Wednesday, August 20, 2014

'Sue's Ziti Bake'

  Holy's crazy I tell ya! Thanks so very much for all the recipes and sweet words ya'll have sent my way (makes me thirsty just thinking about it)! This weeks tasty tidbit comes to us from my friend Sue B. residing in Palmetto FL who is raising her two grandkids ...God bless her (I'm sure she STAYS thirsty)! Sue says she fixes this one when everyone is starving to death and she is short on time (who ain't)? Her family gobbles up Sue's Ziti Bake in a minute - so let's take a big gulp and give it a go, shall we...this is what we need:
    1. 1 1/2 cups cooked ziti (elbow mac or bow ties would be cute too)
    2. 1/2 lb ground Italian sausage (mild, med or hot, it's how ya like it)
    3. 1 sm onion, chopped
    4. 1 garlic clove, minced
    5. 2 tablespoons beef broth (dry red wine would bring out more flavor if you ask me, but who's
        asking...sorry Sue, love you)!
    6. 1 1/2 cups your fave pasta sauce
    7. 1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
    8. 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
    9. salt & pepper to taste
  10. parm cheese for sprinkling 
 That's don't just stand there, go preheat the oven to 350! Now sip some & let's have fun (ooh
I'm a poet again) HA! Crumble the sausage into a lrg heated skillet then add the onion. After about 3-4 mins add the garlic. Stir it around awhile on med heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain. Drop
the pasta in with the meat mixture and add the sauce, broth (or wine) and seasonings.Transfer pasta
into a greased 1qt baking dish. Evenly cover pasta with the mozz cheese. Now top the whole thing with a good sprinkling of parm cheese (about 1/4 cup or so) mmmm, cheesy! Stick it in the oven, uncovered for about 12-15 mins until heated thru and cheese is melted. Ooooh La Wee, sure is
DERN TASTY...thank you Suzie Q! Keep em' coming kids: XOXOXO

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

'Jo Beth's Mexican Pizza'

   We're gonna' change things up a bit! It's always fun to experience new things and discover what kinds of foods make other folks happy - and so I've decided to start a 'mini-series'...publishings of my friends & families fave recipes that they really enjoy, are quick and easy (of course) to prepare and
naturally, DERN TASTY! And so daddy-o, we'll try these recipes together but (as usual) first things
first! Fix you a little (or big) something soothing & let's see what everyone else is cookin'!!
  My friend Jo Beth, from Riverview FL, tickles her families fancy with this quick cook, flavor filled, 'Mexican Pizza' YUM!! I've had different versions of  this recipe before so now we'll try it Jo Beth's way. I already have most of the ingredients but I did have to shop for a few tidbits...
   This is what we need:
        1. 8 6in tortilla shells (makes 4 pizzas)
        2. 1lb ground beef
        3. 1 package taco seasoning mix
        4. 1 16oz can refried beans
        5. 1 jar of salsa (mild, med, hot your call)
        6. sour cream (a good dollop for each pizza)
        7. 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese       
        8. veggies of your choosing, Jo Beth uses sliced blk olives, shred lettuce, mild green chilies
            and diced tomato (but think of all the possibilities...chopped onion, diced green pepper,
            jalapenos, hot sauce, whatever ya like)    
   After we sooth ourselves one more time, let's preheat the ol' oven to 350 and get a baking sheet ready. In a med skillet, brown the beef until cooked through. Drain. Sprinkle taco seas. over the beef and follow pkg directions. Place four torts on the baking sheet. Begin to build! Put a good big spoonful of taco beef on each tortilla. Spoon a little salsa over the meat. Place another tortilla on top
of each pizza. Drop a big glob of refried beans on top and spread evenly. You can add onion or any of the peppers here if your using them (unless you like em' raw, then just hang on a few mins). Cover beans with cheese and stick them in the oven. After about 10 mins, when cheese is hot and melted,
take them out and top with lettuce, tomatoes, olives, sour cream or whatever else your using.
     How fun, kids also love these pizzas. Experiment with these...make you're own delicious delights for your family but always make everything DERN TASTY!! Have a quick, tasty weeknight recipe you'd like to share? Email it to me at and keep it tasty!! Love ya!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

'Pork Tenderloin 'Honey'!

   Can you get over it? They say time goes by much faster when you get older, well whoever "they' are, they ain't whistling Dixie! I just cannot believe how fast time has flown. It's August already for heaven's sake...almost time to get the Halloween stuff back down (feels like I just put it up, oh
yeah, I just did :) Anywho, it's all good by me, I love the fall best of all (and I'm a poet) HA! Well time to remove the work wear, fill a large glass with liver damage and take a peek into the frozen tundra. There's a few bags of veggies and aahh, got it, a pork tenderloin! Always a quick cook, pork tenderloin is easy to prepare and delicious!
So this evening's delight will be 'Pork Tenderloin 'Honey'! Let's fill our drinks and get at it!
   This is what I've got:
        1. 1 - 1lb pork tenderloin 
        2. 1/4 cup honey
        3. 1 tablespoon or so mustard (I like spicy but any ol' mustard will do)
        4. 2 tablespoons brown sugar (a pinch more if your a sweet person)
        5. 2 tablespoons vinegar (I like cider vinegar in this one)
        6. salt (about 1/2 tsp)
        7. pepper (approx. 1/4 tsp) 
That's it...that's all you need. Easy, Peasy!! Re-fuel then pre heat the oven to 400 degrees (400? wow, I must have gone mad) anyhow, grab a baking pan & line it with foil. In a little bowl, combine all the ingredients (except for the meat of course, silly). Cover your meat with a few tablespoons of the honey mixture saving a little for basting as you go. Stick the glazed pork in the oven and bake, uncovered, for about 25 mins (until no longer red in the center) spooning the leftover glaze onto the pork to baste occasionally. Take it out and let it sit for a few mins to rest. DONE! Slice this into medallions and serve with whatever the heck you like (buttered egg noodles or mac and cheese is good with this jazz) Ready to chew!  How simple and so DERN TASTY!! Hope you like  :)