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Oven Barbecued Spareribs

January 25, 2012

Oven Barbecued Spareribs

You’re going to need a shower after eating these!


6 Pounds Pork Spareribs – Cut into 1 Rib Portions

6 Ounces Tomato Paste

¼ Cup Packed Brown Sugar

½ Cup Water

¼ Cup Honey

¼ Cup Cider Vinegar

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Grated Onion

2 Teaspoons Chili Powder

2 Teaspoons Salt

Preheat oven to 325° F. Arrange spareribs in a single layer in a large roasting pan. Roast spareribs for 1 hour. Meanwhile prepare glaze. In a medium bowl, combine tomato paste, brown sugar, water, honey, cider vinegar, olive oil, grated onion, chili powder and salt until well blended. Brush spareribs with glaze. Continue roasting ribs, brushing frequently with glaze, until ribs are tender, about 30 minutes longer. Serves 6

Toffee Ginger Shortbreads

January 25, 2012

Toffee Ginger Shortbreads

I used my simple shortbread recipe and added toffee and crystallized ginger chips. These shortbread cookies came out amazingly delicious.


4 Cups Unbleached Flour

1 Cup Sugar

1 Pound Softened Butter

½ Cup Crystallized Ginger Chips

8 Ounces English Toffee Bits

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar and butter. Mix thoroughly. Add the ginger chips and English toffee bits and mix. The dough should be in the shape of a ball. Press the dough into a medium size baking pan that has been lined with parchment paper. If you don’t have parchment paper don’t worry. You don’t need to grease the pan. Prick the surface with a fork making evenly distribute perforations. Bake in a preheated 375° F oven for 40 minutes until the shortbread is delicately brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes. Cut into squares and place onto a serving plate. Makes 32 shortbreads.

Note: I like to use Heath English Toffee bits.

Scalloped Potatoes

January 24, 2012

Scalloped Potatoes


6 Cups Sliced Potatoes With Skins

¼ Cup Diced Green Peppers

¼ Cup Diced Green Onions

¼ Cup Pimento

1 Pound Shredded Cheddar Cheese

20 Ounces Cream of Celery Soup

10 Ounces Chicken Broth

1 Cup Sour Cream

Boil the potatoes for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and drain well. In a medium size skillet sauté the green peppers and onions. Mix in the sautéed green peppers and onion with the pimento and cheese in a medium size bowl. Mix the soup, broth and sour cream into the onion & cheese mixture. Arrange the potatoes in an oiled medium size baking dish. Pour the mixed ingredient over the potatoes and bake in a 350° F preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Serves 8

Lamb Stew

January 22, 2012

Lamb Stew

You can vary this stew by changing vegetables and seasonings. Stews are a forgiving food. They are easy going and open to substitution. Stews are a great “make ahead” meal. If you have a busy schedule you can always prepare a stew a day or two in advance of serving. This finished product is always welcome. Be creative and use your favorite vegetables and seasonings.


1 Pound Cubed Lamb

8 Cups Water

1 Cup Chopped Onions

1 Cup Chopped Potatoes

1 Cup Chopped Green Peppers

1 Cup Chopped Tomatoes

1 Cup Chopped Zucchini

1 Cup Chopped Celery

4 Teaspoons Beef Bouillon Granules

1 Teaspoon Mint

1 Teaspoon Lemon Peel

1 Bay Leaf

4 Teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce

Combine the lamb, water, vegetables, bouillon granules, herbs, bay leaf and Worcestershire sauce in a large stock pot. Bring to a boil over a high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 hours until the meat is tender. Remove the bay leaf and skim off the excess fat. Serve with sourdough bread and you have the best winter meal ever! Serves 4

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

January 21, 2012

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Why buy bottled barbecue sauce when it’s so easy to make your own?!


2 Strips Chopped Bacon

3 Tablespoons Minced Green Bell Pepper

1 Minced Onion

1 Chopped Garlic Clove

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Chili Powder

½ Cup Vinegar

½ Cup Packed Brown Sugar

1 Cup Tomato Juice

½ Cup Water

Brown the bacon in a medium saucepan over a medium heat. Add the green peppers, onions, garlic and water. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add the salt, chili powder, vinegar, brown sugar and tomato juice. Cook over a medium low heat for 40 minutes. Makes 1 ½ cups.

Chocolate Layer Cake

January 20, 2012

Chocolate Layer Cake

I love this cake. It’s my go to cake for special occasions and birthdays. Everyone seems to enjoy this cake and wants the recipe!



½ Cup Shortening

2 Cups Sugar

4 Eggs

2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

2 (1 Ounce Each) Squares Unsweetened Chocolate (Melted & Cooled)

2 ½ Cups Unbleached Flour

1 ½ Teaspoons Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 ½ Cups Buttermilk


½ Cup Softened Butter

1 (3 Ounce) Package Softened Cream Cheese

½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

2 Cups Confectioners’ Sugar

2 Tablespoons Milk

2 Squares (1 Ounce Each) Unsweetened Chocolate (Melted & Cooled)

Preheat the oven to 325° F. To make the cake: cream together the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Stir in the vanilla extract. Add the melted & cooled chocolate. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add alternately to the batter along with the buttermilk. Grease and flour two 9 inch cake pans. Divide the batter evenly between the pans. Bake for 40 minutes until done. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes in the pans. Remove from the pans and cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting: combine the butter, cream cheese and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar slowly. Beat on low speed. Stir 2 tablespoons of milk and the melted & cooled chocolate. Beat until fluffy.

To assemble place one cake layer on a cake plate. Spread a thick layer of frosting. Place the second layer on top of the frosting. Frost the top layer. Serves 8

**If you do not have buttermilk just measure out 1 1/2 cups regular milk and add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar. Let sit for a few minutes.

Pumpkin & Berry Muffins

January 19, 2012

Pumpkin & Berry Muffins

These muffins came out very moist! They are extra large and super good. I like to double the recipe and fill the muffin cups to the top edge for that bigger deli size muffin. You can add extra berries if you want.


1 ½ Cups Unbleached Flour

¾ Cup Sugar

½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1/3 Cup Olive Oil

1 Egg

1/3 Cup Buttermilk

½ Cup Pumpkin Puree

1 Cup Fresh or Frozen Blueberries

1 Cup Fresh or Frozen Blackberries

Preheat the oven to 400° F. Grease the muffin cups or line them with muffin liners. Combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a medium size bowl. In a separate medium size bowl combine the oil, egg, buttermilk and pumpkin puree. Mix the wet mixture into the flour mixture. Next, fold in the blueberries and blackberries. Fill the muffin cups right to the top. Bake for 20 minutes until done. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and serve. Serves 8

Low Fat Sweet & Sour Chicken

January 18, 2012

Low Fat Sweet & Sour Chicken

Much healthier than take out! Serve over long grain white or brown rice.


1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic

1 Teaspoon Ground Fresh Ginger

¼ Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper

1 ½ Pounds Skinless/Boneless Chicken Breasts (Cut into ½ Inch Pieces)

¾ Cup Chopped Onion

½ Cup Chopped Celery

½ Cup Chopped Red Bell Pepper

½ Cup Chopped Green Bell Pepper

15 ¼ Ounces Canned Pineapple Chunks in the Juice (Undrained)

1/3 Cup Soy Sauce

2 Tablespoons Dry Sherry

1 ½ Tablespoons Cornstarch

2 Teaspoons Brown Sugar

¼ Cup Dry Roasted Chopped Cashews

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over a medium heat. Add the garlic, ginger, red pepper and chicken to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes until chicken is done. Remove the chicken mixture from the pan. Set aside. Add the onions, celery and bell peppers to the pan and cook for 4 minutes until crisp tender. Drain pineapple. Reserve ½ cup of the juice. Add 1 cup of the pineapple chunks to the pan. Cook for 30 seconds. Reserve the remaining pineapple for another use. Combine the reserved ½ cup of pineapple juice, soy sauce (you may want to use reduced-sodium soy sauce), sherry, cornstarch and sugar in a medium size bowl. Stir with a whisk until smooth. Return the chicken mixture to the pan. Stir in the juice mixture and bring to a boil. Cook for 1 minute. Place on a platter and sprinkle with the cashews. Serve over rice. Serves 4

Oven Baked Chicken

January 17, 2012

Oven Baked Chicken

Parmesan cheese mixed with breadcrumbs creates a golden brown crunchy coating on this oven baked chicken. If you add herbs to the recipe it can change the way it tastes. For flavor variations try mixing ½ teaspoon dried herbs, such as rosemary or sate, into the melted butter mixture.


½ Cup Dried Breadcrumbs

¼ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

2 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Fresh Parsley

½ Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

¼ Teaspoon Salt

½ Cup Melted Butter

3 Teaspoons Finely Chopped Garlic

6 (4 Ounce) Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

Preheat the oven to 375° F. Combine the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, pepper and salt in a shallow bowl. Set aside. Combine the butter and garlic in a pie pan. Dip 1 chicken breast at a time into the butter mixture. Place into the breadcrumb mixture. Turn to coat evenly. Place the chicken breasts into an ungreased medium sized baking pan. Drizzle with any of the remaining butter mixture. Bake for 30 minutes until chicken is lightly browned and the juices run clear when pierced with a fork. Serves 6

San Francisco Sourdough Rolls

January 16, 2012

Sourdough Rolls


2 Cups Flour

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

¼ Teaspoon Baking Soda

½ Teaspoon Salt

3 Tablespoons Sugar

1 Cup Sourdough Starter

¼ Cup Melted Butter

Combine the dry ingredients in a medium size bowl. Mix well and make a hole in the center and pour in the starter. Knead the dough in the bowl for 3 minutes. Pinch off golf ball size pieces and shape them into biscuits. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the rolls on the baking sheet and brush the tops with the melted butter. Put in a warm place to rise for 1 ½ hours. Bake in a preheated oven at 350° F for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven sand serve warm. Makes 12 rolls.

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