Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year to your family from mine

Happy New Year 

For everbody in the world 

 Whatever  color their  skin may be ,

Whatever  their  religion may be ,

Whatever  their  situation may be , 

Good health , lots of love , of possibilities  

and  ..... Peace !!!!!

Author unknown :

Nee Carano  & Family

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas to your family from mine Nee Carano

Recipe for Christmas All Year Long 

Take a heap of child-like wonder  
          That opens up your eyes 
To the unexpected gifts in life  --
         Each day a sweet surprise

         Mix in fond appreciation 
For the people  whom we know ;
Like festive  Christmas candles,
   Each one has a special glow .

Add some giggles  and some laughter ,
            A dash of Christmas  food ,
        (Amazing  how a piece of pie
              Improves  our attitude !)

Stir it all with human kindness ;
   Wrap it up in  love and peace ,
    Decorate  with optimism , and 
         Our joy will never cease .

 If we use this healthy recipe,
     We know we will remember 
 To be  in the Christmas  Spirit , 
  Even when it's not December ,
       But every day of the  year .

Author : Joanna Fuchs

Taking the  holidays  ,  see you in 2016 
The Caranos 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Chili in 30 minutes Hmm Good

Prep : 5 minutes       Time: 25 minutes      Total Time: 30 minutes
6 Generous Servings
This recipe was  given to me  by a very close friend , I couldn't believe the  taste  , deliciously  good . This  a hectic time with  shopping  , and for those  that need a hot  comfort dish quickly , well this is it . ENJOY !
This ground beef chili is hearty and delicious, and it takes only 30 minutes from start to finish! Don't feel overwhelmed by the list of ingredients, many are suggested toppings.
The ground beef is quickly browned, then it is combined with a spice mixture, beans, and tomatoes for a quick and easy meal for a busy day. It's also easy on the budget.
Make a pan of cornbread to go with the chili, along with a salad or slaw, or serve it with hot cooked rice and warm tortillas.
If you're making this for a party game day gathering, offer several toppings with the chili and add a bowl of tortilla chips to the menu. The recipe is easily doubled.

3 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
                 Chili :
1-1/2 pounds ground beef, at least 85% lean
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chile peppers*
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 can (15 to 16 ounces) black beans, undrained
salt  to taste
shredded cheddar, cheddar-jack, or a Mexican blend of cheeses

Topping Suggestions :
sour cream, chopped green onion, chopped red onion, shredded lettuce, cilantro, guacamole, diced tomatoes

1 . In a small bowl or cup, combine the chili powder with the dried minced onion, cumin, oregano, sugar, garlic powder, and the black and cayenne peppers. Blend well and set aside.

2 . In a Dutch oven or large sauté pan over medium heat, brown the ground beef, turning and breaking up with a spatula as it cooks.

3  . Drain the ground beef well. Return the beef to the pan over medium heat. Add the chili seasoning mix and stir to blend.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Spicy Chicken and Pasta With a Cajun Kick

This Cajun chicken and pasta skillet dish is quick and easy to prepare. It's made with diced cooked chicken, spicy Cajun seasonings and cayenne pepper, tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and a variety of vegetables. Enjoy this flavorful chicken pasta dish with a salad and cornbread or biscuits. Use fusilli, rotini, or similar pasta in this dish.

12 ounces or fusilli or rotini pasta
2 tablespoons butter
8 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
6 green onions, thinly sliced
3 to 4 cups diced cooked chicken
1-1/2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup milk
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for sprinkling

Preparation :

Cook the pasta in boiling salted water following package directions. Drain in a colander and rinse well with hot water.

In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the mushrooms and sliced red and green bell pepper until the vegetables are tender and mushrooms are lightly browned.

To the mushroom mixture, add the sliced green onions, minced garlic, and chicken; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

Chicken :

Stir in the Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, and black pepper; cook, stirring, for another minute. Add the soup, milk, and tomatoes. Bring to a simmer. Stir in the grated Parmesan cheese and the cooked pasta. Heat through.

You can pick up  a rotisserie chicken at the supermarket , they are seasoned  , no fuss  and little  cleanup .

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Prep: 25 minutes Bake: 40 minutes Makes: 6-8 servings

1 pound ground beef
1 jar (28 ounces) spaghetti sauce
1 package (25 ounces) frozen sausage or cheese ravioli
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

1 .  In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. In a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish, layer a third of the spaghetti sauce, half of the ravioli and beef, and 1/2 cup cheese; repeat layers. Top with remaining sauce and cheese.

2 .  Cover and bake at 400° for 40-45 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6-8 servings.