Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hot Bacon Cheese Spread ~

This is a special occasion favorite of ours. I'm sure your family will love it as well. It really does need the onion to give it flavor, so put it in even if you aren't a fan of onions.

Hot Bacon Cheese Spread ~

1 loaf (16 ounces) round bread, unsliced
1/2 pound of bacon, cook till crisp and crumble
8 oz. shredded Colby/Monterey Jack Cheese
4 to 6 ounces grated parmesan cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1 or 2 cloves garlic minced.

Cut a lengthwise slice from the top of the bread loaf. Take out the center and leave a 1 inch thick shell. cut the unused bread into bite size chunks to use as dippers.

Mix everything else in a bowl and spoon into the bread shell. Put the top back on the bread and place on a cookie sheet.

Bake at 350' for 1 hour. Serve with bread or crackers (I like Wheat thins with this).

If there is any left, you can cover it and put in the fridge. It reheats real well in a microwave.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Bowtie Festival ~

Who doesn't love going to Carino's and getting their Bowtie Festival Pasta. It's a major favorite here. Well, I found a couple of recipes that tried to duplicate it and I've read them and then done own version. So here it my first Cooking From the Heart recipe post. Enjoy! And be sure to let me know how your version turns out.

Bowtie Festival Pasta
~ Wendy Peatross

Cut two large chicken breasts in half so they are not as thick. Marinate them in 2 T olive oil, 2 T red wine vinegar, italian spices garlic powder and salt and pepper. Cover and marinate about 2 hours. Cook them in a skillet with olive oil until browned. Slice and set aside.

Cook 10 ounces bowtie pasta in boiling salted water.

Heat 2 T butter and 2 T olive oil in a large skillet.
Add:
2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup cooked bacon, diced
salt, pepper and garlic salt to taste
sliced chicken

When onions are cooked add:
1/4 cup milk, or half and half
1/4 cup cheese, grated parmsean or montrey jack will work too

Simmer to reduce the milk and cheese.
Add:
15 ounce jar of Alfredo Pasta sauce
cooked bowtie pasta

Combine well and remove from the heat. Let it set to cool for a couple of minutes to thicken. Serve with grated parmesan cheese.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Introducing my new Cooking Blog ~

It's finally here. I've been thinking about doing something like this for quite awhile and now that my kitchen remodel project is almost done I feel that this is the best time to start.

Check back often to see what is Cooking!

Wendy