Thursday, February 21, 2008

Dr. Ziment's Garlic Chicken Soup

This winter everyone seems to have a cold. I've been lucky so far but, you never know. I found this recipe on the net while reading the news.I'm going to start making batches to give to all the sick people so I can stay well;)

Dr. Ziment’s Garlic Chicken Soup

The spicier the soup, the better it will be at clearing your head, so be generous with the red pepper flakes -- just don't make the soup so hot you can't tolerate it.

2 quarts chicken broth
2 cups sliced carrots
2 garlic heads, about 30 cloves, peeled
1/4 cup minced parsley
1/4 cup minced cilantro
2 teaspoons lemon pepper
2 teaspoons minced fresh mint leaves
2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed, or 2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 bay leaf
Dried hot red pepper flakes, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a stockpot; bring to a boil and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Puree in batches in a blender or food processor. Return to pot, stir well, warm if necessary, and serve, or freeze in small containers.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Spinach Artichoke Dip

All my life I have always loved spinach, my kids love it too. HB on the other hand doesn't like it at all, but he does like my Spinach Artichoke Dip. I initially looked for this recipe at All Recipes. That's where I usually end up when I search an ingredient. But I never find exactly what I'm looking for so I just change it up a little so that I will like it. Most of the recipes I found called for mayonnaise and I knew I wouldn't like it. I found one recipe that didn't call for mayonnaise it had Alfredo sauce instead. That recipe wanted you to roast 4 cloves of garlic and use less cream cheese. I say use whatever kind of garlic you have on hand and put as much or as little as you want. I usually use garlic cloves in my garlic press or that minced garlic that comes in a jar. This is really great for parties and I never have leftovers;)

1 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach,thawed and drained
1 14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 10 ounce jar Alfredo sauce
4 cloves of garlic
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 8 ounce Package cream cheese
2 tablespoons horseradish (optional)

Mix together all the ingredients and put in a baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve with crackers or toasted pita triangles.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

You Are Strawberry Cake

Fresh, sassy, and romantic.
You're a total flirt, who never would turn down a sugary treat.
Occasionally you're a bit moody - but you usually stay sweet!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Pineapple Cheese Ball

Every year my dad has an open house at his Victorian home in Derby,Ia. This year my friends Brenda and Mona went with me. Brenda likes to push all the buttons and switches:) The refreshments are plentiful and the time spent with family and friends priceless. Linda made my favorite cheese ball and I ate too much of it. I forgot to ask her for the recipe, but when I was going through grandmas recipes I came across a copy of it. Brenda couldn't figure out the ingredients and wouldn't believe it was pineapple till Linda told her. It's really yummy. Go ahead and try some:)

2 8 oz pkg cream cheese,softened
1 8 1/2 oz can crushed pineapple,drained
2 cups chopped pecans
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 tsp seasoned salt

Beat cream cheese till smooth,add pineapple,1 cup pecans,onions and salt. Chill. Roll into ball and roll onto remaining pecans. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill till served.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Veal Scallopini

As I was going through some things I came across some recipes I had forgotten about. A few years ago my uncles' house burned down and his family came to stay with us. My aunt likes to collect cookbooks and all of hers had burned. I went to some thrift stores and found her some. One of them was a book of crock pot recipes from Rival which I copied down. With 11 people living in your house a bunch of crock pot recipes come in handy. They also come in handy when it's cold outside and your really busy and you don't want to wash a lot of pots and pans:)

2 lbs
3/4 cup flour mixed w/1 tsp salt & 1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup oil
1/2 pound sliced mushrooms lightly sauteed
2 small onions thinly sliced
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp oregano
1 bay leaf
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1lb can tomatoes

roll veal in seasoned flour and fry in oil till well browned. Put into crock pot, add remaining ingredients. mix well, cover and cook on low 6-8 hours. Serve over rice or noodles. Serves 6

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Zippy Shrimp Spread

Now that I am a grandma. Holiday meals are up to me to plan and prepare. So I've been trying new food on the boys each holiday meal. This Christmas I tried a new appetizer that I found in Taste of Home Christmas Classics. It probably would have worked if Jess hadn't seen the canned shrimp, but he did so no one wanted to try it. Except for all of us old people and Hollie. I will not make this for my family again but I will be making it for parties. I'll probably tweak the ingredients a bit add some more horseradish and a little dill to the cream cheese. It only took about 10 minutes to prepare. It was a very easy recipe:) Enjoy!

2 packages(8 ounces each)cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 tespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 bottle(12 ounces) seafood sauce
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
2 cans 6(ounces each)tiny shrimp, rinsed and drained
minced fresh parsley
assorted crackers

In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the seasoned salt,Worcestershire sauce and onion powder. Spread onto a 13-in. platter.

Combine seafood sauce and horseradish; spread over cream cheese layer. Sprinkle with shrimp and parsley. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Serve with crackers.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

You Are a Gingerbread House

A little spicy and a little sweet, anyone would like to be lost in the woods with you.