We have a crazy busy day today and on days like this, I like to have something easy to grab for a meal to keep everyone happy.
I spend much of the late summer and fall canning all sorts of foods and on days like today, I’m glad I do. For a fast and easy meal, I browned two pounds of home raised pork sausage and mixed it with a quart of pasta sauce I canned this summer.
I would like to give my recipe but it’s really a matter of using what I have and adjusting it until it’s just right. My only secret is copious amounts of fresh basil. And cream cheese.
I add a package of cream cheese to the sauce and let it melt. There is surely a fancy name for such a sauce but I just appreciate it for its creamy goodness.
My mom made oatmeal scotchies when we were kids and I like the stand by recipe right on the bag, even if I’m using gluten free flour.
The only adjustment I make is orange zest. It tastes fresh and bright and good.
In making these two fast and easy dishes, I realized I have a few items in my kitchen that I would rather not part with.
If you’re looking for no fail additions to your kitchen, here are some I love. Feel free to tag your hubs- Christmas is coming. (Hubs- she wants jewelry, too…)
I love my Kitchen Aid stand mixer and these Pampered Chef goodies. Coincidentally, I don’t sell Pampered Chef but my lovely Nebraska pal Kelsey Steinkraus does. I’ll be featuring one of her cocktail recipes this weekend. You can mix one of those up and take a look at her site. Sounds like a good time to me!
I have at least six glass mixing bowls. They have lids and are handy for marinating, baking, serving dinner off the back of a flat bed pickup and all manner of food prep. The white scraper is divine- I like the medium size- and the OCD girl in me insists on the scoop for cookies that are even and don’t look like I’m drinking and baking.
I swear by orange zest and the microplane shown is my favorite. Try the baking sheets shown, too. The season on them is a badge of honor, people.
I have lots of good food coming your way this weekend including brisket and fajitas. And drinks.
Here’s to a better night of Pro Fantasy Rodeo for my team tonight!
Kelsey Steinkraus, Pampered Chef Consultant, Champion, Nebraska. http://www.pamperedchef.biz/kelseysteinkraus