Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Cheesy Mess

In the search of a more "healthy" kind of pasta, I made this up:

1/4 white onion, chopped
1 large heirloom tomato (or 3-4 roma tomatoes), chopped
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil (or 6-7 large fresh basil leaves, chopped)
1/4 cup Kraft Sun-dried tomato vinaigrette
1/2 block reduced fat or non fat cream cheese
1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 oz reduced fat Velveeta cheese (or can substitute 1 cup low fat mozzarella cheese)
1 pound extra lean ground turkey
2 cups chopped fresh spinach
1 box Ronzoni rotini spirals, whole wheat
1 tsp salt (optional)

Get a large wok or bouillabaisse heated to medium heat. Add chopped onion, saute for 3-4 minutes. Add chopped tomato, oregano, basil and cover, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. Add ground turkey, sprinkle with garlic salt and stir occasionally til turkey cooked through. Now chop your Velveeta and cream cheese into cubes, add to mix and stir occasionally. Once cheese melted, add vinaigrette and Parmesan cheese. Cover and let simmer for 10-12 minutes.

In a separate pot, boil pasta to desired tenderness (salt added to water will help pasta not to stick), drain and let cool briefly.

While pasta cools, add chopped spinach to wok/bouillabaisse. Add boiled pasta and stir. Can cover for 1-2 minutes to cook spinach down, if desired.

Serves 4-6. ENJOY!!

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

A home for my collection...

So remember how I said my little kitchen island had storage inside? Well, sad to say, this is what is was holding.

Yes. That would be my secret hoard of milk glass piled precariously on top of each other. Few people know about this little stash of mine;I refer to it as my guilty pleasure. I have been dreaming of getting a wonderfully gorgeous hutch to display it all. I am still patiently waiting for that day to come, but I found a pretty nice temporary solution. Here it is with the wine rack and plate holders already removed, ready to be primed and painted.
p.s. I do not recommend painting in your basement. The cons of poor lighting and ventilation beat out the convenience of being able to paint when the kids are in bed.

Almost finished....

I am debating about painting the back of the hutch a coordinating accent color. Any suggestions? Look at the last two posts to see my kitchen colors. I am thinking either the yellow or the green, but let me know what you think. Here's your chance to use those fabulous design skills. Please share!

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