Saturday, March 17, 2018

Whiskey Sweet and Sour

This is a great cocktail for serving n St Patrick's Day or anytime. 

I've used pure maple syrup but you can also use sugar or honey if desired.

You can adjust amount of sweetness desired.

4 - 6  oz. whiskey or bourbon
1 - 2 T. each: pure maple syrup, fresh lemon juice.

In the bottom of a clean cocktail glass pour in maple syrup. Add 1 - 2 ice cubes.

Pour whiskey over ice cubes. Add lemon juice, adjust to taste. Stir to mix.

Serves 4.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Spring Break Fish Tacos

Love a spring break getaway but can't afford it? This recipe will give you a taste of it without packing. 



1 lb. fish fillets
1 egg
1/2 - 1 c. flour
zest of 1 lime

1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper
1 clove garlic: crushed, chopped

2 - 4 T. oil

Pinch of 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.


Cut fish fillets into strips.

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

In a bowl crack and beat egg slightly.

Dredge fish strips in egg, then dredge lightly in flour.

Heat skillet to medium high heat. Lower heat to medium and add oil. 

Add fish to pan and cook for 5- 8 min or until done.

Spoon fish unto your favorite tortillas or taco shells. Top with your favorite fixings.

Serves 4.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Living The High Life Ham Roll Ups

This is great for an award night party or anytime.

1/3 - 3/4 c. cream cheese softened (adjust amount needed).
1/2 c sour cream

4 green onions chopped
4 - 6 slices of lean ham
1 T. Lime juice
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper, granulated garlic. 

In a mixing bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, green onions, salt, pepper, garlic, lime juice, mix well. 

Spread a layer over the ham. Roll the ham up. Trim off any ragged edges with a knife.

Wrap roll ups in plastic wrap or wrap paper and place in refrigerator for several hours or overnight to chill. 

When ready to serve, remove from refrigerator and cut into pieces.

Serves 4 - 6.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Easy Cucumber Salad

This is perfect as a side dish or anytime.

2 cucumbers, chopped
1/2 - 1 T.  low sodium soy sauce
1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper, fresh lime juice
1 - 2 T.  sesame oil
Pinch each: turmeric, red pepper flakes, diced ginger root
1 clove garlic crushed and chopped

Rinse, cut cucumbers in half lengthwise and chop.

Place cucumbers in a bowl.

Combine remaining ingredients in a cup. Stir with a fork to mix.

Pour mixture over cucumbers. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Serves 4.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Easy Korean Steak

This is perfect for watching the Winter Olympics, an easy dinner or anytime.

1 - 1 1/2 sliced beef
1 - 2 T. oil
1-/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 T. brown sugar
1/4 tsp diced fresh ginger
2 - 3 T. low sodium soy sauce
1 - 2 T. each: sesame oil, sake
1 clove garlic crushed, chopped
1/2 c. sliced green onions.

In a bowl combine: sliced beef, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, ginger, sake, oil, garlic, sugar, soy sauce. 

Stir to coat beef and let marinate in refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.

Preheat saute pan over medium high heat, reduce heat to medium and add oil.
 Add beef to pan and stir fry for 6 -10 min or until done.

Remove beef from pan and place into a serving bowl. 

Add onions to pan and cook for 1 - 2 min. Turn off burner and sprinkle cooked onion over beef. 

Serve with cooked rice or noodles. 

Serves 4. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Big Game Meatball Hoagies

This is perfect for watching the big game, dinner, for company or anytime.

16 pre-made meatballs
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
2 - 3 c. prepared pasta sauce
1 - 2 cloves chopped and crushed garlic
1/2 tsp each: parsley, oregano, basil
2 - 6 T. oil (enough to coat pan)
4 submarine sandwich rolls
4 slices mozzarella or provolone cheese

Preheat skillet to medium high heat. lower heat to medium, add some of the oil. Place meatballs in pan and brown on 1 side for 7 - 10 min approx.  

Turn meatballs over and brown on other side for 7 - 10 min. more. 

Remove meatballs from pan and drain excess fat from pan if needed.  

Return meatballs to pan and pour pasta sauce over meatballs. Cook meatballs and sauce for 10 minutes more or until done.

While meatballs are cooking, combine rest of oil, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic and herbs in a measuring cup. Mix well with a fork.

Use a pastry brush to brush 1 side of the sub rolls with the oil mixture
Heat a grill pan to medium-high heat, lower heat to medium.

Place buns oiled side down on grill pan. Grill bun for 1 - 2 min. to warm them up.
Remove buns from grill pan and set aside.

To assemble sandwiches: with a serving spoon, scoop 4 of the meatballs on 4 of the buns.

Drizzle some of the sauce over the meatballs.

Top meatballs with one slice of cheese.

Top meatballs with the other part of the bun.
Repeat process with remaining meatballs and buns.

Put sandwiches on grill pan for a few minutes until the cheese melts.

You can even put the sandwiches on a cookie sheet and put in them oven for a few minutes to broil until the cheese melts.

Serves 4.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

21 and Over Hot Chocolate

Sorry kids, this hot chocolate recipe is just for grown-ups.

This is perfect after a day outside with the kids, running errands or just relaxing watching your favorite program.

I've use whipped cream vodka but you can also use regular vodka if desired.


4 - 6 c. reduced fat milk
4 envelopes hot chocolate mix
4 - 6 oz.  whipped cream flavored vodka
Whipped cream
Pinch of ground cinnamon (optional)

In a microwave safe measuring cup, pour milk. Add cinnamon and place in microwave. 
Microwave on high for 40 - 90 sec.

Tear open hot chocolate envelopes and in the bottom of coffee mugs, pour chocolate mix & vodka.

Remove milk from microwave and pour milk over vodka mixture. Mix well with a spoon.

Serves 4.

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