Creamy Pesto Pasta Primavera With Shrimp (BLW Contributor)

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On a recent Rachael Ray Show with guest Emeril Lagasse, they made a pasta primavera with saffron cream featuring one of my favorite vegetables, asparagus. Asparagus is in its seasonal prime right now and looking its glorious best; skinny smooth stalks and tight heads with no signs of flowering or wilting. And if the sight of gorgeous asparagus isn’t enough, Rachael gives it even more sex appeal by cutting it on a bias! The audience swoons…

When I attended public school back in the Jurassic Period, we had enough time in the day to take elective classes in art and music. During the ceramics chapter, my art teacher tasked us with making our favorite food out of clay. Amid an abundance of kiln-fired pizza, popcorn, hot dogs, and hamburgers on display at the end of the week was my realistically sculpted, painted green stalk of asparagus. It turns out I…

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Corn, Bacon and Parmesan Pasta Recipe – Oh, my!

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Oh, hi, I am ready for summer now. What did I miss? Because the first half of this summer was so busy — a manuscript due, a redesign set off into the world, a birthday, and a zillion other bits of happy work/life chaos — I’m in this funny position of looking up for the first time mid-July and realizing that no mysterious person has arrived while I was buried in winter recipe testing and font fine-tunings and filled my freezer with popsicles, put a bowl of heirloom tomatoes on the counter, ready for their caprese closeup [realistically, this doesn’t happen even if I had been paying attention, but let me enjoy this rose-colored Pinterest fantasy just the same] and beach? Hadn’t seen it since May. I have about seven weeks left to catch up, except I know at least five of those will be buried under recipe testing and book edits, which basically means it’s now or never to do all the summer things I haven’t yet. Beach? Check. Swimming? Check. Grilling? Check, check, check. Scheduled 7-hour flight with 4 adults and 5 children to a faraway beach town in the name of vacation? I’m scared but: check! Do everything I can with sweet summer corn while it lasts? Let’s get to work!

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Bacon, Onion and Rye Breard Stuffing Recipe

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INGREDIENTS

  1. One 9-inch-long loaf seeded rye bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  2. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  3. 1 large sweet onion, such as Vidalia, halved and thinly sliced
  4. 1 celery rib, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  5. 1 teaspoon chopped sage
  6. 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  7. 1/2 pound piece of slab bacon, sliced 1/2 inch thick and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  8. 2 1/2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  9. 1 egg
  10. 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  11. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 375°. Lightly butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toast the rye bread cubes for about 15 minutes, tossing once halfway through, until lightly golden and dry. Transfer the bread to a large bowl.
  • In a skillet, melt the butter. Add the onion and celery; cook over moderate heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Add the sage and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Scrape into the bowl with the bread.
  • Wipe out the skillet. Add the bacon and cook over moderate heat until browned, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to the bowl with the bread. In a medium bowl, whisk the chicken broth with the egg. Pour over the bread mixture and add the kosher salt and pepper. Toss until the bread soaks up the liquid. Scrape into the prepared baking dish and cover with foil. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.

Bake the stuffing for about 30 minutes, until hot throughout. Remove the foil and bake for about 30 minutes longer, until the top is lightly golden. Serve hot or warm.

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Bacon-Cheeseburger Calzones Recipe

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Ingredients

4 slices bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces 
1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef 
1/4 cup dried instant minced onion 
1/4 cup chopped hamburger pickle slices
1/4 cup ranch dressing
2 Italian plum tomato, thinly sliced, if desired
4 slices (3/4 oz each) American or Cheddar cheese, each cut in half 
2 cans (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls 
1 egg, beaten 

Directions

Heat oven to 375°F. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat 2 minutes. Add ground beef and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain if necessary. Stir in pickles and ranch dressing.

 

Unroll dough and separate each can into 4 rectangles; place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press each into 7×4-inch rectangle, firmly pressing perforations to seal.

 

Spoon about 1/3 cup ground beef mixture onto one end of each rectangle. Top each with tomato slices and 1 piece of cheese. Fold dough over filling; press edges with fork to seal (sandwiches will be full). Brush tops with egg.

 

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until deep golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm.
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Bacon-Wrapped Breadsticks Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 24 bacon strips
  • 2 tubes (11 ounces each) refrigerated breadsticks
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

Nutritional Facts

1 breadstick equals 189 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 425 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 6 g protein.

Directions

  1. Wrap a bacon strip around each breadstick; place on baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

In a shallow bowl, combine cheese and garlic powder. Roll warm breadsticks in cheese mixture. Yield: 2 dozen.

Photo Credit: Bread, Booze & Bacon

Full of Bologna Hot Dish Recipe

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FULL OF BOLOGNA HOT DISH

Prep Time: 20 Min

Cook Time: 30 min

Total Time: 50 min

Makes: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 ring Nueske Bologna, diced
  • 4 medium potatoes, sliced or diced
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • 2 Tbsp. onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. green pepper, chopped (optional)

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Directions

Mix all the ingredients together and place in casserole dish. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Top with cheese and return to oven to melt cheese, about 5 minutes. Serve hot.

Happy Pasta Day!!! – Loaded Chicken Carbonara

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LOADED CHICKEN CARBONARA

Ingredients

6 slices bacon, chopped

1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

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salt and ground black pepper to taste
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3 cloves garlic
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1 teaspoon ground black pepper
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1/2 cup white wine
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1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
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3 large eggs
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1 gallon water
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1 pound spaghetti
  • 
2 cups frozen peas

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  • PREP
   20 mins
  • COOK
   45 mins
  • READY IN  
1 hr 10 mins

Directions

  • Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon from skillet with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Drain fat from skillet, reserving 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon bacon drippings in the skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken breast halves in the bacon drippings until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 5 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Transfer to cutting board and tent with foil. Rest chicken for 5 minutes before slicing; set aside.
  • Heat remaining tablespoon bacon drippings in skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Cook and stir garlic and ground black pepper in skillet until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour wine into skillet; cook at a simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Whisk Parmesan cheese and eggs together in a bowl. Slowly stream wine mixture into the Parmesan mixture while whisking continually.
  • Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Remove 1/2 cup of the water from the pot for later use.

Put the peas in a large colander. Drain the pasta in the colander with the peas. Return drained pasta and peas to the pot. Stir bacon, chicken, and wine mixture into the spaghetti. Thin sauce with reserved pasta water as desired.

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Happy National Sausage Pizza Day!!! – Caramelized onion, sausage and basil pizza recipe by Giada de Laurentiis

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CARAMELIZED ONION, SAUSAGE AND BASIL PIZZA

Ingredients

Cornmeal, for dusting

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 onions (about 1 1/2 pounds), thinly sliced

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 pound spicy turkey or pork sausage, casings removed, crumbled

All-purpose flour, for dusting

1 (13 to 16-ounce) ball pizza dough

3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola or blue cheese

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

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Directions

Put an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F. Sprinkle a heavy baking sheet (without sides) with cornmeal and set aside.

In a large skillet, melt 3 tablespoons of olive oil and the butter over medium-low heat. Add the onions, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the sausage. Using a wooden spoon, break up the sausage and cook, stirring constantly, until cooked through, about 8 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.

 
 

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a 13-inch diameter circle, about 1/4-inch thick. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Spread the onion mixture evenly over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border. Sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake until the crust is golden and the cheese has melted, about 15 to 17 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with chopped basil. Cut the pizza into wedges and serve.

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Taco Tuesdays – Happy National Taco Day!!! – What’s your favorite Taco Recipe?

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It’s National Taco Day! A taco is a traditional Mexican dish made with chicken, beef, vegetables, or seafood. The filling is folded inside a soft or hard tortilla and garnished with toppings such as cheese, salsa, or guacamole.

In 1520, the conquistador Hernando Cortez wrote to King Charles V of Spain to describe his experiences in the New World. In his letter he mentioned a delicious meal the Aztec inhabitants prepared with “tlaxcalli” or “tortilla.” It is the first historical reference to tacos!

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Happy National Corned Beef Hash Day!!! – Homestyle Corned Beef Hash

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HOMESTYLE CORNED BEEF HASH

Ingredients

  • 1 pound potatoes (russet or red), scrubbed and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 small green pepper, seeds and ribs removed, diced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 pound or more cooked corned beef, cut into 1/2-inch cubes or shredded (about 2-3 cups)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Directions

  • Boil the potatoes in boiling water for 5 minutes, until just tender. Drain.
  • In a large non-stick skillet, add the oil and butter and finish the potatoes in the pan over medium heat, about 4 minutes. Add the onion, peppers and garlic and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add corned beef and seasonings to taste, turning hash, until browned and crisp, about 10 minutes.

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