Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sickness came for a visit last week and wouldn't go home!

Those of you who are still stopping by to read my blather, thank you! And I can't believe you stick with me through my very sporadic once a week updates, thank you x3! As soon as I resolved myself to be a more constant blogger sickness descended on my house.
The man woke up the Sunday before last sick as a dog and spent all week miserable, in and out of work and going to the doctor twice. By the time Thursday (and the GWAR concert woot woot) rolled around I thought I had made it safely through his illness without catching it myself. Nope! Sniffles and a scratchy throat. I'm still stuffy but I didn't get it nearly as badly as the poor guy did so I'm really not complaining.

Since I haven't been around much I thought I'd post two recipes I copied from my Grams this weekend.
5 star Vodka Sauce
(for about 8-12 oz of pasta)

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup onion finely chopped
1 garlic clove finely chopped
a 28oz can plum tomatoes with liquid
1/2 cup Vodka
a generous pinch of crushed red pepper (the recipe states 1/2 tablespoon, that is so very spicy, way way way too spicey, trust me!)
1/2 heavy cream
salt to taste

In skillet heat oil over medium heat, add onion and saute until tender, about 5 mins, stir in garlic and saute one minute. Add tomatoes and liquid, vodka and pepper. Simmer, stirring to break up tomatoes, until sauce is reduced and thickens, about 15 mins. Stir in cream and simmer until sauce thickens, about five minutes. Season with salt to taste.

Easy and oh so very yummy, it's even marked with VERY GOOD in her cookbook!

Second recipe, Greek Pizza
1 pound turkey, cut into thin strips or ground (we use ground)
2 cups thinly sliced onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon each lemon pepper, minced garlic, oregano
1 thin crust pizza shell (Boboli)
1 cup chopped tomatoes
12 kalamata olives pitted and slivered
1 package (6oz) crumbled feta

Combine turkey, onion, parsley, lemon pepper, garlic, oregano in a large bowl and toss. In a large skillet over med/high heat saute the turkey mixture in oil about 5-7 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink in center. Place pizza shell on baking sheet top with turkey mixture, tomatoes, olives and cheese. Bake at 450 for 10-12 minutes.
**when using fresh tomatoes add at end as recipe states, if using a can of diced tomatoes toss them in at the beginning and saute them with the turkey mixture**

I have a package of spinach in the freezer dying to be used. I may just sub in spinach for parsley and nix the olives (i love em, the man, not so much)

Gosh, it's been so freakin long since Kim gave me this award, I don't think I'll be doing the whole pass along dealy right this very moment. But I have to post it here now and say a huge thank you to Kim!

This is to be given to the bloggers whom you visit everyday or every post, and who leave evidence that they visit you often as well. As Kim mentions this can be kinda hard to measure as people are sometimes shy to comment. (I read almost every blog I follow almost every post, but mostly feel like I don't have anything useful to say and don't comment, so I'm a big culprit here.)
Do me and yourself a favor and stop on over Kim's blog beacuse she's awesome, and funny, and well worth the read! Thanks again Kim, and know that even if I'm not piping up everyday, I'm so there laughing with you!


  1. Sounds delish but what suggestions can you make for using the vodka sauce? (I think it co9uld be excessive to just eat it by the spoonful!)

  2. hehehe, well we have it marked for 8-12 ounces of pasta, we usually use fettucine or penne

  3. My hubby makes the most fantastic home made pizza (crust and all) on the planet; we will have to try this version!

    Thanks for the shout out! Get feeling better so we can see you around more!