Saturday, June 28, 2008

Red, White & Blueberry Pie

*** Original recipe found in Pampered Chef Delightful Desserts Cookbook. You can go here for their on-line recipe (I found it AFTER typing all this out!). I lifted the above picture from their site. It does NOT do justice to this pie!!

package (15 ounces) refrigerated pie crusts (1 pie crust)
1 quart fresh strawberries, divided
4 squares (1 ounce each) white chocolate for baking
1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup cold milk
1 package (3.3 ounces) white chocolate instant pudding and pie filling
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup thawed, frozen light whipped topping

1. Preheat oven to 425. Let pie crust stand at room temp. 15 minutes. Gently unfold onto lightly floured surface. Gently roll to even creases and get size of Deep Dish Pie Plate. Press crust in pie plate, pressing into bottom and up sides. Prick bottom. Bake 10-12 minutes or golden brown. Cool completely.
2. Rinse strawberries and pat dry on paper towels. Select 8 uniformly sized berries for dipping; cut in half through stem ends. Set aside. Hull and slice remaining berries using egg slicer for uniform pieces.
3. Melt white chocolate, uncovered, on high 1 minute in microwave, stirring often until chocolate is melted and smooth. Do not overheat. Dip strawberry halves in melted chocolate; place on a sheet of parchment paper, cut side down. Refrigerate 15 or until set.
4. Scrape remaining melted chocolate over bottom of prepared pie crust, spreading evenly to coat entire bottom and sides of crust. Layer sliced strawberries over bottom of crust.
5. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually whisk in milk until well blended. Add pudding mix; whisk until mixture begins to thicken. Spread mixture evenly over strawberries.
6. Arrange blueberries evenly over top of pie filling. Attach open star tip to Easy Accent Decorator (or any decorator frosting bag) and fill with whipped topping. Pipe topping evenly around edge of pie. Place dipped strawberry halves on whipped topping border. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Cut into wedges.

Yield: 8 servings (VERY generous portions, you can easily get 10)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Taco Salad

I found this recipe at or here.


* 1 pound lean ground beef
* 1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
* 1 (16 ounce) can chili beans
* 1 (16 ounce) bottle French dressing
* 1 head iceberg lettuce
* 1 (14.5 ounce) package tortilla chips
* 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
* 1 cup chopped tomatoes
* 4 tablespoons sour cream
* 1/2 cup prepared salsa


1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef and drain excess fat. Stir in the taco seasoning, chili beans and French-style dressing. Fill the dressing bottle 2/3 full of water and add to the skillet. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
2. Crush the bag of chips, open the bag, and toss the broken chips into a large bowl with the lettuce, cheese and tomatoes. When the meat mixture is done, combine it with the lettuce, tomatoes, chips and mix well. Then, add salsa and sour cream.

*** My Notes: I will be putting the tomatoes and olives on the side because my family doesn't enjoy those the way I do. Also, I'll add the French dressing right before serving so the chips don't turn soggy.

Menu: June 13-23.

L: PB & Honey, Chips, Apple
S: Cheese
D: Frozen Pizza, Pineapple, Root Beer

B: Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Milk
L: Ham & Cheese Melts, Chips, Fruit
S: Fruit
D: Grilled Burgers, Watermelon, Soda

Sunday (Father's Day)
L: Leftover Burgers, Fruit
S: Yogurt
D: Lemon Pepper Salmon, Rice, Carrot/Broccoli

Monday (Dr. appt.)
L: Hot dogs, Cheese/Crackers, Apple
S: PB on Graham Crackers
D: BBQ Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Salad

L: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Apple
S: Bread & Butter
D: Taco Salad, Pineapple

L: PB & Honey, Fruit
S: Cheese & Crackers
D: Steak, Baked Potato, Salad

L: Hot Dogs, Cheese/Crackers, Apple
S: Yogurt
D: Grilled Chicken over Italian Salad, Baked Potato

B: Daddy's Choice = )
L: Daddy's Choice – see previous lunches
S: Fruit ???
D: Frozen Pizza, Pineapple

Saturday (GIRLS WEEKEND!!!)
B: Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Milk
L: Daddy's Choice – see previous lunches
S: Fruit ???
D: Something Frozen = )

L: PB & Honey, Apple
S: Fruit
D: Fried Potatoes, Biscuits, Scrambled Eggs

L: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Apple
S: PB on Graham Crackers
D: Spaghetti, Cheese Bread, Salad

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