Category Archives: Pasta

Smoking Cheesy Pasta

I love my little girls.  They have no idea they are dogs, I have no intentions of telling them any time soon, if ever.

Paloma the pomeranian and Stella the shorkie
Paloma the pomeranian and Stella the shorkie.

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Enchiladas in a Shell

I love enchiladas, love them.  I love pasta.  Combine the two and I am one happy girl.  I had a craving for enchiladas but didn’t want to go through the whole process of making them.  Mainly because I didn’t want to clean up the mess required to make enchiladas.  I did have a box of jumbo shells in the pantry and I can make any meal with those babies.

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Chicken Pasta Soup

The colder temperatures finally made their way to Florida for two days!  During Christmas, we had three weeks straight of hot, humid, muggy, wet, damp, hot, wet, muggy, jungle, wet, damp weather.  It was like July in Christmas.  Finally the sun broke through and colder temperatures were here for two days, two days people!!  Colder temperatures mean a pot of soup needs to be simmering on the stove top.  I love Chicken Noodle soup but don’t always enjoy making the noodles.  I had some cheese tortellini in the freezer, along with rotisserie chicken and knew I could have of pot of Chicken Tortellini Soup simmering in no time.  Sir Streusel became a lifetime fan.  He told me the Tortellini made the soup more “meaty”.  Who says you need to have noodles to have a pot of Chicken Noodle Soup?!  

Tortellini, Chicken, Onions, Carrots, and Celery make a cold day in Florida so much better.
Tortellini, Chicken, Onions, Carrots, and Celery make a cold day in Florida so much better.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

Last week, I had one of my punks home for Thanksgiving.  He is the oldest by five minutes.  He makes a great only child.  He never complains, goes with the flow, helps in the kitchen, is better in the kitchen than I am, and even cleans up the kitchen! I tried to convince him to move back home and actually move back into his old bedroom, but he didn’t think that would be a good idea.  Imagine that!  I prepared this Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta for his first night at home.  He texted me for the recipe and I told him it was going to be on the blog.  So apparently,  this dish is a pleaser.   One thing I forgot to do was add the Panko Crumbs on top.  I was so excited when he walked through the door that I just shoved the dish into the oven.  Add the Panko, don’t be like me.  It gives it just a little texture and crunch.  Oh we still ate the pasta, we weren’t going to let a little absence of Panko crumbs stop us from cramming our face full of this creamy wonderful bit of happiness.  But next time, I will add the crunch and we will stuff our faces even faster, wait, I don’t think that is possible.  Enjoy!! Continue reading Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

Southwest Chicken Bake

In our home, we like flavor, lots of flavor.  We also like Mexican food, lots of Mexican food. I love cheese, all cheese all the time.  Although this isn’t a Native Mexican dish, it has that Mexican flavor that we love.  This dish has pasta, chicken, flavor, cheese, and crunchy tortilla chips.  I mean, what else could you want people?!  Sir Streusel never knows what type of dish I am going to place in front of him.  He rarely gets the same thing twice.  He has told me he feels as if he is eating in a restaurant every night and is ordering the daily special.  I took it as a compliment and shoved his plate in front of him.  Well, this plate was a winner. Score one for dear Edna!  It comes together fast with basic ingredients.  Prepare this for your family.  Tell them it’s the daily special.  Then shove their plates in front of them.  I promise, they will smile!

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