Three Chip Cookies

Is there anything better than a chocolate chip cookie right out of the oven?  I think not.  Here is one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes from Nestle. I went for a lot of years refusing to bake cookies because they never came out the way I wanted them to, light and fluffy and … Continue reading

Bacon, Linguini and Tomato Toss

A brand new Pampered  Chef recipe which is delicious – tastes like a dish you’d order at an Italian restaurant!  And the Pampered Chef estimates it at around $2.00 a serving. 12 slices bacon, divided 4 cups chicken broth 2 (14.5 oz each) cans Italian style diced tomatoes 1 medium onion 4 garlic cloves, pressed … Continue reading

Mediterranean Cafe Salad

“satisfying, somewhat fancy main dish salad” #4 for my sis in law Mary and, as you’ve probably already guessed, a Pampered Chef recipe dressing: 1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil 3 tablespoons red or white wine vinegar 1 envelope onion soup mix 1 clove garlic salad: 1 medium cucumber, sliced 1 can medium olives, sliced … Continue reading

Grilled Chicken Bistro Salad

“satisfying, somewhat fancy main dish salad” #3 for my sis in law Mary, this one comes from my Pampered Chef director, Jennifer Harmon. dressing: 1/4 cup olive oil 3 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon dried dillweed 1 large clove garlic, pressed 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning Grilled chicken: 4 medium skinless, boneless … Continue reading

Easy Summer Salad

“satisfying, somewhat fancy main dish salad” #2 for my sis in law Mary, also a Pampered Chef recipe dressing: 1/4 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons vinegar 1 tablespoon basil flakes 1/2 teaspoon salt dash of pepper salad: baby spinach Romaine lettuce sliced cucumbers sliced mushrooms sliced green onions Feta cheese Craisins Mix … Continue reading

Colossal Chopped Salad

My sister in law Mary has requested some recipes for “satisfying, somewhat fancy main dish salads” for an event so here is #1, a Pampered Chef recipe. 1 (16 oz) package uncooked penne pasta 1 head Romaine lettuce, thinly sliced 2 cups diced cooked chicken (when I’m in a hurry, I just use a can … Continue reading

Banana Crunch Muffins

I got this recipe from “The Barefoot Contessa” aka Ina Garten on the Food Network.  Everyone always loves them. I heard that you could freeze bananas so before we went on vacation for spring break, I threw some bananas in the freezer that were just perfect for banana bread or muffins.  I used them making … Continue reading

Nutty Chocolate Chip Picnic Cake

Another Courtney favorite, it’s kind of like the coffee cake that she likes only chocolate.  One great thing about this cake is that it doesn’t require frosting so if you’re in a hurry, it’s the perfect recipe.  The recipe comes from Betty Crocker. 1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1/3 … Continue reading

Slow Cooker Italian Spaghetti Sauce

a Courtney favorite! from Betty Crocker. 2 pounds bulk Italian sausage or ground beef 3 medium onions, chopped 2 cups sliced mushrooms (I leave these out) 6 cloves garlic, pressed 2 (14 1/2 oz) cans diced tomatoes, undrained 1 (29 oz) can tomato sauce (I add a little more tomato sauce, 1 – 2 of … Continue reading

Classic Minestrone

First time making this one, looks and smells great!  The weekly pot of soup.  (Another recipe pulled from a magazine so long ago that I can’t remember which one.) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium red onion, chopped 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced 1 large celery stalk, diced 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 … Continue reading