Saturday, December 21, 2019

Danish Cake

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My friend brought this to our ward party this year and it was the yummiest cake I've eaten in a long time. It's the perfect Christmas dessert, or for any time of the year. It is so moist and flavorful. Everyone raved about this one.

Danish Cake
from Lauren Anderson

1 box yellow cake mix
1 large pkg vanilla instant pudding
8 oz sour cream
1 tsp almond extract
4 eggs
3/4 cup oil

Preheat oven to 325. Heavily spray bundt pan with non-stick spray. Sprinkle pan with cinnamon sugar mixture (mix cinnamon and sugar together and sprinkle to your preference). In separate bowl, combine all ingredients. Pour into bundt pan and bake for 40-50 minutes. Turn on to plate and sprinkle with more cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Thai Curry Soup

I made this last night and we ALL (kids included) fell in love with it.  The flavors are spot-on and you can put in whatever veggies you like.  It makes a TON, so I cooked less dinners this week than normal because we didn't want to stop eating this for left-overs.  I made Mel's Kitchen Cafe's coconut rice and put a scoop in the bottom of the bowls, which made it more filling and hearty.

Thai Curry Soup

Heavy Cream
Thai Red Curry Sauce (11 oz. bottle from Trader Joe's)
Green Cabbage Shreds- 10 oz. package
1-2 Onions, diced
3 chicken breasts, diced 
3 boxes broth (I used bone, but any chicken or veggie will work)
Vegetables of your choosing

I used: Green beans, sweet peppers (the small multi-colored ones), broccoli, 2 zucchinis, carrots, mushrooms.  You can put in whatever you like and it all works!  Just make sure you adjust cooking times (ie- zucchini and mushroom cooks fast and should go in at the end)

In a LARGE pot, sautee onion in 2 Tbs. butter until soft.  Add cut chicken and minced garlic.  Cook until chicken is no longer pink.  Pour broth, green beans, and carrots in (and any veggie that may need more time to soften).  Bring to a boil for 10 minutes, or until veggies are soft to your liking and chicken is fully cooked. Add chopped zucchini and Thai sauce.  Bring to a boil again and then add cabbage and cream (I probably used 1 cup cream, but you can add to your desire).  Cabbage cooks fast, so give it a minute or two and then serve.

Asian-Style Meatballs with Sweet Chili Sauce

These were SO good and a great switch-up from the normal Asian dinners we make around here.  The flavor was really fantastic and the sauce was super good (although strong, don't overdo it).  We paired it with Mel's coconut rice and some roasted veggies.  Seriously delicious.

Asian-Style Meatballs with Sweet Chili Sauce
Mel's Kitchen Cafe

  •  2 pounds ground meat (beef, pork, turkey or a combo - see note)
  •  1 cup panko or regular bread crumbs
  •  1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  •  2 green onions, white and green parts finely chopped
  •  2 large eggs
  •  2 tablespoons soy sauce (I use low-sodium)
  •  1 tablespoon finely minced ginger (or ginger paste)
  •  3 cloves garlic, finely minced or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  •  1 teaspoon dried basil
  •  Zest from 1 lime (about a teaspoon)
  •  Pinch of crushed red pepper, more or less to taste (optional)


  •  1/3 cup soy sauce (I use low-sodium)
  •  1/3 cup sweet chili sauce (see note)
  •  1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 2-3 limes)
  •  2 tablespoons brown sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, add the ground meat. Add all the other meatball ingredients and mix until well-combined (I just dig in there with my hands). Roll 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture into meatballs and place 1/2-inch apart or so on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes until cooked through (an instant-read thermometer should read 165 degrees F in the middle of a meatball).
  4. While the meatballs cook, whisk together all the sauce ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl or small saucepan and heat until simmering.
  5. Using tongs or a spatula, remove the meatballs from the baking sheet onto a plate or tray. Drizzle the cooked meatballs with the warm sauce and garnish with additional green onions and toasted sesame seeds, if desired. Serve the meatballs on their own or over brown rice, white rice, quinoa, etc.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Copycat Cafe Pig Barbecue Sauce

Copycat Cafe Pig Barbecue Sauce

If you had the pleasure of visiting GA prior to circa 2009 ish.... you probably had the privilege of patronizing the Jewkes'  favorite BBQ joint. It was a tiny hole in the wall in Peachtree City but man oh served the best BBQ pork potatoes money could buy. The owners got tired and shut down the place. Mom even asked for their BBQ sauce recipe (it was all in the sauce...isn't it always?!). It disappeared along with the restaurant.  We've been on the hunt since. This is a sweet BBQ sauce. It's slightly "runnier" than most BBQ sauces but that's what made it more of a sauce than a condiment in the best kind of way. Cafe Pig's poured perfectly over a potato topped with shredded pork, sour cream, and  shredded cheddar cheese. This one does also!! It's nearly perfect. Its also delicious served with little smokies, brushed onto grilled chicken etc etc. My friend, Robyn Kikuchi, gave me this recipe probably 5-6 years ago. I've been making it since.

1 c brown sugar
1/8 t vinegar
1 t mustard
1/2 c BBQ sauce (I usually have Sweet Baby Ray's on hand)
1 t Worcestershire sauce
3/4 c water
1/2 c ketchup

Mix in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.

Healthy, Easy, and Quick Chicken Salad

Healthy, Easy and Quick Chicken Salad

Before you read this recipe I must make a confession. It uses canned chicken. Don't run. Don't judge me. I also have never enjoy canned chicken in particular. BUTTTTT I had this at a recent get together and immediately asked for the recipe and was very surprised it had canned chicken. Also....I've put forth an effort to simplify cooking recently so this answered that plea. The options and add-ins are endless. When i served this to my family, I did it like a chicken salad bar. I put sliced sliced almonds, craisins, chopped pickles, grapes, pineapple, green onions, etc all in small bowls so people could add what they liked. Here's the core of the recipe:

Two cans of Canned chicken (I like Sam's Club, Tyson or Kirkland brand...don't go cheap here)
light mayo
0% Fage greek yogurt
green onions
garlic powder
salt and pepper

Are you the type that hates recipes if there aren't specific measurements. Me too. But I also recognize that some people like a "juicier" chicken salad. I don't. So jut add your preference. I probably did about 1/3 c of mayo and yogurt. 3-4 green onions. I forgot the celery. A dash of the seasonings.
We ate it on healthy, delicious pita bread. Then the next day I ate it with the amazing crunch master crackers.

Poppyseed Pleaser Salad


Yes. I made that name up all on my own. My friend, Sarah Ripperdan, shared this recipe with me after serving this crowd pleaser. EVERYONE WILL LOVE THIS SALAD. It tasted so fresh, light and sweet. It was also beautiful bc she mixed in so many colorful veggies. I can't recall for sure (and i don't wanna be accountable) but i may have had thirds or fourths.

Mix the following in blender
1/2 c sugar
1 t salt
1 t dry mustard
half small onion or small red onion
1/3 c red wine vinegar (will give the dressing a slightly pink hue)
After blended, add 1 T of poppy seeds and slowly add 1 c canola oil.

Salad (the options are endless but this is what she used and it was heavenly):
spring mix
chopped apples
red pepper
high quality shredded parm cheese
caramelized pecans (this is seriously the best part)

Carmelized Pecans:
Put a handful of pecans in a skillet. Add about 1/3 c sugar. Let the sugar caramelize as you stir. Be careful not to burn.Let them get slightly toasted. As they cool, the pecans harden.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Quick and Easy Bowtie Lasagna

I'm at Jenn's house right now in Arizona and she made this pasta for us last night that was so good and so easy!  She says she makes it all of the time when she needs to deliver a meal to a family because its a crowd-pleaser as well.

Quick and Easy Bowtie Lasagna

  • 1 pound Ground Beef or Turkey
  • 5 cups Bow Tie Noodles
  • 3 cups Spaghetti Sauce 
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning (or More, Make It To Your Taste)
  • ½ cups Mozzarella Cheese
  • ½ cups Sour Cream

Fry ground meat in small pan. Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions.
After noodles are cooked, drain and drizzle with olive oil. Mix in your spaghetti sauce. 
Add your fried hamburger, seasonings, cheese, and sour cream. Fold together and allow it all to combine and melt together, over low heat, for about 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
Serve to your family and be prepared to have it disappear before your very eyes.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Mexican Black Beans

1 can of black beans, undrained
1 small onion
1 tsp. minced garlic 
1/4 can of water
2 T apple cider vinegar
1 packet Sazon Goya sin achiote (in mexican food aisle)

Saute onion and garlic in oil. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Grandpa Frogleys Award Winning Pancakes

This is a recipe that I've been meaning to put up for a while for my own records. The ingredients are so simple and you almost certainly have them all on hand and they make fluffy delicious pancakes. 

- 2 C of flour
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp of oil
- 1 tsp of baking powder
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- enough milk/buttermilk to bring it to a thicker batter consistency 

These won an award and had an article written about them in the Deseret News back in the day so they're definitely worth trying!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Breinholt Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our friends, the Breinholts introduced us to this recipe and it's been our favorite ever since!  They actually found the recipe on the back of the Market Pantry Old Fashioned Oats package.  I don't know if this is key, but they mix everything by hand (good old elbow grease).  The dough and the cookies are top-notch.

Breinholts Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

8 oz. (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350.  Beat butter, sugars, and vanilla on medium speed of electric mixer (or by hand) until creamy.  Beat in eggs until light and fluffy.  Mix in flour, baking powder, and salt on low until blended.  Stir in oats and chocolate chips.  Form dough into 2-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake 16-18 minutes until edges are golden brown, but still soft in the center. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Brown Sugar Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Chimichurri

I made this tonight and it was AMAZING!!! Seriously the flavors were so fresh  and interesting and it was easy peasy.  We had it with a couple of baguettes and some mashed potatoes. You could also easily pair it with mexican rice and beans or a big salad.


For the Pork:
  • 2.5 lb pork tenderloin (only 2.5 g fat for a 4 oz portion- I always get mine from Costco)
  • 6 cloves garlic (or my favorite frozen dorot cubes)- I halved this
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
For the Light Cilantro Basil Chimichurri:
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • 1/2 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes


  1. Trim fat off of pork tenderloins. I like to rinse mine, and pat dry.
  2. Mix all of the other ingredients for the pork rub rub. It will make a thick marinade.
  3. Using a spoon (or ziplock bags on your hands!) rub the marinade all over the two tenderloins. You can cover, and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight— OR just leave on the counter like I did for 15-30 minutes before grilling.  Always best to let it come to room temp before grilling.
  4. Heat grill to pretty high heat.
  5. Spray grill carefully with cooking spray.
  6. Sprinkle tenderloins with additional kosher salt and pepper (not listed) and place on grill. Sear for about 2-3 minutes per side over the high heat, and then turn down to medium, and cover. Cook for about 15-17 minutes TOTAL, including searing time, rotating every 5 minutes or so.  If you have a meat thermometer, internal temp should be about 140.
  7. Let rest for 10 minutes, tented with foil before slicing in!
  8. Pulse all chimichurri ingredients in a mini food processor or blender… it’s not as pretty without loads of olive oil, but the taste was still incredible with the pork!*


  • Serving Size: 100 g pork with 30 g chimi
  • Calories: 207
  • Fat: 6.2
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6
  • Carbohydrates: 8.7