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Fresh Strawberry Pie with Biscuit Crust was one of my family's restaurant, The Country Cousin, specialties.

Junes Recipes Turn Some Old Favorites into New Twists for your Year-round Repertoire

It's June and the beginning of Summer! We decided that this month, we'd do some new interruptions of some old favorites that you can use almost year-round!

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Chilled roasted golden beets, Frisee, Chicory (Endive), Radicchio, Shaved Pecorino cheese, Prosciutto and roasted walnuts all drizzled with our Lemon Vinaigrette, it's almost a light meal in itself
Our first new recipe of Roasted Golden Beets and Radicchio Appetizer Salad is a multi-purpose one. A delightful recipe featuring chilled roasted golden beets, Frisee, Chicory (Endive), Radicchio, Shaved Pecorino cheese, Prosciutto and roasted walnuts all drizzled with our Lemon Vinaigrette it's almost a light meal in itself! On hot June evenings, this would be a great start to a summertime dinner. While we're talking about roasted golden beets, check-out our recipe for Golden Beets with Pappardelle Pasta.

Our next recipe is one for the younger-set -but their parents will appreciate it too! We all know stories about young fussy-eaters. This recipe was concocted with them in mind: A very mild tomato sauce-pasta that we call Homemade Spaghetti-Ohs. When adults are "burned-out" on food and want to simplify, this recipe is another waist-slimming and detox recipe for them to enjoy. We actually found some "O-type" pasta in one of our grocery stores to use and got us thinking about making an economical, easy-to make, healthier and better-tasting Spaghetti-O sauce. The pasta type is technically called "Anellini." Small round o's pasta. If you can't find that you can substitute "wagon-wheel" pasta as well.

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Spaghetti-ohs! is a recipe for the younger-set -but their parents will appreciate it too!
Our dessert this month is Country Cousin Strawberry Pie This fresh strawberry pie with a biscuit crust was one of my family's restaurant (The Country Cousin) specialties --and MY personal all-time favorite dessert! When it's my birthday, THIS is the recipe that I crave! We also have listed online our Fresh Strawberry Tart, but that uses a French-style butter-crust. But the taste that drives me crazy just thinking about it, is our version of a Fresh Strawberry Pie with Bisquick Crust. In my opinion, it's easier to make as well as eat! But unlike the French pastry crust, the Bisquick crust doesn't hold up firm as many days as the butter crusted tart. --But that's never been a problem in our house!

With bell peppers being inexpensive and in good supply, our blast from the past this month is Festive Summer Pepper Sauce with Spaghetti. This recipe has a little kick to it! But it's a really feisty-tasting recipe that goes well with a nice glass of Zinfandel or Syrah.
As an alternative - especially if the peppers are on the sweet side, try a dry Riesling or Gewürztraminer.

There you have it, a few more recipes to try out when you're in the mood for something different and are starting to get bored by too much of the same thing. Take a stroll through our recipe pages, and see what strikes your fancy or gives you another idea to try out one of your own creations. Just have fun doing it!

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A tip from Sue!

Use A Pasta Pot for Pasta

If you like pasta and are planning on having it often, I recommend getting a pasta pot.

After trying different sets, the best one I’ve found was the original, least expensive one. It’s a stainless steel pot with separate built-in pasta basket. It also comes with a vegetable steamer. Something like it is available on the Internet for about $40.00. and at several local supermarkets as low as $30.00.

You don’t need to have a real heavy pan---otherwise you’re going to waste all your time heating the pan instead of getting it to boil quickly. Don't worry about hot spots since all you’re going to be doing with it is boiling water.