Deep Fried Jalapeno’s

August 18, 2018 by

I have been trying to recreate Applebee’s Jalapeno Coins for some time now.  I have tried different recipes, all were good but not what I was after.  I finally came across this recipe and for the life of me, I can’t find it to give them credit.  So I am basically recreating the recipe from memory.

These are fantastic and I could eat them every day.

These are the jalapenos that I used, they are our favorite and they stay fairly firm after deep frying.

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Cali-Mex Salsa

July 29, 2018 by

This recipe was given to me by a Mexican girl that works for me; we have known each other for years.  She brought some dried chili’s up from California when she was visiting family and explained to me how to make this salsa.  I have never heard of this type of chili, so I have posted a picture of the label on the bag that they were in. I modified the recipe a bit from how she told me to make it.

This is the best salsa you will ever eat.  It has taken me several times to get this recipe down but I think I have finally gotten it.  Everyone’s tastes are different so the amount of ingredients you use will be different from what I have listed.

This is the most amazing salsa ever!  I have been making up a batch every weekend.  We don’t use Pace now.

CAUTION:  This chili powder is  EXTREMELY HOT ! Use caution when using it and when grinding the chili up. Use a mask or don’t breath the dust.



1/2 tsp of Yunnan Hot Chili (Ground) (I would think you would be able to buy these in any Mexican grocery store)
12 Roma Tomatoes
4 Jalapenos
1/2 of a White Onion, diced
1/2 of a bunch of Cilantro, diced
Kosher Salt to taste
1 lime
1 garlic clove

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Blueberry Coffee Cake

July 29, 2018 by

I was given some fresh blueberries and had to freeze a bunch of them before they went bad.  I started looking for a good blueberry coffee cake and found this one on Once Upon A Chef‘s web site.  This recipe was so simple to make and it was amazing.  My blueberries were frozen so please note in the ingredients that if you are using frozen, do not thaw them.


For the Streusel Topping

6 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch chunks

For the Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon packed lemon zest, from 1 lemon
1/2 cup milk
2 cups fresh blueberries (frozen may be used but do not defrost)

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Herb Grilled Chicken

July 21, 2018 by

Mark found this recipe on Kingsford’s website.  This was an amazing recipe and would be excellent as a sandwich.  The seasoning on it was perfect.



1 clove garlic minced
2 tablespoons chopped, fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped, fresh oregano
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons salt
4 teaspoons brown sugar
4 teaspooons Worcestershire sauce
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup chopped, fresh parsley
¼ cup peanut oil
½ teaspoon black pepper

2 split chicken halves (about 3 pounds)

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Tomato Mozzarella Salad

July 21, 2018 by

I made this recipe for Bella’s birthday last night and I thought it was pretty amazing.  The recipe comes from allrecipes but I modified it a lot to adjust it to feed a large group of people.  Please see my notes below.

3 large tomatoes, sliced
8 ounces mozzarella cheese, sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup minced fresh basil

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Old Fashioned Onion Rings

July 15, 2018 by

I got this recipe form allrecipes, we use them quit a bit. They seem to be a “go to” for us when we are looking for a good recipe.

I have a good recipe for onion rings, but I was looking for something more like the ones you get at Red Robin.  These were really close.  They turned out fantastic.  Please see my notes below.

1 large onion, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup milk, or as needed
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
seasoned salt to taste
1 quart oil for frying, or as needed

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Homemade Payday Candy Bars

July 6, 2018 by


3 cups salted peanuts

2 cups peanut butter chips

2 cups mini marshmallows

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 t vanilla extract


  1. Melt butter and peanut butter chips in a large saucepan over medium heat until smooth, then stir in condensed milk, vanilla extract and marshmallows, stirring until smooth and incorporated.
  2. Generously grease a 9X 13 inch baking dish with butter or non-stick spray, or line with parchment paper, then spread half of peanuts across baking dish.
  3. pour condensed milk mixture over peanuts, then sprinkle remaining peanuts on top.
  4. refrigerate or let sit at room temperature until set, then cut into bars and enjoy.


Creamy Parmesan Garlic Mushroom Chicken

June 25, 2018 by
This recipe is another one from FB.  The actual site is “the Recipe Critic”.  It was so amazing!  See my notes below.
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • Salt Pepper
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • Creamy Parmesan Garlic Sauce:
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped

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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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