Monthly Archives: November 2014

Portobello penne pasta casserole

This is the first dish I cooked for my husband ever, back in the summer of 2009.

A nod to for this one.


  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 to 8 oz portobello mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 to 2 garlic coves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp basil, plus a few pinches
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups mozzarella cheese, split*
  • 5 oz spinach, chopped
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce**

*I had 1 cup of mozzarella this time, and used Parmesan for this rest.

**If you’re scared this is a weird addition, you can leave it out and the dish will be fine. But, I think it does add a little something nice.

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Food history: green bean casserole

Will you be making a green bean casserole for Thanksgiving next week?

If you love this staple but maybe want to switch it up a bit, we’ve got the classic recipe along with some variations at the end of the post.

I’ll admit it – it’s one of my favorite holiday meals. I love the contrasting textures of the green beans and french fried onions, with the creaminess of cream of mushroom soup.

Indeed, the history of green bean casserole does begin with Campbell’s.

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Cowboy spaghetti

This is a Rachel Ray recipe.

I’ve recently discovered that my husband loves Rachel Ray’s foods. He in fact bought me a subscription to her magazine for my birthday a couple months ago, and forgot to tell me about it.

“Well look at this!” I kept thinking as I got this free magazine.

I’ve taken the hint and I’m making her food.

This was quite excellent.


  • 1/2 pound spaghetti
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled, fat reserved
  • 1/2 pound ground sirloin
  • 1/2 medium-sized white onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 tsp hot sauce, or more to taste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup beer
  • 1/2 (14 oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions, chopped

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