Happy Mother’s Day!

To all the Wonderful Moms!

Keeping it chic and carefree on Mother’s Day, with a breezy brunch.

Fresh bagels and lox

Add some fresh scallions to cream cheese.

Red onions, tomatoes and capers to garnish.

Chick Pea, Cucumber, Tomato and Feta salad dressed with olive oil, red wine, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Baked Eggs (think a quiche with no crust)

This one has sausage, onions, potatoes spinach and cheddar. You can mix up the ingredients for this with whatever you like. Sometimes we use pancetta or bacon. Sometimes just all vegetables. Whatever you use sauté it first, except the cheese of course, than lay in the bottom of the pan. For a 9×13″ pan use 12 eggs and 1 cup of half and half mixed together then pour over the other ingredients. Salt and Pepper to taste of course. Fresh herbs are nice too. Sprinkle the cheese on. Bake in 350 degree oven for about an hour.

Fresh berries are always sweet and pretty

Alex with both her Grandmas at Lacrosse.

To Moms Everywhere, you’re the Best!

Spring Celebrations

We hope you enjoy these Spring Recipes perfect for any celebration! Enjoy the weekend!

I like to keep these menus simple and easy so you can enjoy your guests.

Keep the appetizers simple…

No matter the occasion, our dad always asks for potato pancakes aka latkes with sour cream and apple sauce!

We make them more like hashbrowns with very little breadcrumbs or Matzoh meal. Recipe below.

Roasted Lamb

Make sure you take the Lamb out of the frig an hour and a half before you want to put it in the oven so it can come to room temperature. This is a 5 lb. roast. Rub it with olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, dry oregano, garlic powder.

Place it on a rack in a pan. For easy clean up I made a time foil rack by scrunching up tin foil into S shapes for it to sit on top of in my tin foil pan so I can toss it all when it is done.

Top with whole cloves of garlic. And Roast in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 2 hours. We like ours at medium. Definitely use a meat thermometer. Internal temperature should read around 135-140.

Don’t forget the tulips!!

Happy SPRING!!

Menu: Cheese platter and olives for apps.

Roasted Leg of Lamb, Potato Pancakes and Roasted Baby Carrots

Roasted Baby Carrots with Honey

Drizzle carrots with olive oil, honey, salt and pepper to taste. Toss and roast at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Yum!

Potato Pancakes

In your food processor with the grater fitting, grate about 12 peeled large potatoes and 2 large onions. Put into a colander over a bowl and strain. Discard the dripping and pour into the bowl. Add two whisked eggs and a cup of breadcrumbs or matzoh meal. Mix. Heat up oil of choice, I use a combination of vegetable and olive oil. Make little pancakes and fry until crispy. I fry these a day or two before leaving them a little raw inside and then finish them off in the oven before eating. 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

Easy Fourth of July Recipes and Ideas-incase you didn’t see this last year- here it is again just in time for the 4th!

Fourth Of July Easy and Super Cute Recipe Ideas:

  • Some of these should be pretty self-explanatory (like the American Flag tooth pick) for the ones that are not see below for recipes and ideas:Fruit Kabob:
    • Strawberry, Blueberry, Banana or Marshmallow or Pound Cake or Cream Cheese for the “white”.
    • Place on a kabob stick

Patriotic Strawberries:

  • Strawberries (dipped in the below)
  • The “White” area can be White Chocolate melted (dip strawberry in it), or White Frosting
  • The “Blue” area is Blue sprinkles

Fourth of July Drinks:

  • Red Wine Sangria can look patriotic with the below fruit:
  • Red Rum Punch can also be made patriotic with the below fruits:
  • Blueberries
  • pineapple, use a cookie cutter to cut star shapes
  • Watermellon, a cookie cutter to cut star shapes
  • Strawberries or Raspberries

Blue Pop Rock Rimmed Glasses (or Blue Sugar if you can find it. Party City or Michael’s are good places to look)

  • Trim any RED drink with the Blue Pop Rocks or Blue Sugar and voila a 4th of July Drink
  • Rum Punch or Vodka with Cranberry Juice are good choices

Fruit Plate: (you can probably figure this one out from the picture but just incase)

  • Blueberries
  • Watermelon cut into star shapes with a cookie cutter
  • You can also add other red fruits to the mix (Raspberry or Strawberry)

Flag Cake: (I make this every year) again I think you can figure it out by the photo but just incase.

  • This can be put on top of any cake (home-made or store-bought as long as the icing is white)
  • Blueberries for the “BLUE” area
  • Strawberries (or Raspberries) for the “Red” area

M&M Cupcakes: if these are in too much sun or heat the color of the M&Ms might bleed so better to keep inside until dessert time:

  • You can make the cupcakes or buy them
  • White Icing
  • Red and Blue M&Ms
  • If you want to add “White” into your design…(white M&Ms if you can find them or Mini Marshmallows)

Cake Pops: This is the Easiest way to make a Cake Pop

  • Buy Popems or Munchkins (Popems are less $)
  • Ice them with White Icing
  • Dip them in Red, White and Blue sprinkles (you can also buy the Red, White and Blue sprinkles pre mixed for multi colored cake pops)

Enjoy & Happy Fourth of July!

St. Patrick’s Day inspired Drinks

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Sparkling Shamrock Cocktail

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Green Smoothie

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Green Beer

Make one of these Green Drinks to get you in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day!

The Sparkling Shamrock-

  • 1 bottle of your favorite Prosecco, Sparkling Wine or Champagne
  • 12 ounces of Melon liqueur (Midouri makes one)
  • Honey Dew for decoration (or any Green fruit-Kiwi’s would work)
  • Sugar for the rim of the glass (optional) do this step first if using sugar

Pour 2 ounces of Melon Liqueur into champagne glass then fill the rest with the bubbly. Garnish with fruit & enjoy

Healthy Green Smoothie-

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 2 tbsp honey (optional)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 orange, peeled and halved
  • 5 fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • Mix all the ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

How to make your Beer GREEN….?

The easiest way to turn your Beer Green is to use a light colored beer (an IPA, pilsner or light beer)

  • Squirt 4-6 drops of Green food coloring at the bottom of the beer mug
  • Pour in light colored beer
  • Don’t stir the beer- it should turn green on its own

Enjoy!!

Cap’N Crunch Chicken Fingers!

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Cap’N Crunch & Corn Flakes mixed together sounds odd but tastes great!

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Ingredients for the dipping sauce

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Delicious alone or with the dipping sauce

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Where it all began…the first taste of the amazing chicken finger!

I discovered these in Cancun on Spring Break. My friend Dawn and I stayed across the street from a Planet Hollywood and had dinner there the first night. The waitress said we should try these and we were hooked. They are DELICIOUS! I hope you enjoy them! The recipe below is not exact to what they serve, I am sure they fry them, these are baked, and I am sure they use a lot of other ingredients but these are still tasty.

Recipe for the chicken fingers…serves 2-4 (pan fry then bake)

  • Chicken Cutlet tenders (1 packet is good for 2-4 people)
  • 2 cups Cap’N Crunch
  • 1.5 cups Corn Flakes
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1-2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • dash of pepper

Heat oven to 325 degrees…

Mix together the Captain Crunch and the Corn Flakes in a mixer until crushed (like bread crumbs) add in the onion powder, garlic powder and pepper-put all this in 1 dish. Combine the egg and milk and put in another dish. Dip the chicken in the egg/milk mixture then coat in the cereal mixture.

Heat olive oil in a fry pan (just enough to coat the pan and make the chicken a bit brown on the outside) place chicken in pan and heat on each side for roughly 1 minute until the coating is a bit brown. Then transfer to a baking dish and bake for 15-20 minutes or until done.

Dipping Sauce: mix the below together and use as a dip…I played around with the ingredients, the below is not too strong or too mayonnaise tasting. I suggest tasting it as you go along and find what you like best.

These would also be good in a ranch or honey mustard dip or with no sauce

  • 6 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 9 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 3 Teaspoon creamy style horseradish
  • 3 Teaspoon honey
  • 3 Teaspoon Yellow Mustard
  • I like to add a dash of hot sauce

Enjoy!

 

Chicken Marbella…Full of Flavor and Easy to Prepare!

  Chicken Marbella is a simple yet delicious recipe that is easy to prepare. It can be made ahead of time so it is great to serve when guests are over. This goes well with fettuccine alfredo, cous cous, rice, potatoes…or a salad.

This is Betsy’s version…. (serves 6-8)

  • 6-8 pounds chicken (I use the thick chicken breasts cut in half) but this can be made with chicken thighs, legs etc…
  • 12 oz bite size Pitted Prunes (if they are large cut them in half)
  • 3.5 ounce jar of capers (drain the liquid before adding it)
  • .5 ounce bottle of oregano (I only had 1/2 bottle and it worked)
  • 6 bay leafs (can use more for decoration)
  • 1 garlic bulb minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 cup stuffed Pimento Olives (drain before adding)
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup dry white wine (cooking wine is ok to use)
  • 1/4 cup parsley (optional)
  • 1 table spoon sea salt or kosher salt
  • 2 table spoon pepper

Combine all (except brown sugar, white wine and parsley) in a baking dish and marinade for 8 hours or overnight. Before baking add the white wine, brown sugar and parsley. I had to use 2 baking dishes and I added more red wine, olive oil, white wine and sugar as it did not look as juicy as my moms. I doubled the amount of each…(make sure to add equal amounts to balance the flavor. So 1 cup oil to 1 cup red wine vinegar etc…)

Bring to room temperature and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until chicken is done… enjoy!

Pies!!! Apple, Pumpkin and Pecan Pie… perfect for Thanksgiving or anytime!

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Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream

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Apple Pie with Lattice Top

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Apple Pie-with Full crust top (this is easier)

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Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream

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Apple Pie before the Crust on Top

Pies are a great dessert for the Holiday’s or anytime… these recipes are pretty simple and delicious!

Apple Pie

  • Pie Crust (pre-made in the frozen section) you need 2 crusts. (one for the top and one for the bottom)
  • 3.5 cups apples- peeled and chopped in slices (the smaller the better so they cook through)
  • 1 (16 ounce jar of apple sauce- I use cinnamon apple sauce, but plain is fine if you don’t love the cinnamon flavor)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2-3 tablespoon butter- chopped up
  • dash of salt
  • For the crunch topping
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • dash salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter- softened at room temperature

Pre heat oven to 425 degrees.Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl and mix. Stir in apples, apple sauce and lemon juice and pour on top of the crust, place butter through out pan.

Cut the other crust into strips for a lattice design or place uncut on top of pie and put slits in the top layer. (4-6 slits near the center in a circle works and looks nice)

Crunch topping: mix sugar, flour and salt in a bowl, mix in butter with a fork until mixture is crumbly. sprinkle over the top of the pie crust

Bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees- then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 45 minutes until crust and topping are golden brown….can serve alone or with ice cream! (this can be messy when baking I suggest baking on top of a cookie sheet or foil in case it bubbles over)

Pumpkin Pie

  • Pre-made pie crust from the frozen section
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix but canned pumpkin)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (in the spice section- Mc Cormick makes one)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs- beaten
  • 1 1/4 cup evaporated milk or half and half

Heat oven to 425 degrees, mix ingredients in a bowl and pour pie mixture into pie crust.

Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees then lower to 350 degrees and bake for 40 minutes or until fork inserted in the center is clean (usually 40-50 minutes). Cool for 2 hours before serving. Can top with whipped Cream. Keep pie in the refrigerator.

Pecan Pie

  • 1/12 cup pecan’s
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Frozen pie crust

The pecans taste better when they are pre-roasted (bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes on a baking sheet)

Mix together eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla and salt. Stir in the pecans. Pour all into the pie crust. (you might want to place some of the pecans on the top of the pie). Bake for 20 minutes then cover with aluminum foil and bake for an additional 35 minutes. (the foil keeps the crust from getting too dark). Tastes great warm or room temperature and it is delicious with ice cream.

Enjoy!