Mimi’s Mac & Cheese

This is a variation on Mimi’s mac and cheese – she used regular spaghetti instead of macaroni noodles and less cheese. Ingredients: 1 pound long macaroni 2 cups whole milk 4 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons A/P flour 32 ounces fiesta cheese grated Kosher salt Fresh ground pepper 4 tablespoons softened butter for pan For pan…

Mimi’s Baked Beans

I loved my mother in laws’ cooking, but when it came to giving me the recipes, her measurements were always a little dicey. Her baked beans were one of my all time favorites, and I still make them the way she instructed. Here it is: 2 Lg Cans Bush’s Honey Beans 1/2 white onion Brown…

Mimi’s Potato Salad

It’s no secret that Mimi’s potato salad is the best, but unfortunately I never got the recipe from her. Today I think I found it! Part of her secret recipe was ricing the potatoes: INGREDIENTS: 2 lbs. potatoes (5 to 6 medium), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch chunks 1 cup Mayonnaise 2 Tbsp. vinegar 1…

Carrot Tart with Ricotta & Feta

Ingredients 1 (14-ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed 1 pound multicolored carrots, scrubbed and sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick pieces 5 tbsp butter melted Kosher salt and black pepper 8 ounces ricotta 4 ounces feta, crumbled 1 garlic clove, grated Directions Heat oven to 400 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll puff pastry into a…

Tomato Soup

Ingredients 1 tablespoon unsalted butter or margarine 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, thinly sliced 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 2 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes 1 cup water 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 pinch red pepper flakes 1/4 teaspoon…

Floyd’s Famous Rice (Secret Recipe!)

INGREDIENTS: 2 cups jasmine rice 3 3/4 cups water 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/2 tbsp salt 1 tbsp butter 1/4 tsp pepper DIRECTIONS: Combine all ingredients in a medium pot.  Stir.  Bring to a boil. Once boiling turn fire as low as possible. Cover and leave alone for 15 minutes. Turn off fire, fluff, cover and…

Tomato & Lemon Orzo

For those on WW this is 3 points! 1 cup cooked orzo 1 cup quartered grape tomatoes 2 tsp olive oil 1 tsp thyme 1 tsp fresh lemon zest 1 tsp lemon juice 1/4 tsp salt 1/8 tsp pepper DIRECTIONS: Drizzle mixture of tomatoes and lemon juice over cooked orzo.  Serving size 1/2 cup.

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Ingredients:   1 bag frozen cauliflower rice 2 scrambled egg(s) 1 Tbsp olive oil  1 pinch table salt  1 bag frozen mixed vegetables 2 medium clove(s)garlic clove(s)  1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce  1 onion chopped Directions: In a small pan cook the scrambled eggs.  Once complete set aside. In a wok/ large pan cook down the onions and…

Cauliflower Poppers

INGREDIENTS: 1 head cauliflower 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp chili powder 1/2 tsp table salt 1/2 tsp pepper DIRECTIONS: Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray pan with cooking spray. Cut cauliflower into bite size pieces and put in large mixing bowl.  Add all the ingredients and toss to coat. Place cauliflower on baking sheet…

Zoodles! (Zucchini Noodles)

My FAVORITE zucchini noodles are a simple recipe that I gleaned from Gwyneth Paltrow’s cook book.  My only modification is I no longer add the olive oil.  It really isn’t necessary since the noodles once spiralized are a little wet. Ingredients: 3 medium zucchini, spiralized 1/4 cup olive oil (I do not add this) 1…