Monday, January 21, 2019


1/4 tsp salt
4 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise
2 cups prepared cornbread stuffing from your favorite mix
1 can (7-oz) corn
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Lightly grease a cookie sheet with sides; set aside.

Fill a large saucepan or Dutch oven about halfway full of water; add salt and bring to a boil. Drop the 8 zucchini halves into the boiling water and boil 6 to 8 minutes until tender. Drain water from zucchini. Using a spoon, scrape the seeds out of the zucchini and invert on paper toweling to drain.

In a medium mixing bowl, mix the 2 cups of prepared stuffing, the corn, and mozzarella cheese together. Lay the zucchini halves out on the prepared cookie sheet; mound the stuffing onto the hollowed zucchini halves and bake at 400 degrees 10 minutes or until hot and the cheese melts.

Clipart Zucchini

Sunday, January 20, 2019


3 cans (15-oz each) sweet potatoes, drained
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3 cups miniature marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly spray a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

Combine the sweet potatoes, butter, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a mixing bowl. Beat the mixture with an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Spoon into the prepared baking dish. Top with the mini marshmallows. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through and the marshmallows are lightly browned.
Note: File Photo

Saturday, January 19, 2019


1 pkg (10-oz) frozen chopped spinach
1 1/2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp lemon juice

Cook spinach as directed on package. Drain; stir in the butter and lemon juice.

Yield: 4 servings (skimpy servings--I recommend doubling the recipe)

 Note: Photo from allrecipes.

Friday, January 18, 2019


1 tbsp butter
4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
1 can broccoli cheese soup
1/3 cup low-fat milk
1/8 tsp black pepper
2 cup small broccoli florets

In a nonstick skillet, over medium heat, brown the chicken in the butter. Brown on both sides, cooking about 10 minutes. Spoon off any excess fat. Stir in the soup, milk, and pepper. Heat mixture to boiling and add the broccoli florets. Reduce the heat to low, cover skillet and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until the chicken is fork-tender and broccoli is tender. Stir occasionally during cooking.

Recipe and photo from Campbell's.

Thursday, January 17, 2019


2 cups chicken broth
1 pkg (10-oz) frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
1/4 to 1/2 lb ground beef
1 cup milk
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
4-oz sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp oregano
salt to taste
freshly ground pepper to taste
hot pepper sauce to taste, optional

Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan; add broccoli and onions. Cook the mixture for 5 minutes or until the broccoli is tender.

While the above cooks, brown the ground beef in a small skillet and drain well. Rinse with hot water to rid of excess fat and drain in a colander.

Gradually stir the flour into the milk in a small bowl until well blended. Slowly stir into the broccoli mixture, add the drained beef and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thickened and bubbly.

Add the shredded cheese, oregano, salt, pepper, and got sauce if using.

Yield: 4 to 5 servings

Note: This is a file photo.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019


1 pkg (20-oz) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1/4 cup your favorite jam or jelly
Powdered sugar for dusting, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degree.

Slice 24 (1/8-inch each) cookies from the dough. Refrigerate remaining dough. Place the slices on ungreased cookie sheets. Spread each of the slices with a half teaspoon of the jam or jelly. Spread to within 1/4-inch of the edge.

Slice the remaining cookie dough into 24 (1/4-inch) slices. Cut a design out of the center of each slice. Place these slices atop the jam or jelly covered cookies. Press edges together to seal each cookie so jam won't escape.

Bake filled cookies at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with a light dusting of powdered sugar, if desired. Allow to cool on cookie sheets for a minute. Using a thin spatula, remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yield: 2 dozen filled cookies

Note: You can bake the designs from the centers until lightly browned, if desired. Sprinkle baked mini cookies with powdered sugar.

 Note: File Photo for reference only.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp chili sauce
12 slices rye bread, buttered
1/2 lb sliced Swiss cheese
1/2 lb sliced cooked corned beef
1 can (16-oz) sauerkraut, drained

Mix the mayonnaise and chili sauce; spread on 6 slices of the bread. Layer cheese, corned beef, then sauerkraut on the mayonnaise slices. Top the sauerkraut with the other six remaining bread slices.

Yield: 6 sandwiches

Note: Replace the mayonnaise/chili mixture with coleslaw for a different sandwich.

 Note: File Photo for reference only.

Monday, January 14, 2019


1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
1 loaf French bread, halved lengthwise

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix together the cheese, butter, and Italian seasoning. Evenly spread the cheese mixture on the cut sides of the bread. Place side by side on a baking sheet.

Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Yield: 12 servings
Note: File Photo for reference only.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019


8 minute steaks, 1/4-inch thick
8 onion rolls
bottled blue cheese dressing
salt to taste
pepper, optional

Place the steaks on grill, 2-inches from the hot coals. Cook approximately 5 minutes, turning once. Season with salt and pepper.

Split the onion rolls and brush with butter. Place cut side down on the grill for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the rolls from grill and spread desired amount of blue cheese dressing on the cut side of one of the rolls.

To serve, place steaks on the rolls. Add any condiments you desire.

Just for fun file photo,

Tuesday, January 8, 2019


2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 package (5.5-oz) of Noodles Romanoff
1 1/2 cups milk
2 dozen frozen meatballs
2 tsp parsley flakes
2 tbsp butter

In a large skillet, melt the first two tablespoons of butter. Remove skillet from the heat and blend in the flour and sauce mix from the Noodles Romanoff package. A whisk works well for this. Gradually stir in the milk and heat to boiling while stirring constantly. Boil, stirring, for 1 minute.

Add the meatballs and heat back to boiling. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. While the meatballs cook, cook the noodles according to the package directions. Stir the parsley flakes and butter into the noodles.

To serve, place the noodles on plate and top with the meatballs and sauce.
 File Photo