This stew is one of the best combinations for using up the veggies in your garden. The cabbage, potatoes and tomatoes all came from the vegetable garden. I would have had onions too, if my daughter hadn’t pulled them and thrown them into the composter with the weeds. The garlic, onions and sweet italian sausage (bison) all came from the farm market. The rest I had in the cabinet. It didn’t take long to prepare and was ready as soon as the cabbage was wilted enough. Lots of great flavor in this meal, you’ll love it.
- 1 lb sweet Italian sausage
- 1 onion sliced in half and then into slivers
- 2 cloves garlic smashed
- 8 small potatoes scrubbed and sliced in half
- 1 /3 head of cabbage rough chopped
- 2 cups whole tomatoes and juice – smooshed
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/4 tsp basil
Spray a skillet with cooking spray, and cook the sausage with onions and smashed garlic. Halve potatoes and boil in a small pot of water until al dente, not soft. Throw rest of the ingredients …Diana
HP Hood sent Deb some eggnog for the holidays that she brought to Mom’s for our weekend gathering and it was simply delicious. One nephew who adores eggnog was living off of it that weekend. HP Hood encourages us to use their products in all of their cooking and his mother(another sister) made an eggnog pie, so she’s well on her way. HP Hood has a recipe contest to encourage our readers. All you have to do is submit a recipe using one of their Hood Holiday products: Hood Eggnog (any flavor), Sour Cream, Cottage Cheese, Instant Whipped Cream (must be used in conjunction with another Holiday product to be eligible), Hood Cream, or Country Creamer (Original or Fat Free). The contest ends on January 16th, so get your recipes out and start entering because we’d really love it if one of you guys won the contest. The winner receives a chef prepared dinner party for the winner and 10 friends plus three runners up will get a 200.00 gift card. The contest is only open to legal U.S. residents of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York (Territory) who are 18 years of age or older at the time of the contest entry. This means Deb and I aren’t eligible, but my sister with the eggnog pie is. How about it Desiree, are you going to try and if you don’t can you still send us the recipe anyway to share?
We also received recipes from HP Hood using cottage cheese in place of other cheese with higher fats. HP Hood has developed a series of healthy—and budget-friendly—family recipes that simply substitute its award-winning cottage cheese for higher fat cheeses like mozzarella, cheddar and ricotta. Since it’s diet resolution time I thought it would be great to share these healthier recipes with you.
Italian Chicken Servings: 4Diana
When I’m spending days making salsa, sometimes other cooking is neglected. My poor 6’2″ son and my husband would starve if I didn’t have frozen stuff waiting in the wings. Meatballs are one of my favorite staples. They’re quick, delicious, filling and hearty. This weekend when I was up to my elbows in salsa making I knew I had to do something fast and easy, in the microwave for our dinner that wouldn’t get in the way of my work. Well, I took some leftover penne pasta and sauce, threw in some Mama Lucia meatballs and cheese and microwaved it. It was the perfect meal since we really didn’t want to stop chopping. The next morning my son woke up starving, because he went to a party and was too late for the pizza that had been served. Before I could make the eggs, he grabbed a bowl of cold leftovers from our quickly thrown together meal and ate it cold (not my favorite way, but hey it worked for him). Then later he heated up another bowl for lunch. I’m serious they love the stuff.
For Thanksgiving or other big family meals, I take frozen meatballs and put it in a crockpot with onions and peppers, and sauce. People munch on it all night long. It’s such a treat and since we travel a couple of hours to visit family, it’s an easy set up. Mama Lucia’s meatballs are just perfect for any gathering.
Diana’s Famous Meatballs in a Crockpot
- 1 box of Mama Lucia’s Italian Style Meatballs
- 1/2 jar spaghetti sauce (more if you like it that way)
- 1 can tomato paste
- 1 can diced tomatoes with basil
- 1 sweet onion cut up into thin strips
- 2 green peppers cut up into thin strips
- Fresh Basil
- Mozzarella Cheese
One of my favorite shows on the Food Network is Throwdown with Bobby Flay, where the chef challenges a specialist to a judged contest to see who makes the better dish. It’s all in good fun and I learn a lot from watching the show. A recent throwdown about eggplant parmesan inspired me to revisit my favorite summer comfort food!