Monday, April 18, 2011

Greek Chicken Pitas

Here is a quick and easy recipe for a weeknight meal.  You can do most of the preparation in the morning before work, and then pull it all together when you get home.  We had it for dinner tonight for the first time and really enjoyed them. I hope you like them too!


The Next Best Thing to Robert Redford

Last weekend when our families were here to visit we celebrated Mr. Wonderful's birthday.  The cake his mom has made for years is also a favorite at my family's house... with a few differences.  Both are delicious.  This dish goes against my philosophy of all-natural, wholesome foods, but it is so tasty, I suppose that a little bit once in a while won't hurt.  I should probably also explain the name.  My family calls this tasty dessert "The Next Best Thing to Robert Redford" - where the name came from I can't be sure.  I do know that Robert Redford is pretty yummy, and so is this dessert.  You can decide which one is the best, and which one comes in second.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Parmesan Lemon Pepper Tilapia

We have fish around here 2-3 times a month... it's good for you, and it breaks up the cycle of pork and beef.  I have tried several different ways to prepare it.  Fried with tartar sauce is my favorite, but this is a close second.  I usually buy tilapia when I buy fish, but any white fish (such as cod or haddock) would work in this recipe. To complete the meal I served a rice and broccoli pilaf on the side.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Basic Salad Dressing

Have you ever looked at the ingredient list for store bought salad dressing?  Take a look sometime, and I bet you'll start making your own.  Here's a great one to start with.  It's light and simple, and super yummy.  Thanks to my friend Diane for sharing.  

Drip Beef Sandwiches

Here is a quick and easy slow cooker recipe for a basic drip beef sandwich.  No photos this time... I was hungry and forgot to take one.  You'll have to trust me, it's a tasty sandwich that is simple to put together in the morning, and will be ready to eat when you get home from work. Thanks to Pioneer Woman for sharing this recipe.  The link below shows 2 ways to make it, I used the second one.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Once I share this recipe with you, you will never buy boxed brownie mix again.  At least, I hope you don't.  This is a super quick and easy recipe for homemade brownies.  If we are going to have our sweet indulgences, we should control the ingredients that go into them.  Even if your argument is the convenience of the pre-measured box mixes, you can easily measure out the dry ingredients for several batches, and store in an air-tight container for a couple of weeks.  Then you only have to measure out one dry ingredient, add the wet, mix, pour and bake.  I haven't done the math myself, but I'm willing to be that the homemade variety is cheaper to make too.  So not only are you controlling the ingredients, you'll be saving some money too.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Best Snickerdoodles Ever!

Here's a yummy recipe for snickerdoodles... passed on to my family from my Grandma's neighbor, Mrs. Butterworth.  These cookies are sweet, and soft, and delicious.  Please make some soon... I hope that you like them as much as I do!

Laura's Chili

While Mother Nature is still trying decide whether is it winter or spring, you still have time to make up a batch of chili.  Here is the recipe that I use, I like it just the way it is, but can be adapted to your taste. The chili seasoning recommended will give the soup a little bit of a kick, so use a little less if you don't like so much spice.  Also, the brown sugar sweetens up the soup, a nice complement to the spice, but may be too sweet for some.  Use this recipe as a starting point, and then make it your own.