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Summer is slipping away and we are trying to fill the last moments with as many memories as possible. Backyard play, trips to the mall, crafts, an upcoming road trip and a number of other things.
I’ve tried to create extra time where I can, and one of those ways has been to utilize a few shortcuts in the kitchen. You all probably realize by now that I actually love to cook and bake. I tend to slow down on it a little during the summer, though; it’s hot, and I’d rather be playing. There’s plenty of time for baking when it’s 10 degrees and snowing.
On nights that I want a little help in the kitchen, I occasionally turn to frozen entrees, like a Stouffer’s lasagna. There are a number of options to choose from (and not just lasagna, though that’s what we reach for most often) so you can please most any palate. And if you’re a little squeezed for time, there’s a microwave/oven combo cooking method that can put it on the table in under an hour.
Easy Garlic Knots
We love garlic bread and breadsticks with our pasta meals, and I’ve come up with a shortcut recipe for those, too. My garlic knots take less than 20 minutes from start to finish and are a great pairing for the lasagna.
- 1 can breadsticks
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 2 T grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ tsp minced garlic
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp dried parsley
- ½ tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Remove breadsticks from can and separate.
- Roll each breadstick piece briefly between your hands, giving you a smooth "rope" to work with.
- As you would a shoelace, "tie" each breadstick into a knot, tucking the ends underneath.
- Melt butter in a microwave safe container.
- Mix in remaining six ingredients; stir well.
- Using a basting brush, coat each knot with the butter mixture, using about half.
- Bake garlic knots for 10-12 minute, until golden.
- Immediately brush with remaining butter mixture and serve.
While the lasagna was cooking, we used some of that “created time” and hit the backyard. We looked at trees and flowers, discovered pine cones, played on the swingset, and just walked around. Honestly, for me, there’s no better way to spend a night than hanging with my family.
A couple of nights per week we usually end dinner with dessert. Keeping in theme with a night full of short cuts, I reached for refrigerated Nestlé Toll House cookie dough. It’s a baking classic that I remember from my own childhood that we all still enjoy today.