I have been making this quick dessert for so many years that I can’t remember who gave me the recipe! My kids grew up loving it and requesting it often. You can use whatever fruit is in season, i.e. strawberries, blueberries, peaches, blackberries or even a mix of several. Just change the kind of jam you use to match the fruit.
1 5-5 ounce Jello Vanilla Instant Pudding
3 cups cold milk
1/2 cup jam
1 prepared angel cake
1 pint fresh fruit
1 8oz tub Cool Whip
Cut the cake into bite sized pieces. Make the Jello pudding according to package directions. Heat the jam for 45 seconds in the microwave.
To put together start by putting half the cake into a clear glass dish. (Looks prettier this way!) Slice half the fruit onto the cake parts. Drizzle with the heated jam and then pour over half of the pudding. Add the rest of the cake followed by more fruit and the rest of the pudding. Top with Cool Whip. That is it! Simple, fast and delicious!
Summer is upon us and I need to get back to blogging! There are a few potato salad recipes already on my blog but I have just improved upon one of my favorites so here it is!
5 pounds red potatoes, boiled to fork tender with skins on, cubed
4 stalks celery, diced
1 green bell pepper. diced
1 6″ cucumber, peeled and diced
1 cup finely chopped parsley
6 green onions, sliced
1 can black olives, chopped
3 tablespoons horse radish
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 cup of mayonnaise
salt and fresh ground pepper
Mix everything together adding more mayonnaise if necessary. Chill for a couple of hours before serving. If you really like horse radish you can add a bit more. Surprising how one different ingredient can change the whole thing!! Enjoy!
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So, we are off to Costa Rica in a few days and one of our neighbors there, an ex-pat from California, has said the only thing he misses is good Mexican food! I told him that the next time we visited I would make him some California style Mexican food. I will be cooking up some of my refried beans, Mexican rice, guacamole and salsa. To top it off I will be grilling some carne asada and pollo asada. Since the meat is not available marinated in Costa Rica, I have come up with a really good marinade.
Mix together all of the spices, put in a zip-lock bag, add the liquids and refrigerate for a few hours…
1 teaspoon each of the following spices:
salt, pepper, white pepper, garlic powder, chile powder, oregano, cumin, paprika
1 can beer, 1/3 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup soy sauce, 4 cloves smashed garlic, 2 limes (cut in half and squeezed) 1/2 cup olive oil
I usually do this with pineapple but today I had a few nice peaches so here it is!
Prepare a 9″ by 11″ cake pan and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Spray the sides with non-stick cooking spray. In the bottom of the pan put one stick of melted butter. Swirl around to evenly coat the pan bottom. Evenly distribute 1 cup of packed brown sugar. Peel and slice 5 large peaches. Arrange on the top of the brown sugar. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon over the peaches.
Now mix up your favorite cake mix or make one from scratch….
3 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
Set aside. In your mixer bowl put one cup of room temperature butter. On medium speed, mix until the butter is smooth. Next add 2 cups of sugar and beat until light and smooth. Add 5 whole eggs, ONE at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl after each egg addition. Measure 1 1/4 cups of milk. On slow speed add the flour and milk in three additions, alternating between the flour and milk. Start and end with the flour. Add 1 tsp vanilla. Spoon over the fruit and spread evenly. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let rest for 15 minutes then run a knife around the edge and invert on to a serving plate. Goes great with vanilla ice-cream!
Super easy and moist! I used to make this years ago when my kids were little and while on camping trips. Use a disposable aluminum pan for easy clean-up.
4 lb pork loin
1 stick butter
1 pkg Lipton’s dry onion soup mix
2 bottles of your favorite beer
Put the pork loin on an elevated meat rack in the aluminum pan. Add the butter, beer and soup mix to the pan. Preheat half of a two burner grill and put the pan on the side with no direct heat. Close the lid. In about 15 minutes, check to see if the butter has melted and then baste the roast. Check every 15 minutes or so and baste each time. Insert a meat thermometer and continue checking and basting until the temperature reaches 160 degrees. Remove from the grill and allow to rest for 10 minutes. I like to pour a glass of wine and sit outside while the roast cooks….
This recipe is inspired by a local restaurant that I enjoy going to for lunch with my daughter Victoria. Last week I had their simple baby greens salad as a starter and I loved the dressing. I came home and started looking at recipes for the right blend of items and this is what I came up with….
6 tbsp. champagne vinegar
4 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 cup honey
1 cup canola oil
salt and white pepper to taste
Whisk together the vinegar, mustard and honey. Slowly whisk in the canola oil in a steady stream. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate a couple of hours before serving. Simple but a real keeper!
My favorite sandwich is a corned beef Reuben….the only problem when ordering one is that they always come from the kitchen soggy! I am sure this is because of the sauerkraut but I have figured out how to make it so it comes out crispy on both sides. Two other things that make mine extra good are homemade corned beef and sauerkraut. This blog isn’t about making those but a step by step plan to help you make a perfect Reuben!
1. Heat the corned beef and sauerkraut.
2. Butter one side of a slice of hearty bread, i.e. rye, pumpernickel or whole grain. Place it butter side down on a griddle pan.
3. Put a slice of your favorite cheese.
4. Layer the corned beef over the cheese.
5. Drizzle with thousand island dressing.
6. Heap on the sauerkraut.
7. Add a second slice of cheese.
8. Top with a second slice of buttered bread, butter side up.
Turn the heat on medium and stand by until the bottom slice of cheese is melting and the bread is browned and crisp. Carefully, flip over and continue to cook until the second piece of cheese is melting and the bread is crispy. Remove from the heat, cut in half and enjoy! Give it a try, I think you will be pleasantly surprised!
I had a friend who used to make this once in a while and my family loves it. I lost contact with the friend but managed to hold on to the recipe. It is a super easy recipe that comes out tasting like a giant chocolate chip cookie. I like to serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Make a single crust pie dough. If you don’t like to make your crust from scratch, I won’t be insulted. I went for many years using the prepared crusts from the refrigerated section at the store. I now make it from scratch as it really is easy.
In your food processor put:
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cold butter cut in small pieces
Process until crumbly. Add 3-4 tablespoons of ice water and process just until it starts to come together. Roll out and put in a shallow (as opposed to deep dish) pie plate.
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 cup melted butter
1 cup chocolate chips
Whisk together the eggs, sugars and vanilla
Add the flour and whisk until smooth
Add the butter in three additions, whisking until smooth after each addition. Add the chocolate chips (1 cup of nuts also if you like) stir until well mixed. Pour into your prepared pie shell and bake at 325 degrees for about 50 minutes or until the center is puffed and golden brown. Give it a try, it is sure to please your family!