Sausage Pesto Linguini

sausage pesto


4 Italian Sausages (sweet or mild, it’s up to you)
1/2 C Pesto (find it in the cheese section in the grocery store)
1/2 C Milk/Cream
1/2 C Water from making the Liguini
1 handful Snow Peas or 1 C Frozen Peas
1/2 box Linguini


Cook the sausage in a frying pan with 1 Tbs of olive oil. Cook through. While doing this cook the Linguini according to package directions. Remove from sausages from pan. In same pan add remaining ingredients and stir well. Add linguini when done. Serve sausages on the side.

Antipasto Submarine Sandwich

antipasto sub

Hogie, Sub, Submarine whatever you call it – this is amazing! A friend told me about this, so it’s not an original recipe from me or my family, but I am making an exception and am going to share it because you won’t believe it!


Sub rolls
Anitpasto salad


Go to your deli at the grocery. Buy antipasto salad. You know, it has meats, cheeses, olives and pickled veggies. Where I live Publix does not carry it with meats and cheeses. But Win-dixie does. So look around. Now go to the bakery in the grocery store and buy sub rolls. Slice the sub rolls in 1/2 with the middle still attached. Put on the antipasto salad and broil until the cheese is melted and the roll toasty! That’s it! WOW you are going to love me when you are done eating! Enjoy!

Pasta Salad

pasta salad


Basically when it comes to the veggies I use whatever I have in the fridge. Here are some suggestions -
Celery, green peppers, carrots, mushrooms, onions, spinach, zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes.
For the pasta I use either spaghetti noodles broken into about 3 inch sections or spirals. I love the spirals that are multi-colored.
Salad Supreme Seasonings
Pepperoni, sliced olives, sliced dill pickles, kidney beans.


Cook your pasta according to package directions. Chop up your veggies. Drain and cool the pasta. Place the pasta and veggies in a bowl. Now my favorite things to add -
Pepperoni, sliced olives, sliced dill pickles, kidney beans. Use Italian Dressing. Everyone has a different amount they like. Some like it more wet, some like it more dry. My secret though is Salad Supreme Seasonings. I use about 1/4 of the bottle for my pasta salad. Serve cold.

Katz Krackerz

Katz Krackers

These were named after my friend Kat who introduced us to these. You have to try these, they are always a hit when I make them. My kids beg me to make more!


1 1/2 Cups Light Olive Oil (or canola or vegetable)
1 Pkg Dry Ranch Dressing Mix
2-3 Tbsp Dry Crushed Red Peppers (use more or less depending on how hot you like them)
1 Box Saltine Crackers


In a large mixing bowl, mix in first 3 ingredients. Add one sleeve crackers. With bare hands carefully mix them up in the liquid quickly. Remove crackers and place in another empty bowl. Repeat this for all 4 sleeves of crackers. Once they have been all mixed in the liquid put them all back into the original bowl. Scrape out the empty bowl into the other one. Put in a gallon plastic bag to store. These will last up to 2 weeks.

Honey Lemon Chicken

honey lemon chicken

honey lemon chicken honey lemon chicken


6 Chicken Legs (you can actually use any chicken pieces you prefer)
1/4 C Lemon Juice
1/4 C Mustard
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
1 Tbsp Honey
1 Tbsp Vinegar
2 tsp packed Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Minced Garlic
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper


Place chicken in a 1 gallon storage bag. In a bowl mix the remaining ingredients. Pour mixture over chicken and seal the bag. Leave in refrigerator for at least and hour to marinate. Place chicken in a baking dish and bake at 375 for 50-60 minutes until done. Do not put the marinade over the chicken unless you line the pan with aluminum foil. As you can see in one of the pictures. It turned into a black gooey mess.


Goes great with our New York Sal Potatoes!!!! (Pictured in large image above)

salt potatoes

New York Salt Potatoes

salt potatoes

These are popular up in central New York State, where I grew up . So easy, SO tasty! The skin is tender and the potato is creamy. Just smash them with your fork and put on melted butter. Or there’s some people that just pop them in their mouth!


  • 4 pounds new potatoes. These are small little potatoes either red or white are fine.
  • 1 1/2 C Salt
  • 8 Tbs Butter


Put potatoes in sauce pan and cover with water. Add salt. Cook until soft (approx 20 min). Melt butter. Drain the water on the potatoes. Place in bowl. Pour butter over top.

Hint – these are also good cut up and fried as home fries. Breakfast or dinner doesn’t matter.

BBQ Bacon Cheddar Chicken Breast Sandwich

bbq bacon cheder chicken sand

bacon cheder chicken sandwich bacon cheder chicken sandwich


  • 2 Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 Slices precooked bacon
  • 2 C Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Barbeque sauce
  • Lettuce – I like romaine
  • 4 Kaiser rolls
  • Butter
  • Oil – I like coconut oil to pan fry with – it’s so good for you. Makes it a healthier meal.
  • Panko crumbs or bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs


Take 2 breasts and slice them in half so that they are thinner. Place in a one gallon zip lock bag. Make sure to get out the air and seal the bag. Pound flat with a meat tenderizer. Use the smooth side so you don’t puncture the bag.
Pour oil into frying pan to cover the bottom. Have heat on medium. Take eggs and mix them up in a bowl. Take panko crumbs and pour onto a plate. Take chicken and dip into egg mixture and then into the crumbs. Stick the crumbs onto both sides. Place into hot frying pan and oil. Brown on both sides. Put cheese onto top of each breast, put 1/4 tsp of water into frying pan cover with lid to melt cheese.
Remove from frying pan onto a plate covered with paper towels. Take kaiser rolls, cut in half, butter both cut sides. Place butter side down into frying pan. Do not put into the oil. Grill the rolls until toasty.
Assemble sandwich. Kaiser roll on bottom, chicken, cheese, bacon, barbeque sauce, lettuce and kaiser roll on top.

bacon cheder chicken sandwich



For those that prefer to avoid carbs, put the chicken and toppings on a bed of lettuce – still yummy!


Cajun Chicken Salad

cajun chicken salad


  • Romaine Lettuce chopped
  • Green Peppers chopped
  • Cucumbers chopped
  • Tomatoes chopped
  • Cooked Bacon chopped
  • 1 Hard Boiled Egg per person
  • Feta Cheese or whatever cheese you prefer
  • Homemade Croutons – see recipe here
  • 2 Tbsp Dry Cajun Seasoning
  • 1/4 C Light Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Vinegar
  • 1 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast per person


Take the chicken breasts and put them in a storage bag along with Cajun seasoning, vinegar and olive oil for a few hours to marinate. Once done grill on a foreman grill or in a frying pan.
Put the Romaine lettuce on the plate and top with the rest of the veggies and bacon. Slice the egg and place on the side. Croutons and cheese on top. Slice the chicken and place on another side. Enjoy! Make sure to use our Homemade croutons recipe for a fun addition to the salad!

Easy Baked Apples

baked apples

Have you ever bought apples only to find out they are pretty old dry and grainy? Well you can use them for baked apples!


  • 1 Apple
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar


Core an apple with your potato peeler. Place in a microwave bowl. Shove the butter down the center hole. Fill the rest of the hole with the brown sugar.

Microwave for about 2 1/2 minutes. Microwave 1 minute at a time and check for doneness. When the meat of the apple is soft it is done.
Prep time – 2 minutes – cooking time 2 1/2 minutes – total time – 4 1/2 minutes
Serves – 1 apple per person

Chicken Pesto Linguini with Snow Peas

chicken pesto linguini

chicken pesto snow peas pasta chicken pesto snow peas pasta


  • 3 Tbsp Oil – Light Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Butter
  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1/4 C Pesto – Buy this in the cheese section, it comes in a bucket. Looks like green goo. It’s actually a couple of cheeses with basil and garlic. Or you can make your own.
  • 1 C Milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 Package Linguini


Put oil in frying pan on medium heat. Add the chicken when the oil is hot. Salt and pepper on both sides of breasts. Brown on medium to medium-low for 30 minutes. Turn half way through. Add the snow peas to the pan.
In a sauce pan and the pesto and milk. On medium-low stir slowly until it thickens. Be careful not to boil the mixture.
Remove the chicken once cooked through. Inside temp should be 160 degrees.
Cook Linguini according to the directions. Once done take 2 Tbs of the pasta water and add to the pesto sauce. Pour the pesto mixture into the frypan with the drippings and snow peas. Take the pasta and add to fry pan mixture and stir with pesto sauce evenly.