Sausage Pasta al Vodka with Carfagnas Vodka Sauce

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This pasta recipe is easy and delicious! Made with Carfagna’s Vodka Sauce from our new line of Carfagna’s Italian sauces, this recipe is sure to delight. Carfagna’s is a family owned business out of Columbus, Ohio, and they have been making to die for pasta sauces since 1937! Family member, Maricatherine, just re-located to Fort Collins and lucky for us, brought her family’s sauces with her. Try out the Vodka sauce and more this Friday May 18th from 5-8 p.m. during Foodie Walk.

 Sauteed Sausage Pasta al Vodka:

A sauté of fresh sausage, red pepper, baby portabella mushrooms and Carfagna’s Vodka Sauce tossed with Rigatelli pasta.

INGREDIENTS

1 jar of Carfagna’s Vodka Sauce

1 lb. Rigatelli pasta or similar cut

1-2 Italian sausage links

6-8 baby portabella mushrooms (sliced)

1 red bell pepper (julienned)

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Italian Parsley to garnish (chopped)

For sauce: Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and pan fry until cooked through. Remove sausage and set aside. Add remaining tbsp olive oil to pan and bring back to heat. Add sliced mushrooms and peppers to pan and cook until desired tenderness about 7-10 min. In the meantime slice sausage into 1⁄4” pieces and return to pan to heat. Add Vodka sauce and bring to simmer, reduce heat.

For pasta: Boil water in deep sauce pan. Add pasta and cook until al dente or according to instructions on box. Toss pasta with sauce and garnish with parsley, ENJOY!

Add Some Local Spice with JBrady Seasonings!

 

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James of JBrady Seasoning, will be at The Cupboard this Friday April 20, 2018 for our Foodie Walk, where he will be making mini street tacos, guacamole and more! As a local entrepreneur with a new line of spice blends now carried at The Cupboard, James shared with us a few of his favorite recipes. These are easy to make and delicious to eat! All recipes below are made with his special seasoning blend, “Cajun Shake” found at The Cupboard.

JBrady recommends:

“Pop’s Cajun Shake”

Great on any grilled seafood, chicken, or pork chops. Amazing in gumbos, soups, and jambalaya.

Cajun Grilled Shrimp and Sausage Skewer

-Mix 1 lb. peeled shrimp in a bowl with 2 tbsp. olive oil and 1-2 tbsp. of “Pop’s Cajun Shake” depending on taste. Coat well.

-Slice 1 lb. of andouille or smoked sausage into rounds.

-Skewer alternating shrimp and sausage on skewers.

-Grill 3 minutes per side or until done.

-Enjoy!

(This recipe is great with chicken breast or thighs in place of shrimp.)

Cajun Okra and Tomatoes

-Cut up 2 slices of bacon and heat in skillet on medium until cooked.

– Add 1 cup of diced tomatoes, 2 cups of sliced okra, and 1 chopped garlic clove.

-Season with 1 tbsp. “Pop’s Cajun Shake”.

-Cook on medium until veggies have softened and flavors meld together.

-Enjoy!

-Pop’s Shrimp Boil

Also works great in red beans and rice, gumbo, or as a replacement for your favorite crab and shrimp boil!

Spectacular Superbowl Snacks with J Brady Seasonings

Bloody Mary with Outlaw Spice by J Brady Seasoning.

‘The Bloody Outlaw’ with Outlaw Shake Seasoning                                 Photo by Kevin Alexander

The Cupboard welcomes J Brady Craft Seasoning Blends to our shelves. Crafted with love by local Fort Collins entrepreneur and spice aficionado Brady Stewart, these spice blends are guaranteed to spice up your kitchen. Here are three recipes that will make your Super Bowl party shine. [Read more…]

Put Your Pumpkin Pants On!

The Fort Collins Foodie Walk is a slow growing trend that makes for a fabulous Friday night.  This month we have Laurel Smith from Buena Vida Farm to talk about her heirloom pumpkins. Like wise staff member and foodie walk veteran,  Marcia , will be in the kitchen cooking up some of those pumpkins.

Listed below are the dishes she’ll be trying her hand at.

 

Roasted Winter Squash Cushaw with Raspberries

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds cushaw peeled cubed into 1 inch squares (you could use butternut squash but that is not fair)
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, softened and cut into pieces
  • 3 Tablespoons Sorghum
  • ¼ Teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (For the adventuresome I recommend Bourbon Barrel Foods Bourbon Smoked Pepper)

1 1/3 cups (About 6 ounces) of fresh raspberries

  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1 1/3 cup (6 ounce package) fresh raspberries

Method

1. Preheat oven to 400

2. Prepare squash cubes, keeping size uniform to insure even baking. Place in a 9×9 glass baking dish.

3. Add butter, sorghum, salt and pepper tossing around to coat squash.

4. Bake until fork tender, anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes depending on the moisture content of cushaw.

5. With your fingers, sift ginger over top of dish. Carefully stir in raspberries, taking care not to bruise the fruit.

6. Bake another 5 minutes. Serve warm. As I side dish, I would expect to easily serve four to six. Wonderful for supper, but equally welcome on the breakfast table!

 

Cinnamon Baked Cushaw

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

2.5 lb Cushaw, cored, peeled, and sliced
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
3/4 cup brown sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, sliced
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup half & half

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Coat an oven safe glass dish with butter or a non stick spray. Arrange cushaw slices into an even, flat layer along the bottom of the dish. You do not want the cushaw slices packed in too tightly. Leave a little wiggle room for cream along the sides of each slice.

Give each cushaw slice a heavy sprinkle of cinnamon. Then follow up with some fresh grated nutmeg. Lastly, sprinkle the brown sugar all around the pan. Don’t worry about being precise, just make sure each piece is brown sugared!

Lay the butter slices on top of each slice of cushaw. Larger pieces get two slices of butter….smaller pieces get 1. And your personal piece you already picked out gets 3 slices of butter. 🙂

Pour the heavy cream around the edges of the pan…and then come back a second time and do another round with the half & half. The liquid will come up to about half way up the sides of the cushaw.

Cover the dish with foil and bake for 1 hour, or until incredibly tender when pierced with a fork. Then remove the foil and bake for 10 minutes more. Serve immediately.

 

Healthy Bacon & Pumpkin Pasta

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry whole grain shells
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 ounce light cream cheese
  • ¼ cup fat free evaporated milk
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup cooked, crumbled bacon
  • ¼ cup sliced scallions or green onions

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to directions. Drain and return to pan. Reduce heat to low.
  2. Add pumpkin through salt and pepper and stir until cream cheese is melted and mixture is warmed through.
  3. Divide between two bowls and top with crumbled bacon and green onions.

Notes

I’ve also made this with caramelized onions for a little sweeter, more buttery flavor.

 

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter Fudge (gluten-free)

Makes approximately at least 24 1-inch squares (with some additional leftover not-as-pretty edge pieces perfect for picking on)

1 cup raw unsalted almond butter

1/4 cup coconut oil (softened but not melted)

1/3 cup pumpkin puree (fresh or canned)

2 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey)

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

dash of ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

3 ounces dark chocolate

Line a baking dish (I used a 6″ x 9″ glass bread pan) with parchment paper or plastic wrap, two pieces works so the paper can go up both sides.

Mix all of the ingredients — except the chocolate — together in a large mixing bowl until totally mixed. It should be creamy and smooth. Pour the mixture into the lined dish and smooth it out with a spatula. Place in the freezer until solid, approximately 1-2 hours.

Just before you are ready to pull the fudge out, melt your chocolate over a double boiler.

Lift the fudge out of the pan by grabbing the sides of the parchment paper and cut it into 1-inch squares. Place the squares in a single layer onto a parchment paper lined tray or pan. Using a spoon, drizzle the melted chocolate over top of all of the fudge. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or sea salt, if desired.

Return back to the freezer in a sealed container. This must be kept in the freezer until ready to eat.

 

Quinoa Black Bean Pumpkin Soup {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

Quinoa Black Bean Pumpkin Soup makes for a hearty and filling meal full of healthy and nutritious ingredients. Gluten-Free and Vegan too.

Author: Vicky Berman

Recipe type: Soup

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 red chili pepper, diced
  • 3 cups cubes pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 20 ounce can black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • For garnish:
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • handful cilantro, diced
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in pan over medium heat and cook onion for a few minutes. Add garlic and red chili pepper and cook until aromatic.
  2. Add pumpkin and spices and cook for a couple minutes.
  3. Add 2 cups of the vegetable broth and quinoa. Bring a boil and cook for 5 minutes before adding the remaining vegetable broth. Bring to a boil.
  4. Add beans and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Served garnished with cilantro, avocado and lime juice.

All of these recipes can be found on our Pinterest page as well, on the “Fall” board.

Exploring Colorado Wineries by Paula Mitchell

Meet Paula Mitchell and Explore Colorado Wines!

Many of us know the pleasures of a good bottle of wine. When properly paired with a meal, it can create a plethora of uniquely exciting tastes, taking a home-cooked meal from good to outstanding. However, even some of the most passionate locavores might come up with questions when it comes to nearby wineries. That’s where Paula Mitchell and her book Exploring Colorado Wineries come in. Mitchell has assembled an easy to use compendium of wineries and tasting rooms in our very own state. Believe it or not, there are over 125 and luckily we have Exploring Colorado Wineries to help us discover them. [Read more…]