Italian potato casserole.

Two more beautiful weddings this weekend. Each one so unique and special. Pictures from Friday’s wedding:




The bride made these. Very cute.


Saturday’s:







Cute groom’s cake. It’s an air boat.

They are really even so much prettier in person. Oh how I wish for a good camera;)

I must have been high on wedding bliss, because I came home and got to cooking. First up, homemade chocolate chip cookies for my loves: Evan and Grace. Can’t wait to give them chocolate kis-ses tomorrow!


Then, for my masterpiece. I had 5 boiled red potatoes sitting in my fridge and a craving for pasta sauce. My creativity kicked in and came up with Italian Potato Casserole. Here’s the breakdown:

First, take 5 carrots for a spin in the food processor, as well as 2 cloves of garlic, and half a red onion. Brown lean ground turkey in some olive oil with fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Remove from pan. Add a little more olive oil, carrot,onion and garlic mixture, cook for about 10 minutes.


Add turkey back in and a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce. Simmer for a while, then add a couple handfuls of spinach:


As things are cooking, spray a baking dish with some nonstick, and start thinly slicing those leftover red potatoes. Place a single layer on bottom:

Then add half of meat sauce (if you’re a vegetarian, just leave the meat out and add more veggies, or cooked bulgur, that would rock).

Next layer, cheese;

I used sharp cheddar, mozzarella, and a 3 cheese Italian blend. Use whatever you want, I even thought about adding some goat cheese, but I didn’t.

Next layer, more potato slices:

Next layer, the rest of the sauce,

Finally, top with more cheese.

Bake at 350 for about a half hour. Who needs noodles?

I have two tips to share with you today.

1. If you love the taste of Italian sausage but hate the unhealthyness of it like me, you can achieve the same flavors by adding fennel seed and red pepper flakes to lean ground meat

2. Has nothing to do with cooking, but very handy. If you need to remove a sticky label or price tag and don’t have any Goo Be Gone (because who stocks that stuff, really?), but everyone has hand sanitizer, right? Use a little of that and it works better than that other stuff anyway?

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Whew!!!!!

What a weekend. It started out like most lately. Setting up a beautiful wedding. And ended up doing cartwheels on the beach at sunset last night (More on that in a bit. For the wedding:


Awesome candy bar!!!!


There was also a rehearsal dinner to set up at the same time as Saturday’s wedding set up. Good thing I wore my running shoes!

It was a Mexican Fiesta theme. The wind was crazy and whipped through 15 minutes before it was supposed to start and blew everything! including tablecloths off the tables. Yikes!

Sunday’s weather was absolutely perfect for a wedding. No humidity, or wind, and not a cloud in the sky. And what a fun wedding:




Dinner tonight was a healthy curry shrimp. Much needed after the indulgent weekend. Pictures to follow. But check out my shrimp and veggie curry:

All I did was throw some frozen stir fry veggies in a pan with these ingredients:

Curry spice, coconut milk, and sweet chili sauce. Served over brown rice. Very good.

And for dessert:


Times too. Sweet tooth strikes again!

So, yes, my crazy weekend ended doing cartwheels on Clearwater Beach at sunset. It Was Glorious!



I had some great fun. And great food too:

Raw oysters.

Calamari.

She crab soup.

Fish spread.

Great weekend. Life is good!