Category: Recipes

Blue Valentine Recipes! Blue Chicken + Blue Tres Leches Cupcakes

[ 10 ] February 1, 2014 |

A Blue Valentine’s Day meal, when your Valentine’s isn’t so RED!

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Blue Valentine Meal: Blue Tres Leches, Blueberry Compote, Blue Chicken

A Valentine’s Day Alternative Theme

While we all love a Valentine’s full of hearts, kisses, romantic meals and cupids, let’s face it, every year isn’t that way. Many years ago, when I was going through my divorce, a girlfriend suggested we have a Blue Valentine’s, with all the food being blue themed to go with my “Blue” mood. It was great fun thinking up recipes! As a nod to those of you who may need a new twist on this day meant for lovers, I present a Blue Valentine Dinner. Share it with some friends on Feb. 14 and I’ll just bet you will feel some cheer!

First–off to shop for “Blue Food”

Nestles Tres Leche Mix Buitoni Sauces

Found the Buitoni Sauces near the bread and deli.  The New Nestle’s Tres Leches were featured in the Main Aisle!

I headed off to my local Walmart to get all the key ingredients for my Blue Valentine’s meal. I decided to make Blue Chicken so I grabbed some Buitoni Alfredo Sauce as the base for my chicken’s sauce. Having heard about Nestle New Tres Leches Baking Mixes (usually quite a difficult dessert to prepare from scratch), I decided that Blue Tres Leche Cupcakes would be the perfect! As the chicken and dessert are rather heavy, I grabbed some blueberries and grapes to whip up a Blueberry Fruit Compote to lighten the meal.

Blue Tres Leches Cupcake Recipe

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Tres Leches Cake is a sponge cake popular in the U.S., Mexico, and South America.  It is a “wet cake”, not unlike tiramisu or a trifle. The name means “3 milk cake”, so named as the sponge cake is literally soaked in three kinds of milk: heavy cream, evaporated milk and condensed milk. The new Nestle’s Tres Leches Baking Mix gives directions right on the side of the box to make Tres Leches Cupcakes so I won’t repeat that recipe here.

However, I will give you the tip on the “Icing”. The box suggest topping the cake or cupcakes with sweetened whipping cream. Instead, I used Cool Whip Frosting and dyed it blue with a tiny bit of food coloring. SO EASY! Blue Dessert Done!

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Blue Tres Leches Cupcakes

Blue Chicken

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 This recipe is a long time favorite of mine, meant to be made with Curaçao (a liqueur). However, the first time I made it I was very young, so I bought Blue Curaçao, not knowing any better, hence the name of this dish.

P.S.  Blue Curaçao and Curaçao taste exactly alike. Don’t let the addition of this liqueur put you off making this dish. It adds a delicious orangey tang and the alcohol burns off during the cooking! The Buitoni alfredo sauce makes a nice substitute for the heavy cream that this recipe normally calls for.

5.0 from 2 reviews

Blue Chicken
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After browning, the chicken breasts are baked, then simmered in champagne and curacao. Mushrooms and alfredo sauce (or heavy cream) are then combined to make a rich sauce. This is a spectacular main course that will have your guests mesmerized between the color and the taste.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 8

  • 3 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tspn. salt
  • 4 chicken medium breasts, skinned, boned and halved
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1 Tbs. cooking oil of choice
  • 4-6 Tbs. Curacao
  • ¾ cup champagne (or sparkling apple juice
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups sliced fresh white mushrooms
  • 1 Tbs. butter, melted
  • ¾ cup Buitoni alfredo sauce (or ½ cup whipping cream)
  • blueberries
  • Seedless grapes

  1. Combine salt and flour
  2. Coat chicken in flour mixture
  3. Heat 1 Tbs. butter and oil in large skillet
  4. Add chicken and cook for 5 min each side (or until slightly browned on each side)
  5. Place chicken in a oven proof pan in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes
  6. In a skillet, add curacao, champagne, and broth and simmer
  7. Add the oven cooked chicken and simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes
  8. Cook mushrooms in 1 Tbs butter, add to chicken along with alfredo sauce
  9. Spoon all into a warmed serving dish along with fruit compotes of grapes and blueberries

Blue Chicken Blue Valentine Recipes

Doesn’t this fun Blue Valentine Dinner make your Valentine’s Day just a little more fun?

Blue Valentine Meal




Grape Lemon Poppy Seed Coffee Cake Recipe, Share Your Moments

[ 0 ] September 30, 2013 |

Sharing Your Recipes, Sharing Your Moments

This Grape Lemon Poppy Seed Coffe Cake Recipe is part of a campaign that I participated in on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Welch’s. I received product samples to facilitate my review, and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Grape Lemon Poppy Seed Coffee Cake Recipe Share your moment

 Grape Lemon Poppy See Coffee Cake recipe!

Kitchen Table Moments define tastes for life

When I was little, I used to love Welch’s grape juice. I loved the way it’s sweetness and sourness would just coat my taste buds. My mom would only buy it for “special” occasions, but not everyday breakfast. I would always tell my mom, as I drank the cheaper brand, “When I grow-up and get rich, I am going to drink Welch’s Grape Juice everyday!”

Our family shared many meals around the kitchen table. I have blogged previously about memories we created around my Grandmother’s table.  At my parent’s, we ate most morning and evening meals together. My mother was a wonderful baker and we always had many delicious homemade goodies including cinnamon rolls, donuts, and coffee cakes. Even today, I make many of her recipes and even continue to use her 1941 cookbook to make many of my desserts.

Share Your Moments, Share What’s Good

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I feel those moments around the kitchen table, defined my food tastes for life and I treasure those meals as special “kitchen table” moments. Welch’s believes in the magic of these special moments shared over a glass of juice, a morsel of coffee cake, or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Welch’s new “Share what’s good™” movement was launched to enhance and preserve your special moments. Head over to Welch’s where you will discover an assortment of great content from fun family ideas to delicious recipes.

Want a chance to win $5000? From 9/16 to 10/25 , as part of the Share what’s good movement, Welch’s has launched the “Share Your Moments” photo contest! If you upload a photo of your favorite family moment, you will have a shot to win $5,000! BONUS: Everyone who enters will get a $1.50 coupon for Welch’s 100% Grape Juice – or $2.00 if you share the news. Run over to and enter. Check out Welch’s on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram.

Grape Lemon Poppy Seed Coffee Cake Recipe

Now I am going to share one of my family recipes, it’s a moment from our family’s “kitchen table”.  My son used to beg for this Grape Lemon Poppy Seed Coffee Cake Recipe and I figure why not share what’s good with you, my wonderful readers?

Grape Lemon Poppy Seed Coffee Cake Recipe
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Grape Lemon Poppy Seed Coffee Cake is a surprising twist on the traditional lemon poppy seed muffin. The crumble top and hidden grape jelly combine for a luscious fragrant offset to the moist lemon poppy seed cake.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8

  • 2 7.5 oz bags of Martha White lemon poppy seed muffin mix
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup Welch’s grape jelly
  • ¼ sugar
  • 3 oz cream cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Spray 8″ springform pan with cooking spray
  3. Set aside ½ cup of muffin mix in a small bowl for topping
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine remaining muffin mix, egg, milk and oil. Stir until mixture is moistened, (about 60 stirs)
  5. Spread ⅔ of batter in bottom of sprayed the springform pan.
  6. Drop jelly over batter and spread very gently to within ½ in of edge of pan
  7. Spoon remaining batter over jelly and carefully spread to edges (You may be able to see some jelly)
  8. Add sugar to reserved ½ cup muffin mix.
  9. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut in cream cheese until mix looks like tiny pebbles and crumbs.
  10. Sprinkle mixture over batter
  11. Bake 350 degrees F for 45 minutes OR until edges are golden.
  12. Cool one hour.


Do you have a favorite recipe that captures your family’s “kitchen table” moments?


Triple Juice Trio Recipe and Breakfast Bread Bowls, Protein Powered

[ 9 ] July 12, 2013 |

A great source of Protein and Vitamins!  A quick and easy meal!

Blog NoteTyson Breakfast Bread Bowls

Triple Juice Trios coupled with Tyson Breakfast Bread Bowls and fruit.  

Providing protein at breakfast time

My husband Walt is a seriously big man.  Not heavy mind you…but tall 6′ 6″!  (99.99 percentile)!  He has a basketball build and has always been quite slim.  He loves to tell people he is the same height and weight as Michael Jordan was in his prime.  Aren’t I a lucky girl?

Walt and Shelley Zurek at Edmonston-Alston Cocktail Reception

I knew Walt in college and he had a reputation as a serious eater.  One time he ate 25 tacos at one time!  Walt’s fraternity brothers would tell stories of  Walt,  eating his cereal from a (full) mixing bowl.  Yet today, Walt weighs 10 pounds less than he did in college.  He actually has trouble gaining and maintaining his weight (OH! How I wish that was my issue).

For those trying to gain weight, protein is a big component.  According to a column written by   WebMD Expert

“Try to eat six times a day, with each meal (or at least three of them) containing protein, starch, vegetable[s], and fat,”

says sports nutritionist and Georgia State University professor emeritus Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RD.

I decided that once a week I would make Walt a good  ”Big Breakfast” that contained a healthy dose of protein, starch, vitamins and fat to supplement his diet.

Breakfast Bread Bowls to the rescue

We go to church every Sunday morning, but Sunday is the day that we both enjoy a bigger and more leisurely breakfast.  I like quick and easy meals like frozen breakfast sandwiches or eggs or homemade pancakes.  On a recent trip down the Walmart Breakfast aisle, I discovered Tyson Breakfast Bread Bowls.  When I checked the nutrition information, I found just the information I was looking for:

Nutrition information

With two Tyson Breakfast bowls, Walt can get 18g of protein or 36% of his daily protein!

Tyson Breakfast Bread Bowls 2

It only takes 1 minute and 45 seconds to heat up two Breakfast Bread Bowls in the microwave.  I was shocked how good they were and Walt loved them.  Sometimes things heated in the microwave can be mushy but not these little beauties.  They taste like…well…like I made them myself from scratch.

I paired the Tyson Breakfast Bread Bowls with my specially created Triple Juice Trio and some grapes for color and Walt had a breakfast that met my good “Big Breakfast” requirements!

Here’s the Triple Juice Trio recipe!  Let me know what you think!

Triple Juice Trio

4.8 from 4 reviews

Triple Juice Trio Recipe and Breakfast Bread Bowls, Protein Powered
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Our Triple Juice Trio combined with Tyson Breakfast Bread Bowls is protein packed breakfast for your biggest eaters.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 2-4

  • One Package of Tyson Breakfast Bread Bowls
  • Cranberry juice
  • White sparkling grape juice
  • 2 cups plum juice
  • 1½ teaspoons vinegar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2½ cups chilled sparkling water
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup Ginger ale

  1. To prepare Tyson Breakfast Bread Bowls: Follow package directions.
  2. To prepare Sparkling Cranberry Delight: Mix equal parts cranberry Juice and white sparkling grape juice.
  3. To prepare Passion Plum Cooler: Mix 2 cups of plum juice, 1½ tsp vinegar, ½ cup sugar, and 2½ cups sparkling water.
  4. To prepare Raspberry Ginger Froth: Puree 1 cup partially thawed raspberries, blend with 1 cup Ginger ale.
  5. Serve all as shown in picture above.

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Mexican Caviar Salsa Salad Recipe with Sunshine Sweet Corn

[ 5 ] May 7, 2013 |

Corn makes Mexican Caviar Salsa Salad a Sweet Recipe

For this Mexican Caviar Salsa Salad RecipeI participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sunshine Sweet Corn. I received a gift card to purchase a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Mexican Caviar Salsa Salad Recipe Sunshine Sweet corn

Here’s a divine recipe for Mexican Caviar Salsa Salad that will be a favorite during the summer over salads or anytime of the year as a colorful dip!

Mexican Caviar Salsa Salad Recipe with Sunshine Sweet Corn
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This tangy sweet recipe is sweetened with corn and the tang comes from vinegar, lime juice and seasonings.
Recipe type: Salad or Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4

  • 3 ears of Sunshine Sweet Corn
  • 1 can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ripe Avocado, peeled, pitted/ and diced
  • 3 Roma Tomatoes, seeds removed and diced
  • 1 pkg. Dry Italian Dressing
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¼ Cider Vinegar
  • 3 green onions, diced (optional)
  • 3 Tbs fresh Cilantro, chopped fine (optional)
  • 3Tbs Lime Juice (juice of 1 lime)
  • Dash of Tabasco Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • One Head of Romaine lettuce chopped into thin ribbons
  • Nacho Chips (Optional)

  1. Mix and marinate all ingredients for 24 hours
  2. Serve over ribboned romaine and nacho chips for a salad or with nacho chips alone as a dip.


I am giddy for Sweet Corn this spring!

Sunshine Sweet Corn

Don’t you just love it when spring rolls around and we can get fresh vegetables again? While maybe not “Local” for all of the US, we can start seeing American produce on our shelves from Florida and other states.  It’s so exciting to me.  What produce do I wait for especially? Well tomatoes for sure and also sweet corn!!  Yum yum yum.  Corn on the cob, all smeared with butter and salt…it’s the food of the gods!  My kids love to take it outside and shuck it for me. I think the preparing of corn on the cob on the grill or the stove makes us all excited for the summer ahead.

When I was a child, my mom grew sweet corn in the garden, but the raccoons and deer loved the corn too and would just mutilate it.  It was such a disappoint to watch it grow, smell the sweet aroma of the corn silk in the morning dew and then walk down to the garden and have everything devastated.  That’s why I enjoy going with my kids to a farm stand and picking up corn.  The farmers have to deal with all the vermin and not me! From now until the Michigan corn comes in, I am so lucky to have Sunshine Sweet Corn available at my local supermarket.

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Baked Asiago Chicken Recipe

[ 25 ] April 21, 2013 |

“Keeping It Simple!!”

Baked Asiago Chicken Recipe

Baked Asiago Chicken

Baked Asiago Chicken Recipe is quick to prepare, looks great, and actually gives you a crunchy crust from the oven. Your friends will be amazed and think you slaved all day.

This recipe works fantastic as a leftover, as well! Slice it thin and place on salad mixings and you have Asiago Chicken Salad, serve it with a raspberry vinagrette. I make an easy sauce to accompany the Asiago Chicken, sorry no measurements. Blend either apricot or peach preserves with Dijon mustard, the consistency can be as thick or thin as you like. It really compliments the Asiago Chicken. Also,  if you do not like Asiago cheese, you can substitute, cheddar, provolone, parmesan, or any combination of cheeses that you may prefer.

5.0 from 10 reviews

Baked Asiago Chicken Recipe
Baked Asiago Chicken Recipe is great served with asparagus or green beans. The flavors and colors compliment each other nicely.
Recipe type: main dish
Serves: 4

  • 16 buttery or onion flavored crackers, crushed (approx. ¾ c.)
  • 1½ c. Asiago Cheese, grated
  • 1 t. minced garlic
  • 3 boneless, skinless, trimmed chicken breast halves
  • 4 T. butter
  • 1 T. milk

  1. Preheat oven to 350*. In a medium bowl, combine crackers, cheese,garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. I only use ¼ t. salt. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in separate bowl(microwave 45 seconds), add milk.
  3. Cut chicken into portion sizes approximately 3 inches. Depending on breast size, you will have 6 to 8 pieces.
  4. Dip chicken into butter mixture, then press into cracker mixture all sides. Pressing helps the crumbs to adhere. Place on rack on foiled lined pan.
  5. Sprinkle any remaining mix and butter drippings onto the chicken.
  6. Bake until golden brown or internal temperature is 165* , approximately 30-35 minutes.

What is Asiago Cheese? 

Asiago, is a cow’s milk cheese, produced only on the Asiago plateau in the Veneto foothills in Italy. Texture wise, Asiago goes through many changes, assuming different textures, according to its aging. There are two types of Asiago – fresh Asiago (Asiago Pressato) has a smooth texture while the aged Asiago (Asiago d’allevo) has a crumbly texture.


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