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Baked Feta Pasta

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This pasta is quite famous. Baked feta pasta gained stardom on Tik Tok in 2019. Blogger Tiiu Piret shared a version of the pasta bake on her blog in 2018.  Finnish blogger Jenni Hayrenin posted her version of the feta pasta dish on her blog the very next year and it went viral.  BAKED FETA PASTA – ORIGINAL RECIPE – Liemessä

With so much hype is it actually good? I say yes. After some experimenting and modifications I came up with my own version of baked feta pasta. It’s pretty much the same. I just made a few tiny changes like adding spinach and onion.

This simple pasta bake is creamy, savory, and a little tangy. Roasting tomatoes with olive oil, and garlic is always a winning combo. The addition of soft feta makes the sauce scrumptious. Cheese and tomato are great partners in any recipe. 

Baked feta pasta is a trend that lives up to its fame. It’s inexpensive to make and you can modify the ingredients to your liking. Change up your pasta recipes with this delectable dish. 

Happy Eating!

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. Ephesians 5:8 

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Baked Feta Pasta 

 

Yield: 4 to 6 servings 

 

Ingredients

1 lb pasta

2 pints grape tomatoes

1 (8 oz) block feta cheese 

½ cup olive oil

½ yellow onion, diced

4 cloves of garlic peeled and sliced in half

¼ teaspoon red pepper flake

salt

fresh ground black pepper 

fresh thyme, chopped 

fresh oregano, chopped

fresh basil, chopped

large bunch of spinach, chopped

½ cup pasta water

 

Instructions 

  1. Preheat oven to 400° 
  2. In a medium sized baking dish, place the tomatoes, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, fresh thyme, and oregano. Pour about ¾ of the olive oil over the tomato mixture. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Toss everything to coat.
  3. Place the feta in the center of the pan and drizzle the remaining olive oil on top.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes until the tomatoes and feta are browned.
  5. While the tomatoes are in the oven, cook the pasta of your choice according to the package directions. Right before draining the cooked pasta, reserve ½ cup of the pasta water. Add fresh chopped spinach to the hot water, then drain. 
  6. Once the tomatoes and feta have cooked, take a spoon and break it up and combine everything. Stir in the fresh basil. Add the pasta and spinach. Stir in the ½ cup pasta water. Give it a taste, and add more salt and pepper to your liking, 
  7. Enjoy!

Notes

* Use any type of pasta. The original recipe used spaghetti. 

* The pasta water really helps thin out the sauce.

* Greek feta works best.

* Try cream cheese or goat cheese if you don’t like feta. 

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Easy Tomato Soup

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A warm bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich are the epitome of comfort food. I grew up eating tomato soup from a can, which is perfectly fine. Homemade tomato soup is so much better tasting than any canned soup. This simple recipe is delectable and easy to make. It’s also budget friendly.

You can make this creamy, or leave it with some tomato chunks. I prefer a creamy tomato soup so I use my immersion blender. If you don’t have an immersion blender you can use a regular blender, or even a potato masher. 

It comes together quickly, and smells incredible as it’s simmering away on the stove top. This would make a great weeknight dinner. Add some grilled cheese sandwiches, and you’ve got a hearty meal. You’ll be glad you made this delicious tomato soup.

Happy Eating!

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4

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Tomato Soup

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Required equipment: immersion blender or regular blender

Ingredients 

1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons)

1 medium onion cut into large chunks

2 (28 oz.) cans crushed or whole tomatoes 

2 cups chicken broth

½ to 1 cup fresh basil, chopped

1 tablespoon sugar (optional)

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon or more of fresh ground black pepper

½ cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. In a large pot melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes. 
  3. Add the tomatoes with their juices, chicken broth, fresh basil, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  4. Stir and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
  5. Blend the soup using an immersion blender until creamy.
  6. Give it a taste and add more salt/pepper to your liking.
  7. Turn down the heat and stir in the heavy cream.
  8. Ladle soup into bowls. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you use a blender just add the soup in small batches to the blender and return it back to the pot.
  • You can also use a potato masher if you don’t have an immersion blender. 
  • Dice the onion small and chop the basil if you are not using any type of blender.

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Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef

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Do you love Chinese food? My family sure does, and this broccoli beef  hits the spot for those takeout cravings without breaking the bank. You don’t have to stand over a skillet to make this winning recipe. A little bit of prep, and everything goes into the slow cooker to do all the cooking. Four hours later you have a satisfying meal ready to eat. 

The beef is tender, and the broccoli is perfectly cooked in this tasty dinner. The sauce has a nice blend of savory with a touch of sweet. Add some rice, and you have a gratifying meal. Broccoli beef is a delectable dish your whole family will enjoy. 

Happy Eating!

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16 

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Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef

 

Yield: 4 servings

 

Ingredients 

1.5 – 2 lbs. sirloin steak, sliced thin

1 cup beef broth

½ cup low sodium soy sauce

½ cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

4 cloves of minced garlic

1 tablespoon of grated fresh ginger 

2 crowns of broccoli cut into florets

4 tablespoons cornstarch

4 tablespoons water

sesame seeds for garnish 

 

Instructions 

  1. In a slow cooker, whisk together beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger. 
  2. Add thinly sliced steak. Toss to coat meat. 
  3. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
  4. After 4 hours mix water and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add cornstarch mixture to the beef and stir to combine. 
  5. Add the broccoli and stir. Cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes. 
  6. Serve over white rice. Garnish with sesame seeds. Enjoy!



Notes 

Thinly sliced chuck roast works well too.

Slice meat against the grain.

 

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Christmas, Food

Russian Tea Cakes

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When I was a kid my mom called these delightful little cookies snowballs. It’s a cute name that perfectly describes these bite sized treats. Years later I was given this recipe for Russian tea cakes, and I’ve been making them ever since.

These are a favorite of my family at Christmas time. With a few simple ingredients you’ve got a wonderful buttery, crunchy cookie. They look so festive, like snow. A perfect holiday goody.

Walnuts add a delectable crunch. I highly recommend toasting the walnuts. This will add another depth of flavor to the tea cakes. Savory nuts and sweet powdered sugar come together perfectly in Russian tea cakes. These marvelous cookies will make a lovely addition to your holiday desserts.

Happy Eating!

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11 

 

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Russian Tea Cakes

 

Ingredients

1 cup softened butter

½ cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 ¼ cups flour

¼ teaspoon salt

¾ cupped chopped walnuts

2 cups of powdered sugar for rolling the cookies

 

To Toast Nuts

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spread nuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. 
  3. Toast until browned. Keep a close eye on them as nuts can burn easily.

 

Instructions 

  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment, or leave them ungreased.
  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl use a hand mixer to cream butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla thoroughly.
  4. Add the flour and salt. Mix until combined.
  5. Stir in the chopped walnuts.
  6. Cover and chill the dough for 20 minutes, or up to overnight.
  7. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place on a baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. In a small bowl place the 2 cups of powdered sugar.
  10. While still warm, roll the cookies in powdered sugar.
  11. Cool the cookies, and roll one more time in the powdered sugar.

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Notes

  • Pecans, and almonds can be used. 
  • Russian tea cakes can be kept in the freezer for up to 2 months.
  • Coat with powdered sugar before serving.

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Sweet Potato Souffle

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Every cook has a signature dish. It’s the recipe that you get asked to make at each holiday gathering, or get together. One of my mom’s iconic dishes at Thanksgiving was sweet potato souffle. Mom started making these wonderful sweet potatoes many years ago after getting the recipe from our pastor’s wife. Sweet potato souffle is synonymous with Mom, and Thanksgiving.

Before I experienced the joy of this souffle, I never touched sweet potatoes. Yams with some marshmallows had no appeal to me as a child. Everything changed after the first delicious bite of these delightful sweet potatoes. This is hands down, the best sweet potato recipe.

Even though this is a classic side dish, it really could be a dessert. The sweet potatoes are light and fluffy from the eggs, with plenty of sweetness from the sugar. Toasted pecans and brown sugar on top make the perfect pairing. Sweet potato souffle is scrumptious and a great addition to any celebration.

Happy Eating!

I will praise God’s name with song and exalt Him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30

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Sweet Potato Souffle

 

Ingredients

3 lbs. sweet potatoes cooked and mashed (3 cups)

½ cup butter, softened

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla

½ tsp. salt

 

Topping

½ cup flour

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup finely chopped pecans

¼ cup butter, softened

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Pierce each sweet potato several times with a fork and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 50 minutes or until tender.
  3. Reduce the oven to 350° after removing the sweet potatoes. Cool the potatoes slightly then scoop the sweet potatoes out of the skins, and into a large mixing bowl.
  4. While the sweet potatoes are still hot, mash them with a potato masher, or use an electric mixer. Add the butter and mix well with an electric mixer.
  5. Add the eggs, sugar, milk, vanilla, and salt. Mix well with an electric mixer.
  6. Pour sweet potato mixture into a buttered 2 quart casserole dish.
  7. In a small bowl mix flour, brown sugar, pecans, and butter. Spread the topping evenly across the top of the unbaked sweet potatoes.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes until browned and the filling has firmed up.
  9. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
  10. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

 

Notes 

*The mixture is pretty runny before it’s cooked.

*The souffle is soft and will set up as it cools.

*Canned sweet potatoes work well if you don’t want to cook fresh sweet potatoes.



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