Category Archives: Vegetables

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo / Pancetta and Peas

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Spaghetti Squash Alfredo / Pancetta and Peas

If you have never tried spaghetti squash, you owe it to yourself to try it.  I love it, my husband not so much.

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (about 3 lbs.)
  • 4 oz. pancetta, diced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (about 1 oz.)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

Halve and seed the spaghetti squash.  The easiest way to cook it is in the microwave.  Place squash cut sides down in a microwave safe baking dish.  Fill the dish with about 1 inch of water.  Microwave on high for about 12 minutes, or until you can easily pierce the squash with a fork.  Cooking time depends on the size of the squash and individual microwaves.  Let cool for about 15 minutes, or until squash is cool enough to handle.

If you would prefer to bake it.  Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Turn squash cut sides down on a baking sheet.  Bake for about 40 minutes until you can easily pierce the squash with a fork.  Let cool for about 15 minutes, or until squash is cool enough to handle. With fork, scrape out the spaghetti like strands and prepare as desired.

Meanwhile, cook pancetta in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 6 minutes.  Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate using a slotted spoon; set aside.  Add the shallot and thyme to the skillet and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the wine and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until mostly evaporated, about 1 minute. Add the heavy cream, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Increase the heat to medium high and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the peas and parmesan.  Continue cooking until the sauce is thick and creamy, about 1 more minute.  Remove from the heat.

Scrape squash strands with a fork and add along with the pancetta to the sauce.  Return to medium heat and cook, stirring, until combined, about 1 minute.  Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with parsley.

Makes 4 servings.

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Cheesy Bacon Spaghetti Squash

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Cheesy Bacon Spaghetti Squash

This is a really quick meal to make.  And so yummy!

  • 1 large spaghetti squash (3 1/2 lbs. or larger)
  • 4 bacon strips, chopped
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup (2-oz,) shredded Swiss cheese (or any cheese you prefer)

Halve squash lengthwise; discard seeds.  Place squash on a microwave-safe plate, cut side down; microwave on high until tender, 15-20 minutes.  Cool slightly.  Separate strands with a fork.

In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally.  With a slotted spoon, remove bacon to paper towels, reserve drippings.

In same pan, heat drippings over medium heat; stir in butter, brown sugar, salt and pepper until blended.  Add squash; toss and heat through.  Remove from heat, stir in cheese.  Top with bacon.

4 servings.

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Home Fries

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Home Fries

This is a must for a brunch or an old country breakfast.  Fix them with eggs and bacon and you have a very filling meal.

  • 1 1/2 lbs. Yukon gold or red-skinned potatoes (medium-starch potatoes), scrubbed and cut into 3/4-inch pieces (4 medium)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper

Arrange potatoes in a large microwave-safe bowl, top with 1 tablespoon of the butter, and cover tightly with plastic wrap.  Microwave on high until the edges of the potatoes begin to soften, 5 to 7 minutes, shaking the bowl (without removing the plastic wrap) to redistribute the potatoes halfway through cooking.

Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon more butter in a large nonstick skillet (I used cast iron) over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook until softened and golden brown, about 8 minutes.  Transfer to a small bowl.

Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in the now-empty skillet over medium heat.  Add the potatoes and pack down with a spatula.  Cook, without moving, until the underside of the potatoes is brown, 5 to 7 minutes.  Turn the potatoes, pack down again, and continue to cook until well browned and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue cooking, stirring the potatoes every few minutes, until crusty, 9 to 12 minutes.  Stir in the onion, garlic salt, salt, and pepper to taste.  Serve.

Serves 4.

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Dixie’s Boiled Dinner

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Dixie’s Boiled Dinner

This is my take on “New England Boiled Dinner”.  Three ingredients, put it all in a pot, cover with water and boil until done.  Serve with butter, salt and pepper to put on potatoes and cabbage.

  • Kielbasa, cut into large pieces
  • Cabbage, cut into large chunks
  • Red potatoes, peeled

Fix enough for however many you are serving.  Delicious for leftovers also.

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Old Settler’s Baked Beans

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Old Settler’s Baked Beans

I wanted another side for the 4th of July picnic and I needed to fix it quickly.  I put all the ingredients in a cast iron skillet and brought it up to a boil to give it a head start and then I stuck it in the oven.  It took about half the time.  Really, really good.  You can use any beans that you have on hand.

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 pound bacon, cut up (I used bacon bits)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can butter beans
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard (no dry)
  • 2 tablespoons molasses

Brown beef, bacon and onion.  Mix all ingredients and put in casserole dish.  Heat uncovered one hour or more, as desired, at 350 degrees.  Can be made ahead of time.

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Potato Casserole

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Potato Casserole

Sorry about no picture.  This got eaten before I could get a picture.  I had five hungry guys waiting to dig into this.  Even though this is made with hash brown potatoes, it isn’t like the normal hash brown casserole.  It is more like mashed potato casserole with a crunchy topping.  You can mix this up ahead of time and pop it in the frig until time to put it in the oven.  I guarantee it will be gobbled up.

  • 2 lbs. frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 1 (8-oz.) container sour cream
  • 1 (8-oz.) container onion dip
  • 1 can cream of celery or chicken soup
  • 10 oz. grated Cheddar cheese
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • 2 cups crushed corn flakes
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, melted

Mix first 7 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well.  Pour into greased 9 x 13 casserole dish.

Mix butter and corn flakes in bowl.  Press onto top of potato mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.  Cover top with foil if they start to get too brown on top.

Makes 10 servings.

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Broccoli / Cauliflower Salad

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Broccoli/Cauliflower Salad

This is very similar to my other Broccoli Salad, but slightly different and equally delicious.

  • 1 head broccoli, chopped
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 lb. bacon, fried & crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Combine chopped broccoli and cauliflower in large bowl.

In a separate bowl combine mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar and salt to make a dressing.

Add the dressing to the broccoli/cauliflower mix, stirring to evenly coat the veggies.

Stir in the bacon and cheese, reserving a small amount to sprinkle on top of salad just before serving.

Refrigerate until serving.

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