Sunday, December 16, 2012

Mary's Mexican Crock Pot Chicken

Put semi-frozen chicken breast into the crockpot then mixed one can of enchilada sauce with one packet of taco seasoning mix and poured over the chicken.  It then cooked on low for four hours.  The chicken comes out wonderfully tender.  I added some black olives and to serve we shredded it and placed in flour shells with some rice and cheese.  Super Easy!!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Wedding Cookies
1 cup Crisco Butter Shortening 
2 cups powdered sugar, divided
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups finely chopped walnuts
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine shortening, 1 cup powdered sugar and vanilla extract in bowl.  With an electric mixer beat on medium speed until well blended.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl.  Ad  to creamed mixture and mix well.  Stir in walnuts and mix well.
Roll dough into walnut-size balls and place on ungreased baking sheet about 1 1/2" apart.
Bake 15 minutes or until edges begin to brown slightly.  Cool on baking sheet until cool enough to touch, but still warm.  Roll in remaining 1 cup powdered sugar, place on cooling racks to cool completely.

Monday, November 19, 2012

This is my VERY favorite pie recipe. Of all time. Pair it with a scoop of ice cream and you will bring tears to your families eyes.
{from the crafty of all crafties, Martha Stewart herself}
  • 2 3/4 pounds assorted baking apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 6 ounces fresh or partially thawed frozen raspberries
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pate Brisee (or your favorite crust recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • Cinnamon and sugar for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Stir apples, raspberries, granulated sugar, flour, lemon juice, and salt in a large bowl; set aside.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out 1 disk of dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into a 12-inch round. Fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Fill with apple mixture. Dot with butter.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out remaining disk of dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into a 12-inch round. Drape over filling. Trim overhang to 1 inch. Press edges to seal. Fold overhang under, and crimp as desired. Make five 3-inch slits in top crust. Refrigerate 20 minutes.
  4. Whisk egg yolk and cream in a bowl; brush over top crust. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake until crust is golden and juices are bubbling, 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes. Place foil on rack below to catch juices. Tent pie with foil if browning too quickly. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool 4 hours (up to overnight).

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Chicken Asparagus Lasagna

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 large Vidalia, Walla Walla, Maui or other sweet onion, chopped
3 cups zucchini, cut in quarters lengthwise, then sliced into about 1/2-inch thick pieces
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 packages Knorr Hollandaise sauce, prepared according to package directions (with butter and milk)

4 tablespoon butter
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 good size bunches fresh asparagus, about 3 pounds total, cleaned, bottoms broken off
3 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and fairly thinly sliced
1 pound full flavoured Mozzarella cheese, cut into tiny cubes
1/4 pound Asiago cheese
1 pound package lasagna noodles, cooked just barely al dente, rinsed with cold water

I like to make this lasagna the day ahead and refrigerate overnight so I'm ready to go on dinner party day.  So I cook and prepare the ingredients for the various layers and let everything cool to room temperature before putting the lasagna together.  Works like a charm everytime.

Heat olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add onions and saute for 5-10 minutes until softened and starting to get a good caramely colour.  Toss in zucchini, basil, oregano and salt and pepper to taste, stirring to combine.  Saute another 4-5 minutes.  Remove from heat and set aside.

Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a medium pot over medium high heat.  Stir in flour and let bubble for 1-2 minutes, stirring.  Whisk in milk, reduce heat to medium.  Stir or whisk until bubbles just break the surface and mixture has thickened.  Add Worcestershire sauce, grated Parmesan and salt and pepper to taste.  Stir to combine, remove from heat and set aside.

Steam or blanch asparagus for about 4 minutes until just al dente.  Rinse immediately with very cold water to stop the cooking.  Drain well.  Set aside.

This lasagna is 'high', so you need to use a deep (high edged) approximately 9 x 13-inch (4 litre) baking dish or roasting pan.  Smear a small amount of the Parmesan white sauce over the bottom of the dish and place a layer of noodles on top.  Cover with half of the chicken pieces, half of the sauteed veggies and half of the mozzarella cubes.  Top with another layer of noodles, then half of the asparagus and half of the hollandaise.  Repeat these 2 layers, topping with another layer of noodles.  Smooth the remaining Parmesan white sauce over the top layer the noodles and sprinkle evenly and generously with grated Asiago.  Refrigerate overnight or until ready to bake.

Remove lasagna from fridge about 2 hours before baking to come to room temperature.  Preheat oven to 350F degrees.  Cook uncovered for 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly and gloriously toasting golden brown on top.  Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting into 12-16 pieces.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Good Enough For Company
Beef & Mushrooms

3 lbs stew meat, cubed
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 large can mushrooms, drained
1 small can mushrooms, drained
½ cup red wine
1 envelope Good Seasons salad dressing mix
1 8 oz tub onion & chives cream cheese


Soften cream cheese in the microwave (1 minute increments on half power) until smooth and creamy.  Combine all other ingredients in slow cooker. Cover.  Cook 10 hours on low OR 5-6 hours on high.

Serve over noodles, rice, or pasta – optional.

Serve with Beefy Rice!  Yum

 What's Beefy Rice you say?

Well, it's about the easiest side dish in the world to make!  It tastes oh so good and needs only 4 ingredients.

Serve this with any beef dish.  It's a real crowd pleaser!  Whenever I take this anywhere, folks always ask for the recipe.

Beefy Rice

1 stick of butter
1 can Beefy Mushroom soup
1 can French Onion soup
1 cup Uncle Ben’s Converted rice, uncooked

Pre-heat the oven to 350°.

Put the butter in a 2 qt shallow Pyrex dish and melt in the oven.

Once melted, remove from the oven and add the soup; mix well.  Then, add the rice; mix well.  Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Bean Salsa (dip for chips!)

1 can black eyed peas
1 can pinto beans
1 can corn
small jar of  pimento
1 cup chopped celery
1 c chopped green peppers
1 onion chopped
In a separate bowl mix:
3/4 c vinegar
3/4 c oil
3/4 c sugar
salt and pepper along with a little garlic salt
Pour the dressing over the bean mixture.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes
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1 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
3/4 tsp vanilla
1 egg
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
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In separate bowl mix together.
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar - firmly packed
2 Tbls pineapple juice
3/4 cup crushed pineapple
Divide this mixture into 12 muffin cups. 
Approximately 1 Tbls each.
Fill cup with cake mixture to no more that 3/4 full
Bake 30 - 35 minutes at 350 degrees
Cool 5 minutes and remove from pan.

Almond cake

Linda's Almond Cake
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1-1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter
2 eggs
1-1/2tsp vanilla
1-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. salt
1.Blend sugar and butter, beat in eggs, add vanilla
 and almond extract. Mix in flour and salt.
2.Bake in ungreased 9" cake pan at 350 degrees for
30-35 minutes (sometimes takes a little longer).
3.Dust with sugar and sliced almonds (optional) before baking.
4.Cool 10 minutes and remove from pan. If you leave
 it in the pan it can be hard to remove later.

Friday, February 24, 2012


Here it is:

1 package of 10” tortilla rounds

¾ cup butter softened
½ cup parmesan cheese (fresh or commercial)
2 tsp parsley flakes
¼ cup sesame seeds
3 tbs poppy seeds (optional)
½ tsp oregano
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp garlic powder     I used fresh garlic and onion and frozen parsley.

Combine all and mix well
Spread over tortilla rounds and cut into wedges or strips
Arrange on ungreased baking sheet
Bake at 350 for approx. 12-15 min until crisp and brown (remove immediately as they burn quickly)

They cool very quickly so you can put in container and they keep very well for several days.
I found that this recipe makes about 6 rounds depending on how thick you spread the cheese mixture. I spread it fairly thinly and try to get it even but don’t worry about some gaps in the spreading--they kind of melt across while baking.  I found if you put too much they’re a bit soggy.

please pass on and enjoy!!

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Monday, February 6, 2012

quinoa salad


3 Cup
cooked quinoa (1 cup dried)
1/3 Cup
freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
3 Tablespoon
2 Teaspoon
ground cumin
1 Teaspoon
1/4 Teaspoon
1-1/2 Cup
canned black beans, rinsed
1-1/2 Cup
corn kernels (about 2 cobs) or defrosted frozen
small red onion, thinly sliced
1 Pint
cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2 Cup
slivered almonds, toasted
cup chopped green or black olives
1/4 Cup
chopped fresh mint
1/4 Cup
chopped fresh coriander


  1. Cook quinoa
  2. While quinoa is cooking, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, salt and sugar into a vinaigrette in a small bowl.
  3. Combine quinoa and all remaining ingredients, except fresh herbs, into a medium-sized bowl.
  4. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Toss to combine.
Refrigerate for at least one hour to allow flavours to combine. Add fresh herbs just prior to serving

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Zucchini Chips

  • 1/4 cup Homemade Breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • heaping 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup cold milk (I used oat milk)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups sliced zucchini (about 2 small zucchinis)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl combine breadcrumbs, cheese (if using) and black pepper.
  3. In separate bowl add flour, milk and vinegar.  Gently stir until combined but do not over stir.
  4. Dip zucchini slices in flour mixture and then dredge in breadcrumb mixture.
  5. Place coated zucchini slices on a baking sheet (I line mine with non stick foil for easy clean up!) and bake for 30 minutes, flipping the slices over once halfway through cooking, or until browned and crisp.
Nutritional Info:
Makes 2 servings.
Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 224.5, Cal. from Fat: 33.5, Total Fat: 3.5g, Sat. Fat: 0g, Carbs: 41.5g, Fiber: 6.5g, Sugars: 12g, Protein: 9g, Sodium: 459mg, Chol: 0mg

Baked Oven Fries


  • Preheat the oven to 475˚ F. Place the potato wedges in a large mixing bowl. Cover with hot water; soak for 10-30 minutes. Put 4 tablespoons of the oil onto a heavy, rimmed baking sheet. Tilt the sheet side to side to evenly coat the pan with oil (a pastry brush can also help with this). Sprinkle the pan evenly with the salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Drain the potatoes. Spread the wedges out on layers of paper towels or on clean kitchen towels. Pat dry with additional towels. Wipe out the now empty bowl so it is dry. Return the potatoes to the bowl and toss with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Arrange the potato wedges on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 5 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake until the bottoms of the potatoes are spotty golden brown, 15-20 minutes, rotating the baking sheet after 10 minutes. Using a metal spatula and tongs, flip each potato wedge keeping them in a single layer. Continue baking until the fries are golden and crisp, 5 -15 minutes. Rotate the pan as needed to ensure even browning.
  • When the fries are finished baking, transfer to a paper-towel lined plate to drain some of the grease. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Broccoli and Oranges Salad

4 cups broccoli florets (1 12 lbs. fresh)
onion (purple, thinly sliced and separated into rings)
12 cup raisins
12 cup pecan (pieces toasted) optional
3cup mayonnaise (miracle whip)
14 cup sugar
3  tbsps..or less white vinegar
11 ozs mandarin oranges (drained)  or use REAL oranges.

Broccoli and Oranges Salad

4 cups broccoli florets (1 12 lbs. fresh)
onion (purple, thinly sliced and separated into rings)
12 cup raisins
12 cup pecan (pieces toasted) optional
3cup mayonnaise (miracle whip)
14 cup sugar
112 tbsps white vinegar
11 ozs mandarin oranges (drained)  or use REAL oranges.