Beef Filet Rolls with Soy Dipping Sauce


This is a great appetizer for a dinner party or any special occasion. A real crowd pleaser.

Beef Filet Rolls with Soy Dipping Sauce
Makes 24-30 rolls
2 pounds beef tenderloin, trimmed
1 cup low-sodium soy sauce
½ cup brown sugar
Kosher salt and black pepper
5 scallions, green tops cut into 3-inch strips sliced lengthwise (slice white tips thin for sauce)
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 3-inch thin strips
1 orange bell pepper, seeded and cut into 3-inch thin strips
Pre-heat oven to broil.
In a bowl mix together the soy sauce and brown sugar until dissolved. Slice beef into thin slices (about ¼-inch thick), place some plastic wrap on each piece and using a meat pounder, pound until about 1/8-inch thickness.  Place beef in the soy sauce mixture and marinate for 5 minutes.
Reserving the soy marinade, remove the beef, separate and shake off excess soy mixture and place each piece on a large work surface. Sprinkle each beef piece with salt and pepper then place one strip of scallion, red and orange bell pepper strips.  Roll up and place a wooden toothpick into center to hold together.

Lightly oil a broil pan and place beef roll ups evenly on pan.  Cook under the broiler for 3-4 minutes.



In a small sauce pan, pour in the reserved soy marinade and boil for 4-5 minutes.  Remove from heat and pour into a dipping bowl and add sliced white tip scallions.  Serve with the beef roll ups.


Posted in Appetizers, Recipes | Leave a comment

Pumpkin Soup


This is a perfect Fall soup that will warm you up on a chilly day and is very easy to make. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Soup
Serves 6-8
1 medium-sized fresh pumpkin, skinned, seeded and cut into chunks
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 large onions, sliced
5-6 tomatoes, quartered
¼ cup olive oil
32 ounces chicken broth
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup milk (regular or low-fat)
Salt and pepper to taste
Garnish with fresh chopped chives and a drizzle of heavy cream.
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
In a large roasting pan add the pumpkin chunks, garlic, onions and tomatoes.  Toss with the olive oil and roast for 1 hour until the pumpkin is tender.






In a large pot add the roasted vegetables and chicken broth.  Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth or you can use a blender or food processor and puree in batches then return to the pot.
Over low heat stir in the nutmeg, milk and salt and pepper to taste.   
Note: add additional milk and nutmeg to taste.
Serve with garlic, parmesan cheese baguette toasts.

Posted in Recipes, Soups | Leave a comment

Candy Corn Cupcakes



Candy Corn Cupcakes
1 box of plain white cake mix
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup vegetable oil
½ cup whole milk
2 large eggs
Yellow and orange food coloring
White frosting
Candy corns
Place cupcake liners into a cupcake pan.
In a large bowl add the cake mix, sour cream, oil, milk and eggs.  Using a hand mixer, mix until well combined and divide the batter evenly into two separate bowls.  Color half the batter with a few drops of orange food coloring and the other half with a few drops of yellow food coloring.  Fill each cupcake liner with ¼ cup of the yellow batter then top with the orange batter until each liner is half full.
Bake according to cake box directions.  Let cool and top with frosting and candy corns.

Posted in Desserts, Halloween, Holiday, Recipes | Leave a comment

Octoberfest Bar Peanuts


These peanuts are perfect for celebrating Octoberfest or if you are just kicking back watching a football game.

Make these this weekend and serve with a cold beer.

Bar Peanuts
1 pound raw peanuts
1 tablespoon clarified butter
½ teaspoon Herbs de Provence
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon  fine salt
½ teaspoon white pepper
½ teaspoon Lowry’s seasoning salt
¼ teaspoon sugar
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
In a large bowl toss the peanuts and clarified butter until coated.  Place the peanuts  evenly on a sheet pan and bake for 25 minutes.  Stir the peanuts every 5 minutes until done. 
Mix together the remaining ingredients. Once the peanuts have cooled to a warm temperature toss with the herb/spice mixture and serve warm.


Posted in Entertaining, Guests, Recipes, Snacks | Leave a comment

Homemade Apple Sauce


This apple sauce is absolutely pure sweetness and so easy to make. During the Fall season I like to serve as a side dish in carved out mini pumpkins.

It is also a wonderful served warm over a scoop of vanilla ice cream as a dessert.

Homemade Apple Sauce
Serves 6
4 cups red apples, peeled, cored and chopped
Juice from ½ of a lemon
¾ cups water
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add all the ingredients and stir together.  Cook for 15-20 minutes until the apples are soft. Remove from the heat and mash with a fork.  Serve warm or cold.

Posted in Dinner, Recipes | Leave a comment

Caesar Salad


This is my husband’s recipe — I love it!

He gets full credit for this one, recipe and picture.

Caesar Salad

1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ cup light virgin olive oil
2 heads of Romaine lettuce, chopped

Combine the first six ingredients together and mix well.  Chill until ready to use.

Chopped lettuce and chill in refrigerator.

*For the croutons — cube a ¼ baguette.  Lightly toss with olive oil and shredded parmesan cheese and baked in a 400 degree oven until toasted light brown.

Posted in Recipes, Salads | Leave a comment

Oreo Cookie Truffles


Oreo Cookie BallsSuper easy and fun to make.  Enjoy with a cold glass of milk.

Oreo Cookie Truffles
36 regular Oreo cookies
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
10 oz. milk chocolate chips
In a food processor add the cookies and cream cheese and process until smooth.  Roll the cookie mixture into 1-inch round balls and place on a large tray lined with waxed paper.  Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.

September 2013 022
In a small bowl place 1/3 of the chocolate chips and microwave on high for 1 minute, remove and stir until smooth.  Remove the cookie balls and roll into the melted chocolate and place back on the same tray.  Repeat the same process working in 1/3 batches of the chocolate chips. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Posted in Desserts, Recipes | 1 Comment

Mini Stuffed Sweet Peppers


Mini Peppers 005


Mini Stuffed Sweet Peppers
1 pound mini sweet bell peppers (assorted colors)
8 oz. lean ground turkey
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 small yellow onion, shredded (using a cheese grater works great)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
8 oz. fat-free cream cheese at room temperature
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the peppers in half lengthwise and using a small teaspoon scoop out the seeds and pith (Helpful hint: Even though my kids are older I still have a couple of baby spoons that work perfect for this task). Arrange peppers on a baking tray and roast for 5 minutes then remove from the oven to stuff.Mini Peppers 002

In a large sauté pan over medium heat cook the turkey for 5 minutes then add the Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, onion and garlic.  Cook until the turkey is fully cooked then add the cream cheese and Parmesan cheeses and parsley.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Stuff each pepper then bake for 20-25 minutes.

These can be made up to a day ahead and stored covered in the refrigerator until ready to bake.


Posted in Appetizers, Recipes | 1 Comment

Gazpacho Shooters




Gazpacho Shooters
1 hothouse cucumber, peeled
1 red bell pepper, seeded
4 vine-ripened tomatoes
1/4 medium red onion
1 garlic clove
1 cup low-sodium vegetable juice
¼ cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Roughly chop the vegetables and place all the ingredients into a food processor.  Blend until smooth.  Chill until ready to serve.

Pour into shot glasses and garnish with sliced cherry tomatoes.

Posted in Appetizers, Recipes | Leave a comment

Tempura Ahi Tuna Sushi w/ Wasabi-Avocado Cream & Pickled Cucumbers


Tempura Ahi Tuna Sushi w/ Wasabi-Avocado Cream & Pickled Cucumbers

I love these!!

Blended oil for deep frying
Fresh ahi tuna, cubed
Prepared sushi rice
Japanese tempura beer batter
Wasabi-avocado cream
Pickled cucumbers
Black sesame seeds, optional
Spoon 1 1/2 tablespoons of the prepared sushi rice on a work surface, place 1 cube of ahi tuna in the center then top another 1 tablespoon of rice.  Press into a square or ball.  Dip into Japanese tempura beer batter and fry until lightly golden brown. Drain on a paper towel, cool slightly then slice in half.  Top each half with wasabi-avocado cream
and pickled cucumbers.  Sprinkle with a few black sesame seeds.
Sushi Rice
2 cups sushi rice, rinsed in cold water until clear
2 1/8 cups water
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Put the rice in a large bowl and wash it with cold water. Repeat washing until the water becomes almost clear. Drain the rice in a colander then place in a rice cooker and add water. Let the rice soak in the water 10 minutes then start the rice cooker.  Once rice is cooked, let it steam for 10 minutes.

Prepare sushi vinegar by mixing rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a sauce pan. Put the pan on low heat and heat until the sugar dissolves. Cool the sushi vinegar mixture.

-Or-     You can use store bought prepared sushi vinegar.

Spread the hot steamed rice onto a baking pan to cool.  Once cooled transfer the rice to a bowl and sprinkle (a little at a time) of the vinegar mixture over the rice (you will only need 1 to 2 tablespoons) and fold the rice with a rice spatula, you may not need all of the vinegar just enough to keep sticky. Be careful not to smash the rice.
Japanese Tempura Beer Batter
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 egg whites
1 cup Japanese beer
In a medium bowl, whisk together all the ingredients.

Wasabi Avocado Cream

1 tablespoon wasabi powder
1/2 tablespoon cold water
1 avocado, peeled, seed removed and cut in half
1/4 cup heavy Cream
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon minced Jalapeno pepper  

Pinch of kosher salt
In a small dish, mix together the wasabi powder and cold water to make into a thick paste.  Set aside.
Next, place the prepared avocado and remaining ingredients into a blender or food processor and the wasabi paste and blend until smooth.  Note: add extra wasabi paste or Jalapeno peppers for desired spice.
Pickled Cucumber Relish
1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced small
1/8 cup rice vinegar
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
Pinch salt
In a small bowl, stir all of the ingredients together.  Let marinate for 5-10 minutes.

Posted in Appetizers, Recipes | Leave a comment