Thursday, December 16, 2010


1 (3 oz.) pkg. raspberry flavored gelatin
3/4 c. boiling water
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 (16 oz.) can whole berry cranberry sauce
1 Red Delicious apple, unpeeled and coarsely grated
1 tbsp. grated orange rind
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
Dash of ground cloves
Lettuce leaves
Garnishes: fresh cranberries and orange rind strips

Dissolve raspberry flavored gelatin in boiling water and let cool. Stir in next 7 ingredients and spoon into a lightly oiled 4 cup mold. Cover and chill until firm. Unmold on lettuce leaves. Garnish if desired. Yields 8 servings.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

No Bake Cheesecake

The best you will ever have:

1 package cream cheese
1 container cool whip
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Mix and put in graham cracker crust, chill a little while before serving

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Halloween Chili

2 pounds ground meat (chuck, turkey, etc.)
1 pound Sausage, removed from casing (turkey, pork, etc. - I use "spicy Italian" varieties)
3 cans chili beans, drained
1 can "hot" chili beans
2 cans diced tomatoes, in juice
1 can tomato paste
1 medium onion, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 chili peppers, seeded and chopped (use whatever peppers suit your taste - jalapenos, ancho, poblano, etc.)
1 Tbsp. crumbled bacon (I just use bacon bits)
4 beef bouillon cubes
1/2 cup light beer
1/4 cup chili powder
1 Tbsp. Worstershire
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. oregano
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. Tabasco
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. sugar
Fritos (garnish)
Cheddar Cheese (garnish)

Crumble ground meat and sausage in a large pot and cook until browned. Drain excess grease. Pour in chili beans (regular and hot), tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir well. Add onion, celery, red and green bell pepper, chili peppers, bacon, bouillon and beer. Add spices, stir to blend. Cover and cook over low heat at a simmer for 2 hours. The longer it cooks, the more the flavors blend and give it a really good taste. Taste after 2 hours and adjust as needed - if it's too spicy, add some sugar (or even some cocoa/chocolate chips if you have any on hand - sounds odd, but it works). If it's not spicy enough, obviously add more Tabasco or cayenne.

Serve topped with cheddar cheese and crumbled Fritos

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Banana Chocolate Cake

I posted this on my own blog, but thought I would share here too.  It is sooo good!

Banana Chocolate Cake

2 Cups White Sugar
1-3/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
3/4 Cup Dark Cocoa Powder
1-1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1-1/2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
2 Large Eggs
1 Cup Mashed Ripe Banana
1 Cup Warm Coffee (can substitute with water if you wish)
1/2 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1-1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

In a medium bowl incorporate dry ingredients well.

In separate large bowl beat eggs, then add bananas, coffee, milk, oil, and vanilla....mix well.

Slowly add dry ingredients to wet until well combined. Batter will be rather thin.

Pour batter into greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool on wire rack. When completely cooled frost with favourite icing.


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Marinated Pan-Fried Salmon

Marinated Pan-Fried Salmon

  • 1/4 cup tamari soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sweet chile sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil (I used extra virgin olive oil)
In a bowl whisk together the marinade ingredients, then pour into a sealable plastic bag. Add salmon fillets to bag. Squeeze out all air and seal the bag. Push the marinade around to cover both fillets.

Let marinate for 20 minutes.

Heat skillet on medium-high heat. Add vegetable oil to pan. Cook fillets a couple of minutes on each side, until done to your satisfaction. (I like mine cooked all the way through, some like a little pink in the middle). The marinade will caramelize will cooking.

Serve on top of a bed of lettuce, or accompany with your favorite veggies.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This is pure amazing!

*8 oz cream cheese (softened)
*6 oz Frank's Hot Sauce
*6 oz Blue Cheese dressing
*shredded mozzarella cheese (thin layer across top)
*4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
*chips for dipping (Frito Scoops or tortilla chips)

1) boil chicken in water for 25-30 minutes until cooked
2) preheat oven to 425 degrees F
3) dice/shred chicken into small pieces
4) spread softened cream cheese into a 9x13 pan
5) mix chicken, blue cheese dressing & hot sauce
6) pour mixture over cream cheese base
7) top with mozzarella cheese
8) back for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted
9) serve with chips


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Salmon Pesto Pasta

Salmon Pesto Pasta

  • 8 ounces pasta (I used penne)
  • 12 ounces salmon
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 5 ounces evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup pesto (recipe below)
  • grated Parmesan, for serving
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. When water is boiling, add a teaspoon of salt and the pasta; stir to separate. Cook pasta until al dente; drain. Pour evaporated milk into empty pot and simmer over medium-high heat until reduced to 1/4 cup. Add cooked pasta to pot and stir to combine.
  2. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat broiler. Line a baking sheet or pan with aluminum foil. Season skinless side of salmon liberally with salt and pepper, sprinkle with zest, then rub with olive oil. Broil until salmon is no longer translucent and if firm when pressed, about 10 minutes. Remove from broiler and sprinkle with lemon juice. Use fork to flake into bite-sized pieces. Skin will stick to foil and can be discarded.
  3. Add salmon to pasta mixture and stir over medium heat until hot. Remove from heat and stir in pesto. Top with Parmesan cheese.

For my recipe I used prepared pesto. However, if you want to make your own the recipe is below.

Makes 1/2 cup
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts toasted
  • 5 medium cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves, rinsed thoroughly
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, Italian (optional)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 ounce) finely grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Toast pine nuts in a small, heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until just golden and fragrant, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the nuts to bowl of food processor fitted with steel blade.
  2. Add the unpeeled garlic to empty skillet and toast until fragrant, shaking the pan occasionally, and the color of the cloves deepens slightly, about 7 minutes. Let the garlic cool, then peel and add to food processor bowl.
  3. Place basil and parsley in heavy-duty, quart-size, zipper-lock bag; pound with flat side of meat pounder until all leaves are bruised.
  4. Process nuts and garlic until finely chopped. Add remaining ingredients except cheese; process until smooth, stopping as necessary to scrape down with flexible spatula.
  5. Transfer mixture to small bowl, stir in cheese and adjust salt. (Can be covered with a sheet of plastic wrap and placed directly over the surface or filmed with oil and refrigerated up to 5 days.)
Notes: I used a pound of salmon. We really like salmon, so the more the better. As mentioned above, I used prepared pesto. Oh, and I always add more cheese than the recipe says. I just can't get enough of it.