Thursday, July 17, 2008

Pasta Salad

12 oz. bag of Wacky Mac Veggie Spiral Noodles
2 Medium Tomatoes Diced
1/2 Red Pepper Diced
1 Cucumber peeled, quartered, & sliced
1 Can Olives, Sliced
1 C. Bernsteins Cheese & Garlic Italian Dressing

Cook noodles then drain and rinse with cold water. Add cut up vegetables and dressing and stir.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Chinese Chicken Salad -

Mix 1/2 bag of coleslaw mix,
some green onions (2-3),
tin of mandarin oranges,
slivered almonds,
cooked diced chicken,
sesame seeds (if you have them),
cilantro to taste,
celery if you want to but not necessary,
and 1 bag of crushed Ramen noodles.
Mix all together and pour dressing on top. I just buy almost any oriental dressing but right now I am using Kraft Asian Toasted Sesame.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Sugar Cookies

¾ c. butter
¾ c. shortening
1 ½ c. sugar
4 eggs
5 ¼ c. flour
1 ½ tsp. baking soda
3 tsp. cream of tartar
2 ¼ tsp. vanilla

Cream together butter, shortening, and sugar. Add eggs and blend well. Add flour mixture gradually to cream mixture and mix together. Add vanilla. Chill dough for a couple hours. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350º for 7-10 minutes.

½ cube margarine
Powdered sugar

Banana Cookies

2 ½ C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. salt
2/3 C. shortening
1 C. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. ripe mashed bananas

Mix dry ingredients. Cream sugar and shortening, add whole eggs 1 at a time. Mix in the other crap. Ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 400º for 12 minutes.

Buttermilk Chocolate Sheet Cake

2 c. flour
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt

Boil and add:
1 c. butter or margarine
1/3 c. cocoa powder
1 c. water

2 eggs
½ c. buttermilk
1 ½ tsp. vanilla

Bake on 350º for 25 minutes.


¼ c. butter
3 T. cocoa powder
3 T. buttermilk

Boil; remove from heat.

2 ¼ c. powdered sugar
½ tsp. vanilla

Monday, July 7, 2008

Homemade Flour Tortillas

2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. shortening (buttered is best!)
1/2 c. plus 1 T. lukewarm water

Combine ingredients and then divide into 6 equal portions. Cover and let rise 45 minutes. Roll into tortillas and then cook over medium in a skillet until it bubbles and then flip.

Strawberry Avacado Salad

2 heads of butter lettuce or 2 heads of dark leafy lettuce like romain
1 package of strawberries sliced
3 avacados sliced
1 package of sliced almonds

Cut up the lettuce and then add strawberries, avacados, and almonds. I also like to add purple onion sometimes.

1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. celery seed
3 tsp. grated onion
1 cup salad oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar

Mix all ingredients and toss over salad

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

1 pint heavy cream
1 stick of butter
2T cream cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese(I like fresh grated the best)
1 tsp. garlic powder

In a saucepan combine butter, heavy cream and cream cheese. Simmer until all is melted and mixed well. Add Parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Simmer for 15-20 minutes on low. Sometimes I even add a little more parmesan cheese then the recipe calls for.

Twitty's Grilled Chicken Marinade

4-5 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast cut into about 2 inch pieces
1 can of crushed pineapple
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/8 teaspoon of garlic salt
1 tsp. ginger

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and then add chicken and marinate in the fridge overnight. Grill on your grill until cooked all the way through. The smaller pieces of chicken help to get the marinade flavor all the way through.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Chicken Tortilla Soup:

4 chicken breasts or 2-3 lbs. of tenders
2 15 oz. cans black beans, undrained (you can substitute 1 can of white beans if you want)
2 15 oz. cans of Mexican stewed tomatoes or Spicy Rotel tomatoes
1 C. salsa
4 oz. can mild chopped green chilies
14 oz. can tomato sauce
tortilla chips
grated cheese
sour cream

Combine all ingredients except chips, cheese and sour cream and cook on low in crock pot for 8 hours.
Top with chips, cheese and sour cream. ENJOY!!!

Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 egg
1 Tbsp water
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet or line with wax paper. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar and mix until creamy. Add eggs and water and beat until smooth. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a separate bowl. Add to mixture in mixer bowl and mix. Then add oatmeal and butterscotch chips. Mix with a spoon until just blended. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.