Baked Spaghetti (Puzghetti)

Baked Spaghetti (Puzghetti)

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And oh!  It doesn’t last long!

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Basically, this recipe is your favorite spaghetti recipe that is simply mixed together and topped with Mozarella and cream cheese. It is then baked to deliciousness. It truly is a comfort food and hard to stop eating!

Cooked Spaghetti (you can use other pastas, but WHY?)

Lotsa mozzarella cheese

1 8 oz. block of cream cheese

Quick Sauce:

1 lb of ground beef or Italian sausage, or both

1 large can of diced tomatoes

1 med can tomato sauce

1 can tomato soup

3 cloves of garlic minced

Pinch of oregano or Italian seasoning

Half of an onion, minced

¼ cup grated parmesan (optional, but yum)

Brown the meat mixture and add onions and garlic. Once onions are soft, add the rest of the ingredients. Simmer for at least a half hour. Mix sauce with cooked pasta. Pour into a large buttered baking dish. Top with broken up bits of cream cheese and then cover with mozzarella…..

…..cover, don’t just sprinkle the cheese. Bake at 350, just till cheese is all oozy goozy melty messy.

My Momofuku Cookie

My Momofuku Cookie

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There are lots and lots of recipes for this kind of cookie. But this is my version.

• 1 stick COLD butter, chopped up
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
• 1/2 tablespoon corn syrup
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 large egg
• 1 heaping cup flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoons salt
• ½ cup chocolate chips or m&ms
• 3/4 cup salty stuff (potato chips, pretzels)
• ¼ cup oats (I toast mine, you don’t have to)

In a mixer with a paddle, cream cold butter, both sugars and corn syrup on medium high until fluffy, 2-3 minutes.

Add egg and vanilla and stir to incorporate. Increase mixing speed to medium-high and run mixer for 10 full minutes. The sugar granules will dissolve, mixture will become pale white and double in size. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

By hand stir in flour mixture – don’t beat it. Stir in sweet and salty things. Using an ice cream scooper (¼ cup) scoop up dough and form rounds. Put shaped rounds on plate, cover with plastic wrap and chill for a few hours, at least 2. Otherwise, the dough is too soft.

Heat oven to 360. Put chilled cookie balls on parchment lined cookie sheet Bake 9-11 min (I baked mine for 11. While in oven, cookies will puff, crackle and spread. All ovens are different. Cool cookies completely on sheet pan.

Chicken Poblano Chowder

Chicken Poblano Chowder

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2 cups boiled shredded chicken                                                                   

1 small onion, diced

2 cloves garlic

1 handful chopped cilantro

1 fresh jalapeno minced

2 large fresh poblano chiles, chopped

3 cups chicken broth (I used the broth that I boiled the chicken in)

1 cup milk or half and half

2 large potatoes’, cut in chunks

1 cup canned or frozen corn

1/2 cup of your favorite salsa

Put everything into a pot except the potatoes. Cook for about 30 minutes.  Add  potatoes…simmer for another 30 minutes or so. Or you can do this in a crockpot too, Slurp it up!!!! Yum Yum

Blueberry Muffins

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Blueberry Orange Muffins

1  1/2 cups flour
1  tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sour cream
zest of 1 orange
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup fresh or FROZEN blueberries

Heat oven to 375. Mix softened butter and sugar together till creamy. Add egg.  Mix till incorporated.  Add sour cream, orange zest and vanilla.  Add dry ingredients.  Don’t over mix.  Gently fold in blueberries.  Batter is THICK. Scoop into a paper lined muffin pan. Fill to the top of each muffin cup. Sprinkle a few more blueberries on tops, slightly pushing them in. Makes 8 or 9 muffins. Bake 18 minutes.  Once cooled, drizzle on glaze.

Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar, couple of squeezes of orange juice

Mix and add more juice or powdered sugar as needed to get desired consistency.