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Weekly Tips for May 16, 2011

Posted on 16. May, 2011 in Uncategorized

Honestly, this RockIt Mom is out of fuel.  It takes everything to get the daily chores done. The end of the school year, end of PTO and looking for next year’s volunteers/recruits, reviewing summer camps, Mother’s Day hangover, anniversary coming up and summer. Time to look at what is a rock and what is sand in my jar. (more…)

Summer Time Cocktails

Posted on 16. May, 2011 in Food

Tired of margaritas, wine, coolers and Mint Juleps? Here are 82 sparkling cocktails to try.  That should get you through to July 4 at least!

Warming for the Family – Beef & Vegetable Potpie

Posted on 07. Nov, 2010 in Food

Brimming with chopped zucchini, carrot, and mushrooms, this meat-lover’s potpie packs in a hearty serving of vegetables. Cook the filling in a skillet on the stove top, then spoon it into a baking dish. Finish the casserole in the oven to brown the breadstick-dough topping.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

1 pound ground sirloin

2 cups chopped zucchini

1 cup prechopped onion

1 cup chopped carrot

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 (8-ounce) package presliced mushrooms

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup dry red wine

1/4 cup tomato paste

1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium beef broth

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons water

Cooking spray

1 (11-ounce) can refrigerated soft breadstick dough

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400°.

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Drain. Wipe drippings from pan with a paper towel. Heat remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in pan. Add zucchini and next 6 ingredients (through garlic); sauté 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Return beef to pan. Stir in wine, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and broth. Bring to a boil; cook 3 minutes. Combine cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Add the cornstarch mixture to the pan; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Spoon beef mixture into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Separate breadstick dough into strips. Arrange strips in a lattice fashion over beef mixture. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until browned.