Showing posts from March, 2012


Non-stick cooking spray
4 lamb loin chops (about 4 ounces each)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons rosemary
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 can (16 ounces) cannellini or great Northern white beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, no-salt added, drained

Preparation Time: Approximately 5 minutes

Cook Time: Approximately 20 minutes Servings: 4

Heat a cast-iron or other heavy skillet on high for 3 to 5 minutes and then spray with a little cooking spray. Dry the chops thoroughly and rub them with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon rosemary, salt and black pepper. Cook the chops over medium-high heat for 3 to 5 minutes per side or to the desired doneness.

Remove the chops from the skillet and keep warm on a plate. Reduce heat. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, rosemary and garlic to the skillet. Cook for 1 minute. Stir in beans, tomatoes, salt and black pepper to taste. Cook for 5 minutes. Top chop…

Asparagus with Orange Sauce

When I was a kid I never thought I would like asparagus. It's a strange woody stalk of a vegetable. If the asparagus is picked when it young and thin, it won't be so woody, and it tastes better too.

Recipe courtesy Laura Calder

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:10 min|Inactive Prep:5 min|Cook:10 min
Yield:4 servings


2 oranges
1 pink shallot, minced
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
20 spears green asparagus, trimmed
Parmesan cheese, for shaving


First, make the dressing: Zest 1 orange into a bowl, then juice both oranges and boil the juice down in a small saucepan to about 3 tablespoons. Meanwhile, mince the shallot and put it in a ramekin with the vinegar poured over. Set aside 5 minutes. Add the mustard to the zest. When the orange juice has reduced, strain it over the zest. Drain the shallot, discarding the vinegar, and add. Whisk all together, then…

Spring has sprung

Taken early in the evening on Tuesday, 27 March. (App Store | Android Marketplace)

Sent from my iPad

A Young Chick

Taken this year in the night on Thursday, 22 March. Sent via Adobe Photoshop Express(App Store | Android Marketplace)

Have fun this Easter. Make something fun, like this happy yellow chick cake.
Sent from my iPad

Oh Now that spring is here...

Smells good too.

Lemon Roasted Potatoes

It's almost that time. Easter that is. Easter is a time of family and tradition. There are truly some amazing holiday traditions, especially with food. One is roast lamb, another is baked ham. What the have in common are great side dishes-like roasted potatoes. often said that the best potatoes are cooked right along with the meat so that they absorb the flavors which is wonderful, but a bit heavy tasting sometimes. I found this surfing for Easter recipes. The lemon brightens the flavor, without being too oily or heavy.

It's a great vegetarian dish too, if you substitute vegetable broth.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes


5-6 potatoes, peeled and cut in to evenly sized wedges
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
Two lemons, juiced (plus more for serving)
1/2 cup chicken broth
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Note: If you serving lamb or beef, try adding a teaspoon of dried rosemary to the mix…

Ice cream treats


1 pound chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed
1/2 cup margarine, melted
1 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
1 1/2 cups dry-roasted peanuts


1.Combined crushed cookies and melted margarine and press into a 9x13 inch dish. Chill 1 hour in refrigerator.

2.In a saucepan over medium heat, combine confectioners' sugar, evaporated milk, chocolate chips and 1/2 cup margarine. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Set aside to cool.

3.Slice vanilla ice cream into 3/4 inch slices, and place them in a single layer over the chilled crust. Smooth the seams. Sprinkle the peanuts over the ice cream. Top with the cooled chocolate sauce. Cover and freeze 8 hours or overnight.

Kim's Teriyaki Sir Fry

¾ lbs chicken breast

½ cup teriyaki sauce
3 Tbls soy sauce
2 Tbls orange marmalade
3 cups mix veggies like onion, bell peppers, broccoli florets, green beans, cauliflower, carrots, bamboo shoots….
½ lbs spaghetti or lo-mien noodles
3 tbls yellow mustard
1 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp minced garlic
2 Tbls oil
½ cup pineapple juice
½ tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

In a medium bowl, place chicken breast and pour teriyaki sauce over. Let marinate at least ½ hour before cooking.

Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok. Slice the chicken breast in small strips. Save the sauce. Sauté over medium heat. Add veggies, ginger, garlic powder, pepper, and soy sauce,

Stir fry until tender. Add the sauce and the pineapple juice, bring to a boil. Leave pan on low to simmer.

Bring 4 qtauts of water to a rapid boil and salt. Add noodles, and turn to low. Cook to al dente- about 8 mins.

Mix in mustard and marmalade to chicken and veggies, add hot noodles, and mix to incorporate.

Serve hot.

Penne with Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis, 2008

Prep Time:5 minInactive Prep Time: -- Cook Time:10 min
4 to 6 servings

8 ounces penne pasta
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 pounds thin asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups (about 9 ounces) cherry tomatoes
1 cup shelled fresh peas
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken stock
1 cup grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving about 1/2 cup of the pasta water.

In a large saute pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the asparagus, season with the salt and pepper, and cook for 3 minutes until slightly soft. Add the cherry tomatoes and peas. Cook for 2 minutes. Pour the chick…

Pistachio and Tart Cherry Chocolate Bark


1 pound(s) semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
8 ounce(s) white chocolate, coarsely chopped
12 ounce(s) pistachio nuts, shells removed (1 1/2 cups), toasted
8 ounce(s) (1 1/2 cups) dried tart cherries


Place semisweet chocolate in microwave-safe 8-cup measuring cup or large bowl. Place white chocolate in microwave-safe 2-cup measuring cup or medium bowl. Heat semisweet chocolate in microwave, covered with waxed paper, on High 2 to 3 minutes or until almost melted, stirring once. Remove from microwave and stir until smooth. Heat white chocolate in microwave, covered with waxed paper, on High 1 to 2 minutes or until almost melted, stirring once. Remove from microwave and stir until smooth.

Stir 1 cup pistachios and 1 cup cherries into semisweet chocolate. On large cookie sheet, spread chocolate mixture to about 1/4-inch thickness. Spoon dollops of white chocolate onto semisweet-chocolate mixture. With tip of knife, swirl chocolates together for marbled look. Spri…

Dirty Rice

Traditional dirty rice is made with ground organ meats, but I'm not a fan. So i substitute ground beef. I also don't like it as spicy, so I use more bell pepper, and less hot pepper.. Ingredients

1 1/2 cup long-grain rice (Carolina, basmati, jasmine, etc)
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 pound ground pork
1/2 pound ground beef
3 slices of bacon, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper or 1-3 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning
2 green onions, chopped


1 Cook the rice according to the package instructions, but use chicken broth for one third of the cooking liquid. So, for example, if the package says to use 3 cups of water for 1 1/2 cups of rice, use 2 cups of water and 1 cup of chicken broth. Once the rice has finished cooking, remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Turn the rice out onto a sheet pan and drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over it. Mix to combine and let cool.

2 While the ric…

Ginger Apple Peach Crisp

No, the original recipe does not call for peaches, but ginger and peaches sound good, and smell good when cooking together.
this can also be combines to cook in a 9x13 pan.


4 medium Granny Smith apples (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled, cored, chopped into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries
1 cup slice peaches
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons minced crystallized ginger
1 tablespoon all purpose flour

1/3 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2/3 cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped

Vanilla ice cream
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Pistachio Candy Trifle

1 box pistachio pudding mix
2 cups of milk
1 1/2 cup M-M's
1 banana
1 1/2 cup  mini marshmallows
pan of brownies
1 tub whipped topping

Cook brownies to package directions. Let them cool completely. Then cut into 1 inch squares
Mix pudding mix with milk
slice the banana.
In a large glass bowl, or trifle dish, put down one layer of brownie pieces. layer 1/3 of the pudding. Next, add some banana slices, 1/2 the M-M's. and 1/2 the marshmallows.
repeat one more time.
finish with the rest of the pudding and top with the whipped topping.
Refrigerate up to 4 hours before serving.

Spicy Poblano Burgers with Chipotle Cream

This is on the Pampered Chef March 2012 page... I thought I'd give it a whirl .. looks good, sounds interesting. Sure beats plain old burgers...


2 poblano chiles
1 tablespoon 1% low-fat milk
1 (1-ounce) slice white bread, crusts removed, and torn into 1/2-inch pieces
3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro, divided
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 pound ground sirloin
1/2 cup light sour cream
1 tablespoon minced shallots
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 (7-ounce) can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
Cooking spray
4 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns, toasted


1. Preheat broiler.

2. Place poblano chiles on a foil-lined baking sheet, and broil for 8 minutes or until blackened, turning after 6 minutes. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 15 minutes. Peel chiles, and discard the seeds and membranes. Finely chop.

3. Combine m…

Taco Soup

I love a good hardy soup on a cold day. Don't you?  and we all love Paula!

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

.Prep Time:15 minInactive Prep Time:-- Cook Time:6 hr 0 minLevel:


12 to 16 servings.Ingredients

2 pounds ground beef
2 cups diced onions
2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans pinto beans
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can pink kidney beans
1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can tomatoes with chiles
2 (4 1/2-ounce) cans diced green chiles
1 (4.6-ounce) can black olives, drained and sliced, optional
1/2 cup green olives, sliced, optional
1 (1 1/4-ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1 (1-ounce) package ranch salad dressing mix
Corn chips, for serving
Sour cream, for garnish
Grated cheese, for garnish
Chopped green onions, for garnish
Pickled jalapenos, for garnish


Brown the ground beef and onions in a large skillet; drain the excess fat, then transfer the browned beef and onions to a …

Mini Italian Meatloaves with Penne and Sautéed Zucchini

Weight Watchers Recipe

10PointsPlus Value Prep time: 25 minCook time: 50 min Serves: 6 It’s a meatball in meatloaf form. Paired with whole grain pasta and garlicky zucchini, this meal is sure to satisfy your craving for Italian food. RecipeRead All Reviews (58).Ingredients

2 spray(s) cooking spray,


1 1/4 pound(s) uncooked lean ground beef, (93% lean/7% fat)

2 large egg(s)

1/4 cup(s) grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup(s) seasoned bread crumbs, Italian style

1/4 cup(s) parsley, finely chopped

3/4 tsp kosher salt

1/8 tsp black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste

1 1/2 cup(s) store-bought marinara sauce, divided


1/4 tsp kosher salt

8 oz uncooked whole-wheat pasta, penne


1 tsp olive oil, extra virgin

2 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), thinly sliced

2 small uncooked zucchini, chopped (about 3 cups)

1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste


1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil…

Zesty Pork Salad with Potatoes

This meal tastes of springtime, and it's light enough that it fits into a heart-healthy diet.

This meal tastes of springtime, and it's light enough that it fits into a heart-healthy diet.

Minutes to Prepare: 15Minutes to Cook: 30Number of Servings: 4


1 pound pork tenderloin, fat trimmed and silver skin removed
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, smashed and chopped
1/2 teaspoon black pepper


1 English cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon chopped shallot
1/2 cup low fat plain yogurt
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped


1 pound new red skin potatoes, washed and scrubbed, sliced into 1/4-inch thick

Radish Salad:

6 radishes, scrubbed and chopped into matchsticks
5 ounces baby spinach, washed
1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Fill a large saucepan halfway with water and bring to a boil.

Combine the mustard, garlic, a…

Orange Dream Pie


6 HONEY MAID Honey Grahams, finely crushed (about 1 cup)

2 Tbsp. butter, melted

1/2 cup orange juice

1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Orange Flavor Gelatin

1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened, divided

1 tub (8 oz.) thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, divided

1/2 cup cold milk

1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding

1 tsp. orange zest


1Mix graham crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 8-inch square pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.2Microwave juice in microwaveable measuring cup on HIGH 1 min. Add to gelatin mix in small bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Gradually add to half the cream cheese in medium bowl, beating with mixer after each addition until blended. Whisk in 1 cup COOL WHIP; spread over crust. Freeze while preparing next layer.3Beat remaining cream cheese and milk in separate medium bowl until blended. Add dry pudding mix; beat 2 min. Stir in remaining COOL WHIP and zest; spread over gelatin layer. Refrigerate…

Let them eat cake

We’ve all heard this statement. ‘Let them eat cake’ was allegedly spoken by Marie Antoinette- Queen of France in the mid to late 1700’s.
I don't think that's quite what she meant. It was a very hard time in France if you were poor. Taxes were too high. There was no food to speak of, and the King was building a palace of gold -- these were just a few of the factors that were at the beginning of the French revolution.  Well, it worked in America, right?
The Queen’s alleged statement rocked them to their core. Let them eat cake did mean cake like you and I understand cake, she meant the burned 'cake' on the inside of the ovens.  And the revolution was on…

Ah cake, everybody loves cake. So much so that there are cake fests. See this week’s pictures for, KC cake fest.
What amazing collection of edible art. There were cakes representing many of the things here in Kansas City. From football to the zoo to Lego land, the Kaufman center, the Nelson-Adkins museum and a nice tribute …

Scottish Shortbread

FAMOUS SHORTBREAD RECIPE 3 (cinnamon and almond flavour)

This past December, for my birthday, I received a box of cookbooks.  (of course), What was special about these cookbooks? They belonged to my Grandmother.
two are little booklets and one, was "her" cookbook. It's just a little notebook stuffed full of newspaper clippings, her recipes. (it's so cool to have things in her handwriting)

Makes around 16 pieces

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
3 cups sifted flour
powdered sugar


Cream butter and sugar.

Add almond extract and egg; beat well.

Blend in flour.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board;

knead until smooth.

Roll out to piecrust thickness then cut into shapes.

Place on a greased baking sheet; prick with a fork.

Bake at 275 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.

While still warm, roll in powdered sugar; sprinkle with cinnamon.

Ricotta Cookies

serves: 3 1/2 dozen

One of my favorite cooking shows is Lidia's Italy. She always has a great show, and great food. It's great she has involved her family in the show. My favorite is her Grandma. she is such a kick, and she loves cookies.

"These cookies are moist and delicious and simple to assemble. In Italian cuisine, ricotta seems to be able to reappear deliciously in every course. Since it is a by-product of making cheese, the shepherds had plenty of ricotta. Hence, many desserts are still made from it, like these delicious cookies."

2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch kosher salt
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 large eggs
8 ounces fresh ricotta, drained
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

for the glaze
2 teaspoons lemon zest, plus 1/4 cup lemon juice
2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. sift together flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl, and set aside.

Line two ba…