Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What's for Dinner and Desert?

Black bean pistachio burgers with sweet pickled onions and guacamole . Hand cut steak fries. Can't say I was to keen on the black bean burger, next time I'll have to tweak it a bit.

Orange Chiffon cake with Orange Spice frosting.
Want the recipe, ask for it under comments, I'll send it to you.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Candy Truffels

1- 8oz cream cheese
3 cups confectioners sugar
3 cups chocolate chips (light, dark or white)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Before you start decide if you want flavorings, like orange, maple etc.
Split your cream cheese sugar mixture evenly if you do.

Mix cream cheese till smooth.
Add sugar slowly, mix till smooth.

Melt chocolate in double boiler, add flavoring now and mix till it blends with no streaks.
Note: sometimes chocolate doesn't melt good, as long as its smooth don't worry.
I use white chocolate and add flavorings like, orange, strawberry etc.
I use milk chocolate with the vanilla flavoring, still tastes chocolate.

Add melted chocolate to sugar mixture and blend well.
Place mixture in refrigerator for 2 hours.
Roll into 1-2 inch balls and roll in various mixtures like, ground walnuts, sprinkles, coconut etc.

Place in airtight container and keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Make this recipe yours, experiment. As long as the ingredient portions are followed its all good.
Have Fun

Vegetable Tostadas

2 tablespoons EVOO                                               2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, sliced                                                  6 corn tortilla approx. 6"
1 large zucchini, shredded                                         2 cups shredded lettuce
1 large carrot, shredded                                            1 large tomato diced
1 green bell pepper, diced                                         1 avocado diced
1 large red pepper, diced                                          sour cream (no fat or low fat)
1 envelope taco seasoning                                         Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1 16oz can refried beans                                            Salsa (optional)

In large frying pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened. Add zucchini, carrot, green and red peppers and taco seasoning. Stir to blend, cook until veggies are tender.

Heat refried beans, either stove top or microwave.
In another fry pan, heat vegetable oil. Fry tortillas one at a time, 10-20 seconds each side. place cooked tortillas on paper towel or brown bag to soak up excess oils.

Assemble tostadas, beans (spread over shell)
Cover with fried vegetables.
Top with lettuce, tomato, cheese.
Salsa and sour cream dollop on top.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Later Today....

Posting recipe for vegetarian tostadas.

Cracker Candy, for the sweet tooth

A Very Simple recipe, and tasty too.

  • 1/4 (16 ounce) package saltine crackers
  • 1/2 pound butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in sugar, and bring to a low boil. Continue boiling, stirring constantly to prevent burning, approximately 3 minutes.
  3. Arrange crackers on a cookie sheet in a single layer, and drizzle with sugar mixture. Bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 5 minutes, or until edges begin to brown.
  4. Remove from oven and spread chocolate chips evenly over the top as they melt. Sprinkle with nuts, gently pressing into the melted chocolate. Cool until chocolate has hardened, and break into pieces. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve. Allow to cool, and break into pieces. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Vegetarian Pizza.........yum

2 Tablespoons olive oil ( I use EVOO)                                   1 garlic clove, minced
1 large onion, chopped                                                           1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup cauliflower florets coarsely chopped                              1 prepared pizza crust 12-16"
1/2 cup broccoli florets, coarsely chopped                              1 cup pizza sauce
1 small carrot, shredded                                                         2 medium mushrooms, sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt                                                                    1/4 cup prepared basil pesto (optional)
1/8 teaspoon pepper                                                               1/2 cup Asiago cheese (optional)

Preheat oven to 450*. In large frying pan, heat oil, medium high heat. 
Add onions and cook until softened, a few minutes.
Add califlower, broccoli, carrots. 
Reduce heat to medium.
Cook veggies until they are crisp tender.
Add salt, pepper, garlic, oregano.

Place pizza crust on baking sheet.
Spoon pizza sauce evenly over crust.
Place mushrooms over sauce.
Spoon cooked veggies onto crust and spread evenly.

If you use basil pesto, drizzle on top of veggies and add Asiago cheese.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is crisp.

Note: I like to add sun dried tomato and leave off the basil pesto and Asiago cheese.
I use a cheese I prefer.
Happy eating!

Sweet and Sour Ribs

4-6 lbs country-style ribs                                  1/2 cup frozen concentrated orange juice
salt and pepper to taste                                     1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)                           2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup cornstarch                                             1 (15 1/4 oz) can crushed pineapple w/juice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger                                1 small onion sliced
1 cup water

Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper, wrap in foil totally seal.  Place in shallow pan. Bake for 1 hour @ 350*. While ribs are cooking.
In medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, cornstarch and ginger. Gradually add water stirring until smooth. Add orange juice, vinegar,soy sauce and pineapple with juice. Mix well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened and clear. Note: orange juice concentrate, thawed and undiluted.

Remove ribs from oven. Unwrap ribs and drain off liquid. Place ribs bake in pan (13x9) cover with sliced onion. Pour sauce over ribs. Return to oven uncovered. Continue to bake @ 350* for another hour to hour and a half. Serve with your favorite sides. I like wild rice.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

I'm asking.....

for recipe's from all over the world. Leave me your favorite food recipe in my comments section and I will start making them and posting pics and the recipe when I have made it. Leave your name so I can give you a thanks and credit for your recipe. Send your friends here too, tell em to leave their favorite. Let's have some fun with this.

Monday, February 13, 2012

spend some time...

I hope you all enjoy tomorrow with someone you love.  Happy Valentines Day.