May 1, 2018

Ella’s Kitchen

Whether it is a Kentucky Derby Party, Mother’s Day Brunch or Memorial Day Picnic any of these recipes are sure to be a hit. Enjoy.

– Ella

 Lemon Dessert

  • 1 cup chopped pecans 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 sticks margarine (1 cup) 1 – 8oz pkg. cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar 1 – 12 oz. Cool Whip
  • 2 pkgs. instant lemon pudding 2 cups cold milk

This dessert is made in layers:

1st Layer-melt margarine, add flour and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Press into a 9 x 13’ pan (sprayed with cooking spray) Bake 15-20 minutes in a 350º oven..( Let this layer cool after baking)

2nd Layer-blend with mixer, powdered sugar, cream cheese and 1 cup Cool Whip together. Spread on top of cooled crust.

3rd Layer-Mix pudding and milk together, beat until thick -about 3-4 minutes. Spread on top of other two layers. Spread the rest of the Cool Whip on top and sprinkle remaining pecans on top. Chill for at least 2-3 hours.

 Easy Chicken in a Biscuit Dip

  • 1 – 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 small can chicken – drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Mix well and spoon onto a pie plate. Top with 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese. Serve with Chicken-n-Biscuit crackers.

 Nutty Peach Crisp

  • 1-20 oz. can sliced peaches -with syrup
  • 1 yellow or butter pecan cake mix
  • 1/2 stick of putter
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts. 1 cup coconut.

Heat oven to 350º. Put peaches in 9 X 13” pan. Include syrup. Sprinkle dry cake mix over peaches. Melt butter, drizzle over cake mix. Sprinkle with nuts and coconuts. Bake till done! Will be somewhat moist.

 Pecan Cupcakes

  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Mix in order given. Fill greased baking cups 2/3 full. (can use paper cup liners). Bake at 350º for 15 to 20 minutes. Makes 12 regular size cupcakes. Bake for 15 minutes. Needs no frosting.

Beer Dip

  • 2- 8 oz. pkgs of light cream cheese–softened
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 pkg. dry Ranch dressing
  • 1/2 can beer

Mix well. Serve with pretzels, chips or vegetables!

[Ella can be contacted at or Ella at 50+ Lifestyles, 804 W Lombard Street, Davenport, IA, 52804]

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