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10:48AM

Fettuccine with a Creamy Tomato Sauce

Good Morning Friends! It’s MONDAY! CELEBRATE! Right?! Oh wait, Monday’s are allotted a dark cloud of doom. Crap. Monday. Oh man, it’s Monday. Good Luck.

In all seriousness, I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and will have an even more fabulous Monday. I had a great weekend. It was cold and dreary; the perfect Fall combination. Nick and I love the Fall and Winter seasons. I think Nick better appreciates October and November, but I love {the idea of a fall-ish} September, but definitely October through March. I love when the air becomes crisp and cool and jets immediately into a cold, wintery air.

Snow. Please come fast, hard & steady this year for me.

I sat around and watched movies and drank hot chocolate from a cup overflowing with whipped cream and curled up in oversized sweats with a blanket as an accessory. I was in heaven. It was the perfect fall weekend; I never wanted it to end.

But here we are staring straight in the eyes of Monday morning and all I can do is sip from my most recent cup of hot chocolate that still has far too much whipped cream for somebody of a higher sophistication than I.

Because today is Monday I have a Meatless Monday segment for you. It is delicious and would be a perfect dinner for tonight. Last week I was having a hard time finding inspiration; I was in a rut. While I was searching aimlessly throughout the big bad internet database of pictures, recipes, renditions and personal tastes it hit me that I wanted to make a pasta dish. {Mostly because I was running out of time, knew it would be a quick dinner and I probably had all of the ingredients I needed.} However, I needed to do something to kick up {what could have been} an ordinary pasta dish.

It was not ordinary.

Today I give you Fettuccine with a Creamy Tomato Sauce.

Nutritional Information:
Serving Size: 1/6 + 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
Calories: 350.8
Fat: 12.8 g
Carbohydrates: 50 g
Fiber: 3.6 g
Protein: 7.6 g
Points+: 9

Here is what you will need:

Recipe Adapted from Ree Drummond: The Pioneer Woman

  • Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • ½ tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • ½ tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 20 ounces tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ tablespoon sugar
  • ½ to ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 12 ounces Fettuccine {3/4 box}

Directions:

  • Cook pasta according to packaged directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta water
  • Heat butter and oil over medium heat, add garlic and sauté for a minute
  • Pour in tomato sauce, salt, pepper, sugar, onion powder, Cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper
  • Stir and cook over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot

  • Remove from heat and stir in cream

  • Stir in pasta and sprinkle a bit of parmesan cheese on top of the pasta
  • Serve immediately & enjoy!

I LOVED this dish. I fell instantly, head-over-heels in love with this dish. I paired it with those spicy meatballs I blogged about last week. It was a perfect dish. I wanted to eat all of it, but I did not.

I hope you all give this a try. It’s a perfect fall dish and a great way to liven the recipe up a bit!

Until Next Time,

Happy Pasta Makin’

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2:07PM

Creamy Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

 

Making breakfast is what really inspired this blog. I began getting involved in breakfast making over the summer when I was with Nick at his house. Breakfast on the weekend is an absolute necessity in the Chaudoin household, so it was only natural that I start getting involved.
While his favorite breakfast is something called a juno [something that I will likely blog about later], I decided to make sausage gravy, biscuits and eggs. It was simple to make and delicious to eat.

 

 

 

Ingredients:
  • 1 pound sausage roll [I used Jimmy Dean]
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • biscuits [I used the grands flaky biscuits]
Directions:
  • Cook the sausage in a large skillet over medium heat until browned.
  • Stir in flour until dissolved
  • Gradually stir in milk
  • cook gravy until thick and bubbly
  • season with salt and pepper
  • serve over your hot biscuits

 

 

Now this meal could be considered complete with just the biscuits and gravy, but I love scrambled eggs. Therefore, I scrambled a couple of eggs and paired them with the biscuits and gravy... and voila, it was a perfectly warm and creamy breakfast!
Also, I have never used a roll of meat before and was very skeptical. However, once it warmed in the skillet it crumbled with some effort. Well worth buying a couple if they are sale [which they were here!!] This turned out much better than expected and will remain on my breakfast rotation for a long time!!
Until next time, happy breakfasting!! :)

 

7:20PM

Creamy Caramel  Bars

 

I didn't know what to expect with these little cookie bars, but Nick and I think they turned out great! I made these for his work luncheon tomorrow, so I hope his coworkers enjoy these sweet little treats! 

 

This is what these little bars look like before they are complete.
Ingredients: 
  • 38 individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped obviously!
  • 5 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cub brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cub butter, melted
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Yummy bars after the cooking process!!
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt together the caramels and heavy cream, stirring occasionally until smooth.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in the melted butter until well blended. Press Half of the mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan. Reserve the rest.
  • Bake the crust for 8 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove and sprinkle with chocolate chips and walnuts. Pour the caramel mixture over the top and then crumble the remaining crust mixture over everything.
  • Return to the oven and bake for an additional 12 minutes, or until the top is lightly toasted. Cut into squares while it is still warm.


I hope that you consider making these little guys. They are sweet and gooey and everybody should taste them at least one time!!

 

Until next time, happy baking!! :-)