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


Cream Of Artichoke Soup

Hello Everyone,

Here is a recipe I made a awhile ago. I LOVE artichokes in anything!!

Cream Of Artichoke Soup:

1/2 cup chopped green onion

2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced

2 ribs celery, chopped

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

4 cups vegetable broth

1 can (14oz.) artichoke hearts, drained and sliced

1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

1 bay leaf

1/2 tsp. round thyme

1/2 tsp.  ground oregano

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

3 tbsp. all-purpose flour

1 cup heavy cream

salt and pepper to taste

In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute the onion, carrots, celery, and mushrooms with 1/4 cup of butter. Add vegetable broth, artichokes, bay leaf, thyme, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Simmer on low heat for 15-20  minutes. In a small saucepan melt remaining 1/4 cup butter over low heat. Stir in flour and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Slowly stir into soup mixture. Slowly add cream. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook 3-5 minutes or until slightly thickened and heated through.

As you can tell I haven’t posted much this month and I’m sorry about that. I just haven’t felt up to it. I have had a really bad bladder infection for the last 2 weeks, and I hope the meds they gave me will help… I have been feeling really blue about Christmas I have nothing done at all. In fact I feel no desire to do anything at all. The only decorations I have up are the Christmas cards we have gotten from Rays family and few of our friends. I did get a couple from my family also.. My mom wants us to come to her house for Christmas and she’s been asking me to plan some of the dinner. I haven’t felt very inspired to do anything yet, so we’ll see what happens I guess…

Ray’s Birthday is Saturday and I want to do something for him that day. As far as I have gotten is, I am making him chocolate and biscuits with bacon. The chocolate and biscuits is something he grew up eating. It’s just chocolate sauce poured over biscuits. I found a recipe that is close to what his mom made, so I hope he likes it.  I tried it once at one of his cousins home several years ago and wasn’t impressed, maybe my version will turn out better.. Who knows!! LOL!!

Ray delivered my lemon pie to the vet the other day and I hope he liked it. I just made a lemon pie and sent in with it a can of Reddi Whip. His request was for only lemon pie so that’s what he got. I did get the cake done for the mentally challenged adult. He is a fan of Micheal Jackson,  I asked for help on Wilton’s discussion forum and got a few replies. Ray enlarged an image for me on his computer and I made the image out of fondant and gloves. Then brushed just the gloves with silver luster dust. The lady said the young man would love it! I hope he did!! I do have another cake for the same place on Tuesday, but don’t know yet what I am making… I am baking for Ronald McDonald house this Friday and they said I could bake whatever I wanted. The director said they had a full house now.. I am thinking of making some bar cookies again. They were so easy to make last time and I didn’t feel as rushed as I normally do..

Well I better go for now, still feeling really blue. I know I should think more positive about thing’s after all I could have thing’s a lot worse. I know a lot of people are hurting more than we are… Help me feel more positive please… I’m going to try to, but it’s hard..

Until another time..


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Posted by on December 16, 2010 in Soups



Hello Everyone,

Wow what a weekend it has been for us, today is the first day I felt up to posting anything… Friday we drove to Idaho Falls and stayed the night, we didn’t get out of Boise as soon as we wanted to. Stayed the night and made it to Salmon by 12:30 and the memorial service for my grandma was at 1pm! We hurried and checked into the motel room and raced over to the church. Bear in mind it’s really cold in Salmon and lots of snow, slush and ice everywhere.  The service was really nice, there was a lady that sang a couple of beautiful songs. My uncle had made a rotating picture video feed of my grandma, from birth to her final days. I made it without crying until I went to hug my grandpa and the waterworks started.. Some of my family had brought food for all of us, but I barely ate anything, just didn’t feel like it.. After awhile we went back to the motel room and later went to visit the family again. I haven’t been to Salmon in almost 5 years, not since my uncle Jimmy was killed… I wanted to go to the cemetery to visit his gravesite, but the road to it is unpaved and full of ice and snow. I knew our car wouldn’t make it up the hill. I got to see family there I haven’t seen in almost 10 years. The last time I saw some of my younger cousins was at my wedding almost 10 years ago!! Next August Ray and I will be married for 10 years, wow where does the time go??? 

I’m trying to think of what else to say here about the service and some of the family there… I want to say more, but I’m not sure I want to or should at this time… We ended up staying until Monday morning, we had planned on leaving Sunday morning, but we had a bad wheel. We had to wait until Monday to get it repaired, the tire had a bulge in it and THANK YOU JESUS it didn’t blowout in the middle of nowhere!!!  The Lord was watching out for us!!

I am working on a couple of cakes for Angel Cakes this weekend and a pie! The first one is going to a nursing home lady, the 2nd one is for the a mentally challenged adult, and the pie is for a vet. I am making a lemon meringue pie, one for the vet the and another for my husband. I know when he see’s I am making a lemon meringue pie, he’ll ask where’s mine?? LOL!! I’ll make 2 of them!!

Well that’s all I have for tonight everyone..

Amanda.. 🙂

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Posted by on December 9, 2010 in Uncategorized


Food Network Magazine Recipe Reviews

Hello Everyone,

Here are the recipes we tried out this month’s November Magazine. What I decided to do was cook a feast for our Thanksgiving day. Ray and I stayed home this year. After my grandmother’s passing I just didn’t feel like going anywhere that day. We started our day with pumpkin pancakes, now these were not from the magazine. I made them up!! I measured about 2 cups of krusteaz pancake mix. I know what  your all saying what a mix??? What’s wrong with you Amanda??? I grew up on this pancake mix and happen to really like it!! I then added about 1-1/2 cups pumpkin puree, dash of cinnamon, and some half-half to thin out the batter a bit, about 1/2 cup. You’ll have to play with it a bit to get the right consistency you like. They were very tasty!!! I cooked some sausage and that was breakfast!! I watched the whole Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade! I never get to when I cook for all my family here. My grandparent’s always want dinner by 1:30 pm or so. It was so nice to just sit until the parade was done. I didn’t even get the turkey in the oven until 12:30 pm!!! Speaking of turkey, I made Alton Brown’s turkey recipe on page 118, I then made Tyler Florence’s Buttered Turnip Puree, and they were delish!! On page 139 I made Alex’s Guarnaschelli’s Parker House rolls, and I didn’t make them into the same shape she made them in, I just made dinner rolls out of them. We are still eating them a week later!! On page 50 I made Ellie Krieger’s Sweet Potato Cassarole,  I wanted to make something different from the traditional cloying sweet potato casserole with marshmallow’s. This recipe was so much better!! I will make this one again!! I decided to make the “He-Made She Made” contest with cranberry sauce on page 58 and 59. I am the only one that tried these to dishes out, Ray doesn’t really like cranberries. I have to give this one to Guy, I loved his cranberry sauce. There  is something about Paula’s cranberry/cream cheese mixture that I didn’t like at all.. Ended up throwing the rest of her’s out in the trash, sorry Paula, better luck next time!!! On page 128 I decided to make Cat Cora’s cornbread to make dressing with. I made the best cornbread stuffing I have ever made with this recipe!! Don’t ask me how I made it, I can’t remember how to!! I just threw stuff in it!! LOL!! The last thing I made was on page 149, the Almond Pumpkin pie. This was a very tasty pie! I loved the creamy filling, plus the fact it had amaretto in it really helped!! I didn’t care for the crust too much, I’ll stick with Julia Childs pie crust recipe from now on for all my pies!! The rest of the day went really well for us, just hanging around the house watching movies and drinking a bottle of really good red wine helped a lot!! LOL! It was a nice peaceful day for us..

I delivered my hospice cake this morning, right on time I will mention. I walked into the door of this place and the person that takes the cakes was on the phone at his desk and just put out his hand for the cake and didn’t say one word to me. Not a how ya doing, nice cake, NOTHING!!! I know he may have been busy on the phone, but this guy is always like this, RUDE!! I do not like him at all. I just hope the Birthday person likes the cake, that matter more to me anyways…

For the last 3 days I have been working on the sweet 16 cupcakes for a coworker’s daughter at work. I have been molding dozens of chocolate crowns, the numbers 16, and made some fondant bow ties. The party is a mocktail/cocktail party. Her colors are black, silver, and pink. I am using silver baking cups, hot pink champagne buttercream, chocolate crowns, the number 16, and sprinkle some hot pink coarse sugar on the buttercream. I am brushing the crows with gold and silver luster dust. I hope they like these cupcakes!! I am only asking  for what it has cost me for the ingredient’s and asked if she wanted to make a donation to Angel Cakes in whatever amount she felt like. I don’t have a licence kitchen so I can’t make money off of what I make. Hopefully someday I will have one! Sighhh someday who knows…

Well goonight all, I have 50 cupcakes to bake and decorate tomorrow!! Very busy day for me!!!

Amanda 🙂