Smoked Sausage Cajun Tortellini

I promised this recipe, so here it is.

It is fast and DELICIOUS! We had enough for both of us to have leftovers for lunch and there is still some leftover!

Olive Oil
1 package cheese tortellini
1 package sausage sliced ( I used Hillshire Farms Beef smoked sausage)
Heavy cream
Onion – chopped
Garlic (4 cloves) minced
1.5 tablespoons Cajun spice
Green chives(onions)
Parmesan Cheese
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Get a big pot and add water and salt. Bring to rolling boil and add tortellini. Continue to cook according to package.

Meanwhile, add about a tablespoon of olive oil to a frying pan. Add onions and garlic and cook until softened. Add sliced sausage and cook about 5 minutes longer until browned. Stir in cajun seasonings until combined.

Add in heavy cream- about 1 cup to start. You can add more later as you’d like to thin out the sauce. Cook and stir until heated through. Slowly add in parmesan cheese until it melts into the mixture.

Drain tortellini when it’s ready and add to the frying pan with the sausage/sauce. Top with green chives and more parmesan. YUM!

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Peanut Butter Fudge

I remember my grandpa PopPop’s peanut butter fudge vividly. It’s one of the only things I remember about him. The fudge, Camel cigarettes, rocking chairs, and watching sports in the basement. But that fudge…It was SO good!

I have been trying for years to recreate a recipe that is close to him. I just made the best batch ever, it tastes like memories. Here’s to you PopPop!

1 cup Honey Peanut Butter

2 sticks unsalted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 lb powdered sugar

Melt the honey peanut butter and the unsalted butter slowly in medium pan over the stove. Add in vanilla extract towards the end of melting. Once melted (don’t cook any longer), quickly stir in the powdered sugar. Stir until the mixture is throughly incorporated and loses its sheen. Spread in glass dish that has been buttered and lined with parchment paper. Cool in fridge for at least 2 hours.

I like my fudge cold, so I keep in the fridge in tupperware. So delicious!

Baked Brie

This recipe is SO easy, but that doesn’t stop people from requesting it for pretty much every function.

1 large wheel brie
1 roll of crescent dough
Water crackers
1 jar Smucker’s Orchard’s Finest Northwest Triple Berry Preserves

(this is THE JAM- I highly recommend you find this exact jar)

Wrap the brie tightly in the crescent dough. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes until the dough appears golden brown and cheese is melted. You can test to see if the cheese is melted by sticking a sharp knife in a hidden area and looking inside.
Empty preserves into a small pot and cook on low until hot, constantly stirring to avoid burning. When preserves are melted down and hot, pour over the baked brie.

Serve with water crackers.

Triple Berry Preserves

Honey Cayenne Whisky Tea

I have had a cold forever. I have taken tons of OTC medications, nothing seems to help much. My brother and I discussed and came up with what we think is a brilliant cold drink for adults: Honey Cayenne Whisky Tea

Can drink cold or hot. I think I’d prefer hot.

Here is our plan:

Maker’s Mark

Honey

Cayenne Pepper

Lemon

Teabags of choice

I plan to make tonight and will post a picture then. I’m pretty sure it will help me sleep better too!