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About hardlyagoddess@gmail.com

Hi! I am Hardly A Goddess: Mom to twin boys, and two tween-age girls. I am a Librarian, a Blogger, and someone who loves her life, running, cooking, reading, and most of all laughing out loud. Really loud.

Copycat Kettle Corn

Copycat Kettle Corn #FantasticalFoodFight

Welcome to another Food Fight! Fantastical Food Fight is a group of food bloggers who will get a theme or ingredient each month and make some sort of variation for it. It could be traditional or nontraditional and can be found in a cookbook, on a blog, or be a blogger’s own creation! For more details, check out this page.

This week’s theme is Copycat recipes! My kids eat popcorn on the daily almost, so I decided that since our local farmer’s market is closed for the season, I should try to make the delicious and addictive Kettle Corn that they sell- I got this recipe from AllRecipes, and this did not disappoint.

Here’s the simple recipe:

Copycat Fairground Kettle Corn

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unpopped popcorn
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil

What you do:

And of course you need one medium sized pot with a cover, a lined sheet pan for cooling, and a stove.

Pour the oil into the pot and heat over medium-high heat (5 out of 10). Place 2 kernels in there, and when they pop, you can add the rest of the popcorn and the sugar. Cover tightly and shake. Shake constantly until the popping noises slow considerably. Turn off the heat and remove the popcorn to a lined sheet pan. Season with salt to your liking. Let cool a bit, and then serve!

Copycat Kettle Corn

My kids went sort of crazy for this. It IS highly addictive, but if you are like me, and you think it is like popping corn the regular way, it isn’t- you DO have to shake constantly to keep the sugar from burning. And the clean up is a bit sticky, so start early so you are ready to make a second batch…because there will be a second batch- so good!

Here’s the printable recipe:

Copycat Fairground Kettle Corn #FantasticalFoodFight

Copycat Fairground Kettle Corn #FantasticalFoodFight

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • One medium sized pot with a cover, a lined sheet pan for cooling, and a stove.

Instructions

  1. Pour the oil into the pot and heat over medium-high heat (5 out of 10). Place 2 kernels in there, and when they pop, you can add the rest of the popcorn and the sugar. Cover tightly and shake. Shake constantly until the popping noises slow considerably. Turn off the heat and remove the popcorn to a lined sheet pan. Season with salt to your liking. Let cool a bit, and then serve!
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Check out all these other CopyCatters- is that a thing?:


Copycat Kettle Corn

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

No boil noodles. This is my answer for you. I know you were wondering, how the heck you were supposed to make Vegetable Lasagna on a weeknight?! No-boil noodles are my new favorite convenience food. That, and the 3 minute pasta. Pasta is fast already, you say? Well, for time-crunched crazy, 3 minute pasta has saved my a@# at least a few times this fall! I scoffed too, when I first saw it at the grocery store. “3-minute pasta? Isn’t pasta fast enough? How lazy are people?” Well…I tried it and now I am sold. Over to the dark side.

Feeding my kids a healthy dinner, has gotten WAY easier! Anyhoo…

For this lasagna, it is imperative that you have veggies. If your kids don’t eat them, like mine- well, I am sorry. I feel your pain. But consider this a good thing, because now,  you will have lots of leftovers for you and your husband to eat selfishly all week long, and your kids can eat 3 minute pasta with butter whenever they want to! Here’s what I did:

I sauteed the veggies:

1 zucchini, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced

Saute them in a pan, and season generously with salt and pepper- cook until they are soft.

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

While this is cooking, I mixed up the cheese:

16 oz. ricotta
8 oz. mozzarella, divided
1/2 cup parm
1 egg
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. oregano
1/2 cup fresh parsely, chopped fine

Then I just layer with my favorite marinara sauce and the no-cook pasta sheets!

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

First Layer

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

Second Layer

Bake for 45 minutes at 375*, and you are eating! I have been in a hurry and done 400*, for 35 minutes- just sayin’.  Lasagna on a weeknight. You are so awesome! Even if your kids are eating buttered pasta.Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

Here’s the printable recipe~

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

For feeding a crowd or for a few with plenty of leftovers, this Vegetable Lasagna is a comforting and healthy meal that is easy enough for a weeknight!

Ingredients

    For the recipe
  • 1 tsp. oil
  • 9-10 sheets of oven-ready lasagna pasta sheets (one package)
  • 1 jar of marinara sauce or your favorite homemade sauce
  • Veggies
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Cheese Mixture
  • 16 oz. ricotta
  • 8 oz. mozzarella, divided to reserve half of this for the top of the lasagna
  • 1/2 cup parmesan shredded cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. basil
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375* (Skip this step if you are cooking this later)
  2. Spray a 9X13" pan and set aside.
  3. In a medium skillet, add 1 tsp. of oil and saute your veggies, seasoning with salt and pepper.
  4. While the veggies cook, mix your cheese mixture ingredients in a large bowl.
  5. When the veggies are soft, you can assemble the lasagna:
  6. In in 9X13" pan, and add a thin layer of marinara sauce. Place 3 sheets of pasta to cover the bottom- they will have a little space between them, and that's okay since they expand while cooking.
  7. Layer half of the cheese mixture on top of the pasta, then half the veggies. A second layer of the pasta, a little sauce, rest of cheese, rest veggies. The third layer is just three more (and I broke one in two to totally cover my dish) pasta sheets. Add about a cup of sauce on top. Sprinke the other 4 ounces of cheese on top and cover with foil.
  8. You can either put in the oven right away an cook at 375* for 45 minutes
  9. OR
  10. You can refrigerate this for up to 24 hours (YEA!) and cook the at 375* for 60 minutes.

Notes

Can prepare ahead and freeze or keep refrigerated, unbaked for up to 24 hours before cooking.

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Make it ahead- Heck, make two! One for me and one for you! One for the freezer and one for now! Enjoy!

Weeknight Vegetable Lasagna

 

 

Cranberry Sauce

T.R.’s Homemade Cranberry Sauce #SundaySupper

The Sunday Supper bloggers are honoring  T.R. Crumbley, a fellow blogger and friend to many, who passed away this summer. We are making some of T.R.’s recipes or creating a gluten-free recipe of our own as T.R. was a gluten-free recipe creator.

While T.R.’s site is not up anymore, his recipes are archived in the WayBack Machine- something Sue Lau, of Palatable Pastime, reminded me of- she thinks just like a librarian! As it’s name implies, the WayBack Machine has a record of old and forgotten websites. As a librarian, I have used it a ton, to find old sites that just disappear. Sue, reminded us of the Wayback as a place to find T.R.’s recipes and I am so glad that I can honor him in this way and make a recipe directly from his own recipe collection. This is an exact copy by T.R.:

Homemade Cranberry Sauce
POSTED ON NOVEMBER 27, 2010, UPDATED ON MAY 7, 2016 BY T.R. CRUMBLEY

Not for the diabetic

You’ll need:
– 1 cup sugar
– 1 cup Orange Juice
– 16 oz organic cranberries
– 1/4 cup dry white wine
– whisk
– pot with lid
– potato masher

Directions:
– Whisk together sugar and oj and bring to a boil on medium.
– Add cranberries and let boil until cranberries have popped
– Mash cranberries and add wine.
– Keep stirring for about 5, let stand to thicken and serve.

This is exactly how I did it, except I used non-organic cranberries. Just perfect. I love cranberry sauce – especially after Thanksgiving on my favorite sandwich, loaded with turkey and stuffing, and this yummy sauce- so good! This sauce is a 4-ingredient, 10 minute wonder…Thanks T.R.~

Here it is in my own words, and printable for you- worth making for sure!

T.R.’s Homemade Cranberry Sauce

T.R.’s Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Recipe from T.R. Crumbley for his original Homemade Cranberry Sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • 16 oz fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine

Instructions

  1. Whisk together sugar and orange juice and bring to a boil on medium.
  2. Add cranberries and simmer until cranberries have popped. Reduce the heat to low.
  3. Mash cranberries and add wine.
  4. Keep stirring at a simmer for about 5 minutes. Turn the heat off and let stand to thicken and serve, either warm or chilled.
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Cranberry Sauce

“Knowing” someone only virtually, is a strange thing. I never got to meet T.R. face to face- but I chatted with him regularly…on Twitter in our Sunday Supper chats. Appropriately, this week is the last twiiter-chat for SundaySupper bloggers as we will no longer be chatting there on Sunday nights. The sun-downing of that social interaction, will hopefully bring new things to light, and hopefully T.R. would be honored by this. I am glad to have had the opportunity to “know” you a bit, T.R. Rest in peace~ For more recipes that honor T.R. and his gluten-free recipe legacy, check out the rest of the SundaySupper bloggers:

Gluten Free Sunday Supper Recipes

Sleigh Ride Starters

Seasons Greetings Sides

Making Things Merry Main Dish

Decking the Halls Desserts

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Cranberry Sauce

Also linking up with Meatless Monday over at Confessions of a Mother Runner!