Caesar Chicken Pasta

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I really like the flavor of Caesar dressing so I will almost always try recipes that use it.  sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t.  This time it worked great!

This recipe is very easy and can be made at the last minute.  My changes are listed in the ingredients.

Caesar Pasta

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Caesar Chicken Pasta

2 thin skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, sliced in strips
1 (8 oz) bottle Caesar dressing, divided ~ I used light
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 (10 oz) pkg frozen sugar snap peas ~ i put in microwave for a minute so they would cook faster in the pan
1 carrot, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh spinach, torn ~ I used whole baby spinach
8 oz farfalle (Bowtie) pasta, cooked

In a large skillet, saute chicken in 3 tbsps Caesar dressing until almost done ~  I added a couple more tbsps dressing as it was cooking. Add green onions, peas and carrots to the chicken in the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until veggies are crisp tender or to your liking. Add spinach and cook until it wilts ~ about 2 minutes or so. Toss with the cooked pasta and pour a few tbsps over all while mixing.

Serve with extra Caesar dressing.

Makes 2-3 servings.

Recipe from the cookbook  It All Begins with Breakfast…

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Teriyaki Burgers and a NEW Gooseberry Patch Cookbook Giveaway!

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Yup!  A brand spanking new Gooseberry Patch cookbook giveaway.  I’ll be giving away one copy of the new GP cookbook Game Day Fan Fare Cookbook.  The book is full of delicious recipes perfect for tailgating or sitting at home watching your favorite team!  Scroll down past the recipe for all the contest particulars!

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I absolutely LOVE teriyaki burgers.  When we lived in Hawaii, I ordered them all the time in restaurants so I am a bit particular about my teri burgers.  That being said, I loved this recipe.  The flavor is out of this world good and it’s very easy to put together with no weird ingredients.

I did make the mayo/soy sauce mixture as directed in the recipe but I didn’t use it.  Mr. Meat Eater did and he gave it two thumbs up.  I run hot and cold on mayo-based sauces on my burgers so I just left it off.  We grilled pineapple slices from a can (you can use fresh) and added a slice to each burger.  I poured a little bottled low sodium teriyaki sauce in the hole in the pineapple slice.  If you like the Banzai burger at Red Robin, this one is very, very similar.  Just add lettuce and tomato if you want.

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Teriyaki Burgers
Submitted by Connie McKone, Fort Atkinson, IA

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground ginger
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 lbs ground beef (I use 85%)
1/8 salt
1/8 pepper
6 hamburger buns, split ~ I toast on the grill

In a large bowl, stir together the soy, honey garlic, and ginger. Place 2 tbsps of this mixture in a small bowl and add the mayo and stir until well mixed and put in the fridge until ready to use.

Add the meat, salt and pepper to the large bowl with the rest of the sauce mixture and mix until well combined.

Shape into 6 patties. Press down in the middle of each burger to make a dent so that when they grill, they won’t get that annoying hump. Grill over medium heat until no pink remains in the middle.

Spread the mayo mixture on the bottom bun and top with a patty,

Makes 6 burgers.

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Cranberry~Horseradish Pot Roast

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What?  Cranberry and horseradish?  It sounds like a very weird combination but it really works.  It’s just plain delicious!  Even the original recipe has a note that says not to let the unusual ingredients stop you from trying this recipe.  The horseradish is what drew me to this recipe.  I LOVE horseradish!

There is an option in the recipe to roast in the oven or on the stove top.  I chose to roast in the oven just because it’s easier.  I hope you give this recipe a try!

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Cranberry~Horseradish Pot Roast

1 (3-4 lb) pot roast
1 large onion, chopped
1 (5oz) jar horseradish
1 (15 oz) can whole berry cranberry sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

In an ovenproof Dutch oven, brown the roast and chopped onions in a couple of tbsps of oil. After browning, spread the horseradish and cranberry over the roast in the pot. Salt and pepper to taste.

Cover and cook on the stovetop or in the oven at 350º for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

Makes 6-8 servings.

Adapted from Moss, Marshes, and Memorable Meals

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Broiled Scallops

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For such a simple dish, these scallops are really delicious.  And easy.

The recipe called for the tiny bay scallops but I had bought the large sea scallops so I just doubled the butter ~ not the other ingredients ~ and added broiling time.  I served them with wild rice and fresh bread.

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Broiled Scallops

1 1/2 lbs bay scallops ~ I used sea scallops
1 tbsp garlic salt
2 tbsps butter, melted ~ I used 4 tbsps butter, melted
2 tbsps lemon juice

Heat broiler ~ mine can heat to hi or low so I used hi.

Rinse and dry scallops and place in a shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with garlic salt, melted butter, and lemon juice.

Broil 6 to 8 minutes or until scallops turn golden. I broiled mine for 20 minutes since they were quite large.

Remove from the broiler and serve with extra butter if desired. I just spooned butter from the dish over the scallops and the rice.

Makes 3-4 servings.

Adapted from Allrecipes

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Creamy Tomato Pesto Soup

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This soup is just divine!  I made it for lunch over the weekend and I thought Mr. Meat Eater was going to lick the pan when it was all gone.  Tomato is my go-to soup when I am craving soup and this recipe just kicks it up a notch.

It is super easy to make.  If you don’t have a stick blender, you can just eat it as is and it will be just as delicious.  I used San Marzano canned tomatoes because I like the way they taste the best but if you can’t find them, any crushed tomatoes will be just as good.

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Creamy Tomato Pesto Soup

2 tbsps olive oil
1/2 cup diced onions
2 tbsps minced garlic
1 (28 oz) can whole peeled crushed tomatoes
1 pint heavy cream
6 tbsps basil pesto
3 tbsps grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a soup pot. Over medium heat, add the onions and garlic and saute until translucent.

Add the tomatoes with their juice. Add the cream slowly while stirring, then add the pesto and cheese. Turn heat down to low and simmer for 20 minutes.

Using a stick blender, blend until smooth. If no stick blender is available, serve as is.

Serve with crackers or garlic bread if desired.

Makes 4 servings.

Adapted from Paws-itively Good Chow

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Beefy Chili

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again ~ I am not a fan of chili.  Mr. Meat Eater loves it so I continue to make it using different recipes hoping I’ll find one that I like enough to make again.

This recipe is very different from others in that there are no ingredients like onions, pepper, etc.  So in that way, it’s more like a stew I guess.  It’s really quite good and super easy to make.

Chili is still not a favorite but I will make it again so that’s something!  I found the recipe over at Southern Living.

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Beefy Chili

4 lbs beef stew meat
2 tbsps chili powder
2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
1 (32 oz) container beef broth
2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
2 tsps minced garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried organo
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Toppings: Tortilla chips, sour cream, cheese, chopped onion, etc., optional

In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, brown the meat in batches if needed. Remove the meat but leave the drippings in the pot. Add the chili powder and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and cook for 5 minutes.

Return the meat to the pot and stir in the beef broth and the next 9 ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Cook until beef is tender.

Serve with cornbread and toppings if desired.

Makes 4-6 servings.

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Barbecue Baby Back Ribs in the Slow Cooker

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I know ~ we have a great smoker so why did I put the ribs in my slow cooker?  It was cold and Mr. Meat Eater will only smoke ribs that have a rub on them that is too spicy for me.  And I like them saucey.  So I searched around for a recipe that would meet my criteria and found one on the Betty Crocker site with the one review I was looking for ~ the meat stays on the ribs.  I really don’t like it when the meat falls off the ribs.  Must be the cave woman in me.

Now, you can easily make your own barbecue sauce to use but in the spirit of laziness, I used Sweet Baby Rays which is my favorite.  I used the plain old barbecue sauce.  You will need about 2 or 2 1/2 cups of sauce.

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Barbecue Baby Back Ribs in the Slow Cooker

Barbecue sauce ~ homemade or store bought
4 lb pork baby back ribs, cut into 3 rib sections
salt
pepper

Spray a 5 to 6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper and place in slow cooker. Pour about 1 1/2 to 2 cups sauce over the ribs.

Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 6-7 hours or on HIGH for 3-3 1/2 hours or until tender. I cooked mine on LOW for about 3 hours and then upped it to HIGH for another 3-4 hours. My slow cooker does not get really hot so you will have to adjust for your particular slow cooker. Make sure the pork is completely cooked before removing from slow cooker.

Remove from slow cooker and serve with extra barbecue sauce.

Makes 6-8 servings or 3-4 if you are serving Mr. Meat Eater.

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