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Month: December 2015

Chicken Rice- Fast Family recipe for busy nights.

Easy Chicken and Rice for Busy Nights with Kids:


chicken and rice
Easy Chicken and Rice for Busy Nights

2.5 pounds raw chicken breast cut in cubes

2 cups par boiled rice

4 cups water


garlic minced 1 tablespoon

3 chicken bouillon cubes


1 beef bouillon cube

olive oil 1/8 cup

salt taste

pepper taste

garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon

onion powder 1/2 teaspoon

water 4 cups

dry parsley 1 tablespoon

yellow coloring (Badia seasonings) 1 tablespoon

prep to finish- 45 minutes

Add olive oil to large sautee pan. When hot add raw chicken breast, garlic, rice, and seasonings. Sautee before any burning. Chicken should look par cooked. Add Water and Simmer. 30 minutes or less. When rice is cooked dish is finished….


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Beef and Cheese Stuffed Shells

Beef and Cheese Stuffed Shells

1.5 pounds ground beef

1 box large shells

1/2 diced onion

fresh garlic 1 teaspoon

basil, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, fresh basil, fresh parsley- 1/2 teaspoon of each

ricotta cheese 1/4 cup

shredded mozzarella 1/4 cup

1 egg

bread crumbs 1/4 cup

parmesan cheese 1/8 cup

Tomato Basil Sauce

Sweat chop meat until its crumbled and brown. Drain most fat, leaving just enough to sweat onions and garlic. Brown lightly. Add all seasonings. (no cheese) Set aside to cool for 15 minutes. Add mixture to Kitchen Aide using the paddle. Add the rest of the ingredients. Mix until its blended smooth. Cook shells al dente and cool. (drizzle a little olive oil and toss so they don’t stick) Fill shells with meat and cheese mixture. Use previous recipe for tomato basil sauce and coat bottom of a baking glass pan. Fill with shells. Add tomato basil sauce to top layer. Add Shredded Mozzarella. (optional) Cover with plastic wrap and then tin foil. Cook at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Let set for 15 minutes before serving.logo2 (2)

Seafood Fra Diavolo

Seafood Fra Diavolo

1 whole shallot chopped

fresh chopped garlic 1 tablespoon

cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon

crushed red pepper 1 teaspoon

red wine 1/4 cup

butter 1 tablespoon

olive oil

1 steamed lobster tail and claws only

1/4 pound 16-20 shrimp tail off, peeled, and deveined

1/4 pound dry sea scallops

1/4 pound of fresh cleaned mussels

1/4 pound fresh cleaned little neck clams


Add oil to sauce pan and get hot. Sear off shrimp and scallops and take out and let rest. Add chopped shallots and garlic and cleaned mussels and clams. Add red pepper and cayenne pepper with tablespoon oflogo butter. Brown lightly and deglaze with red wine. Add 2-3 cans worth of tomato basil sauce add cooked shrimp, scallops, and lobster and cook low covered for 20-30 minutes.


Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce

 1/2 onion chopped

2 carrots diced

fresh garlic 1 tablespoon

1.5 pounds Meatloaf Mix. (fresh chop meat 1 part veal, 1 part pork, 1 part beef)

crushed red pepper 1 teaspoon

red wine

tomato basil sauce- previous recipe

In a sauce pan brown off chop meat mixture. Drain off excess fat, add chopped onion, carrots, and garlic. Brown off. Add crushed red pepper. Deglaze with half a cup red wine. Add tomato basil sauce. (3 cans worth) Simmer for one hour.


Tomato Basil Sauce

Plum Tomatoes
Tomato Basil Sauce

This Recipe will be the Mother Sauce for many other recipes to follow. This is a simple and Sweet Tomato Sauce. It will be used as a base for:

Meatballs, Sausage, and Pork-Sicilian Gravy

Fra diavolo- Spicy Tomato Sauce

Bolognese- Traditional Meat Sauce

  • 1 onion chopped
  • fresh garlic chopped- 2 tablespoons
  • olive oil for sautéing
  • white or red wine for deglazing
  • 4 cans of San Marzano plum tomatoes
  • salt taste
  • pepper taste
  • oregano 1 tablespoon
  • fresh basil chopped 1/8 cup
  • fresh parsley chopped 1/8 cup
  • onion powder tablespoon
  • garlic powder tablespoon

In a large sauce pan add olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion and garlic. Sautee till browned but not burnt. Deglaze with 1/4 cup wine. Use blender to liquefy plum tomatoes and add to pot. Add one can of water. Add all seasoning. Simmer for 2 hours.



Bruschetta Pizza


Bruschetta Pizza


5 Chopped Roma Tomatoes

Half a Red Onion Diced

Tablespoon Fresh Chopped Garlic

Chopped Fresh Basil

Chopped Fresh Parsley

1 Ball Fresh Mozzarella

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Salt taste

Pepper Taste

1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Top fresh spun pizza pie with all ingredients and cook in pizza oven or on a pizza stone 500 degrees.


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