Monday, January 17, 2022

Betty White's Chicken Wings Pacifica (Remembering Betty White on her Birthday Jan 17, 2022)


  • 3 lbs chicken wings, separated into drumsticks and flats
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup water or chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey (optional)
  1. 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)Arrange wings in a single layer on a shallow baking dish lined with aluminum foil.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, water or broth, dry mustard, garlic powder, and optional ingredients until consistent. Set aside to cool.
  3. Once cooled, pour the sauce over the tray of wings. Cover with aluminum foil and move to the fridge to marinate for a minimum of 2 hours, but up to 24 hours. Rotate wings 4 times as they marinate.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Uncover the tray and bake for 1-¼ hours or 1-½ hours. Flip wings half way through baking. Remove from the pan immediately and serve.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Maria's Fish cakes

 1 can salmon (drain well and flake) 14.75 can

2 cans tuna (drain and flake 5 ounces)

3/4 cup flavored bread crumbs

1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt

1 egg

4 tablespoons ketchup

1 teaspoon sweet relish(optional)

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

cooking spray

  • Mix salmon, tuna, bread crumbs, yogurt, egg, ketchup, sweet relish, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning together in a bowl. Form mixture into 6 patties.  Spray pan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Cook fish cakes on hot skillet, turning once only, cook through until golden on each side 8 to 10 minutes.

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Friday, January 7, 2022

Fish and Chips

 4 large potatoes peeled and cut into strips

1 cup flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon  pepper

1 cup milk

1 egg

Vegetable oil

1 1/2 pounds of Cod

Place potatoes in a medium-size bowl of cold water. 

In a separate medium mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Stir in the milk and egg. Make sure the mixture is smooth. Let mixture stand for 20 minutes which helps active the baking powder.

Preheat the oil in a large pot or electric skillet to 350 

Fry the potatoes in the hot oil until tender

Coat the fish well  in the batter, one piece at a time, and place them in the hot oil. Fry until the fish is golden brown. Drain well on paper towels.

Serves 4

Chicken Pot Pie

1 pound cubed skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

1 cup of sliced carrots

1 cup of peas canned or frozen

1/2 cup sliced celery

1/3 cup onion

1/3 cup unsalted butter

1/3 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon celery seed

1 3/4 cups chicken soup

2/3 cup whole milk

2-9 inch pie crusts

  • Preheat oven to 425 

  • Combine chicken, carrots, peas, and celery in a saucepan,  add water, cover and boil for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, drain then set aside.

  • Over medium heat in a saucepan, cook onions in butter until soft then stir  flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Stir in chicken broth then milk.  Let this simmer on low until thick. Remove from stove and set aside.

  • Place chicken mixture in bottom pie crust and pour our hot liquid mixture over it then cover with top crust, seal edges. Make some small slits in the top crust which will allow the steam to escape.   Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown and you will notice that the pie filling is bubbly.   Stand and let cool 15 minutes.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Grilled Cheese Comfort food

 4 slices your favorite white bread (I like butter bread)

3 tablespoons butter

6 slices cheddar cheese

Preheat pan on low heat. 

Generously butter one side of a slice of bread. 

Place the  bread butter-side-down onto the pan bottom then add 3 slice of cheese. 

Butter second slice of bread on one side then place butter-side-up on top of sandwich.

Grill until lightly browned  evenly and flip over and do the same continue grilling until cheese is melted. 

Repeat with second  sandwich slices of bread, butter and slice of cheese.

Serve with your favorite soup, mine is tomato soup!

You can also add a slice of tomato in the middle of the cheese or a slice of ham.

Winter Beef Stew

2 pounds beef stew meat  (cubed)

4 cubes beef bouillon, crumbled

4 cups water

3 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 1/2 tablespoon parsley

1/2 black pepper

1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning 

4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed

4 carrots cut

4 Celery stalks

1 medium chopped onion

2 tablespoons of cornstarch

2 tablespoons warm water

  • In a large pot or crockpot, cook beef in oil medium heat until brown, add bouillon  in 2 tablespoons in water and dissolve in pot.  Stir in parsley and pepper, Italian seasoning. Bring to slow boil,  reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour.

  • Stir potatoes, carrots, celery, and onion into the pot. Dissolve cornstarch in 2 teaspoons cold water and stir into stew. Cover and simmer 1 hour more.

Family Lasagna

1 pound sweet sausage

3/4 ground lean beef

1/2 minced onion

2 crushed cloves of garlic

1 can of crushed tomatoes (28 ounces)

2 cans tomato paste (2 ounces)

2 cans tomato sauce (6.5 ounces)

1/2 Water

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon dry basil

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

4 1/2 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley 

1 tablespoon red wine

Ricotta (16 ounces)

1 large egg

3/4 pound of mozzarella cheese

¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.

Big Cookie delights

1 cup of peanut butter
1/2 cup butter soften
1 1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup of M&M's
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup of salted peanuts (optional)
2 cups of flour

  1. In a large bowl, cream peanut butter, butter and sugars. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add baking soda and vanilla. Add oats, M&M's, butterscotch chips and peanuts; let stand for 10 minutes. Stir in flour (the dough will be crumbly.   
  2. Shape by 1/4 cupfuls into balls. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheets.  Place 9 cookies on each sheet. Gently flatten cookies. Bake at 325° for 15-18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks for cooling.
These can be made as regular size cookies.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Moist Pumpkin Bread

2 cups sugar

4 eggs beaten lightly beaten

3 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 water room temp

1 cup vegetable oil

1 can of pumpkin (16 ounce)

2 teaspoon baking soda

 1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon of allspice 

(you can sub 3/4 cup applesauce +1/4 cup oil instead of 1 cup oil)

Optional Variations:  add a 1/2 of chocolate chips or nuts 

In a large bowl, combine sugar, oil and eggs.  Add pumpkin and mix well.  Combine all dry ingredients, add to the pumpkin alternately with water.

Pour into two greased 9x5 loaf pans.  I usually line bottom with parchment paper which is perfect for removal of removal of bread.  

Bake at 350 for 60-70 minutes until done.

Cool in pans 10 minutes then remove from pans and move to racks.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Pumpkin nut mincemeat Bread


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups Granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 4 large eggs
  • Canned pumpkin 2 cups
  • 1/2 cup Water
Add into a bowl Mincemeat,nuts (Optional)Combine flour,  baking soda, cinnamon and baking powder.  Beat in sugar and shortening in large bowl, until fluffy. Add eggs, pumpkin and water and mix well. Stir in flour mixture, mincemeat and nuts.  

Pour into 2 greased or parchment paper lined at the bottom of pan only. 9x5-inch loaf pans. Bake 55 minutes in preheated 350 oven or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. 
Cool 15 minutes. 
Remove from pans and cook. 


Thanksgiving Mincemeat Pie


  • Pastry dough for 9-inch double-crust pie crust
  • 2 Classic Original Mincemeat
  • 2 apples peeled and cored 
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons Cold water

  • Place oven rack in lowest position in oven. 

  • Heat oven to 375°F.

  • Use 1 Condensed Mincemeat: Crumble 2 packages condensed mincemeat into a medium saucepan. 

  • Add 2 ¼ cups water. 

  • Boil over medium heat and cook for 1 minute. 

  • Add apples to mincemeat mixture and mix together well and let stand to cool completely.

  • Roll out half of pastry dough on floured surface and line 9-inch pie plate, then fill with mincemeat. Roll out remaining pastry dough on floured surface then cover filling with top crust. Seal and flute edges, cut some slits in the center to vent.  Mix egg and 2 tablespoons of water in blended, then brush over crust.

  • BAKE 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and serve.  Serves 8

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted

3 to 4 large sweet potatoes (peeled and cubed)

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

Peeled and cubed sweet potatoes add to a  large pot of water over high heat, lower the heat  simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, 20 minutes. Drain and cool, and mash sweet potatoes.

Whisk the butter, mashed potatoes,milk, brown sugar and almond extract, salt and eggs in a bowl, the add to butter coated baking dish.

Topping for Sweet Potatoes

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup chopped pecans(optional)

Combine flour, brown sugar, butter and salt in a medium bowl until moist and the mixture clumps together. Stir in the pecans. Spread the mixture over the top of the sweet potatoes in an even layer. Bake till set in center and golden. 


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees   Bake 30-35 minutes

Lets talk Turkey

Turkey Per Person

1.25 pounds of turkey per guest

 12-13 pounds feeds a party of 9 to insure leftovers figure 1.5 pounds per person

Turkey cleaning and Preparation and
Thawing your Turkey

Frozen  turkey can take several days to thaw.

Thawing in the fridge: One day of thawing per 4 to 5 pounds of turkey.

Thawing in water bath:  A half hour of thawing per pound of turkey.

Clean a Turkey

Most turkeys come with the neck and giblets inside the bird. 

Remove these and set  aside to cook separately.

Rinse out the cavity of the bird with cold water and salt and then, use paper towels to pat the bird dry, including inside the cavity. 

Turkey Rub

A classic rub made from thyme, garlic powder and salt and pepper works great as a rub.

Temperature to Cook a Turkey

Set oven to 325°F to cook turkey evenly.  Roast 22 to 24 minutes per pound (18 to 20 minutes per pound for unstuffed turkey),

If not a Butterball: brush with butter mixture after 1 hour and again after 1-1/2 hours. Baste with pan juices every hour.

After it's done, allow the bird to rest for at 20 least minutes before carving. 

Stuffed Turkey cooking times

  • For 10- to 12-pound turkey, roast 3¼ hours to 3½ hours.

  • For 12- to 14-pound turkey, roast 3½ to 4 hours.

  • For 14- to 18-pound turkey, roast 4 to 4¼ hours.

  • For 18- to 20-pound turkey, roast 4¼ to 4¾ hours.

  • For 20- to 24-pound turkey, roast 4¾ to 5¼ hours.