July 31, 2011

Spicy Pasta Salad with Smoked Gouda, Tomatoes, and Fresh Basil

This pasta salad is great. Found it on PW's website.  I will definitely be making it again and again. It can be served as either a main dish or as a side with some type of meat. This pasta salad was very easy to throw together. It's a nice 30 minute meal!

Quotes from the taste testers:

"This is the best pasta salad I've ever had!"

"Freaking delicious."

Make it.

Makes 8 servings.
Total cook and prep time: 25 minutes.

July 4, 2011

Taco Tomatoes

Here's an easy recipe that came from my fiancĂ©'s head. The concept is taco ingredients stuffed inside a hollowed out tomato, covered in cheese, and baked to perfection. They turned out really well. Thanks to my co-worker Morgan for providing all of the fresh tomatoes. I also used some of the tomatoes in the Mexican Rice that I served on the side. 

Here's what you'll need:
  • 6 large tomatoes
  • kosher salt
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning
  • 1/4 onion, diced (I used white)
  • 1 T cilantro
  • 8 oz velveeta cheese, cubed
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • shredded cheddar cheese for topping (optional)
  • large mixing bowl
  • baking pan

July 3, 2011

Key Lime Pie Fudge

Hello! It's been a while. I've been super swamped with work and school, but decided this recipe wouldn't take long to post. This recipe is from Julia at Dozen Flours. I love every recipe of hers that I have tried. Good stuff.

And I love this fudge! It really does taste like Key Lime Pie. I would definitely make this again. I made this fudge to bring out to my grandparents house for our 4th of July get together. And you should make them too! If not for the 4th of July, then make them sometime this summer! It was a very easy recipe to make. The graham cracker crust is completely optional, but recommended. Who doesn't love homemade graham cracker crust?

Makes 64  1 in squares of fudge