Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Peach Dessert

2 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
6 T. powdered sugar
1/2 c. melted butter
Press into bottom of 9x13 pan

Cream Layer
1/2 cup powdered sugar
8 oz. cool whip
8 oz. cream cheese
Beat until combined, spread over crust.

Peach Layer
2 small packages of Peach Jello
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
2 T. cornstarch (mixed with small amount of water, so it will blend into jello mixture without getting lumpy)
4 cups peaches
Mix jello, sugar and water. Bring to boil and add cornstarch. Let cool to soft gel and add peaches.
Pour on top of cream layer. Place in fridge until set. Can top with additional graham cracker crumbs.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Poppy Seed Dressing

3/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4-1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. pepper
1 T. poppy seeds

I love this dressing over spinach with cranberries, strawberries and/or mandarin oranges.

Ramen Salad

2 heads romaine lettuce
4 green onions

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sesame seeds
3 oz. sliced almonds
2 packs ramen, broken (discard seasoning packs)
2 T. sugar

Melt butter in small skillet, add sugar, seeds, almonds and noodles.
Cook and stir until brown, about 5 min.
Pour on platter to cool completely before adding to salad.

3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
2 T. soy sauce

Tear lettuce, add onions and noodle mixture.
Add dressing just before serving.

Spinach Salad

1 bag spinach
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 head lettuce, chopped
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
3/4 cup swiss cheese, grated
1 red onion, sliced
2 cans mandarin oranges, drained
candied almonds (optional)

candied almonds: 4 oz. slivered almonds + 6 T. sugar
heat sugar on low/med, until sugar melts, stirring constantly
add almonds and pour on plate to cool.
*I have never successfully made candied almonds and have never put them in this salad. :)

1 T. poppy seeds
1/3 cup vinegar
3/4 cup oil
1/3 cup sugar
3 T. diced onion
3/4 tsp. salt
2 T. mustard
whisk all ingredients together.

Feta Salami Salad

Salad, any combination of the following:
Green Onions
Feta cheese, crumbled

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/8-1/4 cup sugar
2 T. vinegar
1 tsp. Nature's Seasoning by Morton's
1/2 tsp. Dijon Mustard (regular mustard works fine)
1 T. Mayo
pinch of pepper

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

3 stalks broccoli
1 head cauliflower
1 cup cashews (optional)
1 cup craisins
10 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled

2 cup mayo
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
pour over salad just before serving.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Key Lime Pie

We just had our annual St. Patrick's Day party and this was my food assignment. It is super easy and really good!

1 graham craker crust

1 small lime jello

2 containers Key Lime Pie yogurt

1 8 oz. cool whip

1/4 cup boiling water

dissolve jello in water, stir in yogurt, fold in cool whip.

spoon into crust, refrigerate overnight.

I made two pies and used 3 yogurts and 1 cool whip, it made the perfect amount. I also used low fat yogurt and cool whip.

Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
cream together
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. soda
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
4 1/2 - 6 cups flour (may need to add more depending on how moist you like your dough)
roll out to 1/2 inch think
bake @ 350 for 10-12 minutes (depending on how golden brown you like them)

Cream Cheese Frosting (from Oreo Cookies)
4 oz. soft cream cheese
1/2 cube soft butter
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar

Easy Cheesecake

8 oz. softened cream cheese
2/3 cup sugar
beat until fluffy
1 tsp. vanilla
8 oz. cool whip (I only used 2/3 of the bowl)
3/4 cup sour cream
beat until combined
spoon into graham cracker crust
refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight

Friday, January 16, 2009

Poppy Seed Cake

1 yellow cake mix
1 large vanilla instant pudding
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
5 eggs
1/4 cup poppy seeds
1 cup water

1/4 cup sugar
1 T cinnamon
mix sugar and cinnamon and dust well greased bundt pan.
Heat oven to 350.
Combine all other ingredients and beat for 5 minutes.
Pour into bundt pan and bake for 35 minutes.
Let cool slightly, place plate or platter over top of bundt pan and invert to remove cake.