Sunday, May 29, 2011

A Berry Fruity Crepe

I just love crepes! They are so very light and tasty. I purchase crepes pre-made at my local grocer. I then make my own whipped topping (see recipe below) and add sliced strawberries, kiwi and blueberries inside and on top of the crepe once folded. This is an absolutely delicious recipe and great if you are watching your waistline!

Whipped Topping Recipe
7 oz heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar (I use organic)
1 tsp vanilla

With electric mixer beat the heavy cream until medium peaks appear. Add sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks appear. Place cream and fruit inside each crepe and then on the outside of the crepe after you fold. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Baked Beans Billy Skillet Style

Don't these beans look so yummy? Well, I have to tell you that the picture doesn't do any justice! They are simply the best baked beans ever! My dear husband created this recipe and our kids, family, and friends always rave about how good they are. Well, you are one lucky reader today because I am sharing the recipe. Actually, hubby usually mixes the bean recipe together and then converts to a 9x13 baking pan. However, I made these beans using his recipe but I converted them back to the iron skillet that I started with. Here's the recipe:

Iron skillet
1 can 28 oz of Bush's regular style baked beans
1/2 medium onion chopped
4 slices of good bacon (I use thick sliced) chop into pieces
3 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp mustard
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp bbq sauce

Heat iron skillet on medium and cook onion and bacon until onion tender. Meanwhile pour all other ingredients into a bowl and mix. Drain grease from skillet and place cooked onion and bacon in mixture. Mix well and then place all ingredients back in the iron skillet. Bake for 30 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!!!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bag of Rice

My hubby and I made a trip to Sam's last night. I told him I needed a bag of rice. Well, we found this wonderul aromatic Basmati rice in this cool burlap sack for only twelve dollars and some change! What a great deal! I see a lot of chicken and rice dinners!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Coconut Rice

My sister-n-law requested I put this recipe on my blog. It is fantastic served with Thai stir fry chicken. I use Vigo Jasmine rice to make this recipe and I I go by the recipe on the bag. Of course, I convert a few ingredients.

So here it is:

1 1/2 cups Jasmine Rice
1 14 ox can Coconut milk
1/4 cup water
1 tsp organic sugar
1/4 tsp sea salt

Rinse rice thoroughly, several times until almost clear. Drain in colander. In a 4 quart saucepan with lid, add coconut milk, water, sugar, and salt. Stir until blended. Add drained rice and stir. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover tightly to simmer. Cook about 15 minutes and remove from heat. Fluff and serve. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Slow Cooker Pork Loin Roast

This recipe I found on but of course changed a little bit to my satisfaction. It make a marvelous pork loin and very tender if you cook in your crock pot.

1 large sweet onion sliced
2 1/2 lbs boneless pork loin roast
1 cup hot water
1/4 cup organic sugar
3 tblsp red wine vinegar
2 tblsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tblsp ketchup (I use the one with no high fructose corn syrup)
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic paste
Couple dashes of hot pepper sauce

Place onions in bottom of crock pot and place meat on top. Mix all other ingredients together and pour over meat. Let cook on low 4-5 hours. Serve with hot mashed potatoes or buttered noodles and a vegetable. You will love this dish!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Two Thumbs Up for the Sweet & Sour Sausage

Okay, I created the recipe that my sister-in-law, Jan recommended last night. I have to say it was totally awesome!!!! A definite must try. I used Jasmine rice with mine. You can get the recipe below on my January 13th post. Let me know if you make this delicious recipe.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sweet & Sour Sausage

My sister-in-law shared this recipe with me so I am passing along. It sounds very tasty and I am anxious to try it out. I will probably use a red or yellow pepper rather than green. I just prefer the overall taste of those. Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think.


1 green pepper, sliced 1/2 tsp. ground ginger (Can be omitted)
1 medium onion,sliced 1 Tbsp. vinegar
1lb.Eckrich smoked sauage, 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
cut into 3/4 inch pieces 1/2 c. apricot preserves
1 Tbsp.butter 1 cup pineapple chunks (with juice)
1 Tbsp. cornstarch Hot cooked Rice

Cook green pepper, onion and sausage in butter for 5 minutes
Combine cornstarch and ginger; stir in vinegar.
Add soy sauce and preserves. Stir into sausage mixture.
Heat over low heat until sauce thickens. Stire in pineapple & juice.
Heat until hot. Serve over rice. Makes 6 servings.

Simple and very tasty.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

I am so all about convenience when it comes to cooking. I love creating different kinds of dishes but I also like to make it easy on myself. The older I get the less I like standing in the kitchen. So, the next best thing to making a wholesome meal that requires a lot of time is using a slow cooker.

I have so wanted to make the famouse French dish Beef Bourguignon but I do not have a Dutch oven. I suppose I could use some of my stoneware but I really wanted to try this dish using my slow cooker. So, I set out and created my own dish using some ideas from the Barefoot Contessa and did some change ups with what I had on hand.

Here is my version:

2 1/2 - 3 lb beef chuck roast (I purchased mine from Fresh Market as their beef is to die for)
Kosher salt
Black pepper in the grinder
1/2 lb carrots (I used a 1/2 bag of the small carrots ready to eat)
4 stems of celery cut up
1 onion sliced
2 cloves of fresh garlic sliced
1/2 bag of gourmet new potatoes
4 sprigs of fresh Thyme
2 TBSP of ketchup
1/2 cup brandy
1 cup good red wine
2 1/2 cups beef broth

Salt and pepper chuck roast and place in crock pot. Put vegetables in pot and add brandy, wine, and beef broth. Add ketchup and stir. Place fresh Thyme on top and cover pot. Let cook until done. This dish will not disappoint you! Serve with fresh yeast rolls and side greens. Enjoy!!!!!