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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Tomato-Basil Pasta

12 oz. penne pasta                1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes

2 Cups chicken broth           1/2 medium onion, sliced

4 garlic cloves, sliced           1 tsp. oregano

1/3 C fresh basil leaves        2 tsp. Kosher salt

1 Tbsp. olive oil                       1/4 tsp. dried red pepper

1 6oz. Bag baby spinach      Freshly grated Parmesan


Place pasta, tomatoes, broth, onion, garlic, oregano, basil, salt, olive oil, and pepper (optional) in Dutch oven.  Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat (about 12-15 minutes).  Reduce to medium-low, cook, covered, 10-12 minutes or until pasta is al dente, stirring every 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in spinach.  Cover and let stand 10 minutes.  Add parmesan cheese upon serving.

Such an easy pasta dish to accompany any meal—you can add shrimp or chicken for a one-dish dinner!


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Red, White & Blue Salad

2 Cups Strawberries                                          2 green onions, chopped

1 tsp. salt                                                                3 Tbsp. sugar

1/2 cup raspberry vinegar                              1 Cup olive oil

1-2 (6 oz) packages baby spinach                 1 Cup blueberries

2/3 crumbled blue cheese

1/2 Cup chopped pecans or walnuts


Puree´ 1 cup strawberries, green onions, salt, sugar, vinegar and olive oil in blender for dressing.  (you are going to want to save this dressing!)

Combine the spinach, 1 cup sliced strawberries,  blueberries, cheese and nuts in a large bowl.  Toss to mix.

Add the dressing just before serving and toss to coat.

A perfect complement to your Fourth of July menu!


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Summertime Pot Roast

1 Chuck roast                            1 Crock Pot

1 Pkg Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix

1 Pkg McCormick Au Jus Gravy Mix

1 stick butter

Pepperoncini Peppers


Talk about easy!  Place roast in crock pot; top with Ranch mix; top ranch mix with gravy mix.  Rest stick of butter on top.  Surround butter with 5-6 peppers.  DO NOT ADD WATER.

Cook on low for 8 hours.  Absolutely delicious!

(Variation:  Use Italian salad dressing mix instead of ranch.  Add potatos and carrots to pot for one dish meal.)