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Friday, April 20, 2007

Soup, Bread, Salad Dressing

EASY Pasta e Fagioli

This is a very common soup that can be made in probably more than 100 ways. Here's mine

1/2 lb ground beef 2 table spoons bacon bits 1 tsp. garlic 1 tablespoon minced onion 1 tsp. thyme 2 cups chicken broth 1 chopped tomato 1/4 cup tomato paste 1 cup red beans (already pre soaked- You can use a can of red beans) 1/2 cup uncooked macaroni

Brown ground beef then rinse to eliminate the grease, return to pan. Add about a tablespoon of olive oil, bacon, and spices to meat mixture. Cook for a few minutes. I love the sizzling at this point!! Add broth, paste, and beans. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Add macaroni and cook for 15-20 minutes. Add sea salt as needed.
Home Sweet Home Bread
I cut this recipe in half and made only 1 loaf.
2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 envelopes FLEISCHMANN’S RapidRise Yeast
1-1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt
1-1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup water
In large bowl, combine 1 cup all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, cheese, garlic powder, and salt. Heat milk and water until very warm (120 to 130oF). Gradually add to flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.

Divide dough in half; shape each half into 5-inch ball. Place each on greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Make 2 (1/2 –inch deep) diagonal slashes across top of each loaf.

Bake at 375oF for 20 to 25 minutes or until done. Remove from sheets; brush with melted butter, if desired. Cool on wire rack

Creamy Italian Dressing

1/4 cup Miracle Whip or Mayo
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon canola oil

1 tsp. sugar

2 tsp. white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon parmesean cheese

1/2 tsp or each thyme, basil, and red pepper flakes

Whisk together and serve over salad. MMM....


givengrace said...

Awesome! A three-for-one post. :) Looks so good!

Preston's Mommy & Daddy said...

I am going to try the creamy italian dressing this week. I will let you know how it goes:)