Stuffed Shells


1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained
1 container (16 oz.) BREAKSTONE’S FREE or KNUDSEN FREE Fat Free Cottage Cheese
1 red pepper, chopped
1 egg white
1 env. (0.7 oz.) GOOD SEASONS Italian Dressing Mix
1 cup KRAFT Shredded Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese,
20 jumbo pasta shells (for stuffing), cooked, cooled
1 jar (14 oz.) spaghetti sauce

Make It

HEAT oven to 400°F.COMBINE first 5 ingredients.  Stir in 1/2 cup mozzarella; spoon into shells.

SPREAD half the sauce onto bottom of 13×9-inch baking dish.  Place shells in dish; top with remaining sauce and mozzarella.  Cover.

BAKE 40 min. or until heated through, uncovering after 30 min.


Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake


Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake


This luxurious treat has a brownie crust, a creamy filling and two ganache toppings. For a dairy-free version, make Dairy-Free Chocolate Cheesecake  with dairy-free variations of Brownie Crust and chocolate ganache toppings.

10 ounces good-quality dark chocolate
2 ounces unsweetened baker’s chocolate
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sugar
4 eggs + 1 yolk, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream
1 chocolate brownie crust, prebaked (below)
Dark Chocolate Ganache
Milk Chocolate Ganache

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

2. Break both types of chocolate into pieces and melt over hot water or in the microwave. Set aside.
3. Beat the cream cheese until fluffy, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add sugar and continue beating for a few minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating until incorporated, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl. Beat in the vanilla. Mix in the cream. Slowly stir in melted chocolate until ingredients are combined.
4. Pour filling into cooled prebaked crust.
5. Place cheesecake in preheated oven and bake on middle rack for 2 hours or until sides feel firm and the center is soft like baked custard. Begin checking after 90 minutes. Internal temperature should be 150 degrees.
6. Turn oven off. Leave cheesecake in oven with door propped open for about an hour.
7. When cool, top with milk chocolate ganache. Then top with dark chocolate ganache.
Each slice contains 614 calories, 36g total fat, 21g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 140mg cholesterol, 185mg sodium, 73g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 8g protein.


Recipe from the past that was requested….

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Ingredients                                                                                                                  nutty pie

  • 1 sheet refrigerated pie pastry
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 jar (12-1/4 ounces) fat-free caramel ice cream topping
  • Additional fat-free caramel ice cream topping, optional
Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 502 calories, 33 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 142 mg cholesterol, 277 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Line a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate with pastry. Trim and flute edges. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, 1 egg and vanilla until smooth. Spread into pastry shell; sprinkle with pecans.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk remaining eggs; gradually whisk in caramel topping until blended. Pour slowly over pecans.
  3. Bake 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned (loosely cover edges with foil after 20 minutes if pie browns too quickly). Cool on a…

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The Spices For Life

The next time you start cooking remember to toss in some of your favorite spices….they are really a good healthy source of nutrients and can do so much in the healing process because they help with inflammatory issues, mood issue and many other issues, too many to name…..I have a book on spices that may help you to understand the importance of using them….

May help: Quell inflammation, inhibit tumors.
Turmeric, the goldenrod-colored spice, is used in India to help wounds heal (it’s applied as a paste); it’s also made into a tea to relieve colds and respiratory problems. Modern medicine confirms some solid-gold health benefits as well; most are associated with curcumin, a compound in turmeric that has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin has been shown to help relieve pain of arthritis, injuries and dental procedures; it’s also being studied for its potential in managing heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Researcher Bharat Aggarwal is bullish on curcumin’s potential as a cancer treatment, particularly in colon, prostate and breast cancers; preliminary studies have found that curcumin can inhibit tumor cell growth and suppress enzymes that activate carcinogens.

May help: Lift your mood.
Saffron has long been used in traditional Persian medicine as a mood lifter, usually steeped into a medicinal tea or used to prepare rice. Research from Iran’s Roozbeh Psychiatric Hospital at Tehran University of Medical Sciences has found that saffron may help to relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and depression. In one study, 75% of women with PMS who were given saffron capsules daily reported that their PMS symptoms (such as mood swings and depression) declined by at least half, compared with only 8 percent of women who didn’t take saffron.
Must-Read: 4 Foods to Boost Your Mood

May help: Inhibit breast cancer-cell growth.
University of Missouri scientists found that this herb can actually inhibit breast cancer-cell growth, reported Holly Pevzner in the September/October 2011 issue of EatingWell Magazine. In the study, animals that were given apigenin, a compound abundant in parsley (and in celery), boosted their resistance to developing cancerous tumors. Experts recommend adding a couple pinches of minced fresh parsley to your dishes daily.

Handmade From The Kitchen

Have you ever learned how to can those awesome fresh foods from your garden or from the market place? There are lots of vegetables that you can use for canning to have for next winter, but also many fruits that you can make your famous jams or jellies or even Marmalade’s with, too……This book is for the ones of us that know very little about this skill….
Don’t forget your paper towels….what kitchen would be complete without them….I use Bounty but there are several brands to choose from….just click on the pictures below and you will be relocated over to Amazon to shop all you want….


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New Years Dinner

Its about that time again…where did the time go? Wow, it seems like just yesterday that I was feeding babies and doing laundry well I’m still doing laundry but the babies are all grown up now and through all of those years we have kept a tradition going on New Years Day and that is to serve black eyed peas and ham, (hog jowl) greens and cornbread with all of the other trimmings at my table….that is one thing I so look forward to every New Year…starting my New Year off with my family…HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE……