Thursday, November 30, 2017

Natalies Granola

I don’t add nuts, so when I double it, I do 9 cups of oats. And I leave the raisins out and just add them to mine when I eat it.


  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (use certified gluten-free oats for gluten-free granola)
  • 1 ½ cup raw nuts and/or seeds (I used 1 cup pecans and ½ cup pepitas)
  • 1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt (if you’re using standard table salt, scale back to ¾ teaspoon)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil or olive oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup dried fruit, chopped if large (I used dried cherries)
  • Totally optional additional mix-ins: ½ cup chocolate chips or coconut flakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts and/or seeds, salt and cinnamon. Stir to blend.
  2. Pour in the oil, maple syrup and/or honey and vanilla. Mix well, until every oat and nut is lightly coated. Pour the granola onto your prepared pan and use a large spoon to spread it in an even layer. Bake until golden, about 21 to 23 minutes, stirring halfway. The granola will further crisp up as it cools.
  3. Let the granola cool completely, undisturbed, before breaking it into pieces and stirring in the dried fruit (and totally optional chocolate chips). Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks, or in a sealed freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.
*Coconut oil and honey. I don’t use parchment paper because it sticks to it. I just shovel it around with a spatula a few minutes after it comes out of the oven. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cajun Chicken Pasta

About 3/4 package of thin noodles
2 Chicken breasts
2 Tablespoons Butter
3 Cloves of garlic
1 bunch green onions chopped
1 Tablespoon cajun seasoning
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 (or less depends how spicy you want it) cayenne pepper
8 oz heavy cream
1 green bell pepper chopped
1 red bell pepper chopped
1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated

1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium head. Add chicken and cook 6-8 minutes until slightly brown.
2. Add garlic, onions, peppers, and seasonings
3. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes until peppers are tender. (stir frequently)
4. Stir in cream and let simmer about 2 minutes
5. Add cheese and remove from heat.
6. Once cheese is melted in add the pasta

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Perfect Baked Salmon

1 Salmon fillet (about 2 pounds)
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 C chicken broth or soy sauce and honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon, or rosemary, or any spice that is good with fish

Rinse salmon and pat dry.  Place in a greased baking dish.  Brush with butter.  Combine remaining ingredients; pour over salmon.

Bake uncovered, at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork.  160-165 degrees internal temp.
Yields:  8 servings

Dill Sauce

1/2 C sour cream
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons dill
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
pinch of sugar

Heat until warm, but do not boil.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

No bake cookies

Boil for one minute:
1 cube butter
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
/4 cup cocoa

3 cups oatmeal
1/2 c. Crunchy peanut butter
1tsp vanilla

Spread on wax paper or buttered pan and let cool

Friday, December 16, 2016

Candy Cane Cookies

1 C. Butter, softened
1 C. Shortening
2 C. Confectioner's Sugar (this is powdered sugar)
2 Eggs
3 tsp. Almond Extract
2 tsp. Vanilla
5 C. Flour
2 tsp. Salt
Red Food Coloring (I only add enough to make it dark pink)
3 Peppermint Candy Canes (crushed)

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix thoroughly butter, shortening, confectioner's sugar, egg, and flavorings.  Blend in flour and salt.  Divide dough in half; blend food color into one half. (Or make all the dough red and use the icing to make it striped.)

If using two colors of dough, shape about 1 teaspoon dough from each half into a 4-inch rope.  For smooth, even ropes, roll them back and forth on board or countertop.  Place ropes side by side; press together lightly and twist.  Complete cookies one at a time.  Place on ungreased baking sheet.  Curve top down to form curve of cane.
Bake 9-11 minutes or until set and very light brown.  Cool.

Frost with cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.  These freeze well.

Frosting:  1/2 C. butter, softened, 8 oz. cream cheese, softened, and enough powdered sugar to make a thick frosting.  (about 3-4 cups), 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 teaspoon almond.  Mix until smooth.

Makes between 2-3 dozen depending on the size of cane.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016

Peach and Cream Cheese Pie (mom's recipe)

8 Graham Crackers-crushed
3 T. Sugar
6 T. Butter, melted
1 tsp. Cinnamon ( I add this, but it wasn't in the original)
Mix together and press into pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees, 5-8 minutes.
Chill until completely cooled down.

Cream Cheese Filling:
3 oz. cream cheese-softened
dash of salt
1/3 C. Powdered Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. Almond (I add this, but it wasn't in the original)
1 C. Whipping Cream-whipped
Blend the cream cheese, salt, powdered sugar, vanilla, and almond together, then fold in the whipped cream.  Put in cooled pie shell and refrigerate.

Cook and mash (2) peaches until liquid
Blend 1/2 C. Sugar with 3-4 T. cornstarch, add to peach mixture and stir.
Add 1 tsp.  Lemon Juice
Stir and cook until thickened and clear.

Add 3 sliced peaches to this mixture and cool.  When cool pour on top of pie and chill.

I double this sometimes and put in a 9x13 pan and cut into squares when serving.