Wednesday, August 31, 2011


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.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


2 cans (16-oz each)whole green beans, drained
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp yellow mustard
2 tsp vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
4 slices bacon, crisply fried and crumbled
Crisp salad greens

Combine the beans, onion, canola oil, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the pepper together. Toss lightly, cover, and chill.

Mix the eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, 2 teaspoons vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Just before serving, drain the bean mixture and toss with the bacon. Serve on a crisp bed of the salad greens. Top bean mixture with the egg mixture and sprinkle with paprika.

Yield: 6 servings.


2 tbsp corn syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine
1/4 tsp baking soda
3 to 4 quarts popped corn

Mix corn syrup, brown sugar, and margarine together. Microwave on high 3 to 4 minutes. Add the baking soda and microwave on high another 30 seconds. Pour liquid over the popped corn.

NOTE: I usually recommend using butter over margarine. However, since butter burns easier, in this recipe I recommend margarine.

Monday, August 29, 2011


1 1/2 sticks butter
1 pkg Ritz-syle crackers
2 lb pkg frozen broccoli, cooked until crisp tender
1 small box Velveeta-type cheese, cubed

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Melt the butter; crumble the crackers into the butter. Add the cooked broccoli to the crumb mixture. Spray a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and put broccoli mixture into the casserole dish. Sprinkle the cubed cheese evenly over the top and bake until the cheese melts, about 15 minutes at 375 degrees.

Sunday, August 28, 2011


This recipe takes only a few (maybe 5) minutes to prepare. It does need to chill for an hour before serving.

1 pkg (8-oz) cream cheese, softened
1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
1 tbsp milk
2 tsp prepared mustard
1/3 cup shredded peeled apple
2 tbsp finely chopped pecans
2 tsp chopped chives

In small mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, Gruyere cheese, milk, and mustard; beat at medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in the apple, pecans, and chives. Cover and refrigerate at least an hour. Serve with assorted crackers.

Saturday, August 27, 2011


4 to 6 skinless boneless chicken breasts
1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 garlic cloves, pressed
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
3 large tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup wine vinegar
1/2 lb uncooked whole-wheat spaghetti

Season chicken breasts with the pepper and salt. Spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking olive oil spray and brown chicken on both sides.

In another skillet, saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, oregano, basil, and wine vinegar and bring to a boil. Cook mixture for about 10 minutes until the sauce thickens.

Add the chicken to the sauce and cook for another 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package directions.

Serve the chicken and sauce over the hot pasta.

NOTE: Serve this dish with a green salad for a healthy meal.


6 cups sliced apples
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Arrange the apples in a 9-inch square baking pan that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

In a bowl mix together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg; cut in the butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in the chopped walnuts and sprinkle the mixture evenly over the apples.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes or until the apples are tender and the topping is crisp.

Yield: 9 servings

Friday, August 26, 2011


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.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


1 cup minced onion
1/2 cup minced celery
1/2 cup chopped apple
1 1/2 cups apple sauce
1 pkg (8-oz) stuffing mix
1 cup low-fat, low-salt chicken broth
1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp ground sage
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a medium nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium heat until hot. Add the onion and celery; cook while stirring for approximately 5 minutes. Add the apple and cook while stirring for another 3 minutes. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and stir in the remaining ingredients.

Yield: 8 servings

Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and place the stuffing mixture into the pan. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through.


This is actually an old recipe from the 70s but it is still worth keeping around!

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
2 tbsp finely chopped pimento
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
6 to 8 ears of corn, depending on size

Whip the butter until light and fluffy. Stir in bell pepper and pimento, salt and chili powder. This should make a cup of mixture. Place each ear of corn on a square heavy duty foil that has been doubled. Spread with about 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture. Wrap securely in the foil, twisting ends closed. Roast directly on medium coals for 10 to 15 minutes, turning once during this time.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


1/2 cup instant coffee granules
2/3 cup sugar*
2/3 cup powdered milk or creamer
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix all the ingredients together. Put into an airtight container to store or into a decorative jar to give as a gift.

To use: Stir 2 rounded teaspoons into a cup of hot water.

*For diabetics or those watching their sugar intake, substitute Splenda granulated.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


2 cups cold milk
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 pkg (4-serving size)French vanilla instant pudding mix
1/2 tsp water
1/3 cup red raspberry* jelly or preserves
Whipped cream for garnish, if desired
chopped peanuts for garnish, if desired

In the small bowl of electric mixer, gradually beat the milk into the peanut butter. Add the pudding mix and beat a low speed for about 2 minutes.

Stir the water into the jelly or preserves until well blended. Layer the pudding mixture and the jelly mixture into 5 parfait glasses. Top each with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of chopped peanuts, if desired.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


3 cups biscuit baking mix
1 1/2 cups finely chopped lean cooked ham
4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp parsley flakes
2 tsp prepared spicy mustard
2/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly grease a large baking pan with sides or a jelly roll pan 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1-inch; set aside.

Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Shape the mixture into 70 to 80 1-inch in diameter balls. Place the balls approxmately 2-inches apart on baking sheet. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until browned. Immediately remove from the pan and serve warm.


1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1/2 tsp salt
1 can (approx 1 lb) green beans, drained
1 1/2 cups seasoned mashed potatoes
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 can (10 1/2-oz) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Cook the meat and onion sprinkled with the salt in a skillet until the meat is browned and the onion is transluscent; drain well. Wipe excess fat from skillet with a paper towel.

Return meat and onion mixture to the skillet and add the green beans, tomato soup, and pepper; simmer for 5 minutes. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish. Drop the potatoes onto the meat mixture in small mounds. Sprinkle the cheese over all. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

NOTE: This is a great way to use leftover mashed potatoes. If you do not have leftovers, use some instant mashed potatotes.

Yield: Serves 6.

Friday, August 19, 2011


1 1/2 cups (about 6 medium) diced carrots
2 cups water
1 tbsp butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup diced peeled Granny Smith apple
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp cold water

In a medium saucepan, cook the diced carrots in the water until crisp tender; drain. Add the butter, brown sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon; mix well. Stir in the apple; cover and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir the cornstarch into the cold water until smooth and then stir into the carrot-apple mixture. Bring to a boil, cook while stirring for 1 minute or until thickened. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes or until glazed while stirring constantly.

Yield: 4 servings


1 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp dill weed (optional)
1/4 tsp salt
6 slicrs American cheese
1 1/2 cups instant long-grain rice, uncooked
1 large can (9 to 12-oz) tuna, drained
2 tbsp chopped parsley, optional

In a medium saucepan bring the water, milk, dill, and salt to a boil over medium heat. Add the cheese, cooking and stirring until the cheese is melted.

Stir in the rice, tuna, and parsley. Cover and remove from the heat. Let stand for 5 minutes until the liquid is absorbed. Stir before serving.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


1 cup cubed chicken
1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 soup can of water
approximately 6 handfuls dry noodles, cooked according to pkg directions
1 pint sour cream

Spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray and brown the chicken on all sides, cooking through.

Add the cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, and water; lower heat and simmer while the noodles cook.

Drain the noodles well; stir into the chicken and soup mixture. Add the sour cream and toss to coat chicken and noodles.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


1 lb dry spaghetti
1 cup chicken broth or bouillon
3 medium carrots cut into thin strips
2 cups frozen green peas
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 cans (6-oz each) chunk light tuna
grated peel of 1 lemon
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup slivered red onion

Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions; drain well.

While the spaghetti cooks, place the chicken broth or bouillon, peas, carrots, and garlc in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 6 minutes or until the carrots strips are tender.

Place the well drained pasta into a large serving bowl or platter. Pour the vegetables and broth over the pasta. Add the tuna, lemon peel and juice; toss well. Top with the slivered red onion.

Monday, August 15, 2011


This recipe is from my collection of vintage recipes. This one is from the early 1950s but is as good today as it was then. And it takes less than a half hour to prepare from start to finish. Even the housewives of the earlier days needed quick and easy recipes for the days when they did the laundry on the old wringer washing machines and then hang it outside to dry, canning days, gardening days, etc.

3 slices bacon
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups milk
1 pint cooked or canned whole kernel corn
1 1/2 cups chopped or diced cooked potatoes
1 can undiluted cream of mushroom soup
1/2 tsp dried thyme, optional
dash of pepper

In a large heavy saucepan, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove bacon leaving a tablespoon of the drippings. Drain the bacon well and crumble; set aside. Cook the onion in the saucepan in the reserved drippings until tender. Stir in the milk, corn, potatoes, mushroom soup, thyme - if using, and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 2 or 3 minutes, uncovered. Ladle into serving bowls and sprinkle with the crumbled bacon.

Sunday, August 14, 2011


These nuts are great to have sitting around at parties but they are also good to put a handful into a zipper-type snack bag and stick in a lunchbox.

2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon pecan-praline flavored ground coffee*
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (omit if too hot for childrens lunchboxes)
2 cups pecan halves

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the brown sugar, coffee, orange juice, cinnamon, and red pepper, if using. Stir well to mix. Stir in the pecans, coating well. Remove from the heat.

Spread the coated pecans on a lightly greased 15 x 10-inch jellyroll pan and bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring at 5 minutes and at 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely. Break nuts apart.

*Or other flavored coffee of your choice.

Yield: 2 cups

Friday, August 12, 2011


1 cup all-purpose flour*
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour*
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tsp grated orange peel
1 cup blueberries**
1/2 cup coarsley chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Spray 12 muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

In a medium bowl combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

In a large bowl blend the eggs with the corn syrup, milk, canola oil, and orange peel. Stir in the flour mixture just until moistened. Fold in the blueberries and the nuts. Divide batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups. Bake at 400 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned and firm to the touch. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

*Or use 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour if desired.
**Cranberries also work well in this recipe.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


1 lb spaghetti, cooked according to package directions and drained
6 tbsp butter, soften
3 medium tomatoes, peeled & chopped
1/4 sliced green onion
2 tsp chopped basil leaves
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Toss the hot spaghetti with the other ingredients and serve immediately.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Mom's Yummy Enchiladas

1 1/4 lb lean ground beef
1 can mild chili beans
1 dozen flour tortillas
1 medium onion, chopped
3/4 lb grated cheddar cheese, divided
1 can enchilada sauce, your "heat" preference as desired

Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Pour into a colander and drain well. Rinse with hot water to remove fat. Return beef to skillet and add chili beans. Heat to simmer and cook 5-10 minutes. Divide the meat/bean mixture evenly among the 12 tortillas centering mixture in the center of the tortillas. Divide the onion evenly among the tortillas adding atop the meat/bean mixture. Top with approximately 1 tablespoon of the cheese per tortilla. Roll tortilla tightly around mixture and hold together with a toothpick. Place close together in a baking dish. Spoon the enchilada sauce over the tortillas, covering each. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top of the sauce. Add lid to casserole dish or cover with foil if lid is not available. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until bubbly and cheese is melted. Remove from oven and place on individual plates or a serving platter. Garnish with shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes. Serve with sour cream, guacamole and salsa, if desired.

This recipe is suitable for diabetics as it has protein in the meat, beans and cheese to counteract the carbs.

Note: Be Sure To Remove Toothpicks Before Serving!! Choking On A Hidden Toothpick Can Be Deadly. Never let it be said your cooking killed someone!


4 large eggs
1/2 cup olive or canola oil
1 cup buttermilk biscuit mix
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp thyme
dash of cayenne pepper
1 lb zucchini of medium size, cut into half moon slices
2 carrots, peeled and shredded
1 small onion, chopped fine
1/2 cup shredded Italian blend cheese

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together the eggs and oil. Whisk in the biscuit mix, salt, thyme, and cayenne pepper. Stir in the zucchini, carrot, onion, and cheese. Spread into the prepared baking pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until set. Let stand for 10 minutes then cut into 24 squares. Cut each square diagonally to make the triangles. Delicious served warm or at room temperature.

Yield: 48 triangles
Per triangle: Approximately 46 calories, 3 g (1g sat) fat, 1 g protein, 2 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber

Monday, August 8, 2011


This pie recipe goes together in minutes but does need 2 to 3 hours chilling time.

1 Graham cracker pie shell
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 can (14-oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 carton (8-oz size) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 cup drained crushed pineapple
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the lemon juice, milk, and vanilla extract mixing well until blended. Fold in the whipped topping, then the crushed pineapple, the pecans and lastly the cherries.

Spoon the mixture into Graham cracker shell. Freeze the pie for 2 to 3 hours until firm. Let stand at room temperature around 15 minutes before cutting to serve.

Saturday, August 6, 2011


1 pkg (8-oz) fettucini noodles, cooked according to pkg directions
2 tbsp butter
1 pkg (9-oz) frozen French-style green beans, thawed
1 cup cubed red bell pepper
1 small yellow squash, sliced into coins
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp dried basil
1 can (10 3/4-oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a 10-inch skillet, over medium heat, melt butter. When butter is hot, add the green beans, bell pepper, squash, garlic, and basil; cook until veggies are crisp tender. Remove vegetables but keep warm. Stir the soup, milk, and Parmesan cheese into the skillet and cook until blended and heated through. Stir in the hot, drained fettucini until coated.

To serve, place the fettucini on a platter and top with the vegetables.

Yield: 6 servings


4 cups fresh rhubarb, cut into 1/4-inch slices
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/2 cup whipping cream

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine and cook the rhubarb, sugar, water, and ginger for 15 to 20 minutes until the rhubarb is tender. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

In a mixer bowl beat the whipping cream until soft peaks (peaks curl when beaters are lifted) form. Fold the cooled rhubarb mixture into the whipped cream. Pour into a clear tall glass bowl and refrigerate until serving time.

Yield: 6 servings.

Friday, August 5, 2011


2 tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
2 tsp minced garlic
1 lb top round steak, remove fat abd meat cubed
8-oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 pkg (10-oz) frozen french-style green beans, thawed
1/4 cup lite soy sauce
black pepper to taste

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high temperature. Add the onion and garlic; cook 3 minutes, stirring often so garlic doesn't burn. Add the steak and mushrooms; cook, stirring often until the meat is browned - about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the green beans, soy sauce, and pepper. Heat through.


1 3/4 cup quick cook oats
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 pkg (12-oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup caramel ice cream topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking pan; set aside.

Combine the oats, 1 cup of the all-purpose flour, the whole-wheat flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in butter; mix well. Reserve 1 cup of the mixture and press the remaining mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown.

Remove the crust from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips and pecans over the crust.

In a small bowl, mix the caramel topping with the remaining all-purpose flour. Drizzle the mixture over the nuts and chocolate chips to within 1/4-inch of the edge of the pan. Sprinkle the reserved cup of the oat mixture over all.

Bake for another 18 to 22 minutes until golden brown. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into 30 bars.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cups small broccoli florets
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
4 (8-inch) whole-grain tortillas, warmed

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 teaspoon of the canola oil; add onion, broccoli, ginger, and the black pepper. Cook while stirring for up to 5 minutes until onion and broccoli start to become tender; remove from skillet.

Heat the remaining teaspoon of the canola oil in the skillet and add chicken. Cook, stirring, up to 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in the center. Return the vegetables to the skillet along with the hoisin sauce to thicken. Cook until heated through.

To serve: Spoon the chicken mixture evenly onto the 4 warmed tortillas. Wrap mixture up in the tortilla and cut tortilla in half to serve. If desired, drizzle some of the pan juices over the chicken mixture before wrapping. Or you can serve juices along side the wraps to be used as a dipping sauce, if desired.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


4 large egg yolks (save whites for meringue, if desired)
1 can (14-oz) sweetened condensed milk
3 1/2 ounces Key Lime juice
1 9-inch graham cracker pie crust or pie pastry baked just until lightly browned

In a mixing bowl combine the egg yolks with the sweetened condensed milk on low speed of electric mixer. Slowly pour in the lime juice, mixing until well blended. Pour mixture into the pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes until set. Use the egg whites to make a meringue topping or top with whipped cream. Personally, I prefer a dollop of whipped cream atop individual wedges with a very thin slice of lime, slit and twisted atop the whipped cream.

Monday, August 1, 2011


1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs, separated
1 3/4 cups fat-free milk
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, and salt.

In a small bowl, using a wire whisk, whisk the egg yolks, milk, canola oil and applesauce. Stir mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened.

In a second small bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the whites into the batter.

Cook on waffle iron according to the manufacturer's directions.

Serve with a light syrup or with fresh fruit.