Penne Mozzarella and Basil

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Ingredients:

1 lb. pasta (your choice)

1/2 lb. piece fresh mozzarella (cut into bit size pieces) *room temperature

12 pieces of large basil leaves (torn into pieces)

4 large plum tomatoes (chopped)

3 cloves of garlic (minced)

1 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)

2 tbsp. olive oil

fresh grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

1. In a large skillet, put olive oil and garlic. Brown garlic for a minute and add tomatoes.

2. Cook tomatoes until tender. (about 5 minutes)

3. Cook pasta to desired taste. Drain pasta well.

4. Put tomatoes on top of pasta. Add mozzarella and basil. Mix well. *red pepper flakes optional

5. Put a generous helping of parmesan cheese. Stir together and serve.

Grilled Stacked Vegetables

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Ingredients:

2 large eggplant (skin removed) sliced 1/4 inch thick

2 large zucchinis (sliced 1/4 inch thick)

3 large red bell peppers (seeds removed) sliced 1/4 inch thick

1 1/2 lb. piece fresh mozzarella (sliced thin)

6 pieces fresh basil

olive oil

sea salt

Directions:

1. Brush all vegetables with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.

2. Grill all vegetables until tender. Set to the side.

3. Begin to stack vegetables and mozzarella. (Eggplant, Zucchini, Mozzarella, Roasted Pepper, Eggplant, Zucchini and Mozzarella on top)

4. In a food processor, put 3 tbs. of olive oil and basil. Put in food processor. Beat for a minute.

5. Drizzle olive oil on top of cheese.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

6. Put a little olive oil in a baking pan. Put all stacked vegetables in pan.

7. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes until heated through and cheese is bubbly.

Serve hot.

Ham and Cheese Pita Pizza

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Ingredients:

4 large pita breads

tomato sauce

1/2 lb. piece fresh mozzarella (shredded)

1/2 lb. sliced Boar’s Head ham (chopped up)

parmesan cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

1. Put pita breads in oven for 5 minutes and remove.

2. Put sauce on top of each pita.

3. Put chopped ham on each pita. Sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese.

4. Put shredded mozzarella on each pita.

5. Return to oven for about 5 minutes.

*Pita should be a little crispy and mozzarella should be melted.

Brown Sugar Spicy Chicken

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Ingredients:

1 whole chicken (cut up into pieces)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup paprika

1 tbsp. ground black pepper

1 tbsp. sea salt

1 tbsp. chili powder

1 tbsp. garlic powder

1 tbsp. onion powder

1 tsp. cayenne pepper

Directions:

1. Mix all spices in an a large Ziploc bag.

2. Add chicken pieces to Ziploc bag. Shake well.

3. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. (Overnight is even better.)

Cooking Options:

1.) Barbecue on a grill.  or

2.) Preheat oven to 35o degrees and bake for 45 minutes.

*Note: Certain chicken pieces will cook faster than others. Make sure all chicken is cooked well.

 

Bocconcini and Sundried Tomatoes

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Ingredients:

1 lb. fresh bonconcini (fresh mini mozzarella balls)

2 cups sundried tomatoes in olive oil (chopped)

1 tsp. fresh thyme

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. fresh parsley

Directions:

1. In a large ball, add all ingredients and mix well.

Serve at room temperature or chilled from refrigerator. (your choice)

Cold Tortellini Salad With Apples and Strawberries

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Ingredients:

1 (10 oz.) bag of cheese tortellini

2 apples (cut into slices)

1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries

2 cups lettuce (shredded)

1/4 cup scallions (chopped) *optional

1/2 cup toasted pine nuts

Directions:

1. Boil tortellini to desired taste. (let cool)

2. On a platter, place lettuce. Put all other ingredients on top. (View photo.)

3. Drizzle your favorite vinaigrette dressing on top and serve.

Baked Tomatoes With Muenster Cheese With Avocado

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Ingredients:

4 large tomatoes (sliced)

8 slices of muenster cheese

2 large avocados (sliced)

parmesan cheese

2 tbsp. olive oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees,

1. In a baking pan, put 2 tbsp. of olive oil.

2. Put a slice of tomato , avocado on top, and then top with a slice of muster cheese.

3. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.

4. Bake in oven for 7 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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