Monday, 2 September 2019

Orecchiette with clams and Sausage


 We are in Newport, Oregon enjoying the last bit of Summer. With the ocean in front of us, all I can think of is little neck clams....my favorite food! We went to the local fish market and I bought 3 lbs of clams. For Wee Bear, I proceeded to the grocery to buy hot Italian sausage, pasta and Parmesan. I had a idea for dinner........

Pasta and clams = a food hug in a bowl. Pasta is one of Wee Bear's all time comfort foods. He needs a "Noodles for life" Tee shirt!

Orecchiette with clams and Sausage 

1 lb Orecchiette
1 lb Italian Hot Sausage
3 lbs little neck clams
1 c. dry white wine
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 + 2 tablespoons c unsalted butter
1 c Parmesan grated or shredded
1/2 cup parsley chopped
3 T olive oil

Cook the orecchietti according to package instructions. Drain and add 2 tablespoons of butter. Stir to coat the pasta.



Brown the sausage in a large skillet with 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the little neck clams and 1 cup of wine. Put a lid on, allow to boil. Lifting lid occasionally to stir.  Once the clams have all opened (discard those that don't open), add the pasta, cream, butter and Parmesan. Stir and allow the Parmesan to melt into the broth.

Serve with a salad and crusty bread!

I can tell you this, I have had clams every day we have been here.....sometimes noon and night! This dish was so delicious, Wee Bear of course saved the left overs for lunch...sans the clams, as I ate them all!!!

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Jalapeno Sauce



Summer is coming to a close as Labor Day approaches and the kids are off to school shortly after. I know in the southwest the kids are already back to school, but, here in the Pacific Northwest, the kids start school after Labor day. For my husband and I Labor Day means firing up the grill and making burgers. To me there is nothing better than a grilled, homemade hamburger. Especially when you are topping it with cheese, a thick slice of raw onion, crispy lettuce and garden fresh tomato. This just happens to be my hubster's idea of the ultimate burger but I took it a step further and made some jalapeƱo sauce. YUMMY!!

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Grit Salad




Pea shoots are young leaves of the pea plant, harvested as microgreens at just a couple weeks of growth. Cooper and I made this a project on our  6 week motorcoach trip. We planted the seeds, watered every day, and harvested our first crop about two weeks later. We emptied the box and put in fresh soil and planted our second crop which is now starting to sprout.  It is a fun project for us while traveling and is providing us with some great healthy farm to table greens! I bought my box with soil and seeds on Amazon, this is the link- Organic Pea Shoot Kit.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Apple Pie



Everyone has a apple pie recipe that they think is the best......well, this is the best ...for real!! Just in time for America's birthday! All American apple pie!

Mom requested a apple pie for her 99th birthday! DONE! I bought Granny Smith apples and Gala apples mixed together with the most amazing pie crust you'll ever lay your lip on!! Now, for the naysayers...lard mmmmm well, divide the 8 tablespoons in the dough into the 8 plus pieces versus, a tuff non flakey crust. I pick flakey and the butter adds flavor! 

This pie is KILLER!!!

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Cheesy Potato Chips

  

The 4th of July is coming up and our family has been planning a big celebration! What's on the menu? Well, the traditional hamburgers, hotdogs, apple pie and this year a twist on traditional potato chips!

 

Thursday, 13 June 2019

French Lentil Salad



With Summer here, I wanted a alternative to the normal potato salad. I played around with some ingredients and came up with a delicious healthy salad. As humble and inexpensive as they are, lentils are a true super food. They are loaded with protein, fiber, iron and much more goodness. Their flavor is super earthy so go well with strong flavors, I paired fresh squeezed lime juice and olive oil, however you could used a strong red wine vinaigrette if you would like. I added roasted baby red potatoes, cucumber and a handful of mint to add a little zip!

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Corn on the Cob - microwave method





I have been glamping the last few weeks and on one evening, I had both my burners occupied and it was raining outside.....I wanted to cook my corn and tried a new method, that worked perfectly!