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.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Home Run Chili Cheese Fries™

This is great while watching the Tigers home opener or anytime.

16 - 24 oz. frozen or homemade french fries
2 - 3 T.  olive oil
1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper, granulated garlic
Non stick cooking spray
Pinch of red pepper flakes

(2 c. approx.) prepared chili
1 - 1  1/2 c.  lite shredded cheddar or colby cheese

Preheat oven to 450' F.

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

In a cup combine oil, salt, pepper and spices. Mix well.

Combine fries and oil mixture in a mixing bowl, toss to coat.

Arrange french fries on baking sheet, put fries in oven and bake for 30 min. or until golden brown. Halfway through cooking, remove fries from oven and flip fries over if possible to cook on other side. 

While fries are cooking, pour chili into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave 2 - 4 min. or until heated.

Remove fries from oven and place on a plate.

Spoon chili over the fries.

Sprinkle cheese over the fries and place in the microwave. Microwave on high for 1 - 2 minutes or until cheese melts.

Serves 4 - 6.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Cuba Libre

This was the favorite drink of one of my best friends. We lost Mary 3 months ago to cancer.

March 23rd. would have been her birthday. Still miss her very much. 

This recipe's in her honor.

4 - 6 oz. Light or dark rum
4 - 6 c. cola (regular or diet)
2 limes

Cut 1 lime in quarters, set aside.

Cut other lime in half, set aside.

In the bottom of each of the 4 clean glasses place ice, add rum.

Squeeze some of the lime halves over the rum, top off with the cola. Stir to mix.

Garnish with lime quarters.

Serves 4.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Whiskey Sweet and Sour™

This is a great cocktail for serving on 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/ 4 - 1/2 c sour cream

2 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.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Big Game Taco Bowl™

This is great for watching the big game, an easy lunch, dinner for the kids or anytime.

1 lb ground meat ( lean Beef)
1 T olive oil
1/2 c  chopped onion
1/8 c chopped bell pepper
1/8 - 1/4 tsp  each: salt, pepper
1 c. salsa
1 clove garlic (chopped, crushed)
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp chopped cilantro
1 lime, juice and zest
1 10 oz package nacho cheese tortilla chips
1 c each: shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes,
1/2 c sour cream
Non stick cooking spray
4 flour or corn tortillas

Preheat oven to 350' F

Spray taco bowl mold makers with non-stick cooking spray.

With a pastry brush, brush olive oil over both sides of tortillas.

Line the molds with the tortillas.

Place the taco bowl molds on a cookie sheet and bake tortillas for about 7 - 10 min. or until done.

Keep an eye on them so they don't burn.

Take tortillas out of oven, set aside to cool.

Heat saute pan over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add oil. if needed.

Add onions and meat. Brown meat and onions for 8-10 minutes. Drain excess grease from meat (If using lean beef, omit step). 

Add salsa, garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, lime zest and chilies to meat.

Cook for another 4 to 6 minutes or until done. Squeeze some lime juice over meat mixture.

To serve:  Spoon meat mixture in taco bowl. Add nacho chips.

Top with your favorite fixings. 

Serves 4. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Recipe To Help California

Californians have been through a lot lately. Prayers, thoughts, peace for California.

First it was the Northern Californians wildfires that devastated many, destroying homes.

Then many families faced devastation by wildfires that caused damage throughout southern California. 

Now southern California is facing mudslides that threaten homes, and many lives.

On the left side of the website are links under Recipe To Pay It Forward. These are some organizations that are helping with disaster relief. 

Whatever you can do to help will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for caring.

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