Friday, February 25, 2011

Easy Peach Lemon Trifle

I always like to share my mishaps. I tell Little Miss J that nobody is perfect and here is a perfect example! So Have you ever made a cake and it turned out like this? Well I had this fabulous plan that I was going to make a cake for neighbor Anne for her birthday and this is how it turned out. Well back to the drawing board but what to do with this cake. As you know I am not one to waist food and hubby always enjoys any good sweet so this is what we did!

Easy Peach Lemon Trifle Ingredients:
1 baked gluten free lemon cake in any condition
2 cans of Peaches
1 can of Whipping Cream

Take the cake and break it up in pieces removing the crust.
Take whipped Cream and put in bottom of bowl.  

Place 1/3 of the cake in a bowl and top with Peach juice from can

Then add Peaches on top of the cake mixture.

Cover with Whipped Cream

Place 1/3 of the cake in a bowl and top with Peach juice from can.
Then add Peaches on top of the cake mixture.

Cover with Whipped Cream

Bon Appetite and Enjoy!

Sheila Fretz

Monday, February 21, 2011

Root Beer Honey Ribs ala Crock pot.

Well this week has started off a little crazy. My Little Miss J has the flu plus we have 98 boxes of girl scout cookies to deliver either via car, wagon or USPS. In addition to I have a winner to announce for my Coach's Oat's Giveaway. Which is Fncycwgrl on twitter, She wrote on my blog that she too would make oat meal cookies to course! They are my favorite!

So if you are like me you don’t want to worry about making dinner too! So It’s time to either get the Slow Cooker out or figure something else out. Well you know me I’m not going to let my family down so we got the Slow Cooker out.

Serves 3 to 4

Root Beer Ribs Ala Slow Cooker Iingredient's:
½  Rack of Ribs cut in half
3 Yams peeled and sliced into 4 to 5 pieces
1 cup of Carrots peeled. I used Mini peeled
1 12 0z Root Beer
1 Jar of your favorite Gluten free Honey BBQ Sauce.

Place the Ribs and Yams Plus Carrots in the Slow Cooker.

Next add the BBQ Sauce on top of meat and One 12 oz Root beer I used Virgil’s
Cook in Slow Cooker for 4 and ½ hours on high.

Just before you are ready to serve drain the liquid off the meat and Vegetables and reduce until it comes back to this consistency.

Serve on a bed of Mr. Fix It's Mashed Potatoes with the Vegetables and Ribs.

Bon Appetite and Enjoy

Sheila Fretz

Friday, February 18, 2011

Sweet Italian Sausage with Peppers

This is one of my go to recipes when I get home late from work and I have a lot of homework that needs to be done with Miss J.

Sweet Italian Sausage with Peppers Ingredients:
6 Italian Sausages
1 Large Onion
1 Large Bell Pepper any color
2 or 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to Taste
2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line a 11" x 17" Cookie sheet with Foil.
Take and slice Onion in 4 Thick Slices
Take and slice the Bell Pepper in Julienne Slices

Toss Vegetables in olive oil then season with Salt Pepper and Garlic Powder.

Cook for 1 Hour flipping sausage and Vegetables half way through.

Serve on a bed of pasta or with with your favorite  spaghetti sauce or Drunken Meat Sauce or in a Hot Dog Bun or French Bread with your favorite mustard, your choice!

Tip of the day: after you make your spaghetti sauce and have left overs put in the freezer for nights like this then all you have to do is defrost and serve.

Enjoy and Bon Appetite.

Sheila Fretz

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Easy Breezy Pasta with Asparagus, Chicken and Cherry Tomatoes with a Mushroom Glaze

The Other Day after cleaning out my refrigerator, I noticed I had some asparagus that had started to wilt and  needed to be eaten right away; and some Cherry Tomatoes in the same condition. I thought to myself I have to make something right away with these items or they are going to end up in the garbage in the next couple of days. So I pulled out a couple Chicken tenders out of the freezer and defrosted them. Then I started to envision what we could have for dinner.

Easy Breezy Pasta with Asparagus, Chicken and Cherry Tomatoes with a Mushroom Glaze Ingredients:
1 Large Bunch of Asparagus about 2 cups chopped in 3 pieces
2 Cups Cherry Tomatoes
4 Chicken tenders
3 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
2 Tablespoon of crushed Garlic
1 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
3/4 Cup of Mushroom Broth
1 box of Cooked Pasta I used Gluten Free
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Pepper
Garnish with Chopped Basil Optional

Boil Water for Pasta and add Olive 1 teaspoon Olive Oil

Take Olive Oil and Heat in Wok, Cook Garlic 1st until golden, Add Chicken

Then add Asparagus and Tomatoes

Add Salt Pepper and Garlic Powder

Add Mushroom Broth then Parmesan Cheese

When Pasta is cooked strain and poor back in Large Pot Pasta was cooked in then add Chicken Asparagus mixture and Toss evenly.

Serve with Parmesan and Chopped Basil optional.

Bon Appetite and Enjoy

Sheila Fretz 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Blueberry White Chocolate Cookies, Oh My !

About a month ago I was walking through my local Costco and I noticed that they were demonstrating a new product called Coach’s Oats.  They looked very interesting and I tasted them in the store. They reminded me of a cross between a steel cut oats and a old fashioned oat. On my way home Costco, I tweeted about these fabulous oat’s and Coach’s Oats soon contacted me asking if I would like to receive some samples. Since then I have learned that not all Costco stores carry there product. The oats come in 48 oz bags and are just that, all natural 100% whole grain oats in a bag. Each 48 oz bag contains about 34 servings. (The Costco bag is 72 oz. = exclusive to Costco).  However if you go to Coach’s Oats  website, you can purchase there fabulous products.

So after receiving this fabulous product and eating it for breakfast the last couple of weeks. Coaches Oates has agreed to do a give away with Cooking Underwriter. Coaches Oates has not sponsored Cooking underwriter in any way!  Coach's Oats has just agreed to send one lucky reader 20 sample packages. You to can design a fabulous recipe to use your Coaches Oats with or just eat their wonderful product for breakfast or even a snack anytime.

Now On to the recipe Blueberry White Chocolate Cookies, Oh My! What a healthy holiday cookie to make for your loved one on this special say of love.

Blueberry White Chocolate Cookies Oh My Ingredients:

½ cup softened butter

3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon Xanthium gum
1 3/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup Coach’s Oats
1 ½ cups Gluten Free Old Fashioned Oats
2 cups Gluten Free white chocolate chips
1 cup dried blueberries.

Preheat convection oven to 350 degrees

Cream Sugars and butter.

Next add Eggs and Vanilla

Sift together flour, Xanthium Gum and Baking Soda and mix with creamed Butter mixture.
Now add the coach’s oats and the old fashioned oats until thoroughly blended together.

Last Mix in the White Chocolate Chips and Dried blueberries.
Scoop out with a melon baller or cookie scoop and place on either parchment lines or silpat lined baking sheet .

Bake for 9 minutes until golden brown cool then serve.

Now to Enter and Win the 20 sample packages of Coach's Oats Giveaway,  here is how:

Friday, February 4, 2011

Super Bowl XLV let The party begin

So if your like me you start to think about what to serve at your Supper Bowl party about 2 weeks prior to the actual game day. This Year Super Bowl XLV will be held in Cowboy Stadium in Dallas Texas. What this means to me is a good bowl of Red is in order, that’s Texan talk for Chili, plus a couple extra options for those who are not chili fans. So at my Super Bowl Fiesta I will probably make a lot of finger food including: Home made Chicken tenders, Grilled Peppers and Onions to go with Brett’s Brats and Bacon wrapped Itallian Sausage, Chili, Alfredo Corn on the cob, Fritto Pie, Chicken Ceasar Pasta Salad, Summer in a Bowl, Dates stuffed with Goat Cheese wrapped in Bacon, Baby Dogs wrapped in Bacon, Fig, Apple, Bacon and Onion Glaze served on a bed of Warmed Brie, A spicy Date in a blanket, Hot and Spicy Artichoke Dip, 7 layer Bean Dip ( I will Post on Monday), plus the traditional Chips Salsa and Guacamole. Plus we will have the Tradional Margaritas, Grapefruit Margaritas and Greyhounds at Sunset and Beer. For dessert, Homemade brownies and Cookie Crisp Rice Crispy Treats.

It should be a fun game the Pittsburg Steelers are playing the Greenbay Packers. Christina Aguilera is scheduled to sing National Anthem.

The Black Eyed Peas are playing in the Half Time show.

Here are all of my links to my recipes:


Brett’s Brats and Bacon wrapped Itallian Sausage

7 layer Bean Dip  plus the traditional Chips Salsa and Guacamole.

So What will you make?

Have a great Super Bowl XLV and don't eat to much! LOL


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Frito Pie

So I love a good bowl of Chili, but, I also like to not waste and throw things away. So when I make a good bowl of Red, I always make Frito pie or Chili dogs within that week because I am not one to waste food.The rest  of the Chili goes into 2 cup portions in the freezer or to share with friends and family. I always put out a Frito Pie Bar and or a Taco Bar for Super Bowl Sunday and let the folks make there own. Here are the directions for a single portion.

1/ 2 cup rough crushed Frito King Size Corn Chips
1 cup Chili
2 tablespoons Shredded Cheddar Cheese or Shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese
2 Tablespoons Chopped Tomatoes
2 Tablespoons Sliced Black Olives
1 or 2 Tablespoons Sour Cream
1 or two teaspoons Green onions.

Take Frito’s and Crush roughly.

1 Cup Chili on top, Next add Cheese

Then add the following items which are all (optional)
Tomatoes, Olives, Sour Cream and Green Onions

Bon Appetite and Enjoy

Sheila Fretz

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Grey Hound at Sunset

A Grey Hound at Sunset. So as you know a week ago Wednesday I made a great Grapefruit Margarita. It was so yummy and tasty. I had to think of another way to use it. So Sunday here in Sunny Southern California it was raining and when I say Raining it was coming down like cats and dogs as people say.  I wanted a ray of sunshine so badly that I thought I will make a drink that reminds me of the Sun and that’s where the Grapefruit Margarita mix comes in hand. I like to make a mix then use it as many ways as possible.

A Grey Hound at Sunset Ingredients:
1 Shot of Gluten Free Vodka
1 Shot of Cranberry Pomegranate juice
1 Large glass of Ice.

Take a large glass and fill with ice about 3/4 full.
Next Add One Shot of Vodka

6 ounces of grapefruit juice which is 3 shots to be exact.

1 Shot of Cranberry Pomegranate
Do NOT stir just serve.

Bon Appetire and Cheers

Sheila Fretz