Cheesy Chipotle Mac N Cheese

1/2 lb rotini pasta

1 lb ground chicken

1 cup minced yellow onion

1 1/2 cup salsa con queso cheese dip

2/4 tbsp Zigs Chipotle seasoning(see older post)

Cook pasta until done and drain

Cook meat and onions til done-10 minutes

Combine pasta and meat and cheese sauce

Top with fire  roasted red peppers, salsa, sour cream, cilantro

Zapiekanka ( Polish Open Faced Sandwich)

Onion ( chopped)
Mushrooms (sliced thin) I like baby portabellas
shredded mozzarella cheese
chives( diced fine)
Mayo ( optional)
Deli Ham (optional-sliced thin)

NOTE- there are no exact measurings here- you just want enough ingredients to cover both sides of the baguette

Slice baguette lengthwise
Sautee onions and mushrooms until salt
Season with salt and pepper
Add mayo to the bread(if you want- I do not)
Put onion/mushroom mixture on top of bread
Add mozzarella cheese
Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes until cheese is melty and bubbly
Drizzle with Ketchup
Sprinkle on the Chives

Ok- so the name, Zapiekanka comes from the word “zapiekac” which means to scorch in Polish. Get it? Its a traditional Polish street food. Its basically a french bread pizza. I know the ketchup seems odd, but it really does taste awesome with everything else. It was said to be invented during the 1970’s when Poland was under Communist rule. It was cheap to make and you could walk around eating and chatting. It was very popular but then died out and is now being revived by the Polish Hipsters ( yeah- they have them too!)

Other Types of Zapiekanka:
Hawaiian style- Add Pineapple and cubed Ham
Greek style- use Feta cheese and add Olives ( Kalamata and black ones)

Sweet Onion Dip


2 cups shredded Vidalia Onion
2 cups Parmesan cheese( plain old shaker cheese)
2 cups Mayo

Mix together and put in a 400 degree oven for 45 minutes.
(no need to grease pan)
Serve with pita chips

This is the easiest recipe I know- it comes out awesome every time and people always thin k there’s something else in there. I mean its so simple, but that’s what makes it so good.

Use the leftovers, if any, to mix in with cooked pasta. Or spread it on a toasted baguette with grilled shrimp and Boston lettuce.

Make this for your next party- I guarantee everyone will love it. If not, I’ll buy you a beer!

Do not use low fat mayo- its terrible in this dish. It gets super watery and just plain gross! Save that stuff for, well….nothing!

Strawberry Bruschetta

(Adapted from Annie’

4 cups strawberries(hulled and diced)
2 TBsp Sugar
1 Baguette- sliced
2 oz. Goat Cheese
2 TBsp Oil
6 TBsp white balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup Fresh Basil(ribbon cut)

Cut berries and add sugar let sit for 20 minutes. Add rest of ingredients.
Spread a light coat of cheese on bread and top with berry mix.

WOW..make this!!!!!!
Sweet and vinegary and ever so balanced in flavors.
I decreased the original amount of sugar -it would have been way too sweet. I also added white balsamic vinegar. It is much lighter in flavor and does not give it a dark dingy look. You can use mascarpone or cream cheese if you prefer.

Guys-make this for your SO for V Day… will thank me in the AM!!!!