Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Minestrone Soup

If I remember correctly, this tastes similar to Olive Garden's.  I really like it!!

Veggie-Packed Minestrone Soup
Posted By sara wells On 01.07.2013 @ 12:01 am from Ourbestbites.com

Monday, July 10, 2017

Monster Cookies- Gluten Free

  • From Mel's Kitchen Cafe

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups (9.25 ounces) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup (7.5 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 stick butter (8 tablespoons, 4 ounces), softened
  • 4 1/2 cups (18 ounces) quick cooking oats (double check oats are gluten-free if making gluten-free cookies)
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) M&Ms
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) milk chocolate, semisweet, or bittersweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper, silpat liners or lightly grease with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl with a handheld electric mixer (or in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment), add the eggs, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Mix well.
  1. Add the salt, baking soda, vanilla, peanut butter and butter. Mix until creamy and well combined, 1-2 minutes.
  2. Stir in the oatmeal, M&Ms, and chocolate chips until combined. The dough will be sticky.
  3. Scoop the dough into heaping tablespoon-sized balls (see note above) and place about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets. If you want the cookies thinner, flatten them slightly with the palm of your hand.
  4. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes. Don’t overbake – the cookies should just be set and very lightly golden around the edges.
  5. Let the cookies sit for 1-2 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in a airtight container for 2 days (the baked cookies freeze well, also).


Keep in mind that if you want the cookies to be safely gluten-free, make sure your oats are certified gluten-free (it will say on the package if they are). Speaking of oats, several commenters have successfully used old-fashioned oats (the cookies may spread a bit more). Or you could take your old-fashioned oats and process them lightly in a blender before using (measure after they have been blended a bit). 
Also, lots of times when I make these, I sub in different kinds of chips. Peanut butter chips are dreamy (in addition to or in place of M&Ms or part of the chocolate chips). Finally, many of you commented you’ve gotten a lot more than 2-3 dozen cookies out of this batch and that’s because you make your cookies small and I make mine not-small. Sometimes, I use my #40 medium cookie scoop which is about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons but a lot of time, I grab the #20 scoop which is 3 tablespoons or more. I mean, we’re going for monster cookie here, right?

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Creamy Potato Salad

This recipe is taken from the from the all-new ultimate Southern Living Cookbook

4 pounds small red potatoes (No need to peel)
1 ½ c light mayonnaise (I used Best Foods Olive Oil mayo, 2 c)
1 ½ c light sour cream (I actually used less sour cream, 1 cup instead of 1 ½ c)
1 ½ t prepared horseradish (I used a little less than that, 1 ¼ t)
1 t salt
½ t celery seeds
1 c chopped fresh parsley (I used about half that much, ½ c)
1 bunch green onions, finely chopped

Cook potatoes in boiling water (I steamed them) to cover in a Dutch oven 30 minutes. Drain and cool. Thinly slice potatoes (I cut ½ to ¾ inch chunks).

Stir together mayonnaise and next 5 ingredients. Gently stir into potatoes

Cover and chill. Top with green onions. (I actually stirred the onions into the dressing and sprinkled some more parsley on top.)

Friday, March 10, 2017


From Mel's Kitchen Cafe  

1/2 loaf French Bread, or about that much of any bread
2 Tbs olive oil (a little more)
1 tsp kosher salt (a little more)
pepper to shake all over

Cut the bread into 1/2-3/4" cubes.  Place on cookie sheet.
Drizzle olive oil all over and toss well using your hands.
Sprinkle the tsp or so of salt all over.  Shake pepper on.  Toss well again.
Bake at 425 for about 8-10 min. until bread is golden brown and toasted.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

White Bean Chicken Chili

White Bean Chili- Shersten Dallon

1 Tbsp. Oil
1lb chicken cut into cubes or 1 ½ c shredded
1 small chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained
2 ½ c chicken broth
½-1 can chopped green chilies
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cumin
1tsp. Dried oregano
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup whipping cream

In a saucepan, sauté chicken, onion, and garlic in oil until chicken is no longer pink.  Add beans, broth, chilies, and seasonings.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and summer uncovered for 30 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in sour cream and cream.  Tastes great with tortilla chips!

Or if using cooked chicken: Saute onions and garlic in oil. Add all but creams.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in sour cream and cream.  Tastes great with tortilla chips!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

3-2-1 Caramels

From Tiffeny Pickett

3 cups whipping cream
2 cups sugar
1 cup karo syrup

Don't try to rush the cooking. I put my stovetop between medium and medium high. You have to sit and stir the whole time (after it hits about 200). Takes 30-40 minutes. I love it though. I put on Christmas music, listen to a book on tape, or watch a Christmas movie from Netflix on my tablet.
Cook to Soft Ball, which in Utah is 230 degrees. Pour into a heavily buttered 9x13 dish.

(I found that on my Taylor thermostat it said 230, but on my digital it said 235)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Raspberry Sticks

From the Lion House International Recipes cookbook

1 C butter
3/4 C sugar
1 egg
1 t vanilla
2 1/2 C flour
1/4 t salt
1-2 T water (if needed)
Raspberry jam

Cream butter & sugar until light and fluffy.  Add egg & vanilla, beat well. Sift flour and salt together; add to sugar mixture 1/3 at a time, mixing well after each addition. If dough is too stiff, add 1 or 2 T water. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for an hour.

Preheat oven to 375. Shape 4 snakes the length of your cookie sheet. Press an indentation with your finger down the snake. Bake for 10 min. Remove from oven and fill indentation with jam. Put back in oven for 10-12 more minutes. Cool cookies on cookie sheet. Cut on diagonal.