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Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni

8 Apr

“Recipes, we don’t need no stinkin’ recipes!”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


As promised, or threatened, depending on how you look at it, I wanted to share my awesome secret un-recipe for tuna salad. I made a whole bunch of sandwiches on Good Friday to share with my senior artists at Towne Creek.

One package of cream cheese softened. I mix and soften with my mixer to soften before adding about 1/4 jar of Miracle Whip or mayonnaise. I just used what was left in my jar. If you don’t blend the cream cheese first, sometimes the mayo doesn’t blend smoothly. (Learned the hard way)
What makes it really special, I sauté one onion and about 3 stalks of finely chopped celery. The onions brown and get sweet. Uncooked onions can be sharp and bitter. (I learned the hard way.)
Then, I added 6 cans of drained tuna. When I blended it together, it was still a little thin, so I added 2 more cans of tuna. The cream cheese will firm up when refrigerated. I kept It in the fridge until getting ready to leave, and made the sandwiches fresh. No one likes soggy tuna sandwiches. I know, that’s a lot of tuna, but I made a lot of sandwiches and had some leftover for me.
I added a little finely shredded lettuce into the mixture before spreading on the bread and buns. I waited till the last minute to make up the sandwiches.

An easy way to make a lot of tuna sandwiches for any occasion. This would work with canned or fresh shredded chicken too, it just happened to be Good Friday and I couldn’t eat meat. (So, no one eats meat.)

Of course, a lot of cupcakes were made too!

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’, Miss Toni?Spicy Mac and Cheese.

11 Feb

“When it’s freezing out, and you don’t feel like going to the store or fancy cooking, just see what you have in the freezer and cupboards.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Today was a freezing feeling kinda lazy day. I checked my fully-packed freezer to see what I could make for dinner. I have SO MUCH food in the fridge, freezer, cupboards and pantry. I found a large container of nacho cheese in the freezer and a pound of pork sausage. Hmm? What can I make? Ah, Mac and cheese. There’s always lots of pasta in the pantry. Great comfort food on a chilly day.

3 packages of twirls, sausage, an onion and lots of garlic powder. (I showed the can of cheddar cheese here, but I had already put in the spicy nacho cheese in the pasta.)

I have some friends who don’t like tomatoes, so I made a separate batch of pasta for me with diced tomatoes.

If you’re lookin’ for a recipe, you’re lookin’ in the wrong place. I don’t do recipes.

Yum! Yum! SO GOOD! Cheers, my friends.

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

26 Nov

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”

― Charles M. Schulz


Every time I think I’ve found the perfect cookie, brownie or cheesecake recipe, I tweak and change and experiment and create something even more amazing,

My brownies are always delicious and special because I put mini marshmallows in the batter, then top with semisweet chocolate chips before baking. Then, I use Helene’s no bake cheesecake recipe, which I’ve added peanut butter before, but this time I wanted chocolate. Recipe: 1 package creamed cheese, 1/4 c. Cocoa powder, 3/4 c. Powdered sugar, 1 tub cool whip, blend and refrigerate. (I doubled mine because I’m an over achiever.)

And what would be even more chocolatey than combining a brownie, a scoop of chocolate cheesecake and a little bit of a Hershey bar? Put them in a festive holiday paper cupcake liner for easy packing. Oh so easy. Oh so good.

I shared with several neighbors, a whole bunch of friends, and both the garbage man and recycling garbage guy. I missed the mail lady today. (Darn- Miss Stephanie loves my brownies,)

I managed to save a couple for myself. Cheers!

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

17 Sep

“There’s only one thing better than the perfect cookie. And that is, dozens of perfect cookies.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


When I come up with a recipe or concoction that is really awesome, there’s no stopping me. When I make my brownies, they have to have mini marshmallows and a cup of chocolate chips. NOW… my favorite cookie recipe is my Better than Mrs. Field’s chocolate chip that’s made with 1/2 flower and half oatmeal, then I add Kraft Caramel Bits and kosher salt on top. OH MAN!!!

I make such a huge batch that I double the recipe so I have plenty to freeze for a rainy day. (It’s been raining a lot…not really… but me like cookies!)

My ancient recipe… with a few additions…

I will NEVER bake any other kind of cookie again. This one is a keeper.

Friday From My Kitchen:) COOKIES!!!!

14 Aug

In the ‘kitchen of your life’, you have a choice as to what ingredients you want to use to build yourself up. 

Selorm Betepe Alfred



I have this very old, weathered, worn, spilt upon awesome recipe for chocolate chip cookies. It’s from a newspaper clipping, and I’m not sure who sent it to me, but it’s my go to recipe for decades…. and I don’t usually use recipes. But, because I’m a renegade cook and baker, I usually like to jazz it up or make massive quantities or BOTH, as in my many cookie marathons.

I haven’t made cookies in such a long time because that was always my Christmas marathon, but the past few years, I’ve been in Chicago all of December visiting family and friends. I sure hope I can make it out this year.

So… here it is.,,.Better Than Mrs. Field’s Chocolate Chip Cookies (My variation with Snickers and salted caramel,)

Now here’s where it gets tricky. I always double the recipe SO… I used

4 c. Butter, 4 c. Sugar, 4 c. Brown sugar, 8 eggs, 8 cups flour, 10 cups of oatmeal (5 ground up, 5 whole) 2 bags of chocolate chips, some cut up Snicker bars, 2 tsp. Salt, 4 each baking soda and powder, Kraft Caramel bits (no nuts)

So, when you’re talking 18 cups of dry ingredients alone, you know it’s gonna get messy. More bowls were used in the production of this marathon.

The cookies bake better when chilled, so I made tubes to slice later.

(I also saved some dough mixture to make peanut butter, too) I put in the fridge to cool. The rolls slice nicely and uniformed for baking.

I ALWAYS use parchment paper so the cookies don’t stick or burn. I sprinkled each with the caramel bits and smooshed them on top and some chopped snickers and a tiny kosher salt on top. OMG! Best cookies I ever made. Yum!

The cool part is I still have 5 more rolls to keep in the fridge or even freeze a couple. The bad part is, I checked with my friend who is the McKinney Fire Department liaison, and she said the stations still can’t accept homemade goodies from the public… not even from Miss Toni. So sad… they are getting so skinny.

Look at the size of these cookies!

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

28 May

“Some people are talented creative cooks and bakers. Me, I just slap stuff together and delicious concoctions are created.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


If you know me well, you know I don’t follow recipes. I just kinda fly by the seat of my pants. Well, the other day, I had some left over brownies. ** How is that humanly possible, you ask? Left over brownies? Well, I’m still not able to take goodies over to my favorite fire stations, and I still have that inner burning desire to bake every now and then. You see the dilemma.

I also had some left over peanut butter no bake pie filling in the fridge, so I decided to combine the great flavors.


Leftover brownies (from a mix)

Leftover peanut butter pie filling: 1 cream cheese, 1cup powdered sugar, 1 container cool whip, around 1/2 cup peanut butter.

Melted chocolate chips with a tiny vegetable oil (just a few drops)

Taste better refrigerated.

Oh boy, those were good. I still had a little peanut butter filling left, so I put a scoop on top of an Oreo cookie, to make a few mini pies. Oh yes, I also melted some chocolate chips to swirl on the top for extra chocolates goodness.

I, of course, sampled a few, then dispersed the rest to friends and neighbors who were gracious enough to take them off my hands. Thank goodness for friends!

Toni’s Tasty Tostada Tuesday

20 May

“When people ask me if I like Mexican food, I always reply, “Growing up, we just called it food.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Talk about a lazy Tuesday. I finally got dressed somewhere around 2, then whiled away the day. It was pretty hot out, in the 90’s, so I wasn’t planning on walking until around 7:30. I went out on the back porch around 7 pm with a tall glass of water and my phone, so I could call my sister.

After we made some small talk, she asked me if I did anything today. I said, “Why yes! I did DIDDLEY and I did some SQUATS and I combined them and did DIDDLEY SQUAT today.” Ha ha, it wouldn’t be so funny if it wasn’t so true.

I did go out for a nice evening walk, about two miles, then made some dinner. It is Taco Tuesday, but I made tacos twice last week, so today I made Tuesday tostadas, still trying to use up some left overs.

I had some leftover pot roast. No, I didn’t make a pot roast. Kathy across the street did, and she gave me a big container full. So I sautéed thinly slice pot roast and some red onion, and added about three big tablespoons of Bernard’s Gourmet Foods Tomato y Red Pepper Salsa. A little goes a long way, adds wonderful flavor and just a tiny spiciness,

Then I warmed up two flour tortillas in a dry pan until they got crispy. No need to fry. Then, added the meat mixture, top with pepper jack cheese and warmed on low with a lid so the cheese melted.

Then, I cut up some spinach, (I prefer spinach instead of iceberg lettuce-healthier) added a couple more teaspoons of salsa, a drizzle of ranch dressing, and voila. You can substitute what you like, but I use what I have on hand.

My inspiration on Tuesday always comes from my friends Chef David and Michele Bernard and their delicious salsas. (Which I always happen to have in the pantry.) When I see Chef David’s video on Facebook every Tuesday, I get very hungry and very inspired.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tasty Tip of the Day

13 May

“The best recipes are the ones that you just make up.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I was going through baking withdrawals last week, but I wasn’t sure what to make. I made a batch of my usual brownies with mini marshmallows, sprinkled with chocolate chips. But, I needed to experiment with something different.

I baked a box of German chocolate cake mix, and I didn’t worry about how it looked because I was going to mush it up in a bowl with a can of coconut pecan frosting. But, I also had some homemade cream cheese frosting in the fridge that I wanted to use up. So, I put the frostings in a big bowl and crumpled the cake mix and blended.

Guess what? It was too mushy, too wet, and wouldn’t form into a ball. Soooo, fortunately, I had another box of cake mix in the pantry, so I decided to bake another box. I let that one cool a bit, then crumpled into the previous mushy mix. Ok, that was better.

I rolled the cake/frosting mixture into small cake balls, set on a wax paper lined cookie sheets, and also into an Ethel M candy box, that I just so happened to have recently finished consuming. Then, refrigerated them while I melted the chocolate for dipping. Just a bag of semi sweet chocolate chips and about a teaspoon of vegetable oil, and melt over a makeshift double boiler.

I dipped the endless little piles of tiny cake balls into the yummy melted chocolate.

Of course, I had to taste-test a few to check for quality assurance. They passed. Then, I packaged up the majority of the delightful delicacies, and distributed the bon bons and brownies to friends and neighbors. Mostly porch drop offs.

I was assured by the recipients that they were delicious. (I managed to save a few for future consumption.)

“When the going gets tough, the tough get baking.”

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni? (With Bernard’s Gourmet Salsas)

30 Apr

“When the world gives you lots of leftovers, have a lot of fun making tasty meals.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I love to cook, and when I have leftovers, it’s fun to see what I can create that’s easy and tasty. I had some leftover chicken tenders, and I was able to make three or four different meals with it.

I diced and sautéed the chicken and half an onion. Monday, I made quesadillas with some of the mixture using pepper jack cheese and Bernard’s habanero salsa. Yesterday, I made flour tortilla tostadas with the chicken mixture and black beans, cheese and spinach, more salsa, of course.

Today, I made a couple of corn tostadas with the chicken, black beans, cheese, and spinach. I used those already pre-made shells that are so good and inexpensive. You could feed a family of five with these 27 small shells.

I grabbed a small ziplock of avocado from the freezer earlier, (yes, you can freeze avocado with a little lemon) mushed it up, snipped off a corner, and drizzled on the baby spinach topping the shells. I just happen to love spinach instead of lettuce.

I popped them in the toaster oven a couple of minutes to warm the shell and melt the cheese, then put a couple of teaspoons of Bernard’s Tomato y Red Pepper Salsa, some spinach, and little avocado.

Delicious! The problem is… I still have enough leftover for another meal. 🤦‍♀️

Luckily, you never get tired of tasty tostadas.

My Marvelous Manic Monday

21 Apr

“Just when you think your day is going to be one big boring maleficent mess, your doorbell rings with a surprise.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I was having another lazy morning when I received a text from my neighbor. He asked if I could stop over at his house to take in a package that arrived while he was at work. Wow! A purpose, a goal, an inncentive to get out of my jammies before 5pm. Yay! I walked over and grabbed the package and put it in his house, then continued to walk about two miles. All this before noon! Wow!

When I got home, I sat on the sofa (I think there’s a big dent in my spot) and made some phone calls and checked Facebook, with the rest of the day looming gloomily ahead. Then, the doorbell rang.

By the time I got to the door, a young man was walking away and there was a small shopping bag at the door, and the young man waved and walked to his truck. I looked at the bag wondering what it could be, as I didn’t order anything. OH!!! It said “Bernard’s Gourmet Foods.” It was a beautifully wrapped jar of salsa and a lovely note from Michele and Davis Bernard, saying how much they appreciate my sharing there Facebook posts and videos.

I’ll be honest, if it wasn’t the WORLD’s BEST EVER SALSA, I probably wouldn’t be sharing. It really is wonderful. We have been friends since way back when David and Michele were just making salsa at home for us fortunate friends that used to come for visits and parties. Now, they have their salsas at HEB stores and several other stores and shops. They are famous!

Chef David has been making these wonderful videos on Facebook, sharing some of his wonderful recipes with their salsa with the rest of the world.

So, I decided to make my own video. It was such a coincidence because I was planning on making this yummy grilled sandwich using my salsa mixture tonight for dinner. Coincidence or karma?

My sandwich was fantastic. I was going to make another one to share, but I changed my mind. I’m having another one. 🤦‍♀️

Thank you Michele and David…you ROCK!