Creamy Beef Mushroom Stroganoff with Egg Noodles

This is one meal that I do make often because its easy and yet have to find someone who does not like it. it’s also good reheated the next day.


16 oz beef lean cut

1 medium onion

10 oz mushrooms

1 bay leaf

salt and pepper

4 cloves garlic

1 -2 tablespoons butter

3/4 cup sour cream

1.5 cups heavy cream


To Prepare

pre heat frying pan and Slice up beef into one inch strips add butter and sear fry meat add sliced onion, bay leaf, pressed garlic and let is cook for 20 minutes add mushrooms and cook additional 10 minutes add seasoning per taste.

make your sauce by adding heavy cream and sour cream into beef and mix well. heat and enjoy. Serve over cooked Egg Noodles with a side of asparagus.



Easy Itallian Appitizer with Tortallini, Artichokes and Shrimp

With Holidays right around the corner here is an easy and beautiful appetizer that you can make for your guest. I purchased the little margarita glasses at party city.


1 16 oz package of tortallini pasta

10 oz marinated artichokes

6 oz sun-dried tomatoes

10 oz black canned olives

16 oz cooked peeled shrimp

Italian dressing

flat leaf parsley


To Prepare;

Cook pasta according to package. I purchased the one that is refrigerated not dry. Or make your own. drain and lightly dress with italian dressing, add artichokes but cut them up into same size as pasta pieces. add cooked shrimp and let it sit overnight or until pasta is cold.

Using small skewers start by alternating between sun-dried tomato, artichoke, black olive, pasta and shrimp. I did this so the colors were spread out.

Add a bit of dressing into a margarita glass and top with parsley. looks like a million bucks.

I also made these for my sisters bridal shower.



Sunflower Brownie Cupcakes with Leche Leche Buttercream Frosting

I am not much of a baker so the recipes for baking are very limited. I use my cravings and sometimes ideas to come up with recipes. This recipe I used whatever left overs I had to come up with a delicious nutty cupcake.




one box of brownie mix

3/4 cup sunflower seeds

8 oz of butter

10 oz can of cooked condensed milk

6 oz whipped cream



To prepare;

start by baking brownies according to the package. Add sunflower seeds (salted are fine). Pour batter into cupcake molds and bake according to the package.

Cool when done baking on wire rack.

In mixer cream butter and condensed milk until creamy. Fold in whipping cream frost and enjoy.


Bang Bang Chicken

If you look through Google, you will find millions of recipes for Bang Bang chicken. But how my recipe is different? I used crispy fried chicken, I thought I was purchasing chicken nuggets for my daughter and by accident bought these little pieces of raw breaded chicken, so now I try to find recipes on how to use it up. You can use just regular boiled chicken breasts and you should have a very tasty meal.


3 Cups cut up chicken (I used breaded raw)
2 tablespoons peanut butter
3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
3 green onions

Will Need Deep Fryer ( I love it have the exact one)
Cuisinart Compact Deep Fryer (Google Affiliate Ad)

To make sauce, Mix peanut butter, soy sauce,sweet chili sauce, vinegar and onions set aside.
Heat deep fryer to 375 and deep fry chicken pieces for 6-7 minutes. put into mixing bowl and mix in sauce. Toss until coated and serve. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Crab Salad with Fresh Peas

Even if this is imitation crab, still makes a good salad. I love the peas in this salad it gives a bit of a different flavor, plus the dill reminds me of summer

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16 oz crab diced
1 cup frozen peas
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped dill
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Will need Mixing bowl
“Mixing Bowl Set” (Google Affiliate Ad)

To prepare;
Dice Crab into chunks. Add peas (don’t thaw them) mayonnaise, dill and pepper. Mix very well and serve.
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Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao chicken, A nutty dish that is good to prepare for your self or for a large group. Serve over plain white rice.


1 Chicken breast
2 celery stocks
2 bell peppers
2 Garlic cloves
1 Thai Chili
2 tablespoon oil
1/2 cup raw peanuts

3 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup chicken stock or water
1/2 inch grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon chili oil

To make sauce;
Mix all sauce ingredients

Will need Wok
16″ Japanese Wok – Fry Pans (Google Affiliate Ad)

To Prepare;
Cut up chicken into small chunks, Cut up celery and pepper into small 1/2 inch chunks. Heat wok. Add 2 tablespoons of oil into wok add peanuts and stir fry for 4 minutes or until golden brown. Add chicken and stir fry additional 4 minutes add vegetables, chili, and garlic and stir fry another 4-5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add sauce, Bring to a boil stir fry another 3-4 minutes. Serve over rice.
Makes 3-4 servings


Potato Latkes

Just another great way to enjoy potatoes.. You can use any potato that you like, but works best with russet potatoes. Kid love them and I have to find one that does not.

4 large potatoes
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3 tablespoons flour
a pinch of pepper
Oil for frying
To prepare;
Grate potatoes, mix in flour, eggs, salt and pepper. Heat skillet on medium high heat with oil, ladle 2-3 tablespoon of potato mixture and fry 3 minutes per side or until nice and golden brown. Flip and fry the second side. Serve hot with sour cream.
Makes 12-15 latkes


Beef Broth with Home Made Noodles

Homemade noodle over light beef broth. Using all the ingredients that probably have in your pantry. Such a light dish, but yet filling.


10 oz beef chuck
6 cups water
1 1 medium onion
1 red pepper
2 medium potatoes
1 medium carrot
3 garlic gloves
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil
4 green onions

Ingredients for Noodles

2 Cups flour
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup warm  water
1 tablespoon olive oil

To Prepare;
To make noodles, mix flour, oil, egg, egg yolk, salt and water. Mix and then knead for 10 minutes until dough stop sticking to your hands, adding more flour if needed. Shape into a ball and let rest 45 to hour. Roll out into thin layer, flour well and fold over and over. Cut using a pizza cutter, unfold strips.

To Prepare Broth
Slice beef into small thin strips, Julianne carrots, half onion, peppers, and potato. Heat skillet to medium heat. Fry beef 5-6 minutes or until it has some browned pieces. Put into pan add water, garlic, bay leaf, coriander, cumin, salt and half onion. Simmer for one hour. Heat skillet add 1 tablespoon olive oil and saute potatoes for five minutes and transfer to the pot with stock, do same to carrots, peppers and onions
let Broth simmer for additional 20 minutes or until vegetables are done.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil adding 2-3 tablespoons oil, add noodles, when water starts to boil, let noodles boil for 45 seconds. Drain divide between plates, add broth  and vegetables on top top with black pepper, and green onions


Cheese Ravioli with Onion Sauce

The fall flavors of this dish are wonderful. It is a meatless dish but very filling. I came up with this recipe, wanting a sauce that was not tomato or cream.



30 Cheese Ravioli
1 large onion
8 large mushrooms
2 Garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1 bay leaf
1 beef bullion cube
1 cup water
pinch of black pepper

To Prepare;

Dice onion into small pieces. Heat skillet on medium heat, add 2 tablespoon butter add onions, thyme, salt,pepper, bay leaf, and sugar saute on medium low heat for 20 minutes, stirring often.
Slice mushrooms. Heat another skillet to high heat add mushrooms and garlic. Stir fry for 6-8 minutes.
add to onions. Add beef bullion, flour and water mixing very well bring to a boil.
Serve over ravioli.
Makes three servings

To  Cook Ravioli
I used frozen filled with ricotta cheese and herbs
Bring salted water to a boil, Add ravioli bring to a boil. Boil for 4-5 Minutes or take one out and taste if done.

Salmon Cucumber Tea Sandwhich

Tea sandwiches are the best they go great if you have company over for tea or as a side dish. This is not a recipe just something I put together on German sunflower seed bread, which by the way is so good.


What you will need is
Cured salmon or lox. a smudge of mayonnaise, a dab of spicy mustard, German Sunflower bread, dill and cucumber. assemble and enjoy with a cup of tea.

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