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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing~Perfect For An Italian Date Night Tablescape

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I have been working some odd hours lately and dinnertime with Mr. B has suffered.  On a recent night off, I decided to create a table setting for just us two and serve up a special dinner to allow us to reconnect. 
Better than bottled salad dressing, this simple homemade caesar salad dressing takes less than 10 minutes to make.
I didn't want to sacrifice taste or my time off so I was so happy to find the Bertolli Classic Meals at my local King Soopers store. 
Better than bottled salad dressing, this simple homemade caesar salad dressing takes less than 10 minutes to make.
I grabbed a couple of bags of the Chicken Carbonara but there are more options like Chicken Florentine & Farfalle, Italian Sausage & Rigatoni and Shrimp, Asparagus & Penne. All of them sounded awesome but I was in the mood for the white meat chicken and bacon in a rich Alfredo Sauce. The Bertolli Classic Meals allows me to create an Italian experience at home on those nights I have little time to be creative. "Mangia" or "eat" in Italian, is not just a word, itis an experience!  And an experience to Italy is what I wanted to my meal and tablescape to say when Mr. B walked in from a long day at work. Mangia honey!

Since the Bertolli dinner cooks up in just 10 minutes, I had plenty of time to whip up a romantic tablescape for two as well as an easy homemade Caesar salad dressing. 
Better than bottled salad dressing, this simple homemade caesar salad dressing takes less than 10 minutes to make.
My recipe for Caesar salad dressing is so simple!  I would bet you already have everything you need to make it for your family! I'm not a fan of anchovies so I add a splash of Worcestershire to give it that authentic flavor. I've included the recipe at the end of this post so that you can enjoy it too!
Better than bottled salad dressing, this simple homemade caesar salad dressing takes less than 10 minutes to make.
For my tablescape, I used 2 festive runners down the length of the table instead of a tablecloth or placemats.
Better than bottled salad dressing, this simple homemade caesar salad dressing takes less than 10 minutes to make.
I then layered a large dish to catch any drips, a shallow pasta bowl and a white bowl for the salad.
Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing
I placed a large wheel of Parmesan cheese under a covered cake plate. There is a grater handy as Mr. B likes his salad and pasta dinner cheesy.
Better than bottled salad dressing, this simple homemade caesar salad dressing takes less than 10 minutes to make.
A romantic dinner calls for some wine and I placed a chilled white in a rustic bowl.
Better than bottled salad dressing, this simple homemade caesar salad dressing takes less than 10 minutes to make.
A salad of coarsely torn romaine lettuce, croutons and the Caesar dressing mimic the colors in the runner almost perfectly!
Better than bottled salad dressing, this simple homemade caesar salad dressing takes less than 10 minutes to make.
Look at that yummy Bertolli Classic Chicken Carbonara!  Served in the large pasta serving bowl, it looks as good as it tastes!
Better than bottled salad dressing, this simple homemade caesar salad dressing takes less than 10 minutes to make.
Some hearty crusty bread, candles and of course, wine goblets, complete the table.  
Better than bottled salad dressing, this simple homemade caesar salad dressing takes less than 10 minutes to make.
I loved being able to put together not only a special tablescape but a wonderful meal for Mr. B!  I'm glad too, that I picked up two of the bags of Bertolli Classic Meals so that I can create another Mangia experience again for us soon!
Better than bottled salad dressing, this simple homemade caesar salad dressing takes less than 10 minutes to make.
Which Bertolli Classic Meal do you think would be a favorite in your home? You can find Bertolli items at some of the lowest prices of the year in a Kroger or Kroger banner store near you. Kroger banners include Fred Meyer, Smiths, Frys, Dillions, King Soopers, City Market, and QFC.

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

by: Kathe With An E
Prep Time: 10 Miutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 Cup Mayo
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 of a lemon)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients but the olive oil and salt and pepper. Slowly add the olive oil while whisking until smooth. Taste and add the salt and pepper to your taste (I used very little salt as the Parmesan cheese was salty enough. Place in an airtight container and chill for at least one hour, longer if possible. Will keep for up to 1 week tightly sealed.


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Monday, February 8, 2016

Time For The You're Gonna Love It Party!

Happy party day friends!  Things are awesome here in our neck of the woods! We are still celebrating our Denver Broncos winning the Super Bowl!  Mr. B and I were sooo nervous before the game started and I don't think we took a full breath until it was officially over!  We are lifelong fans of the team and could not be prouder of "our boys"! 

I think living in a championship town is a good excuse to throw a party, don't you?


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The Features of the Week
Those Crafty Lumberjacks are at it again!  They were the most viewed last week!
They brought over there recipe for Game Day Buffalo Ranch Chicken Dip and it looks amazing!  I have it pinned for next year's big game already!

I feel in deep love with Lovely Livings' Valentine's Day Vignette! So much so, it is my pick of the week!
From top to bottom, isn't it just so lovely??

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Homemade Ragu Meatball Sandwiches


Homemade Ragu Meatball Sandwich
As I have said before, one of Mr. B's favorite meals is sandwiches. Recently I made up one of his favorites, homemade meatball sandwiches.  I made the meatballs myself, but saved myself some time by using Ragu Pasta Sauce. The meatballs are tender and juicy and the Ragu Pasta Sauce is rich and hearty, making this the perfect weeknight meal. 
Homemade Ragu Meatball Sandwich
I've been using Ragu Pasta Sauces for years!  I'm sure I picked up my love of this sauce from my mom.  While she grew up in Iowa, she LOVED pasta and sauce. From spaghetti to lasagna, there was always a jar of Ragu Pasta sauce in the cupboard when I was growing up. Just like Assunta Cantisano, the founder of Ragu Pasta Sauce, my mother liked to feed her family using the freshest ingredients. To this day, Ragu remains committed to Assunta's high standards of affordability, farm fresh ingredients and no artificial flavors and no high fructose corn syrup. Just like the homemade sauce I make each fall when my tomatoes are ripe, Ragu Pasta Sauce is slowly simmered to add those wonderful layers of flavor. 

Just like my mom, you will always find Ragu Pasta Sauce in my pantry!  Thanks to Ragu, I am never at a loss as to what to make for dinner because I can visit the recipe page at the Ragu website and now, so can you!  But for now, let's make a yummy homemade meatball sandwich smothered in sauce!

Homemade RagĂș® Meatball Sandwiches


Ingredients (makes 12-2oz Meatballs):
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced fine
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced fine
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 lb Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 lb 80/20 Ground Beef
  • 2/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Jar Ragu Pasta Sauce (I used the Sweet Italian Sausage & Cheese)
  • Hoagie Buns
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Homemade Ragu Meatball Sandwich

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil.
In a small skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add onions and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes.
Remove skillet from heat and stir in diced garlic and allow to cool.
In a medium bowl, mix the Italian sausage and ground beef. In another, smaller, bowl, mix beaten egg, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. Add to to meat mixture and mix in well (I use my hands). Add the dry bread crumbs and mix until thoroughly combined.
Shape into 2 ounce balls (about the size of a ping pong ball) and place on prepared baking sheet.
Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes.
Homemade Ragu Meatball Sandwich

In a saucepan, heat the Ragu sauce until bubbling.
Place meatballs into hoagie buns and cover with the heated Ragu sauce. Top with shredded Parmesan cheese and serve.
Homemade Ragu Meatball Sandwich

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Monday, February 1, 2016

You're Gonna Love It Party~Anything Goes

Howdy friends! Can you believe January is already over and we are now entering the second month of the year??  We are battening down the hatches for a snowstorm to hit later, bringing us over a foot of snow and cooold winds.  I am prepared!  I have my milk bread and eggs stocked up LOL!  It's Colorado, and not our first time at this rodeo!  I know one thing that will warm me up, partying with my favorite peeps!  That's YOU!  So let's get started shall we?


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The Features of the Week
Wesens-Art's post of Valentine's Day DIY projects was the most viewed last week.
Just so many craft & creative ways to decorate your home for the day of love!

My favorite of last week is this yummy looking recipe from Raquel at Organized Island.
Her Blue Cheese & Chive Dip will be the perfect take-along for the upcoming Big Game! I'll add some orange carrots and have the best themed snack at the party as we cheer on our Denver Broncos!


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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Easy Tuna Casserole

Tuna, egg noodles, milk, flour, cheese and a secret ingredient are all you need to make this easy family favorite tuna casserole. It's great as leftovers, too!
Tuna, macaroni, milk, flour, cheese and  a secret ingredient are all you need to make this super easy tuna casserole. It's great as leftovers, too.
During the winter months, besides crockpot meals, I like to make up casseroles. I find them to be one of the best comfort foods and one of my all-time favorites is this easy old fashioned, cheesy tuna casserole that I have been making since my sons were little (so, that is a looong time!). 
Easy Tuna Casserole
In fact, when we visited with my youngest son and his family last year, I asked him what his favorite meal was growing up and this tuna casserole was it!  I asked what it was that he liked the most about it and he said the fact that it was cheesy and how the egg noodles poking out on top got really crispy from baking. 
Easy Tuna Casserole
I have to admit, that is one of the things I like most about this dish too!  Well that and it is so easy to put together.  Add a salad or a vegetable and this will be a meal your family will remember over the years too!


Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe


Ingredients (Serves 4-6)
  • 10 ounces egg noodles
  • 2- 5 ounce cans Tuna pack in water (drained)
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
Spray a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 400°F.
Cook noodles in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, drain.
In saucepan, melt butter over medium heat, whisk in flour and continue to whisk for 2-3 minutes.
Slowly add milk to roux while whisking, and bring to a gentle boil, allowing the sauce to thicken.
Turn off heat and add shredded cheese a handful at a time, whisking each addition until smooth.
Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and drained tuna and add salt & pepper to taste.
Add egg noodles and transfer to prepared casserole dish.
Bake until topping is crisp and sauce is bubbling, 25 to 35 minutes.

Easy Tuna Casserole

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Valentine's Day China Cabinet

It's been a bit since I've changed out the decor in my china cabinet and with Valentine's Day fast approaching, I decided now was the time!
Valentine's Day China Cabinet
After going through the bin dedicated to this special day of love I decided to stick with the traditional colors of red, pink & white.
Valentine's Day China Cabinet
Starting at the top, I shopped the house some and placed a thrift store mirror in the center. I pulled some faux pink and white lilies from my stash and laid them at the corner of the mirror to soften.
Valentine's Day China Cabinet
A vase filled with red roses on one side, 
Valentine's Day China Cabinet
while a white urn with a rose heart anchors the other side.  
Valentine's Day China Cabinet
Next, I taped some pink scrapbook paper in the back of the shelves. White lace chargers were placed in the back of the top shelf. I added some heart shaped plates from Hobby Lobby in front of them. A red vase, once filled with flowers from Mr. B and a Be Mine plaque filled it in perfectly. 
The lower shelf has a pair of my favorite vintage white Johnson Bros dinner plates and pink rose heat salad plates from Home Goods.  The red straw heart is from IKEA from a few years ago.
Valentine's Day China Cabinet
For the bottom shelf I placed some red chargers from Kirkland's in the back and added a couple more Johnson Bros plates.
Valentine's Day China Cabinet
I filled a pair of heart shaped vases with red heart shaped beads and placed a heavenly cherub next to each one.
Valentine's Day China Cabinet


The angels seem to be entranced by the lyre playing of the larger cherub nestled in more beads in a replica Candlewick candy dish that was a house warming gift from my dear blogging friend Barbara.
Valentine's Day China Cabinet
Even though Valentine's Day is still a few weeks away, each time I walk passed this cabinet, I am reminded of how lucky I am of my last love, Mr. B!
Valentine's Day China Cabinet



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