Saturday, December 29, 2007

Belgian Wassail

I tried this recipe for the first time this year and found it to be surprisingly delicious despite how easy it was to prepare. And you can easily pour the leftover wassail back into the apple juice container and refrigerate; simply warm up a cup of it in the microwave anytime you want!

Belgian Wassail

2 oranges
2 lemons
4 cups water
1 tablespoon allspice
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup sugar
1 gallon apple juice

In large bowl, squeeze juice from oranges and lemons. Reserve juice and rinds. In large saucepan boil water, orange and lemon rinds, allspice and cinnamon. Simmer 1 hour. Remove rinds and add sugar, apple juice and reserved juice. Stir to dissolve sugar. Serve hot.

Makes 20 servings.


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Pasta Bake

I have been making this recipe for years! It meets so many family menu needs - cheap, easy, fast, large and mighty tasty!

Italian Pasta Bake

1 lb. ground beef or Italian sausage
4 cups mostaccioli or penne pasta, cooked, drained
1 jar or can of spaghetti sauce, any type
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
2 cups shredded Italian cheese

Brown meat in large skillet and drain.

Stir in pasta, spaghetti sauce and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Spoon into 9 x 13 baking dish. Top with shredded cheese and the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.