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Drinks, Dips and Miscellaneous




Royal Chocolate Torte

INGREDIENTS: 1 1/4 c milk 1/2 tsp Vanilla 1 pk Instant chocolate pudding mix, 3/4 c Flour 1 tbsp Light rum 6 Strawberries 6 Eggs ; separated Sugar 1 tsp Almond extract 1 6 oz pkg semisweet chocolate pieces 1/4 tsp Salt 1/3 c Cocoa 1 1/2 c Heavy whipping cream INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to Continue reading

I yam what I yam…

I have experimented with ice cream flavors since buying my Wally World churner several years ago. At first I made the “usual” stuff: chocolate, strawberry, vanilla. Then one year my Jaboticaba tree flourished and I used some for ice cream. One year we were having guests and I asked for their favorite flavor which was Continue reading

Avocado Coconut Ice Cream

Some years we have a LOT of avocado, and like zucchini or tomatoes in the midwest, we annoy our friends and neighbors by trying to gift them some fruit. We just had a wind storm and 40 or more of them were on the ground. After dumping them on our friends, I tried to think Continue reading

Salmon “64”

Today is DH’s 64th birthday, and I wanted to make something special for dinner. I had a taste for green papaya salad, and so I bought a (I thought) green papaya at the grocery today. But, it was not green….it was actually a bit overripe. I improvised, and used the overripe papaya, its seeds and Continue reading

OMG Meatballs

These are not to be believed: 1 large jar grape jelly (or 2 cans of jellied cranberry sauce) 2 jars chili sauce 1 large bag meatballs   Place in crockpot on low for 6 hours. Bask in the ensuing praise.

Ice Cream Bread

3 cups of self-rising flour 4 cups of your favorite full-fat ice cream, softened Mix ingredients, smooth into a loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 55-65 minutes: test for doneness with a knife Don’t have self-rising flour? Add 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt to each cup of all purpose flour, mix Continue reading

Ham and Cheese Crepes

It is our tradition to have crepes for Christmas morning. We fill them with fruit, or powdered sugar, or syrup or jam….or all of the above!  This year, Christmas fell on a Sunday… time to make crepes before church.  I thought of making a New Year’s Day feast….but same problem: it’s a Sunday.. So, I Continue reading


This is our traditional Christmas morning breakfast (along with sausage and bacon!). For fillings we use powdered sugar, syrup, jam, canned fruit….a combination of all the above….and DH usually adds in his sausage or bacon! 1 cup flour 1 cup milk 2 eggs, beaten 2 tbsp melted butter Beat the eggs, add the milk and Continue reading

Baked in Pumpkin Sausage Stew

Ingredients: 1 pumpkin ~4lbs 2 pkg Mild Italian Sausage Links (I used Johnsonville) 16-18 ounces stout beer (I used Guinness) 1 large red onion, coarsely chopped 1 cup sliced carrots 1 can corn 1 cup chopped celery 2tsp minced garlic 1 green, red, yellow or orange bell pepper, chopped (I used 1 mini pepper of Continue reading

Baked Salmon with Sausage-onion topping

1lb salmon filet 4 brown and serve sausages, thawed and ground (or equivalent amount of ground sausage of choice) 1/3 cup French’s french fried onions Salt/pepper to taste 1-2 tbsp butter, melted 1/2 cup shredded cheese   Place filet skin side down in a baking dish. Salt/pepper to taste. Crush the onions and mix together Continue reading

Squashed Preconceptions

I admit that I am not an adventurous eater. I am not averse to trying new things, however.  I AM influenced by my prior food experiences, and so I guess I never tried spaghetti squash due to my fear of another “acorn” debacle. I was wrong.  The forums at are rife with praises of Continue reading

Papaya joy

We have learned to love Green Papaya Salad. We have adapted shredded green papaya to make coleslaw. Today at church, the “lunch providers” brought a soup/stew based on chicken broth, chicken and with chopped papaya chunks in it. “Hrmmmmm,” I says to myself. “Kinda squash-like. I likey!” So tonight I took some green papaya, sauteed Continue reading


Ok, so I have learned to love my homemade guacamole.  I have also lost 60lbs….by NOT eating homemade guacamole.  So I found this stuff, with veggies for dipping, is a guilt-free-satisfier-of-my-snacking-need treat. Ingredients •2 cups chopped fresh broccoli, cooked and chilled •1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream •1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion •1 tablespoon Continue reading


It’s all Christy’s fault.  She was waxing ecstatic over our abundance of avocado trees and their great potassium supply. So, though DH and I have never been fond of the things, I made some guacamole for pupu dip when she and Brion came to visit.  Alright, it’s good.  Oh, alright, it’s damned addicting: 2 ripe Continue reading

Malay Apple (Mountain Apple) Pickles

Malay Apples are called Mountain Apples here in Hawaii, and it is thought the first Polynesian explorers brought seedlings with them when they inhabited these islands. They are apple shaped with deep red or pink skins. The white flesh is similar to a pear. And they are in season now. “What should we do with Continue reading


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