Recipes

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

Stuffed Zuchinni BoatsBy Rita's KitchenThese stuffed zucchini boats are filled with a hearty meat mixture, then topped with plenty of cheese and baked to perfection. An easy low carb meal option that the whole family will enjoy!
Gyro MeatBy Rita's KitchenWe have made gyros using this method, and actually smoking a leg of lamb. It is a bit weird, but our preference is this method. Everyone in my family enjoyed this, including Steve, Joshua, Cassidy and the Weber family. And it is very easy! Always a bonus!
Honey Mustard & Onion Pretzel BitesBy Rita's KitchenCrunchy pretzels are a satisfying snack all on their own, but give them a delicious flavor infusion and you've got these Honey Mustard & Onion Pretzel Bites on hand. They're utterly addicting, and incredibly simple to throw together. You can enjoy these seasoned pretzels whenever a craving strikes! These are pretty yummy! Husband and Weber family approved!
Old-Fashioned Apple DumplingsBy Rita's KitchenThese homemade apple dumplings are easier than you’d think – Granny Smith apples are peeled and cored, stuffed with butter and cinnamon-sugar, wrapped in a pastry crust, and covered in a buttery brown sugar sauce. Baked until golden, they absolutely melt in your mouth!
Pumpkin Cream Cheese MuffinsBy Rita's KitchenPumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins – moist pumpkin muffins loaded with pumpkin spice and a rich swirl of cream cheese. These muffins are so perfect for fall! Chelsea found this recipe, and requested these for her birthday, she loved them!!
Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake (Steve approved)By Rita's KitchenThis coffee cake is intended to be served warm, but Steve liked it much better the next day after it had been refrigerated. Or maybe it just needed to sit a bit, before he dove into it....lol.
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.
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!
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.
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/
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?
Creamy Au Gratin PotatoesBy Rita's KitchenThe creamy cheese sauce and the tender potatoes in this classic French dish combine to make a deliciously addictive experience. It's a great side dish with a roast pork loin or beef tenderloin. Add a green salad and French bread. To avoid lumps in your sauce, add the milk just a little at a time as you stir the flour and butter. Experiment with different cheeses for variety.