Saturday, December 31, 2011

Crockpot Marinara Sauce

Crockpot Marinara Sauce

This is an adapted recipe from Giada De Laurentis' "Everyday Italian" cookbook.

2 to 3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 small onions, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/2 teaspoon pepper or to taste
2 (32 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
2 dried bay leaves

In a small pot or skillet, heat oil and add the onions, garlic, celery, carrots, salt and pepper and saute until translucent.  Plug in your crockpot and turn on high.  Add the canned crushed tomatoes to the crockpot along with the bay leaves.  When your veg is translucent add to crockpot.  At this point I also add more salt and pepper.  Stir to mix well, cover and let cook on high 1 to 2 hours.  I usually stir mine once or twice during the cooking time.  Remove bay leaves when done. Freezes wonderfully!

Freezing Celery!  I generally hate celery so when I buy it for this recipe I have a lot leftover, but I have found that celery freezes very well.  Wash and finely chop, lay on a baking sheet and place in the freezer.  Wait about 15 minutes, then move the celery around on the baking sheet with a spoon or spatula.  Freeze for 20 minutes more then place in a freezer safe container.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hummingbird Bundt Cake

Hummingbird Bundt Cake - last slice pictured above!
  • 1 - package yellow or white cake mix
  • 1 cup crushed pineappel with the juice
  • 1 cup mashed banana 
  • 1/2 cup water 
  • 1/2 cup oil 
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped pecans - toasted or not
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour your bundt pan, you could do two layers if you don't have a bundt pan.

On medium speed, mix the cake mix, pinapple, bananas, water, oil, eggs, vanilla and cinnamon for 2 minutes. By hand, stir in the pecans. The batter will be thick. Pour into your bundt pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour unitl golden and it will spring back when you touch it. Remove from oven and cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Invert cake from pan and cool completely before frosting.

  • 1 - 8 ounce package of creame cheese, room temp.
  • 1 stick of butter, room temp.
  • 3 3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 to 1 cup pecans, whole or chopped
Mix the cream cheese and butter on low/med until well blended. Begin adding the powdered sugar gradually until all is added. Add vanilla and mix on med/hi for about a minute. Frost cooled cake and top with whole or chopped pecans.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Yogurt Marinated Chicken


  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt, I used Greek, but you can use regular even fat-free
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Juice of one lemon (you can also use lime)
  • Zest of one lemon (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 to 6 bonless chicken breasts (I used tenders)
In a ziploc bag, combine the first 9 ingredients. Add the chicken to the bag, seal and move the bag around to make sure all of the chicken is covered well. Let marinate in the fridge for 8 hours or overnight. Broil, rotisserie or grill till done.

This marinade make the chicken very moist and tender. I always marinate it overnight for best results. Good hot and cold.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Earthquake Cake

    You will need:
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, pecans are best
  • 1.5 cups coconut
  • 1 German chocolate cake mix
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 - 18 ounce pkg. cream cheese
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar

Spray 9x13-inch pan with nonstick food release. Spread in pan nuts and coconut. Mix cake mix according to directions and pour over nuts and coconut. In a sauce pan melt butter and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar to butter and mix well. Pour and spread this over cakemix. Bake at 350 F for about 45 min.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

*Homemade Corndogs

  • 1 cup corn meal
  • 1 cup flour (all purpose)
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 lb hotdogs
Mix ingredients in order, except weiners. mix well. Dip weiners in mixture to coat well; Fry in hot oil. drain on paper towels. Cut weiners into thirds, for nice fingerfoods. serve with favorite corndog condiments. These were a great hit with the whole family served with french fries.

Bobby likes to make a peppery ketchup with a little tabasco sauce for kicker to dip his in. Avery likes mayo and ketchup mixed together, I like honey mustard. These are quick and easy corndogs you cant mess up!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

*Honey Lime Turkey Enchiladas

  • 3 tabelspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 lb cooked turkey, shredded (or chicken)
  • 8 to 10 flour tortillas
  • 1 cup Colby or Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 10 oz. can green enchilada sauce
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup half n half or whole milk
Mix first 4 ingredients together in a bowl and add shredded chicken. Let it marinate for at least a half hour. Pour some green enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 10x10 casserole dish. Fill flour tortillas with chicken and shredded cheese. Mix together the leftover marinade, the enchilada sauce, the sour cream and milk and pour over the enchiladas. Top with remaining shredded cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
Double recipe for a larger crowd.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Wilted Spinach Salad

You will need:

  • approx 10-16 oz fresh washed drained spinach
  • 6 slices crisp fried bacon
  • 3 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar (or your choice vinegar)
  • 1/4 cup salad oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 medium size red onion, thinly sliced (optional)
Remove stems of spinach and tear into bite-size pieces in a salad bowl. (Careful to not use bowl sensitive to heat)

Combine vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper in a small saucepan. Heat throughout, but not boiling. Pour over spinach salad, toss until evenly coated. Add crumbled crisp bacon, finely cut boiled eggs, and thinly sliced red onion. Toss lightly and serve. This is a wonderful spring salad. For somthing a little different add dried cranberries to your liking. Very Good!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Baked Cheesecake using just one 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese

I searched the web high and low for a recipe for a baked cheesecake that used just one 8 oz. package of cream cheese and no sour cream and there just aren't many to choose from. Most traditional recipes call for a minimum of 3 packages of cream cheese and the one's that do call for just one are usually no-bake or contian sour cream. I combined a couple of recipes and came up with this one. This recipe makes a small cheesecake that is just the right size and is nice and creamy and not too dense.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1.5 cups of graham cracker crumbs or ritz cracker crumbs
1/2 stick of butter or margarine, melted
Combine crumbs and butter and press into a buttered 8 inch pie plate or a small spring form pan. If you use the spring form pan, line the bottom with parchment or wax paper first.
You could also use a store bought graham cracker crust.
1 - 8 ounce pkg. cream cheese - room temp.
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 cup corn starch
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup half n half or milk
2 eggs - room temp.
dash of salt
In a medium or large bowl beat cream cheese till fluffy. Add lemon juice, vanilla and salt and mix till blended. Add corn starch, sugar and half n half and mix well. Add eggs one at a time until well blended. Pour into crust.
If you are using the spring form pan, wrap the bottom of the pan in foil and place into a baking dish, then add hot water to the baking pan till about half way up the side of the cake pan. If you are using a regular pie pan place a pan of water in the oven with your cake when you bake it and it will less likely crack when baking.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 to 45 minutes until golden on top. Your cake should not jiggle when done. Set cake on wire rack and allow to cool for one hour, then cover with foil and refrigerate at least 4 hours, but best over night.
If you are using the spring form pan refrigerate the cake in the pan. Do not remove from the pan while the cake is still warm.