Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

It’s so easy to cook up a whole chicken with potatoes and broccoli or whatever your chosen vegetable is.  The only downside to this vs. a Rotisserie Chicken is that the baked whole chicken sits in the grease as it cooks, leaving a lot of fat behind, but you can baste out the chicken fats…

Almond Dill French Green Beans

This is by far my favorite green bean dish of all.  I laugh because I used to cook green beans straight from the can, and just like corn, my mom taught me to just add butter and pepper.  How boring! Ingredients: Fresh Cut Green Beans or Frozen French Cut Green Beans Sliced Almonds (or Almond…

No More Boring Corn!

I love corn, I truly do, but as a child, my Mom only served it with the juice from the can and some butter.  Occasionally we’d have ears of corn boiled, but it was always served the same, doused in butter.  I’ve come up with a few ideas to make corn a little more exciting….

Cilantro Dip or Sauce

Talk about a tasty chip dip or cream sauce for fish, poultry or vegetables!  This recipe is simple to follow and offers a few variations/options for chips, salads, or sauces.  The cayenne pepper gives it a slightly spicy red tint which changes when adding more cilantro. Ingredients Chopped Fresh Cilantro Sliced Green Onions/Chives Minced Onion…

Cooking with Mango

Mangos are such a juicy delicious fruit and even better when you learn to cook with them.  My brother made my first Mango Salsa, a mix of sweet and spicy ingredients, so of course I had to try it myself.  It turned out fantastic and I thought of the many things it could be used…

Homemade Ranch Dressing/Dip

Daisy’s Spicy Ranch: Ingredients: Light Sour Cream Heavy or Light Whipping Cream or 2% Milk Chopped Onion Spice Green Onions/Chives Garlic Salt Parsley Cayenne Pepper To make a dressing:  Use a few spoonfuls of Sour Cream and add Milk or Heavy Whipping Cream and stir or shake until thin and smooth.  Use more milk to…

Cookie & White Chocolate Bites

I was researching Christmas cookies and candy recipes and I thought of this one on my own.  It’s a basic mini cookie with a layer of whipped marshmallow, crushed candy cane, covered or drizzled with white chocolate.  I can’t imagine you could mess this treat up as long as you know how to bake a…

Donuts with Icing

This is a great inexpensive and quick desert you can make in your own kitchen.  My mom used to make these for me as a kid and I was amazed that they were just biscuits with icing and so easy to make. Ingredients Roll of Biscuits (1 roll to make 6 or 7 donuts plus…

Chicken Tomato Spinach Basil Pasta

Wow, what a scrumptious Chicken Pasta Dish with Italian Flavor!  Not only is it affordable, it is absolutely tasty with a blend of Spinach, Basil, Garlic and Tomato. Ingredients Chicken Breast(s) – more or less depending upon number served Chopped Fresh Basil Minced Garlic (3 pieces, finely sliced and chopped) Can of Diced Tomatoes (use…

Sweet Icing

I remember making this with my mom as a kid.  She’d make icing for homemade donuts, cookies or even cake frosting.  Its super easy to make your own for Cinnamon Rolls. Ingredients Please try to guestimate the amount of ingredients to find your favorite flavor and thickness; as different types of food need different consistencies;…

Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

These mashed potatoes beat any mashed potato recipe out there, I guarantee it! Ingredients 5 Red Potatoes Garlic Cloves 2 Cloves 1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese (use less for lower fat) Non Fat Milk or Heavy Whipping Cream (start with a small amount and increase as you whip or mix them) 2 TBSP Butter Chopped…

Cream Cheese Dip or Stuffing

Talk about a rich cheesy dip with so many variations and uses!  These dips are great for any party as just as appetizer or even to add to a main dish meal. Ingredients 1 Package of Cream Cheese 1 Type of Onion (my favorite is Chopped Green Onions) Garlic Cloves Parmesan Cheese 1 type of…

Basil Pesto

For a very rich and delicious pasta sauce, bread spread or dipping sauce, or even a salad dressing, this Basil Pesto is absolutely tasty.  Add it to Jiffy Muffin Mix, Pancake Mix, or Bread Mix for a flavorful bread. 2 Cups of Fresh Basil Leaves 1/4 cup of Pine Nuts 2 Garlic Cloves Salt &…