Hello Everyone! I can’t believe it’s been 8 months since I’ve posted.
The New Year has come, gone and now we are already 10 days into
the month of March Shocked Face Emoji

It seems like time is moving in warp speed, but I’m working on how I can
jump inside that warp!

Speaking of fast, a few weeks ago I was yet again wondering what I could prepare super quick for dinner…like almost no prep time.

I love crackers! Not just any crackers…Original Premium Saltine Crackers
with sea salt. I always have some in the house.  I had some shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese left over from the ground chicken tacos we had the week before.

I placed four rows with six crackers each in a small ungreased glass baking dish, putting a sprinkle of both mozzarella and cheddar cheese on each cracker.

After preheating the oven for a few minutes on Broil, I put the crackers and cheese in the oven for exactly 4 minutes.  Why 4 mins? The cheese is nice & gooey; and the cracker is still crispy.  In under 10 mins the Cracker Melts were born. Cracker Melts

Naturally, I wanted to start adding other ingredients.  But, for me the trick would be adding items that would warm/cook in the 4 minute time frame.  So, next came Smoked Turkey Cracker Melts…

Smoked Turkey Cracker Melts

Then I came back with the Double – Decker Cracker Melt (cheese only).

Double Decker Cracker Melt

Deli meat and sliced smoked sausage were great additions. But, what I fell in love with was the Salmon Cracker Melts.

Salmon Cracker Melts

I will say I had a little head start on making the Salmon Cracker Melts.  The night before we had broiled salmon for dinner.  But, I know you can achieve similar results using smoked salmon or any ingredient/topping that would take 4 mins or less to warm or cook.

Now, just because I’m using saltine crackers doesn’t mean that has to be your cracker of choice.  There are many types of crackers, cheeses, veggies and meats you could use with your cracker melt creation.

Though we may eat to live, this doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun waking up our taste buds; while at the same time giving our bodies what they need.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick tip and I’ll make sure to not be a stranger 🙂

C. Denise McLean, The Turkey Blast Queen



Deli Chicken Stir Fry

I initially created this dish because I was trying to decrease the amount of bread I was eating. I also wanted something quick and light without a whole lot of fuss.

Now it’s become a household favorite!


  • 14 – 25 slices of Deli Rotisserie Chicken Breast or 8 oz pack of lunch meat.
  • 1/2 Red Onion chopped
  • 1 Bell Pepper chopped (or veggies of your choice)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • Your choice of Rice (brown, jasmine, white, yellow)


  • Prepare your rice as directed on its package.
  • Chop your onion and bell pepper.
  • Cut your sliced Rotisserie Chicken Breast into smaller pieces (or just pull apart with fingers).
  • Pour your Olive Oil into a frying pan and warm on medium-high heat. Once oil is slightly heated, place sliced chicken in pan.
  • Sauté chicken for 3-5 minutes (or longer if you desire).
  • Add your chopped onion and bell pepper to chicken. Sauté for another 2-3 minutes (or longer if you don’t like crunchy veggies).

Pour your chicken and veggie mixture of the rice and enjoy 🙂


This recipe will give you 2-4 servings.

The Original Banana Toast Pastry

Are you a Banana lover? I am! I love eating bananas alone as a healthy snack, cut in slices with honey drizzled on top, in cold cereal, with ice cream…I could go on and on.

The other night, I decided to have a banana as my evening’s dessert.  Then I thought, I want some type of banana pastry –  something with a hint of sweet, slightly crunchy, but soft.

and then The Original Banana Toast Pastry was born…


  • 1 Ripe Banana – sliced medium-thin to thin
  • 2 Pieces of Artisan Bread
  • Spreadable Butter
  • Raw Cane Sugar
  • Pure Maple Syrup (optional)


  • Pre-heat oven on Broil at a 500 degree Fahrenheit temperature.
  • Butter one side of each slice of bread.
  • Place bread in oven, buttered side up and toast to a medium-brown for about 1 to 5 mins (this depends on how fast your oven broiler browns)
  • Once the 1st side is toasted, butter the other side of each slice and place back in oven for 1 to 5 mins until a medium brown.
  • Once toasting is complete, pull bread out of the oven and place sliced Bananas on top of toasted Artisan bread (a half banana for each piece of toast). Make sure bananas around the edges of the bread hang slightly over, to provide a shield to the crust during the remainder of the broiling process.

Banana Toast Bananas Only

  • Put thin tabs of butter on top of the bananas, until all are covered. You can use as much butter as you want. But use caution. You don’t want a too buttery pastry.

Banana Toast with Butter Tabs Only

  • Sprinkle raw cane sugar all over the top of bananas and butter. Again, you have the choice of how much sugar you want to use. Keep in mind Raw Cane Sugar is sweeter than processed white sugar. But, it’s better for you.

Banana Toast Sprinkled with Sugar

  • Place banana toast in the oven.
  • After 5 mins exactly, take banana toast out of the oven.
  • Drizzle with maple syrup if desired and serve immediately.

Banana Toast Complete

You will fall in love with your 1st bite, just like I did.

The butter and raw cane sugar blend together, caramelizing the bananas just perfectly (not mushy or over done). The edges of the banana toast are crunchy, the inside slightly crunchy, yet moist from the butter and natural sweet juice of the bananas combining.

Banana Toast Inside Close Up

Pure, sweet, rich indulgence!

Enjoy your Banana Toast Pastry by itself, with cool whip or ice cream…Like I did 🙂

Banana Toast Ice Cream Pic


P.S. Don’t have time to make your own artisan bread? I like using Sara Lee’s Artesano Bakery Bread.




Boneless Chicken Breast Blast

When it comes to preparing Chicken Breast as a main entrée at home (whether bone-in or boneless), most people I know, don’t desire to do so. The primary complaint about chicken breast is it’s very Dry.

Not anymore…

I’m going to give you a scientific way to quickly prepare juicy, moist boneless chicken breasts. You won’t ever have to guess or wonder if they will be moist!


  • 5 to 6 boneless chicken breasts
  • 4 – 5 quart baking dish (glass or metal)
  • Tub of butter
  • Seasonings of your choice


Step 1: Pre-heat oven on Broil at a 500 degree Fahrenheit temperature.

Step 2: Butter the inside of baking dish.

Step 3: Season both sides of the chicken breast.

Step 4: Lay each chicken breast flat inside baking dish.

Step 5: Place 2 – 3 tabs/dollops of butter on top of each chicken breast (this will help maintain the juiciness of the chicken breast while broiling on a high temperature. Plus, it adds great flavor 🙂 ).

Chicken Breast Fillets Uncooked

Cooking Time

Place uncovered chicken breasts in oven. Broil thinner chicken breast for 20 mins. For thicker chicken breast 30 mins or longer if you desire.

Once cooking is complete, baste all of your chicken breast fillets with a little of its own juices. Perfection!


Put cooled chicken in a container with cover and place in refrigerator. Or, simply use foil to cover cooled chicken in baking dish and place in the refrigerator.


Place 1-2 chicken breasts in a loosely-covered microwave safe bowl. Heat anywhere from 45 seconds to 1 ½ mins. This depends on how warm you desire your chicken.


Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place chicken breasts in a buttered 1-2 quart baking dish and cover with foil. Heat 10-15 mins.


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It’s simple science at its best.

Anyone can bake a 12 pound turkey in 2 hours, if they follow my simple instructions step by step.

Listen…I know this technique is new to you.  But, there is nothing to fear when you have a tried, tested and proven method on your side.

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My Version of Mixed Vegetables



You will need (1) bundle of each of the following:

Collard Greens, Kale, Spinach, Swiss Chard

  • 1 – 2 Broccoli heads
  • (1) small bag of petite Carrots
  • (1) small Red Onion
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon of Morton’s Nature’s Seasons Blend
  • (optional) 1 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper, if you like spicy)


  1. Clean/rinse/wash all vegetables.
  2. Pre-cut all veggies.
  3. Pour tablespoon of Olive Oil and teaspoon each of Nature Seasons Blend & Cayenne Pepper into a large frying pan or pot.  Then pour in your vegetables.
  4. Sauté veggies for about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally (cooking time depends on how crunchy you prefer your vegetables).

All done!

Healthy, Crunchy, Goodness 🙂

*Tip – Store extras in a glass bowl and cover tightly.  Fresh vegetables will keep for at least two weeks*

Spices Every Cook Should Have

Some recipes will undoubtedly call for some obscure spices that you’ve never heard of…but, most will stick to a pretty common assortment.

It can be annoying to make a trip to the grocery and buy new spices that you may never use again. So, keeping some spices on hand in bulk, will save you time and money in all of your cooking endeavors.

There are a few essential spices that are worth buying ahead of time, even if you don’t have a recipe that requires them yet.

Salt and Pepper

The salt and pepper combo is a basic necessity for the table; but, they are also important to have for most food preparation.

You can get your salt and pepper in pre-ground form. Some prefer their pepper in whole peppercorn form, grinding it as needed.

Adding salt and pepper during the cooking process brings out the flavors of the other ingredients and spices you may use.

Baking Essentials

Whether Vanilla Extract and Cocoa Powder are considered spices or just ingredients is debatable. Either way, they are vital to any successful kitchen.

They are not just used for baking. You will find both of these ingredients hidden in many savory recipes. So, be sure to keep them on hand.

Ground Cinnamon

Another spice that shows up in baking and general cooking is Ground Cinnamon.

It’s used in cakes and many other baked goods...but, it also shows up in dishes like stews and chili. Plus, it makes a great garnish on a cup of hot chocolate or eggnog, giving it a little spice!

The Spicy Spices

Different dishes will call for different types of heat. So, you will want to keep Crushed Red Pepper, Chili Powder and Cayenne Pepper on hand. Each is a different type of spicy.

Crushed Red Pepper shakers have become a standard on the tables of Italian style restaurants and pizza parlors.

Chili Peppers originated in Mexico, but can be found in many different types of cuisine.

Cayenne Pepper is widely used in Mexican dishes, Cajun cooking and has now become a staple of various Asian cuisines.

Keeping all three on hand will ensure you’re prepared for whatever new recipe you want to try.

The Herbs

Fresh herbs make a great addition to any dish, but they’re not always available. Keep backups in the form of dried Oregano, Parsley and any other herbs you commonly use.

Also, keep Bay Leaves on hand. They are often used to flavor soups and stews.


One of my personal favorites…Spike is an all-purpose, natural gourmet seasoning. This spice can be used to season any meat type.

I also use this spice to prepare vegetarian beans and even eggs. It’s just a great general cooking spice!

Most spices/seasonings can be found inexpensively in various grocery stores or even discount shops.

Another way to find them at an even more reduced price is through global food markets, where they tend to have a wide variety.

The Perfect Crepe Style Bisquick Pancake

Cooking Materials

  • Griddle or Medium – Large Skillet/Frying Pan
  • Spatula, Spoon, Fork
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Cookie Sheet/Cake Pan (will explain why later)


  • 2 Cups Original Bisquick Mix
  • 1 1/3 Cups of Unsweetened Almond Milk (try with sweetened vanilla or coconut almond milk for an extra treat 🙂 )
  • 2 Large Brown Eggs
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons of Melted Butter

First, start off by pre-heating your oven to 175 degrees. If this specific temperature is not listed on your oven, just make sure the temp is below 200 degrees (more on why we’re using the oven later).



  • If you’re using a Griddle, preheat at 375 degrees – or the temperature listed in the instructional manual for your griddle…While your griddle is preheating, you can prepare your pancake batter.
  • If you’re using the Skillet/Frying Pan method, be sure to prepare your pancake batter before preheating your pan. Otherwise, your skillet may get too hot & burn your 1st pancake.

Making The Batter

Step 1: Place milk, eggs and melted butter into a large mixing bowl. With a fork, thoroughly blend the ingredients together. Make sure eggs are mixed well.

Step 2: With the same fork, thoroughly blend the Bisquick with your milk, egg and butter mixture. If any Bisquick clumps up on sides of bowl, use a spoon to scrape sides and blend in with the rest of mixture.

Mix well, leaving as few lumps as possible.

*This step is not necessary: Pour your Batter into a measuring cup. I feel doing this makes it easier to control the batter as you’re pouring onto griddle or in skillet.

Time To Make The Pancakes

Griddle Users: Take 1 tablespoon of butter and spread it evenly across the surface of griddle. You will perform this step each time before pouring a new batch of pancakes onto griddle.

Skillet Users: Place 1 tablespoon of butter into pan & preheat at a medium to medium-high heat. This will depend on the type of stove you have (gas or electric). You will know best how to adjust the temperature of your stove.

Make sure to evenly coat the bottom of pan with the melted butter.  You will perform this step each time before pouring a new pancake into pan.

  • Allow your Pancake to cook on the first side for 3 – 5 minutes.
  • When the tiny bubbles on the top appear to be almost cooked, it’s time to flip your pancake. Press down on the top of the pancake, one time, with a spatula after flipping.

Pancake on 1st Side (2)

  • Once flipped, you will cook your pancake about another 1 -2 minutes.

Pancake on 2nd Side (2)

Pancake Cooked Back Pic (2)

What’s The Oven For?

  • Remove your pancake(s) from the griddle/skillet & place on a cookie sheet or in a cake pan (any pan that can hold the pancakes and go in the oven).
  • Lightly butter each side of pancake & place in the oven to keep warm. Placing a light layer of butter on pancake keeps it moist and prevents over cooking or drying out while in oven. Plus, you won’t need any butter when it’s time to eat.

I use the oven to keep pancakes warm if I’m preparing a large quantity, or making other items like bacon & eggs. Nobody likes cold pancakes; and it’s nice for the entire family or you and all of your friends to eat together, instead of at different times.

Enjoy your pancakes with Maple Syrup, Add Bananas or Peach Preserves!

You have now prepared the Perfect Crepe Style Bisquick Pancake – A fluffy & moist middle…coming to buttery thin, crispy ends…Delicious Perfection!

Sure to be a favorite family request 🙂




I was born and raised in the Mid-West, but now a permanent resident of the beautiful state of Washington.

Being the eldest of eight children, I learned to cook early in life and fast!

I’ve always expressed love to family and friends through my cooking.

It has been and still remains my mission to continuously find ways to quickly prepare delicious meals, in half the time, without sacrificing the taste.


It is my heart’s desire to share my gained knowledge with the Universe…

So, that everyone who chooses to express their love through cooking, can do it without losing hours of time!

Please enjoy 🙂