Pictures are just not working out in my new apartment. There's not enough light to get decent ones. I've been cooking quite a bit, but without photographic proof. :o) In the meantime, here are some good recipes that I've tried out:
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
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Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
I'm sorry for the lack of posts lately. I moved a few months ago (for the sixth time since this blog started) and the lighting in this new place just isn't conducive to good pictures. I'll keep working on it--but in the meantime, enjoy these yummy crackers.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I like mayonnaise, much more than I should. Sandwiches without mayo usually just don't work for me. However, this one is delicious! It's much healthier, and pretty quick to put together. Serve it open-faced.
Monday, August 22, 2011
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Sunday, August 21, 2011
I tried green smoothies a few times in the past, and I never liked them. Then I tried a magical addition and suddenly they were fabulous. The addition was a straw. I don't know why it made such a difference, but I now love green smoothies for breakfast.
My job requires waking up at O dark thirty, so I prefer to assemble the smoothie beforehand. I put everything but the banana in the personal blender and put it in the fridge. Then in the morning I pop in a frozen banana, blend, and go.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
This is the first time I've cooked spaghetti squash, and I was quite happy with the results. You'll only end up using about 1/2 of the squash for this recipe, so find another spaghetti squash recipe to try as well.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
I started my garden terribly late this year. In fact, I only planted it about two weeks ago. However, my basil is already growing well and I'm excited to have enough to make delicious pesto. This stuff is fabulous!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
A recipe similar to this one has been in my "to be baked" file for a long time. I decided to try out a homemade Funfetti mix rather than buying one from the store, and I like the results! I was surprised how fast it all came together.
Sprinkle Sandwich Cookies
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup sprinkles
2 oz cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add eggs, canola oil, and vanilla. Mix until combined. Fold in sprinkles.
Spread frosting between cookies and enjoy.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Now that Utah's finally started to warm up it's time for frozen desserts. I made these in my mini cheesecake pan but next time I think I'll just make them in a pie dish and serve them like regular pie.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
I've been using chicken thighs more often lately--they have more flavor than chicken breasts and cost less too. The thighs do have a higher fat content than the breasts do, but still have less fat than beef or pork. Used in moderation, chicken thighs are a good addition to your dinner menu.
I ate this delicious salsa with tortilla chips, but I think it would be great on top of tacos or burritos as well. It should be fairly cheap to make--great for big summer parties. Fresh corn will taste the best, but frozen can be used too.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Here is this morning's "let's see what I have in the pantry" recipe. These muffins are best served warm with a little bit of butter or jam. Don't bother peeling the apples.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
These cheese puffs are deceptive--they're light and fluffy, but as soon as you bite into one you realize that they are deliciously gooey on the inside. Make these right before serving as they do not keep well and should be eaten within a few hours of baking.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
The original title of this salad is something along the lines of "Winter Salad with Fruit"; but, I made it for Easter dinner and I've decided that it defies all seasons. The dressing is my favorite part--it's definitely a winner. There is more dressing than you'll need for just this salad, so if you don't want leftovers, only make half of the dressing.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Have you tried quinoa? It seems to be the newest wonder food that's popping up in recipes everywhere. Quinoa is a grain that is unique because it is also a complete protein (like meat). The name is pronounced KEEN-wah and it tastes like a mixture between oatmeal and brown rice.
Creamy Quinoa Primavera
1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
5 cups finely chopped assorted fresh vegetables
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic
4 oz cream cheese
2 tsp dried basil
Rinse quinoa in warm water. Combine quinoa and broth in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat slightly, keep covered, and allow to cook until all broth is absorbed--about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, wash and chop vegetables. Anything will work. I used zucchini, sweet onion, red bell pepper, orange bell pepper, and broccoli.
Heat olive oil in a medium skillet. Add garlic and vegetables. Cook until vegetables are crisp-tender.
Once all the broth has been absorbed by the quinoa, add cream cheese and basil. Continue stirring and cooking until cream cheese is well-distributed. Add vegetables. Stir to combine. Top with Parmesean cheese if desired. Serve.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I bought quite a bit of fruit early last week, and then went out of town for the weekend. When I came home, there was a big bowl full of over-ripe fruit demanding immediate attention. I just threw all the pears into the slow cooker because I didn't really want to spend all day cooking, and they turned out fabulously. Yum!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
This salad was a good accompaniment to our mid-Conference picnic. General Conference is always a rejuvinating weekend full of uplifting messages and instruction. We liked the Asiago cheese, but if you are cooking for children you may want to use cheddar or another mild cheese.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
This sandwich is one of my favorite childhood foods. It seems to have just the right combination of flavors. These freeze very well--assemble everything and then wrap in plastic wrap and foil. When you're ready, unwrap and put it straight from the freezer into the oven and plan for about 10-15 minutes extra cooking time. This is a great way to use Easter leftovers!
Soften cream cheese for about 10 seconds in microwave. Spread over cut french bread halves. Layer ham on top of cream cheese.
Thaw frozen corn pouch in microwave or warm water. In a medium bowl, combine corn, green onions, mayonnaise, mustard, and cheese. Spread evenly over both halves.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. If the edges get too brown, cover in aluminum foil. Let cool for a few minutes, slice, and serve.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
2 cloves garlic, minced
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium pot, combine chicken, onion, sour cream, and 1/4 cup each Mozzarella and Cheddar cheeses. Heat and stir until cheese melts.
Add parsley, oregano, pepper, salt, chili powder, garlic, tomato sauce, and chilies. Cook and stir until heated through.
Divide chicken mixture between the tortillas. Fold and place (seam side down) into a 9x13 pan.
Pour enchilada sauce over the enchiladas. Top with remaining 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Serve with shredded lettuce, sour cream, and diced tomatoes.
1 12oz pkg chocolate chips
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The recipe for this salad came from Mary Perkins--a kind old woman who lived up the street from me when I was a child. Mary had an English Setter named Lucky that she was more than happy to let me play with. Every time I have this salad I think of her. Also, this salad is guaranteed to be a winner at pot lucks!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
It's Girl Scout Cookie booth time! Hurray! This post actually doesn't have anything to do with Girl Scouts--but I wanted to put in a plug for their cookie booths which are appearing this weekend. These yummy cookies are a homemade version of Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies. You can pick any flavor you like--orange is my favorite. The cookie base is a great shortbread recipe too.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
I haven't made it to the grocery store for awhile, but I fortunately had all the ingredients for these meatballs. It's always nice to find a recipe that doesn't require a trip to the store (even if it is only a 1/2 mile away).
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Have you tried gnocchi before? They're delicious little potato dumplings that add an interesting texture to this soup. You can find gnocchi near the dry pasta in the grocery store. They're worth a try! I made this soup for a brainstorming session to plan my next vacation with two friends. The winner---Alaska!
Friday, January 28, 2011
I love sweet potatoes, and this is one of my favorite sweet potato dishes. It comes together very quickly and is a little different than the regular lunch fare around here. If you want it to be more savory, add rosemary.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Preheat oven to 325. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Cut bacon into thirds (lengthwise). Wrap each cocktail weiner with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place onto baking sheet.
Sprinkle brown sugar generously over the bacon wrapped smokies. Bake for 40 minutes.