Tuesday, October 30, 2012


     These are some of my favorite recipes from my blog over the past few years.  Just in time for the holidays. Here is 1 appetizer, Hot Artichoke Dip; 1 entree, Seafood Lasagna; and 1 (great) dessert.  Linda usually makes these, and they are easier to prepare than they look .  For more information about each 1 check the original printing (the date is provided).


2 15 Oz. cans unmarinated artichoke hearts
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
2 cups parmesan cheese (grated)

Preparation Instructions:
Drain the artichoke hearts and shred into small pieces. Place in a casserole dish. Mix in mayonnaise, then parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve hot with crackers or bread of your choice.

That was easy!
(reprinted from Jan. 24, 2011) 
1 (16 0z) pkg. whole wheat lasagna noodles (white noodles will work too)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove minced garlic
1 lb. sliced portobello mushrooms (I like mushrooms, but we chose not to use them in this dish)
2 (16 oz.) jars Alfredo-style pasta sauce
1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 lb. bay scallops
1 lb. chopped imitation crab meat (we used 2 6-0z. cans of crab meat)
20 oz. ricotta cheese
1 egg
black pepper (to taste)
6 cups shredded Italian cheese blend
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute garlic and mushrooms until tender. Pour in Alfredo sauce. Stir in cooked seafood. Simmer 5 to 10 minutes, or until heated through. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, egg and pepper.
3. In a 9x13 inch baking dish, layer noodles, ricotta mixture, Alfredo mixture and shredded cheese. Repeat layers until all ingredients are used, ensuring that there is shredded cheese for the top.
4. Baked uncovered in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Cover, and bake 15 minutes.
Servings: 12
(reprinted from Mar. 3, 2009)
Butter a deep baking dish. Put in it:
4 cups sliced tart apples (peeled)
1/2 cup water

Mix with a fork:
3/4 cup flour (we use whole wheat flour)
1 cup brown sugar (unless you prefer white)
1 teaspn cinnamon
1/2 cup melted butter
(optional: chopped walnuts)
Spread the mix over the apples. Bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees until the apples are tender, and the crust is brown. This recipe serves 6 to 8 people, but you're all going to want a second serving so plan ahead.

It's good, and it's easy
(Reprinted from Sept. 25, 2009)