Sunday, May 28, 2017

I have a GROUP Facebook Page

Hi everyone:

As of today I have a new Facebook group Page. 


Note: I will still continue to post my recipes new and old right here as usual. I just want to expand the Facebook page so that so many of you wonderful foodies can share recipes from all over the world. We'll post photos and if you like you can post your recipe. There is more information on the Group Page. 

Come visit, ask to join and that's all there is to it. I welcome all serious foodies and friends of foodies too.  

The note below is what I posted on my I Like to Bake and Cook Blog page.

To my loyal I Like to Bake and Cook Blog followers:

I'm archiving my I like to bake and cook blog page on Facebook today. It's time for a change.

  I'm excited!

It's been a great 6 years. Never did I think my passion for food and sharing recipes would have been so much fun.  I met so many wonderful people. I wish I could mention them all! My intention was to inspire everyone to get into the kitchen and make homemade recipes that generations would remember and pass on. Wonderful memories...

What surprised me also was that I was so inexperienced on a computer so planning and implementing a layout of both sites really was a super challenge.Thanks, Vanessa and Nathan for your help.  It made me realize that you are never to old to learn. Even though there were days I was frustrated I never wanted to give up this non paying but so rewarding hobby.

I am Looking forward to growing this group.  Mention it to your friends and family.  We'll grow and learn so many great recipes and customs  from all over the world! 


As Always,

The I Like to Bake and Cook Lady,

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Half and Half Potato salad

When you're in the mood for potato salad quite honestly nothing stops me. It can be Day, night or in between it really doesn't matter.  I put this together last night and ate some while slightly warm. I can't help myself when I want something the hour does not matter.  Just in time for the weekend...One of my favorites side salads........Yummy!

Today's weekend potato salad includes:

5/or 6 good size Idaho baking potatoes
1/2 to 1 cup each...Miracle Whip and Mayonnaise
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 to 3/4 cup diced celery
1/4 cup grated sweet onion
1/2 tsp. sugar
2 hard boiled eggs


Boil potatoes in slightly salted water until fork inserted in center is slightly soft
Remove, drain and allow to cool a bit.  It'll be easier to remove skin without burning your fingers. Cube potatoes to desired size.  Place in a large bowl. Set aside. 

Mix miracle whip, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, onion and sugar in a medium size bowl or do as I do after I cut my potatoes in cubes I add all of the ingredients to the potatoes and mix thoroughly with either a large spoon or hands.

Note: the can either clean and dice white of eggs and include or add yolks to mixture making sure to smash eggs thoroughly tossing well to coat all potatoes or slice and top potato salad.  Taste test for correct salt amount. I like salt and feel it adds to flavor but too much is not good so I know in this recipe my amount of salt is good to our liking but you can adjust to your particular taste or salt restrictions.

Sprinkle salt,pepper and paprika for a garnish.

Refrigerate a few hours or overnight to allow seasoning to settle and soak up all the wonderful flavor.


No fuss Salad and Dip for an easy Saturday night!

Great appetizer and salad you may want to make for a party or lunch.  Enjoy! 

It's a lazy Saturday and I just came home from going to the warehouse grocery store. I find that purchasing sugar, flour, cream cheese and butter in large packages save money and time since I do a lot of baking and cooking and doing some price comparison it seems theirs was a good value.

I made a combo lunch and dinner today.  Starting with an spinach artichoke dip and then making a very refreshing Strawberry/Apple combination salad.  Both hit the spot!  It' warm here in PA and other than firing up the grill I thought this would be easy today.

Using iceberg lettuce, red onion and fresh granny smith apples and strawberries made this light and refreshing and to add some protein I cut up some store bought rotisserie chicken..Yummy!

Romaine lettuce, Green apples sliced thin, fresh strawberries sliced and Rotisserie chicken. Toss with a light dressing of your choice.  Strawberry Vinaigrette would be my choice.

From my kitchen to yours,


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cheesy Seasoned Polenta with Chicken, onions and fresh tomatoes

 2012 was a good year for adventuring into different food tastes. Try this one. We loved it.  Of course we like polenta....haha We're Italian.  Enjoy!

I've made this recipe before using grits but today I wanted to try it with polenta. I find the texture to be similar. My hubby ate double helpings and it was a healthy heart meal with lots of great flavor!

Note:  To make this meal quick and easy you can buy polenta in the refrigerated section of grocery store and slice and top it with the below ingredients.  Adding the cheese to it  adds wonderful flavor.

You can make this recipe using Quick Cooking Grits or Polenta (corn meal).

Cook Polenta or Grits according to directions.
Add 1/4 cup Italian Grating Cheese
pinch salt
pinch pepper
Set aside covered

In a separate pan saute 4 sliced or chopped Roma tomatoes
1 large onion sliced
1 clove minced garlic
3 T olive oil
salt and pepper
Place in bowl covered

This also makes a wonderful side dish

In a separate pan saute 2 or more boneless chicken breasts in a slight amount of oil (use cooking spray if desired)

Place polenta/grits on serving platter. Top with tomato/ onions and place chicken on side.  Serve warm.

From my kitchen to yours,


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Quick and Easy hot appetizer! Lil Smokies with Sweet and Sour Sauce

Here's another of my recipes from 2012... Enjoy!

I've been trying to put together some easy appetizers to serve for the holiday or really anytime.  Having the ingredients to put something tasty and quick is always a challenge.. It is easy to buy some cheese and crackers but this suggestion is one that will definitely be well received and you can use your crockpot to cook them and keep them warm..I bought some Hillshire Farms Lil Smokies last week and figured they'd be nice to have around in a pinch, for a in the spare of the moment, entertaining treat...

I had a bottle of La Choy Sweet and Sour Sauce in my pantry and thought I'd experiment by just adding the La Choy to the Smokies and Walla..Delicious!!!! I added a bit of water and the Sweet and sour sauce and that was it!  It was a first time try so I cooked them on top of the stove without a cover..They thickened the longer they were simmering and were wonderful..Tangy but sweet..  My daughter stopped by and I had her try them..She loved them!(have some toothpicks on hand).  She couldn't believe how easy they were to make.

Simmer about 15 minutes or more..The sauce thickens the longer it cooks..

1 pkg.  Hillshire Farms Lil Smokies (petite hot dogs)
few tablespoons of water
1 bottle (10 oz.) La Choy Sweet and Sour Sauce

I was trying to do this quickly so all I did was put the smokies in a pot and added a few tablespoons of water and the whole bottle of Sweet and Sour...Simmered it for about 15 minutes..or just until it started to bubble and I was sure those lil guys were all heated up inside..(You can then place them in a crockpot to keep warm)

Note:  You could buy several packages and 2 bottles of Sweet and Sour Sauce and put them in a crockpot  on low for a nice warm appetizer...

From my kitchen to yours,