Chicken Feta Penne

Chicken Feta Penne

Toss together in a Dutch oven and serve hot:

2 cups barbecued chicken breast- cubed

1/4 lbs. of bacon – cooked, crumbled and drained on paper towels

1 16 oz. pkg. of Penne pasta - cooked and drained

1/3 cup pine nuts- roasted in olive oil 'til golden

1/2 bulb of roasted garlic- roasted in olive oil in the oven on 250 F for 45+ mins. 'til soft and lightly browned

1 cup fresh tomatoes- cut into pieces

1/2 red/yellow/ or orange bell peppers cut into thin slices and sautéed in olive oil 'til tender

1 cup Feta cheese crumbles

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. sage

Serves 8

 Note: You can add sautéed mushrooms as well.

I served this with my Spinach salad and French bread –and BOY was this a hit!


A Few Facts About Cast Iron Cookware

A Few Facts about Cast Iron Cookware

Cooking with cast iron makes camp cooking A LOT more fun!

While there are an awful lot of brands of cast iron cookware out there to be had, NOT all cast iron is created equal!
Like anything else, you get what you pay for! 
Since it's an investment that'll last a lifetime (or lifetimes) it pays to buy the best you can. Lodge brand is the old favorite. American cookware brand is great as well.
I never like buying porcelain lined cookware of any type -the reason being, it chips and the chips get in your food. Not to mention it's very expensive. 

Just give me good ol' plain cast iron.


Many of you may not know that Cast Iron Pam has her very own line of Seasonings. She also has cookbooks she writes and sells.

To purchase any seasonings or cookbooks you can either call or email her. Another thing you may not realize is that she also has a nut 

business-Warfield Farms. Both businesses are ran out of her house. Sooo, If you are in the area you can always stop by to try  some

samples of nuts, and /or rice syrup. 

Keep your eyes open. From time to time Pam will have tastings that she will post on Facebook, and send out emails to inform you of an

event coming up.

If you have any questions about a recipe or you would like some information that she can help you with, Please call or email her. Pam is 

always ready to help.

You can reach Pam at (530) 528-8825 or email her at:

My Eddy's Favorite Toffee Covered Nuts

Good weather is finally here.
Don't get me wrong. I'm thankful for the rain we got, it's just nice to have clear skies, sun, and warm weather. It makes everything come to life. Flowers bloom, trees bud out, beauty is every where.
Well with all of this it also gets most of us motivated to get more active.
When you are active you also get hungry. What is a perfect snack to have on hand you don't have to feel bad about eating and is healthy? Nuts. Especially Walnuts.
Walnuts are very high in Omega 3 oils, and they satisfy the need to eat something crunchy, and are loaded with protein.

My Eddy's Favorite

In an attempt to find a snack that wasn't high in carbs., my husband asked me to make a candied nut that wasn't loaded with sugar but was yet was flavorful. 
After several recipes this has ended up being My Eddy's favorite. Hope you enjoy it.
In an attempt to find a snack that wasn't high in carbs., my husband asked me to make a candied nut that wasn't loaded with sugar but was yet was flavorful. 
After several recipes this has ended up being My Eddy's favorite. Hope you enjoy it.

Toffee Covered Nuts
1/4 cup Evaporated Cane Juice (or Sugar)
2 Tbsp. Butter-melted
2 Tbsp. Brown Rice Syrup (or Corn Syrup)
1/4 tsp. Sea Salt (Salt)
2 cups Raw Walnuts
2 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds

Preheat oven to 300 F.
Prepare a 10"x15" pan with parchment paper, then lightly oil the parchment paper.
In a microwave safe bowl combine everything EXCEPT the Nuts and Sesame Seeds.
Put in microwave for 30 seconds, long enough to melt the Butter, and pour into mixing bowl. Add the Nuts and Sesame Seeds. Stir to coat well.
Pour into prepared pan. Bake 10 minutes, stir, continue to cook another 15 mins.
Remove from oven. Cool on wire rack. Break apart, store in an airtight container.

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Walnut Chicken

 Walnut Chicken

Recently we were at a Chinese Restraunt with some family members. One thing they ordered was Walnut Chicken. Everyone loved it!

My husband asked me to find a recipe and make it at home. S I did just that. It was a hit!

Put in a 2 quart saucepan, and cook on medium heat until sugar is dissolved and sauce is thickened.

2 Tbsp. Butter

3/4 cup Mayonnaise (NOT Miracle Whip)

1/2 cup Sugar (Evaporated Cane Juice)

2 Tbsp. Honey

5 Tbsp. Sweetened Condensed Milk (such as Eagle Brand)

Add only as much as is needed:

3 Tbsp. Water (add 1 Tbsp. at a tme as needed)

Once Sauce is done add:

1 cup Walnuts (halves)

Heat up a frying pan on medium/ medium high heat.

Cut into fork size pieces:

6 regular size or 4 Large Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (halves)

Roll in:

1 cup Cornstarch (in a pie pan, salted to taste)

Then roll in:

1 cup Milk (in a pie pan)

Once chicken is cut up and ready to cook add:

Canola Oil into frying pan (about 1/3 cup) (add more when needed, it takes about 1 cup))

When Chicken is cooked put into a napkin lined cookie sheet with edges / jellyroll pan to drain excess oil, keep it hot 'til done cooking all of the chicken.

Serve with rice and a salad or cole slaw.

Pour Sauce on top of chicken.

This recipe serves 8 adults as a main dish.

Eat and Enjoy

Hot Dog & Bean Casserole

Hot Dog & Bean Casserole

Do you ever get hungry for things your Mama made when you were little?  I do. 

It seems as though I can't get it out of my head or taste buds until I make and eat it.

Generally speaking my family are great sports and just go along with me (like they really have a choice since I'm the "cook"). Well the other

night it happened again. I looked into my fridge and saw hot dogs. Then the thought came to me to have hot dogs and pork and beans for

dinner. My Mom used to just cut up hot dogs and put them in a sauce pan with a can of pork and beans, heat them up and serve them. 

I decided to switch it up just a little. What I did was I heated up my cast iron frying pan, put a little oil in it. Then I added sliced hot dogs (cut

into rings) and fried them 'til they started to get a little brown. Next, I poured the hot dogs into a casserole dish, added the pork and beans,

mixed them up and baked them for 1 hour. 

My family loved it. By slicing the hot dogs, and frying them it brought out a very nice almost sweet flavor. 

The baking of the casserole made them thick and rich.

Almond Crust Cheesecake Bars

Almond Crust Cheesecake Bars

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl mix the first 4 ingredients until crumbly.

1/3 cup Butter (melted)

1/3 cup Rapadura Sugar (Brown Sugar)

1 cup All Purpose Flour

1/2 cup Chopped Almonds

Reserve 1 cup and set aside. Press into a 8"x8" pan, bake 12 mins.

Mix together, pour over baked crust, bake 25 mins.

1/4 cup Evaporated Cane Juice (Sugar)

1/3 cup Butter (melted)

8 oz. Cream Cheese (Softened)

1 Large Egg

2 Tbsp. Milk

1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice

1/2 tsp. Vanilla


Asparagus Beef

We love Chinese Food here at our house. So as it turns out I cook a lot of it.

Here's a recipe I came up with when my son brought home some fresh picked asparagus from work one day. 

I mean how could I go wrong, right? Asparagus,  and beef, hmm. Nope I can't go wrong with that. My family loves both of them,so

together---. Enough said here's the recipe.

Asparagus Beef

 2 Tbsp. fresh Ginger-cut into matchsticks

2 Tbsp. fresh Garlic-sliced very thin

4 Tbsp. Olive Oil

4 Tbsp. Toasted Sesame Oil

1 Lg. Yellow Onion-diced

3 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds

1 LBS Asparagus-cleaned and cut into 1" pieces

2 LBS Beef Stew Meat

1 can of sliced Water Chestnuts-drained

6 Tbsp. Sweet Chili Sauce

Heat a 10" cast iron frying pan on medium heat.

Add both oils,ginger, garlic,onion, and sesame seeds. Stir together and saute until onions are just beginning to get lightly browned.

Once onions are ready add asparagus, and water chestnuts. Stir them around and saute them for 3 mins.

Add the beef and cook it until it just gets browned (about 3-5 mins).

Pour in the sweet chili sauce and toss around to get through out the whole pan.

Serve immediately with rice. 




Baked Chicken Rolls

My family likes Chicken Bakes but I need 2 boxes of them to feed my family and that's too expensive for my blood so I came up with my

own version and the result was fantastic. My family loved them.

Baked Chicken Rolls

1 recipe of Pizza dough (makes 10)

3 cups Chicken Breast-already cooked,cut into 1/2" cubes

1 cup Onion-chopped

3 TBSP Garlic-chopped

1/4 cup Olive Oil (for sauteing)

1 LBS Bacon-cut into match sticks, cooked and drained on paper towels

8 oz. Cream Cheese

1 cup Parmesan Cheese-powdery type

1/2 cup Olive Oil (for brushing on rolls)

1 1/2 cups Asiago Cheese-grated ( to rolls rolls in)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Make 10 balls from the Pizza dough.

Roll each out to an 8" circle.

Saute Onions, and Garlic in olive Oil (1/4 cup).

Slice and cook the Bacon and drain it on paper towels.


Mix together Chicken, Bacon, Onions and Garlic in a medium size bowl.

Cheese Mixture:

In a small bowl mix together Parmesan and Cream Cheeses.

Grate the Asiago Cheese and set it aside.

With a rubber scraper spread 2 TBSP of the Cheese mix onto each of the rolled out dough circles.

Put 1/2 cup of the Filling in the center of each circle.

Fold in top and bottom ends of the circle.

Fold over one side and roll it closed.

Brush on olive Oil.

Roll each into the Asiago Cheese.

Put in the oven and bake for 20 min. until they are lightly browned on top.

Remove from oven and let sit for 5 min. before serving.

Baked Eggs and Sausage

In an attempt to come up with some new ideas for breakfast I came up with this recipe. it was a hit with my family. I hope it is with yours as well.

Baked Eggs and Sausage

Pre heat oven to 350.

Heat a 10" cast iron frying pan on medium heat.

2 TBSP Olive Oil

1/2 cup Yellow Onion-chopped

1 tsp. chopped Garlic

1 TBSP Dried Tomatoes in Olive oil-chopped

1 Italian Sausage-we liked Hot Italian Sausage (use your favorite) cut into rings and then quarters-cooked and drained

10 Large Eggs-whipped together in a bowl

1 cup grated Mozerella Cheese

After the frying pan is hot put in the Olive oil, Onions, and Garlic. 

Saute together until Onion is clear and Garlic is golden.

Toss in Dried Tomatoes and Sausage. Stir around to blend.

Next add Eggs and mix them together (eggs will start to cook) with other contents.

Top with Cheese.

Put into preheated oven. 

Bake 15 min until Eggs are set and Cheese is melted.

Makes eight servings.