Monday, April 24, 2017


12 oz pkg angel hair pasta

2 1/2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 lb peeled, deveined large shrimp (if frozen, thaw)
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the angel hair pasta and cook as directed on package. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water before draining.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the butter and the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds. Add the shrimp, lemon zest, salt and red pepper; saute over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes or until the shrimp is just cooked through. Stir in the lemon juice and remove from the heat. Pour mixture over the drained pasta, add the remaining butter, parsley, and about 1/2 cup of the cooking water (more if desired). Toss to mix and coat.

Note: File Photo (as I don't eat or cook shrimp!)

Sunday, April 23, 2017


4 salmon steaks

1 large clove garlic, minced
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
1/4 small onion sliced thin, optional
1 1/2 tbsp fresh chopped thyme
salt to taste
2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
fresh ground black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl toss the tomatoes with the garlic, , onion - if using, 1 tablespoon of the thyme, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Spread mixture on the prepared foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and push the tomato mixture to one side of the pan. Add the salmon steaks to the other side of the pan, sprinkle with additional salt and pepper to taste and the other 1/2 tablespoon of the thyme. Return pan to oven and bake 10 to 15 minutes until the salmon is cooked through. Remove salmon to serving plate and spoon tomatoes and juices over the top.

Note: File Photo

Saturday, April 22, 2017


This recipe is not ready to eat in an hour but it only takes about half an hour of time to prepare. It needs to chill overnight so it is a great make-ahead dessert. I have had this recipe probably 15 to 20 years. I got it from an old Reiman magazine.

i package (8-inch pan size) fudge brownie mix
1 pkg (14-oz) caramels
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped pecans
2 pkgs (8-oz each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2-oz unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled

Bake at 350 degrees.
Grease a 9-inch springform pan; set aside.

Prepare brownie mix according to the package directions. Spread into the prepared pan; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack for 10 minutes - leave the oven on.

While brownie cools, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt the caramels with the evaporated milk. Pour melted caramels over the brownie and sprinkle pecans over the caramel.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in the melted chocolate. Pour mixture over the pecans and return pan to the baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for another 35-40 minutes or until the center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a thin knife around the edge of the pan to loosen; allow to cool for a an hour.

Refrigerate cheesecake overnight. Remove sides of pan, slice and serve. Return any leftovers to the refrigerator.

Yield: 12 servings.
Note: This is the picture I saved with the recipe.


2 cups sugar

1 tsp baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 sticks butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans

In a large saucepan, combine sugar, baking soda, buttermilk, and butter; cook to the soft ball stage scraping the bottom of the pan often during cooking. Mixture will be a dark brown when it is ready. Beat the mixture for a few minutes to cool and smooth. Add vanilla and pecans. Beat mixture again until it is ready to be dropped onto waxed paper and hold its shape. Keeps for several days in a covered container.

Note: File Photo

Friday, April 21, 2017


1 tbsp butter

1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cups water
1 1/4 cups instant mashed potato flakes
2 cups fresh or frozen broccoli flowerets
1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen whole kernel corn
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp pepper
1 cup fat-free evaporated milk

Melt butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion to butter and cook, stirring, until translucent. Stir in the water and bring to a boil. Add potatoes, stirring constantly for about a minute. Add broccoli, corn, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Return to boiling then reduce heat to low. Simmer approximately 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender; stir often. Once vegetables are tender, stir in the milk and cook another 3 to 4 minutes until heated through.

Note: File Photo

Thursday, April 20, 2017


2 cups all-purpose flour

4 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 3/4 cups milk

Mix flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together in a bowl with a tight fitting lid. Add butter, eggs, and milk to the dry mixture; stir until blended. Use for pancakes or waffles. Store in refrigerator up to a week. (Mixture will separate so stir to remix before using.)

Note: File Photo

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 large egg whites
1/3 cup chopped pecans (or your favorite nuts)
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Nonstick cooking spray
2 tsp powdered sugar, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt by stirring with a whisk. Set mixture aside.

Combine brown sugar, vanilla, and egg whites in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer at high speed for 1 minute. Add flour mixture and beat just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and pecans.

Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spread batter into the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes or until golden and crusty on top. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then sprinkle with the powdered sugar.

Yield: 16 squares at 87 calories, 2 1/2 g fat, 1 g protein and 15 1/2 g carbs - numbers figured with the powdered sugar

Note: File Photo

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


1 lb uncooked fettuccine

1 tbsp butter
1 1/4 cups half-and-half cream
3/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Cook fettuccine according to the package directions but leave out the salt and butter or oil.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the half-and-half cream, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper; cook for 1 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and add drained fettuccine. Toss mixture gently to coat fettuccine noodles.

Yield: 6 servings

Note: You can make this a meat dish by adding cooked sliced chicken breast or toss with cooked shrimp.

Monday, April 17, 2017


2 cups canned french fried onions

2 tbsp flour
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large zip-top plastic bag, combine flour and onions; crush onions. Put egg into a shallow bowl and dip chicken into egg. One piece at a time, shake chicken in the plastic bag to coat. Place on a baking sheet lightly sprayed with vegetable oil spray and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until cooked through.

Note: File Photo


16 to 20 large fresh button mushrooms

3/4 cup (1 small) zucchini, shredded
2 tbsp sliced green onion
1 tbsp water
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Remove mushroom stems and chop. Set mushroom caps aside.

In medium saucepan combine mushroom stems, zucchini, green onion, and 1 tablespoon water. Cook and stir over medium heat until vegetables are tender. Drain mixture. Stir Parmesan cheese into vegetable mixture. Divide the vegetable mixture among the mushroom caps, stuffing caps evenly. Place stuffed mushrooms in a 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until mushroom caps are tender. Serve warm. May be used as an appetizer or as a side dish.

Note: File Photo

Saturday, April 15, 2017


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup quick cook oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
2 tbsp honey

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking oil spray; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, mix all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, oats, wheat germ, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and honey. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine until a soft dough is formed. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and divide in half. Shape each half into a round loaf. Place loaves on the prepared baking sheet about 3-inches apart. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 400 degrees and continue baking 10 minutes more or until bread sounds hollow when tapped. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before slicing.

Note: Sprinkle a few dry oats over the top before baking, if desired.

Note: File Photo

Friday, April 14, 2017


1 can Crescent Rolls
1 lb. ground beef or ground turkey
1 small onion, chopped
4 T Ketchup
1 tsp. Worcester sauce
sliced cheese, I used Colby Jack

Brown ground beef, drain...add onions a cook till tender. Stir in ketchup and Worcester sauce. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Arrange crescent rolls in a star shape with tips pointing out, using last piece for the center. Spread meat mixture from center out going about 1/2 to the points. Top each section with 1/2 piece of sliced cheese. Roll tip of roll towards the center. Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Courtesy of Janet's Appalachian Kitchen


25 vanilla caramels

2 tbsp water

In a 4-cup glass measuring cup (or other microwave safe bowl, cook the caramels and water, uncovered, on high heat for two to three minutes or until soft enough to stir smooth. Stir once to blend creamy. Use to top ice cream or wherever caramel sauce is needed.
Note File Photo

Thursday, April 13, 2017


1 1/2 cups finely chopped celery

1 cup finely chopped carrots
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
4 cups water
1 can (16-oz) baby butter beans
1 can (16-oz) speckled (or large) butter beans
1 can (14-oz) Italian-style diced tomatoes
1 tsp dried basil

In a large saucepan, heat oil and add celery, carrots, and onions. Cook until vegetables are soft, stirring frequently. Add flour and cook, stirring, about a minute. Gradually add the water, stirring continually until smooth. Add the beans, tomatoes, and basil to the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook about 20 minutes, until thickened slightly. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired.

Note: You can add a cup of diced ham when you add the beans for a ham and beans soup.

Note: This is a file photo of a very similar soup.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


1 can cream of celery soup

1/2 cup milk
1 can (7-oz) tuna
1 cup peas, drained
1 cup potato chips, crushed

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine the cream of celery soup, milk, tuna, and peas. When mixed thoroughly, pour into a 1-quart casserole dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle the potato chips evenly over the top of the mixture. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

Yield: 4 servings.

Note: File Photo

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


1 can (16-oz)peach pie filling

1 box (7 1/2-oz) yellow cake mix
1 stick butter
3/4 cup chopped pecans or slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Very lightly spray an 8-inch square baking pan or dish with nonstick cooking spray

Pour the can of pie filling into the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the pie filling. Cut butter into thin slices and lay over the cake mix. Sprinkle the chopped nuts over all.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

This recipe is great served warm with vanilla ice cream sprinkled with cinnamon.

Note: File Photo

Monday, April 10, 2017


10 slices French bread (1/2-inch thick)

5 tsp sugar, divided
6-oz fat-free cream cheese
1/2 tsp almond extract
3/4 cup fresh blackberries
3/4 cup fresh raspberries
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
2 tsp confectioners' sugar

Place bread on an ungreased baking sheet; lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of the sugar. Broil 3 to 4-inches from the heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, almond extract and remaining sugar. Spread over the toasted bread slices. Top with the berries and almonds. Dust berries with the confectioners' sugar. Serve immediately.

Note: I have had this recipe for probably around ten years. I can't remember but I probably got it and the photo from a Reimen's Publication.


2 small (4-serving size)pkgs orange-pineapple gelatin

1 can (11-oz) pineapple tidbits, drained
1 can (11 3/4-oz)mandarin oranges, drained
1 large carton frozen whipped topping, thawed
3 cups large curd cottage cheese
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Mix the cottage cheese with the whipped topping. Stir in the gelatin powder to blend well. Gently fold in the drained pineapple,oranges, and pecans. Refrigerate until serving time.

Note: File Photo

Sunday, April 9, 2017


2 tbsp butter or margarine

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
1 tube (7-oz) refrigerated biscuits
1 can (12-oz) evaporated milk
1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 pkg. (16-oz) frozen mixed vegetables
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried onion flakes, optional

Melt butter or margarine in a Dutch Oven over medium heat. Add chicken and cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until no longer pink; stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, separate biscuits and cut each in half; set aside. Add milk, soup, vegetables, poultry seasoning, and onion flakes to the chicken in the Dutch oven and mix well. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Quickly place the biscuit halves in a single layer over the stew. Sprinkle tops of the biscuits with the paprika. Place lid on Dutch oven and reduce the heat to simmer. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until the biscuits are light and fluffy.

Note: File Photo of a similar recipe.

Saturday, April 8, 2017


If you love beef stew but don't really have the time to cook the beef and make the stew, try this recipe that uses meatballs. You can even speed up the process by using frozen ready-made meatballs.

4 cups water
2 medium russet potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 medium carrots, cut into 3/4-inch slices
1 large onion, cut into chunks
2 tbsp beef bouillon granules
1 bay leaf
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 medium zucchini, cut into 3/4-inch slices
1 cup frozen peas
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup cold water
1/4 tsp browning sauce, optional

In a large Dutch oven, bring the water to a boil. Add the russet potatoes, carrots, onion, bouillon, bay leaf, thyme, basil, salt and pepper. Return to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

While the above simmers, combine the ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, and Worcestershire sauce. Shape into 1-inch balls. Add meatballs to the Dutch oven along with the sweet potatoes and zucchini. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for another 15 minutes or until veggies are tender.

Discard the bay leaf. Stir in the peas. Combine the flour and cold water; stir into the stew along with the browning sauce, if using. Bring to a boil and cook and stir for a couple of minutes until thickened.

Yield: 6 servings.
Note: This is a file photo.

Friday, April 7, 2017


2 medium zucchini, grated

1 tsp salt
1 grated carrot
2 tablespoons diced onion
1 egg
1/2 cup flour
dash of black pepper
oil for frying

Add salt to the grated zucchini; let set 15 minutes. Drain zucchini and add carrots, onion, egg, flour and pepper; mix together well.

Heat oil in a large skillet. Drop mixture by tablespoosfuls into the hot oil. Brown on both sides. If you don't want to fry, you can cook on a George Forman type grill.

File Photo

Thursday, April 6, 2017


This recipe makes a simple and quick breakfast. And would you believe it has 5.6 grams of RS (resistant starch) the carb that can actually help you lose belly fat?

1 tbsp almond butter
1 slice rye bread (no substitutions to get the RS benefits)
1 not very ripe (that's important) banana, sliced

Toast the rye bread and spread with the almond butter. Top with the banana slices.

Note: This is a file photo


1 lb fresh green beans, cooked until tender OR 2 cans green beans, drained

1/2 medium red bell pepper, cut into strips
1/2 medium yellow bell pepper, cut into strips
1/2 small red onion, cut into thin slices
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp butter
salt to taste
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet; add the green beans, pepper strips, onion, and garlic.  Saute the vegetables, stirring frequently for 6 to 8 minutes or until tender.  Season with salt to taste and sprinkle with the black pepper.

Serves: 8
Per serving: Approximately 45 calories, 2 g pro, 6 g carbs, 2 g fat, 25 mg sodium

Note:  This is a great side dish for diabetics.

Note: File Photo

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


1 pkg precooked frozen meatballs, slightly thawed

1 can tomato soup
1 soup can of water
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Hero sandwich rolls
Shredded lettuce, if desired

In a medium saucepan, put the soup, water, garlic powder, basil, oregano, and pepper. Mix well and heat to almost boiling. Add the meatballs to the soup mixture and cook until heated through. Place meatballs in sandwich rolls, spoon some sauce over meatballs, and sprinkle the shredded cheese over the meatballs. Top with shredded lettuce, if desired.

Note: This is a file photo of a similar sub.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


3 tbsp lime juice

2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp garlic powder
6 drops hot pepper sauce
6 uncooked jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined

Combine the lime juice, olive oil, teriyaki sauce, balsamic vinegar, mustard, garlic powder, and hot pepper sauce in a large zip-top bag. Add shrimp to the bag, seal bag and turn to coat the shrimp. Refrigerate up to 1 hour, turning occasionally.

To grill the shrimp, coat grill rack with nonstick cooking spray before lighting. Drain shrimp and discard the marinade. Thread shrimp onto 2 metal or soaked wooden skewers. Grill, covered, over medium heat or you can broil 4-inches from heat, 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until the shrimp turn pink.

Note: This recipe is for 2 servings. Double recipe for 4, triple for 6, etc.

Note: File Photo

Monday, April 3, 2017


These smoothies are great for a quick breakfast or anytime you want a milkshake but realize you should do something healthier.

1 cup fat-free milk
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tbsp vanilla yogurt
1 tbsp honey
1 small banana, sliced and frozen
2/3 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup chopped peeled mango, frozen
1/4 cup frozen unsweetened peach slices

In a blender container, combine all the ingredients, cover and process until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses and serve immediately.

Yield: 4 servings of 3/4 cup each = 107 calories, 24 g carbs, 3 g protein OR 2 servings of 1 1/2 cups each = 214 calories, 48 g carbs, 6 g protein

Sunday, April 2, 2017


3 (15-oz each) cans navy beans*, drained

2 cups water
1 med onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 tsp instant beef bouillon granules
1/2 tsp dried basil, crushed
1 bay leaf
2 cups milk
1 jar (8-oz) pasteurized process cheese spread
minced fresh parsley and/or shredded cheddar cheese for garnish, optional

In a large saucepan or a Dutch oven, combine drained beans, water, onion, celery, bouillon granules, basil and bay leaf. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Mash beans slightly with a fork. Stir in milk and process cheese spread. Cook and stir until process cheese spread melts and the soup is heated through. Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with the parsley, if desired.

*Pinto beans work just as well--your preference.

Note: This is a file photo, not necessarily this recipe.


1 lb lean  ground beef
1 can (15.5 oz) sloppy joe sauce
2 cans (12 oz each) Pillsbury® refrigerated Big & Buttery crescent dinner rolls
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
1 tablespoon sesame seed

Heat oven to 350°F.

In 10-inch skillet, cook beef over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain.

Stir in sauce. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.

Unroll 1 can of the dough; place in ungreased 13 x 9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Press in bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of dish.

Spread beef mixture over dough; sprinkle with cheese. Unroll second can of dough; place over cheese.

Sprinkle with sesame seed.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and dough is golden brown. Cut into squares to serve.

Yield: 8 servings
Note: File Photo



2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls 
1 stick butter, softened 
½ cup white or brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons milk

Heat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, combine butter, sugar and cinnamon; beat until smooth. Separate dough into triangles. Spread each triangle with about 2 tablespoons of the cinnamon
butter mixture. Roll up each crescent roll. Firmly press ends and seams to seal.

Place each cinnamon filled crescent roll onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350°F. for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. In small bowl, blend all glaze ingredients, adding enough milk for desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle over warm rolls.

Note: I have had this recipe four years. I have no idea where I got it.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


1 medium to large onion, thinly sliced

2 tbsp butter
1 cup sliced mushrooms
dash of salt
1 tsp berry-balsmic vinegar
4 slices medium thick sliced cheese of your choice
8 slices sourdough bread
1 tsp melted butter

In a skillet, melt the 2 tbsp butter and add onion. Saute the onion for about 10 minutes until onion is soft and golden brown. Stir in the mushrooms and cook for a couple of minutes more. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with a dash of salt and add vinegar. Place cheese on 4 slices of the sourdough bread. Top the cheese with the onion and mushroom mixture. Top with remaining sourdough bread slices. Brush bread with the melted butter and cook over medium heat in a skillet or griddle 2 to 3 minutes per side to melt cheese.

Note: File Photo

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


1/4 cup butter

1 tsp vanilla
1 pkg (6-oz) chocolate chips
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 cups crispy rice cereal

Butter an 8-inch square baking pan or dish; set aside.

In a heavy saucepan over low heat, cook the butter, chocolate chips, and corn syrup together, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove mixture from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Add the powdered sugar and cereal stirring until evenly coated. Press the mixture into the prepared pan. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into small squares.

Note: File Photo

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


1 cup vegetable broth

1 cup uncooked couscous
1 can (15-oz)rinsed and drained black beans
3/4 cup whole kernel corn (canned drained or frozen thawed)
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
5 or 6 chopped green onions
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro*
2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon olive oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash of fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped pecans, optional

Bring the vegetable broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir in couscous, remove from heat, cover and allow to set for 5 to 10 minutes or until all the broth is absorbed.

When broth is absorbed, fluff couscous with a fork. Stir in the black beans, corn, bell pepper, green onions, and cilantro.

In a small bowl, whisk the oil, lime juice, vinegar, cumin, salt, and pepper with a wire whisk until well blended. Place couscous mixture into a large bowl and drizzle with the dressing, tossing to coat. Sprinkle the chopped pecans over the top, if using.

Note: This is a file photo of a similar recipe.

Monday, March 27, 2017


1 pkg (8-oz) cream cheese, cut-up

1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk
1 carton (4-oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 chocolate crumb pie shell
coarsely chopped peanuts, optional
chocolate shavings for garnish, optional

In a large mixer bowl, combine cream cheese and peanut butter; beat with an electric mixer till combined. Add the powdered sugar and milk to the cream cheese mixture; beat until combined. Fold in the whipped topping. Spoon the filling into the pie shell. Sprinkle with the chopped peanuts and/or shaved chocolate, if desired. Cover and chill in the freezer for 15 minutes before serving.

Note: File Photo

Friday, March 24, 2017


6 to 8 medium carrots

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cold water
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped, optional

Wash and cut carrots into 1/2-inch slices. Place in 1 1/2-quart casserole with butter and brown sugar. Cover and cook in the microwave for 10 minutes. Mix water and cornstarch until smooth. Stir cornstarch mixture into the carrots. Add pecans, if using. Cover and continue cooking about 5 more minutes.

Note: File Photo

Thursday, March 23, 2017


8-oz jar pasteurized process cheese spread

1/4 cup mayonnaise
12 1/2-oz can tuna, drained and flaked
8-oz can sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
2 tbsp snipped dried chives
4 English muffins, split and toasted

Combine 1/2 cup of the process cheese spread and the mayonnaise. Stir in the tuna, water chestnuts, and chives. Spread the mixture on the English muffin halves. Place on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 4-inches from the heat about 3 minutes or until heated through. Top each with a dollop of the remaining cheese spread. Broil for 30 to 60 seconds more or until the cheese spread melts.

Note: File Photo

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


1 frozen pound cake, thawed

1 tub (16 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 pint fresh strawberries

Cut the pound cake in half horizontally. Spread half of the whipped topping on the cut side of the bottom half. Reserve 6 strawberries with the stems still attached. Thinly slice the remaining strawberries and place atop the whipped topping. Place the top half of the cake over the strawberries. Spread the top with more of the whipped topping and place the strawberries with the stems on the top as garnish.

Note: File Photo

Monday, March 20, 2017


This recipe becomes quick and easy when you use leftover chicken, purchase a prepared rotisserie chicken or buy deli chicken thick sliced and dice.

3 cups cooked chicken, diced or shredded
1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
1 red apple, cored and diced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 or 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Large lettuce leaves, if desired

In a large bowl combine the mayonnaise and sour cream; add black pepper to suit your taste. Add the chicken, celery, and green onions. Mix to coat chicken. Toss in the apple and walnuts until coated. Serve on the lettuce leaves, if desired. Or serve on your favorite bread.

Note: This is a file photo

Sunday, March 19, 2017


1 pkg (14-oz) corn muffin mix
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp honey
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Spray about 18 muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine the muffin mix, salt, honey, and cinnamon.

In another bowl, whisk together the butter, eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix just until well combined.

Bake at 375 degrees 15 to 18 minutes or until browned and baked through.


1 can (6-oz) frozen orange juice concentrate

1 cup milk
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 to 6 large ice cubes

Put all ingredients into a blender container. Blend approximately 30 seconds or so to a frozen drink consistency.

Yield: 6 cups

Note: File Photo

Saturday, March 18, 2017


A simple but delicious pasta dish ready in about 20 minutes.

12 oz fettuccine
2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/4 lbs zucchini and/or yellow squash
1 large garlic clove
8 oz ricotta cheese
salt to taste
fresh ground black pepper to taste
grated Parmesan cheese for garnish, optional

Cook the fettuccine according to the package directions. When draining the pasta, save 1/2 cup of the liquid. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Cut the zucchini in half lenthwise then cut into half moon slices about 1/4-inch thick. Mince the garlic. Add half the zucchini to the skillet, flat side down, flat in the skillet. Cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes, then turn and cook the other side a minute or two. Remove to a plate. Add more oil to skillet if needed and repeat the zucchini cooking process with the other half of the squash; add the garlic. Transfer these zucchini and garlic to the plate, also. Turn off the heat then add the 1/2 cup of the pasta water and the ricotta cheese to the skillet. Stir to dislodge and browned bits of zucchini from the skillet. Season with salt and pepper to suit your taste. (It is okay if the ricotta looks a little curdled.) Pour the drained fettuccine, vegetables and any juice that has accumulated on the plate, back into the skillet. Stir gently to combine all the ingredients together. Sprinkle pasta with the Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Note: File Photo