Sunday, February 22, 2015

Awards Night Martini

This is a great cocktail to watch on awards night.

1 oz  chopped + 4 slices cucumber
Ice 
4 - 6 oz vodka
1 - 2 oz dry vermouth

Place 4 clean martini glasses in freezer to chill for a few minutes. 

Rinse cucumber. Cut 4 slices from and chop part of a cucumber.

In a clean small jar: combine vodka and cucumber. Let set for a few hours until desired taste. 

Strain vodka into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and vermouth. Shake for 20 sec. approx.

Remove glasses from freezer. Strain and pour cocktail into glasses. Garnish with cucumber slices.

Serves 4.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Tuscan Shrimp

This is a quick and easy recipe for Lent or anytime. I've used canned organic low sodium tomatoes, but if you use regular diced tomatoes, you can cut down on the salt.

1 lb. pre cooked shrimp
1 can organic diced tomatoes 
1 tsp. each: basil, oregano, parsley (dried or fresh)
1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1/8 c. dry white wine, or vermouth (optional)
3/4 c (6 oz) tomato paste
2 T olive oil
1 - 2 cloves crushed, chopped garlic

Crush and chop garlic, set aside. 

Thaw shrimp if needed.

Heat saute pan over medium high heat, lower heat to medium, add oil. Add tomatoes, tomatoes paste, herbs, spices,  lemon juice and wine.  Cook for 6 - 10 min. Add shrimp and cook for 3 - 7 min more or until shrimp is heated. 

Serves 4.







Saturday, February 14, 2015

Be Good To Your Heart Broasted Cauliflower

In honor of National Heart Month, there is no better day than a day designated for hearts to post a recipe that is good to your heart.  This is a great way to get little ones to try cauliflower too.

1/4 - 1/3 c olive oil (adjust amount needed)
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp each: salt, lemon juice
1 clove fresh garlic crushed and chopped
1 medium head cauliflower
non stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350' F

Spray baking sheet with non stick cooking spray.

Rinse cauliflower , break into florets and place into a bowl.

In a measuring cup combine; oil, salt, pepper, garlic, lemon juice. Mix well with a fork and pour over cauliflower.  Toss to coat.

Place cauliflower on baking sheet and put sheet into oven. Bake for 45 min - 1 hr. Be sure to keep an eye on it to prevent burning. Halfway through cooking, remove baking sheet from oven and stir to cook evenly. put sheet back in oven.

Remove baking sheet from oven and place on a paper towel lined plate to soak up excess oil.

Serves 6.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Cranberry Cooler

This is perfect for the big game. This can be made with or without alcohol.

2 c cranberry juice
2 T lime juice
4 - 6 oz vodka (optional)
1 oz triple sec (optional)
Ice
1  1/4 c - 2 c club soda
1 lime cut into wedges

Put ice in the bottom of a pitcher.

Cut lime into 4 wedges.

Combine juice, lime juice, vodka, triple sec, club soda over ice. Mix well, chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Garnish glasses with lime wedges.

Serves 4.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Don't Be So Crabby Cakes

This is perfect for a light lunch or for a party. 

1 lb lump crab meat ( 3 cans approx drained)
1 - 2 eggs beaten (adjust amount as needed)
1/8 - 1-4 c each diced onions, crushed kettle style potato chips
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper, lemon juice, parsley
1 clove garlic, crushed
lemon zest
pinch red pepper flakes

2 - 3 T olive oil

Drain cans of crab meat though a sieve, if needed.  With clean hands,  squeeze excess liquid from crab meat  and place into a mixing bowl. 

Place potato chips in sandwich baggie and crush with clean hands. You can also crush the chips with a rolling pin. 

Crack egg in bowl and beat slightly with a fork. 

Peel and chop onion, peel crush and chop garlic.

Combine crushed chips, salt, pepper, onions, garlic, parsley, pepper flakes, lemon zest, lemon juice into the bowl with crab. add egg and mix well. 

Form mixture into 4 - 6 patties. If making these for a party. form mixture into 16 patties.

Heat skillet to medium high heat. lower heat to medium and add oil. Place patties in pan and cook for 2 - 4 minutes on 1 side. flip patties over and cook on other side for 2 - 4 min. or until done. Remove patties from pan and drain on a paper towel lined plate. 

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Serves 2 - 4.









Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hildys' Easy Bread Pudding

This is a great recipe for winter or anytime. It's also a great way to use leftover bread. 

12 slices bread
1/2 c. seedless raisins
1/4 c melted unsalted butter
6 large eggs (slightly beaten)
3/4 c sugar ( regular or dietetic)
3 c milk ( low fat)
1/2 tsp vanilla
Dash each: cinnamon,  nutmeg
non stick cooking spray


Preheat oven to 375 ' F

Spray a 2 q. casserole dish with cooking spray.

Cut bread slices in half. Layer bread into  casserole dish, overlapping slices. Sprinkle each layer of bread with raisins.  Pour melted butter over bread.

Beat eggs, add sugar and blend until sugar is dissolved. Stir in milk, vanilla. cinnamon and nutmeg.

Pour mixture over bread  and sprinkle with more nutmeg if desired. 

Place casserole dish into a shallow pan with hot water. This will make a hot water bath so the pudding doesn't burn. You can also make this in a slow cooker as well. Omit hot  water if making it in the slow cooker. 

Place pan in oven and bake for 1 hr. or until golden brown and pudding is set.  Remove pan from oven when done. Let cool. You can serve this warm or chilled, topped with whipped cream.

Makes 4 - 8 servings. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

King Of Rock Peanut Butter And Banana

You don't have to be the king of rock and roll to enjoy this sandwich. I've used healthy bacon, but you can also make this vegan too. 

12 slices bacon
8 slices white bread
3 - 6 T unsalted butter 
1 - 2 bananas sliced
1 tsp sugar (optional)
4 - 6 T peanut butter

Pre heat skillet to medium high heat. Lower heat to medium. Add bacon to pan and cook bacon to desired crispness. Remove bacon from pan when cooked and drain and paper towel lined plate. 

While bacon is cooking toast bread slices in toaster. Remove toast from toaster and butter toast with some of the butter.

Spread peanut butter on one side of the bread.

Cut banana into slices,  arrange on 4 slices of the bread. Sprinkle some sugar over banana slices.

Arrange bacon on top of banana slices and cover with rest of bread slices. 

Heat skillet over medium heat. lower heat to medium low and add rest of butter.  Cook sandwich on each side  3 - 5 min or until brown

Serves 4. 









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