Roma Tomato & Spinach Sauce

This goes great over breaded chicken or fish.

1-2 Roma tomatoes diced
4 oz. fresh spinach
2 garlic cloves, slivered
1 tsp. rosemary
2 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. basil
Salt & Pepper
1/4 c. white wine
2 tbsp. butter
Spoonful of marinara sauce
1 tbsp. olive oil

In saute pan, heat oil and put in garlic until it browns. Add wine and cook off the alcohol. Add tomatoes, spinach and herbs. Add salt & pepper and simmer for one minute. Add marinara sauce and butter, simmer.

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Potato Salad

While I’m actually the one typing it, I’m giving my mom (Liz) the credit she deserves on this recipe. I LOVED her potato salad growing up, loved it. Only fair since the recipe I have is hers word for word that I give her the credit on this classic salad.

1 c. mayo
2 tbsp. vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
4 c. potatoes (5-6 medium), cooked and cubed
1 c. celery, sliced
1/2 onion, diced
3 hard boiled eggs
1/2 c. grated carrots

Combine first five ingredients. Stir in remaining ingredients, cover and chill.

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Spicy Bloody Marys

Fill shaker up half way up with either Tomato Juice or Clamato Juice
3 shots of vodka (Certain flavored vodkas work well – Absolut Peppar, Stoli Mandarin, and Bacon Infused Vodka)
Horseradish
Salt & Pepper
Tobasco Sauce
Worshchester Sauce
Lemons & Limes

Mix together and add fresh lemon and lime juice. Take glass and fill up 3/4 with ice and pour shaker into glass. Top with olives.

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Burning Starfish Dip

3 – 8 oz cream cheese
1 – small can El Paso Green Sauce
1/4 – small can El Paso Yellow Sauce
1 – pkg green onion dip mix
1 – Tbsp or 1/2 if you want milder Tabasco Sauce

In a mixer put:

Cream Cheese cut up, onion dip, green sauce, mix then 1/4 can yellow sauce and Tabasco. Continue mixing until all combined about 3 – 5 minutes on low to medium speed.

Submitted by Shelby on behalf of Dianna Moffitt

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Dilly Bread

1/4 cup warm water
1 1/2 tsp. yeast
1 Cup cottage cheese (warm)
2 Tbs. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. dill weed
3 tsp. onion flakes or Mrs. Dash or something similar ( I use more)
2 eggs
2 1/3 cups flour

Mix water and yeast together and set aside. Combine the cottage cheese, sugar, baking soda, dill seed, onion flakes and eggs in a mixing bowl and beat. Add one cup of flour and mix well.

Add the yeast mixture and beat. Add the rest of the flour and mix.

Let it rise until double in size. Stir it down. Grease a 1 1/2 quart casserole bowl and put the bread in it. Let it rise and when double in size, bake it at 325 F oven for about 40- 50 minutes.

For a variety, you can use a flavored cottage cheese.

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Be a Successful Steamer

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I remember when and why I got my first steamer. It’s a very nice one from Williams Sonoma that I purchased in Las Vegas one night when I wanted to make crab legs. I’m pretty sure I was pregnant at the time too, not that’s it relevant. Anyways, I went home and unpackaged the steamer got it all ready, put in my 2 inches of water and got it boiling. Put the crab legs on and this horrible, overwhelming smell of perm solution came about. It was disgusting, the crab legs I had bought earlier that day were in fact bad. However, that being my first time steaming crab it kinda deterred me from doing it for quite awhile afterwards.

We had moved from Vegas and then a few more times and each time we had to bring this large steamer with us. It was nice, we just never used it. One day I decided to try it for corn on the cob I believe it was, some veggie at least. Worked great, so then I started using it more because I like the idea of steam over microwaves. It’s easier than a microwave to be honest.

You fill up the large pot only with about 1-2 inches of water. Turn the stove on to high and let that bad boy boil. There are two strainers/holders in the pot, one large and one small. (Small one pictured below)

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So let’s try broccoli, first you cut up the desired amount, put the pan on the stove and once boiled put the broccoli in the small holder and let steam for six minutes. That’s it, just six minutes. Then take it out (no draining needed) add some salt, pepper, garlic and butter and you have some happy eaters. It keeps the color of the broccoli so nicely too.

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The steamer is very versatile. You can cook crab legs and all sorts of seafood in there. Crab legs go in the large holder and you steam
them for six minutes as well. These are frozen crab legs done in SIX MINUTES. It’s great.

So go ahead and get yourself a steamer, you’ll appreciate your purchase, I promise.

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Nothing Says Love Like Surf n’ Turf

Today I am going to share with you what our family is having for Valentine’s Dinner. I decided to do a simple surf n’ turf. I bought two steaks and two lobster tails, if you buy an eight ounce steak and split in two, that’s a perfect portion of meat – four ounces.

On the menu tonight:

Shrimp cocktail with spicy cocktail sauce
NY Strip Steak with bearnaise sauce
Fresh asparagus
Mashed Potatoes
French bread

Shrimp Cocktail w/ Cocktail Sauce
Shrimp Cocktail w/ Cocktail Sauce

So this post is a little edited as I add the pictures from dinner. We had a late lunch and so we changed to have no lobster, just too much food. I also planned on grilling but it was too cold, so we pan fried the steak and sauted the asparagus. We thought a nice sauce would be good, so we tried making bearnaise sauce for the first time. It was really good.

Steaks in Marinade
Steaks in Marinade
Steak w/ Beranaise Sauce
Steak w/ Bernaise Sauce
Even the Boys Love It.
Even the Boys Love It.
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Red Velvet Balls

No Blue Balls on Valentine’s Day … only red. : )

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Red Velvet Cake
Cream
Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Wafers

Once cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl, mix in cream cheese frosting thoroughly. May be easier (and more fun) to do with hands but definitely messier!

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Roll mixture into quarter size balls and lay on cookie sheet, should make 40-50. Chill for several hours – and be patient and make sure it’s really cooled down or it will get gooey.

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Melt chocolate wafers in the microwave or stovetop method. Roll balls in chocolate and lay on wax paper until firm. (Use a spoon to dip and roll in chocolate and then tap off extra.)

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Enjoy!

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Cream Cheese Frosting

Welcome to Day Two of our Valentine’s Day special! Today we work on our second step of the end goal of Red Velvet Balls and that’s to make the yummy frosting we’ll blend into the cake. This recipe for cream cheese frosting can also be enjoyed with many other desserts. Fold 1/3 c. walnuts into it and add to a moist carrot cake!

1 8 oz pkg cream cheese
1 stick butter
1 box of powdered sugar (4 cups)
1 tsp. vanilla flavoring

Mix cream cheese and butter together in a bowl. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until you get the consistency you like.

Add a little milk to the frosting while mixing if you like it to be creamy.

Cream Cheese Frosting

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Red Velvet Cake

Happy Hump Day! With Valentine’s Day being Saturday I decided to a three day recipe. Our ultimate goal is making Red Velvet Balls and we can do this in three steps. The great thing is each step can be used as its own recipe and enjoyed with other sweets.

Red Velvet Cake:

2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. oil
1 c buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. cocoa
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. vinegar
1 oz. bottle red food coloring

Mix all ingredients together and bake at 350F for about 30 to 35 minutes.

Red Velvet Cake
Red Velvet Cake
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