Friday, September 16, 2011

Food Friday

I am a sucker for a great pasta sauce...I am also a sucker for mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes.  Add these together and you have got a beautiful thing going! And I must say, it's pretty darn close to a new sauce that they have at Olive Garden right now too!  Yummy!   Sorry, I don't have a picture for this one...I was too one track minded to think to take a picture! (Yes, it's that good!)  Well, here it is.  

Sun dried Tomato and Mushroom Cream Sauce

1 cup mushrooms
½ cup chopped onions
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup heavy cream
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste

1.         Sauté mushrooms and onions in 1 tablespoon butter until onions are translucent.  Set aside.
2.         Heat the cream and remaining butter in a saucepan over medium heat until almost boiling, but do not boil. Add mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, and stir until melted. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes and mushroom mixture, season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and serve over pasta.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

We remember.

Everyone can remember where they were and what they were doing on that infamous Tuesday morning in September 2001.
Some of us were on our way - or already at - work when we heard the news. Others were in school, tucked away in a classroom oblivious to what was happening in New York City.
Few events in history mark a day like that one... the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the deaths of JFK and Martin Luther King, the explosion of the Challenger Shuttle... it seems that every generation has a "I remember where I was when I heard..." moment.
As this one marks its 10th anniversary on Sunday, take the opportunity to share with us and your friends what you were doing that day and how that event has changed us and our nation.
I was already at work at a day care center in Asheville, NC where my 10 month old son was attending.  I was a floater that gave breaks or substituted if a teacher wasn't there.  My husband was at home waiting to hear about the condition of his employment when he called to tell me that there was a bomb at the pentagon.  Suddenly, all the radios were on in the rooms so we could hear what was going on.  The whole day was somber while we tried to cope with the idea that we were attacked on home turf. 
We will never forget.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Food Friday!

Rich is not a fan of pot roast, he grew up on his grandmother's very dry version of pot roast...but I love the vegetables that come from cooking a pot roast!  I didn't make it often because there are always leftovers that would just get tossed and I hated wasting all that food.  But once I started making my pot roast like this...or it can be done in a slow cooker as well...Rich would have seconds!  He actually told me last night that he looked forward to eating my pot roast now!  Gotta try it!  Yum!

Yummy Oven Pot Roast

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
ground black pepper to taste
3 1/2 pounds rump roast
1/4 cup butter
1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
1 (10.75 ounce) cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup marsala wine
1 onion, sliced or quartered
4 potatoes, chopped large
1/2 bag of baby carrots
1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2.In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and black pepper to taste. Dredge the rump roast in the flour and cover evenly. Shake off excess.
3.In a large pot over medium/high heat, melt the butter and brown the roast on all sides. Place in a baking dish.
4.In a small bowl, combine the soup mix, mushroom soup, and wine; pour over roast and cover with foil.
5.Cover and bake in preheated oven for 3 hours or until desired doneness.  Add vegetables one hour before finished baking.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Food Friday

Stuffed Acorn Squash
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 pound sausage
1 medium acorn squash, halved and seeded
1/2 chopped onion
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1 Tbsp parmasan cheese
1.Place squash halves cut side down onto a plate. Cook the squash in a microwave oven for 5 minutes on High, until tender but firm.
2.In a medium skillet over medium heat, cook sausage and onion until evenly browned, season to taste; drain, and set aside.
3.In a large bowl, mix together the rice, sausage, and mozzarella. Stuff each squash half with the mixture.
4.Cover stuffed squash halves with plastic wrap, and heat in the microwave until squash is cooked through and soft, about 5 minutes. Remove plastic, and top stuffed squash with parmasan cheese (I added a little more mozzarella too.) Continue to cook about 1 minute.

This makes a fabulous meal all in one neat little package!  There are things that could be done to make it a little better for using turkey sausage, but I couldn't find any at the store, so I haven't tried that yet.  Anyway, I just wanted to share!  Hope you enjoy!