Saturday, May 27, 2017

PINK LEMONADE PIE

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (6-ounce) container frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 4 drops red food color (optional)
  • 1 (9-inch) prepared shortbread pie crust

  1. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add lemonade concentrate and beat until well combined. Stir in whipped topping and food color, if desired. 

  2. Spoon into pie crust and freeze 20 minutes (see Note). Serve, or cover and chill until ready to serve
Note
What happens if you leave the pie in the freezer for longer than 20 minutes? It's okay, Pink Lemonade Pie tastes great frozen, too. Just before serving, garnish with dollops of whipped cream and lemon slices.

Note: This recipe and photo are both from Mr. Food.

RICE WITH BLACK-EYED PEAS AND CORN

2 cups water

1 cup white rice
1 cup cooked black-eyed peas (1 can, drained will work)
1 cup cooked corn (1 can whole kernel, drained will work)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Whole fresh cilantro leaves, and tomato as garnish, if desired

In a medium saucepan, heat the water to boiling; add rice. Reduce heat to low and add the black-eyed peas, corn, and cilantro leaves. Continue to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the water is absorbed and rice is tender.
Note: This is just a file photo.

Friday, May 26, 2017

FROZEN CHEESECAKE DESSERT

This recipe is very quick to make. It does, however, need to freeze for 2 hours before serving.


3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 carton (12-oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 pkg (8-oz) fat-free cream cheese
1 pkg (8-oz) cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 can (21-oz) cherry pie filling (or your favorite)

Spray a 9 x 13-inch freezer-proof pan with cooking spray. Press the graham cracker crumbs into the bottom of the pan; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, combine the whipped topping, cream cheeses, and sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes. Spread into the pan over the crumbs. Top with the pie filling. Freeze for at least 2 hours to set. Let sit out for 10 minutes before cutting.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

BOWTIE PASTA SALAD

8-oz pkg bowtie pasta

1 cup your favorite Italian Salad Dressing
2 tbsp Salad Supreme Seasoning
1 cup broccoli florets
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
1/2 cup diced bell pepper
1 cup cherry tomato halves
1/2 cup chopped red onion
3/4 cup Salad Toppins, divided

Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse under cold water; drain well. Place pasta in a large bowl. Add the salad dressing, Salad Supreme Seasoning, broccoli florets, carrots, bell pepper, tomatoes, and red onion and 1/2 cup of the Salad Toppins to the pasta. Toss gently, cover, and refrigerate until serving time. Before serving, toss lightly and add the remaining 1/4 cup Salad Toppings.

Note: File Photo of a similar recipe.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

MAPLE-DIJON GRAVY

2 tbsp butter

1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp seasoned salt
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 cup low-fat chicken broth
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tbsp Dijon mustard

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and cook onion, stirring constantly, until tender. Stir in the flour, seasoned salt and garlic salt and cook stirring for 1 minute. Using a wire whisk, stir in 1/2 of the chicken broth until thickened. Stir in the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer approximately 2 minutes or until thickened. Garnish with the black pepper.


Monday, May 22, 2017

LAZY DAY COBBLER

2 stick butter

2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tsp baking powder
2-quarts sweetened fruit

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt butter in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan or dish. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and milk. Pour mixture over the butter. Spoon the fruit over the batter. Bake about 35 minutes or until browned.

Delicious served slightly warm with ice cream or whipped cream!

Note: File Photo

Sunday, May 21, 2017

TEXAS ARMADILLO EGGS (CRAB-STUFFED JALAPENO PEPPERS)

2 TO 3 cans crab meat

2 cans jalapeno peppers (about 17 peppers)
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped mushrooms
1 tbsp garlic (from a jar)
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 tbsp margarine
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup milk
cracker meal for breading

Saute onion, mushrooms, garlic, salt and pepper in margarine. Add the drained crabmeat and mix well. Slice jalapenos lengthwise and remove the seeds (very important to remove seeds). Slice down one side only! Generously stuff the jalapenos with the crab meat mixture.

In a small bowl, combine the eggs and milk. Dip the stuffed jalapenos into the egg mixture then roll in the cracker meal. Repeat the process so each pepper is dipped and rolled twice. Drop into a preheated deep-fryer of oil and cook until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from oil and drain on paper toweling.

Note: File Photo

Saturday, May 20, 2017

SUNNY BROCCOLI SALAD

1 cup mayonnaise

1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar, depending on your taste
2 tbsp white vinegar
7 cups chopped fresh broccoli
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
8 slices bacon, cooked, drained, crumbled

In a large bowl, mix the mayonnaise, onion, raisins, sugar, and vinegar together. Add the broccoli and mix well to coat. Refrigerate until serving time. Before serving add the sunflower seeds and bacon; toss.

Yield: 12 to 16 servings

Note: This is just a file photo of a very similar salad.

Friday, May 19, 2017

EASY COTTAGE CHEESE PEAR SALAD

Years ago when I worked in New York City I was in a group from Texas that met one evening a week to share dinner. My NYC apartment had a kitchen smaller that most people's bathrooms so preparing food was a challenge. One evening after a long day at work at stopped at the market on the way home. I grabbed a can of pear halves, some leafy lettuce and a carton of cottage cheese. I made the following and it was such a hit it became something I was expected to bring.

Wash lettuce leaves and pat dry with a paper towel.
Drain pears.
Place each pear half, cut side up, on a lettuce leaf. Scoop some cottage cheese into the center of each pear.
Sprinkle lightly with a touch of ground cinnamon. Easy and tasty.

Note: File Photo - it is so easy to turn these canned pears into a simple salad.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

BAKED FISH PARMESAN

1 1/2 lb white fish (tilapia is a good choice)

3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
3 tbsp Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp parsley
1/2 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp oregano
1/8 tsp basil
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine

Spray baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Combine the bread crumbs, cheese, parsley, paprika, pepper, oregano, and basil together in a shallow bowl or pie pan. Coat fish pieces with the melted butter. Coat tops evenly with the breadcrumbs mixture. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes until fish flakes.

Note: File Photo