Favorite Recipes

Favorite Recipes Best Brownie Recipe… From Scratch! BEST BROWNIE RECIPE… FROM SCRATCH! What You’ll Need: 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter 1 1/4 cups sugar 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-process) 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 cold large eggs 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2/3 cup walnut or pecan pieces (optional) Special equipment: […]
Favorite Recipes Watermelon and Feta with Mint Salad Watermelon and Feta with Mint Salad What You’ll Need: 1 approx 8 lb. seedless watermelon, chilled 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 2.5 to 3 limes, juiced 1 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 tsp black pepper 3/4 cup fresh chopped mint leaves 1 to 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese (recommend “Pastures of Eden” from Trader Joe’s) 1/4 cups […]
Favorite Recipes Beef Shank & Sausage Ragù over Pasta BEEF SHANK & SAUSAGE RAGÙ What You’ll Need: 2 teaspoons fennel seeds 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 2 pounds hot Italian sausages, casings removed 3 1/2 to 3 3/4 pounds 1 1/2-inch-thick beef shanks with bone (about 3 pieces) 5 cups chopped onions (about 3 large) 2 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes in juice 1 750-ml […]
Favorite Recipes Corn Beef Hash – The Morning After Breakfast CORN BEEF HASH – THE MORNING AFTER BREAKFAST This recipe has made me really love St. Patrick’s Day.  I actually look forward to this holiday mainly for the breakfast that comes the next day… which happens to be my birthday!  ~ Denise Hallerbach What You’ll Need 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 8 ounces cooked corned beef, diced […]
Favorite Recipes Mexican Style Seafood Stew MEXICAN STYLE SEAFOOD STEW What You’ll Need 1/2 lb monkfish 1/2-3/4 lb extra large prawns (leave shell on) Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 3 limes (2 juiced, 1 cut into wedges) 1/2 pound new potatoes, peeled & cut into 3/4 in pieces or thickly sliced 4 small pieces frozen corn on the cob or sweet […]
Favorite Recipes Turkey Lasagna TURKEY LASAGNA What You’ll Need: 2 Tbsp olive oil 8 oz crimini mushrooms, chopped 6 cloves garlic, chopped 2 lb lean ground turkey salt/pepper to taste 1 tsp dry oregano 1 jar Barilla marinara sauces couple splashes of red wine 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped Package Barilla oven-ready lasagna noodles 8 oz mozzarella cheese, grated What To […]
Favorite Recipes Chicken Piccata with Mushrooms and Pancetta CHICKEN PICATTA with MUSHROOMS AND PANCETTA What You’ll Need 1 lb angel hair pasta 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts salt, pepper, paprika to taste 1 egg 2 Tbsp milk about 1/2 cup flour (enough to be able to toss chicken in to coat) 8 Tbsp olive oil (total) 6 Tbsp butter (total) 8 oz. mushrooms, […]
Favorite Recipes Chicken Enchiladas CHICKEN ENCHILADAS What You’ll Need: 1 pkg boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 8 thighs) about 2 Tbsp salt 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 small, white or yellow onion, chopped 1 4.25 oz cans chopped olives 4 cups cheddar cheese, grated 4 Tbsp dry chili powder 1 tsp dry cumin powder chicken broth reserved from cooking […]
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Favorite Recipes Garlic Shrimp & Crispy Kale Pasta GARLIC SHRIMP & CRISPY KALE PASTA What You’ll Need: 1 1b uncooked large shrimp/prawns with shell on 1/2 cup cooking Sherry 1 lemon 10 cloves garlic, chopped 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper salt to taste 3 bunches of dark organic kale, coarsely chopped 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar more salt/pepper to taste […]
Favorite Recipes Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce CINNAMON BREAD PUDDING with CARAMEL SAUCE What You’ll Need: 1 loaf (24 oz) Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Swirl Bread, thick-sliced 9 large eggs 1 quart half & half 2 Tbsp vanilla 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 3/4 tsp salt Prepared caramel sauce from Trader Joe’s or one similar if […]
Favorite Recipes Turkey Gumbo TURKEY GUMBO What You’ll Need for Turkey Broth: 1 turkey carcass 3 ribs celery, cut into 4-inch pieces 2 medium onions, quartered 4 quarts water, or enough to cover the carcass 2 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon black peppercorns 4 bay leaves What You’ll Need for Gumbo: 3/4 cup vegetable oil 1 cup flour 2 cups […]
Favorite Recipes Perfect Buttery Pie Crust PERFECT BUTTER PIE CRUST What You’ll Need (yields 1 9-inch pie crust): 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled extra cold and diced 1/8-1/4 cup ice water What To Do:  In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Can use a pastry […]
Favorite Recipes Cherry Tomato Pasta with Garlic Scallops CHERRY TOMATO-KALE PASTA with GARLIC SCALLOPS What You’ll Need: 1 lb pasta (angel hair, spaghetti, linguini, linguini fini) – Choose your favorite! 1 lb sea scallops (rinsed and cleaned) 8 cloves garlic, chopped (4 for cooking with scallops, 4 for the tomatoes) olive oil crushed red pepper to taste salt & pepper 1 large bunch of […]
Favorite Recipes Butternut Squash & Italian Sausage Risotto BUTTERNUT SQUASH & ITALIAN SAUSAGE RISOTTO What You’ll Need 1 lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 to 1.5 lb sweet Italian Sausage 4 Tbsp olive oil salt/pepper to taste 1 c shallots, chopped 1.5 c Arborio rice 1 c dry white wine 4-6 c chicken broth 1/4 c butter 1/2-3/4 c […]
Favorite Recipes Mac ‘n Cheese With A Little Kick MAC & CHEESE with a LITTLE KICK What You’ll Need: 16 oz. macaroni pasta 8 Tbsp butter 8 Tbps flour 2 c cream 2 cups milk 1 tsp salt freshly ground pepper to taste 4 c shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 cup-3/4 c spicy jalapeño dip (purchased at favorite deli) 1/2 c panko bread crumbs, buttered What […]
Favorite Recipes Beef Stew Shepherd’s Pie BEEF STEW SHEPHERD’S PIE What You’ll Need 2 lbs stew meat or beef chuck cut into 1/2 inch-3/4 inch pieces 6 Tbsp all-purpose flour 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 4 ribs celery, sliced 6 carrots, slice (I love the Organic red, yellow and orange carrots from Trader Joe’s) 6-8 cloves garlic, […]
Favorite Recipes Southern Peach Cobbler SOUTHERN PEACH COBBLER What You’ll Need 9 fresh peaches (peeled, pitted and sliced in thin wedges) 1/4 c white sugar 1/4 c brown sugar 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp fresh lemon juice 2 tsp corn starch 1 c all-purpose flour 1/8 c white sugar 1/8 c brown sugar 1 tsp […]
Favorite Recipes Korean Flank Steak KOREAN FLANK STEAK What You’ll Need: 1/4 c soy sauce  2 Tbsp rice unseasoned vinegar 1 Tbsp peeled grated fresh ginger 1 garlic clove, minced 2 tsp Sriracha sauce (or to taste) 2 tsp sugar 1 1/2 tsp Asian sesame oil 1 to 1 1/4 lb flank steak 2 scallions, finely chopped 2 Tbsp toasted […]
Favorite Recipes Baked Spinach Frittata BAKED SPINACH FRITTATA What you need: 1 package frozen, chopped spinach or equivalent amount fresh and chopped 6 extra large or jumbo eggs, whisked 1 cup milk 1 cup parmesan cheese 4-5 slices of wheat bread, cut into small cubes (like stuffing) 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup white or yellow onion, chopped 4 […]
Favorite Recipes German Oven Pancake GERMAN OVEN PANCAKE What you need: 3 eggs 1/2 c milk 1/2 cup flour, sifted 1/4 tsp salt 1 Tbsp granulated sugar 2-3 Tbsp butter 1/2 tsp vanilla extract sprinkle of cinnamon (optional) fresh berries whipped cream maple syrup powdered sugar (optional) What to do: -Place medium skillet in oven when cold and preheat oven […]