Monday, September 15, 2014

Potato Pancakes


I don't know about you, but when I make mashed potatoes, I always have
and ton of left overs - here is a great recipe to use them up for your morning
breakfast. It would be great served along side sausage and eggs.

Potato Pancakes

2 cups mashed potatoes
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup flour and more for rolling the potatoes
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup cheddar cheese 
2 tablespoons fresh chives

1) Combine potatoes, egg, 1/4 cup flour, spices, cheese and chives in a bowl.

2) Heat skillet with oil over medium heat. Roll potatoes into little patties and
place them into a little dusting of flour and place in frying pan and cook on
each side until golden. Serve with sour cream and chives.

Note - I also like to serve mine with applesauce.




Sunday, September 7, 2014

Beer Bread - 4 Ingredients


                I want you to make this bread very soon....Actually, run to the store and buy the
                ingredients and make it tonight, maybe tomorrow? Hehe. Can you tell how much
                I love this incredibly tasty and easy bread. The texture and flavor is awesome.

                I'm a self proclaimed bread addict and when I can make homemade bread with
                only 4 ingredients, it's pure heaven. Perfect alone or with Fall meals.

                                                                         Beer Bread

                                                                  3 cups of self rising flour
                                                                  1/3 cup sugar
                                                                  1 bottle of honey beer  ( or any beer of your choice)
                                                                  4 tablespoons melted butter

               Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl add flour, sugar and beer, Mix until
               well combined. Grease a loaf pan and place dough in pan. Let dough sit for 20
               minutes. Pour melted butter over dough and bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Classic Ambrosia


                      When it comes to ambrosia, I like to keep it simple and the way I grew up
                      eating it. Over the years I have made many versions from scratch and I
                      have to say my favorite and go to Ambrosia is the classic from the 50's.

                                It's retro food at it's finest. Quick, easy and great for a party.

                                                                      Classic Ambrosia

                                                                      1 ( 12 ounce ) container cool whip
                                                                      2 1/2 cups flaked sweetened coconut
                                                                      2 ( 8 ounce ) cans fruit cocktail, drained
                                                                      1 ( 11 ounce ) can mandarin oranges, drained
                                                                      1 ( 8 ounce ) can pineapple chunks, drained
                                                                      1 ( 10 ounce ) jar maraschino cherries, drained
                                                                      3 cups miniature marshmallows

                 1) In a large bowl mix everything together and chill for 1 hour before serving.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

New Jersey Vacation


               Hello all, I hope you have enjoyed your Summer....as the season winds down I like
               to reflect on all that I did and the new memories I have. I spend most of my Summer
               vacations on the East Coast with my family. It's all about family bonding, beaches,
               food, love and fun. Here are some pics of our Jersey Shore vacation. Enjoy.


Beach Life





              Even on vacation you have to have homemade food. Meatballs and Italian sausage
              with peppers and onions. A New Jersey staple.


                           Playing boardwalk games and winning a unicorn was a huge highlight.


                                                                       Mi Familia



You can follow my everyday life here on Instagram.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wahlberg's American Chop Suey


Chop Suey is a New England specialty - One night when I was watching the
popular TV show Wahlburger's... Their adorable mom was making her famous
American Chop Suey and I knew I had to try it...her version is great. I usually 
make my own mother's recipe but this one intrigued me because Alma Wahlberg
added bacon - I was sold. You won't believe how easy and delicious this meal is.


Wahlberg's American Chop Suey

1 pound bacon - diced
1 pound hamburg
1large onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
3 cans whole tomatoes
1 box elbow noodles
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder

1) In a large pot cook bacon until halfway cooked. Then add onion,
bell pepper, hamburg, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cook until the
meat is cooked through. Next, add canned tomatoes and crush them
by hand over the pot. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. and
cook the elbow macaroni. Once cooked, drain and add to the meat.

Note - I added garlic powder and 4 cloves of fresh garlic to the meat
mixture when it was cooking. 


Here is my moms version here
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