Wednesday, November 26, 2008

{cranberry salad}

I couldn't let Thanksgiving pass by without including one of our traditional recipes, and one of my favorite Turkey Day dishes. Enjoy!


2 c. whole cranberries, ground (1 package)
3/4 c. sugar
3 c. mini marshmallows
2 c. diced apples
1/2 c. pecans
1/2 c. red grapes, halved
1/4 tsp. salt
whipping cream, whipped and sweetened (I use powdered sugar--no granules)

Combine the first three ingredients and let sit overnight. Add the next four ingredients and mix well. Add whipped cream right before serving.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

{fettuccine alfredo}

I have searched high and low for the perfect Alfredo recipe, and I think I've finally found it. This is a favorite dish, and is requested so often, that I really needed to find one that we all loved. Most of the ones I tried didn't maintain that really creamy texture, and had a tendency to separate easily. The cream cheese in this recipe cures that, and gives it a rich flavor. This is so, so good--it won't last long!


1/2 c. butter
8 oz. cream cheese
3/4 c.- 1 c. milk (depends on how thick you want it)
1 c. Parmesan cheese (not in the can)

Melt the butter, and then using a whisk, add the cream cheese and stir until it's melted. Whisk in the milk, stir in the cheese, then bring to a low boil while stirring often. Serve over fettuccine, or favorite pasta (we like farfalle).

{smothered chicken}

This recipe is in our ward (church) cookbook, and is such a great way to serve chicken. Ingredients can be added, or removed, so each family member can have it just the way they like it!


4 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
garlic powder to taste
seasoned salt to taste
1 T. canola oil
1 c. shredded Mexican cheese blend
1/2 c. green onions, chopped
1/2 c. crisp, cooked bacon, crumbled

Sprinkle chicken with garlic powder and seasoned salt. In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, brown chicken in oil until halfway done; turn. Cook for a few minutes more, then top with cheese, green onions, and bacon. Cover and cook until chicken juices run clear and cheese is melted.
*the recipe calls for mushrooms too, but since I hate them, I left them out. :)

{hawaiian haystacks}

Everyone knows Hawaiian Haystacks, right? Well, I like to make mine a little different. Instead of using the ever-popular Cream of Chicken soup (of which I am not a huge fan), I use a basic white sauce that I've seasoned. LOVE it!


You'll need: (another great thing about this recipe is that you can adjust the amounts to however many people you are serving)

1. Chicken breasts, cubed (or sliced) and cooked
2. Basic white sauce, seasoned to taste (see recipe below)
3. Toppings: mandarin oranges, pineapple, green onion, tomatoes, cheese, Chinese noodles, etc.
4. Cooked white rice

-Layer rice, sauce, chicken, and toppings.

White Sauce-Betty Crocker Cookbook

1 T. butter
1 T. flour
1/8 tsp. salt
Dash pepper
3/4 c. milk

In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Stir in milk all at once. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1minute more. Makes 3/4 c. sauce.
*You can either add the chicken to the sauce, or serve them separately.
*We 5x this recipe for a family of 5, but we like extra sauce.
*You can also add any other seasoning you would like---I like to add some thyme and seasoning salt.

{english toffee}

I really wanted to make English Toffee this past week, but I was in search of an easy, but good, recipe. I found this one at, and it was successful by both standards. Very few ingredients, easy to make, but totally delicious!