Archive | November, 2017

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

30 Nov

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I planned to serve these with the meal but everyone started to eat them so I served them as an appetizer.

Wash and stem the Brussels sprouts

Wrap in 1/3 slice of bacon

Bake till the bacon is crisp

Drain on a paper towel

Serve with a buffalo sauce, blue cheese or ranch sauce

This is a great snack.

Fresh Tomato and Garlic Pizza

29 Nov

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There is a bakery that makes this pizza and I had to copy it.

One pound of pizza dough

Crisco to grease the pan

Four thin sliced tomatoes

2 teaspoons crushed garlic

1/3 cup olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon oregano

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 big handfuls of grated cheese

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees

Grease the pan with Crisco

Press the dough into the pan

Toss the tomatoes, garlic, oil, salt, pepper, garlic salt and oregano together.

Layer the tomatoes neatly on the dough.

Add all the remaining oil

Cover with the grated cheese

Bake on the bottom rack of the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

Check the bottom of the crust because it has to be brown to be crispy.

Every oven is different so cooking times really vary but always start checking early.

Pumpkin Pie

27 Nov

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Every year I try to decide if I should make a pumpkin pie or not.

I always make one because it is so easy and looks pretty.

Only two people eat it but I want to please everyone.

One deep dish ten inch pie shell

This recipe fits a ten inch deep dish pie shell perfectly.

1 1/2 cups white sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon salt

4 large egg

1 29- ounce can of pure pumpkin

1 large can evaporated milk

Whipped cream for garnish

Heat the oven to 425 degrees

Roll out one single pie crust

Place it in the pie plate and make the edge look nice.

Whip the sugar and the eggs till all the sugar is dissolved

Add everything else and whip till it is nice and smooth.

Pour into the pie crust

Bake on the bottom shelf in the oven for 15 minutes.

Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 40 to 50 minutes

Test to see if the pie is done by placing a wooden skewer in the center of the pie.

It should come out clean.

Cool and then top with whipped cream just before serving.

I never regret making this pie because it is always good .


Angies Fruit Compote

23 Nov

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This is an oldie but goodie from my Mom.

I was going through my recipes and found this recipe on a yellowed index card and had to make it.

My Mom loved this.

She would only make it at the holidays and it was next to the jello mold.

2 big cans of drained fruit cocktail

2 cans of drained mandarin oranges

2 cups sour cream

One bag of mimi marshmallows

Extra cherries for garnish

Mix everything together and chill.

This is such a nostalgic 1950 recipe.

I feel like I am six years old again picking out the marshmallows.

Hot or Cold Chocolate

16 Nov


I found this recipe on the Real Simple web site and made a couple of changes.

This is too good to have every day but I wish I could.

3 cups whole milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

3 ounces dark or semi-sweet chocolate

3/4 cup chocolate malted milk powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups ice

whipped cream

chocolate shavings for a topping

Put the milk in a saucepan with the chocolate and heat on medium high until the chocolate has melted.

Add the cream, vanilla and malted milk powder.

Stir till it is hot.

Pour into a mug and top with the whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

If you want it frozen like the best slush you have ever had follow the next steps.

Let the chocolate mixture cool.

Place in a blender and add the ice.

Blend till it is smooth and serve in a glass with a straw.

Of corse we have to top it with whipped cream and chocolate.

Hot or cold this is delicious.

In the Real Simple recipe the milk was much less but I thought it was too sweet.

If you want it sweeter decrease the milk especially if you are going to freeze it.

Spicy Buffalo Dressing

14 Nov

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I love buffalo anything.

I make buffalo chicken, pizza, cauliflower and now salad.

This is so easy I don’t even make a bottle, I just make it as I want it.

Two ingredients.

Thats it!

3 tablespoons good blue cheese dressing

One tablespoon Franks Red Hot Sauce.

Mix it together and pour it over your salad.

I made a green salad with scallions, blue cheese chunks and leftover cubed chicken.

Simple, easy, fast and GOOD.

This satisfied my salt and spicy craving.

I did heat the chicken so it wasn’t cold from the refrigerator.

If you don’t like blue cheese you can use ranch dressing.

Not bad but I am a blue cheese lover.

I pulled a pork and put this on my sandwich and enjoyed every mouthful.

This is also a great spicy dip.


10 Nov

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I love udon noodles but it kills me to spend ten dollars for one order.

The next best thing is to try to make them at home.

I tried Sanukiya Udon Japanese Style Noodles.

Not bad.

I bought this at the grocery store.

Followed the directions on the back of the package.

1 3/4 cups boiling water

One package of the noodles

One package of the seasoning mix.

Then I added broccoli, sliced onions, red pepper, pea pods, 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil and one teaspoon soy sauce.

Boil the water

Add the noodles and cook for 2 minutes

Take off the heat and add everything else

Let this stand for 2 more minutes.

Thats it!

It satisfied my urge for Udon for three dollars.

The sodium is a little high and so is the carb count.