Thursday, December 27, 2012

Brie and Sausage Brunch Bake

Jacob made this for Christmas morning breakfast and it was delicious. He didn't use fennel seed and used 8 real eggs instead of 2 cups egg substitute.


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons pepper, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 8 cups cubed day-old sourdough bread
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted sweet red peppers
  • 6 ounces Brie cheese, rind removed and cubed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 cups egg substitute
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3 green onions, sliced


  • In a large skillet, cook the turkey, onion, fennel, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, cayenne and nutmeg over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • Place bread cubes in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer with turkey mixture, red peppers, Brie and Parmesan cheeses and basil. In a large bowl, whisk the egg substitute, milk, mustard and remaining pepper; pour over top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 4-6 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Sprinkle with green onions. Yield: 12 servings.- From Taste of Home

Friday, November 23, 2012

Pizza Rolls

So I am sure that someone more brilliant than me has already come up with this....but the other day I just thought, hey what if I made pizza like I make cinnamon rolls?  And thus, the creation.

I have been playing around with my pizza dough recipe because I wanted to improve it.  I think I have almost got it to what I want.  This worked out beautifully and tasted so good.  I have also been playing around with my pizza sauce recipe because it needs it.  I liked what I did today, but am probably still going to change it more.  With that said... here is what I did.


1 1/4 c. warm water
1 pkg (1 Tbsp) yeast
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, soft, but not melted
no more than 4 c. of flour
1 tsp garlic salt

Proof yeast in warm water.  Beat butter in stand mixer just to mush it up a bit.  Add yeast mixture, salt, and 2 c. flour.  Mix well.  Add only enough flour to make a soft dough that is just a little sticky but you can still handle it.  Knead until smooth and elastic.  Let rise for at least 1 hour.


1 can diced tomatoes, partially drained
1 can tomato paste
1/4 tsp pepper (I used fresh ground)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground oregano (you can use the leaves too, I just don't have any)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well somewhat mushing some of the tomatoes.

Pre heat oven to 425. 

Punch down dough and pour out onto a lightly floured surface.  Roll out into a large rectangle.  Spread sauce over dough staying 1 inch away from the edges.  Sprinkle with mozzerella ( I used a whole lb.)  Top with your favorite toppings, we just used pepperoni.  Roll up, sealing edges. 

Cut into 1- 1 1/2 in slices.  Place on a well greased cookie sheet.  Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until you can press down on the middle and it springs back. 


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tilapia Citrus Couscous Salad

I ate at a friend's house last night and we had this recipe for dinner. Oh man, was it good!!

I have been looking for easy recipes that are healthy and this one fits the bill perfectly. Kid friendly, lots of veggies, tastes like it has chicken in it (but it's really fish), colorful, quick and easy, kids don't even know they're eating fish. What more can you ask for? Here is the recipe.

Tilapia Citrus Couscous Salad
1 cup dry whole-grain couscous
Olive oil cooking spray
½ lb tilapia fillets (4 small or 2 large), skin and bones removed
2 large carrots, peeled and died
1 stalk celery ends timed and finely diced
1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
½ red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and died
Zest and juice 1 lime
Zest and juice ½ lemon
1 tsp Dijon  mustard
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp dried parsley
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

One:  Cook couscous according to package directions.
Two:  Heat a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet on high heat for 1 minute.  Spritz with cooking spray and reduce heat to medium-high.  Place tilapia in skillet and cook for 2 minutes per side.  Remove tilapia and let cook for 5 minutes before flaking with a fork.
Three:  In a large bowl, combine couscous, tilapia, carrots, celery, onion, and bell pepper.   (Note: we sauté the veggies first)
Four:  In a medium bowl, whisk together lime zest and juice, lemon zest and juice, Dijon, oil, garlic and parsley.  Season with salt and black pepper.  Pour dressing over tilapia-couscous mixture and stir until well combined.  Garnish with additional parsley, if desired.  Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator, covered , for up to 1 day.
Five:  enjoy!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tropical Chicken (or Ham)

I am sorry I haven't posted here in a long time. But, today, I was having a conversation with some ladies about using left-over ham and thought I would share my favorite recipe for using it.

1 T vegie oil (I leave this out)
6-8 chicken pieces, skin removed (I used 1-2 boneless skinless chicken breasts the one time I made this with chicken), or cubed cooked ham (I probably do 1-2 cups)
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 8 oz bottle Catalina-or any red French-salad dressing
1 can crushed pineapple, drained (I use tidbits, I don't love the tecture of crushed)
1 small jar apricot preserves (8 oz)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions: in a large oven proof skillet, brown chicken in vegetable oil over medium high heat and season with salt and pepper. While chicken is browning, mix together other ingredients and pour over chicken and cover. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes (I usually do 20-it's fully cooked and only is for heating through). Serve over rice.

I made this with chicken the first time I made it, then tried it with left over ham the next time. I have never made it with chicken again. The person who gave me the recipe said that chopped fresh coconut in it is really good-I'm not a fan, so I've never tried. You can adjust amounts of jam and soup mix to get the level of sweetness you prefer. I like it as is. It originally calls for a small can of pineapple, but I use a regular one. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Chocolate marshmellow cookies

I made these today, and let me tell you they are d-lish! I am going to have to send leftovers to school with Eric tomorrow so I don't eat them all.

I got the recipe from here.

1 chocolate cake mix (I used Pillsbury devils food)
1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening (I used butter because I didn't have any)
2 eggs
12 large marshmallows
1/2 c. melted butter
1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 c. evaporated milk (I used regular 1% )
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Combine cake mix, eggs, and shortening in the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer and mix until well combined. Drop dough by the tablespoon onto a baking sheet and bake for about 8-10 minutes or until the cookies appear done but are still soft in the center.

While the cookies are baking, use a pair of kitchen shears to cut each marshmallow in half. When the cookies have baked, remove the pan from the oven and place a marshmallow half on each cookie, cut side down. Return the pan to the oven for about 2 minutes. Remove from oven and very gently push each marshmallow down. Allow to cool completely and repeat with remaining cookie dough.

When the cookies have cooled completely, combine the powdered sugar and cocoa powder in a large bowl. Add melted butter, vanilla, and evaporated milk and beat on high until smooth, light, and fluffy. Transfer the frosting to an icing bag fitted with a large tip and swirl onto the cookies. Makes 24 cookies.

And these are what hers looked like. The shortening makes a difference in how they turn out. I think mine stayed poofier because of the butter, but still are amazing. I also think these would be devine with brownie cookies (made from a brownie mix)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites

So we have started a little tradition in our family and that is that we only eat appetizers on New Years Eve. (We also do this during college football season) So needless to say, we have tried a LOT of appetizers. This by far was one of my favorites, and I will definitely make it again and again.

Just as a brief explanation it is a toasted baguette, with a slice of brie slightly melted, topped with an absolutely delicious cranberry chutney, and topped with sparkling cranberries.

I got the recipe from here.

Sugared Cranberries

2 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup good (like real, not Aunt Jemima) maple syrup
1 cup granulated sugar

Rinse cranberries and place in a medium bowl. Heat syrup in a small sauce pan just until warm. Pour over cranberries when syrup is warm, not hot, or cranberries may pop. Cool, cover, and let soak in the refrigerator overnight. Drain cranberries in a colander. Place sugar in a large bowl or baking dish. Add cranberries in 2 batches and roll around until lightly coated in sugar. Place on a baking sheet until dry, about 1 hour.

16 crackers (We used toasted baguette)
8 oz Brie cheese
cranberry chutney or cranberry relish
fresh mint for garnish

Assemble crackers with one slice of brie, a light layer of cranberry chutney, and 4 or 5 sugared cranberries. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.

Cranberry chutney

1 orange peeled, tough membrane removed (all the white stuff, basically you just want the pulp)
1/4 c. orange juice
1 c. fresh cranberries (you really can use frozen once they are thawed)
3/4 c. sugar
1 med golden delicious apple, peeled, cored, and chopped (I used a crispin because that is what I like)
1/4 c. chopped walnuts (as fine as you like them)
1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer stirring occationally for 5-8 min. Or until cranberries are bursting. (the last time I made this I could actually hear the cranberries pop, it was fun) Chill until serving time. You can freeze in small containers for later use.

Also tasted really good on chicken, pork and turkey. Yum, let me tell you. Makes your house smell good too.

Mini Crab Cups

Mini Crab Cups

1 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp honey
2 tsp canola oil
30 gyoza skins
1/2 c. finely chopped celery
1/2 c. chopped seeded tomato
1/2 c. light mayo (I used regular)
1/4 c. chopped fresh chives
3 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
1 tsp minced seeded jalapeno pepper (I left this out)
1 tsp grated lime rind
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 lb lump crabmeat, shell pieces removed
cilantro leaves (optional)

Preheat oven to 375. Combine first three ingredients, stirring with a whisk. Brush mixture evenly over both sides of each gyoza. Fit 1 gyoza into each of 30 mini muffin cups pressing firmly into the base. Bake at 375 for 12 min. or until lightly browned. Cool in pans on a wire rack. Carefully remove cups from pans.

Combine celery and next 10 ingredients (through crabmeat) in a large bowl. Toss gently. Spoon 1-1/2 Tbsp crab mixture into each gyoza cup. Garnish each with a cilantro leaf.

The crab mixture can be made a day ahead.

Salmon Patties

I have a wonderful friend by the name of Melissa (great name eh?) and I follow her cooking blog fairly closely, although I am not quite as dedicated to healthiness as she is. But I got this recipe from her blog and was definitely not disappointed. We made sliders out of them instead of big ones. My kids also gobbled them up like there was no tomorrow.

1 can salmon (14.5 oz), drained and flaked (I just used 3- 5oz cans)
2 eggs
1/4 c. bread crumbs
1/4 c. dry potato flakes
1/4 c. finely diced red onion
juice of half a lemon (a little more than 1 Tbsp)
5 dashes hot sauce
1/4 t. garlic powder
salt and pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
lemon wedges and/or tartar sauce for serving

Preheat skillet over medium heat. Mix all of the ingredients through salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Roll a golf ball sized amount in your hand and flatten to a little less than 1/2 an inch thick. Pour 1 Tbsp oil in the pan and allow to heat. Place patties in pan and cook about 5 minutes on each side until browned. Repeat with remaining mix and oil. Enjoy.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Aunt Jane's Baked Beans

1 Large can of Pork and Beans
1 15 oz can of Kidney Beans
8 Tbsp Brown Sugar
3 slices of Bacon, cut small
3/4 Cups of Ketchup
3/4 tsp Dry Mustard
1 Medium Onion, minced

Mix well. Bake at 300 degrees for 2 hours covered.

*For bacon, I bake it and it comes out perfect every time, click here for directions In this recipe I take it out a few minutes early so it's still squishy.
*I also like it saucy and add and an extra small can of pork and beans and cook it for a little over 1 hour instead of 2.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Regina's Modified Tuna Casserole

This is a delicious, cheap and fast casserole:

1 Cup Frozen Peas, thawed in microwave
2 Cans Tuna
8 oz Macaroni Noodles, cooked
1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 Cup Sour Cream
8 oz Shredded Cheese
1 Cup Pepperidge Farm Stuffing (or any bread crumbs)
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Stir ingredients besides noodles in a large bowl. Sprinkle with crumbs. Cook noodles and drain them. Stir in other ingredients while noodles are hot. Eat immediately or put in baking dish and cover 20-30 minutes @350 until warm. Serves 6-8.