Thursday, July 7, 2011

Recipes from this Week

Well, it's been a whole week already since summer began. One of the things I love most about summer is that I have some time to spend in the kitchen. We hosted 3 BBQ suppers with company and I have made some other treats as well. Since I have been using this blog to record our lives at this moment, I think it is only fitting to include some of our favourite recipes as well. We've been eating well this week:

Clockwise from left: Broccoli and Cheese Salad, Homemade Burger patties, Mavis' Homemade Buns (Hot Dog and Hamburger), Scalloped Potatoes (from my MIL), Chipotle Sauce (in square dish on wooden tray) and Big Mac Sauce for Burgers (behind Caesar dressing on wooden tray)

Broccoli Salad


5 cups fresh broccoli florets

1 cup frozen sweet peas

1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, cubed

6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (or bacon bits)


    3/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise

    3 tablespoons sugar

    1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar


  1. Combine broccoli, peas, cheese, and bacon.
  2. Mix the dressing and toss with broccoli mixture.
  3. Chill and serve.

Best Burger Patties


500 g ground beef

1/2 cup of your favourite crackers (I like swiss cheese) soaked in 1/8 cup milk for 10 minutes

3 Tbsp French onion soup mix

1 Tbsp Worchestershire Sauce

3 Tbsp your favourite BBQ Sauce


  1. mix all ingredients in mixing bowl.
  2. form patties.
  3. fry in pan or grill on bbq.

Mavis' Homemade Buns Recipe



    2 tablespoons yeast

    2 tablespoons sugar

    1 cup water


    1/4 cup sugar

    1 1/2 tablespoons salt

    4 cups water

    1 cup oil

    1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar

    13 -15 cups flour (white, whole wheat or a mix of each)

    1/2 cup wheat germ (optional)


  1. Mix Yeast items and let stand in a large bowl (I like my tupperware thatsa bowl!).
  2. Knead out until dough is soft and does not stick to your hands.
  3. Cover and let rise 45 minutes.
  4. Punch down and let rise 30 minutes.
  5. Shape into buns and let rise for 2 hours.
  6. Bake at 375 for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.

Chipotle Southwest Sauce (Like Subway!)


1 cup mayonnaise

1/2 ounce Dijon mustard

1/2 ounce lime juice

1 ounce chipotle chiles in adobo, pureed or Epicure Selections Chipotle Spice to taste

1/4 ounce fresh garlic, minced

for extra kick add a few drops of Da' Bomb.


  1. Combine mayonnaise, mustard, lime juice, chipotle and garlic.
  2. Add salt to taste.
  3. Cover and chill before using on sandwiches, burgers, or as a salad dressing.

Big Mac Burger Sauce


1/2 cup Hellmann's mayonnaise

2 tablespoons French dressing

4 teaspoons heinz sweet pickle relish

1 tablespoon finely minced white onions

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Transfer sauce to a covered container and chill for several hours to allow flavors to blend.
  3. Stir sauce occasionally and again before serving.
Clock-wise from left: Catalina Chicken, Packaged Garden Salad, Perfect Baked Potatoes, Marinated Grilled Zucchini, Awesome Baked Potato Topper.

Catalina Chicken


1 (8 ounce) bottle catalina dressing, I've used this recipe before

2 tsp soy sauce

1 teaspoons ginger and 1 tsp garlic

6-8 chicken breasts ( you can also use thighs or quarters)


  1. Combine dressing, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic.
  2. Pour over chicken.
  3. Cover and marinate 6 hours or overnight.
  4. Drain.
  5. Grill or Bake, turning once until cooked through.

Marinated Grilled Zucchini


1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper

3 garlic cloves, crushed

6 chopped basil leaves, or use dried.

4 zucchini, halved lengthwise


  1. Mix together all ingredients except zucchini.
  2. Place zucchini in a flat baking dish or ziploc bag and pour mixture over.
  3. Let it marinate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Place on the grill and cook for 5 minutes or so on each side.

Baked Potato Topper


1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1/4 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons chopped green onions or 2 tablespoons chives

Bacon Bits (optional)


  1. Whip all ingredients together and serve over baked potatoes.

Baked Omelet Roll


6 eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 cup deli honey ham cut into thin slivers

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Beat eggs and milk until fluffy.
  3. Add flour, salt and pepper and beat or whisk until smooth.
  4. Pour into a buttered or greased 9 x 13 baking dish or pan.
  5. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes or until eggs are just about set (Keep an eye on them at the 6 minute mark -- depending on your oven, they could set that fast!).
  6. Sprinkle with ham evenly on top.
  7. Sprinkle with cheese.
  8. Bake for about 5 minutes more or until cheese is melted.
  9. Starting at short side, roll up omelet while still in pan.
  10. Place seam side down on serving dish.
  11. Cut into slices.
Cinnamon Buns ( bread machine )
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp butter
pinch salt
2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/4 tsp yeast
Measure all ingredients into bread machine baking pan and insert into machine and close lid.
Select DOUGH setting and push start. When cycle has finished, remove dough and let rest 10 minutes. Roll out onto a lightly floured surface into a 9 x 14 inch rectangle. Brush with melted butter and then mix together this:
1/2 -3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
1 tbsp flour
and then sprinkle on top of the melted butter. Roll up Jelly Roll style starting with the long end. Cut into 1 inch slices, using dental floss for perfect cuts, and then place into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes or until doubled in size. Bake at 350 degrees until light golden brown. Cool and ice with this:
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
pinch cream of tartar
icing sugar, enough to reach desired consistency (more for a thicker icing, less for a thin glaze)
Spread or drizzle desired amount of icing on each roll. Enjoy!


Sonya said...

You've been busy! Looks delicious. Will need to give a few of those recipes a whirl. ;)

PamJ said...

that broccoli salad was SO good. one of my faves!

Eileen said...

Looks yummy. Your recipes are very hard to read through the green background.

Pamela said...

odd...on my computer it is a white background??

Pamela said...

ok bizarre... On my mac the recipes look fine, but on the PC they have an odd green stripe over the ingredients. I tried to fix it but then the spacing was all strange. At least you can read it now. I'll try to fix the problem in my next recipe post on Friday.

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