Category Archives: Cooking

Brie in Bread: Pure Heaven

Happy New Year 2017!  Wishing you a year of health and happiness but first a little brie and French bread!  My friend, Carol, shared this recipe with me and Carol and I made it last night.  She told me folks inhale this gooey, cheesy appetizer the minute it comes out of the oven and we sure did!  What can be better than Brie, bread, butter, sugar and nuts!  I was in heaven and the diet starts tomorrow because there’s a little bit left to eat today!

Here’s the recipe with pictures to guide you.  Heck, make this today while watching football!

1 round of Brie (Costco size, don’t skimp on this)

1 Pillsbury French loaf (found in dairy case near crescent rolls)

1 stick of butter, melted (use the real kind, I used salted)

1 cup light brown sugar

1 handful of nuts (I used walnuts but pecans would be yummy too)

Surround the brie with the bread in a Pyrex pie plate.  Pinch ends of bread together.  No need to take the rind off the brie.  Combine the sugar and melted butter and pour over the brie.  Sprinkle nuts on top.  The picture above is ready to bake.

Place pie plate on a cookie sheet in case the goodness oozes over while baking.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  The picture above is the masterpiece out of the oven.


Ready for the first bite!  Yum!!!!

Cinnamon Rolls Deluxe

Baking is a skill that if you don’t use it, you lose it!  My Mom and Grandmother were excellent bakers and I could hold my own when I was younger and baking for my family.  Lately, not so much!  Yeast breads and I have never had a happy relationship and there have been many failures over the years.  But today I found success.  I saw a recipe for cinnamon rolls posted by The Pioneer Woman with many pictures to go with the process.  They turned out wonderful!  I cut the recipe in half and made the dough yesterday and put it in the refrigerator over night, like Ree recommended.  Give them a try but be forewarned, they are oozing with butter and I’m sure that’s the secret ingredient that makes them yummy.  There’s still time to make them for Christmas morning, so get started!


             Ready for the oven!                                     Baked, iced and ready to eat!

Here’s the link to the recipe.  Just click:  The Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls

Enjoy and don’t think about all of the calories!  Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Appetizer: Sausage Crescent Nuggets

This is my favorite holiday appetizer.  Granted, it would be delicious any time of year but given the calorie content, I don’t make them that often.  They travel well to a party and are usually gobbled up quickly.

Sausage Crescent Nuggets

1 lb.  Jimmy Dean highly seasoned sausage

1 (8oz.) package of cream cheese (Low fat version is just fine)

2 packages of Pillsbury crescent rolls (Original works best.  Reduced fat ones seem to be harder to handle)

1 tablespoon poppy seeds

1 egg white slightly beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium size skillet, cook sausage until light brown.  Drain.  Wipe out pan with a paper towel and return drained sausage to it.  Turn stove to low. While sausage is still hot, add cream cheese and stir until cheese is melted and mixture is creamy.  Remove from heat and cool completely.

Separate crescent rolls into 2 rectangles.  Form a log of the sausage mixture lengthwise down the center of each rectangle.  Fold lover the long sides of the pastry to cover sausage log.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet, seam side down.  Brush with egg white.  Sprinkle with poppy seeds.

           Ready for the oven!   Love my silicone mats.  Set of 3 at Costco.

Bake 20 minutes or until the crust turns golden.  Slice into 1-1 ½ inch slices.  Makes about 4 dozen.

Ready for the party!

Ranch Parmesan Chicken

This is spring break week at the university so I have been working through a long list of spring cleaning chores at home!  Windows washed, carpets cleaned, organizing, cleaning outdoor furniture and on and on!  It’s exhausting and now I’m behind in my posts.  However, dear readers, this one may be worth the wait.

Yesterday evening I was with my grandson while his Dad attended the Elton John concert.  My grandson loves chicken, especially fried so I thought I would try a new recipe that looked liked fried chicken but was actually baked.  I found it on Pinterest and it did not disappoint.  I’m pretty sure the butter made it seem like fried chicken!

Here are the ingredients ready to go.  I altered the original recipe a bit since I didn’t have any seasoned salt and I only had light dressing.  Still turned out delicious.


I was very generous with the ranch dressing and used panko.

oven ready2Drizzling the butter was the crowning glory!


After baking for 35 minutes on non-stick foil, the chicken really does look like fried chicken.  As promised, it was very tender and juicy with just a hint of the ranch dressing in the background.


Two pieces later, this is my grandson’s reaction!  Thumbs up!

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My Version of Ranch-Parmesan Chicken


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon steak and chop seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1- 1 1/2 cups light prepared ranch salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup melted butter (no substitutes)


  1. Set oven to 400° degrees (set oven rack to lowest position).
  2. In a shallow bowl mix together the panko breadcrumbs with Parmesan cheese, salt, steak & chop seasoning, black pepper and garlic powder.
  3. Dip the chicken into the ranch dressing to coat both sides.
  4. Coat in the breadcrumb mixture.
  5. Place in a single layer onto a baking sheet lined with non-stick foil.
  6. Lightly drizzle the melted butter.
  7. Bake uncovered for about 30-35 minutes.

Here’s the link to the original recipe: Easy & Delicious Ranch Parmesan Chicken