Tasty Vegan – Spicy Roasted Ratatouille with Spaghetti

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Spicy roasted ratatouille spaghetti recipe - cookieandkate.com

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 medium eggplant (about 1 pound), diced
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 medium yellow squash, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (or orange or yellow), diced
  • 1 medium yellow or white onion, diced
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 6 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • ½ pound (8 ounces) whole grain spaghetti
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, optional
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme (optional) 
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit with two racks in the middle positions. On a quarter pan or small baking dish, toss the whole baby tomatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the diced eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, bell pepper and onion. Whisk together ¼ cup olive oil, the balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, a few generous twists black pepper and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Drizzle it over the vegetables and toss with your hands or a large spoon until the vegetables are evenly coated.
  3. On a half-sheet pan or other large, rimmed baking sheet, arrange the vegetables in a single layer. Place the tomatoes on the lower oven rack and the vegetables on the upper rack. Set the timer for 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, bring a large post of salted water to boil. Cook pasta until al dente, according to package directions. Before draining, reserve about 1 cup pasta cooking water. Transfer the cooked pasta to a large serving bowl.
  5. After 20 minutes, remove both pans from the oven. The tomatoes should be bursting and juicy by now, in which case, they’re done cooking. Use a spatula to toss the vegetables, then arrange them in a single layer again and put them back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes or so, until they are cooked through and golden.
  6. Pour the cherry tomatoes and their juices over the spaghetti into the serving bowl. If you want your pasta to be pretty cheesy, now’s the time to sprinkle on a generous handful of shredded Parmesan. Add a baby splash of pasta cooking water and toss until the pasta is coated with a light tomato sauce. 
  7. Add the cooked vegetables to the bowl and toss to combine. Sprinkle with the chopped fresh herbs and season with additional salt, pepper and red pepper flakes until the flavors really sing. Serve with Parmesan on the side.

Credit: Cookie & Kate

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Happy National Cheeseburger day!!!

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America’s favorite sandwich is honored on September 18th with a slice of cheese.  It’s National Cheeseburger day!

There are many theories to the beginning of the cheeseburger dating back to the 1920s.  One story suggests that Lionel Sternberger is reputed to have invented the cheeseburger in 1926 while working at his father’s Pasadena, California sandwich shop, The Rite Spot.  During an experiment, he dropped a slice of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger.

There are other claims of the invention of the cheeseburger:

  • A cheeseburger appeared on a 1928 menu at O’Dell’s, a Los Angeles restaurant, which listed a cheeseburger, smothered with chili, for 25 cents.
  • Kaelin’s Restaurant – Louisville, Kentucky says it invented the cheeseburger in 1934.
  • Denver, Colorado – 1935 – A trademark for the name “cheeseburger” was awarded to Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In.
  • According to its archives, Gus Belt, founder of Steak n’ Shake, applied for a trademark on the word “cheeseburger” in the 1930s.

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Deep Fried Big Mac (Double Cheeseburger) What are your thoughts? Would you eat it?

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On his website, Peep My Eats, the chef breaks down the steps to making one at home. Turns out, all you need is four ingredients, one of which is a toothpick. (Other three: A Big Mac. Eggs. Breadcrumbs.)

The Deep-Fried Big Mac topped the crispy, battered creation with extra Mac sauce, naturally.

What are your thoughts, is this too much? Would you eat it?

Here’s a quick video on how to make a deep fried Big Mac:

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Happy Hoagie Day!!! – Sonny’s Steak Hoagie Recipe – Tell us your favorite Hoagie?

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SONNY’S STEAK HOAGIE

INGREDIENTS

4 (8-inch) hoagie rolls, homemade preferred

2 3/4 ounces blended canola/ olive oil, 60/40 ratio

10 ounces sliced thin sweet onions in 1/16-inch slices

28 ounces sliced thin rib-eye steak in 1/16-inch slices

2 ounces melted sweet butter

1/4 teaspoon salt

Provolone cheese

DIRECTIONS

Optional ingredients: homemade tomato sauce, bell peppers, mushrooms, or your favorite cheese

For the hoagies:

Preheat frying pan over medium-high heat. Cut the hoagie rolls horizontally to open up and make a pocket. Add the blended oil to the pan and stir in the onions. Put the steak on top of onions and add 1/2-ounce of the butter. Cover the pan for 2 1/2 minutes. The meat should have a cooked appearance on top and rare underneath. Using a fork and spatula separate steak from the onions. When the meat is cooked add the salt, remaining butter, and provolone. Cover to the pan to melt the cheese. Divide the steak mixture among the hoagie rolls and serve. If you like, you can add the optional ingredients to the steak mixture before serving.

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Happy Beer Lovers Day!!! – Beer by Charles Bukowski

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Love is A Mad Dog From Hell

I don’t know how many bottles of beer

I have consumed while waiting for things

to get better

I dont know how much wine and whisky

and beer

mostly beer

I have consumed after

splits with women-

waiting for the phone to ring

waiting for the sound of footsteps,

and the phone to ring

waiting for the sounds of footsteps,

and the phone never rings

until much later

and the footsteps never arrive

until much later

when my stomach is coming up

out of my mouth

they arrive as fresh as spring flowers:

“what the hell have you done to yourself?

it will be 3 days before you can fuck me!” 

the female is durable

she lives seven and one half years longer

than the male, and she drinks very little beer

because she knows its bad for the figure.

while we…

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5 Unhealthy Foods Engineered To Be Addictive

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There are three reasons Americans’ love affair with snacks is growing– along with their waistlines: the ubiquity of junk food, the ubiquity of  junk food advertising, and stealth food technology. People who polish off a whole bag of chips or cookies at one sitting (usually in front of TV) are often doing exactly what the product was designed to do–be addictive.

Have you noticed the overpowering something-in-the-oven smell that wafts up when you walk past a Subway?  Mark Christiano, Subway’s Global Baking Technologist, insists the aroma is not pumped outside to entice passers-by and adds that the bread recipe is “proprietary.” But in the war for your food dollar, all tactics are clearly on the table including the way a food smells, looks, and feels in the mouth. Nothing is left up to chance.

“Food technologists” use  $40,000 devices that simulate a chewing mouth to test and perfect chips, for example. “People…

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Happy National Macadamia Nut Day – Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 3 dozen

  • 
1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 
1/3 cup white sugar
  • 
1 egg
  • 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 
1 1/8 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 
1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 
1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
  • 
1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • PREP
15 mins
  • COOK
12 mins
  • READY IN
40 mins

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 2 large cookie sheets with vegetable shortening.
  • Cream the butter and sugars together in a large bowl. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until well blended. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually blend into the batter. Stir in the chopped macadamia nuts and chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart.

Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the…

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Your Welcome – Bacon ‘n’ Egg Lasagna Recipe

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INGREDIENTS


DIRECTIONS

  1. In skillet, cook bacon until crisp.
  2. Remove with slotted spoon to paper towels.
  3. Drain, reserving 1/3 cup drippings.
  4. In the drippings, saute onion until tender.
  5. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until blended.
  6. Gradually stir in milk.
  7. Bring to boil and cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Spread 1/2 cup sauce in greased 13x9x2″ baking dish.
  10. Layer with four noodles, a third of the egg and bacon, cheese and sauce.
  11. Repeat layers twice.
  12. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  13. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly.
  14. Sprinkle with parsley.
  15. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.
  16. *Can be made the night before and refrigerated.
  17. To serve…

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Paccheri and Cheese with Peas and Mint

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Paccheri and Cheese with Peas and Mint

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter plus more for pan
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan, divided (about 3 1/2 ounces total)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup shredded Fontina cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound paccheri rigati or rigatoni
  • 1 cup shelled fresh or frozen peas
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped arugula
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 cup ricotta (about 9 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

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Directions

Butter pan. Dust pan all over with 1/3 cup Parmesan. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour; whisk for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a simmer, whisking often. Reduce heat to medium…

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