faux foodie

St. Patricks Day/Mint Cake
October 30, 2009, 4:52 pm
Filed under: dessert

1 white cake mix
creme de menthe liquor
chocolate frosting
tub of cool whip
green food coloring, if desired

Mix cake mix, substituting all liquid for creme de menthe. Bake as usual. Frost once cooled with chocolate frosting. In cool whip container, mix together cool whip (light works great) with more creme de menthe until desired flavor/consistency. spread over chocolate frosting.

Add green coloring to both cake batter/cool whip mixture for green!

Turkey Tetrazzini
October 25, 2009, 7:00 pm
Filed under: chicken, main course, pasta

This is taken from SimplyRecipes.com, one of my favorite sites for great things to make! I often make a double batch using leftover turkey (great for thanksgiving leftovers!)

12 oz egg noodles, spaghetti, linguini or other pasta
12 ounces mushrooms, sliced (about 4-5 cups)
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups of milk
1/4 cup cream
2 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup dry sherry, vermouth, or dry white wine
3 cups coarsely chopped cooked turkey
1 cup cooked peas
2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/3 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1/3 cup fine fresh bread crumbs
Salt and Pepper
1 Cook the pasta according to the package directions, al dente; drain well and set aside. After you’ve started with the pasta, proceed to the next steps.
2 Preheat oven to 375°F.
3 Cook the mushrooms in 3 Tbsp of the butter over moderate heat, stirring, until all of the liquid they give off has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
4 In a large, heavy saucepan, melt 1/4 cup of butter. Stir in the flour, and cook the mixture over low heat, stirring, for 3 minutes.
5 Gradually stir in the milk, cream, broth, and the wine or sherry. Bring to a simmer and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes.
6 In a large bowl combine well the pasta, the sauce, the mushrooms, the turkey, the peas, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in 1/3 cup of the Parmesan and the 1/3 cup of Swiss cheese, and transfer the mixture to a buttered shallow 3-quart casserole.
7 In a small bowl combine well the remaining 1/3 cup Parmesan, the bread crumbs, and salt and pepper to taste, sprinkle the mixture evenly over the Tetrazzini, and dot the top with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, cut into bits.
8 Bake the Tetrazzini in the middle rack of the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until it is bubbling and the top is golden.
Serves 4 to 6.