Friday, December 10, 2010

Southwestern Corn Chowder

Southwestern Corn Chowder

1 Tbsp butter
6 green onions, white and green separated, thinly sliced
3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
½ tsp chili powder
1 ½ tsp oregano
Coarse salt and ground pepper
4 red potatoes
2 ¼ C frozen corn kernels
5 ½ C chicken broth
3 C milk

Wash potatoes and cut them in half lengthwise, then cut each half into fourths lengthwise. Then slice each of those
pieces into about ¼ to ½ inch slices.
In saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add white part of green onions, carrots, chili powder and oregano; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until scallion is soft, about 2 minutes. Add potato, corn, broth and milk.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and reduce to a simmer. Cook until potato is easily pierced with a knife (quickly, as potato slices are thin). Stir in green part of green onions, and season with salt and pepper.

Serves 5 to 6.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground cloves
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1/2 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time. Remove 1 cup of batter and spread into bottom of crust; set aside. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the remaining batter and stir gently until well blended. Carefully spread over the batter in the crust. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is almost set. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Cover with whipped topping before serving.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese

1 ½ C. elbow macaroni
½ cube butter, melted
3 Tbsp. flour
2 C. milk
1 C. grated cheddar cheese
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

Add flour, salt and pepper to melted butter. Make this into a white sauce by slowly stirring in the 2 cups milk. Stir and cook until thick. Add cheese, and pour over cooked macaroni in a 2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with grated cheese and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
Serves 3-4.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Chicken Stromboli


Chicken Stromboli

1 pkg. (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
½ cup shredded Colby & Monterey Jack cheese blend
1 pkg. (11 oz) refrigerated Pillsbury Thin Crust Pizza Crust
1 cup pasta sauce, divided
2 tsp grated parmesan
2 tsp milk
1 lb. chicken or turkey breasts, cut into strips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Boil a cup of water on medium in a large skillet; add chicken and return to boiling. Cover; simmer 8 to 10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then chop.
Unroll crust into a 14”x12” rectangle on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Spoon half the sauce down the center lengthwise, leaving 3” on either side. Layer spinach, chicken and cheese over sauce. Cut 12 strips on both sides of crust. Fold strips over filling, so they overlap. Brush with milk and sprinkle with parmesan.
Bake for 12 minutes. Serve with remaining sauce.
Serves 6. Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes

Stir-Fried Veggies

Stir-fried Veggies

1 C. broccoli spears, thinly sliced
1 C. carrots, thinly sliced
1 C. zucchini, thinly sliced
1 sm. onion, thinly sliced
2 tsp. oil
½ C. chicken broth

Spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Combine ingredients in skillet over medium heat and simmer, uncovered until all the liquid evaporates and the vegetables begin to brown slightly. Season to taste with soy sauce, if desired.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan

1 eggplant, peeled and thinly sliced
1 egg, beaten
2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs
3 cups spaghetti sauce, divided
1/2 (16 ounce) package mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 teaspoon dried basil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Dip eggplant slices in egg, then in bread crumbs. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes on each side. In a 9x13 inch baking dish spread spaghetti sauce to cover the bottom. Place a layer of eggplant slices in the sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Repeat with remaining ingredients, ending with the cheeses. Sprinkle basil on top. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes, or until golden brown.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1-1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
2-1/2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
Cooking spray
½ tsp. salt
1 C. chopped plum tomato (about 2)
2 tsp. fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp. finely chopped onion
¼ tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1 avocado, peeled, finely chopped

Combine cilantro, 2-1/2 Tbsp. lime juice, olive oil in large bowl; add chicken, toss and let stand 3 minutes. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Sprinkle chicken with ¼ tsp. salt. Heat grill pan over medium-high heat; coat with cooking spray. Cook chicken on grill; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done. Combine tomato, onion, lime juice, salt and pepper in medium bowl; add avocado, stir gently to combine. Serve salsa over chicken. Serves 4 with ¼ cup salsa.



½ C butter, softened
½ C shortening
1 ½ C sugar
2 eggs
2 ¾ C flour
2 tsp cream of tarter
1 Tbsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix butter, shortening, sugar and eggs thoroughly. Blend in flour, cream of tarter, baking soda and salt. Shape dough into small balls. Mix 2 Tbsp sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon; roll balls in mixture. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-9 minutes. Remove immediately.

Monday, April 26, 2010



2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
3 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
1 ¾ cup chicken broth
2 cups refrigerated diced potatoes with onions
1 to 2 cups half and half to desired thickness
4 slices bacon, crumbled
Salt and pepper

In a saucepan, cook celery in hot butter over medium heat about 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in flour until combined. Stir in broth; bring to boiling, stirring constantly. Add potatoes; return to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes or until tender. Slightly mash potatoes. Stir in half and half and bacon. Heat through. Season with salt and pepper.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Chicken Bruschetta

Chicken Bruschetta

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 C. mushrooms, sliced
5 garlic cloves, minced
¼ tsp. salt
½ C. red onion, chopped
1 tsp. dried basil leaves (I used fresh)
4 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
3 med. tomatoes, chopped
¼ C. shredded Parmesan cheese

Spray broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken with garlic powder; ¼ tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. pepper; place on broiler pan. Broil 4-6 inches from heat for 6-8 minutes on each side. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add mushrooms, garlic, and ¼ tsp. salt; cook 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add onion, basil, vinegar, and ground pepper; cook 30-45 seconds. Add tomatoes; toss; remove from heat. Arrange chicken on plates; sprinkle with half of the cheese; top with mushroom mixture; sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hawaiian Haystacks

Hawaiian Haystacks

Chicken gravy sauce:
Boneless skinless chicken cut into chunks

Bay leaf
Salt and pepper
2 cans cream of chicken soup
3 cups chicken broth
Cooked rice

Cook chicken, onion, celery, bay leaf, salt and paper in a little bit of water. Cook until tender and cooked through. Add cream of chicken to chicken broth and thicken with flour and milk as desired. Add chicken, onion and celery mixture to sauce. While making sauce, cook your rice.

Suggested toppings:
Grated cheese
Chopped green onions
Crushed pineapple
Chow mein noodles
Diced tomatoes
Chopped peppers
Shredded coconut

Start with rice, then chicken sauce, then add toppings as desired.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Brownie Minis

Brownie Minis

1 box of brownie mix, plus water, eggs, oil that it calls for
Rolos or Reese's Peanut Butter Cup minis
Mini muffin tins

Mix up the brownies as directed on the box. Spray the muffin tins with cooking spray, making sure to coat the sides as well as the bottoms. Fill each cup in the tins about two-thirds ful with brownie mix. Bake at temperature given in brownie instructions for about 8 minutes, then push a Rolo or a Reese's Cup into the center of each brownie. Bake another 8 to 10 minutes (check for doneness with a toothpick). Let cool, pop them out and enjoy!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Shar's Enchiladas

Shar’s Enchiladas
Enchilada sauce
Hamburger, browned
Corn tortillas
Cheese, grated
Sour cream

Put a tiny bit of enchilada sauce in bottom of 9x13 pan. Dip corn tortilla in enchilada sauce (one big can or two small cans). Put cooked meat (chicken or ground beef) and sauce in tortilla and wrap up. Fill 9x13 pan with rolled up tortillas and cover with grated cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes (until cheese is melted)
Sauce: Sour cream, salsa and grated cheese (just mix them till it looks good)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sausage Rigatoni

Sausage Rigatoni
1/2 lb ground Italian sausage
8 oz rigatoni, or other tube pasta, cooked
4 c tomato sauce
2 tsp oregano
2 tsp basil
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
3/4 c sour cream
1/2 lb sliced provolone cheese
1/2 lb sliced mozzarella cheese
1/2 lb grated Parmesan cheese

Place pasta in a greased 9x13 pan.  In large skillet, brown sausage, drain.  Add tomato sauce and spices, simmer.  Pour half the sauce over the pasta.  Layer provolone, sour cream, and mozzarella.  Top with remaining sauce.  Sprinkle on Parmesan cheese and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Place pasta in a greased 9x13 pan. In large skillet, brown sausage, drain. Add tomato sauce and spices, simmer. Pour half the sauce over the pasta. Layer provolone, sour cream, and mozzarella. Top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle on Parmesan cheese and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Broccoli Bacon Linguine

Broccoli Bacon Linguine

10 oz cooked linguine
6 green onions, sliced
1 small red pepper, diced
1 tsp salt
1 large head of broccoli, cut into flowerets
1 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 C chicken broth
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp oregano

Add green onions and garlic to olive oil, microwave covered on high for 1 minute. Stir in broccoli, chicken broth and oregano; cook covered on high about 3 minutes. Stir in red pepper and salt; cook covered on high about 30 seconds. Taste test. Top with bacon and toss with cooked linguine.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

1/2 lb. ground Italian sausage
1 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, diced
2 carrots, chopped
1 large celery stalk, chopped
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
2 C beef broth
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp parsley flakes
1 (15 oz) can cut green beans
3/4 C noodles (macaroni, rotini, or egg noodles, etc.)
Shredded parmesan cheese for topping

Brown sausage in a saucepan. Drain grease and combine with all ingredients in a slow cooker EXCEPT canned beans, noodles and parmesan. Let simmer 3 hours on Low. About an hour before serving, add half the can green beans and the noodles. Stir occasionally. When noodles are ready, serve topped with parmesan.

Serves 5 to 7.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sharlyn's Chicken Croissants

Sharlyn's Chicken Croissants

2 tubes of dinner croissants
1 can cream of chicken soup
chicken, either boiled and shredded or 2 cans (recommend rinsing thoroughly and further shredding with a fork to reduce the canned-ness)
green onions, diced
cream cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lay out croissants in rectangles (formed by two croissants). Spread a layer of softened cream cheese over each. Sprinkle with diced green onions. Place a small heap of chicken on one side of each rectangle, then fold over into a square and pinch edges shut. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes. Meanwhile, heat cream of chicken soup over the stove (dilute with water as desired). Serve (amount to taste) over baked croissants. Makes 8 croissants.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Parmesan Chicken

Parmesan Chicken

2 C Ritz cracker crumbs
2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp seasoned salt
1-2 cups plain yogurt or sour cream
¼ C butter, melted
8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or tenders)

Preheat oven to 350º. Combine cracker crumbs, cheese, garlic salt and seasoned salt; set aside. Dip each chicken breast in yogurt/sour cream, then coat with crumb mixture. Arrange in a buttered 9X13 pan. Drizzle with melted butter and bake for 45 minutes.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Chicken and Artichoke Casserole

Chicken and Artichoke Casserole

2 cans artichoke hearts (unmarinated)
2 garlic cloves crushed
2 ⅔ cups cooked chicken, cubed
1 cans cream of chicken soup
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp lemon juice
½ tsp curry powder
1 ¼ cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1 cup soft bread, cubed
3 T. butter
olive oil

Cut artichoke hearts into quarters, sauté with garlic and chicken in small amount olive oil. Combine mayo, soup, lemon juice, and curry powder. Add in chicken and artichokes. Sprinkle with cheese. Toss bread cubes in melted butter and sprinkle on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until bubbly.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Steak Diane

Steak Diane

1 C fresh mushrooms, sliced
4 Tbsp diced onions
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 C butter
2 Tbsp parsley

Cook and stir together in melted butter the mushrooms, onions, garlic, salt, lemon juice and worcestershire sauce until mushrooms are tender; stir in parsley. Serve over steak.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Chicken, boiled and shredded
Pickles, diced tiny
Green onions, diced tiny
Celery, diced tiny
Mayo, to taste

Serve on croissants.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Lettuce Wraps

P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps
3 tablespoons oil
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 cup water chestnut

2/3 cup mushroom

3 tablespoons chopped onions

1 teaspoon minced garlic

4-5 leaves iceberg lettuce

Stir Fry Sauce:

2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar

Bring oil to high heat in a wok or large frying pan. Saute chicken breasts for 4 to 5 minutes per side or done. Remove chicken from the pan and cool. Keep oil in the pan, keep hot. As chicken cools mince water chestnuts and mushrooms to about the size of small peas.
Prepare the stir fry sauce by mixing the soy sauce, brown sugar, and rice vinegar together in a small bowl.

When chicken is cool, mince it as the mushrooms and water chestnuts are. With the pan still on high heat, add another Tbsp of vegetable oil. Add chicken, garlic, onions, water chestnuts and mushrooms to the pan.

Add the stir fry sauce to the pan and saute the mixture for a couple minutes then serve it in the lettuce.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Toscana Soup

Toscana Soup (Olive Garden)

1 lb ground Italian sausage
1½ tsp crushed red peppers
1 large diced white onion
4 Tbsp bacon pieces
2 tsp garlic puree
10 cups water
5 cubes of chicken bouillon
1 cup heavy cream
1 lb sliced Russet potatoes, or about 3 large potatoes
¼ of a bunch of kale

Sauté Italian sausage and crushed red pepper in a large pot. Drain excess fat, refrigerate while you prepare other ingredients. In the same pan, sauté bacon, onions and garlic over low-medium heat for approximately 15 mins. or until the onions are soft. Add chicken bouillon and water to the pot and heat until it starts to boil. Add the sliced potatoes and cook until soft, about half an hour. Add the heavy cream and just cook until thoroughly heated. Stir in the sausage and the kale, let all heat through and serve.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Strawberry Jam

8 Quarts Strawberry Freezer Jam

8 pints strawberries (=12 1/2 C crushed)
2/3 C lemon juice
4 MCP pectin
4 C Karo syrup
18 C sugar (never said it was healthy!!!)

Wash, stem and crush strawberries. Pour into large Dutch oven pot. Add lemon juice. Slowly mix in pectin, one box at a time until dissolved. Set aside for 30 minutes, stirring occassionally. Add Karo syrup and mix well. Heat mixture to a simmer. Slowly add sugar, stirring constantly to dissolve. Warm to 100 degrees (temperature for baby bottle). When sugar is dissolved, jam is ready to eat. Pour into freshly washed glass jars, using large mouth funnel. Put on lids and rings and let cool on countertop. When cooled to room temperature, store in freezer.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Beef Roast

Slow Cooker Beef Roast

2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
1 1/4 cups water
5 1/2 pounds pot roast

In a slow cooker, mix cream of mushroom soup, dry onion soup mix and water. Place pot roast in slow cooker and coat with soup mixture.
Cook on High setting for 3 to 4 hours, or on Low setting for 8 to 9 hours.

(Original recipe found here.)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Cheddar Biscuits

Cheddar Biscuits

2 C. buttermilk baking mix
2/3 C. milk
½ C. shredded cheddar cheese
¼ C. butter
½ tsp. garlic powder + ½ tsp garlic powder
1 tsp. chives

Preheat oven to 450ºF. Combine buttermilk baking mix, milk, cheese and ½ tsp of garlic powder. Mix with spoon until soft dough forms. Drop dough by heaping tablespoon onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Combine melted butter, remaining ½ tsp of garlic powder and chives. Brush over warm biscuits before removing from cookie sheet.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Pasta Sausage Supper

Pasta Sausage Supper

2 cups dry rotini pasta
5 ounces or so fully cooked kielbasa or Polish sausage
1/3 of a medium green pepper, diced small
1/3 of a medium onion, diced small
8 ounce can tomato sauce
14.5 ounce can Italian diced tomatoes, liquid drained out

Cook pasta according to directions. In the meantime, slice the sausage in half lengthwise and then into 1/4 inch thick pieces. Over medium heat, stir together the tomato sauce and the drained Italian diced tomatoes; add the diced pepper and onion and the sliced sausage. Let simmer for a couple minutes, then spoon over dished up pasta. Serves 2 or 3.

Original recipe found here.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Rosy Potato Soup

Rosy Potato Soup
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 medium potatoes - peeled, cooked and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
In a large saucepan, saute onion and celery in butter until tender. Stir in flour and salt until blended. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat. Add potatoes, parsley and paprika; heat through. Yield: 5 servings.
In a large saucepan, saute onion and celery in butter until tender. Stir in flour and salt until blended. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat. Add potatoes, parsley and paprika; heat through. Serves five.

Also found at All Recipes here.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Funeral Potatoes

Grandma Read's funeral potatoes:

6 large potatoes (peeled, sliced and boiled)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 ½ cups cheddar cheese
1 medium onion, diced
1 pint (16 oz) sour cream
½ tsp salt
¼ pepper

Lightly grease a 9X13 pan. Combine soup, cheese, onion, salt and pepper. Place potatoes in pan; cover with sauce and bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Chicken with Mushroom Gravy

Chicken with Mushroom Gravy
5 boneless skinless chicken breasts

¼ tsp. pepper

1 Tbsp. olive oil

3 cups mushrooms, sliced

2 Tbsp. green onions, sliced

1/3 C. half-and-half

½ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. flour

4 tsp. cornstarch

½ tsp. dried sage

1 C. chicken broth

½ tsp. salt

Season chicken with salt and pepper; dredge with flour. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken. Over medium heat, cook for 5 to 6 minutes per side. Remove chicken; reserve drippings in pan.

Add the mushrooms, sage and salt to skillet. Cook over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Mix broth and half-and- half, then whisk in the cornstarch; set aside. Add green onions to mushrooms and cook for 1 minute. Add the broth mixture. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens. Add chicken; spoon sauce on top and simmer 1 minute. Spoon sauce over mashed potatoes.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Alfredo Sauce

Alfredo Sauce


1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup cream cheese
3/4 cup half-and-half
1 pinch garlic salt, or to taste
lemon pepper to taste

Combine the butter, cream cheese, and half and half in a saucepan. Season with garlic salt and lemon pepper. Bring to a low boil over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring, until thickened slightly. Serve over 12 ounces of cooked pasta.