Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hamburger Patty Salad Deluxe

When I crave a hamburger, but don't want all the carbs, I'll have it...but, without the bun.  I'll put the burger on top of a chopped iceburg lettuce salad, and then smother it with ~ sliced fresh onions, dill pickle chips, chopped tomatoes, a little ranch dressing, mustard & ketchup.   Is it the same as a traditional, juicy burger?  Nope, but my ~ Hamburger Patty Salad Deluxe ~ sure is tasty, and it hits the spot!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter ~ 2014

Zoom, Zoom! ~ Our neighbors, Bill & Cheryl, sent these cute little bunny racers speeding over to our house on Easter morning.  J was thrilled!  Peeps, Twinkies, marshmallows and pretzels never looked so good!

We've just finished our Easter weekend, one filled with lots of friends, lots of food and lots of fun-filled conversations.   In the Food Dept., spiral cut ham took top billing ~ first as the star of a hot dinner on Saturday night;  then as the main attraction of the cold ham dinner/salad buffet on Sunday evening.  The dessert I made on Saturday also did double-duty both nights ~ the ambrosia pudding that was Saturday's dessert was transformed (with a few extra ingredients) into a delightful ice box cake for Sunday.  It was easy entertaining, and that made the sun filled weekend seem to fly-by.  Hope everyone had a fun and joyful Easter too!

Happy Easter!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Italian Baked Tuna

When I made this ~ Italian Baked Tuna ~ I didn't actually have a recipe, I just kept digging through the fridge/pantry, looking for toppings that sounded good, and kept layering ingredients until I felt like it was complete.  I started with the tuna on the bottom, and then added some ~ crushed fire-roasted tomatoes, capers, dried basil/oregano/garlic, chopped onion, sliced celery/green olives. Once it was all finished, I realized I'd created an Italian-flavored 'sauce'!  I baked the tuna steak according to the package directions and in about 10 minutes it was done.  I nuked a variety veggies while the fish was cooking.  It was a really tasty, low carb, Fat Flush Plan-friendly meal, all without any fuss.  I just love happy accidents!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dutch Caramel Wafers ~ aka Stroopwafels

Dutch Caramel Wafers (aka Stroopwafels)  ~ These are now one of my favorite cookies.  My friend L, shared them with us last fall, when we visited her in SC...and now I'm hooked!!  If you ever run across these classic Dutch treats, give 'em a try.  I found my bag over at Cost Plus/World Market.  Just let me say, with a cup of tea or coffee, these cookies/wafers are absolutely sublime.  ~ L, Thanks so much for expanding my culinary teatime horizons.  :)

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