Homemade Mozzarella Sticks


12 sticks of string cheese in your choice of cheese, you can also use low sodium

1 large egg

2 Tbsp flour

5 Tbsp bread crumbs

2 Tbsp parmesan cheese

a dollop of olive oil or cooking spray


Cut the cheese sticks in half, making 24 slices, then freeze the slices in the freezer until completely frozen. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Beat the egg in a small bowl. Use a separate bowl to combine the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese

To bread cheese sticks, dip the frozen cheese sticks into the flour, then into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture.

Once all the 24 sticks are coated place them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil coated with a few drops of olive oil or sprayed with cooking spray ( this will keep clean up easy and keep the sticks from sticking to the pan)

Bake in the oven for about 4 minutes or until crisp. They need to be watched closely so they don’t melt completely! Dip in some warm marinara or just enjoy plain!


The Original Rice Krispie Treat

** I got this recipe directly from the Rice Krispie website. I know there are many variations out there, but the original is always the best!!**


3 TBS butter or margarine

1 package (10 ounces, about 40) regular marshmallows

6 cups of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal


In large sauce pan melt the butter over low heat.

Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted

Remove from heat

Add Rice Krispies Cereal, still until well combined

Using a buttered spatula, or wax paper, evenly press mixture into 13x9x2-inch pan coated with cooking spray.

Cool, cut into squares, best if served the same day made.

** Use fresh marshmallows. Do not use diet or reduced anything margarine. You can use 1 jar (7 ounces) of marshmallow creme in place of the marshmallows. **

Buttery Garlic Ranch Pretzels

**These would be perfect for a party or even just a snack. I found these on the Just A Pinch recipe site, the best thing about this site is that it is free and if you want to upgrade, it is only $11 year. It has all kinds of wonderful food and non food recipes.**


16 ounce bag of mini pretzels

4 ounces of Orville Redenbacher’s buttery flavor popcorn oil

1 ounce of Hidden Valley Original Ranch dip mix

2 tsp. of garlic powder



Pour the pretzels into a large mixing bowl.

Toss with popcorn oil, until the pretzels are well coated with the oil

Sprinkle the dip mix and garlic powder over the pretzels

Toss again until the ingredients are distributed evenly over the pretzels

Pour onto large cookie sheet to let the pretzels dry for several hours.

When the pretzels are dry, store in an airtight container.


*** This is a recipe that you could change up the flavors with, you could make any kind of variation to taste with this!!  Do be careful, I have heard that these are quite addicting!**

Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas


  Since football season has started, I thought I would post this little gem of a recipe. I was   craving hot wings one day but no chicken wings in the house, so I came up with this for left   over chicken. It is a great way to use left over chicken.


Left over chicken- I use 1 large piece per quesadilla.
2 ounces of Franks hot sauce or wing sauce.- You can use your favorite brand.
1 medium handful of Mexican cheese or any type of cheese you like
2 tortillas- flour


Cut up left over chicken into bite size pieces, add chicken to hot sauce and let sit for at least 5 minutes. This is really great if you want to make a larger batch and leave it in the refrigerator for a later date.

Heat stove top to medium-high using a non-stick 8-inch or larger skillet. If you have a pan without sides, even better.

Put one flour tortilla in the skillet, add chicken and cheese on top and cover with the second flour tortilla. Let cook on first side until crispy about 2 minutes or so.

Flip over carefully to avoid losing the mixture inside, let cook on second side for about 2 more minutes. Since stove tops vary this make take longer or shorter depending on your stove. When brown on both sides, remove from pan to plate and cut into quarters. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.

**** Quesadillas are wonderful items to make with different kinds of fillings, so play with them and mix it up!**** If you are making this for game day, be sure to make plenty!! Folks will love them and want more!

Granola (Original Post 8/26/07)

I got this idea when I was watching Alton Brown’s Good Eats, which used to be on Food Network. Sadly, that show is no longer around, but his books are! I made this and took it camping one year and it is easily changed up with all different kinds of things you can add.

3 C. Rolled Oats
1 C. slivered almonds
1 C. Cashews
1/4 C. plus 2 TBS dark brown sugar
1/4 C. plus 2 TBS maples syrup
1/4 C. melted butter
3/4 tsp. salt
1 C. raisins

Preheat oven to 250 degrees
In a large bowl , combine the oats, nuts, and brown sugar. In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, butter, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto 2 sheet pans. Cook for one hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve even color. Remove from oven and transfer to a large bowl. Add raisins and mix until evenly distributed.