I hate a power outage. I know, they were all over, many states yesterday. We admit to have already had lunch at Chik-Fil-A, while running errands. So when we got home and found the power out, well we were bummed, but I have an easy go-to.
Why Cut Spaghetti? Well it is fun, and truth it cooks faster. It is a one pot meal.
Cook, drain, then dump in pasta sauce, heat thru, and you are serving.
If you have a power outage, you can match light your gas stove. Or, you can boil your water outside on your grill, then drain, dump in sauce, and you are good to go. If you are lucky you might have some bread to throw on the grill as well. **Please note, I do keep pans that are made to use on my grill. (Southwest power outages). :( :(
(You can buy Barrila's cut spaghetti by the box). However, I was out.
So, (and this is fun if you have kids). Grab your box of uncooked spaghetti, and break it over a bowl into 1" pieces. You can break a bunch at a time. I break/broke the whole box.
Now boil your water, and decide on your sauce. It was power outage folks, I used a pantry staple.
Drain, then add pasta and sauce back in same pot and heat thru.
That's it. Your camping at your house.
I still had some left over tomatoes, I cut them, drizzled some balsamic on them, and some everything bagel seasoning and served on the side.
It was a rough it yourself meal.
Try it, it's fun.
How I did it for the "Gram", in a pasta bowl with tomatoes on side. Picture check!
As luck would have it, right when we finished roughing it by cooking outside, the power came back on. Isn't that always the case? So I dumped it all in a chili style bowl, and sat on the couch and munched.
Now, don't judge, but the left overs, are great cold (breakfast)!
Also, you can pop it in a pan add a bit more sauce, or........a can of Tomato Soup (no water), and heat up for a leftover meal.
We actually freeze the left overs, and use as a lunch, or evening go to when we have had a busy day.
Hopefully you are lucky enough to make your own sauce, and not have to use a pantry staple.
But -- roughing it is OK TOO!!
When you want a Crepe and you want a Burrito.
A -- Crepe-a-rito. Yum and WOW.
What are you ordering. Let us make something great for you too!!
Now serving Vietnamese Cold Brew Coffee. Have you tried it? It's great. Smooth, slightly sweet (you can make sweeter). What a treat!!
Catering -- Party Platters!!
Off menu ok too!
Red Chile Cheese Enchiladas.
Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas.
Guacamole, Salsa, and Chips.
Laurel Fruitcake aka Mexican Fruitcake.
Scratch made spice cake with pineapple, pecans and cream cheese frosting.
What would you like to order?
dTaco Pizza -- have you tried it?
We do cook at home believe it or not. I saw Taco Pizza somewhere and had to try it..
This is fun for any age, and great for leftovers or small amounts of meat.
I did cheat this (hey I was at home). I used a store bought raw pizza crust. Naan bread would be great too!
I also used a store bought taco sauce - not a salsa but a taco sauce.
Ground beef cooked with my fav taco seasoning.
Lettuce, tomato, cheese, and I did put jalapenos and salsa on top.
Cook taco meat and set aside.
Chop lettuce, tomato, etc.
Spread out pizza dough, or Naan bread. Top with taco sauce and place in oven and bake.
Remove from oven and put your hot taco meat on top.
Top with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, or desired toppings, and dive in.
Note - what we liked about it, is that it is like a taco in that the cheese isn't melted.
Note- this can be made vegetarian, just sub beans, or whatever you prefer for the meat.
Devil Dogs!! Marshmallow Cake!! Church Lady Cake!! No matter what you call them they are YUM!
Come try them at Cafe Laurel. Or make them at home.
We make ours with our special chocolate cake, a layer of marshmallows, and a deep chocolate icing.
Have a great Labor Day.
Have you tried our salads? We do a Chopped Turkey, Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, and Veggie. Above....Chicken Salad. You have goals....we have your salad. Oh, and our Creamy Herb Ranch made in house is what your salad is craving.
We hope everyone is having a great and Happy Thanksgiving.
Have left over red wine? We have your solution.
Red Wine Hot Chocolate.
We aren't going to tell you how to make your hot chocolate, you can make it as decadent or simple as you like. We are going to tell you to add a splash (a couple of ounces of red wine - any kind - to your hot chocolate), then find a great movie and sit on your couch and relax.
It is decadent and rich, so go sparingly.
Now we know what to do with the leftover red wine, besides making ice cubes.
Sangria works too.
Happy Thanksgiving from Cafe Laurel.
We look forward to seeing you this Holiday Season.
Cafe Laurel is a casual relaxed atmosphere American Cafe. We are located West of Downtown at Central and 15th. We have plenty of easy access parking.