Shishka-bobbing

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Yes Ladies and Gentlemen, the time has come: It is officially grilling season. What better way to kick it off than with some delicious Shishkabobs? All I used were some cut up beef cubes, red onion, assorted peppers and zucchini. Grill ’em up and wahlah! Your meal is sure to please.

Summer Pasta

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Ah, it’s that time of year again! My mother’s home made summer pasta. The easiest recipe for the easiest and most delicious pasta dish for the season. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

Ingredients:

  • Angel Hair or Linguini Pasta
  • 2 Cans of Crushed Red Tomatoes
  • Basil
  • 10 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 Garlic Clove (Peeled)
  • Fresh Ground Pepper

Steps: Cook pasta in a large boiling pot of water. When pasta is done add in tomatoes, garlic, basil, pepper (to taste) and olive oil.

And you’re done! See, now that wasn’t painful, was it?

Country Kettle Chowda

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This past weekend I got to visit my favorite summer get away spot: Long Beach Island, NJ. Although I usually reside in Ship Bottom, I always make a visit down to Beach Haven. My favorite part about visiting Bay Village in Beach Haven is getting myself some Country Kettle Chowda! If you are looking for a great lunch/dinner and want something quick and delicious, definitely stop by here. Their menu consists of three chowders including the classic New England clam chowder, Manhatten clam chowder, and my personal favorite, the Rhode Island red (mixture of the first two soups mentioned). You can even get it in a bread bowl. It is hands down the best soup I have ever had.

For all of you soup lovers, make sure to try and make it to the Chowda Fest that LBI holds every year. It is a “goodbye to summer” event where different companies compete to have their chowda be number one! It’s worth making the long drive down to the island if you aren’t close.

Filipino Spaghetti

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Say what?! Introducing the next best thing after homemade Italian tomato sauce: Filipino Spaghetti. The first time I tried this was a couple years ago at my boyfriend’s house, who is of Filipino descent. Whenever I eat over his house for dinner, the first thing I find myself asking is, “are you having Filipino spaghetti?” This mouthwatering, sweet yet savory, meal is like a sister to the traditional Italian dish. The best part about it is that it is a fast and simple recipe.

Here are the ingredients and steps:

-1/2 pound of dried spaghetti
-1-3 cloves of garlic
-1 tbsp of oil
-1/2 – 1 pound of ground beef
-16 oz. jar of tomato sauce and a 1/2 cup ketchup
-Herbs for flavor (thyme, oregano, basil, marjoram, bay leaf)
-Cheddar or Parmesan cheese
-Salt and pepper to taste
-1-3 Tbsp of sugar to taste
-5 – 8 pieces of The branded Tender juicy hot dogs drained or 5-6 hot dogs (optional)

1.If using hot dogs, cut into 1-inch logs.

2.Mince garlic. If making sauce from scratch, dice tomatoes.

3.Heat a 3-quart or larger pot over medium heat. Add ground beef and minced garlic and cook until meat turns brown. Pour off fat if desired.

4.If using pasta sauce: Add pasta sauce, hot dogs/Vienna sausage, and herbs. Bring to a simmer, then stir in sugar and salt and pepper.

5.Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Add a dash of salt and 1 Tbsp oil to the pasta water. Drain well under cold water.

6.Pour sauce over spaghetti and top with grated cheese. Serve hot.