Monthly Archives: June 2012

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips


It does not get much better then this!  The most refreshing snack on a hot afternoon!   I shared this at a friends graduation party yesterday and it was a hit.  So I thought I’d share the recipe.  You can tweak this recipe and use the fruit of your choice as well.    I hope you enjoy!

Cinnamon Chips

  1. 1 tablespoon of sugar
  2. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  3. 4 (7-inch flour tortillas

For Cinnamon Chips, preheat oven to 400.  In a shaker, combine your sugar and cinnamon.  Lightly baste or spray your tortillas with water; sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  Using a pizza cutter, cut each tortilla into wedges; place in a single layer on flat baking stone.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp.  Remove to cooling rack, cool completely.


  1. one container of strawberries
  2. 3 granny smith apples
  3. 4 kiwi’s
  4. 2 tsp lime juice
  5. 2 tbs brown sugar (or to preferred taste)
  6. 2 tbs apple jelly
  7. Zest of a lemon (optional)

Place strawberries in a bowl and finely chop (I use a food chopper for this).  Repeat with remaining fruit and add to a large bowl.  Combine all other ingredients and mix well.  I like to cover and refrigerate over night for the best taste, but may be served immediately.  Serve with Cinnamon Chips or even use as a topping for bagels, ice cream, yogurt, waffles, etc.

I would love to hear if you enjoyed this recipe… please rate if you have a moment!  Hoping to join the Twain Harte Street Fair this August with some salsa, chips, bread and other goodies!  Stay tuned!!


Country Gourmet Home’s Cheesy Beer Dip and Carmel Apple Cake Mix


Oh my goodness!  I am pleased to announce Country Gourmet Home’s Cheesy Beer Dip… it’s amazing!  I made this on Fathers day and served it to the family with pretzels and all enjoyed it until there was nothing left!

It can be prepared two different ways:

*  Dip;  add one cup sour cream, chill for one hour and serve with pretzels, french bread cubes or use as a spread on bagel chips, or anything you think tastes great with cheese!!

*  Hot Dip;  Microwave 16 oz cream cheese until warm, add mix and blend well.  Serve with chips or pretzels, bread… again, whatever you desire!!

You can taste a hint of beer, it’s a very nice creamy dip that brought smiles to everyone.  This dip sales for $3.75  Product number 462


Last night I prepared Country Gourmet Home’s Carmel Apple Cake.  Once again, I left the family with nothing but smiles and approval to make this cake again!  It had a wonderful carmel taste atop of a very moist apple cake.  This is made with real apples and the flavor will prove it!  Served this with Vanilla Ice Cream.  The only thing I had to add for the cake was water and for the topping I added butter and milk!  Very easy, wonderful to take along on Camping trips (if you have a trailer)

This was good warm and even cold the next day!  The Carmel Apple Cake Mix sales for $7.95 and is product number 737

To order Country Gourmet Home products please visit my website at:

Or email me at and in the subject line post CGH Catalog request.  I’d be happy to mail a catalog to you for easier ordering.  I know you’ll love all the Country Gourmet Home mixes and even one of a kind wax melts that we offer!!


Healthy Substitutes!


With my husband working for the CHP, we get a wonderful CAHP Health Benefits Newsletter each month.  It is loaded with wonderful healthy tips and ideas and I just wanted to take a moment and share a few fun tips with you!

*Use Mashed ripe bananas instead of fats  (butter, margarine, or shortening when baking).  The consistency is ideal, and bananas add nutrients such as potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6.

*Use Mashed turnips instead of Mashed potatoes.  One cup of mashed potatoes made with whole milk has about 180 calories.  A cup of mashed turnips (which does not require milk or butter for a creamy consistency) has about 50 calories!

*Use Mashed avocado instead of Mayonnaise.  A 2-tablespoon serving of mayonnaise has about 200 calories and 24 grams of fat.  Half of an avocado has about 115 calories and 10.5 grams of fat, and provides vatamin E and cholesterol checking mono-saturated fat.

*Use Pureed fruit instead of Syrup.  Pureed fruit has less sugar and more antioxidants and vitamins than traditional syrup.


Topping or mixing foods with condiments can make them tastier and healthier.    Try these tips:

*Garden fresh salsa can be a flavorful, low calorie and low fat source of beta carotene and vitamin C.  Use salsa to top meats and mix with vegetables.

*Fat free plain Greek Yogurt provides the flavor and texture of sour cream without the fat and calories.  The yogurt provides calcium and protein.  Try it on baked potatoes or as the base for dips.

*Chutney – a sweet, spicy relish of fruit, spices, sugar and vinegar.  It pairs well with meat, poultry and fish.  Chutney is fat free and full of antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals.


I hope you enjoyed these delicious sounding tips!  I know I am going to start using them right away.  It’s important to me to keep my family healthy  and to teach them that cooking healthy is easy and fun!

Stay tuned for my next post!  I’ll be making Homemade Healthy Potato Chips!  I’ll share the recipe with you as soon as I get the thumbs up from my biggest critics…. the family!!

God Bless and happy healthy eating!!

Good for you Mediterranean Linguine!


This recipe is by far one of my families favorite.  Its very healthy, very yummy and so easy to make, yet looks like you spent a ton of time preparing it!  Great company dinner and you can actually serve it hot or cold!

Tim:  Prep 15 Minutes;  Cook time 10 minutes


  1. Vegetable cooking spray
  2. 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  3. 1 med. size green pepper seeded and cut into thin strips
  4. 1 med. size red pepper seeded and cut into thin strips
  5. 1 clove garlic, minced
  6. 1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
  7. 1/2 cup commercial oil free Italian Dressing (or to desired taste)
  8. 3 tablespoons sliced, pitted ripe olives
  9. 6 ounces linguine, uncooked
  10. 1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese

*     Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; place over medium high heat until hot.  Add mushrooms and next three ingredients; saute until vegetables are crisp and tender.  Add artichokes, Italian dressing, olives, and parsley; cook three minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally.

*    Cook linguine according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain well.

*    Combine linguine and vegetable mixture; toss well.  Transfer mixture to a serving dish; sprinkle with cheese, and serve immediately.

Makes 11 1/2 cup servings and only 94 calories per serving!

  1. Carbs 16.9 g
  2. Protein 4.4 g
  3. Fat 1.6g
  4. Fiber 2.5 g
  5. Cholesterol 3 mg
  6. Sodium 192 mg
  7. Calcium 55 mg

Would love to hear if you give this recipe a try!!  I know you’ll love it!!