Saturday, May 29, 2010

No-bake Fresh Cherry Pie

Just tried this one yesterday and it is really refreshing. I’m not a big fan of normal cherry pie, cooked cherries or especially cherry flavoring. But we were really pounding some fresh cherries the other day and I found myself thinking, why can’t we make a pie that tastes like this. So off to the store.

Here’s how you make it. It couldn’t be easier.

Buy one ready made keebler graham cracker crust.

Slice in half and remove the pitt from 3 cups of fresh cherries. Cut around the pit with a knife, like you’re cutting the cherry in half, and use a spoon to remove the pit. Place in a medium bowl and sprinkle with a spoonful of sugar then stir to coat.

In a small bowl add 1 cup Daisy sour cream, 1/3 a block of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (softened in the microwave if necessary.) 1/3 cup sugar, 1 spoonful vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Stir to combine.

Add sour cream mixture to cherries, stir to combine and then pour into pie crust. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Slice and enjoy.

We found it really refreshing and I think it captured the essence of those fresh cherries.

Try it and let me know what you think.

Cook well,

Rob Barrett, Jr.

Friday, May 28, 2010

What's for dinner, 5/28/10 - Super Target

Open Face Chicken Sandwich on Archer Farms 3 Cheese Semolina Bread with Fresh Mozzarella and hidden Spinach.

It’s a great way to get some spinach into your kids without them knowing.

Just head down to your local Super Target. The whole thing takes 15 minutes or less from start to finish. Cost $12

Here’s what you need:

1 loaf semolina 3 cheese bread (it’s really good), 8 Chicken tenders, Roasted garlic butter (by the meats), spinach, tomatoes (optional), 1 small ball fresh mozzarella

Here’s what you get.

First fry (or grill) your chicken tenders with a little olive oil, salt and pepper,

Then slice your 3 cheese semolina bread in half, add a little Roasted Garlic Butter and toast under the broiler for 30 seconds, until just browned.

Add a thin layer of spinach ( the kids won’t know)

Add your chicken

Add some tomatoes (optional)

Slice your mozzarella

and add to sandwich.

Put under broiler for 30 seconds or until just brown.

Slice and enjoy!

Rob Barrett, Jr.

Cooking for Dads


Monday, May 3, 2010

Mango Pasta with Turkey Sausage and Cilantro

Some thing new if you’re looking.

Mango Pasta with Turkey Sausage and Cilantro

1 box Barilla Pasta Shells

1 lb Jennie-O turkey sausage

1 ripe mango, peeled and cut in small pieces

1 1/2 cup pasta sauce

1/4 cup half and half

2 handfuls (1/2 cup) chopped red onion

1/4 cup cilantro chopped.

salt and pepper

olive oil

Cook the turkey sausage, chopping it into small pieces.

Cook pasta shells, reserving 1/4 cup of the water from the pasta.

In a large frying pan, fry the onion with a little olive oil over high heat. After about 3 minutes add choped mango and fry for about 30 seconds stirring constantly. Add turkey, stir and remove.

Combine 1 1/4 cup pasta sauce, 1/4 cup pasta water and 1/4 cup half and half.

Place shells in large bowl, pour sauce over noodles, pour sausage and mango combination over sauce. Sprinkle with cilantro. Stir and serve.

(in our family my wife doesn’t like cilantro so we keep that off and use it as a condiment for the people who want it.)

© 2010 Cooking for Dads

making money

Sorry for the quietness of the posting, I've been getting paid to do it here.

Which has been nice.

Stay in touch and cook well.

Rob B