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Pierogi, A carb lovers dream!

 

I’m convinced that my love for potatoes has been passed down from generation to generation.  From the German heritage coursing through my veins on my dad’s side and the fiery Irish blood from my mom’s side, I was destined to love this very simple food.  As a teenager I remember thinking there was nothing better than a thick slice of bread, a healthy chunk of cheese and potato in some form.  I apparently have passed along this desire for potatoes to my children because my daughter Kathryn’s nickname among some of her friends is “potato”.  I don’t think she has met a potato she didn’t like, and who could fault her for that? I agree 100% with her.

One night while watching a cooking show on television, I saw something I had never seen before.  A pierogi grilled cheese sandwich.  My interest was immediately peaked as all of my favorite things were being combined into one mouth watering bite of deliciousness.  Bread, CHECK, cheese, CHECK, potato pierogi, DOUBLE CHECK.  At the same time, I was sad to say that I had never had a pierogi.  What was this and why had I never had it before?  Here is what I discovered.

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Four Cheese Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna

Cooler temperatures have finally arrived (hooray!) and what a great month to break out the pasta attachments.  I love the cooler days of fall and adding hearty comfort food into the dinner rotation.  Nothing says comfort food to me like a big serving of cheesy pasta!  I like traditional lasagna, but I LOVE nixing the meat and tomato sauce and adding some veggies and a big dose of cheese.  This dish not only has ricotta and smoked Gouda layered between the noodles, but also a delicious coating of cheese sauce made with goat’s milk Gouda and baby Swiss.  Cheese lovers’ heaven!

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Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Welcome to the first official post of 2017.  Lots of new things going on for the blog this year.  Each month we will be featuring recipes pertaining to a different package or attachment for the Ankarsrum mixer, and each month that certain item will be on sale.  This month we are tackling the Deluxe Package.  In addition to the Basic Mixer Package, this package also includes the Blender, Citrus Press and the Meat Mincer Complete Package.

Apparently this past Wednesday, January 4th was National Spaghetti Day, and I thought what better way to feature the Deluxe Package than to make up sauce using the strainer and meat grinder and fresh spaghetti with the pasta discs (included in the meat mincer complete package.)  And my husband really loves spaghetti, so bonus for him!

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