Thursday, May 24, 2018

Berry Sangria

This is perfect for your outdoor barbecue, picnic, or holiday get together.

I used strawberries, blackberries, raspberries in the bottom of the pitcher.

Feel free to mix and match and use the berries that you like.


1 bottle red wine (or white wine)
1 c. each: blackberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries
1/4 - 1/2 c sugar (regular or sugar free)

Rinse strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and drain on a paper towel lined plate.

Remove tops from strawberries and cut into slices. 

Set aside 4 strawberries and cut 1 small slit into them for garnish.

In a pitcher, place the strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, sugar and ice.

Pour wine over fruit. Mix well. Put in fridge to chill until you're ready to serve.

To serve: pour wine in glass. 

Garnish glass with a strawberry.

Serves 4.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Gin and Tonic

Need a drink to toast and celebrate the Royal wedding, try this.

This is also great for watching the Preakness or anytime.

4 - 6 oz. Dry gin
4 - 6 c. regular or diet tonic water
2 limes: 1 lime cut in half, other one cut into wedges.

Place ice into the bottom of a clean pitcher.

Cut 1 lime in half, squeeze lime over ice.

Cut other lime into wedges, set aside.

Pour gin over ice, top off with tonic water.

Place pitcher in refrigerator until ready to serve.

To serve: pour cocktail into clean glasses, garnish glasses with lime wedges.

Serves 4.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Thank You Readers. Cooking With Heide Turns 10

Thank you readers, I couldn't have done without you.

How time flies. Cooking With Heide turns 10.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Carne Asada

This is great for Cinco  De Mayo or anytime.

I've used venison, but this is great with beef or lamb.

I've used a grill pan but this is also great on the grill.

1 lb. Venison
Zest and juice of 1 lime
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper
1 clove garlic: crushed, chopped
2 - 4 T. oil
Pinch each: turmeric, red pepper flakes, dried parsley

8 flour or corn tortillas or your favorite hard taco shells.
1 c. each approx.: shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes,
1/2 c sour cream

Peel, crush and chop garlic.

Rinse, chop lettuce and tomatoes. Place veggies into separate bowls and place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

In a bowl combine, venison, lime juice, lime zest, garlic, red pepper flakes, parsley, salt and pepper.

Heat skillet to medium high heat.

Lower heat to medium and add oil. 

Add venison to pan and cook on 1 side for 5- 9 min or until done.

Flip venison on other side and cook on other side for 5 - 9 min. more or until done.

Let venison rest a few minutes before slicing. Slice venison into pieces.

Spoon venison into your favorite tortillas or taco shells. Top with your favorite fixings.

Serves 4.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Mint Julep

This is great for watching the Kentucky Derby or anytime.
4 - 6 oz. bourbon
4 sprigs mint
2 - 4 tsp. sugar
4 c. Sparkling water

In the bottom of 4 clean glasses, place mint leaves.

Add sugar and muddle with the back of the spoon until mint leaf is crushed.

Add ice, bourbon to glasses.

Top off with a splash of sparkling water.

Serves 4.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Easy Cobb Salad

This a great way to use leftover chicken.

2 hard boiled eggs, peeled, chopped
2 c. chopped cooked chicken
3 c. romaine lettuce
1 c. each: chopped onions, chopped avocado
1/2 c. crumbled bleu cheese
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1 clove garlic crushed, chopped
Fresh lemon zest

Chop cooked chicken, set aside.

Peel, rinse and chop garlic. 

Peel chop eggs, set aside.

In a measuring cup, combine garlic, salt, pepper, lemon zest. Stir with fork to mix well. 

Place cooked chicken in a clean bowl. Pour lemon zest mixture over chicken and toss to coat. Place in refrigerator until ready to use.

Cut avocado in half, remove pit and remove avocado from peel. Chop avocado and set aside.
Peel and chop onion, set aside.

When you're ready to assemble salad, rinse and pat dry lettuce. Place lettuce in a serving bowl.

Remove bowl with marinated  chopped chicken from fridge.

Arrange chicken, eggs, avocados onions, in bowl over lettuce.

Crumble bleu cheese over salad.

Serves 4.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Mocha Surprise Mug Cake™

This is a great recipe for using leftover Easter candy or anytime you want a quick dessert.

This recipe is for one serving but it can be adjusted if needed.

1/4 c. flour (regular or gluten free)
Nonstick cooking spray
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 T. canola oil
1 T. cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. each: baking powder, vanilla extract
1/2 - 1 oz. chocolate candy or semi sweet chocolate chips

Spray nonstick cooking spray in a microwave-safe coffee mug, set aside.

In a bowl combine dry ingredients, stir to mix with a clean fork.

Add milk and oil to mixture. Stir to mix.

Pour mixture into greased mug. 

Make a well in the center of the batter, and place choclate candy or chocolate chips in hole.

Microwave on high for 60 - 90 seconds or until done.

Serves 1.

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