Vickie’s Kitchen Delights

The weather was beautiful Easter for egg hunts. No rain and the sun was shining. I am starting to get spring fever!
We have already mowed the yard for the first time this year. All my spring flowers are blooming and my trees are blooming.
I am already planning vegetables to plant this year and decorations I am planning to use this year in the yard. Exciting times!
The next couple of months are going to be very busy with Mother’s Day, graduation and Alumni Weekend then Father’s Day.
The recipes I have for you this month are recipes I have found from cleaning out files and closets in the last month. I hope you try the recipes out during the next coming months.
The first recipe is for Cotton Candy Salad which is so easy to throw together, and it is delicious! No cooking and you just add all ingredients together and stir! Very easy.
The next recipe is for Skillet Beef Lo Mein or Chicken Lo Mein. So easy and quick to make and very good! The Cabbage Casserole is a recipe I had forgotten about for a couple of years. This is delicious and very easy to put together. A must try!!!!
The Apple Pie Bites are fast, easy and delicious. You use frozen puff pastry as the pastry base adding cinnamon and sugar with nuts and caramels. So good!
The Kool-Aid Pie has only four ingredients and may take a total of 10 minutes to put together. Just use 1 package of any flavor Kool-Aid and just wait for a delicious pie! Use your imagination and try different flavors!
The last recipe is for Earthquake Cake for all the chocolate lovers. This is a very moist cake and all made in a 13×9 pan. Very easy!
My little ditty this month is very simple and should be practiced by everyone: “Kindness doesn’t cost a thing, yet it’s the richest gift you can give!”
See ya all next month!
Kool-Aid Pie
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 container – 8 ounces of Kool Whip
1 package of any flavor of Kool-Aid
1 graham cracker crust
Combine the sweetened condensed milk with the package of any flavor of Kool-Aid and mix well. Then add your container of Kool Whip to this mixture and incorporate well. Pour into a graham cracker crust and chill for 4 hours.
I can see all kinds of possibilities with this – decorate with fresh strawberries a strawberry Kool-Aid pie – orange jello with mandarin oranges – blueberry with fresh blueberries and etc.!
Cabbage Casserole
1 head of cabbage
1 medium onion
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 cup of mayonnaise
½ stick of butter melted
Salt and pepper to taste
1 stick of butter melted.
1 cup grated cheddar cheese.
1 stack Ritz crackers, crushed.
Cut up cabbage and place in a 13×9 dish or pan. Add the medium onion sliced up on top of cabbage. Mix can of soup, mayonnaise, ½ stick of butter melted and season with salt and pepper.
hen make topping for casserole melting 1 stick butter and 1 stack of Ritz crackers crushed. Mix this together and add 1 cup grated cheddar cheese to this mixture and bake at 359 degrees for 45 minutes.
Cotton Candy Salad
1 – 14 ounce can have sweetened milk
2 cups crushed pineapple, drained.
1 – 21 ounce can of cherry pie filling
1 can – 21 ounces of strawberry pie filling
1 – 8-ounce container of whipped topping, thawed
¾ cup of chopped pecans
Fold all ingredients together in large bowl and blend well. Chill until ready to serve.
Earthquake Cake
1 box German Chocolate cake mix.
1 cup chopped pecans.
1 stick butter
1 – 8-ounce package cream cheese
1 cup coconut
2 cups powdered sugar.
In a 13×9 pan, spread nuts and then place the coconut on top of nuts. Mix cake as directed and pour over coconut. Melt butter and cream cheese together. Mix in powdered sugar. Then pour over cake mix.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Skillet Beef or Chicken Lo Mein
1 – 16 ounce package uncooked thin spaghetti
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound of sirloin cut into thin strips OR using 1 pound of chicken strips
1 package of frozen pepper stir fry blend with red and yellow peppers and onions. 16 oz.
2 cans beef broth or chicken broth – 14.5 ounces each
½ cup teriyaki sauce
½ teaspoon garlic powder
In a large heat oil over medium-high heat. Add your choice of beef or chicken and cook until brown on all sides. Remove meat from skillet with slotted spoon.
Break uncooked pasta into 2-inch pieces and add to skillet and cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly.
Add remaining ingredients, including the meat and stir to blend. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes stirring every 5-10 minutes to avoid sticking.
Apple Pie Bites
½ of a 17.3 ounce package frozen puff pastry sheets- 1 sheet unthawed
1 ½ cups finely chopped apples, peeled if desired
2 teaspoons sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
10 vanilla caramel, unwrapped
3 tablespoons heavy cream
Chopped toasted pecans.
Sea salt flakes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a lightly floured surface unfold puff pastry sheet. Roll pastry into a 15×10 and cut into 24 21/2-inch squares. Fit each square into a 1 ¾ inch muffin cup. Stir together apples, sugar and cinnamon. Spoon into pastry lined muffin cups. Bake for about 15 minutes or until pastry is golden. Cool 5 minutes in a pan. Carefully remove bites from pan.
Meanwhilem heat and stir caramels and cream over very low heat until melted and smooth. Drizzle bites with caramel and sprinkle with pecans. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Serve immediately.
Hint: If desired, use a high quality purchased caramel sauce instead of making your own.