Note:  To make a fancier recipe, substitute white wine for the chicken broth.

For 4:

–6 chicken tenderloins or breast strips

–rosemary (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–basil (dried, bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–fresh tomato (medium, chopped)

–baby bella mushrooms (fresh, 4 or 5, quartered)

–sliced onion (one-half, medium)

–red bell pepper (one-half, sliced)

–chicken broth (one-eighth cup, non-fat, low sodium)

–cream peas (1 package)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–Bac’n pieces (1 tablespoon, bottled)

1 – Place the cream peas in a slow cooker.  Add water to cover.  Season with salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon of Bac’n pieces, and olive oil.  Cook for 4 hours on low or 2 hours on high.

2 – Place the tomato, onion, mushrooms, red bell pepper, and chicken broth in a large, covered baking dish.  Season with basil, rosemary, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  (The tomato will disintegrate, making for…

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Homemade Onion Dip

In Dianes Kitchen


I made this Homemade Onion Dip recipe to use as a chip dip and let me tell you, it tasted delicious! It was another simple recipe with only a few ingredients but a taste that was wonderful! I had all of the ingredients on hand already making it even simpler!




In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients.


Using a mixer on low-speed, mix until combined.


Store covered in the refrigerator overnight

then serve as a dip with whatever you want.

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Tomato noodle soup (Vegetarian)

Recipes by chefkreso

Tomato soup always reminds me of my grandmother, as many other recipes do. She had a few signature dishes and as a kid I would spend my weekends over at her house where she would show me how to cook. Even if I didn’t ask I would always see her rolling out the dough or standing over the oven preparing a family dinner. No matter what her age was or how tired she felt, she gave her all to prepare something we would all enjoy and think about for days to come. She was always an inspiration to me, and someone I think of when ever I put an apron on and start the oven.

Today when ever you go to the store you can see instant-soups you can buy and prepare in 5 min. That’s not just the case with soups, you can buy frozen Lasagna you can just…

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Stuffed mushrooms

Recipes by chefkreso

There are many ways to prepare stuffed mushrooms, from using different ingredients for the filling, to preparing them in a vegetable based sauce. I’ve prepared them through the years many times and I try to use different filling every time I do, so this is one of my favourite versions you can try out. It’s a fairly simple one, using beef mince, bell pepper and bacon with lovely seasoning, and what wouldn’t be delicious with a bit of bacon, for all of you who aren’t vegan or vegetarian of course!

I’ve already posted a number of recipes using mushrooms, that are both a great idea for lunch, as well as for dinner. You can check them out and pick which one you like best?

Fried chicken, mushrooms & mashed potatoes Fried chicken drumsticks, oyster mushrooms, mashed potatoes & tartar sauce

Steak in mushroom sauce & gnocchi Steak in mushroom sauce & gnocchi

Mushroom risotto Mushroom risotto (Vegetarian)

baked-pork-chops-with-pumpkin-and-oyster-mushrooms Baked pork chops with pumpkin & oyster…

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Spicy beef & vegetable stir fry

Recipes by chefkreso

First time I made stir fry I didn’t even have a wok to cook it in. I searched for a recipe, since a friend of mine told me I had to try it out, you have to understand it was years ago when such dishes weren’t even on the menus of restaurants in Zagreb. After finding the recipe, the only thing left was to actually find a store selling all of the ingredients needed, even felt like I was on a treasure hunt. Nevertheless I found all the ingredients and used the largest pan I had to prepare it in.

It was so simple to make and all of those flavours got me to fall in love with this way of preparing vegetables and meat. After that, I got a wok for my birthday and until today I’ve cooked in it so much that I’ve replaced it a couple of…

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Stuffed bell peppers

Recipes by chefkreso

When was the last time you took a moment and looked around yourself, but really looked, with appreciation towards your surrounding, taking in all of the beauty that’s right in front of you? Did you ever feel like walking down the same street which you’ve been walking down for years, maybe ten years or more, and just then you realized that your neighbor has the most beautiful balcony in the street, decorated with all sorts of flowers and plants and herbs? Seems like many of us don’t even see what’s staring us in the face, like it takes a car crash to get our attention, deeply lost in our routines.


I’ve realized living like that, losing yourself by constantly trying to get in a routine.. and we as people try to do so, we love routines – they’re carefree, you don’t have to worry about any unforseen situations.. isn’t something…

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Steak, barley & green bean salad

Recipes by chefkreso

Split, most of you probably heard of it if you ever visited Croatia because it’s the first stop for most of our tourists, being second largest city in Croatia and a intraregional transport hub where you can catch a ferry to one of the islands in the Adriatic. But it’s not just a port, it’s a tourist destination with a centuries-old history, architecture and one of the most beautiful promenades.


In a few photos that I’ve taken of Split I’ll try and show you how beautiful it is.

As I mentioned before, one of my grandfathers was from the island of Brač and the other from the island of Korčula. Most of my family is still living on the islands in the Adriatic, not to mention those who moved to Canada, Argentina, Australia, Germany and a lot more countries, but sticking to the Adriatic coast my father’s half-brother and his family…

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