Monday, 2 September 2019
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
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 jalapeño sauce. YUMMY!!
Saturday, 13 July 2019
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
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
Thursday, 13 June 2019
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
Monday, 22 April 2019
Thursday, 4 April 2019
Tuesday, 12 March 2019
What could be more delicious than a bowl of heart warming Irish Stew? This is the favorite in Ireland and is loved all over the world! Irish stew is traditionally made with mutton (older sheep) but, nowadays, it is made more often with lamb....may seem like a waste but the flavor is amazing.
Friday, 1 March 2019
This sauce is the best sauce I have ever tasted! It is worth every minute! The layers of delicious flavor will delight your palate! I like to double the recipe and freeze in increments that we know we will use.
Making this very authentic Italian sauce is easy and requires no special skills. I perfected this bolognese sauce over several years. Adding this, taking out that. The end result is stunning and miles away from that awful tomato sauce from a jar.
This traditional spaghetti bolognese is a real winner. Your family will thank you for it!
Thursday, 7 February 2019
Blue cheese is one of Wee Bears favorite cheeses, he loves a couple tablespoons crumbles on his salad. He loves blue cheese on his hamburger.....he loves it! It is a cheese you love or hate! So, here comes a milder version. Cambozola has a particular mildness similar to a buttery triple creme or a brie. Cambozola is a combination of Camembert style cheese and Gorgonzola. You sort of get half of each! You get a delicious mushroomy brie quality- it has delicious pockets of blue cheese, tiny little pockets....perfect for introducing someone to the world of "Blue".
Friday, 1 February 2019
My mouth is watering as I sit finishing up this blog just in time for Super Bowl. I made these delicious baby back ribs a few months ago for football season. They are so delicious! Of course so tender because, as in my previous rib recipe, Baby Back Ribs, I used the instant pot. So much quicker than the oven or boiling method. The sauce contains a Hoisin sauce, similar flavors as in the Asian Style Flankin Ribs I made a year ago. You won't be disappointed, these are KILLER!
Sunday, 27 January 2019
Pork Piroshki is a sure hit for any occasion! The herbed pork filling wrapped in a cream cheese pastry is a one, two punch! These can be made ahead and frozen for 3 months. Just pop a few out when company comes, or when you just want a simple salad and some quick appies for dinner! I have been baking these for years and quite frankly do not know how they haven't made it to the blog until now! Just in time for Superbowl and Valentines day! This is my absolute favorite appetizer!
Sunday, 20 January 2019
Pretty sure these delicious KETO friendly stuffed mushrooms will be a hit at the next party! Yes, Superbowl is around the corner and some of us are still taking off that holiday bulge! Whether you are or not, it doesn't matter, everyone loves this delicious dish!
Saturday, 5 January 2019
This is for Ross, our son-in-law. He said his Grandma used to make Swedish meatballs, I had a flashback!!! I used to make these little yummy balls for my family when I was in high school and continued making them after I was working in the 1970's. They are quick and yummy! I am not sure where my recipe came from, as I was in Home Economics in high school, and think possibly it came from class handouts?? I remembered a lot of the ingredients and tweeked it, to bring it into this decade!!