Saturday, July 30, 2011

Turkey Burger

One of my fav's because it's a burger but you don't feel guilty after you eat it!

Turkey Burgers (Recipe from: Elizabeth Weight)
1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 cup mango salsa (I think I actually used peach/pineapple this time because I couldn't find mango)
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (the dry kind you shake on pasta)
1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1 egg
2 tsp. cajun seasoning
Frank's red hot sauce, dash (optional)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. lime juice
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Pitas or Sandwich thins

Optional Toppings:
Baby spinach
Carrots, grated
Onions, sliced and sautéed in butter
Tomatoes, sliced or chopped
Avocados, sliced or mashed
Spicy Mayo (Mayo mixed with hot sauce and lime juice)
  1. Combine turkey, salsa, egg, bread crumbs, cilantro, lime juice, salt, garlic powder and Cajun seasoning in a bowl. Mix well
  2. Form turkey into patties.
  3. Then, prepare desired toppings. Grate carrots, chop tomatoes an avocados. Slice onions and saute them in some butter until golden brown.
  4. Cook patties over medium heat until cooked through.
  5. Assemble burgers with desired toppings on sandwich thin or in a pita.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Banana Bread

This bread is so moist it literally melts in your mouth, I love it!
This batch made 7 mini loaves

Banana Bread
Dry Ingredients:
3 cups flour
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

  1. Combine dry ingredients and set Aside.
  2. In a separate bowl combine wet ingredients.

Wet Ingredients:
3 eggs
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
4 large bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Add dry and wet ingredients. Mix well.
  2. Spray loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray
  3. Fill pans about 3/4 way full.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

*Results are best if made in mini loaf pans. I used the aluminum ones that you can buy from the grocery store.
*Yields about 6-7 small loaves.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Honeymoon Steak

My re-creation of the best steak of my life for our anniversary. I had to try and recreate it because I couldn't imagine never having it ever again unless I go to Aruba (which I plan to). It actually turned out pretty dang good. However I would say this recipe is not for inexperienced cooks.
Garrett and I on our honeymoon at Madam Jeanette's literally the best food I have ever had in my life. I should call this steak better than you know what steak ;-)

"Rock N' Roller" Steak
NY Strip steak
Salt & Pepper
4 strips bacon, cooked than crumbled (use in sauce)
Sauce Béarnaise (Recipe below)

  1. Season steak with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook in either leftover bacon grease or some butter.
  3. Cook until desired doneness.
  4. Serve with onion rings and Béarnaise sauce on top.

Sauce Béarnaise
2 shallots, finely chopped
1/2 cup white cooking wine
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
Salt & freshly ground pepper
4 large egg yolks
2 T. water
2 sticks cold butter, cut into small pieces
Bacon crumbles
4 green onions, chopped

  1. Combine shallots, white wine, vinegar, and 2 pinches of pepper in a small pot over medium heat and reduce to about 2 T. liquid (this part is kind of tricky because of the shallots you have to make sure that you have 2 T. liquid excluding the shallots). Set aside to cool.
  2. In another saucepan, beat egg yolks with 2 T. water over low heat until they become thick and foamy, 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add butter about a T. at a time, whisking until the mixture thickens and increases in volume.
  4. Add the cooled shallot mixture, green onions, and bacon. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Pour over steak and onion rings on top of steak.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Fruit Soup

Fruit Soup over vanilla bean ice cream
Fruit Soup (Recipe from: Susan Peterson)
1 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
3 T. minute tapioca
6 oz. frozen OJ
2 1/2 cups water
2 bananas, sliced
2 oranges, sectioned and cut into smaller chunks
1 cup strawberries, sliced
2 peaches, cut into chunks
2 kiwis, cut into chunks
Optional: Serve with ice cream
  1. Combine the first 3 ingredients and bring to a full boil.
  2. Cook until tapioca turns clear.
  3. Stir in frozen orange juice and water.
  4. Stir for 3 minutes so tapioca doesn't clump together.
  5. Add in fruit and stir.
Keep refrigerated.
This makes a lot!

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Fresh Peach Pie

This is BY FAR one of my favorite pies. I love that it uses fresh peaches and the combination of orange and lemon flavors with the peaches is delightful.

Fresh Peach Pie (Recipe from: Aunt Joanie)
Yield: 1 pie
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 T. water
1/8 tsp. salt
1 oz. of orange jello mix
1 T. plus 1 tsp. lemon juice
Fresh Peaches
Golden Oreo Pie Crust (recipe below)
  1. Cook pie crust according to package directions
  2. Peel and slice peaches
  3. Combine first four ingredients (sugar, cornstarch, water, salt).
  4. Make into a paste and add to 2/3 cup boiling water.
  5. Boil until it starts to thicken.
  6. Add orange jello powder.
  7. Cook one minute longer.
  8. Remove from heat & add lemon juice
  9. Chill thoroughly.
  10. Divide into thirds and add diced peaches making sure the sauce overs all of the peaches.
  11. Pour into baked pie shells.
  12. Cover with whip cream.
Golden Oreo Pie Crust
25 Golden Oreos
5 T. butter, melted

  1. Finely crush oreos using a food processor.
  2. Melt butter and add to crushed oreos.
  3. Press butter/oreo mixture into pie pan.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve for at least 30 minutes.
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Twice Baked Baby Reds

Twice Baked Red Potatoes
8 Red Potatoes
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sour cream
2-4 T. milk
6 slices bacon, cooked then crumbled
6 green onions, chopped
1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
Salt and pepper

  1. Bake red potatoes at 350 for about an hour or until you can easily pierce through the skin with a fork.
  2. Cook bacon, blot with paper towels and then mince.
  3. Cut potatoes in half.
  4. Then, using a spoon scrape out the flesh leaving some on the sides to keep the shell stable.
  5. Mash potato flesh with butter, sour cream, and add 2-4 T. milk or until creamy. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Add in half of the green onions, cheese and bacon. Mix.
  7. Spoon potato mixture back into the shells and place in rectangular baking dish.
  8. Top with remaining cheese, bacon and green onions.
  9. Place potatoes back in the oven for 15 minutes.
Serve warm and gooey!
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Fruit Trifle

Sorry this is the best picture we got of it. We gobbled it up too fast :-)
Fruit Trifle (Recipe from: Susan Peterson)
1 Angel food cake, I make one from a mix
1 box Jello instant vanilla pudding, prepared
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup sugar


  1. Cook angel food cake according to package directions
  2. Make vanilla pudding according to package directions.
  3. Cut fruit into small chunks.
  4. Make whipping cream by blending whipping cream, vanilla and sugar until thick.
  5. Add half of the whip cream to the pudding and mix well.
  6. Layer trifle starting with cake, whip cream/pudding mixture and then fruit.
  7. Top trifle off with remaining whip cream.
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