Winner Dinners A Simply Delicious Cooking Blog 2017-03-05T22:43:25Z http://www.winnerdinners.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Laura @ Winner Dinners <![CDATA[Creamy Fruit Salad]]> http://www.winnerdinners.com/?p=18121 2016-06-21T04:42:23Z 2016-06-20T22:00:42Z

Creamy Fruit Salad

My husband and I used to go to the basketball games at the Marriott Center on the campus of Brigham Young University, which is just a couple of miles from our home. There were always a lot of vendors selling food in there, and you could get all kinds of things like Cougar dogs, Mexican food, pizza, Cougar tails (a very long maple bar doughnut), and more.

At one point, there was a man selling what he called “Irish tacos,” and he had a bunch of his grandchildren helping him to assemble them. I’m not sure what it was about the tacos that made them Irish, but when I ordered one, the thing that really caught my attention was the fruit salad they served with it. It was sweet and creamy and different from any fruit salad I had ever had before.


So the next time we went to a basketball game, I went back to get another Irish taco, but mainly because I wanted more of that fruit salad. I told the man how much I liked it, and he mentioned that he used Mexican vanilla in it. I decided I was going to try to figure out what else was in it, so while I watched the game and ate my salad, I was making a mental note of the ingredients—strawberries, blackberries, grapes, mandarin oranges, and a whipped cream sauce. I ordered some Mexican vanilla and used it in my first attempt to make the salad at home. My first attempt was a success, and I think my version is pretty close to what I had at the games, but I honestly couldn’t tell a difference between the Mexican vanilla and regular vanilla. When I make this salad, I just use regular vanilla, but if you are one of those people who thinks Mexican vanilla is a lot better, by all means, use it!

Go Cougars!

Creamy Fruit Salad

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Laura @ Winner Dinners <![CDATA[Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle]]> http://www.winnerdinners.com/?p=17964 2016-06-06T03:31:58Z 2016-06-05T22:00:12Z

Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle


This is my favorite time of the year.  I love the warmer weather because it means I can get on my bicycle and ride into the canyon.  I love how the mountains are green instead of brown, and I love all the beautiful flowers that appear in my neighborhood.  And I love seeing fresh berries in the stores because that means its time to make some yummy fresh berry desserts like Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle.

Strawberries

This recipe calls for an angel food cake that you will cut into cubes.  I just purchased this one at my grocery store.

Angel Food Cake

This dessert is sort of a cross between strawberry cheesecake and strawberry trifle, and I’ll just bet you’re going to love it.

Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

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Laura @ Winner Dinners <![CDATA[Enchilada Pie]]> http://www.winnerdinners.com/?p=17815 2016-05-22T19:52:48Z 2016-05-20T22:00:01Z

Enchilada Pie


I’m baaacck!!!  Yes, I’ve been missing in action for the past several months, but I have some good news.  Sort of.


After not feeling great (on and off) for the past 20+ months, and going to lots of doctors and having a multitude of tests done, I FINALLY got a diagnosis!  I have fibromyalgia.  It’s not great news, but I’m actually happy to finally have some answers because the worst part of all was not knowing why I sometimes don’t feel well.  And now that I know it’s fibromyalgia, I have been able to read about it and figure out ways to alleviate some of my symptoms.  So with a diagnosis in one hand and a stack of recipes that are ready to be photographed in the other, my plan is to post two new recipes each month.  It’s a slower pace than what I used to do, but it will allow me to continue my blog and still have time for some of my other interests.

So the recipe I have for you today is Enchilada Pie.  I’ve been making this recipe for several years, and I love it because it’s simple and delicious.

Enchilada Pie

It has six layers of flour tortillas, seasoned ground beef, Monterey Jack cheese, and black olives.  The tortillas are buttered to keep them nice and soft.  The top of the pie is sprinkled with cheddar cheese and garnished with sliced tomato.  After it bakes, you can add some sour cream and green onions if you want.  Enjoy!

Enchilada Pie

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Laura @ Winner Dinners <![CDATA[Creamy Pear Pie]]> http://www.winnerdinners.com/?p=17732 2015-10-08T23:16:55Z 2015-10-08T22:00:23Z

Creamy Pear Pie



Several years ago, I got this Creamy Pear Pie recipe from the blog Our Best Bites.  The “creamy” part is made with sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger.  The first time I made it, my father-in-law told me it was fantastic and that it could win a blue ribbon.  I thought it was good, but I was sure that it could be even better.

Creamy Pear Pie

Since then, I’ve made it several times.  I added an extra pear and doubled the cinnamon and ginger.  I also added a great pie crust that is made with real butter.  In fact, this is my new favorite pie crust.  It’s super easy to work with—and by that, I mean that it doesn’t tear easily when you are rolling it out.  And it tastes great, too.  I would even recommend using it with other pie recipes that you make.  If you just need a single crust, it can easily be halved.

Creamy Pear Pie

I recently looked for the recipe on Our Best Bites so that I could link to it, but it’s no longer on their site.  I’m guessing that they put it in one of their cookbooks and removed it from their blog.  But here’s my version of it.  I think you’ll agree that it’s a blue-ribbon recipe.

Creamy Pear Pie

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Laura @ Winner Dinners <![CDATA[Roasted Tomato Basil Soup]]> http://www.winnerdinners.com/?p=17710 2015-10-04T05:23:25Z 2015-09-28T22:00:28Z

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup



Several months ago one of my friends introduced me to a little sandwich shop where they specialize in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.  They have all different kinds, such as a French Dip grilled cheese, a Monte Cristo grilled cheese, and even a Thanksgiving grilled cheese with turkey and mashed potatoes on it.  The restaurant is called Cravings Bistro, and it’s in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  So the first time I went there, I had one of their gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and some of their Creamy Tomato Basil soup.  I thought it was so good, and since I didn’t have a recipe for a really good tomato soup, I decided I was going to try to duplicate the one at Cravings Bistro.  I started off with a recipe by Barefoot Contessa, but I made several changes to it, including adding brown sugar because I liked how the soup from Cravings Bistro was sweeter than hers.  I also used a food processor to blend up the ingredients just before serving it because I think it makes the soup look more appetizing.  And guess what, my husband and I did a taste test with my soup and some of the soup from Cravings Bistro, and both of us thought mine was even better!  But, shhhh, don’t tell them because theirs is really good, too!

At Cravings Bistro, they serve their Tomato Basil Soup with grilled cheese croutons, so I decided to do the same thing for my photograph.  To make the croutons, I just made regular grilled cheese sandwiches with good-quality bread, and then I cut off the crusts and cut the sandwiches into 1-inch squares.  Then I put the squares on a baking sheet and toasted them in a 300-degree oven for five minutes.  They were very tasty with the soup, too.

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

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Laura @ Winner Dinners <![CDATA[Antipasto Salad]]> http://www.winnerdinners.com/?p=17690 2015-09-19T05:59:58Z 2015-09-17T22:00:45Z

Antipasto Salad



Have you ever wondered about the word “antipasto?”  I’ve often seen it on menus in Italian restaurants and thought it was a strange word because in English “anti” means “against” or “opposite of.”  I wondered if antipasto meant “without pasta,” but I never bothered to look it up, so I didn’t know.  Recently I asked my son about it.  He lived in Italy for two years, so I knew he would have the answer.  It turns out antipasto has nothing to do with pasta at all.  In Italian, it just means appetizer.  And if it is spelled “antipasti” with an i at the end instead of an o, it’s just the plural of antipasto—meaning more than one appetizer.

Antipasto Salad

Anyway, this is a really good salad.  I always serve it with both Ranch and Italian dressings because I like creamy-based dressings, and my husband likes the oil and vinegar varieties.

I like to serve this salad as a main dish with some nice bread on the side, but you can also serve it as a side dish with an Italian main course.  Either way, I’m sure you’ll love it. What’s not to love about a salad with pepperoni in it???

Antipasto Salad

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Laura @ Winner Dinners <![CDATA[Thai Chicken Basil Stir-Fry]]> http://www.winnerdinners.com/?p=17662 2015-09-10T19:39:01Z 2015-09-06T01:05:28Z

Thai Chicken Basil Stir-Fry



I’m BAAAACK!  Yes, I’ve been missing in action for a few months.  I had to take a break from Winner Dinners because I was having some health issues, and then after that, my son Craig came home from his two-year mission to Italy, and I got really busy.  But now he’s off to college, and I’m back to blogging.  This picture was taken the day after he returned from Italy.  Isn’t he cute!  I can’t claim to have contributed to his good looks because we adopted him.  He was the best Christmas present I ever got.

He came tucked inside of a Christmas stocking when we got him.  This picture was taken at the adoption agency on the day we picked him up in 1994, and you can sort of tell that I was crying. That’s our daughter Ashley next to me.  We adopted her three years earlier.

Anyway, even though I haven’t been blogging for a few months, I never stopped cooking. I’ve been whipping up recipes and making improvements to them just like I’ve always done.  I have a whole stack of recipes that are ready to be photographed, and I picked out this Thai Chicken Basil Stir-Fry to start with.  I love Asian dishes, and I have about 20 different stir-fry recipes.  Some with beef, some with pork, and some with chicken.  The best part about this one is the yummy sauce which is made from coconut milk, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and some crushed red pepper.  This is a spicy dish, but if you don’t like spicy foods, you can just eliminate the crushed red pepper.  Happy cooking!

Thai Chicken Basil Stir-Fry

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Laura @ Winner Dinners <![CDATA[Candied Chicken]]> http://www.winnerdinners.com/?p=17544 2015-03-27T03:24:41Z 2015-03-22T22:00:56Z

Candied Chicken



Now here’s a recipe the whole family will enjoy.  I mean what kid can resist a dinner with the word “candied” in it?  And yet the taste of this chicken is sophisticated enough to please adults as well.  The chicken tenders are first dipped in egg and flour and then fried in butter.  Then you place them in a 9×13 pan and prepare the “candy” sauce which is made with brown sugar, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and some spices.  Pour the sauce over the chicken and then bake in the oven.  Easy and delicious!

Candied Chicken

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Laura @ Winner Dinners <![CDATA[Peanut Butter Fudge]]> http://www.winnerdinners.com/?p=17328 2015-03-27T03:07:11Z 2015-03-12T22:00:13Z

Peanut Butter Fudge



I love to eat fudge at Christmas time.  For many years, my stepmother made us her version of See’s Fudge, but this year I decided to try this recipe for Peanut Butter Fudge, and I’m glad I did because it’s every bit as good.  The ingredients are similar except that you use peanut butter instead of chocolate chips and pecans instead of walnuts.

Peanut Butter Fudge

The recipe makes about five pounds of fudge, so there will be plenty to share with friends, and when you do, you will surely bring smiles to their faces!

Peanut Butter Fudge

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Laura @ Winner Dinners <![CDATA[Chinese Beef with Cabbage]]> http://www.winnerdinners.com/?p=17528 2015-03-03T06:46:13Z 2015-03-02T23:00:00Z

Chinese Beef with Cabbage



My husband and I both love Chinese dishes that use a lot of fresh vegetables.  In fact, I have about 25 different Chinese recipes that are all very good, but I haven’t shared many of them yet.  This particular one calls for beef, cabbage, red bell peppers, green onions, and several spices including fresh ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes.  If you don’t like your dishes too spicy, just cut back on the red pepper flakes or leave them out all together.

Chinese Beef with Cabbage

This is a really healthy meal.  Sometimes when I’m trying to lose a little bit of weight, I will eat it without the rice.  It’s good either way!  I hope you enjoy it!

Chinese Beef with Cabbage

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