Showing posts from 2011

Potato Chowder

Long time no post? There has been so much going on lately. I will admit this deployment has had it's challenges. It is easy to let days go by and then wonder where they went. Add to that several health challenges I have had to deal with and adjust to. The hardest part is that I am supposed to eliminate sugar from my diet! Me? I am a sugar addict! Watch out Splenda here I come. (I'll post some of my experiments replacing sugar with splenda when I get brave.) This recipe goes back almost ten years and in calculating the calories and nutrition I was pleasantly surprised that it is indeed healthy. One serving is 158 calories, 1.9g fat and 5.7g of protein. If you're worried about sodium you'll want to omit or substitute because celery itself is high in sodium.  Okay, enough of the nutrition lesson. Use up those last few potatoes and have a belly warming comfort soup that is easy to throw together.  Ingredients 2 Tbls butter 1 small

Iced Mocha Latte-FINALLY!

I know I have been gone lately. I confess it is VERY hard to cook when hubby is not around. It is far to easy to make the simple things or just get take out. Many years ago Burger King came out with a Mocha Joe. I was addicted! Then they changed and I do not like what they now call a Mocha Joe. I switched to Sonic's Iced Mocha Latte. They are good but depending on who makes it sometimes they are too thick and sweet. Starbucks? Well, I'm not a huge fan. Very overpriced for mediocre flavor. At least the flavor I was after. So for as many years that Mocha Joe came out I have been searching for a home recipe to save me the expense and driving to get one of these delightfully cold coffees. An unnamed person at my favorite BK up north told me how they make theirs (the original.) It involved their chocolate ice cream mix. That was a no go for brewing it up at home. I toyed with different methods and coffees and never could find what I liked. Until today. I am a coupon fanatic

Chocolate Strawberry Bars

I love the flavor of strawberry and chocolate. Being the world's fussiest eater I do not like to actually eat a strawberry. I am all about textures and that is one I can't do. I have to find compromises and in this case my compromise is using strawberry jelly rather than strawberry jam. I am very pleased with my final result. You could use any flavor of jam or jelly to vary this recipe according to what you like. 1 1/2 cups flour 1 1/2 cups oatmeal 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, cold, cut into cubes 1 cup strawberry jelly or jam 1 package chocolate chips or chocolate chunks, whatever you have on hand. 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped Print Recipe Preheat oven to 375F. Combine flour, oats, sugar, brown sugar and salt in large mixing bowl. Cut in cold cubed butter until mixture is coarse. Set aside 1 cup of mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture into greased 9x11 baki

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli

In some ways it is easier to cook when Mikey is not home. I only need to worry about pleasing my own palate. (Not the easiest thing in the world to do either.) The hardest part is modifying all the recipes to make a meal for just one or two and not have tons of leftovers growing in the fridge. The other night while I was drifting off to sleep I was thinking something cheesy with broccoli and chicken. So I looked around and modified some recipes and came up with my own small portion recipe. I have to say it turned out great. Next time though, for my own personal preference, I will precook the broccoli. I like soggy veggies, not crunchy unless I am eating them cold. I live by Mark Lowry's joke: cook the vegetables and take a vitamin. You guessed it...I"m not a nutritionist. The recipe is supposed to be for two. Depending on your appetite it may only serve one or for me, three servings. I think it would be very difficult to cut it down smaller than what I have

Kladdkaka with Daim Cream (Chocolate Gooey Cake with Skor Cream)

A while back a friend put a picture of this on Facebook and was generous enough to share her recipe with me. I will post her original recipe first to keep with her tradition then I will post my Americanized version with instructions. Thank you so much Carrie for sharing with me. This cake was AMAZING!! Don't let the name or the looks of this cake intimidate you. It is super easy to make. I put lots of pictures for you to follow along and you know I'm always a message away if you need help. Carrie's Original Version: This cake is incredible! It's easy to make. Kladdkaka is a Swedish cake that's a bit gooey in the middle-a bad description but I can't come up with anything better at the moment. Daim is the Swedish equivalent of Skor/Heath bars. I used half of the dark block (baking chocolate) and half Lindt either 90% or Madagascar-I can't remember. I also used an 8 or 9 inch silicone pan with baking paper in the bottom instead of

Super Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

This is one of those recipes that looks like you slaved all day to make it and makes a beautiful presentation on the plate. It is one of the easiest elegant foods there are to make. Give it a try and tell me what you think. I wanted to keep it very simple so I served it with pierogies and salad. 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast 4 slices Swiss or Provolone cheese 4 thin sliced smoked ham 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 egg; beaten salt pepper 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs ( make your own ) 4 tablespoons butter Mornay Sauce Print Recipe Pound chicken breast to 1/4-inch thickness. It is not going to look pretty. I had problems with this part because my meat pounder is very small. The next thing on my list is a larger one! Sprinkle each piece on both sides with salt and pepper. Place 1 cheese slice and 1 ham slice on each breast.(I used two each because it was a very large breast.) Roll up each breast using toothpicks to