Created for Craze-E Salad Contest; sub category is --Picnic Salad at the Park. This is a happy marriage of two favorite recipes: potato salad and avocado dressing. And of the course, the bacon and hard cooked eggs make it perfect!
I started with Zaar Recipe #217644, Perfectly Seasoned Taco Meat, then went on to create my own Mexican flavored baked pasta. Fresh thinly sliced green bell peppers and jalapenos make all the difference!
This is based upon Marlena De Blasi's recipe from her book "A Thousand Days in Tuscany." I highly recommend the book and the recipe- both are thoroughly enjoyable- comfort for the soul and comfort for the body.
First I bought some beautiful peppers at the vegetable market. Then I started thinking about a vegetable lasagna. However I kept going and ended up with a meat sauce as well. Then I checked the pantry for lasagna noodles and only came up with a partial box, hence the need to use penne. This is my own crazy concoction. Hope you enjoy it!
This is a recipe that requires times and patience and is a two day process. Also, please note that this recipe produces a soft interior and a crispy exterior, not the dense and chewy style associated with New York bagels. If you love bread and bread making, then this recipe is for you! Enjoy!
p.s. I consulted several recipes books for this preparation, but mainly relied on "The Bread Maker's Apprentice" by Peter Reinhert.
I created this pasta bake for a stay at home Saturday night after visiting the farmers market on a lovely August day, not too hot, not too cool. I made this for our family, but it would also be nice to take to a potluck.
I was desperate for a dose of my morning pick me up, but alas no creamer nor any milk in the frig! Frantically I searched the pantry and found sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk. Hum?! Why not combine the two and create my own creamer? When added to my strong usual brew of Cafe Cubano, the result was rich, creamy and udderly delicious! Enjoy!
This recipe is based upon my recollection of Marlena De Blasi's Tuscan Wild Boar recipe in her book "A Thousand Days in Tuscany." (My copy of that book is currently packed up, so I couldn't consult it.) Also, I made modifications based upon what I had on hand. This is a great dish to serve to a hungry crowd of meat eaters! Please note that prep time does not include time to marinate meat which can vary according to your needs or preferences.