Monday, May 27, 2013

Yellow Squash Casserole

We have made this a few times as a side dish at dinner.  This is easy and delicious!


4 cups sliced yellow squash
1/2 cup chopped onion
35 buttery round crackers, crushed
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter


1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2.Place squash and onion in a large skillet over medium heat. Pour in a small amount of water. Cover, and cook until squash is tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well, and place in a large bowl.
3.In a medium bowl, mix together cracker crumbs and cheese. Stir half of the cracker mixture into the cooked squash and onions. In a small bowl, mix together eggs and milk, then add to squash mixture. Stir in 1/4 cup melted butter, and season with salt and pepper. Spread into a 9x13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cracker mixture, and dot with 2 tablespoons butter.
4.Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Spring Fruit Salad

My favorite fruit salad:  

2 cups of sliced strawberries
1 cup of fresh blueberries
2 naval oranges cubed
1 apple cubed
1 cup seedless grapes halved
2 kiwis sliced and halved
1 mango cut in bite size pieces
2 tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lime juice

Combine all fruit in a large bowl.  Mix honey, lemon and lime juice together and poor over fruit.  Mix thoroughly.  Top with shredded coconut and garnish with mint leaves.   Refrigerate.  

Monday, May 20, 2013

Sunrise Casserole

My husband and I had this casserole about a year ago at a local winery and the owner shared the recipe.   Delicious!

From Mean Aunt Jenny

I like to use corning ware for this one.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Easy Appetizer - Cheddar Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls – make ahead appetizer

1 lb. sausage
3 cups bisquick
1 lb. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1.        Mix ingredients thoroughly and shape into golf sized balls.
2.       Place on greased baking sheet
3.       Bake in preheated oven at 300 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes

Nice Appetizer - Small Cherry Peppers

Stuffed Cherry Peppers

1 Jar Sweet Cherry Peppers – halved and seeded
3 oz.  Cream cheese
½ cup sour cream
Garlic salt to taste
Chopped olives to taste
Stuff Peppers and keep store in covered container  refrigerated until serving

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Thai Coconut Chicken

Nice and light, but full of flavor! 


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut in bite size pieces)
1 teaspoon grated lime peel
1 teaspoon grated ginger root
1 clove garlic - chopped
2 serrano chilies or 1 jalapeno chili (remove seeds and finely chop
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 can of coconut milk (14 oz)
1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 cup sugar snap pea pods
1 medium bell pepper - sliced or cubed
1 medium tomato - chopped
1 tablespoon chopped basil leaves
Fresh cooked jasmine rice


1.  In a nonstick wok or skillet, heat oil over medium heat
2.  Add chicken and stir-fry for about 3 minutes until chicken is no longer pink in middle
3.  Add lime peel, ginger-root, garlic, chilies, cilantro and stir-fry about 1 minute
4.  Pour coconut milk over chicken.  Stir in brown sugar, salt, soy sauce, pea pods and bell pepper.  Reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5.  Add tomato last
6.  Serve over rice and top with fresh basil.

Monday, May 13, 2013

German Chocolate Cheesecake "exceptional"

I have made this a few times over the years and each time I get great compliments.  This one takes a bit longer than my typical recipe, so save for a special occasion!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Avocado and Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

This salsa is excellent with grilled fish and chicken 

or just for dipping tortilla chips.

  •      1/2 pound fresh tomatillos husked, cored and quartered
  •      3 cloves of garlic, minced
  •      1 jalapeno
  •      1 leek (white part only) chopped
  •      1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  •      2 avocados
  •      ¼ cup of cilantro
  •       1 teaspoon of sugar
  •       ½ teaspoon of cumin
  •       ¼ cup chopped onion
  •       ½ teaspoon of oregano
  •       1 tablespoon of lime juice
  •       Salt to taste
    1.  Remove husks and rinse tomatillos under warm water.
   2.  Halve onion and arrange on baking pan with tomatillos and garlic.
   3.  Broil vegetables 1 to 2 inches from hat, turning them once, until softened and slightly crisp.
   4.  Place garlic in a food processor with tomatillos, onion, cilantro and salt.
   5.  Discard seed from jalapeno and chop.  
   6.  Add jalapeno to tomatillo mixture and puree until almost smooth.
   7.  Add all other ingredients to food processor except avocado and puree until smooth.
   8.  Transfer tomatillo mixture to a bowl.
   9.  Halve and pit each avocado. 
  10.  Mash avocado into tomatillo mixture with a fork until a coarse texture obtained.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Chocolate No Bake Oatmeal Cookies

This is an easy old recipe given to me in the late 1970's by a kind volunteer at the hospital that I worked at in Asheville, NC.  It was a favorite of the nursing staff and also a hit with the kids.  


I like to drop the oatmeal chocolate mixture on wax paper, then store in covered container when cool.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bourbon Meatballs

This is a repeat request from our neighbors for our neighborhood holiday party and a delicious appetizer to serve in a  warmer for any special occasion:
Makes 10-12 appetizer servings

2 cups of your favorite  barbecue sauce
1 cup bourbon
1 cup honey
1 cup of prepared mustard
1/8 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of lemon zest
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 (32 ounce) package frozen cooked Italian style meatballs-thawed

Cook first nine  ingredients in a dutch oven over medium heat for 5 minutes.
Add meatballs and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 25 minutes.  Serve in a warming tray or slow cooker on warm setting.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Buffalo Chicken Dip

A great appetizer from a Golfing friend who brought it with her to a Couples Best Ball  Golf outing last summer:   

I like to serve in glass pie plate.