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Bread for the Journey

'Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'
Matthew 25:40 NIV

When Mennonite Girls Can Cook came into being several years ago, it was all about preserving our family heritage recipes.  We discussed that as individuals we never wished to profit from the blog, but if the opportunity would ever arise we would love to use our blog to help feed hungry children.  Little did we know what the future had in store for us.  One year after we began the blog we partnered together with a few businesses that agreed to support the project of our choice in exchange for having their business profiled on our sidebar. The project we chose was that of providing goats to families in Kenya under the direction of MCC (Mennonite Central Committee).  It seemed like a good way of feeding hungry children in a faraway place...and at the same time giving their families a way to become self-sufficient.    I never gave the project a great deal of thought at that time...and definitely never considered the possibility of traveling to Kenya to see first hand how our donations were being used.
Last summer we began to make plans to visit friends of ours in Kenya...who happen to be the directors for MCC in that country.  Suddenly I thought about our goat project...and realized that Ron and Martha were the ones who were overseeing the very project we had been supporting.  What a great opportunity to see where our funds were going...and to see what a difference a small herd of goats can make to a family. 
We returned recently from our time in Kenya...where we were hosted by Ron and Martha Ratzlaff.  We spent time with them as they went about their regular duties.  We joined them as they distributed blankets and school kits to students in a school in the slums of Nairobi.  I had to think of the ladies from our church back home who meet faithfully every week to quilt blankets such as these for MCC...and wished they could have seen the joy with which these blankets were received! 

We spent one day touring the sand dams...a project with which MCC is involved that provides water to many who previously had no access to water during the dry seasons.  We also saw another project that they support, which uses solar energy to purify drinking water for the children in the slums. We visited several schools in which MCC is involved...providing a chance at education for children who who previously never have had that opportunity. 

For many, learning to read and write is secondary...the meals that are served are the reason they are there. 
And we made a trip out to the Masai Mari...where we saw first hand the importance of goats to the livelihood of these nomadic peoples. 

Goats survive drought much better than cattle, and provide milk for the families.  It is mostly the women and children who tend the herd of goats.  We had the opportunity to meet these particular 'goat-herders' and were invited into their village, where we even toured one of their homes...a tiny hut made of sticks and plastered with mud and cow dung.  It was here that we met the little fellow pictured above...the one who could not open his eyes because of the flies.  Our hearts went out to all of them.

Though we at Mennonite Girls Can Cook are now partnering with MCC in providing food and shelter for street children in the Ukraine...I  am ever so thankful that I had the opportunity to see first-hand the work that MCC is doing in Kenya and the difference they are making the lives of so many children.  The goat project in Kenya has now been fully funded, and the Kenyan directors send a word of thanks to all who helped support it. If you are interested in knowing more about the Goat Stocking program and seeing pictures of the first goat distribution you can read about it right here

To all of you who have helped us in our quest to feed hungry children...thank-you! Thank-you for joining us in being the hands and feet of Jesus to 'the least of these' around the world. 

Cleaning Coffee Pots

Well, today I want to give you a small tip.  As a small child, I always remembered spending time cleaning on Saturday's, because company was coming on Sunday. We had to clean the house, dust the furniture, clean our bedrooms, wash the floors, and like the rest of you, we had to polish the shoes. Sunday was coming and everything had it's place. Usually, my mom would make some fresh platz, a pot of soup, zwieback, but most of all she always had the table set with a tablecloth and her best china. Most of us have probably fallen way back off these Saturday chores and traditions.
But one thing I have learned over my past years was how to clean a coffee thermos. I used to scrub those things with brushes, baking soda, soaked it, you name it, that ugly coffee stain became darker and darker. Would you believe I learned this tip while working at the university? It was part of my duty to help keep the staff room in order. A colleague shared her secret with me and I am more than willing to pass it on.
"Pour the container full with boiling water and add some dishwasher soap to the pot, screw the lid on tight, go home, and sleep."
Not too often my work was accomplished while sleeping. This truly is a miracle worker.

A stained coffee pot and Company's Coming? That just won't do.

Just add some liquid dishwasher detergent (2 tablespoons), or if it's really stained, I add a whole tablet of dishwasher detergent into a coffee pot filled with boiling water. Let it sit overnight and the next morning you will be smiling. Rinse it out with hot water and you won't mind Company's Coming anymore.
Let me know if you are smiling tomorrow morning.

Choux Pastry filled with Coronation Salad

My friend, Doreen, shared this recipe with me. Although she has given me liberty to share it, I have tweaked it a bit, not to give away all of her secrets. I love this chicken salad in a puff pastry. A wonderful addition to a girls' lunch or shower.

Puffs or Choux Pastry Ingredients:
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup white Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  1. Bring butter, salt, pepper and water to boil in a small pot.
  2. Remove from heat and quickly add flour, stirring vigorously, until it completely loosens from sides of pot.
  3. Beat in eggs, separately, until smooth.
  4. Stir in cheese and mustard.
  5. Drop by (regular) teaspoon on greased and floured cookie sheets.
  6. Bake at 450° F for the first 10 min. Lower temp to 350° F and bake another 25 min – 30 min.
  7. Cool and slice open. these can be made ahead and frozen. Yield 24 -28
Filling Ingredients:
  • 3 cups roasted chicken, diced
  • 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups grapes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Mix ingredients and refrigerate. Fill puffs just before serving.

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's Pie is one of those dishes that can be prepared ahead of time with a little planning, assembled and served later in the week when you have a busy day. I will make extra potatoes one day to make the mashed potatoes for this dish. Also another tip if you are pressed for time, is to brown ground beef a head of time, and freeze in the amount you need to be ready for days when you are busy with other things.

  • half a 5 lb bag of potatoes
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup old cheddar cheese (any cheese is fine)
  • I add onion or garlic powder to taste (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 lbs of lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 796 ml / 19 oz can tomatoes diced, drained (save the liquid for hospitality soup)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 3/4 cup of fine bread crumbs or quick cooking oatmeal
  • 1 cup of frozen peas (use corn or any other frozen vegetable of you preference)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  1. Cook and mash the potatoes with all the ingredients.
  2. Saute onions, garlic with the ground beef until the beef is brown.
  3. Drain any fat.
  4. Sprinkle the flour over the meat, and add the milk.
  5. Bring to a boil and cook while adding the drained tomatoes.
  6. Cook a few minutes til the mixture thickens up.
  7. Add the bread crumbs or oatmeal, and the peas.
  8. Put the meat into a greased casserole dish or 9x13 pan.
  9. Top with the mashed potatoes, sprinkle with the paprika.
  10. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 400 degree or until the potatoes get lightly browned.
Serve with a fresh salad and ice cream parfait for dessert for a easy mid-week supper.

Chocolate Cherry Mallows

These cookies draw the children like bees to honey.
The big kids don't seem to mind them either!

  • 20- 25 large marshmallows cut in half - do this first, dipping your scissors or kitchen shears in water with each cut to keep the scissors from sticking. Set marshmallows aside.3/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherry liquid
  • 1 1/2 squares unsweetened chocolate melted
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips melted (for the drizzle)
  1. In mixer bowl, beat margarine with brown sugar until fluffy.
  2. Add eggs one at a time, beating in between additions.
  3. Add unsweetened chocolate and maraschino cherry liquid and mix.
  4. Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix well.
  5. Stir in pecans and cherries.
  6. Drop by spoonfuls on to ungreased cookie sheets.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.
  8. Immediately place a half marshmallow piece on each cookie while it is still hot then remove cookies to rack.
  9. When cookies are cool, drizzle with melted chocolate.

French Onion Soup

Individual French onion soup crocks are filled to the brim with a full bodied homemade beef broth and caramelized onions. Top with a thick slice of crusty french bread and cheese, and broil until the cheese melts and gets golden brown.

Ingredients for Broth:
  • 2 pounds meaty beef soup bones
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 6 peppercorns
  • salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 5 springs fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp Worcshetershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Soya sauce
  • 1/4 cup cooking sherry
  • 8 cups water
Ingredients for caramelized onions:
  • 5 cups thinly sliced Vadalia or yellow onions
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp sugar
Ingredients for bread and cheese topping:

  • 6 slices of thick french bread
  • 6 thick slices Gruyere, Jarlsberg or Swiss cheese
Method for making broth:
  1. Coarsely chop carrots, celery and onion.
  2. Place beef bones and vegetable chunks on a shallow roasting pan. Drizzle with oil.
  3. Roast in 450º oven for 30 minutes.
  4. Put water and remaining ingredients in a large stock pot. Add the roasted bones and vegetables to the pot, scraping any brown bits from the roasting pan and adding to the pot.
  5. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 3-4 hours.
  6. Line a large colander with cheesecloth. Place a large bowl underneath and carefully pour hot broth through. (I find that placing the bowl and colander in the sink is a safe way to pour the hot liquid)
  7. If using immediately, scrape fat off the top. If using at a later date, chill broth. Once the broth has chilled the fat will rise to the top making it easy to skim off.
Method for caramelizing onions:
  1. Over medium heat melt butter. Add sliced onions and sprinkle with sugar.
  2. Stir until onions begin to sweat.
  3. Turn heat to low and allow onions to cook down and caramelize stirring every 5 minutes. This precess will take approximately 45-50 minutes. The onions will become a deep golden brown.
  4. Add caramelized onions to hot broth and simmer together for 30 minutes.
  5. To serve, ladle soup into oven proof individual soup crocks.
  6. Place french bread sliced onto a baking sheet and broil on both sides until toasted.
  7. Place filled crocks onto baking sheet and float one slice of toasted bread on soup.
  8. Top with generous slices of cheese.
  9. Leaving oven rack at regular height turn oven to broil. Place baking sheet with filled crocks in oven to broil. Keeping an eye on it, broil until cheese it bubbly and golden .
  10. Remove hot crocks onto plate with a serviette on it so that the plate does not crack from the heat of the crocks.
****If you don't have oven proof crocks, use soup bowl omitting the broiling step. For this method toast the bread with the cheese first and then just place a cheese toast onto each bowl of soup.*****

Bread for the Journey

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change
and become like little children,
you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:2,3
One day, many years ago, I drove my little guy to a Birthday party. We had purchased a hockey stick for his friend, who was turning 4 or 5 and there appeared to be nothing but anticipation and excitement on his face. It was the first time he was invited to a Birthday party without a parent coming along.

I parked in front of the house and thought that he would just get out and go to the door, but out of the blue, he hesitated, and suddenly became very quiet, saying, “Mommy, I need you to go to the door with me.”

We went to the door and he joined the party. When I got back to my car, it hit me … how he had just plainly told me, that he needed me. I realized that the time would come where he would not need me anymore and I tucked the memory in my heart.

I’ve thought about how sweet those words must sound to my Father in heaven. I need you. No pretenses about being able to do it on my own. Does He not surely feel the same way as I did? Would He not be happy to help when we ask?  Will He not be there to catch me if I tell Him I need Him to do that?

What is it that you need God to do today, that will lighten your load? Why not tell Him?

I am reminded of an old hymn we sang at church . . .

I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
Oh, bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

Chocolate Log Cake

This is a recipe that I found in the Mennonite Treasury, and to my delight, it was Gluten Free.
This chocolate sponge cake is light and airy. There is no flour, no added fat, low in sugar, and if you want you can use a low fat whipped topping in place of the whipped cream, which then makes it possible to enjoy two

  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups of whipping cream whipped (save about 1/2 cup of the whipped cream for the outside of the cake).
  • sweeten to taste.
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Lightly grease and line a 10x15 inch cookie sheet that has sides with wax paper, then lightly grease the top side of wax paper. (it will peel off easily after baking).
  3. Beat the eggs whites till stiff peaks form.
  4. Beat the egg yolks til light in color, slowly adding the sugar, cocoa, and vanilla, this takes about 10 minutes, you want it to be very light and more than double in volume, this is what gives the cake the light texture.
  5. Combine the egg whites with the egg yolks by gently folding it in as to not reduce the volume.
  6. Bake for about 12-15 minutes, cake is ready when it springs back and looses the shine.
  7. Sift more icing sugar thickly on another piece of wax paper. A bit larger than the cake.
  8. Cool cake for 5 minutes and then flip over cake onto the wax paper with the icing sugar.
  9. Very carefully try to peel away the wax paper. Don't worry if cake cracks or tears a bit, the whipped cream covers it.
  10. Roll up the cake and let it cool completely.
  11. Unroll and fill with the whipped cream, saving about a generous half a cup for frosting the outside. I added 1 tablespoon of cocoa to that just for a variation.
  12. Freeze the cake (optional) or serve cold from the fridge.

Potato Puffs

This recipe for potato puffs is a delicious way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. Although these puffs taste amazing I do not make them frequently because they are deep fried.
Some like them dipped in ketchup but when I used to make them for our children they preferred to dip them in pancake syrup.
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes, moistened and seasoned
  • 2 eggs
  1. Whisk together flour and baking powder.
  2. Add mashed potatoes and mix well.
  3. Stir in beaten eggs and mix until well combined.
  4. Drop by spoonfuls and deep fry until golden and crispy which takes a few minutes. To check if they are done insert a toothpick in the center of a puff and if it comes clean, the puffs are done.
  5. Serves 4

Roasted Chicken Wraps

Wraps have become a popular alternative to sandwiches in coffee shops and restaurants. I enjoy the variety of ingredients that can be rolled up into a fun and delightful meal. For a quick dinner you can pick up a rotisserie chicken and have dinner on the table in no time. Experiment by adding cheese, chopped basil, or different dressings.


  • 1 hot roasted chicken
  • 6 tomato basil or spinach tortilla wraps
  • ranch dressing
  • lettuce or spinach leaves
  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and sliced
  • 1 fire roasted red pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 3 oz / 100 ml sundried tomatoes packed in oil, patted dry and chopped

  1. Warm tortillas, while you shred the chicken.
  2. Spread center of each tortilla with dressing and lettuce or spinach.
  3. Top with chicken, avocado, tomatoes and roasted pepper slices.
  4. Fold in two sides and roll up, starting at unfolded side. Cut in half.

Banana Cranberry Fiber Muffins

Happy Valentines Day dear ones!!

When I bought some high fiber cereal with good intentions of adding it to our diet and found it took a long time for two people to eat that much cereal for breakfast I needed to get creative with places to tuck it in.
My mom in law gave me this sweet little muffin tin which I enjoy using for special coffee breaks with special folks. and sometimes just my Valentine!

I like making this recipe because it has a zipper bag and one bowl method.
Next time you know your morning will be a rush put the dry ingredients in a zipper bag the night before and your muffins will be half done.

Bananas and Cranberries add a huge boost of flavour to this muffin.  They keep moist for lunch boxes and for special coffee dates. add a dab of cream cheese frosting and a banana slice to spread a little love!

  • 3 medium bananas

  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries roughly chopped

  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

  • 1 cup of fiber one cereal or other high fiber cereal

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 1/3 cup melted butter

  • 1 1/4 cup flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

    1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
    2. Put the bananas in a large mixing bowl and mash with a potato masher.
    3. Add the egg and sugar and using the masher, continue to whip the mixture to combine.
    4. Add the milk and melted butter and stir together.
    5. Put the cereal in a medium sized seal-able bag and crush with a rolling pin.
    6. Add the remaining dry ingredients to the bag and shake to combine.
    7. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and add the cranberries.
    8. Fill 12 muffin lined cups and bake about 25 minutes or until the muffins test clean with a toothpick.

    Bread For the Journey -The Lord's Prayer

    Our Father, who is in Heaven
    Hallowed be your name.
    Your Kingdom come Your will be done
    On earth as it is in Heaven.
    Give us this day our Daily Bread
    And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors,
    And lead us not into temptation
    But deliver us from evil.
    For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory

    As the disciples walked each day with Jesus,
    they must have seen the importance and value of prayer first hand.

    They asked Jesus to teach them to pray and He responded with the Lord's Prayer.
    (Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11: 2-4)

    Have you felt, like I do at times, that your prayers are ineffective or worse, not heard at all?

    A book that came highly recommended to me is Andrew Murray's classic:
    "With Christ in the School of Prayer".
    He urges those of us who long to have a vital and effective prayer life
    to follow the disciples' example, to go to Christ
    and ask Him to be our teacher.

    Something I had not realized is that God was never addressed as "Father" in the Old
    Testament. To the Israelites he was a Holy, Holy God, a God of judgement
    and approachable only through a priest.
    However when Christ came to earth as a man,
    He introduced us to the concept of God as our Father -
    an "Abba" father - totally approachable because of Christ's death on the cross.

    He is our loving, compassionate and understanding Father.
    If we submit to Him as His child, He will teach us all we long to learn.
    He will gladly give us what we ask for and like a wise father,
    He knows better than we do what we need.

    I have so much to learn about Prayer.
    Why don't you join me in the "School of Prayer" and ask God to be our teacher?

    Low Fat Whole Wheat Scones

    On a rainy day not too long ago I called up a friend asking for a little help with something and also invited her to stay for lunch. Along with a good visit we enjoyed a fresh fruit bowl and yogurt along side these blueberry and orange zest infused scones.

    • 1 1/2 cups white flour
    • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
    • 2 tbsp brown sugar
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 4 tbsp butter, cold
    • 2/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
    • 2 tbsp orange or lemon zest
    • 1/3 cup buttermilk
    • 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
    1. Stir together all dry ingredients. Cut in cold butter until the butter is very small chunks.
    2. Stir together the apple sauce, zest and butter milk. Pour over dry mixture and stir with a fork just until it all comes together. Do no over mix scones.
    3. Using your hands, gently work the berries into the dough.
    4. Place mounds of dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 375º for 12-15 minutes. Remove immediately to cooling rake. Best served warm. Add a dusting of powdered sugar for a finishing touch. Yields 8 large scones.

    Soft Whole Wheat Bread

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    There is nothing quite like walking into the house and catching the smell of fresh baked bread. This is one of my mom's bread recipes that I had not made in a long time. A friend gave me some Hovis bread pans from a bakery they used to own and I thought I would try them out. I still use my mom and my grandma's bread pans, but these attached smaller loaf sized pans worked like a charm.

    • 2 1/2 cups very warm water
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 3 tablespoons liquid honey
    • 2 tablespoons oil
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
    • 2 cups whole wheat flour
    • 3 cups white flour (plus 2 1/2 - 4 more cups to make a soft and smooth dough, but not sticky)
    1. Put very warm water in a bowl or large measuring cup. Add lemon juice, honey, oil and salt. Stir well to combine.
    2. In a large mixing bowl stir together both flours, and instant yeast.
    3. Pour water mixture into flour and stir.
    4. Knead dough at least 10 minutes, adding in the extra flour until you have a nice soft smooth dough. (see note below)
    5. Cover dough with a clean tea towel and allow it to rise until double in bulk. About 45 minutes-1 hour.
    6. Punch down the dough and form into loafs. Place in well greased bread pans. Let rise for 30-40minutes.
    7. Bake at 350º for 30-40 minutes. Yields 3 regular sized loaves.
    Note: When kneading dough for bread you will need to add more flour to make a soft smooth dough.  I also like to have another teaspoon or two of oil to work into the dough as needed. This dough is very easy to work with. The secret is to knead it well...punch away at that dough until you see lots of tiny bubbles....then you can let it rise, and you can take a rest.

    Bread for the Journey

    The paper version was entitled Beating Ourselves Up.

    Does that ring a bell with you?  I remember that when my boys were youngsters . was easier to deal with a small offense against them by a young friend than if they were the offender.  It was simple to encourage them to forgive but I always felt so bad if they had been the offender.
     Do you ever find it easier to forgive someone else than it is to forgive yourself?  I have found that I am eager to punish myself and often feel tempted to confess my sin to another long after I have done my part ask for forgiveness and tried to make amends.  I do believe that God forgives me but when I hurt others  . . I feel the need to drag it around with me because I feel I deserve to suffer.

    A verse De Haan quoted from the Bible brought tears to my eyes.

    "This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything"
    ( 1 John 3:19-20 NIV)

    Do you see? God does see everything clearly.  He sees what we do wrong . ..and he sees our deep acknowledged regret .. and he knows better than us the price that was "paid to release us from that sin. He sees the trust we have put in His Son.  He sees the good work He has started in our hearts". . .which he has promised to finish.

    Isn't that just wonderful? 

    Later in the article he says . .
    "We may be limiting our ability to be what God wants us to be.  Refusing to forgive ourselves as God has forgiven us does nothing but prolong and multiply our sin. Self-condemnation is the opposite of the gratitude that opens our hearts to God."

    I don't want to be robbed of a joyful heart.
    I want to live in freedom of forgiveness and I want to use my time to Praise my loving Heavenly Father.

    Take heart dear ones . . .

    "He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.  As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust"
    (Psalm 103:10-14 NKJV)

    I'll remain thankful for my beloved husband that patiently listens to me relive my transgressions but I'll choose to be obedient in this areas that God has laid on my heart this week.
    Gratitude for forgiveness.

    all for now. . .

    Pizza Omelette

    This omelette is a nice twist from the usual. You can use various toppings, herbs, and cheeses. I served it with toast and jam. I always need toast and jam to accompany any omelette.
    • 3 eggs
    • 1/4 cup milk
    • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped
    • Pinch basil
    • Pinch Italian seasoning
    • Pinch cayenne
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 2 tablespoons pizza or spaghetti sauce
    • 1/4 cup tomatoes, diced
    • 1/4 cup green peppers, diced
    • 1/2 cup cooked ham, diced or you can use bacon, sausage or pepperoni
    • 1/4 cup (rounded) mozzarella cheese, grated
    1. Whisk eggs, milk and spices along with salt and pepper.
    2. Melt and heat butter in a non stick frying pan on medium high heat, I used my cast iron pan.
    3. Pour egg mixture into the pan. When it starts to set lift up sides with spatula, tip pan and let the uncooked egg mixture slide beneath the cooked part.
    4. When eggs are almost set, spread the pizza sauce over the top. Sprinkle on tomatoes, green pepper and ham. Sprinkle cheese on top.
    5. Place under a preheated broil setting in the oven, watching closely just until cheese is melted and golden in color. If using a non stick pan and you can't place it in the oven, just cover with a lid and cook for another minute or two to allow cheese to melt.

    Crispy Twisters

    This is not so much a recipe as it is an idea. It's kind of interesting that we were introduced to KFC Twisters while in Indonesia . . . maybe because we rarely pick up KFC while at home, but when you are in a foreign land, you are very happy to get something that tastes like home.

    I get my breaded chicken strips (crispy tenders) at Neufeld Farms which is a local family run business where you can get many ready to go meal ideas. Having a bag of these in the freezer comes in handy. Bake breaded chicken strips according to instructions.

    Heat soft tortillas on medium heat in Teflon pan (no oil), about a minute on each side or until golden spots appear.

    Wash loose leaf or iceberg lettuce. If desired, chop lettuce. Cut up a few ripe tomatoes. Get out dressing of choice. We like ranch or mayonnaise ... also some salsa if you like.

    Spread warm tortilla with dressing, cover with lettuce, tomatoes and hot chicken. Wrap or roll up.
    Serve with Caesar or spinach salad. These taste as good as the original at a fraction of the cost and still give the cook a break.

    Rosemary Parmesan Potatoes

    These potatoes are true comfort food. 
    The recipe comes from my friend Lynda and although it's basically a scalloped potato dish, 
    the seasonings and the cream elevate it to company fare.

    Serves 8
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1/4 cup flour
    • 2 cups light cream*
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 large clove garlic minced
    • 1 tablespoon fresh minced rosemary
    • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided

    • 10-12 medium red potatoes, peeled and sliced thin
    *you can use milk but the cream makes them very special
    1. Melt butter in microwaveable bowl
    2. Using a whisk, blend in flour
    3. Gradually add cream, whisking until mixture is blended and smooth
    4. Microwave on medium high for 2 minutes.
    5. Stir well and return to microwave, cooking until sauce is thick, stirring every minute.
    6. Add garlic, salt and pepper, rosemary and 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese, stirring well.
    7. Place potatoes in a large bowl and pour sauce over them. Use a spatula to mix until all the potatoes are coated with sauce.
    8. Pour mixture into a 9x13 inch pan and top with remaining parmesan cheese.
    9. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

    Sombrero Pizza

    Here's a pizza that gives you a fresh finish. After baking the sauce and meat topped crust, top it all with crisp lettuce strips, chopped tomatoes and cheese.

    Dough Ingredients:
    • 1 cup warm water
    • 1 1/2 cup white flour
    • 1/2 cup, plus 2 tbsp Semolina flour
    • 1 package ( 1 tbsp) quick rise yeast
    • 4 tsp olive oil
    • 3/4 tsp salt
    • 1 tbsp yellow cornmeal, for the pan.
    This is a stir and rest dough. Add all the dry ingredients except for the cornmeal in a bowl. Add the water and oil. Stir well, and then gather together with your hands making sure all ingredients are well incorporated. Cover and allow to rest for an hour before baking. You can also pre make the dough, cover and place in the fridge for several days. When ready to use take out and let dough sit at room temperature for an hour before baking.

    Pizza toppings:

    • 3/4 pound lean ground beef
    • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp pepper
    • 2 cups head lettuce, shredded into long strips
    • 2 tomatoes, chopped
    • 2 cups shredded cheese, either Tex Mex, or a mixture of cheddar and Monterrey Jack
    • 1 cup re fried beans
    • 1/2 cup chunky salsa
    1. Fry together meat and onions. Season with salt and pepper. Drain any excess drippings.
    2. For the sauce stir together re fried beans and salsa. Set aside.
    3. Prepare lettuce, tomatoes and cheese.
    4. If using a pizza stone heat as directed. You can also use a regular pizza pan, but grease it well. Sprinkle stone or pan with cornmeal. Take dough, and on a lightly oiled counter press out to form the size of your pan. Lift and place on top of cornmeal. Press to form a crust as needed.
    5. Spread re fried bean and salsa sauce over crust and top with meat and onion mixture. Sprinkle half of the cheese over the meat. Bake in 425º oven for 15-20 minutes.
    6. Immediately top with lettuce, tomatoes and remaining cheese.