Category Bonus Recipes/Vegetarian

Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies – and other Christmas Cookies

December 17, 2011 Bonus Recipes/VegetarianDesserts  No comments

I made these cookies last year for a social gathering and people raved about them.  They are one of the highest rated cookies at  (  The only part of the recipe I change is I omit one cup of oatmeal.  The cookies will be flatter when you take them out of the oven because of the this, but they’ll also be nice and crispy and chewy.  Eight days until Christmas!

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Christmas Cookie Recipes

December 7, 2011 Bonus Recipes/VegetarianDesserts  No comments

Last year I found the Joy of Baking site to be one of the best and it looks like it’s been improved upon this year.  Also good, Better Homes and Gardens’ site and of course there’s the Food Network:

1) The Joy of Baking Site:

2)  Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Shortbread Cookies:

3)  Food Network’s Twelve Days of Cookies:

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Cauliflower Salad – Bring it Somewhere or Eat it at Home

April 21, 2011 Bonus Recipes/VegetarianMake Ahead MadnessShopping Lists and Home Page Posts  No comments

Cauliflower Salad My Mom’s Recipe

I recommend doubling this recipe for more than four people.

  • 1 head of lettuce, shredded
  • 1/2 lb. cooked and crumbled bacon
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced and ringed
  • 1 head of cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 cups of mayonnaise

Layer all of the above ingredients in a large bowl in the order listed above.  For example, the lettuce should be on the bottom.  Cover and chill for 24 hours if possible.  I stir it before serving.  Deliciousness!

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Vegetarian Lasagna

April 21, 2011 Bonus Recipes/VegetarianMake Ahead MadnessShopping Lists and Home Page Posts  No comments

Vegetarian Lasagna

Serves 4 Plus People

  • 1 1/2 quarts spaghetti sauce (your favorite homemade or jar spaghetti sauce)
  • 1/2 cups carrots, grated
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. fennel seed
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 8 lasagna noodles, par cooked (boil in salted water for 5 mins.)
  • 1 (16 oz.) low-fat cottage cheese
  • 2 (8 oz.) packages of frozen spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups fresh mushrooms (button), sliced
  • 2-3 cups part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 – 1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • extra virgin olive oil

If you haven’t boiled the noodles yet, put a large pot of water on the stove top to boil.  Add a small handful of salt to the water so that the noodles get seasoned while they cook.  (Remember, if you cover the pot the water will come to a boil sooner...

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Finger Sandwiches (Think Bridal Shower or Afternoon Tea)

April 7, 2011 Bonus Recipes/Vegetarian  No comments

June, the month of “I do”, is quickly approaching.  (Really, it is.)  And in the spirit of impending nuptials, bridal showers are held.  Are you preparing to host one or have you offered to bring the food?  See below for a couple of  elegant and relatively easy to prepare  finger sandwiches that fit the bill for the occasion.

Smoked Salmon Finger Sandwiches

  • 1 large container of light cream cheese (This will make more than enough spread.)
  • 3 TBSP. drained capers, measured then finely chopped
  • The juice of 2 limes, add more to taste
  • 3 TBSP. chopped fresh dill
  • a loaf of appetizer sized sliced pumpernickel bread (usually found in the deli section)
  • Two packages of smoked salmon lox, cut into roughly the same size as the pieces of bread
  • 1/4 to 1/2 of a red onion, cut into thin slices

In a...

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THE Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce!

November 16, 2010 Bonus Recipes/VegetarianDesserts  2 comments

Our Family’s Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

Serves 2 to 4 people depending on your chocoholic status.

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup of quality cocoa powder (Dutch processed if you can get it.  Hershey’s or Nestle’s are fine.)
  • 1/4 cup milk or half and half (You can also use heavy cream or skim milk, depending on the desired richness.)
  • 1/4 cup SALTED butter (If you do not use salted butter you’re going to need to add a healthy pinch of salt to the mix.)

Combine the sugar and cocoa powder in a small sauce pan.  Then add the milk product of you choice (see above) and stir just to combine the ingredients.  Turn the heat on medium underneath the pan and add the 1/4 cup of butter.  Stir the mixture BRIEFLY as the butter melts just to incorporate it...

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Simple Vinaigrette

November 12, 2010 Bonus Recipes/Vegetarian  No comments

This is a basic Food Network recipe, except I add a little honey to it to taste.

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • honey to taste

Whisk the vinegar and mustard together in a large salad bowl.  Season with the 1/4 teaspoon salt and some pepper. Gradually whisk in the olive oil, starting with a few drops and then adding the rest in a steady stream, to make a smooth, slightly thick dressing.  Taste the dressing; if you think it’s to sour, add a little honey.  Whisk it again, then taste it again.   Continue adding a little honey and whisking until you’re happy with the taste.

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