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Recently, one of my husband’s friends went to a farm co-op to buy produce.  There, you buy vegetables by the case.  Since he had more than he could use, he shared with us.  It was great and I appreciated it, (who doesn’t appreciate free food, especially fresh produce?), but there was so much I had to get creative to use it all before it ruined.  Every time I see food spoilage, I have a flashback to childhood:  ”Starving children in __(pick your favorite Third World country) would love to have that…..”.  So I cannot let food spoil with a serious guilt trip.  This side dish was the most recent result.

2 crookneck squash, chopped (medium chunks)
1 bell pepper, chopped (I had an orange bell pepper, but it really doesn’t matter)
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
LAWRY’S® Seasoned Salt  
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Heat oil in skillet.  Add vegetables.  Season with LAWRY’S® Seasoned Salt to taste.  Saute until vegetables are tender.

Easy, right?  That’s one of the reasons I liked it.  It also tasted good and was  healthy.  Yay!


I think I may have posted this song before, but I really like it!  Enough said….

Until next time, Happy Cooking!  : )

A friend never defends a husband who gets his wife an electric skillet for her birthday. -Erma Bombeck


It has been 20 days since my last blogpost.  Between illness, travel, and various other etc.’s, I haven’t been able to find time to write.  Actually, some days I had time, but couldn’t get my mind straight long enough to write.  So, today, I’m beginning this post and will do it in bits and pieces, if necessary.  

Today, I couldn’t decide what to make for dinner.  I didn’t want the same ol’, same ol’, so I started going through cookbooks looking for something different.  The result was that we had Baked Spaghetti.  I had never made it before,  but it was simple and we enjoyed it.  On some level, it reminded me of Cincinnati Chili Four-Way.  Although,  I have to admit that I have only had that at Steak ‘n Shake, so I’m not really sure if that is the typical flavor.  Oh well, I like it.

So, here’s my recipe for Baked Spaghetti.

adapted from Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook

1 pkg. (12 oz.) spaghetti
1  lb. ground beef
1 med. orange bell pepper, chopped
1 med. onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (8 oz.) Spanish-style tomato sauce
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook the spaghetti according to package directions.  Meanwhile, cook beef, bell pepper, onion, and garlic over medium heat until the meat is browned; drain.  Stir in the next seven ingredients.
Drain spaghetti.  Transfer to a greased baking dish ( I used olive oil cooking spray).  Add beef mixture.  Stir together.  Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Uncover; sprinkle with cheese.  Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.  Serves 12.


Until next time, Happy Cooking!  : )

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” - 

Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C