Baked Ziti

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Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh my god this was sooooooooooooo good. I've already made two recipes for the Pioneer Woman's episode that was on Saturday and they were both fantastic! Many of my friends are now making Chocolate lava cakes for Valentine's Day now. :) I changed a few things. I like beefier meat sauce so I left out a 15 ounce can of whole tomatoes and used a 15 oz can of whole tomatoes and 1  15 ounce can of tomato sauce. Ground beef and sausage together is a genius combination in a meat … [Read more...]

Panera Style Mac and Cheese

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A Panera opened up on Monday in our town. We ended up going on Wednesday night and we had to wait 10 minutes in line to take our order and then about 40 minutes to get our food. The line was going out the door pretty much the whole entire time we were there. I wanted to go before that but I waited. It was well worth the wait. I now want to make my own bread this weekend and make my own sandwiches like that at home. I had the Smoked Turkey Bacon Club sandwich and couldn't finish it all so I ended … [Read more...]

Caprese Orzo Pasta

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Another caprese dish. Yep, they never get old! I cooked a little bit of garlic in some olive oil in a pan and added the orzo. Cooked that for a bit and added in 2 cups of water. The water eventually all obsorbed and the orzo became almost like risotto. I added in some parmesan cheese to the orzo and then cut up the 3 main ingredients to the caprese part. Tomatos + Basil, + Mozzarella. Yum! I loved this. Ingredients 1 cup of orzo 1 tsp garlic 1 tsp olive oil 2 tablespoons of … [Read more...]

Two Timing Pasta Bake

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I recently posted on my facebook page how Alfredo sauce in a jar tastes like crap.  One person said that it smells like feet and I would have to agree with that. People were also asking questions on how to enhance alfredo sauce and I think this recipe does a good job of that. I like the combination of alfredo sauce and marinara sauce together and with extra added cheese this dish will not smell like feet! I guarantee it! It almost reminds me of pasta dish I had once at Bocca de Beppi's. I've … [Read more...]

Lighter Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce

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Let's face it. Nothing quite compares to Heavy Cream which is used as the main ingredient in Alfredo. Heavy cream can make anything bad taste good, not to mention butter and bacon. I think that Alfredo sauce is probably one of the hardest dishes to make lighter. I used 1% milk instead of the 2% the recipe called for. That would have probably made the sauce a little bit richer. There is also fat free half-and-half, but I can never find that in the grocery stores. Is there such a think as Fat … [Read more...]

Kid Friendly Pasta

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The Food Network has been having new shows of the Pioneer Woman lately. She is one of my new favs. Ina still is in first place though, but I just love to watch her cook and learn about her life and family. Much more interesting than mine is anyway. On Saturday's show she made this pasta. I wanted to make it right away since I had all the ingredients on hand. This pasta should be called Kid and Adult Friendly Pasta. You just don't have to be a kid to enjoy this one. It has 3 of my favorite … [Read more...]

Spicy Thai Noodles

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I think this is one of the best noodle dishes I've ever made! It was so good.  I wish I had the cilantro and carrots to add into this and next time I'll add in some chicken. Highly recommended if you love some Thai food. The website I got this recipe from said that you can even omit the peanut oil if you wish. The peanuts give it a nice crunch. It's nice and spicy too.   Nutrition info was figured out using whole wheat noodles. This dish is kind of pointy but what do you … [Read more...]

Spicy Macaroni and Cheese

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I was watching the Best Thing I Ever Made on Food Network this morning and saw Sunny Anderson make her mac and cheese. It looked so good, and I knew I had all the ingredients to make it besides the pepper jack cheese. Even without the pepper jack cheese it was awesome. The cayenne pepper gave it just the right amount of heat. The thing I liked most about this recipe, was the fact that it didn't require making a roux. A roux is a mixture of equal parts butter and flour. Then you would whisk in … [Read more...]