Friday, June 26, 2020

Cream Sausage Mushroom Rigatoni

Dan found this recipe to use the rest of the sausage we had.  It was very good.  Would make it again for sure.  The recipe came from Taste of Home.


1 16 oz. package of rigatoni

1 lb. of italian sausage, cut into 1/4 inch pieces.

2 tsp. butter

1 lb. mushrooms, sliced

2 cloves, minced garlic

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

2 cups heavy whipping cream

minced parsley, optional


 Cook rigatoni according to package directions.

In a large skillet cook sausage over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes or until no longer pink.  Remove sausage from pan.

In the same skillet heat butter over medium heat.  Add mushrooms, garlic, salt and pepper;  cook, covered about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Uncover; and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and liquid has evaporated.

Stir in cream; bring to boil.  Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, 8 to 10 minutes or until cream has thickened.   

Return sausage to skillet; heat through.  

Add drained pasta; combine and add parsley.


Cocoa Puffs Krispies

I have seen this recipe a few times on line and as we do not have Cocoa Pebbles in Canada, I decided to use Cocoa Puffs Cereal instead.  They were good.  My granddaughter liked them. The recipe I used is on Cravings of a Lunatic.

I did not ice the Krispies, only used sprinkles on top.


For the Krispies part:

4 tbsp. butter

14 oz. marshmallows

11 oz. Cocoa Puffs Cereal, I small box

For the topping part:

1 cup nutella

1 cup milk chocolate, chopped up

2 tbsp. butter


For the Krispies part:

In a large microwaveable bowl, combine  butter and marshmallows and cook for about 3 minutes.  Check it every 60 seconds as every microwave is different.

Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir until smooth.

Pour in cereal into this large bowl.

Stir until well combined.

Pour into a greased  9 X 13" pan.   If you wish thicker Krispies use a smaller pan 9X9" or 8X8' pan.

Smooth out with an offset spatula.  If you spray the spatula or spoon whatever you are using to smooth out the Krispies with spray oil (Pam) it will stop it from sticking.

Set aside to cool.

For the topping part:

Combine all ingredients in a glass microwavable bowl.

Pop into microwave and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, Checking very 15 to 30 seconds.

Stir until smooth.

Pour over the top of Krispies.

Let cool a bit.

Then sprinkle with colorful sprinkles on the top.

Cut into desired size square and serve.

Chicken Florentine Pasta

I saw this recipe on Facebook from Buns in my Oven.  Decided to try it.  As we are in Covid lock down I used peas instead of spinach.  I really liked it.


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound chicken breasts diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 4 ounces sun-dried tomatoes not packed in oil
  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cups half and half
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 ounces fresh baby spinach rinsed and dried (I used frozen peas)

  • Directions

  • Heat a 12 inch skillet over medium heat and add the butter to melt. Stir to coat the pan.

  • Add the chicken to the skillet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the chicken is browned, about 5 minutes.

     Add the onion to the pan and cook 2 more minutes, stirring often.

     Add the pasta and sun-dried tomatoes to the skillet. Pour in the broth and half and half. Stir well to combine.

     Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce to a simmer.

     Cook for 12 minutes or until pasta is tender.

     Remove the lid and stir in the grated cheese until melted.

     Stir in the spinach. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes to wilt spinach.

    (If using frozen peas, simmer for 5 minutes covered, or until peas are heated through)

    Stir well before serving.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Cheese Apple Crisp

I received this recipe Virginia.  She has since passed away from cancer. Great lady. This recipe is a nice change from the oatmeal topping.


8 to 10 apples, peeled and skinned and sliced

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 cup water

3/4 tbsp. lemon juice

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup butter

1/2 to 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 350F.

Arrange apple in a shallow baking dish.

Sprinkle cinnamon over apples, add water and lemon juice.

Combine sugar, salt and flour, work butter in and form a crumbly mixture.

Lightly stir in shredded cheese.

Spread this mixture over the apples.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden and apples are tender.

Serving warm with ice cream or cold with whipped cream.


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