Friday, January 31, 2014

One Pot Pastalaya Made the Finals!!!!!

My recipe for One Pot Pastalaya is a Finalist in Food52's recipe contest for Your Best One Pot Meal! I would truly appreciate it if you would follow the link, log in or sign up and vote! And then peruse this wonderful cooking site... 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Quick Spinach Bread

I know I've mentioned this bread before...I make this often as a side for grilled meats but it can also be an appetizer when cut in smaller pieces or a snack or even lunch.

Makes 4 side servings

10 ounces baby spinach leaves (leave the stems on)
1  1/2 cups shredded part skim mozzarella (shred your own)
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup finely grated parmesan
2 large garlic cloves put through a garlic press
2 Tbl softened butter
1/4 to 1/2 tsp aleppo pepper (or a dash of cayenne)
One 12 inch baguette

Wilt the spinach leaves in a pan with a couple of tablespoons of water.  Cool and then squeeze as dry as possible.  Chop the leaves and then place them in a medium mixing bowl.
Stir in the cheeses, mayo, garlic, butter and aleppo pepper until everything is thoroughly combined.
Preheat the oven to 400F.  Slice the baguette lengthwise and then cut each half in half again.  Divide the spinach mixture over the cut sides of the bread.  bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the spinach/cheese mixture looks melted and the edges of the bread are just starting to brown a bit.
NOTE: Cut in smaller pieces if serving as an appetizer. 


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

One Pot Pastalaya

This past week's contest over at Food52 was "your Best One Pot Meal"  so I made a pastalaya which is like jambalaya but uses pasta in place of the rice.  It was spicy, filling and tasty!
See my recipe here: 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014