Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Melody's Version of Chop Suey

1 lb of hamburger lean
a little ginger
a little brown sugar
a little garlic powder
balsamic vinegar
one onion chopped roughly
lots of mushrooms
salt and pepper

brown hamburger
add brown sugar
add balsamic vinegar and let cook for a few
add ginger and garlic & stir
add wine & stir
cook on med/low for 20 min stirring occasionally
make slurry with milk and corn starch and add and stir

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mel'z 20 Minute Parmesan Mac & Cheese

A few months ago after a family camping trip I got sick & was in a rush to get dinner done. 
Matt was almost home, the kids were grumpy, & I was physically & mentally drained. 
So i grabbed a few staples & decided to see what happened. 
20 min later dinner was served!
This happened & i think its quite good. 
So ill share with you all & you can tell me what you think. 
Here we go.

1 LB Fusilli Pasta
4 Tsp Garlic Powder
3 C. Parmesan
1 C. Cheddar
Broccoli Florets (to taste)
2 Tbs Italian Seasoning
1 Tsp Cayenne
1Tbs Butter or Margarine
3 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream or 3 cups Half & Half for a lighter version
1 Cup Water 

Boil pasta until its half way done & drain
Add Butter & all wet ingredients.
Turn to Medium Heat. 
Add Cayenne, Garlic Powder & Italian seasoning to pot
Once the liquid starts to boil again add 1/2 the cheese & stir frequently adding the rest of the cheese in slowly. Sauce will thicken pretty fast after this so stir diligently until pasta is done. 
Add broccoli on top pr mix in (as I did) 
Add Salt & Pepper to taste.

This is a pretty versatile recipe & i have added fresh garlic & chopped sauteed onions to it, green onions top it very well as well. 
Get creative! 
As always if you use this or any of my recipes please let me know how it came out. 
I love feedback!