Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cole Slaw

A couple of weeks ago I came up with recipe after buying a 24 ounce bag of chopped red & green cabbage and carrots.  I have to say it was good good good.....but Frank had taken the camera to work that day. But I bought another mix and made some yesterday.  It is so good and it fulfills that craving you may have for something crunchy.

Cole Slaw

1 24 oz bag of coleslaw mix
1 cup mayo, your choice
3T apple cider vinegar - may wish to additional T's  if you want a more tart flavor
1/2 t freshly ground pepper
1/4 dry mustard
1/2 t celery salt

Add the coleslaw mix to a LARGE bowl.  Mix the other ingredients together and then add to shredded vegetables. Mix thoroughly.  Refrigerate.

For a holiday party
1/4 cup Trader Joe's Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar - for a sweeter taste.
1/2 - 1 cup dried cranberries and pecans

Thursday, September 6, 2012

What's for lunch?

I pack lunch for my daughter everyday.  Since she is in middle school, I now have rules to follow on what NOT to pack.  No eggs, tuna, seafood, tomatoes....things may smell or give bad breath, which is understandable!
What can I make for her????
Meatballs, yes!!  Last week I made meatballs for dinner and saved a few that had not been cooked in sauce. SO I came up with this quick recipe for lunch meatballs.

Today she had meatballs, fresh strawberries, celery sticks with cream cheese and water in her lunch bag.


1/2 pound Hamburger
1 Egg
1/4 cup Almond Flour
1/2 t Penzeys Tuscan Sunset Seasoning
1/4 t Garlic Salt
1/4 t Penzeys Granulated Onion
Fresh Ground Pepper
1/4 c Water

Mix everything together.  Make into balls.  I got 15 good sized meatballs.
Saute in your favorite oil.  Cool. Pack into containers.

I put 5 in bags and tossed them in the freezer.  They will thaw out by lunchtime.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Creamy Ranch Dressing

My daughter has friends over to visit and they always want ranch dressing.  It made her curious about tasting Ranch. So I made this dressing.

Creamy Ranch Dressing

1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
1/3 cup Buttermilk
1 T  Dried Chives - I use Penzeys Spices
1 t  Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 t  Salt - whatever kind you prefer
1/2 t Dried Dill
1/2 t Coconut Aminos
1/4 t Granulated Onion
1/4 t Granulated Garlic
a few turns of Freshly Ground Pepper

This is good for a dipping sauce for vegetables or for use as a salad dressing.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Barrier Reef Chicken Marinade

A few months ago, I discovered there is a spice shop in downtown Charlotte called Savory Spice Shop. I have never been in a spice shop.  I LOVE Penzeys but the closest store is in Raleigh which is 2 1/2 hours away.  So I call and order what I want.  This made me want to visit this store even more.  It was an experience!  If you have a spice store near you - GO THERE!! 

This photo is from the internet site for my local store.  Don't you want to taste and smell all of these????

I bought a mix from them called Barrier Reef Caribbean Style SeasoningIt smells fruity and spicy just how I think the Caribbean would smell! 
Now just what I am going to do with this seasoning??

I have been on a grilled chicken kick lately.  So I decided to make a marinade.

Barrier Reef Chicken Marinade

1/2 c Apple Cider Vinegar
1/3 c Coconut Aminos
1/2 c filtered water
2 t  Barrier Reef Caribbean Style Seasoning
1/2 t salt, optional

8-10 chicken thighs

Mix all ingredients together in to a bag, bowl or baking dish.  Add the chicken and let sit all day or overnight in the refrigerator.  Then throw them on the grill.

These were so delish.  You could just taste the seasoning but it was not overwhelming.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Red Enchilada Sauce

I am hungry for some enchiladas....I found this fab recipe for the tortillas here on  I don't like the metallic taste of the canned sauce and who knows what is in it??? So I came up with a recipe for my own sauce.

Red Enchilada Sauce:
2 C Beef Stock
1/2 c water
1 6 oz can tomato paste
2 T Penzeys Chili con Carne
2 T Penzeys Chili Powder
2 t Penzeys Mexican Oregano
2 t Penzeys Cumin
1 t salt
1/4 t Penzeys Granulated Onion

Mix in a sauce pan and simmer for 5 minutes.  Let cool. 

It seems divine in my house now!!!!  I used a beef stock because I plan to make enchiladas with beef.  You can sub out the beef stock for chicken stock if you plan to use chicken in the enchiladas!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Shark Sausage

Found this recipe for Green Thresher Shark Sausage while I was websurfing....very interesting recipe!!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Lemon Poppyseed Waffles

I was hungry this morning for something different.  I get tired of eggs everyday and I was not ready to have a "lunch-type" food.  I was looking around on the internet and came across this recipe at PaleOMG.
These are so good!!!!!!  I think everyone should try them!!

lemonwaffles2  and while you are over at PaleOMG, look at her other recipes!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Ox Tails....

I found some oxtails at BJ's and decided to buy them!!  I started these off with some oil (whatever you like) and browned them. Then I followed my Pasta Sauce recipe, leaving out the hamburger.  It must cook slow for 3-4 hours, until tender. This can be made in a crock pot. 
This is what it looked like when it was finished cooking. Gosh, it was SOOOO delicious..  I served it with large zucchini noodles.  This is something I will definitely have again!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Bare Fruit Snacks

I have become addicted to these Cinnamon Apple Snacks.....


I love these..  I am a snacker and this is something that is not high in calories, carbs or fat. 
They are as crunchy as potato chips.  I just got some of the mango chips but have not tried them yet.
Here's a link to their site. Bare Fruit
I buy them from Vitacost.

Check it out!!