Sunday, March 27, 2011

Amaretto Chicken Salad

Yesterday, I had lunch with some old friends at Christie's on the Square and it was wonderful. Good conversation and fantastic food made for a very enjoyable day. The photo on the left is not my actually food, but it was the meal that I had. I highly recommend it for anyone who lives or visits the Salem, Indiana area. My selection was Amaretto Chicken Salad, Frozen Strawberry Salad, and Poppy Seed Bread. What a wonderful combination of food. I can't wait until I go back and will definitely have the same thing again.

Amaretto Chicken Salad
2 c. cubed chicken, cooked
1/4 c. mayonnaise
1 8 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
1 t. salt
2 T. toasted almond slivers
1 T. amaretto

Mix the first four ingredients together and serve chilled on lettuce leaves. Sprinkle almond slivers on and around chicken salad and dribble amaretto over all.

Frozen Strawberry Salad
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 8 oz. can crushed pineapple drained
1 8 oz. pkg. frozen strawberry, thawed
1 lg carton Cool Whip
1/2 c. sugar

Combine all of the ingredients together, except for the Cool Whip. Mix well and then add in the Cool Whip. Pour the salad mixture into a 9x13 inch pan and freeze until solid. Cut into squares before serving.

Poppy Seed Bread
2 1/2 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 1/8 c. vegetable oil
1 1/2 c. milk
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1 1/2 t. almond flavoring
3 c. flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
3/4 t. salt
1 1/2 t. poppy seed

Combine the first five ingredients and set aside. Mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and poppy seed. Gradually add to the first mixture and mix until well blended. Pour into two greased loaf pans. Bake at 350° f. for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pork Chops and Tuna Casserole

Tonight, I announced to my husband that we were having baked pork chops, baked potatoes, and butter beans for supper. He then tells me, he is a little tired of pork chops. WHAT! How could he be tired of pork chops? I only fix them once a week, along with everything else that we fix once a week. Yes, he does a lot of the cooking, too.

Okay, in his defense, he already fixed pork chops earlier this week, but this was an emergency. My mom called me today and said she had thawed a tray of pork chops, but couldn't fix them because my brother decided not stop stop by her house for lunch. She always fixes us a great lunch on the weekends. I wasn't going to stop by because I wasn't feeling well today. She couldn't fix them tomorrow because she already planned on making vegetable soup. She couldn't refreeze them, so to not let them go to waste, I told her I'd take them. My husband said to go ahead and fix them anyway and he would figure something else out to eat. Which actually works out well, I can have one for supper tonight and another for lunch tomorrow, but I have a feeling the other three may be dog food by the end of the day.

Now on to the Tuna Casserole. My husband told me the other night that he'd like to have a tuna casserole. I am used to cold tuna on my lettuce salad or mixed with mayo for a sandwichv. The thought of eating hot tuna really doesn't appeal to me, but I'm willing to try. So, today I am asking for my readers' help. Do you have a really good tuna casserole recipe that your family loves? If so, could I please have the recipe to try? You can put in the comments sections for everyone to see, or you can email it to me at


Friday, March 11, 2011

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'm cheating today and am going to give you a link to a very good recipe. The reason I am cheating is because I am sick and stayed home from work. I have errands to run tomorrow and wanted to get this done today.

I subscribe to the Betty Crocker email newsletter and it is always full of some great recipes. The one I received this week had several recipes in honor of St. Patrick's Day. One of them was the one to the left, Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies. This is a really easy recipe using Betty Crocker's Sugar Cookie mix and adding a few drops of food coloring and mint extract. You know when you're sick, you want and need comfort food and I would love to have some of these cookies right now. But, I started a diet this week and am going to try and be good, which means staying away from the cookies. So, someone bake these cookies and tell me how good they are.

(who is heading back to bed)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Skippy Peanut Butter Recalled

The FDA and Unilever has issued a recall of Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread. It is suspected that the products may be contaminated with Salmonella. Other Skippy products are not included in the recall. You can read the press release and check the Best-Used-By-Dates here.