Category Archives: Food

Pasta Carbonara Florentine

Here is my easy Carbonara Florentine. It is modified from a Cooking Light recipe.

1/2 tsp salt
1 package of frozen spinach
1 package of bacon, chopped, thawed, well drained
1/4 cup onion, chopped or reconstituted
2 tsp chopped garlic
4 tbl white wine
16 oz pasta (spaghetti is traditional)
1 cup (4 oz) Parmesan, shredded
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
5 tbl chopped parsley

1. Fry bacon and then remove from the skillet. Drain of all but about 3 tsps of bacon grease. Then add onions and garlic and saute until tender. Then add the wine and then reduce by half.
2. Cook pasta according to the package directions. Add spinach, bacon and pasta into skillet with the onions, garlic and wine. Stir well and place over low heat.
3. Mix remaining ingredients, excluding parsley, with a whisk. Add to pasta mixture, toss well to coat. Cook for 1 minute. Then remove from the heat and sprinkle with parsley.

Makes about 8 servings, which means in our family dinner and lunch leftovers!

Kid Friendly Slaw

This is a yummy, sweet good for you. I dare say it is one of my 2 year old’s favorites. I got the base of this recipe from Cooking Light.

Apple and Raisin Coleslaw

1/2 cup Light Sour Cream
3 tbl Mayonnaise
2 tbl White Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 tsp Onion powder
1/4 tsp Chili powder
1 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Firm Red Apple (chopped with skin on)
1 Granny Smith Apple (chopped with skin on)
1 cup Raisins
1 (16 oz) bag Carrot/Cabbage Slaw

1. Mix Sour Cream through salt in a big bowl.
2. Add remaining ingredients and toss.

Now I think it needs a little more salt but I recommend that you add it to your own portion so it doesn’t pull all the moisture out of the cabbage.

World Bread Day

I was reading about today being World Bread Day and so here is my Beer Bread recipe. I look forward to the bread roundup being posted and seeing everyone else’s great breads! Even if you have never made bread before don’t worry, it is just a dump and mix recipe.

3 cups AP Flour
1 1/2 tbl baking powder
1/2 tbl salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 can beer (not light)
3/4 stick of butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf pan. Dump flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a mixing bowl. Then add the beer and stir it all together (it will foam up first). Then put it in the loaf. Melt the butter and pour it over the top. Put it in the oven for 1 hour. You know it is done when you can knock on it. Let cool slightly before cutting or it will fall apart.


World Bread Day '07

Roasted Cauliflower

Here is my easy and yummy roasted cauliflower recipe that has been much requested on my other blog.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Take a head of cauliflower and cut it into florets and lay it out on a baking sheet. Then spray them with cooking spray and generously sprinkle with garlic salt and any herbage you desire. Then toss to cover with your hands. Then bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring once. It comes out buttery and great.

Easy Egg Casserole

I have this great Egg Casserole that is easy, cheesy and can be made into anything you want it to be! I have modified it from the original to make it a little (but not much!) healthier.

8 Eggs, beaten
3/4 cup Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 pint (2 cups) Cottage Cheese
1/2 lb (roughly 2 cups) Jack Cheese, grated

Optional: 1/2 bacon(crumbled), sausage, or onions

Beat all the ingredients together and dump it into a 13 by 9 inch pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. I mix it up the night before and just stir it up before I dump and cook it.