Monday, September 15, 2008

Fast to Cook, Great to eat - Easy Dessert


2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 large banana, sliced
20 ounces crushed pineapple, well drained
12 ounces Cool Whip
1/2 cup chopped nuts
4 ounces maraschino cherries, drained & halved

Combine the 1/2 cup sugar, graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press into a 9 x 13-inch pan. Bake crust at 350 F. for 15 minutes. Let cool.
Cream together cream cheese, remaining sugar and butter. Spread cream cheese mixture over graham cracker crust. Layer sliced bananas, drained pineapple, and cool whip in order. Sprinkle with chopped nuts then maraschino cherries. Cover and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.

Serving Size: 8


1-1/2 cups graham wafer crumbs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 pkg. (6 serving size) coconut cream pudding and pie filling
1 pkg. (250 g) cream cheese
2 medium bananas
1 can (10 oz.) Mandarin orange segments, drained
1 tub cool whip, thawed (1 liter size)

Mix graham crumbs and butter. Press firmly into bottom of 13 X 9 inch pan. Bake at 350ºF for 5 minutes. Cook pie filling mix as directed on package for microwave or top of stove. Beat cream cheese to soften then whisk in hot filling. Cover with plastic wrap and chill about 30 minutes. Slice bananas over crumb crust. Stir pudding and fold in oranges, then spoon over bananas. Spread whipped topping over filling. Chill 3 hours. Cut into squares. Makes about 12 servings.
*TIP* Substitute 2 medium oranges, peeled and sectioned, for the canned mandarins.

Prep Time .. 20 minutes plus chilling.


2 eggs, beaten
juice of 1 1/2 lemons
1 cup sugar
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs

Combine ingredients and cook in a double boiler until thick. Allow to cool. Whip 1 cup cream. Fold into the lemon mixture.
Cover a shallow square glass pan with graham cracker crumbs, or alternatively, use a glass pie dish. Spread the lemon custard mixture on top.

Refrigerate until ready to serve. Cut into squares if a square pan was used, or wedges if served from a pie dish.

Variation: These can be served in custard cups for individual servings.



2 c. crushed pretzels
3/4 c. melted butter
3 tbsp. sugar


1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 c. sugar
1 (8 oz.) Cool Whip


1 lg. pkg. strawberry Jello
2 c. boiling water
2 (10 oz.) boxes frozen strawberries

FIRST LAYER: Mix dry and pat bottom of 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.
SECOND LAYER: Beat sugar and cream cheese until creamy. Stir in Cool Whip. Spread over pretzels.

THIRD LAYER: Dissolve Jello in boiling water. Stir in frozen strawberries while Jello is hot. Put aside 15 minutes, then slowly pour over cheese mixture and refrigerate. May cut in half for smaller dish.

Makes 24 servings.


1 c. finely crushed vanilla wafers (22 wafers)
1/4 c. butter, melted
3/4 c. butter
2 (3 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese
1 1/3 c. sifted powdered sugar
2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 egg
2 med. bananas, sliced (2 c.)
1 (4 oz.) container frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed
1/2 c. broken pecans or peanuts

For crust, in a mixing bowl stir together crushed wafers and the 1/4 cup melted butter. Press mixture onto the bottom of an 8x8x2 inch baking pan.
In a small mixer bowl beat together the 3/4 cup butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Beat until smooth. Add egg and beat until fluffy.

Spread cream cheese mixture over crust. Arrange sliced bananas on cream cheese mixture. Spread the dessert topping over all. Sprinkle with nuts. Cover and freeze for 5-24 hours. Serves 16.


This top-rated four-layer dessert can be refrigerated or frozen.

1/2 c. butter
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. finely chopped peanuts
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 c. sifted powdered sugar
1 (4 oz.) carton frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed
1 (4 serving size) pkg. instant chocolate pudding mix
1 (4 serving size) pkg. instant coffee pudding mix
3 c. milk
Grated chocolate

In mixing bowl cut butter into flour until crumbly; stir in 3/4 cup of the peanuts. Press mixture evenly over bottom of a 13x9x2 inch baking dish. Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes; cool.
Meanwhile, in small mixer bowl beat cream cheese on low speed of electric mixer until fluffy; beat in powdered sugar and half of the thawed whipped topping. Spread over crust; chill.

In large mixer bowl, combine both pudding and milk; beat with rotary beater 2 minutes. Spoon atop cream cheese layer in dish. Chill or freeze until firm, several hours or overnight. Top with remaining thawed whipped topping. Sprinkle with grated chocolate and remaining chopped peanuts. (If frozen, let stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving.)

Makes 16 servings.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Mocktails - Healthy Non Alcoholic Drinks

Healthy Non Alcoholic Drink aka Mocktail or Virgin Drink

The word 'Mocktail' is a derivative of two words - 'mock' meaning a copy or imitation of something and the word 'cocktail' meaning a mixed drink. A Non-alcoholic cocktail drink is also referred to as a Virgin Cocktail

Keep your Non Alcoholic Drink ( Mocktail or Virgin ) healthy by using a recipe which contain yoghurt or low fat milk. The recipes for these delicious Non Alcoholic Drinks - Mocktails or Virgin Drinks contain a variety of fruits including Berries (strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, blueberry etc. ) peach, melon, orange, pineapple, mango, and kiwifruit. The ingredients in a non alcoholic drink like mocktail or virgin cocktail are often high in vitamins, fibre, and antioxidants. But if you want to indulge yourself, or the kids, in a treat use a recipe for a Non Alcoholic Virgin Drink or mocktail which contains ice cream.

How to create the best special effects with the classic Mocktail Recipe

The following hints and tips will give you some ideas how to make the best special effects with the Mocktail Recipe :

* Serve your Mocktail Recipe in unusually shaped
glasses. Give your glasses a frosted edge by dipping the rim into
Lemon juice and then dipping it into sugar. Simple but effective!

* The presentation of your classic Strawberry Mocktail Recipe is
all important! Add colorful decorations - drink umbrellas,
swizzle sticks , paper flowers, straws and even sparklers! These
decorations are all cheap and easy to obtain from your local
grocery store

* Add some straws - colored straws are great - just cut them up for
small glasses!

* Use cocktail sticks or toothpicks to twist or skewer fruits

* Use slices of fruit to decorate and add a twist to Mocktail

* Add crushed ice - To make crushed ice just place your ice cubes
in a plastic bag and crush the ice with a heavy object

Mocktail Recipe Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker / stirrer and pour into an unusually shaped glass. Add Crushed Ice and decorations to create a great speciality drink from an easy to make recipe!

Quantities and Proportions

Quantities of ingredients tend to cause confusion - no problem, just use the correct proportions of each ingredient to create the best authentic & original recipe! You can use a thimble, cup or even a pitcher ( if you are making this recipe for a group or a crowd ) when you make a Strawberry Mocktail Recipe! The following simple guidelines will also help with the different quantities referred to in authentic & original recipes:

1 oz (ounce) equals 2 tbsp (tablespoons)

1 shot equals 1½ oz (ounces)

1 cup equals 8 oz (ounces)

Make some great healthy, nutritional and low fat, low calorie Non Alcoholic Virgin Drinks. But if you want to indulge yourself or the kids in a treat use the recipes for Non Alcoholic Virgin Drinks which contain ice cream. Non Alcoholic Virgin Drinks can also be mixed with soda pop to make a great mocktail.

Strawberry Mocktail Recipe
Strawberry Mocktail

4 oz Strawberry Yogurt
1 cup sliced Fresh Strawberries
1 cup Cold Milk
1/2 cup crushed ice or Ice Cream (optional)
Honey to sweeten if required

Pineapple Passion Mocktail Recipe

4oz Pineapple juice
2 oz Passion fruit juice
1 Tsp. Lemon juice
1 Tsp. Grenadine syrup

Shirley Temple Mocktail Recipe

4 oz Ginger ale
1/2 oz Grenadine syrup
Twist of lemon peel
Thin slice of orange
2 or 3 ice cubes

Crazy Cow Mocktail Recipe

3 oz Apple juice
3 oz Milk
Crushed Ice
Apple Slice

Apple Pie Mocktail Recipe

3 oz Apple juice
1 tsp Lemon juice
1/2 tsp Grenadine syrup
Crushed Ice
Orange Slice

Cranberry Clown Mocktail Recipe

2 oz Orange juice
2 oz Cranberry juice
2 oz pure Grape juice

Tropical Mocktail Recipe

4 oz Pineapple Yogurt
2 Mandarin oranges
1/2 cup Cold Milk
1/2 cup Fresh Orange or Apple Juice
1/2 cup crushed ice or Ice Cream (optional)
Tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice

Angel Face Mocktail Recipe

1 part Banana milk
1 part Chocolate milk
1 part Orange
1 part Brown sugar
1 part Cream
1 part Sugar