FOR THE PRETZEL CRUST
2 c. crushed pretzels
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
3/4 c. (1 1/2 stick) melted butter
1/4 c. granulated sugar
FOR THE CHEESECAKE LAYER
1 (8-oz.) block cream cheese, softened
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 C. heavy whipping cream
FOR THE STRAWBERRY TOPPING
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. water
1 3 oz package of strawberry gelatin
1 pt. fresh strawberries, thinly sliced
- Preheat oven to 350°. In a large mixing bowl, stir together pretzels, chopped walnuts, butter and sugar until combined. Transfer to a 10” tart pan or a shallow pie pan and press firmly into pan. Bake 8 minutes and let cool completely.
- Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add heavy whipping cream and beat until medium peaks form.
- Spread over cooled pretzel crust.
- In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water and cornstarch and bring to a boil. Boil 2 – 3 minutes, whisking constantly until thickened. Add strawberry gelatin and whisk until combined. Let cool 5 minutes.
- Arrange strawberries in a single layer all over the cream cheese layer, then pour gelatin mixture over the top of the berries. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
** This recipe reminds me of summers spent in Minnesota with my Grandma Swenson and the pot luck dinners we had at Aunt Ida’s farm. **
8 ounces Angel Hair Pasta
1 pound medium shrimp, cut into bite size pieces
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
6 Tablespoons Butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1 teaspoon Lemon Pepper Seasoning
3/4 cup Fresh Parmesan Cheese
2 Tablespoons Italian Parsley, chopped
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
In a large pot cook the pasta in boiling water according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Using the same pan, heat olive oil and 2 Tablespoons of butter. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant.
Add the shrimp and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until the shrimp start to turn pink. Add the Italian Seasoning and Lemon Pepper. Add the pasta back to the pot with the remaining butter, parmesan, and parsley. Stir until mixed and the butter is melted.
Add the lemon juice right before serving.
Sweet and Spicy Orange Chicken
6 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 Tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 1/2 c. orange juice – pulp free
1/2 c. chicken stock
1/4 c. coconut aminos
3 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons garlic-chili sauce
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
sea salt and pepper to taste
1 bunch green onions, chopped
Clean and cut chicken into cubes
In a large pan , heat sesame oil. Cook chicken on medium heat until lightly brown and crispy.
While the chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce in a large bowl by whisking all of the ingredients together.
Once the chicken is fully cooked, remove it from the pan and place in a large bowl and set aside.
In the same pan as you prepared the chicken, add the sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring frequently for about 15 minutes until thickened. Add chicken to the sauce and cook for an additional 10 minutes on low heat.
Sprinkle chicken with green onion and sesame seeds
I serve this over brown rice with a side of steamed broccoli.
1 stick softened butter
1 c. sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup mashed very ripe bananas
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan; set aside. In an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and beat until smooth.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix until just combined. Add bananas, sour cream, and vanilla; mix to combine. Stir in nuts and pour into prepared pan.
Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Let rest in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.
My grandma always liked to put a “dollup” of sour cream into her baked goods, she believed it kept the bread fresh and gave it a better texture.
Spicy Fish Tacos with Corn and Radish Salsa
Ingredients for Salsa
2 cups cooked corn kernels
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup diced radishes
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1 c. fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Juice and zest of one lime
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all the above ingredients together and set aside
6 Tilapia filets
Weber N’Orleans seasoning
Place fish on a broiler pan and drizzle with olive oil. To your taste, sprinkle filets with garlic powder, N’Orleans seasoning, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. Broil on low until fish is cooked through and flaky
I like to use corn tortillas ( street taco size )
Place fish, corn salsa and fresh avocado on top. Add fresh cilantro, sour cream and your favorite salsa. ENJOY!
Easy Chicken Pesto and Linguine
Preheat oven to 400˚F
Place chicken breasts in a baking dish, Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste
Drizzle with olive oil
Spread pesto on each chicken breast *( see blog for fresh basil pesto recipe)
Layer sliced Roma tomatoes on top of the chicken
Sprinkle with grated mozzarella cheese
Cover dish with foil and bake for 40 minutes
Prepare Linguine according to package directions, drain pasta and stir in homemade pesto to desired flavor. Top with chicken breast and sprinkle with fresh parmesan cheese.