• Breaded pork kotlety
    Main Course

    Breaded Pork Kotlety

    Serve with mashed potatoes and roasted beetroot. Classic Polish/ European food at its best! Ingredients  Makes 8 pieces 1 small bun or bread roll (preferably several days old for dryness) milk or water to soak the bun 1/2 kg minced pork (or substitute ground turkey or chicken) 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 egg 1 teaspoon of salt + 1/2 teaspoon of black ground pepper about 1/4 cup of cold water breadcrumbs for coating oil for frying (olive oil or coconut oil) Preparation Soak the in milk  for about 10 – 15 minutes. Add the minced meat to a large bowl, along with the onion, egg, salt and pepper, and…

  • Kotleti - Polish Hamburgers
    Main Course

    Kotlety (Polish Hamburgers)

    Ingredients 1 slice white bread (stale) 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk 3/4 pound ground beef 1/4 to 1/2 pound pork (lean ground) 1 small onion (finely chopped) 1 large egg (slightly beaten) Salt, to taste Pepper, to taste Directions In a large bowl, soak the bread in milk until soft. Add beef, pork, onion, egg, salt, and pepper, and mix thoroughly. If mixture feels too mushy, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs. Divide the meat mixture into 4 to 6 portions and form each into a round or oval hamburger shape. Lightly coat a skillet with cooking spray and very slowly fry the patties thoroughly until done. For food…

  • Bonanza macaroni salad
    Side Dishes

    Bonanaza Macaroni Salad

    MACARONI SALAD (like Bonanza Restaurant) 6 oz. elbow macaroni, prepared per directions and cooled 1/2 stalk celery, chopped 1/2 green pepper, chopped 1-2 boiled eggs, chopped enough Kraft mayonnaise to moisten Mix all ingredients and chill. (Serves 3-4) Note: I believe this recipe was from Gloria Pitzer, The Recipe Detective – Rob. Macaroni Salad like the Bonanza restaurant recipe

  • Tumeric RIce
    Side Dishes

    Tumeric Rice

    Ingredients 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1⁄2 chopped onion 1 minced garlic clove 1 cup basmati rice 1 tablespoon turmeric 1 1⁄2 cups chicken broth 1 bay leaf 1 drop thyme salt and pepper Directions Melt 1 tbsp coconut oil in saucepan, add onion and garlic, cook until softened. Add rice and turmeric; stir to coat. Add remaining ingredients,bring to boil, cover and simmer 17 minutes. Stir in remaining butter, remove bay leaf, serve.

  • Side Dishes

    Shrimp and Pasta Salad

    Ingredients 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) CATELLI® SMALL SHELL Pasta OR linguine 2 sliced stalks celery 1/2 lb (250 g) cooked salad shrimp 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped red pepper 1/2 cup (125 mL) frozen peas, thawed and blanched 1/2 cup (125 mL) light mayonnaise 2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh dill   Instructions 1 Cook small shells according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water to cool. 2 Combine shells with celery, shrimp, red pepper, peas, mayonnaise, lemon juice and dill. Season to taste with salt and pepper.  

  • Filipino Chicken Macaroni Salad Recipe
    Must Try

    Filipino Macaroni Chicken Salad

    Ingredients 16 ounces uncooked medium elbow macaroni 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast or thigh meat 1 large carrot, peeled and diced or julienned into small pieces 1 cup ham, cubed (optional) 6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and coarsely chopped (optional) 14 ounces crushed pineapple (optional) 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated (optional) 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish (or diced pickle) 1 cup raisins 1 onion, peeled and diced 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk * salt and pepper to taste handful of sunflower seeds without the shell (optional) Instructions In a pot over medium heat, bring about 4 quarts salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook…

  • Must Try

    Curried Chicken Salad

    CHICKEN SALAD Ingredients: chicken breast, chopped or cut into chunks 1 – 20 oz. can sliced water chestnuts 2 cups sliced celery 1 cups slivered almonds (toasted) handful or 2 of raisins and/ OR 1 twenty oz can of either mandarin orange pieces or pineapple chunks, drained 3 cups mayonnaise 1/2 tbsp. Curry powder 2 tbsp. Soy sauce 2 tbsp. Lemon juice Directions Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate for  3 hours before serving.

  • Healthy Snacks

    No Flour Oat Muffins

    Looking for a clean eating, flourless muffin recipe? This oat muffins recipe uses no flour, no sugar, and no oil but still produces moist delicious muffins. You can create variations of this recipe by adding 1/2 cup of fresh, dried or frozen fruit or 1/2 cut of chopped nuts to the batter. You can also add an extra teaspoon of cinnamon, some nutmeg, or even pumpkin pie spice.  For more health benefits add some chia seeds or flax seed. I always add a scoop of protein powder (vanilla flavor) to all my baking to up the nutritional value. Here are  just a few ideas for add ins that will allow you to…

  • Zuppa Toscana without Cream Recipe
    Potatoes,  Soup

    Zuppa Toscana Without Cream

    There’s  a certain Italian restaurant chain (you may be familiar with Olive Garden…) that made Zuppa Toscana soup famous.  This used to be my husband’s favorite when we would go to Olive Garden (I always opted for the Pasta e Fagioli soup myself).  We haven’t been there for years now. Its an emotional thing for me.  We often used to go with my mom, but when she became ill several years ago with a heartbreaking progressive illness and could no longer dine out, I just couldn’t go back anymore. There were just too many memories. Mom passed away 3 months ago, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to…

  • Slow cooker pot roast
    Beef,  Main Course

    Linda’s Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast

    There are a few tricks to a really good roast.  First, start with the best cut of beef you can get. Next, remove the roast from the fridge and bring to room temperature before braising.  This usually takes about 1 hour.  Pat the roast dry with paper towel before braising.  And ALWAYS braise the roast in hot olive oil in a pan BEFORE oven roasting or putting in the slow cooker – this sears in the juices.  Let roast rest for about 15 minutes after removing from oven or slow cooker before carving. Since I got my slow cooker about 3 years ago, it is the only way I will…