Monday, September 29, 2014

Autumn Soup

We have one of those self-serve frozen yogurt places just around the corner.
It's within walking distance, which makes you feel even less guilty.

I "liked" them on FB, which means I get weekly updates of the available flavors.

You walk in, go to the back of the store, there they have an assortment of cup sizes. Then you come into contact with about 8 different fro-yo machines. Serve yourself as much or as little as you want.
Oh-I should add, there are usually a couple of sorbet flavors as well.

Then you head over to the topping bars.
Yes, multiple.
All the typical ice cream toppings, plus tons of candies, cookies, cheesecake pieces, cookie dough
Oh my mind is spinning!
Next bar is all the fruits...mmmm
Then a little drawer set with all the crushed nuts.
Then there are sauces. Chocolate, white chocolate, caramel, peanut butter.

Its.So.Close.By,
Oh the temptation!

Good thing I just ate a bowl of this soup, or I would be heading down there now.

Ingredients:
1 LB ground beef
2 Small potato (cut to 1 inch dice)
½ Cup celery (sliced)
1 Small onion (diced)
1 Med tomato (diced)
2 Beef bouillon
1 Tsp basil
4 Cups water
Parmesan cheese


Directions:
1. Brown meat until cooked through
2. Drain and return to pan
3. Add 2 cups water and 1 bouillon
4. Add celery, onion, and potato
5. Simmer for 15 minutes (water should be about evaporated)
6. Add 1 bouillon and 2 cups water
7. Add tomato and basil
8. Simmer another 10-15 minutes
9. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Pumpkin Dip

I have a confession.
I feel very strongly about this.
Pumpkin is not a food!

I can't help it, it's just the way I am.
I have an aunt who feels the same way. At Thanksgiving, while everyone else is gobbling it down...we shiver in the corner.

That being said...
I really like this dip! There is enough spice between the dip and the cookies...and the sweet sugar, that masks the pumpkin taste for me.

My mother handed this recipe down to me. She made it all the time for functions. She was able to find cute little pumpkins to serve it in...me...not so lucky. OH WELL, a bowl will work!

This one time we were driving about an hour to friend's house.
Dad took a corner...and so did this dip.
Oh the mess!
Pumpkin everywhere!
That car smelled like pumpkin pie spice for the rest of it's "life".

Ingredients:
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese (softened)
1 Cup powdered sugar
1 Tsp vanilla
3 Tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions:
1. Mix all ingredients together
2. Serve with ginger snaps






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Saturday: Beauty Through Imperfection , Six Sisters Stuff, Raising Memories , Belle of the Kitchen
Sunday:   A Peek into my Paradise , Three Mango Seeds        

Monday, September 15, 2014

Corn Cake Muffins

I didn't think it was possible...but I did it.
Today should be marked on the calendar as a personal holiday.

Know what I did?
It required great strength and courage.

I went to Target.
I went with a list.
I only bought what was on the list and then left the store.

This has never happened to me before. I go in for a package of paper and leave $300 later.
How I managed such self control, I will never know.

Please, hold your applause!



Ingredients:
1 Pkg (8.5 oz) corn muffin mix
1 Pkg (9 oz) yellow cake mix
2 Eggs
⅓ Cup milk
½ Cup water


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Grease a muffin pan
3. Combine all ingredients until blended
4. FIll muffin tins ⅔ full
5. Bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned

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Monday, September 8, 2014

White Bean Dip with Parmesan and Sage

Would you believe before I tried this recipe I had never heard of Cannellini beans, much less knew what they were?

I stood in the grocery, checking out the canned beans until I finally found them.

I found out the following trivia

  • They are a member of the kidney bean family
  • They are mistaken for great northern beans frequently
  • They are available canned or dried all year long
  • They have a fluffy, yet smooth texture when cooked
Now that I am familiar, I will be using them more often. Cannellini beans are a great source of iron and we could always use more of that in our diet!


Ingredients:

1 (15 oz) Can cannellini beans (drained and rinsed)

¼ Cup firmly packed finely grated parmesan cheese

3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 Clove garlic (minced)

¼ Tsp kosher salt

⅛- ¼ Tsp cayenne pepper

1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh sage leaves

1 Tbsp minced chives


Directions:

1. In food processor, combine beans, cheese, oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and cayenne pepper

2. Puree until smooth

3. Add sage and pulse to combine
4. Serve with pita bread, pretzels, or vegetables

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Saturday: Six Sister's Stuff , Simply Gloria, Raising Memories , Weary Chef, Sewlicious Home Decor
Sunday:   Three Mango Seeds, A Peek into my Paradise  

Recipe adapted from Cookin Canuck

Monday, September 1, 2014

Strawberry Cream Cheese Brownies

These brownies were a visual disaster for me!

Well, let's start with the fact that I couldn't find any strawberry extract. I used a tablespoon of strawberry preserves, and that seemed to work out aright.

Cooked my first layer of brownies...and went to add the second, strawberry layer.
Gah!
Instead of drizzing nicely and covering the top as a second layer, it all glumped to the middle and sunk!

I could have cried.
I sat there with a spoon and a butter knife scooping out strawberry mixture and trying to spread it to other parts of the brownie.
Eventually I gave in and cooked it.

But now, the middle had so much cheesecake mixture it wouldn't cook! The outside edges were cripsy, but the inside was gloopy.
I put tin foil around the edges and kept on cooking.

Sad to say, this batch was going to an aunt of mine.
I, tearfully, explained my failure.

Cousin, taking one for the team, cut into it and tried it.
I took a bite of his.

OK. It may have been a disaster cooking, it might not have been pretty, but it was delicious cooked!
I am SO making this again to get a better picture.

Ingredients:
1 (19.9 oz) Fudge family style boxed brownie mix
8 oz Cream cheese (softened)
1 Egg
2 Tbsp all purpose flour
½ Tsp strawberry extract
Red food coloring
Optional:
Fudge sauce
Whipped topping
Strawberries
NOTE: You will also need eggs and oil to make brownie mix


Directions:
1. Make brownie mix according to box directions
2. Bake for 20 minutes
3. Beat all other ingredients until well blended
4. Pour strawberry batter over basic brownie mixture
5. Cook for an additional 25 minutes
6. Optional: Cool topped brownies with drizzled fudge sauce. Dallop whipped topping and place strawberries for garnish.

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Thursday: Play Party Pin, Sweet Haute, Sweet Bella Roos, What's Cooking Love, Saving 4 Six, Miz Helen's Country Cottage, Lambert's Lately, Embracing Change, Katherine's Corner, The Nourishing Gourmet
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Saturday: Six Sister's Stuff, What's Cooking with Ruthie, Simply Gloria, Weary Chef, Raising Memories, Sewlicious Home Decor
Sunday: Three Mango Seeds

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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Sunday:  A Peek into my Paradise, Denise Designed