Saturday, May 14, 2022

Chicken Tostadas

 This is perfect for a spring supper or anytime. 

2 - 3 c. sliced cooked chicken 
1 lime: juice and zest
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper (to taste)
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
4 T. olive oil
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. tequila (optional)
1 - 2 cloves fresh garlic crushed
 1/4 tsp fresh parsley or cilantro
 8  - 12 corn tortillas
3/4 - 1  c each: shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, diced onions
1/3 - 1/2 c sour cream or Greek yogurt
1 can pinto beans

Cut chicken into slices.

Combine: some of the oil, herbs, salt, pepper, chicken, lime juice, tequila, Worcestershire sauce. 

Toss to coat chicken. Marinate for 1 hr. in refrigerator.

Heat saute pan to medium high heat, lower heat to medium and add some of the oil. 

Fry 1 of the tortilla on 1 side for 1 - 3 min. Turn over tortilla and fry for 1- 3 min more or until crisp. 

Repeat process with remaining tortillas. Add more oil if needed. 

Open up can of beans and drain liquid.

Pour beans into bowl. add oil, heat on microwave for 1 to 3 min.or until warm.

 Remove beans from microwave, set aside. 

Heat skillet medium high heat. 

Lower heat to medium, and add chicken. Cook chicken for a few minutes or until heated.

To serve:  spoon some beans onto tortilla. Spoon some chicken onto tortillas. 

Top with your favorite toppings, and enjoy.

Serves 4 - 6.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Poached Salmon

This is perfect for a Mothers Day dinner or anytime.

1 lb. salmon fillets

1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper

1/2 - 2/3 c. each: white wine, water

1/3 c. chopped leeks, chopped onions

1/4 c. shallots

1 tsp. fresh or dried dill

1 clove, garlic crushed, chopped

Peel, rinse, chop shallots, onions.

Peel, rinse, crush, chop garlic.

Cut ends of, rinse, chop leeks and fresh dill.

Preheat skillet to medium high heat, lower heat to medium low.

Add wine, water, fish, vegetables, salt, pepper, garlic, dill to the skillet and simmer for 15 minutes or until salmon is cooked.

Remove salmon from liquid.

Serves 4.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Draft Day Pepper Poppers

 This is perfect while watching the draft, game night or anytime.

I’ve used jalapeños, but you can use poblano peppers or mild peppers instead.

8 whole jalapeños 

1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper, dried parsley

1 package each: shredded cheese, cream cheese

pinch each: red pepper flakes, granulated garlic

Non stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350’ F. 

Spray 1 - 2 baking sheets with non stick spray.

Rinse, cut jalapeños in half lengthwise, remove seeds from jalapeños, set aside.

In a bowl combine cream cheese, salt, pepper, garlic, pepper flakes, parsley, stir with a clean fork to mix.

Arrange jalapeño halves on baking sheets.

With a clean spoon, put cream cheese mixture into a clean baggie.

Snip 1 end of baggie and pipe cream cheese into jalapeño halves.

Top jalapeños halves with cheese and place into oven for 10 - 12 min. or until done.

Keep an eye on the peppers to make sure they don’t burn.

Remove baking sheets from oven,  turn off oven and let cool for a few minutes.

Serve with ranch dressing or your favorite dipping sauce.

 Serves 4.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Easy Steamed Spinach

This is a perfect as a side dish or anytime.

2 - 3 c. fresh spinach

1 - 2 c. water

1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper

1 T. butter

Rinse spinach through a colander and snip ends. 

Run cold water for a few seconds and put water in a clean pot.

Turn on stove to medium high heat, lower heat to medium and put pot with the water on stove.

Add spinach, salt, pepper to pot. 

Place lid on pot and steam spinach for 8 minutes.

Remove lid from pot, turn off stove.  Let spinach set for a few minutes. 

Drain excess water from pan if needed.

Add butter to spinach and stir. 

Serves 4 - 6.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Game Day Grilled Sausage

This is perfect for watching baseball or anytime. 

I’ve used pre cooked sausages but you can use what sausages you like.

4 stadium kielbasa sausages
1 sliced onion
4 hot buns
1 - 2 T. oil
Mustard, ketchup, relish

Peel, rinse and slice onion.

Heat a grill pan to medium high heat. 

Lower heat to medium, add oil.

Add sausages, onion to grill pan. 

Cook for 5 - 8 min on 1 side.

Turn sausages and onion over and cook on other side for 5 - 8 min more or until done.  

Turn off stove, remove sausages from skillet and place sausages in buns. 

Top sausages with cooked onion and your favorite condiments.

Serves 4. 

Friday, April 1, 2022

Spring Stir Fry

This is perfect for Lent or anytime.

1 - 1  1/2 lb thawed shrimp

1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1/4 tsp. sliced fresh ginger 
3 T. olive oil
1 - 2 T. low sodium soy sauce
1 each chopped: bell pepper, onion 
1/3 c. sliced green onions
1 c. each: snow peas, sliced carrots, sliced mushrooms, chopped zucchini 
1/4 - 1/3 c. cold water
1 tsp. corn starch
1 -2 clove garlic, peeled, crushed, chopped

Slice fresh ginger.

Peel, rinse, crush and chop garlic.

Peel, devein, rinse shrimp if needed.

If you're using pre-cooked cooked, omit step.

In a bowl combine shrimp, salt, pepper, garlic,  1 T. soy sauce, 1 T. oil., ginger, garlic.

Toss mixture to coat shrimp 

Cover shrimp, place in refrigerator to marinate for a few hrs.

Peel, rinse, chop onion.

Rinse, seed, chop pepper.

Rinse, cut ends off, chop carrots and green onions.

Rinse, snip ends off snow peas and cut in half.

Rinse, slice mushrooms.

Rinse, chop zucchini.

Place vegetables in a clean bowl.

Preheat skillet to medium high heat.

Lower heat to medium, add oil.

Add shrimp and cook until shrimp turns pink on both sides 3 - 4 min. on both sides.

Remove shrimp and place on a clean plate.

Add vegetables and cook for 5 - 10 min. 

Add shrimp back to pan. 

In a clean cup combine water, cornstarch.

Stir with a fork to mix.

Push vegetables and meat to the side of pan, pour water mixture in center of skillet. 

Stir to coat and let cook for a few minutes more.

Serves 4.

Friday, March 25, 2022

Sass And Spice Mayo

Spring is here and soon it will be time for picnics, parties, Easter, barbecues, getting together outdoors.

This is a great way to add spice to your next gathering, sandwich or salad. 

You can adjust the amount of spice desired.

1 c. light mayo

1/4 - 2 tsp. hot sauce 

In a clean bowl, combine light mayo and hot sauce, mix with a clean fork.

Spoon mayo into a clean jar, screw lid on jar and place in refrigerator until ready to use.

Serves 16 (1 T.).

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Chili Totchas

This is perfect for watching March Madness or anytime.

16 - 24 oz. frozen tater 16 - 24 oz

Non stick cooking spray
1 can 2 c. approx. prepared chili 
1 - 1 1/4 c.  lite shredded cheddar or colby cheese

Preheat oven to 450' F.

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

Arrange tater tots on baking sheet, put tots in oven and bake for 30 min. or until golden brown. 

Halfway through cooking, remove pan from oven and flip tots over if possible to cook on other side. 

While tots are cooking, pour chili into a microwave safe bowl. 

Microwave  2 - 3 min. or until heated. 

Remove tots from oven and place on a plate.

Spoon chili over the tots.

Sprinkle cheese over the tots and place in the microwave. 

Microwave on high for 1 - 2 minutes or until cheese melts.

Serves 4 - 6.

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Easy Ranch Dressing

 Today’s National Ranch Dressing day.

This is perfect for salads, as a dip and with chicken wings.

1/3 c. each: reduced sour cream, light mayo

1 - 2 T. lowfat milk

1 T. lemon juice

1/4 tsp. each: salt, black pepper, dried parsley, granulated garlic, dried dill

Pinch each: turmeric, red pepper flakes

In a clean bowl combine ingredients. 

Whisk ingredients with a clean fork. 

Spoon dressing into a plain jar, put lid on jar and place jar in fridge until ready to use.

Serves 4 - 6.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Recipe To Help Ukraine

Prayers, thoughts, peace for everybody in Ukraine dealing with the Russian invasion.

On the left side of this blog are links to some organizations that are helping with relief efforts for Ukrainian families.

Please donate if you can.

Thank you for caring.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Broiled Grapefruit

 This is perfect for brunch or anytime.

2 medium grapefruits 

1/8 c. each: oil, brown sugar

Preheat broiler.

Cut grapefruits in half and place grapefruits on cooking sheet.

Brush oil on top of grapefruit halves and sprinkle sugar on grapefruit.

Place grapefruit in oven to broil for 5 - 8 minutes to caramelize sugar. 

Be sure to keep on the grapefruit so that it doesn’t burn.

Remove grapefruit from oven and serve.

Serves 4.  

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Avo Toast

This is perfect for a quick breakfast, game day, snack or anytime. 

1 loaf french bread

Non stick cooking spray

2 avocados chopped
garlic, crushed chopped
1/ 4 c. each: diced tomatoes, onions, bell pepper
pinch red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1 tsp. fresh lime juice

Preheat oven to 350. 

Spray cooking sheet with non stick cooking spray. 
Cut 1 lime in half, set aside. 

Slice avocados in 1/2, remove pits and peel. Place avocados in a clean bowl. 

Rinse, prepare vegetables, combine with the avocado in the bowl.  Squeeze some lime juice into bowl through a sieve. Mashwith a clean fork.

In a small bowl combine: garlic, salt  pepper, herbs. Mix well.

Cut 12 - 16 slices from a loaf of french bread. 

Brush oil mixture on both sides of the bread slices with a pastry brush, place on baking sheet. 

Place baking sheet with the bread in oven and bake for 5 min on each side or until done

Keep an eye on it so the bread doesn’t burn

Remove baking sheet from oven.

Spoon some of the avocado mixture over each slice of bread.

Serves 4. 

Saturday, February 12, 2022

French Bread Pizza

 This is perfect for game day, an easy meal, lunch, company or any time.

1 loaf French bread 
1/2 c. each: pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, chopped bell pepper, chopped onion, sliced halved pepperoni, chopped mushrooms, chopped tomatoes
1/4 c. each: chopped olives, chopped anchovies, chopped shallots, chopped spinach, chopped ham 
2 T. olive oil
Non stick cooking spray
1 - 2 cloves crushed, chopped garlic
1/4 tsp. each: basil, parsley, oregano
1/8 tsp each: salt, pepper, lemon juice
pinch red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Rinse, peel, seed, chop vegetables, shallots and garlic.

Slice pepperoni. 

Chop ham, anchovies and olives. 

Spray cooking spray on a baking sheet

Split French loaf  in 1/2 lengthwise, then cut each half in 1/2.

Place open side of bread up on baking sheet. 

In a measuring cup, mix together oil, juice, salt, pepper, some of the garlic, herbs with a clean fork. 

With a pastry brush, spread oil mixture on top of the pizza.
Place open side of loaf down on baking sheet and broil for 5 minutes. 

Remove pan from oven and turn loaf over.

With a clean spoon, spread tomato sauce over loaf.

Put whatever toppings you want on your pizza. 

When finished, place pizza in oven to cook for 10 - 15 min. or until done. 

Keep an eye on them so that it doesn’t burn. 

Serves 4.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Groundhog Day Stew

Groundhog Day is this week.

This is perfect whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not.

1 - 1 1/2 lb. beef chuck, cut into chunks
6 c. low sodium beef broth
1 medium onion chopped
2 medium potatoes chopped
2 carrots chopped
4 - 6 T. oil, divided
1 - 2 cloves garlic chopped, crushed
1/8 - 1/4 c. flour
1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1/2 tsp. parsley

In a bowl combine beef, flour, half of salt and pepper. 

Toss to coat beef. 

Heat soup pot to medium high heat. 

Lower heat to medium, add half of oil.

Add meat and cook for 8 - 10 minutes to brown. 

Turn beef over to brown evenly. 

While beef is cooking, peel, rinse, chop onion and garlic.

Rinse and chop potatoes.

Rinse, remove ends of carrots. 

Drain off excess fat if needed. 

Deglaze pan with some of the broth. Cook for 8 - 10 minutes more. Transfer beef to a clean bowl.

Add more oil to pot. Add vegetables, parsley, garlic, rest of salt, and pepper to pot. 

Cook for 6 - 10 minutes or until done. Stir occasionally. 

Return beef to pot, add rest of broth broth and bay leaf.

Cover and cook for 1 - 2 hr. or until done stirring occasionally. 

Serves 6.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Oven Grilled Cheese

This is perfect for lunch, a light dinner or anytime.

I used sliced cheddar cheese, but you can use what cheese you like.

8 slices each: bread, cheese

Non stick cooking spray

2 - 3 T. softened butter

Preheat oven to 350’ F.

Spray 1 baking sheets with non stick spray.

Arrange 4 slices of bread on baking sheet and spread butter on the bread. 

Arrange 2 slices of cheese each on the 4 slices of bread.

Spread butter on 4 remaining pieces of bread and place butter side down of bread on the cheese.

Place baking sheet in oven and cook sandwiches for 4 - 5 minutes on 1 side.

Flip sandwiches over and cook on other side for 4 - 5 min. more or until done.

Serves 4.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Winter Weeknight Chicken

This is an easy recipe for a weeknight dinner or anytime. 

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs
1/4 - 2/3 c. flour (regular or gluten free)
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
2 - 4 T. olive oil
1/3 - 1/2 c. chicken stock (low sodium)
lemon zest
1 - 1  1/2 T.fresh lemon juice (adjust to taste)
1/4 c. dry white wine
1/8. c. sour cream
1 - 2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
1/2 tsp. each: dried parsley, dried oregano, dried basil

Peel, crush and chop garlic.

In a dish combine: flour, salt, pepper, lemon zest, 1/2 of: basil, parsley, oregano.

 Mix with fork.

Place chicken between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound with a meat pounder until chicken is thin. 

Dredge chicken lightly in flour mixture.

Heat skillet to medium high heat.

Lower heat to medium, add some of the oil.

Add chicken to pan and cook on 1 side for 4 - 8 min.

Flip over and cook chicken on other side for 4 - 8 min or until done. 

Remove chicken from skillet and place on serving plate to let rest.

While skillet is on medium heat, add chicken broth, lemon juice, rest of herbs, rest of oil and garlic to skillet.

 Reduce heat to low,  carefully add wine and sour cream.

 Stir sauce with whisk for 5 - 8 min or until reduced.  

Spoon reduced sauce over chicken.

Serves 4.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Hilda’s Horseradish Cheese

My mother got this recipe from our family friend Hilda. 

This is perfect for game day or anytime.


1 box Veleeta cheese 32 oz.

1 jar ( 8 oz.) prepared horseradish

1 c. mayonnaise

2 - 3 drops hot sauce

Cut cheese into cubes and melt cheese over a double boiler, stir. 

You can also melt cheese in microwave.

When cheese’s completely melted, take off heat and mix well. Add horseradish first, then add mayo, hot sauce.

Pour dip into a container. It can be refrigerated or even frozen.

Serve with your favorite crackers.

Serves 8 - 10.

Friday, January 7, 2022

Recipe To Help Colorado

Prayers, peace for everybody dealing with the aftermath of wildfires that happened.

The wildfires ripped through Colorado, devastated,   displaced many families by destroying thousands of homes. 

On the left side of the website are links under
Pay It Forward.

Some organizations are helping families repair their communities.

Whatever you can do to help will be greatly appreciated. 

Thank you.