Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Strawberry and Feta Spinach Salad


  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup raspberry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • Baby spinach
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook the almonds, stirring frequently, until lightly toasted. Remove from heat, and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, prepare the dressing by whisking together the garlic, honey, Dijon mustard, raspberry vinegar, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and vegetable oil.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together the toasted almonds, spinach, strawberries, and feta cheese. Cover with the dressing mixture, and toss to serve.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Chicken & Hashbrown Bake


  • 1 package (32 ounces) frozen cubed hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Paprika
  • 1-2 sleeves Ritz crackers
  • 1/4 to 1/2 C melted butter


  • Spread potatoes in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle chicken and mushrooms over the top. Combine the sour cream, broth, soup, bouillon, onion, red pepper and garlic; pour over mushrooms.
  • Melt butter and mix in crushed Ritz crackers. Sprinkle with paprika and butter coated cracker topping. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Creamy Hollandaise Sauce

2 egg yolks
1 3-oz package cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt

In small saucepan, blend egg yolks, one at a time, into cream cheese, beating vigorously after each addition. Blend in lemon juice and salt. Cook over low heat, stirring vigorously, until sauce thickens.

I usually use and 8-oz package and 4-5 large egg yolks. Sometimes it needs to be thinned with a little milk.