Lemon Basil Pasta Recipe

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lemon basil pasta recipe

Here is another really good recipe for Friday during Lent. This is a simple recipe doesn’t require many ingredients and there’s a good chance you may have them all on hand already. You can serve this pasta recipe as a side dish with shrimp or fish, or serve it as the main dish.

 I think cooked shrimp added to the dish would be a delicious combination with the lemon and basil flavors.

Lemon Basil Pasta Recipe
 
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Recipe type: side dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1½ teaspoons dried basil
  • ¾ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. lemon basil pasta recipe ingredients
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  3. cooking pasta
  4. In a large bowl mix together the butter, lemon juice, basil, salt, and pepper. Fold in the pasta and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top.
  5. Lemon Basil Pasta
  6. Serve immediately

 

Frozen Chocolate Desert Recipe

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frozen chocolate desert recipe

This Frozen Chocolate Desert Recipe is a chocolate lovers dream. It is smooth and creamy with a rich chocolate flavor. This is another simple and good recipe that doesn’t require a lot of prep time, but does require a significant amount of time in the freezer to set. With summer time coming this is a chocolate lover’s perfect desert. It is cool like ice cream, and has the smooth texture of a rich chocolate pudding.

Give this Frozen Chocolate Desert Recipe a try; it’s delicious.

 

Frozen Chocolate Desert Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate (shaved into pieces)
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • Whipped cream for topping
Instructions
  1. Place the chocolate pieces into a blender.
  2. In a small sauce pan mix the sugar and water together. Bring to a full boil, and boil for 3 minutes.
  3. Pour the hot water over the chocolate in the blender, and blend for 6 seconds on high speed. Add egg yolks and blend for another 5 seconds or until smooth. Add heavy cream and blend for another 10 seconds.
  4. Pour the chocolate mixture into 4 Ramekin dishes. Set the dishes on a tray and cover with aluminum foil. Freeze for 2-3 hours or until firm.
  5. Remove from the freezer 20 to 30 minutes before serving to soften up a little bit. Top with whipped cream.

Homemade Maple Flavored Breakfast Sausage Recipe

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homemade maple flavored breakfast sausage recipe

The plan was to purchase breakfast sausage from the store but it was all frozen and I didn’t have the time to let thaw out so I decided to put my own together. I purchased the ground pork for this recipe but you could easily grind your own if you have a grinder available. Whenever I do this I try and make a little extra so I can freeze some of the sausage. This recipe is mildly seasoned so you might want to add the cayenne pepper to taste if you want to turn up the heat a little bit. Fresh homemade breakfast sausage is a nice treat and it’s not as hard to make as you think; give it a try.

Homemade Maple Flavored Breakfast Sausage Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: makes 16
Ingredients
  • 2 pound of ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dry sage
  • 1½ teaspoons course ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. In a large bow starting with the ground pork mix all the ingredients together except for the butter. (Using your hands work best for this)
  2. Form the bulk sausage into patties and cook in butter until browned and done. (Internal temperature of 145F.)
  3. Makes 16 depending on size

Adapted from Cooks Country

Buttermilk Oatmeal Muffins Recipe

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buttermilk oatmeal muffins recipe

If you need a recipe that is simple and quick for breakfast give this Buttermilk Oatmeal Muffins Recipe a try. I have quite a few oatmeal muffin recipes on this blog but this is one of the best. The recipe is quick to put together and doesn’t require much time in the oven. The muffins turn out moist and hold the moisture very well if you want to keep the leftovers for a couple of days.

Serve warm with butter melting on top – Delicious

Buttermilk Oatmeal Muffins Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6 Jumbo
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quick rolled oats
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg (lightly beaten)
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar (packed)
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Place oatmeal in a large bowl. Mix in the buttermilk and let the mixture soak for 15-30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400F
  3. In a medium bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix the flour mixture into the oat mixture and then add the sugar, egg and oil and mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Spray 6 jumbo muffin cups with cooking spray and fill the cups about 3/ 4’s full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a tooth pick in the center comes out clean.
  5. Serve warm with butter.

Simple Swedish Pancakes with Bacon Roll-Ups

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swedish pancakes and bacon roll ups

Simple and delicious! Hot pancakes, bacon, maple syrup and melted butter; it doesn’t get much better than this. This recipe is so simple I almost felt guilty putting it on the breakfast table. All the ingredients except for the bacon are mixed together in a blender, the pancakes are cooked, and then the bacon is rolled up into the pancakes and topped with maple syrup and butter.

 

Simple Swedish Pancakes with Bacon Roll-Ups
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 12-16 pancakes
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of bacon (cooked to crispy)
  • 1¾ cups milk
  • ¼ cup butter (melted)
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • Maple syrup and butter for topping
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon until crispy and set aside to drain on paper toweling. Reserve the bacon fat in the skillet.
  2. Pour all the ingredients except for the bacon into a blender, and blend until toughly blended to form the batter.
  3. Heat a skillet to medium high heat and using a pastry brush lightly coat the skillet with bacon fat. Cook the pancakes by pouring about ¼ cup of batter of batter on the skillet for each pancake. Cook until golden brown; flip the pancake, place 2 strips of bacon across the middle, and when the 2nd side is done roll the pancake over the bacon.
  4. Serve hot topped with butter and maple syrup

Simple Slow Cooker Lasagna Recipe

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slow cooker lasagna

I’ll have to admit I tried this recipe out of curiosity. Lasagna in the slow cooker did not sound like it would work out that well to me; was I wrong. There is a little prep time involved here but not quite as much as when you have to precook the Lasagna noodles. Using the no cook lasagna noodles works out very well in this recipe; I thought it was very good, and my wife said it was delicious.

I wanted to be able to cut serving size pieces so I lined the slow cooker with aluminum foil so I could lift the lasagna out in one piece, to cut it for the pictures, so that step is not necessary – just omit that step if you don’t need to do this.

This is a great recipe if you want to free up your afternoon to do something else while supper is cooking. You can put this in the slow cooker at 12 or 1 pm and have dinner ready when the kids get out of school.

Give this one a try – enjoy

Slow Cooker Lasagna Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 large green pepper (chopped)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 jar roasted garlic and herb pasta sauce
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 carton ricotta cheese (15 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/ 4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 no cook lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Chop the vegetables and line a 3 quart slow cooker with aluminum foil.
  2. chopped green pepper and onions
  3. In a large bowl mix together the mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  4. cheese mix for lasagna
  5. In a large skillet cook the burger, green pepper, and onion over medium high heat until burger is no longer pink inside; drain if needed. Stir in the pasta sauce and continue cooking until thoroughly heated.
  6. browning green pepper and onions
  7. Layer the lasagna starting with one cup of the meat mixture placed over the bottom of the slow cooker followed by 1 cup of the cheese mixture topped with lasagna noodles. (Break noodles as needed to fit – you’ll need about 2 noodles per layer.) Continue layering, finishing with the meat mixture on top.
  8. layering lasagna
  9. slow cooker lasagna ready to cook
  10. Cook on low for 4 hours or until lasagna noodles are tender. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top and cook covered for an additional 15 minutes.
  11. Let rest 10 minutes and serve.

slow cooker lasagna recipe

Homemade Chicken Fried Steak Recipe

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chicken fried steak recipe

Anytime I have eaten Chicken Fried Steak it has always been in a restaurant, so to change things up a little bit at home, I decided to put this Chicken Fried Steak Recipe on the menu for supper. This is a very simple recipe that doesn’t require a lot of prep or cooking time. The gravy in this recipe is very mildly seasoned so you may want to season it to taste, or maybe even add some red pepper flakes to turn up the heat a little bit. If you like Chicken Fried Steak give this one a try; it’s really good. Enjoy

Homemade Chicken Fried Steak Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 beef cube steaks (about ¼ inch thick)
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 cups vegetable oil for frying
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl whisk together the buttermilk, baking powder, baking soda, egg, hot sauce, ¾ teaspoon salt, ⅛ teaspoon pepper, and garlic powder.
  2. Place the 2 cups of flour in a shallow dish. (A pie baking dish seems to work fine for this)
  3. Roll the steak in the flour, then the batter, and then in the flour mixture again pressing firmly to coat – set aside.
  4. Heat the oil in a cast iron skillet to 325F. Cook the steaks on both sides until golden brown, or to desired doneness. About 5 minutes on each side. For well done an instant read thermometer should read 155F. Remove the steaks to a serving platter covered with paper toweling to drain any excess oil.
  5. When the steaks are done reserve ¼ cup of the oil and discard the rest. Using the same skillet with the reserved oil whisk in a ¼ cup of flour until smooth, stir in the regular milk, salt and pepper to taste and cook over medium heat until thickened.

 

12 Great Slow Cooker Recipes for Sunday Dinner

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 I can remember the day when big Sunday dinners were the normal thing, but as the yeas have gone by I think it has scaled down quite a bit, but it is still a great time to get together with the family. I love using my slow cooker on Sunday because it frees up time to spend with the family, and gives me the time do some things I enjoy doing.

Next Sunday free up some time by putting a slow cooker recipe on the menu, and enjoy the day knowing that Dinner will be ready, when you’re ready for it.

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Shrimp and Bacon Pizza Recipe

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Shrimp and Bacon Pizza Recipe

 Bacon seems to go good in almost anything and this Shrimp and Bacon Pizza is no exception. I took a short cut with this one and used store bought refrigerated pizza dough. This is not your traditional style of pizza with the pizza sauce, which did make me a little uneasy while preparing it. For some reason omitting the sauce just didn’t seem right – but don’t let this fool you, this Shrimp and Bacon Pizza has a delicious combination of flavors and is real simple to put together. The next time you put pizza on the supper menu give this Shrimp and Bacon Pizza Recipe a try; it’s delicious. Adapted From Cooks Country Magazine

Shrimp and Bacon Pizza Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 12 inch pizza
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces of medium shrimp fresh or frozen (thawed if frozen) peeled and deveined with tail removed and cut in half crosswise
  • 4 slices bacon (cut into ½ inch pieces)
  • 1 medium red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package refrigerated pizza dough
  • 6 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 500F.
  2. Cook bacon over medium high heat until about half cooked. Bacon will finish cooking on the pizza in the oven. Remove and drain on paper toweling.
  3. Pat shrimp dry with paper toweling and then in a medium size bowl mix together the shrimp with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, garlic powder, onion, salt and pepper.
  4. Grease a 12-inch pizza pan and spread the crust over the pan, sprinkle the mozzarella cheese evenly over the top, and then spread the shrimp mixture over the top of the cheese followed by the bacon.
  5. Bake for 12 – 13 minutes, until the crust is browned, and the shrimp is done.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes and serve hot.

Southwestern Beef Casserole Recipe

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southwestern beef casserole recipe

We were all in the mood for Mexican style food so I decided to give this Southwestern Beef Casserole Recipe a try. This is a simple recipe that doesn’t require a lot of prep time, but it does take about an hour in the oven.  I’ve tried recipes that have called for cooking the rice, in the raw state, in the oven, and for some reason they never turned out very well, because the rice never seemed to cook properly. This recipe turned out to be a pleasant surprise – the rice was tender and moist creating a good one dish meal.

The next time you plan on putting Mexican food on the dinner menu, give this one a try; it’s really good.

Southwestern Beef Casserole Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ¾ cup long grain white rice
  • 1 can Ro-Tel diced tomatoes with green chilies (10 ounce)
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 ounces)
  • 1 can pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup frozen corn (thawed)
  • 1½ cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 3 scallions (sliced for garnish)
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cook the rice in a skillet using the oil until golden brown. pour the rice into the bottom of a coverable 3 quart casserole dish and then mix in the diced tomatoes; season with a ½ teaspoon of salt and a ¼ teaspoon of pepper.
  3. browning rice
  4. Wipe the empty skillet clean and cook the burger along with the green pepper and onion until burger is no longer pink inside. Drain if needed. Season the meat mixture by stirring in ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, Chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and coriander. Cook for about 30 seconds and then stir in the tomato sauce – continue cooking until mixture is heated through.
  5. browning burger peppers and onion
  6. uncooked southwestern casserole
  7. To prepare the casserole layer the meat mixture over the top of the rice, followed by a layer of the beans, and then a layer of cheese. Sprinkle the corn on top. Bake covered for 60 minutes or until rice is tender.
  8. Serve garnished with scallions

Adapted from Cooks Country Magazine