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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Fun with Watermelon

Summer is coming and the backyard BBQ's will be here soon too. Why not make this years memorable. Take a water melon and using and apple corer, remove a plug, set it aside. Then fill the watermelon with rum or vodka and just let it soak in. Always a hit. Spiked Watermelon Recipe Here.Here's a good link for you backyard bartenders. Click Here.


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Meat Cake, Huh???

Yes kids, I said...Meat Cake!!

I thought this was rather ingenious. For all those manly men, who don't care for those frilly Birthday cakes, here's a splendid alternative. Just click the button.


Monday, April 23, 2007

Cheap Cheesecake Recipe

I love cheesecake. Often, I could not afford it or really, even to make it at home. So...I cheated and made this recipe. It's much lower fat than true cheesecake but it's an inviting recipe, you'll love to make and share.

Babz Cheap Cheesecake

1 Graham Cracker Crust

1 pkg. Lemon Jello

1 8oz pkg. Cream Cheese

Comstock topping Blueberry/Cherries/Str

Boil one cup of water and pour over jello mix. Using a mixer, on a low setting, begin to blend most of the 8 oz. pkg. of cream cheese. Once mixture has been blended pour into your graham cracker crust a
nd allow to chill completely. Spread the topping of your choice. Serve and enjoy!

*I love to add extra lemon juice but it is not necessary.

**Make it Key Lime by using Lime Jello and spreading Cool Whip on top, after chilling


Sunday, April 22, 2007

Tuna Macaroni Salad

Summer's coming. Time to compile those good salad recipes...



1 # Box Macaroni (I prefer small shells)
1-2 cans Albacore Tuna Flaked
6 Hard boiled eggs
1 1/2 cups Mayo +
1 medium onion diced
1/4 to 1/2 stalk celery diced (include celery leaf)
1 dill pickle diced
Parsley (about 1/8 cup)
Salt & Pepper
1 tablespoon, "Jane's Crazy Mixed up Salt"
Dill weed is a pleasant variance

Cook Macaroni with a pinch of salt and a spot of oil, a la dente' and rinse with cold water. Combine all ingredients and allow to chill.


Saturday, April 21, 2007

Spaghetti Pie


Pie Dish
6 ounces of uncooked spaghetti
1 egg
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 pound lean ground beef
1 can of frenches fried onions
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
1 jar spaghetti sauce(I'm not a big sauce person so i only use 1/2 a jar )
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
and a bunch of pepperonis

Step 1:

combine cooked spaghetti, Parmesan cheese and egg.

Step 2:

Press over the bottom and up sides of pan to form a "crust."

Step 3:

Fry ground beef... add onions when browning begins.

Step 4:

and then the sauce...stir.

Step 5:

add meat/sauce mix, cheese, and toppings of choice.

Step 6:

Bake till cheese is golden brown.

Step 7:

Slice it up. and eat!

Spaghetti Pie recipe photos 8

Thursday, April 12, 2007

~AZCG's Green Bean Casserole ~

I am pleased as punch to get this recipe on Real Food for Real People. AZCG is an old friend. She doesn't have a blog of her own but she's always in the Blogosphere and has been for, a long time. "AZCG" stands for Arizona Country Girl, as she hails from Arizona. But you'd never know or ever think she was any simple country girl. She's got poise and grace but her wit is as sharp as a tack. I call her my friend and hope you'll enjoy this recipe. Now, I don't know about you but after 48 years of eating peoples plain ol' green bean casserole, all the time, this is a much needed, much welcome variation. You go girl!

My first recipe for Real Food For Real People. Thanks.

AZCG's Green Bean Casserole


1 lb. bacon
1 lb. sharp or extra sharp cheddar cheese

4 cans green beans
3 cans cream of mushroom soup


Cut up bacon and fry (I like my cooked but not too crisp) Grate cheese
Open and drain green beans (MUST BE DRAINED!)
Open mushroom soup

You can cook this in a casserole or a slow cooker. I use a slow cooker for pot lucks because it is more convenient and I bake it in a casserole dish for dinners at home.

Now layer ingredients in the crockpot or casserole dish (1 can mushroom soup, then 1 and 1/3 can drained green beans, grated cheese, and bacon bits) you should have three layers and I always end with cheese and bacon on top (it's prettier than soup or beans on top). Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or if you use a slow cooker it will take about 3 1/2 hours on high to heat completely. Stir before serving.

I purchase my ingredients on sale and use coupons so the entire dish cost me $5.24. If you love mushrooms you can buy fresh and slice or chop them and add them as you do your layers. I also suggest that you buy quality cheese because some cheap cheeses don't melt very well. One more suggestion is that I always take an extra can of green beans and add it to the heated pot if more guests show up than you expected.

Thanks, AZCG

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Chuck's Sangria Favorites

Traditional Sangria Wine originated in Spain and was introduced to the world at the 1964 Worlds Fair. A good Red Wine mixed with Brandy and Fruit.

And now, courtesy of, some Fun sangria recipes:


1 bottle Rioja or other red wine

1 shot glass of lime juice

2 shots of Bacardi

various seasonal fruit, chopped up

Mix everything together, stir well & refrigerate overnight. Serve with ice cubes.


2 bottles fruity red wine

15 ounces of cranberry juice

10 ounces of Grenadine

8 ounces Sweet Vermouth

This tastes better if you make it ahead of time: Mix all ingredients together & stir well. Throw in some cherries & orange circles & refrigerate overnight. Serve over ice. Enjoy.


1 bottle Roija or other red wine

1 bottle (750 ml) Sprite

4 cups Irish whiskey

4 plums, cut into small pieces

1 cup sugar

1 can (12 oz) lemonade concentrate

Mix everything together & refrigerate overnight. Pout into a pitcher & serve over ice.


4 bottles Cabernet Sauvignon, warm

1 bottle White Zinfandel, warm

3/4 quart orange juice

2 small cans pineapple juice

1 can Sprite

1/4 cup Grand Marnier

3 oranges - cut into wheels

3 limes - quartered

6 strawberries - halved

Combine ingredients in a vat and let sit for 2 hours. Then refrigerate overnight. Serve over ice, and add fresh fruit.