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Pumpkin Pie

Serves 8
Prep Time:
15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

  • 1 15-ounce can of pumpkin
  • 1 14-ounce can of condensed milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • half teaspoon ground ginger
  • half teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • half teaspoon salt
  • A 9-inch unbaked pie crust


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Whisk pumpkin, condensed ilk eggs, spices and salt into a bowl until smooth.
  2. Pour into the crust.
  3. Bake 15 minutes.
  4. Reduce oven to 350 degrees and continue baking 35- to 40-minutes or until knife inserted 1-inch from the crust comes out clean.



  • 1 can Spam
  • 1 8oz can of Tomato Sauce
  • 1 can cut Green Beans (Drain Liquid)
  • ½ Onion
  • Garlic Powder
  • Black Pepper
  • 1 8oz can of Kernel Corn (Drain Liquid)
  • 1 Tablespoon of desired oil (Olive, Canola, or vegetable)


  1. Chop spam into cubes
  2. Chop half of a medium-size onion
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a saucepan for 2 minutes on medium heat
  4. Sauté onions for 2–3 minutes on medium heat
  5. Add spam and simmer for 5 minutes on medium heat. Cook spam until it reaches desired texture and color
  6. Add tomato sauce, green beans, corn, ½ teaspoon of black pepper and garlic powder. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Enjoy over rice.

Apple Fritter Bread

Serves 8
Prep Time:
15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

• ⅓ cup brown sugar
• 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
• 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped to ½-inch dice
• ½ cup butter, room temperature
• ⅔ cup granulated sugar
• 2 eggs
• 1-½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
• 1-½ cups all-purpose flour
• 1-¾ teaspoons baking soda
• ½ cup + 1 tablespoon milk, divided
• ½ cup powdered sugar

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Spray a 9-inch-by-5-inch loaf pan with pan spray. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar with 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon.
  3. In another bowl, combine the diced apples with the remaining 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and stir to mix. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the granulated sugar. Beat the eggs in one at a time until completely mixed. Add the vanilla extract and mix.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda.
  6. Add the ½ cup of milk and mix until smooth.
  7. Add the flour and baking soda mix to the butter mixture, and stir until well-blended.
  8. Pour half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Layer half of the apple mixture on top of the batter, followed by half of the brown sugar mixture. Gently press the apples into the batter.
  9. Add the remaining batter to the pan, followed by the remaining apples and brown sugar mixture. Lightly press the apples into the batter and swirl the brown sugar between the apple chunks and into the batter.
  10. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack before removing from the pan.
  11. While the bread cools, prepare the glaze. In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar with the remaining 1 tablespoon of milk. Mix until smooth, and then drizzle over the cooled bread.

Chicken Adobo Ms. Jody’s Style

5 lbs. of chicken- chicken thighs are best for adobo (substitute meats: pork and beef)
2 medium sized onions- sliced thick
1 clove garlic – chopped
2 cups – Soy Sauce
2 ½ cups – Lemon juice
Pepper to taste

  1. Combine all ingredients into a bowl. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes. NOTE: Based on your preference you may add more soy sauce or more lemon juice. Depends if you like sourer or more salty taste. You can even make it your own. Add ginger, brown sugar, green onions, replace lemon juice with vinegar, use fresh lemons.
  2. While waiting for your chicken to marinate, clean up your kitchen area.
  3. 30 minutes is up
  4. Heat up a medium sized pot on the stove at medium to high heat. No more than 6 minutes.
  5. By hand or spoon, place chicken in heated pot. Reserve leftover marinated sauce for later. Let chicken simmer in covered pot for a good 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally.
  6. After 20 minutes chicken should be 80% cooked. Add Leftover marinated sauce to chicken. Let simmer for another 20-25 minutes on medium-low heat until chicken is fully cooked.
  7. Best served with white rice.

Roasted Red Potatoes

Roasted potatoes, in all of their delicious and simple glory, are an elegant side dish to most any meal being served, and one that will make just about everyone's belly truly happy and comforted.


6 Large red potatoes

1 teaspoon rosemary

¼ cup oil

1 ½ teaspoon paprika

1 ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon thyme

¼ teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (this prevents sticking) or grease pan well.
  2. Peal and dice the potatoes and place inside a large bowl. Set aside
  3. In a smaller bowl combine the oil and spices and stir.
  4. Pour the oil mixture over the potatoes and toss to coat.
  5. Spread the potatoes out on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 35-45 minutes flipping after 15 minutes.
  7. Once the potatoes are tender on the inside and browned and crispy on the outside they are done.

Mashed Red Potatoes

These simple and creamy mashed potatoes are easy to make and dress up for any entrée it will accompany.


2 pounds red potatoes

½ cup butter

¾ cup milk

Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Quarter potatoes add to a large pot and boil until tender about 10 minutes.
  2. Drain potatoes
  3. Add butter, milk and spices and mash.

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