Southwest Meal Starter

Yeah, funky name I know.  So, what exactly IS meal starter?  It’s the perfect base for stuffed peppers, southwest meatloaf and the most awesome sauced burritos you’ll ever make.   2 pounds of ground beef (or turkey, or a mixture of beef and turkey…you make the call.  You could even add chorizo and kick it…

Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

Once again my affinity for cranberries has taken over a perfectly good recipe for chocolate chip cookies!  These will blow your mind! Yield:  3-4 dozen cookies (depending on size) 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 egg, beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups flour 1/2…

Ruth’s Chicken Tortilla

This recipe came from a family friend when I was a kid.  I have modified it (with the substitutions) as the first time I made this I didn’t have all the ingredients. I haven’t eaten this in more than 20 years and with one bite I was back home. Thanks Ruth.  And thanks Mom. 4…

Fontina Macaroni and Cheese

This is an altered Williams-Sonoma recipe.  I’m a mac n cheese purist myself, so I typically don’t add all (or any) of the alternate ingredients however the bacon (or ham and veggies) kicks this recipe to a new level.  Give it a try for a quick week night meal. Ingredients: 2 sticks butter 1 clove…

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

This started as my Absolutely Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe….and ended like this: Yield:  3-4 dozen cookies (depending on size) 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 egg, beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup white…

Laura’s Quickie (Quiche)

This quiche is a Christmas Day tradition in my family. 1 dozen eggs, beaten 1 12oz can of evaporated milk (you can add up to another half can if you like your quiche a little “wetter”) 1/2 loaf (6-8 slices)  white bread, crusts trimmed (the cheapest white bread you can find works great for this)…

Laura’s Cranberry Bliss Bars

My love for cranberries would, of course, dictate that I have a recipe for Starbuck’s Cranberry Bliss Bars.  This recipe is a culmination of several recipes already out there.  I deleted things I don’t like the taste of, added things I do like the taste of and changed measurements on the rest!  I hope you…

Cranberry Apple Streusel Pie

I made this with the apples from the trees in our yard (I have no idea what variety of apple they are).  I imagine you could use any apple although the ones with bold flavor (like granny smith) would be really delicious.  I hope you like this as much as my family did! Yield:  1…

Cranberry Peach Cobbler

This recipe is courtesy of Duncan Hines.  Not my typical recipe as everything is either canned or boxed but this is quick and delicious.  Give it a try! Yield:  1 cobbler (6-8 servings) 1 (21 oz) can peach pie filling 1 (16 oz) can whole berry cranberry sauce 1 pkg  yellow cake mix 1/2 tsp…

Bacon and Basil Penne

This recipe is courtesy of a dear friend.  Thank you Terry! Yield:  4 servings Sauce: 1/3 cup butter 1 1/4 cup heavy cream 1 clove garlic, minced 1 1/2 cups parmesan cheese 1/4 cup parsley, chopped Melt butter and whisk in the rest of the ingredients, stir continually until heated through; cover and keep warm….

Caramel Apple Pie

This was originally a Pillsbury recipe…I altered it.  Enjoy Yield:  1 pie Prepare pie crust for a two crust pie. (you can make from scratch or buy the pre-made) Filling 3/4 cup brown sugar 2 Tablespoons flour 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 1 Tablespoon lemon juice 6 cups sliced peeled apples (6 medium) Topping 1/2 cup…

Meatloaf Surprise

I know you are laughing at the name.  This meatloaf is awesome, not your typical baked meat!  Try it, I dare you! Yield: 6-8 servings 2 pounds ground beef 1 small onion, chopped 1 egg, beaten 2-10 dashes worchestershire sauce (ha ha, you decide how much you like) 1 cup bread crumbs Salt and Pepper…