Sausage and Sage Tomato Cream Sauce

This recipe is a nice change of pace from the typical spaghetti dinner, but it will still appeal to picky eaters.  The flavor of the sausage and sage work so well together.  It comes together in less than thirty minutes.

A tomato based and cream based sauce are made separately and then combined.  Since I have picky eaters, I often set aside some of the cream sauce to be served to them.

This goes well my my favorite Italian bread recipe and a green salad.

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Apple Bundt Cake with Cider Glaze

 

 

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This apple bundt cake is perfect for fall and the holidays.  The glaze is amazing and takes only a minute or two to mix up, so don’t skip it!

I love Bundt cakes. They are simple to make, unpretentious, and can be packed up as gifts or sliced up for snacks and (ahem) breakfast. The only thing I like better than them are small bundt cakes. That way I can make a full recipe and divide it into either two or four cakes. One to give away, one to keep, one to freeze, etc.

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Easy French Bread

This is the easiest bread recipe ever, and is great for beginners.  I still make it all the time because it’s good, not just easy.  My seven year old did almost every step of this loaf except put it in the oven and take it out.

I baked this in an Emile Henry clay cocotte pot that my mom gave me after she bought it for baking bread and then went on a low carb diet. You don’t need the clay baker, although I love it dearly and use it for more than just bread.  This recipe will be just fine baked freeform on a baking sheet, but it will not rise quite as high in the oven.

This is the same dough recipe I use for french sandwich rolls, just a different method.

It’s good sliced with butter or dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It also slices nicely for sandwiches or toast if you allow it to cool completely.

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Lunchbox Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Filling

Here you will find a recipe for chocolate cupcakes, a vanilla cream filling, and an easy chocolate frosting. They are perfect for your child’s lunchbox.

My little peanuts are very tired from their first few weeks back at school, so I baked them these chocolate cupcakes as a special treat. They were so tasty, with a light and soft texture that is like a boxed cake mix. So many cupcake recipes turn out tough and dry, or just blah, but I promise this one is tender and perfect.

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Stir Fried Green Beans

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Okay that last picture is way too close.

Bush green beans are probably the easiest vegetable to grow, so I am always looking for good recipes to use them up.

This is one of our favorites, adapted from Taste of Home:

You will need:

-1 lb fresh green beans, washed and trimmed

-1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil

-1 tablespoon soy sauce

-2 large garlic cloves, pressed

-1 teaspoon sesame seeds (optional)

-1 teaspoon brown sugar

-1 teaspoon peanut butter

 

Directions:

  1.  Combine the soy sauce, garlic, sesame seeds, sugar and peanut butter in a small bowl and set aside
  2. Heat a large pan over medium and add the oil.  Stir fry until green beans turn green but are still crisp.
  3. Add the sauce mixture, tossing to coat.  Turn off the heat and cover the pan to allow the beans to soften slightly.  They will be ready in about 2-4 minutes, depending on how tender you want them to be.

This recipe reheats well.