Wednesday, November 25, 2009


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 (12 ounce) package fresh cranberries


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in the orange juice. Stir in the cranberries, and cook until they start to pop (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat, and transfer to a bowl. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Fuzzy Lime Jello

recipe is ready in 2-5 hrs Ready in: 2-5 hrs
recipe difficulty 2/5 Difficulty: 2 (1=easiest :: hardest=5)

Serves/Makes: 16

1 package (6 oz. size) lime gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1 package (8 oz. size) cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 can (15 oz. size) mandarin oranges, drained
1 can (8 oz. size) crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup lemon lime soda
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 carton (8 oz. size) frozen whipped topping

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Dissolve gelatin in hot water.

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Stir in gelatin mixture and beat until smooth. Stir in vanilla, oranges, pineapple, soda and pecans. Chill until mixture mounds slightly when dropped from a spoon.

Fold in 3/4 of the whipped topping. Pour into a 9 x 13 inch pan and refrigerate 3 to 4 hours.

To serve, cut into squares and top with remaining whipped topping.

This recipe from CDKitchen for Fizzy Lime Salad serves/makes 16

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Ginger Orange sauce

1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 Tbs honey
2 tsp grated ginger
2 tsp corn starch

Mix until boiling. Remove from heat.

Spice up chicken and rice. Even the babies loved it.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Fruit Pizza

Great party food. It looks pretty and is easy to make. It also tastes great!
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 3/4 cup sugar until smooth. Mix in egg. combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Press dough into an ungreased pizza pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool.
  4. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla until light. Spread on cooled crust.
  5. Arrange desired fruit on top of filling, and chill.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Carmel French Toast Casserole

2 loaves French bread or Texas toast, 1/2 inch thick slices and cubed
8 large eggs
2 cans (12 ounce ea) evaporated milk (I have also used regular milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Butter a 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Fill pan with half of the bread. Beat eggs, milk, vanilla, nutmeg sugar and cinnamon. Pour over bread. Add second half of bread and mix again. Mix topping and pour over bread. Refrigerate overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Serves:14

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Banana Cream Pie

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked
  • 4 bananas, sliced

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Puffed Oven Pancakes/ German Pancakes

Lonnie has been asking me to make these since we got married. I finally found a recipe that was what he remembered from growing up.

2 T butter
3 eggs
1/2 flour
1/2 milk
1/4 t salt

1. Place butter in 10 inch oven proof skillet. Place in oven at 400 degrees for 3-5 mins or until butter melts. Meanwhile, for batter, in a med bowl use a wire whisk to beat eggs until combined. Add flour, milk and salt and beat until smooth. Immediately pour all batter into hot skillet. Bake for 20-25 mins or until puffed and well browned.

Top with fruit, syrup and powdered sugar.
(from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book)

We have used both 10 inch skillet and also smaller cake pans and made two pancakes. The cake pans worked great. They were dark so they got hot enough and the fancy curves made for more delicious edges on the pancakes. They also made the dish look really pretty.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Best-ever Spagetti

1 lb Italian Sausage (browned and drained)
1 can spaghetti sauce
Spaghetti noddles

Made enough to two meals plus left overs.

Lonnie said this was the best spaghetti he had ever had. It was also very it makes the list.


(Inspired by a similar recipe in one of my favorite weeknight cookbooks, The Six O'Clock Scramble)

1 refrigerated pie crust (I used the Pillsbury brand you unroll)
4-6 cups chopped mixed vegetables (I used left over broiled vegetables from Sunday dinner, carrots, potoates, parsnip, zuchinni and summer squash)
1-2 cups chopped cooked chicken or meat (I used left over ham)
salt, pepper, and thyme to taste
1 can cream soup (cream of mushroom or chicken)

Mix the onion, veggies, meat, and cream soup together, and season with salt, pepper and thyme. (Depending on the soup, you may not need salt.) Dump the mixture into the crust, and top with a second crust. Cut slits to vent. Bake at 375 till nice and brown and bubbly.

Obviously, the vegie-and-meat part of the recipe is where you get creative. You can chop up the bottom-of-the-bin veggies and lightly saute them with the onion, or you can use already-cooked veggies (a proportion of frozen mixed vegies will add to the thriftiness and retro appeal). As for the meat, chopped chicken, steak, or even mild seafood would work. We're mostly vegetarian, and I've used fake "chicken" with great success. The total amount you use depends on the size of your pie plate. You could even make little turnovers or mini-pies if you've got the time.

Delicious comfort food, says hot for a long time (so good to share), and freezes beautifully. You can even freeze it unbaked and save it for a future dinner.