Thursday, December 8, 2016

EWE - When life gives you lemons...



Gaye chose our theme this week for our Ellie Krieger group.  When Life Gives You Lemons.  I am a huge huge fan of lemons.  Love the lemon in my tea.  My dh does not like lemon in his so he always gives me his slice.   There were so many different ways I could have gone with this theme.  I chose Ellie's 25 minute lemon orzo  pilaf.   This was so easy to make and I do not believe it took even 25 minutes!
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You can find recipe
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Monday, December 5, 2016

TWD-Dories's Pfefferneusse cookies

#cookiesandkindness
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For  Tuesdays with Dorie, Dorie's Cookies.   Can you pronounce pfefferneusse?  I would say the proper way is feffer nussa.  If you disagree, please tell me!  The name means pepper nut and both are ingredients in this delicious cookie, along with several other flavorful spices.  I used lemon zest in mine.  My kitchen smells so good!   I love baking things that fill the house with spicey goodness.  I only cooked these eighteen minutes instead of the 20-22 indicated.  And they are plenty done.  These are the perfect cookie to eat while you have an afternoon cup of tea or coffee.  Just slightly sweet and nicely flavored.  Love them!
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Monday, November 28, 2016

EwE - parmesan crusted chicken breast


This week Kayte chose "Fowl Weather" as our theme.  Love this theme!   I chose Ellie's parmesan crusted chicken breast.   I used chicken tenders instead of breasts.  This was so quick and easy, plus very tasty.  The mustard base really brings our flavor and the toasted parmesan a nice crunch.  Lived it!

You can find recipe
Here

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

TWD- Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

I am a couple of days late on this post.  I'm not proud of it.  But I am proud that I made these cookies!    
This month the participants chose two recipes to post.  I chose to make the Peanut Butter Change-Ups first.  This week I made these Chocolate Sandwich Cookies.
I found these to be very easy to mix up.  At first I thought the dry ingredients would never get blended in...but then suddenly it was a dough!  Rolling it between two pieces of parchment was easy and cleanup a snap.  I wasn't sure I rolled them quite thin enough.   Mistake number two was not waiting until the cookies were cool enough and my filling melted a bit.  I consider myself a novice when it comes to baking so they are not perfect.  But they are delicious and I will definitely have these on my repeat list!  Especially with the holidays coming up!  I was wondering how they might taste with a peppermint filling!   Since there are only two of us here, I only made half the recipe.  It was perfect as it made about 12 cookies!
The Tuesdays with Dorie group is baking from Dorie Greenspan's new book, Dorie's Cookies.  The posts will be the first and third Tuesdays of the month and can be linked at the main Tuesdays with Dorie website here.   This recipe can be found in the Dorie's Cookies on page 306 or here

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Ewe- three bean and beef chili

In my cooking with Ellie Krieger group, I chose chili for our challenge this week.  With fall here (even though our weather is hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk), my menu demands a pot of chili at least weekly.  I like to try different variations and Ellie's did not disappoint.  I especially liked the addition of carrots to this traditional dish.   We enjoyed this on Halloween night as is our tradition, along with a scary movie.  We watched Stonehurst Asylum.  It kept our interest and had a huge twist at the end that I had not figured out!

Normally our group does not post Ellie's recipes out of respect for the author, but you can find this online Here.     Try it and enjoy!

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

EwE - pasta puttanesca

Gaye chose "perfect pasta" for our theme this week.  Italian food is not always my favorite (though it is for my DH), but I am all about some good spaghetti.   I found this recipe online Here

Just a little background on Ellie Krieger.   Ellie is a dietitian and host of the food networks "healthy eating."  She has a masters degree from Columbia University.  She knows all about making food healthy yet maintaining flavor and aroma.  

What do we know about puttanesca sauce?   I did a little research and it literally means "in the style of the whore."  Legend says the ladies of the evening would cook this pasta while entertaining their gentlemen callers.   I can assure you the only gentleman caller I will serve this to is my Dh who could eat pasta every day of the week!

This is a delicious dish that is easily put together.  I served this as a side dish with chicken crescents.


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Friday, November 4, 2016

TWD-Peanut Butter Change-Ups

Well hello old friend!  It has been quite a while since I posted anything for the Tuesdays with Dorie group!  I am a big big fan of Dorie Greenspan!  Dorie has a new book out called Dorie's Cookies which was just released last month.  The group posts for this will be the first and third Tuesdays of the month and can be linked at the main Tuesdays with Dorie website here.  
These peanut butter cookies have just your basic ingredients in them with the addition of nutmeg.  I usually try to bake a little snack to take to our dance club on Friday nights, so this week I will be taking these delicious cookies.  They were supposed to have a sprinkling of sugar on top but I ran out of sugar while making them.  I mean who runs out of sugar right?  Meeeeee
You can check out what the other bakers did at this website  Dorie

The recipe can be found online Here


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

EwE. -Jewel Roasted Vegetables

This week in our cooking with Ellie group Margaret chose vegetables as our theme!  Vegetables are not only so good for us they are also very tasty.  I looked at all of Ellie's recipes and I decided to make the roasted jewel vegetables.   Other than a bit of chopping they are easy to make.   We love fresh beets but they are very staining to your hands when you are chopping.  The red will wash off though thank goodness.  And they are so good they are worth a little extra effort to cut up.   I found this recipe on the Internet so I am posting it here.  Enjoy!

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Ingredients
4 medium beets
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/2 pounds carrots
1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
8 large garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon freshly chopped thyme leaves


Put the beets into a small baking dish and rub them with 1 tablespoon of oil. Cover the dish with foil and put into the oven for 30 minutes.
In the meantime, peel and cut the carrots into 1-inch pieces, trim the Brussels sprouts and halve them lengthwise, and peel the garlic cloves. Put the carrots, Brussels sprouts and garlic cloves into a large baking dish and toss with the remainder of the oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
After the beets have been cooking for 30 minutes add the large pan of vegetables to the oven and cook everything for 1 hour more, stirring the vegetable mixture once or twice.
Remove the beets from the oven and transfer them to a cutting board to cool. Stir the thyme into the carrot and Brussels sprouts mixture and let it continue to cook for another 10 minutes while the beets are cooled and cut. When the beets are cool enough to handle, about 5 minutes, peel them and cut them into 1-inch pieces. Remove the other vegetables from the oven, toss with the beets, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

EwE- Spicey Chicken Fried Rice With Peanuts

Spicey Chicken Fried Rice With Peanuts!

My very favorite rice is the sticky white rice like you find a Chinese restaurant.   What is your favorite rice?
Today for lunch I made this wonderful spicy chicken rice from an  Ellie Kreiger recipe.   It was so delicious I could've eaten the whole bowl but I decided to save some for my husband!  It is chicken mixed with brown rice, Bellpepper, onions and scallions, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, water chestnuts, peanuts.   It was exactly what I needed today!   It literally takes minutes to prepare this dish.

You can find the recipe Here

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

eWe - Soup and Salad



This week in our cooking with Ellie group my friend Kayte chose the theme of soup and salad.  After browsing Ellie's soup recipes I decided to try the Tuscan vegetable soup.  With the first hint of fall in the air, I am all about making soups!   However since it is still 90° here in the south, I am sort of having to pretend it's fall for now!  Fall is definitely my favorite time of the year.  I love the colors of the leaves and I love pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks and I love almost anything pumpkin.  And of course with fall comes Halloween!  Fun!

In our group we generally do not post the recipes that we make as a courtesy to the author of the book. However I found this one online so I am happy to share with you.   I made it exactly like the recipe with one exception.  I added a little shredded chicken.  This is one of the tastiest soups I believe that I have made.  Loved it!  Will definitely make this over and over again.  I think part of what made it so tasty was the zucchini and sage spice.  I do not normally put zucchini in my vegetable soup.   I think you will like it.  Give it a try!

Check out our website and please join us whenever you can!  We are very laid-back group and allow you to just jump in when you can participate.  Eating with ellie

For the recipe, click on this link.  tuscan soup

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

EwE - pesto potatoes


The theme  this week in my Ellie group was Savvy Salads.  Instead of a green salad or a fruit salad I chose to make this potato salad.  If you follow my blog you know that we are potato lovers at this house!   I made hamburger sliders to go along with these.  Potato salad can be a really nice complement to a hamburger occasionally instead of chips or fries the traditional sides!

We just got back from traveling to Waco Texas where we checked out Chip and Joanna's Magnolia Place.  It was fun to actually be there, but the prices are a little high!  Anyway after I travel it takes me a couple days to get back in the mood to cook.  Are you like that too?

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

EwE Guiltless Potatoes Au Gratin



This week in my Ellie Kreiger group the theme was "one potato two potato."   We are big potato fans at this house so it was right up my alley. I checked online and found these scalloped potatoes. Ellie always tries to make everything a little bit healthier so I enjoy her recipes and feel better about eating this delicious food!  This was a simple recipe.  You simply cook the potatoes in boiling water. While you're cooking those you make a paste of flour and milk and garlic. I got my paste a little thick but it was fine anyway.   And of course cheese makes everything better!   So this recipe is a win-win.

You can find the recipe Here

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Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

eWe -its not easy being green



Well here it is Thursday again!  This week in our eating with Ellie group the theme was "it's not easy being green."   I think that saying was made famous by Kermit the frog.  After looking through the vegetables in Ellies Comfort Food Fix cookbook, I decided to make the Broccoli and Cheddar stuffed potato skins with the Avocado Cream on top.  Basically these were made like regular stuffed potatoes.  You bake the potatoes, then cut in half lengthwise, and then scoop out the inside of the potato.  You fill that with cooked broccoli and cheese.   The avocado cream was basically like a homemade guacamole.  It called for scallions and I did not have those.  My DH really enjoyed these and was excited that one was left over for his lunch!
You can get the recipe Here
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Monday, July 11, 2016

EWE - vegetables!





Okay okay!   It has been months since I posted on here.  I will tell you a secret.  It has been SO long I almost never got into my blog.  I had forgotten not only my password, but also my login!  It is very frustrating to me that these websites we frequent tell you that your password has to be a certain length, and include numbers and characters, etc.   After all, it is MY computer and it seems like it should be my choice to choose whatever password I like.  Anyway, I managed to get in eventually as you can see!


Now this week in the Ellie Krieger group, the theme is vegetables.  You do not have to ask me twice to cook or eat a vegetable.  Love them.   I met a man on saturday, however, that eats no vegetables.  Only potatoes and mac and cheese! I had a serious talk with him, but there was no changing his mind.

I made Ellie's parmesan zucchini rounds.  I found the recipe online here.  I think they were supposed to be crisp, but mine were soft.  They were still delicious.

We also have some very exciting news in our family!  We are expecting a baby girl to arrive in November in our family!  I will be a MeMe again!  She will be such a blessing to our family. 

We are headed out camping this weekend.  Yes, I said camping.  I have my menu all planned out for the weekend and hope that I do not give us food poisoning this time.  I think last time our refrigerator was not cold enough and both of us got sick.  I'm learning each time we go what I should and should not do.  I'm going with mostly canned goods this weekend!

Check out the Ellie Krieger group website here.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, February 4, 2016

EwE - Waldorf Chicken Wraps



Our group has made a change for 2016.   We are now cooking from themes so that gives us the chance to choose any Ellie recipe we like each week as long as it goes with our theme.   Kayte chose Wrap it Up for the theme this week.   Who doesn't like a wrap?  I chose this waldorf chicken wrap.  You can get the recipe here Wrap.   It is full of all good things such as chicken, walnuts, apple, grapes, romaine.  Check it out for a healthy lunch.   You can check out our website at. Ellie

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

EwE - Mushroom Sloppy Joes



We LOVE sloppy joes!   But these are so much better than those you make with a canned sauce.  And they are easy to prepare and quick.  Not to mention they only have good ingredients in them and not all the chemicals and preservatives the canned ones have.  

You can access Ellie's recipe in her Weeknight Wonders book

Or, this is how I made them.  We wanted some meat in ours so I added ground turkey.  So good I can hardly wait to eat the leftoverss tonight!

Brown one lb of ground turkey.  Add one onion chopped and one bell pepper chopped.  Cook these for a few minutes until soft before adding to turkey.  Add two cloves of garlic, one T. Apple cider vinegar, one T. Chili powder, two T. Sugar, one can drained pinto beans, one cup chopped mushrooms, one 15 oz. tomato sauce, one T. Tomato paste.   Simmer for fifteen minutes,  enjoy!  

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

EWE-filet mignon with zucchini

This week Gaye chose for us to make this steak recipe from Ellie Kreigers Weeknight Wonders cookbook.  We had had our fill of Christmas snack type foods so this was a welcomed change of pace.  Im not sure I have ever prepared filets but that is what I always order in the restaurants.   I purchased two for around $22.00 so they are a little pricier than other steak cuts, but so worth it!   I did change the recipe a bit as we are not overly fond of capers so those were left out.  The zucchini that went with the steak was delicious as well.  We really enjoyed this and will definitely make again!  Thanks Gaye for choosing this recipe!   Ellie
Merry Christmas everyone!

WWDH - spiced chickpeas

This week in our Donna Hay group,  Kayte chose these spiced chickpeas.  I was hesitant to make them because honestly they just did not appeal to me.   HOWEVER, I am so glad I did make them because they were delicious!  The recipe is in Ms. Hay's Fresh and Light book which I love.   These peas were so easy to prepare.   You just dry the beans and fry them in a little oil and add cayenne, salt, etc. to them.   I actually added some smoked paprika to mine.  I could not stop eating these!  That is how good they were!
Check out our website or come join our group.  No commitments, just some good comraderie and cooking fun!   Wwdh

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ewe - sweet and savory carrot salad with oranges and dates





This week in our eating with Ellie group it was my recipe choice!   This was a very easy salad to put together and went very well with the chicken dish that I made.  We love Carrots!   It was a nice mixture of cooked carrots, navel orange, parsley, garlic and dates.   All drizzled with lemon and olive oil.   We enjoyed it the day I made it and also the leftovers were delicious!   Definitely a keeper recipe.   Check out our website.   Come join our group.  No weekly commitments.  Eatingwithellie.wordpress.com

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Wwdh - Lemon and goat cheese chicken

Today was my choice for the group and I chose this chicken with goat cheese and lemon. This was really easy to put together.  As you see from the ingredients you really just layer the thyme, chicken, cheese and lemon on top   Then broil it for about 15 minutes.  While it was easy to put together it really lacked flavor for me.  It was good but I doubt I will make it a second time.  Check out our website to see if others made it and liked it.    Wwdh.You can find the recipe here






Holiday Traditions

Who doesn't love a good cheese ball around the holidays!  Paired with the perfect cracker it's a very filling appetizer.  My personal favorite is a ham and pineapple cheese ball.  And I am in love with the new cracked pepper Triscuits!  Whenever I make a cheese ball I just go ahead and make two because it was just as easy to mix up two as it is one.   And I freeze one of them.   Easy peasy! 

I will say cheeseballs are not the easiest to mix up.   They can get quite messy.  I use gloves of course and spray them with Pam, non stick spray.   Try this ball.   I think you will like it!  Just mix up chopped green onions, ham, drained crushed pineapple, a little confectioners sugar, and cream cheese, then roll in chopped pecans and chill.


Start with.....


2 packages cream cheese. Add
1small can crushed pineapple (well drained)
powdered sugar (to taste- approximately 2-3 Tbsp.)
green onion (optional-to taste, approximately 2 Tbsp.)
chopped ham (optional-to taste, approximately 2-3 Tbsp. I used deli meat ham)
chopped pecans (about 1 cup worth)

Check out what Gaye and Grace made as well.  Kitchenlaw.blogspot.com and gracephua.blogspot.com

Monday, November 30, 2015

Southern cornbread dressing


My husband is from the north and he grew up eating stuffing instead of dressing.   I have tried stuffing, but in my opinion nothing beats some delicious chicken or turkey with cornbread dressing.  Every southern woman has her own special recipe for it, usually handed down from a relative.   To me, the goal one should have when trying recipes is to find one that is moist.  Nothing worse than dry dressing.   Though you can salvage it with some good gravy!
I think I have mastered dressing through the years so I thought I would share my recipe.  Once you have a recipe that you love you will find that it is not a chore to make.  I think it is fun!  This photo does not do it justice as it was taken with my Thanksgiving leftovers!

4 cups cooked, crumbled cornbread
Four slices day old bread crumbled
1 sweet white onion, diced
4 stalks celery, diced
2 pieces bacon, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1 small can cream of chicken
2 cups chicken stock or broth
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 teaspoon Ranch dressing

Sage to taste
Poultry seasoning (to taste)
Sea salt (to taste)
Cracked pepper (to taste)
Preheat oven to 400. Preheat a sauté pan, and melt butter. Add in onions, celery, & bacon. Cook until onions are translucent.

In a large mixing bowl add cornbread and all the ingredients.  Mix until incorporated.

Spray a 9x12 casserole dish with cooking spray. Put in table spoon of heavy cream and sprinkle dry ranch mix into the dish. Spoon in cornbread dressing evenly.  Cover and bake 45 minutes. Uncover and allow the dressing to brown.

Cornbread
3 cups self rising corn meal
1 cup self rising flour
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup canola oil
2 eggs

Mix all in a mixing bowl. Pour into a 9x12 casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray. Cook at 350 for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

EwE - Guinness Beef Stew


Well it's Thursday again!   You all know what that means at my house.  Another delicious Ellie Krieger recipe.  This week is a hearty stew with Guinness beer, sirloin steak, potatoes carrots and  green peas.  It seems like every week I am leaving out one ingredient.  This time it was the green peas.  I went back the next day and added them!

This was a tasty stew but the beer flavor was a bit bitter to us.  I liked everything else about it.

Come join us or check out our website!  Ellie

  





Wednesday, October 21, 2015

EwE-Orange Sesame Chicken With Snow Peas

I was thinking today how sometimes our lives take twists and turns when we least expect it!  I started blogging eight years ago when my mother passed away.  At the time I was working full-time, taking violin lessons, going to yoga twice a week, enjoying five cooking groups, and spending weekends at the lake where we worked and cleaned all the time!   I truly do not know how I managed all that!  Now I am completely retired and it seems I have filled my days once again with commitments.   Mostly fun stuff.  It is good to stay busy.   But I have been thankful for my food blogging and for the wonderful friends i have made because of it!

Gaye chose this dish for our Ellie group.   It is really good.  Comes from her weeknight wonders cookbook which I love.   It is chicken, oranges, garlic, soy, vinegar, red pepper flakes, snow peas.   I did cheat a bit and used sugar snap peas because i had them.  We agreed this was a hit at our house!





Tuesday, October 20, 2015

WWDH - Roasted Brussel Sprouts with parmesan and vincotto


We love brussels sprouts at my house!  So anytime the opportunity presents itself to cook brussels sprouts, I do!   These are very flavorful.   They are roasted in the oven with garlic and lemon juice and Parmesan cheese added at the end of roasting time, then vincotto drizzled on top.   Delicious!

Never disappointed in Donna Hay recipes.   

Gaye thank you for choosing this!  Loved it!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

EwE - Mini jar pumpkin cakes


This week was my choice and I chose these mini pumpkin cakes   I thought with fall in the air it would be something to go with the season!   The recipe said you could cook them in little jars or ramekins.  As you can see I went with the ramekins.  Honestly these were so easy to put together and only took 45 seconds in the microwave to cook!  You cannot get any easier than that.  I sampled one of them and it is delicious!   Later tonight I will serve them to my husband with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top.  But I could just eat it right out of the bowl!   The ingredients were eggs and brown sugar, flour, milk, spices, oil and canned pumpkin.   These are so easy to whip up I am sure they will be on my rotation for this season!   The recipe comes from Ellie Kreigers Off the Shelf book.   Great book and I would suggest you purchase one!
Check out our website to see how the others like these little cakes! Ellie

P.s.  I'm so excited I'm going to see the movie Woodlawn this weekend!   

Wwdh -chocolate banana and coconut muffins.




I am running a little behind this week on my blog.   Today our group made chocolate banana and coconut muffins.  I left out the coconut because the three flavors just did not appeal to me!   The jury is still out as to whether banana and chocolate muffins go together.  I have not tasted these yet as I'm saving them for breakfast tomorrow.   These called for cocoa but I just used chocolate chips instead since i was out of cocoa!

So the big home issue this week is tile for my foyer.   I ripped up the white tile over a month ago.  I had a thought that I would put the hardwoods all the way to the front door.  Well long story short I could not get hardwoods to match and was scared it would look too pieced together so I'm going back to tile.  I have three different ones I'm trying to choose between.   One of them is a light beige  so it will be almost like what I ripped up in the first place!   Do you find yourself with dilemmas like this?

Check out the muffins!   You can find the recipe http://technicolorkitcheninenglish.blogspot.com/2015/05/chocolate-banana-and-coconut-muffins.html   Also check our website to see if the others enjoyed these!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

WWDH-Simple Vanilla Cake


This is a simple vanilla cake that came from Donna Hays recipe book called Off the Shelf.   It was my choice for the group this week.   When I chose this I was imagining all sorts of ways to serve it.  Maybe a yummy chocolate ganache on top, or some fresh berries and whipped cream.  The cake has a ton of butter in it, but no other liquids which surprised me a bit.  At first ai thought it looked like concrete when I removed it from the oven.  But once I cut into it, it was pretty moist.  I cooked it ten minutes less than the redipe called for.   The ingredients are three eggs, vanilla, butter, flour, sugar and baking powder.  Pretty simple.   Chandler said it would be good in a bowl with milk on it!

Check out our website and see if any of the others made it.   wwdh.wordpress.com

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Eating with Ellie - Cauliflower with Almond Olive Tapanade



Who does not love cauliflower!!!  It is a great side dish and very versatile.  It can be mashed like potatoes, topped with cheese, or just steamed and topped with butter.   Kayte in our group chose this delicious side for us to try this week and it is a winner!  First you just steam a head of cauliflower for six minutes.   The tapenade is made in the food processor.   It was supposed to have toasted Almonds but I used walnuts instead.  Green olives, roasted red peppers, garlic, parsley, olive oil and white wine vinegar blended together with the walnuts made the topping.   This was very flavourful and a recipe I will definitely make again.   Check out our website to see if the others in the group enjoyed it.  Or come join our weekly group.   ewellie.wordpress.com

Just want to mention that we saw the movie War Room last weekend and what a beautiful story!   I highly recommend it.   

We will be traveling next week but should get back in a normal routine after that.  We are going to the New England states to see the foliage.  Very excited about this trip!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

30 minute thursdays with hazan

This week i made guliano hazan's fusilli with sausage and zucchini.  As always it took approximately thirty minutes to prepare.   I did not have fusilli in my pantry so i substituted rigatoni.

I love this book!   I think everyone should have a copy in their collection.  How can you go wrong with a good pasta dish and especially one that is so quick and easy to prepare.

This was onions, italian sausage, zucchini, and tomatoes served over pasta.  Delicious!

The others in the group are:  KayteMargaretChayaGlennis