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6.01.2011

Blogger Spotlight... 'Lark's Country Heart'

   Hello my friends! I am really excited to share with you all another amazing food blogger. This is my friend Lark, from Lark's Country Heart! She is such a great gal, with a great blog! I asked her to come on over and share one of her delicious recipes today. This sounds like one I will be making soon. I'll let her tell ya all about it.....



   Hi I am Lark of Lark's Country Heart!
I was so honored Holly asked me to come for a visit & share a recipe. (I was a little nervous too.)
I am a huge fan of Holly & her blog. She always seems to make the perfect comment or just drop in to say "Hi'.
 I try and surround myself with those who make me smile and want to help others......Holly fit's the bill!




   Just to tell a little bit about myself  I am a wife and Mother. I have been married for almost 14 years. My only child Jessica will be turning 12 in July. (heaven help me!)  We live in a VERY small country town in Nevada, located 100 miles North of Las Vegas. And this is where I get my Starbuck's "fix". I have been blogging since 2009. I am currently involved in (3) different blogs. http://larkscountryheart.blogspot.com
www.countrycooksacrossamerica.com
http://bakingupacure.blogspot.com



   In addition to blogging my hobbies are running marathons, crafting, baking/cooking, and shopping with girlfriends.
I am also active in my church, where I am a Activity Day Leader for the 10-11 yr. old girls. There is something always going on here in my little town.  If I ever get stressed...that is when you will find me in the kitchen for sure.

I thought I would share a brand new recipe with ya'll. I made this up last week after seeing some pasta sauce recipes floating around, saying they were the "knock off" of the Cheesecake Factory's sauce.......they weren't even close!  And once I set my mind on something I HAVE to do it. (Just ask My husband!)
I would NEVER say it is just like the "factory's"....but it is pretty darn close!


  

CREAMY PASTA SAUCE
*Very easy to prepare! It does have to simmer, so be prepared to allow the time*
1/2 Onion finely diced
1 Whole Garlic Clove; minced
3 TBSP Olive Oil
1 C. Fresh Button Mushrooms; sliced
6 Whole Links of Mild Italian Sausage; remove casing and cut into small pieces
1 (26 oz.) Spaghetti Sauce
3 (8 oz.) Tomato Sauce (I like to use Hunt's Basil, Oregano &Garlic style)
1 TBSP Italian Seasoning
1 tsp. Salt
2 Bay Leaves
1 Pint Heavy Cream
2 TBSP Corn Starch
1/4 C. Water
4-6 C. Cooked Pasta Noodles

In a large stock pot saute the oil, onion, mushrooms & garlic.
Add in the raw sausage and cook until browned.
Stir in salt, seasonings and all sauces. Place Bay leaves in, stir to blend. Cook over med.-low heat.
Make a rue with the cornstarch and water. Slowly stir in to sauce. Let thicken stirring continually. Once the sauce has thicken let simmer for 20 minutes.
Then whisk in the heavy cream. Let simmer again for 10 minutes.
Then you are ready to pour over the cooked pasta noodles.
YUM! I hope you like it as much as my family does.

*Thank you again Holly for asking me to visit!

   Country Kisses & Big Bear Hug's,
   Lark


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18 comments:

Aimee said...

Hi Lark and Holly!
What a fun way to share with eachother! Lovin the recipe, thanks for sharing that too (and little about yourself)!
-Aimee

MM said...

Oh goodness. It has cream. And mushrooms. And sausage. You've sure pulled me in!

Eccentric Kitchen (Steph) said...

Hi to both of you!!! Lark, this sounds delicious!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

purabi naha said...

Lark, you have posted a very yummy sauce recipe. I always used to think, what sauce do the Italians use, other than those Carbonara, Alfredo or the white sauce? This one looks different!
Holly, you have a true blogging spirit by encouraging other bloggers to write in your space.

I like both of you, foodies!

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

this looks so yummy Lark...you always do such a fab job. Now...can you just come to MN and make this for me...huh....PLEASE

Mandy said...

Hey to you both! Yum! I just discovered my love for mushrooms. I used to hate them. This sound mighty tasty!

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

Thank you all for the kind comments and warm response.

And thank you again Holly for letting me stop on by your neck in the woods!
:)

The Country Cook said...

Lark - this sounds absolutely delicious!! Love me some cheesecake factory.
Love both your girls!!

kmacfox said...

This recipe sounds yummy. Can' wait to serve this to my test critics (several of my BFF--we are always trying out new recipes on each other). Thank you so much for sharing your talents!

4littlefergusons said...

Yay, Sparky Larky! 2 of my favorite bloggers together. :)

Juliana said...

Holly the pasta with all the cream sauce on it looks fabulous...love the idea of mushrooms as well. Beautifully done. Hope you are having a fantastic week :-)

Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen said...

The pasta looks incredible! Great job :)

Christina said...

Sounds delicious! I love how thick and creamy it is.

Muriel Miller said...

Wow Lark this sounds absolutely amazing! I will definitely be giving this a try! I love both of ya girls blogs!

carolinaheartstrings said...

What a nice surprise to visit Holly and find Lark over here. We love her too!

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Hey Holly and Lark- That sauce looks fantastic. So rich and yummy looking :)

Lizzy said...

That added cream pushed this one over the top! How fabulously delicious this must be. Thanks, Holly and Lark~

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

Hi Lark and Holly! Very nice creamy pasta! Thanks for introducing Lark to us, Holly! Great guest post!