Sammich Pr0n

DSC_0973 (1600x1060)This was so good yesterday that it seemed like a good idea to make another one for lunch today.DSC_0977 (1600x1060)We are taking full advantage of those great tomatoes from the farmer’s market!DSC_0981 (1600x1060)

Classic Combo

DSC_7732 (1600x1060)This is just about the perfect combination for lunch or a quick dinner.  The soup is from a can and the grilled cheese doesn’t take long.  This one has bacon and cheddar with sliced muenster cheese on sourdough.  The key to making a grilled cheese is to manage the heat so that the cheese is all melted before the bread is burnt.  You can shorten the time it takes to complete this by popping the sammy into the microwave for a short time to hurry the cheese melt – this lets you crank the heat up on the skillet or griddle.  I usually keep the flame low and cover the pan to arrive at the same condition.

Guest Recipe: Apple Lasagna

My friend Larilyn makes these all the time for her work potlucks.  I finally got around to asking her for the recipe when she made one this last weekend.  I’ve yet to taste one, but they are a popular item at the potlucks.  Maybe someday…

Apple Pecan Lasagna

Total preparation time: 30 mins

Serves: 12

Ingredients:

  • 8 Lasagna noodles (no boil or boil and drain your own
  • 2 cups Shredded Chedder Cheese
  • 1 cup Ricotta cheese
  • 1 Egg, slightly beaten (may use 1/4 c. egg beaters)
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 3 1/2 cups Apple pie filling (3 – 20 oz cans)
  • Cinnamon (to taste)
  • 1 cup Pecans (chopped)
  • 1 lb Pork Sausage (Optional)

Steps:

Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9 x 13 in. glass baking dish. Combine cheeses, egg, sugar and almond extract in medium bowl; blend well. Spread 1 1/2 cans apple pie filling over bottom of prepared baking dish. Layer half the noodles over filling, then spread cheese mixture over noodles. Sprinkle cinnamon to taste and 1/2 of chopped pecans. Top with remaining noodles, then remaining apple pie filling and cheese. Sprinkle a touch more cinnamon and remainder of pecans.

If using no boil lasagna noodles, be sure that noodles are at least 1-inch away from pan all the way around pan as they will expand. Cover with foil and bake lasagna 1 hour. Remove foil and bake an additional 15 mins. (45 total mins if using cooked noodles). Cool for exactly 15 mins. Cut into squares and serve. Makes 10 very large servings, 12 nice size servings.

This recipe may be cut in half using a 7 x 11-inch pan. You may make this up the night before. Cover with plastic wrap then foil and refrigerate. Next morning, remove plastic wrap, replace foil and bake.

Great served with ham slices or pork sausage and a side of fruit. For a more hearty lasagna serving, you may add a layer of browned pork sausage after first layer of cheese.

She says the original recipe came from here.

Bridal Shower Brunch

Green Chili Eggs

I threw a Bridal Shower Brunch this weekend.  Thought I’d share the menu with you. Pictures to follow.

  1. Green Chili and Jalapeno Deviled Eggs
  2. Bacon and Tomato Deviled Eggs
  3. Deviled Eggs
  4. Chipotle Lime Cucumber Salad
  5. Fruit Salad
  6. Layer Cake
  7. Assorted Bagels and Cream Cheeses
  8. Cream Cheese Mints
  9. Mimosas
  10. Cranberry Punch

Here is the recipe for the Green Chili Deviled Eggs and the Chipotle Lime Cucumber Salad:

Green Chili Deviled Eggs

  • 12 hard boiled eggs, halved
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped green chilis
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped pickled jalapenos
  • 1/4 mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • dash of lime
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cilantro leaves

Remove yolks to a bowl, add remaining  ingredients, except cilantro, mixed together, add more mayonnaise as needed.  Fill egg white halves and top with a cilantro leaf.

Chipotle Lime Cucumber Salad

  • 3 large cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Chipolte Lime Dressing
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

Mix together dressing and mayonnaise, add to sliced cucumber, toss and refrigerate.