Cooks with Passion

Isn't that what it is all about. PASSION. We love to eat. We love to get people together to eat. We love meeting places to eat. We just love eating.
I look forward to making that special thing that makes everyone smile.
Hope you enjoy my favorites.

D e n i s e


Homemade Croutons

These are super simple and so good!

1 loaf french bread (cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes)
3/4 c. olive oil
herbs, seasonings to your liking
garlic salt & pepper to desire
1/2 c. fresh parmesan

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl combine seasonings, oil, salt, and pepper.
Dump the bread into mixture and mix well.
Pour the bread mixture on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 mins., or until golden. 
Keeps in ziplocks for several days.


Apple Pie en Papillotte

"pie in a bag"

1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. oil
2 TB. cold milk

4 c. peeled, thinly sliced apples
1/2 c. sugar
2 TB. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. cold butter

Mix crust ingr. in a food processor.  Press into a 9-inch pie plate; set aside
Combine filling and dump into pie shell.
Mix topping in food processor, and sprinkle on top of pie.
Place pie in a large paper bag.  Seal with staples.  Bake for 90 mins. @350*.
Serve warm with vanilla icecream.

Sweet Potato Pie

This is like dessert!  Perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.

3 c. sweet potatoes
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1/2 c. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla

Cook potatoes in over or in microwave until tender.  Then peel.
Mix remaining ingredients together with potatoes till smooth.
Spread into a 9x9 pan.

Top with:
1c. brown sugar
1/2 c. flour
1c. pecans
1/2 stick butter

Mix topping ingredients with a fork until butter is incorporated.  Cover potato mixture with topping.
Bake @ 400* for 30 mins or until top is golden.