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Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Garlic Scapes

Our garden is a sad state of affairs this year, but my husband still managed to get his garlic  in the ground on time. This means that it is that time where I need to figure out what to do with the garlic scapes. Garlic scapes are the flowering part of the garlic plant, that if left on will sap all the strength from the plant and prevent your garlic bulbs from getting plump. In prior years, I have only thrown the scapes into pesto.

But yesterday I decided that my fresh brussel sprouts from the farmer’s market and the garlic scapes would make a nice side dish. I didn’t have a particular inspiration although I think I have seen them being used on Chopped.


  • pint of brussel sprouts
  • pint of garlic scapes
  • olive oil
  • splash of lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • pat of butter
  • Adobo & pepper to taste
  • finish salt


1. Clean brussel sprouts by removing outer leaves as needed

2. Cut brussel sprouts in half

3. Remove any brown fibrous pieces from garlic scapes


4. Heat olive oil up in frying pan over medium high heat

5. drop in brussel sprouts and garlic scapes

6. Season with Adobo & pepper


7. Let veggies brown, but stir so they don’t burn


8. Once nicely browned, splash with lemon juice

9. Add water and cover

10. Turn temperature to medium low

11. Let steam until veggies are tender (about 5-10 mins)

12. Remove cover, add wine and pat of butter

13. Continue cooking until sauce thickens


14. Sprinkle a bit of salt over all the veggies


My husband really liked this. My kids are a bit more finicky about brussel sprouts. My older daughter doesn’t really like them, but she did try a bit and say “it’s not bad.” The younger daughter loves brussel sprouts but only steamed. I showed the picture to a friend and they said I should add some shrimp next time. Sadly, there weren’t any leftovers. This was very disappointing to my husband when I was making today’s frittata with all the leftover goodies.



Southwestern Pasta

I like black beans. I like pasta very much. I wanted to combine them together to make a delicious meal for my family. It turned being my family’s favorite meal. I even thought I had some delicious food and a nice meal to cook.


  • 1 box of pasta
  • 1 can  of black beans
  • 1 pack of smoked sausage
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 jars of salsa
  • corn
  • cilantro/avocado for garnish
  • queso fresco
  • salt/olive oil for pasta

Directions: Pasta

1. Cook pasta according to pasta box

2. Add salt and olive oil to water when boiling


Directions: Sauce

1. Cut sausage about equal sizes


2. Cut peppers about the same size as sausage


3. Add sausage and pepper to pan

4. Saute sausage and pepper until brown

5. Rinse beans

6. Add beans


7. Add salsa


8. Stir and heat through


9. Serve



We did a bit of a pick your own assembly.  Ana served her pasta and sauce separately, while I added cheese, cilantro, avocado and corn to top it off. This was a win from a dinner perspective.  There were even secondary uses applied – you can use it to stuff mini sweet pepper and bake with some more cheese.  Cait liked that version even better.




Lasagna Biscuits

Hi Everyone! It’s been a while since I posted anything yummy I have been cooking. It’s not because I haven’t been cooking, but rather I’ve been using the rest of my time for other things. That said I’m back at least for the summer. My daughter Ana has decided she wants to learn to cook and has chosen to cook every Thursday night. She can think up whatever she wants (within reason) and I will help find or define a recipe and guide her along. Also, I’ll be the sous chef and picture taker, but she’ll do the work and do most of the write-up. I hope you like my guest blogger.

I wanted to make lasagna biscuits because I wanted to try something new. Another reason I wanted to make lasagna biscuits is because I thought it was a meal my family would enjoy.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • mozzarella to eaters preference
  • 1 package sausage
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 jar tomato sauce
  • spices


Directions: Biscuits:

1. Preheat oven to 450 degres

2. Mix together dry ingredients

3. Cut butter in flour mixture until crumbly



4. Mix milk & egg into mixture

5. Stir with fork until mixture holds together

6. Knead dough 10 times on floured board

7. Roll out out dough about 2 1/2 ” thick

8. Cut out biscuits

9. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet 10-15 minutes 12-15 biscuits


Directions: Stuffing or Topping

1. Cut sausage


2. Cut peppers into pieces or strips


3.  Saute peppers & sausages

4. Stir into tomato sauce

5. Heat sauce through


6. Add spices (basil, oregano)

7. Stuff or top biscuits



Ana made awesome biscuits.  They were probably some of the best biscuits we’ve had in a while.  The sausages & peppers turned out fine as well.  I wouldn’t say this was the best combination of food together.  However, this is Ana’s cooking day.  I will not squash her creativity, but let her create her meal and we’ll decide if it’s a “do again” meal.

Korean Beef

My husband has been on a paleo diet for a little over a month now. I’ve been trying to introduce variety into our dinner options. That said, we have periodically been getting into lulls with chicken or pork. A couple of nights ago I decided that we were going to have something with ground beef. Preferably not chili, or hamburgers or tacos. So I turned to my handy browser and sought out alternatives. I found this recipe for “simple and quick” Korean Beef. It looked easy enough and I had most of the ingredients on hand.


1 lb ground beef

1 red pepper, diced (added by me)

5-6 pepperadew peppers, diced (added by me)

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4-1/2 cup brown sugar (substituted 1/4 cup honey plus some regular white sugar as I didn’t have brown sugar to desired level of sweetness)

1 tablespoon sesame oil

3 cloves garlic

ginger, crushed red pepper and Adobo to taste (note that the original recipe suggested using fresh ginger. I didn’t have any so I substituted ground ginger)


1. Brown ground meat in large skillet over medium heat in sesame oil

2. Dice peppers and add them

3. Add garlic, soy sauce, sugar/honey and spices

4. Simmer a few minutes to blend

Note: check the level of sauce. If you want more sauce, add additional soy sauce and sugar/honey in same ratio as above



This was tasty. My husband voluntarily ate the leftovers multiple times. I think it was a good way to use ground meat for something a little more creative than chili or tacos.

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