February 5, 2014

Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups Recipe

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I don’t remember my mom making these growing up, but she made them right after I had Vi.  I was a tearful mess that day.  Between trying to breastfeed (seriously this girl is talking about breastfeeding and food in the same post…sorry!) and Andy’s extended family seeing her for the first time it was an emotional day.

You know what made the day a lot better? These spinach lasagna roll-ups. They’re easy to make and have just the right amount of spice to them. Why not make Italian in instead of trying to fight the restaurant crowds this Valentine’s Day? I used my homemade sauce with these, it is worth it.

The Sauce


Olive Oil, enough to coat pot

Hot Italian Sausage, 2-4 links kept in casing

Garlic Cloves, 5-7 minced

Tomato Puree, 2 large cans or 6 small ones

Dried Basil, 1 and 1/4 Tablespoons

Garlic Salt, a little less than 1 Tablespoon

Onion Powder, 1 Teaspoon

Pepper, 1/2 Teaspoon

Sugar, 2 Teaspoons

Red Wine, a little less than 1/4 cup

Chicken Bullion Cubes, 2

1/4 c. of water


Coat pot with olive oil on medium to medium low heat (depending on your burner), put sausage in pot and brown it on both sides (be careful not to over- cook), add your minced garlic to the pot.  Cook garlic for about a minute, do not let it turn brown.  Add your puree to the pot, add all of your spices and stir.  Drop the meatballs (if you’re making them) click here for meatball recipe. in your sauce, stir occasionally very gently (you don’t want your meatballs to break apart) and cook for about 2 hours.  Taste the sauce throughout, if you find it to be too sweet…add more garlic salt or onion powder…if you find that it’s not sweet enough…add sugar, basil or wine…make it taste the way you want it!

Spinach Lasagna Roll-ups

Makes 8 rolls

Prep: 10

Total: 30-35


Lasagna Noodles, boiled and drained

2 Cloves of Garlic, minced and sautéed in olive oil

16 oz Ricotta Cheese

8 oz Spinach, chopped, cooked and well drained

1/2 Cup Romano Cheese, Grated

1 Egg

Garlic Salt, several dashes

Cayenne Pepper, several dashes


Mozzarella, slices or shredded

Romano Cheese, to top


Preheat oven to 350.  Boil lasagna noodles and drain.  Mince 2 cloves of garlic.  Add olive oil to a small pan and sauté over medium low heat for about 2 minutes.  Pour cooked garlic in a large bowl.  Add a container of ricotta cheese, cooked and drained spinach, 1/2 cup of grated romano, 1 egg and several dashes of garlic salt and cayenne pepper (I like a good amount of spice in this dish).  Adjust to taste.  Lay your noodles out and spread cheese and spinach mixture on top. Roll the noodles up.  Pour some sauce on the bottom of a large baking dish. place roll-ups on top of that and top with more sauce.  Top the sauce with a good dose of mozzarella cheese.  Bake dish for about 20-25 minutes.  This dish can stand alone on its own or you can serve with sausage from the sauce or meatballs, click here for recipe.

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February 3, 2014

Valentine’s Dinner: Spinach Stuffed Chop Over Sweet Potato Mash Recipe

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I still consider myself to be a newbie at blogging, so I’m really so very excited to tell you that I’ve been featured for the first time!   4 Mothers 1 Blog asked me to draw up a Valentine’s Day recipe for them and this is what I came up with.   Spinach Stuffed Pork Chop over Sweet Mashed Potatoes.  It may look simple, but this is one of my favorite dishes.

If you are a parent, you must check out their blog.  These women are such great writers and have wonderful thoughts about kids and life.

Get this recipe (and a little story about mine and Andy’s first Valentine’s Day together) by going to 4 Mothers site.

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February 2, 2014

Sabbath Sunday: Fried Blue Cheese Potatoes and Steak Recipe

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Sometimes everything that’s human inside you wants and needs a steak. I was having one of those moments, a serious red meat craving.  But, the star of this Sunday’s show is the Fried Blue Cheese and Bacon Potatoes. It felt a little sinful for Sabbath Sunday because these were almost too good. I wasn’t in the mood for mashed potatoes and blue cheese was also calling my name and this is what I came up with. I wanted to keep the rest of the meal simple with simple flavors, we loved it, I hope you do, too.

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Fried Blue Cheese and Bacon Potatoes

Prep: 10

Total: 30-35

Butter, about 1-2 Tablespoons

Olive Oil, a splash

2 Large Russet Potatoes, cut into chunks (I left the skins on)

Crumbled Blue Cheese, I used a 5 oz. Package

Bacon, cooked and crumbled

Green Onions, Chopped

Salt and Pepper, to taste


Melt butter and olive oil in a large pan. Put potatoes in pan and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. When potatoes are about done, dump in: blue cheese, bacon and onions, stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper. Yum, yum, yum.

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Steaks with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms


1 Sweet Onion, Sliced

1 Package of Sliced Mushrooms

Garlic Salt



Melt a tablespoon or more of butter in a pan and throw in onions. Cook on low for about 20 minutes, throw in mushrooms and cook for a couple more minutes. While the onions are cooking, season your steaks with garlic salt and pepper on both sides. In a separate grill pan (I prefer steaks on a grill pan with butter…mmm) melt butter and put steaks in. Cook for a couple of minutes on each side. Donezo.

Green Beans


Olive Oil

Italian Seasoning



Steam or boil green beans. When beans are done put them in a small sauce ban with a tiny bit of butter and olive oil, season with Italian seasoning and salt.

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