Written By: kittencal on April 29, 2012 Leave a Comment

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This is a classic Greek combination of baked eggplant only enhanced by the addition of feta cheese. Serve this vegetarian dish as an appetizer, side dish, or meatless or main dish.


2 pounds of eggplants (long slender type)

olive oil for frying

4 to 5 tablespoons of fresh chopped basil

5 cloves of garlic, minced

1 pound red ripe tomatoes, diced

1/2 pound Greek feta cheese, crumbled

salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Wash the eggplants, then remove stems; slice lengthwise into about 3/4- inch slices.

 Fry lightly in olive oil until soft and only slightly browned.

Layer the eggplant slices in the bottom of a greased baking sheet..

In a bowl combine the chopped tomatoes, basil, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste;  spoon the mixture over the eggplant slices.

Top with feta cheese, and bake for about 40-45 minutes.

Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

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Written By: kittencal on April 29, 2012 Leave a Comment

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Three ingredients, quick easy prep and you have one delicious appetizer! bottled or homemade pesto works fine, see my pesto recipe posted here on my food blog

Servings 6-8


1/2 cup prepared pesto

1/4 pound mozzarella cheese,  preferably fresh (for packaged cut ito abut 1/2-inch cubes — if using fresh mozzarella cheese, slice it)

1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Set rack to bottom position.

Grease a 9-inch pie plate.

Place the cheese squares or fresh slices in pie plate; bake for 4-6 minutes or until cheese begins to melt.

Remove from oven and drop the pesto by teaspoonfuls over hot cheese.

Top with Parmesan cheese.

Return to oven for 1 minute.

Written By: kittencal on December 9, 2011 Leave a Comment

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Garlic lovers can add in 2 teaspoon garlic powder in with the dry dressing mix


24 chicken wings or drumsticks

1/2 cup melted butter

1/4 cup hot pepper sauce (less, if desired)

3 tablespoons white vinegar

2  to 3  packages dry Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing mix (or as needed)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Grease a baking sheet.
In a bowl combine melted butter, vinegar and hot sauce.
Dip chicken in mixture first in butter mixture allowing any excess to drip off, then coat into the dry dressing mix.
Transfer coated wings or drumsticks to baking pan.
Bake for 35-45 minutes (for wings) 45 minutes for drumsticks or unti cooked.
Written By: kittencal on September 2, 2011 Leave a Comment

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Servings 6-8


(8 ounce) package cream cheese, very soft

1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

1 garlic clove, minced

1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese,divided

1-1/2 cups  prepared pizza sauce (or use your own favorite)

1 cup chopped pizza pepperoni slices (or use as much as you like)

pickled jalapeno slices (use as much as you like)

canned sliced black olives, drained (use as much as you like)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate.
In a bowl combine cream cheese with garlic and Italian seasoning; spread into bottom of pie plate.
Sprinkle 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese over cream cheese, then press gently to adhere the mozzarella cheese to the cream cheese (do not press the cheese all the way down).
Dollup then spread pizza sauce over top.
Sprinkle the chopped pepperoni over the pizza sauce.
Top with remaining 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, then sprinkle the pickled jalapeno and olive slices over the top of cheese.
Bake about 20-25 minutes or until hot.
Written By: kittencal on August 31, 2011 Leave a Comment

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Easy to make and very good, you can stuff the mushrooms in advance and refrigerate until ready to bake

Yield -  24 large mushrooms


1/2 pound bulk spicy pork sausage meat

24 large fresh mushrooms (with stems)

oil and 2 tablespoons butter

1 small onion, minced

4 large garlic cloves, minced

1 cup bread crumbs (seasoned or plain)

1/2 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese (more to sprinkle on top of mushrooms before baking)

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

seasoned salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste


In a small skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat until browned; remove to a bowl.

Remove stems from mushrooms and finely chop; set caps aside.

To the skillet add in chopped stems, onion and garlic; cook in oil and butter until softened (about 5 minutes, use as much oil as you need mixed with the butter or can use all butter).

Stir in the cooked sausage, bread crumbs and 1/2 cup shredded cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon about 2 tablespoons into each mushroom cap.

Grease a rack then fit the rack into a foil-lined large baking sheet.

Sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese.

Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 22-25 minutes or until mushrooms are tender.

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Written By: kittencal on August 25, 2011 Leave a Comment

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Taken from my “Favorites” folder!

Purchase the packages with the pan rolls attached together and do not separate the rolls

To make ahead; prepare as directed but omit oven warming, freeze up to 6 weeks, thaw in refrigerator overnight and then warm in oven as directed


1-1/2 cups finely chopped walnuts OR pecans

2 (9.25 ounce) packages pan rolls (do not separate the rolls!)

2/3 cup peach preserves

1/2 cup Hellman’s Dijonnaise mustard-mayonnaise blend

1 pound thinly sliced deli roast beef, chopped

1/2 pound provolone cheese slices ( can use cheddar cheese)

fresh ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Heat walnuts in a small nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, stirring often (about 5 to 6 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, do not omit the toasting!)

Remove rolls from packages. (do not separate the rolls).

Using a large serrated knife cut rolls in half horizontally, creating 1 top and 1 bottom per package.

Spread preserves on cut sides of top of rolls, then sprinkle with walnuts (about 3/4 cup for each pan roll package).

Spread mustard-mayonnaise blend on cut sides of bottom of rolls, then top with roast beef and cheese.

Sprinkle with pepper.

Cover with top halves of rolls, preserves sides facing down.

Wrap in aluminum foil.

At this point you may freeze for up to 6 weeks.

Bake at 325 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Slice into individual sandwiches.

Serve immediately.

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Written By: kittencal on August 22, 2011 Leave a Comment

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Plan ahead there is a 4 hour chilling time before serving, the longer the better!

Yield about 3 cups


1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 cup sour cream

1/4 cup mayonnaise

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped (or can use canned pickled jalapenos)

1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained (hand-squeeze to remove all excess moisture)

8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

hot sauce, to taste

fresh ground black pepper, to taste

crackers or chips or fresh vegetables

In a bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients until well combined.
Stir in corn and bacon, then season with black pepper and hot sauce.
Cover and refrigerate for 4 or more hours.
Serve with crackers, chips or vegetables.
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