Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ah, Creamy Cheesy Pie!

Suddenly this weekend summer arrived in April! We searched our closets for shorts and short-sleeved shirts. Our outdoor grill was used and it was time to prepare an easy dessert – Creamy Cheesy Pie! My mother-in-law introduced me to this tasty recipe over 30 years ago. One evening after serving it, she confided to me how simple this delicious treat was to prepare. Oh yes, it certainly is! Vanilla flavored or chocolate flavored – Yummy!

There are few ingredients needed for this scrumptious dessert – a purchased graham cracker piecrust, a box of pudding (to cook), milk and a bar of cream cheese. For best results - prepare and then chill overnight. Before making this dessert, place the purchased graham cracker piecrust on a large plate. Then, pour the filling into the crust. It is easier to place in the fridge.

A slice of Vanilla Creamy Cheesy Pie served with a dollop of whipped cream and a little Freezer Jam! Yummy!

What is your favorite flavor?

Monday, April 20, 2009

Easy Cheesy Noodles - A Side Dish for Grilled Haddock

The warm sun is shining and the grass is growing here in the Pioneer Valley. Our outdoor grill was used at dinnertime this weekend preparing easy tasty main dishes of grilled fish. Many of you have also been grilling haddock and swordfish. What better time to enjoy them than when our local grocery store offers special sales for the current week?

One very simple, yet tasty side dish for grilled fish is Easy Cheesy Noodles. It is a favorite from my childhood. However, now I use “No Yolks” Extra Broad Noodles. Egg noodles can be substituted. I cook half of the package of the dry noodles when preparing this dish.

This yummy fare is very easy to prepare!

1. Cook the noodles (desired amount) according to the package directions.
2. After draining the cooked noodles, place them in the cooking pot.
3. Add 2 TBS. Butter/Margarine, a dash of pepper and stir.
4. Then add about 8 oz. Cottage Cheese to the hot noodles.
5. Stir and then cover until serving.
6. Reheating quickly before serving may be needed.

The cottage cheese will be quickly heated and some may melt.

***For a special taste use Onion & Chive Low Fat Cottage Cheese!

This side dish is so good it became a family favorite years ago. Have you tried it?


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Happy Easter!

Craisin/Raisin Twists have become part of my family’s Easter Morning Breakfast! This easy breakfast roll is made using Pillsbury Cinnamon Twists that are located in your supermarket’s Dairy Section.

The Plumped Raisins and Plumped Craisins that are used to make a very tasty oatmeal breakfast on cold mornings also add a delicious flavor to Cinnamon Twists. Easy is good and they are easy to make! Prepare and bake the Cinnamon Twists using the directions on the package with the following addition -

Remove the dough from the container and place the unrolled dough on a plate. Unroll one twist. Fold the strip in half and pinch the ends together. In the middle of the open area, place about 8 Plumped Raisins &/or Plumped Craisins. Gently, squeeze the dough on both sides toward the fruit. Then, twist the dough, making sure the ends are pinched together and place on the foil lined baking sheet. Bake 15 – 16 minutes or until golden brown.

After the Craisin/Raisin Twists have been baked and have cooled on a rack, the tempting icing is spread on top. Now, the Craisin/Raisin Twists can be placed lying flat in a Gallon Size Ziploc Bag and stored in the freezer.

Since the first time that I added the plumped craisins and plumped raisins to these “easy to bake” rolls, this is how I always bake them. You might find that one or two twists have been eaten before you have the opportunity to freeze them! ;-) For that reason, I always bake two batches. Quite often, I have a coupon to purchase two containers of the Pillsbury Cinnamon Twists.

Do you keep a container of Plumped Raisins and another container of Plumped Craisins in your fridge? The Apple Juice gives the fruit a little extra scrumptious flavoring! They are a delicious addition to many foods!

Happy Easter!

Enjoy the Craisin Raisin Twists!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Breaded Chicken Tidbits

March Madness! The crocuses are up! Spring has arrived! What an exciting time of year!

Unfortunately, my favorite college basketball team lost in the first round. But … there is always next year!

After this cold winter in Massachusetts it feels great to spend time outdoors. Quick, nutritious and easy to prepare dinners are needed. What can be easier than sauteeing breaded chicken tenders in olive oil?

Last night we enjoyed a simple, easy, yet delicious meal – Breaded Chicken Tidbits. Dinner was ready quickly!

Directions -

1. Place 1 Cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs in a Gallon Size Ziploc Bag.
2. Rinse about 1 and ½ lbs. of Chicken Tenders in cold water.

3. Place Chicken in Ziploc Bag and coat.
4. Heat about 3 TBS. Olive Oil in large skillet low/medium heat.
5. Place Breaded Chicken in heated olive oil.
6. Sautee about 3-4 Minutes.
7. Turn chicken over and sautee the other side 3-4 Minutes or until done.

We enjoyed this appetizing tender chicken along with a microwaved “Baked Potato” and a Fresh Garden Salad. Easy, tender, scrumptious and full of flavor! This was a great dinner on a sunny evening in the Spring!