Friday, December 10, 2010

Cream Cheese Chicken

An easy chicken recipe:

4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cube butter
1 envelope dry good seasons italian salad dressing
1 can cream chicken soup
1 8 oz pkg cream cheese

mix dressing and melted butter and place 1/2 mixture in crockpot. lay
breasts in crockpot and cover with remaining mixture. Cook on low 4-6
hours. Take breasts out, and add cream of chicken soup and cream
cheese to butter mixture in crockpot. mix until melted together.
Return chicken to crockpot. Serve with rice.

This is my cousin's recipe, and we've really enjoyed making it!
-Karla Baer

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Cowboy Caviar

1 c. black-eyed peas
1 c. pinto beans
2 c. shopeg corn
1 med. jar pimentos
1 c. pepper (red or green) chopped
1/2 c. onion

Drain first four ingredients and rinse. Mix everything in a bowl.

1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup sugar

Boil until sugar dissolves. Cool and pour over other ingredients.
Refrigerate overnight for a better flavor.
Enjoy it with chips!!!

Monica Wheeler

Corn Meal Rolls

1/3 cup yellow corn meal

2 cup milk

½ cup butter

½ cup sugar

1 tsp salt

1 pkg yeast (1 Tbs)

1/4 cup warm water

2 beaten eggs

4 cup flour

In a small bowl add water and yeast, covering the yeast completely with the water. Set aside for 10 minutes. In medium saucepan combine corn meal and milk. Cook until it boils for about 30 seconds stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add butter and sugar. After butter is melted add yeast mixture, salt, and eggs. Add to a large mixing bowl. Add one cup of flour at a time and mix well. Knead dough into a large firm ball. Place dough in large mixing bowl well greased and cover with clean towel. Let rise for about 1-2 hours, or until double in size. Spread dough out and cut with round cutter. Fold dough rounds and place on greased baking sheets. Let rise for about 20 minutes. Bake for 20 minutes at 350.

Prize winning Bread

1 ½ cup warm water

1 pkg yeast

½ cup sugar

1 tsp salt

4 cup flour ( or wheat flour)

In large mixing bowl add water, sugar and sprinkle yeast on top. Let set for 10 minutes, until yeast softens and doubles in size. Add salt and flour one cup at a time. Knead dough into a large firm ball. Let rise for about an hour. Cut off little balls of dough at a time and form into rolls. Place on a grease baking sheet next to each other. Let rise for 20 minutes. Bake for 20 minutes at 350.

Sally Leavitt
Chocolate-Marshmallow Cookies

1/2 cup Butter
1 cup Sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/4 cup Milk
1 2/3 cup Flour
1/2 cup Cocoa (powder)
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
24 Big marshmallows (cut in half)

Cream together: butter,sugar, egg, vanilla. Add milk. Add: flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda. Mix well. Put on greased cookie sheet. Bake for about 7 minutes on 350 F.
Put a marshmallow half on each cookie and bake for 2 minutes. Take off cookie sheet and cool. Frost cookies with icing.

Chocolate Icing

2 cups Powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. Salt
4-5 tsp. Milk
5 tsp. Cocoa
3 tsp. Butter

Mix well with electric mixer all ingredients at same time.

Sally Leavitt

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Few More Family Favorites...

By: Rebecca Wagner (Pork is actually from Rebecca Rasmussen and lasagna is from our beloved Kamy Cannon who we miss so much! Just thought I should give proper credit...)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Pasta with Pumpkin Alfredo

My sister found this recipe on "Our Best Bites" blog and loved it. I have made it several times, for different people and have gotten great feedback on it. I like it because it's different--when I think pumpkin I think pie, muffins, bread, not alfredo!! I think it's yummy and tastes like fall to me. Also, it's easy, easy, easy. If anyone tries it and likes it, let me know!

1 Package Fresh Pasta
1/2 batch Guiltless Alfredo Sauce(also posted below)
1/2 T real butter
1/4 C Finely minced onion
1/2 C canned pumpkin (try more if you love pumpkin, this is really mild)
2 T Chicken broth (vegetarians substitute milk or veg. broth)
1T chopped fresh sage (1t dried leaves)
1/2 T fresh thyme (1/2 t dried leaves)

Follow instructions on pasta to cook. In a separate sauce pan melt butter on medium heat. When melted, add onion. Make sure your onion is really finely diced. Since you have a nice smooth sauce, you don't want big chunks of onion, you just want little bits.

Saute until soft. Since they're small it should only take a couple of minutes. Add chicken broth and herbs. (I used fresh herbs, but I'm sure dry is great too, just go for leaves as opposed to ground spices so not to muddy the color)

Use a spatula to deglaze the pan a bit and get any cooked bits of onion off the bottom. Add pumpkin and whisk to combine. Add alfredo sauce, stir to combine, and cook until heated through. Depending on the alfredo you use you may need to adjust salt and pepper. Mine didn't need anything added.

Serve on top of prepared pasta and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a sprinkling of extra herbs. Pair it with a salad and breadsticks or a grilled chicken breast. YUM!

Rebecca Rasmussen

Guiltless Alfredo Sauce

I found this recipe on the "our best bites" blog. I like it because it uses low fat cream cheese and flour as thickening agents--not whipped cream so it's not super fattening and it's SO EASY! It's awesome for dipping bread sticks and mixing w/ marinara. But I mostly use it as a base for the Pumpkin Alfredo found on the same blog. It's SUPER
DUPER yummy!

2 C low-fat milk
1/3 C (3 oz) low fat cream cheese
2 T flour
1 t salt
1 T butter
3 garlic cloves
1 C grated Parmesan cheese

Toss the milk, cream cheese, flour, and salt in a blender.
In a non-stick sauce pan, melt butter on med-high heat and add garlic. Let the garlic saute for about 30 seconds, you don't want to burn it.
Then add milk mixture to the pan. Stir constantly for about 3 or 4 minutes or until it just comes to a simmer. Keep stirring and let it cook for a few minutes more. It should be much thicker now.

When it's nice and thickened remove the pan from the heat. Add the cheese, stir it up and then cover immediately. Let stand for at least 10 minutes before using. It will continue to thicken upon standing. Also, if you have leftovers in the fridge, the sauce will thicken almost into a solid. Just re-heat and add a little milk and it will be back to normal again.

Rebecca Rasmussen

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Baked Ham and Cheese Croissants with Apple and Honey Dijon Mustard

I just made this the other day and it was good. A perfect lunch idea for kids or an easy party finger food. I was wingin it so everything is appx. It was so quick and easy!

2 cans refrigerated croissants
1/4lb thin sliced deli ham (I used a brown sugar ham but I might try black forest next time.)
1 apple (I used gala and it was good something less sweet would be good too.)
cheddar, muenster, havarti or jack cheese.
dijon mustard

-preheat oven according to croissant package
-line two baking sheets with foil and spray with cooking spray or use parchment paper

-slice apple into thin slices - I kept the skin on mine
-cute ham slices in half
-shred or slice cheese
-mix dijon and honey together to your likeness

lay out your croissant triangle, spread on some mustard, next the ham, then the apple and lastly the cheese. Roll up and bake! The cheese melts out a bit so you might want to try and pinch the ends together a bit to avoid too much mess.


Ross Tiner

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Just wondering if anyone has a recipe for homemade popsicles? I'm looking for something fun to make with the kids.

Holli Moore

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

For All those ladies and families wanting to know a yummy way to use up their food storage oats--this has become a fast favorite for us:

Peanut Butter Granola

1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
2 TBS oil
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter (creamy or chunky)

Mix the above and stir in 3 cups of oats. We like to double this recipe and put on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for about 12 minutes.

Add dried cranberries or raisins if desired and serve as cereal.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Brownie Trifle

8 Health bar candy (or a bag of chocolate covered Heath baking bits)
1 box fudge brownie mix
2 c. chocolate chips
2 lg. boxes chocolate instant pudding
5 c. cold milk
2 lg. containers cool whip
1 c. miniature chocolate chips

Bake brownies according to directions, except fold in 2 c. chocolate chips before baking. Bake in greased 9x13 pan for 28 minutes. Do not overbake. Cool completely. Cut into 1/2 inch cubes.

Make pudding mixture as follows: Mix pudding and milk together and stir with wire whip or mixer 1 to 2 minutes. Fold in 3 cups of Cool Whip and 1 cup miniature chocolate chips. Place 1/2 of brownies in bottom of large trifle bowl, then 1/2 of pudding mixture, 4 Heath bars (crushed), and a layer of Cool Whip. Repeat layers. Decorate with crushed Heath bars. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Tip: Freeze Heath bars; crush in wrapper with wooden mallet or handle of table knife. I used large punch bowl for serving.IMG_0342.JPG.jpg
-Karen Edwards

Squirrel Bars

1/2 c. peanut butter
1/3 c. butter
3/4 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
6 ounces chocolate chips

Mix together first four ingredients. Add eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour and baking powder. Spread mixture in a greased 9x13 pan. Sprinkle chips on top. Bake 3 min. at 350 degrees. Take out and "marbelize." Return to oven for another 18-20 min.. Cool and cut in to bars and serve.

-Karen Edwards

Ritzy Kids Chicken

8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 c. crushed Ritz crackers
1/4 c. parmesan cheese
2 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1 c. plain yogurt
1/4 c. butter, melted (optional)

Combine crushed crackers, Parmesan, garlic salt and seasoned salt in shallow dish. Pat chicken dry, then coat with yogurt. Dep each piece in crumb mixture and arrange in 9x13 baking dish. Drizzle melted buter over top, if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

-Karen Edwards

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Cafe Rio Burritos

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork

2 cups salsa
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup coke/dr. pepper
Pork sirloin tenderloin (2-5lbs)

Cut Pork into large chucks and place in a crock-pot and fill it halfway up with water. Cook on low 5-7 hours (depending on your crockpot, mine cooks it all in about 3-4). Drain off water. Shred the pork (pull of pick off excess fat.) Put salsa, coke, and brown sugar in a blender, mix well. Pour over the shredded pork and cook in the crock pot for 3 more hours on low.

Make into a burrito with cilantro line rice, creamy tomatillo dressing, and black beans; or place over shredded romaine salad. Top with pico de gallo, guacamole, tortilla strips or enchilada sauce.

Cilantro Lime Rice

2 cups uncooked rice
2 tsp butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp lime zest (peel of limes)
4 cups chicken broth
4 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
3-4 txp granulated sugar
5 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

In a sauce pan combine rice, butter, garlic, lime peel, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook 15-20 minutes, until rice is tender. Remove from heat. In a small bowl, combine lime juice, sugar, and cilantro. Pour over hot cooked rice and mix.

Creamy Tomatillo Dressing

1 pkg ranch or buttermilk dressing mix (dry stuff)
1 cup milk/buttermilk
1 cup mayo
2 to 3 tomatillos, peeled and diced
1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 to 1 cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp lime juice
1/2 to 1 small jalapeno, seeds removed
or a seeded Serrano Chili
(for if you want it hot)
Blend together in a blender. Add additional mayo if the dressing is to thin. Another option is to add additional pinches of sugar if a sweeter taste is desired. Serve cold, keep refrigerated.

Black Beans

2-16oz cans black beans
1/2 cup to one whole small onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
juice from 1/2 a lime

In meadium saucepan, combine beans, onion, and garlic and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Season the beans with cilantro, cayenne, and salt. Simmer for 15 minutes and then serve.

by Janelle Schelin

Cafe Rio-ish Shredded Chicken

This is the recipe I used for the chicken we served at our Relief Society Birthday Celebration Dinner tonight - thanks to all who helped, came, and had a good time.

5 lbs chicken breast, boneless, skinless
1 sm bottle zesty Italian dressing (Kraft is good)
1 T chili powder
1 T cumin
3 cloves garlic, minced

Mix all ingred together in a large crock pot. Cook on high for 5-7 hours. Remove chicken and shred. Reserve a small amount of juice and pour over shredded chicken. Keep warm.

- Jill Fowers

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Macaroni and Cheese

Does anyone have a tried and true, super good, delicious, can't live without it recipe for homemade Macaroni and Cheese?

Holli Moore

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Honey Teriyaki Chicken with Pineapple and rice balls

Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray
~This is similar to Karen's "Sesame Chicken", just different flavor!!

2 Cups water 1 TBS. butter
1 tsp. salt 1 rounded C. rice
2 TBS. Black Sesame seeds or toasted white sesame seeds
4-6 boneless chicken breasts or thighs
Vegetable oil for drizzling
Salt and Pepper
1 C. chicken broth or water
1-inch ginger root, peeled and chopped
1/4 C. honey
1/2 C. teriyaki sauce
1 TBS. toasted sesame oil
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1 ripe pineapple or 1-2 cans pineapple chunks

Preheat large griddle over medium heat.
Bring water to a boil in a small covered pot. Add butter, salt, and rice to pot. Return to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and replace cover. Simmer 18 minutes and remove from heat. Take the lid off the pot to cool rice a bit. Scoop rice into balls with an ice cream scoop and hands. Dampen scoop with water to work with the rice easier. Set balls on a plate and sprinkle with black sesame seeds.
While rice is cooking, lightly coat chicken with oil, salt, and pepper. Place chicken on hot griddle and cook for 6 minutes on each side.
While chicken is cooking, bring chicken broth and ginger to a boil. Stir in honey. When honey has dissolved into broth, add teriyaki sauce and sesame oil and reduce heat to simmer.
Turn chicken and coat liberally with sauce. When chicken is fully cooked, place it on a plate and garnish with sliced scallions.
Serve chicken with rice balls and pineapple. Yummy!!
~Nicole Cave

Cherry Crunch

1 Can Cherries
1 White Cake Mix
1 Tbs. brown sugar
1 Cube butter

Pour cherries into bottom of microwavable pan.
Mix cake mix and brown sugar in bowl then sprinkle over top of cherries. Pour melted butter over top of mix. Microwave 12-15 minutes.

Holli Moore

Parmesan Baked Chicken

Super easy prep time!

1/2 C Mayonnaise type salad dressing
1/3 C grated parmesan cheese
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
4 chicken breasts
3/4 C Italian bread crumbs

Combine salad dressing, cheese & garlic powder. Coat chicken with mixture then cover with bread crumbs. Place chicken on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 425 for 15-20 min.

*If I only have plain bread crumbs I will add a little Italian seasoning to the plain bread crumbs.

Holli Moore

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Au Gratin Potatoes

I use this recipe every Christmas Eve. They are easy, just take awhile to cook

3 T butter or margarine
3 T all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 cups milk
1 cup (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
5 cups thinly sliced peeled potatoes (about 6 medium)
1/2 cup chopped onion

In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; sire in cheese until melted. Add potatoes and onion; stir well.

Transfer to a greased 2 qt baking dish. Cover and bake at 350 for 1 hour. Uncover; bake 30-40 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

-Kamy Cannon

One Step Lemon Pound Cake

This recipe is easy because you just dump everything in and then cook it. The hardest thing about it is taking it out the pan!

2 1/4 c flour
2 c sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup plain yogurt
3 eggs
1 cup butter, softened

Glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar and 1-2T fresh lemon juice

Combine all ingredients and beat at medium speed for 3 minutes. Bake in a greased and floured bundt pan at 325 for 6-=70 minutes, or until cake springs back when touched lightly in the center. Cook cake in pan for 15 minutes, then turn onto serving plate and glaze. Glaze ckae white warm, but not hot.

- Kamy Cannon

Buttermilk Banana Bread

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup mashed bananas
4 T buttermilk
1 3/4 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
dash baking soda

Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to banana mixture. Mix until combined. Divide batter into greased and floured bread pans and bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. This recipe makes about 1 large loaf and 1 mini loaf. The mini loaf will take about 40 minutes.

-Kamy Cannon

Crockpot Roast

1 beef roast, any kind, sized to fit your crockpot
1 pkg Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
1 pkg brown gravy mix
1 pkg Italian dressing mix
1/2 c or more warm water

Place roast in crockpot. Mix all 3 envelopes of seasonings together and sprinkle on top of roast. Pour water in the bottom of the crockpot. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.

Great because it makes its own gravy!!!

- Kamy Cannon

Ranch Chicken

4-8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 c. ranch dressing (powder) or 1 packet
1/4 c. vinegar
1/4 c. soy sauce
1/4 c. oil

Place chicken in baking dish. Sprinkle ranch over chicken. Mix oil, soy sauce and vinegar. Pour over chicken. Bake chicken breasts for 45-50 minutes.

-Karen Edwards

* The recipe calls for 1/4 c. oil, but 1/8 c. works fine.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Montreal Veggies

Red, Orange, or Yellow bell peppers chopped
Red Onion chopped
Zucchini or Yellow Sqaush chopped
Mushrooms whole, halved, or sliced

Toss in a bowl with olive oil and a good dose Montreal Steak Seasoning. Wait 30 min or so and grill or saute until desired doneness. I happen to like mine char grilled.

~Ross Tiner

7-Up Chicken Marinade

1 can 7-Up or Sprite
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup vegetable oil (I have tried olive oil and it doesn't work as good)
Chicken (I have done as many as 8 breasts with this one batch)

Cut the chicken into large pieces and combine with all other ingredients. Marinate for at least two hours.

I grill mine. Good alone or as part of kabobs. I suppose you could broil it???

*sometimes I jazz it up with garlic or green onion but I love it the way it is. The leftovers are GREAT the next day cold in a salad.

~Ross Tiner

Crockpot Chicken Paprika

4 lbs Chicken
3 boullion cubes or 3 tsp chicken base
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 yellow bell pepper chopped
1/2 cup diced onion
2 T paprika
1 garlic clove minced
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp oregano

1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water

Combine all but last three ingredients in a crockpot and cook on high for 4-6 hours. Remove meat from juices and shred. Combine remaining flour/water stir and add to crockpot along with sour cream. Add back in chicken. Bring back to boil to thicken. Serve over rice or noodles.

~Ross Tiner

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

6 T honey
5 T lime juice
1 T chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder

1-2 lbs chicken cooked and shredded
8-10 flour tortillas
1 lb monterrey jack cheese shredded
1 160z can green enchilada sauce
1 cup sour cream

Combine first four ingredients with chicken and let marinate min 30 min. Preheat oven 350 F and grease and 13x9. Pour 1/2 cup enchilada sauce on bottom of pan. Combine remaining sauce and sour cream, set aside. Fill and roll tortillas with cheese and chicken. Pour sauce over top of enchiladas and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 30 min or until cheese is brown and crispy on top.

~Ross Tiner

Chicken and Squash Casserole

2-3 chicken breasts boiled/baked and chopped/shredded
2 yellow squash quartered and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
2 zucchini quartered and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 medium onion diced
1 cup sour cream
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 can cream of chicken or celery soup
salt and pepper to taste
1 60z box stuffing
1/4 cup butter melted

Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease a medium sized casserole dish. Combine sour cream, cheese, cream of chicken soup in a large mixing bowl. Add, chicken, veggies and salt and pepper, stir and put into casserole dish. In a separate bowl , combine melted butter and stuffing. Spread over the top of casserole and bake for 40 min. or until the topping is browned and crisp.

~Ross Tiner

Pile Ups

Kind of like Taco salad but sweet and not spicy.

1lb ground beef
1 1/2 T onion powder
1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 1/2 tsp chile powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1 6oz can tomato paste
1 8oz can tomato paste
2.5 cups water
2 T sugar
3/4 cup rice

Brown meat and drain. Add all other ingredients and simmer covered for 30 min or until rice is tender. Serve over tortilla chips with shredded lettuce, cheese, olives, tomatoes, sour cream, green onions, etc.

~Ross Tiner

Saturday, January 23, 2010


2 cups flour
2 cups cornmeal
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
4 eggs
2 cups milk
1/2 cup oil

Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl. Mix liquid ingredients together and add all at once to dry ingredients. Stir as little as possible. Put in hot greased 9x13 pan. Cook at 425 for 20-25 minutes.

Easy Crockpot Chile

1 to 2 lb ground beef (or other meat - ground turkey, etc)
1 14 oz can tomatoes (diced, crushed, whatever you prefer)
1 32 oz can chili beans
chile seasoning packet

Brown the meat, place in crock pot. Put tomatoes, beans, and seasoning in crock pot. Add water to cover the top or more if you like it a little more soupy. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Sesame Chicken

3 chicken breasts (cubed)
1/4 c. soy sauce
1/4 c. sugar
3 green onions (chopped)
3 TBSP peanut oil
1/3 c. flour (seasoned w/ salt and pepper)
toasted sesame seeds

Toss chicken in bag with flour. Combine soy sauce, sugar, and green onions; set aside. Cook chicken in peanut oil until almost done, then pour soy sauce mixture over chicken. Cover and cook another 5 minutes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with rice. Serves 4.
-Karen Edwards
* I found the toasted sesame seeds in the oriental foods section at Smiths.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cake Mix Cookies

1 cake mix
1/2 c. oil
1/4 c. water
1 egg
1/4 c. flour

Mix ingredients together. Roll into balls. Roll balls in sugar (optional). Bake 350 for 10 min.
You can use any cake mix. We love strawberry, lemon, and our favorite is milk chocolate with Andes Mint choc. chips.
-Karen Edwards