My Sweet Marie

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I am making this today and have added scallops to the mix and goats cheese instead of the parmesan. My crumbs are gluten-free and I have used regular mushroom caps, so similar but different! what’s your switch on this recipe?

Enjoy this with a salad, baked potato and ta-da…lovely dinner!

My Sweet Marie

This is a favourite among many of my family and friends. For Valentine’s dinner I served these with steak and salad, a bit hit!

You will need:

  • 2 cups of crab (real or fake or combo of both)
  • 3/4 cup mayo or a substitute
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of cracker or bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup of red or green onion minced
  • 1/2 cup celery minced
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 4 large Portobello or 6 portobellini mushrooms or 1lb of mushroom caps(washed)

Mix together all ingredients except parmesan and mushrooms. Form patties out of crab mix. Line a tray with parchment paper or foil. Line the mushrooms on the tray and top with the crab filling. dot each topped mushroom with a tiny dollop of mayo and then sprinkle the parmesan on top of that. (Any cheese can be substituted here). bake in the oven at 350 degrees till golden, about…

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Not for the light-hearted but for those looking for a little of heat in their dip! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz  cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup Franks hot sauce (or whatever hot sauce you like)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 cups  cooked shredded chicken

Directions:
Mix the first 5 ingredients together until smooth. Add the chicken and put this in the crock pot on low for 3-4 hours. Serve warm.

Anybody can make deviled eggs but how about spicing it up a bit? give these babies a try and you’ll get some comments, one way or another!!

Ingredients
  • 12 large hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise or salad  dressing
  • 1  tablespoon cumin
  • 1  tablespoon capers, finely chopped
  • 1  tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced &  seeded
  • 1 habanaro pepper, sliced &  seeded
  • Ground red pepper
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped

Instructions
  1. Cut the eggs lengthwise into halves.  Slip out the yolks and mash with a  fork.
  2. Mix the mashed yolks with the mayonnaise, cumin, capers, mustard, salt and  the jalapeno pepper.
  3. Fill the egg whites with the egg yolk mixture, heaping lightly.  Sprinkle  with ground red chiles and garnish with the cilantro and a slice of the habanero  pepper.

This is a stew that I would make with the kids and their friends. It’s called friendship stew much like the stone soup idea where everyone brings in a veggie and you end up with a yummy pot of stew or soup! When I ran my camp we made this and I had veggie haters eating this like it was pizza! Invite a few kids over, have them bring their favourite veggie and see what happens!

Scooby Doo’s Friendship Stew

Ingredients: 

  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 stalks of celery diced
  • 3 carrots ( chopped and/or grated)
  • 1 can corn
  • 2 cups of broccoli/cauliflower chopped
  • 1 can of tomatoes diced or stewed
  • 1 lb chicken breast( or any chicken or meat)
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 6-8 cups of water
  • salt/pepper/thyme
  • 1- 1.5 cups of pasta
  • 2 potatoes

Directions:

  1. Saute the onion, celery and carrot with the chicken.
  2. Once it’s browned add the broth water and spices.
  3. Once you have a good boil, add the rest of the veggies and bring to a boil.
  4. Let veggies cook till tender.
  5. Turn off the heat then add the pasta and potatoes.
  6. Let sit for 1 hour and the pasta will cook sitting in the hot pot.
  7. Ladle and serve!
  8. Enjoy!

I don’t know about you but I love that dry powdered mix that you add oil and vinegar to and make yummy dressing! I think I have come up with an easy and cheap solution to running out and buying it! Try this recipe on for size and tell me if it comes close to the real deal!

Ingredients:

  • 1 TB Garlic salt
  • 1 TB Onion powder
  • 1 TB Sugar
  • 2 TB Oregano
  • 1 ts Pepper
  • 1/4 ts Thyme
  • 1 ts Basil
  • 1 TB Parsley
  • 1/4 ts Celery salt
  • 2 TB Salt

For Dressing Mix:

  • 1/4 Cup Cider Vinegar
  • 2/3 Cup Oil
  • 2 TB Water
  • 2 TB Dry Mix

Shake well.

Serve over any greens mixed with your favourites veggies, a sprinkle of nuts and perhaps a handful of shredded cheese! Enjoy!

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and with it comes so many memories of our girls when they were small. They’d get so excited, we’d have a dinner of tourtiere and it was the one day of the year where they were in a hurry to get to bed! They’d get in their jam-jams and we’d read the old story Twas the Night Before Christmas, and off to bed they went!

I was feeling nostalgic last night and decided to read the story to our grand-children, unfortunately they weren’t here! So, I recorded myself reading the story and posted it on YouTube! Here’s where to find it http://youtu.be/Ft9Jegzh4HI I hope you will watch and enjoy the story especially if you have little kids!

So whatever your traditions are, I hope they are filled with joy and peace!

Merry christmas to you all, and to all a good-night!

Sweet Marie

 

It’s that magical time of the year where the children are all excited, there’s snow on the ground, Christmas decorations and lights twinkle all throughout the neighborhood and every woman you see has that ‘deer in the headlights’ look in her eyes! Why do we go so crazy?

I go out of my way to shop,wrap,decorate and bake early so that I don’t have to be in the malls this time of the year and what do I do? I get a job where I shop and run errands for a very lovely lady! I must be nuts!! Yesterday I went and ran a few errands for Patricia and on any normal day it would have taken me an hour, well it took almost three! I’m sure Patricia thought I ran off with her car and her credit card! I was an hour  in Chapters alone, just to get 4 little items! But I happen to know that those 4 people will be very grateful for those gifts they receive from her, they are thoughtful gifts.

However, on the flip side, this time of year is just magical with the grand-kids and how they are so excited about Santa and all the excitement surrounding the holidays! Yesterday I was chatting with Heidi and she is quite excited to get to tomorrow’s party for my family! You see, we’re a large clan and she has many aunts and uncles so she only knows the names of a few, but she loves the whole thing, all the people and the food, oh she likes that too! Rumour has it that Santa is going to make an appearance and she’s gotten wind of it and can’t wait to see him! I hope he’s ready for it all!

I was speaking with Holly this morning and she is glad we finally have snow for Santa to land his sleigh, she was quite concerned about this even with repeated assurances that Santa has a special sleigh for when there’s no snow! She’d have none of it so lucky for us, we now have snow! Phew! She also told me she was going to be a witch for Christmas and I am hoping she’s mixing up the holidays and not planning to give us a hard time! You see she was a Santa for Hallowe’en so perhaps we’ll forgive the confusion!

Blake well, he’s excited for Santa but frankly, if there’s food, and people, Blake is in! Their father has a much smaller family so when they come to this particular party where every member of our family should be there, it quite shocking to them! We will number close to 60 this year! We now gather at a hall so that there’s room to run for the kids, and for us all to mingle and eat in one room!

Let the parties begin!

Merry Christmas all!

Sweet Marie