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HOW TO BAKE A SPAGHETTI SQUASH, step by step guide with photos. jpgHow to bake a Spaghetti Squash

Have you ever had spaghetti squash?  It is a bazaar vegetable, but rather good.  You can boil them, bake them or even microwave them… But when I was about 15 my Mom was cooking one in the microwave for dinner, she had cut it in two.  But some how it sealed back together and next thing we knew it EXPLODED, blowing the microwave door open and strands of spaghetti squash all over the kitchen.  Scared us to death but we still laugh about it…… SO needless today I am a bit freaked out  by the thought of popping one of these into the microwave.  Instead I choose to bake mine.

First you will need to find a VERY SHARP and HEAVY duty knife of cleaver.  They are very hard to cut open.  I have found the easiest way is to make small jabs all the way around. Then go back around again, going a little deeper, then crack it open.

You will then need to scrap out the seeds and fibers in the middle, I do it with a spoon.

 Rub with a bit of olive oil, season with salt and pepper.  Cover with foil and bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 45 min- 115 minutes.  It depends on oven heat and how big your squash is.

 Once it is cooked, you can put a fork easily into the side and it will come off in strands that look just like spaghetti.

I like it plain with butter, and salt and pepper.

Or you can eat with red sauce and meat balls .

Fall is a great time to try these, as you can pick them up at a rather thrifty price since they are in season.

Have you tired them, and what is your favorite way to eat them?

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One of our favorite summer meals is cool pesto pasta.  When we have it, I use homemade pesto.  It is so easy to make and tastes wonderful, here is the recipe for you to try.

Pesto Recipe

5 or so Cloves of Garlic
15 Large Fresh Basil Leaves
1/2 Cup of Pine Nuts (a more frugal option will be Walnuts, Pecans, or Cashews and it works just fine)
Salt and Pepper to taste
7 or so Tablespoons of Olive Oil

  1. In a Blender, blend together the above ingredients, adding oil last slowly.

We mix with pasta, cut up cherry tomatoes and chicken for a cool summer salad.  Super Yummy!!!



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Coconut Quinoa with Spicy Vegetables, Money Saving Recipes, Recipes Using Quinoa, Vegetarian Recipes, Quick Dinner Recipes, 30 minute or less dinner recipes

Coconut Quinoa with Spicy Vegetables by Tiffany

My husband is a very strict vegetarian. He’s not mostly a vegetarian or even partly vegetarian, he’s a full on vegetarian- he’s almost a vegan.  It’s a diet conviction he has chosen for himself after battling cancer, twice. It’s fun coming up with new recipes for him, especially recipes that can be whipped up in a flash. Recently, we had a coconut cilantro flavored rice while dinning out. It was so stinkin’ tasty. I knew I wanted to incorporate that flavor with Quinoa. I came home and started experimenting. Coconut Quinoa with Spicy Vegetables was born. Enjoy, my spicy vegetarian friends!


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 heaping  tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 -2 teaspoon grape seed oil
  • 1/2 cup diced zucchini
  • 1/2 cup diced squash
  • 1 cup sliced portabella mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup diced orange bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup broccoli slaw
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • approx. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated California garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayanne pepper


  1.  Rinse 1 cup quinoa under cold water. In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa, coconut milk, water and cilantro. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium, cover with lid and simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa is tender.
  2. In a large non stick skillet, heat grape seed oil over medium heat. Add zuchini, squash, mushrooms, peppers and broccoli slaw; tossing frequently. Cook until zuchini is fork tender. Approx. 8 minutes.
  3. Now add diced tomatoes, salt, garlic and cayenne; toss just until tomatoes are heated through. Serve over quinoa.

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Ice Cube Recipe

This is Matt and I wanted to share a recipe with you today,

There are so many pet peeves that people have. One seems to be the proper use of ice. Many do not realize that there is an etiquette to using ice from the ice trays. Just like when you remove the tire from your car to do something with it, once you are done you must put it back or the next person to use it will have a bad experience. Just like the car tire, when a person removes ice cubes from the tray, you must replace the empty spots with new ice so that the next user will have a pleasant experience.

So how do you complete this daunting task? It takes about 10 seconds of prep, and about 2 to 2.5 hours of cook time.


  • 1 tray of plastic or metal composition.
  • 3 cups of clean room temperature water (tap is preferred, but bottle water is an option)
  • 2 tablespoons clean water (optional depending on availability of empty ice tray)


  1. Remove Ice from tray for desired use
  2. Remove remaining ice from tray if desire for fresh ice is prominent
  3. Place empty or partially filled ice tray under tap water.
  4. Allow water to fill and roll over into all empty units of the ice tray
  5. Carefully return ice tray with water completely covering ice tray to the freezer
  6. Slide ice tray into ice tray holder in designated spot in freezer
  7. Close Freezer door and return to daily activities for 2 to 2.5 hours depending on appliance settings

I hope every one can attempt to make this wonderful recipe. It has become such a staple in our home and those around us. As we have enjoyed this delightful recipe, it has become easier and easier to make this for our family. I hope you enjoy it, and share your experience with us on how it went for you in your recipe test kitchen!

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