Spinach Cheese Tortellini – Main Course – Crock Pot

This is such a simple dish but it is rich and full of flavor, perfect for a cold night or when you need some comfort food.  This is one of those dishes that you can change the broth and add a met and completely change the flavor.  You can use any vegetable you like or have on hand.  But for those of you who need a precise recipe, here is one blew, I prose you this is EASY and AMAZING!

tortellini crock pot 1

Simply get a crock pot

Add 1/2 pound fresh spinach, washed

8 oz of fresh mushrooms sliced

1 package of Cream Cheese (cut it into cubes it will melt easier

One package (bags in freezer section of grocery of the Tortellini of your choice (Cheese, meat etc)

One can of Italian Style Diced Canned tomatoes

1 Can of Chicken Broth ( You can actually use any flavor broth you prefer)

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

Place in crock pot on low for 6 hours

When you are ready to serve stir ir up to mix up the cream cheese evenly and serve.

Best served with a nice crunchy bread to absorb the extra sauce.

PS this is a perfect one to take to the office for a pot luck or to a family members for a holiday.  So much you can do with this.

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Candy – Blood Slide – Bloody Glass Shard Candy

blood slide candy

Blood Slide – Bloody Glass Shard Candy

Step 1: Ingredients and Recipe

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 Tbs water
  • red food dye
  • bamboo skewer or tooth pic

Step 2: Bring Sugar Mixture to a Boil

Bring sugar, corn syrup, and 2 Tbs water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Don’t stir, but occasionally wash down sides of pan with a pastry brush dipped in cold water to prevent crystals from forming; boil until mixture turns golden, 5 to 7 minutes.

Step 3: Pour Sugar Out into Sheets

Line a few baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper. (Cut it down to better fit the pan, it will make it easier to remove.

Pour the melted sugar mixture in a line down the center of the pan.  Using the back of a serving spoon or metal table spoon, spread sugar into a thin flat sheet.  Glass slides are pretty thin, so the thinner the better.  It will also be easier to cut in the next steps.

Drip one very small drop of red food color.  WARNING HERE if your pan it not level or you tile the pan the food color will run.

Once you have the mixture spread into a flat sheet, let it cool and harden for 5-10 minutes.  Once the mixture is hard, pull it away from the mat or parchment.  If its super thin, try not to crack it.

Step 4: Cut Sheets into Slides

Place the blade of a large knife directly into your burner to heat.  If you have an electric stove, you can use a lighter.  Once the blade is hot, begin to cut your sheets of sugar into strips.  Cut edges to be the length of a real slide.  Its good to have a glass slide to use as a template.

This step can be a bit annoying.  Don’t worry if you break a few, it happens.  Reheat the blade for each cut.  Between each cut, wash your blade off with water to keep the sugar from burning to your blade.  I don’t suggest using your best knife, since this heating and cooling isn’t the best treatment for your chef’s blade.  If the edges are really rough, dip your finger and water and smooth them out.

Lay your cut slides on your baking tray and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

These are VERY Fragile so be careful.  Worse case scenario you end up with bloody shards of glass.

 

glass shards candy

Cocktail – Blood Orange Bloody Mary

blood orange bloody mary

BLOOD ORANGE BLOODY MARY

 

I know what you’re thinking… fruity flavor + bloody mary = weird!!!

The citrus is subtle. It enhances but does not overpower the classic flavors.

Ingredients Needed: Tomato Juice, Vodka, 1 Blood Orange, 1/2 a Lime, Tabasco, Worcestershire Sauce, Sea Salt, Ice Cubes and Celery.

bloody mary ingredients

Directions: Use lime juice to add sea salt to the rim of your glass. In each glass, combine four parts tomato juice, juice of one blood orange (save one slice for the garnish), one shot vodka (make it a double if you dare….), juice of 1/2 lime, 1 teaspoon tabasco, 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce. Stir with a long spoon. Add a blood orange slice and a piece of celery for garnish. Enjoy!

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