Recipes

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

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.
Strawberry Pudding (Justin Campbell request; just like Banana Pudding)By Rita's KitchenThis is a fabulous twist on an old classic. This strawberry pudding is just as good as banana pudding and made the same way except you use strawberries in the recipe instead of bananas. We love it! A great dessert your family and friends will enjoy. https://thesouthernladycooks.com/strawberry-pudding/
Easy Chicken Pot Pie (Chelsea)By Rita's KitchenIt’s one of everyone’s favorite comfort foods, but it can be time-consuming to make. This homemade chicken pot pie recipe streamlines your work by using frozen mixed vegetables, a can of condensed cream of chicken soup and your “secret ingredient,” Original Bisquick™ mix. https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/easy-chicken-pot-pie/df0d82fa-a1de-4bc6-8952-a4a2533baf75
Blueberry Crumble BarsBy Rita's KitchenThese blueberry crumb bars are crazy easy to make and could, dare I say, rival your favorite blueberry pie recipe. You can pick them up and eat them on the go, which makes them a perfect dessert for picnics and summer parties!