Tuesday, December 21, 2010

NuWave Oven - How did I ever do without this???

I must say, I absolutely LOVE my NuWave oven.  Don't buy it from the manufacturer's website because you'll spend a bunch on "handling"..get it from Amazon a lot cheaper!!  Here's the best deal I've found and you will be so happy you have one of these too.  I have put frozen chicken breasts and even an entire turkey breast in the NuWave and it always turns out perfect!!  Great Christmas gift as well, for those that have "everything"!!
xoxo and Happy shopping and cooking!!

What to do with all those gift cards you haven't used in a year
Ok, so if you're like me, you have 20 gift cards sitting around from LAST Christmas that you either haven't had time to use or have not need for the items offered where the card is issued from.  So what to do with them??  Sell 'em and buy the cards you REALLY want!!  I saw this on a mid-afternoon  TV talk show a few months back and thought the idea was pretty neat.

School Cafeteria Recipes by the USDA

Wow!  So, I was wondering just what was it in those school Salisbury steaks way back when that made you wonder if there was some "mystery ingredient" in there that you wish you'd never eaten.  I did a Google search for "school pizza" and found this site.  Now I'm drawn back to my childhood, wondering what I'd have traded for,  based on these recipes.  As an adult, I see they're not all bad, actually fairly good for you all around.  Just add a little spice here and there, and you've got a good basic list of "foods everyone will eat".  Enjoy, and I hope the lunchtime meal you remember the most is in this list!

And for a few hard to find recipes (not included in the NFSMI website list, but compiled by the author of Uncle Phaedrus' website)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Missouri Cookies (chocolate no-bake cookies)



Original Recipe Yield 3 dozen


  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 3 tbsp. powdered cocoa*
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter
  • 3 c. quick cooking oatmeal
  • *If you do not have powdered cocoa, you can substitute 1 oz. unsweetened chocolate bar and reduce butter by 1 TBS*


  1. Put sugar, butter, cocoa, milk, and vanilla into saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil 2 1/2 minutes. Stir in the peanut butter until melted/mixed then remove pan from heat and add the oatmeal. Mix well. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper. Let cool. Store in an airtight container once cooled.