Saturday, August 20, 2011

Farmer's Market

Every Saturday morning in Madison, WI, there is a farmer’s market around the Capitol Square. This is one of my favorite summer events because of the fresh produce at all the booths. Farmers come to sell their produce including tomatoes, lettuce, corn, berries, and many more. When at the farmer’s market so early on a Saturday, it is best to buy a fresh doughnut and coffee to walk around the square.

On this past trip to the market, I bought grape tomatoes, cherries, cucumbers, and cheese curds.  

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Turkey Tetrazzini

For family dinner tonight, I made turkey tetrazzini. I used up some of the leftover turkey we had while still making a delicious dinner! I got this recipe from Taste of Home


1/2 lb. uncooked spaghetti
1/4 finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon butter
1 garlic clove (minced)
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 can (14.5 oz) chicken broth
1 can (12 oz) fat-free evaporated milk
2-1/2 cups cubed cooked turkey breast
1 can (4 oz) mushrooms stems and pieces, drained
1/2 teaspoon salt
dash of pepper
2 tablespoons grated parmesan
1/4 teaspoon paprika


Cook spaghetti and drain.
Saute onion in butter until tender in a large sauce pan. Once soft, add the garlic and cook for another minute.
Combine the cornstarch and chicken brother until smooth. (I used homemade chicken broth that my mom made earlier to have a little more flavor than a can)
Then stir the cornstarch and broth mixture into the pan with the onion and garlic. Bring it to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Once thickened, reduce heat to low.
Add the milk and cook for 2 or 3 minutes while stirring. Then add the spaghetti, turkey, mushrooms, and salt and pepper. 
I then poured the mixture into a 13x9 pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Take out the pan and sprinkle on the cheese and paprika. Bake for another 5 minutes(or until heated through) uncovered.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Fruit Pizza

As the end of the summer rolls around, almost everyone has had a grad party. My brother’s grad party was this Saturday with lots of people and food to celebrate his graduation from high school. Each person does their party a little different and there are many food options. At mine years ago, I had hamburgers and brats along with the classic summer foods of fruit, potato salad and corn. For my brother’s, we did hot turkey and sloppy joe sandwiches (also known as Spanish hamburger). I helped my mom with as much as she needed whether it was grocery shopping or cutting veggies. As my contribution to the party, I prepared fruit pizzas. Fruit pizzas can be prepared in various ways, here is how I make them!

2 containers of Simple Simon’s bakery sugar cookie dough (any sugar cookie dough is fine)

Mandarin oranges

12 oz (1 ½ blocks) of cream cheese
1/2 cup of sugar
1 t vanilla

(I had to make 3 large pizzas because of the size of the party so I tripled the recipe using 6 blocks of cream cheese)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread flour on the counter and roll out the dough to the size of the pan. Roll the dough onto the rolling pin, and then unroll it onto the ungreased pan. The dough should be less than ½ an inch thick.

Bake in the oven in the center rack for about 8 minutes, until golden brown on top. Let that cool while you make the topping. Combine the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Mix the topping on medium speed until smooth and blended thoroughly. 

Once the pizza cools, spread the topping to desired thickness and place the fruit on the cream cheese topping. Because my brother is planning on attending UW Madison, I made the fruit in the shape of a W for Wisconsin. I also made a “2011” design as well for the year he graduated.