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    • CommentAuthorharveyt
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2010
    Someone had asked for a recipe for sugar free chocolate chip cookies. I use the website and got the result for chocolate chip cookies for special diet and bam there it was and you can enter the size of portion you want and it will adjust the recipe accordingly. I have been using it for everything lately.
    • CommentAuthorBev*
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2010
    Thanks, Harvey. Just looked it over and it looks great.
    • CommentAuthordivvi*
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2010
    bama send me a hug i found your recipe under favorite recipes indeed its from kadee. look thru the posts!
      CommentAuthorBama* 2/12
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2010
    divvi, you are a sweetheart and I am sending you lots of hugs. I tried finding the recipes last night but had no luck. Don't have any rum in the house to make my favorite Bicardi Rum Cake so I have found this cake is really easy and good.
      CommentAuthorol don*
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2010
    Cashew Chicken-quick an very good
    2 c of left over chicken or turkey diced
    2 cans of cream of chicken soup
    3/4 c water1/2 diced onion simmered inbutter
    1c celery diced -raw
    11/2 cans Chinese noodles
    Mix soup an water together,add trhe remaining ingredients,use some of the noodles to cover bake in 2 qt casserole at 400 for 40 minutes
      CommentAuthorBama* 2/12
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2010
    ol don, I use left over chicken or turkey....saute a little onion,celery, and garlic in butter. Then add a can of Cream of Mushroom soup, 1/2 cup of water and chicken and let simmer awhile. You can also add a dash of cooking wine to the mixture. I pour this mixture over the Chinese noodles and enjoy. Fast, easy and very good.
      CommentAuthorBama* 2/12
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2010
    By the way, you left me standing at the gate for the LSU/Alabama.
    I was told never to use in cooking a wine that you wouldn't drink!!!
      CommentAuthorBama* 2/12
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2010
    Marsh, when you live in a "Dry County" you make do. We just had a Wet-Dry vote and after many years we can buy alcoholic beverages in January. Next year I can make a Rum Cake...... Yea!!!!!!!
      CommentAuthorSusan L*
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2010
    Marsh, that's because you need to have a glass while you are cooking!
      CommentAuthorSusan L*
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2010
    Here's the Ultimate Comfort Food! Homemade Mac & Cheese

    1 box small pasta shells (holds more cheese)
    8 oz of velvetta cheese
    1 lb of american cheese
    Milk and flour to thicken
    Salt, Pepper & a touch of garlic (hey I'm Italian)
    Italian Bread Crumbs

    Melt cheeses, milk together, wisk in a bit of flour, add spices, pour into 8X12 greased baking dish
    Sprinkle with breadcrumbs, dot wit butter and bake in a 350 degree oven till bubbly, OMG it is sooooo good.
    (can add cubes of ham or even peas or broccoli, if you want to make it healthier, lol)
      CommentAuthorol don*
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2011
    Imohr* have to tell ya I tried the bacon in the oven thingy,worked great thanks,no more splatters of grease lol
    • CommentAuthorZibby*
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2011 edited
    This evening I made the VERY easy & delish coffee mug cake recipe, and it occurred to me that some of the newbies might not have come across this thread and older members (by time on the blog, of course) might want a refresher. So, here it is. More happy preparing and eating!
    • CommentAuthorAdmin
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2011 edited
    ttt for Wolf K
    • CommentAuthorWolf
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2011
    Thanks. I wonder why it didn't come up in my search? I must have mispelled it. I originally though it was recipie not recipe.

    You can nix that thread if you like Joan. I'll add them here.
    • CommentAuthorrussell
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2011

    These recipe's all look good. I've been cooking the last 5yr,my buddie 70yr old, 20yr younger wife, my wife has alz. so we share a lot of cooking ideals, we,ve got crookpots that do a double
    job of browning the meat or deep fat frying.then flip the switch for the crockpot, have a 5qt and 3qt to use. the nest most pan is iron skillet that I can brown and bake in. I use lot of one pan meals, she likes brown rice with mushroom soup and pork/ckicken, with a lot veg. I use a lot with my electric oven for busicts and tenderloins/ bacon on top of them. I was one 4kids, so had to learn to cook years ago, so was no problem taking over when I had to. I do a lot of prep so all I have to do is to put on. I can enjoy doing this, sometimes its trying. I like that
    omlet recipe. we like the breadfast best of all.
    • CommentAuthordivvi*
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2011
    to the top for new members and need easy recipes... aka those caregiver husbands, ie hughfair...:)
    • CommentAuthorZibby*
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2011
    Here's an easy treat recipe ANYONE can prepare who can open a package of mini twist pretzels, a pkg of M&Ms and a package of kisses. The difficult, time-consuming part of this is unwrapping the kisses.

    Preheat oven to 275.

    Put as many of the pretzels on a cookie sheet or two as you like or will fit. They won't spread; so don't worry about a 2" rule. Place an unwrapped kiss on each pretzel. Put in oven for 3'. This is not the time to try and run to another room to multi-task. Stay with the project. Remove cookie sheet from oven and place an M&M in the middle of the kiss and push down a bit. Let them cool. They look right purty on a cookie tray on its way to a party. OR you can just make enough for you and your spouse to have a treat.

    A granddaughter gave me this "recipe."
    Thanks, Weejun, that was easy!
    Recipe for bluedaze*

    Feta Potatoes
    1 (32 oz) bag frozen cubed hash browns, southern style
    2 oz. bacon bits or 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
    4 oz. feta cheese
    2 cups half and half
    1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs.

    Preheat oven to 375. combine all ingredients in a 9x13 pa. Bake for 20 minutes, stir once, bake another 20 minutes. Enjoy! So easy.
    Actually it was Weejun that asked for the recipe-but I will use it. Sounds wonderful.
    • CommentAuthorWolf
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2011
    Been doing all the cooking for eight years. My mother teared up when she moved back to her house after her hip mended. She loved my cooking. It's my favorite memory of her. My wife travelled a fair bit and now she's in nursing homes for a week here and there. This 'man' simple recipe has never missed.

    2 fresh buns (calabrese, kaiser, foccochia (?) your choice)
    2 swiss steaks (different names, cheap thin cuts pounded with holes)
    1 large or 2 medium onions
    1/2 dozen large or a dozen small button mushrooms
    worchestershire sauce

    Heat a 10 inch skillet medium high
    Cut the onion in half, slice both halves one direction, heat with some oil until softened
    Add the mushrooms also cut one direction and stir so onions don't brown much (unless you like that)
    Add generous dashes of wooster sauce. The buns will soak it up.
    Grind pepper to taste on one side of steaks. Empty mushroom/onion mixture into a bowl and set aside
    Heat pan a bit hotter with fresh oil
    Put steaks in hot pan pepper side down. Pepper the top sides now to taste.
    (If you like salt add some soy sauce to the mushroom/onion mixture or salt the steak at the end)
    Slice buns in half and load the mixture evenly on the bun bottoms. Add another dash of wooster as needed.
    Load the steaks on when browned/done to desired amount. Add the tops, and slice in half.
    Two large napkins/paper towels, turn the TV on, and devour.

    Smaller appetites need only one. I eat two. Nothing else. Twenty minutes, one frying pan.
    You can add whatever you like. Try garlic/butter mushrooms with the onions and skip the wooster sauce. Add tobasco if you like it hot. No veggies but you can load up on them the day before or after.
      CommentAuthorol don*
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2011
    Easy Simple Sugar Cookies
    23/4 C flour
    1t baking soda
    1/2 t baking powder
    1 egg
    1t vanilla
    1C butter
    1 1/2 C sugar
    small bowl
    Large bowl cream sugar an butter
    beat in egg an vanilla
    blend in dry ingredients
    drop by teaspoons full on baking sheet
    375 over for about 10-12 minutes
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2011
    Vicky, that recipes sounds really good. I'll have to try it. Here's another easy potato recipe, which I made for the first time last night. It's a keeper.

    Ranch Potatoes

    8 large red potatoes (I used baby red potatoes and guessed at how much was enough)
    1 cup ranch salad dressing
    1 cup sour cream
    1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    1/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon or bacon bits
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Cut potatoes in quarters and boil until tender. Drain. Combine ranch dressing, sour cream, cheddar cheese and bacon in a large bowl. Add potatoes and mix well. Season to taste and put in casserole dish.

    Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
    • CommentAuthordivvi*
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2012
    forgot there are some very good recipes here for those of us stuck indoors!
    yum.feel free to add your easy fav recipes!
    I made folly's ranch potatoes at Christmas and everybody wanted the recipe. I peeled the red potatoes and my daughter said I wasn't supposed to peel red potatoes. I did the recipe again a couple of weeks ago and left the peelings on. It made a pretty casserole but I liked it better without the peelings. My friend made the recipe and used really large potatoes and it was a little dry. It's hard to know what "Large" really means. LOL
    I never peel potatoes. Not even for mashed. I like the extra texture and color.
    • CommentAuthorKadee*
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2012
    These individual little cakes are amazing and ready to eat in one minute! They are perfect for whenever you feel like a treat without all the fat and calories that cake can have. Genius idea!
    1 box Angel Food Cake Mix
    1 box Cake Mix - Any Flavor
    2 Tbsp Water
    Makes 1 serving.
    In a ziploc bag, combine the two cake mixes together
    and combine well. For each individual cake serving,
    take out 3 Tablespoons of the cake mix combination
    and mix it with 2 Tablespoons of water in a small
    microwave-safe container. Microwave on high for 1
    minute, and you have your own instant individual
    little cake!
    KEEP remaining cake mixture stored in the ziploc bag
    and use whenever you feel like a treat! You can top
    each cake with a dollop of fat free whipped topping
    and/or some fresh fruit.
    Helpful Tips: This recipe is called 3, 2, 1 Cake because all you need to remember is: 3 tablespoons mix,
    2 tablespoons water, 1 minute in the microwave!"
    TRY various flavors of cake mix like carrot, red velvet, pineapple, lemon, orange, etc. Just remember that one of the mixes has to be the angel food mix; the other is your choice. The flavor possibilities are endless!
    NOTES: The best thing is, you open both cake mixes into a gallon storage bag, one that 'zip locks' or 'self-seals', or a container that seals tightly, shake the two cake mixes to blend and then make the recipe. Storage of mix is simple,
    put it on a shelf. No need to refrigerate, since the mix is dry. Always remember, that one of the cake mixes MUST be Angel Food. The other can be any flavor. The Angel Food is the cake mix that has the eggs whites in it. So, if, anyone is allergic to egg whites, you can NOT serve this recipe.
    Great idea.
    Thanks, Kadee - I love the idea and will try it!
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012
    Oven baked Ham Sandwich

    1 (1-pound) loaf sourdough bread*
    ½ cup Hellmann’s mayonnaise
    2 ½ Teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
    ½ teaspoon pepper
    1 regular onion (sliced thin)
    1 medium green pepper (cut into thin strips)
    1 medium sweet red pepper (cut into thin strips)
    1 small can stems and pieces mushrooms
    1 stalk celery (sliced thin)
    1-tablespoon olive oil
    1 pound cooked Ham (about 25 slices thinly sliced)
    2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar and Mozzarella or Monterey Jack cheese blend

    - Slice off the top third of bread loaf; set top aside. Hollow out bottom section, leaving a half-inch shell.
    - Combine mayonnaise, Italian seasoning, green pepper and sweet red pepper. Brush inside of bread shell with half or mixture. Set shell and remaining mixture aside.
    - Cook onion, pepper strips celery and mushrooms in olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until tender, stirring often.
    - Arrange half or ham in bread shell, and top with half of vegetable mixture; sprinkle with half of cheese. Spread remaining mayonnaise mixture over cheese. Repeat layers with remaining vegetable mixture, ham and cheese. Replace bread top. Wrap sandwich in heavy-duty aluminum foil.
    - Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Cut sandwich into 6 to 8 pieces and serve immediately.

    * Individual hoagies may be used. However I prefer the large loaf.
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012 edited
    This is a Cuban dish. I was raised in Key West and it is my peronal favorite.

    I make a lot and freeze it in individaul bags to boil later and give to friends. Just divide everything evenly and it will be fine.

    Jim’s Picadillo

    10 # ground meat
    * 2 medium green peppers (diced very small)
    * 6 medium onions (diced very small)
    * ¾ - 1 cup ground garlic
    * ¼ cup or more if necessary olive oil
    1 #10 can of whole tomato (the very large can) cut to cubes
    ¾ cup or more if necessary of capers
    1 ½ - 2 cups of olives
    1# box of raisins

    Brown the meat and break into small pieces and drain. Saute ingredients marked with an * until they become translucent. Add the saute’d vegetables to the meat and mix thoroughly. Simmer for about an hour.

    Picadillo is usually served with Yellow Rice on the side. I serve it all ready missed together.
    • CommentAuthorAnn*
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012
    I love this.Thank you!!!
    • CommentAuthorWolf
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2014
    • CommentAuthorWolf
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2014
    Simple Potato Latka's

    1 medium onion peeled
    1 medium potato washed not peeled
    2 table spoons all purpose or baking flour (optional)

    Use a grater to grate both the onion and the potato into the same bowl. Use the same setup as for grating cheese. Watch the onion as it gets small because it opens up. When it does throw the onion stub out. Mix the onion and potato in the bowl. Drain excess juice. Strain the liquid out with a strainer if so inclined.


    Pepper (optional)
    Parsley flakes (optional)
    Salt (optional)
    Flour (optional)

    Make individual flattened patties. I use slightly less than a normal sized hamburger amount and flatten them in my palms. Fry in a hot pan with a couple of table spoons of oil. Medium/medium low heat for about 20 minutes turning once when the first side is browning. I usually make three to five depending on the onion and potato sizes.

    A potato is the closest thing we have to a complete food. Leave the skins on if you can. A person can survive for years eating just potatoes and virtually nothing else. I know of no other food you can say that about.

    These Latka's can be frozen and microwaved. Eating for one can be challenging and I can eat these with a can of beans for protein or scrambled eggs or as a side. Using flour reduces the potato/onion taste and binds the patties in a slightly drier fashion. You can put chilli powder or curry or other spices into them. As the taste buds wane, curry can be worth a look. It has herbs and spices we generally don't get in our western diets but are known to be beneficial.