Great Cook Books I Cook (and live) by

  • Big Orange Book by Rachael Ray
  • Giada at Home
  • Jamie at Home
  • Look and Cook by Rachael Ray

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mixed Bean and Tuna Salad

Bar be cue season is finally here!!!! Looove hanging out with friends in the back yard cooking up a storm of course! Here is an easy recipe you can use as a side dish - SUPER easy and SUPER yummy! This salad also sits in the fridge for days, so, left overs are welcome as you can enjoy it over and over again!

2 cans mixed beans
1 can chick peas (garbanzo beans)
2 cans tuna (tuna is olive oil is best for this one!)
1 red onion (thinly sliced)
Juice and rind (grated) of one lemon
Olive oil
Salt and Pepper

Combine the beans, tuna, onion and rind of the lemon in a bowl - toss to combine. Then, gently squeeze the lemon juice on top and pour enough olive oil to coat all of the ingredients. Add the salt and pepper to taste, and toss together. Enjoy!

Comments welcome - let me know when you make it and what you thought of it!


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Creamy Strawberry French Toast

Hello everyone! Sorry I have not been around in a while - I have been busy busy! But, I am here now, to tell you about the best french toast ever!!! Great for a Sunday morning for the whole family! Try it and let me know what you think! Enjoy!

Ingredients for 4 people:

1 Loaf of really good egg bread, cut into 8 slices (thick slices)
1 tup of cream cheese (small tub), room temperature
1 cup of strawberries, mashed up with a Tblsp of sugar
Juice and rind of 1 orange, separated
6 eggs
1/4 cup milk
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Whipping cream, whipped
Real vanilla extract


Pair up your slices of bread so you have 4 pairs.
In a bowl, mix the mashed berries and sugar, the cream cheese, and orange rind.
In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, 1 tsp cinnamon and nutmeg.
Spread the cream cheese mixture on one of the slice of bread of each pair, and then, top with the other slice so you have a strawberry cream cheese sandwich.
In a pan, melt some butter. When the butter is melted, carefully dip your "sandwiches" in the egg and milk mixture, and then place in the pan. Cook for about 7-10 minutes on each side or until each side is golden brown.
While the French toast is cooking, mix the whipped cream, orange juice, 1 tsp cinnamon and vanilla extract.
Top the French toast with the whipped cream mixture and serve - YUM!!!!!