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Hearts of Palm Dip

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Happy holidays!  I wanted to share an appetizer that I make this time of year that is usually a big hit.  It’s a twist on the old spinach and artichoke dip and it is a crowd pleaser!


  • 1 (14.25 ounce) can hearts of palm, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a glass pie plate.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the hearts of palm, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, green onion, sour cream and mayonnaise. Spread into the greased pie plate.
  3. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes, or until light brown and bubbly. Serve with crackers or Melba rounds.

Meatloaf Muffins ~ Holiday Pot Luck Recipe

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Pot lucks are popular this time of year.  These “muffins” are a unique twist on meatloaf that makes them easy to bring to potlucks and holiday parties to share as an entree dish.


1-1.25 lbs ground turkey (or beef)
1 egg (or 1 tsp apple sauce*)
1 cup bread crumbs (plain or Italian)
1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup diced onion
1/2 tsp Worchestershire
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder

Combine all ingredients by hand in large bowl.  Fill muffin cups 1/2 full with mixture.  Bake at 375 for about 40 minutes or until top is crisp and brown.

*I use apple sauce to replace the egg due to my daughter’s egg allergy.  It is still delicious with this substitute!

Healthy After School Snacks

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

My kids are HUNGRY when they get home from school.  And with activities at night I need them to have a good, healthy snack to tide them over until dinnertime.  They seem to need more than just a piece of fruit these days so this is in addition to the fruit they are already getting.  I love reading up on recipes and food so here is a list of snacks I have found that work well for after school.

  • Cheese and whole grain crackers
  • Whole grain bagel or pita with cream cheese or peanut butter
  • Yogurt with frozen fruit
  • Cereal
  • Baked pita chips and hummus
  • Veggies and hummus
  • Mixed nuts
  • Air popped popcorn
  • Edamame
  • Whole wheat tortilla wrap with cream cheese & turkey
  • Whole wheat tortilla quesadilla
  • Applesauce with cinnamon
  • Homemade trail mix with nuts, pretzels, goldfish and raisins
  • Brown rice cakes
  • Multigrain waffles
  • English muffin pizza
  • Tuna on whole grain crackers

My list contains all egg-free options since my daughter is allergic to eggs!

Pot Luck Recipes ~ Pasta Salad

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Pot lucks are a very popular way of entertaining during the hot months of summer.  It  not only eases the burden on the hostess, but is a fun way for everyone to try different types of food and new recipes.  This is one of my favorites!

Pasta Salad

  • 12 oz bow tie pasta or tri-colored spirals, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 can hearts of palm, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 cucumber, sliced and seeded
  • grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced and seeded
  • 1 container mozzarella balls


  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp dijon or spicy brown mustard
  • 2 gloves garlic, minced
  • pepper, to taste

Combine all the items in a large serving bowl, toss with dressing, and chill for at least 3 hours before serving.  You can make this a main dish item by adding cooked chicken or shrimp!

4th Of July Food

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Many of us will be going to parties this holiday weekend and most likely bringing a dish along.  I personally have been looking for some fun themed treats for our family potluck.  I have found that most are desserts or involve strawberries and blueberries!  Here are a few red, white, and blue recipes.  I am going to try making the pretzel sparklers this year!

Rice Krispy 4th of July Cut Outs – cute star shaped desserts
Summer Berry Trifle – with strawberries, blueberries, pudding, and ladyfingers
Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Pie – ice cream and sorbet in a graham cracker crust
Wave Your Flag Cake – jello, cool whip and fruit (personal favorite!)
Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad – red, white, and blue skinned potatoes
Red, White, and Blueberry Skewers – strawberries, blueberries, and marshmallows
Pretzel Sparklers – pretzels dipped in chocolate and rolled in red, white, and blue sprinklers
Fruited Cheesecake Flag – individual squares combine to make a flag
Red, White, and Blue Strawberry Appetizer Recipe – with blueberries and yogurt or cream
Chocolate Covered Strawberries – use white chocolate and add blue and red food coloring

Have a happy holiday!

Mom’s Turkey Stuffing Recipe with Sausage and Apple

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Every Thanksgiving my family looks forward to homemade stuffing.  Here’s my mom’s famous recipe!


6 cups freshly crumbled french bread
1 pound pork sausage meat (without casing)
2 medium onions diced
1 cup celery diced
2 cups apples diced
2 eggs slightly beaten
2 tbsp poultry seasoning
1 tsp thyme
1/4 cup melted butter
2 cups turkey stock (or more)

Tear apart french bread into breadcrumbs.  Place on baking sheet and toast at 350 degrees in the oven.  Brown sausage meat and set aside.  Saute onions and celery in meat fat until soft, not brown.  In large mixing bowl combine bread, apples, sausage meat, onions, celery, slightly beaten eggs.  Add poultry seasoning.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Mix well.  Add melted butter and turkey stock to moisten as desired.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Add turkey juices as desired.  Or stuff in turkey and it can cook with the bird!

Preparing Thanksgiving for 22

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  It’s a time to get the family and perhaps some close friends together to enjoy a meal and good company.  No presents to stress about.  In our house it’s about the food, wine, people, and some football.

This time of year always sneaks up me though.  We are expecting 22 people this year for Thanksgiving (including ourselves), but thankfully it is our family tradition for everyone to bring a dish.  I have already started working out the menu:  deviled eggs, cheese tray, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, broccoli-cauliflower gratin, creamed corn, sweet potato, fruit salad, and pies.  The  guest list and grocery list are in Google docs.  I love having my lists web based!

Starting early really does save money.  I usually need to go to Costco, Smart and Final, and Ralphs (our local grocery store).  I bake a 20 lb bird and then deep fry a 12 pounder.  The grocery store usually has the best deals on turkeys with a minimum purchase, which is easily met with today’s grocery prices. I borrow extra tables and chairs to accommodate the large group.

On to the best part, choosing the drinks!  I like to have a nice selection of wine for each stage of the day.  A nice Prosecco champagne during the appetizers.   The main course will be accompanied by Ferrari Carrano Fume Blanc, Groth Sauvignon Blanc, Sterling Chardonnay, and Sanford Pinot Noir. Since my family like heavy reds we will also have some Liberty School Cabernet on hand.  I usually purchase the wine at Costco, but also check BevMo or Cost Plus World Market.  Beer drinkers will enjoy some Stella Artois and Fat Tire.  I will also make some fresh lemonade and coffee.  Sodas are a must as well so in addition to the basics we have Henry Weinhard’s Root Beer and Black Cherry soda.

I am starting to feel prepared.  Just need to start the shopping!

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