Linguine With White Clam Sauce

It sounds too simple to taste as good as it does.

2 Tbsp. Butter
4 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 Can Clams
1/3 Cup Parsley, Fresh, Minced
8 Ounces Linguine, Cooked and Drained
1 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated

1 Melt butter in a sauce pan. Add extra virgin olive oil and lightly sauté the garlic.


2 Add the liquid from the clams and parsley to the garlic and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes or until the parsley is done. Add the clams and just heat through. Do not overcook the clams or they will be tough.


3 Pour the clam sauce over the linguine, top with the parmesan cheese and toss to coat the pasta.

Servings: 4
Cooking Tips
Serve with an antipasta salad and garlic bread.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 serving
Percent daily values based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Amount Per Serving
Calories   474.54
Calories From Fat (43%)   203.75
% Daily Value
Total Fat 23.20g   36%
Saturated Fat 13.35g   67%
Cholesterol 54.46mg   18%
Sodium 961.33mg   40%
Potassium 200.05mg   6%
Carbohydrates 38.90g   13%
Dietary Fiber 1.37g   5%
Sugar 0.52g
Sugar Alcohols 0.00g
Net Carbohydrates 37.53g
Protein 26.86g   54%
MyPoints 11.2

This is so easy to make that now you have absolutely no excuse for not preparing dinner for your family. Just be sure to use the “good” Parmesan cheese, not the pre-grated stuff. You will notice the difference.

A Chili Recipe For Spicy Food Lovers

In the early ’80s, I lived in Texas. I had eaten chili before, but nothing like the Texan variety. Wow, was I ever hooked. I learned to embrace all things Tex Mex. Before then, my favorite ethnic food was Italian, but Tex Mex has taken the number two slot of favorites. This recipe is easy to prepare and freezes beautifully. Give it a try and let me know if you like it. Be advised, this one is spicy. If you aren’t a hot and spicy fan, tone down the peppers to suit you.

Texas Chili Recipe

Serving Size  : 10

2 Lbs.  Ground Chuck, browned and drained
3  Cloves garlic minced
1  Large onion chopped
29 Ounces Tomato Sauce
56 Ounces Whole Tomatoes, Canned with Liquid
32 Ounces Pinto Beans with Liquid
2  Tbs. Cayenne Pepper
1  tsp.  red pepper flakes
1  Tbs. Chili powder
1  tsp. Beef Bouillon
1  Tbs. Oregano, Dried
2  Tbs. Janes Krazy Mixed Up Salt

1. Brown the ground chuck in an 8 quart stock pot and drain off the fat.

2. Add the chopped onion and garlic, but do not brown it.

3. Add the tomato sauce.

4. Chop the tomatoes and remove the stem end and add to the pot.

5. Add the pinto beans and liquid.

6. Add the spices.

7. Put the lid on the stock pot and simmer on low for one and one half
hours.

Nutrition (calculated from recipe ingredients)
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Calories: 373
Calories From Fat: 77
Total Fat: 8.5g
Cholesterol: 54.4mg
Sodium: 1388.6mg
Potassium: 1779mg
Carbohydrates: 48.5g
Fiber: 13.9g
Sugar: 14.5g
Protein: 30.2g
My Points: 7.37

Make sure that you have your choice of cool beverages when you serve this. You’re gonna need em.

Deviled Egg Recipe – A Southern Treasure

It’s tailgating time. This is one of our favorite recipes for football parties. These are easy to make and you can make them ahead of time and refrigerate until you need them.You can find a storage container designed specifically for deviled eggs so that you can stack them in one container and not lose the shape. It would be a shame to spend all of that time to pipe them and dust with Paprika and have to stack them with waxed paper in between layers and ruin their visual appeal.

This dish is served in the South with meals, parties, picnics and anything else you can think of. If you are serving them outside, just remember to keep them on ice. I even keep them on a “chiller” platter when serving inside. I use the chiller platter for dips, cheese trays and anything else that will be best kept cool during an event. It has a base that you put in the freezer for a few hours ahead of time and a high domed cover, so you can serve just about anything on it.

Serving Size  : 24

24 Eggs, Boiled and Peeled
1/3  Cup Celery, Finely Minced
8 Dill Pickle Slices, Finely Minced
1/3  Cup Onion, Finely Minced
1 1/3  Cups Mayonnaise
4 Tbsp. Mustard, Yellow
1 Tbsp. Janes Krazy Mixed Up Salt
Salt and Pepper To Taste
Hot Hungarian Paprika

1. Slice eggs in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks and put them in a mixing bowl. Put the eggs on a serving platter.

2. Add the remaining ingredients with the exception of the Paprika to the egg yolks in the mixing bowl and combine until you have a smooth consistency. Adjust seasonings

3. Put the yolk mixture back into the egg halves and chill until time to serve.

4. When it’s time to serve the deviled eggs, sprinkle the paprika lightly over them to add color..


Nutrition (calculated from recipe ingredients)

Calories: 146
Calories From Fat: 95
Total Fat: 10.5g
Cholesterol: 244.5mg
Sodium: 233.1mg
Potassium: 108.8mg
Carbohydrates: 5.1g
Fiber: <1g
Sugar: 2.1g
Protein: 7.5g

Cooking Tip: Put the egg yolk mixture into a resealable plastic bag and cut
the tip from one side of the bottom to use as a piping tool. This makes stuffing the eggs quick and easy.

Comments: Great to pass around to the crowd while you’re sitting by a campfire.

Rice Cooker Pasta And Kielbasa Sausage

The rice cooker is a marvel of technology. Yes, it cooks perfect rice, but, with a little imagination, you can also use it to cook just about anything else you can think of. This  is a recipe that I adapted to make in the rice cooker. Before, you had to use three cooking utensils to make this dish. You had a pot for the pasta, a pot with a steamer for the broccoli, and a saute pan for the sausage.  The rice cooker is ONE pot.

I use the Wolfgang Puck Rice Cooker (s). I have three and absolutely love  them. They come with the steamer inserts. They usually have different sizes. They come in 5 cup, 7 cup and 10 cup capacities.  I have two 7 cups and one 10 cup and that covers most of what I need. Just be sure to check the capacity to make sure you get  the size that’s best for you.

Quick, hearty and easy are the words to describe this recipe.

8 Ounces Pasta
5.3 Ounces  Beef Polish Kielbasa, Cut In 2″ Pieces
2 Cups Broccoli Flowerettes
1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 CupWater

1 Put the pasta, water and heavy cream in the rice cooker and press the start button.
2 While the pasta is cooking, put the Kielbasa pieces in the steamer basket on top of the pasta.
3 Cook until the pasta is done. Time will vary according to pasta type. I usually use fettuccine, shells or penne.
4 Add the broccoli flowerettes to the sausage and steam for 2 more minutes or just until they turn bright green.
5 When the pasta is done, add the Kielbasa and broccoli to the pasta and toss to coat them with the cream.

Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 serving
Percent daily values based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Amount Per Serving
Calories   491.06
Calories From Fat (46%)   223.76
% Daily Value
Total Fat 25.13g   39%
Saturated Fat 11.65g   58%
Cholesterol 92.87mg   31%
Sodium 915.31mg   38%
Potassium 229.64mg   7%
Carbohydrates 47.93g   16%
Dietary Fiber 1.36g   5%
Sugar 0.03g

Sugar Alcohols 0.00g
Net Carbohydrates 46.57g
Protein 18.63g   37%
MyPoints 11.6

Cooking Tips
Make sure the sausage is the fully cooked variety. You can use any type of sausage you prefer.

Soup Surprise

Before we know it, fall will be here. A time of great scenery, football games, football parties, holidays and family get togethers. If you’re like me, everyone always seems to wind up at our house.

That’s not a problem, actually, I love it! I love to cook and I love to cook for a crowd.  A lot of my recipes are designed to serve 10 or more people, and this is one of them.

I know that when you take your first look at the ingredient list, you’re going to say “YUCK”, but, I promise you, that you will be pleasantly surprised by the wonderful flavor of this soup.  That’s why I named this one “Soup Surprise”, because it is.

Soup Surprise

2 Lbs.  Ground Beef
1 Medium Onion, diced
2 Cups Carrots, Grated
48 Ounces V-8 Juice
30 Ounces Cream of Celery Soup
32 Ounces Pinto Beans with Liquid
1 tsp. Lawry’s Garlic Salt
1 tsp. Janes Krazy Mixed Up Salt
Salt and Pepper to Taste

  • Heat a large stockpot on medium heat and brown the ground beef. Drain the ground beef well to remove all of the fat.
  • Add onions and lightly sauté.
  • Combine remaining ingredients with the ground beef and onion in the stockpot.
  • Cover and simmer on low for 2 hours.

Nutrition (calculated from recipe ingredients)
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Calories: 583
Calories From Fat: 243
Total Fat: 27.5g
Cholesterol: 73.1mg
Sodium: 4798.6mg
Potassium: 1045.5mg
Carbohydrates: 61.6g
Fiber: 9.8g
Sugar: 11.8g
Protein: 25.6g
My Points: 13.5

Cooking Tip:

This makes a large pot of soup and is better the second day than the first, if that is imaginable. Freeze the leftovers if you have any.

Comments:

These ingredients sound a little bit strange but,  I promise you, this will taste like one of your prized Chili recipes.

This recipe was given to me by a friend that was spending the weekend with us. She knew I enjoyed cooking and wanted to give me a new recipe to try. I have to be perfectly honest and say that had she not been there and insisted that I try it, this recipe would have just gone into my collection file. Boy, am I ever glad that she insisted that I try it. It is now one of our family favorites. Thanks, Dana!

Serve this with crackers or cornbread to round it out. You won’t be disappointed.

Salmon Appetizer Recipe For Your Next Party


This is one of our best recipes for appetizers. My favorite way to serve this is in the shape of a ball, like a cheese ball. Once the overnight refrigeration has been done, cover the salmon ball with freshly minced parsley. It makes a beautiful centerpiece and the parsley is a nice contrast for this creamy appetizer. Just follow the recipe below.

This one really is tops on our list of make ahead appetizers. You can make this in any shape your wish. I have made this in the form of a salmon loaf recipe, just use a square container instead of the rounded container. Add the parsley just as you would on the rounded version. This can also be used as a salmon dip. Leave it in your container and serve with crackers.

You just can’t have too many appetizer recipes and a salmon appetizer recipe can jazz up your party. Everyone gets tired of the same old cheese ball at every gathering. This adds a little imagination to the mix. Finally, a salmon recipe with a kick.

Salmon Ball

Ingredients

16 Ounces Salmon, Fully Cooked, Pieced and Chilled
8 Ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
4 Tbs Lemon Juice
4 Tsp Onion, Grated
2 Tsp Horseradish, Grated
1/8 Tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1/8 Tsp Liquid Smoke
1 1/2  Cups Parsley, Fresh, Minced

1. Mix all ingredients, except the parsley, together in a mixing bowl.

2. Line a rounded storage bowl with plastic wrap and pour the mixture into the bowl. Press mixture firmly into the bowl and use a spatula to smooth the top to make a solid base.

3. Refrigerate overnight.

4. Just before serving, mince the parsley. Lift the salmon ball from the storage bowl and put it flat side down on your serving platter. Cover the ball with the parsley, pressing it all around the sides and the top to make it stick to the ball.

Nutrition (calculated from recipe ingredients)


Calories: 154
Calories From Fat: 102
Total Fat: 11.3g
Cholesterol: 44.9mg
Sodium: 110.9mg
Potassium: 260.1mg
Carbohydrates: 2g
Fiber: <1g
Sugar: <1g
Protein: 11.3g
My Points: 3.95

Cooking Tip: You can use canned salmon instead of fresh if you wish. Make sure you drain the salmon and remove the skin and bones.

Cooking Tip: Serve this with your favorite crackers.

Comments: Attractive enough to be used as a centerpiece.

Do You Need Help Organizing Your Recipes?

Do you enjoy cooking? Do you dread going through all of those scraps of paper looking for that Vegetable and Beef Soup recipe that you make once a month? Well, I know that I do. I have absolutely TONS of hand written recipes, or I used to. Yeah, I kept the originals. They are now in a box in my garage, but they have been transformed into a marvel of technology.

They’re now in my Living Cookbook Recipe Management Software where I can quickly open them up, print a copy if I need to and save myself about 30 minutes looking through scraps of paper.

I set out on my journey to find the perfect recipe management software on the market. I looked high and low. I had an agenda. Not only did I want to organize my own personal recipes, but I wanted to be able to download recipes from the Internet into the software. I wanted to be able to create a cookbook from my own original recipes that I could either print and bind or upload to a website to sell.

The software I chose had to do all of those things. I wanted the cookbooks to be in a standard cookbook format. I’m old fashioned, I like things in a familiar form. I wanted to be able to email the recipes to friends and family that always call around the holidays or when they’re having a party and need a particular recipe.

I keep wondering how I became the sole keeper of my mothers cornbread dressing recipe. I guess I’m the only one in the family that is organized. Also, I’m older now and I wanted to choose the font size customized to my eyes. No more having to wear glasses to read my recipes. Yeah!

One other very important piece of the puzzle was that I needed to know the exact nutritional analysis of each recipe. My brother was recently diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and anyone in that same boat knows that you can’t just guess about what you’re eating. You have to know for sure what’s in the food you eat. This cookbook software has that built in. Their database is linked directly to the USDA Nutritional Tables and if the USDA makes any updates, you just go to the link in your software and upload the updates. Very important.

Just be forewarned. That information my surprise you. Boy, do I ever wish that I hadn’t put my Homemade Pimento Cheese recipe in there. Ouch, the fat grams. Oh well, don’t they say that it’s what you do most of the time that counts? I sure hope “they” are right.

This recipe software does a lot more than just the points I have covered, but these were the most important ones for me. If you’re looking for cooking software, decide what your most important needs are and go from there.