Recipes and Tips for Foodies like you!

Roasted Tomato Sauce

Oh this gorgeous red. We’ve had this recipe in the back burner for a couple of weeks now. After a few days of being away from the kitchen – and an overflow of Roma tomatoes – I dived into the kitchen for an entire day. After I baked the Zebra Bundt Cake, I was wondering what to do with all those tomatoes, and then it hit me… Roasted Tomato Sauce! I have been playing with the idea of a mash-up between Tortilla Soup and Red Wine… in a sauce.

This recipe came together as I was cooking. With 25 tomatoes, I had to increase what I usually put into the sauce. You’ll think  that adding only one red bell pepper to the sauce is too little… It was huge!  If you only have medium-sized bell peppers, feel free to increase it to 2 or 3. If you don’t want to add the wine to the recipe, use beef stock instead. Beef stock has the depth of red wine and it’s more flavorful than chicken or vegetable stock. After you add the beef stock, taste and adjust your seasonings.

This sauce is great for pasta, as a Pizza or Bruschetta base.  It can stay refrigerated for up to 8 days. If you freeze it should keep longer, just make sure to thaw it in the fridge rather than on the counter!

Kitty

Roasted Tomato Sauce

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Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Don’t you think this is a pretty interesting recipe?  I found it on Pinterest, …of course.   So far, Pinterest hasn’t let me down.  I know a lot of people have found recipes or projects that turn out to be a giant FAIL.  I guess you just need to know where to look and what to pin.  But, that’s what The Foodies’ Kitchen is for.  We test recipes for you, so if you find them here, you know they will work.  (If you follow our instructions and use the ingredients we list!)

My tip for this recipe is that you need to have two spatulas to flip them over and don’t be stingy with the butter.  When you flip your pancake over after adding the spiral of cinnamon and sugar… it makes a caramelized little swirl of goo that sticks to your spatula, so you want a clean one to flip over your next pancake. (Or wash the spatula as you go along, but that doesn’t work for me)
And, you need that butter on that pan!

Flavor wise, this is SWEET.  They are good, you can taste the cinnamon and the caramelized sugar gives it a nice touch, but having more than one is too much for me, so I just made one for each of my family and kept the rest of the batch regular good old pancakes.

Note: For this recipe, I used our own The Foodies’ Kitchen pancake recipe, which yields 6 pancakes.  However, I cut the ingredients in half for the cinnamon filling and icing, because I knew I didn’t want to make the whole batch with the cinnamon spiral.

Helga

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

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Pasta with Spinach Pesto & Peas

Recently,  I was in the  mood for pasta.  Particularly the flat and wide variety such as reginette.  I found some at the store, so all I had to find next was a recipe for a tasty sauce. I was planning to serve this to my family for lunch, so plain old tomato sauce was not going to cut it, especially for Mariano.
I scanned my usual food blogs and food sites and I came across this recipe which seemed like the perfect way to sneak in some greens. Plus, I had never tasted pesto made out of spinach before so it was the perfect opportunity to taste something new.

I didn’t have all the ingredients at home, so I was quite liberal about substituting ingredients, and also adding some.  In fact, I just used the recipe as an idea.   (You can click the link below to see the original recipe.)   If you get left over pesto, you can use on sandwiches!

Helga

Pasta with Spinach Pesto & Peas

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Love Potion

It’s got a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Love Potion. This is a fun milkshake you can make for your kids or your significant other for Valentine’s Day. You can’t really tell from the picture, but it’s a two-tone milkshake. You need strawberry ice cream and vanilla ice cream to make milkshakes out of each flavor. Make one thicker than the other and fill your glass alternating the flavors. That’s it!

You will get a delicate pink tone swirled in with the white from the vanilla shake, but you won’t get really defined layers here, unless you want to try mixing strawberry or raspberry sherbet in instead of strawberry milkshake. Give it a quick go in your blender with a bit of milk (or water to keep the vibrant color.) Either way, make sure one flavor is thicker than the other so you can more or less layer them. The recipes we used are for one serving, so you can easily double or multiply them to make more.

Helga

Love Potion

Love Potion

Basic Vanilla Milkshake

Recipe by Bobby Flay
Serves 1

Ingredients
1/3 cup whole milk
10 ounces premium vanilla ice cream (about 1 3/4 cups, packed)

Directions

  1. In a blender, combine the milk and ice cream and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Strawberry Milkshake

Recipe by Bobby Flay
Serves 1

Ingredients
1/3 cup whole milk (if you want this flavor to have a thinner consistency add more milk)
10 ounces strawberry ice cream (about 1 3/4 cups, packed)

Directions

1. In a blender, combine the milk and ice cream and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Love Potion Assembly

  1. Alternate vanilla and strawberry milkshakes in a glass, and decorate with whipped cream and heart sprinkles.

Love Potion

Love Potion