Friday, September 14, 2012

Skip Over Recipes...

...and go back to May 15, 2011! I got sidetracked with cooking and using my blog here to store my favorites...and to share with all. BUT for my more serious blog posts, they can be found from May 15, 2011, and back...enjoy!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Fresh, Simple, Cheap, YUMMY, Lemony Pasta

If you like a lemon taste, here is a fantastic, fresh, SIMPLE and cheap recipe I have been making all week>
Trader Joe's AMAZING Lemon Pepper Pappardelle Pasta
Trader Joe's jar of Artichoke Antipasto
Make the pasta, then combine with antipasto in a big serving dish.
Add the juice of a fresh lemon and stir together. 
* For my tastes, I also add crushed red pepper flakes, topped with slivered almonds or pine nuts if I have them.
You can also add shrimp or langostinos if you like.
You can really do any variation of this recipe to suit your tastes; I just made it up!
It's THAT easy!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Cheesy Breakfast Casserole or Muffins

A Guamanian winner for breakfast; not the healthiest but if you're like me and eat one decent-sized meal daily, a little is OK!

Recipe by: Annie Merfalen from 671 Recipes

Cooking spray
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 package (about 8 slices) bacon, cooked and broken into small pieces
1/2 cup diced onions
1/2 cup diced bell peppers
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1 can sweet kernel corn, drained
4 large eggs
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray.
Spread breadcrumbs on the bottom of the baking pan. Mix together the cooked and crumbled bacon, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and corn; pour the mixture over the breadcrumbs.
In a small mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Using a whisk, mix in the flour, butter, baking powder, and garlic powder. Stir in 3/4 cup of the shredded cheese. Pour the mixture into the pan.
Sprinkle the top of the casserole with the remaining 1/4 cup of shredded cheese. Bake for 60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle of the casserole comes out clean.

Options: add sliced black olives to the bacon and vegetable mixture; also optional--serve with a side of salsa.

Recipe courtesy of Janyce Sprinkle (modified for my tastes)

Hashbrowns line bottom topped with egg, turkey breast or tofu, shredded cheese, bell peppers or any peppers and veggies of your choice, ground flaxseed...
Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.
Serve with salsa or hot sauce and a dollop of Greek yogurt.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Delicious, Healthy, Beautiful Salad

Linda McConnell's Recipe for an Interesting Salad
Slight variation of my sister’s recipe..chopped strawberries, yellow pepper, tomato, red onion, blueberries, and feta with balsamic vinaigrette…delicious, healthy, and beautiful!

Greek Halva -- Really Yummy...Pragmatika Nostima

Greek Halva is a sweet that is cheap, easy, and quick to make...and is eaten even faster. I use walnuts, almonds, pine nuts and raisins, for extra goodness and flavor.
1 cup sunflower or corn oil
2 cups semolina
 Half a cup of walnuts cut up in small pieces
Half a cup of almonds, either slivers or cut up in smaller pieces
Half a cup pine nuts
¾ cup raisins
3 cups of sugar
4 cups of water
½ cup of honey
1 cinnamon stick
4 – 5 cloves
1 star aniseed
A piece of lemon peel
A piece of orange peel
A squeeze or so of lemon juice

Put the walnuts, almonds and pine nuts in a small pan and roast them for a little on a medium fire. They burn very easily, that’s why you must watch them and move the pan. When they are lightly brown place them on a plate and put them aside.
Put the ingredients for the syrup in a pan and bring to the boil. Remove the foam, reduce the heat and keep it hot until needed.
Place the oil in a large bottomed pan and stir in the semolina. Keep the fire low because it burns easily. Keep stirring and you will see the semolina turning a nice nutty brown. Don’t let it burn, because then it will be bitter. When it is nicely browned, add the walnuts, almonds, pine nuts and raisins and stir well. Remove the pan from the heat and leave it for about two minutes to cool down a bit.
Remove the cinnamon, cloves, aniseed and peels from the syrup. Now take some syrup with a ladle and add it to the semolina mixture. Stand back and be very careful, as it splatters! Continue stirring the mixture and adding the syrup until it is finished. Return the pan to the fire. Keep stirring the halva so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom. When the liquid is absorbed, take the pan off the fire and let it stand for five to ten minutes.
Put the halva in a cake mould, or in individual bowls. Dust the top with powdered cinnamon. Let it cool. When it is cold, you can invert the mold on a platter. Dust again with cinnamon. It is eaten at room temperature or straight from the fridge.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Strawberry Ice Cream Topped with Balsamic Vinegar Strawberries

Strawberry Ice Cream Topped with Balsamic Vinegar Strawberries

1 quart strawberries, washed, stemmed, halved
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup strawberry ice cream
Place strawberries in a bowl. Sprinkle with sugar, vinegar and pepper. Toss until well combined. Let stand 1 hour or all day.

Divide the ice cream into 4 serving dishes. Top with 1/4 of the strawberries and the juice. Serve immediately.

* I served in martini glasses with Asian Pocky chocolate/almond sticks and strawberry creme cookies; you can add anything like that to doll it up!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Monkey Bread

Sorry for all the food posts recently, but this is the best place for me to keep recipes all in one spot, it seems -- electronically anyway! So, enjoy!

Fast & Easy Monkey Bread

1/2 c sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 can(s) pillsbury refrigerated, buttermilk biscuits
1/2 c walnuts
1/2 c raisins
3/4 c melted butter
1/2 c brown sugar


1. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 12-cup fluted tube pan with shortening or cooking spray. In large -storage plastic food bag, mix granulated sugar and cinnamon.

2. Separate dough into 16 biscuits; cut each into (4) quarters. Shake in large ziplock bag to coat. Arrange in pan, adding walnuts and raisins among the biscuit pieces.(by layers)

3. In small bowl, mix brown sugar and butter; pour over biscuit pieces.

4. Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Cool in pan 

10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate; pull apart to serve. Serve warm.

Compliments of Frank-Lani Cruz (

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Complete, Cost-effective Meal -- and Nutrition -- All in One Bowl

I got this idea from Chipotle's Burrito Bowl and make it at home often! I cram in all the nutrition I can and it's yummy -- veggies (tomatoes, onions, hot peppers, lettuce, corn), garlic, rice, ground flaxseed, olive oil, hot peppers/salsa for metabolism, beans for fiber, cheese and Greek yogurt for dairy and protein, tomato sauce for lycopene! >

Burrito Bowl
Black or pinto beans
(* In a saucepan, I drain and mix a can of corn with an undrained can of black beans, so I have enough left to use for several servings) 
Rice (I make 2-4 servings for the same reason as above)
Optional: Some kind of Morning Star meal-starter protein substitute for me, or shredded chicken, turkey, pork, beef (I cook this in a skillet with onions, garlic, olive oil, cayenne/paprika, and a little tomato sauce)
A little shredded cheese -- such as cheddar, gouda, fontina, Jarlsberg, Monterey Jack
Romaine lettuce
Chopped tomatoes
Greek yogurt (or sour cream) [I use Greek 2% yogurt and for what we can get in the US, it MUST be Fage (Fa-yay) brand for me. The others are nowhere near the real deal like in Greece!]
Layer and eat, that's all there is to it! 
* Obviously when using for leftovers, in a bowl in a microwave heat your beans, corn, rice and protein/meat, then layer everything else on top after heating.

Vegetarian Chili Beans (* you can eat alone or use in your Burrito Bowl instead of black or pinto beans)
In olive oil, sauté minced/chopped garlic and onions -- and diced hot peppers if you like.
Optional: Some kind of Morning Star meal-starter protein substitute for me, or shredded chicken, turkey, pork, beef
Add a few tablespoons of ground flaxseed for a good hit of fiber and Omega 3>you can find at Earth Fare; I use Spectrum brand in a yellowish package. 
Add a few kinds of beans; I usually choose two types>butter beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, red kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans...butter beans are spectacular for a nice texture and taste...
A hand full of chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 can of tomato sauce
Simmer for about 20 minutes. Ready! Then same drill as above...
Chili beans and rice in bottom of bowl
Corn if you like
Next so it melts: a little shredded or slices of cheese -- such as cheddar, gouda, fontina, Jarlsberg, Monterey Jack...
Romaine lettuce
Chopped tomatoes
Fage brand Greek 2% yogurt (or sour cream)
* Obviously when using for leftovers, in a bowl in a microwave heat your chili beans, corn, rice and protein/meat, then layer everything else on top after heating in the order above!