Roasted Zucchini and Tomato Pasta

Truly delicious and also meat-free. I’m not too big on preparing fish, so this will be a great “Friday in Lent” recipe for my family.

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Martha Stewart Roasted Zucchini and Tomato Pasta recipe

Roasted Zucchini and Tomato Pasta

Roasting the zucchini and tomatoes rather than sauteing them intensifies their flavor.

PREP: 35 MINS TOTAL TIME: 35 MINS SERVINGS: 4 INGREDIENTS 2

 1/2 pounds zucchini, trimmed and cut into 1/2 ­inch pieces

1 1/2 pounds plum tomatoes, cut into 3/4 ­inch chunks (I just dump a container of grape tomatoes on the pan! They don’t even have to be super-fresh.)

3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced (or jar if you hate chopping garlic)

5 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons coarse salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 pound long fusilli or linquine (or whatever you have; I used angel hair today.)

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat oven to 450 degrees. On rimmed baking sheet, toss zucchini, tomatoes, and garlic with 5 tablespoons oil; season with salt and pepper. Spread into single layer; roast until zucchini is lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes.

2. In large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente, about 12 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Return pasta to pot. Toss with remaining tablespoon oil; cover.

3. Pour reserved pasta water onto baking sheet of cooked vegetables; scrape with a wooden spoon to loosen browned bits. Stir vegetables and juices into pasta. Add parsley and Parmesan; toss to combine. Serve with more Parmesan.

Truly Yummy Cauliflower that I Wish Everyone Would Eat

My children tell me that I “push” my food too hard to their friends. I guess I always want to “sell” whatever I am making. My girls already like it and are perfectly willing to let their friends “take it or leave it,” but, for some reason, I want them all to TAKE IT! I mean, it’s good. Why wouldn’t you want to eat something that’s GOOD?

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I found this recipe for “Cauliflower Saute” while paging through magazines in my sister-in-law Mary’s lovely sitting room many years ago. We had been teaching together for a year or two, and she had introduced me to her husband’s brother, whom I decided almost immediately to marry. Sometimes Mary and I rode to school together, and after school we stopped in at her charming house to have tea. When I found this promising recipe, Mary copied it out for me on a little recipe card. Now it is a treasure as Mary died from cancer a few years after serving as a bridesmaid at my wedding.

Cauliflower Saute (I promise your kids will like it if THEY JUST TRY IT!)

  • 2 medium head cauliflower
  • salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • chopped parsley (optional)
  1. Remove outer leaves & stalks from cauliflower. Trim off any blemishes. Separate flowerets into small bunches & put into enough boinling water to cover.
  2. Cook cauliflower 15 to 20 min. or til just tender. Drain thoroughly.
  3. Melt butter in lge. skillet. Saute cauliflower until lightly browned. Arrange in serving dish. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

It’s sauteed in butter, people. It’s best when it gets a little browned. My kids gobble it up. So do I. Mmmmmmmm.

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Christmas Cards

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I just had to share this awesome find: This lovely company addressed all 110 of my Christmas cards for me! For FREE! You can just upload your spreadsheet of addresses (well, I had to copy and paste my columns into their spreadsheet; still, it only took a minute.). I don’t know why, and I bet they’ll charge me once they’ve got me hooked, but I see that they are still doing it free + 15% off your order. Hurry!🙂 The company is Minted. And the paper quality is also better than you usually get from photo card companies. I am just so pleased (guess they should be paying me to promote them!).😉

Tortilla Soup!

Monday night suppers have to be easy because I volunteer from 4:15-6:45. Mexican chicken in the slow cooker has become a staple. Place a few boneless, skinless breasts in there with a jar of your favorite salsa and some (homemade, please!) taco seasoning, and it will shred beautifully in a few short hours. It can be used for quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas, nachos, or this easy and delicious tortilla soup! I was quite amazed that 30 min. after merely dumping all of the ingredients in a pot at the same time, the soup looked restaurant quality! Cook’s tip: Enlist someone to open all those cans while you chop the onion and cilantro, and you’ll be done in half the time!

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2 cups of shredded chicken

1 32 oz box of chicken broth

1 can corn or Mexicorn (drained)

2 handfuls chopped cilantro

1 squeezed lime

1 can diced tomatoes (I like petite diced.)

1 can diced tomatoes with chiles (Rotel original)

1/2 large yellow onion, chopped

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

2-3 tablespoons tomato paste

2 teaspoons cumin

2 teaspoons chile powder

2 teaspoons garlic powder

Dump everything in a pot and simmer for 30 minutes. Garnish with cheese and crispy tortilla strips if desired.

Recipe from Tasty Kitchen.

Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles

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Because if I wanted a crispy snickerdoodle to crumble into my coffee, I’d choose biscotti. But I want a soft and chewy cinnamon treat to bite into with my front teeth! I found this one a few years ago by Sara at Our Best Bites. It’s just perfection.

Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles

Ingredients
1 3/4 cups sugar (12.25 oz), divided
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 1/2 cups (12.5 oz) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt*
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter* at room temp
8 tablespoons vegetable shortening
2 large eggs
*if using salted butter, just omit table salt

Instructions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or use nonstick baking sheets.  Combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon in shallow dish and set aside.  Whisk flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt together in medium bowl.

Beat butter, shortening, and remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3-6 minutes.  Beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated, about 30 seconds, scraping down bowl as needed.

Reduce speed of mixer to low and slowly add flour mixture until combined, about 30 seconds.  Give dough final stir to ensure that no flour pockets remain.

Working with 2 tablespoons of dough at a time, roll into balls.  Working in batches, roll dough balls in cinnamon sugar mixture to coat and set on prepared baking sheet spaced 2 inches apart.

Bake 1 sheet at a time until edges of cookies are set and just barely beginning to brown, but centers are still soft and puffy, about 10-12 minutes.  The cookies should look raw between the cracks and seem underdone.  Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature.  Makes about 2 dozen 3-4 inch cookies.

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