Praying for Paris, France

 

Praying for Paris, France

 
If I have any readers from France, please know that my heart goes out to you all and that I’m keeping everyone in my prayers. Stay indoors as much as possible and stay safe. Love from Alabama,USA ❤️

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World Pasta Day

I know that day has come and gone, hopefully someone will come across this post in the years to come and consider making the following recipe 😉 It’s really easy, super yummy, and a great addition to any family recipe book!

I’ll be honest, I’m not one to always celebrated these non-holidays, frankly there’s just too many of them and not enough time to prep for it. With my small baking business taking off I’m just a tad busy, but I did make enough of an allowance to celebrate pasta! It’s not low carb friendly but I absolutely love it and I show no favorites since it’s all good! If you aren’t a big bolognese sauce fan hopefully you’ll give this a go, it’s a light creamy version that’s not too heavy with the tomato.

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Any pasta can be used in this recipe, I just happened to have fresh ravioli and fresh is key! You can buy it fresh or make it fresh, I leave that up to you, but make sure it’s fresh and not dried pasta. 

Fresh Pasta in Light Creamy Bolognese

1 pound fresh pasta, your choice
1 pound ground beef, cooked and drained
1 medium onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 quart half & half or heavy cream
1/2 c chicken broth
8 ounces cream cheese, cubed
6 ounces tomato paste
1 tsp sugar or stevia in the raw
1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp sweet basil
1/4 tsp sweet summer savory

Begin by browning your hamburger and onions in a hot dutch oven pan. Drain off any fat and add in your minced garlic. Cook for minute and then stir in your cream cheese. Try to incorporate this as much as possible before adding any liquid ingredients, don’t want any cream cheese lumps(not that that’s bad because yum!). Next add in your cream or half & half, chicken broth and whisk in tomato paste. Stir in sugar or stevia, parmesan cheese, and seasonings. Let this simmer for 15 minutes. 
In another pot bring salted water to a boil, no oil needed. Add in fresh pasta and cook according to package directions. My fresh pasta package said to cook for 2 minutes, drain the pasta in a colander. Once sauce has reduced and is thickened you can serve this up one of two ways: 1) spoon pasta onto a plate or in a large bowl and ladle the sauce over it (very posh) or 2) go rustic and gently fold the pasta into the sauce before serving up. I did the latter and no ravioli were damaged in the folding. Very important.
Serve with your favorite garlic bread and salad.

Now, I don’t have a single Italian bone in my body, but this was the BEST Italian-ish dish I have made to date! I am not tooting my own horn here, I don’t profess to be a professional or expert, however I do love food and when it’s delicious I will say so 🙂 The pasta will absorb the sauce and continue to soften so if you think your pasta is too al dente don’t worry, just let it sit in the warm sauce for a bit and it will soften up more.
I haven’t attempted to make my own ravioli yet, that’s on my NOK Bucket List, I’m just stoked that we were able to find fresh pasta. It’s a lovely treat and makes a difference!

Hope you all had a wonderful World Pasta Day, feel free to ping back to this post if you have a pasta recipe you want to share and let me know what you think of this recipe! Have a blessed week!!!

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11/3/15 Tuesday

Dear Diary,

For a week now I’ve been sick with an unrelenting cold. Sore throat, feeling chilled and then too hot, lightheaded, tired, and too weak to really do anything except sleep. Guess I needed a break, not exactly the way I was thinking about having one. Finally on the mend now, pushing through our school day with G–Man and actually able to make cohearent coherant…*sighs*…coherent words today. Maybe. I know I’m long overdue in sharing this with you, but I figured I should wait until my brain fog had completely lifted before attempting to post. Yesterday all I could come up with was “Words blah blah blah, more words, blah-de-blah-blah, moan in fatigue, words, blah.” Pathetic really. 

Saturday I helped my Mom make those boomerang sandwiches that the family loves so much, it took a lot out of me but I knew she was going to need my help since I’m the one who discovered the recipe for it on Pinterest. She put her own delicious spin to them and I am so excited to share the recipe today…FINALLY! I guess whoever finds this diary entry will hopefully make this recipe one day and enjoy the awesome flavor roller coaster as much as we have.

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Baked Croissant Sandwiches

extra large croissants (purchased a large box from Sam’s Club, think it had 12)
1 pound bacon, fried
1 1/2 large onions, caramelized
baby Swiss cheese slices
American cheese slices
honey mustard(homemade or bottled)
mayonnaise, optional
ham or turkey deli slices
rotisserie chicken, deboned and pulled apart

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Begin by frying up the bacon and caramelizing the onions. Set both aside.
Slice the croissants in half and lay open like a sandwich. Spread a little honey mustard on one half and mayonnaise on the other. Place a slice of baby Swiss cheese on half and American cheese on the other. Now comes the fun part, you can choose to add deli ham, deli turkey or rotisserie chicken next. In the above picture I added rotisserie chicken, top with four slices of bacon and caramelized onions. Place the top half of the croissant back on top, press lightly and wrap in Reynolds Release Foil. Bake on a pan or rack for 15 minutes and serve with your favorite soup, salad, or chips.

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The family really enjoyed these, my Mom just had hers with cheese and bacon. JJ had cheese, bacon and rotisserie chicken, while Dad had what I call “the works”, with everything! 😉 Any cheese can be used, omit the honey mustard if prefer, use Dijon if you want. Skip the mayo too if you’re not a fan. These are certainly easy to assemble once you get everything prepared, of course you don’t have to have bacon or onions on it. But trust me, it’s worth all that effort in the end!

Ok diary, I need to get off of here but don’t worry I have a back log of yummy posts to share. Oh, before I forget, I did manage to snag a picture of our sweet Bindi Boo all curled up on the sofa. She makes such a cute dingo donut 😉 

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Take care diary!