1 (19 ounce) bag frozen cheese tortellini pasta
2 orange, yellow or red bell peppers, cut into bite size pieces
1 cucumber, cut into quarters and sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
16 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
12 ounces (about 2 cups) diced ham, chopped
1 (14 ounce) can pineapple tidbits in 100% pineapple juice, divided
1/2 cup mayonnaise (I prefer Miracle Whip)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup pineapple juice (reserved from the can of pineapple tidbits)
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon fresh grated garlic
2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
1 teaspoon black pepper
Cook tortellini as directed on package. Drain and cool.
Combine salad ingredients and drained tortellini in a large bowl.
Shake (in a jar) or whisk in a bowl, the dressing ingredients until smooth. Pour dressing over salad and gently toss until well coated.
2 Tbs butter
1 celery stalk, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cups chicken broth (reduced sodium if you prefer to add your own salt)
2 large potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
small sprig of fresh rosemary, chopped or 1⁄4 teaspoon dried rosemary
hefty dash pepper
2 cups milk
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups ham, cooked and diced
1 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped
In a Dutch oven or pot, melt butter over medium heat; add celery, carrot and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 minutes.
Stir in chicken broth, potatoes, rosemary and pepper. Heat to boiling; reduce heat, cover and simmer gently until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.
In a measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the milk and flour. Pour into the soup, whisking to combine. Gently simmer and stir 5 minutes more. Stir in ham and parsley and heat through. Adjust seasoning.
1 pound Jimmy Dean® Premium Pork Sausage Roll
1-1/2 cups frozen cubed hash brown potatoes
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced green or red pepper
4 eggs, lightly beaten
12 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Picante sauce or salsa (optional)
sour cream (optional)
In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the potatoes, onion and pepper; cook and stir for 6-8 minutes or until tender. Add eggs; cook and stir until set.
Spoon filling off center on each tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese. Fold sides and ends over filling and roll up. Serve with picante sauce or salsa and sour cream, if desired.
To freeze and reheat burritos: Wrap each burrito in waxed paper and foil. Freeze for up to 1 month. To use, remove foil and waxed paper. Place one burrito on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high for 2 to 2-1/4 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165°, turning burrito over once. Let stand for 20 seconds.
Yield: 12 burritos.
The recipe is especially for my Aunt Rose.
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cans (21 ounces each) cherry pie filling
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large mixer bowl, cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Gradually stir in flour.
Spread 3 cups batter into a greased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Spread with pie filling. Drop remaining batter by teaspoonfuls over filling. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
In a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar, extracts and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over top.
NOTE: to get 5-dozen, each serving would be just a mere 1-inch x 2.5-inch square and, well, that is a wee bit small in my humble opinion 🙂
Sweet potatoes are a Native American plant. These tuberous roots rank very high in nutritional value. They are packed with calcium, potassium, and vitamins A and C, and have a high fiber content,
You could peel and cut the sweet potatoes and boil in water, but I think it is easier to bake them.
- Begin by scrubbing and drying the sweet potatoes.
- Arrange on a silicone or foil covered shallow baking pan.
- Apply a light mist of baking spray or rub each potato with shortening or olive oil.
- Using a sharp pairing knife, poke through the skins on the top of the potatoes.
- Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for about 30 minutes (depending of the size) until just barely tender.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool until easy to handle.
- Make a small slit in the skin; remove and discard.
- Cut each potato into uniform slices.
- Heat a large frying pan (or two if making a large amount as I did) over medium heat.
- Melt a teaspoon of butter; add the potato slices and cook until the the edges get a nice browned edge and are tender but not mushy.
- Reduce heat; season with salt and pepper, grated nutmeg and sprinkle with brown sugar.
- Add a splash of orange juice and gently turn until brown sugar is melted and potatoes have a thin glaze.
- Transfer to a serving dish and top with snipped parsley.
Last week flew by! Jill and family were here and left for home on Friday. I did managed to gather a few photos from the week.
Jamie & Josh with their children
No, it was not warm enough for a sleeveless top but this summer/beach-loving mom cannot wait for hot weather ~ She soon put her sweater back on.
AJ and Erin went to Longwood Gardens for the day
Abbey went with Keri on a school trip this week
Brad and Jill relaxing a moment
Ryan’s birthday is earlier in April but we always celebrate here during his Easter visit
Shaela, Ryan and Brenna just being silly