Arugula-Almond Salad

Ingredients: 1 bag baby arugula (4-5 oz) 1/2 cup shaved or shredded Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup sliced almonds 1/2 cup golden raisins 1/3 cup Marzetti Simply Dressed Lemon Vinaigrette Directions: Place all ingredients in a salad bowl.  Toss and serve. Note: If taking somewhere (i.e. potluck), keep arugula separated from other ingredients until ready to…

Southern Jiffy Corn Pudding

Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) — next time try 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup applesauce 1 egg 1 cup low-fat sour cream 1 (8.5 oz) box Jiffy Cornbread Mix 1 (14.5 oz) can creamed corn 1 (14.5 oz) can whole kernel sweet corn, drained Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in…

Citrus Grilled Zucchini

I found this recipe recently and it has quickly risen to the top of our grilling favorites.  In the original blog post, the writer claimed that “this grilled zucchini will rock your ever-loving world.”  That seemed like a pretty big build-up, but we were not disappointed! Ingredients: 6 whole zucchini (medium-sized) 1/4 cup olive oil…

Nacho’s

My sister made these when I visited her in April.  They have become one of our favorites for a quick meal. Ingredients: Half a party-size bag of Tostito’s Scoops Half a can of black beans Half a jar of salsa Shredded Mexican blend cheese (about 3/4 of an 8-oz bag) Avocado – diced into small…

Zesty Cucumber Salad (Paula Deen)

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar (I think this would also be good with Balsamic vinegar) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon sugar 2 large cucumbers, thinly sliced 1 (10 oz) container grape tomatoes, sliced in half 1 to 2 medium Vidalia onions, very thinly sliced into half moons 2 tablespoons dill, chopped kosher salt,…

Spaetzle

Our German exchange “daughter” Hannah has made Spaetzle for us a few times and is teaching me how to make it.  Hannah makes the recipe by taste and feel for the amount of flour and water (so it is not exact).  We tried to measure the quantities of everything just so that I have a…

California Roll Sushi

We have recently been experimenting with making our own sushi.  We purchased a Sushiquik kit from amazon.com and have made a couple of attempts so far.  The most successful has been with regular sushi rice: Rice: 1 cup sushi rice 1 cup water 1 Tbsp rice vinegar 1 Tbsp sugar 1/2 Tbsp kosher salt To…

Sweet Potato Spoonbread

Makes 8 to 10 servings.  Hands-on: 1 hour.  Total: 2 hours. Ingredients: 2.5 cups milk 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves 2 tsp sea salt 1/2 tsp ground black pepper Pinch of ground red pepper 1 cup plain yellow cornmeal 6 Tbsp butter 3 medium-size sweet potatoes, baked, peeled, and mashed 5 large eggs, separated (yolks…

Tuna Casserole

Yield: approx. 3 quarts, 12 servings that are 1.5 cups each (1 serving is approx. 668 calories) Hands-on: 35 minutes.  Total: 1 hour 30 minutes. Ingredients: 1 (16-oz) package ziti pasta 1 (15-oz) can of french cut green beans, low sodium, drained 6 Tbsp butter 2 medium leeks, thinly sliced 2 (4-oz) packages fresh gourmet…

Roasted Root Vegetables

Ingredients: (use any 4-lb combo of hardy root vegetables to make this dish) 1 lb turnips 1 lb rutabagas 1 lb carrots 1 lb parsnips 3 shallots, halved 1/2 cup olive oil 2 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary 2 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp black pepper 8 garlic cloves Directions: Preheat oven to 400 F.  Peel…

Corn Pudding

Ingredients: 1/2 cup unsalted butter 5 cups fresh yellow corn kernels 1 cup diced yellow onion 4 large eggs 1 cup milk 1 cup half-and-half 1 cup softened goat cheese 3 Tbsp chopped fresh basil 1 Tbsp sugar 1 Tbsp kosher salt 3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 cup (4 oz) shredded extra-sharp Cheddar…

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Ingredients: 2 Tbsp olive oil 3 cups coarsely chopped butternut squash 6 cups arugula 1 small ripe Bartlett pear, thinly sliced 1/2 (4-oz) package goat cheese, crumbled (Feta) 1/4 cup chopped dried cherries Toasted Pecan Vinaigrette: 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2 Tbsp light brown sugar 2 Tbsp minced shallots 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1/2 tsp…