MEMORIES7's SparkPeople Blog MEMORIES7's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Tomato, Basil, And Mozzarella Sandwiches Hello Sparkfamily, Are you a soup and sandwich person? Well then I have the ticket - the soup! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 small loaf French bread (or foccacia or other bread) <BR> 6 Tbsps basil pesto (or substitute olive oil) <BR> 6 large ripe tomatoes, sliced <BR> salt and pepper, to taste <BR> 1 pound fresh mozzarella, thickly sliced <BR> fresh basil leaves (ab... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:55:50 EST Baked Fish Hello Sparkfamily, I don't really want to ask this of you but...Will you start the oven? I know it is hot but...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4-6 (6-ounce) fillets, skins removed <BR> 4-6 ounces lemon juice <BR> 2 eggs, beaten <BR> 1 c milk <BR> 1 package ritz Crackers (Roasted Vegetable) crushed <BR> 1 package nabisco original premium saltine crackers, crushed <BR> 1... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:29:07 EST Spiced Nuts Hello Sparkfamily, Have you had your nuts today? Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 egg white <BR> 1 Tbsp cold water <BR> 1 c granulated sugar <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1/2 tsp each cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and mace <BR> 2 cups walnut halves (or other nut of preference) <BR> 2 cups pecan halves (or other nut of preference) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directi... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:03:15 EST Crunchy Asian Salad With Chicken Hello Sparkfamily, I will have a salad please! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> Asian Ginger-Garlic Dressing (see below), at room temperature, divided <BR> 2 to 3 cups bite-size cooked chicken pieces <BR> 2 cups frozen shelled edamame <BR> 2 cups thinly sliced green cabbage <BR> 2 cups grated carrot <BR> 5 scallions (white part only), thinly sliced <BR> 1/2 c thinly slic... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:27:04 EST Quick Lemon Parfait Hello Sparkfamily, Time to take a break out of your busy day for this! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups heavy cream <BR> 1 c sugar <BR> grated rind and juice of 3 lemons <BR> fresh mint or berries, for garnish (optional) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Whip cream and sugar. Fold in lemon juice and rind. Fill 12 muffin cups with the lemon ... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:02:23 EST Melon Sorbet Hello Sparkfamily, Is it hot in your neck of the woods? I can cook an egg on my driveway here but that's not what I have to present to you today! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1-1/2 cups water <BR> 1 c sugar <BR> 5 cups chopped, very ripe honeydew melon or cantaloupe <BR> Zest and juice of 1 orange <BR> Garnish: 6 to 8 whole fresh mint leaves (optional) <BR> <BR> <B... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 20:31:46 EST Honey-Roasted Salmon Hello Sparkfamily, Have you ever had salmon like this? You will love it! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/4 c honey <BR> 2 tsps soy sauce <BR> 1 Tbsp rice wine or white vinegar <BR> 3 tsps chili powder (for a real kick -- substitute cayenne pepper) <BR> Juice and zest of 1 lime <BR> Salmon steaks or fillets, about 2 to 2-1/2 pounds <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Di... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:17:28 EST Grilled Pork Kabobs Hello Sparkfamily, Where are you going with that grill! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/4 c wine vinegar <BR> 3/4 c olive oil <BR> 4 Tbsps lemon juice <BR> 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce <BR> 1 Tbsp dried oregano <BR> 1 tsp dried thyme <BR> 2 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 1 tsp to 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes, to taste <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 2 pounds boneless pork loin, cut... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:51:18 EST Chicken Teriyaki Sticks Hello Sparkfamily, Just a quick bite! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Marinade <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2/3 c soy sauce <BR> 1/4 c sweet sherry <BR> 1 Tbsp brown sugar <BR> 1/2 tsp grated ginger root <BR> 2 cloves minced garlic <BR> juice of 1 lemon <BR> 1 pound boneless chicken chunks <BR> pineapple chunks in juice <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Mix ... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:14:02 EST Grilled-Veggie Platter Hello Sparkfamily, Are you putting that grill away so soon? Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 pounds fresh, seasonal vegetables suitable for grilling (zucchini, summer squash, onions, fennel, eggplant, carrots, beets, peppers, portobello mushrooms) <BR> 2 cups vegetable oil <BR> 1 c cider vinegar <BR> 1 c spicy mustard <BR> Dry herbs to taste: oregano, sage, thyme, basi... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 17:53:00 EST Watermelon Cucumber Salad Hello Sparkfamily, Head out to the garden! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/4 c rice vinegar <BR> 2 Tbsps sugar <BR> 2 Tbsps chopped fresh cilantro or mint <BR> 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes <BR> 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon <BR> 2 cups seeded and sliced cucumbers <BR> 1/4 c thinly sliced red onion <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> In a ... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:34:21 EST Grilled Chicken With Summer Herbs Hello Sparkfamily, Chicken is a huge hit in my home! Is it in yours? Well if so, dust off the grill and... Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 c loosely packed mixed fresh herb leaves, such as basil, Thai basil, cilantro, mint, and parsley <BR> 1/4 c olive oil <BR> 1/4 c fresh lemon juice <BR> 2 large garlic cloves <BR> 1 Tbsp kosher or sea salt <BR> 1/4 tsp freshly groun... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 14:42:33 EST Zucchini Pizza Hello Sparkfamily, What'cha having for dinner? May I suggest this? Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 to 4 cups coarsely grated zucchini <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 2 eggs, beaten <BR> 1/3 c flour <BR> 1/2 c grated mozzarella or cheddar cheese <BR> 1/2 c grated Parmesan or Romano cheese <BR> 2 Tbsps chopped fresh basil or 1 tsp dried <BR> salt and pepper to taste <BR> 1/2 c tom... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 15:02:09 EST Chicken With Roasted Red Bell Peppers And Rosemary Hello Sparkfamily, I am sorry that I missed you yesterday but a tree fell on my property and needless to say, I have been busy(NOT done by a long shot)! But just take a look at this! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 large red (or 1 red and 1 yellow) bell peppers, quartered and seeded <BR> 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary leaves, or 1/4 teaspoon dried <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> fresh... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 16:25:53 EST Colorful Vegetable Salad Hello Sparkfamily, Add some color to your life today! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 head cauliflower <BR> 1 head broccoli <BR> 1 pound carrots <BR> 16 ounces fresh peas <BR> 1 bunch celery <BR> yellow, red, or orange bell pepper(s), to taste <BR> vinaigrette of your choice <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Cut the vegetables into bite-size pi... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 16:19:07 EST Cold Cucumber Soup Hello Sparkfamily, Are you getting a little hot under the collar? Well let me cool you off! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 cups plain yogurt <BR> 1/2 c heavy cream <BR> 1 hard-cooked egg, minced <BR> 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and minced <BR> 1/4 c minced scallions <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1/4 tsp ground pepper <BR> 1 Tbsp fresh parsley <BR> 1 tsp fresh dill <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 12:23:13 EST Grilled Peach Glazed Chicken Hello Sparkfamily, The 4th is upon us and you just got to...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spicy Peach Glaze <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups peach preserves or jam <BR> 1 Tbsp finely chopped garlic <BR> 3 Tbsps olive oil <BR> 2 Tbsps soy sauce <BR> 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard <BR> 1 small jalapeno, finely chopped <BR> Salt and freshly ground pepper <BR> 8 Frenched chicken breasts <BR> 4 ri... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 17:06:02 EST Sweet ’n’ Sunny Cauliflower Salad Hello Sparkfamily, Take the time for a healthy lunch! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 c sunflower mayo (below) or store-bought mayonnaise <BR> 1/2 c parmesan cheese <BR> 1/4 c sugar <BR> 1-1/2 tsps freshly ground black pepper <BR> 1 large cauliflower, trimmed and cut into small florets (about 8 cups) <BR> 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced <BR> 1-1/2 cups shredded mozz... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 16:07:01 EST Greek Spinach Melt Hello Sparkfamily, Just say YUM! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 c crumbled feta cheese <BR> 2 packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry <BR> 1/2 onion, chopped fine <BR> 1 clove garlic (use 2 pieces chopped fine) <BR> 4 Roma tomatoes <BR> 1/2 c mayonnaise <BR> 1/2 c sour cream <BR> 1 loaf French bread <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directi... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:44:02 EST White Bean And Tuna Salad Hello Sparkfamily, If you are hungry and you want it to be healthy, Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Salad <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips <BR> 2 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) solid white tuna, drained <BR> 4 cups cooked cannellini beans <BR> 5 scallions, thinly sliced <BR> 2 Tbsps chopped fresh basil or parsley <BR> 1 tsp grated lemon zest <BR> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 18:59:47 EST Dilly Beans Hello Sparkfamily, I have got my pint jars ready! Can you guess what I am doing today? Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 pounds fresh green beans <BR> 8 tsps dill seed <BR> 4 tsps mustard seed <BR> 16 cloves garlic <BR> 5 cups white vinegar <BR> 5 cups water <BR> 1/2 c salt <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Wash, trim, and cut beans to fit into p... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:11:06 EST Star-Spangled Chicken With Fireworks Salsa Hello Friends, Did you miss me?! I have been a very busy bee but I have not forgot you! So I guess you are aware that the 4th Of July is just around the corner and with that said, what will you be putting on the table? I have an idea! Take a peek! <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Salsa <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <B... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:52:58 EST Tuna Garden Salad Hello Sparkfamily, I am so sorry that I have not been here but I have been so, so busy! There just is not enough time in a day! But I am here now and without further ado...I present to you this! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin <BR> 3/4 c cold water <BR> 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup <BR> 1 c mayonnaise <BR> 2 Tbsps lemon juice <BR>... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:06:21 EST Spicy Shredded Chicken Tortilla Wraps With Tomatillo Sauce Hello Sparkfamily, Let's have lunch! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> Tomatillo Sauce (see recipe below) <BR> 1 small onion, roughly chopped, plus 1 medium onion, diced <BR> 2 large whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts <BR> 1/4 tsp salt <BR> 1/4 tsp dried marjoram <BR> 1/4 tsp dried thyme <BR> 1 tbsp canola oil <BR> 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced <BR> 2 scallions... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 12:10:53 EST Fresh Tomato Chicken Parmesean Hello Sparkfamily, Can I hear a WOOHOO for chicken parmesean? AWESOME! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> Fresh tomatoes <BR> boneless chicken breast <BR> olive oil <BR> italian seasoning <BR> bread crumbs <BR> provolone or mozzarella cheese <BR> spaghetti sauce of your choice <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Layer the baking dish with two layers o... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 11:15:38 EST Soy-Marinated Grilled Chicken With Cilantro And Scallions Hello Sparkfamily, Dust off your grill's and prepare for this! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 Tbsp honey <BR> 2 Tbsp soy sauce <BR> 1 Tbsp rice wine or dry sherry <BR> 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger <BR> 1 tsp finely chopped orange zest <BR> 1 tsp finely chopped garlic <BR> 4 chicken breast halves (bone in, about 7 ounces each) <BR> 1/4 c finely chopped cilantro ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:49:27 EST Rosemary Chicken With Fennel Hello Sparkfamily, Guess what's for dinner? Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 2-1/2-pound frying chicken, quartered <BR> 2 tsps chopped fresh rosemary (or 3/4 tsp dried) <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper <BR> 8 small red potatoes <BR> 2 medium-size fennel bulbs <BR> 1 Tbsp olive oil <BR> 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped <BR> 1/2 c dry white wine... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:21:04 EST Oriental Beef And Peppers Hello Sparkfamily, Dinner is at 6pm sharp! Don't be late! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 Tbsp cornstarch <BR> 1/4 c cold water <BR> 3 pounds beef, cut into thin strips (top round or sirloin) <BR> 3 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 1 tsp powdered ginger <BR> 3/4 c corn or peanut oil <BR> 2 tomatoes, peeled and cut into small wedges <BR> 2 green peppers, seeded and cut into ... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:44:20 EST Heirloom Tomato Salad Hello Sparkfamily, I can just smell the ingredients! Heading to the garden! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 c extra-virgin olive oil <BR> 1/2 c balsamic vinegar <BR> 1-1/2 tsps kosher salt <BR> 1 garlic clove, minced <BR> 1/4 tsp sugar <BR> 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper <BR> 1-1/2 pounds assorted heirloom tomatoes (found in most specialty produce markets or in your ga... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:08:17 EST Wild-Rice Orange Salad With Toasted Pecans Hello Sparkfamily, It is always a perfect day for this! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3/4 c wild rice <BR> 1/4 tsp salt <BR> 3 cups water <BR> 2 cups cooked white rice (about 1/2 cup dry) <BR> strained juice of 2 oranges <BR> 1/2 c unsweetened, dried cranberries <BR> 1-1/2 tsps maple syrup <BR> 1-1/2 Tbsps olive oil <BR> salt and pepper, to taste <BR> 2 naval oranges,... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:13:58 EST Grilled Citrusy, Garlicky, Summer Tomato Pizza With Tuna, Cannellini, and Fennel Hello Sparkfamily, I will be making pizza for dinner(which will be at 6pm sharp) So wake up those taste buds and...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Garlic Oil <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 heads garlic <BR> 2 cups olive oil <BR> 2 sprigs fresh rosemary <BR> 1 to 2 Tbsps orange zest <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Slice the root end off the garlic heads, separate... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:00:55 EST Spicy Grilled-Chicken Salad With Peppers And Tomatoes Hello Sparkfamily, Grab the peppers and tomatoes out of the garden and enjoy this! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 chicken breasts, skinned and boned (6 ounces each) <BR> 6 Tbsps extra-virgin olive oil <BR> 1 red bell pepper, very thinly sliced <BR> 1 green bell pepper, very thinly sliced <BR> 1 yellow pepper, very thinly sliced <BR> 1 pasilla pepper, very thinly slic... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:22:19 EST Crab Salad Wrap Hello Sparkfamily, Let's go fish'in and catch dinner! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked over <BR> 1 medium red pepper, seeded and diced <BR> 2 Tbsps chopped fresh parsley <BR> 4 to 6 pieces lavash or large tortillas <BR> Remoulade <BR> 6 leaves romaine lettuce <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> In a small bowl, co... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:10:19 EST Apple Quiche Hello Sparkfamily, Are you looking for a great idea for your next brunch gathering? Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 5 to 6 large apples, peeled and sliced <BR> 1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell <BR> 1 c shredded Cheddar cheese <BR> 2 eggs, beaten <BR> 1 c evaporated milk <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> dash of nutmeg <BR> dash of cinnamon <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ ... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:41:36 EST Acorn-Squash Rings Hello Sparkfamily, Gather family and friends, put in a good movie and FORGET the onion rings! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 acorn squashes, peeled and seeded <BR> 1 yellow onion, peeled and sliced <BR> 3/4 c vegetable or chicken broth <BR> 1 tsp olive oil <BR> 1/2 c shredded cheese, cheddar or Swiss <BR> 1/4 c chopped fresh parsley <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:29:51 EST Pineapple Orange Chicken Hello Sparkfamily, You can't go wrong with chicken! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 broiler-fryer chicken (3 pounds), cut up <BR> 1/2 c all-purpose flour <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1 tsp chili powder <BR> 3 Tbsps vegetable oil <BR> 3/4 c orange juice <BR> 1/2 c golden raisins <BR> 1/4 c rum, preferably dark <BR> 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon <BR> 1/8 tsp ground cloves <BR> 1 can ... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:59:04 EST Apple Glazed Corn Beef Brisket Hello Sparkfamily, Happy St Patrick's to all! What will you have for dinner? No plans? Dinner is at 6;pm sharp! This will be on our table! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Brisket <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 4-pound corned beef brisket <BR> 1 large onion, peeled and halved <BR> 1 large clove garlic, peeled and halved <BR> 8 whole cloves <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <B... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:11:15 EST Arugula Salad Hello Sparkfamily, Head on out to the garden today and have a healthy lunch! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 large bunch arugula <BR> 8 red radishes, thinly sliced <BR> 8 mushrooms, thinly sliced <BR> 2 Tbsps lemon juice <BR> 1/4 tsp dry mustard <BR> 6 Tbsps olive oil <BR> 1/4 tsp salt <BR> Pinch of cayenne <BR> 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:17:51 EST Asparagus Hummus Served With Spiced Pita Chips Hello Sparkfamily, Are you looking for a healthy snack? Well then stay tuned, I got your order coming right up! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 package pita bread <BR> 4 Tbsps extra-virgin olive oil <BR> 2/3 c shelled pistachios <BR> 1/4 c sesame seeds <BR> 1/4 c coriander seeds <BR> 3 Tbsps cumin seeds <BR> 1-1/2 tsps fennel seeds <BR> 1 Tbsp black peppercorns <BR> 1... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:26:49 EST Asparagus Hummus Served With Spiced Pita Chips Hello Sparkfamily, Are you looking for a healthy snack? Well then stay tuned, I got your order coming right up! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces <BR> 1 15-1/2-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and well rinsed <BR> 2 medium cloves garlic, minced <BR> 2 Tbsps tahini (sesame paste) <BR> 1 Tbspslemon zest <BR> 2 Tbsp... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:25:17 EST Irish Beef Stew With Potato Biscuits Hello Sparkfamily, St Patricks Day is upon us and I would like to share with you a family favorite! Take a peek! <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 pounds lean beef stew or chuck, in 2-inch chunks <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1/2 tsp pepper <BR> flour for dredging <BR> 2 Tbsp bacon drippings or vegetab... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:10:26 EST Ham Fritters Hello Sparkfamily, What are some ideas that you have for your leftover Christmas ham? Take a peek at one of mine! Yep just zip on over and...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1-1/2 cups ground cooked ham <BR> 2 cups sifted flour <BR> 2 cups boiling water <BR> 4 eggs <BR> 3/4 Tbsp curry powder <BR> cooking fat for deep frying <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 11:09:28 EST Braided Holiday Brunch Loaf Hello Sparkfamily, Can't figure out what to serve your Christmas guest for brunch? Well I got just the thing! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/4 stick (2 Tbsps) unsalted butter <BR> 1 russet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes <BR> 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped <BR> 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced into 1/4-inch pieces <BR> 4 strips cooked bacon or ham... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 10:19:08 EST Apple And Sweet Potato Stuffing Hello Sparkfamily, I have got the perfect stuffing to go with your Christmas ham! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 Tbsps butter <BR> 4 tart apples, unpeeled, cored, and diced <BR> 2 medium onions, diced <BR> 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes <BR> 2 Tbsps sugar or brown sugar <BR> 1/4 c dry white wine <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Melt butter in a... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:55:28 EST Black-eyed Pea Stew With Kielbasa Hello Sparkfamily, Sorry I have missed a few blogs here but I have been swamped to the gills! Do you make black-eyed peas for New Years? Well if so, take a peek and if not, take a peek anyway! Oh just...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 pound dried black-eyed peas <BR> 1 16-ounce can stewed tomatoes <BR> 6 to 8 cups chicken or beef stock or bouillon <BR> 2 cups chopped ... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 10:55:24 EST Pork Crown Roast With Cherry Cornbread Stuffing Hello Sparkfamily, Christmas is in 23 days! What will you be making for your guests? I have an idea! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pork Roast <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 (14-rib) (about 8 pounds) pork loin crown roast <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 1/4 tsp pepper <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Heat oven to 350. Place roast, bone-tips up, onto rack in shallow roast... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 12:06:08 EST Christmas Fruit Cookies Hello Sparkfamily, 24 days till Christmas! Have you started baking? Here's a start! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 c butter, creamed <BR> 1 c brown sugar <BR> 3 eggs, beaten <BR> 3 cups flour <BR> 1 tsp cinnamon <BR> 1/4 tsp nutmeg <BR> 1 tsp baking soda <BR> 1 c chopped raisins <BR> 1/2 c currants <BR> 1 c chopped dates <BR> 1/2 c coconut <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:10:58 EST Pita Pockets Stuffed With Curried Tuna Salad Hello Sparkfamily, Lunch is at 12 noon, see you then! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 can (3 ounces) tuna, well drained <BR> 1 small firm apple, peeled, cored, and diced <BR> 2 Tbspschopped sweet onion <BR> 1 small stalk celery, diced <BR> 1 tsp curry powder (your preference) <BR> 1/2 tsp ground cumin <BR> 1/4 c jalapeno jelly (optional) <BR> 2 pita pockets <BR> <BR>... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:07:21 EST Pioneer Beef Stew Hello Sparkfamily, Pioneer stew...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 c dry lima beans <BR> 1/2 c flour <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1/2 tsp pepper <BR> 1-1/2 pounds stew beef cubed <BR> 2 Tbsps oil <BR> 1 onion, peeled and chopped <BR> 1 green pepper, cored and chopped <BR> 1/2 c beef stock <BR> 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) tomatoes, chopped and undrained <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1 bay l... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:13:02 EST Homemade Apple Dumplings Hello Sparkfamily, Let's bring back some memories shall we? Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For the dough <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups all-purpose flour <BR> 2 tsps baking powder <BR> 1/2 tsp table salt <BR> 1 Tbsp granulated sugar <BR> 1 Tbsp granulated sugar 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes <BR> 2 Tbsps cold vegetable shortening <BR> 1/2... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:10:12 EST