Wednesday, October 5, 2016

EwE- Spicey Chicken Fried Rice With Peanuts

Spicey Chicken Fried Rice With Peanuts!

My very favorite rice is the sticky white rice like you find a Chinese restaurant.   What is your favorite rice?
Today for lunch I made this wonderful spicy chicken rice from an  Ellie Kreiger recipe.   It was so delicious I could've eaten the whole bowl but I decided to save some for my husband!  It is chicken mixed with brown rice, Bellpepper, onions and scallions, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, water chestnuts, peanuts.   It was exactly what I needed today!   It literally takes minutes to prepare this dish.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

eWe - Soup and Salad

This week in our cooking with Ellie group my friend Kayte chose the theme of soup and salad.  After browsing Ellie's soup recipes I decided to try the Tuscan vegetable soup.  With the first hint of fall in the air, I am all about making soups!   However since it is still 90° here in the south, I am sort of having to pretend it's fall for now!  Fall is definitely my favorite time of the year.  I love the colors of the leaves and I love pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks and I love almost anything pumpkin.  And of course with fall comes Halloween!  Fun!

In our group we generally do not post the recipes that we make as a courtesy to the author of the book. However I found this one online so I am happy to share with you.   I made it exactly like the recipe with one exception.  I added a little shredded chicken.  This is one of the tastiest soups I believe that I have made.  Loved it!  Will definitely make this over and over again.  I think part of what made it so tasty was the zucchini and sage spice.  I do not normally put zucchini in my vegetable soup.   I think you will like it.  Give it a try!

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For the recipe, click on this link.  tuscan soup

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

EwE - pesto potatoes

The theme  this week in my Ellie group was Savvy Salads.  Instead of a green salad or a fruit salad I chose to make this potato salad.  If you follow my blog you know that we are potato lovers at this house!   I made hamburger sliders to go along with these.  Potato salad can be a really nice complement to a hamburger occasionally instead of chips or fries the traditional sides!

We just got back from traveling to Waco Texas where we checked out Chip and Joanna's Magnolia Place.  It was fun to actually be there, but the prices are a little high!  Anyway after I travel it takes me a couple days to get back in the mood to cook.  Are you like that too?

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

EwE Guiltless Potatoes Au Gratin

This week in my Ellie Kreiger group the theme was "one potato two potato."   We are big potato fans at this house so it was right up my alley. I checked online and found these scalloped potatoes. Ellie always tries to make everything a little bit healthier so I enjoy her recipes and feel better about eating this delicious food!  This was a simple recipe.  You simply cook the potatoes in boiling water. While you're cooking those you make a paste of flour and milk and garlic. I got my paste a little thick but it was fine anyway.   And of course cheese makes everything better!   So this recipe is a win-win.

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Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

eWe -its not easy being green

Well here it is Thursday again!  This week in our eating with Ellie group the theme was "it's not easy being green."   I think that saying was made famous by Kermit the frog.  After looking through the vegetables in Ellies Comfort Food Fix cookbook, I decided to make the Broccoli and Cheddar stuffed potato skins with the Avocado Cream on top.  Basically these were made like regular stuffed potatoes.  You bake the potatoes, then cut in half lengthwise, and then scoop out the inside of the potato.  You fill that with cooked broccoli and cheese.   The avocado cream was basically like a homemade guacamole.  It called for scallions and I did not have those.  My DH really enjoyed these and was excited that one was left over for his lunch!
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Monday, July 11, 2016

EWE - vegetables!

Okay okay!   It has been months since I posted on here.  I will tell you a secret.  It has been SO long I almost never got into my blog.  I had forgotten not only my password, but also my login!  It is very frustrating to me that these websites we frequent tell you that your password has to be a certain length, and include numbers and characters, etc.   After all, it is MY computer and it seems like it should be my choice to choose whatever password I like.  Anyway, I managed to get in eventually as you can see!

Now this week in the Ellie Krieger group, the theme is vegetables.  You do not have to ask me twice to cook or eat a vegetable.  Love them.   I met a man on saturday, however, that eats no vegetables.  Only potatoes and mac and cheese! I had a serious talk with him, but there was no changing his mind.

I made Ellie's parmesan zucchini rounds.  I found the recipe online here.  I think they were supposed to be crisp, but mine were soft.  They were still delicious.

We also have some very exciting news in our family!  We are expecting a baby girl to arrive in November in our family!  I will be a MeMe again!  She will be such a blessing to our family. 

We are headed out camping this weekend.  Yes, I said camping.  I have my menu all planned out for the weekend and hope that I do not give us food poisoning this time.  I think last time our refrigerator was not cold enough and both of us got sick.  I'm learning each time we go what I should and should not do.  I'm going with mostly canned goods this weekend!

Check out the Ellie Krieger group website here.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

EwE - Waldorf Chicken Wraps

Our group has made a change for 2016.   We are now cooking from themes so that gives us the chance to choose any Ellie recipe we like each week as long as it goes with our theme.   Kayte chose Wrap it Up for the theme this week.   Who doesn't like a wrap?  I chose this waldorf chicken wrap.  You can get the recipe here Wrap.   It is full of all good things such as chicken, walnuts, apple, grapes, romaine.  Check it out for a healthy lunch.   You can check out our website at. Ellie

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

EwE - Mushroom Sloppy Joes

We LOVE sloppy joes!   But these are so much better than those you make with a canned sauce.  And they are easy to prepare and quick.  Not to mention they only have good ingredients in them and not all the chemicals and preservatives the canned ones have.  

You can access Ellie's recipe in her Weeknight Wonders book

Or, this is how I made them.  We wanted some meat in ours so I added ground turkey.  So good I can hardly wait to eat the leftoverss tonight!

Brown one lb of ground turkey.  Add one onion chopped and one bell pepper chopped.  Cook these for a few minutes until soft before adding to turkey.  Add two cloves of garlic, one T. Apple cider vinegar, one T. Chili powder, two T. Sugar, one can drained pinto beans, one cup chopped mushrooms, one 15 oz. tomato sauce, one T. Tomato paste.   Simmer for fifteen minutes,  enjoy!  

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

EWE-filet mignon with zucchini

This week Gaye chose for us to make this steak recipe from Ellie Kreigers Weeknight Wonders cookbook.  We had had our fill of Christmas snack type foods so this was a welcomed change of pace.  Im not sure I have ever prepared filets but that is what I always order in the restaurants.   I purchased two for around $22.00 so they are a little pricier than other steak cuts, but so worth it!   I did change the recipe a bit as we are not overly fond of capers so those were left out.  The zucchini that went with the steak was delicious as well.  We really enjoyed this and will definitely make again!  Thanks Gaye for choosing this recipe!   Ellie
Merry Christmas everyone!

WWDH - spiced chickpeas

This week in our Donna Hay group,  Kayte chose these spiced chickpeas.  I was hesitant to make them because honestly they just did not appeal to me.   HOWEVER, I am so glad I did make them because they were delicious!  The recipe is in Ms. Hay's Fresh and Light book which I love.   These peas were so easy to prepare.   You just dry the beans and fry them in a little oil and add cayenne, salt, etc. to them.   I actually added some smoked paprika to mine.  I could not stop eating these!  That is how good they were!
Check out our website or come join our group.  No commitments, just some good comraderie and cooking fun!   Wwdh

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ewe - sweet and savory carrot salad with oranges and dates

This week in our eating with Ellie group it was my recipe choice!   This was a very easy salad to put together and went very well with the chicken dish that I made.  We love Carrots!   It was a nice mixture of cooked carrots, navel orange, parsley, garlic and dates.   All drizzled with lemon and olive oil.   We enjoyed it the day I made it and also the leftovers were delicious!   Definitely a keeper recipe.   Check out our website.   Come join our group.  No weekly commitments.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Wwdh - Lemon and goat cheese chicken

Today was my choice for the group and I chose this chicken with goat cheese and lemon. This was really easy to put together.  As you see from the ingredients you really just layer the thyme, chicken, cheese and lemon on top   Then broil it for about 15 minutes.  While it was easy to put together it really lacked flavor for me.  It was good but I doubt I will make it a second time.  Check out our website to see if others made it and liked it.    Wwdh.You can find the recipe here

Holiday Traditions

Who doesn't love a good cheese ball around the holidays!  Paired with the perfect cracker it's a very filling appetizer.  My personal favorite is a ham and pineapple cheese ball.  And I am in love with the new cracked pepper Triscuits!  Whenever I make a cheese ball I just go ahead and make two because it was just as easy to mix up two as it is one.   And I freeze one of them.   Easy peasy! 

I will say cheeseballs are not the easiest to mix up.   They can get quite messy.  I use gloves of course and spray them with Pam, non stick spray.   Try this ball.   I think you will like it!  Just mix up chopped green onions, ham, drained crushed pineapple, a little confectioners sugar, and cream cheese, then roll in chopped pecans and chill.

Start with.....

2 packages cream cheese. Add
1small can crushed pineapple (well drained)
powdered sugar (to taste- approximately 2-3 Tbsp.)
green onion (optional-to taste, approximately 2 Tbsp.)
chopped ham (optional-to taste, approximately 2-3 Tbsp. I used deli meat ham)
chopped pecans (about 1 cup worth)

Check out what Gaye and Grace made as well. and

Monday, November 30, 2015

Southern cornbread dressing

My husband is from the north and he grew up eating stuffing instead of dressing.   I have tried stuffing, but in my opinion nothing beats some delicious chicken or turkey with cornbread dressing.  Every southern woman has her own special recipe for it, usually handed down from a relative.   To me, the goal one should have when trying recipes is to find one that is moist.  Nothing worse than dry dressing.   Though you can salvage it with some good gravy!
I think I have mastered dressing through the years so I thought I would share my recipe.  Once you have a recipe that you love you will find that it is not a chore to make.  I think it is fun!  This photo does not do it justice as it was taken with my Thanksgiving leftovers!

4 cups cooked, crumbled cornbread
Four slices day old bread crumbled
1 sweet white onion, diced
4 stalks celery, diced
2 pieces bacon, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1 small can cream of chicken
2 cups chicken stock or broth
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 teaspoon Ranch dressing

Sage to taste
Poultry seasoning (to taste)
Sea salt (to taste)
Cracked pepper (to taste)
Preheat oven to 400. Preheat a sauté pan, and melt butter. Add in onions, celery, & bacon. Cook until onions are translucent.

In a large mixing bowl add cornbread and all the ingredients.  Mix until incorporated.

Spray a 9x12 casserole dish with cooking spray. Put in table spoon of heavy cream and sprinkle dry ranch mix into the dish. Spoon in cornbread dressing evenly.  Cover and bake 45 minutes. Uncover and allow the dressing to brown.

3 cups self rising corn meal
1 cup self rising flour
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup canola oil
2 eggs

Mix all in a mixing bowl. Pour into a 9x12 casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray. Cook at 350 for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

EwE - Guinness Beef Stew

Well it's Thursday again!   You all know what that means at my house.  Another delicious Ellie Krieger recipe.  This week is a hearty stew with Guinness beer, sirloin steak, potatoes carrots and  green peas.  It seems like every week I am leaving out one ingredient.  This time it was the green peas.  I went back the next day and added them!

This was a tasty stew but the beer flavor was a bit bitter to us.  I liked everything else about it.

Come join us or check out our website!  Ellie


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

EwE-Orange Sesame Chicken With Snow Peas

I was thinking today how sometimes our lives take twists and turns when we least expect it!  I started blogging eight years ago when my mother passed away.  At the time I was working full-time, taking violin lessons, going to yoga twice a week, enjoying five cooking groups, and spending weekends at the lake where we worked and cleaned all the time!   I truly do not know how I managed all that!  Now I am completely retired and it seems I have filled my days once again with commitments.   Mostly fun stuff.  It is good to stay busy.   But I have been thankful for my food blogging and for the wonderful friends i have made because of it!

Gaye chose this dish for our Ellie group.   It is really good.  Comes from her weeknight wonders cookbook which I love.   It is chicken, oranges, garlic, soy, vinegar, red pepper flakes, snow peas.   I did cheat a bit and used sugar snap peas because i had them.  We agreed this was a hit at our house!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

WWDH - Roasted Brussel Sprouts with parmesan and vincotto

We love brussels sprouts at my house!  So anytime the opportunity presents itself to cook brussels sprouts, I do!   These are very flavorful.   They are roasted in the oven with garlic and lemon juice and Parmesan cheese added at the end of roasting time, then vincotto drizzled on top.   Delicious!

Never disappointed in Donna Hay recipes.   

Gaye thank you for choosing this!  Loved it!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

EwE - Mini jar pumpkin cakes

This week was my choice and I chose these mini pumpkin cakes   I thought with fall in the air it would be something to go with the season!   The recipe said you could cook them in little jars or ramekins.  As you can see I went with the ramekins.  Honestly these were so easy to put together and only took 45 seconds in the microwave to cook!  You cannot get any easier than that.  I sampled one of them and it is delicious!   Later tonight I will serve them to my husband with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top.  But I could just eat it right out of the bowl!   The ingredients were eggs and brown sugar, flour, milk, spices, oil and canned pumpkin.   These are so easy to whip up I am sure they will be on my rotation for this season!   The recipe comes from Ellie Kreigers Off the Shelf book.   Great book and I would suggest you purchase one!
Check out our website to see how the others like these little cakes! Ellie

P.s.  I'm so excited I'm going to see the movie Woodlawn this weekend!   

Wwdh -chocolate banana and coconut muffins.

I am running a little behind this week on my blog.   Today our group made chocolate banana and coconut muffins.  I left out the coconut because the three flavors just did not appeal to me!   The jury is still out as to whether banana and chocolate muffins go together.  I have not tasted these yet as I'm saving them for breakfast tomorrow.   These called for cocoa but I just used chocolate chips instead since i was out of cocoa!

So the big home issue this week is tile for my foyer.   I ripped up the white tile over a month ago.  I had a thought that I would put the hardwoods all the way to the front door.  Well long story short I could not get hardwoods to match and was scared it would look too pieced together so I'm going back to tile.  I have three different ones I'm trying to choose between.   One of them is a light beige  so it will be almost like what I ripped up in the first place!   Do you find yourself with dilemmas like this?

Check out the muffins!   You can find the recipe   Also check our website to see if the others enjoyed these!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

WWDH-Simple Vanilla Cake

This is a simple vanilla cake that came from Donna Hays recipe book called Off the Shelf.   It was my choice for the group this week.   When I chose this I was imagining all sorts of ways to serve it.  Maybe a yummy chocolate ganache on top, or some fresh berries and whipped cream.  The cake has a ton of butter in it, but no other liquids which surprised me a bit.  At first ai thought it looked like concrete when I removed it from the oven.  But once I cut into it, it was pretty moist.  I cooked it ten minutes less than the redipe called for.   The ingredients are three eggs, vanilla, butter, flour, sugar and baking powder.  Pretty simple.   Chandler said it would be good in a bowl with milk on it!

Check out our website and see if any of the others made it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Eating with Ellie - Cauliflower with Almond Olive Tapanade

Who does not love cauliflower!!!  It is a great side dish and very versatile.  It can be mashed like potatoes, topped with cheese, or just steamed and topped with butter.   Kayte in our group chose this delicious side for us to try this week and it is a winner!  First you just steam a head of cauliflower for six minutes.   The tapenade is made in the food processor.   It was supposed to have toasted Almonds but I used walnuts instead.  Green olives, roasted red peppers, garlic, parsley, olive oil and white wine vinegar blended together with the walnuts made the topping.   This was very flavourful and a recipe I will definitely make again.   Check out our website to see if the others in the group enjoyed it.  Or come join our weekly group.

Just want to mention that we saw the movie War Room last weekend and what a beautiful story!   I highly recommend it.   

We will be traveling next week but should get back in a normal routine after that.  We are going to the New England states to see the foliage.  Very excited about this trip!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

30 minute thursdays with hazan

This week i made guliano hazan's fusilli with sausage and zucchini.  As always it took approximately thirty minutes to prepare.   I did not have fusilli in my pantry so i substituted rigatoni.

I love this book!   I think everyone should have a copy in their collection.  How can you go wrong with a good pasta dish and especially one that is so quick and easy to prepare.

This was onions, italian sausage, zucchini, and tomatoes served over pasta.  Delicious!

The others in the group are:  KayteMargaretChayaGlennis

EwE - Mulled Cider Sweet Potatoes

How does one take a delicious looking photo of a blob of mashed potatoes?  These probably would have looked more tasty had I just taken a picture of the entire bowl and not just one serving!  In our Eating with Ellie group this week it was my choice and I thought these cider potatoes would be a good beginning to fall weather.  Even though it is still hot here I can feel fall in the air.  It is coming people and soon!    However we are a bit early because Apple cider is not in season yet.  At least not here in the south.  So I substituted good old Apple Juice!   

Even though the recipe calls for two sweet potatoes i used only one but it was a big one!  And that one sweet potato made about four servings.  This was a very simple side dish to make and we liked it a lot.      You just peel your sweet potatoes, cube them, cook in boiling water until tender.  Meanwhile you make a sauce on your stove top of apple cider mixed with cinnamon nutmeg and Ginger, with butter.  The recipe called for honey but I substituted brown sugar.   Even though the spices and cider were subtle they definitely gave flavor to the potatoes.   

Come join us on Thursdays for delicious and healthy dishes.  

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hazans Fettucine with Spring Vegetables -Thirty Minute Pasta

30 minute Pastas.   From Guliano Hazans Thirty Minute Pasta recipes.  This is a delicious mix of fettucine, zucchini, onion, red pepper, and asparagus finished off with some heavy cream to make a delicious pasta dish.    As with all recipes in this wonderful book, you can whip this up in thirty minutes!   It was delicious.   Check out the others and see what they made this week.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

EwE- Chicken Sausage with Quinoa

It's Thursday!   Thursday's may mean something different to me than they do to you.  For me it is cooking with Ellie Kreiger from her cookbook Weeknight Wonders.   This week Margaret chose this delicious dish with quinoa.  I have not done much cooking with quinoa. And the jury is still out as to whether I want to do a lot with it.   Having said that I did make this dish for lunch and it was delicious!  Hubby will eat the leftovers tonight while I enjoy a girls night out with my red hatters!

This was a mixture of quinoa chicken sausage onions red peppers.  It seems like I always leave out one ingredient and this time it was cilantro and lime juice.  Meant to put them in but I guess I was too hungry!   It all just smelled so good when it came together!  Again, can we say DELICIOUS?

Oh no!  I forgot to add the corn!  A key ingredient for sure!

Hope your thursday is a happy one!  The weekend is coming soon.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

WWDH - Pear and Almond Galettes

It was my pic this week in our Wednesdays with Donna Hay group. I chose the pear and almond galettes.   Because I do not eat almonds however I substituted pecans.  I used red pears.  These came together so quickly and easily.  I did have to cook them a little bit longer than the recipe called for.  We really enjoyed them and had leftovers the next night!   I will definitely be making these over and over again.  I'm sure you could use apples or any other fruit or berries you chose.   They had a base of puff pastry sprinkled with nuts, Pear slices, brush with melted butter, and topped with some sugar!  You cannot get much easier than that!  If you do not have Donna Hay's Off the Shelf book you should go to Amazon right now and purchase it!  Check out our website to see what the others did with theirs.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Ewe-tarragon chicken with squash curls

Kayte chose our recipe this week and a delicious one it was!  Thursdays with ellie krieger.   This week was tarragon chicken that was garnished with zucchini and yellow squash curls.   The fresh tarragon gave the chicken a lot of flavor.   We really enjoyed this!

I have had a lot going on lately.... It is summer here after all.... And that takes me outside more.  I guess my cooking and blogging have taken backseats to the beautiful weather this week.  I hope you all are enjoying good weather as well!  Check out our website to see what the others did with their chicken.   Ellie

Oh and sharknado three was the pits.   Although it was good for a chuckle or two.   I highly recommend the new mission impossible movie however!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thirty minute thursdays - Hazans Oriechetti with Broccoli

Thursdays with Hazan.   yum.  these are truly thirty minute recipes so great for working women or men who like to cook pasta.   Get his book Thirty Minute Pasta by Guliano Hazan.  amazon sells it.   i know because I ordered it when I already had one at home!   it just looked so good -- twice!  LOL.   this was really easy to prepare.  Unfortunately it called for anchovies and I do not do anchovies.  but it was delicious with just the pasta shells and broccoli, with garlic and red pepper flakes.