This is the standard, and favorite, at the Hakes’ House. Enjoy! Chunky Tomato Salsa 4 lbs vine-ripened red tomatoes (about 5 medium), diced 1/2 medium red onion, diced 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 2 Serrano or Jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced 2 garlic cloves, minced pinch sugar (if necessary to […]

Chunky Tomato Salsa

Make a double batch and freeze the other! Serve with peas or other veggie! Quick and Easy Mac n Cheese 1 lb elbow pasta 1 stick butter 1/2 cup flour 4 cups skim milk 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1/4 tsp nutmeg 6 cups cheddar cheese, divided 1. Boil […]

Quick and Easy Mac and Cheese

You can go to taste on many of these ingredients, add more or less of the suggested amount. If you’re not going to boil your own fresh corn, use frozen corn, thawed — please avoid cans of corn. This is great for “chips and salsa” or use as a topping […]

Corn and Pepper Salsa

Mango Salsa Recipe
Mango Salsa 2 Mango, peeled, pitted and diced 2 tablespoon red onion – diced 2 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro 2 tsp Serrano or Jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced 2 mint leaves, approx 1 juice of lime Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste Mix all ingredients in a bowl, let […]

Mango Salsa

Spaghetti Squash with Asparagus and Tomatoes
Anyone who really knows me understands how excited I am for Winter to be over.  The warmer weather brings out the best in me and encourages me to try new recipes and explore the “healthier” side of things. My latest healthy dish is Spaghetti Squash, I love how easy it […]

Spaghetti Squash with Asparagus and Fire-Roasted Tomatoes

There are hardly ever any left overs when I make guacamole.  Although, if you do, ensure you store the left overs in a air tight container and plastic wrap down right on the surface. Guacamole 2 avocados, seeded, peeled and diced 1 garlic clove, minced 1 – 2 tablespoon red […]


Happy Birthday my Love! For my husband’s birthday I made him one of his favorites desserts and made it look awesome with very little effort. Angel Food Cake with Berries & Fresh Whipped Cream Made Easy Angel Food Cake: Store bought or you make your own. Although, when buying pre-made […]

Angel Food Cake with Berries & Fresh Whipped Cream Made ...

Just like I’ve mentioned in one of my previous posts, reversing the cooking processes and roasting the chicken under low heat in the oven and then finishing it off on the stove top results in juicy chicken with easy to make sauce. Here’s the recipe from today’s segment on Cincinnati’s […]

Juicy Spring Chicken with Mild Lemon Sauce

Tried Cooks Illustrated recent recipe from their March & April 2010 issue titled “A New Way to Pan-Sear Chicken Breasts” Although I didn’t really have an issue with my chicken breasts I thought this was interesting to roast the chicken first under low heat and then finishing it off with […]

Roasted & Seared Chicken breasts… tender, juicy and delicious!