Mango Strawberry Banana Smoothie

mango strawberry smoothie 2Yield: 1 Serving


Bottom layer:
  •     1 mango, peeled, pitted and chopped
  •     ½ cup orange juice
  •     1 tablespoon lime juice
  •     2 tablespoons honey
  •     3 medium ice cubes
Top Layer:
  •     1 banana, chopped
  •     10 strawberries, cut in half
  •     1 tablespoon lime juice
  •     3 medium ice cubes


  1. In a blender, puree the mango, orange juice, lime juice, honey, and ice cubes, until smooth, and divide amongst 2 straight-sided 8 oz. glasses, and set aside.
  2. Rinse blender, then puree banana, strawberries, lemon juice, and ice cubes, until smooth, and gently pour into glasses while trying to maintain a line separating the layers.

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The Best Meatballs You’ll Ever Have

01-best-Meatballs-recipe-DurandYield:  Approx.  60 Meatballs


  •  1 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup fine dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground beef, such as ground chuck
  • 1 pound ground veal
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons chunky kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
  • About 4 tbsps finely chopped fresh sage, from 2 small herb bunche
  • 1 1/2 cups finely diced or grated yellow onion, from about 2 small yellow onions
  • 4 large garlic cloves, finely minced or grated
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • Olive oil


  1. Pour the milk over the breadcrumbs in a small bowl. Stir them together and set them aside for at least 10 minutes for the crumbs to soften.
  2. Mix the pork, beef and veal together thoroughly in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the salt and a generous amount of black pepper, then add the cayenne and smoked paprika.
  3. Stir in the chopped parsley, sage, onion, garlic and Parmesan. Mix with your hands until these are very thoroughly distributed through the meat.
  4. Stir in the breadcrumbs and milk, as well as the eggs, and mix thoroughly.
  5. Shape and cook the meatballs immediately, or refrigerate the meat for up to 24 hours. You can also freeze the meat (in one big lump or as shaped meatballs) in a sealed container for up to 3 months.
  6. To cook the meatballs, you can go a few different routes:1. Bake: To bake the meatballs, heat the oven to 350°F and form them into balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place them on a baking sheet and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until they are just barely cooked through and no longer pink inside. To keep them tender, do not overbake. At this point you can add them to a pot of tomato sauce and simmer just for a few moments or until they are soaked in sauce — or just eat them as they are.

    2. Broil: The baked meatballs above are very smooth and not crispy. If you like a more rustic meatball with a crisped-up exterior, broil your meatballs for 18 to 20 minutes, turning once halfway through. This will give you a meatball with a crunchier exterior and little dark bits all over.

    3. Simmer: You can also cook meatballs directly in your pasta sauce. (I like Marcella Hazan’s famous 4-ingredient tomato sauce — pictured above and below!) To do this, carefully place raw meatballs into a pot of gently simmering tomato sauce, making sure they are fully covered. Cook over low heat for at least 30 minutes, or until the meatballs are fully cooked through and no longer pink inside. This makes for a very smooth, very tender meatball. If you want a little bit of crispiness to the meatballs in the sauce, you can sear them or broil them briefly and then finish cooking them in the sauce.

*Originally posted by Joanna over at

Starbucks Frozen Frappuccino



  • 3/4 cup double-strength coffee, cold
  • One-cup low-fat milk
  • Three-tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Two-cups ice


  1. Make double-strength coffee by brewing with twice the coffee required by your coffee maker. That should be 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per each cup of coffee. Chill before using.
  2. To make the drink, combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until ice is crushed and drink is smooth. Pour into two 16-ounce glasses, and serve with a straw.
For this, add Three tablespoons of caramel topping to the original recipe above and prepare as described. Top each glass with whipped cream and drizzle additional caramel over the whipped cream.
For this version, add Three tablespoons Hershey’s chocolate syrup to the original recipe and prepare as described. Top each glass with whipped cream if desired.

Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana

tuscana soupYield:  4 – 6 Servings



  1. Chop or slice uncooked sausage into small pieces.
  2. Brown sausage in your soup pot.
  3. Add chicken broth and water to pot and stir.
  4. Place onions, potatoes, and garlic in a separate pot.
  5. Cook on medium heat until potatoes are done.
  6. Add sausage and bacon.
  7. Salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
  9. Turn to low heat.
  10. Add kale and cream.
  11. Heat through and serve.

*Originally posted by Cycle Michael over at

Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

french toastYield: 4 – 6 Servings


  • 1 loaf French or Italian bread
  • 4-oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons strawberry jam or jelly
  • 1 cup diced fresh strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
  • 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter
  • maple syrup, for serving


  1. Place diced strawberries in a bowl and sprinkle with the sugar to allow the juices to come out. Set aside for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Slice bread into 2-inch thick slices. (You should get between 6 and 8 slices.)
  3. Cut a slit in each of the thick slices, making a pocket in which to put the filling.
  4. For the filling, combine softened cream cheese with strawberry jam and sugared strawberries.
  5. Place a spoonful of the cream cheese mixture into each bread pocket, spreading it to the corners.
  6. For the coating, combine eggs, milk, almond/vanilla extract, and cinnamon in a shallow bowl until thoroughly mixed.
  7. Coat each side of the bread for about 5-10 seconds, until it has soaked up some of the egg mixture.
  8. Preheat a griddle to medium-high heat, and coat it with butter.
  9. Cook French toast 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
  10. Serve immediately with maple syrup. **Leftovers taste great heated in a 400*F oven for 10-15 minutes.

Originally posted by Sara over at

Detroit Coney Dog

coney dog

Yield: 4 Coney Dogs (or more if you reduce the amount of sauce per hotdog)


  • 4 regular hot dog buns
  • Natural cased hot dogs (I like a Nathan’s hot dog or if you want, look for Michigan based dogs)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup cracker meal (crunch up some Saltine Crackers)
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed then minced
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 4 cups water
  • Yellow mustard
  • 1/2 onion, chopped


  1. Sauté the ground beef, onion, and garlic in a large pot until meat is cooked. Drain off half the fat. Add salt and black pepper.
  2. In a small bowl mix the cracker meal with the rest of the spices. Add to the meat and cook until the cracker meal or crushed crackers are browned. Add water and simmer for about 1 hour. You can add more water if this gets too thick.
  3. Blend the chili mix in either a food processor or blender to make it more of an authentic smooth Coney sauce. Blend until you reach your smoothness.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350oF and wrap the hot dog buns in foil and place cook them for about 10 minutes.
  5. While the buns are in the oven, fire up the barbecue and get those dogs grilling.
  6. Once grilled place the dogs in the buns, top them with your chili, chopped onion and yellow mustard.

Originally posted by Sportscierge over at

Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

apple pie

Yield: 1 nine inch pie


  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 8 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and sliced


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.
  • Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.
  • Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.

Fresh Homemade Salsa


The seeds in the peppers are what add more spice to your salsa.  So if you like a spicier salsa, add more seeds from the jalapeno and bell peppers.  If you really want it hot, use a red hot jalapeno pepper.  If you want a milder salsa, use red bell peppers in place of the green peppers and take out all of the seeds in the jalapeno peppers.

Yield: 8 – 9 pints


  • 5 pounds tomatoes (blanched, skinned, cored and chopped into 1 inch cubes)
  • 4 green peppers (chopped into small pieces)
  • 1 large onion (chopped into small pieces)
  • 4 jalapeno or hot peppers cut into small pieces – use ½ or ¾ of the seeds depending on the level of “hotness” you want
  • 4 tablespoons minced garlic
  •  2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup vinegar (5% acidity)
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  •  2 teaspoons of sugar for every pint filled


  1. Blanche tomatoes and cut into 1” pieces or smaller.
  2. Cut onions and peppers into small pieces.
  3. Add all ingredients, except sugar, into a large pan and bring to a boil.  Boil and reduce until half the original amount (about 1 hour).
  4. Before filling jars, make sure the lids and jars are sterilized.  Run them through your dishwasher or sterilize them in hot water.
  5. Put 2 teaspoons of sugar into each pint used.
  6. Pour hot salsa immediately into the jars leaving ½” space on top.
  7. Put lids on jars and seal tightly, using a cloth to hold the hot jars.
  8. When done filling jars, go back and retighten previous jars.  Wait for the lids to seal.  Listening for the “pop”.
  9. You don’t need to pressure cook or hot bath because the hot salsa seals the jars on their own.  The vinegar in the recipe along with the acid of the tomatoes kills the bacteria while cooking.  However, if you feel you would like to pressure cook or use a hot bath for your jars, you can and it will not affect the salsa.

*Originally posted by Kendra over at

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

jalapeno poppers2Yield: 32 Poppers


  • 16 fresh jalapeno peppers
  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 1½-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 16 slices bacon


  1. Cut stems off of peppers and cut them all in half longways
  2. Remove seeds from peppers (scrape with a spoon)
  3. Fill each pepper with cream cheese and sprinkle cheddar cheese on top
  4. Wrap ½ slice of bacon around each pepper half
  5. Spray broiler pan with non-stick spray
  6. Place poppers on the pan
  7. Place in 450 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is fully cooked
  8. Remove and serve when cooled
  9. Enjoy!

Originally posted by Real Housemoms over at

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

chicken cordon bleuYield: 6 Servings


For the Cordon Bleu

  • 3 large, thick boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half length-wise (to make two thinner chicken breast cutlets; you will have 6 total thin chicken breasts)
  • 12 slices good quality deli ham
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (preferably fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 pound (8 ounces) thinly sliced Swiss cheese

For the Parmesan-Dijon Cream Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules (or 1 bouillon cube, crushed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Lightly grease a 9X13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine the bread crumbs and melted butter. Set aside.
  2. Lay the cut chicken breasts in a single layer in the 9X13-inch dish. Layer each chicken breast with two slices of ham and top with slices of Swiss cheese, layering across the chicken breast to make sure the entire chicken breast is covered with ham and cheese. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top of the chicken.
  3. Bake the chicken for 30-35 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through completely, the cheese is bubbling and the bread crumbs are golden.
  4. When the chicken is almost done, in a medium saucepan, melt the 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in the flour, whisking constantly. Cook the flour/butter mixture for 1-2 minutes. Slowly pour in the milk while whisking quickly. Stir in the chicken bouillon granules and salt. Whisk mixture constantly over medium heat until the mixture begins to simmer and thicken, about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Once the sauce has bubbled and thickened, remove from heat and stir in the mustard, Worcestershire sauce and Parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted. Keep the sauce warm until the chicken is finished baking. If your sauce is too thick, whisk in some more milk. If it’s too thin, simmer longer.
  6. Serve each chicken cordon bleu portion with warm sauce.

Originally posted by Christy over at