Monday, February 20, 2023

Bananas a La Foster

This is a quick dessert to jazz up your Mardi Gras dinner. 

I used frozen bananas but you can use fresh bananas too.

3 bananas halved

2 - 3 T. butter

1 oz. dark rum

1/4 -  1 tsp. cinnamon (adjust amount desired)

1/2 - 1 T. brown sugar

Peel and cut bananas in half if needed.

Preheat skillet to medium low heat, add butter, cinnamon and sugar.

Lower heat to low, add bananas and very carefully add rum.

Cook for 3 - 5 min or until bananas are heated.

Serves 4

Sunday, February 12, 2023

Big Game Botanas

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

1 bag tortilla chips
1 can refried beans
1 c. each: chopped onion, chopped bell pepper, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes
1/3 c. sliced pitted olives
1 tsp. fresh chopped cilantro or parsley

1 jalapeño chopped

1/2 c. each: sour cream, guacamole

1 c. jarred salsa (optional)
Non stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350’ F.

Spray baking sheet with non stick cooking spray.

 Spread tortilla chips on baking sheet, set aside. 

Peel, seed, rinse, chop vegetables.

In a microwave safe bowl spoon refried beans, microwave beans for 1 - 2 min. or until warm.

With a clean fork, spread a layer of beans over chips.

Top chips with your favorite fixings, place in oven for a few minutes or until cheese melts.

Keep an eye on this, so they don’t burn.

Remove chips from oven, top chips with guacamole, sour cream, cilantro, jalapeño, salsa.

Serves 4 - 6.

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Recipe To Help Turkey

 Prayers, thoughts go out to the nation of Turkey and the Middle East who are suffering from a devastating earthquake on Monday.

 The 7. 5 magnitude earthquake left thousands dead, and many are still under rubble. 

The earthquake which took place in Turkey could be felt as far away as Syria and Israel.

The earthquake has devastated families and left many without basic needs that we sometimes take for granted

While we can't prevent the earthquake from happening, we are not totally powerless. 

Under the section "Pay it Forward.." of this site, are some links to organizations that are helping in relief efforts. 

Thank you for making a difference.

Friday, February 3, 2023

Ham & Cheese Hoagie

 This is perfect for lunch, watching the game or anytime.

I’ve used sliced Mozzarella and cheddar cheese, but you can use what cheeses you like.

4 hoagie rolls
2 - 3 T. oil
1/2 - 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper, dried basil, dried parsley
1 clove garlic crushed, chopped 
Non stick cooking spray 
4 slices each: lean cooked ham, cheddar, Mozzarella cheese
1 tomato, sliced
4 romaine lettuce leaves

Peel, rinse, crush chop garlic, set aside.

Rinse, slice tomatoes, set aside.

Rinse and pat dry lettuce leaves, set aside.

Combine oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, herbs, garlic in a measuring cup. Stir with a clean fork to mix, set aside

Preheat skillet over medium high heat, lower heat to medium, spray nonstick spray into pan.

Place hoagie rolls on skillet and toast for a few minutes.

Turn off stove and place rolls on a clean workspace.

Brush oil mixture on rolls.

Arrange ham, cheese slices, lettuce and tomatoes on bottom half of rolls.

 Top sandwiches with top half of rolls. 

Serves 4.