Friday, June 28, 2013


Hi everyone!

I've been absent for a bit as you can see. There was a temporary bit of crazy going on at my house. My son's graduation/pig roast/birthday celebration was a huge success. My anxiety over cooking the pig (mostly worrying that the weather would cooperate), was settled when we saw that the upcoming forecast was blue skies and temps in the low 80's. It was beyond perfect. We really couldn't have asked for a better day.

The pig, which was roasting on an open rotisserie in the front yard, drew a lot of attention. We had cars stopping all day and even had folks from the next street over come and check it out. We made the entire neighborhood smell like bacon. Now that's a good thing!

We ate, we laughed, we spent time with all the people we love. It was one of those days that you hold on to for a long time.

Here's a pic of the pig roasting. Yum!

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Taking him off the spit.

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There was a crowd gathering when it came off. Everyone wanted a bite.

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My very happy sister in law eating the skin (my nephew trying to steal it)

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My extremely happy husband. It really was the best tasting pork we've ever had. So moist and juicy. Yum!

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We ate pork for the next 4 days and that was after we shared with a bunch of people! It was a lot of pig! If you're thinking of hosting a pig roast, I highly recommend it!

There was one more thing that I wanted to remind everyone about. As most of you know Google Reader will cease to be very soon. I'm sad. I liked Google reader. I don't know why they had to get rid of it??

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I'll be back with some mouth-watering new recipes! Happy weekend everyone!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Cheesy Spinach Pull Apart Bread

Cheesy Spinach Pull Apart Bread

If ever there was a time that I was in a "frenzy" as my husband calls it, that is what I am in now.

I am frantically prepping the yard and the house for my son's graduation party next weekend. I'm trying to delegate duties but I'm so OCD that I have to oversee them all or I just can't cope. It's one of my many character flaws.

My poor guys have been neglected as far as it dinners go. There's been some ramen, a few things thrown on the grill, quite a few nights of sandwich supper and absolutely no sweets being made.

My list making obsession is totally out of control with this party. I have a 3 page Excel spreadsheet to keep track of everything that needs to be done, the guest list, the groceries. I'm a nut case, but making lists is what keeps me sane when I'm planning something like this.

This weekend is the final prep of the yard and house and shopping for all the non-perishables. Last weekend was totally crazy with my oldest graduating and all the rain we've been having here. I did manage to make this Cheesy Spinach Pull Apart Bread and man am I glad I did.

This was soooooooo good. We dipped it in mariana. Delicious!

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Cheesy Spinach Pull Apart Bread
recipe from Taste of Home
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
2 tubes (one 6 ounces, one 12 ounces) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits * see notes
Marinara sauce for dipping

Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese & garlic until blended. Stir in spinach, cheeses and mayonnaise.

Separate biscuit dough. Cut each biscuit in half and then flatten each half out with your fingers. Place a tablespoon of the spinach mixture in the middle of the dough, pinching to seal, forming a ball.

Layer the dough balls in a greased 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Serve warm with marinara sauce if desired. Yield: 15 servings.


The original recipe called for slicing these in half horizontally. There was no way! I tried cutting a few that way and it was just to time consuming. I but each biscuit in half and then flattened it with my fingers. Much easier!

This made way too much filling for the amount of biscuits used in this recipe. I saved the remaining filling,topped a crusty loaf of Italian bread with it and baked it until it was crispy and golden brown.

I couldn't find a 6 ounce can of biscuits only a 12 ounce so I used one whole can and half of the other.

The original recipe had a 40 to 50 minute bake time. I'm glad I checked at the 35 minute mark or they would have been burned! So check on these at about the 30 minutes mark to be safe.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Pasta Taco Bake

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It's a wonder that I have posted at all over this past week. We have been super busy with the house and yard and planning.

My son turns 18 today and he graduates tonight! Yeah! This is the easy part, sitting through the hours of the commencement, the hard part! We are really excited about this next step in his life. I can't wait to see what the future holds for him!

By tomorrow my inner OCD will be rearing it's ugly head and have me frantically making lists, then re-making list, then double checking lists in preparation for his party. We are having a pig roast so I'm planning on having everything that you would expect to have with a pig roast......pasta and potato salads, corn, beans, corn bread, coleslaw and all the other good eats that go with it. My grocery list is a mile long. Imagine if I had to worry about the meat too! The pig is hubby's department. That's one thing I don't have to worry about.

The yard is almost done. I decided to go out last Sunday night at trim my gigantic holly tree. While I was hacking away at it with my hedge trimmers, John and my neighbor thought they had a better idea. Out came the chainsaw, gone is my holly tree. Gone. What I had left was a gaping whole and crappy looking landscaping on one side of my front stairs. So off we went to buy new plants and shrubs. Another expense I did not plan on. Oh well.

So my list still keeps growing and growing and I am always convinced that I will never finish and I always do. I've got help from my friends and neighbors so I'll be fine. I just have to freak out a little so everyone knows I'm ok.

In the midst of all my madness I made up this little recipe. Knowing the boys love tacos and taco flavored everything this was a no-brainer.

Taco flavored meat with a little of this and a little of that thrown in, add in some cheese and pasta and bake until it's bubbly. Easy peasy and delicious. They loved it.

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Pasta Taco Bake
recipe from Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary
1 pound of pasta (I used rotini)
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
2 shallots finely chopped
1 envelope of taco seasoning
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 cup water
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
4 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
14.5oz can diced tomatoes
2 cups of shredded cheddar jack cheese, divided

Oven to 350.

In a large pot cook the pasta until its al dente.

While the pasta is boiling cook the onions with a little bit of olive oil. Once they are tender, add in the ground beef and cook until done. Drain off any excess grease and return to the pan. Add in the taco seasoning package, the chili powder and 1 cup of water. Cook on medium high heat until most of the liquid is absorbed. Add in the cream cheese and sour cream and stir until combined. Add in the beans & tomatoes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

Add the pasta and 1 1/2 cups of cheese to the beef mixture and stir to combine. Grease a 9x13 or similar sized casserole dish. Top with remaining  1/2 cup cheese and bake for 30 – 40 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Creamy Blueberry Pie

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Pie is my thing. I know for some of you it's cake or ice cream or cupcakes, but for me it's always been pie. That being said I am always on the lookout for delicious new pie recipes and boy did I find one.

This pie, this pie!

I can't rave about it enough. It's so easy to make and so damn delicious.

I'm dwindling down to the last of my frozen berries from last summer's picking. All my blueberries come from the same farm that I've been picking at for years and years, Macombers Blueberry Farm in Coventry, RI. I'm sad to see the last few bags of my blueberry stash disappearing, but if I'm going to use them up on a recipe, this is the one.

I first saw this on my friend Bunny's site Bunny's Warm Oven. Bunny was raving about it too so I decided to make it right away. That doesn't happen too often with me, but I know that most of the recipes and see and have to make right away are usually fantastic, and this one was.

It's so simple to make too. You can make your own pie crust or use the one in the little red box. I used the little red box. It's ok....really.

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This is like a cross between a blueberry pie and a creamy custard. It's not overly sweet, it's just perfect.

Creamy Blueberry Pie
recipe from Bunny's Warm Oven

3 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen (if frozen thaw and drain well)
1 - 9 inch crust. (I placed my pie on parchment lined baking sheet)

For Custard:
1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice

For Streusel topping:
1/4 cup white sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup butter

Preheat oven to 350. Place the blueberries in the pastry shell and set aside.

Combine 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, and salt. Whisk together. Add the eggs, sour cream and lemon, whisking until blended. Pour the sour cream custard over the blueberries.

In another bowl, combine the sugars and 1/2 cup flour. Cut in the butter with pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle the topping over the sour cream mixture and berries in the pie shell.

Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack. I covered the pie with a pie shield the last 20 minutes of baking to keep the crust from browning to much.