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A Few Family Favorites

This dish is a standing family favorite and I have passed the recipe on here and there, always hearing later that it has become a favorite in that home too. So I thought why not blog it for everyone?

Now this is a slightly sweet dish but with one ingredient adjustment you can change that.


What you need:

2 packs of smoked beef sausage

fresh cilantro

1 bag of mozz cheese

1 carton(small) of mushroom(optional)

Italian dressing of your choice(we use Kraft) about a 1/4 cup

tomato paste(smallest can available)

1 box of penne noodles

1 bottles of Kens Fat Free Sun dried Tomato Dressing(this is where the sweet is – for a less sweet taste I suggest Kraft)

Slice up your sausage and cook on medium heat.

In a bowl(this will be your serving dish so make it a large bowl!) whisk together your whole bottle of Sun Dried Tomato dressing, just about the whole can of tomato paste(I usually use all but one spoonful in the can) and your Italian dressing. You can put more Italian dressing in than posted – just taste it after whisking and add more if you please ūüôā Set bowl aside.

Cut up your cilantro to your desired size and set in a small dish. We also place our cheese in a dish but that’s up to you.

Slice your mushrooms and cook in a little butter or olive oil. Place them into your bowl.

Cook up entire box of pasta. Drain your sausage and place into your bowl. Drain pasta and add to bowl.

Mix up and serve. Top your plates with mozz and cilantro.


I am also going to give up a coveted recipe in my house. One day I was just messing around trying to bring some life to these rolls I bought and what ended up happening was this completely addictive recipe for dinner rolls.  They are so simple and so delicious and by no means healthy. I have had people take home containers of these rolls after eating at my house.  They go with just about anything.

You will need some split top rolls(this is important regular dinner rolls wont soak up the butter as well)

1 stick of butter – yes I’m serious

Kosher Salt

Line your rolls on a foil lined baking sheet.  Preheat oven to 350. Melt your butter in a microwave safe dish. Using a brush, brush butter onto the split of the split tops. Then brush the entire pan of rolls on the tops.

Place rolls in oven until slightly crispy on top. Take them out and brush them with butter again – dont be shy with the butter…then sprinkle them with the kosher salt. Put them back in the over for about 3 mins. Then pull them out and lightly brush them again. Let them sit on the pan for a few mins then serve them up!




xoxo ModernJune

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Le Sigh…Chocolate craving hit me today and so I broke¬†out birdie,¬†mumbled some excuse about making the kids cookies and started baking.

First of all…have you met birdie?

Birdie meet the readers, readers meet birdie ūüôā I may or may not have waited an extra two weeks for her to come into stock after Christmas because¬†I just had to have to Ice Blue…The hubs asked if I wanted to get the white instead – stopped short before finishing the question and said nevermind. Love that man for getting me and all my craziness.

Anywho – the cookies. Martha Stewart is my¬†girl. Like for real love the woman. Would turn into a screaming twi-hard preteen spotting Jacob or Edward on the street if I ever came with in the same air space as her. I mean really she went to “jail” and still stayed classy. Not many broads can pull that off.

This is her recipe. Modified with the dried cranberries. I used to hate cranberries – unless in juice form. Then the hubs a few years ago took me to this fancy schmansy¬†restaurant for our anniversary. They had cranberry bread on the tables. I just fell in love…ever since¬†I have been trying to get them in anything I could. Tonight I told the hubs what I was making and he made this scrunched up face SO I split the mix in two and made some plain chocolate chip cookies too.


2 1/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup(2 sticks of butter)

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoon vanilla

2 large eggs

2 cups of chocolate chips(I did 1 cup chips in mine since it was a half batch and 1 cups chips + 1 cup cranberries int he other half)

Preheat to 350

Mix your eggs and butter in your mixer. Add vanilla. In a separate bowl mix your dry ingredients(minus the chips and cranberries). Slowly add your dry ingredients to your wet ones.

I separated¬†my batter into two bowls(you don’t need to do this if you are only making batch)

Then added the chips and cranberries and hand mixed. Side Note – how cute is the “tear here to make sweet memories” note on the chips bag – although I firmly believe it should say “tear here to test your willpower and your nightly work out this means you Kathy”

Put tablespoon sized clumps on your baking sheet and cook for 8-10 mins. Leave on tray for 1-2 mins and then cook on your rack completely.

Make sure you store your cookies in an air tight container!

xoxo ModernJune

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Banana Bread

My kids love banana bread I mean they LOVE it, so I try to make it for them often but I really wanted to find a recipe that worked for me, that didn’t make me want to chuck the whole loaf out the window after eating a slice. I found one, its healthier than the average banana bread recipe and I have made a few changes to fit me so here it is….ModernJune Banana Bread


First of all this is Birdie and I love her – like in a house fire I would run back in to grab my mixer kind of love. David bought her for me for Christmas and I cant look at her without smiling and getting all mushy inside…yes I’m odd and talking about a mixer…

My recipe calls for the following:

2 cups of Flour either white or wheat – I used wheat this time

1 teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup of  butter

1/2 cup to 3/4 cups of brown sugar – I usually use the 1/2 cup You can also mix brown and white I have heard people like that

2 eggs beaten

4 ripe bananas mashed( you can get away with 2 Р3 but I like mine really bananay and the riper they are the sweeter they taste to  me at least)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinn

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg(optional)

Preheat your oven to 350 and grease up a loaf pan…I’m old school about this so I prefer crisco and flour coating my pan but you can use spray too:)

Cream your butter and sugar together stir in eggs and mashed bananas. In a separate bowl mix your dry ingredients. Combine the two Рnow this is a key trick  to banana bread, do not stir the heck out of it. Stir just enough to moisten the whole mixture. Then transfer to your loaf pan.  Cook for an hour Рaround 45 mins your house will smell so good it will start to drive you mad waiting that last 15 mins!

Heres how mine looks coming out…

I wish computers were scratch and sniff cause this smelled soooo good!

I like mine fresh out the oven so I always have to cut the first slice and scarf it before the natives see me


xoxo ModernJune


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My life was changed by a tortilla

Well tortillas and Ree Dummond AKA The Pioneer Woman. If you have never been to her site, go, go now stop reading this and go! Wait don’t stop reading this I want you to stay but then immediately after go to her site!! She is amazing and her cook book is on my wish list – my I gotta have it wish list- my put sticky notes all over the house come Mothers Day wish list.

I love making enchiladas, I have been told mine are pretty amazing and not just by my 5 year old who eats anything. I am pretty proud of them, but tonight my world was rocked by The Pioneer Woman’s Sour Cream Enchiladas. They kicked my enchiladas butt BIG TIME.

The recipe is very simple and it wasn’t so much what she put in them, it was the way she cooked her tortillas. I am like a lot of you probably, throw them in the microwave for about 30 seconds and call it a day. Well I am here to tell you NEVER AGAIN!!

First of all she used corn tortillas. I have never in my life cooked with them before, nothing against them, I was raised on flour tortillas and I usually cook with what I know.  Pioneer Woman cooked them in Canola oil and then dipped them in the enchilada sauce instead of just pouring over the top.

This was a two-man show for me my husband Рwho rarely steps foot in my kitchen(cut him some slack he is the general manager of a restaurant poor guy does this all day) helped dip them in oil and then the sauce for me. We made one just for fun to try it out and it happened. My life changed. I will never again carelessly throw them in the microwave thinking that will be enough.  I am not even sure I will ever use flour tortillas again!

You know its good when your kids say “this tastes like a restaurant!” It really did. It tasted like real Mexican Food!¬† Pioneer Woman never fails my house, we have yet to cook a recipe of hers we didn’t love and these didn’t disappoint. The only thing we did change was we added a pound of ground beef. Everything else was per her recipe which you can find here

So thanks Pioneer Woman I really really heart you!

xoxo ModernJune

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