Monday, June 23, 2008

Pretty Penne Rosa

This is my spin of Noddles & Co. Penne Rosa minus the kick.

2 Chicken Breasts
- Saute Chicken in olive oil, 1 tea garlic, lemon pepper and garlic salt

2 C Whole Wheat Penne Pasta
- Boil Pasta until tender, drain and set aside

1/2 C Mushrooms - thinly sliced
2+ C Marinara Sauce
1/4 C Water
1 tea Sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste
- Simmer in pot, combine noodles and chicken

1 C Fresh Spinach - whole leaf or sliced
1/4+ C Fresh Grated Parmesan

Stir and serve warm immediately

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Cute Cake Stands

Aren't thses cute! What a fun idea for a fun, colorful, cheap, home made cakestand center piece.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Super Smoothie

I am a SHAKE girl. I love spinach and I love this shake, I swear it has healing properties. I have one EVERY day, it makes me feel ohhh so good! NOTE: a "GREAT" blender is very helpful to make smooth hence the word SMOOTHIE! Standard blenders will work but you will see green fleck from the spinach.

This is my SUPER Smoothie recipe - NOTE: these measurements are approximates

1 or 2 BIG handfuls of Spinach or Kale
1 Yogurt
1 Cup Blueberries/Berry Blend (frozen)
1/2 Can Pineapple 15oz (fresh when available)
1 Banana
1 handful Ice (to make cold)
1 heaping Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1 or 2 TBL flax seed powder or oil
1 TBL Ground Flax Seed or Psylium Husk Powder fiber (Optional)
OJ or juice of choice to desired consistency

Serves approximately 2 full tall glasses. Adjust quantities above to appropriate servings.

TRUST me.... the spinach is 100% UNDETECTABLE to taste or sight! Kale you can taste but is amazing for you. Switching things up by adding or replacing the fruit with other things like peaches or strawberries gives variety but ALWAYS do the GREEN STUFF!

Blendtec Blender

I have been on a morning smoothie kick for the past couple of years and am now to a point where I can not seem to function with out them. Many of my friends from my produce group here in CO often tease me for always pushing "green stuff" in their shakes. I am BIG on blending foods high in anti-inflammatory properties such as spinach and anything else green like the super nutritious Kale (recipe to follow). I started by using my Bosch (another MUST HAVE) blender but it was inadequate in blending all my stuff smooth. So based on my sisters recommendation I upgraded to the best blender ever, the Blendtec (formally Ktec) and have been blending away happily ever since. This blender does the trick beautifully and in my opinion is better than a juicer because you still get the pulp (fiber). I bought mine on EBay for 275$. This is defiantly something I'd have a very hard time living without and made my MUST have list!

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» Lifetime warranty on the blade and coupling.
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» Dry-goods Capability - No need to purchase a separate container or blade to handle dry goods. Mill grains into excellent flours or even cereals.
» Fits under standard cupboard - When it's more convenient, it's easier to use. Yet still holds over 1/2 gallon.
» Electronic surge and thermal protection - State-of-the-art electronics ensures reliability and durability.
» More Convenience! One touch operation. Computer controlled blend cycles that make perfect drinks, soups and desserts every time. Recipe book included.
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BBQ Brisket - Slow Cooked

1-2 Beef Brisket - Medium Size
2 Packets Lipton's Onion Soup Mix
1 12 oz Can Coke
1 tea Garlic
2 Dash of Tabasco
1 Bay Leaf
1/2 tea Pepper

Put in crock pot on low (or warm in the newer HOT crock pots). Slow cook 6-8 hours. Remove from drippings, let cool and either shred or chop (I prefer chop). Place beef back in crock pot on warm and add

1 bottle+ Barbecue Sauce (your favorite variety)
1 packet Lipton Onion Soup Mix
2 TLB Brown Sugar
1/2 C Brisket Drippings

Serve on soft bun with summer time sides dishes. Yummy Fun!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Anything Pewter

When it comes to entertaining my favorite serving pieces are anything chunky and pewter. It can make any dish look pretty and holds temperature (hot or cold) really well.

Oatmeal Cream Pies

I recently made these delectable cookies for some friends as a very belated THANK YOU and have been asked multiple times for the recipe so I thought I would share. This recipe originally came from my fabulous friend Super Sheila.

1 1/4 cups butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats

1. Preheat oven to 375°.
2. Beat butter and sugars at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add egg and vanilla, beating well.
3. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour and remaining ingredients in a bowl, stirring well. Add to butter mixture; stir until well blended, mixture will be drier. Drop by rounded tablespoons (keep size consistant) 2 inches apart onto greases baking sheets. Bake at 375°for 8-10 minutes DON't over cook! Cool on pan 1 to 2 minutes. Remove cookies from pan; cool on wire racks.
4. Spread 1 tablespoon Cream Filling over each bottom side of half of cookies; top with remaining cookies, right side up.

Cream Pie Filling
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 OZ Cream Cheese softened
* Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined, scraping bowl. Beat on high until light and fluffy.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Yummy Fun Begins

There are few things I enjoy more than good food and great friends. I have often referred to the combination of these 2 splendid past times as Yummy Fun. This fun blog Yummy Fun will be the collaboration of many of my own ideas and those of you I wish I were more like. There are many of you dear friends and sisters who are amazing cooks and entertainers (far better than myself) that I have begged, borrowed or stolen ideas/recipes from, regardless this is where the 2 meet. Please contribute your ideas and I hope you enjoy, now lets go have some Yummy Fun together!