Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Chinese Green Beans

1 pound frozen or fresh green beans
2 large garlic bulbs, minced
2 T sesame oil
Chopped Almonds (To taste)

Toast almonds in pan before frying green beans.  Once toasted, remove and set aside.  Fry beans and garlic in sesame oil until very tender (i usually cook mine until they're almost overdone). Add almonds.  Serve immediately.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Cheesy Potatoes

1 can (10-3/4 oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup  
2 cups BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
1/2 c chopped onion (Optional)
1 pkg. (32 oz.) frozen Southern-style hash browns, thawed
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
3 c crushed corn flakes
4 Tbsp. butter, melted

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Mix soup and sour cream in large bowl. Add potatoes, onion, and cheese; stir until well blended.
SPOON mixture into 13x9-inch baking dish. Combine cracker crumbs and butter; sprinkle over potato mixture.
BAKE 50 min. or until heated through.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Broccoli and Cauliflower Bacon Salad

1 head broccoli -bite size pieces
1/2 head of cauliflower -bite size pieces
1 red or while onion, chopped or sliced
1 c sunflower seeds
Bacon, browned and crumbled (to taste)
1/2 c Raisins (Optional...If making for me, please leave them out!)

1 c mayo
1/2 c sugar
2 T Vinegar

Combine first list of ingredients.  Mix dressing together and pour over salad just before serving.

P.S.  Dressing is also great on Cabbage for cole slaw!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Dorito Delight

1-12 oz. bag Doritos
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 lb ground beef or cubed chicken (add a little taco seasoning if you use beef)
1 sm onion
1-12 oz pkg cheddar cheese
1 pkg taco seasoning
1- 8 oz carton sour cream

1. Fry mean, drain, and add taco seasoning.  Add soup and onion to meat.  Heat mixture.
2. Crumble Doritos.  Line 9x13 pan with 1/3 of Doritos.  Pour half of meat mixture on top of Doritos, and sprinkle with cheese.  Repeat layering once.  End with another layer of Doritos and cheese. Heat in a 300 degree oven for 15 minutes, or until cheese melts. Take out of oven and spread sour cream on top. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Taco Dip Meal

These pictures are similar to the finish product, depending on your choice of toppings.  These pictures don't include meat, but the recipe does call for it if you want to make it as a meal.
8 oz sour cream
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 of taco seasoning packet.

1 pound ground beef
1/2 pkg taco seasoning
1 large tomato, diced
lettuce, chopped
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Olives (Optional)

Mix sour cream, cream cheese and taco seasoning together. Spread on individual plates, (cover 1/2 for a big eater, 1/4 or less for a small eater) or for a family, you can spread on a cookie sheet or pizza pan and all eat off of it together. You can spread as thick or thin as you think you'd like it. (I like it thick!)You can always make more sour cream/cream cheese mixture. 

Mix ground beef and remaining 1/2 pkg of taco seasoning.  Sprinkle on dip portion.  Top with lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese, as well as any other taco toppings you enjoy. (Onions, salsa, taco sauce, etc.)

Serve with tortilla chips and just dip it right off the plate or pan. 

Great for a Sunday Night!

Sunday, June 20, 2010


Take 1/2 cup chopped onions, 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper, 2 cups mashed potatoes, 1 egg, 1/2 cup crushed RITZ Crackers (about 25) and 2 cups oil and mix & match your recipe from these options... 

meat options KRAFT Shredded Cheese choices flavoring possibilities
2 cups shredded cooked chicken Monterey Jack chopped green bell peppers
2 cups shredded cooked beef Mild Cheddar canned chopped green chiles, drained
2 cups shredded cooked pork Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese chopped jalapeno peppers
2 cans (5 oz. each) tuna, drained, flaked Colby & Monterey chopped red bell peppers

COOK and stir onions, 1/4 cup flavoring and crushed red pepper in skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat 10 min. or until onions are crisp-tender. Set aside.
COMBINE meat, 1/2 cup KRAFT Shredded Cheese and potatoes in large bowl. Add onion mixture; mix well. Cool completely. Shape into 15 (3-inch) sausage-shaped croquettes (or into 12 croquettes for tuna mixture). Dip, 1 at a time, in beaten egg then in cracker crumbs, turning to evenly coat both sides of each croquette.
HEAT oil in large saucepan to 375°F. Add croquettes, in batches; cook 3 min. on each side or until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mix & Match Potato Casseroles

Take 2 cups frozen Southern-style hash brown potatoes and 1 cup KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese and mix & match your recipe from these options...

 Meat Options:
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 lb. ground beef, browned, drained
4 oz. OSCAR MAYER Pepperoni

Vegetable Choices:
chopped onions, chopped red peppers
thawed frozen corn, sliced green onions 
sliced mushrooms, sliced onions
broccoli florets, finely chopped zucchini, sliced green peppers 

Sauce Possibilities:
1/2 cup Barbecue Sauce
1 cup Salsa  
1 cup pizza sauce
1 can (15 oz.) stewed tomatoes, undrained

PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Mix potatoes and 1/2 cup of the cheese; spoon into 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
TOP with layers of meat, 1/2 cup of each of the vegetables and the sauce. Cover with foil.
BAKE 40 min. Remove foil; sprinkle casserole with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake an additional 5 min. or until cheese is melted.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Chicken Cordon Blue

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 oz. each), pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
4 tsp.  GREY POUPON Savory Honey Mustard
12 slices OSCAR MAYER Thin Sliced Smoked Ham
4   KRAFT 2% Milk Swiss Cheese Slices
1/3 cup cholesterol-free egg product
1/2 cup  seasoned dry bread crumbs 
PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Place chicken, top-sides down, on large cutting board. Spread each breast with 1 tsp. mustard; top with 3 ham slices and 1 cheese slice. Starting at one of the short ends, tightly roll up chicken.
DIP chicken in egg product, then roll in bread crumbs until evenly coated on all sides. Place, seam-sides down, in single layer in shallow lightly greased baking dish.
BAKE 25 min. Cover loosely with foil; bake an additional 15 to 20 min. or until chicken is cooked through (170°F).

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Melon Snacks

  • 1 honeydew
  • Raspberry sorbet
  • Chocolate chips

  1. Halve the honeydew, discard the seeds, and chill it overnight in the fridge.
  2. The next day, put the halves in the freezer for 15 minutes, pull them out, and pack them with sorbet, gently evening off the top.
  3. Using a chilled knife, slice each half into halves again (make sure the melon is sorbet side up).
  4. Finally, insert a row of chocolate chip seeds and serve immediately.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

7 Layer Mexican Dip


  • 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup black olives, drained

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a large serving dish, spread the refried beans. Layer the guacamole on top of the beans.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the mayonnaise, sour cream and taco seasoning mix. Spread over the layer of guacamole.
  3. Sprinkle a layer of Cheddar cheese over the mayonnaise mixture layer. Sprinkle tomato, green onions and black olives over the cheese.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
2 eggs
Cream first four ingredients Together,
Now add:
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
2 c. flour
3 c. oatmeal (or just a little less)
1 1/2 c. chocolate chips 
Bake at 350 for 10-15 min.

I was waiting for a rainy day to make these so I didn't have to worry about heating up the house.  I got one and the recipe passed with flying colors!  Enjoy!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Fruit Pops

2 cups boiling water
1 pkg.  (3 oz.) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
18 fresh strawberries, stemmed
2/3 cup  (2-qt. line) KOOL-AID Strawberry Flavor Sugar-Sweetened Soft Drink Mix, or any red flavor 
 ADD boiling water to gelatin mix; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved.
 CUT strawberries in half. Mash berries and drink mix in large bowl with fork. Stir in gelatin.
 POUR into 8 (5-oz.) paper cups.

 COVER cups with foil, insert wooden pop stick into center of each for handle. Freeze 2 hours or until firm.
Variation Twist on your Pop Flavor!
Mix and match this refreshing summer pop with your favorite flavor combination of JELL-O, KOOL-AID and fruit!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Frozen Peanut Butter Turtle Pie

1 tub (8 oz.) Cream Cheese Spread
1/3 cup  creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups  thawed COOL WHIP 
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
1   OREO Pie Crust (6 oz.)
1/4 cup coarsely chopped Pecans, toasted
2 squares  BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate 

BEAT cream cheese spread, peanut butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Add COOL WHIP; mix well.
SPREAD caramel topping onto bottom of crust; cover with cream cheese mixture. Freeze 4 hours.
TOP with nuts just before serving. Melt chocolate as directed on package; drizzle over pie.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Jellin' Melon Snacks

1 cantaloupe, cut lengthwise in half
3/4 cup  boiling water
1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Cherry Flavor Gelatin
1/2 cup  cold water

REMOVE seeds from melon halves; cut thin slice from bottom of each. Scoop out melon flesh, leaving 1-inch-thick shells. Place upside-down on paper towels to drain.
ADD boiling water to gelatin mix; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate 15 min. or until slightly thickened. Pour into melon shells.
REFRIGERATE 3 hours or until gelatin is firm. Cut into wedges.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ranger Cookies

I believe these are the cookies I was making when I got saved!  We were right in the middle of the batch when I decided to accept Christ.  Praise the Lord!

1 c Marg
1 c sugar
1 c brown sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
2 c flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
2 c oatmeal
2 c rice krispies
1 c coconut
1 c chocolate chips
(And if you like raisins or dried fruit, you can add a cup of that.  But I don't, so don't add it if you're making them for me)  :)

Cream together marg and sugars.  Add vanilla, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  When combined, add flour gradually.  In a seperate bowl, combine oatmeal, rice krispies, coconut and chocolate chips.  Slowly add these ingredients to cookie dough and mix only until it's all incorporated.

Bake cookies at 375 for 8-10 minutes.
We usually freeze whatever we won't eat that week, or sometimes I'll scoop the dough as I would to bake it, and put it in a tupperware and freeze it.  This way I can make them fresh a few at a time, or when company shows up. 

This makes a big batch.  If you double it, it will not fit into a kitchen aid mixer. (I learned that the hard way!)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Waffles...and Ice Cream!

1-3/4 c flour
2 T sugar
1 T baking powder
1/2 t salt
2 eggs
1-3/4 c milk
1/2 c veg oil
1 t vanilla

In medium bowl, mix all dry ingredients.  Make a "well" in the center of the mixure.  Set aside.  Mix together all wet ingredients.  Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture.  Stir JUST UNTIL MOISTENED. (Batter should be lumpy, do not overstir)  Pour 1 to 1-1/4 c of batter onto waffle maker.

Now for the real food... The version we always had growing up: 
Waffles with Chocolate Chips and Ice Cream on top! 
So Yummy!  We had this a lot for Birthday Breakfasts, and just for fun. (Especially when we had friends over)
Use same recipe as above. 
Right after pouring batter into waffle maker, sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over waffle batter.  Close lid and cook as directed.  Once waffles are done, serve with Ice Cream on top!  It's best to get a single flavor ice cream.  The fancy ones don't go as well.

I always made a sandwich out of my waffles and ice cream, but the ice cream melts eventually, so now I just have the ice cream on the side and put a little on each bite. 
 My dad had this for supper on Sunday nights as a kid, and we just had it any time mom made waffles.  Try it!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Tuna Melt (or Tuna Burgers)

This is a great Sunday night meal.  It's easy!  We usually used hamburger buns, but any kind of bread will do!
1- 1/2 c tuna (drained)
1/2 c chopped celery
2 T chopped onion
1/8 t black pepper
1 c shredded cheese
1/2 c mayo
2 T mustard
1/4 t red pepper

1 pkg hamburger buns, or Italian Bread

Mix above ingredients except bread together. Spread onto bread or bun.  Bake 325 for 15-20 minutes.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Cheesy Stuffed Shells

1 container (16 oz.) Ricotta Cheese
1 pkg.  (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained
1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, divided
1/4 cup  Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
20   jumbo pasta shells, cooked, drained
1 jar (26 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 large  tomato, chopped 
HEAT oven to 400°F. Mix ricotta cheese, spinach, 1/2 cup mozzarella, Parmesan and seasoning; spoon into shells.
MIX sauce and tomatoes; spoon half into 13x9-inch baking dish. Add filled shells; top with remaining sauce. Cover.
BAKE 25 min. or until heated through. Top with remaining mozzarella; bake, uncovered, 2 min. or until melted.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Homemade Noodles

2  c flour
3 egg yolks
1 egg
2 t salt
1/4 to 1/2 c water

Put flour in bowl and make "well" for egg, yolks, and salt. Mix together, and add water 1 T at a time until dough forms into a ball.

Turn dough onto well foured cloth covered board.  Knead until smooth and elastic.(10 minutes). Let rest 10 minutes.

Divide dough into 4 parts. Roll dough 1 part at a time into paper thin rectangle (sometimes I like them a little thicker than this). Keep remaining dough covered.  Cut rolled dough into strips.  Separate strips and place them on towel to dry for 2 hours. When dry, break into smaller pieces and cook in chicken broth 12-15 minutes or until tender.  Add these to your favorite chicken noodle soup recipe for a real treat!  Or thicken the broth and serve over mashed potatoes. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Funnel Cakes

2 eggs, beaten
1-1/2 c milk
2 c flou
1 t bkg powder
1/2 t salt

3 c cooking oil

Mix all ingredients EXCEPT OIL together.  Heat grease in a frying pan.  Pour batter in a funnel over hot grease 1/2 c at a time.  Fry until golden brown.  You may have to turn over half way through. 

Dust with powdered sugar or other favorite toppings and enjoy!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Brian's Lemon Cake

Again, the picture doesn't do the cake justice, but try it! It's amazing! This was my brother's favorite growing up . That's why it's called Brian's Lemon Cake.

1 3 oz pkg lemon jello
1 c boiling water
add 3/4 c oil
3 large or 4 small eggs
1 lemon or yellow cake mix

1. Mix above ingredients and bake at 350 until done. (Check box for times)
2. When cake is done, poke with fork all the way to the bottom all around the cake. 
3. Mix:
1 c lemon juice
3/4 c pwd sugar
4. Pour above mixture evenly over cake.