Sausage Alfredo

Long time no blog!  I am still here.  I haven’t been blogging because my computer crashed and I did not go out and buy a new computer for over a year.  I couldn’t decide if I wanted a laptop or a desktop.  I finally decided to get another laptop.  I like the portability of it.  Since I am back online I will be blogging more often now.  I also decided to give the blog a new look and changed the format.  I like the new simple look that it has.

Now that we are empty nesters my cooking has changed a lot.  I no longer cook large amounts of food.  I generally cook recipes that are freezable and quick.  If a recipe says it serves 4 people, I will serve half and freeze the other half.  This method has helped with portions and stocked my freezer for more busier nights.  I have been getting into dehydrating, canning and making my own quick mixes in order to make things easier too.  Below is a good quick skillet meal that we both like and is one of the recipes I go to when I have to get something on the table fast.  It is freezable and can be warmed up in the microwave.  I serve this with a nice big dinner salad.

Sausage Alfredo

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 package smoked sausage, sliced (I use Hillshire Farm)
  • 8 ounces pasta, cooked and drained (I use elbow macaroni)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasonings (I use Tony Chachere’s)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan (fresh is always best!)

Prepare pasta. Cook and drain. Saute sausage for 5 minutes. Add cream and Cajun seasoning and boil. Reduce heat and simmer 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture thickens. Stir in Parmesan. Add pasta and toss.

June Monthly Menu 2012

My plans have changed for this month.  I was going to clean out my freezer by cooking up all the food I had in there but after being sick for an extended length of time a lot of my “loot” in the freezer is gone.  While I was sick I didn’t do any cooking and my family raided what was in the freezer.  It was a good thing that it was there.  Do you have extra meals frozen for backup just in case??  Now I need to concentrate on filling the freezer back up again.

This month is only partially complete as I have not been able to do much planning.  As the days go by I will be updating the menu so by all means—check back!  I will also be adding some recipes with pictures.  I had cooked these dishes before I had gotten sick but never got the chance to upload them.

Recipe for using frozen tomatoes:  Pizza Sauce

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 Mexican Casserole, Beans 2 Leftovers
3 Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork served over hamburger buns, beans (I like to cook the pork in the slow cooker.) 4 Enchiladas (use meat from yesterday and some cheese rolled up in a corn tortilla then pour red enchilada sauce on top with cheese. ) leftover beans from Sunday 5 Lemony Shrimp Scampi, salad with balsamic vinaigrette 6  Mixed green salad with sliced apples, walnuts, blue cheese bits, some shrimp from Tuesday drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette (recipe coming soon) 7 Pan Roasted Chicken and Salad (This is so good and easy to put together on a week night.) 8 Fried Crappie, Corn on the cob, green beans 9 Hamburgers, potato salad, watermelon
10 Company Casserole, Salad with Ranch Dressing, Garlic Bread 11 Penne with Shrimp, Feta and Spring Vegetables 12 Submarine Sandwiches, Chips and Soft Drinks to be taken to concert in the park 13 Leftovers 14 Tuna Fish Patties, Corn on the Cob, Beans 15  Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup 16  Homemade Spaghetti O’s (mmm…this brings back memories!) and some good garlic bread
17 Forgotten Chicken, Green Beans, salad 18 Pasta with Peppers, Squash and Tomatoes, Salad 19 Fish Vera Cruz, Salad 20  Sauteed Chicken with Spinach 21 Baked Ziti, Salad, Bread Sticks 22 Leftovers or go out to eat 23 Pizza
24 Take out Lasagna from Johnny Carinos 25 Bubble Up Enchiladas, corn on the cob 26 Picnic dinner to go watch concert in the park-Fried Chicken and potato salad 27 Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce, Salad 28 Breakfast for Dinner  29 Angel Chicken Pasta  30 Firecracker Casserole, Salad, Watermelon (fireworks display is tonight)

May Monthly Menu 2012








Classic Lasagna, Salad, Garlic Bread 2 Pigs in a Blanket, Baked Beans(Hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls.  A family favorite!  Serve with mustard!) 3 Grilled Hamburgers,Potato Salad Shrimp Gumbo 5 Cinco de MayoChicken Enchiladas, Beans, Corn
6Go out to eat-Happy Mother’s Day!! 7Tacos(I just buy a package of taco seasoning and 1 pound of ground beef and cook it up.  Buy taco shells, lettuce and tomatoes.  Add hot sauce if you want.) 8Three Cheese Baked Pasta, Salad 9Chicken Stir Fry 10California Pilaf, Salad 11Tuna Fish Patties, Beans, Corn 12Sausage and Potatoes Au Gratin,green beans, salad
13Church Supper Casserole, salad, green beans 14Decker Delight(Burritos) 15Baked Manicotti, Salad 16Beef with Snow Peas 17Spanish Chicken,  Rice, Salad 18Batter Fried Fish, Mac and Cheese, Peas    (I buy frozen battered fish that cooks up in the oven.) 19Grilled Fajitas(I buy John Soules fajita meat that is pre-marinated.  Saute up a pan of green peppers and onions.  Buy some flour tortillas, sour cream and hot sauce.)  yum!
20Make Ahead Cheese and Hamburger Casserole, Salad 21Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy and Peas 22Slow Cooker Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread 23Breakfast for dinner!!! 24Shrimp Creole, Rice, Salad 25Easy Overnight Tuna Casserole,peas, salad 26Pizza
27Noodle and Spinach Casserole,  Salad, Rolls 28Tamales and Beans(I buy the frozen ready made tamales.  Can’t find any fresh ones around here.) 29Cajun Chicken Pasta, Salad  30 Chicken Tetrazzini, Salad, Dinner Rolls  31 King Ranch Chicken, Beans, Corn

April 2012 Monthly Menu

The May 2012 Menu is located HERE.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
 1 April Fools’ Cake, Salad  2 Santa Fe Chicken Packets, Salad (Can assemble ahead of time and freeze.  I cook mine in the oven.)  3 Taco Bake, Beans, Corn (This is a family fav)  4 Cheesy Chicken Ranch Lasagna, Salad  5 Baked Penne  with Sausage and Creamy Ricotta, Salad, Garlic Bread 6 Salmon, Spinach and Potatoes Baked in Parchment 7
Oyster Poor Boy, french fries, coleslaw (since I can’t buy this where I live, I can at least cook it!)
8 Easter
Breakfast: Hot Cross BunsDinner: Deviled Eggs,Roast Leg of Lamb with Rosemary, Balsamic Roasted Red Potatoes. Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce, Haroset,  Matzah, Glazed Dijon Carrots, Carrot Cake3/8 cup=6 T.
Turkey/Chicken Enchiladas, pinto beans, corn
Manicotti, Salad, Garlic Bread
Sesame Shrimp Stir Fry with Rice
BBQ Spare Ribs, Baked Beans, Corn
13 Slow Cooker Jambalaya 14
Ginger Steak Salad
15Chicken and RiceAsparagus 16Chalupas (an old family favorites)  We just spread refried beans and shredded Cheddar on a corn tostada.  We put it in the oven until the cheese melts and top it with lettuce and tomatoes.  We sprinkle the top with white vinegar. 17Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread 18Beef Stroganoff, Salad 19Crockpot Arroz Con Pollo, Salad 20
Baked Fish in Parchment Paper, Salad
Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Grilled Chicken and Sausage, Baked Potato, Corn on the Cob
Santa Fe Casserole, Mexican Beans, Salad
Italian Casserole, Salad and garlic bread
25Quick Skillet Supper, Salad 26Chicken Fried Steaks with gravy, beans and corn 27North Carolina Shrimp Saute, Salad 28Cobb Salad
29Oven Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Fresh Green Beans 30
Enchilada Casserole, Salad

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