Recipes from My Kitchen

No Flour Chocolate Cake

I have been on a quest searching for a gluten-free alternative to chocolate cake. It also had to be Weight Watchers Points Plus friendly, so it has been interesting. You can imagine my delight when I found this recipe on Hungry Girl’s website this morning! I just had to share it! Image credit and recipe credit: HungryGirl.com HG’s Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Cake No-Flour Power Black beans are the best thing to happen to baked goods since canned pumpkin! You won’t believe how []

Apple Streusel Slab Pie

There is nothing better than a big slice of warm apple pie with ice cream, or cool-whip, or real whipped cream!  I have struggled to find a Weight Watchers friendly version forever.  Guess what?  I found one and it is better than real apple pie.  Just ask my wonderful husband, Ron and he will tell you it is the best. I follow hungry-girl.com and am always on the lookout for low-fat, smart calorie versions of higher fat foods.  This recipe can be []

Healthy Autumn Banana Bread

I swear I just bought those bananas a few days ago!  Nevertheless, there on my counter were bananas that were so ripe they had fallen from the stand they hang from.  There is nothing left to do at this point, but make banana bread, my husband’s favorite. Now to be honest, I have a recipe from The Betty Crocker Cookbook that I like to use. However, I have made some healthy changes to adapt the recipe to our needs.  The banana bread []

Persimmon–An Asian Fruit

Have you ever heard of persimmons?  Since moving back to Florida a couple of years ago, I have had the best time discovering all kinds of different plants to grow and eat.  My neighbor, Su, shared some of these orange gems with me and they are fabulous! Persimmons taste like a cross between a banana and a mango.  I sliced one this morning and cooked it in with my oatmeal.  WOW!  What a different flavor that was.  Fabulous.  They say to let []

Sushi Making 101

I had a wonderful morning learning how to make Sushi with my next door neighbor Tsuvako, (Su) who is from Okinawa.  She was a patient and kind teacher.  Our other friend Connie, who is from China also came.  Connie made Chinese Pot Stickers for our feast.  We had a great time learning to make sushi. It all starts with sushi rice, and sushi rice vinegar.  Su has a rice cooker so it makes the chore quite easy.  Once the rice is cooked []

Joe Patti’s Seafood Adventure

Tabitha is here!  We took a trip down to the beach this morning.  it was a balmy 86 degrees! After that we took a little trip to pick up some seafood at Joe Patti’s world famous Fish Market here in Pensacola, Florida.      This is the front of the market.           Here is Joe Patti himself.  He said it was a pleasure to take care of such beautiful ladies We bought shrimp, scallops, Mahi-Mahi, grouper, and salmon.  Tabitha wanted to come []

Oregano Mint Vinegar

My mint was starting to look a bit bedraggled out there in the pot on the patio so I decided to use the best leaves and make some flavored vinegar.  I chose some of the best oregano from my garden too. I used a clean bottle with a cork stopper.  Plain white vinegar suits this herb infused vinegar best. I crushed the herbs together to release the oils from the leaves and placed them in the bottle. I filled the bottle with []

Sangria Part II

I got quite a huge response from my sangria recipe ideas yesterday.  As promised, I am sharing my sangria creation called, ‘Florida Orange.’ My Florida Orange Sangria turned out to be fabulous!  I used a whole bottle of my favorite Moscato wine.  I added about a cup of the Gran Gala Orange Liquor (made with VSOP Brandy).  I cut up a cantaloupe, a pineapple, 3 clementine’s, and a pear.  I added some red grapes for flavor and color.  Add the amount of []

EASY BBQ Chicken

My husband Ron, the BBQ Master – Corn in side pockets, tongs in the back pocket – drink in hand and chicken (or tri-tip, or pork tenderloin, or porterhouse steaks, or fish…) to barbecue! One of my husband’s favorite things to do is barbecue, and believe me he is a master at it.  Everyone has their own recipes for barbecue sauce, or spicy rubs, but we like to keep our barbecue simple.  The most important thing to figure out is if you []

Tea Time

  I don’t know about you, but I love tea!  Hot tea, iced tea, Long Island Iced Tea!  I usually end my day with a nice hot cup of PG Tips.  Years ago when I was  in the Air Force stationed at RAF Lakenheath, England I took up the habit of drinking tea which is a national pastime.  I love it the English way, with sugar and cream… However, these days I use fat free evaporated milk and Truvia sweetener.  PG Tips []

Banana Bread Extravaganza!

I swear I just bought those bananas a few days ago!  Nevertheless, there on my counter were bananas that were so ripe they had fallen from the stand they perch on.  Nothing left to do at this point, but make banana bread, my husband’s favorite. Now to be honest, I have a recipe from The Betty Crocker Cookbook that I like to use. However, I have made some changes to adapt the recipe to our needs.  The banana bread recipe is categorized []

JULY = HEAT & Cucumbers

It appears to me that this summer is hotter here in Pensacola, Florida than it was last year.  It could just be me, or the mood I am in; although it feels unbearable outside.  Happy July everyone! Since Saturday, I have mowed the grass, trimmed the bushes in the front yard, and tended to my garden areas.  I have sweated so much that I could wring out my clothes… no kidding.  The humidity is stifling! A glutton for punishment, I picked tons []

A Garden Breakfast

I am obsessed with breakfast!  I know, I know, it is the most important meal of the day! Of course it is, however, I have found that it is more than that to me.  Since I began my weight loss journey a few years ago, I find myself with breakfast as the largest meal of my day!  And guess what?  It keeps the weight off!  At least it does for this silver haired middle-aged goddess! I fluctuate my breakfast days – oatmeal []