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How to Store Leftover Pasta

Yesterday I posted a recipe for the  spaghetti sauce we served in our restaurant…

which got me to thinking about noodles…

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then time savers and saving money.

I know…

I am random!

If you are short on time during the holiday season, (or anytime) you can save some valuable meal time by preparing a spaghetti meal ahead of time!

Spaghetti sauce is better the next day, no matter what recipe you use. Mine makes several gallons, although you may have a recipe you love with less servings.

Or you can grab the spaghetti sauce recipe and can some, it will save a lot of time when you need it later!

Same thing with noodles, cook them ahead of time. This should work with any kind of pasta.

After cooking your spaghetti noodles al dente, immediately stop the cooking process by immersing in ice-cold water. This will stop the breakdown of the starch, and the pasta won’t get gummy and  stick together.

Cook and store in the fridge in a container of water just covering the pasta. It will keep for a good while.

To reheat noodles…

  • Immerse in boiling water until noodles are hot, then use a colander to drain or a slotted spoon.
  • Or drain noodles and heat it in the microwave on a plate.

Throw together a quick salad, or open a packaged bag of salad, grill some garlic bread and you are good to go! (The kids can help do this!)

Try it and let me know what you think!

Share your kitchen time saving tips!

Have a great Christmas season! ~Evie

Thursday’s Tidbits! Hot Reuben Dip

Last Christmas I was staying with my daughter during her bout with cancer.

Her mother in law, Barb, made this recipe for our Christmas Eve get together.

I had never eaten anything  like this, and it is a wonderful dish to serve instead of the usual dips.

It is simple to make, stays warm in a crock pot, and is an excellent appetizer for parties.

Reuben Dip

Barb Kubinski’s Hot Reuben Dip

8 ounces cream cheese, softened                                                                                                                                                                                                               2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
6 ounces deli sliced corned beef, chopped
½ cup Thousand Island dressing
1 16 oz. can drained sauerkraut

Serve with cocktail size rye bread squares.

Put in crock pot, melt cheeses, and stir! Serve warm! Delicious!

Since last Christmas my friend lost her battle with cancer. She is missed.

RIP Barb Kubinski.

Every Day I Am…

If you spend a lot of time nurturing and tending your garden, you will understand what I mean when I say… every day I am shoveling, trellising, pruning, fertilizing, watering, transplanting, etc. You kindred gardening spirits will get it when I say I love it!

Grab your favorite beverage and follow me as I go through my day! I promise it will be informative, though tiring!  God knows I am tuckered out afterwards and we all are getting older by the minute!

Strawberries, oh, so sweet fresh from the patch… are you with me?

5 AM -ish. Alarm! I mean, rooster! George is already crowing, telling me to get up.

I stumble out of bed, into the kitchen, make coffee, and check in with Facebook!

I give all my peeps good wishes and catch up on my notifications.

Oh, wait… first, I ate breakfast, (quinoa,) and drank  more coffee! (Great start, great day!)

I spend the next few hours doing the above… shoveling, planting, watering, mulching, etc.

English: Quinua (Quinoa) plants near Cachora, ...

English: Quinua (Quinoa) plants near Cachora, Apurímac, Peru. Altitude: 3800m Deutsch: Quinua-Pflanzen (Quinoa) in der Nähe von Cachora, Apurímac, Peru. 3800m.ü.M. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fast forward. About one o’clock  the smarter half of my brain said, “Eat! Woman!” (Notice the punctuation!) I decided I should (eat), so I stopped long enough to make (and eat) a sandwich.

Sit + eat + surf web = me

Last year on Pinterest I pinned this site and I discovered this wonderfully versatile, high protein, low starch; eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner; food spelled quinoa, (pronounced keen-wah)… which I love. This is my best food find of the year or maybe a lifetime!  It’s almost as good as chocolate. You should try this!

No, I am not affiliated with the quinoa industry. I checked the web for info on growing this seed, and put together a Quinoa board on Pinterest! Lots of good links here!

By the way, quinoa is great in a meatloaf sandwich! Paula, did you know you were eating quinoa in that sandwich? 🙂

I did plant seed! They are already about two inches tall! If you’re interested in locating the seed, leave a comment below!

Needing to watch blood sugar levels, I limit my sugar intake. I have heard about the stevia plant for several years and want to learn more.

Still at the laptop, I searched for stevia. I am growing this plant, too!

I realize there is a controversy about this, same as with saccharin back in the day. I am learning more about stevia!  Supposedly it is sweeter than sugar, but doesn’t affect your blood sugar. I’m thinking, oh yes, sweet tea for me again!

I learned this tidbit about growing the plant. Pinch the top leaves off so the plant will spread. Lots of other species of plants will bush out if pruned this way, too.

Outside again, I prune stevia and pineapple sage. (And then I dug, watered, planted, fertilized some more – you know!)

I filled and started the dehydrator! It’s great for drying stevia and pineapple sage for later use. It’s doing that for me as I work. I love multitasking!

Now the next time I harvest these two plants, I plan to make jelly! I pinned this yummy sounding recipe for Pineapple Sage Jelly from the Herb Companion. Can’t wait to try it! I did make  four jars of strawberry orange marmalade yesterday, yum!

Herb Companion

Outside, it  looks like grasshoppers are having a feast on my Mirandy rose-bush. Back to the computer for pest control info.

My Pinterest board on Pest Resistant links

Tiny Farm and Garden has a great post today about controlling garden pests the natural way!

My chicks loved the stinking hoppers. I think they were singing Party Hopping In The Yard Tonight as they were shuffling!

There's a party hoppin' in the yard right now!

Hey, Fern! Grasshoppers! Come on! It’s a line dance… shuffle, shuffle!

Rose, Dorothy, and Blanche all tuckered, too, after eating all those hoppers!

The evening sun is sinking low, my blessings are calling… and it’s time to raid the garden for stir fry!

God bless you, have a great day, I’m glad you stopped by!

Evie 🙂

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