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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Mushroom Florentine Pasta

We had this for dinner recently. Yum!  Seriously, all these flavors are so good together.  There's just something about mushrooms and spinach, and creamy pasta sauce.

Mushroom Florentine Pasta
from she wears many hats

  • 8 ounces linguine pasta (or equal amount of another pasta)
  • 3 T flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 ounces smoked Gouda cheese, shredded (if you don't have smoke Gouda, plain will be fine, or use Gruyere)
  • 4 cups (or more) spinach leaves
  1. Begin cooking pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Whisk together flour, chicken broth, milk, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add sliced mushrooms and sauté for 6 minutes. Add minced garlic and sauté for 2 more minutes, until garlic just begins to brown.
  4. Whisk flour, chicken broth, milk, salt and pepper mixture into mushrooms and garlic. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add shredded cheese and stir until cheese has melted.
  6. Mix in spinach; stir and cook until wilted.
  7. Add a ladle or two of pasta water to skillet, then drain pasta and add to skillet; toss to coat.

We had some grilled chicken with this and topped it with some fresh ground pepper. It was absolutely perfect. I will definitely be making this again.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Sweet Chili Sauce

The dressing for the Sesame Peanut Noodle Salad I made recently called for sweet chili sauce.  I didn't have any sweet chili sauce and wasn't sure I wanted to buy a whole jar of it.  So, I went looking for a recipe to make some myself.  I found a recipe on food.com - which I cannot find now.  I removed the link from my Sesame Peanut Noodles recipe, because I was going to post the chili sauce recipe separately.  And then I forgot to actually start this post and save the link here.

I have searched food.com repeatedly, and there are lots of sweet chili sauce recipes, but I just can't find this one.

Sweet Chili Sauce
adapted from a recipe on food.com

  • 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 T cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. red chili flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • dash cloves
  • dash allspice
  • dash salt
  1. In small saucepan, mix all ingredients.
  2. Simmer over low heat until thickened.
  3. Store in glass jar in refrigerator.

The original recipe did not call for any chili flakes - which seemed weird since it's called sweet chili sauce - so I added some.  Since I've never actually had sweet chili sauce, I'm not sure if this tastes like the kind you'd buy in the store or not, but it is a nice flavorful sauce, and it worked really well in my noodle salad - both times I made it. (so far)

Now, what else can I use this sauce for?  Because, even though I did not buy a whole jar just to make the Sesame Peanut Noodles, I do have quite a bit of yummy sauce. 

I recently saw an ad for Papa Murphy's Thai Chicken Pizza that I'm going to try making real soon - even though I haven't tried the 'real' thing yet.  I'm not sure what else.  Any ideas?

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sesame Peanut Noodles

It's time again for Secret Recipe Club reveal!  My secret blog assignment this month was Trisha's blog My Hobbie Lobbie. Trisha loves to bake, and she's married to her best friend - we have that in common.  She's also into crafting and crocheting, and uses her blog to keep track of recipes and crochet patterns.  I never did learn to crochet, but I am amazed by people who can.

I started scrolling through Trisha's list of recipes and found a bunch I'd like to try - and I hadn't even made it down to the baked goods.  Here are just a few that sounded yummy:

Trisha lives in Australia, where it's winter right now, so she's making soups and trying to stay warm.  I may have to go back and look at some of her soups when winter comes to our part of the world, but for now I thought something cool would be better.  Or something to use the produce that's coming out of the garden; I'm getting lots of jalapenos and zucchini.
I ended up choosing this Sesame Peanut Noodle Salad because it's both - cool, and it uses lots of veggies. As Trisha said - "You can pretty much alter this salad to accommodate the salad veggies that you have at hand."  Perfect!  The recipe reflects the veggies I used this time, but pretty much any combination or amount would work.

Sesame Peanut Noodles
adapted from My Hobbie Lobbie

  • 8 oz. angel hair pasta
  • a handful of bean sprouts (I forgot to put these in)
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup shredded cabbage (or more)
  • 2 T chopped cilantro
  • 1 T sesame seeds
for the dressing:
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 2 T lime juice
  • 2 T sweet chili sauce
  • 3 T peanut butter 
  1. Break pasta in half and cook according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Toss pasta and remaining salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Mix dressing; add to salad and toss well, making sure everything is coated.
  4. Serve with additional cilantro and sesame seeds to garnish.  Refrigerate leftovers.

 My husband and I had this salad for lunch one day last week, and we both really enjoyed it.  The dressing has a really good flavor, and the combination of soft pasta and crunchy vegetables is excellent.  I will definitely be making this again.  I'm thinking some zucchini would be a nice addition...

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