Monday, July 17, 2017

Sweet potato fries

I was such a fan of this next Blue Apron recipe that I burned my hubby out on it.  It was guacamole burgers which is easy and a nice variation on a burger.  The side was baked sweet potato fries.

sweet potatoes
red onion or purple if you are like me and call it like you see it.  =)
olive oil
salt and pepper

There really isn't a recipe per say and you can make as little or as much as you need.  You halve the sweet potato lengthwise then cut cross wise into 1\4 inch thick pieces. Peel the onion, halve and thickly slice.   Place the sweet potatoes and onios on a baking sheet.  Drizzle with oil, salt and pepper.  Bake for 16 - 18 minutes at 450 degrees.

Such and easy side.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Taco seasoning

Do you ever feel like you are in a rut and always make the same thing?  I sure do so my sweet husband signed me up for Blue Apron for Christmas.  I found that my husband being on the picky side made it hard to find 3 entrees that he would eat.  He was a champ and tried everything but few things stuck.  I loved trying new things so I will post the things that have carried over.

The first is the taco seasoning. They sent it already made so I had to do some searching to find the recipe.  I have always been a fan of the package seasoning, even buying it in bulk.  However this knocks it's socks off.  It has Chipotle in it which I am generally no a fan of, but I love this seasoning. I will say a few things.  Initially buying the spices is pricey.  Watch for them to go on sale.  And secondly, a little goes a long way.  I use 1 Tablespoon and 3/4 cup water to 1 pound of ground beef.  I made a big batch and then just use as needed.  It really takes no time to make a batch.

2 parts cumin
2 parts Ancho Chili powder
1 part coriander
1 part Chipotle pepper

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Teriyaki sauce

This is a great one. I actually like to make then put over chicken in the crock pot. Works like a charm.


1 cup water
5 tablespoons packed brown sugar
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
1 large clove of garlic, finely minced
½ teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons cornstarch
¼ cup cold water


Combine the 1 cup water, brown sugar, soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger in a medium saucepan and set over medium heat.  In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with the ¼ cup water and whisk until dissolved. Add the cornstarch mixture to the saucepan.  Heat the sauce until it thickens to your desired thickness. If the sauce becomes too thick, add more water to thin it out.

BBQ sauce


1¼ cup ketchup
4 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 cloves minced garlic
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon dry mustard
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¾ cup brown sugar
⅓ cup molasses
¼ cup honey


Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan and stir well.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat and then turn the heat down to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring constantly. Super easy.

Marinara sauce


1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup white onion, chopped
3 cloves minced fresh garlic
28 ounces crushed tomatoes
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1 Tbsp sugar


Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic for 2 minutes, until softened. Stir in tomatoes, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes basil and sugar.  Simmer util ready to serve.

Store in airtight container in refrigerator for 1 week or freeze as desired.

Alfredo Sauce

½ cup butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups heavy cream
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
1½ cups grated Parmesan cheese


In a medium sauce pan over medium heat melt butter. Add garlic, cream, pepper, and salt.Bring to a low boil and reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 8 minutes.Remove from heat and slowly add cheese.Return to stove on low and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Serve hot

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

This is a new favorite.  Super easy and very yummy.  The first few times I used cheese but my family likes it better without.

1/2 lb. dry pasta shells (about 3 cups cooked)
3/4 c. sliced pickles
2/3 c. diced cheddar cheese (optional)
3 Tbsp. diced white onion
1 tsp. dried dill or 2 Tbsp fresh
1/2 c. pickle juice

2/3 c. mayo
1/3 c. sour cream
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
4 Tbsp. pickle juice
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
Salt & pepper to taste

Boil pasta according to directions (al dente).  Run under water then toss with 1/2 c. pickle juice for at least 5 minutes.  Then drain and discard pickle juice.

Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.

Toss, pasta, pickles,cheese, onion dill, and dressing.

Refrigerate at least 1 hour.  This is a good one to make a day ahead.  You may have to add a bit more mayo but the flavors come together nicely the second day.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Stuffed Green Peppers

Since the baby can't eat this kind of thing yet, I froze 1/2 and just stuffed 2 oversized peppers for Scott and I.  2 dinners for the price of 1.  Yay!

4 large or 6 medium peppers (tops removed, seeded but chop the tops for stuffing mixture)
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce (divided)
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp minced garlic
14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes
1/2 c. minute rice or 1 cup cooked regular rice
beef broth
cheese to top

Spray peppers with olive oil and place in a pan that will allow them to stay upright.  Cover bottom of pan with an inch or so of broth.

Brown hamburger, pepper, and onion seasoned with 1/2 Worcestershire, salt and pepper .  Once browned, add garlic and cook a few minutes more.  Add in Italian seasoning, remaining Worcestershire, tomatoes, rice and salt and pepper to taste. * We like Worcestershire so I am far more liberal than 2 tsp...

Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.  Top with cheese and bake another 5 minutes.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

Please don't be scared of the brown rice in this recipe.  I swear you'll never know it wasn't white rice.

4 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp minced garlic
2 c. cooked chicken breast (either shredded or cubed)
4 c. steamed brown  rice (1 c. uncooked)
2 1/4 c. chicken stock
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp. thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Melt butter over medium high heat.  Stir in garlic for 1 minute.  Whisk in flour, thyme, salt and pepper then slowly pour in chicken broth whisking continuously.  Whisk until thick and nearly boiling then stir in cheese until melted.  Stir in cooked rice and chicken.  Put into a 9 x 13 pan.  Top with additional cheese.  Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Chocolate Sheet Cake

This recipe is amazing.  The Hammon family only recognizes chocolate cake as actual cake so I am always on the look out for a different version for birthday's.  This recipe is from PW, she knows her stuff.

2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
8 Tbsp cocoa
2 C flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 C sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3 3/4 sticks butter
1/2 C buttermilk
6 Tbsp milk
1 C water
1 lb powdered sugar


Melt 2 sticks of butter in sauce pan (while it's melting boil 1 c. water); Add 4 heaping Tbsp cocoa powder and mix well; add boiling water and allow to simmer for 30 seconds; turn off heat and set aside; combine 2 c. flour, 2 c. sugar and 1/4 tsp salt; pour the chocolate mixture in to flour mixture and stir together slightly; in oversize measuring cup pour 1/2 c. buttermilk, 2 beaten eggs, and 1 tsp vanilla;  stir in 1 tsp baking soda; add milk mixture to cake mixture; mix well;  Pour into commercial baking sheet and spread evenly; Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes


In sauce pan melt 1 3/4 c. butter; add 4 heaping tbsp cocoa powder; allow to cook for 30 seconds; turn off heat; add 6 Tbsp milk, and 1 tsp vanilla; mix together;  add powdered sugar; mix well.  This will be very thin.  Put onto warm cake.