Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Kate's Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

2 cups flour
1 cup quick oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 cup milk
2 ripe bananas - mashed
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup apple sauce

1/2 cup chocolate chips


Grease muffin trays {makes 24 muffins}
Preheat oven to 400
Combine dry ingredients and mix well {except for chips}
In a separate bowl combine remaining ingredients
Combine wet and dry mixtures - do not over mix! {muffins will be chewy if you do!}
Fold in chocolate chips
Spoon batter into greased trays
Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

1/2 of a 16 oz pkg linguine or your choice of pasta
1 cup fresh or frozen broccoli florets
2 Tbs butter
1 lb boneless skinless chicken, cut into pieces
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp ground black pepper


Heat butter in skillet on medium heat. Add chicken and cook until well browned, stirring often.

Meanwhile prepare pasta according to package. Add broccoli during last 4 minutes of pasta cooking time. Drain Pasta and broccoli well.

Stir soup, milk, Parmesan, pepper, pasta and broccoli into skillet. Cook until mixture is hot and bubbling.

Serve with additional Parmesan.

sidenote: my family loved this. I think the kids even ate a little broccoli without realizing! {not all of course, but some!}

Dad's Waffles

 1 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbs sugar
2 Tbs oil
1 cup milk
1 egg separated
1 tsp vanilla


Leaving out the egg, mix together all ingredients in a large bowl.

Using separate glass or metal bowl(avoid plastic bowls as they often contain residues of oil and would compromise your efforts) Separate the yolk. Use the hand method by cracking the egg and balancing the yolk between the shells while releasing the whites. Add yolks to batter. Add a pinch of salt to the whites and start beating. Always use an electric mixer. The salt aids in the stability of the foam as it reacts with the proteins and makes them more firm.

The egg whites are done when you can cut through them with a knife and a line remains or when removing the mixer perky peaks should appear.

Fold whites into batter about 20 times. Do not over mix!

Check waffle iron to be sure it is hot.

Using a measuring cup pour batter into HOT waffle iron.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

1 pint heavy cream
1 stick REAL butter {not margarine}
2 Tbs cream cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan
1-2 cloves garlic {1 big or 2 small} crushed, pressed or finely chopped
salt and pepper


Melt the butter slowly in the pan, add the garlic and then bring the temperature up to just above medium low heat, allowing it to fry a bit. Stop the frying and bring the temperature back down to medium low before the Butter browns.

Add the heavy cream and cream cheese and season with salt and pepper

Stir frequently until cream cheese is all melted When you do not see any more solids add Parmesan, turn heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.

Serve over your favorite pasta.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Favorite Fruit Dip

7oz Marshmallow Creme
8 oz Cream Cheese


Put the cream cheese and marshmallow in a bowl.

Mix on high until it's blended to a smooth consistency.

Serve right away with your favorite fruit, or chill in the fridge.

sidenote: we love this with strawberries, oranges, mangoes, bananas, grapes, apples... any fruit really!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Beans & Wieners

 Photo By Bracken
1 lb polish dogs cut into pieces
3-15 oz cans Pork and Beans
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup molasses
2 tsp mustard


Mix ingredients in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 4-5 hours.

sidenote: yummy served with these!

Kate's Moist Corn Muffins

 Photo By Bracken
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter milk {1/2 cup milk, 1/2 Tbs vinegar; let stand 5 minutes}
2 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbs miracle whip


Preheat oven to 400 F. Place 12 liners in a 12 cup muffin tin.

Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. In another bowl mix remaining ingredients. Add wet mixture to dry mixture. Mix well.

Fill liners evenly {about 3/4 full}

Bake 15 minutes or until golden.

sidenote: Yes I made up this recipe. Aren't you impressed? I was tired of DRY cornbread. After looking online for awhile I decided I would take ideas from here and there and tada...
they were YUM.  My family ate em up. Me too.

Oh - and didn't Bracken do a fabulous job with the camera? I thought so. My pictures didn't look as good.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Chicken Tetrazzini

1/2 lb spaghetti/Alfredo noodles/ linguine etc.
1 lb boneless skinless chicken - cubed
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
4 oz cream cheese - cubed
1/4 cup flour
1 can chicken broth
3 Tbs Parmesan
1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella


In a large skillet add chicken and mushrooms, cook for 8 minutes stirring frequently. Remove mixture from skillet, put in bowl, cover and place in microwave to keep warm.

Start cooking pasta according to package.

Place cream cheese, flour and broth in skillet. Turn heat on medium high and whisk until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.

Drain pasta and add chicken mixture, cream cheese mixture and 2 Tbs of the Parmesan. Mix well. Heat through and serve topped with remainder of Parmesan & Mozzarella.

sidenote: or just forget to save some cheese to serve on the top and cook it all in, tastes good to me!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Homemade Mac & Cheese {EASY!!}

2 cups elbow mac
1 cup grated cheddar


Prepare noodles according to package. Drain. Add Cheese and stir until melted.
Serve Immediately.