Sunday, November 17, 2013

Citrus Salad Dressing

Citrus Salad Dressing (for Christmas Salad)

Blend together in blender:

1/2 cup sugar
2 T to up to 1/3 cup red wine vinegar (the more you use the more tart it will be)
2 T lemon juice
2 T chopped green onion
1/2 t. salt
2 t. poppyseeds

Sunday, March 31, 2013

raspberry pretzel jello salad

Raspberry Jello Salad with Pretzel Crust

bag of pretzel sticks
8 oz. Cream cheese
8 oz. Cool whip
1 large strawberry jello
20 oz. Frozen berries

2 C. crushed pretzel sticks
¾ cube butter (6 Tbs.)
3 Tbs. Sugar

Press into bottom of 9 x 13 pan and bake at 350* for 20 minutes.
(Crust will not be solid. Spread next layer with care.)

8 oz. Cream cheese
8 oz. Cool Whip
1 C. sugar

Layer over crust—carefully. I drop by large spoonfuls and then spread it gently to the pan sides and then from blob to blob.

Dissolve 1 large strawberry or other fruit jello in 2 cups boiling water. Add 20 oz. Frozen strawberries (If the strawberries are really large I chop them.) or raspberries. When chilled but not firm pour over cream layer and chill till served.

If you have a larger pan (mine is 4.8 qt.) you can 1 and a ½ this recipe.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


1 2-lb. boneless pork shoulder roast, cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons ground cumin
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
3 bay leaves
2 14-oz. cans chicken broth (no, don't use bouillon cubes, too salty, yuck)
2 teaspoons finely shredded lime peel
2 tablespoons lime juice
12 7- to 8-inch flour tortillas (or fresh corn tortillas if you have a Mexican market, but gringo corn tortillas are pretty bad)
dairy sour cream
purchased salsa

Sprinkle pork generously with salt and pepper. Place in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Top with cumin, garlic, oregano, bay leaves, and chicken broth. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 12 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 1/2 to 5 hours.
Using a slotted spoon, remove meat from slow cooker. Discard cooking liquid. Coarsely shred meat by pulling two forks through it in opposite directions. Discard any fat. Sprinkle meat with lime peel and lime juice; toss to mix.
Serve with tortillas, sour cream, and salsa (or finely chop some red onion, tear some leaves from fresh cilantro, and shred or slice radishes for a more Mexican version)
Makes 6 servings

chicken tortilla soup

Simple Chicken Tortilla Soup
1 deli roasted chicken (or 2 broiled chicken breasts)
2 14-oz. cans chicken broth
1 15-oz. can chopped tomatoes and green chile peppers, undrained (a Del Monte product, not the 10 oz. Ro-Tel - it's MUCH hotter) (or substitute a can of diced tomatoes and a can of chopped green chiles)
1 11-oz. can whole kernel corn with sweet peppers, drained (Mexicorn)
1 small fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
1 tablespoon lime juice
Tortillas chips with lime or regular tortilla chips, broken
Remove chicken meat from the frame of the deli-roasted chicken. Shred enough of the meat to measure 2 cups; set aside.
In a large saucepan combine chicken broth, undrained tomatoes, corn, jalapeño, cumin, and garlic, Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in shredded chicken. cilantro, and lime juice. Heat through. Top individual servings with tortilla chips, avacado, rice, shredded cheese, etc. to liking.
Makes 6 servings

fresh mango salsa


1 1/2 cups chopped peeled mango (1 large) if you can't find good ripe mangoes, look in the produce section for bottled mango)
1/2 cup finely chopped red sweet pepper
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 to 2 fresh jalapeño or serrano peppers, seeded and finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lime peel
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
tortilla chips

In a medium bowl combine the mango, sweet pepper, green onion, and jalapeño pepper. In a small bowl whisk together the oil, lime peel, lime juice, salt, and black pepper. Drizzle lime mixture over mango mixture; stir gently to coat. Serve salsa with chips.
Makes 8 servings

Friday, October 1, 2010

Parmesan Yellow Squash


Parmesan Yellow Squash

Line baking sheet with tinfoil. Slice yellow squash thinly and place in a single layer on baking sheet. Sprinkle with onion powder, garlic salt, and grated parmesan. Broil in oven until lightly toasted.

flatbread pizza


Flatbread Pizza
For this easy (like 15 minutes from start to chow) and oh-so delicious pizza, I use previously homemade or store-bought nahn breads.

Lightly brush both sides of flatbreads (as many as you need) with olive oil and toast under the broiler in your oven for 2-3 minutes (watch them so they don't burn.) Remove from oven and top with:

minced garlic (i use it from a jar for this, and spread it on like a light sauce. yum.)
fresh spinach
marinated artichoke hearts (canned)
crumbled feta
fresh tomatoes
other toppings of your choice. . .crumbled bacon, mushrooms, fresh basil

Then sprinkle with some of the pizza-type seasonings you may have on hand:

garlic salt

Broil in your oven for about 3 minutes or until it looks done. Heavenly!

*idea from july 2010 bhg magazine