Today is my only day off this week and I felt like cooking some comfort food. Mom had found this really tasty looking recipe via Pinterest, According to Elle’s Crusty Parmesan-Herb Zucchini. It is super easy to make, required very little in prep and clean up and it was full of flavor. I’m looking to incorporate more vegetables into my meals and this was an easy way to do it. I made this along with my fried chicken and creamy roasted garlic mashed potatoes, recipes for both will be posted in the near future. Instructions on my variation of the recipe is below.
– 4 medium size zucchini
– 1/2 cup grated parmesan
– olive oil
– 2 tbsp dry rosemary
– sea salt
Preheat over to 350. Scrub the zucchini then cut off both ends. I cut all 4 in half. Then I cut the half again lengthwise. Get a medium size cookie sheet and cover it with foil. Pour a little olive oil, just a couple of tablespoons, in the foil covered cookie sheet and spread it all over. Place all the zucchini in one layer, cut side up on the sheet. The spread some more olive oil using a brush all over the tops. Next sprinkle the parmesan all over the zucchini, you can choose how heavy you want it covered, 1/2 cup is just a suggestion. Then sprinkle the rosemary all over, just enough to add some flavor, you don’t want to over to it. Finish with a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper to your taste. Place in the oven for 25 minutes then put in the broiler for another 5 minutes to brown the tops.
Daily Post | Powerful Suggestion : Wish someone told me a year and half ago to just give it a year.
I moved to Texas from Oregon (with a stop in Oklahoma for a couple of months) a year and a half ago. The newness of everything wore off at about month two. Right around the time I figured out why there is a such a high turnover where I now work. By month four I was convinced I was going to move back to Portland and told my friends up there so. I missed the less than hour trip to the ocean. I went there every time I need to get out or away. Missed the mist against my face and smell of saltwater. I missed ruby ales and cajun tots from McMenamins. I missed the spanish coffee from Hubers. I haven’t been to a single basketball game and couldn’t get any Blazer games down here. Hell I couldn’t even get a Spurs game (my second favorite pro basketball team), everything is about the Mavs. And the summer here is so very very hot.
However, something change at about month 10. It may have a little to do with meeting my boyfriend. Having grown up in the area, he has shown me a few things about it that’s actually cool and enjoyable. Then there was other things I started to notice. Like how people down here are much more friendly than up there. The food tastes better, I have to admit. Texans know how to cook a steak. I thought about how the close friendships I developed in the short time I’ve been here and how much I’d miss them. Oh and then there is just a 3 hour drive from Dallas to Austin and San Antonio. Texas Hill Country is so beautiful and if needed can be a day trip. Long day trip but still a day trip. And while I don’t like the 100 plus degree weather for most of the summer, I love that Texas has four seasons. Yes sometimes all four in one day but 4 distinct seasons. Love the smell of the air after a thunderstorm and the changing color of the leaves in the fall. Being able to use a pool all summer long , unlike the northwest were you get a good month maybe.
Now after 18 months I don’t see myself moving back. I realized that I am meant to be here, at least for now. I’m not saying that I’ll always stay in the Dallas area specifically. But I still have some stuff that’s easier to access to see before I consider moving. I’m able to see family I haven’t seen in 2 decades. The boyfriend and I are going to Disney World in September and planning a trip to New Orleans at the beginning of the year . Dallas is starting to develop it’s own food scene and this summer we’re going to check out the Truck Yard and different places that are part of that development. Not too mention frequent trips to Austin for all that you can do there.
So the whole point of all of this, is that if you’ve moved and are questioning it, give it a year. You might just find that you made the best decision of your life if you stick it out long enough.
I love books. And I love good urban fantasy books. So here is the list of books I plan to read and review this summer. If y’all have any suggestions on something I should add please tell me in the comments.
- Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris (currently reading)
- The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu
- Up From The Grave by Jeaniene Frost
- Night Broken by Patricia Briggs
- Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh
- Written in Red by Anne Bishop
Marjorie M. Liu and Anne Bishop are new authors for me so we’ll see. I have read all the books that are in series for the others so far. Midnight Crossroad is the one I’m most excited about as I am a huge fan of Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse and Harper Connelly series.
Howdy and welcome to my little blog. This post is my first in a series I’m doing from recipes I’ve found on Pinterest. Gotta try it and see if it’s a good as it claims. This one is a baked pasta with sausage and spinach. It was fairly simple and easy. And it was sooo good. Not very heavy as some pasta dishes are. And I have found the leftovers are freezable so you can make a batch and eat on it over the month. It was taken from SkinnyTaste’s Baked Pasta with Sausage recipe. That site did this all healthy like. I did not. Below is my variation of the recipe.
– small (12 oz) container of ricotta
– 1 lb bag of shredded mozzarella
– 1 bag of the italian blended cheese
– 1 lb mild italian sausage, the ground kind, not links
– 12 oz box rigatoni pasta
– 2 tbsp olive oil
– 2 tbsp minced garlic
– 10oz pkg of frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess water
– salt and pepper to taste
– jar of bertolli’s maranara sauce
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9×13 casserole dish with whatever cooking spray you use. Bring a large pot of water to boil. I always put a little salt and a splash of olive oil to keep it the noodles from sticking together. In a dutch oven (or deep skillet), brown the sausage, breaking it into small chunks til well cooked. While that is cooking and the water is coming to a boil, in a medium size bowl, combine the ricotta and half of both the mozzarella and italian blend cheeses.
When the water comes to a boil, cook the pasta for about 7-8 minutes, a few minutes short of what the box says will be al dente. When the sausage is down, set it aside. Add the olive oil and garlic to the dutch oven, letting it saute in that sausage grease. Don’t let it burn. After cooking about a minute, add spinach and salt and pepper if you’d like and cook another minute. Add the sausage back and the jar of marinara sauce. Cook on low for about 5-6 minutes.
Now for putting it together. Put half the cooked pasta into the casserole dish and top that with half the meat sauce. On top of that put the ricotta/mozzarella/italian cheese mixture on top of that in one even layer. Top this with the remaining pasta & meat sauce. Cover this with foil and cook for 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes, put the remaining mozzarella and italian cheese blend on top. Cook for another 10 minutes or until the top is a nice golden brown.
I paired this with a nice Malbec and a simple salad. Pretty delicious.