Monday, February 8, 2016

Wild Willy's Rub

This is good on ribs, chicken, brisket or whatever.

3/4 c. paprika
1/4 c. ground black pepper
1/4 c. salt
1/4 c. sugar
2 T. chili powder
2 T. garlic powder
2 T. onion powder
2 t. cayenne

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Angel Hair Pasta Salad with Basil and Cheese

This was a huge hit on Christmas Eve and for lunch the next day.  Most pasta salads use heavy pastas but this one uses thin spaghetti so it is heavy on veggies and light on noodle.  It is a cold salad so it can be made  a day ahead.  It is very easy to make.  You could easily add cooked chicken for a meal.  Yum!

4 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup fresh chopped basil (no substitution)
1/2 c. chopped fresh parsley
extra virgin olive oil to taste
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound mozzarella cheese, cut in tiny cubes ( I only used 3/4 pound)
1/4 to 1/2 cup ripe olives, chopped ( I use Kalamata)
2 large cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 pound angel hair spaghetti, cooked
Parmesan cheese
  1. Cook the spaghetti until desired softness.I like it cooked through, not aldente.
  2.  Plunge the cooked spaghetti in to an ice bath to stop the cooking.
  3. In a bowl combine all ingredients except spaghetti and Parmesan.
  4. Cover and let stand at least 30 minutes.
  5. Add the spaghetti and Parmesan and toss to coat.
  6. I like to cut through the spaghetti a few times for easier serving.
  7. Serve chilled. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Cooking with Grams

I just started cooking with grams and I love it.  It started when I bought a chunk of Irish butter at Costco.  It wasn't labeled tablespoons etc.  Here the conversion chart:

1 tablespoon = 14 grams =1/2 ounce
1/2 cup = 113 grams = 1 US stick = 4 ounces
1 cup = 227 grams = 2 US sticks = 8 ounces


Friday, November 20, 2015

Green Olive Spread or Cheeseball of Wonder

This is a family staple.  Really unusual and delicious!

 One package Kraft Old English Cheese, grated
2T. chopped onion
3 T. finely chopped green pepper
1 hard cooked egg, finely chopped
1/2 c. crushed cracker crumbs, I prefer Ritz but saltines will do
1/4 c. mayonnaise
chopped green olives, about 1/4 c. or more
  1. Mix together and put in a small bowl just large enough to hold or form in to a ball.
  2. Cover and chill.
  3. Should be made the day before serving.
  4. Serve with crackers.
  5. This recipe serves about 6-8 people.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Mexican Coleslaw

1/2 head cabbage, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/3 cup lime juice
5 teaspoons light extra virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon sugar
4 jalapenos, seeded and thinly sliced
  1. Combine the cabbage, onion, cilantro and jalapeƱos in a salad bowl and set aside.
  2. Combine the lime juice, olive oil, sea salt and sugar and whisk until the sugar and salt are dissolved, then pour over the cabbage mixture and serve immediately.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Best Bread Machine Recipe

1 c. warm water
2 T. white sugar
1 (.25 ounce) yeast
1/4 c. vegetable oil
3 c. bread flour
1 t. salt
  1.  Place the water, sugar and yeast in the pan of the bread    machine.
  2. Let the yeast dissolve and foam for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the oil, flour and salt to the yeast.
  4. Select Basic or white bread setting and press start.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Swedish Meatballs

I can't believe I don't have this recipe on the blog.  
This is a family staple.

3 pounds lean ground beef
1 1/2 c. crushed plain cornflakes
1 c. milk
3 eggs
3 T. instant minced onion (I use fresh onions, about 1/2 c. chopped finely)
3 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1/4 t. ground nutmeg
3 to 5 T. Worcestershire sauce
  1. Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Roll into small balls (1- 1 1/2 inches) and place on a cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until slightly brown.
  • I like to cook in hot oil until brown, then bake for another 15 minutes. 
  • Start this video at 2 minutes, 31 seconds