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Karen's Kitchen

Karen's Kitchen
  • bacon bruschetta.jpg Bananas

    I love bananas. They are good for you but I love them for the taste not the health benefits. Also, almost everyone I know loves bacon. How could you not? So, combining bacon and bananas just seems like a natural to me. I was right. They are great together! I really hope you try some of these recipes. They are easy but so delicious. Each one has either bacon, bananas or both.

    March 28, 2012 2 Photos

  • pork chops.JPG Pot Luck with a difference

    Have you ever just opened your pantry door and stood there looking inside, trying to decide what to cook for dinner? I think most of us have done that at one time or another. It could be because we just don’t know what we are in the mood for or it may be that we didn’t have time to grocery shop and things are getting a little thin! Whatever the reason, we need some easy “go to” recipes for those situations.

    March 7, 2012 2 Photos

  • lemon chicken.JPG Easy can be delicious

    Just because a recipe is quick, easy or inexpensive, doesn’t mean that it can’t be delicious. With the use of spices and presentation you can make even the most inexpensive meal into a work of culinary art! I am not very good at presentation, I tend to cook really good food but then just slap it on the plate. I’m working on that and so should you. A pretty plate, a colorful mix of foods and a little garnish changes a ho-hum meal into a wow meal.

    February 29, 2012 2 Photos

  • stuffed squash.jpg Ground Beef Primer

    From time to time, I receive requests for articles and recipes on a specific topic. I have received several of those lately and will be trying to incorporate them as I can find the info and recipes. One recent one was for beef recipes. With the cost of food lately, inexpensive beef is a great meal make.

    February 15, 2012 2 Photos

  • PeanutButterPie.jpg Great Pies

    Most everyone loves a good pie. But, everyone also has their own favorite. I love easy pies, both sweet and savory. What is your favorite pie?
    Our first recipe is an old family favorite. My aunt Daisy used to make the best sliced sweet potato pie. Our family really looked forward to her pies at family events and Thanksgiving.

    January 25, 2012 2 Photos

  • Roman-Style-Chicken.jpg Make Ahead Dinners

    I spent most of Sunday cooking. I love to cook so that is not a hardship. in this case, I was cooking ahead. Cooking ahead is a great way to save time, money and effort.
    If you don’t really like to cook, it’s a great way to cook only once or twice a week. If you stay on the go a lot, cook most of the week’s meals at once and refrigerate or freeze them for later use. When you prepare a meal, it isn’t that difficult to prepare twice the amount that you need and freeze half. The next time that you’re in a hurry or just don’t feel like cooking, pull something out of the freezer, add a salad and bread and abracadabra, you have dinner.

    January 18, 2012 2 Photos

  • banana split cake.jpg Sweet treats for the New Year

    I know that we just finished the Christmas holidays and we all probably ate too much. However, New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. Also, there will be other needs for sweet stuff during the cold winter months and there is always Valentine’s Day in a few weeks. So, here are some great sweet treats. These are some of my favorites.
    The first is cream cheese Danish swirls. They are made with crescent rolls so they are very easy to make. If you have the crescent rolls, you probably have the other ingredients as well.

    December 30, 2011 2 Photos

  • christmas-sugar-cookies.jpg Christmas Eve is almost here

    t’s hard to believe that Saturday is Christmas Eve! Wow. This year has flown by. When your little ones are restless on Saturday and excited about Santa coming, here are some things to do. Bake cookies to leave with the traditional glass of milk for Santa.
    If you don’t normally do that, give it a try. You can start a tradition that your kids will then pass down to their kids and so on. Besides, it gives them something to do and the parents get to eat the results! This is a win-win situation.
    Our first recipe is my favorite. It’s cinnamon rolls. Yummo, as Rachel Ray would say. But, these use frozen bread dough, so you are even making the dough for them. Otherwise, you will have most of the ingredients. You can also use these as part of Christmas breakfast.

    December 21, 2011 1 Photo

  • cinnamon pecan.JPG Baking Christmas Cookies

    Christmas will be here before you can blink. I swear it comes earlier every year! At least it seems that way. I am not the best cookie baker in the world. I don’t know why. My BFF, Debbie Bridgers, can bake any cookie, any time. I struggle and struggle and can’t get half as good a cookie as she does. It’s just not fair!

    December 14, 2011 1 Photo

  • baked-turkey-sandwich.jpg The Feast What to do afterwards

    The big feast is done. Everyone has collapsed on the sofa to watch games or take naps. But then dinner rolls around and it’s time to feed some of the people again! Usually, at my house, that meal is just a smaller version of the feast. Everyone kind of gets a little of whatever was their favorite things from lunch.
    However, if you cook like we cook, there are still A LOT of leftovers. That’s where these recipes come in handy. These are what you do with some of the leftovers.
    The first one is for the turkey. This year, at my sister, Michelle’s house, we are cooking two turkeys. So, we will have plenty of turkey left over. This recipe is for a baked turkey sandwich.  It’s all melty delicousness!

    November 30, 2011 2 Photos

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