Recipes

A collection of family favorite recipes created or curated over the years.

Dark Chocolate Turtles (2 versions – a bit healthier, uses no caramel)By Rita's KitchenFound this recipe in Womans Day magazine. It uses dates, no caramel (which I also love). At just 90 calories a pop, these treats will satisfy your sweet tooth with less fat and sugar than some other options. The dates work perfectly as a caramel stand-in with their sweet, sticky, and rich taste and texture, and the dark chocolate brings in antioxidant and a decadent flavor, then the pecans add in a nice dose of healthy omega-rich fats, magnesium, and manganese.
Gourmet Mushroom RisottoBy Rita's KitchenAuthentic Italian-style risotto cooked the slow and painful way, but oh so worth it. Complements grilled meats and chicken dishes very well. Check the rice by biting into it. It should be slightly al dente (or resist slightly to the tooth but not be hard in the center). A new Easter dish - picture will be added later.
Pickled Eggs (Beets, Rosemary Garlic, Dill and Veggies)By Rita's KitchenPickled Eggs are an appetizing and mouth-watering, ready-to-serve snack made from hard-boiled eggs preserved in vinegar and brine. They are wonderful and have a tangy combination of sweet, sour, and salty. This is what makes it so versatile and can be served in many ways. This recipe is not "Picky husband approved", and he will not try them.
Citrus Cookies with Citrus Icing (Orange, Lemon, Lime)By Rita's KitchenThese soft, buttery orange cookies are flavored with orange zest and orange juice, and iced with a sweet orange glaze. Their old-fashioned flavor will remind you of your grandma's kitchen! These cookies are approved by Ethan Campbell and Steve Walker. The grapefruit did not have as much flavor as we were hoping for. So far, the lemon and orange are top runners. Still need to make the lime. Ethan C. loves these cookies in lemon!
Bok Choy with Garlic and Chilies (Pair with Miso Salmon)By Rita's KitchenSteve and I watched a cooking show online for Mizo Carmelized Salmon and Bok Choy as a side dish. Very different, very flavorful, can get a bit too hot (spicy) if you are not careful. A nice dish for a special occasion. We also served with rice on the side.
Puff Pastry Braid Fruit FilledBy Rita's KitchenA puff pastry braid makes a delicious and impressive sweet treat for brunch or dessert. If you ever want to feel like a French pastry chef, then make this Puff Pastry Braid recipe.
Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar SoupBy Rita's KitchenReminiscent of Panera Bread’s broccoli cheddar soup this pressure cooker version has chopped broccoli, shredded carrots and celery simmered in a velvety smooth cheese sauce. I believe this version is just as good or better than you could order at any restaurant! Husband and friend approved.
Chicken Marinade (Husband approved)By Rita's KitchenThis unusual combination of common ingredients is fabulous! I made this marinade to celebrate a wonderful friends' birthday. She and my husband both liked the flavor. I grilled this chicken indoors on the Breville indoor grill - perfect.
Carmelized Miso SalmonBy Rita's KitchenSteve and I took an online cooking class to watch this being prepared. We made it the next day. Steve said it was a keeper recipe. Serve with Bok Choi and side of white rice.
Oatmeal Chocolate Peanut Butter BarsBy Rita's KitchenThis recipe came about when we were doing Trim Healthy Mama. It does not use sugar is you use Lily chocolate, but it does have honey in it. Steve likes this recipe with much less honey that is call for...It is a nice, quick, chocolate, peanut butter dessert. The oats are good for us, lol!
Pizza, Garlic Butter Grilled VegetableBy Rita's KitchenThis pizza is brushed with garlic butter and topped with grilled vegetables, fresh mozzarella, and basil. https://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/garlic-butter-grilled-vegetable-pizza/
Garlic Pizza SauceBy Rita's KitchenThis creamy garlic pizza sauce is a delicious, flavorful base for my favorite pizzas, pastas and chicken and sausage dishes. https://www.awayfromthebox.com/garlic-pizza-sauce/
Creamy Tomato-Basil SoupBy Rita's KitchenA creamy and comforting tomato soup, husband approved.... https://www.browneyedbaker.com/creamy-tomato-basil-soup-recipe/#wprm-recipe-container-46848
Garlic Shrimp Pasta BakeBy Rita's KitchenWant a super satisfying, quick and easy dinner? Then this buttery garlic shrimp pasta bake is definitely a family pleasing meal idea that you should try! Made this on New Years Day with left over steamed shrimp from the night before. Steve, Justin, Andie and Ella all gave it a thumbs up! Happy New Year 2021! This definitely is not a diet food, maybe a last binge dish?