Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Apple Brownies


I made these from a cookbook I bought at the QVC store at the Mall of America. They were very good.

2/3 c. butter
2 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
3-4 apples, peeled and chopped. (Granny Smith's work well)
powdered sugar

Directions:Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla: mix well. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir well. Stir in apples. Bake in a 9 x 13 pan that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. these are light brown when done. When cooled,sprinkle with powdered sugar

Monday, June 29, 2009

Stuffed Taco Pasta Shells


12 oz jumbo pasta shells
1/2 lb hamburger -- cooked
3 oz cream cheese --
1 pk taco seasoning mix
8 oz taco sauce
1 c cheddar cheese --
1 c mozzarella cheese,
1 1/2 c tortilla chips -- crushed

InstructionsPreheat oven at 350. Prepare a 13 x 9" pan with cooking spray. Cook, pasta shells according to package directions. In a skillet, cook meat,over medium high heat until no pink remains. Drain fat, if needed. Reduce heat to medium low. Add cream cheese and taco seasoning; simmer untilcheese melts. Fill shells with meat mixture. Arrange shells in prepared pan. Pour taco sauce over each shell. Then, top with cheeses and chips.Cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Ingredients ·
6 boneless, skinless, chicken breast halves ·
1 (8 oz.) package whipped cream cheese w/onion & chives
6 teaspoons butter
6 slices bacon
salt and pepper, to taste


Flatten chicken to 1/2-inch thickness. Spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons cream cheese over each. Place 1 teaspoon butter over each. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; roll up. Wrap each with a slice of bacon. Place, seam side down, in a 13x9x2 inch baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 400 for 35 to 40 minutes or until juices run clear. Broil 6 inches from heat for 5 minutes or until bacon is crisp.

Italian Beef

2 # roast
2 T. vinegar
2 t. oregano
2 beef bouillon cubes
2 pkg. zesty Italian dressing mix
Garlic salt to taste
1 jar of pepperocinis

Cook roast till tender. Shred/slice. Add everything to juices. Simmer several hours. Add water if needed.

Beef LoMein

lb round steak, cut into thin strips
2 T oil
1/2 C, teriyaki sauce
1 pkg beef ramen noodles
1 16 oz pkg mixed veggies

Cook the steak strips in oil in skillet until browned. Add the teriyaki sauce and season packet from the soup. Add the mixed veggies. Cook for 6 min or until veggies are tender. Prepared the soup using the directions. Drain. Add the noodles to the mixture and toss to mix well.

**I sometimes marinate the meat in a teriyaki marinade and than cook.

** I like to ues fresh veggies and steam them instead of cooking with the meat.

** You can use whatever type of meat-pork, chicken (even leftovers).

Saturday, June 27, 2009


1 1/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 stick unsalted butter
3/4 c. sugar
1 egg
1 c. butterfinger bars, chopped
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Cream butter and sugar together. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients and candy pieces. Chill dough for 1/2 to 1 hour.
Drop by teaspoons full onto greased cookie sheet. Bake 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Let sit about 4 minutes otherwise they stick to the cookie sheet.
Cool on wire cooling racks

*I usually double this recipe!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

French Iced Coffee

This is a nummy recipe that is delish! I usually keep it in the fridge and drink as an iced coffee but is good slushy too!

3 cups Strong coffee
2 cups Sugar
1 pint Half & half
1 quart Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla

Combine coffee and sugar until sugar dissolves. Add remaining ingredients. Freeze. Serve slushy.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Chocolate Snickerdoodles

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugars

Preheat oven to 400F. Combine sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs. Mix well. Stir in flour, cocoa, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Blend well. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon. Roll dough in sugar/cinnamon mixture and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set. Immediately remove from cookie sheets.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Karen's Chick-filet

3 cups Peanut oil
1 Egg
1 cup Milk
1 cup Flour
2-1/2 Teaspoons Powdered sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
2 Tablespoons Salt
2 Skinless, boneless chicken breasts,

Mix together the egg and milk. Place the filets in this mixture, and let sit for at least an hour.While the breasts are sitting, mix together the Flour, Sugar, Pepper, andSalt.Once the sitting is done, dredge in the flour. After the first dredging, I would put them back in the milk bath for a few seconds, and re-dredge! Place the Peanut oil in a deep fat fryer, and bring up to a high heat.Once up to 375 F., gently drop into the oil, and let cook until goldenbrown. Serve on buttered buns with a slice of pickle.

Karen's notes: I like to cut into strips. I usually do this in a dutch oven on the stove in small batches. I lightly salt the finished chicken and keep warm in a low oven while the rest of the chicken is frying.