Springy Egg Salad

Egg SaladCan I just say I love a good egg salad sandwich. I usually just toss stuff in there, no measuring, just mixing. Sometimes it turns out ideal, sometimes it doesn’t. This really is the beauty of measuring. Especially when you find the perfect recipe. I tried this one from Natural Noshings , because it’s Secret Recipe Club time! It was the perfect egg salad. I would have never thought of putting in vinegar. It added a delightful little tang. The radish, again a new ingredient for my egg salad, added a great little crunchy peppery goodness. It really is the ideal egg salad. I had a great time looking through my assignment this month, that had oodles of health recipes. A few of my other possibilities were Hot Maple Oat Bran, Cocoa Kissed Chia Energy Balls, and Smoky Broccoli Salad ! I am glad I went with the egg salad. What a perfect spring or summer lunch!

  • 4 hardboiled eggs, peeled and chopped
    2 scallions, chopped
    3 radishes, small diced
    3 Tbsp. Mayo
    1 tsp dijon mustard
    salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  1. Combine ingredients. I like to use a generous amount of salt and pepper. Add as you go tasting, your way through. Place in fridge until well chilled.
  2. Serve on bread, or with crackers, or on lettuce to make lettuce wraps.
  3. Eat and enjoy!

S’More Cookies

CookiesI made this month’s recipe for The Secret Recipe Club in record time. I received my assignment : Pumpkins and Peonies and read pretty much the entire blog. The first thing I noticed was the abundance of dessert recipes. Yum. I love me my dessert. So I knew that was the direction that I was heading in, and then realized I needed to make a dessert asap for a family gathering. I hadn’t decided what to make, which is rare. So , these cookies were chosen for a few reasons, I had all the ingredients, and they looked totally amazing delicious. They were. There, I ended all that suspense I was building up for you. This recipe was huge too, so I threw a bunch in the freezer. And by threw I mean carefully wrapped them and put them in a nice lidded container and gently placed them lovingly down. So if you are sad that summer has ended get to the kitchen and make these bad boys!

Cookie Dough:
2-1/2 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 c. vegetable shortening, at room temperature
1-1/2 c. sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. mini marshmallows
2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Graham Cracker Coating:
1 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1. Place butter and shortening in mixing bowl. Beat in sugar. Beat in eggs, one at time, then vanilla. Beat in first 4 dry ingredients. Fold in marshmallows and chocolate chips.
2. Combine graham cracker coating in separate bowl Roll about a Tbsp. of dough into bowl and roll into graham cracker crumbs.
3. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Place cookie balls on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees. Let rest for 1-2 minutes before you remove to cool.
4. Eat and enjoy!

Baked Spinach Ravioli with Pepperoni

RavioliIt’s time for The Secret Recipe Club. My most favourite cooking club of all. It’s also the only cooking club I belong too, but hey, it can still be my favourite, right? The basic premise is you get assigned a blog, you pick a recipe, you eat the recipe, you are happy. The Ravioli Recipe from Jenna over at The Painted Apron was the recipe we picked this month. By we, I mean I, although I did let the kids look at all the pins that I saved for later. I will certainly be back for more recipes, as this was one of my favourite blogs that I have been assigned to date. So many tasty vitals to pick from. A bit of everything, desserts, mains and appetizers , basically anything you could ever want to eat. Go, peruse, make and eat, and you will be happy you did.

  • 1 large package, 16 oz. fresh Spinach and cheese ravioli
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • pepperoni slices
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Boil large pot of water. Cook ravioli for 2 minutes. Drain. Combine marinara sauce with garlic powder and Italian seasonings.
  2. Grease a baking pan, Layer 1/2 ravioli, 1/2 sauce, 1/2 cheese, 1/2 pepperoni. Repeat layers.
  3. Cover with tinfoil. Bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees. Remove tin-foil and continue to bake for additional 15 minutes.
  4. Eat and enjoy!

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Chicken Corn Chowder

Chicken Corn ChowderWell, it is time for another round of…drumroll …..The Secret Recipe Club. This month we are actually doing two, so stay tuned for 2 weeks from this moment, for a special tailgate round-up. This is our usual third Monday, Group C, and I was lucky to be assigned Tea and Scones, and  big, big shocker, I didn’t make scones. Whoa. I know. Not only did I not choose scones I chose a soup recipe, this recipe for Chicken Corn Chowder. Wouldn’t you know it the day I planned to make it, it was plus 34 degrees. Well, that my friends is too hot for soup. Being a SRC Recipe, I made it anyways. I already  bought all the ingredients, I didn’t want to rush and have to make something else. Good thing it was darn delicious. Not one complaint did I hear. No it’s too hot. No why are you making soup mom? Nope none of that, just eating. Sometimes dinnertime silence is music to a mom’s ears. This was delicious and I can’t wait to make it again….when it gets a little cooler.

      4 slices bacon
      1/2 cup chopped onion
      3 tablespoons flour
      2 cups half-and-half
      1 cup milk
      2 cups chopped cooked chicken
      1 tablespoon Creole Seasonings-(I used Cajun)
      ½ teaspoon thyme
      1 (17-ounce) can whole Kernel com, drained
      1 large potato
      1 carrot, peeled
      6 tsp. chicken bouillon powder
      ¼ teaspoon pepper
    1. Cook bacon until crisp, crumble and set aside. While bacon is cooking chop potato and carrot into small bite-sized pieces.
    2. In bacon drippings cook onion until tender. Add flour. stir to coat. Stir in half-and-half and milk, with all the seasonings, potato, carrot, chicken, corn and bouillon.
    3. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 30 minutes.
    4. Scoop into bowls and top with crumbled bacon.
    5. Eat and enjoy!