Monday, April 6, 2009

A couple of recipes to share....

These are some favorite recipes I thought I'd share.......for two reasons. I am tired.....and I have no blogging mojo! And they are GOOD, and you just might need some cooking mojo to be inspired to try a new recipe. So it's a win-win, right?

Tortellini Chicken Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

4 oz. cheese tortellini or other pasta, cooked, drained and cooled
4 oz. grilled chicken, diced
2 frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and sliced
1 oz. fresh spinach, torn into pieces
12 sun-dried tomatoes, either marinated or, if dried, plumped in water
2 oz. feta cheese
3 slices red onion
Mixed greens

Vinaigrette Dressing

2 cloves garlic
1 t. dried oregano
1 T. tomato paste
6 T. balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 c. olive oil

In a serving bowl, combine the tortellini, diced chicken, artichoke hearts, spinach, tomatoes, feta cheese, and onion. Toss together.
To make the vinaigrette, puree the garlic, oregano, tomato paste, vinegar, salt and pepper in a blender or food processor; then, with the machine running, gradually add the oil to make a smooth emulsion. To serve, combine enough dressing with the salad ingredients to moisten them and toss to coat well. Serve over mixed greens if desired. Serves 2.


Bavarian Apple Torte

8 T. butter, softened ( 1 stick)
1/3 c. sugar
1/4 t. vanilla
1 c. flour

1 8 oz. block cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. sugar
1 egg
1/2 t. vanilla

1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/3 c. sugar
4 cups peeled, cored, sliced apples

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. To make the crust, cream the butter and sugar. Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour and mix well. Press onto the bottom and 2 inches up the sides of a greased 9 inch springform pan.
For the filling, combine the softened cream cheese and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla, mixing well. Spread evenly over the pastry.
Make the topping: In a large mixing bowl, srinkle the sugar and cinnamon over the apples. Toss well. Spoon the apples over the filling. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes. Reduce the temp. to 400 degrees and bake the torte 25 minutes longer. Cool before removing from pan. Serves 8 to 10. Enjoy!


Domestic Designer said...

Sounds good. I'll have to try them soon! Have a restful day!

Lisa said...

That chicken salad sounds divine.

Robin said...

Those both sound so good! Thank you for sharing them!!


Robin :o)

Susan S. said...

Yum...that sounds easy and delicious. I was looking for a new recipe to neighbor always comes over on Monday for dinner so we can watch Dancing with the Stars! LOL!

And what a great date night you had with your hubby....I LOVE Carrabba's, DESSERT GALLERY and the theatre. I saw Les Mis a few weeks ago. My neighbor got free tickets (gotta love that) from the Oil and Gas Co she works for and we got to go to the Dress Rehearsal. It was a blast.

Christine said...

These sound copying recipe and going to try it! Yum Yum! I love new recipes to try on the family!

Thank you for stopping by and to answer your question, the eggs boil for 20 minutes. If you make them let me know, I'd love to see how yours turn out!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

oooo-they both look great, esp. the pasta. Thanks for sharing! :)

jenjen said...

Oh those sounds so delicious! That salad makes me think of sitting out on my patio in the sun with friends. I can't wait to make it!

And the apple torte would be perfect to serve for my husband. He loves anything with apples.

Thanks so much!


Anonymous said...

Those sound yummmy. Hope you are doing well. Maybe one day I can get back to blogging more frequently. I miss all you ladies! :-)

Controlling My Chaos said...

I love new recipes. Thanks.

Lamp Tramp said...

Both sound yummy. Will try the chicken salad, my hubby loves anything with a pasta and will mstly eat chicken. Perfect for leftovers, I bet!

Lazy Mom Leslie said...

Sounds great! What time is dinner?

Bella said...

Sounds yummy!