Saturday, April 13, 2013

Baked French Toast

Overnight Baked French Toast Recipe by Our Best Bites 8 eggs 2 cups half and half (one pint) 1 cup milk (whatever kind you have on hand) 6 tablespoons brown sugar 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (a little less if using table salt) 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 lb loaf of french bread softened butter for greasing baking dish (2-3 tablespoons) Topping 4 tablespoons packed brown sugar 4 tablespoons white sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 tablespoons cold butter For Serving melted butter maple syrup powdered sugar berries whipped cream Crack eggs into large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Whisk in half and half and milk. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and vanilla. Set aside. Use softened butter to butter bottom and sides of a 9×13 baking dish. Cut bread into 1 inch chunks and place in dish. Whisk egg mixture one more time and then pour evenly over bread. Use a rubber spatula to very gently toss bread, moving bread on bottom to top, and making sure all of the piece on top get dipped in egg mixture. Spread out evenly, cover dish, and place in fridge overnight. To make topping, place brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl and stir to combine. Cut cold butter into very small pieces and add to bowl. Use clean hands to break up butter and combine mixture until crumbly. Cover and place in fridge until morning. When ready to bake preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove plastic from dish and sprinkle topping evenly over top. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until top is golden brown. You can stick a knife or skewer in the casserole to make sure the egg mixture is set on the bottom. *Note I have left a generous baking time window because it varies on ovens and the size of your bread cubes. I used to cook this closer to 60 minutes at my old house, but in my new convection ovens it’s done closer to 45. Keep an eye on it and let me know how long yours takes to bake! Let cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting into squares. Drizzle with melted butter and syrup, top with berries, whipped cream and a sprinkle of powdered sugar if desired.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burritos Yield: Makes about 6 burritos Ingredients 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed small (about 3-4 cups) 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced 1 red pepper, diced small 1 small red onion, diced small (about 1/2 cup) 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder 2 tablespoon honey 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drain 1/4 - 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (depending on your taste) 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice (from about 1 lime) 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1 ripe avocado 6-8 burrito-size tortillas - I used whole wheat for a healthy option Directions Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. In a large bowl, toss together the sweet potatoes, jalapeno, red pepper and red onion with the olive oil, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Dump the coated veggies onto a large rimmed baking sheet and roast for 18-20 minutes, tossing halfway through. The vegetables should be tender but not mushy at the end of cooking time. Let the vegetable mixture cool. Scrape the mixture into a large bowl and toss with the black beans, cilantro, honey and lime juice. Taste the mixture and add additional salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Refrigerate the mixture until ready to assemble the burritos or use immediately. Place tortillas on a pan, add cheese and mixture...wrap, add avocado and devour!!

Amazing Bruschetta

Amazing Bruschetta by Ellie Bean {8 servings} INGREDIENTS: 6 Roma tomatoes 2 cloves minced garlic 1/4 cup olive oil 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil 1/4 cup balsamic vinager 1/2 tsp salt and pepper 1/2 (1 pound) loaf Italian bread, cut into 1 inch slices 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to broiler setting. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, vinager, basil and salt and pepper. Allow mixture to sit for at least 20 minutes. (This can be made earlier in the day). Place bread on a baking sheet, and top with tomato mixture. Top each slice with mozzarella cheese. Broil for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted! Enjoy!

White Sheet Cake

Grammy's White Sheet Cake 1 c. butter 1 c. water 2 c. sugar 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking soda 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 1/2 c. sour cream Frosting: 1 c. butter 6 Tbl. evaporated milk 4 1/2 c. powdered sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 1/8 tsp. salt strawberries if desired Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt butter and water in a large saucepan over medium-low heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar, flour, salt and baking soda. Stir with a wire whisk until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla. Stir in the sour cream and mix until blended. Pour the batter into a well greased 11''x17'' sheet pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly touched or a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cake from oven and allow to cool slightly while you make the frosting. Put the butter and milk into a medium saucepan. Heat until butter is melted and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in the powdered sugar, vanilla and a dash of salt. Whisk until completely smooth.

Herb Crusted Chicken with Creamy Basil Sauce

2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, pounded thin 1/4 cup milk 1/2 cup Progresso Garlic & Herb Bread Crumbs 2 teaspoons 'Perfect Pinch' Roasted Garlic and Bell Pepper Seasoning 1 teaspoon freeze dried chives 3 Tablespoons butter 3 cloves of garlic, minced 1/2 cup Chicken Broth 1/4 can of Italian diced tomatoes, drained and finely chopped 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese blend 2 Tablespoons freeze dried (or fresh) basil dash of fresh ground black pepper Hardware: Large skillet Cutting board Measuring cup/spoons Meat mallet Procedure: Place bread crumbs, Roasted Garlic and Bell Pepper Seasoning and freeze dried chives in a shallow bowl; mix thoroughly. Place milk in a separate shallow bowl. In a skillet, heat butter on medium heat. Meanwhile, pound chicken flat and thin for even cooking (if you haven't done so already). Dip the chicken in the milk, then coat with crumb mixture. Cook chicken in butter until browned and cooked through (about ten minutes). Remove and keep warm In the same skillet, add garlic and saute for approximately 1 minute. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir occasionally to loosen browned parts from the pan. Stir in cream and tomatoes; bring to a boil and stir for one minute. Reduce heat to low; add Parmesan cheese, basil and a dash of pepper, stir sauce and cook until heated through and thickened. (about 5 minutes) Serve by pouring the sauce over the chicken. For added flair, serve the chicken and sauce over cooked pasta.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ribbon Jello

1 8 oz pkg jello
2 cups boiling water

Mix together until dissolved and divide into 1 1/2 cups and 1/2 cup

Add 2/3 cup plain yogurt into the 1 1/2 cups.

Add 6 T cold water into the 1/2 cup.

Begin with the solid layer (let set up) and then pour on the yogurt layer.  Set up and repeat.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pumpkin Roll


3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp lemon juice
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt

Place a brown paper sack on a jelly roll pan and spray with cooking spray.  Mix all ingredients above together and pour over paper.  Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes.  Let it cool slightly and then flip onto a dishcloth covered with powdered sugar.  Roll the cake up with the dishtowel inside and let cool completely.  Unfold, remove towel and fill with frosting and then roll up again.


2 3 oz pkgs of cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla

Friday, November 2, 2012

Southwest Pumpkin Soup













Bring chicken stock & whipping cream to boil in heavy medium pot.  Whisk in canned pumpkin, brown sugar, cumin, chili powder, coriander and nutmeg.  Reduce heat to medium and simmer until soup thickens slightly and flavors blend, about 15 minutes.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  (Soup can be made up to 1 day ahead.  Cool.  Cover and refrigerate.  Rewarm over medium-low heat, whisking occasionally.)  Ladle soup into bowls.  Garnish each serving with cheddar cheese and cilantro and serve.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Kims Tomato Bisque

2TBS Butter
3/4 Chopped Onion
1/2 Cup Celery
1/2 Cup Carrots
3/4 tsp Garlic
1/4 LB Prosciutto

Saute Together until tender

then add:
2TBS Flour and stir in completely

1 small can tomato paste
2 cans diced Italian Tomatoes
3 cups chicken Stock
1 bay leaf

Simmer for 20-to 30 min
Remove Bay leaf.  Pour into blender and pulse until desired consistency

Put back into Pot or Crock Pot and add
1-2 Tbs Sugar
2/3 cup cream
2-3 Tbs cooking Sherry

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Fresh Salsa

1 medium onion, diced
1-2 cloves garlic, diced
1-2 tsp. lime or lemon juice
1 tsp. onion salt
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 T. red wine vinegar
1 can diced green chili peppers
1 large can whole tomatoes
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 can diced jalapenos
1 bunch cilantro chopped
1 pkg. salsa mix Concord foods mild mix found in the produce section. Nicolle could you give us the exact name of the mix I gave you?
crushed red pepper to taste

combine all ingredients in a blender for 5 seconds. No longer or the salsa will be runny!

Monday, May 21, 2012

chili's salsa

2 cans (14.5 oz each) whole tomatoes, drained
1 small (4 oz) can diced or whole jalapenos (not pickled)--about 4-5 jalapenos (or less if you don't like a lot of spice)
1/4 c. yellow onion, cut into quarters (you can also use dried minced onion)
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 to 1 tsp. salt (depending on how much you prefer)
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. lime juice

Place all of the ingredients together into a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Serve with tortilla chips.


4 c. milk
1 c. sugar
1 c. shortening
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbl. vanilla
2 pkg. yeast
1 c. warm potato water (water that potatoes have been boiled in)
1 c. mashed potato

Mix the above ingredients and let set about 30 minutes or until foamy.

Then add:
4 well beaten eggs
1 Tbl. salt
12 c. flour

Knead, let rise until double in size. Roll out about 3/4" thick, cut as for doughnuts (we used two different sizes of circle cookie cutters). Let rise until double in size. Cook in hot vegetable oil, flipping when one side is golden. While still hot dip, in glaze.

1/2 c. boiling water
1 lb. powdered sugar
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. vanilla

Chocolate Glaze:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
4 Tbl. unsweetened cocoa powder
3 Tbl. milk or water
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Slowly stir in milk and vanilla extract. Whisk until silky and smooth. If you need a touch more milk to make this a dippable glaze, add a bit more.

Dip doughnuts in chocolate glaze and let rest to harden slightly.

*Recipe by 6 sisters stuff

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Iced Oatmeal cookies

{someone posted these on pinterest and we tried them out...} Brandons new favorite cookie
Ingredients (2-3 dozen) For the Cookie:
1 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled 1 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp baking soda 1 Tbsp baking powder 2 cup quick oats 2 cup flour For the Icing: 2 cup powdered sugar 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 tsp cinnamon
In food processor, add oatmeal and pulse until partly ground. Don’t make into a fine powder, leave some chunks. I pulsed mine 6 times, at 1-2 seconds each. Set aside.
In mixing bowl, blend together butter with sugars. Mix 1-2 minutes until combined. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix in remaining cookie ingredients and blend until thoroughly combined.
Drop by several tablespoons onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 14-16 minutes. I like mine a little bit crunchier, so I went closer to 16 minutes. Remove and cool.
To make glaze, whisk together powdered sugar with heavy cream and cinnamon until smooth. Frost each cookie and allow to harden. You can put them in refrigerator to speed up process (about 30 minutes).

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fresh Peach Pie with cream cheese crust

Fresh Peach Pie with w Cream Cheese Crust

1 1/4 C Flour
1 1/2 tsp bak powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 oz cream cheese, softened
6 Tbsp butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract (I think I did one tsp)
1/2 C sugar

9 ripe peaches
3/4 C sugar (more or less depending on peaches)
1 C heavy cream

Sift dry ingredients together in one bowl. In another beat together cream cheese and butter until well blended. Add vanilla and almond then sugar and stir until well blended. Add flour mixture and blend. Don't overmix.
With floured hands form dough into flat round. Wrap and refrigerate for about one hour.
On lightly floured surface, roll dough out into a 12 in round. 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Put into 2in deep by 9 in pie pan. Press dough onto sides and bottom of pan. Trim excess dough. Cover with plastic and refrigerate 30 to 40 min.
Preheat to 350 Bake crust 25-30 min. Cool completely.

Peel, pit and slice peaches. Mix with 1/2 C sugar and spread over crust. Whip the cream and rest of sugar. Top peaches with whipped cream. Refrigerate for 2 hours or longer.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Cafe Rio Rice

1 1/4 C Rice
2 Tbsp Butter
2 1/4 C chicken broth
3/4 tsp salt
Juice of 1 large lime and lime zest
2 Tbsp cilantro
1/4 tsp cumin

Melt butter. Add chicken broth and boil. Add rice. Cover until cooked. Then add the lime, cilantro and cumin.

Cafe Rio dressing

1 1/3 C sour cream
3/4 C mayonnaise
1 bunch cilantro
1 pkg ranch dressing mix
4 Tbs salsa verde
2 cloves garlic
1/8 tsp Tabasco sauce
juice of one lime

Mix together in blender. Refrigerate before serving. (making this the day before lets the flavors soak in but it's not necessary if you don't have time.)

Cafe Rio Black Beans

2 cns black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 C tomato juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
2 T olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
2 T chopped cilantro

In a skillet, cook garlic and cumin in olive oil over med heat till you can smell it. Add beans, tom juice, and salt. Continually stir until heated through. Stir in cilatnro right before serving.

Cafe Rio Chicken

5 lbs chicken breast
1 small bottle kraft zesty italian dressing
1 T chili powder
1 T cumin
3 cloves garlic

Cook all together in crock pot for 6 hours. Shred and cook another hour.

Cafe Rio Pork

1 C salsa
1 C brown sugar
1 C Dr Pepper
Pork sirloin roast (about 2 lbs)

Mix salsa, sugar, & Dr Pepper together and pour 2/3 of mixture over pork. Cook in crock pot on low all day. About an hour before serving, shred pork in the crock pot, add the remaining mixture and let simmer till ready.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Rainier Cherrry Crumble

2 T cornstarch
2 T fresh lemonjuice
dash of salt
3 lbs. Rainier cherries, pitted

1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 T finely chopped toasted almonds
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
7 T chilled butter, cut into small pieces

Combine cornstarch, juice, dash of salt and cherries in a large bowl, tossing well to coat. Pour cherry mixture into greased 9 in cast iron skillet or a pie pan works as well.

Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through 1/8 tsp salt) in a bowl, cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle flour mixture over cherries

Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until filling is thick and bubbly and topping is lightly browned.

Sunday, December 5, 2010


1 yam, about 1 1/2 lbs., peeled and thinly sliced
1 sweet potato, about 1 1/2 lbs., peeled and thinly sliced
2 russets, about 2 lbs., peeled and thinly sliced
1 red onion, thinly sliced
4 T. butter, cut into small pieces
1 T. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 T. Kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups grated Swiss cheese

Place the sliced potatoes and the onions in a mixing bowl and toss well.
Grease a 2 quart baking dish. Place half of the potatoes and onions in the dish and top with half of the butter, layer the remaining potatoes and onions and add the rest of the butter on top. In a separate bowl combine the thyme, nutmeg, salt, pepper, cream and cheese. Pour over the potatoes and cover with foil. Bake at 375 for 1 hour; remove the foil and bake an additional 5 minutes. Serves 10-12.

This recipe is from a cooking class I took from Marguerite Henderson. I love it and could eat it all the time but it so rich I just consider it a Holiday Dish. It has become a must have for Thanksgiving wheverever I happen to be.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tortellini Soup

1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1 pound Italian sausage
6 cups beef broth
1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (15oz) can tomato sauce
1 (16oz) package frozen tortellini
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
Saute' onions and garlic for 2-3 minutes, add Italian sausage and cook until done. Add beef broth, water, vinegar, Italian seasoning, carrots, tomatoes and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Stir in tortellini. Simmer covered 30 minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese just before serving.

White Chocolate Popcorn

2 cups white chocolate
1 bag buttered microwave popcorn
1 cup of peanut/pretzels/m&ms whatever you like

Melt chocolate for 1.5 minutes at 60% in your microwave
Mix everything together and spread on wax paper
Sprinkle cinnamon on it and let it dry

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cranberry Salad

This is a family favorite and has been served at our Thanksgivings for as long as I can remember...

1 pkg cranberries, chopped {pulsed} but NOt completely blended
3/4 of a 10 oz bag mini marshmellows
1 pt whipping cream
1 cup sugar
1-2 apples peeled and grated
1 pomegranate, peeled and seeded

Combine cranberries and sugar; let stand 2 hours. Whip cream and mix with marshmallows let stand for 2 hours.  Then combine these mixtures and add apple and pomegranate.  Can be done the night before serving.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Ramano's Macaroni Grill Penne Rustica


3 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons minced garlic

3 tablespoons marsala wine

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup chicken broth

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard

2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme

1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

1 lb penne rigate, cooked

12 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 skinless chicken breasts

1/2 cup about 2 ounces thick-sliced prosciutto, chopped


3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

1 1/2 teaspoons paprika


12 sliced pimientos

4 sprigs rosemary
Directions:Prep Time: 25 mins

Total Time: 37 mins

1 Preheat bbq grill to high. 2 Prepare gratinata sauce by melting 3 tbls of butter over medium/low heat. Add garlic and sweat it for about 5 minutes. Be sure the garlic doesn't brown. Add the marsala wine and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients for the sauce and whisk until smooth. Bring mixture to a simmer and keep it there for 10 minutes or until it's thick. Cover sauce and remove from heat. 3 Cook past following directions on the package (7-9 minutes in boiling water). You want the pasta tender, but not mush (al dente). Strain pasta and set it aside when it's done. 4 Pound the thick end of your chicken breast a bit with a kitchen mallet to make them a uniform thickness. Rub chicken with olive oil, then sprinkle on a bit of salt and pepper. Spear the shrimp on skewers (6 per skewer should work fine), then rub them with oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 5 Grill chicken for 5 to 6 minutes per side. Grill shrimp for 2 minutes per side. When chicken is done, slice each breast into strips. 6 Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Build each dish in a large shallow baking dish. Or you can use a 9 inch glass or ceramic pie plate. Load 3 cups of pasta into each baking dish. Add one quarter of the chicken, 3 shrimp, and 2 tbls of prosciutto onto each serving. Spoon 3/4 of a cup of gratinata sauce on each serving and toss to coat. Combine 3 tbls of grated Parmesan cheese with 1 1/2 tsp paprika, then sprinkle about 1 tbls of this mixture over the top of each serving. Bake the dishes for 10-12 minutes, or until tops begin to brown.

Pumpkin Whoopie Cookies

•3 cups all-purpose flour

•1 teaspoon salt

•1 teaspoon baking powder

•1 teaspoon baking soda

•2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

•1 tablespoon ground ginger

•1 tablespoon ground cloves (I didn't use this)
•2 cups firmly packed dark-brown sugar

•1 cup vegetable oil

•3 cups pumpkin puree, chilled (did not chill... who has time to chill?)
•2 large eggs

•1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


•3 cups confectioners' sugar

•1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

•8 ounces cream cheese, softened

•1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat; set aside.
2.In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves; set aside. In another large bowl, whisk together brown sugar and oil until well combined. Add pumpkin puree and whisk until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk until well combined. Sprinkle flour mixture over pumpkin mixture and whisk until fully incorporated.

3.Using a small ice cream scoop with a release mechanism, drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Transfer to oven and bake until cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of each cookie comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely on pan.

4.Make the filling: Sift confectioner' sugar into a medium bowl; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth. Add cream cheese and beat until well combined. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla, beat just until smooth. (Filling can be made up to a day in advance. Cover and refrigerate; let stand at room temperature to soften before using.)

5.Assemble the whoopie pies: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Transfer filling to a disposable pastry bag and snip the end. When cookies have cooled completely, pipe a large dollop of filling on the flat side of half of the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies, pressing down slightly so that the filling spreads to the edge of the cookies. Transfer to prepared baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate cookies at least 30 minutes before serving and up to 3 days.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Jules Red-and-White Mostaccioli

1 pound Uncooked mostaccioli or tubular pasta

Alfredo Sauce

1 26- ounce jar meatless spaghetti sauce

3 cups shredded mozzarrella cheese

Preheat oven to 350

Cook pasta according to directions. drain.

Prepare Alfredo Sauce

1/2 cup butter

1 3-ounce package cream cheese

1 pint heavy cream

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 cup grated Parmesean cheese

salt and pepper

Spread thin layer of spaghetti sauce in 9x13 baking dish. Layer half the pasta, half the Alfredo sauce, half the spaghetti sauce and 1 1/2 cup of cheese. Repeat layering.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 until bubbily.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cranberry meatballs

Cranberry Meatballs
2 eggs, beaten
1 c dry bread crumbs
1/3 c minced fresh parsley
1/3 c ketchup
2 T finely chopped onion
2 T soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 lbs. ground beef
1 can (16 oz) whole-berry cranberry sauce
1 bottle (12 oz) chili sauce
1 T brown sugar
1 T prepared mustard
1 T lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
In a bowl, combine the first nine ingredients (see above pic) Add beef and mix well. 
Shape into 1 inch balls. Place in an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until no longer pink
Transfer with a slotted spoon to a slow cooker or chafing dish.
Combine sauce ingredients in a saucepan; simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour over meatballs. Serve warm.
My meatballs were slightly bigger than 1" and yielded about 60. Total time about 1- 1.5 hours.   

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Anna's Spinich Salad

1 1/2 bags baby spinich
1 head lettuce
1 cup swiss cheese
8-10 slices of bacon
Green apples or pears
Sugar almonds

3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup vinegar
1 cup veg oil.
1/2 TBSP poppy seeds

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Jules Bowtie Pasta with Cherry and Basil

1 pound uncooked bowtie
1 1/2 pounds cherry tomatoes
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup capers, drained
1/3 cup olive oil
1 large garlic clove minced
15 pitted black olives sliced
1/2 grated parmesean cheese
crushed red pepper

Cook Pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, slice the tomatoes in half and place them in a large skillet. Add the basil, capers, oil, garlic, and olives.

Drain the pasta. Place above mixure over med-high heat and cook until heated through. Stir in the pasta. Sprinkle on cheese. Add a few shakes of red pepper. Season to taste with salt and pepper.