Dessert Delight

Dessert Delight

Best Ever Blueberry Coffee Cake

2 cups Flour

2 teaspoonsBaking Powder
1/2 teaspoonSalt
8 ounceCream cheese; softened
1/2 cupButter; melted
2 cupsSugar
2 largeEGGS
2 teaspoonsVanilla extract; pure
2 cupsBlueberries; fresh or frozen
3 tablespoonsSugar
1 1/2 teaspoonsCinnamon; ground
Best Ever Blueberry Coffee Cake Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan; set aside.
In small bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes or until creamy. Add 2 cups sugar; beat until combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well. Add flour mixture; beat until combined. Stir in vanilla. Gradually fold in blueberries.
Batter will be very thick. Pour into prepared pan and smooth the top.
In small bowl stir together 3 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. Sprinkle over batter.
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack

Flavorful Pot Roast

This recipe is from my Fix it and Forget it cook book. By Mary Kay Nolt

2 2 1/2 lbs boneless beef chuck roasts
1 envelope dry ranch salad dressing mix
1 envelope dry Italian salad dressing mix
1 envelope dry brown gravy mix
1/2 cup water

Optional indredients:
1 tbsp flour
1/2 cup water

1. Place the chuck roasts in your slow cooker. (make sure you spray the inside with Pam for easy cleaning or use a liner).
2. In a small bowl, combine the salad dressing and gravy mixes. Stir in water. Pour over the meat.
3. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or until the meat is tender but not dry.
4. If you wish, thicken the cooking juices for gravy. Remove the meat at the end of the cooking time and keep warm on a platter.
5. Turn cooker to high and bring juices to a boil.
6. Meanwhile, mix 1 tbsp flour with 1/2 cup water in a jar and a tight fitting lid. Shake until smooth.
7. When juices come to a boil, pour flour-water into cooker in a thin stream, stirring constantly. Continue cooking and stirring until juices thicken.
8. Serve over meat, or in a side dish along with the meat.

Note: You may also add cut up onions, carrots and potatoes and place on top of meat before cooking.


Baked Chicken Ranch Panko

This is so easy to do, so I hope you try it.

3 boneless, skinless chicken breast or boneless thighs
1 package or dry ranch dressing mix
1 stick of butter
3 cups of panko bread crumbs
2 tbls of garlic salt
2 tbls of parsley
2 tbls of poultry seasoning
salt/pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375.  Mix together all dry ingredients. Melt butter.  Dip each piece of chicken in butter then dip in panko crumbs, coating well.  Place in a baking dish sprayed with Pam. Bake until golden brown. About 25 minutes.

Serve with salad and you're favorite veggie.

Hot rolls

This recipe is near and dear to my heart. My Mom who passed away in 2006 made these rolls all the time and us kid (6 of us) would fight over them.  This mix is easy and they are so so good. I hope you enjoy these with your family as we have with ours. Just follow the directions on the box and enjoy!

Hungarian Goulash Casserole

1 pound ground pork
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup reduced-fat sour cream, divided
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon sweet Hungarian paprika
1 package (12 ounces) egg noodles, cooked and drained
2 teaspoons minced fresh dill (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Spray 13x9-inch casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine pork, salt, nutmeg and pepper in bowl. Shape into 1-inch meatballs. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs. Cook 10 minutes or until browned on all sides and no longer pink in centers. Remove meatballs from skillet; discard drippings.
  3. Stir together 1/4 cup sour cream and cornstarch in small bowl. Spoon into same skillet. Add remaining 3/4 cup sour cream, soup, milk and paprika. Stir until smooth.
  4. Spoon cooked noodles into prepared dish. Arrange meatballs over noodles and cover with sauce. Bake 20 minutes or until hot. Sprinkle with dill, if desired.

Shrimp Saute Heavely Pasta



  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt (such as Diamond Crystal)
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 1/4 pounds large shrimp
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped seeded peeled tomato
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups hot cooked vermicelli (about 6 ounces uncooked pasta)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil


  1. Combine water and 1/2 cup salt in a large bowl, stirring until salt dissolves. Pour salt mixture into a large zip-top plastic bag. Add ice and shrimp; seal. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Remove shrimp from bag; discard brine. Peel shrimp.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic; sauté 15 seconds. Add shrimp, and sauté 1 minute. Add wine; cook 1 minute, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add tomato, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper; cook 3 minutes or until shrimp are done. Remove from heat; serve over pasta. Sprinkle with basil.

Corn Dogs

This Corn Dog was invented for the Texas State Fair in 1942 and became an immediate favorite at state fairs, amusement parks, and pretty much anywhere people wanted their food served breaded, fried and on a stick. Fun to make with the kido.

1 gallon peanut oil
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon  baking powder
1 large jalepeno pepper, seeded and finely minced (about 2 tablespoons)
1 8.5 ounce can cream style corn
1/3 cup grated onion
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
4 tablespoons cornstarch, for dredging
8 beef hot dogs

1. Pour oil into a deep-fryer or large heavy pot and heat to 375F.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cayenne pepper.  In a seperate bowl, combine the jalapeno, corn, onion and buttermilk.  Add the dry indredients to the wet ingredients all at once and stir only enough times to bring the batter together; there should be lumps.  Set batter aside and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
3. Scatter the cornstarch in a dry pie pan. Roll each hot dog in the cornstarch and tap well to remove any excess.
4. Transfer enough batter to almost fill a large drinking glass.  Refill the glass as needed. Skewer each hot dog on a pair of chopsticks and quickly dip in and out of the batter in the drinking glass.
Immediately and carefully place each hot dog into the oil and cook until coating is golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes.  With tongs, remove to cooling rack and allow to drain for 3 to 5 minutes.

Kitchen tip: Use as little cornstarch as possible, but coat each dog thinly to help the breading stay where you want it.

Kitchen tip: Don't cook more than a few dogs at once; crowding the pan lowers the temperature of the oil, which makes for greasy dogs. 

Rosemary Thyme Lemon Roasted Chicken


1- 6 pound roasting chicken

2 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
2 lemons, divided
Cooking spray
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dry white wine (such as sauvignon blanc)
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar
Lemon slices (optional)
Thyme sprigs (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Remove and discard giblets and neck from chicken. Trim excess fat. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Combine the paprika, 1 tablespoon thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; rub under loosened skin. Thinly slice 1 lemon; arrange slices under loosened skin. Cut remaining lemon into quarters. Place lemon quarters inside chicken cavity. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon thyme to chicken cavity.
  3. Place chicken on the rack of a broiler pan or roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Brush oil over skin. Cover chicken with aluminum foil. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 50 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thigh registers 165°. Transfer chicken to a cutting board; cover with foil, and let stand 15 minutes before carving.
  4. Place a zip-top plastic bag in a 2-cup glass measure. Pour drippings into bag; let stand 10 minutes (fat will rise to the top). Seal bag; carefully snip off 1 bottom corner of bag. Drain drippings into measuring cup, stopping before fat layer reaches opening; discard fat. Place pan on stove top over medium heat. Sprinkle flour into pan. Add wine; bring to a boil, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add drippings, broth, juice, sugar, remaining 3/4 teaspoon pepper, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt to pan, stirring constantly with a whisk until slightly thickened. Remove from heat.
  5. Remove chicken from oven;  remove lemon wedges from cavity; discard. Carve chicken, and arrange on a serving platter. Serve with gravy. Garnish with additional lemon slices and thyme sprigs, if desired

Pumpkin Roll

I have to give credit to this recipe to my dear friend Renee. I had this wonderful roll yesterday during the super bowl party and it is to die for. Funny story, my other girl friend paid her $10 to make this because she wanted it to be perfect.  Thank you Renee!!


3 eggs
2/3 cups pumpkin
1 cup sugar
1/2 cups nuts
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup of all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 325.

Mix all in a bowl then spread cake batter on a greased and floured 10 x 15 cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with nuts. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes.  Turn onto dish towel sprinkled with powdered sugar.  Starting at one end, roll towel and cake together.  Cool (I put it in the fridge for about 1 hour).

Unroll cake


2 tablespoon softened butter
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
1 (8 oz) cream cheese, softened.

Mix all of the above and spread on cooled cake. Roll up cake as before and chill.  Wrap it in parchment paper and foil with powdered sugar to keep it from sticking.

Pumpkin Roll

Nacho Turkey Casserole

Great for  parties!

4 cups cubed cooked turkey or chicken
2 16-ounce jar salsa
1 10-ounce package frozen whole kernel corn
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese with Jalapeno peppers or mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
tortilla chips
sliced fresh jalapeno chile peppers (optional)
Fresh cilantro sprigs (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 1 1/2 quart casserole. In a large bowl, combine turkey,salsa, corn, sour cream and flour. Spoon turkey mixture into the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake, covered about 20 minutes or until heated through. Serve with tortilla chips. If desired, garnish with chile peppers and cilantro. Makes 8 servings.