• Recipes,  Side Dish

    Crock Pot Potatoes

    This recipe is great to take with you or cook ahead so you can focus on your company. They’re also great for holidays. Made it your crockpot and creamy and wonderful-mix it up a little-add bacon, cheese, etc. Whatever you’d like-it’s just potatoes. Print Crock Pot Potatoes Ingredients 5 pounds red potatoes quartered, with skins on or off, your preference 1 clove minced garlic or a dash of garlic salt or powder 2 cubes chicken bouillon salt & pepper to taste 3/4 cup sour cream 8 ounces cream cheese softened 1/2 cup butter Instructions Boil potatoes, garlic, and bouillon together for about 20 minutes, just until potatoes are tender but…

  • Bread,  Recipes

    Classic Zucchini Bread

    I prefer my zucchini in a sweet quick bread like this rather than as a side dish, imagine that! This recipe has an entire cup of oil in it, so just face it now and know that if your neighbor keeps giving you garden-grown zucchini you must, at some point, make this bread to give back. It’s just neighborly. Print Zucchini Bread Ingredients 3 eggs 2 cups white sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 cups grated zucchini 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup chopped walnuts optional Instructions Preheat an oven…

  • Dinner,  Recipes

    Salisbury Steak

    This is a pretty straight-forward American recipe that most people have either had at Luby’s or at home made by their mom or grandma. I’m funny that way-love just plain, ole good American dishes like this. Mashed potatoes and peas and I’m one happy person. Print Salisbury Steak and Gravy Ingredients 1 can condensed French onion soup 1 1/2 pounds ground beef-93% lean 1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs 1 egg 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon flour 1/4 cup ketchup yest that's right-ketchup 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard Instructions In a large bowl, mix together 1/3 cup condensed French onion soup…

  • Recipes,  Side Dish

    Creamy Mac N Cheese Please

    I know I’m weird-I like Spaghetti-Os cold out of the can. I also like cheap frozen pizza. I like Stouffers’s  Mac N Cheese, but I want to make it myself. So here goes. Print Homemade Stouffer's Mac N Cheese Ingredients 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni 1/4 cup butter 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese 1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup 1 t salt 1/2 t pepper 1/2 t dry mustard 1 c whole milk 1/2 c sour cream Instructions Boil salted water and cook macaroni. Drain and set aside.  In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt butter, add soup, salt, pepper and dry mustard. Stir slowly and add…

  • Appetizer,  Recipes

    IKEA Meatballs

    I’m not sure what makes these meatballs Swedish or the ones that IKEA serves and touts as Swedish, but nontheless, the are one of my favorites. I don’t care to eat them at IKEA, but I did have 1 once, and I made my own and love them. Eating out is not one of my preferences, especially at a furniture store. Just doesn’t seem natural to me. Here’s what I came up with ~ Print IKEA Meatballs Ingredients Meatballs 1/4 cup butter 1 medium white onion, minced 1 clove garlic, minced 1 1/2 t salt 1/2 t pepper 3/4 cup whole milk 1 T Worcestershire sauce 2 cups plain breadcrumbs…

  • Recipes,  Side Dish

    Crock Pot Cornbread Dressing

    Here’s the deal In the South we call it dressing, not stuffing. It’s baked outside the bird, not inside. It’s made with mostly cornbread and little stale bread or leftover biscuits. Everyone thinks theirs is the best. Mine is the best. This stays warm all day long, even for 2nds and leftovers that night with a roll and slice of turkey, along with a spoonful of cranberry sauce. It stays warm and moist all day because it stays covered in your slow cooker, or crock pot. It is just the best way. Trust me. Print Crock Pot Cornbread Dressing Ingredients 6 cups cornbread cooked (I use either an 8x8 or…

  • Dessert,  Recipes

    Pecan Pie Cheesecake

    This is the best of both worlds. It’s not my recipe but a fellow cooking friend of mine, and it’s really good. Print Pecan Pie Cheesecake Ingredients 1 refrigerated or frozen pie crust 9" if using frozen let stand on counter before baking PECAN PIE LAYER: 3 eggs 1 c light corn syrup i use karo 1/4 c sugar 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 c pecans in pieces or halved CHEESECAKE LAYER: 2 pkg 8oz cream cheese room temperature - i use philadelphia 1/2 c sugar 1/4 tsp salt 1 egg 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In your mixer combine 3 eggs with…

  • Dessert,  Recipes

    Coconut Date Nut Balls

    You know when you can’t help yourself from eating something wonderful before it’s done? Well, these are like that. Once I make this warm candy, I can’t even wait until I roll them into balls, then in coconut and I’ve got a mouthful of that warm, date/butter mixture. It’s almost too hot, right out from the pan, to put in my mouth but so worth it. You know what I mean. My friend, Becky, loves for me to make them at Christmas. Unless she’s on a low-carb eating plan, then I just keep them for myself. I always make them though during the holidays because Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without…

  • Dessert,  Recipes

    Avalanche No-Bake Cookies

    This is one of my very favorite holiday cookies because #1 They are easy (perfect during the holidays), #2 They are made with 4 ingredients, #3 They have a little peanut butter in them, but it’s not overwhelming and #4 They are made with my favorite cereal-Rice Krispies! Print No Bake Avalanche Cookies Ingredients 2 cups Crispy Rice cereal 1 cup mini marshmallows 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 1 lb white chocolate *optional – 1/4 cup sprinkles or mini chocolate chips to sprinkle on top Instructions Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside. Mix cereal and marshmallows in a large bowl. Set aside. Melt white chocolate and peanut…

  • Blog,  Recipes

    High-Fat?Low-Fat?No Fat?!

    fad  /fad/noun an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived and without basis in the object’s qualities; a craze.       I’m not one to go with the crowd and follow the fads, BUT there is one fad I wanted so badly to be a part of, and that was the go-go-boot fad. I was in 6th grade, it was the 60s (as my grandson says, the 1900s!). All the girls and I wore crazy colors of fishnet hose, held up by a garter belt. Then the final touch was the go-go boot, which my mother said looked trashy. I wore my fishnets with…

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