Memories and healthy recipes for your dinner table.

Month: July 2008

Mexican Caesar Salad with Cilantro Pepitas Dressing

One evening, we decided to stop off at a local taco place for dinner. We love it because we can get three tacos for a dollar. For two dollars, we can feed our whole family. That night, however, I noticed they had a new salad […]

Roasting Peppers

A few weeks ago, a friend and I got together to start a monthly cooking class. Her theme for the class was “Cooking in Season”. Our menu consisted of “Fruit Skewers”, “Greek Steak Salad with Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette“, and “Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake“. One […]

Pudding Punch Bowl Cake

This is my mom’s famous punch bowl cake. Once I tried making her delectable coconut cake, but it turned out to be a mess, because the layers were slipping off each other. So, into the bowl they went with all the ingredients for mom’s punch bowl cake. Turned out great.

1 angel food cake
1 can crushed pineapple in natural juices
1 large pkg of cook-&-serve vanilla pudding
1 can cherry pie filling
Cool whip

Cook pudding and cool. Divide cake into three pieces. Break one piece into small pieces in the bottom of large glass bowl.  Spread a layer of 1/3 of the pudding, 1/3 of the pie filling, and 1/3 of the pineapple. Sprinkle nuts. Repeat two more times.  Cover with whipped cream and decorate with cherries, nuts, or whatever. Refrigerate for at least three hours.

Alternatives: try using pound cake or white cake instead of the angel food cake. Sprinkle some coconut flakes between the layers and on top.

I bought this trifle bowl for a friend a could of years ago and I loved it so much I bought one for myself. Considered it an early Christmas Present. The price was great and I love the sides are straight and tall. Makes for a nice presentation.


The ancient chinese believed the roots of the rhubarb plant contained medicinal properties. Today, however, the stalk is generally used in sauces and desserts. Rhubarb looks like a red stalk of celery. Unlike celery, rhubarb is sour and requires a generous amount of sweetener, which […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake

If you have never tried rhubarb before, this recipe is the perfect introduction. This recipe is from Cake: 3 cup flour 1 cup sugar 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp soda 2 tbsp butter/margarine, softened 2 cups buttermilk 2 eggs, slightly […]

Pepperoni Pasta Salad

This is my personal favorite pasta salad. It’s easy, filling, tasty, and a cinch to make!

1 pkg. Spiral Pasta (Rotini)
1 pkg. Italian Salad Dressing Mix (Plus enough Oil, Vinegar and Water for the mix)
1 pkg. Pepperoni
2 Cups Cheddar Cheese Chunks
1/4 Cup Sun-Dried Tomatoes, cut up
1 Cucumber
1 Yellow Bell Pepper
Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse pasta with cold water. Meanwhile, chop up pepperoni into fourths, cheese chunks, dice tomatoes, quarter cucumbers, and dice bell pepper. Prepare salad dressing according to package directions. Mix it all together in a big bowl and chill before serving or serve immediately.

Seven Layer Salad

This is one of my all-time favorite salads. The recipe was given to me by a very good friend but she was vague about the amounts so use as much or as little as you prefer. Iceberg Lettuce, chopped Celery, chopped Peas 4-5 Hardboiled Eggs, […]

Orange Julius

Some of my best memories of summertime included my dad making Orange Julius for everyone. It’s a simple recipe and better than the kind you get at the mall in my opinion. 1 1/2 Cups Water 1/2 Cup Sugar 1 tsp Vanilla 1/2 Cup Milk […]

Movie Night at the Drive-in

I have always loved movies. Some of my clearest childhood memories are of going to the movies. I can remember the whole family going to the drive-in and another time sitting on my dad’s lap watching Raider’s of the Lost Ark.

During the summer, our local movie theater hosts a free movie day every week. The feature films are all G-rated kid friendly films. I have not attended a free movie day yet because, the thought of my kids taking off in a packed theater does not interest me at all. However, a couple of years ago we met a couple who told us about one of their favorite summer family activities. As we were sitting on the couch in their front room, they excitedly told us about one of their favorite things to do during the summer, is going to the drive-in theater. The best part was when they told us that they take their work truck and load the couches on the flat bed to watch the movie in comfort.

Another way to enjoy the comforts of home, is to host your own drive-in theater. If you have younger children, help them make their own cars out of cardboard boxes. Set up a “Snack Bar” and a ticket booth. Set a price for each item. Give each child enough fake currency to buy a ticket and snacks.

If you have the money, teenagers and are tech savvy an inflatable projection screen for the backyard is worth checking out.


Texas Blue Bell Dump Cake

At the time I was living in Texas, Dump Cake and Brisket were the stars of many a backyard barbecue. The cake mix dotted with butter creates a rich crust similar to a Betty or cobbler; but extremely rich. The religious rite required a scoop […]