Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ceasar Lettuce Wraps

I had to take a picture or you wouldn't believe it! Yes Steve ate lettuce! He didn't like it enough to take it for lunch and he didn't eat enough to fill up but he did eat it. Baby steps right?

1 bunch Romaine lettuce
1 Rotisserie chicken
1/4 C light Mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, crushed
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1/2 C grated Parmesan
2 tsp. Worcestershire
1 tsp black pepper
3 Tbs olive oil

Cut the bottom off the lettuce, rinse and let drain while you make the filling.
Put mayo, garlic, lemon zest and juice, cheese, Worchestire, and pepper into a food processor (or blender) and turn on. Stream the olive oil through the top. When combined well spoon out to a bowl.
Separate the chicken into pieces like you would for a salad. To assemble take a piece of lettuce and put some dressing in the middle then chicken on top. Fold like a taco and enjoy!

*recipe from Rachael Ray's Cooking 'Round the Clock

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Mortal Sin

There are few words to describe the deliciousness of this dessert. Mortal sin is very accurate. You may just have to repent after you have eaten it. Tiffany and Julie, if you would like to change your order from chocolate zucchini bread to this just give me a heads up :)

3/4 c melted margarine
2/3 c evaporated milk
1 pkg German chocolate cake mix
1 12 oz pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 pkg caramels

Mix cake mix with melted margarine and 1/3 c evaporated milk. Spread half of the batter in a 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 8 mins.

While batter cooks melt caramels and the other 1/3 c evaporated milk over medium heat, stir constantly. Pour over slightly cooled cake. Sprinkle caramel with chocolate chips and dollop remaining batter on top of chocolate chips. Do not spread. Bake at 350 for another 20 mins. Let cool before cutting into bars.

*The awesome thing about this recipe is that everything is perfectly timed. As soon as the caramels are finished melting the cake has cooled for a couple minutes. And it definitely has a great wow factor we all like.

Brandi's Enchaladas

My friend Brandi gave me this recipe years ago and it's always been a favorite of Steve's.

2-4 chicken breasts cooked and shredded (you can use more if you want your enchiladas more full)
1 1/2 C shredded cheddar
1 block cream cheese
1 container sour cream
1 package dry enchilada mix
1 can cream of chicken
burrito size tortillas

Mix chicken, cheese, cream cheese, 1/2 of the sour cream and 1/2 of the enchilada mix. Wrap chicken mixture in tortillas and place in a 9x13 baking dish.
Mix cream of chicken soup, other half of sour cream and enchilada mix with 1 can full of milk. Pour sauce over wrapped tortillas. Bake uncovered at 350 for 30 mins.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Taco Seasoning

I made tacos tonight and I had browned the hamburger and realized I had no taco seasoning packets. I jumped right online and found this recipe for homemade taco seasoning. It was really good. It gave just enough spice and heat. The cool thing is you can make a huge batch and store it in an airtight container.



  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container.
I use a full batch to season 1 lb of hamburger.

*This recipe was found on allrecipes.com

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Monte Cristos

I just recently found out what a Monte Cristo sandwich is. the best I cant describe is it's a sandwich dipped in egg mixture and cooked kind of like french toast. It is one of my favorites and it's so versatile.

6 slices of bread (for 3 sammies)
Dijon Mustard
lunch meat- turkey, Ham
sliced cheese I like provolone
2 eggs
1/4 C milk

Heat a large skillet or griddle. Mix eggs and milk, season with salt and pepper. Lay out bread on work surface and spread mayonnaise and Dijon on 3 slices bread. Then top with meat and cheese. you can even add some cranberry sauce, it's so delicious. Press each sandwich firmly and dip in egg mixture and put in the hot griddle. Let cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until the egg is golden brown.

I serve this with homemade chips. I slice the potatoes into rounds instead of fries. I toss with a little olive oil and bake at 400 for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. They turn out so good, you get some crispy ones with some squishy ones, a perfect mix.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Lamb Ribs

This was my first time ever cooking lamb. Can I just say, damn! It was good. I found these little lamb ribs on sale at the store. I got online and looked for a glaze that was close to a glaze I've had before. this is what I came up with. It wasn't as good as the original glaze I've had but still it threw me for a loop.

6 lamb ribs

1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp pepper
1/3 c olive oil
1 Tbs honey
2 tbs soy sauce
1 clove mince garlic

Combine everything except for ribs in a bowl and mix well. Reserve 1/4 of the glaze for after they are cooked. Marinate the ribs over night if possible or for a couple hours. Heat a large skillet over med-high heat (very important) You don't want it too hot or the glaze will burn and the inside will still be raw. Cook 3-5 mins on each side, longer for more done. Plate the ribs up and drizzle the extra glaze. i served with some blue cheese to dip in. Amazingly enough my kids loved them. Another winner!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Spaghetti Lasagna

I'm so sorry it's been so long between posts. My family has been sick and I've been worn out. I do have some new recipes but to pace myself I will just post one new one today.

1/2 lb linguine
1 lb ground beef
1 small container Ricotta (cottage cheese would work too)
2 C spaghetti sauce
1-2 cups mozzarella cheese

Start water for pasta. Brown ground beef, drain if necessary, add spaghetti sauce, let simmer until pasta is done and drained. Put pasta back in the pot it cooked in and add the Ricotta. Add the hamburger mixture on to and stir to combine well. Put in a baking dish and cover with cheese. If you are in a hurry, placed under a broiler and melt cheese on top. if you have time cook at 350 for 25 mins or until bubbly and cheese is melted.