July 28, 2011

Spinach & Sausage Lasagna

Spinach & Sausage Lasagna
Serves 8

12 ounces Premium Pork Light sausage
1 (15-ounce) container skim ricotta cheese 
1 (8-ounce) container light onion-and-chive flavored cream cheese
1 10 box frozen chopped spinach, cooked according to box & squeeze water completely 
Grey salt & pepper 
Red pepper flakes
1 large egg
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
3 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided 
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided 
2 (26-ounce) jars tomato basil pasta sauce 
1 (16-ounce) package egg roll wrappers
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook & crumble sausage in skillet & set aside and allow to cool.  In the meantime mix the Italian seasoning with the mozzarella cheese and set aside. Combine the ricotta, cream cheese, & spinach.  Season the cheese mixture with the salt & pepper and red pepper flakes, add the egg, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and mix together.  Cover the bottom of your baking dish with 1 cup pasta sauce. Cut egg roll wrappers in half lengthwise. Arrange 10 halves overlapping each other over pasta sauce. Top with sausage. Spoon 3 cups of pasta sauce over sausage and then sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Arrange 10 wrappers evenly over mozzarella. Spread ricotta cheese mixture over wrappers, top with remaining wrappers and finish with the remaining pasta sauce. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Top with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese and remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake 15 more minutes. Let stand 15 minutes.

My sous chef, my precious nephew Sid

    July 14, 2011

    Balsamic & Champagne Chicken

    Balsamic & Champagne Chicken
    Serves 4

    1 whole chicken, cut up, or 4 breasts, bone-in & skin on
    1 sweet onion, roughly chopped
    1 pint of grape or cherry tomatoes
    1/2 cup olive oil
    1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    1/4 cup champagne vinegar
    Juice of 1 small lemon
    Grey Salt & Pepper
    2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
    1/2 cup white wine
    1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley 

    Preheat  oven to 350 degrees.  Add the chopped onions to the bottom of a roasting pan forming a nice layer, top with the tomatoes & season with salt, pepper and 1 teaspoon of thyme.  Place chicken over seasoned onions and tomatoes.  Mix together the oil, vinegars and lemon juice & drizzle over the chicken.  Season chicken with additional salt, pepper and thyme.  Bake for an hour and 10 - 15 minutes (or until juices run clear).  Place chicken on serving platter & tent.  Also place the tomatoes and onions in a serving dish, but reserve liquid in pan.  Place the pan over medium heat on the stove top and add white wine.  Increase heat and allow liquid to come to a roaring boil for about 7 to 10 minutes, make sure to scrape up all the bits on the bottom of the pan.  Spoon sauce over the chicken, sprinkle with chopped Italian parsley, and serve.

    July 12, 2011

    4th of July in Boston

    We were lucky enough to get to visit Boston over the long fourth of July weekend.  This was our second visit & I can honestly say I love it even more now.  The following were some of my favorite sights.
    Blackberry Martinis at the Atlanta Grill the night before we arrived

    Bombolotti alla Vodka from the rooftop of Ristorante Fiore on Hanover Street

     Oysters from the Oak Room at The Copley Plaza

    The amazing Oak Room Bar at the Copley Plaza

    Poached Eggs from The Beacon Hill Bistro on Charles Street

    Penguins at the aquarium


    The penguin exhibit was huge

    We took the Ghost & Gravestone Trolley tour - an unforgettable experience

    Paul Revere's House

    "The Palace for the People" the Boston Public Library

    Crab Cake Benedict from Stephanie's on Newbury Street.  They have great bloody mary's too.

    Our beautiful room at the Fairmont Copley Plaza

    The USS Constitution with the Bunker Hill Monument in the back on the fourth

    Jonathan at The Bell in Hand Tavern on the fourth - of course we were enjoying  Sam Adams

    Beautiful public rose garden
    Out on Boston Harbor

    Miss Catie Copley herself taking a break from her hard work

    The fireworks over Copley Square

    July 6, 2011

    Sweet & Spicy Pork Tenderloin

    Sweet & Spicy Pork Tenderloin

    Sweet & Spicy Pork Tenderloin
    Serves 4

    1 1lb pork tenderloin
    1 sweet or yellow onion, chopped
    1 cup hot mustard BBQ sauce

    Spray your crock pot with cooking spray.  Add the onion to the bottom of the crock pot. Lightly salt and pepper your tenderloin and place on top of the onions.  Drizzle the hot mustard sauce over the top of the pork & cover the crock pot. Cook on high for 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours (or on low for 7 1/2 -8 1/2 hours), remove from pot (will be fork tender) and place on serving tray, cover with the mustard and onion gravy in the pot.  Tent with vented foil for about ten minutes, slice or shred & serve.  Hope you enjoy!

    Note - you can also do 2 pork tenderloins and just double the sauce without any other modifications.