Frozen Hot Chocolate

I decided to be fancy and drag out the wine glass to drink the frozen hot chocolate.  It tastes good enough for a fancy glass.

I found the recipe on The Sporadic Cook.  Julie got it from Hungry Girl.  She used low-fat and calorie free ingredients.   My ingredients weren’t as virtuous, but the result was delicious.  I altered the recipe in a few other ways too. [Read more…]

Recipes for Easter Dinner or Brunch

Easter is coming up quick.  If you’re still looking for ideas to round out your brunch or dinner, I’ve got a list for you.  Whenever I put together a list like this, I can see just what a dessert lover I am.  This list is low on side dishes and main dishes, but there are plenty of salad, dessert and brunch ideas.  I’ve got a sweet tooth.  I can’t help it.

Main Dish

Honey Apple Ham Glaze – my one and only recipe for an Easter main dish

Salads

Tropical Salad

Spinach Salad with Spiced Nuts

Hawaiian Cole Slaw

Winter Fruit salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Blueberry Cream Jello – so good, it could be dessert

Side Dishes

Black Angus Au Gratin Potatoes – these are excellent

Hashbrown Casserole – easy and good, everybody loves them

Brunch

Angle Biscuits

Apple Pecan Sticky Rolls

Blueberry French Toast Bake

Blueberry Sour Cream Muffins

Poppy Seed Muffins

Cream Cheese Banana Bread with Orange Glaze

Desserts

Apricot Pound Cake

Blueberry Upside Down Cake

Judy’s Strawberry Pie

Pineapple Cookies


Menu, Grocery List, Recipes – Week 34

I’m so ready for spring, but it’s still sneaking up on me.  I can’t believe Easter is this Sunday!

If you’re still looking for recipe ideas for Easter, stop by here again tomorrow.  I’ll post a list of dishes for brunch or dinner.

This week’s menu has 6 dinners and 1 dessert. Serving suggestions are in bold on the recipes and in curly brackets {} on the grocery list.

The menu includes:

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Pantry and Freezer Staples

I got an email from a reader named Missy, asking what are the must-have pantry and freezer items that I keep on hand.  The answer to that will be a bit different for everyone, but there are some basics that round out any pantry or freezer.

Produce Items

Garlic – I love having fresh garlic cloves to cook with.

Onions – essential

Potatoes – These can be stored for a while without going bad, so they are nice to keep on hand.  They’re also very versatile.

Carrots – These also will hold up for a while in the crisper drawer.

Canned/Dry Items

  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato sauce and paste
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Black beans
  • Kidney beans
  • Chicken broth
  • Beef broth
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Rice, white and brown
  • Spaghetti and other pasta shapes
  • Salsa

All of these items are commonly used in recipes.  If you have these on hand, you can throw together a simple Mexican or Italian meal or a quick casserole.

Baking/Cooking Items [Read more…]

Fish Tacos with Chipotle Dressing

Fish Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream Sauce

It’s only been very recently that I’ve tasted fish tacos.  I’ve ordered them in two different restaurants, but I really wanted to try making them at home.  My first search for recipes called for expensive types of fish, like swordfish.  I kept looking though, and found a few recipes that use tilapia.  I combined the ideas of several recipes to create these and the result is easy and tasty.

Even the kids liked them.  At first they were skeptical, but I explained that fish tacos are different from regular tacos.  It’s not like you just substitute fish for the hamburger.  Low and behold, they tried them and they liked them too! [Read more…]

Sweet Chili Linguine with Grilled Chicken

As you can tell from the picture, I didn’t use linguine for this recipe.  I didn’t have any so I used vermicelli instead.  I found the recipe on the Disboards Budget Board and altered it a little from the original.  We all really liked it.  It combines our favorites of chicken and pasta, but the flavors are a bit different, which was nice.  There is a bit of spice and heat, but it wasn’t too much for the kids.  The recipe makes a lot of pasta.  If you have a smaller family, you might want to cut it in half. [Read more…]

Apricot Pound Cake

This cake is soft and moist with a ribbon of apricot jam running through it.  It’s fantastic for dessert, but it would also make a good cake to serve at brunch.  You could use any kind of jam.  I think blackberry would be delicious.  [Read more…]

Chicken Casserole with Corn and Peas

This is a good weeknight supper.  There’s nothing fancy about it, but it’s good comfort food.  I adapted the recipe from one I found in 365 Ways to Make Chicken.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Menu, Grocery List, Recipes – Week 33

I like the way the grocery list looks this week.  It’s short.  The reason is that all of these meals use very few ingredients.  That not only makes the grocery list short, it also makes quick work of your cooking time.

Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

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Gardening and Other Thoughts

Unrelated thoughts and questions on my mind this morning:

1.  The sun has finally come out.  We built and planted 3 square foot garden boxes last year.  One is full of strawberries, which I hope will produce this summer.  We started planning the other two boxes.  I’m hoping for better luck on the tomatoes this year.  Are you gardening this summer and if so, what are you planting?

2.  I’m really enjoying the Eat at Home Facebook page.  We’ve had some fun conversations over there.

3.  Two things on my to-make list this week:  a blackened shrimp and pasta dish and fish tacos.  Do you have new recipes you’re planning to try this week?

4.  I’ve had a few readers email me questions recently with ideas for posts.  If you have any questions or ideas, send them my way.

5.  I want to feature some guest posts.  It’s been a long time since I’ve had a guest poster.  If you’re interested, send me an email with your idea.

6.  Our oldest daughter has been visiting colleges.  She’s learned a lot, but the over arching theme is that college is expensive.  Yikes.

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