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Anything is good, in moderation. I cook because I love to and because I can share with those around me. I crochet for the same reason.

Do what you want to do, enjoy what you do and use it to touch those around you.

Jan 28, 2016

Pinto Bean Stew

I find soaking to be optional - sort the beans well.  If you do soak the beans, KEEP the water you soak them in and use it as part of the 6 cups in the recipe.  



1 Pound Dry Pinto Beans
6 Cups water
2 Tbl Minced Scallion
1 Cup Bell Pepper, diced
3/4 Cup Sliced Carrot
2 Cups Frozen Corn, thawed
3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 Tbl Chili Powder
2 Tsp Cumin
2 Tbl Lime Juice
1 1/2 Tsp Salt

Combine all ingredients except juice and salt in a 5 to 6 quart slow cooker.  Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.  Keep an eye on the liquid and add HOT water if the liquid drops below the beans.  Half an hour before serving, add lime juice.  Taste.  Add salt if necessary.

Jan 27, 2016

Blueberry Lime Pie

No bake with added frozen blueberries - good to make as you dream of summer.  You can use lime or key lime pudding mix.


9 Inch Graham Craker Crust
8 Ounces Cream Cheese, softened
14 Ounces Sweetend Condensed Milk
1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
3.4 Ounce Lime Pudding Mix
1 Medium Lime, tested and juiced
21 Ounce Premium Blueberry Pie Filling
1 Cup Blueberries (thawed if frozen)

Combine cream cheese, condensed milk and powdered sugar in a large bowl until smooth.  Add pudding mix, juice and zest - mix until well blended.

Mix blueberries and 1/2 cup pie filling - spread into the bottom of the pie crust.  Top with pudding mixture.  Spoon remaining pie filling on top.  Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Jan 23, 2016

2016 Blizzard Breakfast

Cinnamon Bun French Toast Casserole.....surprisingly not as sweet as you would expect.  Tastes just like cinnamon french toast.

4 Tbl Butter
2 Tubes Refrigerated Cinnamon Rolls
4 Large Eggs
1/3 Cup Milk
2 Tsp Vanilla
2 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Nutmeg

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Melt butter and pour into the bottom of a 13 x 9 pan.  Tilt pan to coat the bottom.

Take cinnamon rolls from tubes, set frosting aside for later.  Cut cinnamon rolls into 8 pieces and drop into pan.

Whisk together Eggs, Milk, Vanilla, Cinnamon and Nutmeg.  Pour over cinnamon buns.  Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.  Remove from oven.

Put Frosting in a zip top bag.  Snip off corner and squeeze onto cinnamon buns.  Serve hot - maple syrup is optional.

Jan 22, 2016

Sweet Potato Quesadilla

Quesadillas - so many options.


1/2 Tsp Olive Oil
1 Clove Garlic, minced
1 Sweet Potato, peeled and grated
1 Small Package Frozen Spinach, thawed and thoroughly drained (i.e., squeezed in a towel)
1 Tsp Canned Chipotle Chili in Adobo, mashed
1 Small Jalepeno, seeded and finely chopped
15 Ounce Can Navy Beans, drained and rinsed
1 Avocado
2 Tbl Lime Juice
4 Sprigs Cilantro, chopped
8 Corn Tortillas

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add garlic and cook for one minute. Add the sweet potato and spinach, season with salt and pepper.  Add Chipotle and Jalapeno and cook until the potato is soft.  Add beans and mash with a potato masher.  Taste and add salt and pepper to taste.

Mash avocado and stir together with lime juice and cilantro.

Transfer sweet potato mixture to a bowl, wipe out skillet and place over medium heat.    Lay a tortilla flat in the pan, spoon 1/8 of the mixture one side of the tortilla and fold over.  Cook about 2 minutes per side or until golden brown.  Repeat with remaining tortillas.


Jan 21, 2016

Jerk Roasted Chicken

I know it's cold out - who cares!  Get your grill going - that will keep you warm.  What is spatchcocking?  It is cutting the backbone out of a chicken (best done with kitchen shears) so it can lay flat for cooking.

1 Chicken - giblets removed and spatchcocked
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Tsp Dried Thyme
1 Medium Orange
2 Tsp Brown Sugar
1 Tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
1/2 Tsp Black Pepper
1/2 Tsp Allspice
1/4 Tsp Nutmeg

Lay chicken in a large baking dish, set aside.  Zest and Juice the orange, combine that with all other spices.  Rub spice mixture all over the chicken and let sit at least 20 minutes.

While chicken marinades, heat your grill  to 350 to 400 degrees.  When ready, place chicken skin side down on the grill and cook, with grill covered, until it's golden (about 10 minutes).  Turn chicken and grill until the internal temperature is 160 degrees - about 35 minutes.

If you like, get 4 small sweet potatoes, price them with a fork, wrap in foil and place them on the grill with the chicken.


Jan 20, 2016

Burrito Bowls

You an eat this with a fork or you can wrap it in a tortilla - whatever you fancy on that day.


2 Tbl Olive Oil
1 Cup Basmati Rice
3 Cloves Garlic
31 Ounces Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 Tsp Chili Powder
1 Tsp Cumin
1 Avocado, pitted, peeled and diced
2 Tbl Lime Juice
1 1/2 Cups Corn


Warm 1 Tbl oil in a medium saucepan.  Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute or so, then add rice and cook, stirring, until fragrant, another 1 to 2 minutes.  Add 1 1/2 Cup Water and 1/2 Tsp Salt, bring to a boil.  Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until water is absorbed (about 15 minutes).

Heat remaining oil in a skillet.   Add cumin and chili powder - cook lightly for 1 minute.  Add water and beans, stir  Cook 5 to 7 minutes until most liquid has evaporated.  Stir in Corn to heat through.

Mash together
avocado and lime juice.

Layer the rice and bean mixture into 4 bowls, top with avocado and serve.


Jan 14, 2016

Ham and Cheese Muffins

Need a quick breakfast to eat on the go?  Try these.  If you are using powdered buttermilk, put powder in dry ingredients and add water to liquids.


2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Pepper
2 Large Eggs
1 1/3 Cup Buttermilk
1/3 Cup Canola Oil
1 Cup Finely Chopped Fully Cooked Ham
4 Ounces Shredded Cheddar Cheese
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  In a large bowl, whisk dry ingredients.  In another bowl, mix liquids.  Add liquids to dry ingredients, stir until just moistened.  For in ham, cheese and garlic.

Fill greased or foil lined muffin cups 3/4 full.  Bake about 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan to cooling racks.

Makes 20 muffins.