Monday, April 12, 2010

Pizza Meatloaf

1 envelope onion soup mix
2 lbs ground beef
1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs ( I use 1/2 the amount)
2 eggs
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup water
1 cup Ragu
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350 in a large bowl, combine all ingredients except 1/2 cup pasta sauce and 1/2 cup cheese.
in a 13x9" baking pan, shape into loaf. Top with remaining 1/2 cup sauce.
Bake for 50 minutes
Sprinkle top with remaining cheese. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until done. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Broccoli florets/caulifloweret Casserole

This might just be my favorite vegetable dish.
3 slices day old bread crumbled about 2 cups
3/4 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
3 T parsley
3 T olive oil
1/2 t garlic powder or 2 chopped fresh garlic, I had none so I used powder.
3 cups broccoli florets
3 cups cauliflower (just the flower part)
1 envelope onion soup mix (I use Lipton)
1 c water
1 large tomato, chopped
In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, cheese, parsley, 2 tablespoon olive oil and garlic; set aside.
In a skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat and cook broccoli and cauliflower, stirring frequently, 2 minutes.
Stir in soup mic blend with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered. Stirring occasionally. 8 Minutes or until broccoli is almost tender. Add tomatoes and simmer 2 minutes.
Spoon vegetable mixture into 1 1/2-quart casserole; top with bread crumbs mixture. Broil about 2 minutes or until crumble mixture is golden and cheese is melted.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Salmon with orange and brown sugar

Sorry no recipe here just thowing it together and I did not measure anything.
I wanted a whole Salmon but with the weather I decided to just get some Salmon at Costco.
Brown Sugar
I just salted and peppered the Salmon and sprinkled the brown sugar on top, squeezed the orange over the salmon then sliced the orange and put it on top.
I cooked it in a 400 degree over for 15 minutes.

Salmon with Lentils Recipe

1⁄2 pound French green lentils (lentilles du Puy)
1⁄4 cup good olive oil, plus extra for salmon
2 cups chopped yellow onions
2 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts only
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1 1⁄2 cups chopped celery (4 stalks)
1 1⁄2 cups chopped carrots (3 carrots)
1 1⁄2 cups Homemade Chicken Stock, recipe follows, or good canned broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons good red wine vinegar
4 (8-ounce) center-cut salmon fillets, skin removed
Place the lentils in a heat-proof bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside for 15 minutes, then drain.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a saute pan, add the onions, leeks, thyme, salt, and pepper and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. Add the drained lentils, celery, carrots, chicken stock, and tomato paste. Cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes, until the lentils are tender. Add the vinegar and season, to taste.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
For the salmon, heat a dry oven-proof saute pan over high heat for 4 minutes. Meanwhile, rub both sides of the salmon fillets with olive oil and season the tops very liberally with salt and pepper. When the pan is very hot, place the salmon fillets seasoning-sides down in the pan and cook over medium heat without moving them for 2 minutes, until very browned. Turn the fillets and place the pan in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes, until the salmon is cooked rare. Spoon a mound of lentils on each plate and place a salmon fillet on top. Serve hot."

Pecan Squares Recipe

1 1/4 pounds unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 extra-large eggs
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound unsalted butter
1 cup good honey
3 cups light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 pounds pecans, coarsely chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
For the crust, beat the butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, until light, approximately 3 minutes. Add the eggs and the vanilla and mix well. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix the dry ingredients into the batter with the mixer on low speed until just combined. Press the dough evenly into an ungreased 18 by 12 by 1-inch baking sheet, making an edge around the outside. It will be very sticky; sprinkle the dough and your hands lightly with flour. Bake for 15 minutes, until the crust is set but not browned. Allow to cool.
For the topping, combine the butter, honey, brown sugar, and zests in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over low heat until the butter is melted, using a wooden spoon to stir. Raise the heat and boil for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in the heavy cream and pecans. Pour over the crust, trying not to get the filling between the crust and the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the filling is set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold. Cut into bars and serve"

Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

2 Tbsp butter
½ tsp dry thyme
1 tsp fresh rosemary, finely
2 tsp garlic pepper
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 cup chicken broth
½ cup water
2 Tbsp milk
2 tsp lemon juice
Salt and
pepper to taste

4 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts,
sliced width-wise into ½” strips
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 small
rosemary sprigs
2 clove garlic, finely minced
Juice of 1 lemon"
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 bunch fresh asparagus (remove bottom inch of stem; cut remainder into 1” pieces)
2 zucchini, julienne cut
2 yellow summer squash, julienne cut
4 roma tomatoes, cut into ½” pieces
1 red bell pepper, julienne cut
2 cup broccoli florets, blanched
1 cup frozen peas
2 cup spinach, cut into ½” pieces
1 cup carrots, julienne cut
1 ½ lbs farfalle pasta (bow ties), cooked according to package directions
Sauce Preparation:
MELT butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir in thyme, garlic pepper and rosemary. Whisk to thoroughly blend and cook for 1 minute.
COMBINE chicken broth, water,  milk, and lemon juice in a mixing bowl. Add cornstarch and whisk until cornstarch has dissolved and there are no lumps.
ADD liquid mixture to sauce pan. Whisk all ingredients together and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then remove from heat.
Chicken & Vegetables Preparation:
COMBINE all chicken ingredients in a mixing bowl and blend well.
MARINATE for 30 minutes.
HEAT a saute pan over medium high heat. Add ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil.
SAUTE chicken strips until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
ADD all vegetables and sauté until cooked through.
ADD cooked, drained pasta and sauce to sauté pan. Stir until pasta is thoroughly coated with sauce.
TRANSFER to a serving platter and garnish with chopped parsley."

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Broccoli Salad

1 head fresh broccoli, cut into bite size pieces
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons white sugar
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sunflower seeds
10 slices bacon
Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Crumble and set aside.
In a salad bowl, toss together broccoli, raisins and red onions. In a separate bowl, whisk together the white sugar, vinegar and mayonnaise. Pour over broccoli mixture and toss to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Before serving, sprinkle with sunflower seeds and crumbled bacon. Toss and serve."

Friday, April 2, 2010

Our 2010 Easter dinner (Ham)

1 (12 pound) bone-in ham
10 whole cloves
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple rings in heavy syrup
1 (4 ounce) jar chopped maraschino
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle lemon-lime
flavored carbonated beverage

1.Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C).
2.Place ham in a roasting pan. Score the rind of the ham with a diamond pattern. Press a clove into the center of each diamond. Drain the juice from the pineapple rings into a medium bowl, and stir in the brown sugar and lemon-lime soda. Coat the ham with this mixture. Arrange the pineapple rings over the outside of the ham. Place a maraschino cherry in the center of each pineapple ring, and secure with a toothpick.
3.Bake uncovered for 4 to 5 hours, basting frequently with the juices, until the internal temperature of the ham is 160 degrees F (72 degrees C). Be sure the meat thermometer is not touching the bone. Remove toothpicks before serving"

Au Gratin Potatoes

4 russet potatoes, sliced into 1/4 inch
1 onion, sliced into rings
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons butter3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Butter a 1 quart casserole dish.
2.Layer 1/2 of the potatoes into bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Top with the onion slices, and add the remaining potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
3.In a medium-size saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Mix in the flour and salt, and stir constantly with a whisk for one minute. Stir in milk. Cook until mixture has thickened. Stir in cheese all at once, and continue stirring until melted, about 30 to 60 seconds. Pour cheese over the potatoes, and cover the dish with aluminum foil.
4.Bake 1 1/2 hours in the preheated oven"

Dinner rolls

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 pinch white sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs1 cup warm water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour

1.In a large bowl, stir yeast, 1/4 cup warm water, and a pinch of sugar.
2.In another bowl, beat eggs in 1 cup warm water; add oil and salt. Mix egg mixture into yeast, and add sugar. Gradually add flour. Cover with a damp cloth, and allow to stand at room temperature for 1 hour, then place in the refrigerator and allow to rise overnight. This dough is rather sticky, and will raise to at least twice it's size.
3.Divide the dough into 4 equal parts. Roll each section out into a circle on a floured board or wax paper. Cut into pizza slice shapes, and roll slices large end to small end. Place on greased flat baking pans, and allow to rise for 2 hours.
4.Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 8 minutes."

Watergate salad

(3.4 ounce) package instant pistachio
pudding mix
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, with
juice1 cup miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped
topping, thawed

1.In a large bowl, mix together pudding mix, pineapple with juice, marshmallows, and nuts. Fold in whipped topping. Chill"

Turtle Cheesecake

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
6 tablespoons cold butter, chopped

4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour, divided
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, melted and cooled
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
1/3 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
Optional garnish: pecan halves and additional caramel ice cream topping"

Cottage Cheese Jello

1 cup (8 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
1 package (3 ounces) gelatin flavor of your choice
1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
In a bowl, combine the cottage cheese and gelatin powder; mix well.
Stir in oranges, pineapple and pecans if desired. Just before
serving, fold in the whipped topping. Yield: 8 servings."

Thursday, April 1, 2010

My familes Favorite Sandwich

2 unsliced loaves (1 pound each) Italian bread
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 3 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, divided
1/2 pound deli roast beef
12 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese (1 ounce each)
16 fresh basil leaves
3 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
1/4 pound thinly sliced salami
1 jar (6-1/2 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and sliced
1 package (10 ounces) ready-to-serve salad greens
8 ounces thinly sliced deli chicken
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Cut loaves in half horizontally; hollow out tops and bottoms, leaving 1/2-in. shells (discard removed bread or save for another use).
Combine oil and garlic; brush inside bread shells. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning. Layer bottom of each loaf with a fourth of the roast beef, mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, salami, artichokes, salad greens, chicken and onion. Repeat layers. Season with salt, pepper and remaining Italian seasoning.
Drizzle with remaining oil mixture if desired. Replace bread tops; wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before slicing. Yield: 2 loaves (12 servings each)."

Chocolate Crescent rolls

1 8-count tube refrigerated crescent rolls
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chopped semisweet chocolate

Heat oven to 375° F.

Unroll the dough and separate it into 8 triangles. Place about 10 chocolate chips on the bottom third of each triangle and roll the dough up around the chocolate.

Transfer the croissants to a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper, if desired, for easier cleanup). Bake until golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes.

Serve warm or at room temperature."

Orange Pineapple Cake

My best friend Marilyn (aka Rosie) gave me this recipe over 20 years ago.
When my youngest daughter was about 4 she had a new friend where we lived. Well Marilyn came over and she asked Kim who she was playing with and Kim replied...I am paying with my berry best friend Rosie...( You had to had been there, she use to talk like she was from the south lol )Well ever since that day Marilyn and I both call each other Rosie.

1 box yellow cake mix
2 cans Mandarin oranges , drain but reserve juice
1 cup oil
4 eggs

Combine cake mix, liquid reserved from the oranges, oil and eggs mix well. Fold in Mandarin orange pieces. Bake in sheet cake pan at 325 until done.

1 container cool whip (8 oz)
1 large can crushed pineapple drained
1 large box instant vanilla pudding

Put pudding in a bowl. Stir in drained pineapple then fold in cool whip. Frost cooled cake and refrigerate cake.


4 cups Bisquick
4 ounces sour cream
1 cup club soda (at room temperature)
1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Mix Bisquick, sour cream and club soda together. Pour onto floured surface and knead very lightly. Roll out to about 1/2-inch thickness and cut with cutter. Melt butter and pour half into a casserole dish. Place biscuits in dish and pour remaining butter over top of biscuits."

Fried Chicken

1 frying chicken, with skin cut up
6 cups vegetable oil
2 tablespoons white pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons paprika
1 tablespoon salt
3 eggs

Heat the oil over medium heat in a deep fryer or in a wide, deep pan on stove.
In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, peppers, and paprika.
Break the eggs into a separate bowl and beat until blended.
Check the oil by dropping in a pinch of the flour mixture, If the oil bubbles rapidly around the flour, it's ready.
Dip each piece of chicken into the egg, then coat generously with the flour mixture.
Once the chicken is coated, it should be placed on a rack to allow the pieces to dry, which may take 20 to 30 minutes. Allowing the pieces to dry will provide for more even browning of the chicken.
To fry, heat oil in a heavy skillet over a medium-high burner until the oil is very hot. Place the chicken pieces in the hot oil, skin side down, one piece at a time. Leave enough space between pieces so that they are not crowded. This allows the pieces to cook and brown more evenly.
Continue to cook over a medium heat, turning until all sides are golden brown and the meat is cooked thoroughly.
As the pieces finish cooking, they should be removed from the pan and placed on a paper towel to allow grease to drain"