Friday, December 10, 2010

Foodie Friday, Blog Candy and Bows

I don't know about you but I need longer days!  So much to do and so little time.  This week's Foodie Friday recipe is perfect for the blustery cold busy day we had today.  Simple, fast and packed with flavor no one will believe how little time it takes for so much yummy goodness.  Add a simple Caesar salad and you've got an elegant meal in less than an hour.

Sausage Minestra

1 lb. link Italian sausage, skin removed and cut into 1 inch pieces (I use a mixture of sweet and hot)
2 c. onion, diced
1 T. garlic, minced
2 t. dried Italian seasoning
1/2 t. kosher salt
1/2 c. dry white wine
6 c. chicken broth
2 c. tomatoes, seeded and diced or you can used canned diced tomatoes
1/2 c. dry orzo pasta or other small pasta shape
3 c. fresh spinach, chopped
4 T. olive oil, divided
Parmesan cheese

For the croutons:
Toss the croutons with 2 T. olive oil.  Heat oil in a skillet over med. heat.  Toast croutons until crisp.  Set aside.

Saute the sausage in 2 T. olive oil over med. high heat until browned.  Add the onion, garlic and seasonings; cook 3-4 minutes or until the onion is soft.

Deglaze the pan with the wine and reduce until almost evaporated.  Add broth, tomatoes and orzo.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer about 10 minutes or until pasta is cooked.

Stir in spinach until wilted.  Serve with croutons and Parmesan cheese. 

(Serve the rest of that wine, add some candlelight and you've got dinner to rival that fancy Italian restaurant down the street) ;-)

Now for the bows...The CAS challenge on SCS this week is bows...I needed a fast card for the project I did earlier this week. 

Our color theme was pink/silver/green.  I chose silver mirror card from Marco's Paper, a glossy pink cs I got on clearance at Big Lots and the Spellbinder's ornament die.  A hot pink bow, a little pink bling and done.

And now the Blog Candy......

 3 Making Memories Mat Stacks containing 48 sheets each
4 pkg. of Bazzill Basics and Accents bling
Hero Arts Watercolor flower stamp set
Glassine bags
Manila Tags
Elegant paper doilies
Swivel mini album
Copic marker
brads and an assortment of yummy May Arts ribbon (not shown) I will add a yard of every ribbon and a few more from my Etsy shop
I will draw a winner on New Year's Day.  All you need to do to win is place a picture of the blog candy on your blog with a link back to this post, then leave me a comment to let me know you did.    That's it!

  Thanks so much for your visits...we blog because we love to know what you think.

 Merry Christmas,

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