Minestrone Soup

I thought I was done making soups this season but Mother Nature says no! so here is another variation on the Minestrone theme from the Food Network Magazine by Ellie Krieger. 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 large onion, diced (I didn’t have an onion so I used 1/4 cup dried onion) 4 cloves … Continue reading

Orecchiette with Broccoli, Tomatoes and Sausage

This recipe came from “All You” magazine.  The sausage gives it such great flavor! 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped (I pressed it) 8 oz hot or sweet Italian sausage, removed from casings (I used the smoked sausage that you can find in the grocery store near the cold cuts because my … Continue reading

Pasta with Green Beans and Tuna

This recipe came in one of my cooking magazines (can’t remember which one) and was in a “Cooking For One” section but it sounded good so I quadrupled the ingredients for the 4 of us and it came out great.  We had it hot for dinner but I’m thinking it will taste just as good, … Continue reading

Caramel Brownies

This is one of my all time favorite brownie recipes which I got from my sister in law Laurie many years ago.  They are so yummy and gooey and so easy to make.  They are also good cold. 1 package caramels (this time for the first time I used those Kraft Caramel Bits which are … Continue reading

Crunchy Orange Chicken Salad

This recipe comes from VeryBestBaking.com.  The salad was really good but the dressing looked and tasted strange so I ended up throwing it out and making another dressing which comes from a Pampered Chef recipe for Asian Citrus Salad (which is already on the blog) so I’ll give you both dressing recipes here and you … Continue reading

Family Pasta Salad

A Pampered Chef recipe. 16 oz uncooked cavatappi pasta (I used elbows which are similar to cavatappi) 8 oz mild cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2″ cubes (I used shredded instead) 1 cup frozen peas, thawed 1/2 cup sliced celery 1 small carrot, grated (I hate grating carrots so I just used the veggie peeler to … Continue reading

Pink Flowers Mini Fondant Cake

This was a little thank you for all the wardrobe ladies I’ve been working with the past week and a half (plus an opportunity for Courtney to practice her flower making skills).  The cake is about 6″ round and is that White (or in this case Chocolate) Sour Cream Almond Cake recipe plus my favorite … Continue reading

Chocolate Swirl Coffee Cake

YUM!  Don’t remember where the recipe came from though!  🙂 1/3 cup flaked coconut 1/4 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts of course) 1/4 cup sugar 3 tablespoons butter, melted and divided 2 cups Bisquick 1/4 cup sugar 2/3 cup water or milk (I used milk) 1 egg 1/3 cup chocolate chips, melted Heat oven … Continue reading