Homemade Pesto

June 23, 2018 by

I love Pesto and I just recently started making my own from scratch.  It’s really simple to make, and I enjoy making things where most of the ingredients come from our garden.


1 cup fresh basil leaves
3 cloves garlic, peeled
3 tablespoons pine nuts
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup olive oil


To make the pesto, combine basil, garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan in the bowl of a food processor; season with salt and pepper, to taste. With the motor running, add olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified; set aside.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. You can also freeze it up to 3 months


Bruschetta Chicken Pasta

June 10, 2018 by

I found this recipe on a site called “delish”. They have some amazing recipes there.  This one turned out fantastic!


1 lb. cherry tomatoes, chopped
1/4 c. plus 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c. torn fresh basil
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. angel hair
3/4 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan

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Wild Mushroom Asparagus Quiche

May 28, 2018 by

This recipe comes from my sister in law Joy in Texas.  This looks fantastic!  Please note some of her modifications at the bottom.


1 9-inch pastry shell
8-9 asparagus spears
4 teaspoons butter
8 ounces mushrooms such as oyster, shiitake and baby bella
2 leeks
5 large eggs
1/2 cup half and half
1/2 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg freshly grated
1 1/2 cups gruyere cheese grated

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Instant Pot Pork Roast with Vegetables and Gravy

May 28, 2018 by

Mark got me my Instant Pot for my birthday and this was the first thing that I made with it.  It was without a doubt the best pork roast I have ever made.  I didn’t use the gravy part of the recipe, I made my own that I always make.  This recipe came from Best Recipe Box.

And this is the Instant Pot that I have:


2 pounds pork loin roast
kosher salt or sea salt , to taste
fresh cracked black pepper , to taste
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 medium onion , diced
4 cloves garlic , minced
2 medium carrots , chopped
2 stalks celery , chopped
1/2 cup broth or apple juice
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
2 teaspoons herbs of choice- dried or fresh (rosemary, basil, oregano, thyme etc…)
1 Tablespoon corn starch
1/4 cup water

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Beer Batter Onion Rings

May 18, 2018 by

I think these homemade onion rings are the best ones I have ever made.  I got this recipe from Genius Kitchen. They have some really good looking recipes on their site.


1 cup flour
1 cup beer
2 large onions
Vegetable oil


Put the flour into a bowl and make a well in the center.
Pour the beer into the well and whisk until combined.
Let rest, covered for 1 hour.
Peel onions and cut crosswise 1/3 inch thick and separate into rings.
Dust the onion rings with the additional flour, shaking off the excess, and coat them with the batter.
Working in batches, fry the onion rings in 2 inches of preheated 370 degrees, oil until they are golden.
Transfer them with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain and sprinkle them with salt to taste.

We serve our onion rings with Bloomin Onion Sauce and here are the ingredients:

      • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
      • 2 tablespoons ketchup
      • 2 tablespoons horseradish sauce
      • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
      • 1/4 teaspoon salt
      • 1/8 teaspoon oregano
      • 1 dash ground black pepper
      • 1 dash ground cayenne pepper

Mix all of the ingredients then chill and serve


Baked Bacon Wrapped Chicken Legs

March 17, 2018 by

This recipe comes from Mom Sandra

I found a couple of recipes online that looked pretty good.  Since we’re going low carb, I took some of a few of the recipes (from ingredients to cooking times and methods) and took a chance.



  • 6 chicken legs, skinned
  • garlic, salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 slices bacon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking pan.  Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until bacon is done to your preference.  The temperature near the bone should be at the thickest part 165 degrees.

Grammy Sandra’s Whole Wheat Homemade Pancakes

March 17, 2018 by

This recipe is modified from Grammy Sandra’s Homemade Pancakes.  This one is a little more on the healthy side.

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 T baking powder
Dash of salt
Whisk until mixed then add :
1 egg
1 T canola oil
1 1/4 cup milk or desired consistency

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Margherita Penne

March 6, 2018 by

I found this recipe on Dairy Goodness and it turned out fantastic.  And no, those are not marshmallows in the pasta, they are mozzarella balls (Bocconcini).  Please see the tips and notes below.

12 oz penne pasta
2 tbsp butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups  Milk
2 cups  cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 cup grated Canadian Parmesan
12 1-inch mini Canadian Bocconcini
1/2 cup  fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
Canadian Parmesan, for serving

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March 3, 2018 by


This recipe was sent to me by my cousin Debbie in Texas.  It’s a low carb recipe and directly from her “This is YUMMMMYYYYYY!!!!!”

1 med/ large head of cauliflower chopped up small
5 oz Cream Cheese
1/4 cup light cream
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
3/4 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
2 and 1/2 Tbs Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp Paprika
Non stick spray ( I used Olive oil spray)

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Homemade Extra Cheese Pizza

February 24, 2018 by

Mark found this recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction site and this is the best homemade pizza ever. And the homemade pizza dough is the best.  I am putting my notes at the top rather than the bottom so you will see them before you make the pizza.

I made the cheese pizza as the recipe calls for and I also made a combination pizza.  As you will see in the picture, I didn’t put my cheese on top of the veggies and they did not stay on the pizza very well.  Make sure you place your veggies then put the shredded mozzarella on it.  It still turned out fantastic though


1/2 recipe homemade pizza crust
1/2 – 3/4 cup (127-190g) pizza sauce, depending how much you like (homemade or store-bought)
8 ounces sliced mozzarella cheese
1 and 1/2 cups (6oz or 168g) shredded mozzarella cheese
2-3 Tablespoons (10-15g) grated Parmesan cheese
ground basil, to taste

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