Fresh Pesto

This is Mike’s recipe for fresh pesto. We’ve eaten it on linguine and fettuccine. It is marvelous! The dark green hue is quite beautiful against a light colored plate, and its fresh, nutty taste blends well with pasta. Of course it has fresh basil in it, and since I’m Italian I always think fresh herbs…

Italian Seasoning Mix

If you don’t have Italian seasoning in the cupboard, just follow this simple recipe and make your own. It has countless uses, and if you were around our home when Mike makes his famous NY Pizza, you’d see him sprinkling it on the cheese pies when he pulls them out of the oven. Italian Seasoning…

Simple Marinara

This is a basic, tasty marinara. This can be served over any pasta. Feel free to add more spices at the end such as oregano, garlic powder, dried basil, etc. to suit your taste. This is a recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentiis. Simple Marinara 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 2…

Simple Secret Pickled Beets

Mike received this recipe from a family back in New York who used to bring them to a church potluck. We now can them almost every year. Cook beets and peel. Cube beets or cut into chunks and put in clean, sterilized mason jars. Make syrup below and follow instructions. Simple Secret Pickled Beets Syrup:…

Dill Dip

Dill Dip 1 1/3 c. mayonnaise* 1 1/3 c. sour cream* 2 T. grated onion 2 T. parsley flakes 2 t. accent 2 t. season salt 2 t. dill weed 1 t. Worcestershire sauce (there are vegetarian brands at a health food store) Several drops of Tabasco sauce Mix all ingredients together. Chill. Serve with…

Corn Chip Dip

Corn Chip Dip 2 (11oz.) cans Mexicorn, drained 1 (10oz.) can Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies, not drained 1 c. cheddar cheese, shredded 1 bunch green onions, chopped 1 c. mayonnaise Mix first five ingredients together and chill for several hours. Serve with corn chips.

Herbes de Provence

Herbes de Provence 3 tablespoons dried marjoram 1 teaspoon dried rosemary 3 tablespoons dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon dried sage 3 tablespoons dried savory 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed 1 teaspoon dried basil Combine all ingredients. Mix well and spoon into small jars. Yields 3/4 c.

Vegan “Parmesan” Cheese Substitute

Looking for a vegan Parmesan cheese substitute that won’t make you turn up your nose? We’ve used this one successfully, and we really like it! We Italians like to shake cheese on our pasta. This recipe will get you shaking again if you’re a vegan, and you won’t even think twice! Vegan “Parmesan” Cheese Substitute…

All Purpose Seasoning

All Purpose Seasoning 1 c. nutritional yeast flakes (found in health food stores) 3 T. salt 1 T. onion powder 1 T. paprika 2 t. garlic powder 1 t. parsley 1/2 t. celery salt OR ground celery seed 1/2 t. turmeric Mix together and store in airtight container. Works great in place of chicken seasoning.

Chili Seasoning

Chili Seasoning 2 T. each: paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper 1 T. each: oregano and garlic powder 1 t. each: sage and thyme 1/2 t. turmeric Mix together and store in airtight container.

Egg Replacer

Some people are allergic to eggs and others choose to leave them out for dietary purposes. There are different types of egg replacers. Some work well as binders with loaves and others work better with baked goods. Here is a great recipe especially for use in baked goods. Egg Replacer: 1 cup potato flour ¾…

Oriana’s Tofu Spread

Looking for a vegan spread or dip? This one submitted by Shelby Ruttan might just fit the bill. Mom’s Friend Oriana’s Tofu Spread 1 brick tofu (I used firm) 1/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes 4 tbsp. vegan mayonnaise (you can use regular mayonnaise here also) 1 celery stick, diced fine 2 green onions, diced fine…

Breading Meal

Don’t have any bread crumbs to coat your vegetarian steaks or choplets? There’s no need to run to the store when you have this recipe. Adjust the seasonings according to your taste (such as pepper or cajun seasoning for a kick) and make extra to store in your refrigerator. Breading Meal 2 c. flour (white…

Caesar Dressing

Finally a Caesar Dressing without eggs and anchovies! Thank-you Linda Sturm for submitting this recipe. I can’t wait to try it! Caesar Dressing ¾ c. Kraft Mayonnaise 1 very large clove of garlic (or 2 medium) 2 T. Parmesan Cheese 1 t. Dijon mustard 1 t. Worcestershire Sauce 1 T. Lemon Juice Whiz in processor…

Zesty Barbecue Sauce for Crispy Chik

Zesty Barbecue Sauce for Crispy Chik 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce ¼ c. catsup 2 T. lemon juice 2 T. brown sugar 1 T. dried onion ¼ t. garlic salt Simmer 15 minutes. I double and freeze in small jars. I take a crispy chik pattie and cut into 8 little pie shaped pieces…

Crackers

Crackers 3 c. quick oats (If you don’t have quick oats, pulse old-fashioned oats in a blender to get the same texture). 2 c. flour (or use 1½ c flour and ½ c. pecan meal) 1 c. *wheat germ 1 Tablespoon salt ¾- 1 c. brown sugar 1 ¼ c. water ¾ cup olive oil…

Fresh Pesto (Version #2)

The following recipe is a delicious pesto variation from our good friend Kim. Kim and her husband Kimber are “foodies” in the very best sense of the word, and they love using the freshest ingredients. Enjoy this wonderful recipe! Fresh Pesto 1/2 Cup olive oil 3 cloves garlic 1/4 tsp. salt 2 Tbsp. pine nuts…

Better Than Graham Cracker Crust

Here is a pie crust that is a much healthier version than the traditional graham cracker crust. It takes a little longer than purchasing a ready-made crust, but it is so much healthier for your family and it’s vegan too, if you substitute margarine for the butter. If you make up a few batches ahead…

Oil Crust

I love using an oil crust because it’s quick and easy. This was given to me by my mother-in-law many years ago and I use it for both my dessert pies and savory pies. When making a pot pie, I prefer using half whole wheat, half white and I often make little leaves and berries…

Easy Granola Crust

Have any granola sitting around? Use it to make a delicious pie crust. It doesn’t get much easier than this! Easy Granola Crust 3 c. granola 2 Tbsp. oil 2 Tbsp. water Blend granola in a blender, then remove to a mixing bowl. Add your oil and water to moisten and press into pan. Bake…

Bean Spread

Here is a versatile bean spread you can use as a filling on a sandwich with lettuce and tomato or as a spread on crackers. It’s filling, full of fiber, and economical. If you don’t like celery, try sliced black olives instead. Bean Spread 1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained (or 2 c. cooked)…

Mushrooms

This is a simple but tasty way to use mushrooms in your cooking. Enjoy the possibilities! Mushrooms Take thinly sliced mushrooms and sauté in a small amount of butter. Add *Worcestershire Sauce and seasoned salt and sauté until all the liquid is absorbed. Spread Italian Bread with garlic butter and place under the broiler until…