Italian Sausage Rigatoni with Roasted Garlic Baguettes

026Today, just because you are special, dear readers, you get two recipes for the price of one….

Actually, it’s cuz I feel guilty for not posting anything for a little while, but that’s a personal issue and I will get over it…

 

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Published in: on January 20, 2009 at 3:12 pm  Comments (2)  
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Ranch Chili

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This could be called “Make your own heat Chili”,  ’cuz you can make mild or as hot as you can stand it…..

 

My wimpy kids can’t handle much heat at all, so ours is on the mild side…..

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Cowboy Caviar

Despite the title, this dish has absolutely nothing to do with fish eggs. 

I personally don’t know any self respecting cowboy that would eat fish eggs… now calf nuts, that’s a different story…

 

If you know of any, please let me live in ignorance….K?

This is party food, Super bowl food, BBQ in the back yard food, and super, super easy– qualifications that make every cowboy I know swoon with joy….do cowboys swoon?  Okay, jump with joy…….

 

Plus, Shhh, don’t tell the cowboys, but it’s actually good for you!

Until you get deep fried pieces of corn chip and dip it in it, but you can’t be good all the time…..

 

The Cast of Characters

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Black-eyed peas are very high in protein and give such a great flavor and texture….make sure and rinse them thoroughly to minimize those negative effects that those crazy beans can bring on…..

 

Course, cowboys don’t usually care too much– it’s those around them that have to put up with singeing blue flame emanating from derrieres……and the hysterical laughter….

 

Open both cans of black-eyed peas and dump into serving bowl. Drain corn well and add into bowl as well.  I’m using my lovely heavy pottery bowl to serve it in-don’t remember where I got it, but it’s my favorite dip bowl….

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Add one can of Rotel tomatoes, undrained- I used the kind with lime juice and cilantro….

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At this point,  you could add black beans as well, or chopped avocado, or anything your little heart desires…..these recipes are always open to interpretation…. we have even added cooked, chopped chicken and turned this into a salad….Yummy!

 

 

 

Have your 7 yr old squeeze the juice of one lime into the bowl, complete with grunting and running commentary on how tough squeezing the lime is…..

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It’s not quite the same without the commentary…..but if you don’t have a 7 yr old handy, it will still taste good, I promise….

 

She begged me to let her help, I promise….

 

 

 

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Finely mince cloves of garlic….I used 6 or 7, but if you don’t want to ward off vampires in your sleep, like I do, you might want to use less…… add to bowl along with loosely chopped fresh cilantro…..

 

Recipe actually calls for fresh parsley as well, but I didn’t have any on hand, and didn’t miss it– so if you want to save a little cash, skip the parsley….

 

 

Bowl should look like this right about now— look at those colors….it’s like a still life…..pottery with peas…..Ok, maybe not….

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Stir well, sprinkle in a little kosher salt to taste, maybe a little pepper if you are feeling adventurous…..

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And serve with crisp, crunchy chips….I just ate half a bowl of this and looking at it still makes my mouth water…..

 

 

Course, if you are trying to do New Years Resolutions, like I so diligently am… (ha, ha, ha, he, he, he, ha, ha…*wipes eyes*…ok, I’m back now) you can serve this with veggies to dip it out with, or even all by it’s little lonesome self….

But I promise you, those cowboys will not be near as happy……

 

 

If you would like to see a different variation on this recipe, check out Pioneer Woman’s blog under Cooking