Sunday, July 30, 2006


Now here are the Menus for the following week.

Again I'm giving you the links to the recipes that have already been posted on the blog. Basil Burgers, Homemade Fries, Awesome Pot Roast, Yummy Hero Sandwich.

Here is a recipe that I have made for years and remember eating back home while growing up too. It's one of my favorites and it's one of those meals that is really filling, the kids and hubby love it too. It's also a way of having my kids eat veggies.

Chicken A La King

1 lb chicken tenders, cut into bite size chunks
1 small onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

1 cup chopped carrots
1 small can of mushrooms

1 bay leaf

salt and pepper to taste

1 teaspoon garlic, crushed

olive oil

1 quart Heavy Cream

In a pan add olive oil and all ingredients, except Heavy cream. Cook on medium high for about 20 minutes until chicken is cooked through and onion, green peppers and carrots are tender. Again, remember that I eyeball, so I usually go in there and stir often and add a little bit of water to keep it moist. When all the ingredients are cooked through, add the heavy cream and simmer for a few minutes until it thickens up, creating a creamy sauce. Remove bay leaf.

Serve over white rice or mashed potatoes.


For Desserts this week, I'm making : Jelly Rolls (I usually make two of these, one with jelly and one with whipped cream filling) and Tres Leches Cake.


1 package white cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare mix
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

1 cup milk

1 cup (1/2 pint) whipping cream

1 container (8 ounces) whipped topping, thawed

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Bake about 35 to 40 minutes or until cake is firm to the touch. Remove cake from oven; cool 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine sweetened condensed milk, milk and whipping cream in a 4-cup measure. Poke holes all around the warm cake, using a wooden skewer or toothpick. Slowly pour milk mixutre evenly over top of holes on cake. Let cake cool 10 to 15 minutes more to absorb all the liquid. Cover and refrigerate cake in pan at least 1 hour.

When cake is completely cool, spread whipped topping evenly on top. Cut into pieces and serve with fresh fruit. Keep cake covered and refrigerated.

Look below for the menus for July 31's to August 6th. :)


Ok I've managed to get my menus all planned so I can post them for you. Some of the recipes I have already posted on my blog, so I'll include links with it, others that don't I will post the recipes for you all.

Any extras, such as desserts etc, I will also be posting here :)

So here's the first menu:

Here are the links for the recipes that have already been posted: Sandra's Jambalaya(scroll down after the menus), Lasagna, Chicken Egg Rolls, Beef Curry.

For the breakfast casserole, here is the recipe:


9 eggs
1 lb. hot ground sausage
1 small can green chiles
shredded cheddar cheese

Spray 9x13 pan with non-stick spray. Brown sausage with green chiles. Drain.

Scramble, in a bowl, all 9 eggs. Pour a little more than half the eggs into the cake pan. Layer sausage on the eggs. Layer as much cheese as you want on top of the sausage. Pour the rest of the eggs over the top.

Bake at 350F degrees until the top is brown and the eggs are cooked.


English Muffin

Sausage Patty
or Bacon
Slice of cheese

Fry Egg & sausage patty or bacon. Toast English Muffin. Butter muffin, top with a slice of cheese, sausage & egg.


Now for the Dessert, I'm going to make a Flapjack Party Stack. It's a recipe I found in one of my cookbooks and it looks absolutely to die for.

And that's it for recipes and menus for the upcoming week. I will be posting the next week's menus right after this one, so check the post above.

Friday, July 21, 2006


Alright I'm sure from the title you're probably already lost, but what it actually means is Cod Fish Gomes De Sa Style.

This recipe was invented by Jose Luis Gomes de Sa Junior, who was a merchant in Porto at the end of the nineteenth century. He worked for a restaurant and used to make Bolinhos de Bacalhau (codfish cakes) and using the same ingredients, he came up with this recipe. It's fast and easy to make and really deliscious.

I got some Bacalhau (cod fish) from South Africa yesterday, and this is what we had for dinner. Everyone loved it and had seconds. Hope you will give it a try and then let me know how you liked it :)
I made mine a bit different from the recipe below, I don't use a baking sheet and I don't put it in the oven, I make mine on the stove top


Look for dried salt cod in the deli section of well-stocked supermarkets, as well as Italian, Latino and Greek markets.


2 pounds dried salt cod
6 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for greasing and drizzling
2 large onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced or teaspoons of crushed garlic
White pepper
4 boiling potatoes, boiled, cooled, peeled and cut into slices
2 hard-boiled eggs, halved, for garnish
Portuguese olives, for garnish
Chopped parsley, for garnish

  1. Rinse cod under cold running water to remove surface salt. Place in large non-aluminum pot, cover with water, cover and refrigerate 24 hours, changing water several times.
  2. Pour off water, refill pot with clean water and boil cod until it flakes easily with fork, 8 to 10 minutes, depending on thickness.
  3. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in large skillet over medium heat and saute onions and garlic until barely brown, 10 minutes.
  4. Drain cod and let cool. Flake into large bowl and remove any bones or bits of skin. Add to skillet and toss lightly. Toss lightly.
  5. Add potato slices and lightly toss together, making sure not to break the potatoes. At this point if needed be, I add a bit more olive oil and check the salt and pepper.
  6. Transfer to a serving dish, drizzle with oil, garnish with sliced hard boiled eggs and olives. Sprinkle with parsley (optional).

Serves 6 - 8

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


I made these on Sunday for dinner and the kids and hubby just LOVED them. I did too, they are sooo tasty. Now I didn't exactly follow the recipe, I did omit some things, but I will tell you which.


  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened *I didn't use the cream cheese*
  • 4 onion rolls, split and toasted
  • 4 slices red onion
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and sliced * I also didn't use the avocado in mine*

In a bowl, combine first five ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into four patties. Grill, uncovered, over medium-hot heat for 5-7 minutes.
Spread cream cheese over cut side of roll tops. Place burgers, onion and avocado on roll bottoms; replace tops.

Yield: 4 servings

Monday, July 17, 2006


Lemon and Orange Bars
Lemon Bars
Pecan Pie Bars
Magic Cookie Bars
Homemade Twix Bars
PB & J Bars
No Bake Cookies and Cream Bars
Apple Dumplings
Candy Bar Treats
Toffee Butter Crunch

Torta de Laranja - Orange Roll
Tres Leches Cake
Simple Apple Crumble
Raspberry Coffee Cake
Blueberry Cobbler
American Flag Cake
Bisquick Upside Down Pineapple Cake
Quick Yellow Cake and Chocolate Frosting
Fudge Brownies
Strawberry Bread
Buttery Pound Cake
4th of July Cake
Lemon Drizzle Cake
Guardanapos - Napkins
Apple Bread
Pumpkin Cake Roll
5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake
Applesauce Spice Cake
Dump Cake
Orange Cake
White Chocolate Snow Drift Cake
Brownie Bombs
Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Blackberry Jam Filled Donuts

Ice Cream
Homemade Viennetta
Homemade Low Cal Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cream Cheese Danish
Pasteis de Nata - Cream Tarts
Homemade Pop Tarts
Easy Cream Puffs
Cream Puffs
Apple Cheese Coffee Cake
Coconut Pastries
Peachy Cheese Danish
Palmiers - Elephant Ears

Lucky Stars Ginger Spice Apple Pie
Almond and Orange Tart
Banana Cream Pie
Tippy Top Peanut Butter Pie in Jars
Dulce de Leche Apple Pie
Frozen Orange Pie
Lemon Pie by the Yard
Lemon Meringue Pies
Blender Pie
Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Pie
Melktert - Milk Tart

Puddings and Mousses
Creamy Chocolate Mousse
Sticky Toffee Pudding in a Jar
Fat Free and Sugar Free Parfait in a Jar
Pineapple Mousse
Arroz Doce - Portuguese Rice Pudding
Pineapple Dessert
Lemon Bread Pudding
Sobremesa Deliciosa - Delicious Dessert
Pudim Flan - Caramel Pudding
Frosting and Icings

Peppermint Patties
Sweet and Saltines

Zesty Lemon Cookies
Easy Butter Cookies
Lemon Tea Cookies
Biscoitos - Portuguese Cookies
Cookies on a Stick

Cupcakes/ Muffins/ Donuts
Snickers Cupcakes
Boston Cream Cupcakes
Cream Cheese Carrot Muffins
Biscuit Donuts

S'mores Biscuits
Cinnamon Fruit Biscuits
Apple Biscuits

Cinnamon Rolls

Apple Fritters

Portuguese Recipes

Rolinhos de Fiambre Recheados - Ham, Cheese and Sausage Rolls
Rissóis de Galinha - Chicken Rissoles
Rissóis de Camarao - Shrimp Rissoles
Rissóis de Queijo e Fiambre - Ham and Cheese Rissoles
Peixinhos da Horta - Fried Green Beans
Pasteis de Peixe - Fish Cakes
Chouriço Assado - Grilled Chouriço

Sopa de Feijao - Bean Soup
Caldo Verde - Kale Soup
Sopa da Horta - Garden Soup
Sopa de Agriões - Watercress Soup
Açorda - Bread Soup


Croquetes de Carne - Meat Croquettes
Salsichas com molho de tomate - Sausages in Tomato Sauce
Carne de Alguidar - Portuguese Pork
Pastel de Carne - Meat Pie
Bifes Enrolados - Stuffed Steak
Empadinhas de Carne - Meat Pastries
Bitoque - Portuguese Steak
Carne Picada com Linguiça e Batatas Fritas - Ground Beef with Linguiça and Fries
Carne Guisada com Massa - Beef with Noodles
Ervilhas com Ovos - Pea Stew with Chouriço
Bifes de Cebolada - Portuguese Steak with Tomato and Onions
Bife Trinchado - Portuguese Steak
Empadao Rapido - Rice and Beef Shepherd's pie
Carne á Braz - Beef Braz Style
Almondegas da Bio - Greatgrandma's Meatballs
Feijoada simples - Bean Stew
Bifes com Molho de Pimenta - Steaks with Pepper Sauce
Rolos de Carne com Bacon -  Beef and Bacon Pinwheels
Lasanha de Pao - Bread Lasagna
Carne de Panela - Beef Tips

Galinha de Fricasse - Chicken Fricassee
Galinha com molho de cogumelos - Chicken with Mushroom Gravy
Galinha com Cerveja - Cast Iron Beer Chicken
Galinha com grão e chouriço - Quick Weekday Chicken
Galinha assada com limao - Portuguese Roast Chicken with Lemon
Frango Estufado - Portuguese Skillet Chicken
Galinha Guisada com Massa - Chicken and Noodles
Frango assado no forno com arroz - Portuguese Chicken and Rice
Galinha com Alho - Garlic Sauced Chicken
Galinha a Valenciana - Chicken and Chouriço Oven Rice
Almondegas de Galinha com Cogumelos - Chicken Meatballs with a Creamy Mushroom Gravy
Galinha com Espargete - Chicken Spaghetti
Galinha no Forno - One Pan Portuguese Roast Chicken

Lasagna de Atum e Pao - Tuna and Bread Lasagna
Atum com Grao - Tuna Chickpea Salad
Bacalhau com Natas - Cod Fish Casserole
Peixe assado com batatas - Roast Fish and Potatoes
Lulas de Caldeirada - Calamari Stew
Lulas com Cerveja - Calamari Beer Stew
Empadao de Peixe - Fish Shepherd's Pie
Arroz de Peixe - Fish Rice

Costoletas Panadas - Breaded Pork Chops
Costoletas de Porco com molho de tomate - Pork Chops in tomato sauce
Costoletas de Porco a Portuguesa - Portuguese Pork Chops and Potatoes
Carne de Porco com vinho - Pork in a Creamy Wine Sauce
Bifanas - Pork Sandwiches
Costoletas de Porco fritas com batatas - Grandma's Pork Chops and skillet potatoes
Carne de Porco á Alentejana - Pork with Clams

Side Dishes
Pure de batata e espinafres - Mashed Potatoes and Spinach
Arroz de Tomate - Tomato Rice
Espargete de Limao e Alho - Lemon and Garlic Spaghetti
Batatas assadas a Portuguesa - Roast Potatoes
Arroz com Ervilhas - Rice with peas
Esparregado - Creamy Spinach
Arroz de forno - Oven baked rice
Feijao - Best Beans Ever

Paezinhos de Leite - Milk Rolls
Pao com chouriço - Chouriço Bread
Bola de Carne - Ham and Bacon Bread
Papo Secos - Portuguese Rolls
Pao de Liquidificador - Blender Sandwich Bread
Sanduiche de Forno - Oven Sandwich

Tarte de Nozes e Laranja - Almond and Orange Tart
Mousse de Chocolate Cremoso - Creamy Chocolate Mousse
Pasteis de Nata
Torta de Laranja - Orange Roll
Mousse de Ananas - Pineapple Mousse
Arroz Doce - Portuguese Rice Pudding
Guardanapos - Napkins
Queijadas Economicas - Milk Tartlets
Sobremesa Deliciosa - Delicious Dessert
Cornucopias - Cream Horns
Bolo Marmore - Marble Cake
Bolo de Bolacha - Portuguese Cookie Cake
Biscoitos com doce de morango - Strawberry Jam sandwich cookies
Pudim de Caramelo e Bolacha - Caramel and Cookie Pudding
Pasteis de Côcô - Coconut Pastries
Bolo de Laranja - Orange Cake
Bolo de Laranja da Avó Chiquinha - Grandma Chiquinha's Orange Cake
Fatias Douradas - Golden Bread Slices
Grandpa Julio's Simple Vanilla Cake
Tarte de Leite e Canela - Portuguese Milk and Cinnamon Tart
Fatias Hungaras - Coconut Slices
Cuca de Banana - Banana Streusel Cake
Gelado de 3 Ingredientes - 3 Ingredient Ice Cream
Bolas de Berlim - Custard Filled Donuts
Biscoitos - Portuguese Cookies
Pudim Molotof - Egg White Pudding
Bolinhos de Canela - Cinnamon Cookies

Massa de Pimentao -  Roasted Red Pepper Paste
Marmelada - Quince Jam
Doce de tomate e maçã - Tomato and Apple Jam
Molho de Pimenta - Pepper Sauce
Molho de Piri Piri  - Piri Piri Sauce
Cheiro Verde - Parsley, Cilantro and Green Onion
Alho Amassado - Garlic in Olive Oil


Breads and Cakes
Cinnamon Roll Snails
Cinnamon Roll Toast
Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Cinnamon Tea Rolls
Pull Apart Caramel Coffee Cake
Breakfast Delights
English Scones
Butter Pecan Rolls
Gooey Caramel Rolls

Mini Breakfast Jars
Apple Strudel Muffins
Pecan Sticky Muffins
Applesauce Puffs 
Cranberry Orange Muffins

Easy Breakfast Burritos

Refrigerator Oatmeal

French Toast/Pancakes/Waffles
Crispy Baked French Toast
Quick and Easy French Toast
Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast
Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
Eggnog Pancakes
Chocolate Chip and Banana Pancake Squares
Stir Abouts
Banana Nut Buttermilk Pancakes
Buttermilk Pancakes
Apple Puff Pancake
Pumpkin Pancakes
Waffles with Vanilla Custard

Biscuits and Sandwiches
Breakfast Sandwiches
Cheddar and Bacon Breakfast Sandwiches
Cinnamon Fruit Biscuits
Baked Ham and Cheddar Sandwiches
Sandra's Sausage Biscuits

Coconut Almond Granola

Friday, July 14, 2006


Ok it's friday and time for another Five Ingredients Recipe. Run on over to Overwhelmed, especially if you're hungry and don't know what to make.....the ladies all have great recipes to share.

Did I ever tell you how obsessed and addicted I am to recipes and cookbooks??? No??? Well I am, so if you ever see me next to you grabbing a cookbook, please, don't try to take it, I would hate for someone to get hurt LOL Just kidding, I'm not a violent person at all!!! LOL

This recipe that I'm sharing, doesn't have 5 ingredients, it actually only has 4, but I'm sure that's not a problem.
I picked this one because it's the season for camping and hiking and everyone is outdoors. This is great for a camp out.

Dutch Oven Campfire Cobbler

1 box white or yellow cake mix
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2 cups water
2 cans cinnamon apple pie filling

Line Dutch oven with foil. Empty pie filling into Dutch oven. Empty cake mix on top of pie filling and spread evenly. Add butter and water. DO NOT MIX. Place Dutch oven on 10 coals. Place 8 coals on lid of Dutch oven. Bake for about 1 hour.

NOTE: Any type of pie filling can be used. Cherry filling with chocolate cake makes a good combination.

Friday, July 07, 2006


Last night I made Shrimp Egg Rolls, using the same recipe I did for my Chicken ones. They were DELISCIOUS. I remember when I posted the other Egg Roll recipe I didn't have any pictures to show you how to make them, especially the folding etc.

So last night, camera in hand, I took pictures every step and now I'm sharing them here for you. Just follow the recipe for the Chicken ones, but substitute the Shrimp for the Chicken.

The filling ready to go

Place your Lumpia Wrapper this way:

Place the filling in the middle

Fold over one side:

Fold over the next side, it's like folding an envelope:

Fold up:

This is what it looks like when done:

Here they are ready to fry:


Yummy Egg Rolls all ready to eat.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


This pie is just delicious, and it may look difficult to make, but it really is not. It's perfect for today's celebrations, so if you want a beautiful dessert to show off, this is the one :)

It's from one of my Pampered Chef books, so you'll notice that it will tell you to use their products, but you can easily adapt to the utensils you have in your own kitchen.

Menus July 2nd - July 14th 2006

For some reason I thought I had already posted these. Where has my mind been???

So here we go, these are for the next two weeks, or rather, until the 14th. Remember that I sometimes switch out meals between days, so this is not a SET menu.

Sunday 2nd
Beef Curry

Monday 3rd
Breaded Fish Fillets with Rice

Tuesday 4th
BBQ (Mixed grill, pork chops, bratwurst)

Wednesday 5th
Chicken a la King w/ Mashed potatoes

Thursday 6th
Spaghetti w/ Garlic Bread

Friday 7th
Shrimp Egg Rolls

Saturday 8th
Sandra's Jambalaya

Sunday 9th
Feijoada c/ Arroz (Portuguese Bean Stew, like a chilli)

Monday 10th
Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo

Tuesday 11th
Smothered Steaks

Wednesday 12th
Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Thursday 13th
Chicken w/ Green peppers and Rice

Some of the recipes I've already given you links because it's meals I've posted recipes for, and some of the links will take you to a recipe that is not exactly the same, but I substituted the Chicken Egg Rolls or the Shrimp Fettucine , I make it the same, just substitute the Shrimp for it :)