Wartime Iowa Pea Salad

This is a perfect salad for Thanksgiving! Iowa Pea Salad was a favorite during the wartime when food was being rationed. It is an inexpensive yet delicious way to use pasta, bacon, green onions, cheese and peas. Any type of sweet baby peas can be used in this recipe (canned, fresh or thawed frozen) but chances are, during the war, […]

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Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This is a copycat recipe of Panera Breads Broccoli Cheddar Soup. It turned out cheesy and VERY good! It tasted just like Panera Breads soup in my opinion. I found this recipe in the book “Six Sisters’ Stuff Copycat Cooking” which has many recipes so expect me to post some more.   Ingredients   In a small skillet over medium […]

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Bruschetta Shrimp Pasta

Bruschetta Shrimp Pasta is made with angel hair pasta, shrimp, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, seasonings, Parmesan cheese and a touch of cream. This is a delicious and easy meal to prepare and it will impress anyone you serve it to! This  recipe was given to me from the cooking class.   Ingredients   In a large skillet over medium […]

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Easy Chicken Cheddar Sandwich Melt

A seasoned chicken breast in between two thick sliced, buttered and grilled pieces of bread, melted cheddar cheese, honey mustard (or your favorite) slathered inside with apple slices and lettuce or other shredded vegetable. I made this in a cooking class and it tasted amazing!   Ingredients   In a small bowl or container toss the vegetable, apple, thyme, salt, […]

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Broccoli Apple Bacon Salad

What a delicious combination with broccoli, onion, apples, cranberries, sunflower seeds and did I mention there is an entire 1/2 pound of bacon!!! All that goodness tossed with a homemade sweet and sour dressing made this a wonderful salad. This was another recipe from a class that I attended.   Ingredients   In a large bowl add the broccoli.   […]

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Mongolian Beef With Ramen Noodles

Mongolian Beef With Noodles is made with steak, carrots, broccoli, garlic and Ramen Noodles tossed in a delicious sauce and topped off with toasted sesame seeds. This is a quick and easy meal that I absolutely loved!   Another cooking class recipe by Chef Christal Jakopak. Like the other class food pictures, not the best quality pictures but the class […]

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Cajun Butter Pasta

A delicious Cajun Butter Pasta that is made with fettuccini, asparagus, garlic, parmesan cheese, white wine and cherry tomatoes tossed with just enough Cajun seasoned cream sauce. You can substitute chicken broth for the wine and any other vegetable for the asparagus if you want. Feel free to increase the Cajun seasoning if you like it spicy. This recipe is […]

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Beef Tamale Pie

Beef Tamale Pie has a corn muffin bottom, topped with red enchilada sauce, ground beef with onions and green peppers then all that covered with cheese. This is another cooking class recipe so pictures were taken quickly. This was made in an aluminum pan so we could take it home. I don’t care for green peppers so this was given […]

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Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie is full of chicken and vegetables that are cooked in one skillet then covered with pie dough and baked in the oven. Use a cast iron skillet (or an oven safe skillet) and everything can be done in one pan. This is another post from a cooking class that I attended. The pictures were taken in […]

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Taco Zucchini Boats

Zucchini filled with taco seasoned ground beef, topped with tomato and smothered in cheese. Bake it in the oven and garnish with green onion for the perfect meal. When I stopped at the farm market I found small zucchini that were two for $1.00. It is the end of the growing season where I live so I thought I would […]

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