Thursday, May 5, 2016

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Kathleen made this last Sunday night.  See her additions in bold.  This was very good!
Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip

1.5 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup frozen chopped spinach
12 ounces frozen artichoke hearts, roughly chopped (Kathleen used a can)
1/3 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped (Kathleen's addition)
 8 ounces light cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350°
Spray a medium-size baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
Sauté the artichoke hearts and spinach over medium heat until all the liquid has evaporated. This should only take a few minutes, but it’s a necessary step. If you skip it, you may wind up with a watery dip.
Add the mozzarella, Parmesan, cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, salt, and pepper to the bowl of a food processor and blend until thoroughly combined. (I just melted everything in the skillet until bubbly and then put it in the oven uncovered for 30 minutes)
Add the artichoke hearts, tomatoes and spinach and blend until they are evenly combined.
Pour into you’re prepared baking dish, cover and bake for 20 minutes.
Uncover and bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbling and the top is lightly browned.
Serve with pita chips, tortilla chips, toasted bread or vegetables for dipping.
Store any leftovers in the refrigerator up to three days.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Cherry Vanilla Bundt Cake

I forgot to get a picture of this WONDERFUL tasting cake!  I took it to a get together in the neighborhood and also to church for a Dave Ramsey class.  Everyone really liked, this--Don especially!

Cherry Vanilla Bundt Cake

1 box French Vanilla cake mix or White cake mix
1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling
2 eggs
2/3 cup oil
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped pecans or almonds

Mix cake mix and pie filling by hand (it will be thick.) Add rest of
ingredients and stir till well mixed.

Pour into a sprayed bundt pan.

Bake at 350ºF for 40 - 50 mins.

Cool and dust with powdered sugar


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Caramel Swirl Hunks

I made these for a quick last minute get together in our neighborhood a weekend ago.  They are very rich and DELICIOUS!
Caramel Swirl Hunks

2 c. unsalted butter, melted
3 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
1/3 c. sugar
4 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. old fashioned oats
4 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
1 (14 oz.) can dulce de leche

1. Heat oven to 350F. Generously spray a 13x9-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the melted butter, light brown sugar, and sugar.

3. Add eggs, vanilla extract, and oats, and blend well. Fold in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

4. Gently fold in chocolate chips.

5. Spread batter into prepared pan. Top batter with spoonfuls of dulce de leche and using the end of a utensil, swirl the dulce de leche into the batter.

6. Bake 38 minutes or until slightly brown around the edges but center is still wobbly. Reduce oven temperature to 325F. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until center is set.

Yield: 2 dozen [large] bars


Monday, May 2, 2016

Asian Noodle Salad

We found out the hard way that this is a very versatile salad. I have gotten in the habit of starting to make things, knowing we will have the ingredients. It turns out, on this occasion, my mom's vegetable crisper was lacking. So, I improvised and it turned out great! - Kathleen

Asian Noodle Salad

1 package Linguine Noodles, Cooked, Rinsed, And Cooled
1/2 head Sliced Napa Cabbage, Or More To Taste
1/2 head Sliced Purple Cabbage, Or More To Taste
1/2 bag Baby Spinach, Or More To Taste
1 whole Red Bell Pepper, Sliced Thin
1 whole Yellow Bell Pepper, Sliced Thin
1 whole Orange Bell Pepper, Thinly Sliced
1 bag Bean Sprouts (also Called Mung Bean Sprouts)
Chopped Cilantro, Up To 1 Bunch, To Taste
3 whole Scallions, Sliced
3 whole Cucumbers Peeled And Sliced
1 can (about 10 Oz.) Whole Cashews, Lightly Toasted In Skillet

Kathleen used
1/4 lb thin spaghetti, broken in half, and cooked according to package directions
1 bag of coleslaw mix
1 thinly sliced green pepper (red or yellow would have tasted much better, in my opinion)
3 scallions
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, sliced in half and thinly sliced
3 stalks of celery, thinly sliced
FOR THE DRESSING (Kathleen halved this and used ~1 tsp dried ground ginger and ~1 tsp garlic powder):
1 whole Lime, Juiced
8 Tablespoons Olive Oil
8 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons (up To 3 Tablespoons) Sesame Oil
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
3 Tablespoons Fresh Ginger Chopped
2 cloves Garlic, Chopped
2 whole Hot Peppers Or Jalapenos, Chopped
Chopped Cilantro

Mix salad ingredients together. Whisk dressing ingredients together and pour over salad. Mix with tongs or hands and serve on a platter.

Note: dressing keeps for up to three days before serving, without cilantro.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Spicy Thai Cucumber Salad

I saw this recipe after I came home with a bunch of cucumbers so I tried it.  I reallllllllly liked it!
Spicy Thai Cucumber Salad

1 whole cucumber cut julienne style  Beth left peeling on since she used an English cuke
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons vegetable broth (optional) Beth didn't use
2 T soy sauce
1 tablespoon chopped green onion
1 clove of garlic crushed and minced
1 basil leaf rolled and sliced
1 teaspoon cilantro leaves chopped
1/8 teaspoon red chili flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
Sweetener to taste Beth used 1/2 packet of sweet and low

Cut cucumber in strips.
Mix liquid ingredients with the garlic, onion, herbs and chili flakes and sweetener..
Combine with cucumbers and mix thoroughly with spice mixture.
Allow to marinate for at least 20 minutes.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Broiled Grapefruit

I made this for a snack one afternoon last week.  I had heard of broiling grapefruit, and am glad I finally tried it.  I really liked it.
Broiled Grapefruit

1/2 grapefruit

Cut around the segments of the grapefruit for ease of removing after broiling.  Sprinkle with sweetener of choice and top with a liberal amount of cinnamon.  Broil for 5 minutes and then let cool for a minute.  Enjoy!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Orange Shake

This was a tasty refreshing drink.
Orange Shake

1 orange Beth used 2 halos
crushed ice
1 tsp vanilla
sweetener Beth used 1 packet sweet and low

 Blend in a blender until smooth