Friday, December 25, 2015

Mexican Roll Ups™

Need a quick appetizer for your get together, game night or anytime, this recipe is for you. 

1 c. cream cheese softened
1/2 c sour cream
5 green onions chopped
1/4 c. picante sauce, or jarred salsa
4 - 6 flour tortillas
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 thin layer over the tortillas. Roll the tortillas up. Trim off any ragged edges with a knife.

Wrap rollup 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.  Serve with the picante sauce.

Serves 4 - 6.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Debate Night Martini™

Here is a great recipe to drink while watching the last debates of 2015. 

Take a sip when the candidates attack each other, or when Donald Chump says make America great again.

4 - 6 oz. vodka or gin
1/2  oz. olive juice 
1 - 1  1/2 oz. dry vermouth 
squeeze of lime 
salt, pepper
8 olives

With a wet napkin, wet the rims of 4 martini glasses. 

Sprinkle some salt and pepper on a shallow dish. 

Place the glasses rim side down on the salted dish to coat.

Place the glasses in the freezer to chill for a few minutes. 

In a cocktail shaker combine: gin or vodka, ice, olive juice, lime juice, vermouth. 

Shake for a few seconds to mix. 

Remove glasses from freezer, strain martinis into glasses. Thread olives through 4 toothpicks.

Garnish martinis with the olives.

Serves 4. 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Everything's Better With Butter Banana Cake™

What makes this cake taste amazing, it's butter. This is perfect for a holiday, a get together or anytime. 

2 - 3 c. flour
1 - 1  2/3 c. sugar (regular or dietetic. 
1  1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 c. each: butter (cut up) , ripe bananas cut into pieces and smashed, milk or (buttermilk)
1 - 2 tsp. lemon juice (if using buttermilk, omit lemon juice)
2 eggs
Non stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350. 

Grease a baking pan with non stick cooking spray. Place some of the flour in bottom of baking pan and tilt pan to spread flour around.

In a measuring cup combine milk and lemon juice. Stir to mix. 

In a mixing bowl sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda.

Add butter, milk and bananas and mix with a spoon until flour is coated. 

Beat mixture with a hand electric or stand mixer for a couple of minutes. Add eggs and beat for a couple of minutes more or until mixed. 

Pour cake mixture evenly into baking pan. Place into oven and bake for 30 - 35  min or until done.

Remove from oven when done and let cool before frosting or serving.

Serves 10.