Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pasta Fagioli

Hello everyone, today I am making a recipe that I have been making for a few years now and I am just now putting it on my blog. It must have been a blond moment as to why its taken me this long to put up this recipe that I make during the winter months. Its not expensive to make and its a one pot meal. Within 20 minutes or the time it takes to cook pasta you have a healthy meal for your family. I hope you all enjoy this as my family does every winter. So lets get started!


1 Pound of ground beef or turkey
1 Onion chopped
1 Bell pepper (color is your choice)
1 Stalk of Celery chopped
1 Carrot diced
2 cloves of garlic minced
Pinch of Italian seasoning
Pinch of basil
Pinch of oregano
Pinch of salt and pepper
1 large can of crushed tomatoes or you can make your own which is what I use sometimes
1 smaller can of diced tomatoes
1 can or dry of red beans, if you use dry make sure you precook them before you make this
1 can of white beans
1 can of black beans (if you use canned beans make sure they are all drained)
4 cups of beef broth or chicken broth
2 cups of water
1/2 cup of any small pasta, I use elbow macaroni but I have used wheels and mini bowties too

Grab a large pot of any kind just big enough to make soup in, drizzle a little of evoo and cook your meat and veggies together, just until the meat isnt pink and the veggies are soft. Next start adding all your other ingredients except the pasta. Bring everything to a boil and add the pasta cook for about 20 minutes or just until the pasta is ready. Serve with a side salad and a crusty piece of bread or toasted pita and you have a meal that is healthy, warm and hearty.

Look for my husband's review below, and until we meet again I hope you all live, laugh and love.


To me, the true measure of any dish is whether the kids like it or not, especially the younger ones like our 3 year old, Bailey. Heather is an exceptional cook and I like 99%of what she makes. Issy the 8 year old does, too. I approach any new thing Heather creates with an open mind (and taste buds) but a critical eye, as it were. When she made this dish, I had never had it before, so my critical "eye" was opened wide. long story short, this dish was excellent. To me, it was real close to a stew-type dish which I like better than a soup. I like the 'stick to your ribs" feel of a stew, so this stuff was right up my alley. And Issy's alley. And, believe it or not, Bailey the Finicky Eater 3 year year old liked it too! She even told her mommy that she liked it. When Bailey likes something enough to actually speak her approval, it's dang good! And this was dang good. i look forward to the time when Heather cranks up the kitchen and Pasta Fagioli is for us to magia. Arrivaderci !


Monday, December 6, 2010

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

Hello everyone, I hope my Maine friends are enjoying this winter wonderland we have been blessed with today. Of course its not so much a blessing if you have to travel in it and if you do please be safe out there. For all my other friends outside of the state, I hope today is kind to you as well. I have no recipe today, so its just going to be a mumble jumble mix of things. I know I said I was going to have a blog up 7 days a week. I am sorry but I dont think I can do that, I am not that organized. However I will try to make a game plan for my blog for the next day so it will help me stay focused. I get very easily distracted especially this time of year.
So this coming Sunday is my birthday and I will be turning 35. I used to get so excited for my birthday. That was the day that seemed to last all day long. If I had a birthday or not my mother made it a special day for me, from the moment I woke up until bedtime. That was also the day growing up that we would get our Christmas tree. Most of the time it was a real one and mom and me would decorate it before I went to bed. Its funny after 30 or more years of doing that those memories stuck with me. This is my favorite time of the year. Sure this holiday comes with its stresses but doesn't everything? I feel this way, if your children are healthy and you are able to wake up another day on this earth and you are warm and have food to eat, you are blessed. Sure the bill collector that calls twenty five times a day is irksome and maybe you have a rowdy neighbor that thinks its a wonderful idea to have a full fledged Christmas party at 3 am is appropriate and necessary. However when you look in your children's eyes and feel their joy and love for you and just their laughter and smiles makes it all worth it. Everyone is having hard times this year, its what we choose to make of it that matters. A lot of people could eliminate a lot of stress if they just focused on the things that are right in the world instead of the bad things. It makes you feel better to forgive than it does to hold onto anger and be vengeful. Even if you dont feel like it sometimes, smile anyway and eventually that smile will make your day feel better no matter what day you had. Its easy to choose to be miserable but in the long run its not good for you. Instead of focusing so much on negativity, try to focus on the things that were positive in your day. You will be amazed that the things you thought mattered dont really matter all that much anymore. I hope you all have a wonderful day , Until we meet again I wish you all laughter, love and a lot of living take care.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Turkey Dressing Supreme

Hello everyone, so today I wanted to change things up a bit and throw in a recipe or two for a couple of laughs. Beware this is a joke recipe its not an actual recipe. I found this at www.jokersrevenge.com I thought it was cute. Since we are coming off the heels of Thanksgiving going into Christmas I hope you get a chuckle out of this one. Enjoy


5 cups of Bread crumbs
1 cup of chopped onion
1 1/2 cups of popcorn unpopped
3 cups of giblet broth
1 1/2 teaspoons of sage


Chop giblets fine mix all in the broth. Stuff the turkey loosely bake slowly at 350 for 5 hours or until the popcorn blows the turkey's ass off. LOL

I hope you all got a good laugh and until tomorrow I hope you all live, laugh and love

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Cinnamon Banana Bread

Hello everyone, today I have a recipe for you that I am sure most of you make on a regular basis anyway. However for those of you that never made this or isnt good at baking this might be for you. Its simple and easy and very tasty. I hope you enjoy !


1 1/2 cups of flour
3 ripe bananas
1 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 eggs beaten
1 stick of butter melted
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees,
In a medium to large bowl mash up a very ripe banana. Then add in your eggs, and melted butter. Mix until the butter, bananas and eggs are blended. Add your flour, baking powder, cinnamon and brown sugar. Mix it all up and when all the dry ingredients are blended well with the wet ingredients you can add nuts here or you can leave it out. If I make this with nuts I usually use cashews. Use whatever you like. We just happen to like cashews. I spray a bread pan with non stick cooking spray. If you dont have a bread pan you can use whatever pan you do have. Put your batter into the pan and bake for about 20- 30 minutes I usually dont time it, I just check on it when I start to smell banana bread. Test it with a tooth pick if it comes out clean then your banana bread is ready.
Its quick and easy and a nice treat for a snack or good to have with breakfast with some yogurt. I hope you enjoy and live, laugh and love.

Quick Tip:

If your planning on making banana bread but you dont have any ripe bananas, put 3 bananas in the freezer once frozen they ripened really fast. You can even try putting the bananas in a brown bag in your fridge too. If you are putting the bananas in the freezer plan on making the banana bread the next day because you want to give the bananas a chance to thaw.