Just a few more ;)


Catching up!

I still continue to struggle with getting the blog back on track! However here is a little more of what I have been up to!


Life is good!

I think of the blog every day, what it started out as, where I am today, and wish so much I could have kept it up! Eventually, it will be my time to work on it, right now I keep uploading my pics and passing out recipes when you all ask for them! So excited about the new packaging and labels ! More strawberry-basil jam coming – its that time of year! Happy Valentines Day!


Peek into future posts!


When I say its been busy.. holy cow.. I’ve been able to find time to cook.. and Lord knows I got on a HUGE canning kick.. then it was pumpkin cupcakes… new dinner recipes.. But I feel rushed constantly! Life with a teenage girl, taking care of my lovely Momma, and keeping up with the blog.. well .. the blog  has had to wait… but I have so many new, exciting recipes to add! I’ll post you some pictures and again, go back and start adding my recipes to them! We’ll get this caught up and on track soon ;) Thanks to all who have continued to visit the site .. spread the word!




Fall is near!

When I first started blogging, I had this idea in my head that every post had to have a dish, dessert.. recipe.. but its grown to be so much more than that to me. Not only do I love to cook but I love to share my experiences with others while cooking.  It may be my wonderful neighbors over for an impromptu bbq, or the kids asking for a certain delight.. regardless.. cooking makes me happy :)

It has been 20+ years since I canned my first veggie, which was actually a salsa.. this year I have canned over 10 dozen jars and experimented with some crazy flavors! All of which are versatile – they can be dessert sauces, used with brie,   on your favorite croissant or bagel.. or glaze for your favorite bbq!  Speaking of which.. we have big plans for the bbq sauce, it is a bit thick and concentrated.. you can add so much to it to satisfy everyone in your family.. honey, mustard, vinegar, ketchup.. love it!  I’ll be posting even more recipes I’ve experimented with as well as the jelly/jam/glaze/sauce.

Looking for the “hard to find” gift? I’ll put together a package for you! Complete with your own labels. Coming soon :) Need it before I post? Give me a shout – tamra@whipsandcheese.com . Also available for parties / catering !

Tamra <3


Quinoa and Roasted Veggies

Sometimes.. it is the simple ingredients that make the best meals.. I guess that is depending on the mood you are in.  I had just started making Quinoa.. and feel in love! There is no big recipe here it is simply a mix of my favorite veggies (all veggies!) or those that roast well.. cauliflower, sweet red pepper, fresh corn off the cob, broccoli, tossed with a little olive oil, and roasted in the oven on 350 till tender.. stir often..

The Quinoa is made as instructed on the box.. I tossed this with a little fresh ground pepper and Parmesan cheese.. and finally grabbed some fresh spinach and pre cut carrots I found in the fridge, tossed them in a hot pan with about 1 t. of olive oil (does not take much!) and made a slightly “wilted” salad.

Mmm.. I love my veggies, in all forms :)  This is quick, easy, and versatile – Don’t let those veggies go bad in the fridge, toss them together and roast them!

Enjoy! Tamra <3


Chicken & Spinach Chimichangas with Spanish Quinoa

Yes yes.. it is another Quinoa dish! But that isn’t the highlight here ;) Ok, well maybe one of the highlights as I absolutely love this combination. I love Mexican food, better yet, I love those chimichangas that are way too big for one person and covered in lots of cheese ;)

But alas, I had to find a healthier version, and when done, I actually preferred this one!

You will need: (Adjust to how many you are feeding)


  • Chicken Breast
  • Sweet red peppers
  • Onion, sliced
  • Fresh Spinach
  • black olives (optional)
  • Tortilla shells * I prefer flour* You can use low-carb or low fat, but they don’t hold up as well – still perfectly good to use though!
  • Monterrey Jack cheese

Chilled Avocado/Sour cream sauce

  • 1 avocado
  • Sour cream to taste – about 1/4 cup
  • Fresh squeezed lime juice (I only used half a lime, use to taste)
  • dash of salt and pepper.. I always use a pepper mill, love the cracked pepper taste!

Spanish Quinoa

  • 1-2 cups of quinoa (follow directions on your box)
  • olive oil
  • Cumin
  • Chives
  • Grape tomatoes (or cherry)

Lets start throwing this together shall we? :)

First things first, make your sour cream/avocado topping/sauce, simply mash the ripe avocado, add the rest of the ingredients.. if you like.. add a dash of cumin to give that more authentic Mexican taste.. please in fridge – tightly covered!!!

Pan sear your chicken, grill it, bake it, just cook it however you like! I personally pan seared mine because I wanted to use the same pan to cook my sweet red peppers and onions in just as the chicken was starting to finish up.  As you can see in one of the photographs, I like to keep my ingredients separate as I finish them then “build” the finale ! So we have our pan seared chicken, sweet red pepper, onion, .. ahh! Toss a BIG handful of fresh baby spinach in and saute until just starting to cook down.. it will continue to “wilt” after you remove it from the heat.

Here is where it gets tricky ;)  I’m just kidding, grab another pan, big enough to fry your chimichanga  and toss about 2 T of olive oil in, does not take much, these are not deep fried like our good friends at the local yummy Mexican restaurant !

In the mean time, toss your quinoa, chives (or green onions), about a teaspoon of cumin, handful of grape tomatoes cut in half and about 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in the pan that you had just cooked your chicken in. Toss every once in a while and let the flavors blend together while you wrap your chimchanga’s

Simple take your flower tortilla, place a bit of chicken, some spinach.. peppers.. onions.. jack cheese.. be careful, you still have to fold this completely! You will want the sides tucked in and begin roll as you would a burrito, with both ends closed.. make sure your oil is hot, about medium high and place seam side down.. while you wait 2 minutes, toss your  quinoa around .. flip the chimichanga over.. browning both sides.. Turn heat off the quinoa and move to a cool burner or serving dish.   Plate your chimi, quinoa, toss a few olives on the side and don’t forget your cool avocado/sourcream/lime sauce!

Enjoy! Tamra <3


Detox Water



This is the most amazing water, if you love cucumbers and lemons like I do! I cannot for the life of me find the original website that I got the recipe from, but I found many websites with the same recipe… did that make sense? Anyway…. lets get started! It will just take about 15 minutes to put it together, but let it sit overnight before you start downing this incredible beverage that is suppose to be wonderful for your skin and digestive system!

You’ll need

  • 2 Liters of Water
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Lemon
  • 10-12 FRESH mint leaves
  • 1 Tsp of fresh grated ginger (mmmmm love this)

Mix well, I added ice.. I have no clue why.. probably just wanting to drink it right then! But I let it sit over night and enjoyed it over the next couple of days.. now its always on hand! Enjoy!

Tamra <3


Lime Bars

So sorry, blogging has proved to be very time consuming! In order to get back on track….. I hope… I am going to post where I have found the last few recipes, if for no other reason.. than to give credit where credit is due!

These Lime Bars, were.. well.. interesting! If you like lime, you’ll love these.. sweet but definitely has that sour bite to it, and for some reason, my crust ended up on top… but nonetheless ended up in everyone’s bellies too!

you can find this recipe here !