Monday, August 25, 2014

Jordan's Mexican Lasagna

I have this friend from high school, we still keep in touch, but live too far away to see each other (which makes me sad. Yay for Facebook!)

She is an amazing mother. She has 4 babies and has one step son.
It's one of those amazing relationships where you would never know he was a step, she loves him as much as her own flesh and blood.
This does not surprise me though, she is good folk.

My friend is always playing around in the kitchen making super fun and healthy foods.
(no, I am not implying this recipe is "healthy"!)

The oldest sprout was there and told her he wanted her to make a certain meal. So, being awesome x's 100, she had him dictate...and she cooked.

Ingredients:
1 Lb ground beef
1 Pkg taco seasoning
1 Large onion (diced)
1 ½ Cup cooked rice
Corn tortillas
1 Can diced tomato with chilies
1 Cup cheddar cheese
1 Can cream of chicken soup


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Brown hamburger with onions
3. Add taco seasoning
4. Mix rice with cream of chicken soup
5. Layer the bottom of a 9x13 pan with corn tortillas
6. Add layer of ground beef
7. Layer of rice
8. Layer of cheese
9. Layer of corn tortillas
10. Layer of ground beef
11. Layer of rice
12. Layer the remaining cheese
13. Top with diced tomatoes
14. Bake for 20 minutes
15. Serve with assorted toppings: Sour Cream, Cilantro, Lettuce, Etc

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I got to use up a few bags of cheese I had hanging around, BONUS!






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Thursday: Lambert's LatelySweet Haute, Miz Helen's Country Cottage, Katherine's Corner, Sweet Bella Roos, What's Cooking Love, Saving 4 Six, Embracing Change, The Nourishing Gourmet
Friday: Coffee with us 3, Simple Nature Decor, Mommy on Demand, O Taste and See, Daily Dish, The Better Baker, Endlessly Inspired, Love Bakes Good Cakes, Thirty Handmade Days, City of Creative Dreams, The Diary of a Real Housewife, Craft O Maniac, Morsels of Life, Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom, A Little Claireification, The Girl Creative
Saturday: What's Cooking with Ruthie, Will Cook for Smiles, Six Sister's Stuff, Beauty Through Imperfection, Sewlicious Home Decor, Raising Memories












Monday, August 18, 2014

Chocolate Oatmeal Nut Cookies

This is yet another recipe from that old Digital Equipment Corp cookbook. It was simply titled "Chocolate Chip Cookies".
These are not simply chocolate chip! I feel the name should be reflective of what you are actually eating...so I changed it to Chocolate Oatmeal Nut cookies.
(I used pecans, but feel free to use whatever chopped nut you favor)

This is a pretty dry dough, I was uncertain that I had followed the recipe properly, but it is what it is I guess.
Also, the top of the cookies do not get brown. I used hubby as a "checker" to see if it was actually cooked on the inside.
:::whew::: happy to say it was.

So, these cookies try to be tricky tricky and fool you...but in the end, they are yummy and worth it!

Ingredients:
1 Cup butter (softened)
1 Cup brown sugar
1 Tsp vanilla
2 ½ Cup oatmeal
1 Tsp baking powder
4 oz Hershey bar (finely grated)
1 Cup sugar
2 Eggs
2 Cups flour
½ Tsp salt
1 Tsp baking soda
12 oz chocolate chips
1 ½ Cups chopped nuts


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Cream butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla
3. Add flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and baking soda
4. Mix well
5. Mix in the chocolate chips, grated chocolate, and chopped nuts
6. Drop teaspoonfulls onto baking pan
7. Bake 6-9 minutes

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Saturday: Beauty through Inspiration, What's Cooking with Ruthie, Six Sisters Stuff, Weary Chef
Sunday: Denise Designed , Three Mango Seeds       

Monday, August 11, 2014

Steak Pie

We are heading out as a threesome to go sneaker shopping.
Heaven help us!

Hubby is a horrible shopper. He is typical male...totally impatient.
He is the annoying person you run into at Supercenters...bouncing a ball he found in the toy section...all the way through the store.

It makes me feel like this

So, as we head to the mall, I pity the unsuspecting shoppers who happen to be at the same place at the same time.

Our mall has a couple of sports stores, maybe we can keep him entertained by popping in there at some point.

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Med onion (chopped)
1 Med carrot (chopped)
2 Cloves garlic (minced)
2 Tbsp parsley
6 Tbsp all purpose flour
1 ½ Tsp Italian seasoning
1 ½ Tsp salt and pepper (mixed)
2 ½ Lbs beef tenderloin steak (1 ½ inch cubes)
¼ Cup dry red wine
One pie crust

Directions:
1. In large saute pan, melt butter over med low heat
2. Gently saute the onion, carrot, and garlic
3. Place flour and seasonings into a bowl.
4. Add meat to flour and mix until all is covered
5. Grease a 9 x 12 oval dish
6. Place floured meat into bottom of dish, add vegetables.
7. Preheat oven to 350
8. Add wine to meat and vegetable mixture, mix well
9. Fit crust over dish, vent
10. Bake about 30-40 minutes


I know the plastic bag doesn't lend itself to pretty pictures, but the meat was messy!


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Saturday:  Cooking with Ruthie , Six Sister's Stuff , Sewlicious Home Decor, Beauty Through Imperfection
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Macaroni Salad

I have a soft spot for side dishes.
They complete a meal, they brighten a plate, they tantalize your taste buds.

You can serve the same side with different meals and it seems brand new.

This macaroni salad was made to go with some grilled chicken. The next day, as we were visiting friends, I brought the leftovers to have with the pizza I knew we were ordering.

Two completely different meals, yet this salad paired perfectly. Love, love, love side dishes!


Ingredients:

½ Lb elbow macaroni (cooked and drained)

⅓  Cup green pepper (chopped)

½ Cup celery (chopped)

8 oz roasted red peppers (chopped)

¼ Cup parsley (chopped)

1 Small carrot (grated)

1 Small onion (chopped)

2 Hard boiled eggs (chopped)

1 Tsp sweet relish


Dressing Mixture:

½ Pint Miracle Whip dressing

½ Tsp Gulden’s mustard



Directions:

1. Mix dressing mixture

2. Add chopped vegetables to dressing mixture
3. Gradually add cooked elbow macaroni

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Yeah, I didn't have a small carrot. I got to grate baby carrots. It was awesome. 


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Friday: O Taste and See Blog, Play Party Pin, A Little Claireification, The Better Baker, Endlessly Inspired, Love Bakes Good Cakes, City of Creative Dreams, Hungry Harps, Craft Dictator, Thirty Handmade Days, The Diary of a Real Housewife, Craft O Maniac, The Girl Creative, Morsels of Life, Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom, Blissful and Domestic
Saturday: Coffee with us 3, What's Cooking with Ruthie, The Weary Chef, Six Sister's Stuff
Sunday: Denise Designed, Three Mango Seeds

Monday, June 30, 2014

4th of July Roundup

Happy 4th of July week to all!

I have decided to take a little bloggy break this week.
It's time to spend some quality family time...and eating. Yup, lots of barbecues in our future this week!

Here are some fantastic recipes that just scream barbecue to me!
Leave me a comment and tell me what you made for your barbecue.

Appetizers:





1. Greek Dip Platter: Jay Tried and True
2. Spicy Chicken Wings: A Chick who can Cook
3. Salsa Roll Ups: Chef in Training
4. Apple Salsa: Kayotic Kitchen
5. Da Bomb Deviled Eggs: Oh Sweet Basil
6. Antipasto Kabobs: The Hungry Housewife

Meats:




1. Sweet Grilled Chicken Sandwich: Jay Tried and True
2. Teriyaki Burgers: Recipe Girl
3. Sweet and Spicy Honey Grilled Shrimp: Our Best Bites
4. Sticky Chinese Spareribs: Fifteen Spatulas
5. Turkey Legs: Magical Recipes
6. Long Boy Burger: Sunshine and Bones

Potato Salad:




1. Baked Potato Salad: Jay Tried and True
2. Creamy Potato Salad with Bacon: Simply Gloria
3. Spanish Roasted Potato Salad: Food52
4. Italian Potato Salad: Sugar Free Mom
5. Potato Salad: Dixie Chik Cooks
6. Blue Cheese Potato Salad: Who Needs a Cape

Pasta Salad:



1. Tortellini Salad: Jay Tried and True
2. Amish Macaroni Salad: Comfort Cook Adventures
3. Cesar BLT Pasta Salad: Big Sis Lil Sis
4. Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad: Simply Alli
5. Deviled Egg Pasta Salad: Half Hour Meals
6. Biergarten Macaroni Salad: The Disney Diner

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Campbell's Skillet Sauces

Apparently I live in the land of "No Usable Coupon-Ville".
It's lonely here people!

I see all the Extreme Couponers shows and am amazed.

The few coupons I manage to get my hands on...well...stink.
They are usually for brands I do not use, or quantities I cannot use. It's not a good deal to save $0.25 if you buy 15 cans of X brand soup.

One day, I stumbled upon something I had only heard about in fairy tales. A coupon I could U-S-E.
I almost didn't know what to do with myself.

It was for a new product, Campbell's Skillet Sauces.
Since my schedule can be pretty insane, it's nice to have shortcut meals hanging around every now and again.

One night, I had 20 minutes to get a meal on the table before we had to walk out the door and wouldn't get to eat at all. Everything was frozen...except a bit of chicken.

Here comes my new packet-o-convenience to save the day!

We had picked up the Marsala flavor.
Super easy! Cook chicken, pour sauce, warm, eat.

Now I want to try the other flavors, off to hunt more coupons!




Monday, June 23, 2014

Bolillos

Hubby surprised me one Christmas with a bread machine...I was beyond excited!
(well, I use the word "surprise" loosely. It started with me saying "I want a bread machine" but the guy gets credit for remembering!)

I make breads and dough with it frequently...and have since become lazy about making breads by hand.

I read this recipe online and decided it sounded easy enough, even for a lazy bread maker like me.

Honestly, this bread is delicious! I never got around to using it for a sandwich, we were too busy walking by and grabbing part of a roll just to much on.
Plain, with butter, or with a hunk of sharp cheese, it was really just good!

Ingredients:
4 Cups flour
1 Tsp salt
1 Tsp sugar
1 Package yeast
2 Cups warm water
1 Egg white, whisked



Directions:
1. Pour water into a large mixing bowl and sprinkle yeast onto it.
2. In separate bowl, mix flour, salt, and sugar
3. Add flour mixture to water a little at a time and mix until dough forms
4. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover with a towel or cloth, and leave in a warm place for an hour.
5. Remove dough from bowl, punch it down, and knead for about 10 minutes.
6. Divide dough into 10 balls.
7. Cover and let rise again for 30 minutes
8. Preheat oven to 375
9. Brush each dough ball with egg whites
10. Score each roll with two, two inch lines among the top, about ¼ inch deep
11. Bake for 30 minutes

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