Hot Corn Dip

LOVE this dip! Easy to make and a crowd pleaser! You've got to try this one!


1 (11 ounce) can Mexican corn, drained
1 (7 ounce) can of chopped green chiles, drained
1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
2/3 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup lite mayonnaise
Corn chips


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray.

2. In a separate bowl, mix together the corn, green chilies, Monterey and Parmesan cheese and mayonnaise. Spread into prepared dish and bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, or until bubbly.

Chicken Puttanesca

Well my husband says it is date this is his most favorite dish I have ever made. Loved the flavor, the spices and the way the chicken worked well in this pasta dish and I agree. It was fabulous and not difficult, you can actually make this as a mid-week dinner without spending more than 30 minutes preparing!


8 ounces uncooked refrigerated fresh fettuccine
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 cups tomato-basil pasta sauce (I used Ragu Light)
1/4 cup pitted and coarsely chopped kalamata olives
2 teaspoons capers
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup (1 ounce) shaved fresh Parmesan cheese
Chopped fresh basil or basil sprigs (optional)

1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and keep warm.

2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces. Add chicken to pan. Cook chicken 5 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in pasta sauce, olives, capers, and pepper; bring to a simmer. Cook 5 minutes or until chicken is done, stirring frequently. Arrange 1 cup pasta on each of 4 plates; top with 1 1/2 cups chicken mixture. Sprinkle each serving with 1 tablespoon cheese. Garnish with basil, if desired.

Salmon Croquettes

I cannot stress how delicious these are! Everything comes together just right in this recipe. Serve with a veggie side or a salad. (I did not picture the sauce in my picture but did make it and is delicious! Must serve it with this, it adds such an extra kick!)


1/4 cup light mayo, divided
4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, divided
2 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, divided
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 14oz can, pink salmon
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon finely chopped capers
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon salt


1. Combine 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon juice, 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard, and next 7 ingredients (through egg), stirring well. Add panko; toss. Shape mixture into 8 (3-inch) patties.

2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add patties; cook 5 minutes on each side or until browned.

3. Combine remaining mayonnaise, juice, and mustard with parsley, capers, garlic, and salt, stirring well.

Banana Nut Bread/Muffins

Super easy and very delicious! You can make this into a loaf or 12 muffins!


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 overripe bananas
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup pecans, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and lightly butter 2 muffin tins.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. Mash 2 of the bananas with a fork in a small bowl so they still have a bit of texture. With an electric mixer fitted with a wire whisk, whip the remaining bananas and sugar together like you mean it, for a good 3 minutes. Add the melted butter, eggs, and vanilla and beat well, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice. Mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated. Fold in the nuts and the mashed bananas with a rubber spatula. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins to fill them about halfway. Give them a rap on the counter to get any air bubbles out.

3. Bake until a toothpick stuck in the muffins comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before turning the muffins out. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Roasted Winter Squash with Cornbread Stuffing


Wonderful dish! You can also use pumpkin or acorn squash. For mine I used Butternut Squash. Enjoy! This recipe serves 2.


1 medium winter squash
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 cup reduced-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
3 tablespoons chopped pecans
1 1/2 cups cooked and crumbled cornbread
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
½ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper


1. Preheat oven to 400F. Cut squash into halves lengthwise and discard seeds. Brush cut sides with 1 tablespoon olive oil and place cut sides down on a baking sheet. Roast 25 minutes or until tender.
2. Soak dried fruit in hot water 10 minutes. Drain and discard liquid; set aside.
3. Heat remaining olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, sage and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Combine drained fruit, onion mixture, broth, pecans, cornbread, parsley, salt and pepper.
4. Place cornbread mixture into each squash half. Return squash to the oven and bake about 20 minutes, until stuffing is thoroughly heated and golden brown on top. Serves 2.

Green Froth Punch


This is great punch for any party! I myself made this for a halloween party just recently. (You can make the hand by putting water in a latex glove, tying, and freezing for a few hours!) This is not just a halloween punch! Great for anytime!


2 cups boiling water
1 pkg. (8-serving size) lime flavor gelatin
2 cups cold orange juice
1 (1 quart/1 liter) bottle seltzer, club soda or lemon-lime soda, chilled
Ice cubes
1 pint (2 cups/half liter) orange or lime sherbet, slightly softened
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 lime, thinly sliced


1. Stir boiling water into dry gelatin in large bowl at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved.

2. Stir in juice. Cool to room temperature.

3. Pour into punch bowl just before serving. Add seltzer (or club soda or lemon-lime soda, if using) and ice; stir. Add scoops of sherbet and fruit slices to punch or place around punch bowl.