Sunday, September 2, 2018

Shrimp and Sausage Skillet

1 lb medium or large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
6 oz of pre-cooked smoked Turkey sausage chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced
3/4 cup diced green bell pepper
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
1/4 cup chicken stock
2 small zucchini, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt & pepper to taste
2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
2 tbsp. coconut oil or olive oil

1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with some coconut oil or olive oil.

2. Season shrimp with Old Bay Seasoning

3. Cook shrimp about 3-4 minutes until opaque - remove and set aside

4. Cook onions and bell peppers in skillet with 2 Tbsp of olive oil or coconut oil for about 2 minutes.

5. Add sausage and zucchini to the skillet, cook another  minutes.

6. Put cooked shrimp back into skillet along with the garlic, and cook everything for about 1 minute

7. Pour chicken stock into pan and mix through to moisten everything

8. Add salt and ground pepper to taste

9. Remove from heat and serve.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Egg Nog Rice Krispie Treats

This is a favorite holiday treat for us. A great twist on a classic rice krispie treat. Thanks to Lauren's Latest for the original recipe.

Servings: 18
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 5 min

3 tbsp. butter
6 cups mini marshmallows, divided
1/2 tsp. run extract
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
6 cups rice krispies cereal

Glaze Ingredients:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp. egg nog

1) Spray 9x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
2) In a large pot, melt butter and 4 cups marshmallows over medium low heat until marshmallows are melted completely. Remove from heat. Stir in rum extract and nutmeg. Pour in cereal and stir to coat in marshmallow. Stir in remaining 2 cups mini marshmallows. Pour into prepared pan and press down with buttered fingers. Cool to room temperature, about 20-30 minutes.
3) In a small bowl, stir powdered sugar and egg nog together until smooth. Drizzle over bars and sprinkle with more nutmeg. Cut into bars and serve.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pumpkin Soup (soupe au potiron)

I had a left over pumpkin from Halloween that I wanted to cook up. I remembered eating a delicious pumpkin soup while in France over 12 years ago. A quick internet search lead me to this recipe which sounded a lot like what I remembered. I was able to translate the recipe (it's in French) and modify it to what I had on hand.

This soup recipe is absolutely wonderful. I was totally surprised how well it turned out. The nutmeg adds a nice touch. Since I was just experimenting, I'm not sure about the quantities I used. I'll probably make some modifications the next few times I make this.

I didn't get a picture because it was eaten too quickly. Most of us ended up having seconds.

Servings: 6
Cook Time: 30 min

1 small pumpkin
5 potatoes, peeled
1/2 qt half and half
nutmeg, ground
2 tsp chicken bouillon
2 cups water

1) Remove the skin and pumpkin 'guts' leaving the pulp. Cut the pumpkin pulp in 1 inch cubes. Peel the potato and cut in 1 inch cubes.
2) Boil the potato and pumpkin until soft. Approximately 10 minutes. Meanwhile heat 2 cups of water and the chicken bouillon.
3) In a mixer or food processor, blend the drained pumpkin and potato pieces until smooth. Add the puree to the hot chicken broth.
4) Mix in the half and half and spices. Bring the soup to a boil and then reduce temperature to keep warm.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Costa Vida Chicken (copy cat)

I needed a chicken taco recipe for an office potluck the other day. After some searching on the Internet, I came across this copy cat recipe for Costa Vida Chicken. The chicken was a hit at the office and will be on our family menu in the near future.

1 bottle (16 oz) Zesty Italian Dressing
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp ground cumin
3 cloves garlic, minced
5 skinless, boneless chicken breast

1) Mix dressing, spices, and garlic together.
2) Place chicken breasts in crock pot, cover with dressing mixture
3) Cook on low for 4 hours
4) Shred chicken and cook for an additional hour

* This makes a lot of food. You can freeze or refrigerate any leftovers.
** I found the flavor to be a little strong. Next time I'm going to try a light dressing to see if that helps.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Gingerbread Ornaments

This is a great holiday activity. The kids love cutting out the cookies and decorating them. I got the recipie from our friend Mindy. She used it to make gingerbread houses with her girls. Check them out here.

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups molasses
4 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp allspice
2 tsp cloves
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
8 cups flour

1) Blend butter and brown sugar together in a mixer.
2) Add molasses, eggs, baking soda, and spices.
3) Mix until well blended.
4) Stir in flour.
5) Refrigerate at least 3 hours or over night.
6) Preheat over to 350 F
7) Roll out cookie dough on floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out shapes and place on cookie sheet.
8) Back for 10 - 12 minutes

Use a straw to cut out a small hole in the cookie shape before cooking. This will make it easier to thread the ribbon to hang the ornament.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Candied Yams

Candied Yams have been a Thanksgiving tradition for my family for as long as I can remember. The combination of yams, peaches, and nutmeg is just incredible. I add a little cinnamon in my version.


1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
2 tbsp butter
2 cans yams (17oz)
1 can peaches (16oz)
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmellow


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  2. Drain yams and peaches and place in baking dish.

  3. In a separate bowl, mixtogether the sugar, flour, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

  4. Add the spice mixture to the yams and peaches and carefully stir.

  5. Add the butter, cut in small pieces, on top .

  6. Place in preheated oven and cook for 35 minutes.

  7. Remove from oven and top with marshmellows. Return to oven and set the temperature to broil. Watch carefully to prevent the marshmellows from burning.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies. Over the years I have attempted to make them, but have never been satisfied with the results. Finally I found a snickerdoodle recipe I like. This one is from the website.


1/2 cup butter, softened and room temp
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs, room temp
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar ( or 2 tsp lemon juice)
1 teaspoon baking soda - fresh
1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons white sugar
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Mix the 3 tablespoons sugar and 3 teaspoons cinnamon. Set aside
  3. Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs, and the vanilla. Mix the flour, cream of tartar, soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture. Do not over mix.
  4. Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls. Roll balls of dough in cinnamon sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  5. Bake 8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheets a few minutes.