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 October 10, 2011 Leave a Comment

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Before you think about making a prime rib roast invest in a good meat thermometor as the internal temperature not the time is your best guarantee for desired donensss, use nothing else but only fresh garlic a little salt and lots of fresh ground black pepper for this or you could use 1 teaspoon garlic salt using any other spices will take away the flavor nothing else is needed, cooking on very high heat then reducing the temperature will seal in all the meat juices to produce the most tender and flavorful prime rib, this actually is the method that a lot of the higher end restaurants use to make there prime rib and is the method I always use when I make prime rib roast at my home, the cooking time stated on the recipe is for a 3-4 pound prime rib, you can use this method for a larger prime rib and increase the cooking time please see bottom of directions, for a perfectly cooked prime rib roast a meat thermometer inserted in the roast should read about 140 degrees for medium-rare doneness, it is advised not to cook prime rib more that medium-rare… Important using more that the specified amount of salt will draw out the juices from the roast, you could add a little more but it is best to salt the meat after it is cooked, using a minimum amount of salt will insure a juicy tender prime rib roast, 1 teaspoon or less of salt will be fine and remember to remove your roast from the fridge about 2 hours before cooking

Servings 8-10


4 pounds center-cut prime rib roast (leave a layer of fat on the top for flavor

8 garlic cloves, sliced in half (or use as many as you like)

fresh ground black pepper (use lots!)

1/2 teaspoon white salt (can use up to 1 teaspoon or can use seasoned salt)

1/2 cup dry white wine

2 cups beef stock


Step 1 Using a knife, poke small holes all over uncooked roast, and insert a half of a clove of fresh garlic in the hole (as many holes and as much garlic as desired
Step 2 Cover roast, and refrigerate overnight.
Step 3 The next day, remove the roast from fridge and uncover; let sit out at room temperature for about 2 to 2-1/2 hours (this is an important step to relax the meat fibers, it will make for a more tender juicy roast, the length of counter-time will depend on the size of your roast).
Step 4 Set oven to 450°F and allow the oven to preheat for a minimum of 15 minutes.
Step 5 Season the roast with only a small amount of salt but lots of fresh ground black pepper pepper (that’s all nothing else but a little salt and fresh ground black pepper, using any other spices will take away the flavor from the prime rib!).
Step 6 Place the roast fat-side up on a rack in a shallow-sided pan, then insert a meat thermometer in the middle of the roast but not touching any rib bones.
Step 7 Roast uncovered at 450°F for 20 minutes (a few more minutes won’t hurt)
Step 8 After 20 minutes of high heat cooking reduce heat to 350°F and continue to roast for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes OR until the meat thermometer reads 130°F for rare doneness OR 140°F for medium-rare doneness, that is the way a prime rib really should be served, check your roast after 1 hour cooking time.
Step 9 *NOTE* It is strongly advised to remove the roast slightly before desired degree of doneness is achieved as the roast will continue to rise in temperature several degrees after removing from the oven.
Step 10 Remove meat to a carving board.
Step 11 Cover loosely with foil and allow let rest (DO NOT CUT INTO ROAST for at least 20 or more minutes or all juices in the meat will flow out).
Step 12 While the roast is resting prepare the au jus; place the roasting pan on top of the stove over high heat.
Step 13 Add in the wine; cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring and scraping any brown bits.
Step 14 Add in the beef stock; cook and reduce the juice by half (this might take about 20 minutes).
Step 15 Add salt and pepper to taste.
Step 16 Slice roast (just before serving!) and drizzle with some of the juice.
Step 17 *NOTE* if desired you can cover the roast loosely with foil the first hour and then uncover and cook for the remaining time.
Step 18 APPROXIMATE COOKING TIMES for the prime rib cooked at 350°F after the 20 minute cooking time at 450°F. ——- Rare; cook 12-13 minutes per pound or to 130°F. Medium-rare; cook 14-16 minutes per pound or to 140°F (I would not recommend cooking a prime rib any more than medium-rare). Since every oven cooks differently cooking times are only approximate.
Step 19 SUGGESTED SERVING PORTIONS PER PERSON —-for a generous serving of prime rib roast you should figure on 2 people per rib, that means if you plan to serve 6 people you should be able to do so with 3 ribs/ eight people with 4 ribs/ do not bother with less than 3 ribs anything less than that is not a roast but rather a steak and would be better treated as such.You will also find this recip on Recipezazz.com
Written By: kittencal on September 18, 2011 Leave a Comment

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This may be completely prepared and refrigerated up to 48 hours until ready to bake, use only russet potatoes and do not slice the potatoes leave them whole while cooking

Do not use the bottled dressing for this only dry mix and prepared with sour cream and mayonnaise, and for best flavor I recommend Hidden Valley dry mix, if desired omit the paprika and sprinkle 1 to 1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese on top after baking then return to oven for 5-8 minutes to melt the cheese



12 medium russet potatoes, peeled, leave potatoes whole do not slice (medium potatoes measuring about 4-inches in length and 2 inches wide, does not have to be exact)

1/3 cup butter, cubed

1 cup prepared Hidden Valley dry Ranch salad dressing mix (mix must be prepared with half mayonnaise and sour cream, then measured to 1 cup, save any remaining dressing for to use another time)

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1/4 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled (can use more bacon)

salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a 13  x 9-inch baking dish (an 11 x 7-inch pan will work also but it will be very full)

Place whole potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil, reduce heat cover and simmer until fork-tender tender (because the potatoes are cooked whole cooking time may take about 25 minutes).

Transfer potatoes to a large bowl, add in butter then mash.

Stir in prepared ranch salad dressing, cheddar cheese and bacon (the mixture will be slightly orange in color).

Season with salt and pepper to taste

Spread into baking dish.

Sprinkle lightly with paprika.

*** At this point you may cover and refrigerate until ready to bake (up to 24 hours).

Bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until heated through.

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 29, 2011 Leave a Comment

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Taken from my “Favorites” folder!

Servings 6 (all amounts may easily be doubled)


Cheddar Sauce:

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups light cream

1 1/4 cups shredded  cheddar cheese (a little more cheese won’t hurt!)

salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)


2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled then cut into about 1/4-inch-thick slices

6 garlic cloves, chopped (do not finely mince)

1 1/4 cups hot prepared cheese sauce

1/4 cup freshly grated  Parmesan cheese



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a 2-quart baking dish.

Place the potato slices and garlic cloves in a saucepan, and cover with water; bring to a boil until just tender (about 7-8 minutes) drain.

Prepare cheese sauce; place the flour in a medium heavy saucepan; gradually add the light cream stirring with a whisk until smooth and blended.

Place over medium heat; cook until thick (about 8 minutes).

Season with cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper if desired)

Arrange half of the cooked potatoes and garlic in baking dish.

Pour half of the sauce mixture over potatoes.

Repeat the procedure with remaining potatoes and garlic and remaining sauce mixture.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and paprika.

Bake for about 25 minutes or until bubbly.

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Written By: kittencal on August 28, 2011 Leave a Comment

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Plan ahead there is a 4 hour chilling time before serving

Servings 12-14


1 pound uncooked elbow macaroni

12  hard-cooked eggs (chop 6 eggs, then slice the remaining 6 to place on top of the prepared salad)

fully cooked ham, cubed (use as much ham as you like)

1 cup frozen peas, thawed

1 celery stalk, diced

1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

6-8 large green onions, chopped

1/2 (4 ounce) jar diced pimientos, drained

2 cups Hellman’s mayonnaise

1 teaspoon garlic powder

dry Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning mix, to taste, start with 1 tablespoon

seasoned salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Cook macaroni according to package directions; rinse in cold water then
drain and cool completely; then transfer to a large bowl.
Mix in 6 chopped hard-boiled eggs with next 6 ingredients.
In a bowl whisk the mayonnaise with garlic powder and dry ranch dressing mix (start with 1 tablespoon of dry ranch dressing mix and add in more to taste) pour over the salad mixture and toss to combine.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Place the remaining 6 sliced egg halves on top of the salad.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or more before serving.
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Written By: kittencal on August 26, 2011 1 Comment

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Taken from my “Favorites” folder!

Dough with egg takes a slightly longer time to rise, this may be made by hand also

Yield 1 loaf/25 slices


1 package active dry yeast (1/4 ounce/2-1/4 teaspoons)

3/4 cup warm water, divided (110 degrees  to 115 degrees F — or do the baby bottle wrist test)

1 cup 1% or 2% warm milk (110 degrees F  to 115 degrees F — or do the baby bottle wrist test)

1/4 cup soft butter

2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided

1 large egg yolk

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

4 to 4-1/2 cups white flour (American residents use white bread flour, Canadian residents can use all-purpose flour or half each)


1 egg white

2 teaspoons water

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1-1/2 tablespoons coarsely crushed dried minced onion

1 teaspoon each sesame, caraway and poppy seeds


In  heavy-duty mixer bowl dissolve/proof the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water and 1 teaspoon sugar for 8-10 minutes or until foamy (if the yeast does not foam discard and start over).

Add the remaining 1/4 cup water,  milk, butter, sugar, egg yolk, salt and 2 cups flour; using beater blade beat on medium speed for 3 minutes.

Stir in enough remaining flour to form a  firm dough.

Replace the beater blade with kneader blade; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes or until the dough is smooth adjusting flour or water as needed — important! stop the machine about halfway through kneading and allow dough to rest for 10-12 minutes then continue kneading again.

Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top; cover and let rise until doubled about (1 hour or more, dough with egg will take longer to rise and also depends on the temperature of your kitchen).

Punch dough down.

Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough into thirds.

Cover the ropes and allow to rest for about 5-7 minutes.

Shape each into a 20-inch rope

Place ropes on a large greased baking sheet and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under.

Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.

Meanwhile in a small bowl or cup combine the kosher salt with dried onion and seeds, then combine egg white and water; set aside while dough is rising.

Just before baking and after rising; brush the egg/water mixture over dough, then immediatly sprinkle the seed mixture on over dough.

Bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 22-28 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.

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