I've never posted a recipe before. It's not really what my blog is about, and I don't enjoy cooking overly much.
Like I cook to keep my family alive.
Like my sister-in-law and I are trying to come up with people food in the style of dog food (patent pending!) to keep the family alive without actually having to cook. I told her about cereal when she presented the idea. She knew about cereal. But, while packed with vitamins and fiber and sometimes itty bitty marshmallows, it really isn't balanced enough to sustain you exclusively. So, until she or someone else comes up with a cereal representing all the major food groups, I am forced to cook dinner. Every. Night.
I swear, I just get the kitchen cleaned up from the last meal and they're hungry again.
But, anyway, I think I just made up a recipe.
And it was good. And pretty easy. And pretty fattening.
I was looking at food on Pinterest and came across a yummy-looking pasta and smoked sausage recipe. Unfortunately, when I followed the link, I found I didn't have all the ingredients. But I thought I could do some subbing and come up with something similar. This is something which really irritates me when others do it with a recipe I give them. If the no-bake cookie recipe calls for oatmeal and you use crushed potato chips, by the way, they won't set up. It's not that I gave you the recipe wrong. This is on you.
So basically what I did was saute some sliced sausage (Hillshire Farm Polska Kielbasa to be exact) with a diced yellow onion and some crushed red pepper. When the onion was tender, I added some minced garlic. I use the pre-minced kind from the jar. I don't think I've ever bought a clove of garlic in my life. Anyway, then I put in some canned diced tomatoes and let that simmer down.
("Simmer down, now! Simmer down.")
Then came the pièce de résistance, a block of cream cheese.
The original recipe I was not following called for heavy cream. So I used the cream cheese, evaporated milk and rounded out the measure with half and half. You could probably just use half and half, but I NEED it for my coffee, so it is too precious to use up before morning.
I left the stove at that point and played a game of spider solitaire, as is my custom when I'm waiting for water to boil or other down times of cooking. When I lost. Again. I went and tossed that whole mix with some tri-color rotini.
Don't let this less-than-stellar picture turn you off.
For one thing, I'm not a food-stylist.
Also, I was too busy horking down delicious pasta to take a picture when said pasta was fresh.
So, here's what you'll need, unless you just want to substitute everything and make your own recipe
(You may want to halve everything, too, unless you have four ginormous kids like I do or are feeding a small army):
2 12-oz. Hillshire Farm Polska Kielbasa
1 good-sized yellow onion, chopped
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
3 tsp. minced garlic (= 6 cloves)
4 14-oz. cans diced tomatoes, Italian style or chili ready
1 8-oz. block cream cheese
2 C evaporated milk, 1/2&1/2 and/or heavy cream
2# rotini, cooked and drained
I hope you don't mind me posting a recipe. I'm not going to start doing this. Maybe I'll let you know where you can purchase Man Chow when it is introduced to the market. But you can see some of the other Pinterest-found recipes I've tried and modified here.
That's what I've got for now.