Saturday, March 14, 2015

No Bake Cheese Cake

I feel I need to confess...only because this cheesecake is soooo delicious.  Confession: this is the 2nd pie in 5 days. The first one lasted 24 hours.  We'll see how long this one lasts.  In our home we all equally adore plain cheesecake and you'll find that it's the norm to request it vs a traditional birthday cake.   Every now and then we'll add a french orange marmalade or a french raspberry preserve. 

I came upon this recipe a week ago.  It's Martha Stewart's 'No Bake Cheesecake' it sounded familiar, if I've made it before it's been ages.  

Honey Girl Kitchen's No Bake Cheesecake 

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed cookies (graham, shortbread...whatever you love or have)              
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted (salted or unsalted...whatever you have)            
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature       
  • 1 14-ounce can (1 1/4 cups) sweetened condensed milk       
  •  zest of 2 lemons     
  • juice of 1 fresh lemon 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract   
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (optional...this topping makes it an over the top slice)   
  1. Put cookies in a ziploc, crush them with a rolling pin.  Finely.
  2. Put crumbs into pie pan. Add butter, and stir until well combined.

  3. Press the crumb mixture press flat. Freeze crust while you mix up the filling.

  4. In a large mixing bowl add remaining ingredients, EXCEPT sour cream.  Mix on medium to high till smooth (whatever powerful mixer/blender of sort you have).
  5. Pour the filling into the crust; smooth the top. Cover with plastic wrap freeze for 1 hour. 
  6. Top with sour cream.  Refrigerate till serving time.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Children Can Set The Entire Table

china + glassware + placemats placed in bottom drawer

Why did I not think of this sooner?  Today  a light bulb turned on when I was cleaning the bottom kitchen drawer...mind you the only bottom drawer.  I have a 1931 kitchen...3 cabinets and 3 drawers. I live with a voice inside my head "Darlene what's wrong with you? Please be tidier."   Then I delightfully respond to the voice "self please, the kitchen is tiny I'm just doing the best I can ❤️". 

My 8 year old, Carmella, has been helping me set the table daily for the last 4 years.  I normally hand her the china and drinking glasses.  She can reach the silverware, napkins and filtered water.  Today all that will change, she will now be able to set the entire table all by herself.   She's good at it too.  All china is set right side up if there is a design, plate straight if squared, water to the right, fork and napkin on the left, spoon/knife if needed on right.  I showed her the drawer and she was pleased.  Next I'll have her load the dishwasher, currently she's still to short to navigate the sink water properly.

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everyday place setting

Carmella loves responsibilities even if she seems a bit resistant...that's when I reiterate "this is our home and it takes all of us to run a house...we each need to do our part."   Saying those words also helps me not feel as though I'm asking for too much "it's our home".  

Carmella's contribution: setting the table perfectly, vacuum (as best she can), make her bed (as best she can), feed the pooches dinner, set her alarm clock, fold towels and put her clothes on hangers or drawers (still working on neatness).

May your tidiness be ...intentionally delightful.
xoxoxo, Darlene

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Goals or Resolutions?

I choose to set goals.  I like that word best. 
My goal planning starts over the holidays during road trips and I finish them up New Year's Day.  My goals will change, be edited and rewritten all year long.  Goal planning is a road map for me...makes me want to be a better version of me.  Goal categories: personal, family and professional...the personal category is broken down to: fitness, social, spiritual, nutrition, reading, financial and kitchen goals.  Do I keep them all? No. However I accomplish more by writing them down vs just thinking about them. 
Happy New Year...wish you love, health and prosperity in 2015.  
Xoxo, Darlene

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Leftovers...

A Christmas Post...
It's Christmas!  What a beautiful day.  Woke up, made breakfast.  Mass at noon.  Christmas lunch at 2pm.  After lunch we spent the day in the back garden till dusk.  Grateful for my family, friends and acquaintances.
My niece, Clarissa, just had a baby boy on the 23rd.  I made little hobo turkey packets from our leftover Christmas lunch for her.  These can be put directly into a oven, 375F 20-25minutes.
Normally I just freeze the items separately, however, I was trying to think of a method of getting Clarissa small meals to have on hand.  Then the idea came...leftover Turkey dinner hobo packets.  We're a bit alike in that neither of us use a microwave.  We both have Breville ovens that we use daily, several times a day.  These packets will work just fine for a new mom.  I'm freezing them and will deliver tomorrow.  Babies are a gift. So grateful. xoxo.

Christmas Breakfast

Christmas Lunch

Leftovers...turkey, dressing, veggies, mashed potatoes & gravy on parchment

Wrapped and labeled...ready for freezer

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Orange Kissed Cranberry Sauce

HGK Orange Kissed Cranberry Sauce

Tomorrows Thanksgiving! 
I don't have to make cranberry sauce because my niece, Danielle, is bringing it. However, I always like to make it to share with friends and family. XO.

Orange Kissed Cranberry Sauce

2 cups of orange juice
2 cups of Piloncillo/Panela (unrefined whole cane sugar)
3 vanilla pods
6 cups of fresh cranberries
4 apples peeled and cubed (if organic leave the peel on)
1 tsp orange zest or good good Orange Extract (today I used extract because I did not have oranges)

In a dutch oven bring the OJ, sugar and vanilla pods to a boil.  Add the apple cubes, boil for 10 minutes.  Add the cranberries, boil for 10 minutes.  Add the zest or extract.
Once 3/4 of the cranberries have popped and all is nice and thick it's ready!

This is a refrigerator version.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Send Love For The Seasons of Life

This week calls from NY, Denver & Dallas have been coming in requesting a meal for a new Mom.  A meal is the kindest gift one can receive.  What's the saying 'food is the way to ones heart'...

Pictured is a meal I delivered today:  roast, veggies and a tomato based gravy with garlic French bread.
Next time you think of sending a friend/family flowers change it up a bit and send a meal.  A personalized note on Honey Girl Kitchen stationary can be included. XOXO.
Seasons of life:
  • wedding
  • new baby
  • surgery
  • engagement
  • illness
  • divorce
  • hard times
  • just because
  • Mother's Day
  • Father's Day
  • birthday
  • new home
  • cold/flu
  • etc...

$55 NM enchiladas & cilantro rice w/black beans



$65  Pork tenderloin, organic mashed potatoes/cauliflower & green beans

$60 Chipotle Pork Roast, Pinto beans, Salsa + chips & corn tortillas (I can come and put pork in your slow cooker in the morning)



$55  10 Tacos, salsa, cilantro rice w/black beans and local chips

$60 beef roast w/carrots celery potatoes & garlic bread (I can come and put this in your slow cooker in the morning)

$75 2 1lb Rib-eye Steaks, creamy horseradish, mashed potato + cauliflower & green beans



$50 Chicken Pot Pie & organic Salad

$50 curry chicken & basmati rice w/side of raita (yogurt relish)

$45 Whole baked herb chicken, baked potatoes & salad

$40 Mexican Chicken soup, Salsa & Corn Tortillas (I can come and put this in your slow cooker in the morning)



$65 tilapia filets & stuffed bell peppers w/rice + veggies

$65 2lb Ginger Salmon, Spinach Salad & baked squash boats



$40 meat or veggie lasagna & organic salad
$50 Spaghetti Lasagna & organic Cesar salad (all salads come with homemade croutons & homemade dressing)


$36 1 dozen breakfast burritos (cage free egg , Cheddar & salsa)
$50 18 Egg Herb + Sundried Tomato Quiche w/Spinach Salad (nice for weekend breakfast)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Tilapia & Creamed Spinach

Tilapia on a bed of Creamed Spinach

How can something so simple be so delicious?
Answer:  simple real ingredients with a little love make a fabulous meal❤️.

Pan Fried Tilapia 

2-3 talapia filets 
Old Bay Seasoning

Heat skillet medium-high.  Add EVOO.  Once pan is hot add seasoned Tilapia (I tent a piece of foil on top of skillet to catch oils).  Once the thinnest part of the tilapia looks a bit crisp (about 2-3 minutes), flip, cook for 2-3 minutes.  Put filets on a cookie sheet and set in 200F oven  to keep warm.   Do not wash the skillet!
serves 2 and a little one

Honey Girl Creamed Spinach 

1 pound fresh spinach or frozen
1/4 onion sliced
3 minced garlic cloves
1/4 cup cream
fresh cracked pepper
3 T pecorino grated (Parmesan works well) 

Saute onions 3 minutes in the same skillet, keep flame medium-high.  Add garlic, saute for 1 minute.   Add spinach and cover, once it's wilted add cream.  Once cream has warmed to skillet temperature turn off the flame, add pecorino and cracked pepper.  No salt (Pecorino & Parmesan are salty cheeses).
serves 2 and a little one

Plate creamed spinach first then top with tilapia.  Sprinkle pecorino for a finished look. 
Enjoy.  xoxo.