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Tomato Tart

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 6 oz feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 2-3 heirloom tomatoes, sliced into quarter inch rounds
  • 1/2-1 cup cherry/grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1-2 tsp capers
  • 1 medium onion, caramelized
  • salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Using a rolling pin, gently smooth out the creases on one sheet of puff pastry. Score a 1 inch border around the edge of the sheet using a knife. Do not cut all the way through. Next prick holes all over the center using a fork. Then brush the entire sheet with egg wash. Bake about 15 minutes. It should be puffed and golden. While that is baking, prepare the whipped feta. Add feta cheese, greek yogurt, olive oil, garlic and dill to a food processor. Process until combined and smooth. Set a side. Once the puff pastry is finished baking, take the back of a spoon and press down the center. Top the center with the feta mixture and then the caramelized onions.

 

Now arrange your tomatoes on top. We used an assortment of tomatoes that we found at the local farmers market. Season the tomatoes with salt and freshly cracked pepper. Garnish with more dill, capers and a drizzle of olive oil.

Dig in!

 

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Red White and Blue Cobbler

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tbsp sugar, divided
  • 3/4 tsp salt divided
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp orange zest, divided
  • 1 1/2 cup mixed berries (we used blackberries and blueberries)
  • 1 1/2 cup white peaches, pealed and sliced
  • 1 cup strawberries, halved
  •  1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • optional: whipped cream, ice cream or condensed milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 12″ cast iron pan with 1 tbsp of butter. Rinse and prepare your fruit. We placed the berries, peaches and strawberries into separate bowls. We used frozen strawberries but fresh will work just as good. In a large bowl whisk together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, cornstarch and 1 tsp of zest. Divide the mixture between the 3 different fruit bowls and toss. Stir a dash of vanilla and lemon juice into each bowl. Pour each mixture into the cast iron.

In another bowl add 2 tbsp sugar, remaining zest, flour, baking powder and  1/2 tsp salt. With a pastry cutter, cut in 3 tbsp of butter until you get peas size clumps. Stir in milk to soften the dough. Spoon the dough over the filling. Finally sprinkle with remaining sugar and bake for 35 minutes.

Enjoy with some whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream. We didn’t have either so we improvised and drizzle some condensed milk over the top and it was delicious! Have a safe Independence Day!

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Summer Pasta Salad with Chicken

Ingredients 

  • 8 oz Rotini pasta
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup red/orange pepper, diced
  • 1 cup broccoli, blanched
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 cup mozzarella pearls
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, sliced in half
  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup Italian dressing
  • juice of half a lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste

This recipe is really simple and easy to put together. Cook your pasta according to the package directions and drain. For the chicken breast, we just seasoned ours with our favorite seasonings and seared each side for 5-minutes on medium-high heat. Let that rest for about 5-minutes and then dice into bite sized pieces. Put everything into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.

Just like that, you’re done! We ate ours over a bed of arugula. You can adjust any of the ingredients to your liking. We think next time we’ll switch out the mozzarella and toss in some grated parmesan instead. Shrimp would be a nice substitute for the chicken. Other veggies you could add to this are cucumber, asparagus or zucchini. Let us know what you put in your salad!

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The Music Man Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Review

Right before the pandemic started, we were able to see Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. Fast forward about 16 months and Chanhassen Dinner Theater has finally announced the re-opening of The Music Man happening July 2nd, 2021. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Meredith Willson’s The Music Man review – No swindling here! We would definitely recommend giving all your monies to the CDT to see Meredith Willson’s to watch Mr. Hill con his way into your heart. The show will have your heart racing as you try to keep up with the upbeat musical numbers, from the opening act which grabs your attention with the fast talking sales men to the amazing quartet that sweep you away with their amazing a capella talent through out the show. Be prepared to laugh during this comedic musical as you journey back to 1912 and see what trouble has been brought to River City, Iowa. Follow “Professor” Harold Hill as he charms his way into the lives of the residents of River City to trick the money out of folks to start a youth marching band. Everyone is intrigues by Hill besides the skeptical librarian Marian Paroo and the town Mayor, George Shinn. Mayor Shinn begins searching for Professor Hill’s true credentials. Marian is ready to blow Hill’s cover but then has a change of heart when she witnesses her self-conscious brother, Winthrop, come out of his shell after he picks up a cornet. Does Hill follow through and leave town with more money is his pocket than he arrived with? Go see the show and find out!

The opening act was one of our favorite parts of the show. You’ll want to bop in your seat along with the salesmen as they sing “Rock Island”.  A group of salesmen talk about a salesman who doesn’t know the territory but somehow gets the sale. Listen closely because it’s fast paced and will have you saying “whadayatalk, whadayatalk, whadayatalk!” if you can’t keep up.

Main characters Michael Gruber as Harold Hill and Ann Michels as Marian Paroo meshed so well together making the show look that much more effortless.  We were was so happy to see the return of actress Ann Michels. Her voice captivates us as she sang “My White Knight’ leaving the entire audience in aw from her amazing voice and talent we were fortunate to witness.

Other memorable parts of the show were the making of the quartet and their many scenes throughout the show. You’ll fall in love with Alek Knezevich, Evan Tyler Wilson, John-Michael Zuerlein and Shad Olsen the same way they fell in love with themselves. The harmonization of “Sincere” a capella was executed effortlessly.

Despite a few fumbles, the recoveries were flawless. The show runs until December 31st, 2021. Use coupon code MMPC21 to get dinner free when ordered online before 7/1/21. *Limit 12 tickets, Not valid with offers/discounts, NYE or previous purchased tickets. Other restrictions may apply. *  We tried it and we recommend it. Now you have all the credentials. Go see the show!

Get tickets at https://chanhassendt.com/musicman/

Photo Credit : Dan Norman

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Crab Fettuccine Recipe

If you tuned in to the launch of @wevetriedit’s TikTok, you’ll see that we scored 5 lbs of hand picked snow crab meat. The crab was packaged into 2.5 pound frozen blocks that consist of leg meat as well as small clumps of delicate crab meat. With the 2.5 pounds, we were able to stretch that into 3 different dishes. This crab fettuccine dish was one of them.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz fettuccine
  • 1/2 lb crab meat
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine – Chardonnay
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, about half a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • salt to taste

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water and cook the pasta according to the package directions. We used fettuccine. Angel hair or spaghetti noodles would work well for this recipe as well. Drain and reserve 1 cup of the pasta water. While the pasta is cooking, heat up a large skillet on medium to high heat. Put in the butter and olive oil. Drop in the garlic and sauté for a couple minutes until fragrant and golden brown.

Next add in the white white, lemon juice and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 5-8 minutes until the liquid reduces by half.

Toss the noodles in the sauce.  Add pasta water 1/4 cup at a time if needed to loosen up the pasta. Add the parsley and crab meat and gently fold into the pasta until combined. Next add parmesan cheese and salt to taste.

Dish up, top with more parmesan and enjoy!

 

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Ham Tetrazzini Recipe

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup milk on Step 3 and 1/2 cup on Step 4
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas (cooked)
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook spaghetti according to package directions.

Melt butter in a large skillet. Add onion and mushrooms, cook until onion is soft and mushrooms are browned.

Add soup, milk, and pepper to the skillet and mix well.
Add ham, peas, mild shredded cheddar cheese, and Parmesan cheese, milk and stir until cheese is melted.

Add drained pasta to the pan and mix well.  Season to taste with salt (taste first, your ham may have enough salt.) and serve.
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Grandma’s Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup

Our grandma’s cabbage rolls was one of our favorite things to eat growing up. We decided to take her recipe and turn it into a soup and it turned out so delicious.  Lets get started!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Italian Sausage
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 head of cabbage, chopped
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup converted rice, uncooked
  • 2 cans (8 oz cans) tomato sauce
  • 1 can rotel
  • 1 can of dice tomatoes
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste

First brown the ground beef and Italian sausage. We used lean beef so the soup won’t turn out too greasy. If you aren’t using lean beef, make sure to drain some of the fat out. After the beef and sausage are browned, add in the diced onion and garlic. Sauté for 3-5 minutes until the onions become translucent.

Next add in the chopped cabbage. We roughly chopped ours into 1 inch pieces. Give that a stir and cook for another 3-5 minutes until the cabbage is slightly wilted.

Then add in the remainder of ingredients : beef stock, tomato sauce, dice tomatoes, rotel, brown sugar, bay leaf and rice.

Give that a good mix and bring to a boil. You’ll then simmer this for 30 minutes, covered.

We kept ours on the thicker side. You can definitely thin it out with more broth if you’d like. Give it a taste and then season with salt and pepper to your liking.

We served ours with some plain ol’ white bread and butter, just like grandma would have with her cabbage rolls. It turned out thick and hearty.  Exceeded our expectations for the first time doing this route.

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Pizza Tater Tot Hot Dish

We took a midwest staple and turned it into a Minnesota masterpiece. We definitely wanted to use a Minnesota sauce base. First choice was Davanni’s but when we saw Savoy’s in the aisle at our local grocery store (CUB Foods), we thought it would work better because of the thickness. It worked perfectly.  Now, this was the first time attempting this new creation and it can be altered many ways. However, we were very impressed with our results. We hope you enjoy the twist on this classic as much as we did.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 4 oz button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 jar pizza sauce (we used one 14 oz jar)
  • 4 oz pizza mix cheese
  • 8 oz mozzarella
  • 1/8 cup shredded parmesan
  • 16 oz frozen tater tots (or whatever fits in cast iron)
  • pepperoni (as much as your heart desires)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a cast iron, brown up the Italian sausage. If you are not baking in the cast iron, you can brown up the sausage in a normal skillet. We kept ours in bigger chunks.

Then add the diced onions and sauté for 3-5 minutes until the onions become translucent. Next turn off the heat and add in the sliced mushrooms. Give that a stir.

After that, fold in the pizza sauce and shredded parmesan cheese.

Top with the pizza mix cheese. Then top that with the frozen tater tots.

Bake for 30-35 minutes at 425 degrees until tots are nice and golden brown. Top with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni (we used cups because they are cool!) and sprinkle with dried basil (optional).

Bake for another 5-8 minutes until cheese is melted to your desired liking. Viola!

Some things to note: We used a cast iron for this dish. You do not have to. You can prepare the meat and sauce layer in a skillet and transfer to a baking dish and then top with tots and cheese. If you are using a cast iron, make sure to wash and season the pan promptly after use. The tomatoes sauce is acidic and may cause rusting if it sits in the cast iron for too long.

We let ours sit for about 5 minutes before dishing. The parmesan cheese and the thick sauce also helped keep it together.

This recipe is so versatile. Add ingredients that you like on your pizza. Leave a comment on what you filled and topped your’s with.

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Pasta Fresca – Noodles and Company Copycat Recipe

Ingredients 

  • 12 oz pasta (we used mostaccoli)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3-4 roma tomatoes, large dice
  • 1 cup red onions, sliced
  • 2 oz spinach
  • parmesan or feta for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste

Balsamic vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp white wine
  • 1/2 tsp salt

In a pot bring some water to a boil and cook your pasta. Remember to generously salt your water. Cook your pasta al dente by following the package directions. Drain and set aside.  In a large skillet heat 2 tsp of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add your garlic and cook until fragrant. Then add the tomatoes, onions and pasta. Sauté for about 5 minutes until the pasta gets a little brown and the tomatoes soften up a bit.

In a small bowl, place all your ingredients for the vinaigrette and stir until combined.

Next, add the spinach and vinaigrette mixture. Sauté for another 4-6 minutes or until the spinach is wilted. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Remove from heat and serve with parmesan or feta. For protein, we topped ours with chicken cutlets.

This dish is so quick and easy to whip up. Its not your typical pasta dish but it’s still delicious. Hope you enjoy!

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BBQ Shrimp Pasta

A few years back during our trip down in New Orleans, we had the most divine dish of BBQ shrimp. The shrimp is served in a perfect blend of butter and seasonings. Since then, we’ve been inspired to try and nail the recipe. Along the way, we had this great idea to add pasta and this masterpiece was created.

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 pack of BBQ shrimp sauce mix
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 tbsp green onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 3 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 8 oz pasta (we used angel hair)
  • parsley

Fill a large pot of water and place on high heat. While waiting for the water to boil, melt the butter in a large skillet on medium heat. Once butter is melted, drop garlic, shallots and green onions into the skillet. Sauté until fragrant. Should only take 3-4 minutes. Then add BBQ shrimp seasoning.  You can either make your own (check out our BBQ shrimp recipe here) or use store bought.  We used a half packet of Louisiana Fish Fry Products’ New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp Sauce Mix.

Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and let that simmer for 2 minutes.

The water should be boiling at this point. Salt your water and drop in the pasta to the boiling water. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box but take off a couple of minutes since the pasta will finish in the sauce.  El dente is key.  Put the shrimp into the BBQ shrimp sauce while the pasta is cooking.

Remove the BBQ shrimp off of the burner and stir in heavy cream.

Toss pasta in the sauce. Garnish with chopped parsley.

It turned out delicious! We did squeeze in a little lemon to cut down a bit of the richness of the complete dish. We also tried a few bites with a sprinkle of parmesan and that was a good addition as well. Leave a comment below and let us know how you liked the recipe.