This recipe is from a Penzey's catalog from several years ago. It is also very good with dill instead of basil, and I plan to try with oregano next time. Be sure to use plum (roma) tomatoes which are meatier than other types. Also, the cooking times are for whole green beans; I buy a big bag of frozen whole tender young beans at a warehouse club or Trader Joes.
I have reduced the amount of oil to 1/4 cup from 1/2 as originally written, based on a review and my own preference also.
Another yummy drink my hubby invented. Wonderful on the rocks, or strain into a martini glass.
I buy very large IQF strawberries from a warehouse club - if your frozen strawberries aren't large, add more. Be sure to use Chambord for the liqueur. You can really taste it in this drink, and cheaper raspberry liqueurs taste like cough medicine.
This yummy fall recipe comes from the food section of the Oregonian newspaper. It is written for fresh or frozen cranberries, not dried. I have increased the amount of orange juice to 1/2 cup based on a review - I made the dish with the new, increased amount, and it was perfect.
Because it's somewhat tart, I prefer serving with vanilla ice cream, but sweetened whipped cream is good, too.
Another winner from the Pioneer Woman. I love that I can have these sandwiches on the table in 20 minutes. It's also a very flexible recipe; you can choose your cheese and your sandwich toppings. Delicious with mayonnaise & dijon mustard, and lettuce & tomato.
This is so refreshing on a summer evening. It makes a single serving but can easily be doubled if you want to share.
I buy individually quick frozen strawberries from a warehouse club. The berries are very large; if you're using smaller ones, you'll want to toss in a couple more.
This recipe is similar to others posted here, but it uses less pumpkin in the filling which makes it more custard-like. The praline layer really complements the pumpkin. A holiday favorite! For the crust, I use Recipe #243072.
This is my favorite recipe adapted from the Pioneer Woman. A decadent lunch! I tweaked it a little from her original: I reduced the sodium and fat by reducing the chicken base and butter, and changing the heavy cream to half-n-half. And I thought way more fresh basil was needed to make it taste spectacular.
This recipe is adapted from a Silver Palate cookbook; the main difference is that I took out the squid rings! I've been making it for 20 years. It's a delicious spring or summer dinner, and is a pretty company dish. Serve with a lettuce & tomato salad, and a loaf of crusty bread - sublime! It's easy to make, and is quick unless you have to shell the shrimp. You can use any type of pasta, but the small shells are best because when the salad gets mixed together, the peas nestle into the shells and look very cute!
The peppers in this soup give it just the right amount of spice, while the half & half and bacon give it just the right amount of richness. A creamy, comforting meal. The recipe is from Barton Creek Country Club in Austin, TX. I clipped it from the Austin-American Statesman many years ago.
Tired of eating Candy-Cane Joe-Joe cookies straight out of the box? Try them in this recipe! (note: this year I've also seen peppermint Oreos, so you could use those if you don't have a Trader Joes near you). These delicious, fudge-y brownies are made with the popular candy-cane chocolate wafer cookie available at Trader Joe's during the holidays. Make these early in the day as they slice best when cooled completely.
A simple, decadent steak sandwich. Credit goes to a rancher's wife known as Pioneer Woman. :)
Based on comments received, I have reduced the amount of worcestershire sauce from 1/2 cup, to 1/4-1/2 cup. I suggest starting with the lower amount and adding more if you like.
This pork roast is a non-traditional twist on Mexican cooking from a book by Judith Finlayson. My husband, who grew up in Mexico, says it is his new favorite recipe! It took about 40 minutes to get this all in the crock pot in the morning, but that included all the roast preparation and vegetable dicing. If you trimmed your roast the night before and sliced the onions, bacon, & peppers, that would save some time in the morning. Serve with rice. We ate leftovers the next day on tortillas with guacamole & lettuce.