Friday, January 21, 2011

Feasting Friday's {Spaghetti & Chocolate Chip Cookies}

Growing up, I loved spaghetti. It was one of the few--pardon the expression--"White-People's food" that we ate. Most of the time, we ate traditional foods from my Mum & Dad's Home country and although it was very different from typical American/Canadian meals, we loved it.

Spaghetti Sauce
1 lb ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1/4 red pepper, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves
1 Jar of Spaghetti Sauce
Cayenne Pepper, Onion Salt, Garlic Powder to taste

Cook ground beef till no longer pink; drain. Add chopped onion and peppers. Then, I add the sauce and fill the jar 1/2 full of water; shake and pour in pot. Sometimes, I'll add about 1/4 to 1/2 c more of water. Stir the pot and add garlic cloves and spices. Cover and let simmer at least 30 minutes {2 hours for best taste}, stirring every so often.
Serve over plate of spaghetti--Delicious.

My favorite part of spaghetti sauce is it is so versatile. You can pretty much make it however way you want--and come up with a great sauce--this one is mine, and if I had more spices, I would have added them.

Anyway, my main recipe for tonight is:

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1  teaspoon mint extract

2 large eggs

2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet {or Milk} Chocolate Morsels

1 cup chopped nuts {optional}


PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon {I use a mini ice cream scoop} onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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