresh mozzarella cheese, grated
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
2 cups parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Season meat with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.  Brown ground beef or turkey and cook until done; Drain liquid. When the meat has finished draining, place it back into the dry skillet and add jar of spaghetti sauce and mushrooms. Let meat sauce simmer over low heat. Cook noodles according to box directions and drain. Mix 1 cup of mozzarella, 1 cup of cheddar cheese and 1 cup of parmesan cheese with the noodles; set aside. Now chop 1/2 of a large onion and mix with sour cream in a small bowl.
In a greased 13 x 9 baking dish layer spaghetti noodles on the bottom. Next, layer the sour cream mixture. Then layer the meat sauce mixture. Now it is time to top the pie with the remaining mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese.
Bake at 350 for about 30-35 minutes or until cheese is melted and everything is hot and bubbly. Eat & Enjoy!
*Chef’s Note: This dish goes great with a salad and some garlic bread!

Italian Potatoes

Ingredients

8 red potatoes, cut into quarter chunks

1 package of Italian Dressing & Salad Mix

1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon of minced garlic

1/4 cup of butter

chopped parsley, garnish (optional)

Instructions

Wash and scrub potatoes clean; cut them into quarter chunks. Place into pot with water and bring to a boil until fork tender. This should take about 30 to 35 minutes. When they’re cooked through, the fork should easily slide into the potatoes with no resistance, and the potatoes should almost, but not totally, fall apart.

Drain the potatoes in a large colander. When the potatoes have finished draining, place them back into the dry pot and put the pot on the stove over low heat for about 1-2 minutes. This allows all the steam to escape, before adding in all the other ingredients.

Turn off stove and add butter, garlic,Parmesan cheese and Italian dressing mix. Carefully toss potatoes until well coated and throw a few pats of butter over the top. Garnish with some chopped parsley for color (optional).