Friday, April 16, 2010

Santa Rosa Salad

If there was a category for "SUPER Super Fav" this would be near the top. It is an oldie but A goodie!! It was my 1st post when I started this little food blog many... many... meals ago but I now have a new and improved photo so am posting again. LOVE this one!

3-4 chicken breasts - cooked then diced
2 box long grain wild rice w/ seasonings – cook, let cool... don’t over cook
juice from 1 lemon
juice from ½ lime
3 green onions finely chopped
1/4 green Bell pepper
1/2 red bell pepper
3 oz (handful) Chinese Pea Pods Chopped– ends removed
1 med avocado diced (optional)
1 C chopped pecans toasted (optional)

• Dressing

2 Garlic cloves minced
2 TLB Dijon Mustard
1 TEA Salt
1/2 TEA Sugar
1/2 TEA Pepper
2/3 Cup Seasoned Rice Vinegar
2/3 Cup Vegetable oil

Make salad dressing 1st in blender or hand mixer then refrigerate.
Mix all other ingredients together except pecans and avocado reserve until serving.
Add dressing and refrigerate at least 2 hours and serve…. Yummy, yummy! Excellent served with toasted French bread and summer fruit!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Texas Brownies

Well pretty much everyone has one of these.... but for our posterity's sake this one is our family recipe. We love these.

1 lb butter (4 sticks) - you can also do 1/2 butter 1/2 shortening
2 C water
8 Tbl cocoa
* melt in microwave and stir together well

4 eggs
1 C milk
2 tsp vanilla
4 C sugar
4 C flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
* add to the above

Blend together well. Pour into a greased cookie sheet. This will make 1 1/2 sheets (think) or 2 sheets (thin brownies). Bake 350 approx 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven, let col then frost. YUM!

4 oz cream cheese
1 stick butter (melted)
1 bag powdered sugar
1 tlb vanilla

Monday, April 5, 2010

Italian Vegetable Stew

Well I am on a kick. This was fabulous! I felt so good after eating this. NO bread, no cheese, no meat... it was a miracle. And I was OH so satisfied.

3 Cup water
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 + tsp garlic/seasoning salt
1 Tbl dried onion
1 tsp garlic
1/4 tsp "no-salt seasoning" from Costco (Italian seasoning could substitute)
1 can diced tomato
1/4 tsp pepper (1/2 tsp if you want a kick)
1 C frozen corn
1 C diced carrots
1/2 C edamame (out of pod)
1 C zuccinni sliced
1/2 red bell pepper - diced
1 C broccoli
2 beef boullion cubes (optional)

Bring to a simmer minus broccoli, once to a low boiling for 10 minutes add broccoli until tender approx 10-15 more minutes. It you have time let rest at a barely bubble for a while and let the flavors bind. Serve hot and if you must.... with fresh french bread and cheese. YUMMY!

Whole Wheat Snickerdoodle

A little naughty, a lot nice. These are soft, yummy and if you decide to throw in the whole wheat flour, a "little" healthy too! Yum!

1/2 C shortening
1/2 C butter (soft)
1 Tbl vanilla
2 eggs
3/4 C brown sugar
3/4 C white sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cream of tarter
1 1/2 C whole wheat flour
1 1/2 C white flour
1 Tlb milk

You can mix up the flour a bit. 1/2 and 1/2 (shown) or 3/4 to 1/4 ratio or full whole wheat flour if you are not timid.

Cream eggs, butter, shortening, sugar and vanilla. Add baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cream of tartar blend until smooth then add flour gradually until well blended. Roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake 350 8-10 minutes