July 29, 2010


2 T. olive oil
1 cup. coarsely chopped onion
2 garlic gloves, minced
1/2 cup. thickly sliced carrots
1/2 cup. thinly sliced celery
1/2 cup. chopped green bell pepper
4 cups. chicken or vegetable stock
1 (28 oz) can Italian plum tomatoes, undrained
1 medium zucchini, unpeeled, cut into small cubes
1 cup. green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 T. chopped fresh basil
1 T. chopped oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup. elbow macaroni
1 (15oz) can garbanzo beans, drained
1 (15oz) can red kidney beans, drained
1 cup. finely sliced cabbage
1/4 cup. chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup. freshly grated Parmesan cheese (1oz)
1 (14.5oz) can. corn
1 (14.5oz) can. black beans
1 (14.5oz) can. Tomato chucks

   In large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add onion,garlic,carrots, celery and bell pepper; sauté
3 to 5 minutes or until onion in tender. Add broth, tomatoes, zucchini, green beans, basil, corn,oregano, black beans,salt and pepper; mix gently. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Cover;simmer 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add macaroni, garbanzo beans, kidney beans,and cabbage. Cover; simmer and additional 15 minutes or until macaroni and cabbage are tender, stirring occasionally. ( If soup is too thick, add additional broth) Garnish with parsley and cheese.
makes 8 servings.

Zucchini Bites

4 medium zucchini, grated (about 4 cups)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 cup. grated cheddar cheese (4oz)
3/4 cups. buttermilk baking mix
1/2 cup. vegetable oil
2 eggs, beaten
1 T. minced fresh basil

   Heat oven to 350*F. Place zucchini in medium bowl, sprinkle with salt. Let stand 45 minutes. Squeeze and drain.
   In large bowl, combine zucchini, onion,cheese,baking mix,oil,eggs and basil; mix well. Pour into 9 x 7 inch pan. Bake 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; cut into 1 inch squares.

makes 48 servings.

Margarita Cake

Billy Greenway a friend from Facebook

1 (18.25 ounce ) package orange cake mix
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup of water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup of tequila
2tablespoons triple sec liqueur

Directon :
Preeat over to 350 grease and flour a 10 in bundt pan
In a large bowl cobine cake mix , pudding, eggs , oil, water, lemon juice 1/4 cup tequlia and 2 tbs of Triple sec beat for 2 minutes

pour batter into pan , bake for 45 to 50 minutes . cool for 10 minutes and remove from rack and pour glaze over cake while still warm.

Glaze below.....

to make the glaze in a small bowl combine confectioners sugar with 1 tablespoon tequila 2tablesppons triple sec and 2 tablespoons of lime juice mix until smooth. and pour over cake.