Friday, June 13, 2008

Keri - June 2008


Keri - June 2008

BBQ Chicken and Shrimp

Keri - June 2008

Vegetable Skewers

Misty - June 2008

Chocolate Bundt Cake with Strawberries

1 chocolate cake mix (doesn't really matter what kind)
1 small pkg instant chocolate pudding mix
1/2 cu sugar
mix lightly

3/4 c. water
1/2 c. oil

4 eggs-mixing a little after each egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. sour cream
1 c. chocolate chips (I've discovered that I like milk chocolate the best)

Pour into sprayed and floured, deep bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until springy and tooth pick comes up dry. Let sit for 5-10 minutes after you take it out of the oven. Take out of pan and let cool. While it's cooking make the glaze so it can cool a little too.

1/2 c. heavy cream
1 c. chocolate chips (maybe a little more).

Bring cream to a boil. Take off heat and add the chocolate chips. The heat from the cream will melt the chocolate chips. Stir until smooth. Let sit and cool a little before pouring over top of cake.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Brittany - May 2008

Brie with Apples and Onions

One baguette cut into half inch slices. (about 30)
One wheel of Brie cheese
Two firm and crunchy apples such as Granny Smith
One red onion
1/4 cup of craisins
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
Some olive oil

Arrange the baguette slices on a cookie sheet, little coat them with olive oil and put them under the broiler just unit they start to turn golden brown. It only takes about 3 minutes. Repeat on the other side. Both sides need to be toasty. Set aside.

Cut the red onion into quarter pieces and then take each quarter piece and cut the as thinly as you can. Do the same with the apples. You can cook them two ways, I tossed them with a little olive oil and put them in a large frying pan on medium heat and cooked them for about 15-20 minutes stirring them every couple of minutes. After about 10 minutes I added the craisins. When the apples and onions are browned and soft you add the brown sugar and balsamic vinegar, stir for about 1-2 minutes and remove from heat.

Remove the wrapper from the Brie cheese and wrap it in some parchment paper or wax paper or tin foil would work. Place it in the oven pre-heated to 350 for 10-20 minutes depending on the size of your Brie. I put it in when I started the apples/onions. I checked on it every five minutes. Press down on it until the wheels starts to really be soft, this means the insides are nice and melty.

If you are serving this as an appietizer, simply pile the baguettes on a platter, with the wheel of Brie cheese and the apples/onions. And let people assemble it themselves. If you want it to be a more formal part of your dinner, lay the baguettes flat on the platter, slice a small amount of cheese onto each baguette slice and top with a small spoonful of the apples/onions.

PS the second way you can cook the apples and onions is to toss them in a zip lock baggy with the craisins, vinegar and sugar, then place them on a cookie sheet that is lined with tin foil, sprayed with Pam. Place them in the oven on 350 degrees for 20 minutes. You may need to toss them once or twice as they cook. Let me know if you do it this way if it works good.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Brittany-April 2008

Fruit Salad

1 pint of Strawberries cut
3 Bananas
1 Bunch of green grapes
1/2 of a Pineapple cut into bite size pieces

(Of course you can alter the amount of fruit and the kinds of fruit.)

1 small jar of Marshmellow or 1/2 of a large jar (if your going to make it again)
1 package of Cream Cheese (you can use low fat or fat free if you want)
1 Berry yogurt
1/2 c. of Orange Juice

Soften cream cheese, put all of the ingredients in a kitchen aid and blend it for a couple of minutes. Put the cut fruit in a large bowl and cover with the sauce. Stir until well coated.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Brittany-March 2008

Strawberry Angel Food Cake

1 Angel food cake mix
1 package of Danish Dessert Strawberry Glaze
1 pint of strawberries cut
1 pint of whipping cream
1/4 c. of sugar
1 tsp. of vanilla

Make the cake according to the directions, the only other ingredient is water. The Danish Strawberry Glaze is found right next to the Jello boxes. Make according to the directions of the fruit glaze. Again the only other ingredient is water. Cut the strawberries add them to the Danish dessert while it is still in the same pan and is hot. Place the whole pan in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Whip the whipping cream adding a 1/4 c. of sugar and 1 tsp
of vanilla when it is almost done. To serve cut the angel food cut into pieces, scoop some strawberries and glaze and cover, top with the whipping cream.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Sabrina - February 2008

Chicken Marsala

Pound out chicken breast until thin (3-4 breast).
Coat in a flour salt and pepper mixture.
Brown in olive oil.
After browning take out and set aside.
Add butter, olive oil and mushrooms and saute'.
Add most of the rest of your flour mixture from coating chicken to the mushrooms (this is what will make the sauce thick).

Then add
2c. chicken broth
1c. Marsala wine to mushrooms (double sauce if serving with mashed potatoes).
Simmer until liquid reduces.
Then put chicken back in and add 1c. cream. Cook until chicken is done.

Sorry this recipe is a little hard to give people.
There are no exact measurements.
If you have any questions give me a call.

The beans I just steamed and added butter and some toasted almonds, salt, and pepper.

Amber - February 2008


1 bag baby spinach
1 bag spring mix greens
small tub "Buitoni Pesto with Basil"
Pine Nuts, toasted
Peas, rinsed & Drained
Freshly grated Parmesan curls

Right before serving lightly coat greens with the Pesto sauce. I'm not sure exactly how much to use, it depens how much salad you use. A few scoops would be enough for a small salad. I probably used a whole tub for Bunko. Add toasted pine nuts, peas and parmesan curls. I just used my potato peeler to make the cheese curls.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Brittany - January 2008


1 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. poppyseeds
1 tsp. mustard (dry or refrigerated)
1 tsp. salt
3/4 c. red wine vinegar
1 c. oil
1/3 c. red onion

1 bag spinach, rinsed
1 head of romaine lettuce, rinsed & chopped
1 c. grated swiss
1 can mandarine oranges
1/2 c. craisens
sliced mushrooms, optional
1/3 c. thinly sliced red onion
cottage cheese, drained and rinsed
apple or strawberries, optional
bacon, cooked and crumbled

Toss everything together except bacon & dressing. Add those right before serving.