Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sweet & Sour Spareribs

Brown your meat in a pan on the stovetop
Mix these ingredients in a separate bowl
1 C. Water
1 C. Brown Sugar
1/2 c. Vinegar
1/2 c. Ketchup
1/2 c. Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp. Paprika
1/4 tsp. Salt
Cook for 15 min. ( or microwave 4 min )
Add cornstarch and a little water that thicken
Pour over meat
Cover with tinfoil
Cook 1 hour @ 350
( or a little slower for longer)
Serve over rice
This recipe is from my Mom - Carolyn and I loved bed it as
a kid and cooked t for my family.

Konda March 2017

Sunday, April 17, 2016

BBQ Chicken Salad

BBQ Chicken Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 4 servings
This healthy, flavorful salad comes together so quickly and easily, and it is guaranteed to be a hit with your entire family!
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless thin-sliced chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 3/4 cup canned corn kernels, drained
  • 3/4 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup tortilla strips
Carly is the one that first made this for us- I think it was when she lived in Redding, CA and we had gone to visit her.  It's definitely one of my favorites! My BBQ sauce of choice is Sweet Baby Rays. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

German Chocolate Cheesecake

German Chocolate Cheesecake
I first tasted this dessert in Lyman, Wyoming from my friend, Sonya Buckner.  She shared the recipe with me and it quickly became one of Rex's favorites.
1 cube melted butter
1 cup flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
Spread/ press in a glass baking dish. Bake 15-20 min. @350
1 cup powdered sugar
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup cool whip
Layer 1 - whip together- spread on fully cooled crust
1 small instant milk chocolate pudding
1 small instant vanilla pudding (or 2 milk chocolate puddings)
3 cups milk
Layer 2 - whip together- spread on top of cream cheese layer
Layer 3 is cool whip topped with grated Hershey chocolate bar.
Set for a couple of hours.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Loriens Amazing Granola

Basic Granola
12 c old fashioned rolled oats
2 c oat bran
2 c slivered almonds
2 c coconut
2 c raw seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds)
1 c ground flax seed
1 c toasted wheat germ

½ c vegetable oil
½ c sugar
¼ t sea salt
1 c honey
2 t vanilla

2 c dried fruit
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place oven racks at upper and lower thirds of oven.
Mix all dry ingredients in a very large bowl.
Gently heat oil, sugar, salt, honey, and vanilla. Stir carefully, till mixture is loose. Pour over dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon to thoroughly mix and coat.
Divide between two cookie sheets and bake about 30 minutes, stirring once halfway through, just until lightly golden.

Cool and add dried fruit. Store in airtight containers or zipper bags. Keeps about 3 weeks.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Caryn Esplin's Sugar Cookies

World's Best Sugar Cookies:
1 c. butter
2 eggs
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. sour cream (fat free works fine)
1 pinch salt
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baing powder
5-7 c. flour

Cream first four ingredients, then add the sour cream and salt. Add the dries to the top, and stir them together with a spoon, then blend them into the rest of the mixture. Mix well. Add enough flour so the dough is still a bit sticky.

Chill for 20 minutes and it will be easier to handle. Roll out so they are at least 1/4" thick. Cut into shapes and bake at 365 for 8-10 minutes. Watch them and remove from oven just before they brown. Keep them light so they'll be soft! If you make them plenty thick, you can even insert a lollipop stick and transform them into cookie pops, which look great arranged into a mug with some styrofoam in the bottom. ENJOY!

Frost with Cream Cheese frosting:
8 oz. fat free cream cheese
4 - 8 oz. butter (either way works)
Powdered sugar until thick and creamy
1/2 tsp. lemon extract

I halved the recipe and it made approx. 3 dozen.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Stuffed Cream Cheese Chicken


4 chicken breast
4 frozen puff pastry sheets
4 oz cream cheese (the firm kind)
3 strips of bacon
flat-leaf parsley
1 green onion
1 large egg
Start out by combining the cream cheese, cooked bacon, parsley, and green onion together in a bowl. Set aside. Cut the chicken breast down the middle and stuff the cream cheese mixture inside. Sprinkle salt and pepper all over the chicken. 

Roll out the frozen pastry sheets, and then wrap the chicken in the pastry sheets. Brush the egg on the pastry and pop them into the oven at 400 for 35 to 40 min. Or just until the chicken has a temp of 170. 

Thats it, SUPER easy! Treagan LOVED these last night! I wasn't sure how dinner would turn out so I didn't take any pictures. Hence the super professional stolen pictures. You can check out the site Here. They have step by step pictures which are pretty cool :) Hope you guys are all having as fun of summer as we are in NC! Come visit! We even have an extra HUGE bedroom for you! 

Avocado Pasta Salad

What you need. . .

8 oz of bow tie pasta 

1 med sized avocado (cut up into bit sized pieces)
6 strips of cooked chopped bacon
2/3 cup chopped fresh basil 
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup cut red grapes 
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

1 large lemon
1 T of veg oil 

Cook pasta and cool in fridge for 45 min
When pasta is cool add the next 7 ingredients in bowl.
then add oil and juice from the lemon.
Toss and serve 
I added the grapes and walnuts,Treag and I thought it needed a little more crunch besides the bacon so we added them in. 
Here is the actually recipe if you want to try theirs. Its pretty yummy for a hot summer day!