Tuesday, December 25, 2012

My Hot Dog Cookbook Co-Author Announcement

 
 
Everyone has been waiting for my announcement of who my co-author for the upcoming Hot Dog Cookbook will be.  Well, the wait is over.  Meet Toddster the Hot Doggster
 
Todd is one of the greatest hot dog lovers I've ever met! 
 
He has hot dog socks.
 
 
Hot Dog Trucks
 
Hot Dog Scooby
 
And even Hot Dog Pens
 
And these are just a few of the items in his collection.  
 
How did we meet?  Toddster the Hot Doggster wanted to know when I planned to write a cookbook about hot dogs.   I had no plans but then ask myself - 'Why not?'  There are cookbooks about everything else.  So I told Toddster the Hot Doggster that if he was willing to join me in this venture we would create a cookbook highlighting an individual hot dog as well as a hot dog restaurant for each state in the US.  Thats all it took to get his excitement boiling and our plans in motion. 
 
So, what does Toddster the Hot Doggster do when not collection hot dog items?  Read on and you'll find out.
 
 
 
Todd MacIsaac (Producer/Creator)
Exec. Producer · 1997 to present

Producer/Virtual World Liaison TODD MACISAAC (Co-Producer/Co-Creator/Virtual World Liaison) After obtaining his degree in Digital Media from Full Sail in 19...97, Todd worked in Independent films (industrial commercials) and also worked in production for the Orlando Predators, an indoor arena football team. In 1998 Todd MacIsaac began exploration of emerging online social networks including ICQ, MSN messenger and AIM which allowed people to chat live real time anywhere in the world through text.Then with the unveiling of Skype, vocal real time chat came to life.Todd has witnessed the growth and development of the Internet as a communication and collaboration tool. He became involved in a Live Non Profit Interactive Educational TV Broadcast group that designs curriculum for interactive shows intended for classrooms nation wide. In early 2000 Todd joined one of the first online 3d virtual worlds called "Worlds.com." This Multi User Virtual Environment (MUVE) hooked MacIsaac with its power in connecting people globally instantly live in a 3D environment. Today, Todd continues to explore the different forms of social media including the current media phenomena of FaceBook, Second Life, MySpace, Blue Mars,There.com and Kaneva amongst others. He realized early on the potential and the power of the new medium of communication in connecting people across the globe. He sees the lasting value to the ever evolving, always shifting means of communication and the results that can be obtained through the incredible medium of the Internet. To that end, in 2006 Todd co-founded Vircon, a virtual content company that sought to bridge and merge the virtual and the physical worlds by exploring the growing movement linking education and digital media interaction/entertainment. Todd is applying and putting into action the resources and networks and vast experiences from his digital media background and immersion in social medias as well as MUVEs in his partnership with Lytle and Becker.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Cinnamon and Honey


Do these work?  I have no idea but I can't see where they can hurt either.  Just might be worth trying a few.

Cures most diseases It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a 'Ram Ban' (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects for any kind of diseases. Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada, in its issue dated 17 January,1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon, as researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES:
Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply it on bread instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, when they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat.

In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS:
Arthritis patients may take daily (morning and night) one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain -- and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS:
Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.

CHOLESTEROL:
Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS:
Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses.

UPSET STOMACH:
Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS:
According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM:
Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION:
Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

INFLUENZA:
A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural 'Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY:
Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT:
When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES:
Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:
Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:
Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER:
Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.

FATIGUE:
Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH:
People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS:
Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Beef & Sausage Meatballs


Pulled for the future.  My recipe for Beef & Sausage Meatballs has been pulled and moved to the manuscript file.  This is a good one so make a note to give it a try when you get your copy of ThinkWith Your Taste Buds - Beef.  Until then, check out my other cookbooks by going to my name on Amazon Martha A. Cheves

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tortellini With Beef and Portobello Mushrooms


Boy wait until you try this recipe!  It turned out wonderful.  I got the idea from a recipe called Portobello Bellybuttons and made a few changes and a couple additions.  They worked out perfect.

This recipe is the newest that has gone into the manuscript file for Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef which will be out this winter.  In the meantime, don't forget to order your copy of Think With Your Taste Buds - Desserts;  Stir, Laugh, Repeat;  and A Book and A Dish.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Herb Salt Substitute Recipe



This may help many who can not have salt.

Herb Salt Substitute Recipe

Similar to the commercial Mrs. Dash mixture, use this salt substitute herb mix on all types of savory foods and you won't miss the salt at all.

INGREDIENTS:

1 Tbsp ground cayenne pepper

1 Tbsp garlic powder

1 Tbsp onion powder

1 tsp dried basil

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp dried parsley flakes

1 tsp dried savory

1 tsp ground mace

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp dried sage

1 tsp dried marjoram

1 tsp ground dried grated lemon peel

PREPARATION:

Combine cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, basil, oregano, thyme, parsley flakes, savory, mace, black pepper, sage, marjoram, and lemon peel.

Mix well. Place in a glass airtight container and store in a cool, dark place up to four months. Use on all types of savory foods.



Recipe may be easily multiplied.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Hot Chocolate Balls


This is a Pinterest recipe that I couldn't pass up.  The original recipe is called Hot Chocolate on a Stick.  Mine didn't quite come out that way. 

2 lbs. melted chocolate (real chocolate with high content of cocoa butter)
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder

I melted my chocolate in the microwave.  The recipe directions melt it over a double boiler.  (Might be one of my mistakes.)  Mix cocoa powder and powdered sugar into melted chocolate.   I used dark chocolate cocoa powder.  (Might have been another mistake.)  The original recipe had you pour the mixture into a zip lock bag with a small hole cut in the corner so you could squirt it into a mold or mini muffin tins.  Mine wasn't squirtable but thick.  This is what I ended up doing.  Using my hands I shaped 1" balls and rolled some of them in cinnamon sugar and some in peppermint sugar.  Some I left plain.  For appearance as well as use, I put each ball on a plastic form, wrapped it with plastic wrap and tied it with a pretty ribbon.  I think they turned out quite pretty.  To use you simply heat an 8 oz. cup of milk, crumble your Hot Chocolate Ball into your milk, stir and enjoy.  It really is quite good! 

These are good to add to gift baskets with a simple little card telling the user how to turn their Hot Chocolate Ball into the real thing.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Cheese Cookies and Sausage Balls


This recipe will make both Cheese Cookies and Sausage Balls simply by adding one additional ingredient saving you time and clean-up.

Cheese Cookies

2 cups flour
3 cups shredded cheese
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
4 cups Rice Krispies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl mix flour and cheese.  Using your hands add butter and then rice krispies.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Shape 1/2 of the mixture into walnut size balls.  Press flat.  Bake 10-12 minutes.  Makes about 2 dozen

Sausage Balls

1 lb. lean sausage
1 cup flour

To the remaining mixture, using your hands, mix in sausage and flour.  Roll into walnut size balls.  Bake 12-15 minutes.  makes about 2 dozen

Comments:  The cheese cookies will have a crispy crunch from the rice krispies.  The sausage balls will have a slight crunch but not quite as much as the cookies.  I use a Mexican cheese blend which also adds a unique flavor to the cookies.  You can use any cheese or cheese blend that you might like.  These are perfect for the holidays and entertaining or just plain old eating.    These are delicious!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Great Review for Think With Your Taste Buds - Desserts


FIVE GOLDEN SPOONS FOR MARTHA CHEVES AND LILLIAN MORT:

Think with Your Tastebuds

Mouthwatering delicious deserts that will tantalize your taste buds and force you to go off your diet and run to the store to buy the ingredients to make one of these tasty treat. Martha Cheves and Lillian Mort have created a cookbook that will send everyone that not only reads it but who creates one of their recipes into sugar heaven, treat euphoria and definitely on the bestseller list for cookbooks. So, sit back and read my review and I guarantee that when you finish reading it you will not only buy a dozen copies for friends to enjoy these tasty treats but you will head for the supermarket and straight for the kitchen when you return and start baking.

So, just how did these two master chefs meet? The net of course! Just why did they decide to create this masterfully written cookbook? Read the introduction and find out because certain secrets you have to learn for yourself and I will only reveal a tantalizing morsel to you and the rest you have to have learn when you read the book, try out these great recipes and find out their hidden tricks, tips and special ways of making these foods come alive.

Let’s start with my favorite food Bread. I bet that you did not know that there are at least 23 ways or more to make bread. Well, you are not going to believe what Martha and Lillian have prepared for you to try as you learn how to make Quick Breads which rise with the help of baking soda and baking powder and needs no kneading and Lillian’s tip at the end for slicing this delicious treat. Next, I would love for someone to make Martha’s Apple Sticky Buns for me. Oh, yeah, my husband is a great baker and cook and this book that you Martha and Lillian was really autographed to him and not me but I think I better do the review while he just might be creating something delicious. What is great about this book is right after each recipe the two authors have a special Think With Your Taste Buds tip I would say to tell you how they both added something special to each recipe making it unique to their style of cooking and taste. Applesauce Bread, Apricot Bread, Old-Fashioned Date Nut Bread and Tiny Aloha Pineapple Muffins are just some of the bread recipes that will send you straight into the kitchen to start heating up the oven, getting out those ingredients and baking pans to create your own special breads for every occasion.

Cakes: Who does not love to eat cake? For those that can bake why go and buy a ready made one when you can bake one of these over the top delicious recipes starting with, not so fast, learning and reading the Tips for Cakes on pages 36-38 which will instruct you on some important things to remember before you even start. The authors share some family history in this chapter too. So, which ones look good to me to make me go off my strict diet: All of them but I will only give you a small taste. Angel Surprise Cake smells great just from reading the recipe. Lillian made this cake for the first time for a girlfriend’s birthday. Martha adds something about what she adds to this great recipe, which is unique to her style too.

Applesauce Cake would enhance any dinner or lunch table and Martha shares how she learned about this delicious recipe with readers Lillian how she loves to bake in a tube pan. One of the most original recipes is Banana Nut Cereal Cake. You won’t believe what Martha used when she ran out of one ingredient and replaced it with his healthy breakfast cereal making this cake truly a Martha Cheves creation. But, Lillian has her own variations on this cake and believe me you want to try them both. Coconut lovers page 51 has a recipe you just might love. To jazz up any birthday or anniversary party how about a double treat that everyone loves Italian Cream Cheese Cake you the get the cake and the cheesecake all in one. So very tempting followed by Maraschino Cherry Cake and they say cherries are seriously good for you. To bring out your bad side and let the world know that you cannot be trifled with try out the recipe for Devil’s Food Cake. Now, that I have tempted your taste buds with these sweet delights how about we move to the next section and titled Cheesecakes which I have to say our my favorite if and when I ever eat cake. Lillian shares with the reader what her favorite ingredients are for adding to a cheesecake. She loves its “cool, creamy, velvety texture.” She tells readers about how she first made them where she found some recipes and how she creates her own delights. On page 82 she shares some valuable tips for making these cakes that you have to read for yourself. How else will you learn!
My favorite cheesecake is Sour Cream Cheese Cake and the recipe is on page 85 and the tips follow. Lillian includes a fact about her daughter and why she is called a “purist.” Sound like we must be related because when and if I eat this delectable treat I would eat it the same way.”

Considering the fact that I do not cook the next recipe is perfect for me to attempt to make anything. No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake who can go wrong with that! Martha bakes hers with fresh fruit and a can of pie filling and Lillian adds her own special twist to it on page 88. Coffee is something that most people like to start with day with. Nothing like a hot cup of coffee to start the day to rev up your motor any time during the day. So, why not coffee cakes to go with the coffee which Lillian describes on page 91 and adds special tips for coffee cakes on the next page. From apple coffee cake and overnight coffee cake you have a smorgasbord of recipes and choices to try. Pound Cakes are next and they are truly great when serving coffee, tea and just for a great snack or dessert after a fun meal with friends. Pound cakes are great when guests are over and you have game night and want to serve something simple, fun and not messy so you can get back into the games being played. Lillian gives the chef in you a little history lesson about pound cakes, how to make great ones and some of the important ingredients that she uses to make these. She even gives away a family secret of what her mother used as a special baking dishes. Want to find out read pages 101-102 plus let’s not forget the tips. So, what kind can you make Blueberry, Cranberry Pecan, Easy Pineapple Pound Cake, Orange Soaked and White Chocolate? Next, we learn how to make frostings and toppings, which add that extra zing to every cake or muffin. Lillian shares her specialties and her way of creating these frostings and toppings using a double boiler and following the instructions on the recipe plus her valuable tips. What kind can you make? You are going to have to read this section to find out.

For the kid in you or just because you want to create special treats for children or grandchildren’s parties you might want to attempt one of these sugary and tasty candies and snacks. Lillian begins by sharing how valuable sugar was during the Second World War and how it was rationed. Sharing the treats that her parents made like my favorite taffy and fudge. She adds some special tips on page 122 for making candy. Let’s start with Cereal Square Snacks, which seem easy enough to make. Martha shares how she makes this snack with shredded wheat squares and pecans. Lillian said long ago she used caramel corn. Reminds me of Cracker Jacks that my mom loved to eat. Peanut Butter Fudge and Tara’s Candy. Just wait until you read these recipes. Cookies are next followed by Cobblers and Dumplings, which I am going to leave to the reader to learn more about. With the holidays approaching or any time of the year you want to try their recipes for pies, pastries and tarts. Lillian begins by telling the reader a little history about pies and the fact that preparation is quite easy since you do not have to do the measuring, or rolling of the dough. Imagine ready-made crusts found in stores. Years an ago crust she shares was made with lard and the crust beyond flaky and much blander. My grandmother had pin tins as she relates hers did too and she even has one. Pages 172-173 include tips for pies, pastries and tarts. Cherry Nut Cheese Pie, Coconut Cheesecake Pie (sounds great) and Cream Cheese Apple Pie are enough to make your mouth water from just reading the recipes. Now, oatmeal is my favorite food so an Oatmeal Pie is definitely perfect. There are too many to tell you about and you might be tempted to stop reading before you find out about Piecrusts and Specialty Desserts. Piecrusts you are on your own but Specialty Desserts I will share some. Lillian includes a definition of desserts and then the meaning of specialty desserts, which includes tips for puddings and desserts and the desserts themselves. How about some Apple Roll-Ups or Banana Split Pudding or something that Lillian says is quick, easy and a great dessert: Cherry Crunch Dessert and Martha says she would see it with apple filling served over hot cheddar cheese melted on the top. Yummy. There are tons more but you have to read and learn the rest for yourself. I cannot give away all of their secrets that would spoil the fun of reading it for yourself. Two great chefs and many great tips: Think with Your Tastebuds is a must have in every kitchen and a great gift for the holidays or any occasion. Thank you to Martha and Lillian for meeting on the net, creating this great book and making me want to go off my diet. Check out that cookie jar on the front cover and click away and get your copies.
Fran Lewis: reviewer

Let’s give this book: FIVE GOLDEN MIXING BOWLS

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Round Steak Sandwiches


We all know how dry and tough round steak can be even if cut correctly.  I finally found a way to tenderize, moisten and flavor to make some really great sandwiches.  My Round Steak Sandwiches has gone to my manuscript file for Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef that comes out this winter.  This one will be perfect for those game day guys and so easy to make.  Until then, check out Think With Your Taste Buds - Desserts.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Slow Cooker Cube Steak


Yet another recipe has gone into the manuscript file for Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef.  I came up with this one when I found cube steak on sale and didn't want to cook it the usual way...batter, fry, serve immediately.  I wanted something I could actually cook now and serve later.  This worked out perfectly.  So make a note to look for this dish when Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef comes out this winter.  Until then, don't forget to order your copy of Think With Your Taste Buds - Desserts.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Pineapple Salad


What do you do with left over crushed pineapple?  This is what I do.

When a recipe calls for a small can of crushed pineapple I always use a large, taking out what the recipe calls for, then using the remaining to make a Pineapple Salad.  I add whatever I happen to have on hand such as coconut, nuts, cherries, marshmallows, etc.  Then I add just enough mayo to make it creamy.  This makes not only a pretty dish but also the perfect dessert that isn't too sweet nor too heavy.  Just use your imagination and 'Think With Your Taste Buds.'

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cream Sauce Spaghetti


The idea for this dish came from a chicken recipe.  I changed several of the ingredients to compliment the beef instead of the chicken and came up with my Cream Sauce Spaghetti.  It is so good but it's also been added to the manuscript fine for Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef which will be coming out this winter.  Make a note to check this dish out when you order your copy.  In the meantime don't forget to get your copy of Think With Your Taste Buds - Desserts.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

One Heck of a Review for Think With Your Taste Buds - Dessert


This is one of the best reviews we have ever gotten on ThinkWith Your Taste Buds - Desserts.  It makes me proud!

Think with Your Tastebuds

Mouthwatering delicious deserts that will tantalize your taste buds and force you to go off your diet and run to the store to buy the ingredients to make one of these tasty treat. Martha Cheves and Lillian Mort have created a cookbook that will send everyone that not only reads it but who creates one of their recipes into sugar heaven, treat euphoria and definitely on the bestseller list for cookbooks. So, sit back and read my review and I guarantee that when you finish reading it you will not only buy a dozen copies for friends to enjoy these tasty treats but you will head for the supermarket and straight for the kitchen when you return and start baking.

So, just how did these two master chefs meet? The net of course! Just why did they decide to create this masterfully written cookbook? Read the introduction and find out because certain secrets you have to learn for yourself and I will only reveal a tantalizing morsel to you and the rest you have to have learn when you read the book, try out these great recipes and find out their hidden tricks, tips and special ways of making these foods come alive.

Let’s start with my favorite food Bread. I bet that you did not know that there are at least 23 ways or more to make bread. Well, you are not going to believe what Martha and Lillian have prepared for you to try as you learn how to make Quick Breads which rise with the help of baking soda and baking powder and needs no kneading and Lillian’s tip at the end for slicing this delicious treat. Next, I would love for someone to make Martha’s Apple Sticky Buns for me. Oh, yeah, my husband is a great baker and cook and this book that you Martha and Lillian was really autographed to him and not me but I think I better do the review while he just might be creating something delicious. What is great about this book is right after each recipe the two authors have a special Think With Your Taste Buds tip I would say to tell you how they both added something special to each recipe making it unique to their style of cooking and taste. Applesauce Bread, Apricot Bread, Old-Fashioned Date Nut Bread and Tiny Aloha Pineapple Muffins are just some of the bread recipes that will send you straight into the kitchen to start heating up the oven, getting out those ingredients and baking pans to create your own special breads for every occasion.

Cakes: Who does not love to eat cake? For those that can bake why go and buy a ready made one when you can bake one of these over the top delicious recipes starting with, not so fast, learning and reading the Tips for Cakes on pages 36-38 which will instruct you on some important things to remember before you even start. The authors share some family history in this chapter too. So, which ones look good to me to make me go off my strict diet: All of them but I will only give you a small taste. Angel Surprise Cake smells great just from reading the recipe. Lillian made this cake for the first time for a girlfriend’s birthday. Martha adds something about what she adds to this great recipe, which is unique to her style too.

Applesauce Cake would enhance any dinner or lunch table and Martha shares how she learned about this delicious recipe with readers Lillian how she loves to bake in a tube pan. One of the most original recipes is Banana Nut Cereal Cake. You won’t believe what Martha used when she ran out of one ingredient and replaced it with his healthy breakfast cereal making this cake truly a Martha Cheves creation. But, Lillian has her own variations on this cake and believe me you want to try them both. Coconut lovers page 51 has a recipe you just might love. To jazz up any birthday or anniversary party how about a double treat that everyone loves Italian Cream Cheese Cake you the get the cake and the cheesecake all in one. So very tempting followed by Maraschino Cherry Cake and they say cherries are seriously good for you. To bring out your bad side and let the world know that you cannot be trifled with try out the recipe for Devil’s Food Cake. Now, that I have tempted your taste buds with these sweet delights how about we move to the next section and titled Cheesecakes which I have to say our my favorite if and when I ever eat cake. Lillian shares with the reader what her favorite ingredients are for adding to a cheesecake. She loves its “cool, creamy, velvety texture.” She tells readers about how she first made them where she found some recipes and how she creates her own delights. On page 82 she shares some valuable tips for making these cakes that you have to read for yourself. How else will you learn!
My favorite cheesecake is Sour Cream Cheese Cake and the recipe is on page 85 and the tips follow. Lillian includes a fact about her daughter and why she is called a “purist.” Sound like we must be related because when and if I eat this delectable treat I would eat it the same way.”

Considering the fact that I do not cook the next recipe is perfect for me to attempt to make anything. No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake who can go wrong with that! Martha bakes hers with fresh fruit and a can of pie filling and Lillian adds her own special twist to it on page 88. Coffee is something that most people like to start with day with. Nothing like a hot cup of coffee to start the day to rev up your motor any time during the day. So, why not coffee cakes to go with the coffee which Lillian describes on page 91 and adds special tips for coffee cakes on the next page. From apple coffee cake and overnight coffee cake you have a smorgasbord of recipes and choices to try. Pound Cakes are next and they are truly great when serving coffee, tea and just for a great snack or dessert after a fun meal with friends. Pound cakes are great when guests are over and you have game night and want to serve something simple, fun and not messy so you can get back into the games being played. Lillian gives the chef in you a little history lesson about pound cakes, how to make great ones and some of the important ingredients that she uses to make these. She even gives away a family secret of what her mother used as a special baking dishes. Want to find out read pages 101-102 plus let’s not forget the tips. So, what kind can you make Blueberry, Cranberry Pecan, Easy Pineapple Pound Cake, Orange Soaked and White Chocolate? Next, we learn how to make frostings and toppings, which add that extra zing to every cake or muffin. Lillian shares her specialties and her way of creating these frostings and toppings using a double boiler and following the instructions on the recipe plus her valuable tips. What kind can you make? You are going to have to read this section to find out.

For the kid in you or just because you want to create special treats for children or grandchildren’s parties you might want to attempt one of these sugary and tasty candies and snacks. Lillian begins by sharing how valuable sugar was during the Second World War and how it was rationed. Sharing the treats that her parents made like my favorite taffy and fudge. She adds some special tips on page 122 for making candy. Let’s start with Cereal Square Snacks, which seem easy enough to make. Martha shares how she makes this snack with shredded wheat squares and pecans. Lillian said long ago she used caramel corn. Reminds me of Cracker Jacks that my mom loved to eat. Peanut Butter Fudge and Tara’s Candy. Just wait until you read these recipes. Cookies are next followed by Cobblers and Dumplings, which I am going to leave to the reader to learn more about. With the holidays approaching or any time of the year you want to try their recipes for pies, pastries and tarts. Lillian begins by telling the reader a little history about pies and the fact that preparation is quite easy since you do not have to do the measuring, or rolling of the dough. Imagine ready-made crusts found in stores. Years an ago crust she shares was made with lard and the crust beyond flaky and much blander. My grandmother had pin tins as she relates hers did too and she even has one. Pages 172-173 include tips for pies, pastries and tarts. Cherry Nut Cheese Pie, Coconut Cheesecake Pie (sounds great) and Cream Cheese Apple Pie are enough to make your mouth water from just reading the recipes. Now, oatmeal is my favorite food so an Oatmeal Pie is definitely perfect. There are too many to tell you about and you might be tempted to stop reading before you find out about Piecrusts and Specialty Desserts. Piecrusts you are on your own but Specialty Desserts I will share some. Lillian includes a definition of desserts and then the meaning of specialty desserts, which includes tips for puddings and desserts and the desserts themselves. How about some Apple Roll-Ups or Banana Split Pudding or something that Lillian says is quick, easy and a great dessert: Cherry Crunch Dessert and Martha says she would see it with apple filling served over hot cheddar cheese melted on the top. Yummy. There are tons more but you have to read and learn the rest for yourself. I cannot give away all of their secrets that would spoil the fun of reading it for yourself. Two great chefs and many great tips: Think with Your Tastebuds is a must have in every kitchen and a great gift for the holidays or any occasion. Thank you to Martha and Lillian for meeting on the net, creating this great book and making me want to go off my diet. Check out that cookie jar on the front cover and click away and get your copies.
Fran Lewis: reviewer

Let’s give this book: FIVE GOLDEN MIXING BOWLS

Monday, October 8, 2012

Meatloaf with Stuffing


After all these years I've finally come up with a Meatloaf that I can actually say I like.  I'm calling it Meatloaf with Stuffing.  Watch for it this winter when Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef comes out.  I bet you'll like it too.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Roast Beef Rolls


I finally found out why I wake up so sleepy in the mornings.  Apparently my mind just won't shut down.  A couple nights ago I woke up with an idea for a new recipe for Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef.  I couldn't put it to rest until I gave it a try.  It worked and it's delicious!  Make a note to look for my Roast Beef Rolls when Beef comes out this winter. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Beef Brats and Ravioli


This is another one for the book and boy is it good.  This idea came to me after a visit to Sams Club where I sampled the brat and had earlier sampled some spinach 3 cheese ravioli.  Turned out to be a great idea for a new beef dish.  Watch for this one this winter when Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef hits the stores.  Until then, don't forget to order your copy of Think With Your Taste Buds - Desserts.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Beefy Mac & Cheese


If you like mac and cheese you'll love this one... but... it's just gone to the manuscript for Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef.  So make a note to look this one up when it comes out this winter.  As always, go ahead and get your copy of Think With Your Taste Buds - Desserts

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Kielbasa Beef & Potatoes



Another one for the book.  This simple dish is so easy yet so delicious.  Mark it for a dish to try when you order your copy of Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef when it comes out this winter.  Until then, keep cooking from Think With Your Taste Buds - Desserts.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Senior Discounts - Retail & Apparel


Banana  Republic:  10% off (50+)

Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month (50+)

Belk's: 15% off first Tuesday of every month (55+)

Big Lots:  10% off

Bon-Ton Department Stores:  15% off on senior discount days (55+)

C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)

Clarks : 10% off (62+)

Dress Barn: 10% off (55+)

Goodwill:  10% off one day a week (date varies by location)

Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)

Kmart: 20% off (50+)

Kohl's: 15% off (60+)

Modell's Sporting Goods: 10% off

Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions

Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday (55+)

The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off  (55+)

Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month (55+)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ground Beef Potato Soup


Another one for the book.  I don't normally make soups during the summer but it's been raining so I thought that would be a good excuse to play around with a good soup recipe.  This one can be made in a slow cooker or on top of the stove.  Either way it's simple to make.  Watch for this one this winter when Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef comes out. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Pepper Beef & Mushrooms


This simple yet delicious recipe has gone to the manuscript file.  Watch for it when Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef comes out this winter.  Until then, don't forget to get your copy of ThinkWith Your Taste Buds - Desserts through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Senior Discounts - Over Night Accommodations




Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)

Clarion Motels:   20%-30% off (60+)

Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)

Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)

Econo Lodge: 20%-30% off (60+)

Hampton Inns & Suites: 10% off when  booked 72 hours in advance

Hyatt Hotels:  25%-50% off (62+)

InterContinental Hotels  Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)

Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler's Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+)

Marriott Hotels: 15% off (62+)

Motel  6: 10% off (60+)

Myrtle Beach Resort: 10% off (55+)

Quality Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)

Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)

Sleep  Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Beefy Onion Casserole


Another great recipe has been removed from my site Martha's Recipe Cabinet and placed in my manuscript file for Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef.  This is, of course, a simple yet delicious dish that you won't want to miss when this cookbook comes out this winter.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Senior Discounts - Restaurants


One of my author friends, Joe Parente, sent me a list of Senior Discounts.  There are a lot of these so I'll be posting them in groups.  Today's list covers Restaurants.  If you have additions that can be added to this list, please pass them along and I'll add.  We seniors can use all the breaks we can get!

You MUST ask for your discount!

Applebee's:   15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)

Arby's:    10% off (55+)

Ben & Jerry's:  10% off (60+)

Bennigan's:  discount varies by location (60+)

Bob's  Big Boy:  discount varies by location (60+)

Boston Market:  10% off (65+)

Burger  King:  10% off (60+)

Chick-Fil-A:  10% off or free small drink or coffee (55+)

Chili's: 10% off (55+)

CiCi's Pizza:  10% off (60+)

Denny's:  10% off, 20% off for AARP members (55+)

Dunkin' Donuts: 10% off or free coffee (55+)

Einstein's Bagels: 10% off  baker's dozen of bagels (60+)

Fuddrucker's:   10% off any senior platter (55+)

Gatti's  Pizza: 10% off (60+)

Golden Corral: 10% off  (60+)

Hardee's: $0.33 beverages everyday  (65+)

IHOP: 10% off (55+)

Jack in the Box:  up to 20% off (55+)

KFC: free small drink with any meal (55+)

Krispy Kreme: 10% off (50+)

 Long John Silver's: various discounts at locations (55+)

McDonald's: discounts on coffee everyday (55+)

Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)

Shoney's: 10% off Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)

Steak 'n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday (50+)

Subway: 10% off (60+)

Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)

Taco Bell: 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)

TCBY: 10% off (55+)

Tea Room Cafe:  10% off (50+)

Village Inn: 10% off (60+)

Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)

Wendy's: 10% off (55+)

White Castle: 10% off (62+)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Slow Cooker Spaghetti


This delicious dish has just been added to my manuscript file for Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef.  The only prep required is cooking the beef.  Everything is then placed in your slow cooker and cooked on low for 8 hrs.  Can't get any simplier than that.  And the flavor is wonderful!  Mark this recipe as one you must try when Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef comes out this winter.  In the meantime don't forget to get your copy of Think With Your Taste Buds - Desserts on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Good Seeds


Pumpkin – One serving has almost as much potassium as a small banana plus it has seven times the magnesium.  Potassium helps regulate your heartbeat and blood pressure.  Magnesium helps boost your immune system.  Delicious added to trail mix.

Black Sesame – These have more antioxidants than the pale ones, they have include a dose of iron and bone-building calcium.  They may even help prevent high blood pressure.  Black sesame seeds taste better toasted than their pale sisters.  Good sprinkled over stir-fry.

Flax – These seeds are a great source of lignans, a plant chemical that may lower your risk of heart disease.  Grinding the whole seed lets you absorb the nutrients more easily.  Great when ground and mixed in flour when making muffins, breads, cookies or just added to soups and casseroles.

Chia – Full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.  Sprinkle them over oatmeal, granola and sliced fruit.

Sunflower – This is one of the richest sources of the disease-fighting antioxidant vitamin E.  Try these sprinkled over your salad.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Olive Oil


Olive Oil is high in monounsaturated fatty acids, which help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise HDL (good) cholesterol.  It contains antioxidants such as flavonoids and polyphenols which have anti-aging and other disease-fighting properties.  Polyphenols also aid in lowering blood pressure.  So, how can you tell them apart?

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil – Produced from the first cold pressing of olives that have been picked the same day.  Best used for salads and as a condiment.  This is the most expensive and has the most pronounced flavor and fruitiness with a dark green coloring.

Pure (Regular) Olive Oil – Made with subsequent pressings of the olives with some additional filtering and refining.  It can be blended with extra-virgin olive oil to boost flavor lost in processing.  It’s less expensive and a good choice for cooking with a golden yellow coloring with green hues.

Light Olive Oil – This doesn’t mean it’s light in calories but light in color, fragrance and flavor.  It has been finely filtered and is suited for high-temperature frying due to its higher smoke point.  The coloring is pale yellow.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Nutella Banana Bread


This recipe can be found by going to Chef in Training  The only change I made was to use a tube/bundt pan instead of the suggested 8 x 1 loaf pan.  It's a bread well worth making.

Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry


Another delicious dish has just made it to the manuscript file for Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef.  As with all of my Taste Bud recipes, I had a recipe for Beef & Broccoli that I wanted to play with.  There were several ingredients that I didn't have on hand so I decided to Think With My Taste Buds and find substitutes.  Boy did I make some good changes.  This is one of the best Beef & Broccoli dishes I've ever made.  It's another one to put on your 'to try' list when Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef comes out this winter. 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Country 'Baked' Steak


This one was a total make up as you go dish that turned out wonderfully good!  It's just been added to the manuscript for Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef so add it to your list of dishes to try when published this winter.  Until then, order your copy of Think With Your Taste Buds - Desserts through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Coconut Almond Cream Cake


1 yellow cake mix
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup almond slivers
1 can coconut milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix cake according to package directions.  In a bundt pan sprayed with non-stick spray sprinkle enough coconut and almonds to cover the bottom of the pan.  Pour remaining coconut and almonds into the cake batter.  Bake according to package timing.  Mix coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk.  Using a skewer or wooden spoon, poke holes into the cake while still warm and drizzle milk mixture over cake allowing to seep in.  Cool completely.

Comments:  You will have more than enough coconut milk/condensed milk.  I pour my leftover into 1/4 - 1/2 cup containers and freeze for later use.  This cake comes out moist and so good.  The combination of the coconut and almonds give it a wonderful texture.  The coconut I use is flaked not shredded and I find it in bulk at the health food store.  It has no added sugar so it only adds flavor and texture.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Ground Beef Pie


BOY is this a good one!  I decided to make it in 2 layers using a regular pie shell for the base.  It's not only good but it's also one that you can easily change to fit your own taste.  But...you'll have to wait until Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef comes out this winter.  As always, don't forget to order your copy of Think With Your Taste Buds - Desserts which can be ordered through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books A Million.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The High School Foodie


I want to encourage ALL of my food friends and those who aren't really foodies too, to visit a site called 'The High School Foodie.'  This site is owned and operated by a young man in Texas.  He's 14 years old and loves to cook and experiment with food.  Not that is impressing!  I can't say that I've ever known a 14 year old that loves cooking as much as this young man.  For that matter, I don't know ANY teenager that's this much into food.  Check out his site to see what this young man is cooking.

http://highschoolfoodie.wordpress.com/

Broccoli Slaw


Broccoli
Carrot
Onion
Mayo
Sugar
Vinegar

In a food processor chop finely broccoli, carrot and onion.  Add mayo and equal parts of sugar and vinegar to taste.  I used 1 large broccoli head/crown, no stalk, 1 large carrot and 1/2 med. onion.  The mayo, sugar and vinegar are added to suite your own taste.  I ended up with enough slaw for 4.  This has to be one of the best slaws I've had in a long time.  I came up with this while wanting slaw to go with my fish but found I was out of cabbage and it was a real hit.  It's also good on hot dogs.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Cube Steak Potato Casserole


This is a dish you won't want to miss when Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef comes out this winter.  It's 6 ingredients and so simple to make.  Taste!  Wonderful!  Until then, don't forget your copy of Think With Your Taste Buds - Desserts.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Chili Wraps


My recipe for Chili Wraps has just been pulled.  If you didn't get your copy earlier, you'll be able to get it this winter when Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef becomes available.  And as before, Don't forget to order your copy of Think With Your Taste Buds - Desserts which is available in either paper back and e-book.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Slow Cook London Broil


Another one for the cookbook.  I've just added my version of Slow Cook London Broil with onions, peppers, chili sauce, beer and some wonderful seasonings.  This dish can be prepared the night before it's to be cooked with you only having to place everything in your slow cooker the next morning.  When you get home that evening you come in to a wonderful smell and a delicious dish of meat.  So make a note to be sure you give this one a try when Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef comes out this winter.  But until then, get your copy of Think With Your Taste Buds - Desserts in either paperback or e-book.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Beef & Rice with Broccoli


A great dish has been added to the manuscript of Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef.  It's a recipe that originally came from Kraft foods but I made a couple of adjustments that really picked up up!  Look for this dish when you order your copy of Think With Your Taste Buds - Beef this winter.  Until then, don't forget to order your copy of Think WithYour Taste Buds - Desserts in e-book or paperback.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Cucumbers!!!!


Some of these I've seen and even tried but some are new to me.  Thought I would share just in case you haven't seen all of them either.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need.  Every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin

B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon?  Put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, Ssa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals In the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phyto chemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite works great on wrinkles Too!!!

6.. Want to avoid a hangover or Terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B Vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential Nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that Afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels Water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a Cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire
Cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water. The chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a Business lunch and realize you don't have gum or Mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 Seconds to eliminate bad breath, the
Phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your Mouth responsible for causing bad Breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to Clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the Surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the Shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm You fingers or fingernails while you Clean.

13. Using a Pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the Cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen Writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the Walls!!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Cooking Tips


These tips were sent to me by a friend and found them as a must share! 

Bacon- Minimize bacon shrinkage by running bacon under water before frying.

Beans- A tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda in a large pot of beans while soaking them, the 'flatulence' caused by the beans is kept to a minimum

Boiling eggs- Add a little salt or vinegar to your boiling water when cooking eggs; a cracked egg will stay in its shell this way.

Boiling Over- Rub butter or margarine on the rim of a pot in which you cook rice or macaroni and it won't boil over.

Cakes-A cake will keep longer if you place half an apple in the cake tin when storing.

Chocolate cake- Make a better chocolate cake by adding a teaspoon of vinegar to your cake mix.

Corn- Don't boil corn for more than 3 minutes. Place the corn directly into boiling water, and do not  add salt. You will find the flavor is much better than cooking for 10 minutes or more. Corn will never get soft, no matter how long you cook it-it will only lose its taste

Descaling fish- Soak fish in salt water before descaling and the scales will come off easier.

Frozen Vegetables- A quick way to separate frozen vegetables is to pour boiling water over them through a colander and then add them to your casserole or pot to finish cooking.

Grating Cheese- To easily shred cheese, let sit in freezer for 30 minutes. Icing Tips- Add a pinch of bicarbonate of soda to your icing and the icing will stay moist and prevent cracking.

Jelly Mold- To easily remove a jelly from the mold, lightly brush mold with oil before pouring in the mixture.

Meatballs- When making a lot of meatballs a fast and simple method is to shape the meat mixture into a log and cut off slices. The slices roll easily into balls.

Pancakes- Adding a little sugar to the batter of pancakes and waffles will make them brown more quickly.

Pie pastry- For flakier pastry, substitute 1 teaspoon vinegar for 1 teaspoon of the cold water called for in the recipe.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Ground Beef/Hashbrown Casserole


1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can corn, drained (optional)
1 cup shredded cheese
Tater Tots

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Brown beef and onions together and drain.  Spray a 9 x 13 dish with non-stick spray.  Spread beef mixture in bottom of dish.  Spoon soup over meat mixture.  Sprinkle evenly with corn and cheese.  Place a layer of tater tots over cheese.  Bake 45 minutes or until tater tots are golden brown. 

Comments:  I've seen this recipe by many names.  When I decided to give it a try I made changes tofit my own taste.  I used a blend of onions and green bell peppers, Tater Tot 'tops' instead of full size tater tots and a blend of cheese combining white and colby.  It was delicious!


Nutritional Info for recipe above.
·         Servings Per Recipe: 6
·         Amount Per Serving
·         Calories: 452.1
·         Total Fat: 28.9 g
·         Cholesterol: 74.4 mg
·         Sodium: 898.8 mg
·         Total Carbs: 25.9 g
·         Dietary Fiber: 1.9 g
·         Protein: 20.9 g

Nutritional Info using ground turkey & low fat cheese
·         Servings Per Recipe: 6
·         Amount Per Serving
·         Calories: 321.1
·         Total Fat: 14.0 g
·         Cholesterol: 57.3 mg
·         Sodium: 749.2 mg
·         Total Carbs: 25.9 g
·         Dietary Fiber: 1.9 g
·         Protein: 22.6 g

Nutritional Info using ground beef, lowfat cheese and shredded potatoes instead of tater tots
·         Servings Per Recipe: 6 ·         Amount Per Serving ·         Calories: 290.0·         Total Fat: 13.3 g·         Cholesterol: 57.3 mg·         Sodium: 664.8 mg ·         Total Carbs: 21.7 g ·         Dietary Fiber: 2.0 g·         Protein: 22.1 g

This is the perfect example in the nutritional changes that are made simply by just changing a couple of ingredients.  Changing from the ground beef to ground turkey, using the lowfat cheese and shredded potatoes instead of tater tots doesn't damage the taste of this dish at all.