Sunday, December 25, 2011

Cinnamon Roll Cake


3 c. flour
1/4 tsp.salt
1 c. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. milk
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. butter, melted


1 c. butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. cinnamon

Mix everything together except for the butter. Slowly stir in the melted butter and pour into a greased 9x13 pan. For the topping, mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Drop evenly over the batter and swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 for 28-32 minutes.

2 c. powdered sugar
5 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

While warm drizzle the glaze over the cake.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Lemon Chicken

This is SO GOOD! And, I don't like lemons! Everyone seemed to like it, except my husband who banned green beans from his diet YEARS ago. :)

6 tablespoons olive oil
2 lemons 1 thinly sliced, 1 juiced
4 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
3/4 lb green beans
8 small red potatoes, quartered
4 chicken breasts

Preheat oven to 450. Coat a large baking dish with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Arrange lemon slices from 1 lemon in a single layer on the bottom of the dish. In large bowl combine remaining olive oil, lemon juice of 2nd lemon, garlic, salt and pepper. Add green beans and toss to coat. Using tongs, remove green beans and arrange them on top of lemon slices. Add potatoes to same olive oil mixture and coat. Arrange on inside edge of dish on top of the beans. (I think it’s so pretty!)Place chicken in olive oil mixture and coat. Place chicken in dish. Roast for 40-50 minutes. Remove chicken and continue roasting potatoes/beans if necessary.

Cake Balls

Oh this is so bad for you...but it's Christmas and how can you not bake goodies at Christmas?

Any cake mix (I like Red Velvet the best!)
any can of frosting (I like cream cheese frosting!)
Almond Bark (vanilla or chocolate, depending on your cake. I use vanilla.)

Bake the cake according to directions. While still warm, crumble the cake in a bowl and mix with the cream cheese frosting. Set in the fridge for about an hour. Then you can start forming balls. Since I hate getting my hands icky, I like to use my Pampered Chef cookie scoop thingy. What is that thing called? After making the balls, dip them in the melted almond bark using a toothpick, spoon, or the Pampered Chef egg separator (I am going to try that today.)

All done! Enjoy! :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Special K Candy (aka Scotcharoos)

Use butter to grease a 8x8 or 9x9 square pan.

Measure in a large bowl:
2-3/4 C Special K (or cheap cornflakes, or rice crispies)

Bring to a rolling boil, then immediately remove from burner:
1/2 C white sugar
1/2 C white karo syrup
1/2 tsp salt
After removing from burner, immediately add:
3/4 C peanut butter and stir until dissolved
Then add: 
1 tsp vanilla

Add the liquid mixture to the Special K (cornflakes/rice crispies) in the large bowl, mix gently and pack gently into the square buttered pan.

Using a double boiler, melt together:
1 C chocolate chips
1 C butterscotch chips
(I usually double the amount -- e.g. a 12 oz bag each of choc chips and butterscotch chips)
[You can also melt them in a glass bowl in the microwave, following the melting directions on the package. Make sure the two types are well mixed together.]

Spread chocolate mixture on top of Special K mixture in square pan. 
Allow to cool and harden, then cut into small squares.

Squash Muffins

Tried these out for a dinner with friends recently, and they got rave reviews.

3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 egg, beaten
1 cup cooked squash
1/2 t vanilla

1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cream of tartar
1-1/2 cups flour
sprinkle of ginger, nutmeg & cinnamon

Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
Grease a muffin pan large enough for 12 muffins, or line with paper muffin cups.
Cream together the sugar and shortening, until very light and fluffy.
Beat in the egg and squash.
In a small bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.
Add this to the creamed mixture very gradually, beating well after each addition.
Spoon into 12 muffin cups (they will be quite full).
Bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack.

High altitude tips: slightly decrease baking soda, sugar, and shortening. Add 2 tsp of water to the wet mix.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Bullion Rice

Easy side dish that has been a favorite of my family for 3 generations now.

1 medium onion chopped
1/4 C butter or margerine
1 C white rice
1 can (10oz) condensed beef broth
1/2 can of water

Preheat oven to 350.
In a smaller casserole dish, combine broth and water and set aside.

In a large skillet, melt butter.
Add onion to skillet and saute until soft.
Add rice to skillet and saute until lightly browned (golden color).

Add rice mixture to casserole dish and stir together.
Bake 30 minutes covered and 30 minutes uncovered (1 hour total).

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

In the spirit of fall here's a wonderful recipe that I just received from a friend.  I made my first batch of them yesterday, and since the kids ate them all as soon as they were cool enough to eat I am making a second batch today and hoping that they last a little bit longer.

1 2/3 C flour
1 C sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs
1/2 C melted butter
1 C pumpkin
6 oz chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Mix flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon.  Add eggs, pumpkin, melted butter (that has cooled slightly), mix well.  Add chocolate chips, stir.  Pour or spoon into greased muffin tins and cook for 20 minutes or until done (do not overbake).
My friend included the note that if you can actually have any left over, once they are completely cooled you can freeze them and then just pull them out and microwave them for 20sec. for a great after school snack.  Obviously I haven't tried this step as there were none left when I made them.
Happy Fall!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Cranberry Roast

Any kind of roast
2 cans whole berry cranberry sauce
1 packet Lipton dry french onion soup mix

Mix the sauce and soup mix together. Put roast in the crockpot. Pour mixture over roast. Cook on low for 12 hours or on high for 8 hours. This is WONDERFUL and SO EASY!

Pumpkin Dump Cake

Since it's fall, I'm in the mood for a favorite recipe...Pumpkin Dump Cake!

29 oz. Pumpkin puree
1 can of evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 c sugar
3 t cinamon
1 t salt

Mix the above and then pour into a 9 x 13 pan.

1 box yellow cake mix
1 c chopped pecans (optional)
3/4 c butter

Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the pumpkin puree mix. Sprinkle nuts over that. Drizzle the butter over everything. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes. Enjoy with whipped cream!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Banana Bread

Tip: freeze old, over-ripe bananas; they turn dark/black in the freezer. Defrost them, and the bananas are already mushy, easy to pop open, and perfect for use in baking.
High altitude tips: slightly decrease oil, baking powder, sugars; slightly increase flour, liquid.

2 1/2 C flour
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 C white sugar
1 t salt
3 t baking powder
1 1/4 C mashed bananas (~4 bananas)
3 T veg oil
1/3 C milk
1 egg
Optional additions: Chocolate chips, chopped nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla.

Heat oven to 350.
Grease and flour 2 loaf pans (or use cooking spray).
Mix all ingredients together and divide between pans.
Bake 55-65 min.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Snickerdoodle Cake

This recipe is from the Cake Doctor.  It's easy and yummy and I always get requests for the recipe.

1pkg white cake mix
1 C whole milk
8 TBSP (1 stick) butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon

1 stick of butter at room temperature
3 1/4 C powdered sugar
3-4 TBSP milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon

preheat oven to 350F

Generously grease and flour 2 9-inch round pans

Place all cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix until well combined with a mixer (make sure to scrape down the sides part way through mixing).

Divide the batter into the two pans and bake until they are golden brown (27-29 min).  Cool for 10 min then remove from the pans and allow to cool the rest of the way before frosting.

For the frosting place butter in a mixing bowl and mix for 30 seconds until light and fluffy.  Stop machine and add the rest of the ingredients, blend on low speed until the sugar is incorporated.  Add up to 1 TBSP of milk if frosting seems too thick.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Blueberry Stuffed French Toast

I found this on Maggie Spicer's blog and it looks YUMMY! Can't wait to try it!

12 slices french bread cut into 1" cubes
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese cut into 1" cubes
1 c fresh blueberries rinsed and drained
12 large eggs
1/3 c maple syrup
2 c milk

Bluberry Syrup

1 c sugar
2 T cornstarch
1 c water
1 c fresh blueberries rinsed and drained
1 T unsalted butter

Grease 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Place half of the bread cubes evenly in the pan. Scatter cream cheese cubes over the bread and sprinkle with 1 c blueberries. Arrange remaining bread cubes over blueberries. In large bowl combine eggs, syrup, and milk and whisk to blend. Pour evenly over bread. Cover with foil and chill overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake, covered with foil, in middle of oven, for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for 30 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.

In small saucepan combine sugar, cornstarch, and water over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 1 c blueberries and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes, or until berries burst. Add butter and stir until melted. Transfer to serving bowl. Place French Toast on individual serving plates and top with blueberry syrup.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Zucchini Bread

One of our regular favorites--especially when I have fresh zucchini from my garden!
[High altitude tips: slightly decrease oil baking powder & soda, sugars. slightly increase flour, liquid]

Preheat oven to 325    
Grease and flour 2 bread pans (or spray liberally with cooking spray)

½ c vegetable oil                                  
½ c apple sauce                                   
1 c sugar                                             
3 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 eggs
3 c flour
2 c grated zucchini (~2 small zucchini or 1½ large zucchini)
1 or 2 tsp cinnamon
½ c (or more) chopped nuts

Mix all together and divide between the 2 pans.

Bake: 1 hour

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 c brown sugar, packed
1/2 granulated sugar
1 egg
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 c all purpose flour *
1 t baking soda
pinch of salt
3 c rolled (old fashioned) oats
12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips

1. cream butter, sugars, egg, vanilla will electric mixer on high.
2. stir in flour, baking soda, and salt at the same time. Stir in oats. Last, stir in chocolate chips and stir them in (may need to use hands).
3. press cookie dough into a greased 9x13 dish. Dough should be somewhat flattened, but it's ok for some cracks to remain.
4. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.
5. Cool for 20 minutes and cut into 24 squares. Delicious warm or cold.

Zucchini Fritata

When I had a ton of zucchini from my garden a couple of years ago, I was begging for zucchini recipes. My Aunt Wini sent this to me. I really like it.

2 cups chopped or shredded zucchini
1 onion chopped
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
5 beaten eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 ½ cups of Bisquick
Parsley, garlic, salt & pepper to taste
(Optional: add any other veggies you like: tomato, mushroom, etc)

Mix well and pour into 8 or 9” square pan.  Bake at 375 for 55 minutes.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

This recipe is from my friend Mega; it has been handed down through her family.
(I made these meatballs recently and found they fell apart when cooking. Maybe eliminate the water?)

Baked Denver Omelet

This is a family favorite, especially if we have company for the weekend. Or great for an office breakfast gathering, as it's easy to warm in the microwave (bake in a microwave-safe dish).
  • 8 eggs
  • ½ c half and half
  • 1 c (4oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 c finely chopped fully cooked ham ( I found that deli-style ham works best--otherwise heavy chunks of ham fall to the bottom. I have also made it vegetarian by omitting the ham.)
  • ¼ c finely chopped green pepper
  • ¼ c finely chopped onion
  • ½ t salt
  • ¼ t pepper
  • (feel free to throw it other favorite options: tomatoes, scallions, mushrooms, spinach, etc.)
1.    In a bowl, whisk the eggs and cream until light. Stir in the cheese, ham, green pepper and onion.
2.    Pour into a greased 9" square baking dish. Bake at 400 for 25 mins or until golden brown.

Beef Stroganoff

This is not a fast recipe to make, but it is SO good! We've made it a handful of times--usually a special occasion--and it ALWAYS gets rave reviews... and we fight over the leftovers. It's not low-fat either. 

2 lb filet of beef or boneless beef sirloin or London Broil (can use less: 1.25 to 1.5 lbs)
  • (recommend using unseasoned meat tenderizer in advance to tenderize meat)
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic -- minced or finely chopped
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms -- sliced 1/4 inch thick
4 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons ketchup
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
10 1/2 oz can of condensed beef broth -- undiluted
1/4 cup dry white wine (or cooking sherry)
1 tablespoon snipped fresh dill -- or 1 teaspoon dried dillweed
1 1/2 cup nonfat sour cream
12 ozs egg noodles

1. Trim fat from beef. Cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices. Cut each slice across grain into 1/2-inch-wide strips.

2. Slowly heat large, heavy skillet. In it, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add just enough beef strips to cover the bottom of the skillet. Over high heat, sear quickly on all sides. With tongs, remove beef as it browns. (It should be brown on the outside and rare on the inside). Add butter as needed. Brown rest of the beef and set aside.

3. Add remaining butter to same skillet and sauté onion, garlic, and mushrooms until onion is golden - about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add flour, ketchup and pepper; stir until smooth. Gradually add beef broth; bring to a boil, stirring. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

4. Over low heat, add wine, dill and sour cream stirring until well combined. Add beef; simmer just until sauce and beef are hot.

5. Serve stroganoff over hot, cooked egg noodles or rice. Sprinkle with dill or parsley.

Makes 6 servings.

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 859 Calories; 50g Fat (52.8% calories from fat); 43g Protein; 57g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 197mg Cholesterol; 586mg Sodium. Exchanges: 3 Grain(Starch); 5 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 7 Fat; 1 Other Carbohydrates.

Teriyaki Chicken Thighs in the Slow Cooker

I couldn't find Jenn's recipe for chicken teriyaki in the slow cooker, so I looked one up on line. Cooking it today, and is SMELLS fantastic! (Hope it's good--if it isn't I'll take this post off...)

  • 1/3 cup lite soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sherry wine (used marsala cooking wine since that's what I had on hand)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons minced fresh or jarred ginger (or 1 teaspoon ginger powder)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1 1/3 pounds)
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water

1. In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sherry wine, vinegar, brown sugar, ginger, and garlic. 

2. Place the chicken, carrots, and sauce in the bowl of your slow cooker and stir together until the chicken and carrots are coated.

3.  Cook on low for 4 hours (can be longer: 6 to 8 hours).  When done, whisk the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon cold water until the cornstarch dissolves. Gently stir the cornstarch mixture into the chicken mixture. This will thicken the sauce slightly. Serve over noodles or rice.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Spring Vegetable Orzo Pasta Salad

(A friend made this recently, and we all LOVED it! From

12 ounces orzo pasta, cooked to al dente and cooled
1 bunch asparagus, about 3 cups diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 shallots, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
15-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
1-1/2 cups (7-oz jar) sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, julienned
1 large lemon, zested and juiced
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/3 cup olive oil

Bring a medium saucepan full of water to a boil. Turn off the burner, add in asparagus pieces and blanch for 2-3 minutes. 
Drain the asparagus and rinse with cool water.

Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a small sauté pan. Add in shallots and garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, just until tender.

In a large bowl add cooked orzo pasta, asparagus pieces and sautéed shallots and garlic. Add artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes with oil, and lemon zest. Stir to combine.

In a small bowl or container, whisk together lemon juice, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper. While continuously whisking, slowly pour olive oil into the vinegar. Once emulsified, stir the dressing into the salad. 

Refrigerate salad for at least 5 hours for flavors to combine. Serve cold.

Makes 12-15 servings.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Corn Casserole

I made this to take to a BBQ (they asked that I bring a side dish). I wasn't so sure it would be any good, but EVERYONE asked who made it and wanted the recipe, so I put it on facebook. Now I'm putting it on here for my reference, I am making it this week. :)

1 can whole kernel corn
1 can cream corn
8 oz. sour cream
1 box jiffy cornbread mix
1 stick butter, melted
2 eggs

Beat eggs. Add both cans of corn, do not drain, and sour cream. Mix well. Add jiffy mix and butter. Mix well. Put in casserole dish and bake for 45 minutes at 350.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Spectacular Cinnamon Almond Ring

(From Sharron's Grandma Ruth who said it's one that she and my grandfather always loved and was always a successful recipe for her.) 

NOTE: May need high altitude adjustments: decrease fat, sugar, leavening/yeast; increase liquid and flour.
5 ½ to 6 cups all-purpose flour
2 packages active dry yeast (suggest rapid rise)
1 cup milk
½ cup water
½ cup butter or margarine, cut up
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 eggs beaten
2 tsp each finely shredded lemon and orange peel (optional)
1 cup sliced almonds (or substitute walnuts)
6 tbsp butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 recipe powdered sugar icing

In a large mixing bowl stir together 2 cups flour and the yeast.  In saucepan, heat and stir milk, water, the ½ cup butter or margarine, sugar and salt.  Stir to warm (120-130 degrees), till butter almost melts, add to dry mixture, mix, add eggs, lemon and orange peel.  Beat with electric mixer for 30 seconds, scraping the sides of the bowl constantly.  Beat on high for 3 minutes.  Using a wooden spoon, stir in almonds and as much flour as you can. (I use the walnuts with the last cinnamon and sugar after I have rolled out dough)

Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface.  Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make moderately soft dough, 3-5 minutes.  Put into a greased bowl. Let rise until double in bulk, about an hour.  Turn onto floured board and cover and let set for 15 minutes. 

Roll out dough to a 20X12 rectangle.  Spread with 6 tbsp margarine, sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar mixture and the walnuts.  Roll up as a jelly roll.  Put roll in a greased Bundt pan, seam side down sealing the two ends together.  Cover and let rise about 45 minutes to about double bulk.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 50 minutes until golden brown. Cover loosely with foil if getting too brown last 10 minutes (will rise high).  Invert pan onto a wire rack. Drizzle with the powdered sugar icing. 

Icing:  1 cup sifted powdered sugar, 1 tbsp milk and ¼ tsp vanilla.  Stir in additional milk 1 tsp at a time until icing reaches drizzling consistency.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Lasagna

Here is another Pampered Chef recipe...made in the Deep Covered Baker. If you do not own this item, I highly recommend it! It makes things so quick and in the microwave, too! However, this one is in the oven...and takes a bit longer. :) But, overall, it cooks things very quickly!

1 (29 oz) can tomato sauce

3 cups diced cooked chicken breasts

1 medium onion, chopped

1 medium green bell pepper, diced

3 t Buffalo rub (I don't have the Pampered Chef kind, but found alternative at store)

1 container (15 oz) part-skim ricotta cheese

2 c shredded mozzarella cheese

1 egg

3 garlic cloves, pressed

1/2 t salt

9 uncooked no-boil lasagna noodles

1/2 c crumbled blue cheese (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine tomato sauce, chicken, onion, bell pepper and rub in bowl; mix well. In another bowl, combine ricotta cheese, 1 1/2 c of the mozzarella cheese, egg, pressed garlic and salt; mix well.

2. To assemble lasagna, spread one-third of the chicken mixture over bottom of Deep Covered Baker (or whatever you have). Top with three of the lasagna noodles in a single layer, breaking noodles to fit. Press noodles into chicken mixture. Spread one-third of the ricotta mixture over noodles. Repeat layers two times. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese (or, with a combination of cheddar and monterey jack if your family eats some of your mozzarella cheese).

3. Bake, covered, 45 minutes. Carefully remove lid from baker. Continue to bake lasagna, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until cheese begins to brown around the edges. Remove baker from oven. Sprinkle blue cheese over lasagna (unless you I did. FWIW, it tasted great w/out it); let stand, covered, 20 minutes before serving.

BBQ Bacon-Stuffed Meat Loaf

This is a Pampered Chef recipe. I have a deep dish baker that I make this in so if you do not have one, you will have to figure out how to adjust cooking times.

8 oz. fresh mushrooms

1 T vegetable oil

6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled

3 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed

1/2 c 2% milk

1/2 c finely chopped onion

1/4 c finely chopped fresh parsley

1 egg yolk

3 T smoky bbq rub

2 garlic cloves, pressed

1/2 t each salt & coarsely ground black pepper

1 1/2 lbs 85% lean ground beef

1 1/2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1/4 c ketchup

1. Thinly slice mushrooms. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat 1-3 minutes or until shimmering. Add mushrooms, cook, and stir 3-4 minutes or until mushrooms begin to brown. Remove skillet from heat. Set aside 1 T of the crumbled bacon. Add remaining bacon to mushrooms; mix well.

2. Meanwhile, cut bread into cubes. In bowl, combine bread, milk, onion, parsley, egg yolk, 2 T of the rub, pressed garlic, salt and black pepper; mix well. Add beef to bread mixture; mix. Place two-thirds of the meat mixture in DEEP COVERED BAKER; form into an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 in loaf. Gently press down the center of the loaf to create a well. Sprinkle 1/2 c of the cheese in the well. Top with bacon mixture and an additional 1/2 c of the cheese. Place remaining meat mixture over filling; press to seal.

3. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 14-17 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees in the center. Carefully remove baker from microwave using oven mitts. Meanwhile, combine ketchup and remaining rub; stir. Brush ketchup mixture over meat loaf. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 3-5 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees in the center. Sprinkle remaining cheese and reserved bacon over top of meat loaf; let stand, covered, 10 minutes before slicing.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Beef Quesadillas

This is super easy. Nothing spectacular, but my kids LOVED it. They all three scarfed it down and then asked for more.

2 T plus 4 t canola oil
1/2 red onion, chopped
12 oz. ground beef
pinch cayenne pepper
kosher salt
black pepper
4 8-inch flour tortillas
6 oz. Monterey Jack, grated

Heat 1 T of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, 2-3 minutes. Add the beef, cayenne, 1/2 t salt, and 1/4 t black pepper. Cook, breaking up the beef with a spoon, until no longer pink, 3-5 minutes more.

Heat broiler. Brush one side of each tortilla with 1 t of the remaining oil. Place 2 torillas, oiled-side down, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Top with the beef mixture, Monterey Jack, and remaining torillas (oiled-side up). Broil until crisp and the cheese melts, 1-2 minutes per side.

I did the second batch without brushing the torillas with oil and I liked it better. We seved it with sour cream and salsa. This recipe came from Real Simple Magazine.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mix Dry Ingredients and Set Aside:
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 C oats
1 ½ C flour
Cream together:
½ C butter
½ C shortening
¾ C granular sugar
¾ C brown sugar (gently packed)
Add in and blend well:
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tb hot water
Then blend in the dry ingredients and add:
~12 oz choc chips
1 C chopped nuts (optional)
(grease cookie sheets if they are not non-stick)
Bake at 375 for 10-12 min
High altitude tips:
Slightly decrease:
Fats (butters, shortening, oils)
Baking soda/powder
Slightly increase:

Recipe from Sharron's Grandma Ruth Inghram

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Cranberry Oatmeal Bake

3 cups old fashioned oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup dried cranberries
1 t salt
2 t cinnamon

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.

3 cups milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 T vanilla
3 egg whites

Whisk liquid ingredients and add to dry ingredients. Stir to combine. Pour into greased 9x13 dish. Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes. Cut into squares and serve with milk poured over.

This recipe comes courtesty of Mary Van Horn.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Boarding House Meatloaf

Again, another recipe from Miss Mary Bobo's cookbook...

1 1/2 lb. ground beef
3/4 c uncooked oatmeal
1 1/2 t salt
1/4 c chopped onions
1/4 c chopped bell pepper
1/4 c catsup
2 eggs, beaten
Meatloaf sauce (see below)

Grease a 9 x 3 inch loaf pan. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients (minus meatloaf sauce) and form into a loaf. Place into the prepared pan. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Pour off the juice and bake about 10 minutes longer. Place on a platter and cover with sauce.

Meat Loaf Sauce

3/4 c catsup
2 T chopped onion
2 T chopped bell pepper
1/4 c brown sugar, firmly packed

In a small saucepan simmer the sauce over low heat until the onion and pepper are tender.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Chicken Noodle Soup

Since it's cold outside, and people seem to be dropping like flies around here,  I thought a great chicken noodle soup recipe was in order.  Hopefully it'll help those who are sick feel better, and warm up the rest of us.

1/3 yellow onion (diced)
3 cloves of garlic diced
2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (depending on how much meat you like in your soup)
1/3 lb sliced carrots (I usually use about 1/2 package of frozen sliced carrots)
1 1/2 C frozen peas
8 C chicken stock (2 large boxes of Swanson, low sodium, no MSG works great)
Amish style noodles (or noodles of your choice, I like a hearty noodle with this over egg noodles)
Salt and Pepper to taste
optional: some thyme

In a large, thick bottom sauce pan (you know that large one you use to boil all those potatoes for Thanksgiving) brown the chicken breasts.  You may want to add a dash of olive oil so that it doesn't stick too bad.  You want that browned appearance to the meat and pan which will be deglazed later.
When chicken is almost done cooking add the onions, cook for a couple minutes until chicken is completely cooked.  Remove chicken from the pan and allow to cool so that you can cut it up into small chunks.  Add garlic to the pan and after just a few seconds add a splash of chicken stock to keep garlic from burning.  Add the sliced carrots.  Allow all this to cook slightly while stirring to deglaze the pan.  Then add the remainder of the chicken stock.  Turn up heat to bring to a boil, return chicken once you have cut it up to the pan.  Add salt and pepper to taste, and if desired about 1/2tsp of thyme.

Once the soup is boiling add the noodles of your choice (again I recommend a hearty noodle) and simmer until noodles are fully cooked (with Amish noodles this takes about 20 min, but will depend on the type of noodle used).  At the last minute add the frozen peas to the soup (they cook almost instantly so don't need to be in but a minute).


Monday, January 17, 2011

Pot Roast & Noodles

I got this recipe out of Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House Cookbook. Brian took me there a few years ago, inspired (I believe) by the name. Bobo was a term of endearment in my family growing up. :) Anyway, you should check out her story and her cookbook, it has wonderful recipes in it! This was very yummy and my 8-year-old scarfed it up. (The other kids ate it while I was with my daughter at her piano lesson so I haven't checked yet to see how the did.)

1 4-to 5 pound pot roast
1 16 ounce can whole berry cranberry sauce
1 16 ounce can tomato sauce
1 cup water
2 envelopes onion soup mix
Hot cooked noodles

I put the roast in my crockpot, combined the cranberry sauce, tomato sauce, water, and soup mix and poured it over the roast. I then let it cook all day in the crockpot. The recipe itself says to cook the roast in a dutch over, searing it in hot oil and baking at 350 for 2 1/2 hours.

I served the roast/sauce over the large egg noodles. YUMMY!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Mini Sweet Ham Sandwiches

For those of you looking for something healthy, this is not it. :)

1 lb. thin sliced ham
1/2 lb. swiss cheese slices
2 packages Hawaiian sweet rolls


1 stick butter melted
2 T Dijon Mustard
2 T Poppy Seeds
2 T Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 c brown sugar

Cut rolls in half. Place in 9 x 13 deep baking pan. Put 1 slice of ham and 1/4 piece of swiss cheese on each. Put top back on. Mix sauce ingredients and pour over sandwiches. Let set for 2 hours in the refrigerator and then bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, uncovered.

Serve with fresh fruit and steamed veggies to make up for the lack of nutritional value. :)



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