Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Sausage & Pepper Pasta

Recipe Inspired By: Jeff & Amy Griffeth
Amy cooked up leftovers for lunch at the other day and it was really good. No recipe! She just listed off a few things that they threw in with a jar of pasta sauce.Ingredients:
1 box Mini Penne Pasta
1 jar Prego Three Cheese Pasta Sauce
1 pkg Turkey Sausage (cut to shape of pasta)
1 green pepper (small slices)
1/2 red pepper (small slices)
1 onion (chopped)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta. Heat oil in a skillet. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add onions and peppers. Cook until tender. Add sausage. Cook for a few minutes. Add sauce. Simmer until pasta is done. Combine and sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

White Chicken Chili

Recipe From:
Really, really good and easy.
3 chicken breasts
1 medium onion (chopped)
1 garlic clove (minced)
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Heat oil in large pot. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, add onion. Saute chicken until cooked. then add:

2 cans (15oz) great northern beans (drain and rinse)
1 (14.5 oz) can of chicken broth
2 cans (4 oz) of green chilies
1 tbsp jalapenos
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
½ tsp black pepper

Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and add:

1 cup sour cream (I used fat free)
½ pint whipping cream (I used 1 cup cream + 1 cup skim milk)

Stir in and let sit for 5 minutes. Serve with french bread and cheese.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Shrimp & Corn Pasta

Recipe From: Parents Magazine
I grilled the tomatoes, corn and shrimp on the BBQ...the recipe says otherwise.
1 lb shrimp
4 corn on the cob
6 plum tomatoes (I used a dozen grape tomatoes)
1 box bow tie pasta
3 tsp olive oil (divided)
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp chipotle-pepper sauce (I used chipotle tabasco sauce)
3/4 tsp salt (divided)
1/4 tsp pepper

Heat grill. Skewer the tomatoes and shrimp and brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Add corn on the cob, tomatoes and shrimp to the grill. Grill until charred and cooked through. Cook and drain pasta. Cut kernals from corn on the cob, dice tomatoes (don't need to dice if you used the small grape tomatoes) and peel shrimp. Add chicken broth to the empty pasta pot and bring to a boil. Add corn, pepper, cooked pasta, diced tomatoes, cream, chiptole sauce and salt. Toss pasta with grilled shrimp. sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

Sweet & Sour Chicken

Recipe From:
This had a really yummy sauce. Instead of frying & baking...I just fried them completely. Ingredients:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
3 eggs (beaten)
4 chicken breasts (cut into chunks)

Dip chicken in beaten eggs and then in flour mixture. Fry completley in vegetable oil - OR - brown lightly in oil in frying pan on medium heat. Place in oblong glass baking dish. Pour sweet & sour sauce over chicken. Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes, turning once or twice.

Sweet & Sour Sauce:
1 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 cup sugar (1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup splenda)
1/2 cup vinegar
8 tbsp. ketchup
2 tbsp. soy sauce

Bring all ingredients to a low boil. To thicken sauce, use cornstarch and water.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tortellini Soup

Recipe From: Aunt Diana Proffit
I made the mistake of putting this in the crock pot and overcooked the tortellini.Ingredients:

6 cups water
3 cans chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cups chicken
1 cup onions
1 cup carrots
2 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1 pkg frozen cheese tortellini
1 pkg frozen broccoli

Cook chicken until almost done. In a large pot combine everything except tortellini and broccoli. Bring to a boil, add tortellini. Simmer uncovered 30 minutes. Add broccoli. Simmer additional 5-10 minutes or until broccoli is tender. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Tortilla Soup

Recipe From: Marci Freeman @
I've had this a few times lately and finally looked up a recipe.
1 medium onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (chopped)

1 can chicken (12.5 oz) do not drain
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

1 can chicken broth (14 oz)
1/3 cup water or chicken broth
1 can kernal corn (15 oz) do not drain
1 can black beans (drained & rinsed)
1 can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes (14 oz) cut up

corn tortillas
cilantro, avocados
cheese, sour cream

Heat oil in pan over medium heat and sautee onion and garlic. Add can of chicken and spices. cook 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in broth, undrained corn, rinsed black beans and tomatoes. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Turkey & Broccoli Casserole

Recipe From: Any Mormon Cookbook or Mom.
I had to call my mom for the recipe. I remember having this as a kid with Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. I served it over rice (surprise, surprise). Can substitute chicken for turkey.

Leftover Turkey
Cream of Chicken Soup (I used 97% FF)
1/2 cup mayo (I used low fat)
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp curry powder
Cheese (I used colby/jack)

In a 8x8 pan, spread pieces of turkey across the bottom. Mix soup, mayo, lemon juice and curry together and spread over turkey. Add a layer of broccoli and sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 for about a half hour (or until bubbly).

Sunday, November 30, 2008

BEST Homemade Rolls

Recipe From: Suzanne Orton (via my Aunt Rosie)
These are the best by far. We had them at Thanksgiving...not that I have made them...yeast is hard.
Combine in a bowl & let stand 5 minutes:
1 1/2 cup warm water
5 tsp powdered yeast
1/4 cup sugar

Then add & beat together:
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp salt
2 eggs

Then add:
5 cups flour (one at a time...mix & knead)

Dough will be sticky. Raise in a pan for 1 hour...pound down and continue rising until it doubles in size. Add flour when rolling out into a circle. Spread butter across and cut into triangles. Roll small tip to large. Bake at 350-400 for 6-7 minutes.

Thanksgiving Dinner

All Recipes = Ray Morrison OriginalsRoasted Turkey
Soaked overnight in a brine (water, salt, brown sugar)Stuffed with apple, onion, thyme, cinnamon sticks, candied ginger and sageRub under the skin with butter/sage leaves mixture
Sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper
Baste with apple juice reductionGlaze with pomegranite/molassesSmoked Turkey Legs
Smoked in BBQ grill with either pomegranite/molasses sauce
or apple juice reduction
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Potatoes, roasted garlic, buttermilk, butter, salt
Turkey pan drippings, all stuffing ingredients, flour
Cornbread Stuffing
Cornbread crumbled, panchetta, red fresno pepper, whipping cream, chicken stock, carmelized onions.
Sweet Potatoes
Boston Market!
Fresh Grilled Corn
Corn on the cob kernals, sour cream, chili powder and salt
Cranberries, juice from oranges, sugar, water.
Garnish with orange zest
Granny Smith Apples, brown sugar, butter
Green Beans
Fresh green beans, butter, bacon, kosher salt, almonds
Homemade Rolls
Rolls & Pies from my cousin Suzanne since Ray doesn't bake.
These are SO good...I'll blog the recipe later.
Artichoke DipCheese PlatterTomato-Mozzerella
Grape tomatoes, mozzerella balls drizzled with balsamic vinegar & something else (green)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Beef & Scallion Rolls

Recipe From: Martha Stewart Website
Really great flavors and easy. I would double the sauce next time.

1 lb beef sirloin (pounded thin and slice into thin strips)
1 red pepper (ribs & seeds removed, sliced into thin strips)
4 scallions (trimmed & sliced thinly lengthwise)
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp oil
2 tsp sugar

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet and add bell pepper. Cook until pepper blisters (2-4 minutes). Add 1 tbsp soy sauce. Transfer to a plate and wipe skillet clean. Place beef slices between plastic wrap and pound lightly until 1/8" thick. Season with salt/pepper. Divide bell pepper and scallions among slices. Roll tightly into bundles and secure with a toothpick. Heat 1 tbsp oil in same skillet and sear rolls until browned on all sides. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm. Wipe skillet clean. Add water, remaining soy sauce, vinegar and sugar to skillet. Cook over medium heat until sauce is reduced and syrupy. Serve over rice (remove toothpicks) and drizzle with sauce.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Orange Beef Stir-Fry

Recipe From: Martha Stewart Website
Kinda Blah. Recipe called for pork, but I didn't have any.

1 lb beef or pork (cut into bite-sized pieces)
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 tsp orange zest
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 garlic cloves (minced)
3 scallions (white & green parts separated & thinly sliced)
1 head of broccoli (cut into bite-sized pieces)
In a medium bowl combine: Orange zest and juice, soy sauce, vinegar and cornstarch...set aside. Cook beef over skillet or in the broil (slightly undercook as it will simmer later). Add oil to a skillet, add garlic and scallion whites. Cook until scallions wilt. Add broccoli and 1/3 cup water. Cover and cook until broccol is crisp and water has evaporated. Add beef (with any juices) and stir-fry sauce to skillet. Cook until sauce has thickened. Serve over rice and top with scallion greens.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Chicken Pad Thai

Recipe From: Amy Griffeth
Almost the same ingredients as my last pad thai attempt. This one uses pasta instead of rice noodles, so it is easy and the consistency was much better. Because Sam and Blake love noodles so much, I doubled Amy's recipe and used chicken instead of leftovers!
16oz thin spagehetti or vermicelli
1-2 chicken breasts
3 eggs
4 green onions (thinly slice)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
bean sprouts
peanuts (crushed)

Sauce Ingredients:
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup fish sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sugar

Thinly slice chicken, season and cook in the broiler on low...set aside. Scramble eggs until firm...set aside. Combine sauce ingredients...set aside. Heat oil to a skillet and add garlic, cook until fragrant. Add green onions and cook for a minute. Add chicken, then noodles, egg and sauce. Toss to mix and cook until hot. Toss in bean sprouts and mix. Serve with peanuts.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sweet Chili

Recipe From:
Sweet and Savory. I cut the recipe in half for our little family.
2 lbs ground meat
2 lbs sausage (I used turkey sausage)
2 15oz cans dark red kidney beans
2 15oz cans chili beans
2 cups spicy V8 juice
2 tbsp butter
1/2 water
4 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup brown sugar
3 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp salt
2 tsp dry mustard

Brown meat and sausage in butter and drain off excess fat. Put into large pot and add the remaining ingredients. Simmer for an hour+. Serve with sour cream and cheese.


Recipe From:
Why is yeast so hard to work with?!
1 1/2 cups warm (105-115 degrees) water
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp yeast
1/2 tsp salt
3-4 1/2 cups flour

Additional Ingredients:
Parmesan cheese
garlic salt
cinnamon & sugar

In a KitchenAid bowl combine water, sugar, and yeast. Let stand for 10 minutes or until yeast is bubbly. Add salt and stir. Add 1 1/2 c. flour and mix well. Gradually add more flour (I think I used 4 cups) until dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl and it barely sticks to your finger. Spray a glass bowl with cooking spray and place dough in the bowl. Cover and allow to rise for 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk. Remove from bowl and place on a lightly-floured surface. Roll into a rectangle and cut into 12 strips with a pizza cutter. Twist each strip around a wooden skewer (soak skewers in water for 10 minutes and spray with Pam). Place on baking sheet (spray with Pam) and repeat with remaining 11 pieces of dough. Try to space them evenly, but it's okay if they're close.Cover pan and allow dough to rise for another 30 minutes. When there's about 15 minutes to go, preheat your oven to 425. When done rising, bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Rub some butter on top of the breadsticks and sprinkle with powdery Parmesan cheese and garlic salt. You could sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Creamed Tuna on Toast

I can't believe someone else has had this! My mom used to always make it for us as was a favorite of mine! Blake wouldn't even try it...can't really blame him. It's not pretty, or photo worthy.


1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
2 cups milk (I used 2% and skim)
2 cans tuna (drained)
salt and pepper

Melt butter over medium-heat and mix in the flour. Slowly add the milk, whisking constantly so as to prevent lumps. Simmer until it thickens, then add tuna. Serve over toasted, buttered whole wheat bread.

Harvest Pork Chops

Recipe From: Parenting Magazine - September 2006
4 boneless center-cut pork chops
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup onion (chopped)
1/2 cup celery (chopped)
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup almonds (chopped)
1/3 cup craisins (chopped)
With a sharp knife, make a horizontal slit in side of each pork chop, creating a good-sized pocket. Season with salt and pepper. In a bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Press 1/2 cup stuffing into each pocket, mounding it at opening. Fit pork chops into a foil lined baking pan and cover with foil. Bake at 400 for 40 minutes and then uncovered for 20 minutes.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

French Dip Sandwiches

I tried this because...
1) it looked easy and 2) Sam would be required to dip her food.

2-3 lb London Broil
1 can Campbells Beef Consome
1 can Campbells French Onion Soup
1 can water

I put a 2 lb frozen london broil and all the ingredients in a crock pot on low for 7-9 hours.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Apricot Chicken

Recipe From: Mormon Cookbook
This is really easy and UNinspiring.

2-4 chicken breasts (leave whole or slice in thick strips)
1 cup Russian dressing
1 cup apricot preserves
1 envelop onion soup mix

Mix 3 ingredients together and pour over chicken in a baking dish. Cook at 350 for 30-60 minutes (depending on whether chicken is whole or cut). Serve with steamed broccoli over rice.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Recipe From: Blake's Aunt Charlene
I LOVE meatloaf and Blake hates it. He is out of town on business, so tonight is meatloaf night! Sam is sure to love this only because she can dip it with ketchup.
1 lb extra lean ground meat
1 egg (beaten)
3/4 cup bread crumbs or oats (I use 2 slices of whole wheat bread)
1/2 yellow onion (chopped)
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup ketcup (divided) (I use 8 oz tomato sauce)
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
salt, pepper, thyme, marjoram

Mix all the ingredients together (1/2 the tomato sauce/ketchup) and form a loaf. Place into a sprayed pan and cover with the remaining tomato sauce (or last 1/4 cup of ketchup). Bake for 1 hour at 350 or until cooked thoroughly. Serve with ketchup.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Spinach Pasta Salad

Recipe From: Laurie Turk
Laurie entertains a lot and this looked yummy. She has a great website
Salad Ingredients:
1 bag spinach leaves
3-4 green onions (sliced)
1/4 cup parsley
3 oz craisins
3 oz honey roasted peanuts
1 can mandarin oranges (drained)
6-8 oz bow tie pasta
1 chicken breast (cooked and sliced)

Dressing Ingredients:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup teriyaki sauce (I used Lawry's marinade)
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Combine dressing ingredients and refrigerate overnight. Combine salad ingredients, toss in spinach and dressing prior to serving.

Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Mini Muffins

Recipe From: Jen Meacham
Good ole' college roomate and recipe. Jen and I used to make pumpkin bread to go along with our pasta and cold spaghetti sauce...with a can of applesauce on the side. It was great. Now it is mini muffins with mini chocolate chips... low fat. My, my, how the times have changed.

15 oz canned pumpkin
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar (I use half splenda)
2 eggs
3/4 cup butter (I use half low fat)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Combine and mix. Add chocolate chips last. Spray mini muffin tin with Pam flour spray. I fill them full and/or over the top. Bake at 325 for 20-24 minutes. In a bread pan, cook for 1 hour & 10 minutes.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Smoked Brisket & BBQ Sauce

Recipe From: ??
Been hanging on to this BBQ sauce recipe for awhile, and just finally tried it. We smoked 10 lbs of brisket this weekend at the Property.
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
4 Tbsp worstershire sauce
4 Tbsp brown sugar
3 Tbsp dijon mustard
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp honey
1 tsp black pepper
pinch of salt

Combine and simmer over low heat.
His Way
Meat and Bread.
My Way
Baked Potato with chopped brisket simmered in BBQ Sauce with steamed veggies.

Spinach, Strawberry & Feta Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Recipe From: Maralee Holiday
My sister-in-law is famous for bringing her Spinach Salad to all events. This is the dressing recipe, but a different salad.
Salad Ingredients:
Bag of Spinach
1/4 red onion (sliced and rinsed)
Strawberries (sliced)
Feta Cheese
Sesame seeds or Walnuts (toasted)

Dressing Ingredients:
2 Tbsp poppyseeds
2 Tbsp white vinegar
1/2 cup mayo (I used low fat)
1/2 cup sugar (I used 1/2 splenda)
1/4 cup milk (I used skim)

Combine and shake and refridgerate.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Bow Tie Pasta Salad

Recipe From: ??
Found it on someone's food blog, can't printed it off months ago and now can't find it. I served this at Samantha's Birthday Party and was able to make it the night before. Turned out great!
1 box (16 oz) bow tie pasta
2 chicken breasts (cooked, cooled & cubed)
1/2 cup craisins
1 cup red grapes (cut in half)
3 green onions (chopped)
3/4 cup sunflower seed kernels

Dressing Ingredients:
1 cup mayonnaise (I used light)
2/3 cup sugar (I used half splenda)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp ginger powder

Mix all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk them together and cover. Refrigerate. Mix the pasta salad ingredients together (except sunflower seeds) in a large bowl. Toss and refrigerate. Just before serving, mix in the sunflower seeds and dressing.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Recipe From: Amy Griffeth's Sister-in-Law
For Monday Night Football, Blake loves to eat pizza. We used to order out, but Sammie loves to roll out her own dough! We tried this new recipe and it was great! Depending on what meats we have left over, that is the pizza theme. Since coming home from Costa Rica, I haven't really been cooking there were no leftovers. But, this was easy and really good!
Pizza Dough Ingredients:
2 tbsp yeast
1 tbsp salt
1/4 c. brown sugar
5 c. flour
3 1/2 c. hot water

Gradually stir in 3 1/2 c more flour so dough is not sticky.
Knead 10 minutes.

Let rise 30 minutes.
350 degrees for 25 minutes. (Bake 10-15 minutes, then add toppings and bake until cheese is melted)

Pizza Ingredients:
Chicken Breast (boiled & shredded)
BBQ Sauce
Red Onion
Pineapple Tidbits
FRESH Mozzarella Cheese

Boil and shred the chicken OR slice and marinate with seasonings and bbq sauce. Broil on low and don't overcook, as it will cook longer on the pizza. Combine with pineapple and sliced red onion. Spread bbq sauce on the pizza crust, top with chicken/pineapple/onion mixture. Tear pieces on mozzarella and add all over pizza.