Incredible Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

I love apple pie, honestly I love pie, but I hate making pie crust and I think it’s a waste of time.  Its futzy and never turns out great for me – so…confession time…I buy pie crust.  Pillsbury does a completely acceptable job, and it makes throwing a pie together pretty fast.  Generally pie crusts come 2 in a package, so you could make 1 apple pie, or two “one crust pies” like a pumpkin pie and a …….  dutch apple pie!

I don’t eat pumpkin pie – it is too close to pudding consistency – and pudding is against The Food Rules! (capitals and punctuation required)  So at holiday time, I have to make something besides pumpkin pie, but I don’t want an extra pie crust laying around – so I fiddled and faddled around until I came up with this dutch apple pie recipe.  Enjoy!

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Easy Italian Mozzarella Chicken Recipe

I’m always looking for ways to eat chicken that are a) tasty; b) healthful; and c) not grilled chicken breast.  To be honest, chicken breast is probably my least favorite cut – I’m a thigh girl.  But sometimes they’re on sale – or that’s what you have – so here’s a great recipe to transform a dry, boring chicken breast into a yummy dinner.

This is a fairly healthy recipe – using Wheaties or bran cereal like AllBran creates a crisp coating that is complimented with some spices – yum!

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Fast & Easy Chicken Enchilada Soup

Todd really likes the chicken enchilada soup from Chilis.  I’ve never attempted it, not sure why.  This recipe came up in my Pinterest feed and I thought it would be a fast soup to have with grilled cheese on a cooler night.  I was supposed to make it Sunday night – but we went and saw the Avengers instead – so I whipped up a batch tonight.  For being a fast soup, it has a really nicely developed flavor.  It’s not necessarily weight watchers – but it’s tasty – and hearty – 1 bowl was plenty.

You can serve with taco-type toppings, but I liked it with just a crumbled tortilla chip or two.  It’s got a lot going on.  Original inspiration from – but I adjusted to our taste and available ingredients. Continue reading “Fast & Easy Chicken Enchilada Soup”

Devils Food Chocolate Mousse Cake

We had friends over for dessert and drinks the other night – I love entertaining this way because it doesn’t involve a ton of cleaning – but does invite conversation and fun/tasty cocktails.

I had every intention of making a triple layer chocolate mousse cake I found on Pinterest – but after I got ready to make it, I found that the 28 minutes of cooking time was ONLY the baking time for one layer – but that the cake recipe as written also required hours of cooling and overnight cooling as well.  Well, who has time for that?  Soooo, I improvised.  This turned out great – the mousse layer includes bittersweet chocolate, which cuts down the sweetness factor but the sweet from the whipped cream layer does the trick.  Give this one a try – i did the cooling steps in the freezer, which cuts down on the time to make this.

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Lasagne Roll Ups Recipe

I REALLY like Kale – its an amazing vegetable and so good for us – but working it into more recipes can be a challenge.  I generally put it in any cooked recipe in place of spinach – because cooked spinach is gross – and Kale holds its integrity and mouth feel MUCH better.

I’ve made these lasagne roll ups before, but with zucchini in the filling.  I put Kale in this time and it went over MUCH better.  my husband even said, “You can make this over and over again, ” and he doesn’t get excited about ANYTHING.

The filling is pretty flexible – you can add oregano, Italian seasoning, other veggies or different cheeses if you like.  I liked it this way – had good mouth feel and without the egg, you didn’t have to cook the tar out of it to get the filling done – just heat it through.

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Coconut Lime Chicken

This was dinner tonight – and it was seriously wonderful.  The family was skeptical, as they’re not fans of curry – but this turned out to be a great meal – and one I’ll definitely make again.

You can handle the sauce 2 ways – either marinate the chicken in it and then boil it, or cut the sauce in half and marinate the chicken with half and warm the other half and serve it with dinner!

Coconut Lime Chicken
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Coconut Lime Chicken


  • 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 Tbsp canola oil
  • zest of 1 large lime
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 - 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 3/4 - 1 cup canned lite coconut milk
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Butterfly your chicken breast and then pound them to about 3/4" thick. Place them in a zip-top bag.
  2. In a bowl combine all of the remaining ingredients except the cilantro in a bowl. Pour over the chicken. Here is where you need to decide if you're going to create your sauce from version 1 or version 2 above. If you don't want to boil the sauce, save back 1/2 from the chicken and warm it through before serving. If you want to boil the sauce, pour it all on the chicken and let it marinate. Marinate for about 30 minutes, 1-2 hours is even better.
  3. Grill the chicken over medium heat until its internal temperature registers 165 degrees.
  4. Serve the chicken on a platter of steamed rice and top with the chopped cilantro and add lime wedges.