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Monday, September 26, 2011

Blue Ribbon Chiffon Cake

My mom won first place for this cake back in the day and I think it would be safe to say it has been awhile since she made it.  I found it in her old recipe box and thought it was time to let the recipe out of the vault and share her secrets with the rest of the world.  I'm sure there are many out there who have been waiting all these years to get her secret recipe... so without further adieu I give you Kathy's Blue Ribbon Chiffon Cake.

2 1/4 c. flour
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. oil
7 egg yolks
1/4 c. cold water
1/2 c. lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp lemon flavoring
7 egg whites
1/2 tsp. cream of tarter

Beat egg whites & cream of tarter until stiff. In separate bowl beat yolks, sugar, oil, water, juice, flavoring & flour. Fold yolk mixture gently over egg whites. Pour into an angel food tube ban and bake  at 325 for 1 hour.


1/3 cup butter, softened 
3 cups confectioners' sugar 
1/4 cup lemon juice 
4-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel 
Dash salt

In a small bowl, combine frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Frost top of cake.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Not Yo' Mama's Bananna Pudding

So the other day at work a coworker brought in this amazing little treat and I vowed I would be making it soon.  It was soo good that I wanted to lick the pan clean, but wouldn't openly admit that, then another co-worker took the pan and did lick it clean, I had to laugh outloud!  This was amazing!  I don't love imitation banana flavors so I am glad this didn't use banana pudding.  The fresh bananas were amazing!

2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
6 to 8 bananas, sliced
2 cups milk
1 (5-ounce) box instant French vanilla pudding
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream

Line the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top.
In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies

These are another recipe that my mom made when we were growing up.  It's a great recipe to make after Halloween when you have all of the left over mini Hershey candy bars.  If you use the mini candy bars you will need one for each cookie, so plan on more than 5(that is for small full size candy bars).  This one is a keeper, it's like a really good Oatmeal cookie but with Chocolate... what could be better?

1 c. butter
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp. soda
1 1/2 c. rolled oats
1 c. coconut
5 small Hershey bars

Cream butter, sugar, eggs & vanilla. Mix flour, salt, & soda in separate bowl then add to creamed picture. Stir in oats and coconut. Shape into balls and put on un-greased cookie sheet then flatten slightly. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and place one square of Hershey chocolate on each cookie. After chocolate is soft spread on cookie.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Baked Asiago Frittata

 I am not usually a big fan of frittata's but this one is really good!  I am not sure if it the the vegetables or the cheese and sausage, but it was delicious!

2 finely chopped broccoli
1/3 sliced green onions
2 garlic, minced
3  Veggie or regular Sausage Patties
1 dried basil leaves or dried Italian seasoning
1/4 salt
1/8 pepper
8 eggs, beaten*
1/4 cup (1 oz.) finely shredded Asiago cheese or Parmesan cheese
1/4 chopped tomato

1. In 10-inch oven-safe nonstick skillet coated with nonstick spray, cook and stir broccoli, onions and garlic over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from heat.
2. Stir patties, basil, salt and pepper into vegetable mixture. Pour eggs over top.
3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° F for 15 to 19 minutes or until set. Sprinkle with cheese. Let stand, covered, for 2 minutes. Sprinkle with tomato. Cut into wedges.
Helpful Hints Don't have Asiago cheese on hand? Substitute finely shredded Parmesan. Both lend a rich, nutty flavor to this Italian-style frittata.
*Note: For a lower fat version, substitute 2 cups refrigerated egg substitute for the 8 eggs.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are my mom's Chocolate Chip Cookies, they are amazing!  I still don't think I can make them as good as mom does, but I guess every daughter feels like they will never make certain recipes as good as their mom.  I hope to have my daughter help me with these always so she will one day be able to cook them just as good as I do, and maybe as good as grandma.  

1 c. margarine or butter
1 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
2 c. chocolate chips
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
3 c. flour

cream butter and sugars until fluffy and smooth, then add eggs and vanilla.  Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients saving the chocolate chips until the very last.  Once all ingredients are mixed together drop dough by the spoonful onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 325 for 8-10 minutes. For best results do not over bake; they are soft and delicious if baked until almost done.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Velvet Corn Soup

This is another recipe that reminds me of winter in my house growing up.  My mom use to make this soup all the time.  It's a great one, and it pretty easy to make, you can even put it in the crockpot once it's made to keep it warm all day if needed. 

2 chicken breasts cooked and minced/shredded
3 egg whites
1 c. chicken broth
5 c. water
2 tsp. salt
1 can cream corn
1/4 c. cornstarch
1/4 c. water
1 Tbsp. chopped green onions

Put minced chicken in bowl add egg whites and stir. Mix corn, broth, water and cornstarch in a pan and bring to a boil. Add chicken, stirring in one direction only. Cook 1 minute. Garnish with green onion.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pink Popcorn

This was a staple of my childhood.  Anytime my mom needed to take something to school for one of our class parties she would make this and color it for the occasion, green for St. Patricks day, Red and Green for Christmas, but we always called it Pink Popcorn because if there wasn't a special occasion we always made it pink.  Now a days when mom makes it with the grandkids it's usually blue or green, but they all know what it is and we all love it!  It's something that reminds me of my childhood and my mother.  

1/4 C. Margarine

2 C. Sugar

1/2 C. Water

1 tsp. Salt

Boil ingredients together for 4 minutes stirring constantly, then add 1 tsp Vanilla and any food coloring of your choice. Remove from heat and pour over 2-3 batches of air popped popcorn, stir until completely coated.  Spread popcorn out on counter top to cool completely.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Jumbo Breakfast Cookies

When I saw this recipe on my sisters cucina a while back I knew that I would need to try them out, and now that school is back in session and we are constantly on the run I whipped up a big batch to use a breakfast on the go.  My kids love them and have asked every morning if we can have the breakfast cookies.  I am going to try to make them as a bar cookie so I can cut them up like granola bars.  I will have to let you know how that one goes.  Otherwise these are a good way to give your kids a healthy breakfast treat in the morning.  

1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 Tbsp vanilla
*Stir/Cream together*

1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
4 cups bran flakes cereal
1/2 cup soft butter
1/4 cup water
1 egg, beaten
1 cup chocolate chips (milk, semi-sweet, peanut butter, vanilla, butterscotch)

"Whatever" mix-ins:
1 cup oats
1 cup craisins or raisins
1 cup coconut
1 cup nuts

***Mix very well! (Your hand will get tired!) Drop by rounded 1/2 cups or giant spoonful. Round into about a 2-inch ball and flatten on cookie sheet to 1/2 inch thick. Bake at 375 degrees for 13-15 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Oatmeal Fudge

This is another no bake cookie recipe that has been in our family for awhile.  My mom use to make these while we were growing up.  They use to call them Oatmeal fudge instead of no bake cookies which is what most of us know them as.  I love going back and finding recipes that have been used by my grandparents and my mother,  It makes me feel somehow connected, and like when I bake I take a step back in time to cook in my grandma's kitchen with her.  I love tried and true family recipes. 
This recipe is a little different than most no bake recipes as there is no peanut butter.  It's got coconut and nuts and oats to make it hearty. It's a fun trip down memory lane for me.

3 Tbsp Cocoa
2 C. Sugar
1/2 C. Milk
1/2 C. Shortening
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 C. Coconut
1/2 C. Chopped Nuts
3 C. Oatmeal

Combine Sugar, cocoa, milk, shortening, and salt in a pan and bring it to a boil. Then remove from heat. Add Oatmeal, nuts and coconut and mix until thick. Then drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper and let cool.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Pudding Pecan Pie

This is a simplified version for how to make a pecan pie. It couldn't make it any easier.  So for your fall parties you can now bake up a pecan masterpiece.  My mom use to make this on special occasions, usually around thanksgiving.  Give it a try and you will not be sorry!  I prefer to add a few more pecans to mine, so feel free to add a few more if you like.

1 small Pkg Vanilla Pudding (not instant)

1 C. Corn Syrup

3/4 C. Evaporated Milk

1 Egg slightly beaten

1 C. Chopped Pecans

1 Unbaked 8 inch pie shell

Blend pudding and corn syrup. Gradually add evaporated milk and egg stirring to blend. Then add Pecans. Pour mixture into pie shell and bake at 375 until top is firm and just begins to crack (about 40 minutes). Cool at least 3 hours and garnish as desired.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Jalpeno Poppers

This is an amazing recipe!! What could be better Bacon, cream cheese and jalapenos, seriously this should be illegal!! It is delicious!  You can use the fresh Jalapenos from your garden, and if your plant looks like mine you could make it three or four times if your tummy can handle it!

18-20 Jalapenos
1 8oz package of cream cheese
1/2 C. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1-2 green onions, chopped
9 slices of bacon cut in half.

Prehead the oven to 275 degrees.  Cut the Jalapenos in half, scoop out the seeds and membranes. (for a little kick leave some seeds in).  In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and green onion.  Fill the jalapenos with the cream cheese mixture.  Cut the bacon slices in half and wrap them around the jalapeno.  Secure with a toothpick.  Brush them with a little barbecue sauce and throw them in the over.  (I was in a hurry and cooked mine at 350 for 30 minutes and they were great).  Enjoy!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Peanut Blossoms

My mom use to make these all the time for special occasions and we all wanted to eat them.  Hershey Kisses were not a common thing in our house growing up so that made these cookies special.  They are a great combination of chocolate and peanut butter.  You can also switch things up and put a mini Reese's in the center instead of a Kiss.  That is amazing as well.  Hope you enjoy it!

1 3/4 C. Flour

1 tsp. Soda

1/2 C. Sugar

1/2 tsp. Salt

2 Tbsp. Milk

1/2 C. Brown Sugar

1/2 C. shortening

1/2 C. Peanut Butter

1 Egg

1 tsp. Vanilla

48 Chocolate Kisses

Combine all ingredients except kisses in large bowl. Mix on low speed until dough comes together. Shape into round balls. Place on baking sheet and cook at 385 for 10-12 minutes. Top each cookie with a Hershey kiss immediately as it comes out of the oven. Press kiss down firmly so the cookie compresses and cracks around the edges.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Grannies Peach Cobbler

This recipe was my Grannie Williams version of peach cobbler from scratch.  She was a great cook and I am so glad that we still have some of her recipes.  I love peach cobbler and have loved using the fresh peaches we are enjoying on this dish.  Try it out, you won't be sorry you did!

2 c. sliced peaches
1 Tbsp. corn starch
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. peach juice

1 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 c. salt
1/4 c. shortening
1/4 c. nuts
1/3 c. milk

Place sliced peaches in greased 8x8 pan. Sprinkle cornstartch over fruits. Combine sugar, salt, peach juice and pour over peaches. Make dough with flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, Cut in shortening, add nuts and mix well. Add milk, stirring with a fork into a soft ball. Drop small spoonfuls onto peaches and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 372 for 40-45 minutes.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pickled Beets

I am not a huge fan of pickled beets, but this is another of my mothers recipes from when I was growing up.  And with the bountiful harvest we are having this fall I am finding myself canning things I never thought I would.  Anyone want some pickles beets?  I know my dad loves them!

1/3 C. Sugar

1/3 C. Vinegar

1/3 C. Water
Fresh Beets

Boil first 3 ingredients together. Fill bottles with beets, then pour boiling syrup over beets until bottles are filled to 1/4" from the top ring, put lids and rings on and process in a water bath canner or a steam canner for 40 minutes for both pints and quarts.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Apple Betty Pie

 This is one that my mom use to make when we were growing up, especially in the fall when we had apples coming from our ears. The time is at hand when I also have apples, peaches, zucchini, tomatoes etc... coming from my ears, and so begins the quest to use all of my harvest!  This is such a simple recipe and tastes so good warm with some fresh whipped cream on top. 

5 apples (sliced)
1 1/3 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. butter (melted)
1 1/3 c. quick oats
3/4 c. flour
1/4 c. sugar

Arrange sliced apples in 8x8 baking dish add 1/3 cup water to bottom of dish. Combine oats, sugars, flour and melted butter until well combined. Sprinkle over apples. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Serve warm with whipping cream.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sparkling Cherry Lemonade

This time of year you can skip the frozen cherries and go strait for fresh. This is refreshing way to enjoy a nice summer evening.
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen pitted sweet cherries (2 cups), thawed
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 cups chilled seltzer water, plus more to taste
Add the cherries, lemon juice, and sugar to a blender and puree. Pour the mixture into a large pitcher. Add the seltzer and stir gently. Pour into glasses filled with ice and top with additional seltzer of cherries, if desired.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

No-Bake Cheese Cake

This is such a simple recipe that my mom use to make all the time for birthdays for my dad.  He loves cheesecake almost more than anything.  It is very quick to make.  The texture is creamy and oh so good!  If you need a quick summer dessert this one is great topped with fresh fruit!

1 graham cracker crust
4 c. whipping cream
9 oz cream cheese
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. lemon juice

Cream sugar, vanilla, lemon and cream cheese. Fold in whipping cream. Pour into graham cracker crust and refrigerate until firm.   Top with your choice of fresh fruit, or fruit pie topping.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Chocolate Upside Down Cake

This yummy cake is to die for!! I prefer it almost straight out of the oven when it is warm and ooey and gooey!  I know most people let it cook some, but I like moist/wet cake to say the least.  If you love chocolate you will love this cake!!

1 C. White Sugar
1 C. brown Sugar
5 Tbsp. Cocoa
2 C. Boiling water
1 C. nuts, chocolate chips (Optional)

Mix ingredients over medium heat in a sauce pan until sugar is dissolved. Pour mixture into bottom of a 9x13 cake pan and allow to cool slightly. You can add some finely shopped nuts into the bottom of the pan as well if you are a nut lover or some chocolate chips.

2 C. flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 1/2 C. Sugar
2 Eggs
3 Tbsp. Cocoa
1 C. Milk
6 Tbsp. Oil or Shortening
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 C. Nuts

Mix all ingredients together and pour over cooled Chocolate Syrup. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes. Top with Whipped cream and serve warm.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Baked Cheese Sticks

Who doesn't love Mozzarella sticks?  I use to love to get these in High School when we would go to Denny's or Village in and just sit and snack on these.  Yummy!  Though making them baked instead of fried makes them not nearly as bad for you.  These are a fun treat that you will love, as will your sweet kids, who will think you are amazing when you make them!


4 C. Corn Flakes
or 1 cup Corn Flake Crumbs
1 garlic salt
1/2 oregano
1/4 all-purpose flour
2 egg whites
2 water
1 (8 oz.) mozzarella cheese

1. Combine CORN FLAKES cereal, garlic salt, and oregano in pie plate or shallow bowl. Place flour in second pie plate or bowl. In another bowl, beat egg whites and water with fork until thoroughly combined.
2. Cut cheese into 12 sticks approximately 2-3/4 inches long. Dip cheese in flour, then in egg mixture, then cereal mixture. Carefully repeat dipping in egg mixture and cereal mixture to double coat completely. Place on foil-lined shallow baking pan coated with cooking spray. Coat remaining cheese using same method. Lightly spray coated cheese sticks with cooking spray. Let stand about 30 minutes.
3. Bake at 400° F for 8 minutes or until cheese is soft and sticks are lightly browned. Serve hot with pizza sauce or salsa, if desired.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Grilled Chicken with Lemon & Oregano

This was a refreshing and light dish. If you like citrus give it a go. I may use half lemon and half orange juice next time to mix it up a bit. I found the recipe over at Recipe Girl.
1 Tbs grated lemon zest
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
¼ cup finely chopped fresh oregano (or 1 Tbsp. dried)
2 Tbs olive oil, plus more for grates
coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 boneless skinless breasts (about 6 ounces each)
4 medium lemons, halved crosswise
oregano sprigs for garnish (optional)

1. Prepare marinade: In a small bowl, whisk lemon zest and juice, oregano, oil, 2 tsp. coarse salt and 1 tsp. pepper. Divide marinade between 2 large re-sealable plastic bags. Place 2 chicken halves in each bag; shake to coat. Let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes, turning bags occasionally.

2. Preheat grill to medium; lightly oil grates. Remove chicken from marinade, and pat dry with paper towels. Place chicken on grill. Cover and cook until lightly browned and cooked through, about 8-10 minutes. Turn chicken over, cover and cook until chicken is cooked through (an instant-read thermometer should read 175° when inserted into the thickest part of the chicken). If chicken is browning too quickly, move to cooler parts of grill or turn grill to low heat.
3. Transfer chicken to cutting board. Tent with foil; let rest 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place lemon halves on the grill, cut side down; cook until slightly charred, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve chicken breasts with grilled lemon halves. Garnish with fresh oregano sprigs, if desired.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Chocolate Malt Cake

This is a chocolate lovers MUST! A friend brought this tasty treat to scrapbook night, she found the recipe over at Family Favorite Recipes. I know why it is a favorite, it was delicious!

Chocolate Malt Cake:

2 1/4 c. flour
1 1/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. milk
1 c. malted milk powder (can be found by the instant breakfasts)
1 c. vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 c. sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Malt icing (see recipe below)
Chocolate ganache (see recipe below)
Malted milk balls (Whoppers)

Preheat oven to 350. Butter & flour 2, 9-inch baking pans (you may have a little leftover to make a cupcake or two if you want). In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
In a small bowl, combine milk and malted milk powder, stirring to dissolve. Add milk mixture, oil and eggs to flour mixture, beating at a medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add sour cream and vanilla, beating just until combined.
Pour batter evenly into prepared pans and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans and let cool completely on racks. Frost cakes, pour on ganache (after you pour the ganache over the cake. Place the entire cake in the refrigerator and let cool for at least an hour), and garnish with malted milk balls.

Chocolate Malt Icing:

1 1/2 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 c. heavy whipping cream
3/4 c. milted milk powder
7 1/2 c. powdered sugar

In a large bowl, beat butter and cocoa powder at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. In a small bowl, combine cream and malted milk powder, stirring to dissolve. Add cream mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed to combine. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until smooth.

Chocolate Ganache:

16 oz. bittersweet (or semi-sweet) chocolate (we used chocolate chips)
2 c. heavy whipping cream

Place the chopped chocolate into a medium-sized bowl. Heat the heavy cream in a microwavable container and microwave for 3 to 4 minutes on high, or until it just begins to simmer; be careful not to allow cream to boil over. Pour the cream over the chocolate and let stand for 30 seconds or so. Using an electric mixer, beat on low until chocolate mixture is smooth. Use as is for glazing.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Chicken Pot Pie

boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced 2 (10.5 oz.) cans cream of chicken soup
3 Tbs. bacon grease or olive oil 1/2 cup evaporated milk
4 cloves garlic; minced 1 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
1 yellow onion; diced 1 Tbs. Worcestershire
4 medium potatoes; diced
salt and black pepper to taste
1 (16 oz.) bag frozen mixed vegetables; thawed 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls

Heat a 12" Dutch oven using 20-22 briquettes bottom until hot. To hot oven add bacon grease, chicken and garlic; season with salt and black pepper to taste. Cook chicken stirring frequently until chicken is no longer pink. Add onions and potatoes and continue cooking until onions are translucent but still firm. Stir in mixed vegetables, soup, evaporated milk, poultry seasoning and Worcestershire; season with salt and pepper. Let mixture come to a low boil. Unroll the crescent rolls and create a top crust by layering flat rolls across the top of ingredients.
Reduce the heat on bottom to 8-10 briquettes and add 14-16 briquettes to the lid. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the rolls are golden brown and flaky. Check to make sure potatoes are cooked through. If not, then remove all briquettes from the lid and continue to cook maintaining bottom heat to keep pie bubbling an additional 15 minutes until potatoes are cooked through.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Lemon Crumb Squares

I bought a large bag of Lemons the other day while shopping and have been looking for great uses for all of my fresh lemons before they go bad.  I ran across this yummy recipe over at The Girl Who Ate Everything.  I can always count on her for great recipes, so I decided to give this one a tray.  There were a few things I would do differently, but I'll post those as we go along.   These were fresh, tangy and a wonderful treat to share with my girlfriends for our "Emergency Night Out".  They were very quick to make and definitely worth the effort.  I think that next time I will try adding some fresh blueberries or raspberries on top of the lemon mixture to change things up.  You could do just about anything with them and they would still me fabulous I am sure!!

1 ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1½ sticks of butter, slightly softened
1 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
1 cup oats
1 can (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
½ cups lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix butter and brown sugar until well combined.
Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder.
Add oats and flour to butter/sugar mixture and mix to combine.
Press half of oat crumb mixture into the bottom of an 8 x 11 inch pan. You can use a 9 x 13 pan; it will just be thinner.
Mix together condensed milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Spread onto the bottom layer of the crumb mixture. The other half of the crumb mixture mix and knead together with clean hands so that the butter that you added earlier gets incorporated .  If this mixture seems too dry add a little more butter.  You want the top to be a thick crumbly texture, nof fine in texture once you have mixed it together then crumble on top of lemon layer but don’t press.  It should resemble the top of an "apple crisp".
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
Allow pan to sit on counter for 30 minutes after baking. Cut into squares and refrigerate for a couple of hours or until cool.
Serve cool. Makes around one dozen.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Shredding Chicken

Does anyone else every dread the task of shredding Chicken? I always hate when a recipe calls for shredded Chicken, that is until today. I learned a new little trick to simplify shredding chicken. I bought about 10 Chicken breasts this morning and was planning on cooking and shredding a few of them, when I was on the phone with an old friend and she told me a new use for my Kitchen Aid mixer. Yes you read that right, my kitchen aid mixer. Boil your chicken just like you would if you were going to shred the chicken by hand. Once it's cooked thru, place the chicken in your mixer with your paddle attachment in place turn your mixer onto low and let it work it's magic. Within a few moments you will have shredded chicken. Now wasn't that easy?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

These yummy things were on our menu tonight for Dinner and let me just tell you that they were super easy to make and very good!! I have had them on my list of recipes to make for quite sometime, they were a recipe that caught my eye when I got my "Our Best Bites" cookbook. And they didn't disappoint! When I say they were easy I mean that, I was watching 5 kids besides my own 2 today and still managed to make 2 large pans of these! Make these for dinner tonight, you won't be sorry!

1/3 C (3 oz) cream cheese
1/4 C green salsa
1T fresh lime juice
1/2 t cumin
1 t chili powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/4 t granulated garlic, or garlic powder
3 T chopped cilantro
2 T sliced green onions
2 C shredded cooked chicken
1 C grated pepperjack cheese

Salt & Pepper to taste

tortillas, corn or flour work well.
kosher salt
cooking spray

Heat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.

Heat cream cheese in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds so it’s soft and easy to stir. Add green salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and granulated garlic. Stir to combine and then add cilantro and green onions. Add chicken and cheese and combine well.

You can prepare up to this step ahead of time. Just keep the mixture in the fridge.

Work with a few tortillas at a time and heat in the microwave until they are soft enough to roll without cracking. It helps to place them between damp paper towels. Usually 20-30 seconds will do it. If you find yours are cracking when you roll them or are coming unrolled right away, just try heating them longer and try the paper towel thing.

Place 2-3 T of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges. Then roll it up as tight as you can. Place seam side down on the baking sheet. Lay all of the taquitos on the baking sheet and make sure they are not touching each other. Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray or an oil mister and sprinkle some kosher salt on top.

Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown.

Dip them in salsa, sour cream, guacamole, or anything else your heart craves.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Parmesan & Garlic Linguini

I ran across this awesome blog when I discovered the Lemon Crinkle Cookies I posted a few days ago and this recipe immediately caught my eye because of how easy it seemed and how simple it was. Last night I needed a quick fix for dinner and so I whipped up this amazing dish. It was definitely fast and easy, I sliced some chicken and cooked it up and tossed it in with the pasta. The best way to describe how good it was is to say my BIL was scraping the bottom of the pan once the dish was long gone to get "a little more". It was so easy, and yet it was so rich and amazing in flavor. I added quite a bit more garlic than is called for since we are big garlic lovers, but otherwise it is perfect the way it is. I hope you enjoy this simple but amazing meal.

1/2 pound linguine pasta
2 tablespoons salted butter
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 clove garlic, finely minced {I used a microplane}
lots of salt & pepper, to taste
1/2 cup reserved cooking liquid from pasta
3/4 cup freshly grated parmigiano reggiano {use the real stuff!}
fresh parsley, for garnish {optional}

Bring large pot of water up to boil. Sprinkle in a generous amount of salt and stir in pasta. Cook linguine until al dente and drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Place linguine back into hot pot and stir in butter, cream, garlic, salt, pepper and cheese until butter and cheese start to melt and create a sauce. Pour in some pasta water to get the sauce to the consistency you want. {I only used about 3 tablespoons.} Taste and adjust seasonings accordingly. Pour onto serving platter and top with fresh parsley and more grated cheese.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

When my mom told me she was trying out a new Lemon cookie for a family function I never could have imagined how amazing they would turn out. These cookies reminded me of some similar ones that friends have bought and shared with me that they got from the expensive cookie shops around here. They were really good, and super easy to make, my kids even got to help out on these ones. My mom said these were the cookie that won first prize for best cookies in a contest for LDS These are truly amazing cookies, I think they would be fun to add some lemon heads to them to spice up the lemon flavor. Yummy!!


½ cups butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 whole egg
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoons baking powder
⅛ teaspoons baking soda
1-½ cup all-purpose flour (i needed 1/4 - 1/3 c. more flour to get it the right consistency to roll out)
½ cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease light colored baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest, and juice. Scrape sides and mix again. Stir in all dry ingredients slowly until just combined, excluding the powdered sugar. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly. Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte {not melty or shiny}. Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

*If using a non-stick darker baking tray, reduce baking time by about 2 minutes.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Pecan Pie

I love pecan pie!!! When i was dating my husband he had a roommate who was from the south, and that boy would make southern pecan pie like no other. Mmmm it makes my mouth water just thinking about it. I hope you can find some time to enjoy some Pecan Pie sometime soon.

3 eggs beaten
2/3 C. Sugar
1 C. Corn Syrup
1/3 C. Melted Butter
1 C. Pecan Halves
Dash of Salt
1 unbaked pie shell

Combine eggs, sugar and salt in a bowl, then add corn syrup and butter and mix together, stir in the pecans then pour mixture into an unbaked pie shell. Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes. Cool for 2-3 hours before serving

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Peanut Butter Popcorn

I had a friend in high school who use to make this all the time when we would all be sitting around chatting late at night, and I use to love the flavor of it. It's rich and positively divine, trust me, you will love it if you like peanut butter!!

1/2 C. Honey
1/2 C Karo Syrup
1 C. Sugar
1 C. Peanut Butter
1/2 Tsp. Vanilla

Combine Honey, Karo and Sugar in a pan until it boils, boil while stirring for 2 minutes, then add peanut butter and Vanilla and stir until smooth, then pour over 1 batch of air popped popcorn.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Corn Bread

This has been my go to recipe for corn bread for quite awhile. I remember growing up and having this for breakfast many times. I always have loved it with a little butter and some honey, it makes my tummy growl just thinking about it.

1 c. corn meal
1 c. flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. shortening
1 egg
1 c. milk

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Cut in shortening until well blended. Beat egg and milk together. Mix with dry ingredients until just blended. Pour into well greased 8x8 pan. Bake at 200 for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

For sweeter bread add 2 more Tbsp sugar.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Sweet and Sour Sauce

This is a recipe that my Aunt Jill got when she took Chinese cooking classes after she and my grandmother went to China to pick up an Uncle of mine who was serving an LDS mission there. This has always been what sweet and Sour Sauce tastes like to me. I hope you enjoy it as well.

1 C Water
2 Tbsp Ketchup
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Red wine Vinegar

place ingredients into pan and bring to a boil. Add cornstarch to thicken mixture. Pour over your desired ingredients or use as dipping sauce or marinade.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Hot Fudge

This was always my mom's go to recipe for hot fudge sauce and I have learned over the years that it makes an excellent Chocolate Fondue sauce as well. We use this sauce all the time for Ice cream and Fondue, or anytime I want a nice thick chocolate sauce. It's amazing and very simple to make. I hope you enjoy it.

1 Square Semi Sweet Cocoa
1 C. Sugar
2/3 C. Evaporated Milk
1/2 C. Margarine
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 Tbsp Karo Syrup

Melt Butter and Cocoa in a pan over low heat, then add Milk, karo and Sugar. Stirring constantly boil until sugar has dissolved. Once Sugar has dissolved add vanilla and remove from heat and serve while hot.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Two Tone Brownies

This recipe originally comes from Taste of home cookbook, but my dear friend Kristi makes these and they are to die for. Soft moist brownies topped with a cookie dough frosting. What could be better? They are amazing and I know you will just love them.

Brownie Layer:
1 12-ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup (2 cubes) butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs at room temperature
1 1/2 cups flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter and chocolate chips. Stir constantly and remove from heat when chips are fully melted. In the same pot, blend in the sugar. Then add eggs, blending fully one at a time. Add flour and salt and beat until air bubbles form in the batter. Pour into a greased 9 X 13-inch pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Turn heat down to 325 degrees and bake for 10 more minutes.

Cool completely and then top with the cookie dough layer.

Cookie Dough Layer:
1/2 cup (1 cube) butter, softened
1/2 cup dark brown Sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

In a small bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in milk and vanilla. Gradually add flour and salt. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoonfuls over cooled brownies; carefully spread over top (this can be tricky but I found the best way is to slightly wet my hands and pat the dough down gently so it doesn’t pull up the brownies). Cut into squares. Store in the refrigerator.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Raspberry Banana Bread

My raspberries are on and we have been making freezer jam, freezing raspberries and trying a new banana bread recipe. This is not your mother's banana bread, but it is YUUUMMMY! I found this little gem in my ward cookbook. Very moist and delicious. The white chocolate chips and raspberries take it to another level.

Liquid Ingredients:

2 eggs
2 c. mashed bananas
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1/4 c. applesauce

Dry Ingredients:

1 3/4 c. flour
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Additional Ingredients
1 c. white chocolate chips
1 c. fresh or frozen raspberries
(if frozen, do not thaw before baking)

In a large bowl, whisk all dry ingredients together. In smaller bowl stir all liquid ingredients together until well combined and eggs are beaten up. Slowly pour liquid bowl into dry bowl and stir together. Fold in white chips and raspberries. Pour into greased bread pan and bake at 325 for 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Simple Éclair Cake

My fabulous sister in law made this for us for Mother's Day this year and it was yummy! I called her for the recipe over the weekend and made it for our little Pioneer Day BBQ on Sunday, it got rave reviews. The best part is how simple it is to make, you can whip it up in under 10 minutes, enjoy!


2 (3.5 oz) pkg vanilla instant pudding

1 (8 oz) container cool whip

3 cups milk

16 oz graham crackers

1 container prepared chocolate frosting.


Prepare pudding with 3 cups milk then fold in cool whip. In 9x13 layer graham crackers, pudding mixture, graham crackers, pudding mixture, ending with crackers on top. Top with chocolate frosting (this goes a lot easier if you microwave the frosting for just 20-30 seconds to get it nice and soft and pourable). Spread the frosting to cover all crackers. Allow to chill in the fridge at least 4 hours to soften crackers.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lemon Water

My Aunt Lou always makes this when we have large family parties at her house, it's kind of like a mild gatorade, but not nearly as sweet. It's great for large parties and it's especially nice for summer BBQ's. You could put any fruit in it, I've seen her use Oranges as well in the winter time. It's light and mild in flavor and pretty easy to mix together quickly once you get the citric acid. I get mine at GNC.

2 tablespoons citric acid (you can find this at most natural food stores and some pharmacies)
5 quarts water
2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons pure lemon extract
3 sliced lemons
3 sliced limes
Crushed ice

In a large pitcher or punch bowl, stir water, sugar, citric acid, and lemon extract together. Add sliced fruit and ice.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Limeade Slush

My mom always made this for big gatherings when we wanted cold drinks to serve. But recently I had learned that adding some chopped up strawberries or whole raspberries makes this a completely different drink, without much more effort and it looks amazing in glasses.

11 C. water
1 can Limeade
3 C. Sugar

Boil Sugar and water on stove in large stock pot until sugar dissolves, then add limeade. Pour into a 1 gallon Ice Cream container and freeze until solid. To use, thaw slightly and using a knife or metal spatula, break slush up and pour into Punch Bowl, and then pour 2 2 liters of sprite or 7-up over top of slush and serve.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Grilled Potatoes & Onions

This recipe comes from Our Best Bites, which is a blog I have come to love. I recently got their cook book and can I just say Yummy! If you don't have it yet, you should get it!! I have made tons of their grilling recipes and have loved everyone of them that I have tried. This one is my favorite as a side dish though. It is so simple and yet so yummy. I like to cook mine over a little bit warmer heat so that they get a little crispy, I love crispy potatoes!

1 potato per person
1/2 small onion per person
1 Tbsp. butter per person, cut into small pieces
1/4 tsp. salt per person
Freshly-ground black pepper
Smoked paprika

(You can either make small individual packets, i.e. one potato and some onion, or you can make one big packet with all the potatoes and all the onions)
Tear aluminum foil into desired length pieces depending on your preference of size. Preheat your grill. Slice Potatoes into 1/8"-1/4" thick slices, if you like thicker potatoes you will just have to adjust cooking times so that your taters get done. Next slice the onions into 1/8" thick slices. Place Potatoes on foil, top with salt & pepper then paprika, don't skimp on the paprika, it's not a strong spice so you will need a generous amount. Then place butter on top of potatoes and top with onions. Then roll the aluminum foil up so that you create a sealed packet/envelope to keep the steam inside while the potatoes cook. Then cook over low heat on a grill for 15 minutes on each side.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Fajita Marinade

I tried my neighbors fajita marinade a couple weeks ago and it was so yummy! Thanks for sharing Leslie.

For Meat:
1/4 c. lime juice
1/3 c. water
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tsp. vinegar
2 tsp. soy sauce
1/2 tsp liquid smoke
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tap. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. black pepper
dash of onion powder

For Vegies:
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp. soy sauce
2 T. water
1/2 tsp lime juice
dash of salt and pepper

In a gallon bag add all ingredients for the Meat marinade. Place chicken, steak or shrimp into the bag and marinade for a couple hours. Cook meat on a hot grill. Cook sliced peppers and onions in a pan with the veggie marinaade until carmalized then mix with meats. Serve with tortillas, cheese and sourcream.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Chicken Carbonara

This is my neighbors recipe. We have eaten it several times in their home and they've brought it to us a couple times after surgery. (They're great neighbors & know it is my hubbies favorite.) It is delicious!

1/2 lb. thickly sliced bacon
1 small onion
1 lb linguini
3 eggs
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 c. fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
2 grilled Chicken breasts

Grill two chicken breasts and slice thinly. Dice bacon and cook until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. Saute onion for 5 minutes in 2 tablespoons bacon drippings. Cook linguini according to aladente package directions. While pasta is cooking , beet eggs well in a small bowl. Drain pasta and toss with beaten eggs, onions, bacon, salt, pepper, parsley and parmesan. Top with grilled chicken.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Amish Friendship Bread

This is a fun little recipe you can share with friends. A neighbor brought me some of the baked bread and my kids have been begging me ever since to make more. I love that you change it up each time you make it with a difference flavor of pudding. The chocolate is yummy!

Starter Ingredients

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3 cups white sugar, divided
  • 3 cups milk


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 10 minutes. In a 2 quart container glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or flour will lump when milk is added. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand until bubbly. Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle. Leave loosely.

*Do not use any type of metal bowls or spoons for mixing. Do not refrigerate. If air gets in bag, let it out. It is normal for the batter to raise, bubble and ferment.

Day 1. Do nothing! This is the day you receive batter. Make sure the bag is dated!

Day 2. Mush the bag

Day 3. Mush the bag

Day 4, Mush the bag

Day 5. Mush the bag

Day 6. Add to bag: 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Mush the bag

Day 7. Mush the bag

Day 8. Mush the bag

Day 9. Mush the bag

Day 10. Mix and divide starter.

Pour entire contents of bag into non-metal bowl adding: 1 ½ cups flour, 1 ½ cups sugar, and 1 ½ cups milk. Mix. Measure out 4 separate batters of 1 cups each into 4 separate gallon Ziploc bags. Keep one for yourself and give the other 3 to friends along with a copy of this recipe.

Preheat oven to 325. To the remaining batter in the bowl add: 3 eggs, 1 cup oil (or ½ cup oil and ½ cup applesauce), ½ cup milk, 1 cup sugar, 2 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp vanilla, 1 ½ tsp baking powder, ½ tsp baking soda, ½ tsp salt, 2 cups flour, and 1 large box INSTANT pudding mix.

Grease 2 large loaf pans. Mix in a small bowl ½ cup brown sugar and 1 ½ tsp cinnamon. Dust greased loaf pans with half of this mixture. Pour batter evenly into the 2 greased pans and sprinkle remaining sugar mixture over the batter. Bake 1 hour. Cool until bread loosens from the pan, about 10 minutes. Turn out onto serving dish. Serve warm or cold or devour with your bare hands!!!

Option: Add 1 cup chopped raisins or nuts. Use whatever pudding flavor you would like to try. You can add chocolate chips.

Note: When you divide the starter, write the date on each bag. This helps keep better track of which day you’re on. If you keep a starter bag for yourself, you will be baking every 10 days. This bread is very good and makes a great gift. Only the Amish know how to create a “starter” so if you give them all away, you’ll have to wait until someone gives you a starter back