Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tasty Tortellini, Upside Down Peach Pudding cake ,awards and apoligies

I have to start this out by saying I am sorry I have been absent for a week or so and that my lack of commenting was just due to a very crazy week at my house, but it is over and done with and I can now move on to my regular schedule again, hopefully. I also want to apoligize for taking so long to acknowledge these two fabulous awards that were given to me. The first is from
Michelle, over at the cooking nurse, please check it out. Not only does she have great recipes, she has sites where you can get free samples and also many sites for moms to save money. So please take a quick peek, you will love it. Thanks, Michelle.

This second award comes from someone most of us know, Rachel over at rachel vs the kitchen, her blog is so much fun and everything always looks so good. Thank you so much Rachel, I appreciate it.

Now, onto two pretty quick and easy recipes. The first one is I found over at allrecipes.
I was looking for something quick to make for a light dinner and still have some to take to work the next day and I wanted to use what I had. I didnt want to have to run out to the store. I had these in the freezer:

Frozen cheese tortellini. I knew I could find something, and I did. This is a quick, tasty pasta salad that is open to so many possibilities. Here is the recipe and I will add my changes and additions in.

Tatsy Tortellini

20 oz frozen cheese tortellini
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
3/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
4 green onions, thinly sliced ( i did not use)
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup black olives ( i did not use)
6 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Cook tortellini according to directions, al dente.
While tortellini is cooking, prepare marinade. Combine vinegar, olive oil, mustard, garlic, basil, parsley, onions and salt and pepper, to taste. Whisk well, to combine. Set aside.
Drain tortellini, and rinse under cold water. Pour marinade over tortellini, olives( add additional ingredients here, ie: artichoke hearts, cannellini beans, chopped tomatoes, chunks of salami or mozzarella cheese) and refrigerate. When ready to serve, add parmesan cheese.

I added string beans, cannellini beans and tomatoes. I think artichoke hearts would work really well. The marinade has a great flavor from the mustard and I think it will taste better tomorrow after sitting in the fridge all night.

Up next is a quick but rather impressive looking cake. Peach Upside- Down Pudding Cake, I found it on recipezaar.
I had a can of sliced peaches in the cabinet, just waiting for me, calling to be used, can you hear them?

I think that most people probably have everything they need for this really beautiful cake at home.

Peach Upside-Down Pudding Cake

1/4 cup butter

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 (29 ounce) can sliced yellow cling peaches, drained

1 package yellow cake mix

1 package vanilla instant pudding mix

4 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1/4 cup veg oil

1/2 tsp vanilla

Combine butter and brown sugar in small saucepan and heat up, until sugar dissolves. I took some advice from the people who reviewed this recipe and doubled up on this part. Pour into the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Arrange peaches on top, like this:

Set that aside, while making the batter. Combine remaining ingredients and beat at med speed for 4 minutes. Spoon into pan and bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes or until cake springs back when touched. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. It will look like this:

I know, I know it doesn't look too impressive yet, but just wait a minute. Invert cake onto platter and cool completely. Serve with whipped cream, and Enjoy. Once you invert the cake, it should look like this:

Now, to me, that is impressive. It was so fast and easy and the smell in the house while it was cooking was out of this world. I think it would be great for a brunch or to bring to a BBQ. It is a perfect summer cake.

Want some? Try it. You won't be disappointed.


  1. Congrats on your awards...both of these sound delicious...combine for one perfect meal :) YUM!

  2. Congrats on your awards. You deserve them.

    Love the sound of both the salad and the cake. The cake is absolutely perfect for summer and so easy to make. I'll take min heated up with some vanilla ice cream on top.

  3. Your upside down cake is quite impressive. Most impressive is that you got it all out of the pan intact :) Beautiful!

  4. I don't even like peaches that much but your pudding is making me drool!

  5. Love that dessert - looks amazing!

  6. Oh wow. Both recipes looks delicious. That tortellini would be a big hit here!

    Congratulations on the awards!

  7. Wow that looks delish, I love the cake especially!

  8. Both recipes look great. Were you holding your breath when your turned the peach cake out of the pan? I know I would be! It would be just my luck that half of it would stay stuck to the pan, especially if I were serving it to company!

    Congrats on your awards!!

  9. The salad looks delicious and the peach upside down cake is excellent! Congrats on your award!

  10. Love both recipes. I'm making the dessert this weekend! Thanks.

  11. Your salad look so Delicious I love your recipe upside down cake is so tasty!

    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    Join post your comments share your recipes!

    Have a wonderful day~~

  12. Mmm! I love upside down cake! You pasta looks yummy too!

  13. Congrats on the award, you have a great blog!

    These both look so yummy! I will take a serving of each!

  14. Congrats on your awards. The cake looks delicious. I have a BBQ to go to on the 4th. I may make this. Think everyone would love it! Love to make cakes that incorporate a mix!

  15. I was out for over a week to, a very grueling week at work. I love both of these recipes. I crave salads like this and the cake ...well the cake is just gorgous!

  16. You just made me think how long it's been since I had Tortellini soup! Peaches are something I like, but never seem to have...

  17. Yummy! I love peach! This cake sounds delish!

  18. So, I gave you an award on my blog too, but it's the exact same award that Rachel just gave to you. You really are a Kreativ Blogger...and I really do need to pay more attention. Congratulations again and Happy 4th!

  19. Denise, congrats on your awards! Very well deserved!

    Happy 4th!

  20. They both look soooo yummy! I have some peaches I need to use up..hmmmm

  21. Congrats on the blog awards!!!!

    I just saw mocha me make this cake and I'm swooning over here. it looks so good!

  22. That salad looks perfect for using up some dried tortellini in my closet, which isn't too great on its own.

    I love your blog!

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