Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Grape Salad

This is a fun summer salad. My daughter said she loves it so much she could drink it! I don't know that i could drink it, but I sure could eat a large bowl of it and enjoy every bite. I got this recipe from my good friend Celeste and have made it many times. It is a great fruit salad that is easy to throw together and please just about anyone. I hope you enjoy it as much as my daughter and I do.

Grape Salad

large bunch of seedless green grapes

large bunch of red seedles grapes

Pick grapes off vine, rinse and dry.


4oz softened cream cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 - 1/2 cup sugar ( depending on how sweet you like it)

Mix together well* and stir in with grapes in a large bowl. Garnish with sprinkeld brown sugar and chopped pecans.

*NOTE: This makes a lot of "dressing" so you may have more than you need depending on how much sauce you like. It makes for a great fruit dip as well.

Grilled BBQ Chicken Marinade

This is our favorite way to grill chicken. It has so much flavor. One time I baked it in the oven, instead of grilling it, and it turned out delicious. So, either way, I am sure you will enjoy it.

Grilled BBQ Chicken Marinade

Heat the following ingredients together till butter is melted.
1/4 c water
1/2 c apple cider vinegar
1/2 stick butter
4 tsp salt1 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce

*Note that the vinegar stinks when it it heated up but the end result is well worth it!

Marinate chicken for a few hours or over night - the longer the better! (I use leg quarters or thighs) and grill (or bake in the oven)

Chinese Slaw Salad

I have always enjoyed the typical ramen noodle/coleslaw salad but this one takes on a twist with an asian flair. It is so yummy! Make sure you toast the sesame seeds first and then toast the almonds seperate. It dosen't work well together. Sometimes I buy the pre-toasted almonds to save time and they are delicious. Thanks to my sweet friend Sue for sharing this recipe with me!

Chinese Slaw Salad

1 pack cabbage coleslaw mix OR broccoli slaw mix ( I used the cabbage)
1 bunch of Green Onion
1/2 Cup of Sesame seeds
1 pack of slivered almonds ( 1/2 cup)
1 or 2 packages of Ramen noodles
Optional - 1 grilled chicken breast, cut up

Chop up the Green Onions and mix with the coleslaw. Put a small amount of butter in a pan and fry the sesame seeds. Set aside and then brown the 1/2 Cup of slivered almonds. Break up the ramon noodles and brown them. Let the the sesame seeds, slivered almonds and noodles cool off and toss in the salad. (Or just skip the toasting and toss them in the salad)

1/3 Cup Vinegar
1/4 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup oil
2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce.

Mix till sugar is dissolved When ready to serve, pour dressing over salad and mix all together.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Parmesean Knots

These yummy little bites just melt in your mouth and are a family favorite. My kids love to make these, they are that easy! The great thing about making the dough in knots is that the nooks and crannies hold all the flavors to really make them tasty. Eat them warm out of the oven and you won't be disappointed!

Parmesan Knots
1/2 cup vegetable or olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
dash pepper
3 cans (12 oz. each) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

In a small bowl, combine oil, cheese, parsley, oregano, garlic powder and pepper; set aside.

Cut each biscuit in half. Roll each portion into a 6" rope; tie in a loose knot. Place on greased baking sheets.

Bake at 450 degrees for 5-8 minutes or until golden brown. Take out of the oven and brush rolls with the Parmesan mixture while rolls are still hot. Serve warm or freeze for up to 2 months.
(NOTE:The biscuit dough is easier to handle if it isn't ice cold from the fridge, I like to let the biscuit dough set out for about 15 minutes before rolling)

Easy Stuffed Jalepenos

These spicy appetizers are so easy and delicious. My friend Carmen shared this recipe with me and we love them! Make them for your next gathering and they will be a hit.

Easy Stuffed Jalapeno Appetizers

Fresh Jalapenos
1 lb breakfast sausage
1 8oz block cream cheese
grated Parmesan cheese

Take fresh jalapenos and cut lengthwise in half. Scoop out seeds to make “boats”. Rinse and set aside to dry.

Brown 1 lb breakfast sausage, drain fat add 1 – 8oz block of cream cheese, stir till melted.

Fill jalapeƱo boats with sausage filling and place on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with Parmesean cheese.

Bake at 350* for 15-20 minutes (until jalapeƱos are cooked through)

No Bake Cookies

These little devils are sweet chocolaty goodness! I made them recently and sold them at a yard sale. It was so funny to see how excited people got over no bakes. They really are a treat. Here is my tried and true recipe. I hope you have some time to make these and indulge in something sweet and chocolaty!

No Bakes

Combine in a Sauce Pan:
1/4 cup butter
4 Tbs. Cocoa powder
3 Cups Sugar
1/2 Cup milk

Stir constantly over hight heat for 5 minutes or till butter has melted.

1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups rolled oats

Mix well and drop onto waxed paper or lightly greased cookie sheet. Let cool and enjoy!

White Lightening Chicken Chili

This recipe has been a favorite of ours for years. I have had so many requests for it and have been meaning to share if for some time. I have also made it with pork or turkey with great results. The recipe calls for Great Northern Beans which I always use , but my family also likes me to add a can of black beans and corn to change it up a bit. Either way, it has a great flavor with the lime and cumin and you can kick up the spice with more Jalapenos if you like. This white chili is delicious and hits the spot. Enjoy!

White Lightning Chicken Chili - Adapted from The Pampered Chef

3 cups cooked chicken, cut or shredded
6 cloves of roasted garlic
1 cup onion, chopped
1/3 cup fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
3 cans (15oz each) Great northern beans, drained, rinsed and divided
(optional- add a can of black beans and/or corn)
2 tsp vegetable oil
3 cans (14 1/2 oz each) chicken broth
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 cup lime juice
1 Tbs cornstarch
1 Tbs cold water
1/4 cup cilantro, snipped
sour cream and diced avocado, Monetary jack cheese as a garnish
Serve with tortilla chips

1. Chop onion and Jalapeno peppers.
2. Drain 1 can beans and put in a small bowl. Gently squeeze garlic from skins into the bowl and mash the beans and garlic together. Set aside
3. drain remaining 2 cans of beans and set aside
4.Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion an jalapeno peppers. Cook 4-5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add chicken, mashed bean-garlic mixture, whole beans , chicken broth, cumin and lime juice. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 25 minutes
5. Combine cornstarch and water, stirring until smooth. Add cornstarch mixture to chili and continue cooking 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
6. Snip cilantro and stir into chili just before serving.
7 Garnish with sour cream, cubed avocado and snipped cilantro. and Monetary Jack cheese, and serve with tortilla chips.

Chicken Pot Pie

First of all, I can't believe that it has been so long since I have posted. Second, I can't believe I never posted this delicious recipe! My sweet friend Michelle shared this with me not long ago and it was easy and so incredibly yummy. My family devoured it in one sitting, not a drop left. If you are in a hurry, you can use a couple of cans of Costco's chicken breasts like I did. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Chicken Pot Pie –from Micelle Yeates

1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 cups cooked, cubed chicken
2 cups (1 can) chicken broth
1 chicken bullion cube
2/3 cup milk
10 oz. frozen veggies (or a mix of frozen veggies and fresh carrots and celery as well....boil the vegetables a bit before adding them in, so they soft)
2 refrigerated Pillsbury pie crusts

1. Melt butter, add onion, flour and slowly add broth, bullion, milk, and cook until thick.
2. Add spices, chicken, and veggies to the mixture, and pour into pie plate lined with one crust.
3. Place the second crust on top, pinch together the edges, slit the top to vent and wrap the edges in foil
(if you want to) to keep them from browning too much.
4. Bake at 400 until golden brown....about 45-60 minutes.