Spaghetti Tacos ala iCarly

Remember iCarly? Your kids will love Spaghetti Tacos! Not really sure if they were a thing or just a line in the show but it’s a meal I will always serve…SO delicious and easy!!!

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Ina Inspired

Last night’s supper consisted of bone in, skin on chicken breasts brushed with oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper then roasted on a baking sheet(one with high sides to contain the juices)for one hour at 375. This is the Ina Garten Method and per her usual, Best of Class!

For breakfast this morning I shredded the meat of one chicken breast, added two heaping tbsp of mayo, a good squirt of Dijon, a bit of shredded cheddar, salt and pepper for a nice chicken salad. To add the Ina to the sandwich I added Major Grey’s Chutney to the wheat toast before heaping on the creamy chicken. Chopped pecans, walnuts or sliced almonds would be a good addition.

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My coffee pot is dying or died and instead if ending up with a dreaded coffee-less, painful migraine like yesterday, I had to put my inner cheapskate to work and remembered the overwhelming desire I had to save a pretty glass Smuckers Jar, which in turn became my redneck French Press. This part has nothing to do with Ina except for the word French and coffee. Anyway, I didn’t have any ideas for the press part but I took the jam jar and four heaping tbsp(I like my coffee strong, very strong so adjust accordingly)of Maxwell House Dark Roast and poured in 16oz of hot water. Let stand for a few, depending how stout you like your coffee. Set a fine mesh strainer(the kind with a handle)on a small mixing bowl with a spout or large Pyrex glass measuring cup. Pour through the strainer, if you are offended my teeny tiny coffee grounds that are so tiny you can’t notice any texture then put a coffee filter in the strainer. I think they add tremendous flavor and this is truly the best coffee I’ve ever had.

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Crusty Cheese Topping for Pasta Bakes

A cup of Italian Bread Crumbs mixed with 3/4 to 1 cup of your favorite grated cheeses makes a beautiful crust for baked pastas! Top with 1/2 cup of melted margarine or butter and bake until crunchy and bubbly.

I was lucky enough to have the real deal, Parmigiano Reggiano for this one! If you like a good pizza sauce-like marinara, Hunts Garlic and Herb sauce in the can is toooooo delicious! Excellent for pizza bread! It was at stock up price at the grocery store last month, $1.09 for 24oz. I bought a lot and I’ve used it all.

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My apple pie recipe is here

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Disappearing Bow Ties {a casserole }

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Not meaning to, I did a faster remake of a more complicated recipe I have been making for twenty years…

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It disappeared…fast!

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1/2 lb Mini Farfalle

1 lb ground beef

8 oz can sliced mushrooms

26 oz jar Ragu Old World Style Mushroom Pasta Sauce

As much shredded Mozzarella as you dare!

Boil pasta with 2 tsp salt and a tbsp veg. oil according to pkg. directions, brown ground beef, drain if needed. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add remaining ingredients(except cheese)to the ground beef, transfer to a casserole dish. Generously top with the cheese, bake until cheese is partially golden brown and bubbly. Then, watch it disappear!

Nothing says love like a good, home cooked meal- Me🙂

Meatloaf Experiment Vol. ?

This is the recipe from yesterday’s post, I captioned the photo that the results were pending. I have to say, it turned out tasty and it stayed a loaf and didn’t crumble. An important step was letting it rest about an hour before serving.

1 3/4 lb. ground beef

2 cups quick cooking oats

1/2 sleeve Keebler Club Crackers

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 cup ketchup, + enough for topping

1 tbsp BBQ sauce

1 large egg

2 slices of bread to line the loaf pan(absorbs excess grease)

Combine the oats and crackers along with the spices in a mini processor, whir them up into fine crumbs. Mix with remaining ingredients, form into a loaf, bake in a 350 degree, preheated oven for 25 minutes, slather top with ketchup, bake another 25 minutes. Let rest at least one hour. Serves 4, Enjoy!

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― Mother Teresa