Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage and Sour Cream

by Divine Domesticity on January 28th, 2008

I have found the perfect baked ziti to match my tastes. I was never big on cottage cheese or ricotta in baked pasta dishes. Who knew sour cream was such a tasty alternative?

My adaption of this recipe feeds an army, making TWO 9"x13" pans.  That makes it very convenient to make a pan for dinner, and have a pan to store in the freezer. If you want the original recipe, click the link at the bottom of the recipe. I highly recommend using sausage instead of ground beef, though. That is one thing I will not budge on. I believe that an Italian sausage gives greater flavor and texture than ground beef.

I think chopped red bell peppers would also be a delicious addition. You could cook them with the onions and sausage. YUM!

Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage and Sour Cream
Makes two 9"x13" pans

2 pounds dry ziti pasta
1 large onion, chopped
2 pounds regular Italian, or spicy or sweet Italian sausage
3 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
8 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
2 cups sour cream
8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
One container grated Parmesan cheese

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.

2. In a large skillet, brown onion and sausage over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes. In an extra large pan (probably what you used to boil the ziti in) combine the sauce mixture and the ziti noodles.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter two 9"x13" baking dishes. Layer as follows:

Ziti and sauce mixture,
(all) sour cream,
provolone and mozzarella cheese,
ziti and sauce mixture,
provolone and mozzarella cheese. (I actually forgot to add a second layer of cheese and it was fine)
Top with grated Parmesan cheese.

4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.

Adapted from

Featured Recipe From the Archives: Calico Beans with Cornbread Supreme

by Divine Domesticity on January 27th, 2008

Normally I am not a bean eater. I have texture issues with them. That being said, I LOVED THIS! Sweet, savory and smoky.

I am not certain what combo of beans I used, I think I substituted 2 cans white beans for the kidney beans and pork and beans. Just use whatever beans you like!

This soup was to die for when paired with Cornbread Supreme. In fact, there is no way I'd make this dish without also making a batch of Cornbread Supreme. I was eating leftovers of both for a few days it was so good!

Calico Beans
6-8 servings

1/2 lb. bacon, cut into pieces
1/2 large onion, chopped and cooked
1 lb ground beef, browned
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. mustard
2 Tbsp. molasses
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. vinegar
1 tsp. liquid smoke
2 cans white beans
1 can butter beans (do not drain)

1. Preheat oven to 375-f degrees. Cook onion and bacon in a skillet, then add all other ingredients together and mix in a large roaster. Bake for 40 minutes. (I will note that when I was given the recipe a temperature was not indicated for the oven. I would say anything from 350-425 should be fine. Really, you are just heating everything through, so there is some leeway.)

Recipe from a family member.

Homemade Barbecued Chicken Pizza

by Divine Domesticity on January 26th, 2009

Craving a taste of summer to brighten up boring winter dinners? I have got the perfect recipe for you!

I have the secret for fast, delicious, homemade pizza. Forget making the dough from scratch. I've tried many times, and it was just never as good. Hop on over to a local pizza joint and buy pre-made pizza dough. I get mine from Papa Murphy's. It comes ready to bake, all rolled out, and on its own baking sheet for $2 (for a large).

Barbecued Chicken Pizza
Serves 4

Olive oil, for baking sheet
All-purpose flour, for dusting
1 pound store-bought frozen pizza dough, thawed
1/2 cooked chicken, (about 1 1/4 pounds), shredded (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup store-bought barbecue sauce
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 large zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
Coarse salt and ground pepper

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly oil a large baking sheet; set aside.
2. On a lightly floured work surface, use a rolling pin and your hands to roll and stretch dough to a 15-by-10-inch oval (if dough becomes too elastic to work with, let rest a few minutes). Transfer to prepared baking sheet.
3. In a medium bowl, combine chicken and barbecue sauce. Leaving a 1-inch border, scatter chicken mixture evenly over dough; sprinkle with cheese, then zucchini and onion. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Bake until crust is golden and cheese is melted, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

Recipe from Martha Stewart

Starbucks Copycat Coffee Cake

by Divine Domesticity on January 20th, 2009

I am so not above using a cake mix for a quick, satisfying dessert.  Picky Palate and Home Based Mom both blogged about this delicious Starbucks Copycat Coffee Cake and I decided it was finally time to give it a try. I had a few problems while baking. I think I added the crumb topping too early, before the cake was just set, and because of this the insides of the cake started to ooze out of the pan. Next time around I will be sure to cook it a bit longer. Remember, every oven is different!

Sorry, still no pictures. I hope to order a new camera charger this week though!

Starbucks Copycat Coffee Cake
Makes one 9"x13" pan, about 12 servings

1 Box Yellow Cake Mix (plus ingredients on back of box)
2 Sticks cold salted butter
2 1/4 Cups flour
1 1/2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 ¾ Cups sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons vanilla
Powdered sugar (for dusting)

1. Preheat oven to 350-f degrees.

2. Prepare cake mix in large bowl according to directions on box. Spray a 9"x13" pan with non-stick spray. Pour batter into pan. Bake at 350-f for 15-20 minutes or until center is just barely set. (20 minutes was not long enough for my cake to be set)

3. While cakes are baking, prepare crumb topping. In large bowl of electric mixer combine, butter, flour, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla until all crumbly.

4. Immediately after cake is removed from oven, break crumb topping into marble size pieces with fingers, sprinkling over top. Put back in oven and bake an additional 10-15 minutes (topping will begin to look a little less wet/raw). Let cool fully then dust with powdered sugar, using a sieve.

5. Cut into squares and serve.

Recipe from Picky Palate and Home Based Mom.

We went to the doctor to find out the sex of the baby today......

and it is a boy! No question about it, about two seconds into the sonogram baby B's bits were displayed on screen. I thought FOR SURE it would be a girl, but I was wrong. I was the only one who thought girl...ah well.

So, who can teach me what I need to know about raising a boy? :)

by Divine Domesticity on January 19th, 2009

Darn it all! Moving Again. Plus a pregnancy update.

by Divine Domesticity on January 16th, 2008

Well, we have to move again. They are going to have to remove part of the roof because of the extensive water and mold damage at the house, and since its about negative 10 outside, it really isn't possible to stay here while the construction is going on, even if the mold is contained.

There is also a good chance they will have to tear up the ceiling in the kitchen..and who knows where else. This is on top of replacing the ceilings in our room, Miss V's room, and a guest bedroom.  They are saying 10-14 business days for the basic stuff (meaning nothing to do with the kitchen or anything else), but you know how construction goes, it could easily go much longer than that.

I'm so bummed. I'm very appreciative that we have a place to go to, but at the same time, it just stinks to have to go through all of this while being pregnant, having severe back pain, and taking care of a one year old.

I am not sure if I will be able to set up my computer at the new place, so if I'm not able to, I'll have to borrow one, and posting will be infrequent at best until we are back at the house. This makes me so sad.

For some fun news, I FINALLY was able to get scheduled for a doctor for my first appointment! It is a long story as to why I didn't get in earlier, involving a crappy ass doctors office that scheduled me weeks in advance, then waited until a few days before my appointment and called and told me that they were wrong and they weren't taking new patients. Wow, thanks for wasting 6 weeks of my time, jerks!  So now I am getting in ASAP with a new doctor who comes highly recommended.

I will be 19 weeks along for my first appointment. I'm not sure if they will do an ultrasound, but hopefully they will, and if they do, we will try to find out the sex. Yippee! Anyone have any guesses for a boy or a girl?

2 More Awesome Blogs You Need to be Reading!

by Divine Domesticity on January 16th, 2009

This isn't a 'food blog', but one of my all time favorite blogs. I could easily link two dozen articles from this blog, but here are a few of my favorite articles...

Elizabeth's Edible Experience
a few of my bookmarked articles...

Dinner in a Flash: Hula Melts

by Divine Domesticity on January 15th, 2009

Many thanks to Real Mom Kitchen for this recipe for delicious Hula Melts. If you are like our family and are limited on time, try this recipe out. I also would have liked it with provolone cheese. Real Mom Kitchen baked her sandwiches in the oven, but I saved a bit of time by heating in a saute pan.

Another great recipe that I love that is ready in a flash is Lasagna Sandwiches.

Hula Melts
Makes several servings

Hoagie Rolls
Deli Ham
Sliced Pineapple
Barbecue Sauce
Deli Swiss Cheese
butter for rolls

1. Layer sandwich ingredients on hoagie rolls. Heat a saute pan to medium high. Spread a little bit of soft butter to the outside of the hoagies. Place sandwiches in saute pan, heating on each side until crispy and brown. While heating, press sandwich down a bit to flatten it. Serve warm.

Recipe adapted from Real Mom Kitchen

Not ready for 2009. Quite possibly ready for 2010, though.

by Divine Domesticity on January 14th, 2009

Oy. It has been quite a while since I wrote about the goings on around here.

All the craziness started a few days before Christmas. Water spots started appearing on the ceiling of our bedroom. Then, a corroded pipe was found in the attic, problems with the roof, concerns of carbon monoxide in the house, then finally, MOLD. I'm so glad this isn't our house. I feel bad for my relatives that we are living with, but a lot of relief that we aren't having to foot the bill for all of the problems with the house.

We temporarily moved out of the house, then moved back in, then moved to the basement. What a giant pain in the ass. We are hanging in there though. At the moment we are sharing the basement with miss V., who is WOW, 15 months old already.

My camera has been dead for over a month now and I cannot find my charger anywhere. I suck! I think I will break down this weekend and order a new one. I hate having to spend money on something that is lost in the house, but it is just getting crazy not being able to take any pictures.

So, while I've been cooking, I haven't been photographing anything. Ugh. Hang in there with me folks, hopefully things will be back to normal in a month or two.

Breakfast Omelet with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Cream Cheese, Mozzarella and Basil

by Divine Domesticity on January 3rd, 2008
An easy way to use up leftover bits of food is to throw them in an omelet. I am normally not an egg eater, but with a generous helping of cheese, and being very careful to not overcook the eggs, it can be a delicious treat.

Breakfast Omelet with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Cream Cheese, Mozzarella and Basil
Makes 1-2 servings

water or milk
sun dried tomatoes, sliced
cream cheese
mozzarella cheese
chopped basil

1. Crack eggs in a heated pan with melted butter, add a dash of water or milk and stir. Add slices of sun dried tomatoes, dots of cream cheese, a sprinkling of mozzarella (or in my case, a huge handful of mozzarella) and chopped basil. Cook until just set, or still just a bit wet.

Recipe by me!

RIP Piggy 1994-2008

RIP Piggy 1994-2008, originally uploaded by Divine Domesticity.
I'm sad to report that my childhood dog, Piggy, was put to sleep last month. He was in failing health, and the decision was made that his quality of life was so reduced that it wasn't humane to allow him to live in pain any longer.

My parents still cared for him back in MT. He would have been 15 this January. He had a good, long life, and was loved.

I was 10 when we got Piggy as a wobbly little puppy. I remember the ride home with him. I remember what a hell raiser he was in his youth, tearing apart anything and everything he got his teeth on. We had a little doggy superman cape he would wear, and he would get a running start and fly off the couch, his cape flying around his neck. He never liked to be hugged or cuddled much, but he was a sweet little dog. Not a mean bone in his body.

It is so strange, to be 25 years old myself, and hearing that the little companion I had growing up is now gone. It is so sad, thinking of him, realizing he is no longer alive, and is now just a little sack of ashes in a little pouch.

I'll miss you big guy.

Piglet "Piggy Boy, Piggy, Piggletta"

My Favorite Recipes of 2008

by Divine Domesticity on January 1st, 2009

These aren't the most popular posts of 2008, but in my opinion, the best tasting recipes I posted about in 2008. Funny how my favorite and most delicious recipes are usually the easiest to make. Enjoy!
  1. Amish Meatloaf 
  2. Tomato Sandwich with Basil Mayonnaise
  3. Grilled Portobello Sandwiches with Garlic Herbed Mayonnaise
  4. North Woods Inn Garlic Cheese Spread
  5. Strawberry Freezer Jam
  6. Ali's Chicken Pesto Pizza
  7. Ali's Chicken Parmesan 
  8. Grilled Bananas with Milk Chocolate
  9. Bodacious Broccoli Salad
  10. Cheesy Parmesan Italian Biscuits

::December 2008 Wrap Up::

by Divine Domesticity on January 1st, 2008

Thank you so much for all the support and for being a reader of Divine Domesticity! 2008 was a hard, fruitful year of growth and many changes for our family.

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