Apple and Blue Cheese Salad


Balsamic Italian Dressing
In a bowl or shaker add
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tsp dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp chopped garlic
1/2 tsp ground black pepper. Beat until the sugar and salt dissolves.
3/4 cup olive oil
Whisk or shake until all is combined

Apple blue cheese salad
Add to a bowl enough to feed how many you are serving..
Mixed lettuce, I like the herb mixed greens.
Grape tomatoes
Sliced mushrooms
Green apples, chopped
Crumbled blue cheese
Toss all together and top with dressing.

Chicken Taco Bake


1-1/2 pounds chicken, cooked and shredded
1-29 ounce can of pinto beans, drained
1/2 envelope of taco seasonings
2 cups think and chunky salsa
2-1/2 cups broken tortilla chips
4 green onions sliced
2 tomatoes chopped
2 cups shredded cheese
1/4 cup sliced olives
1 cup lettuce
Sour cream and guacamole if you like.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Place cooked chicken, taco seasonings, beans and salsa into a skillet heat on medium until it comes to a boil.
In a casserole dish place chips on bottom, add chicken and bean mixture on top of chips. Sprinkle with half of green onions, tomatoes and olives. Top with cheese. Bake for 20-30 minutes uncovered until cheese melts and bubbles. Remove from oven and top with lettuce, remaining tomatoes, onions, olives. Serve with sour cream, guacamole and a sprinkle of chips if you like.

Spiced Rum Pear Upside Down Cake


4-6 pears, peeled and cored sliced thin
1 can pear nectar
Captain Morgan spiced rum, about 1/2-3/4 cups
In a small bowl add sliced pears, nectar and rum. Let marinate for at least an hour, covered.

2 egg yolks, save whites
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup of pear marinating juice, boiling
3/4 cup cake flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 stiff beaten egg whites.
1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon
Beat egg yolks until very thick. Gradually add sugar and continue beating. Add boiling pear marinating juice and mix well. Add dry ingredients,mix until smooth. Fold in egg whites and cinnamon. Set aside.
Place 1/4 cup butter into an 8×8 baking dish. Place baking dish in oven and preheat to 325 degrees. When your oven is done preheating your butter will be melted. Remove from oven. Stir in 2/3 cups brown sugar to butter. Drain all juice from pears and arrange on top of butter and Brown sugar. Place the cake batter you set aside on top of pears. Bake in 325 ovens for an hour or until toothpick placed in center comes out clean. Turn cake over on to tray leaving baking dish over cake for at least 5 minutes. Remove and serve warm.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2-1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl, set aside

1 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, room temperature
In bowl of mixer add butter, sugars and vanilla beat until mixed well. Add eggs one at a time and mix until combined.

1 cup miniature peanut butter cups
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Mix peanut butter cups, peanut butter chips and chocolate chips into dough by hand.
Drop on to cookie sheets. I used a 1 Tbsp cookie scoop. Bake 9 to 11 minutes.