Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Summer time ADULT drink

My family absolutely loves this drink. It is great for having people over or to sip on by the pool.
You will need:
Ice, diet ginger ale(or Sprite zero), limeade concentrate, maraschino cherries, and your favorite "on sale" champagne.

To do:
Add ice, soda, limeade, and champagne to punch bowl. Add a drizzle of the maraschino cherry juice and the rest of the cherries. ENJOY!

This is what you get!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Peach Cobbler

Peach cobbler is a southern staple...and is oh so good. This year I hope we a great crop of Texas peaches like last year! This recipe is awesome, especially served with some vanilla bean ice cream!

Peach Cobbler

1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 2 cups sugar (divided), 1 tablespoon baking powder, pinch of salt, 1 cup milk, 5 cups fresh peach slices, 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Melt butter in your favorite 13x9 baking dish
Combine flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Add milk until everything comes together and is moist.
Pour into your baking dish. DON'T MIX TOGETHER!
In a pot on the stove top combine the remaining cup of sugar, peach slices, and lemon juice to a boil while stirring constantly. Do this until everything comes together and the peaches kinda pop open.
Pour over the batter in your baking dish. AGAIN DO NOT STIR!
Bake at 375 for 35 min.
Now...invite Paula Deen over and enjoy!!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Creamy Pasta...Pantry Thing

With my garden actually growing this year...this recipe is perfect for using up my zucchini, squash, and basil. It's also a good "getting rid of things in the pantry" recipe. AND it makes a lot so there is always left overs for J to take to work the next day. My kind of recipe!

You will need:
1 jar of Alfredo sauce
1/2 jar of pesto (or you can make your own)
1 box of penne pasta
2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
some chopped roasted tomatoes (use as much or little as you like...I love them so I use the whole jar)
1 can of artichokes chopped
2 chopped zucchini or squash (whatever is on sale or you have!)
1 can of mushrooms
1 bag of mozzarella or Italian cheese blend
1 tablespoon garlic
Some bread crumbs
1-2 teaspoons Olive oil
a few basil leaves..or some rosemary would work too

What to do:
Preheat over to 375. Spray your favorite casserole dish (the larger one would work better here)

Cook pasta in salted water. Once pasta is cooked, drain and return to pot. Add alfredo sauce, pesto, your cooked chicken, chopped roasted tomatoes, chopped squash/zucchini, garlic, drained artichokes, drained mushrooms, and 1 cup of your cheese.

Stir all of this together in the big pot then transfer to your casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese, sprinking breadcrumbs over the pasta, and drizzle olive oil over it.

Cook this uncovered for 30 min. When done chop up some basil and sprinkle over your dish...DON'T PUT THE BASIL ON BEFORE COOKING. Fresh herbs are horrible nasty when they get burnt.

Enjoy with some vino!

On a side note...my garden!