Thursday, January 25, 2007

Dinner with good friends

Tonight we had our friends, Pat & Jim over for dinner. Now, I know this menu sounds eclectic but it really worked well together. We tend to draw the meal out so we usually have a few minutes between courses, then it's coffee and Scrabble for a couple of hours. Here's what we had:
Tossed green salad & pasta e fagiole (recipe to follow)
Cabbage rolls in tomato sauce (recipe to follow) and rice
Apple raisin bread pudding with Jack Daniel's sauce (recipe to follow)
Pineapple, coconut & macadamia nut bread pudding (recipe to follow)

I want to post these recipes because I can never make the same recipe twice. I look at a written recipe as a suggestion and just make things up as I go. The exception is when I bake, because baking is about formulas, not recipes.

Pasta e Fagiole

1 lb hamburger
1/2 large onion
3 garlic cloves, minced

Brown hamburger, add onion and saute until translucent then add garlic. Add the rest of the ingredients:

1 c. shredded carrot
2 stalks celery, diced
2 cans beef broth
1 can diced tomatoes
1 jar onion & garlic spaghetti sauce (28 ounces)
1 can white beans or kidney beans

Simmer on low until 1/2 hour before serving then add 1 c. ditalini pasta or small shell pasta. Or cook pasta separately and add to soup before serving. If soup thickens too much after adding pasta, add more water or broth until it's the consistency you like.

Too tired right now. Got to get to bed. Will post other recipes tomorrow.


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