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A couple weeks ago I posted 50 different things to do with mason jars ...though all the ideas were creative and fun, none of them had anything to do with food. I thought the whole concept of food in a jar deserved a post all of it's own. So this weeks Saturday Inspiration post is dedicated to all the glorious foods ... You can put in a jar: desserts in a jar, bread in a jar, appetizers in a jar, meals in a jar, drinks in a jar... I think you can pretty much put anything in jar and it instantly becomes a million times cuter! Now I want to save even more jars!
You may be like me and think that baking is not your forte. Rolls, breads, and cakes often allude me. I have seen them in this fog out in the distance and think that one day, when I make it to grandma status, somehow I’ll be able to make these delicious morsels with flare and style.
Lately I’ve been talking a lot about freezer foods – keeping the freezer stocked , saving time and money by cooking from the freezer , and more. And apparently all of you are very interested in freezer foods because I’ve received all kinds of questions, asking what foods you can and cannot freeze. While I don’t claim to be a “Freezable Foods Expert”, I have frozen more than my share of foods over the last few years; and I’ve taught classes on freezing, drying, and canning. So with that said…
What's a pasta meal without some good garlic bread to sop up extra pasta sauce? For the recent pasta party dinner I hosted, I knew garlic bread would make it to the table. However, rather than the usual garlic butter slathered bread most are familiar with, I added a trio of cheeses on top for good measure and good eats! My Three Cheese Garlic Bread didn't last long and it's no surprise why...
As a stay at home mom, I tend to eat whatever I can find for lunch. The only exception is when I have friends over for lunch dates. Normally, I'll have lunch already prepared before my friends arrived but that wasn't the case the other day. My friend Suzanne came over recently and I had nothing really ready. After a peek in my fridge and pantry, I whipped up these Pizza Stuffed Pretzels while Suzanne and I chatted away in the kitchen. They came out great and perfect for lunch!...
When I'm in my cooking 'zone', creative juices tend to flow and I start throwing random things together so nothing goes to waste. This recipe is a result of using up leftover ingredients I had from other dishes I prepared for the freezer. I figured chicken, pesto and cheese would work with pasta fairly well and so I hoped for the best. We enjoyed these Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells from the freezer and even my husband was impressed how these came out!
If there's a dish that recently surprised me, it's this one! For my recent Pasta Party dinner, I wanted to include a pasta dish that had a cream sauce other than alfredo. When looking through some restaurant menus for inspiration, I remembered trying Macaroni Grill's Pasta Milano dish awhile ago.
Now that the crisp and cool temps are here, the idea of comfort foods are what I crave. A popular comfort food to many is pasta and rightfully so. Pasta is one of those dishes that seems to hit the spot, leaving you with a satisfying carb coma. This Baked Penne with Sausage & Creamy Ricotta did exactly that. It was deliciously filling with pockets of creamy ricotta cheese, bites of Italian sausage, all blended with penne in a homemade tomato sauce.