Monthly Archives: November, 2012

My Morning Cup of Joe

I drink one large cup of coffee every day. Just the one. It’s enough. But, it’s a big cup of coffee and it’s very sweet. Truly, this is not an average cup of coffee. This morning as I made my coffee, I took pictures throughout the process. I fully realize how openly this reveals my insanity, but I’m taking that risk.

I start by grinding my coffee to espresso grade, then pressing it into the coffee holder of my cappuccino machine:

Then I put that into its proper place in my cappuccino machine and fill it with fresh, cold, tap water:

Then I start my machine:

While that brews, I put a pinch of cinnamon in the bottom of my cup:

  

Then I pour a generous portion of my store-brand, fat-free, French Vanilla creamer into a microwave-able container:

   

I cover the container and shake it hard for 30 seconds. This shaking puts air into the creamer, giving it volume.

I then microwave the cream for 80 seconds to create a froth:

When my coffee carafe is full, I stop it, pour it into my cinnamon-laced cup, then slowly add the frothed creamer, stirring:

  

Then I enjoy my morning cup of Joe!

You may wonder why I don’t use the frothing tool which is attached to my cappuccino machine. I used to, on a previous machine, but I do not like how this frother froths….it’s simply not very good at frothing!  So, I googled how to froth milk without a frother and found many ways of doing it scientifically. This method works best for me!

~Tricia

Easy One-Dish Pasta

This pasta dish is an absolute stand-by at our house.  All I used was ground beef, marinara sauce, water, salt and pasta!  It’s one-dish cooking that whips up fast and has a home-made flavor that’s a hit every time I make it.

Brown the ground beef:

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When it’s almost completely cooked (see the pink remaining?), add the marinara sauce. The beef will finish cooking while the pasta cooks.  This time, I used marinara sauce from the store but make your own if you have the chance.

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Bring this to a boil, then add a generous pinch of salt and your pasta. I used Mezze Penne, but you can use what you like. I do recommend a hearty pasta such as penne or rigatoni as opposed to angel hair or linguine. Add 2 cups of water.

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Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 10 – 12 minutes, till pasta is tender.  Stir from time to time.

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Serve with your favorite cheeses:

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And your favorite veggies or a salad:

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Serve hot and enjoy! I would normally serve this with bread sticks or rolls, but was out of yeast today!

~Tricia