Friday, March 23, 2012

Italian Sandwiches, No I am not talking about my family in a bear hug



Hi everyone, sorry this post is coming late in the day.  We had some errands to run and a child to pick up from pre school.  One of our things we needed to do was go to the grocery store.  My husband hates that I go with him because we always come back with way more than we think we need at the time.  I also have a small tendency to browse and let's just say my husband would rather get what we need and leave.  I like looking at new products and checking out labels and just take in the whole shopping experience.  Ok so my perk about shopping might a bit bigger than I lead you to believe.  However I just love to shop weather it be for groceries or window shopping, I think in a past life I was a personal shopper.  Although I am getting way ahead of myself because as you know another thing I like to do is cook.   So with that being said I am going to tell you all what we are having for dinner tonight as some of you may have guessed, we are having Italian sandwiches.  Now depending on where you are in this fine country of ours depends on what you call these gems of goodness.  Some parts of the country call them gyros, others subs but I promise you if you go to any deli counter in the state of Maine and order an Italian sandwich this is what you will get.  A large or small sub roll with veggies meat and cheese, now if you dont like meat then get a veggie Italian.  Ok so here are the ingredients that I am sure most of you are familiar with.  Oh and one more thing aside from eating these I am in the know about these because I used to make them for a living, a lot of them as a matter of fact.  Ok Now here comes the ingredients enjoy !  

Ingredients:

Sub rolls large or small doesn't matter mostly whatever you want and 1 per person
1 whole bell pepper sliced the long way (no chopping unless that is just how you roll)
1 whole tomato or more depending on how many sandwiches you are making count on about 4 half slices per sandwich
1 small to medium onion finely diced
1 large can of black olives or if you want to be all fanciful use calamata olives instead
1 jar of dill pickle chips (not potato chips)
extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper to taste
Ham you will need approx. 2 slices per person
Cheese 1 slice per person  just cut it in half to make it fit on the bun

Instructions:

First you start off with   your sub rolls sliced down the center of the bun.  Next you will want to do your prep so start with your bell pepper.  Remove the stem by cutting around it or slicing the top off.  Clean out the seeds, and the white rind.  Cut the whole pepper in half and then make skinny slices down the length of the pepper or you can just chop it its fine too.  Next slicing your tomato you just want to cut it half and slice down the length of the tomato.  Your going for a half moon look, or you can slice it how you want to.  Dice your onions and put all your veggies in separate piles.  Paper plates works wonderful in keeping everything in its own home.  So grab your sub roll add your ham and cheese or whatever meat you prefer. (If you are keeping this veggie go ahead and add lettuce, mushroom and maybe cucumber too).  Next add your tomatoes, green pepper, onions and black olive.  Top off with pickles, salt, pepper and oil and your done and so is dinner. 


 I know some of you make these all the time so I am not telling you something you didnt already know but this is for the people out there who want to learn how to make these at home without getting take out all the time.  Yes I am talking to you Mr I know my deli person better than my mother, we know who you are lol.  In all seriousness though I hope you enjoy these and sorry I dont have a picture of them,,,, I havent made them yet its only 1 15 in the afternoon, I said these were for dinner.  Well until I see you all next time live laugh and love.

Here's a Picture of the finished product!  






Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Everything Dressing





Hello everyone I hope your day has started off well.  Here in New England we are having above average temps and its really bringing out the spring and summer feelings with everyone.  So in light of our wonderful weather I came up with this salad dressing.  Now I am not sure if other people have a recipe similar, which they probably do because a lot of people love the dressing that kfc uses on their coleslaw.  This dressing is inspired by that, its not low cal or fat free but fat free isnt always good for you.  Fat free can be a fake health food even low cal can be.  Ok let's save that for another day because we all could talk about that and make a new blog post about it lol.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of mayo ( the real stuff and no miracle whip it will ruin the taste)
1/4 cup of white vinegar
3 tablespoons of sugar or for all you fake sugar people use that
1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper
1/2 cup of milk add more if you want a thinner dressing

Instructions:

In a bowl add in the mayo and then the rest of the ingredients.  Mix it all up with a fork until its all combined.  You might need to taste it to see if you need more vinegar or sugar.  Chill for about an hour and you can use this on a salad, a dip for veggies or even on coleslaw.  Last weekend it was very nice out and we had a picnic, I used it to make turkey salad sandwiches.  Even my youngest liked it and she is my picky one.  However you make this dressing at least make it because you wont be sorry that you did.  Until next time everyone Live,laugh and love


Monday, March 19, 2012



Hello everyone, I know its been a while since my last blog post.  I am going to be better about posting a blog everyday.  I also make you tube videos once a week, some of you already follow me over there.  So this recipe is on the lasagna I made Friday night.  My husband and kids loved it and that says a lot since my oldest one cannot stand lasagna but she loved this one.  Before I get going with the recipe though, I want to first say to be expecting a new post from me every day and be looking for this recipe in video form.  I was going to try to get my blog recipes and the recipes I do on you tube the same but its not working out that way.  So anyway here is the recipe and I hope you like it.  As a side note to this I shared some with some of my neighbors and one Erika said " it was the best lasagna she has ever had."  Erika's husband Jim said " I couldnt put it down."  Then Matthew a grandson of my neighbor Cheryl's said " that lasagna was awesome."  So now I am sharing it with you all.  

Ingredients:

1 8oz container of ricotta cheese
1 large onion
1 bell pepper
1 pound of ground beef or ground meat of your choosing
Half pound of sweet Italian sausage ( with or without casings, you will be cutting off the casings anyway.)
1 jar of spaghetti sauce or 32 ounces of homemade
1 can of diced tomatoes or 15 ounces of homemade
1 egg
Half cup of Parmesan cheese grated or chopped to your preference
32 oz of water
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 pound of oven ready lasagna noodles
half of a cup of any shredded cheese you like 
2 to 3 cloves of fresh garlic
tablespoon of onion powder
tablespoon of garlic powder
tablespoon of Italian seasoning

Instructions:

Before you begin anything you want to grab a large casserole dish and spray it with cooking spray.  Then you want to go ahead and heat up a large pot and add in your extra virgin olive oil. Add in your onion, garlic and bell pepper chopped.  Then add in the ground beef and sausage ( with the casings removed.)   Saute until the beef and sausage are brown and drain if you use a higher fat beef and sausage.  I buy extra lean so I save myself that step.  From here add in your dried seasonings, and then the sauce and tomatoes with the water.  I usually just fill my spaghetti sauce jar up with water and dump it in the pot, it gets all the rest of the sauce stuck to the jar.  Heat the sauce to a simmer.  While you are waiting for your sauce to come up to a simmer, start grating or chopping your Parmesan cheese.  Then mix the ricotta cheese with the egg and add about half of the Parmesan cheese. From here take a ladle of the sauce and put it on the bottom of the casserole dish, it will prevent the noodles from burning.  Then layer the noodles in a single layer and you can either put the sauce down or the ricotta down.  I usually put the sauce on top of the first layer of noodle then on the next layer add the ricotta mixture.  Keep layering until all your sauce and ricotta is gone.  Sprinkle the top with the rest of the Parmesan cheese and the shredded cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for about a half hour then finish baking uncovered for another half hour.  Let it cool for about 15 minutes at the least at most 30 minutes, that is if you can wait that long lol.  

Side note:

I prefer to use homemade sauces and my own tomatoes however I was out of fresh tomatoes.  Either way it turned out very well and it makes a lot but freezes nicely. Until tomorrow everyone live, laugh and love.  
Heather