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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Cajun Crab Spread

This can be made as a mold by lining a bowl with plastic wrap and putting the spread in and chill for a few hours. Place a plate over the bowl and invert and remove plastic.
I just like to put it in a bowl and serve it that way.


2- 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
2 Tablespoons sour cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper, also known as cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
1 cup cooked crab meat- tastes fine with imitation crab
1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper

Mix the cream cheese, sour cream, and spices until well blended. Add the crab and green pepper.
Put into serving dish or a mold that you are using. Refrigerate for three hours for flavors to meld.
Serve with your favorite crackers.
Makes 3 cups.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Whole Wheat Cookies

These are a different cookie. Pretty healthy and somewhat addictive.

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F
You will also need an ungreased cookie sheet.


1 cup cooking oil
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp maple flavoring
1/4 tsp salt
1-1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oatmeal

Mix all ingredients in the order given. Form the cookies in the bowl of a tsp and place on cookie sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes.
Remove from cookie sheet and cool on rack.

Blueberry Syrup

This is great for pancakes, blueberry or just plain. Great to make when you have extra blueberries on hand. You can use frozen or fresh for this.


1-1/2 cup blueberries, divided
2 Tbs. lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cinnamon stick, optional

Puree 1/2 cup blueberries with the lemon juice in a blender or food processor. Pour into a medium saucepan and add everything but the rest of the blueberries. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the remaining blueberries and simmer another 2-3 minutes.
Discard cinnamon stick if you used it.
Store in refrigerator.

Cheesy Chicken Breast with Onions and Peppers

This reminds me of food you can get when out to eat. It is very simple and very delicious.I came up with this one year when I had so many bell peppers I didn't know what to do with them all.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F


4 chicken breast halves
1/2 cup cheddar or Monterey jack cheese or a mix of the two
1 bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 medium size onion, halved and sliced
garlic powder

In a bowl mix the peppers and onion strips and set to the side. On a baking sheet, lay out the chicken breasts and season lightly with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and put the bell pepper and onion strips on the tops of the chicken breasts. Do the same with the cheese. Return to oven for 5 minutes. Take out and serve.

Serves 4.

Works best with flatter chicken breasts.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Cucumber Slicers

I love these. They will get stronger over time.
The amount of ingredients you use determines how much you want to make.


Cucumbers, peeled and sliced into rounds
1 part water
1 part white vinegar
1 part sugar

I usually make just a small amount at a time using 3-4 small cucumbers and using 1/3 water, 1/3 vinegar, and 1/3 sugar. Make enough vinegar mix to cover the cucumbers. Put the cucumbers in a bowl and mix the vinegar, water, and sugar and pour that over. Refrigerate for a bare minimum of 3 hours for good flavor.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bacon Smokies

Good stuff, unless you are on a diet.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.


About 3/4 pound bacon- Don't use thick cut for these.
14-16 oz package little smokies
3/4 cup brown sugar

Take out the bacon and cut the slices into thirds. Wrap each smokie with a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
Place on a baking sheet with sides and sprinkle brown sugar over all the smokies.
Bake for 40 minutes until the sugar is bubbling.
Lining the baking sheet with foil will help with cleanup.

Chicken Enchilada Dip

This dip is to die for. Serve it with tortilla chips and it tastes just like you are eating chicken enchiladas.
It is a hot dip. I hope you enjoy.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F/ 175 C.


1 pound boneless, skinless chicken meat
1-8oz package softened cream cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese OR cheddar/jack cheese
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1- 4 oz can diced green chili pepper- you can also use half of a fresh Anaheim chili
1 Jalapeno OR Serrano pepper, finely chopped- optional

Bake chicken in oven for about 20 minutes or until done. Take out, cool and shred or cube.
In a mixing bowl add all of the ingredients and blend well.
Transfer the mixture to a baking dish. A 2 quart casserole works really well.
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. It will be bubbly and the edges will be golden

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

BLT Ranch Dip

This is a dip for snack crackers. It is very addictive. This is the time of year that is perfect for making this dip. The tomatoes are in season and oh so yummy.
It doesn't have lettuce like the L would imply, but it's so good, who cares?


1 Tablespoon Ranch dressing mix
1 Tablespoon water
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled- don't forget to let it drain
2 cups chopped tomatoes- about 2-3 tomatoes

Mix dressing mix and water in a bowl and let it stand for a few minutes. Add the sour cream and mayonnaise and blend well. Add the crumbled bacon and the chopped tomatoes. Chill until serving.

Black Bottom Banana Bars

These are so good. They are very moist. If you love bananas and chocolate, you will love these bars.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
You will need a greased 13x9 baking pan.


1/2 cup softened butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups mashed bananas- you will need 3 or 4 bananas
1-1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup baking cocoa

Cream the butter and sugar.
Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until smooth. Pour half of the batter into another bowl.
To the mixing bowl add the cocoa powder and mix well.
Spread the cocoa mixture into greased pan.
Carefully spread the reserved batter over the top and use a knife to swirl the batter.
Bake for 25-30 minutes til bars test done when a toothpick is inserted in the middle.
Cool before cutting.

Makes 12-16 bars.
They are very moist so don't stack together for storage, without putting a paper towel in between layers.

Jalapeno Cheese Balls

These are tasty little snack bites. They don't have a ton of heat, but there is a bit.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. You will need one large cookie sheet.


1 egg
1/2 cup softened butter
3-4 finely chopped jalapeno peppers
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup cheez whiz
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups flour

Beat egg well. Add he rest of the ingredients in the order given. Roll in 1" balls and place on the cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or til light brown on the bottom. Remove from the pan to paper towels or a rack to cool. Sprinkle with paprika or chili powder.
Makes about 2-3 dozen. You can make them smaller and get up to 72 if you truly want them bite size.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Potato Salad

This is just a simple potato salad. This is basically how my mom always made it. I have just tweaked it a bit to suit my tastes.


1 small red onion, chopped
3 large hard boiled eggs, chopped
2 large potatoes- I prefer Yukon Gold but will also use Russets.
Approximately 1/3 cup mayonnaise
1-2 Tablespoons mustard
salt and pepper to taste

For variety cook and crumble 2 slices bacon

Peel and cube the potatoes. Cook in a pot of lightly salted water til tender. Drain and cool. Do not rinse them off.
In a bowl add the potatoes, chopped onion, and chopped egg.
Add mayonnaise and mustard. Blend in. If it seems dry add more mayonnaise, just a little bit at a time. Salt and pepper to taste. Now is the time to stir in the bacon if you intend to add it.
Let meld for at least a few hours for best taste.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Unbaked Cookies

These cookies are known by many names.
They can also be called chocolate drop cookies or minute cookies.
Whatever you call them, you have to include the word good to describe them.


2-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup evaporated milk
2 cups powdered sugar

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or aluminum foil.
Combine the oatmeal and cocoa powder and set aside.
In a large pan melt the butter and peanut butter over low heat. Stir it constantly til mixture is smooth.
Remove from the heat and stir in the milk. Gradually mix in the powdered sugar. Blend in the oatmeal and cocoa powder.
Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper.
Let cool until firm.
You will get 4-5 dozen.