Sunday, June 30, 2013

Golumpkis (Stuffed Cabbage)

This traditional polish dish is easy to make and was a lot of fun for my son to help me with. It can be made with tomato sauce or sauerkraut, we used tomato sauce as the young'un doesn't like sauerkraut.


-6 cabbage leaves
-1 cup rice uncooked (makes 2 cups cooked)
-1/2 lb ground hamburger
-1 can crushed tomatoes (can use sauerkraut)
-salt and pepper to taste
Carefully peel 6 cabbage leaves off head and save remainder for use in other dishes (cole slaw, corned beef and cabbage, fried cabbage, egg rolls...). Wash the leaves then boil for 3-5 minutes until soft then remove from boiling water and cool. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Put the rice on to cook following package directions. While rice is cooking fry hamburger. When the rice and hamburger are done, combine them in a bowl with salt and pepper to taste. Pour a little of the crushed tomatoes on the bottom of an 8x8 baking dish. Split rice mixture between 6 cabbage leaves then roll and place seam down in baking dish.  Pour the remainder of the crushed tomatoesover the top of the cabbage rolls and bake for 30-45 minutes until cabbage starts to be see through and contents are heated through. Serve hot and enjoy!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

Another of my personal favorites, biscuits and gravy are good anytime time of day, whether it be a meal or a large snack. Many people don't make this as they believe it to be difficult to make a quality sausage gravy.  As can be seen here, if you're willing to take the time to prepare it properly, it is fairly easy to make.

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

- 1 dozen of your favorite biscuits
- 1 lb fatty pork sausage, this is good with either spicy or mild sausage
- 4-6 Tbsp all purpose flour
- 3-4 cups milk
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1-2 tsp sage
In a large, deep skillet, cook the sausage until fully cooked. Add the flour one Tbsp at a time, making sure to brown each Tbsp before adding the next to avoid having a starchy flavor/feel to the gravy. Slowly add the milk, it will look very soupy once the milk has been added. Add the cayenne and sage and simmer, stirring constantly, until gravy thickens to desired consistency. Serve hot over, preferably fresh, biscuits.

Cupid's Pillows

For the same women's breakfast we made the Blueberry Stuffed French Toast and Apple Tarts for, we made this delectable treat. I mentioned that the ladies considered the french toast to be the best dish served, but personally these pastries exceed even this favorite dish in flavor.

Cupid's Pillows


- Danish dough, we used home made but store bought will work too.
- Fresh Raspberries
- Chopped Dark Chocolate
Preheat oven to 425F. Spread Danish dough 1/8 inch thin then cut into 3 inch squares. In the center of each square place 1-2 fresh raspberries and a large pinch of dark chocolate. Fold the squares in half diagonally and seal/score with the tines of a fork. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and bake cupid's pillows at 425F for 8-15 minutes, until golden brown.

Blueberry Stuffed French Toast

This is something I first saw made by my parents for a women's breakfast at their church.  Out of the 6 dishes served that morning, this was by far the favorite among the ladies, and resulted in several catering requests. I proceeded to make this same recipe for the Easter brunch at my church, and once more it was a major hit.


Blueberry Stuffed French Toast

- 1 loaf portuguese sweet bread
- 1 8 oz bar cream cheese
- 3 cups blueberries (or other fruit of choice)
- 1 dozen eggs
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
Prepare the night before:
Cut or break the bread into bite size pieces.  Layer half the bread in a foil half pan. Spread the cream cheese over the bread, my mother rolls it out while chilled between two sheets of plastic wrap, I cut it up and spread chunks evenly over bread. Spread 2 cups of blueberries over cream cheese. Place remainder of bread in pan on top, you may need to press it down firmly to fit it all, then spread remaining berries on top.
In a large mixing bowl whisk together eggs, heavy cream and maple syrup. Slowly pour egg mixture over bread mixture in pan, be very careful as it takes a long time to seep in and is easy to spill over the edges. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.
Morning of:
Preheat oven to 350F. Leave covered with foil for first half hour in oven, then uncover and bake for another half hour.

Easy Fruit Tarts

 You can take the time to make your own puff pastry dough like my mom did for the first time I made these tarts for a church breakfast, but for these easy tarts, I used frozen puff pastry dough from the grocery store, and they went over just as well at the Easter brunch I served them at.

Easy Fruit Tarts


1 box frozen puff pastry dough, thawed

Fruit of choice (I used diced apples with cinnamon and granulated sugar and frozen mixed berries, thawed, drained and chopped with a little added granulated sugar.

Preheat oven to 350F. Roll puff pastry dough to 1/8 inch thickness.  Cut each sheet of dough into 12 squares. Use the squares to line muffin tins and fill with desired fruit mixtures. Bake at 350F for 10-20 minutes, until crust has puffed and turned golden brown.


Monday, December 3, 2012

Spinach Artichoke Alfredo Lasagna

My brother recently came home from college ranting about a creamy spinach lasagna he had, and I did my usual thing trying to figure out what would have gone into it.  Yesterday I was scrolling through a blog and noticed a spinach artichoke lasagna that used a marinara sauce.  The light went off in my head and I couldn't help but make a creamy spinach artichoke lasagna.  I hope you enjoy it!

Spinach Artichoke Alfredo Lasagna

15 oz ricotta cheese
2 eggs
1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1 lb frozen chopped spinach
1 12 oz jar artichoke hearts
No boil lasagna noodles
Your favorite alfredo sauce
Shredded mozzarella

Thaw, drain and squeeze the spinach. Drain and roughly chop the artichoke hearts.  Preheat oven to 375F  Combine ricotta, eggs, garlic, salt, pepper and 1 cup mozzarella in a large bowl, mixing well.  Stir in the spinach and artichoke hearts.  Line the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish with a thin layer of alfredo sauce, followed by a layer of lasagna noodles.  Spread a layer of the spinach mixture over the noodles.  Repeat the previous three layers followed by more sauce, noodles then sauce.  Sprinkle as much shredded mozzarella as you desire over the top.  Cover with foil, keeping foil from touching the mozzarella, and bake at 375F for 1 hour, then uncover and bake another 15 min.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Quick and Easy Personal Pizzas

I got this idea from one of my brothers who made a cold veggie pizza this way, and decided to mix it up a bit.  If you have picky eaters who all like different toppings on their pizza, this is a great way to make pizzas for everyone to love.

Personal Pizzas

Store bought crescent roll dough (one tube makes 2 pizzas)
Your choice of sauces and toppings

Pre-heat oven to temperature listed on dough's packaging.  Unroll dough and separate into sections along the perforation down the center.  Press the remainder of the seals together*.  place flat on cookie sheet and bake until they are lightly golden brown.  Remove from oven and spread sauces and toppings as desired.  For hot pizzas place back into oven until toppings are hot and cheese (if used) is melted.  The options I have enjoyed so far are listed below.  Feel free to use your favorite sauces and toppings.

*If you want to make these into appetizers separate at all perforations for triangular mini pizzas.

Buffalo Chicken

Cream cheese with chives
Hot sauce

4 microwave chicken nuggets (per pizza)
Hot sauce**

Combine 2 parts cream cheese with 1 part hot sauce and spread on cooked crust.  Microwave nuggets according to package directions and cut each into 6-8 pieces.  Dredge nugget pieces through hot sauce and place on pizza.  Cut broccoli into small pieces and place on pizza.  Cover with desired amount of Mozzarella.  Bake until cheese is melted.

**If you want the buffalo flavor without so much kick you can omit the hot sauce on the nuggets.

Alfredo Chicken with Broccoli

Your favorite alfredo sauce

4 microwave chicken nuggets (per pizza)
Crushed red pepper flakes

Spread alfredo sauce on cooked crust.  Microwave nuggets according to directions and cut into 6-8 pieces each.  Place on pizza.  Cut broccoli into small pieces and place on pizza.  Sprinkle pepper flakes lightly on pizza and top with desired amount of mozzarella.  Bake until cheese is melted.

Cold Veggie

Garden vegetable cream cheese

Any vegetable you desire

When the crust had finished baking put it aside to cool.  Cut the vegetables into small pieces.  Once the crust is cooled spread the cream cheese and top with the vegetables.

***I would suggest cherry tomatoes halved or quartered.