Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pinapple-Mango Salsa

This salsa is so fresh and good and easy to make (and reminds me of summer!)
It is yummy with tortilla chips or on top of chicken or seafood.
2 c. chopped fresh pineapple
1 c. chopped mango
1 c. chopped red or orange bell pepper
1/2 c. sweet onion, finely chopped
1/4 c. lemon juice
3 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped (or more if you like spicy)

1. Mix ingredients in bowl, cover and and chill 4-24 hours.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Apple Muffins

1. mix together in medium bowl:
2 c. flour (I did half whole wheat and maybe all whole wheat would work well)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg

2. beat together:
1/2 c. butter, softened
2 eggs
1 c. sugar (I did half white and half brown)
3. then mix in:
1 1/2 c. apples (1/2 chopped and half peeled and grated)
1 1/4 tsp. vanilla
4. gradually blend in the flour mixture. Spoon into greased or paper lined muffin pan.
5.  For topping mix 1/3 c. brown sugar, 1 Tbsp. flour, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and cut in 1 Tbsp. butter until mixture is like coarse crumbs. Sprinkle on tops of muffins.
Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Stuffed Mushrooms

12 extra large white mushrooms (or 24 small)
1/4 c. diced tomatoes (optional)
1/4 c. diced artichoke hearts (optional)
1/4 c. onion, diced (I used green)
couple Tbsp. fresh herbs, chopped (I used parsley, thyme, and oregano), some reserved for garnish
2-4 cloves garlic, minced
3 slices bacon
dash Worcestershire sauce
1/4 c. freshly grated parmesan
3-4 oz cream cheese
1/4 c. bread crumbs
salt and pepper
2 Tbsp. olive oil or butter for frying

1. Grease baking dish. Rinse and dry mushrooms.  Remove stems and chop enough for about 1 c. Place caps on baking dish.
2. Heat olive oil in frying pan, add mushrooms and onions and cook over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes, add garlic and cook for additional 1 minute, until mushrooms and onions are tender and slightly browned. Remove from heat and add cream cheese, tomatoes, artichokes, herbs, bacon, parmesan, W. sauce, and salt and pepper to taste. mix until combined.
3. Fill mushroom caps, press into breadcrumbs. Bake at 350 25-40 minutes, depending on the mushroom size (mine were big guys so they took almost 40 minutes). Remove from oven and sprinkle with reserved herbs.