Turkey and Dressing Casserole

      INGREDIENTS   1 package (14 ounces) seasoned dry seasoning mix 1 teaspoon ground sage 1 cup chopped celery ½ cup College Inn Chicken broth 1 – 10.5 ounce can condensed cream of celery soup 1 – 10.5 ounce can condensed cream of turkey soup 3 cups shredded cooked chicken or turkey ¼ […]

Creamy Dreamy White Cheddar Grits

Yield:  Serves 12   INGREDIENTS   6 cups water 2 cups half-and-half 3 teaspoons kosher salt ¼ teaspoon white pepper 2 cups quick cooking grits 1 cup grated white cheddar cheese 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed   PREPARATION   In a saucepan, combine water, half-and-half, salt and white pepper and bring to a boil.  Slowly […]

Aunt Martha’s Fresh Apple Cake

    Another version of this great classic.    Yield:  Serves 12   INGREDIENTS   Cake Baking spray 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped apples 1 cup chopped pecans 3 eggs 2 cups granulated sugar 1 ¼ cup vegetable oil ¼ cup freshly squeezed […]

No-Bake Chocolate Raspberry Cream Pie

Yield:  8 servings   INGREDIENTS   7 ounces chocolate wafer cookies (about 32) coarsely broken ½ cup bittersweet chocolate chips 6 tablespoons butter, cut into ½ inch cubes ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 – 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk ¼ cup sour cream or crème fraiche ¼ cup fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon […]

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie   Yield:  6 slices INGREDIENTS Graham Cracker Crust 1 ½ cups crushed graham crackers 5 tablespoons melted butter 1/3 cup granulated sugar Key Lime Filling 3 egg yolks Zest of 2 limes 1 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (if you can get Key limes use […]

Crabmeat au Gratin

Serve this rich and delicious crabmeat dish with a crisp green salad, crusty bread and a glass of your favorite white wine. Yield:  8 servings   INGREDIENTS   1/3 cup unsalted butter 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped 1 medium stalk of celery, finely chopped ½ cup all-purpose flour 2 (12 ounce cans evaporated milk […]

Chicken Apple Salad Wrappers

These are a great alternative to your typical turkey sandwich.  Nice crunch with the apples and pecans!   Yield:  4 sandwiches   INGREDIENTS   1 ½ cup shredded rotisserie chicken 1 large Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apple, cored and chopped (approximately 1 ½ cups) ½ cup dried cranberries ½ cup toasted pecans (optional) 1 […]

Potato Cobb Salad

Yield:  8-10 Servings   INGREDIENTS   3 lbs Yukon gold potatoes ¾ teaspoon kosher salt 1 – 16 ounce bottle of olive oil and vinegar dressing – divided 8 cups mixed salad greens 2 large avocados 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 3 large tomatoes – seeded and diced 12 small green onions, medium chop 2 […]

Creamy Cheese Grits

Yield:  Serves 6   INGREDIENTS   2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 cup fine quick cooking grits (not instant) 1 ¼ cups half and half 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 ½ cups aged sharp Cheddar cheese, grated ½ cup green onions (both green and white) ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Grated Cheddar and chopped green […]

Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

      The origins of Whoopie Pies is largely unknown, although there is some thought that they were first created in Pennsylvania out of leftover cake batter.  Whatever their origins, Whoopie Pies are a unique and delicious cookie.  There are legions of “die-hard” Whoopie Pie fans throughout the country, including myself!  Most Whoopie Pies […]

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

Yield:  4 Servings   INGREDIENTS   8 ounces baby spinach 2 large eggs, hard-boiled 8 pieces of thick cut bacon, chopped 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon sugar ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 ounces red onion, very thinly sliced   PREPARATION   Remove the stems from the […]

Quick Mac and Cheese

Obviously, I haven’t really met a homemade mac and cheese that I didn’t like.  That said, stovetop varieties typically leave a bit to desire, however if you want to get it to the table in a jiffy, usually the stovetop is the preferred method.  If you’re in a hurry, baking in the oven for 30-40 […]

Martha Stewart’s Milk Chocolate Cookies

Yield:  3 dozen   INGREDIENTS   1 cup all purpose flour ½ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 8 ounces good-quality milk chocolate (4 ounces coarsely chopped and 4 ounces cut into ¼-inch chunks) ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 ½ cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 […]

Herbed Roasted Pork Tenderloin

  Yield: 10 Servings   INGREDIENTS   One 4-lb boneless pork tenderloin 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly grated black pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, finely chopped 2 teaspoons fresh basil, finely chopped 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped   PREPARATION   Preheat oven to […]

Hearty Hash Brown Casserole

  Yield: 8-10 Servings   INGREDIENTS   3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 small sweet onion, finely chopped 4 cups frozen hash brown potatoes 8 cups French bread cubed, with crusts removed 1 lb bulk sausage, mild or hot (depending on your taste) 2 cups grated Swiss cheese  2 cups grated Romano cheese 2 ¼ cups […]

Penne Pasta with Goat Cheese, Canadian Bacon and Basil

Creamy and Delicious On the table in 30 minutes   Penne Pasta with Goat Cheese, Canadian Bacon and Basil with Toasted Walnuts Yield:  4-6 Servings   INGREDIENTS   4 tablespoons unsalted butter 8 ounces mini penne pasta 3 ounces Canadian bacon, rind removed and cut into small pieces 2 gloves garlic, finely chopped ½ – […]

Manchego Cheese

Manchego Cheese   Manchego cheese is produced in the La Mancha region of Spain and is made from the whole milk of Manchega sheep.  The cheese is rich, semi-firm and aged in natural caves for 3-6 months.  It has a distinctive herringbone design embossed in the rind.  The taste is slightly salty, but not too […]

Croque Monsieur

Yield:  8 Sandwiches   INGREDIENTS   2 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 cups hot milk 1 teaspoon kosher salt ½ teaspoon freshly grated black pepper Pinch of nutmeg 5 ounces freshly grated Gruyere cheese ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 16 slices white bread, crusts removed Dijon mustard 8 ounces baked ham, […]

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

INGREDIENTS   3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour ½ cup toasted wheat germ 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon coarse salt 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup light brown sugar 2 eggs 1 […]

Lemon Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Yield: 4-6 Servings   INGREDIENTS   2 lbs fingerling potatoes ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 fresh rosemary sprigs, leaves only 2 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves only 1-2 Meyer lemons, cut into quarters Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper   PREPARATION   Wash potatoes and cut lengthwise.  Toss potatoes with oil and then toss with […]

Recipe Index – A-Z

A                                                                                                                                Apple Fritters Apple Coffeecake Apple Crisp Apple Bars Apple Crostata Amish Apple Pie Apple Tart Applesauce Cake with Brown Sugar Sauce Applesauce Asparagus Almond Hot Chocolate   B                                                                                                                                BLT Dip Benedictine Spread Buttermilk Biscuits with Goat Cheese and Chives Blueberry Muffins Blueberry Cream Muffins Buttermilk Waffles Buttermilk-Sour Cream Pancakes Bellini Brownies Banana Pudding Bread […]

Buttermilk Waffles

The buttermilk in the batter really makes the waffles light and tender.   INGREDIENTS   2 cups all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 2 cups buttermilk 9 tablespoons butter, melted and divided Pure maple syrup or another favorite syrup   PREPARATION   Preheat oven to 300 degrees […]

Stuffed French Toast Casserole

Yield:  6 Servings   INGREDIENTS   8 (1 inch thick bread) – stale or fresh white loaf bread, crusts removed, cubed 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cut into cubes 1 large Golden Delicious apple, peeled, cored and finely diced 6 large eggs 1 cup half and half or whole milk 1 ½ teaspoons ground […]

Seasoned Crackers

Super easy and delicious snack!   INGREDIENTS   1 cup canola oil 2 packages of Hidden Valley Salad Dressing mix ¼ teaspoon garlic salt ¼ teaspoon lemon pepper 2 packages oyster crackers   PREPARATION   Preheat oven to 350 degrees F   Mix oil with spices in a large bowl and then add the crackers.  […]

Valentine Sugar Cookies

  Yield:  3 dozen cookies   INGREDIENTS   3 cups flour ¾ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 cup granulated sugar 1 egg, beaten 1 tablespoon milk Confectioner’s sugar for rolling dough   PREPARATION   Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.  Place butter and sugar in […]

Onion and Goat Cheese Tartlets

Yield: 12 tartlets INGREDIENTS 2 frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon olive oil ¼ cup finely sliced red onion ¼ cup finely sliced yellow onion 2 scallions, finely sliced 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives 1 egg 1/3 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon salt 3 ounces goat cheese   PREPARATION   Preheat […]

Crockpot Beef Stew

Yield: 6 Servings   INGREDIENTS   1 ½ lb stew meat, typically cut into 1-2 inch cubes 4-5 tablespoons vegetable oil ½ cup all purpose flour 4 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped into cubes 3 carrots, peeled and diced 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped 3 gloves garlic, minced 1 cup frozen vegetables, either corn, […]

Comfort Foods for Uncertain Times

Banks are failing, unemployment is the highest it has been in years and we’ve seen the value of our 401(k)’s tumble, it’s no wonder that many of us are grabbing for a bowl of mashed potatoes or a plate of macaroni and cheese to comfort our soul!  From what I am reading, these turbulent times […]

Apple Crisp

  When you have a taste for an apple dessert, try an apple crisp.  The apples provide a juicy and delicious foundation and the topping, crisp and brimming with butter, oats and cinnamon provide a crunchy contrast.  Serve with good vanilla ice cream and you’ve got a great dessert in no time! Yield: 8 Servings […]

Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

Yield:  4 dozen   INGREDIENTS   1 cup butter, room temperature 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 3 cups old fashioned oats 1 ½ cups chopped toasted pecans   PREPARATION […]

Tomato, Basil and Fresh Mozzarella Pizza

Yield:  6-8 slices (more for smaller appetizer portions)   INGREDIENTS   1 lb pre-made pizza dough (I buy mine at Publix supermarkets in the Bakery section), let rest at room temperature 1–8 ounce jar of your favorite pizza sauce or pasta sauce 8 ounces grated mozzarella cheese ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese ½ cup […]

BLT Dip

Yield:  2 cups   INGREDIENTS   2 lbs bacon 1 cup sour cream 1 cup good mayonnaise 4-5 tomatoes – seeded and finely chopped Lettuce leaves Bagel chips or crackers of choice   PREPARATION   Cook bacon until very crisp.  Remove and drain on paper towels.  In a medium bowl, combine the sour cream and […]

Holiday Cranberry Bread

Holiday Cranberry Bread Yield:  1 loaf of bread   INGREDIENTS   2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1-½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped in halves 1 egg 1 cup walnuts, chopped Juice and zest of one orange 2 teaspoons butter Boiling water   […]

Glazed Popcorn

Yield: 8 quarts   INGEDIENTS   8 quarts of popped popcorn 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar ½ cup corn syrup 1 cup butter 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract   PREPARATION   Prepare the popcorn and set aside in a large baking or roasting pan.  You’ll need plenty of room when you drizzle on the glaze. […]

Red Velvet Cake

Although the origins of Red Velvet Cake can be disputed, I never saw one until I moved to the South several years ago.  From my perspective, it’s a Southern Classic!    Yield: 1- 9-inch four layer cake   INGREDIENTS   Red Velvet Cake   2 ½ cups sifted cake flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ […]

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

If you love Red Velvet cake and have become a fan of the classic “Whoopie Pies” of the 1920’s, this recipe is for you! Yield:  42 – 2-inch cookies   INGREDIENTS   Cookies 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup butter, softened 1 cup […]

Mexican Wedding Cookies

    Mexican Wedding Cookies (also called Pecan Butterballs) Yield: 3 dozen cookies  INGREDIENTS  1 cup of butter (2 sticks) 5 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups finely chopped pecans 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon water ½ teaspoon salt 1-2 cups confectioner’s sugar PREPARATION Preheat oven to 325 degrees F […]

Toffee Bars

Yield:  24 bars   INGREDIENTS   1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 cup light brown sugar 1 egg yolk 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt 8 ounces milk chocolate, cut into 1-inch squares ¾ cup finely chopped walnuts   PREPARATION   Preheat oven to 350 degrees F   In […]

Pecan Tarts

Yield:  24 INGREDIENTS   3 ounces cream cheese, softened ½ cup + 1 tablespoon butter, softened 1 cup sifted flour 1 egg ¾ cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2/3 cup finely chopped pecans Dash of salt Confectioner’s sugar to sprinkle on top of tarts   PREPARATION   Preheat oven […]

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Yield: 8 Servings   INGREDIENTS   Crust 1 ¾ cup graham cracker crumbs 3 tablespoons light brown sugar ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1 stick of butter, melted Filling 3 – 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened 1 – 15 ounce can pumpkin puree 3 eggs + 1 egg yolk ¼ cup sour cream 1 ½ […]

Cinnamon Butter

Yield: ½ cup INGREDIENTS ½ cup butter, softened 4 teaspoons packed brown sugar ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon PREPARATION Combine butter, brown sugar and spices together.  Blend well, using a whisk or an electric mixer.  Use on pancakes, French toast or with hot dinner rolls.  Store remainder in the refrigerator.

Classic Chicken Pot Pie

Yield: 8 Servings INGREDIENTS Crust 1 ½ cups all purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon baking powder ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter ¼ cup vegetable shortening 1 teaspoon white or cider vinegar 4-5 tablespoons ice water Filling 6 tablespoons butter 6 tablespoons all purpose flour 2 ½ chicken stock 6-7 cups boneless, skinless cooked […]

Navy Bean and Ham Soup

Yield: 12 Servings   INGREDIENTS   1 lb navy or great northern white dried beans 1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped 10 sprigs of parsley, finely chopped 2 teaspoons rosemary or thyme, finely chopped 1 bay leaf 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped into cubes 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 2 cups of ham, chopped […]

Basil Tomato Soup

Yield: 8 Servings   INGREDIENTS   5 strips of bacon, diced 1 rib celery, chopped ½ cup yellow onion, finely chopped 1 small carrot, peeled and diced 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced 1 green pepper, cored, seeded and diced 6 fresh basil leaves, chopped and divided 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 28-ounce […]

Creamy Rice Pudding

Yield:  6 Servings   INGREDIENTS   ½ cup golden raisins 1 cup boiling water 1/3 cup slivered almonds 3 ½ cups cooked medium or long grain rice, at room temperature 2 ½ cups milk 2 ½ cups heavy cream 2/3 cup sugar Pinch of salt 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest 1 ¼ teaspoons pure […]

Ice Cream Cake

  Yield: 12 Servings INGREDIENTS 1 boxed cake mix – Devil’s Food ½ gallon good vanilla ice cream, we used Mayfield’s Frosting 2 tablespoons unsalted butter ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips 6 tablespoons heavy cream 1 ½ -2 cups powdered sugar – (sifted) 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract PREPARATION Prepare the cake, per instructions on […]

Beefy Shepherd’s Pie

Great way to use leftover mashed potatoes!   Yield: 4 Servings   INGREDIENTS   1 ½ lbs ground beef 8 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 yellow onion, finely chopped 1 cup carrots, diced ½ cup corn, fresh or frozen ½ cup peas, frozen ½ cup beef broth 2 lbs potatoes, peeled and quartered (or use leftover […]

Vermont Cheddar Cheese Soup

Perfect on a cold, winter’s day!   Yield: 6 Servings   INGREDIENTS   1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 cup diced celery 1 cup diced onion 1 cup sliced carrots 1 glove garlic, finely chopped 1 teaspoon dried thyme 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth 2 tablespoons cornstarch, dissolved in cool water ¼ cup cheddar cheese […]

Chili Cheese Dip

Yield: 12 Servings INGREDIENTS 2 – 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided 1 – 27 ounce can of chili beans, I prefer Bush’s 3 tablespoons chopped green onions 3 tablespoons pitted black olives (optional) PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Spread cream cheese into the bottom of a […]

Houston’s Restaurant Baked Potato Soup

Houston’s Restaurants are part of the Hillstone Restaurant Group and have locations throughout the United States.  If you have ever had the pleasure of dining at one of the restaurants, you may have tried their baked potato soup.  It’s one of their signature dishes and is delicious. Yield:  6 Servings INGREDIENTS 5 medium russet potatoes […]

Savory Cheese and Scallion Scones

   Yield: 8 INGREDIENTS 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 teaspoons granulated sugar 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter 1-1/2 cup coarsely grated cheddar cheese 1/3 cup finely chopped green onions, green tops ¾ cup heavy cream + 2 tablespoons for brushing the top PREPARATION Preheat oven to 425 degrees […]

Crème Fraiche

This is a cultured heavy cream that thickens and develops a delicate sour taste as it sits.  It can used as a topping for fresh fruit or used to add body and richness to sauces.  Unlike sour cream, it can be boiled without fear of separation, so it’s more versatile.  It will keep in the […]

Crab Stuffed Twice Baked Potatoes

Yield: 4 Servings INGREDIENTS 4 large baking potatoes 4 tablespoons butter ½ cup chopped yellow onion ½ cup finely chopped mushrooms 2 cups cooked crab meat 1 cup dry white wine ½ cup Crème Fraiche (see recipe below) ½ cup grated Swiss cheese, plus additional for topping potatoes 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream PREPARATION Preheat oven […]

Stuffed Mushrooms with Spinach, Walnuts and Cheese

Yield:  12 mushroom appetizers INGREDIENTS 12 medium-sized mushroom caps 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon unsalted butter ½ cup finely chopped yellow onions 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped walnuts 1 clove garlic, minced 5 ounces spinach, thoroughly defrosted and squeezed dry 1 ounce feta cheese 1 ounce Gruyere cheese, crumbled 2 tablespoons fresh dill Salt and […]

Minature Quiches

Yield: 16 – 2-inch tarts or 1 – 10-inch quiche INGREDIENTS Pastry Dough 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt Pinch of granulated sugar 5 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening, chilled ¼ cup ice water PREPARATION Sift the flour, salt and sugar together into a bowl; add the butter and […]

Glazed Apple Bars

Yield:  24 bars INGREDIENTS Bars ½ cup butter, softened 1-1/3 cups dark brown sugar ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 egg 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 medium Golden Delicious or Gala apple, peeled and chopped 1 cup raisins 1 cup chopped […]

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

  Yield: 4 dozen cookies   INGREDIENTS 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups granulated sugar 2 cups fresh pumpkin 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons cinnamon 4 cups all-purpose flour   PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper or use Silpat. In an electric mixer […]

Cherry Tomatoes with Spanish Olive Tapenade

INGREDIENTS Tapenade: ½ cup Spanish olives with pimento 1 ½ teaspoons drained capers 1 teaspoon brandy, preferably a Spanish brandy   ¼ teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Cherry Tomatoes 32 small cherry tomatoes Chopped fresh parsley for garnish   Tapenade:  In a food processor, pulse the olives until finely chopped.  […]

Beef and Bean Chili

Yield: 6-8 Servings INGREDIENTS 1 lb ground beef 1 cup onion, chopped 1 cup green pepper, chopped 3- 16 ounce cans of chili beans, undrained, I prefer Bush’s beans 1-6 ounce can of tomato paste 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped ½ cup of water 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon smoked […]

Broccoli and Corn Calzones

Yield:  6 Calzones   INGREDIENTS 1 ½ cups chopped broccoli florets 1 ½ cups fresh corn kernels (about 3 ears or use frozen that has been cooked and drained) 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 2/3 cup ricotta cheese 4 scallions, finely chopped ¼ cup chopped basil ½ teaspoon garlic powder ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper […]

Crabmeat Casserole

Yield:  4 Servings INGREDIENTS 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 6 green onions, trimmed and finely chopped 6 sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil, drained and finely chopped 2 teaspoons dried tarragon 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1-½ cups milk ½ cup heavy cream 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1 lb cooked crabmeat, picked over for shell and cartilage […]

Pasta With Gorgonzola and Spinach

Yield:  4-6 Servings   INGREDIENTS 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 8 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled into small pieces 1 ¼ cups heavy cream 8 ounces fresh spinach, stemmed, rinsed well and coarsely chopped 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese Salt and freshly ground pepper 1 lb spaghetti or penne pasta 3 tablespoons pine nuts, […]

Oatmeal Shortbread

Yield:  16 cookies   INGREDIENTS ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature ½ cup (packed) dark brown sugar 1-¼ cups all-purpose flour 1 2/3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not the quick cooking kind) ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a large rimmed baking […]

Potato, Onion and Cheddar Gratin

Yield: 6 Servings INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 large sweet yellow onion, preferably Vidalia 2 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 1 ¼ cups chicken broth PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter a shallow 1 ½ quart baking […]

Four Cheese Crostini

This spread makes a great hot appetizer when spread on Crostini and broiled in the oven for a few minutes, until the cheese is hot and bubbly.    Yield: 2 ½ cups – enough for 4 dozen Crostini appetizers   INGREDIENTS 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 6 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, at room temperature […]

Egg Salad Crostini With Chives

Easy and delicious appetizer for when the unexpected guests drop in!  Time saver tip:  Purchase a bag or two of already toasted baguettes from your local supermarket to keep on hand.  Great for quick appetizers or for dunking in homemade soups. Yield:  18-20 INGREDIENTS 6 eggs, hardboiled ½ cup good mayonnaise, I prefer Hellmann’s ¼ […]

Game Day – Nachos with Chorizo Sausage

Yield:  8 Servings INGREDIENTS 1 lb chorizo sausage, removed from casing 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 2 cups pinto beans, drained ¼ teaspoon cumin ½ teaspoon chili powder Homemade Taco chips (see recipe below) Toppings 1 ½ cup grated cheddar cheese 1 ½ cup Monterey jack cheese 3 green onions, chopped with white and some green […]

Roast Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Balsamic Vinegar

Serves: 4 INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 lb pork tenderloin Freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 yellow onion, finely chopped ½ cup apple chopped 1 ½ tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth 1 ½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar PREPARATION Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F.  Lightly spray roasting […]

Homemade Applesauce

INGREDIENTS 3-4 lbs apples, recommend Granny Smith or Fuji 4 strips of lemon peel Juice of 1 lemon 3 inches of cinnamon stick ¼ cup dark brown sugar Up to ½ cup granulated sugar (dependent natural sweetness of the apples) 1 cup water ½ teaspoon salt PREPARATION Peel, core and quarter apples and place them […]

Mini Meatloaves

Serves 6 INGREDIENTS 1 lb ground beef ½ yellow onion, finely chopped 1 glove garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoons Italian flat leaf parsley, rough chop 2 eggs 1 sleeve of saltines, crushed or ½ -3/4 cup bread crumbs 3 tablespoons ketchup or your favorite BBQ sauce 6 – 1 inch cubes of your favorite cheese, […]

Orecchiette Carbonara with Green Onions

  Yield: 4 Servings INGREDIENTS 4 bacon slices, fried and crumbled 6 green onions (onion and ½ of green) – finely chopped 1 lb Orecciette pasta or small shells 2 large eggs, room temperature ¾ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon freshly chopped Italian parsley ¼ cup heavy whipping cream PREPARATION Cook bacon in […]

Grand Marnier Souffles

If you really want to impress your guests, these Grand Marnier soufflés are very elegant and delicious! Yield:  6 Servings INGREDIENTS 6 teaspoons unsalted butter, softened Sugar, to dust the soufflé dishes 6 eggs, separated ½ cup sugar ¼ cup fresh orange juice 3 tablespoons Grand Marnier 2 teaspoons finely grated orange peel 1 tablespoon […]

Toasted Coconut Custard Cake

  Yield: 12 Servings INGREDIENTS Toasted Coconut 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut Coconut Simple Syrup 1 ½ cups water 1 tablespoon granulated sugar ¾ cup sweetened flaked coconut Coconut Custard ¾ cup whole milk ¾ cup unsweetened coconut milk 4 large egg yolks 1/3 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract […]

Stuffed Chicken with Garlic, Basil and Cheese

Yield: 1 Serving INGREDIENTS 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 3 fresh basil leaves Salt and freshly grated pepper to taste 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 slice of your favorite cheese – suggestions – white cheddar or fresh mozzarella PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Take one medium sized, boneless, […]

Bleu Cheese, Bacon and Toasted Walnut Salad

Yield:  4 Servings   INGREDIENTS 8 strips good-quality bacon 2 large egg, hard-boiled, peeled and finely chopped 2 hearts romaine lettuce Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 cup walnut halves, toasted Blue Cheese Dressing, recipe follows PREPARATION Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Salad: Lay the bacon strips on a roasting rack […]

Chocolate Fudge Sauce

This hot fudge sauce is easy to make and yummy.  Leftovers can be heated in the microwave.  Serve over ice cream or make a brownie sundae. Yield: 2 cups INGREDIENTS 4 oz unsweetened chocolate 3 tablespoons sweet butter 2/3 cup water 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar 6 tablespoons corn syrup 1 tablespoon rum PREPARATION Melt […]

Coconut Macaroon Cookies

Yield: 20-22 cookies INGREDIENTS 14 ounces sweetened shredded coconut 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 extra-large egg whites, at room temperature 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt PREPARATION Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Combine the coconut, condensed milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Whip the egg whites and salt […]

Eggs Benedict with Easy Hollandaise Sauce

Yield:  4 Servings INGREDIENTS 4 English muffins, halved and toasted 16 slices of Canadian bacon, heated and lightly browned 8 eggs poached Hollandaise Sauce 5 egg yolks* 1 lemon, juiced 2 tablespoons water Salt Pinch of cayenne pepper 1 lb hot melted butter PREPARATION Hollandaise Sauce:  Combine the egg yolks, lemon juice, water, salt and […]

Pulled Rotissiere Chicken with Penne, Roasted Peppers, Basil and Garlic

Yield: 4 Servings   INGREDIENTS   ¼ stick of unsalted butter 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped into chiffonade 9 ounces package mini penne pasta 1 cup heavy whipping cream or half and half 3 cups pulled cooked chicken meat 1 cup roasted red peppers, sliced 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese […]

Primavera Orzo

Yield:  4 Servings INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 shallots, finely chopped 1 small zucchini, chopped 1 cup shredded carrots, chopped 1 teaspoon curry powder 3 cups chicken stock 1 cup orzo pasta ½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano 3 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped 1 cup frozen peas Salt […]

Dilled Salmon Pasta Salad

Yield:  4 Servings INGREDIENTS 8 ounces bow tie pasta ½ lb asparagus 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill weed 1 teaspoon lemon zest ½ lb fresh salmon, cooked and flaked 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese Sprigs of fresh dill weed for garnish PREPARATION Cook pasta according to […]

Eggs-in-a-Poke

Yield: 4 servings INGREDIENTS 4 slices of country bread 4 eggs 4 tablespoons butter, unsalted Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste PREPARATION Melt 4 tablespoons of butter into a large skillet.  Cut a hole in the center of each slice of bread, approximately 1 ½ – 2 inches in diameter (use a round cookie […]

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Pie with Mocha Fudge Sauce

Yield:  8 Servings INGREDIENTS Crust 1/3 cup chopped pecans 2 tablespoons sugar 2/3 cup vanilla wafer cookie crumbs (approximately 32 cookies) ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons (¼ stick) unsalted butter, melted Sauce 2 tablespoons boiling water 1 tablespoon instant expresso powder or instant coffee powder 1 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder […]

Roasted Red Pepper Tartines

Tartines are the French version of an open-faced sandwich.  They start with a slice of good rustic bread that is either toasted or not, and then topped with a variety of meat, cheese, vegetables and herbs.  Tartines are a great appetizer, as they can be assembled at the last minute without much fuss.  Depending on […]

Over the Top Mac and Cheese

Yield:  8 Servings INGREDIENTS 1 ½ cups coarsely grated Gruyere cheese 1 ½ cups coarsely grated sharp cheddar cheese 1 ½ cups diced rindless Brie (cut from 1 lb wedge) 5 tablespoons butter, divided ¼ cup all purpose flour 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves ¾ teaspoon nutmeg 4 cups whole milk 1 ¾ cups […]

Cucumber-Tomato Salad

Yield: 4 Servings   INGREDIENTS 1 seedless cucumber, sliced ½ small onion, thinly sliced 2 cups small tomatoes, cut into quarters ¼ cup oil and vinegar dressing, I prefer Newman’s Own Olive Oil & Vinegar Salad Dressing ½ teaspoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice Salt and freshly grated pepper to taste PREPARATION […]

Raspberry Banana Yogurt Freezer Pops

Raspberry-Banana Yogurt Freezer Pops Yield:  10 Pops INGREDIENTS 1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt 1 banana 3 cups fresh or frozen raspberries, blueberries or strawberries (halved) ½ cup honey PREPARATION In a blender process 1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt and 1 banana for 30 seconds or until smooth.  Bring 3 cups of fresh fruit and honey […]

Salmon Burgers

I saw Rachael Ray make these on 30 Minute Meals recently and I decided to give them a try at home.  I made a few adjustments for personal taste, omitting the poppy seeds, but adding some bread crumbs to tighten up the burgers during the grilling process.  End result, they were delicious!   Yield: 4 Salmon […]

Pastry Cream

Yield: 4 cups   INGREDIENTS 3 cups half and half 1 cup granulated sugar 4 large eggs 2 egg yolks 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract   PREPARATION Bring half and half to a simmer in a heavy medium saucepan.  Whisk sugar, eggs, egg yolks and flour using an electric mixer with […]

Creamy Orzo with Chicken and Fresh Basil

Yield: 6 Servings INGREDIENTS 2 boneless chicken breasts, diced into 2-inch cubes 2 tablespoons olive oil ½ medium sweet onion, finely chopped 2 gloves garlic, finely chopped ½ cup low-sodium chicken stock 4 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped; extra for garnish ¾ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese; more for garnish ¼ cup heavy cream ½ lb […]

Banana Pudding

Now, here’s a quintessential southern comfort food – Banana Pudding.  The recipe is straight off the box of Nabisco’s Nilla Wafers.  Makes a great banana pudding!   Yield:  8 Servings   INGREDIENTS ¾ cup granulated sugar, divided 1/3 cup all purpose flour Dash of salt 3 eggs, separated 2 cups milk ½ teaspoon pure vanilla […]

Fresh Green Beans with Tomatoes and Basil

Recently a friend gave us some wonderful fresh green beans from her garden.  This recipe is a great alternative to simply boiling or steaming the green beans.  They were delicious – very flavorful and with layers of flavors thanks to the wine and basil.    Yield: 6 Servings INGREDIENTS 1-1/2 lb fresh green beans, trimmed […]

Lemon Ice Box Pie

Yield: 6-8 slices INGREDIENTS Graham Cracker Crust 10 whole graham crackers – crushed 1 stick of butter – melted 1 tablespoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons granulated sugar Note: Time Saver Tip – Use an already prepared graham cracker crust Filling 1 – 8 ounce package of cream cheese, at room temperature 1 – 14 ounce can […]

Creamy Crunchy Coleslaw

Yield:  Serves 4 INGREDIENTS Slaw 1 medium-sized green cabbage ½ – red bell pepper 1 medium-sized carrot – grated ½ medium sweet yellow onion – finely chopped Dressing 1 ¼ cups good mayonnaise, I prefer Hellmann’s ¼ cup cider vinegar 1/3 cup sugar ½ teaspoon celery salt Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste PREPARATION […]

Sweet Southern Ice Tea

Sweet ice tea is a mainstay in the South.  There are numerous recipes for sweet tea, but the good ones all have one thing in common – the use of simple syrup as the sweetener, as opposed to granulated sugar.  Granulated sugar does not dissolve well in cold water and if you sweeten the tea […]

Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Honey Drizzle

I have made this recipe a number of times and it always turns out great.  Soaking the chicken overnight in buttermilk is the key.  The chicken fries up tender and moist and the overnight soak gives the chicken time to absorb all the great spice flavors. Yield:  Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 1 quart buttermilk, plus 2 […]

Root Beer Float

Yield: 1 Root Beer Float  INGREDIENTS 2-3 scoops of good vanilla ice cream 1 – 8 ounce bottle of your favorite root beer 1 – glass beer mug – frosted PREPARATION Approximately ½ hour before assembling the float, place your mug in the freezer and chill.  Remove mug and pour about 3-4 ounces of root […]

6 Layer Cookie Bars

Yield:  24-36 bars   INGREDIENTS 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs ½ cup (1 stick) butter 1 – 14 ounce can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut 1 cup chopped nuts PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F or 325 degrees F for glass baking pan […]

Creamy Orzo

  Orzo (OHR-zoh) – In Italian this means “barley”, but it’s actually small rice-shaped pasta, that is smaller in size than a pine nut. Orzo is ideal for soups and can be used as a substitute for rice. Yield: 6 Servings INGREDIENTS 1 pound orzo 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large shallot, finely chopped 1 […]

Apple Crostata

Yield: 6 Servings INGREDIENTS Pastry 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons granulated sugar ¼ teaspoon kosher salt ¼ pound (1 stick) very cold unsalted butter, diced 2 tablespoons ice water Filling 1-1/2 lbs Golden Delicious apples ¼ cup flour ¼ granulated sugar ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold […]

Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad

During the summer, you can find heirloom tomatoes at many farmer’s markets or at Whole Foods. If not, just use your favorite red tomatoes in this recipe. INGREDIENTS 6 Heirloom tomatoes 1 lb fresh mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup basil – chopped in ribbons 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt Freshly grated black pepper […]

French Toast

Yield: 4 Servings INGREDIENTS 1 cup half-and-half 3 large eggs 2 tablespoons honey, warmed in microwave for 20 seconds ¼ teaspoon salt 8 (1/2-inch) slices of day old or stale country loaf bread or brioche 4 tablespoons butter PREPARATION In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, honey and salt. This can […]

Cream Cheese Dumplings with Tomato Basil Vinaigrette

CREAM CHEESE DUMPLINGS Yield: 25-30 dumplings INGREDIENTS ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and diced 6 ounces cream cheese, softened 2 garlic cloves, minced 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper ¼ teaspoon salt 30 wonton wrappers Vegetable or canola oil PREPARATION Stir together sun-dried tomatoes, cream cheese, garlic, basil, salt […]

Toasted Walnut Salad with Green Apples and Gorgonzola Cheese

Yield: 4-6 Servings INGREDIENTS 1-5 ounce bag mixed baby lettuces or spring greens 1 cup walnut pieces 4 ounces crumbled Gorgonzola cheese 2 – Golden Delicious apples 1 tablespoon lemon juice Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Place walnut pieces on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for approximately 7-10 minutes, […]

Bacon Deviled Eggs

Yield: 24 INGREDIENTS 12 large eggs ½ cup good mayonnaise 3 slices of bacon , fried crisp and crumbled 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped Salt and pepper to taste PREPARATION Hard boil eggs by placing eggs in a medium saucepan and fill pan with water, covering eggs […]

Chantilly Cream

Yield: Approximately 2 cups INGREDIENTS 2/3 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier liqueur ¼ cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons sour cream PREPARATION Before making the Chantilly cream, make sure that your mixing bowl and beaters are well chilled. Combine the cream, vanilla, […]

Roasted Carrots with Dill

Yield: 3-4 Servings INGREDIENTS baby carrots – 1 ½ lb bag ¼ cup good olive oil Salt and freshly grated black pepper, to taste 1 tablespoon freshly chopped dill 2 tablespoons unsalted butter PREPARATION Preheat oven to 400 degrees F Slice baby carrots on the diagonal and place them in a large bowl. Add olive […]

Classic Deviled Eggs

A staple in the summertime at picnics or BBQ’s, although really good anytime of the year. I’m not fond of pickle relish, so my recipe does not include adding relish. If you like, pickle relish can be included, approximately 1/2 teaspoon or to taste. Yield: 12 INGREDIENTS 6 eggs ¼ cup good mayonnaise ½ teaspoon […]

Caramelized Onions

These are delicious on grilled hamburgers, bratwurst or “veggie burgers” . Yield: ½ cup INGREDIENTS 2 large sweet yellow onions, I prefer Vidalia 3-4 tablespoons unsalted butter 3-4 tablespoons vegetable oil ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper PREPARATION Thinly slice the onions and separate them into rings and rough chop. In large skillet, cast iron preferred, melt […]

Simple Comforts… Spicy Tomato Soup

What could be more comforting than a great big bowl of homemade tomato soup. Remember when you would come home from school for lunch and your Mom would have a piping hot bowl of soup ready for you, along with your favorite sandwich? Brings back great memories for me! SPICY TOMATO SOUP INGREDIENTS 2 – […]

Fried Mashed Potatoes

Although the thought of fried mashed potatoes is a bit strange, they are really awesome. I’ve had them in several restaurants and loved them, so I decided to try my hand with them at home. Turns out, it’s a great way to use leftover mashed potatoes. You do have to plan ahead, as the potato […]

Garlic Croutons

I like crunchy croutons and have found that a combination of stove top and oven baked preparation gives me the buttery, crunchy taste and texture that I am looking for in a crouton. Yield: 2 cups INGREDIENTS ½ loaf bakery or French bread – cut into ½ inch cubes 1 large clove of garlic – […]

Chicken Salad

Yield: 6-8 Servings INGREDIENTS 4 large split chicken breasts – bone in 1 cup chopped celery 1 cup green gapes – cut in half ¾ cup good mayonnaise 1 ½ tablespoon finely chopped tarragon Kosher salt and grated black pepper to taste PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place chicken breasts skin side up […]

Asparagus

In the springtime, fresh asparagus is abundant and readily available in the markets. It’s a wonderful vegetable that is simple to prepare and very versatile. In addition to the standard green variety, you may also be able to find white stalks of asparagus that are grown underground and have a milder taste. You’ll also find […]

Walnut Brownies

  Yield: 12-14 Large brownies Sometimes it’s just not feasible to make everything from scratch, particularly desserts. If you’re in a time crunch and would still like to make something yummy for dessert, I have found the box brownie mixes to be just fine. I particularly have found the Ghirardelli Walnut Brownie mix to be […]

Meyer Lemon Tart

INGREDIENTS Pastry 4 cups all purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar Pinch of salt 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 cups unsalted butter, chilled (4 sticks) Filling 2 cups Mascarpone cheese 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream 1 cup confectioner’s sugar 2/3 cup Meyer lemon juice (or regular lemon juice) PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees […]

Chicken and Dumplings

Yield: 4-6 Servings INGREDIENTS Rolled Dumplings ½ cup vegetable shortening – chilled 4 cups self-rising flour, divided – I prefer White Lily 1 cup buttermilk Chicken 1 – 2-3 lb chicken fryer, cut into pieces 3 quarts water or combination of water and low sodium chicken broth 1 carrot – cut into small chunks 1 […]

Southern Fried Corn

If you’ve never eaten fried corn, you’ve missed out on a great Southern dish. It’s actually not fried, but cooked in a skillet, preferably a well seasoned cast iron one. Use the freshest corn available and make sure that it isn’t dry. Yield: 4-6 Servings INGREDIENTS 12 ears fresh corn 8 slices of bacon 4 […]

Tailgate Baked Beans

In the South, they love to tailgate! These baked beans make a delicious addition to your tailgate menu. Yield: 8-10 Servings INGREDIENTS 6 slices of bacon 1 large sweet yellow onion – finely chopped ½ green pepper – finely chopped ½ lb ham – slivered 2 – 28 ounce cans pork and beans ½ cup […]

Five Star Mac and Cheese

Yield: 8 Servings INGREDIENTS 1 lbs elbow macaroni 2 cups half and half 2 cups milk ½ cup Parmesan cheese 1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese 1 cup grated smoked Gouda cheese Pinch of salt Freshly grated black pepper, to taste PREPARATION Cook the macaroni per package instructions. Drain and return to pan and keep […]

Baked Potato Soup

Yield: 6 Servings INGREDIENTS 4 large baking potatoes, washed 2/3 cup unsalted butter 2/3 cup all-purpose flour 6 cups milk or half and half (can also use a combination of the two) ¾ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon freshly grated black pepper 4 green onions, chopped and divided 12 slices of bacon – fried crisp and […]

Zesty Blue Cheese Dip

  Yield: 2 ½ cups INGREDIENTS 1 – 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened ½ cup sour cream ½ cup crumbled good blue cheese, I prefer Maytag 1 teaspoon lemon juice ½ teaspoon prepared horseradish ¼ cup grated carrots ¼ cup finely chopped green onion tops 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 6 slices bacon – cooked […]

Kugela

Kugela is the national dish of Lithuania and is an oven baked potato “pudding”. It’s rich and creamy with the great smoked taste of bacon in every bite! Consider this as an alternative to the typical potatoes sides. The most time consuming part of preparation is grating the potatoes and onions. However, make sure that […]

Classic Lemon Squares

Yield: 15-20 bars INGREDIENTS Crust 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature ½ cup confectioner’s sugar Filling 2 cups granulated sugar 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking powder 4 eggs – well beaten 5-6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using an electric mixer with […]

Lemon Loaf Cake

  This is a recipe that I adapted from the Barefoot Contessa Parties! cookbook. I didn’t infuse the cake with the lemon syrup or glaze it. In doing so, it turned out like a coffeecake or sweet bread rather than a cake. Not too sweet, but great flavor and texture. Great treat along with a […]

Cheesey Burger Mac

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 1 box Kraft Macaroni and Cheese ½ lb ground beef ½ sweet yellow onion – finely chopped 1 clove garlic – finely chopped ½ green or red bell pepper – finely chopped 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese PREPARATION In large skillet, add ground beef, onion, garlic and peppers. Saute’ on medium heat […]

Baked Ziti

Serves 6 INGREDIENTS 8 ounces of Ziti pasta, uncooked ¾ lb ground beef 3 cups or 28 ounce jar of good spaghetti sauce 1 ¾ cups of ricotta cheese 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1 tablespoon fresh basil – roughly chopped ½ teaspoon salt Salt and fresh grated pepper to taste Grated Parmesan cheese PREPARATION […]

Pecan Crescent Cookies

Yields: 3 dozen cookies INGREDIENTS ½ lb unsalted butter 2 cups all purpose flour 2 cups chopped pecans 5 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon water ½ teaspoon salt Confectioner’s sugar PREPARATION Preheat oven to 325 degrees F Cream the butter and then add sugar, vanilla and water. Sift flour and […]

Kentucky Derby Pie

Yield: 6-8 slices INGREDIENTS Single Pie Crust – already prepared or make your own ½ cup unsalted butter, melted 2 eggs 1 cup granulated sugar ½ cup all-purpose flour 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 ½ cups chopped pecans – toasted 2 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degree F Toasted Pecans: Place […]

Benedictine Spread

INGREDIENTS 1 large cucumber 12 ounces cream cheese, softened 2 tablespoons sweet yellow onion, finely chopped ¼ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon mayonnaise Pinch of cayenne pepper PREPARATION Pare, grate and drain cucumber. Combine cucumber, cream cheese, onion, mayonnaise, cayenne and salt in a food processor. Pulse for a few moments until all ingredients are blended. […]

Cheddar Cheese Ball

INGREDIENTS 2 – 8 ounce cream cheese 1 cup grated cheddar cheese 3 tablespoons sweet yellow onion – finely chopped 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1-2 cups chopped walnuts PREPARATION In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, onion and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well. Roll mixture into two balls. Roll the cheese balls into […]

Mojito

  The Mojito is a traditional Cuban cocktail which in recent years has become very popular in the United States. The traditional Mojito is made up of five ingredients: rum, sugar, lime, carbonated water and mint. The mint and lime are muddled together at the bottom of the cocktail shaker with a wooden tool called […]

Fresh Herb Dip

INGREDIENTS 8 ounces cream cheese 4 ounces sour cream 2 tablespoons garden thyme 1 tablespoon sweet basil 1 tablespoon fresh parsley PREPARATION In a food processor, blend all ingredients and place in a small bowl. Refrigerate overnight so all the flavors of the herbs can meld. Transfer to a small serving dish and garnish with […]

Thyme Biscuits

Yield 12-16 Biscuits INGREDIENTS 2 cups all purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled ¾ cup buttermilk 1 egg beaten 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped PREPARATION Preheat oven to 425 degrees F Sift together dry ingredients. Cut butter into the flour mixture, but do […]

Rise e Bisi (Rice and Peas)

Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 5 cups chicken or vegetable stock 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 tablespoons unsalted butter ½ cup sweet yellow onion – finely chopped 1/3 cup white wine (warmed) 2 cups fresh or frozen green peas 1-½ cups Arborio rice ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese PREPARATION In a large saucepan, bring the chicken […]

Karen’s Crunchy-Fudgie Sandwiches

Yields – 25 squares INGREDIENTS 6 ounce package butterscotch morsels ½ cup smooth peanut butter 4 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies 6 ounce package chocolate chips ½ cup confectioner’s sugar 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon water PREPARATION Butter 8-inch square pan In a medium saucepan, over very low heat, melt the butterscotch morsels and peanut […]

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Serves 8-10 INGREDIENTS 2-2/3 cups granulated sugar 1 – 8 ounce cream cheese – softened 3 sticks of unsalted butter 6 eggs 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 3 cups all purpose flour PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Grease tube or Bundt pan Using an electric mixer, cream butter sugar, vanilla and cream cheese […]

Georgia Peaches and Cream Cobbler

   Serves 6-8 INGREDIENTS 5 cups sliced peaches 1 box yellow cake mix 1/2 box confectioner’s sugar 1 stick of unsalted butter – cut into ¼ inch pats 8 ounces – cream cheese – softened ½ teaspoon cinnamon PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Grease 9×12/2 inch baking pan. In electric mixer with paddle […]

Squash Casserole

Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 8 cups yellow squash (cubed or sliced) ½ yellow onion – finely chopped 3 eggs – slightly beaten 1-½ cups milk 8 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 box stove top stuffing – chicken flavor PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F In a large skillet, melt 4 tablespoons of […]

Not So Much …… New York Cheesecake

This cheesecake is moist and creamy, with a tangy sour cream topping. Slightly different than the typical New York style cheesecake, which has a more dense texture. INGREDIENTS Cheesecake Crust 3 cups crushed graham crackers ½ cup granulated sugar 10 tablespoons unsalted butter – melted Cheesecake Filling 3 eggs ½ cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons […]

Smooth and Creamy ….Ricotta Eggs on Toasted French Bread

INGREDIENTS 4 large eggs – gently whisked ½ cup ricotta cheese or softened cream cheese 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley – medium chopped 1 tablespoon butter Salt and grated black pepper to taste PREPARATION In a small bowl, add 4 eggs and whisk. Add ½ cup ricotta or softened cream cheese and gently whisk so […]

Lemon Curd Layer Cake

This is a tall and beautiful layer cake. It’s both sweet and a bit tart, with lots of lemon flavor. It’s perfect for a birthday celebration or other special occasion. Although you can purchase pre-made lemon curd, I would encourage that you make your own. It’s very easy to do and the flavor is outstanding. […]

Shrimp and Grits

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS Grits 2 cups cream 4 tablespoons butter 2 cups water 1 cup quick cooking grits Salt and pepper, to taste Shrimp 4 tablespoons butter ½ medium onion, diced fine 1 shallot, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons all purpose flour ½ lb tasso ham, cut into small dice 4 cups low-sodium […]

Tuna Noodle Casserole

  Serves 6-8 INGREDIENTS 4 cups elbow macaroni – cooked al dente 2 cans white premium tuna – drained 1 cup frozen peas or other favorite vegetable, thawed Sauce 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 5 tablespoons all purpose flour 5 green onions – finely chopped, including green tops 2 cups milk or half and half 1 […]

Vegetable Lasagna

Serves 6-8 INGREDIENTS Alfredo Sauce 8 ounces unsalted butter 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream 1 ½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese Freshly grated white or black pepper Ricotta Cheese Mixture 2 cups ricotta cheese 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese 2 tablespoons chopped green onion 2 teaspoons freshly chopped […]

Crushed Heirloom Potatoes

I discovered this recipe for Crushed Heirloom potatoes in the 2005 edition of Bon Appetit’ magazine. If you can’t find the more unusual heirloom potatoes, you can substitute the Yukon Gold’s that are readily available at your grocery store. Unique alternative to the traditional mashed. Serves 6-8 INGREDIENTS 2 lbs unpeeled whole heirloom potatoes 3 […]

Blue-Eyed Daisy Coconut Cake

Blue-Eyed Daisy Coconut Cake  Serves 14-16     INGREDIENTS 6 large egg yolks 1 cup milk, divided 1 ½ cups granulated sugar 3 cups cake flour, sifted 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder ¾ teaspoon salt ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened 2 cups Easy Buttercream Frosting (see recipe below) Filling 1 […]

Savory Blue Cheese Tart

Makes 12 appetizer servings INGREDIENTS 1 prepared 9-inch pie shell ½ cup toasted chopped pecans 6 ounces cream cheese at room temperature 2 eggs 4 ounces Maytag Blue Cheese ½ cup half and half 1 teaspoon cornstarch ¾ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce ¼ teaspoon freshly grated black pepper Fresh chives – finely chopped for garnish PREPARATION […]

German Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce

Serves 12 INGREDIENTS 2 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons cinnamon 3 eggs beaten 2 cups granulated sugar ½ cup vegetable oil ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract 5 cups peeled and finely chopped Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples 1 cup chopped walnuts PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 […]

Mac and Cheese Carbonara

This is an “over the top” variation on the standard macaroni and cheese. The different types of cheeses used, herbs and the pancetta give it more depth than your typical mac and cheese dish. If you want to impress your fellow mac and cheese aficionados, this one will do it! Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon […]

Cinnamon Crumb Coffeecake

Serves 8-12 INGREDIENTS Cake 1 cup butter (2 sticks) 1 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 cups sifted flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup sour cream Filling ½ cup brown sugar ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup chopped walnuts […]

Bread Pudding with Hot Caramel Sauce

Serves 8-12 INGREDIENTS Pudding 7 cups fresh or stale white bread (crusts removed) cut into 1 inch cubes ½ cup golden raisins ½ cup melted butter 1 cup toasted pecans 4 eggs 1 cup granulated sugar ¼ cup brown sugar packed 1 teaspoon nutmeg 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 cups half and half 2 […]

Apple Fritters

Makes 4 dozen fritters INGREDIENTS 1 ½ cup all purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons baking powder 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 egg ¾ cup milk 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 3 medium firm apples, such as Golden Delicious or Granny Smith 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice Vegetable oil for frying […]

Oven Fries

  These are a great alternative to frozen fries. You can toss with a variety of herbs or spices. We particularly like them with chopped parsley and chipotle seasoning. Spicy and delicious! Serves 3-4 INGREDIENTS 2 russet potatoes – cut in ½ lengthwise and then cut halves lengthwise into fourths to make 16 large wedges […]

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe’s

Serves 8-10 INGREDIENTS 3 lbs ground beef – (can also use ground turkey) 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped green pepper 1 garlic glove – finely chopped 1½ cups ketchup ½ cup water 4 tablespoons brown sugar 4 tablespoons prepared mustard 4 tablespoons white vinegar 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce PREPARATION In large skillet, brown […]

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs Serves 6       INGREDIENTS Extra-virgin olive oil 1 onion – finely chopped 3 cloves garlic – chopped 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley 1 – 1 ½ cups bread crumbs 3 lbs ground beef or split 50/50 with ground beef and ground pork 1 large egg 5 cups heated tomato-basil […]

Ground Beef Chili

Ground Beef Chili Yields – 10 Servings INGREDIENTS 2 lb ground beef 1 large onion – finely chopped 3 gloves garlic – finely chopped 2 -15 ounce cans of chili beans with sauce, I prefer Brooks Chili Beans 1 – 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes 1 tablespoon smoked paprika 2 tablespoons chili powder – […]

Amish Apple Pie

This is the best apple pie recipe that I have ever made. The recipe comes from Marcia Adams’ cookbook, Cooking from Quilt County. I would highly recommend this cookbook. I have tried many of the recipes and have found them all to be exceptional. Along with the recipes, the photography is beautiful. I believe that […]

Corn Chowder

8-10 Servings INGREDIENTS ½ lb of bacon – chopped into small pieces ¼ cup olive oil 2 cups yellow onions – finely chopped ½ stick of unsalted butter 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon grated black pepper 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 12 cups low sodium chicken broth 6 cups of medium white potatoes – unpeeled […]

Blue Cheese Potato Salad

  INGREDIENTS 2 ½ lbs unpeeled red potatoes ¼ cup dry white wine ½ cup mayonnaise ½ cup sour cream 1 ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 ½ tablespoon cider vinegar 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled 3 green onions, finely chopped 1 cup coarsely chopped celery PREPARATION Boil potatoes until just tender when pierced with a […]

Tarte Normande Aux Pommes (Apple Tart)

This is a warm apple custard tart that is delicious. Great contrast between the smooth custard and the bite of the apples. The tart can be served cold, but is better served warm. This recipe is found in Julia Child’s classic cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I. The recipe is designed to […]

Hearty Beef Stew

This is an easy make ahead supper. It takes some prep time with the chopping and peeling of the vegetables, but once you’re finished with that, you can pop it in the oven and forget about it; save a few stirs during the cook time. You’ll have leftovers and as always, they taste even better […]

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Garlic and Herbs

  ROASTED FINGERLING POTATOES WITH GARLIC AND HERBS SERVES 4-6 INGREDIENTS 2 lbs. fingerling potatoes ¼ cup olive oil 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 gloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped 2 tablespoons basil – finely chopped 2 tablespoons parsley – finely chopped Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees […]

Be My Valentine Cupcakes

  INGREDIENTS 4 egg whites – room temperature 2 cups all purpose flour 1 ½ cups granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon baking soda   1 cup buttermilk ½ cup butter 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract PREPARATION Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place individual cupcake liners in cupcake […]

Tuscan White Bean and Ham Soup

TUSCAN WHITE BEAN AND HAM SOUP This creamy and flavorful soup recipe can be adapted to a vegetarian diet by eliminating the ham and substituting the chicken broth for vegetable broth. Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 shallots, finely chopped 1 sage leaf 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth 4 15-ounce […]

Long Island Iced Tea

1/2 oz vodka 1/2 oz gin 1/2 oz light rum 1/2 oz tequila 1/2 oz triple sec 3/4 oz lemon juice 3/4 oz simple syrup 2-4 oz Coca-Cola In a shaker filled with ice pour in all ingredients minus the Coca-Cola. Shake well and strain into a tall glass filled 3/4 with ice. Top with […]

Shirley Temple

This classic is always a hit with both kids and adults. One part orange juice One part 7-up One part Ginger-Ale Dash of grenadine Mix ingredients into a collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.

Gin Fizz

This is by far one of my favorite gin drinks, unfortunately more then once when ordering this at a bar they had no idea what I was talking about and made me a Sloe Gin Fizz. 2 1/2 ounces gin 1 ounce fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon superfine sugar or 1 ounce simple syrup San […]

Gin and Tonic

2 ounces gin 5 ounces tonic water 1 lime wedge Pour the gin and tonic water into a highball glass that has been filled with ice cubes. Stir well and garnish with the lime wedge. My favorite gin to use in the United States is Tanqueray No. Ten. Another good option for gin is Bombay […]

Mint Julep

This is a great drink to enjoy on Kentucky Derby Day (the first Saturday in May) or any day. 3 ounces Kentucky bourbon 6 fresh mint sprigs 1 teaspoon superfine sugar crushed ice Muddle 4 of the mint sprigs with the sugar in the bottom of a rocks glass. Fill the glass almost completely with […]

Andrew’s Easy Pizza Dough

Combine in large mixing bowl or the bowl of a heavy duty mixer, such a Kitchen Aid mixer, and let sit for about 5 minutes. 1 package of active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons) 1 1/13 cup warm (105F to 115F) water After five minutes add: 3 1/2 to 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 […]

Sourdough Starter

It will take 5 days before your sourdough starter is ready to cook with. Day 1 1 Cup wholewheat flour 1/2 Cup cool water Combine the flour and water in a nonreactive container. Glass, stainless steel or food grade plastic all work well for this. Cover the container and let sit for 24 hours at […]

Sweet Potato Souffle with Walnuts

SWEET POTATO SOUFFLE WITH WALNUTS Serves 8 INGREDIENTS 4 cups sweet potatoes cooked and mashed 8 ounces cream cheese ½ cup unsalted butter 2 eggs beaten ¼ cup brown sugar 2 ½ tablespoons dry sherry (optional) ¼ teaspoon kosher salt ¾ cup chopped walnuts ½ teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated, if possible) PREPARATION With electric mixer, […]

Pasta With Garlic and Parsley

PASTA WITH GARLIC AND PARSLEY This recipe is quick and easy with ingredients that you usually have on hand in your pantry.  Serves 4 INGREDIENTS ¼ cup unsalted butter ¼ cup good olive oil ½ cup garlic – finely chopped ½ cup Italian parsley – finely chopped ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese ½ cup half […]

Liguine with Gorgonzola

LINGUINE WITH GORGONZOLA 4-6 Servings INGREDIENTS 6 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, cut into small pieces 1 cup whipping cream or half and half ¾ pound linguine Grated pepper 2/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano ½ cup toasted walnuts ½ cup toasted pecans PREPARATION Toast nuts in 350 degree F oven for approximately 5-7 minutes.  Remove from oven and […]

Pinecone Dip

  PINECONE DIP  INGREDIENTS 1 ½ cup almonds 1- 8 ounce cream cheese – softened ½ cup good mayonnaise 6-8 crisply cooked bacon slices – crumbled ½ teaspoon freshly chopped dill weed 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Spread almonds on a shallow baking pan […]

Corn Souffle

CORN SOUFFLE Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 2 -14 oz cans of yellow cream style corn 1 cup frozen corn kernels – cooked and cooled 2 eggs, lightly beaten ½ cup heavy whipping cream 1 sleeve (1/4 –pound) “unsalted tops” soda crackers – crushed ¼ cup chopped flat leaf parsley 2 tablespoons unsalted butter Kosher salt and […]

Cheese Biscuits

CHEESE BISCUITS The key to making great biscuits is buttermilk.  Having lived in the South for the past seven years, I have found that the best Southern cooks use buttermilk for their biscuits.  Using buttermilk in the recipe results in a tender, flaky biscuit.  INGREDIENTS 2 cups self-rising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon […]

Classic Mashed Potatoes

CLASSIC MASHED POTATOES These are just your basic mashed potatoes that epitomizes what “comfort foods” are all about.  These are rich, buttery, and creamy, with lots of butter and whipping cream.  When you are feeling the need for something comforting, for me, these are right up there with macaroni and cheese! INGREDIENTS 1 ½ lb […]

Pecan Pie

PECAN PIE This is a classic Pecan Pie that has a single crust with a soft and gooey filling of sugar, corn syrup, butter, eggs and it’s chock full with pecans.  I always toast my pecans in the oven for approximately 7-10 minutes in a 350 degree oven, before baking them in the pie, it […]

Roast Pork with Gorgonzola Sauce

ROAST PORK WITH GORGONZOLA SAUCE INGREDIENTS Pork 2 – ¾ lb pork tenderloins ¼ cup Dijon mustard 2 tablespoon fresh thyme 1 tablespoon olive oil Kosher salt and pepper Gorgonzola Sauce 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon all purpose flour 1 cup heavy whipping cream ¼ cup dry white wine ¼ cup low sodium chicken broth […]

Macaroni and Cheese With Bacon

INGREDIENTS Kosher salt 1 lb elbow macaroni 4 cups milk 2-3 sprigs thyme 4 cloves garlic – finely chopped 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 5 ½ cups shredded sharp white or yellow Cheddar cheese Freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup chopped parsley 1 large onion – diced 4 large slices of bacon […]

Creamy Fudge

 INGREDIENTS 1 stick of butter 2 cups of granulated sugar 2 tablespoon cocoa pinch of salt 1 small can evaporated milk 1 6 oz package of chocolate chips 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract ½ cup chopped walnuts PREPARATION Melt one stick of butter and add sugar, blend well. Add cocoa, pinch of salt and one […]

Lemon Cake

LEMON CAKE INGREDIENTS Cake 1 Duncan Hines Lemon Cake Mix 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1 cup apricot nectar ½ cup vegetable oil 4 eggs Glaze 1 cup powdered sugar Juice from 1 lemon PREPARATION Preheat oven to 325 degrees F In an electric mixer, with paddle attachment, combine lemon cake mix, sugar, apricot nectar and […]

Chicken with Linguine in Basil Cream Sauce

CHICKEN WITH LINGUINE IN BASIL CREAM SAUCE Makes 4-6 servings INGREDIENTS Chicken 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts Olive oil Kosher salt and pepper Basil Cream Sauce 1 ½ cups fresh basil leaves ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano 2 ounces walnuts Olive oil 4 cloves garlic ¼ cup olive oil 1 pint or 16 ounces of heavy whipping […]

Italian Sausage Casserole

ITALIAN SAUSAGE CASSEROLE Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 1 lb ground beef ½ lb hot Italian sausage – removed from casing 1 cup chopped yellow onion 2 teaspoon oregano Kosher salt and grated black pepper, to taste 1 can cheddar cheese soup 1 can tomato soup 1 can water 4 cups cooked penne pasta Mozzarella cheese – […]

Ecuadorian Potato Soup

This is not your typical potato soup. This is a recipe that I picked up during my travels in South America. It’s thick and creamy, with a slight “kick” from the smoked paprika. Again, fix it ahead of time and keep some in the refrigerator for a quick and filling meal during the week. Makes […]

Homemade Nachos

HOMEMADE NACHOS INGREDIENTS 1 lb extra lean ground beef 1 package taco seasoning mix 1 can refried beans 1 large yellow onion 2-3 cups grated Mexican melting cheese 8 white corn tortillas 1-2 Jalapeno peppers – seeded and sliced Garnishes – sour cream, guacamole, chopped tomatoes and taco sauce Makes 4-6 servings In a large […]

Irish Coffee

4 ounces hot coffee 1 teaspoon raw sugar 2 ounces Paddy Irish Whiskey 2 ounces heavy cream Pour the coffee and stir the sugar into an Irish Whiskey glass. Add the Whiskey and stir. Float the cream onto the top of the drink by carefully pouring it over the back of a teaspoon. Paddy Irish […]

Kahlua Cupcakes- Vegan Fat Free

Kahlua Fat Free Cupcakes According to my research Kahlua is vegan. Serving Size : 10 1 cup applesauce 1 1/2 cups sugar (vegan raw, your choice) 1 1/2 cups water 3 tbs. Kahlua 2 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 cups unbleached flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons […]

Profiteroles

PROFITEROLES     Profiteroles or cream puffs are made from a small, round baked choux pastry dough filled with a sweet filling. Most often the filling is whipped cream, pastry cream or ice cream.  They are topped with a chocolate sauce or caramel glaze.  Serves 6   INGREDIENTS   1 cup milk Pinch kosher salt […]

Cake Brownies with Chocolate Sauce

CAKE BROWNIES WITH CHOCOLATE SAUCE INGREDIENTS Brownies 3 squares (3 ounces) unsweetened chocolate ½ cup all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons – ½ stick unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs ¼ cup milk 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract   Chocolate Sauce 6 ounces of semisweet […]

Creme Brulee

CREME BRULEE Creme Brulee in French means “burnt cream”. It’s a dessert consisting of a rich custard base and topped with a layer of hard caramel. The hard caramel is created by caramelizing sugar on top of the custard by placing it under a broiler or using a special culinary torch. The custard usually is […]

Mom’s Meatloaf

Serves 6-8 INGREDIENTS 2 lb ground beef 2 small onions – finely chopped 2 eggs – beaten 1 sleeve of saltine crackers – crushed 1-8 oz tomato sauce 1 cup grated cheddar cheese salt and pepper to taste 3 strips of bacon ketchup PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees In large mixing bowl add ground […]

Quiche Lorraine

QUICHE LORRAINE This can be a quick and easy meal during the week. Team it up with a fresh green salad and you’re in business. If you are great at making pie crusts, make one from scratch. Otherwise, I find using a deep dish, prepared crust, such as Mrs. Smith’s brand, work just fine. Serves […]

Extreme Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Yield: 4 dozen   INGREDIENTS   2¼ cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 large eggs 2 cups Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Baking Chips 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans […]

Peanut Butter Temptations

Peanut Butter Temptations If you like peanut butter cups, you’ll love these cookies. They incorporate the great taste of peanut and chocolate into one chewy bite of cookie. Mini muffin tins are available at anywhere where they sell bakeware. Makes 3 dozen cookies INGREDIENTS ½ cup butter ½ cup peanut butter ½ cup brown sugar […]

Sour Cream Chocolate Walnut Cookies

These are a cake-like cookie with an awesome chocolate frosting, flavored with a hint of coffee. My late Aunt Helen loved to bake and entertain. I have fond memories of sitting in her kitchen helping her make these yummy cookies. INGREDIENTS Yield 24 large cookies Cookie Batter 1 stick of butter 1 cup sugar 1 […]

Buttermilk- Sour Cream Pancakes

  BUTTERMILK – SOUR CREAM PANCAKES These are the best pancakes I’ve ever made. They are moist and airy, with the buttermilk contributing to the light texture and tangy flavor. Makes 15-20 pancakes INGREDIENTS 2 ½ cups all purpose flour ¼ cup powdered sugar 2 tsp baking powder 2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt […]

Mocha Cheesecake

In order to have the best results use the highest quality chocolate and wafers you can find. This will add to not only the flavor, but to the texture and smell. Crust 34 chocolate wafers- like Nabisco Chocolate Wafers (in US) or Barilla Chicche cookies (in Europe) 2 tablespoons Raw Sugar 5 tablespoons unsalted butter […]