Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
I recently found out that I'm a winner in the Chef Boyardee recipe contest! I mentioned that contest in this blog post...**click here** I almost gave up on that contest, thinking I would never win! Well, I'm so glad I didn't give up because I finally won in week #7 with my SloppyRoni Sliders recipe! I re-entered that recipe in that week and won a $500 Amex gift card and $75 worth of free food items from ConAgra foods! At the end of the 10 weeks, all 10 winners will be entered for a chance to win the grand prize...1 years worth of free groceries($100 per week) at the store of your choice!
|Photo by Lillian|
|Photo by Pro Photographer|
Saturday, March 24, 2012
The first time I ever heard of this dish was while looking through recipes on the Internet! I think it's a Southern thing! The ingredients sounded like something I would love, so I decided to give it a try! This recipe was posted by a food friend of mine named Donna Brown. I tried this recipe and loved it! The only problem I had with this recipe was that I couldn't bring myself to wait for the pie to set, after I took it out of the oven, so it was a little messy to cut! But it was VERY tasty! The creamy basil sauce is to die for! Since then I've discovered other savory pies that I love! I'll post another one tomorrow! Here is the recipe for the Tomato Pie...
Thursday, March 22, 2012
I love Sloppy Joe's except for the sloppy part! So I decided to make them into egg rolls! It worked great! It's less sloppy when it's wrapped up!
Just make your favorite Sloppy Joe Recipe (click on recipe title to see the recipe I used) and set it aside to cool. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a scoop of the cooled Sloppy Joe mixture in the center of each egg roll wrapper. Roll the wrapper while tucking in the sides. When you get to the end of the wrapper, brush the edge with water and place the egg rolls on a parchment lined cookie sheet, seam side down. Brush the tops of each egg roll with water and sprinkle with toasted (browned) sesame seeds. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve warm. Goes great with a side of fries and a salad!
Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup
8 cups of leftovers from corned beef and cabbage w/ potatoes & carrots
1 Tbls. butter
1/2 large onion - chopped
1 rib of celery - chopped
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
In a large pot saute onions and celery in butter until tender. Add salt. Then add leftover corned beef and cabbage along with chicken broth.
Simmer for 30 minutes.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
|Jim and his 47 lb. Striped Bass|
This recipe and this bass were both given to me by my husbands co-worker named Jim Speer! When my husband told me that Jim had an amazing recipe for striped bass I said "Oh, that's nice"...never thinking he REALLY had an amazing recipe for striped bass! He works in an office. He's not a Chef! How good can it be? But he does LOVE to go fishing! So I knew at least the fish would be fresh! Well, I can honestly say that this is the best broiled fillet of fish I ever ate!!! The butter, the wine, the lemon zest and the Parmesan cheese, all go so well with this fish! And the fact that Jim caught the fish only hours earlier, was just the cherry ontop of the sundae! Thank you Jim Speer, for the fish and the recipe!
Monday, March 19, 2012
This is a unique Dutch Baby recipe because of the custard that forms in the center of this cake. I found this recipe on 'The Recipe Diva' cooking website. Posted by a member named Sweet Potato. I compared it to other Dutch Babies recipes. This recipe is the only one I found that had a custard center! It was delicious! It's suppose to serve 4 but I almost ate the entire thing myself! I added my own photo!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
|I'm in a recipe slump!!! I'm looking for a recipe that is interesting, unique and delicious, all in one! Those recipes are so hard to find, but when they do come along it's such a thrill! I truly treasure these kinds of recipes! Foodies are a gracious and helpful group of people, who love to share their recipes, so I'm hoping to get alot of help with this! Please show me what you have that you consider interesting, unique and delicious, and I will pick a recipe to make and post on my blog! I will give total credit, as I always do, to the person who sends me the recipe! I will photograph and post my review of the recipe also! Please leave the recipe link in the comment section below! Thank you so much!|
Aren't these the cutest cupcakes for Springtime?
Here's is the link to that recipe!
Friday, March 16, 2012
I was asked to make this recipe as one of my tasks for the Allrecipes.com Brand Ambassador Program. I knew I would love it because I love all things crab! This tasted like a really good crab cake! And I love the crunchy fresh breadcrumb/butter topping! This was very easy to make and is perfect as an appetizer! Here is the link to the recipe, along with my photo! I only made 2 changes to the recipe. I used imitation crab meat ( gasp! I know thats so wrong but I needed to use it or toss it) and I accidently used the fresh breadcrumbs IN the crab mixture AND ontop of the mixture! It turned out to be a delicious mistake, so I'll make it like that from now on!
|Crab Imperial II|
**Click Here for Recipe**
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
This cute little candy birds nest is made from 'Fiber One' original bran cereal and melted chocolate. These are so easy to make! Just melt 12 ounces of chocolate chips and toss in
3 1/2 cups of the bran cereal. Coat the cereal completely, then form little mounds of the coated cereal into nest shapes and place on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Place 2 candy coated chocolate eggs in the center of each nest and chill til chocolate is set. My kids thought these were cute and tasty! This recipe makes about 8-10 nests.
Monday, March 12, 2012
I was sent one of these bars by Luna...it's their new flavor 'Peanut Honey Pretzel'. So I made a cup of coffee and sat down to taste this! I must say that it was VERY good! It was crunchy and nutty, but not too sweet! YUM! I think these bars are supposed to be used in place of a meal, but I always eat them as a snack! lol!
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Sunday, March 11, 2012
I think it turned out perfectly! You can add your favorite green ingredients! I used green olives, marinated artichoke hearts, pepperoncinis and asparagus! Along with my homemade salad dressing and some grated parmesan cheese!
Below is my salad dressing recipe that I always use for all my pasta salads!
|Lite Italian Salad Dressing|
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 fluid ounces corn oil
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS;Whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, corn oil, salt, sugar, pepper, and oregano in a bowl. Pour into a carafe and use as needed on salads!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
|The main reason why this bread is the EASIEST is because you don't knead the dough at all! This recipe has been called 'Dump Bread'...'No Knead Bread'...'Easiest Ciabatta Bread' and 'One Minute Bread'. So call it what ever you want, but you should really try it! This is a bread I've made at least 20 times since finding it! I always top mine with garlic powder and grated parmesan cheese before baking it! I love to slice into it while it's still warm to take a taste! This bread is perfect for making sandwiches or for soaking up gravy and soups...and for dipping in flavored olive oil!|
1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
2 tsp. kosher salt
2 cups luke warm water
4 cups flour
parchment lined cookie sheet dusted with cornmeal
olive oil, garlic powder, grated parmesan cheese, herbs - optional toppings
And this is a delicious dipping oil that I love to serve with this bread!
Bread Dipping Oil
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
extra virgin olive oil
Mix all ingredients together. To use, put 1 tablespoon of this seasoning mixture into a small bowl and pour about 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil over it. Mix and dip warm slices of your favorite bread into it!
Store the remaining seasoning mixture in the fridge because it has fresh garlic in it!
This recipe can easily be cut in half or in quarters.
Friday, March 9, 2012
I just tried the Entenmann's Mini Cakes because I won a free coupon on their Facebook page...http://www.facebook.com/Entenmanns?ref=ts Go enter for your chance to win too! I decided to get the chocolate cake variety! They were VERY good! A perfect cure for my chocolate craving! They're just the right size and only 7 total grams of fat! Thank you Entenmann's!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
I'm really loving couscous lately and I was trying to think of a flavorful way to prepare it! Well, this is just what I was looking for! I created this by combining all the flavors I knew I would love with couscous! It worked perfectly! I hope you'll try it next time your craving couscous!
I found this recipe on the Pioneer Womans cooking site! I loved it as soon as I saw the title! Then I tried it and I was right...I loved it! I tweaked it slightly to make it less fattening and to make the sauce thicker! And I used white wine instead of brandy! I also added parsley for color! I think I'll try it with the brandy next time...and there will be MANY 'next times'...YUM! Using the white wine made it tastes VERY similar to chicken picatta! The photo is my own, as usual! I'm posting the recipe with my tweaks!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
...that's me!!! lol! I was just awarded this wonderful honor by a website called 'Average Mom's Wear Capes'! Check out their Facebook page here...http://www.facebook.com/AverageMomsWearCapes?ref=ts...it's a fun place to find lots of interesting Mom stuff, like recipes, human interest stories, funny quotes and just average Moms sharing their daily life! Join in and add yourself to the Super Mom list or nominate a Super Mom that you know! A cute article was written about me on their wall today and they will be sending me a Super Mom cape...I'll post pics when I receive it! Here's the article from their website with a short summary of my life as a Mom! http://averagemomswearcapes.com/2012/03/march-super-mom-of-the-month-2/
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
|Add the pasta mixture to the center of the skillet and spread out to about a 5 1/2 inch diameter and about 1/2 inch thick.|
|Cook til bottom is browned, then flip and brown the other side.|