April 9, 2017 at 10:59 am | Posted in Fabulous Food Tips, Wonderful Recipes | Leave a comment

This is an old recipe from Chef Laima Leko at the Eatwell diner in Los Angeles, California

Active work time: 25 minutes – Total preparation time: 1 hour – Makes 8 servings

1 pound elbow macaroni

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1 small onion chopped

1 clove garlic minced

1/2 cup flour

4 cups milk

2 cups cream

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese

1 and 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese divided

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese divided

Hot sauce

Salt, pepper

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Cook the macaroni in plenty of rapidly boiling salted water until done (about 10 minutes). Drain well and set aside.

Melt the butter and sauté the onion and garlic until soft (about 5 minutes). Whisk in the flour to make a roux. Cook until mixture is smooth (about 5 minutes). Whisk in the milk and cream and simmer until the mixture is thick and creamy (about 15 minutes).

Add the mustard, the Jack cheese, 1 cup of the cheddar, the Parmesan cheese and 1/2 of the blue cheese.  Stir until blended. Add a dash of hot sauce and salt and pepper to taste.

Mix the cheese sauce with the cooked macaroni and put in a 13 by 9 inch baking dish. Sprinkle the reserved 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese and the remainder of the blue cheese on top then bake until brown and crusty on top (about 30 minutes).

Approximately 526 calories per serving.






December 12, 2016 at 2:49 pm | Posted in Festive Treats For The Holidays, Wonderful Recipes | Leave a comment

It’s that time of year again and if you would like to serve something different to guests, make this old European holiday dessert with chestnuts.

Instead of roasting chestnuts, boil them in water until their shells are soft enough to peel. Before they completely cool off, peel them then toss them into a nut grinder activated by hand. Divide ground nuts onto individual dessert plates then top with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream. Serve immediately with your favorite hot beverage and enjoy!

P.S. Should you notice a small dirty spot on the carpet before your company arrives, spray with Windex or Glass Plus then wipe or dab clean with a paper towel.




October 24, 2016 at 5:15 pm | Posted in Fabulous Food Tips, Homemade Salad Dressing, Wonderful Recipes | Leave a comment

Mix Daisy Brand Pure & Natural Sour Cream with brown sugar. You will love how this tastes!

Combine grapes, sliced bananas, Mandarin oranges, chopped nuts, flaked coconut, pineapple chunks or any of your other favorite fruits then generously top with the sour cream and brown sugar ingredients or mix all these all-natural ingredients together.

What else can you do with this tasty concoction? Be creative! You decide.


Old-Fashioned Wassail

December 8, 2015 at 11:59 am | Posted in Festive Treats For The Holidays, Wassail, Wonderful Recipes | Leave a comment


For a holiday get-together, try this wonderful recipe:

2 gallons sweet apple cider

2 cups orange juice

1 cup lemon juice

1 cup pineapple juice

1 cup sugar

2 whole cinnamon sticks

1 teaspoon whole cloves

Combine ingredients and bring to a simmer. Strain and serve hot.



Iced Lemon Pound Cake

March 14, 2014 at 10:07 am | Posted in Wonderful Recipes | Leave a comment
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If you like the Iced Lemon Pound Cake at Starbucks, this is as close as it gets to theirs:

1 Box white cake mix

1 Box of Jello Pudding – lemon flavor

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup oil

6 tablespoonful’s of lemon juice

3 eggs

8 ounces of. sour cream 

Mix all the ingredients and bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes in 2 greased loaf pans.


2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

3 to 4 tablespoonful’s of lemon juice

Mix and frost while cake is still warm

Like Starbucks Coffee And Their Cranberry Bliss Bars?

December 17, 2013 at 10:38 am | Posted in Festive Treats For The Holidays, Helpful Hints, Wonderful Recipes | Leave a comment

The following recipe is as close as it gets to the above:

Mix 1 cup softened butter, 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar with 3 eggs (A)

Mix 1 1/2 teaspoonful vanilla, 1 teaspoon ginger and 1 1/2 cup flour (B)

Mix (A) and (B) together, then add (C)

3/4 Cup dried cranberries (or Craisins) and 6 ounces white chocolate chips (C)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Place in a 9 x 13 greased pan

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes

Cool then frost after mixing:

1 pound (16 ounces) softened cream cheese, 1 tablespoon orange juice, 1 teaspoon orange zest, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/4 cup sugar

Lastly, sprinkle with 1/4 cup dried cranberries




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