Friday, July 3, 2015

Ham Steak with pineapple and cherries! So easy and so good!!

 I like ham.  Children and Grandchildren do too so whether you cook in on top of the stove or grill it(yes bake or use my crockpot recipe) your boneless ham a few days earlier and grill some slices for the 4th.  Great idea for a nice change to everyday hamburgers and hot dogs.  Not saying they are really a nice 4th staple but go out of the box.  Yummy grilled ham, macaroni salad and baked beans.  Omy gosh yummy! and you can also have some fresh fruit with it too.  Rolls etc. I can go on and on. :).

I'm cooking for myself tonight!  Hubby is out and it gives me an opportunity to cook something that I like and he really doesn't care for.  Tender, sweet ham!! I do love ham and it is a one pan meal!!

I had bought a lean looking slice of ham at the market last week which I originally was planning to make a small pot of bean soup with.  All that changed and what was going to be changed to what I really felt like eating which was ham, baked with brown sugar, pineapple and cherries.  Doesn't that sound good?

  I added a quartered sweet potato( I microwaved the potato slightly) and added a pinch of pepper and Wow it was so delicious!

Easy, Easy meal and I have leftovers for tomorrow!  I baked the ham with the brown sugar, pineapple and cherries in a small oven pan at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes.. Enjoy!

I used pineapple tidbits, maraschino cherries and sprinkled about 2 tsp. brown sugar..

Quick easy and so delicious!  Enjoy!  

Happy Cooking from my kitchen to yours!!

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Tandy Cake

 Comfort food big time!

I remember long ago when Tastycake cupcake company came out with the now famous Tandy cake cupcake.  We all loved those cupcakes and still do after many many years.  White cake with lots of peanut butter on top and then coated with milk chocolate.  OH how we loved and still love that cupcake!! I remember warming them slightly in the microwave so the chocolate would start to melt.  Do you have any of those memories?  I think if you have never tried a recipe like this today or this week would be a great time to make some food memories.

Today I decided to make the sheet cake version of that cupcake.  It's been a favorite from long ago and I thought you may like to make this for the family.  Warning!!!!! It is addicting!  Yum!

1 large cookie sheet (greased lightly)


1 cup milk
4 T margarine or butter(I like butter)
Warm milk, margarine and set aside to cool

Blend well in mixer:
 4 eggs
2 cups sugar (I cut back to 1 1/2 cups)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt or a little less

Add 2 cups flour, 2 T baking powder  to above while adding milk mixture slowly to blend.  Beat until soft.   Mixture will be runny.

Pour into greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or more depending on your oven.  Use the toothpick in center test.

Note:  Cool 10 minutes before placing softened peanut butter on cake.

Last layer "Chocolate"!

While cake is baking place approx. 12 oz. creamy peanut butter in a measuring cup and place in microwave to soften, approx 30 seconds.

Stir peanut butter until it looks soft enough to spread.  Spread on slightly cooled cake and refrigerate until set.  Remove from refrigerator and top with melted chocolate*. 

*Place(2) two 8 oz. Large broken in pieces Hershey Bars in microwave and melt stirring occasionally to soften enough to spread on top of peanut butter.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Allow to set out of refrigerator a few minutes before slicing.  Cut in pieces.

Note:  Chocolate candy topping hardens so allowing cake to set for several minutes is a good idea.  I actually enjoyed the cake before I refrigerated it.  Just sayin :) 


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Italian Seasoned Chicken:

  Note:Using the ingredients below you can marinade your chicken(use all pieces, spit breasts, legs, thighs)and in a large size zip lock bag or bags and marinate them overnight).  You can use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic.  We used fresh garlic to bake but I think garlic powder would be best for the marinade. 

I remember eating chicken at my husband's cousin years ago and it was so delicious. Her Dad was a butcher and did lots to bring out the best in chicken and pork.

Seasoned Chicken, Macaroni and Potato Salad and baked beans!

  I remember he would rub the chicken with a mixture of seasonings blended with fat back and rubbed all over the chicken.  So moist and juicy it wold fall out the bone is was fabulous.

To I am trying my best to somewhat duplicate it, eliminating the fat back and using olive oil.  

This recipe can be made using chicken breasts or chicken parts or both.  

Note:  Most of my recipes are made for two but can be easily duplicated.

Note 2:  Heavy on the seasoning.  The more the better for absolute delicious flavor!

2 pcs. bone in split Chicken Breast(skin on)
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp. crushed Rosemary
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp.oregano (if desired)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper

 Mix olive oil, garlic, rosemary, basil , parsley, salt and pepper together.  Let stand for a few minutes for the herbs to soften and season the oil.

Rub all over the chicken making sure to coat all. Place chicken  in a roasting pan and cover slightly with foil.  Bake 350 degrees for approx. 1 hour or more depending on how many pounds of chicken you are cooking; remove cover and bake 1/2 hour more or until tender and top is crispy. 

 Add salad or side and you'll have a great dinner.  Today I served it with my 4th of July Salad sides..  Happy Cooking!

Let set  for a few minutes so that seasoning can blend with the oil before rubbing on chicken. 



Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer lemon/strawberry Tart

Summer Lemon Strawberry Tart

Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust softened and baked according to directions

Lemon pie filling

1 cup sugar
 2 T cornstarch
2 T flour
1 1/2 cups water
3 egg yolks beaten
1 T grated lemon peel
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 T butter

3 cups fresh strawberries, sliced

Heat oven to 450 degrees

Bake pie crust as directed on box for one crust baked pie shell.

Use a 9 inch tart pan with removeable bottom or a 9 in glass  pie plate.

Cool for approx. 15 min.

In a 2 qt. sauce pan, mix sugar, cornstarch and flour.  Gradually stir in water, stirring until smooth.  Heat to boiling over medium heat; cook and stir 1 minute longer.  Remove from heat.  Quickly stir about 1/2 cup hot mixture into beaten egg yolks; mix well.  Gradually stir egg mixture back into hot mixture.  Stir in lemon peel and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes; stirring constantly.  Remove from heat, add butter; stir until melted.. Let stand approx. 10 minutes

Carefully pour hot lemon filling into crust.  Cool 2 hours; top with strawberry slices.  Refrigerate until  serving time. Remove side of pan. Cover and refrigerate any remaining tart.

Helpful Hint:  Sometimes crust will puff slightly in center during baking, pricking again after baking helps deflate the puffing. One or two pokes should do the trick..

*****p.s. Shortcut for lemon pudding use packaged lemon pie filling cooked on stove according to directions.

Happy Baking and Cooking from my kitchen to yours,

Marbled Brownies

Quick and so easy to make !

Marbled Brownies!  Yummy!

My Aunt Annie made these so many years ago and my children loved them.  She gave me the recipe many moons ago, (I think she thought it was her secret recipe) and I scribbled it down on a piece of paper and every now and again I make them because they really are as good today as they were then. Today I see a similar recipe on the back of brownie mixes so I think her secret is out!! lol

   The recipe was simple and easy. The only things I changed were I doubled the cream cheese and I drizzle icing on them..

Here is the recipe:

1 box Brownie mix(follow package instructions)
1- 8 oz. package cream cheese softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon flour
1 tsp. vanilla

Beat softened cream cheese,sugar, egg, vanilla and flour until smooth.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 13 x9 inch baking dish with Pam.  Make brownie mix according to package directions..Pour brownie batter into baking dish..Using a tablespoon drop approximately 6 to 8 tablespoons of cream cheese mixture over brownie batter..Swirl with knife..Bake according to directions..Cool completely before icing or cutting. Drizzle icing over the brownies if you would like. Yummy!!!!

***I like to Bake and Cook!  :)

Happy Baking from my kitchen to yours,