Thursday, June 26, 2008

Bruschetta Bites

Bruschetta bites make a great appetizer for any party. You simply mix together:

1 medium fresh chopped tomato
1 tbsp. of olive oil
2 tsp. basil
2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. minced red onion
1 tbsp. crumbled feta (optional)

Put the mix on fresh french bread slices or your favorite crackers and serve. If your guests are helping themselves, then it may be best to serve the crackers on the side so that the crackers stay crisp.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Seafood and Bacon Penne

Seafood and Bacon Penne

2 cups cooked pasta
16 raw, peeled, deveined shrimp
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup of frozen corn and/or peas
4 slices of cooked bacon chopped
3/4 cup of alfredo or tomato sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in a pan. Add shrimp and cook thoroughly. Add the remaining ingredients and mix in pan for a few minutes. Put pasta onto plates and serve with bread if preferred.
Makes 2-3 servings. bn

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Icing Cookies

This flower shaped cookie cutter cookie, was decorated with Betty Crocker icing that I usually use to decorate cupcakes when there isn't any time to make homemade icing. My neice and nephew wanted to decorate cookies, so I baked the cookies, found some jelly belly beans, icing and sprinkles and helped them decorate! It was a lot of fun.
The icing comes in different colors and flavors. We happened to have the vanilla, chocolate and strawberry frostings on hand so we were able to decorate using three different colors. The frosting saved us time and was easy for the kids to use and it is soft and creamy. It dried nicely as well, so the cookies were actually stackable afterwards. We kept the cookies in the fridge to keep the frosting from softening too much.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Simple Spaghetti


1 lb spaghetti (uncooked)
1 can of whole tomatoes (approximately 500ml)
1 head of garlic, peeled
3 tbsp. basil
2 tbsp. oregano
3 tbsp. olive oil

Boil spaghetti noodles to your liking.

Put the remaining ingredients into a blender. Pulse until the sauce is as chunky or as smooth as you want it to be.

Pour the sauce into a pot. Bring to a boil and let simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes.

Mix pasta and sauce together.

Top the pasta with cooked shrimp or chicken if desired.

*You can add more or less of each ingredient depending on the amount of each flavor you prefer.

*Also, if you want the garlic to be less chunky, blend everything except tomatoes in the blender first. Then add tomatoes and pulse.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Stir-Fried Lobster

Peel and slice a 2 inch piece of fresh ginger. Slice 2 green onions into 1.5 inch pieces. Cut a medium sized onion into quarters. Put these items aside for now.

Cut edible parts of lobster into pieces.
Put lobster pieces into a mixing bowl and add:

1 tbsp. cornstarch

1 tbsp. flour

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

Mix well.

Fry lobster in a large wok containing 2 cups of vegetable oil until lobster shells are orange/red in color and the flesh is white.

Lift pieces of lobster out using a wok strainer (we did not use a wok strainer, but it would have been much easier if we did) and place onto a plate. Put the oil in a heatproof container.
Place 2 tbsp. of the oil back into the wok, and add the green onion, ginger and onion. Stir fry for a couple minutes. Place lobster back into the wok and add:

(Pre-mixing the following ingredients in a bowl and adding them all at once is a good idea)

1 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tbsp. cornstarch,

1 tsp. sugar

1/2 cup water

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp. oyster sauce (replace with soy sauce if you don't have oyster sauce)

Mix well and stir fry for a few minutes.

Serve on a plate on its own, with rice or another side dish of choice.
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