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Saturday, April 29, 2017


This is a traditional Filipino dish that is basically a noodle stir fry.  Some recipes call for chicken and or shrimp in the pancit.  Some marinade the chicken in a teriyaki marinade overnight and then stir fry the chicken.  Or it can be vegetarian..your is a very adaptable dish.  Great with a few lumpia or eggrolls on the side!
  •   2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups cabbage, chopped
  • 1 cup carrot, sliced
  • 1 cup onion, sliced
  • 2 c. snow peas
  • yaki soba noodles
  • 2 c. chopped celery 
  • 2 c. chicken or shrimp (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Heat cooking oil in a large skillet or wok.  Stir fry meat until done and remove from pan. Add garlic, onion, celery, cabbage and celery.  Stir fry for abooout 5 minutes.  Add in snow peas.  You may need to put your cooked vegetables in a bowl at this point to make room for the noodles in the pan.  Cook another 2 minutes then stir in noodles.  The amount of noodles should be at least 3 c.  You can add more if you like more noodle.
  • Heat noodles with vegetables then mix in soy sauce and meat and serve.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Panera Bread Chicken Cobb Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

I have had this twice now at Panera Bread and have loved it both time.  When I cam across the recipe for the dressing on Panera's website I just knew I had to try to make it at home.  While it might not be exact, it is close to the original and quite delicious.  Be aware that you should make the pickled red onions the day before serving this.

4 c. mixed greens (Panera uses kale, raddiochio, romaine and arugula)
4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
1 chicken breast, grilled and sliced
1 tomato, sliced
1 avocado, sliced
2 hard boiled eggs, sliced
red onion
2/3 c. red wine vinegar
1/3 c. apple cider vinegar
1 t. sugar
1 t. salt
Slice onion in thin slices.  Combine vinegars, sugar and salt.  Mix in onion and place in glass jar or bowl.  Allow to sit at least one hour or best overnight.

Place greens in 2 bowls.  Top with bacon, chicken, avocado, eggs and pickled red onion.  Top with dressing.

½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 oz. (weighed) fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons shallot, minced
- 2 tablespoons basil pesto
- ¼ cup white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon agave syrup
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- pinch of kosher salt & coarse black pepper
Whisk all dressing ingredients together.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Tropical Shrimp Rice Bowl

Tasty, delicious, easy and quick--a perfect recipe for a busy weeknight dinner.  This recipe is served over rice mixed with a little cilantro for zest.  The sauce has just a touch of chili powder to spice it up.
I added a cup of green peas to this or edamame would be great too.
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • ½ Tbsp fresh minced cilantro
  • Salt
  • Shrimp:
  • ½ lb shrimp
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp pineapple juice
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • Salt
  • Sauce:
  • 8 oz can of pineapple chunks, save 2 T. of juice for the shrimp
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • 1½ Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • Zest from 1 lime
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp fresh, minced cilantro
Mix shrimp with lime juice, pineapple juice and chili powder and let sit for 20 minutes.  Heat a fryig pan with a Tablespoon of oil.  Add shrimp and saute until pink.  Remove from pan and add all sauce ingredients.  Simmer 5-10 minutes until thickened.  Serve over rice that has been mixed with the cilantro.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Southern Veggie Burgers

I found this recipe in the new Vegetarian Times.  They are very good.  But also extremely messy to make.  I did not find that they were easy to form into patties at all.  Then to move them to a frying pan was I decided to pop them in the freezer for a bit.  I tried 15 minutes but I believe that 30 minutes would be better.  You want them to firm up before cooking.

2 cans black eyed peas
2 eggs
6 T. cornmeal
1/2 c. chopped green onions
1 red pepper, diced
i clove of garlic, minced
2 t. fresh thyme
Drain one can of black eyed peas.  Put into a food processor with eggs and cornmeal.  Blend until smooth.  Pour into a bowl.  Mix in onion, red pepper, garlic, thyme and other can of black eyed peas that has also been drained.  Form into 4 patties.  Freeze for 30 minutes.  Put 2 T. olive oil in a frying pan.  Add patties and cook each side about 5 minutes.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Creamy Spicey Spinach Casserole

This is a recipe I found recently in Vegetarian Times.  I changed it just a little bit to work with ingredients I was able to get.  It would be great with some cooked diced chicken mixed in if you don't want to eat vegetarian.  Today it is our meatless Tuesday special.

3 T. butter
1/2 c. diced onion
1 T. minced ginger
1 clove of garlic minced
1 t. cumin
1 t. coriander
3/4 t. turmeric
Melt butter, stir in remaining ingredients and cook on low for 5-7 minutes.  Then stir in
3 T. flour.
mix well and slowly add in
2 c. milk
Stir in 5  oz. diced fontina cheese
1 pkg. frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
3 c. diced naan or flatbread
Pour int a baking dish coated with nonstick spray.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Mixed Nut Butter Bars

This weekend I was at Trader Joe's and picked up a jar of mixed nut butter.  Now if you don't have a Trader Joe's you could mix several different nut butters to try this.  The one I bought is exceptional with a nut butter mixture made from hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, and pecans .  Yummy!  I came right home and made a batch of these bars.

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. nut butter
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1 c. flour
1 c. oatmeal
2 c. chocolate chips
Beat butter,nut butter and sugars until creamy.  Add vanilla and egg and beat in until mixed well.  Beat in salt, baking soda, flour and oatmeal.  Spray a 8" baking dish with cooking spray.  Spread the dough in the pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top and return to the oven for one minute.  Remove from oven and spread chips over dough like a frosting.  Using a spoon drizzle some more nut butter in lines over the chocolate. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Bunny dinner rolls

This is a repost that is worth looking at again.  New posts computer is finally fixed!
This is a recipe that could be super easy, or a bit harder.  If you want the easy version, defrost some Rhodes frozen bread dough and then follow the directions for forming them into rolls.  A bit harder...make the following rye bread dough and form into rolls.  Either way..delicious and just darling!

Rye bread dough:
1/2 pkg. yeast
1 T. sugar
1 1/8 c. warm water
Combine these ingredients and whisk well.  Add in:
1/8 c. brown sugar
1/8 c. corn oil
1/8 c. molasses
1 T. caraway seeds
1/2 t. salt
Now add
1/2 c. rye flour
1 1/2 C. all purpose flour
Mix well.  Add up to another cup of flour until a soft, kneadable dough is formed.  Knead 6 minutes.
Put into a buttered bowl and let rise for one hour in a warm place.

How to form rolls:
Roll dough out on floured board into a large rectangle. Cut in 1/2 width-wise, and then cut into strips.
Roll each strip into a long log shape.

Shape the log into a U, then twist ends around each other.
This is the bunny with the ears on top.  Roll some small balls and add on the bottom for a bunny tail.
Let rise for one hour.  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.  Now aren't these just too cute?

Sunday, April 2, 2017

French Toast Supreme

This is a simple recipe..simply delicious.
It ;uses King's Hawaiian bread...if you are unable to get that you could substitute a Portugese sweet bread.

3 eggs-whip well.  Then whip in 2/3 c. cream and 1 t. vanilla.  Dip both sides of the bread slices in this mixture.  Sprinkle each slice with cinnamon.  Cook on a griddle or frypan that is nonstick or has been sprayed with cooking spray until both sides are browned, flipping after several minutes.
Serve with butter and maple syrup or fresh fruit and whipped cream on top.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Lemony Bean and Greens Salad

This is a wonderful dinner salad when you just want something light and nutritious.  It works as a side salad too.

4 c. salad greens
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
1/2 c. olive oil
2 T. chopped fresh rosemary
2 lemons
1 can cannellini beans
1 shallot, diced
1/4 c. feta or goat cheese
Drain and rinse beans.  Zest lemon, then juice.  Mix zest, lemon juice and olive oil. Mix beans and lemon mixture.  Stir in rosemary.  Place beans on top of the greens.  Add cucumbers, shallots and cheese.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Seeded Quick Bread

This is a delicious bread recipe from Eating Well magazine.  It goes togteher quickly but be aware that it needs 50 minutes to bake and another 30 minutes to cool.
In a dry skillet over medium heat cook the following for 5 minutes to toast:
  • 1/3 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • ⅓ cup unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons flaxseed
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together:
  • 2 cups white whole-wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • i c. rolled oats
  • In another mixing bowl whisk the eggs and then the oil, milk and honey.
    • 1½ cups buttermilk
    • 3 eggs
    • ½ cup avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup
    • Stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture.  Pour into a sprayed loaf pan.  Bake at 350 for 50 minutes.  Allow to cool for 30 minutes.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Irish Soda Bread

This is a traditional soda bread recipe.  It is baked in a cast iron skillet, but if you don't have that you can bake it on a cooky sheet.  Some people like to add raisins to their soda bread, so if you do--add them in!

3 c. flour
1 c. cake flour
2 T. sugar
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. cream of tartar
1 1/2 t. salt

Mix  all these ingredients using a whisk in a medium sized bowl. Then using a pastry blender cut in 2 T. cold butter until it is crumbly.  Make a well in the middle of this dough.
Add in:  1 3/4 c. buttermilk
Stir with a fork until dough comes together.  If it is too crumbly add more buttermilk, a little at a time.
Put the dough on a floured surface and pat into a 6" round.  Make a cut in the shape of a cross on top. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.  Put the dough into a greased cast iron pan or on a prepared cooky sheet.  Bake for 40 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Melt 2 T. butter and brush over top.

Pressure Cooker Corn Beef and Cabbage

It's St. Patrick's Day so I am going to try out this pressure cooker recipe.  The pressure cooker is great at tenderizing otherwise tougher meat cuts.  I am going to serve this with Irish Soda Bread and Bailey's Chocolate Mousse for dessert.  Yum!  The mousse recipe is already on this blog.  NO pics as I am still waiting for computer repairs.

1 corn beef brisket
1/2 head green cabbage, cut into 1/8 wedges
4-5 carrots, cleaned and cut into large pieces
6-8 potatoes, quartered
1/2 onion, sliced
2 c. beef broth
Rinse corn beef to remove any gel.  Put rack in pressure cooker, pour in beef broth.  Set meat on rack.  Close and pressure cook for 90 minutes.
Allow to sit for 10 minutes, release steam and remove meat.  Cover and put into a warm oven.  REmove rack, and add vegetables to cooker.  Close and cook 10 minutes.  Release steam.  Slice meat and serve with vegetables.

Black Bean Spinach Enchiladas

This enchilada recipe comes together quickly, and with the bean and cheese combination provides plenty of protein without meat.  Since there is no precooking involved, you just mix the filling, fill the enchiladas and bake.  Presto!  Dinner!
Sorry no pic--I am having computer problems and will add it later after some repairs.
1 can red enchilada sauce
12 corn tortillas
1 can black beans, drained
1/2 c. corn
1/2 c. chopped onion
2-3 c. baby spinach
2 c. grated cheddar cheese
Optional:  chopped cilantro, sour cream
Mix together the beans, corn, onion, and spinach .  This is your filling
Heat tortilla shells briefly just to soften.  Put several tablespoons of filling in a tortilla and roll up.
Spread just enough enchilada sauce to cover the bottom of an 8 x 8 baking dish.  As you fill tortillas, set in pan on top of sauce.  Push tortillas tightly together.  Top with remaining sauce and then cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Before serving sprinkle with cilantro and spoon some sour cream on top if desired.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Crockpot Minestrone Soup

Here in the Pacific Northwest it is still cold, windy, rainy and sometimes snowy.  In other words, it is still soup weather.  This recipe makes a huge pot of yummy minestrone that is perfect served with a slice of warm bread.  This makes enough for you and a few friends too.   It has the added flavor booster of sundried tomato pesto.

  • 2 cans (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomato pesto (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 parmesan rind
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 1/4 cup celery, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup white onion, diced
  • 4 – 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 sprig rosemary (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can (15 oz) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups zucchini, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups tubular (ditalini) pasta
  • 1 cup frozen green beans, thawed
  • 2 1/2 cups baby spinach, chopped
Put all ingredients, except pasta and spinach into the crockpot.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
You can either cook the pasta seperately, and add in or put into the pot and cook on high for 20-25 minutes.  Add in the spinach and cook for 5 more minutes.  If desired sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on top.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Fish Tacos with Lime Crema and Mango

These fish tacos only need 10 minutes to bake!  While that is going on mix up the crema, put some salsa and chips in a bowl and get ready to eat.  I love fish tacos..and even my sweetheart (who claims he doesn't like them) munched these right down.  The mango adds a little sweetness, and if you want some ore kick, add on some jalapeno.
For the crema:  Mix together these ingredients and set aside.
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • zest from half a lime
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Slaw:  or just used thinly sliced lettuce
  • 2 cups cabbage, shredded
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ green onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
Tacos:  Mix the following together, and dip in fish pieces.  Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes.
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound white fish (eg. cod, snapper, talipia)
  • Once cooked break fish into pieces and pile on tortillas with other ingredients.
  • 8 (6-inch) soft taco tortillas
  • 1 avocado, sliced

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Ham and Cheese Hashbrown Waffles

I saw this recipe on Pinterest and just had to try it.  Tonight we are having breakfast for dinner and this will be the perfect entree with a fruit salad some scrambled eggs...and maybe a blueberry muffin that I baked this morning.

20 oz. defrosted hashbrowns or refrigerated hashbrowns
8 oz. ham, diced
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. parsley
1/2 t. thyme
1/4 t. paprika

Mix all ingredients well in a bowl.  Heat a waffle iron.  Spray with cooking spray.  Put 1,  c. hash brown mixture in the waffle iron and cook 4-5 minutes until brown and crispy.

Blueberry Oatmeal Yogurt Muffins

These are a nice healthy muffin with ingredients that you won't have to feel so guilty about.  They are easily put together.  You could always add some chopped nuts if you like.

1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup milk
1/2 t. cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh

In a bowl combine the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  In another bowl combine the eggs, vanilla, honey , milk and yogurt.  Pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl with the flour mixture.  MIx well.  Stir in blueberries.  In a muffin pan put cupcake papers or just spray with cooking spray.  Put batter into muffin pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Skillet Chicken Tamale Pie

One skillet dishes seem to be the new rage in cooking lately.  For this one you will need a cast iron skillet and another skillet much for the one skillet idea.  If you don't have a cast iron skillet you can bake your cornbread and casserole in a baking dish instead.

For the tamale/cornbread crust:
Mix together:
1 box of cornbread mix
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 c. corn
1 egg
2 T. melted butter
After mixing spray a oven proof skillet or baking dish with cooking spray.  Spread the cornbread mixture inside.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

For the filling:
  • 1/2  onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. Taco Seasoning
  • 2 c. Shredded cooked chicken
  • 3/4-1 c. enchilada sauce, divided
  • 1 c. shredded Cheddar
  • 1 c. Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
 Saute the onion in garlic in another skillet with a little oil until tender.  Mix in chicken and taco seasoning.  Next mix in 1/2-1c. enchilada sauce.

In the cornbread in your pan poke holes with a wooden spoon.

 Pour 1/4 c. enchilada sauce over the top of the cornbread.  Top with chicken mixture and then the cheese.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.   Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Evil Jungle Princess

This is a Thai recipe I got several years ago with my CSI box (a box of fresh veggies delivered weekly).  The original recipe did not call for many vegetables, and is served over raw sliced cabbage.  I chose to cook the cabbage and added more vegetables, and served over rice.  If you are cutting back on carbs, try the original version over raw cabbage slices.

1/2# chicken breasts, sliced into strips
2 red chili peppers, or red pepper flakes
1/2 stalk lemongrass, cut in pieces
1 lime, zested
2 T. vegetable oil
1/2- 1 c. coconut milk
1-3 T. fish sauce
10 fresh bail leaves, shredded
1 c. chopped cabbage
additional vegetables: chopped carrots, broccoli, sugar snap peas and/or onion
Put oil in saucepan, saute chicken.  In a food processor combine red peppers, lemongrass and lime zest.  Add to saucepan with chicken.  Saute chicken for 5 minutes.  Add in any additional vegetables (and cabbage) you may like.  Saute for another 5-10 minutes.  Add fish sauce and coconut milk.  Heat well. Serve over the raw cabbage and/or rice.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Caprese Calzones

Do you just love the taste of fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and tomato?  How about a calzone with those flavors.  Calzones are really a lot like pizza.  Maybe just a bit more finger friendly.  Definitely easier to take in a lunchbox.  You can have two choices for these:  make your own dough, or buy premade dough.  Many grocery stores are now selling unbaked dough ready to roll out and make-and if that isn't available there is pizza dough made by Pillsbury that you can pop out of the can.  I am going to share a quick and easy homemade dough-but choose what works best for you. You can
dip the calzones in marinara or pesto sauce.
For the dough:
1 T. yeast
1 c. warm watr
1 t. salt
1 t. sugar
1 T. olive oil
3-4 c. flour
For the caprese filling:
2-3 sliced tomatoes
1 ball fresh mozzarella
fresh basil
Beat together the water and yeast.  Then beat in salt, sugar and olive oil.  Let sit 5 minutes.  Stir in flour until dough is not longer sticky and forms a ball.  Knead on a floured surface for 5 minutes.  Roll out into a large rectangle.  Cut the rectangle into squares.

 On 1/2 of a square put a piece of mozzarella, some fresh basil and a tomato slice or two.  Fold shut, pinch edges. 

Place on a greased cooky sheet.  Continue to repeat with remaining dough.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.