Saturday, September 29, 2007

Toffee Treasure Cake

Remember that scene in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" where the mother in law bring a bundt cake and the Greek family had never seen one before? I love the way she says "BoooondT! cake" This is a bundt cake. I normally do not bake. Too much work and too much precision for my liking. This cake is about the only thing I bake from scratch.

1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c sugar
6 Heath candy bars
2 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c unsalted butter
1 c sugar
2 eggs
8 oz sour cream
1/4 c butter, melted

Preheat oven to 325. Grease and flour bundt pan. Combine cinnamon and 1/4 c sugar and set aside. Smash Heath bars and set aside. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add butter and mix til crumbly. Add sugar, eggs, and sour cream. Blend well. Spoon 1/2 batter into bundt pan. Top with 1/2 the cinnamon sugar and 1/2 the candy. Repeat layers. Pour melted butter over the top. Bake 45-50 minutes. Invert and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Sonora Chicken Casserole

So many of my friends hate casseroles. I love 'em. Easy and cheap. Warm and filling. This one is like a cheesy chicken burrito.

3 c cooked shredded chicken
10 tortillas, corn or flour
15 oz can chili
can of cream of chicken
can of cream of mushroom
1/2 c salsa
1/3 c milk
1/3 c onion
8 oz cheddar jack cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Layer 1/2 chicken and 1/2 tortilla pieces. Combine chili, soups, salsa, milk and onion. Spoon 1/2 sauce over tortillas. Sprinkle with cheese. Repeat layers ending with cheese. Bake 40-45 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Herbed Chicken and Mushroom

If you love fungus as much as we do, this recipe is for you!

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8-10 oz sliced mushrooms
1/4 c white wine
1/4 c chicken broth
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp tarragon
1/4 tsp marjoram
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Saute chicken with in butter or olive oil. Set aside. Add more butter to skillet and saute mushrooms. Add wine, broth, and spices. Simmer 3-5 minutes. Add chicken and simmer another 5-10 minutes.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Squares

This is one of those recipes that everyone thinks is really complicated. I have made them and the taste and look like you slaved for days. Love that! So next time you have to bring cookies or bars somewhere, try this one. Cheap and easy~kinda like me. :-)

2 8oz. pkgs cream cheese
1/2 c sugar
2 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 tubes of chocolate chip cookie dough

Freeze cookie dough for 30-45 minutes before starting. Combine cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and eggs til smooth. Press one tube of cookie dough into 13x9 pan. Pour cream cheese mixture over the top. Slice cookie dough into slices and then into fourths. Flatten slightly and place on top of cream cheese mixture. Bake 30-35 minutes at 350. Chill for at least one hour before cutting.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Kansas City BBQ RIbs

We are big fans of BBQ here at our house. Real BBQ~not the sloppy joe like things that Dutch folks around here call BBQ. There is always much debate about BBQ. Wet or dry? Memphis or Carolina? Patio or Charlie Robinsons? Well, this is about the best recipe I have found for making them yourself. Tasty enough with minimal work.

3 racks baby back ribs
1 onion
1 orange
1 Tbsp whole peppercorns
1 Tbsp coriander

Place all ingredients in sauce pan with just enough water to cover. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer 50-60 minutes, until ribs are fork tender.

3 Tbsp butter
1 onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
15 oz tomato sauce
1/4 c cider vinegar
1/4 c packed brown sugar
salt and pepper

Melt butter, add onion and garlic. Saute til soft. Add remaining ingredients and heat til boiling. Reduce heat and simmer til thick.

Grill ribs 8-10 minutes. Flip and grill 5-10 more. Baste with sauce.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

WW Zero Point Veggie Soup

2/3c. sliced carrot
1/2c. diced onion
2 minced galic cloves
3 c. fat free broth
1 1/2 c diced cabage
1/2 c. green beans
1tbspn tomato paste
1/2 tsp each of dried basil, oregano and salt
1/2c diced zucchini

Saute in non-stick pan in order listed until onions and carrots are soft then simmer everything for a few minutes.

I like to add bok choy (chinese cabbage) instead of the regular cabbage just to change it up a bit. You can use almost any vegetables in season.

Makes 4 1c. servings

Friday, September 14, 2007

Chunky Veggie Dip

16 oz FF cottage cheese
1 med celery stalk
1 med carrot
1 med red pepper
1/4 c chopped shallots
few shots of hot sauce
dash fresh ground blk pepper

Chop veggies. Mix all together and season to taste. Serve with whole wheat cracker or more veggies.

8 servings~1 WW point each

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Creamy Chicken Burritos

Do you ever pull recipes out of magazines at the doctor's office? Do you ask the receptionist if it's OK? Yes to both. This is one I pulled from Midwest Living at one of my zillion OB appts. in the past 9 years. I added the roasted red peppers for zip.

2 c cooked, chopped chicken
8 oz Mexican blend cheese
15 oz cream corn
15 oz refried beans
chili powder
12 oz roasted red peppers

Combine chicken, cheese, corn, and chili powder. Spread beans into tortillas and top with chicken mixture. Roll up and place in 13x9 pan. Top with drained peppers. Cover and bake 40-50 minutes at 350.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Gi Gi's Taco Dip

Here it is. Grandma's famous taco dip. It is awesome.

15 oz refried beans
8 oz cream cheese
taco seasoning mix
8 oz sour cream
2 Tbsp lemon juice
chopped onion
16 oz salsa
small can olives
8 oz cheddar

Mash beans on a platter. Mix next 4 ingredients. Spread over beans. Top with remaining ingredients. Serve with tortilla chips.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Cake

This is a twist on a recipe I found in a magazine years ago. We love brownies and ice cream so I combined two different things to come up with this. A great alternative to traditional birthday cake!

2 18oz pkgs brownie mix
1 pint chocolate ice cream, softened
1 c seedless raspberry jam
1 10 jar of hot fudge sauce

Prepare brownies according to directions for cakelike brownies. Line 2 13x9 pans with heavy foil. Spray with Pam. Divide batter between 2 pans and bake for 25 minutes. Cool completely.

Spread softened ice cream on top of one pan of brownies. Freeze until firm. Spread jam over ice cream. Invert second brownie on top. Spread fudge sauce over the top. Freeze at least 3 hours or overnight. Using foil, pull from the pan. Slice and dust with powdered sugar.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Chili Joes

These are a different twist on sloppy joes or what the Dutch folk call BBQ. These are a great way to add veggies to your kids diet.

1 lb ground sirloin
15 oz can kidney beans
10 oz tomato soup
1 c celery
1/2 c green pepper
1/2 c onion
1/4 c ketchup
1 T brown sugar
1 T chili powder
salt and pepper
dash cayenne
dash garlic salt

Brown ground sirloin with celery, onion, and green pepper. Drain and rinse in HOT water to remove fat. Add remaining ingredients and combine. Reduce heat and simmer 30-40 minutes. Serve on buns with potato chips. Freezes well.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Fish Tacos

Every time someone in our house asks the age-old question "What's for supper?", Tim responds with "Fish tacos." Heck, he uses it for a response to ANY question.

"What do you want for your birthday?"

"Fish tacos."

"What did so-and-so give you for that job?"

"Fish tacos."

"What should we give so-and-so for a wedding gift?"

"Fish tacos."

You get the point. So I decided I needed a good recipe for fish tacos. I couldn't find one that sounded good and was also sorta healthy. So I made up my own tonight. They turned out awesome. Even Amelia scarfed 'em back. I also "invented" a low point rice and beans side.


1 box of Gortons Garlic and Herb Fish Fillets
flour or corn tortillas
broccoli slaw
1/2 c of Newman's Own Light Lime Vinagrette

Bake fish according to pkg. directions. Toss broccoli slaw with dressing. Slice each fish fillet in half the long way. Place one fish fillet (two halves) on a tortilla. Top with slaw.


1 c brown rice, cooked
1 can pinto beans, drained
3/4 c salsa

Warm beans. Add salsa til cooked through. Stir into rice.

That's it. AWESOME and loaded with fiber.