Posts from the ‘Recipes’ Category

Apple Kuchen

OMG this was awesome.  I wasn’t sure it was going to work out as my dough seemed very sticky (added more flour when putting in pie pan) but it turned out great. This recipe creates 2 kuchen – the apples were delicious and the crust was browned nicely (I used a stoneware pie pan)!

PG 37, from Company’s Coming – Breads cookbook


  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 4 cooking apples, cored peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS (paraphrased)

  1. combine 1st 3 ingredients in cup and let sit 10 min to activate the yeast
  2. combine next 4 ingredients in a bowl and then add yeast mixture and blend
  3. add first amount of flour and the egg and blend
  4. add the second amount of the flour and blend well
  5. cover and chill in fridge for 2 hours then divide dough into 2 portions
  6. press into greased 9×9 inch pie pans and press dough up sides of pan
  7. lay slices of apples on pie crust then top with melted butter
  8. mix cinnamon and sugar together then sprinkle on tops of pies
  9. bake at 375 for 35 minutes – it may seems “watery” in the middle of your pie but that is just the sugar melted.

Carrot Apple Coconut Mini-Muffins

Kids are picky eaters – but they love these muffins! These muffins are easy for small hands to handle, perfect for snack-time, are super tasty and can easily be taken out of the freezer in needed quantities in the morning and be ready for mid-morning snack.

I adopted this recipe slightly from the Complete Canadian Diabetics Cookbook, page 321, for my own taste (though the original is also absolutely delicious!).


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-1/4 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup grated apple
  • 1 small ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1-1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk or plain greek yogurt


  1. combine sugar and butter and then add eggs and spices
  2. blend in carrot, apple, banana, and coconut and flax
  3. in a separate bowl blend dry ingredients, then add yogurt
  4. combine all wet and dry ingredients into one bowl and blend well
  5. spray a mini muffin tin with PAM or other oil, then place about 1 tsp in each tin cup
  6. bake at 350 for 15min or until tester comes out clean – these are very moist and they will be cushy to the touch when done

makes 48 mini muffins

recipe by: r2bcluvs2cook (inspired by recipe noted at top of post)

Sticky Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

This recipe for chicken drumsticks in the crockpot turned out wonderfully, a little spicy for my daycare kids, but myself and my husband loved it! Plus, super easy, tasty, and moist (I did add about 1/4 cup water in the crockpot when I started cooking)!

Oh, I forgot to add the onions so I imagine would be wonderful with those in there LOL!

Stuffed Avacado

It’s only been about the last month that I’ve begun enjoying avacados on a regular basis… never really knew what to do with them…but a post I saw online with an avacado stuffed with tuna made me think maybe I should give them a chance. I didn’t have tuna or any other fish in the house so I pulled out some cottage cheese and found some bacon cheese dip mix… heaven!


  • 1 avacado
  • 2 tbsp cottage cheese
  • 1 tbsp powdered bacon,cheese,chive dip mix (I used Epicure brand)


  1. super easy – just cut your avacado in half, remove the pit
  2. mix cottage cheese with dip mix in small bowl
  3. either remove avacado meat from skin with large spoon and chop and add to cottage cheese or just fill the hole from the pit with cottage cheese and scoop out filling and meat as you eat it!

recipe by: R2bcluvs2cook

this was super easy and super filling… great for breakfast or snack!

Butternut Squash Soup with Basil

I made this soup today using a butternut squash that was languishing on the counter for a couple of weeks and YUM! I really liked it and I hope you do to… it was pretty easy to make just a bit time consuming since I roasted the squash first, but I’m sure you could just peel, chop, and boil in the broth instead.


  • 1 butternut squash (roasted and pureed OR peeled raw and cubed then boiled in broth – below)
  • 2 small onions or 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stick, chopped
  • 1 qt water
  • 2-3 tbsp powdered chicken stock
  • 1 lg can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 heaping tbsp dried basil
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • sour cream for bowl
  • crusty bread for serving with soup


  1. roast and scoop out squash and set aside (or cut up and boil squash in broth in a pot)
  2. in large stock pot, saute celery and onion (use water or oil if desired, just a little is all that is needed)
  3. when softened, add water, tomatoes and butternut squash
  4. add salt/pepper to taste
  5. let boil for a few minutes then add basil
  6. puree with wand mixer, then let simmer about 5 minutes, stir often
  7. when done, pour into bowls and add sour cream as desired
  8. serve with crusty buttered bread

recipe by: r2bcluvs2cook


Cranberry Pork Tenderloin

I made this tonight and it was SOOOO good and so easy. I just made up the recipe – I think you’ll like it.

pork tenderloin
3 tbsp jules and kent brand of waynes cranberry sauce (from liquor store)

basically just rub salt and pepper into pork, then sear on high heat on both sides, then put into a clay pot or other pot with lid/foil on top – and put cranberry sauce on top then cover. .. bake at 500F for 10min then turn down to 300F and cook about 35 min.

DELICIOUS! I served with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

I have never really been able to make a tasty meatball… no idea why… so I found a recipe that sounded easy and tasty and I’m giving it a try, except that I’m using lean ground beef instead of turkey. I am making a big batch and freezing these for later.


pg 68 from the Everyday Italian cookbook by Giada De Laurentis

  • 1/4 cup plain dried bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 3/4 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey, preferably dark meat (I used lean ground beef)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 cups Marinara sauce

Basically, just begin by mixing everything together except the meat, then gently stir in and combine meat with mixture. Shape into bite sized balls and cook in a skillet till done (about 3 min each side, or 5-6 min total).

After the meatballs were done, I put them on a cookie tray and let cool, then placed in the freezer for about 1 hour. After frozen, remove from tray and place in freezer bags and place in freezer. I didn’t bother with the marinara sauce – will do that when I’m ready to eat them at a later date!

Result – very good flavor, a little salty so may use less cheese or salt next time, and also were very moist inside. Delicious!