Wednesday, January 28, 2009

LaVar's Carmel Corn

LaVar's Carmel Corn

2 cubes butter or margarine
2 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. of white Karo syrup
Mix all together in pan. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes stirring constantly. Pour over popped corn.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan SUBMITTED BY: Phoebe PHOTO BY: chibi chef

"Flavorful recipe for this farm raised fish that is easy and done in minutes! The fish is broiled with a creamy cheese coating for an impressive flavor and texture."


1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
2 pounds tilapia fillets

Preheat your oven's broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.
In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.
Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Zucchini Patties

Zucchini Patties SUBMITTED BY: Sherlie A. Magaret PHOTO BY: Allrecipes

"These cheesy zucchini patties are an excellent way to use up that abundance of zucchini from the garden. Serve with a bit of tomato sauce or sour cream dabbed on top."

Original recipe yield 12 patties

2 cups grated zucchini
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
salt to taste
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
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In a medium bowl, combine the zucchini, eggs, onion, flour, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, and salt. Stir well enough to distribute ingredients evenly.
Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Drop zucchini mixture by heaping tablespoonfuls, and cook for a few minutes on each side until golden.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Homemade Thin Mints:

Homemade Thin Mints:
Ritz Crackers (I use the Reduced Fat kind so I feel less guilty eating them!)
Andes Candies Baking Chips (I think that it what they are called)

Using a double boiler (or I just use a sauce pan with boiling water and either a small metal bowl on top or a pie tin) melt the Andes Baking chips. Next take each Ritz Cracker and coat it front and back. Using a fork, take it out on lay on a cookie sheet with wax paper on it until chocolate is dry. I cool it in the fridge. I think they taste better cold.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice

1/2 T sesame oil
1 onion, chopped
1 1/2 lbs cooked, cubed chicken
2 T. soy sauce
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, chopped
6 C. cooked white rice
2 eggs
1/3 cup soy sauce

1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and saute until soft. Add chicken and 2 T soy sauce. Stir-fry 5-6 minutes.
2. Stir in veggies and stir fry another 5 minutes. Add rice and stir thoroughly3. Stir in scrambled eggs and 1/3 c soy sauce. Heat through

***I usually use frozen peas and carrots, red and green peppers, and celery. Any veggies you want are fine...


Here is the recipe that I use, it tastes great!

1 C flour
1 tbsp sugar (Idon't always add)
2 tsp baking pwd
1/4 tsp salt
1 beaten egg
1 c milk
2 tbsp oil

Mix wet ingredients add to dry ingredient stir until just moist.

We have family of four and there are no leftovers so you might need to double.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Onion Gravy

Onion Gravy


2 tbsp Vegetable Oil

1 Large Onion, halved then sliced

1 tbsp Plain Flour

360ml/12fl.oz. Chicken Stock

1 teasp Dried Mixed Herbs

1 teasp Worcestershire Sauce


1. Heat the oil in a medium sized saucepan. Add the onions and sauté until brown, about 10 minutes.

2. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and continue to cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes.

3. Gradually add the stock, herbs and Worcestershire sauce and continue to cook until thickened. Partially cover and cook for a further 10-15 minutes to allow the flavours to develop, stirring from time to time.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

recipe - not my Mom's Lasagna

recipe - My Mom's Lasagna

My Mom's Lasagna - I've tried easier recipes and cheaper recipes and more complicated recipes. This is still the best in my book!

24 oz Ricotta Cheese
32 oz Spaghetti Sauce, 4 C
3 ea Eggs
2 lb Hamburger, cooked
1/3 c Parmesean
6 oz Lasagna noodles, uncooked
6 oz Motzerella Cheese + 6 oz (Reserved for Top)
3/4 c Water
1 Pkg Frozen spinach, thawed & liquid squeezed out

When preparing lasagna for the freezer there's no need to precook the noodles. If you layer the cassserole with dry noodles ensuring your noodles are completely covered with sauce, the noodles will cook during the freezing and baking process absorbing the sauce.
Assembly Directions: In a large bowl mix cheese, eggs, & spinach if desired. In a seperate bowl mix hamburger & spaghetti sauce (sometimes I put cooked hamburger through the food processor for a finer consistency -- but I don't usually go to that work if it's just for us). In a 13 x 9 inch baking dish, spread 3/4 cup meat sauce. Layer 3 noodles across and top with meat sauce. Spread 1/2 of cheese mixture (~2c) and 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce. Layer 3 more noodles on top of meat sauce. Spread remaining cheese mixture(~2c). Top with remaining 3 uncooked noodes and remaining meat sauce, then reserved motz. cheese. Pour water around edges.
Freezing Directions: Wrap pans completely with foil; twice. label and freeze.
Serving Directions: To thaw, take meal from freezer at least 24 hours before serving. Place in refrigerator. Bake tightly covered at 350 for about 45 minutes, or until edges are bubbly and center is hot. Take cover off during final 10 munites of cooking time. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. To bake from frozen stage, add 30 minutes to total baking time.

I usually make 6 of these at a time and freeze in aluminum pans wrapped in foil. I served 30 people at a Christmas Party one year with these -- we had other food, too, but this was the main dish. I made 2 and we only ate 1 and every said how filling it was.

A sobering thought: what if, at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential? - Jane Wagner

Monday, January 12, 2009

Hamburger and Vegetable Dish

6 medium raw potatoes, sliced
1/2 c uncooked rice
1 lb. hamburger, browned
1 layer of onions
1 layer of raw carrots
1 T. salt
2 c water
1 can cream of chicken soup

Place in large casserole the ingredients listed in order given. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Crockpot Cola Ham

Crockpot Cola Ham (McIntosh Family Recipe)

1 boneless ham ( I prefer boneless although my Grandma still uses the boned ham and then makes beans with the bone)

1 can cola (or dr pepper)

2 tsp sugar (I use splenda)

1 tsp Molasses

Cook on low overnight in crockpot


Classic Hearty Corn Chowder

3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
4 large carrots, diced
1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ lb diced ham
10 fresh ears of corn, kernels removed and placed into bowl (or a 2lb bag of frozen corn)
3 14 oz cans chicken broth
8 oz sour cream
1 cup half and half

1. Place olive oil into a large dutch oven over medium heat. When hot, add onion, celery, carrots and fennel. Cook and stir for 10-12 minutes or until vegetables are softened. Stir in garlic and ham until combined. Place half of the corn into a food processor and mix until nearly smooth. Pour mixture into pot with whole kernels. Stir in chicken broth, sour cream and half and half. Reduce heat to low. Season with salt, pepper and garlic seasoning according to taste. Simmer on low until ready to serve.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

My thoughts....

I hate whole wheat pasta! Yuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm sorry, I know its heathier for you but I hate it. I tried it once with alferdo sauce and it was so nasty. Everytime, I see someone mention using whole wheat pasta. I just want to puke my guts out! Sorry, you wouldn't find any whole wheat pasta at my house and if you offer it to me. I wouldn't eat it.


Saturday, January 3, 2009

granola cookies

Chocolate Chip, Brown Sugar and Pecan Granola Grabbers
Estimated Cost: $3.00 for 2 dozen
Notes: I went the distance and made these with all whole wheat and whole grain. Kind of makes you feel better about the butter and chocolate. Kind of.
8 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 and 1/2 cups flour (I used whole wheat)
1 and 1/2 cups granola
1 cup chocolate chip
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine butter and both sugars, mixing well. Add egg and vanilla. Sprinkle salt and soda over the top and mix again. Add granola, chips, and nuts. Shape into generous tablespoon sized balls and place on cookie sheets, leaving space for expansion. Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until the edges look browned and the tops are barely firm. Let cool for two minutes and transfer to racks.


Glazed Grilled Salmon

1 1/2 pounds salmon fillets
lemon pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste
salt to taste
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil

1. Season salmon fillets with lemon pepper, garlic powder, and salt.
2. In a small bowl, stir together soy sauce, brown sugar, water, and vegetable oil until sugar is dissolved. Place fish in a large resealable plastic bag with the soy sauce mixture, seal, and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
3. Preheat grill for medium heat.
4. Lightly oil grill grate. Place salmon on the preheated grill, and discard marinade. Cook salmon for 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Friday, January 2, 2009

french toast

Denny's Fabulous French Toast

I've had some requests for this Top Secret Recipe and after making this for Christmas breakfast and receiving praise I decided to share it with you.

4 eggs
2/3 C whole milk
1/3 C flour
1/3 C sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
6 slices thick bread (such as Texas toast)
3 TBS butter

Whisk together eggs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon in large bowl. Heat a large skillet over med/low heat. When hot add 1 TBS butter. If butter smokes, your pan is too hot, turn down the heat. Drop each bread slice into the batter for about 30 seconds per side. Let some of the batter drip off and place in buttered pan. Cook each piece 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Add more butter to the pan and repeat with the rest of the bread. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar and syrup.
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wings in cola

Wings in Cola

4 pounds chicken wings, tips discarded
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 (12 fluid ounce) can cola-flavored carbonated beverage
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Place chicken wings in a shallow casserole dish. Season with garlic salt and onion salt. Mix cola, sugar, and soy sauce; pour mixture over chicken wings. Bake, covered, at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 2 hours. Turn wings over every 30 minutes. Uncover, and bake for an additional 1 to 2 hours. Turn wings every 30 minutes or