Monthly Archives: April 2015

Pasta with Salmon Cream Sauce



Pasta with Salmon Cream Sauce

Oh my goodness, this was so good!

  • 12 oz. fresh or dried capellini, linguine, spaghetti, or other thin pasta
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup frozen petite peas, thawed
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups (about 12 oz.) flaked cooked salmon or 1 (14.75-oz.) can red salmon, drained and bones and skin removed, and flaked
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, preferably Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley, preferably flat-leaf Italian type or 1 tablespoon dried

Cook pasta al dente, according to directions on box.  Meanwhile, melt butter in skillet over medium heat.  Add peas and saute for 1 minute.  Add heavy cream, and reduce heat to low.  Add salmon, Parmesan cheese and salt to taste.  Simmer until cheese melts and salmon heated through, about 2 minutes; do not allow to boil.

Drain pasta and place in a heated bowl.  Pour sauce over the pasta.  Add the parsley and gently toss to mix well.  Serve immediately.

Serves 4 to 6.

“Christ is the ultimate answer to life’s greatest questions.”


Cheesecake Cookies



Cheesecake Cookies

This recipe really intrigued me when I first read it.  It got me hooked when I read “absolutely fabulous”.  With only 5 ingredients, I had to try it.  It’s true, they are “absolutely fabulous”.  Just ask my husband, “the cookie monster”.  He said I needed to get this recipe on my blog quick, because there is people out there that don’t know what they are missing.

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 6 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream together butter and cream cheese;  add sugar, beating until light and fluffy.  Add flour and beat well.  Stir in pecans.  Drop by teaspoonfuls (I used a small cookie scoop) onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 12 to 14 minutes.

Yields 4 dozen.

“We deserve punishment and get forgiveness; we deserve God’s wrath and get God’s love.”

Green Pea Salad



Green Pea Salad

This is one of the sides for my Easter dinner this year.  Very good and refreshing.  It can be made ahead of time.  Also a great potluck side dish.

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 cup finely minced onion
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt
  • 4 cups fresh baby peas, or two 10-oz. pkgs. frozen baby peas, thawed but uncooked
  • 6 oz. medium to sharp Cheddar cheese, cut into tiny cubes
  • 4 to 5 crisp cooked bacon slices, crumbled

Whisk together the mayonnaise and sour cream in a small bowl.  Add the onion, the smaller amount of sugar, and salt to taste.  Stir together the peas, cheese, and bacon in a large bowl.  Spoon on the mayonnaise mixture and toss lightly just until combined.  Add more sugar or salt if you wish.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 12 hours before serving.

Yield:  6 servings.

“God is my Father, I will never think of anything that He will forget, so why should I worry?”

Chicken and Dressing



Chicken and Dressing

Very quick and easy.  Dinner on the table in no time as long as you have your chicken cooked.  Quicker yet would be to buy a rotisserie chicken.  If you like comfort food, this is it.

  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 (6-oz.) pkg. stuffing mix
  • 1 (3-lb.) chicken, cooked, boned, chopped
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cans chicken broth

Combine butter and stuffing mix in bowl, tossing to mix well.  Spread in a 9 x 13-inch greased baking pan, reserving 3/4 cup.

Arrange chicken over dressing.

Mix soup and broth together and pour over chicken.

Top with reserved stuffing mix.

Bake at 350 degrees for 33 to 35 minutes or until bubbly.

8 servings.

“No mistake is more dangerous than mistaking the identity of Jesus.”

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cheesecake



Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cheesecake

My friend, Sandy, made this dessert for bridge and it was just “delicious”.  It would make a very refreshing summer dessert.  It also makes 3 pies, but can be kept in the freezer for a long time.  Something you could pull out of the freezer when unexpected company comes to visit.

  • 3 (8-oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1 (5.1-oz.) pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 (12-oz.) pkg. chocolate chips
  • 3 (9″) graham cracker crusts

Mix all together and spoon in chocolate chips.  Pour mixture in 3 graham cracker crusts.  Freeze.

Makes 3 pies.

“God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.”

Egg Salad Spread



Egg Salad Spread

I love deviled eggs.  This is a wonderful way to serve them as an appetizer.  It is delicious!

  • 1 dozen hard-cooked eggs, divided
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, cubed, softened
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 green onions, sliced, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika

Reserve 1 egg for garnish.  Cut remaining eggs lengthwise in half.  Remove yolks, place in food processor.  Add mayo, cream cheese, vinegar, mustard and 12 egg white halves; process until blended.  Spoon into medium bowl.

Chop remaining egg white halves coarsely.  Add to cream cheese mixture with 2/3 of the onions; mix lightly.

Chop reserved egg finely; sprinkle over egg mixture in bowl along with remaining onions.  Garnish with paprika.

Serve with assorted cut-up veggies and crackers.  (I loved water crackers with this.)

“Everything God does is marked with simplicity and power.”

Strawberry Cream Dessert



Strawberry Cream Dessert

This is such an easy and delicious dessert to make.  I made this for our bridge group and everyone loved it.  My 10-year old grandson loves strawberries and he was considering having this for his birthday cake this month.  We will just have to wait and see what he decides.

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 pkg. (3-oz.) strawberry jello
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 lbs. fresh strawberries, hulled, divided
  • 1 pkg. (8-oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14-oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 carton (12-oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 prepared angel food cake (8 to 10-oz.), cut into 1-inch cubes

For glaze, in a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and jello.  Add water and stir until smooth.  Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture begins to boil.  Cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes longer or until thickened. Remove from the heat; cool completely.  Cut half of the strawberries into quarters; fold into glaze.

In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.  Beat in milk until blended.  Fold in whipped topping.

In a 9 x 13-inch baking dish, layer half the cake cubes, glaze and cream mixture.  Repeat layers.  Cut remaining strawberries in half and arrange over the top.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

12 to 16 servings.

“To be doing good is man’s most glorious task.”

Tangy Beef Brisket


Tangy Beef Brisket

This amazing recipe is made in the oven and is so juicy and tender.  My son-in-law just loves the sauce on on this.

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 bottle (28-oz.) ketchup
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (6-lb.) boneless beef brisket (not corned beef)

In a saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender.  Add the next nine ingredients; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 to 40 minutes.  Place brisket in a roasting pan.  Add 3 cups of sauce.  Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 4 hours, basting occasionally.  Skim fat.  Remove brisket; thinly slice the beef and return to pan.  Add remaining sauce, if desired.

Yield:  12-14 servings (6 cups sauce).

“The Bible has treasures of wisdom to mine.”

Hot Tuna Melts



Hot Tuna Melts

This is like a hot tuna salad sandwich.  So yummy!!  I was making these for 6 people so I tripled the recipe.  They all got gobbled up!

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed Spanish olives, drained
  • 3 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 (5-oz.) can solid white tuna in spring water, drained and flaked
  • 2 English muffins, split and lightly toasted
  • 4 sharp Cheddar cheese slices

Preheat broiler with oven rack 5 1/2 inches from heat.  Stir together first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl: add tuna, stirring gently to blend.  Spoon on muffin halves; place on a baking sheet.

Broil 2 minutes.  (I left mine in for about 5 minutes.)  Top each with a cheese slice; broil 1 more minute or until cheese melts.

Makes 4 servings.  (I think it makes 2 servings.)

“Remembering Christ’s death gives us courage for today and hope for tomorrow.”

Tater Tot Casserole



Tater Tot Casserole

I have been making this delicious casserole for years and I thought I had put it on my blog.  My daughter went to get the recipe off the blog and it wasn’t there.  So, here it is.  Comfort food at its best!!

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef (uncooked)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 (10 1/2-oz.) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 soup can milk
  • 6 cheddar cheese slices (or any cheese that you prefer)
  • 1 (2-lb.) bag tater tots (I used about 3/4 of this bag)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix beef, soup, milk together in bowl and transfer to an 8 or 9-inch baking dish.  Top with cheese slices and then tater tots.

Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until real bubbly.

Serves 6.

“The Light of the World knows no power failure.”