Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Hey...hope everyone is doing well. Today's recipe is a healthy side that can be a main dish as well. Especially for us "Empty Nester's". It's a great side dish for entertaining as well. Also, a "tip" on fresh herbs from my step-mother Pat. Thanks for all the tips and design questions. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:  1 spaghetti squash (serves 2)
1/2 pd. ground country sausage or Italian sausage
1 8oz. can tomato sauce (basil,garlic,oregano)
shredded Mozzarella cheese

Pre-heat oven to 350*. Wash/dry spaghetti squash. Microwave on medium heat for about 3 minutes to soften skin. Carefully cut squash in half. Remove seeds (see tip below). Drizzle each half with olive oil, kosher salt and crushed black pepper. Using a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (helps with even cooking) lay squash open side down and bake for about 40 minutes (ovens vary). Cook your sausage and drain off any excess fat. Add tomato sauce and season with Italian herb seasoning if desired. Let simmer until squash is done. Remove squash and carefully using fork pull out strands and combine with cooked sausage. Mix well. Stuff each squash and top with Mozzarella cheese and bake until cheese is melted. Delish!

TWIST:  The squash creates an attractive bowl while serving. Serve with garlic bread and a tossed salad and you have a complete meal. Great by itself as well.
I like to toast the seeds from the squash (similar to pumpkin seeds). Just be careful if you have small children. They tend to be a little crunchy.

Tip:  When purchasing fresh Herbs place in a glass jar with a little water with stems down. Then place the veggie bag (packaged bag) over the herb making it last at least 2-3 weeks verses 2-3 days. Great tip. Again, saving money!

TOMORROW:  "Butternut Squash w/ Couscous"

DESIGN TIP:  Had an email from yesterday's tip on drapery. How to measure blinds correctly. I used to sell blinds for Hunter Douglas and I can honestly say the easiest way to explain is to go on their website or any window fashion website. Just remember when choosing blinds take your family's lifestyle into consideration. Their are so many styles to choose from. Personally, I love bamboo style blinds combined with drapery panels, creating a relaxed style. If you have small children you can add a "safety feature" so they don't pull on cords. Hope this helps.

Email Cat for Design q's
Mark: for New Construction/Remodeling q's
George @ for Realtor/Construction q's

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