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Recipe Exploration: Baked Ziti

April 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Name: Baked Ziti
By: Renee

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 30 min

Servings: 8


  • 1 pound Ziti
  • 1 pound lean ground beef or Italian Sausage
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 24 oz jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 6 oz sliced provolone cheese
  • 6 oz sliced mozzrella cheese (can use shredded if you don’t have sliced)
  • 1 ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh basil


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. In a large skillet, brown beef or sausage over medium heat. Add onions and garlic; saute until tender. Drain off fat and add spaghetti sauce; simmer for about 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. In a lightly greased 3 quart baking dish, place about half of the pasta; top with a layer of provolone and mozzarella cheese slices. Spread on a layer of sour cream and half the spaghetti sauce mixture.
  5. Cover with remaining pasta, cheese and sauce; sprinkle a layer of Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until cheese and sauce are bubbly; serve.


  • You can substitute any tubed pasta.  I used penne.

Recipe Exploration: Crocker Family Macaroni and Cheese

April 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Name: Crocker Macaroni and Cheese

By: Cynthia Crocker

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 35 to 40 min

Servings: 4 to 5


  • 1 ½ cups of elbow macaroni
  • ¼ box of Velveeta (2 lb box)
  • 4 oz mild cheddar
  • 1 ½ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
  2. Prepare elbow macaroni according to package directions in salted water.  Drain.
  3. In a glass baking dish, combine prepared elbow macaroni, Velveeta, and cheddar cheese.
  4. Beat egg in a small bowl and add to elbow macaroni.
  5. Add the salt and pepper and stir thoroughly.  It will be a little watery.
  6. Bake at 400° 35 to 40 minutes or until brown.


  • This is a great family dish so make sure to double the recipe for family!
  • For some extra spice, add red pepper flakes
  • For extra cheese, you can add some on top ten minutes before baking until it melts.

Recipe Exploration: Coffee Crusted Steak

February 20, 2012 1 comment

This recipe is so easy to do!

Name: Coffee Crusted Steak
By: Renee via

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes

Servings: 2


  • 2 (8 oz) ribeye steaks
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ground coffee (hazelnut)
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp butter


  1. Season steaks with salt & pepper, then cover with ground coffee.
  2. Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, and add the butter and olive oil, and heat until the butter is just browned.
  3. Cook steaks for 3 mins on each side. Let rest on a plate covered with foil for 5-10 mins before serving. Enjoy!


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