Recipe of the Month

Stuffed zukinni

This filling can be used for pepper, summer squash or zukinni

cut squash in half length wise

scoop out seeds

fill with following mixture:


saute 1 lb ground beef/turkey with 1 onion diced

add 1 lb can of tomatoes

1/2 cp water and 1/2 cup rice

Worcestershire sauce to taste

simmer 15-30 mins till rice is tender 

I add cheese as well, in and on top


Bake at 350 for 30 mins until squash is fork tender


Morning Glory Muffins



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups shredded carrots

  • 1/2 cup raisins

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut

  • 1 apple - peeled, cored and shredded

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 12 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in the carrot, raisins, nuts, coconut, and apple.

  3. In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, oil, and vanilla. Stir egg mixture into the carrot/flour mixture, just until moistened. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups.

  4. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.


Rosemary Shortbread


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup butter, chilled

  • 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar


  1. 1. Process first 4 ingredients in a food processor until mixture forms a ball.

  2. 2. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a 2-inch cookie cutter; place on lightly greased baking sheets.

  3. 3. Bake at 325° for 18 to 20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.





  • Mix the rest of the ingredients together and fold into grapes


  • Chill and Enjoy!




Heat 2 tb butter plus 2 tbs olive oil in large pot

add 6 leeks cut into pieces and 1 med onion cut up

sweat for about 15 mins on med-low heat 

(the onions not you)

Add in chunks

1 large winter squash ( butternut)

5 peeled potatoes

2 cups of celery (the butt and or leaves are good)

Thyme, parsley, 2 bayleaves, 2 garlic cloves, pepper

pour 10 cups of chicken stock into pot

(I use 5 Knorr bouillion cubes)

Cook until everything is soft

Puree in blender or with submersible blender

Serve up!

Delish.  This is truly a dieters delight. Tastes like its made with heavy cream. Add a dollop of sour cream if you would like.

Great served with a side salad and garlic bread!



Lemon Diet Pie
graham cracker crust, if you use large size double the pudding..
1 8 oz low fat cream cheese mixed with 1/2 cup substitute sugar of your choice
1/2 container of cool whip, mix and put on bottom of pie crust.
mix lemon pudding with 1 1/4 cup mil and pour over cream cheese, add the rest of the cool whip and sprinkle with nuts that is optional..
If you use two packages of pudding only add 2 1/2 of milk...
(Have some extra turkey on me!!)




Cranberry Delight Spread
1 8 oz. pkg of cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 tbsp of sugar
zest of 1 orange
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup of finely chopped dried cranberries
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans, optional
garnish with small mint leaf, optional
1) In a small mixing bowl beat cream cheese, orange juice concentrate, sugar, orange peel & cinammon on medium speed until fluffy.
2) Stir in cranberries & pecans.  Refrigerate at least one hour.  Garnish as desired. 
    Makes 12 servings.


Copycat Chi-Chi's Baked Chicken Chimichangas 

This recipe is easy to make using leftover chicken. Feel free to
substitute cooked ground beef or chopped steak.

2 1/2 cups chicken, cooked, shredded
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
16 ounces salsa
1/2 teaspoon cumin
pinch of salt
6 − 10 inch flour tortillas
1 cup refried beans
Olive oil (for basting)
Sour Cream

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.  In a large saucepan, saute
onion and garlic in oil until tender.  Stir in chili powder, salsa,
and cumin. Stir in shredded chicken. Let cool.  

Grease rimmed 15 x 10 x 1 baking pan.  Working with one tortilla at
a time, spoon a heaping tablespoon of beans down center of each
tortilla. Top with a scant 1/2 cup of the chicken mixture. Fold up
the bottom, top and sides of tortilla; secure with wooden
toothpicks if necessary.

Place chimichangas in greased baking pan, seam side down. Brush all
sides with the oil. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and
crisp, turning every 5 minutes.  Serve with sour cream and


Waldorf jello Salad  

2 small or 1 lg strawberry jello

2 cups boiling water

1 1/2 cups cold water

chill til thickened

 Fold in :  2 med unpeeledapples diced 

1/2 cup chopped celery

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Pour into 6 cup mold or pan of choice

Chill till set

Serve with a dollop of the following sauce

2 (8oz) lemon yogurt, 1Tbs brown sugar and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon mixed together

Stuffed squash

(zukinni or summer)

Follow the stuffed pepper cups recipe offered earlier

For a variation I  cut a squash down the middle making 2 even "boats"

scoop out the seeds of the squash

put the squash on a cookie sheet and par-cook at 375 degrees

Saute  minced onion, chopped celery and some mild or hot sausage meat (opt)

drain well and add some prepackaged stuffing mix  

mix well add a few drops of liquid if too dry

stuff squash and sprinkle top with cheese

Bake at 350 until fork tender




My daughter in law got my brain going today as she asked about freezing bread bowls. 

Because it seems to hot for chili and soup they did not seem usable.


Take the cap off and scoop out the inside bread leaving a thin wall

brush inside with garlic butter and bake uncovered at 350 for about 15 mins to crisp up the inside


Fill with your favorite salad,  Chicken, egg, ham, ceasar, chef etc etc


Thanks Amy!!


 Mix together: 1/2- bottle of soysauce

1/4+ bottle of teriaki

2 TBS lemon juice

1 clove crushed garlic

1 TBS  brown sugar

1 TBS oil,

1/2 tsp+ ground ginger  Pour over chicken wings in a ziplock bag or big bowl Bake at 325 degrees and  broil to brown  VERY GOO




 This is a wonderful light spring desert that gets raves!!

Mix in mixing bowl:  4 eggs, 3/4 cup water, 1 pkg lemon jello ~ mix on low for 4 minutes

Add:  1 pkg of lemon cake mix ~ mix 1 minute

Add:  1/2-3/4 cup veg. oil ~  mix 2 minutes on high 

Pour into greased 9x13 pan and bake at 350 for  25-30 minutes

Mix  1 and 1/2 cup confectioners sugar with 4 TBS of lemon juice

Poke holes in hot cake and pour syrup over  


 Stuffed Peppers   

Saute' 1/3 cup of diced onion

add and cook with 1 lb of ground beef

Add 1 1lb can tomatoes , 1/2 cup water,1/2 cup rice and 1tsp++ worchester sauce

Cover and simmer 

Fill cored and deseeded peppers  to top and put in a greased baking dish

Top with shredded cheese or stir 1 cup  of shredded sharp cheddar into beef mixture

Cook at 350 degrees for 20-25 mins 

(You can precook the peppers, but I like them a tad crisp. Also you can just cut the peppers in strips and put in the bottom of the dish and put the meat mixture on top sprinkled with cheese).




This is a quick dinner suggestion and my children always loved it!

Stuffed Hotdogs.

split hotdogs down the center the long way with out cutting through
butterfly them open so that they lay flat
Heap mashed potatoes on top of split hotdog
place a wedge of velveeta cheese in the top of the potato
Cook at 350 for 20 mins or so
the cheese will melt down the sides serve with a vegetable and you're good to go!


Pumpkin Bars

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
BEAT 4 eggs, 1 2/3 cup sugar,1 cup oil, 16oz pumpkin
Sift and add:
2 cups flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda
add and mix completely
Spread on an ungreased  cookie sheet
cook and cool
Frost with:
3oz cream cheese, 1/2 cup margarine, 1 tsp vanilla and 2 cups sifted powdered sugar