Monthly Archives: December 2010

Creamy Pesto Spinach

Hello Everyone,

Here’s a recipe we made awhile back..

Creamy Pesto Spinach:

3 medium tomatoes or 6 Roma tomatoes

1 tbsp. salt

2 (10 oz.) packages, frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

1/4 cup purchased pesto sauce

1/2 cup whipping cream

2/3 cup romano cheese, grated

1 tsp. black pepper

1 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese

Cut tomatoes in half; remove seeds and pulp. Sprinkle salt inside tomato shells and turn upside down on a wire rack to drain 30 minutes. Use a paper towel to pat inside of each tomato dry. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium skillet, cook spinach over medium heat 5-10 minutes or until heated through. Stir in pesto sauce; cook 2-3 minutes longer. Stir in cream; cook until mixture is thick (about 2 minutes). Stir in Romano cheese and pepper. Spoon about 1/2 cup spinach into each tomato shell. (If using Roma tomatoes, spoon 1/4 cup  spinach mixture into each tomato). Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top. Bake in a greased 8-inch square baking dish for 10 minutes or until heated through. Serve immediately.

My ex sister-in-law made these for Christmas several years ago and we all LOVED them I know you will to!!!

Amanda 🙂

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Posted by on December 30, 2010 in Side Dishes


Cherry Cream Cheese Dessert

Hello everyone,

Here’s a recipe I made awhile ago, and it is so easy and tasty!!!

Cherry Cream Cheese Dessert:

2 packages (3oz. each) ladyfingers, divided

2 tbsp. amaretto liqueur

1 (8oz.) package cream cheese, softened

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp. almond extract, divided

2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped

1 can (21oz.) cherry pie filling

Lightly grease the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Brush ladyfingers with amaretto. Line the sides of the pan with half of the ladyfingers, placing the rounded sides towards outside of pan. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and 1/2 tsp. almond extract;beat 1 minute. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture. Spread half of the mixture in bottom of pan. Place remaining ladyfingers over the mixture with rounded sides up. Top with remaining cream cheese mixture, spreading to smooth. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Combine cherry pie filling with remaining 1/2 tsp. almond extract. To serve, remove springform and top dessert with cherry pie filling. Serve chilled.

I was up until 3 am working on the cake… Uhh so tired today.. I didn’t see until about 11pm that the vet wanted german chocolate cake! Ack!!! So I ended up still using the chocolate cake layers I had baked and made the coconut/pecan filling and chocolate frosting. I didn’t use any 49ers stuff.. My hands are hurting really bad from rolling out marshmallow fondant, (for a rum cake that I had worked on all week that didn’t get served at Christmas)!!! What a bad day that was!! I was up until 3am Christmas morning working on stuff and was so very tired that all I wanted to do on Christmas day was sleep.. I can’t do that anymore.. It just makes me sick and keeps my husband awake..

To the person who sent me a terrible comment on Christmas day: THIS IS MY BLOG!!! NOT YOURS!!!!!! I WILL WRITE WHAT I WANT TO WRITE!!! IF YOU DON’T LIKE WHAT I HAVE TO SAY THEN, DON’T READ IT!!! I’M NOT MAKING YOU READ IT!!!  AND I WILL NOT POST ANY OF YOUR NASTY HATEFUL COMMENTS EITHER!!! I get ALOT of comments and am very choosy about what I will post!!!

Ok I am off my soapbox for now.. I don’t have anymore cakes this week, but do have one on the 6th. Right now I am planning a New Year Eve’s dinner and I hope it all turns out well. Here’s what I am making: Pumpkin soup with herbed rolled toast, herbed roasted cornish games hens, corn bread dressing, gravy, almond broccoli ring, ambrosia sweet potatoes, and english trifle. If all goes well I’ll post the recipes later..

Well goodbye for today…

Amanda 🙂

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Posted by on December 29, 2010 in Dessert's


Festive Rice Cups

Hello Everyone,

Here’s a really tasty and easy recipe.

Festive Rice Cups:

3 tbsp. unsalted butter

3 tbsp. olive oil

1 cup chopped yellow onion

5 cups chicken broth

2 cups uncooked brown rice

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. turmeric

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper

1/4 cup chopped green pepper

In a large saucepan, melt butter with the oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute until golden brown. Add chicken broth, rice salt, turmeric, and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 50-60 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in red and green peppers. For each serving, firmly press about 1/2 cup mixture into 3-inch tart mold or use a standard size muffin tins; invert onto plate and serve immediately.

My new sewing machine came today!! I have never had a sewing machine before, Ray ordered it awhile ago. It will be nice to fix some cloths or sew a blanket. I used to fix thing’s with just a needle and thread, but the needle hurts my fingers.. I am really happy to have my new toy!! YAAA!!

I have to get my cake done today for the veteran. I was still sick yesterday and didn’t the cake baked. It will be a busy afternoon for me!!!

Until next time..

Amanda 🙂

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Posted by on December 28, 2010 in Side Dishes


Chicken Pie

Hello Everyone,

Here’s a recipe I really like!!!

Chicken Pie:


3 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup butter (2 sticks) 8 oz.

1/4 cup ice water


8 chicken breast halves

1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick) 2 oz.

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2-1/2 cups chicken broth

1-1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground thyme

1 tsp. dried marjoram flakes

1 tsp. rubbed sage

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1 lb chicken sausage, browned

5 slices bacon, cooked and broken into 1-inch pieces

1 egg yolk

1 tsp. water


Sift flour and salt into a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle water over dough, mixing quickly just until dough forms a ball. Divide in half. Press half of dough into and up sides of lightly greased 2-quart round baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap: refrigerate baking dish and remaining dough.


Cook chicken breast in salted boiling water in a large stockpot. Remove from water and cool. Remove meat from bone and tear into bite-size pieces. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour. Stirring constantly, cook until mixture thickens and bubbles. Gradually stir in chicken broth. Stir in salt, thyme, marjoram, sage and pepper. Cook stirring constantly, until mixture thickens (3-4 minutes). Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, use a floured rolling-pin to roll out remaining dough. Layer half of chicken in bottom of dough-lined baking dish. Layer sausage and bacon over chicken. Top with remaining chicken. Pour sauce over meat. Top with remaining rolled out dough. Trim dough and crimp edges of pie. Cut slits in top of pie for steam to escape. (If desired, roll out dough scraps and use a cookie cutter to cut out a decoration for top of pie. Apply cutout to pie with a small amount of egg yolk.) Bake pie for 1-1/2 hours. Combine egg yolk with water and brush over top of crust. Bake 5 minutes more.

I didn’t go to the ultrasound today I made the app for Friday, since Ray is off work and can drive me there. My eyes are getting really bad. The swelling from the lymph nodes makes it hard for me to see. I am afraid I am getting another blood clot in my leg, the pain is back.. I was going to go see my dad today, but I didn’t feel safe driving… 


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Posted by on December 27, 2010 in Meats, Pastry, Pie


Onion Casserole

Hello Everyone,

Here’s a great casserole for all you onion lovers!

Onion Casserole:

2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced and separated into rings, divided

2 large red onions, thinly sliced and separated into rings, divided

12 green onions, chopped and divided

1 tsp. black pepper

10 oz. blue cheese, crumbled

10 oz. (about 2-1/2 cups) shredded havarti cheese

3 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into pieces

3/4 cup dry white wine

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. Layer half of yellow, red and green onion. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp. pepper over onions. Top with blue cheese. Layer remaining onions and sprinkle with remaining pepper. Top with havarti cheese. Pour wine over casserole. Bake 1 hour or until onions are tender. If cheese browns to quickly, cover with aluminum foil. Serve hot.

I do have one Angle cake this week for the VA home, I’ll work on it tomorrow. He likes the San Francisco 49rs. That’s also my dad’s favorite football team! I thought I would make  the vet a football since he wants chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. I want to make it easy on myself this week…

I do have an ultrasound tomorrow to make sure the cysts are shrinking still. I hate this kind of ultrasound. You have to drink a lot of water and then they put a scan on your belly with a full bladder and all it makes me want to do is go pee!! lol!! I can’t wait for it be over with.. I still don’t feel well, I have a bad stomach ache. I hope I don’t have the flu… Ick.. I did get a flu shot this year… So I’m not sure what this is… Might just be the steroids making me sick again.. I see the lung DR. in Jan. I hope she’ll lower the dosage..

Well I am getting really tired again, I’ll talk more later…


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Posted by on December 26, 2010 in Casseroles


Chocolate and Biscuits

Hello Everyone,

Here is the recipe for the chocolate sauce I made the other day for Ray’s Birthday…

Chocolate Gravy:

3 tbsp. unsalted butter

2 tbsp. all-purpose flour

1 cup granulated sugar

3 tbsp. coco powder

1/4 cup hot water

2 cups whole milk

1/8 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

Melt butter over low heat in a heavy saucepan. Blend flour, sugar and cocoa in a bowl. Add to melted butter in the saucepan stirring well. Slowly add the 1/4 cup hot water. Stir well to blend. Pour milk in a thin stream into cocoa mixture stirring well to blend. Allow to cook over low heat to medium heat stirring until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and add vanilla and salt. Serve over hot biscuits. This is a great sauce for ice cream to!!

I am really frustrated right now!! I want to make a cake for Christmas and a cake recipe I have been using isn’t turning out. I have made this same cake 3 times and it has sunk in the center. I have used this same recipe to make cakes before and cupcakes. It’s called White Almond Sour Cream cake, it’s a recipe a lot of people use. The only thing I can think of is that I have gotten a bad batch of cake mixes. I emailed my husband to pick me up some Duncin Hines cake mixes on the way home, but he got Betty Crocker instead. I made the cake again using the same recipe, and one of the Betty Crocker mixes and it sunk lower than the other to did. I am going to buy some Duncin Hines cake mixes tomorrow and hopefully it will turn out better… If it doesn’t I don’t know what I’ll do.. I am using a conture shaped cake pan and want to make the cake look like a wrapped gift with a fondant bow. I am going to paint it silver, and gold colors.  Wish me luck this has put me behind on my baking today!! GRRRR!!!

Well until next time everyone…


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Posted by on December 22, 2010 in Breakfast, Dessert's


Corn Pudding

Hello everyone,

I know I haven’t been very good about posting anything for a while… I’m still feeling a bit blue this time of year… I had another great-uncle pass away over the weekend. This makes 4 people in my family to pass away in just the last 6 months! I hope it stops, can’t take much more of this..

Here is a recipe I made last year for Christmas. My husband loved this one, of course anything with corn and bacon he loves!!!

Corn Pudding:

1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick) 4 oz.

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion

1 tbsp. granulated sugar

1 tsp. salt

1-1/2 cups half and half

4 cups drained canned corn

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour, onion, sugar, and salt. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and bubbles. Continuing to stir constantly, add half and half and cook until mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in corn, eggs, bacon, parsley, and cayenne. Pour into a lightly buttered 2-quart baking dish. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

My husband’s Birthday was Saturday and we didn’t do too much. We went to a restaurant here we like to go to on Friday, then on Saturday we went to see Tron in 3-D, it was a really good movie! On Saturday I made him something his mom made for him when he was growing up. Chocolate and biscuits. I had never heard of putting chocolate sauce on baking powder biscuits before. My dad made sausage gravy for them when I was a kid. I really liked the chocolate sauce of the biscuits, I’ll be making it more often. I’ll get the recipe and post it tomorrow, its super simple and so tasty!!!

We celebrated my grandma’s Birthday today. I guess my grandma just wanted spaghetti, salad, and pineapple upside-down cake. My aunt made all this for her today, since it was an impromptu party with just a few of us there. We had a nice time tonight..

Well I’m off to bed… I have A LOT to get done tomorrow!! An Angel cake to get finished and lots of Christmas baking to do… Nite all…


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Posted by on December 21, 2010 in Casseroles, Side Dishes