Portuguese White Bean Soup

White Bean SoupAdd a little less broth and you’ll have Portuguese White Beans. Love, love, love this soup. Add greens, spinach, kale, swiss chard or turnip greens for a more complete meal. Chop these pretty fine to speed the cooking. This is just the perfect soup for our rainy days.

If you’re looking for a sweeter (and I mean sweet!) Portuguese White Bean Recipe try this.

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Meat or Meatless Lasagna Rolls

Meat or Meatless Lasagna Rolls

Lasagna with a new look. Meat or Meatless, this is perfect! Bake the Lasagna Rolls straight up for an impressive look or seam side down for a sauce drenched variation. There’s just a bit of cooking for the meat filling before baking. This is just one of those dishes I have fun with … often preparing differently each time. Make it your own … fill with your favorites.

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Lasagna Rolls

Lasagna Rolls

How can the same ingredients arranged differently give a different taste! But a delicious taste! I call this a neat and tidy lasagna. Servings are pretty obvious with each roll as one. Stuff with a meat filling for your company and vegetarian for yourself. Or make each roll guest specific. That sounds like a lot of work but it isn’t. Yep, I’ll admit a bit messy when preparing. Bake all together in the same dish. OK some vegetarians may not go for that. Put this recipe together with your own pasta sauce and pesto or select the very best pre-made. The rest is just assembling. Recipe coming soon!

If you haven’t tried my sauce recipes or my pesto here are the links. I’ve cooked every recipe with love.

Spaghetti Meatballs & Stuffed MushroomsBracioleStuffed Pasta ShellsItalian Gravy

 

 

Pesto with Italian Grill Cheese

 

Ann's Spaghetti Sauce


Basic White Bread

Basic White BreadThere’s nothing like the smell of baking bread. I have two good reasons for bread making today. It warms up my home and it’s delicious! But I’m also having leftovers, yep, Pasta Fagioli, for dinner and I’m wanting to add something extra to make the leftovers seem new.

Time is needed for the rising process but otherwise this recipe is amazingly simple with few ingredients. You don’t have to be gentle with the dough. Work those arms and shoulders! If your kitchen is cold this time of year … Find your warmest area for the rising. Another trick … cover the bowl of dough (leaving ample room for rising) with multiple towels.

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Drunken Pasta

Drunken SpaghettiYou must love pasta and wine to enjoy this recipe! And someone who is visiting me does! (Secretly, I do too.) Years ago I was flipping through a magazine and came across a similar recipe by Rachael Ray. My first thought … how could that taste good! I wasn’t into wine and it just had so few ingredients. I gave it a try way back when. It was good … very good! This is totally a knock off with a touch of Rachael Ray. Enjoy!

Be sure and use your best ingredients! No cheap (value) dry red wine or extra virgin olive oil please.

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Peppers. Olives and Capers

Peppers, Olives and Capers

 

 

Layer this sautéed combination over rice or pasta or serve it all by itself. Add anchovies to the recipe if family and friends don’t object. Or give depth to the taste with anchovy paste instead like I do. Adding sliced sweet yellow onion to the sauté is great too, but we go for a lot of garlic. Try this 15 minute dish for a quick light tasty lunch or dinner.

Healthy and Happy New Year!

 

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Oatmeal Cookies Fully Loaded

Oatmeal Cookies Fully LoadedFilling this recycled tin with delicious Oatmeal Cookies for the family … A great little hostess gift for my daughter’s cookie monsters. These are hearty but light cookies that happily satisfy the sweet tooth. Butter rich, loaded with nuts and dried cranberries, Oatmeal Cookies are a delicious treat. Give this recipe a try. You’ll love it!

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Mushroom Burgers Or ‘Meatballs’

Mushroom burgers

I’m a bit of an on again off again Vegetarian. Call me a Flexitarian! There are certain meats I can’t resist. And well, dairy? … My family came from dairymen! My first try at Vegetarianism came in the 70’s. Recipes were few back then, or at least eatable ones, and usually had too many ingredients to be practical. I remember my first try at a Vegetarian meatloaf. I can guarantee that meatloaf recipe was the most uneatable dish I have ever cooked up. Why was I even trying to mimic meat in the first place? Here I’m again turning a meat recipe into a vegetable one, actually a fungus. Portobello mushrooms have a meaty taste and texture and are the perfect choice for this recipe. BTW, they’re just an older white or brown mushroom. It just depends on what you’re trying to achieve with a mushroom burger recipe. I just love the taste of mushrooms, any mushrooms young or old.

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