Monday, January 19, 2009


cook until tender over medium heat in LARGE pot:
1/4 c. butter
1 green bell pepper - chopped
1 red bell pepper - chopped
2 med onions - chopped
2 ribs celery - chopped
5 cloves garlic - chopped

Add in order and stir:
3 (6.75 oz) cans chicken in broth
1 (6.75 oz) can chopped ham
2 (4.5 oz) cans drained shrimp
1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced
2 t. red pepper sauce
2 t. worchestershire
1 1/2 t - 1 T. cajun seasoning for chicken or seafood
4 c. uncooked rice

Bring to boil then reduce heat. Simmer 25-30 min or until rice is tender and liquidis absorbed, stirring occasionally. Add additional chicken broth of the liquid is absorbed before rice is fully cooked.

*Serves 16

Chinese Fried Rice

Heat, fry until brown:
2 T. oil
2 c. chopped onions
2 c. cooked rice-cold (cooked in chicken broth)
Add, saute until done:
2 eggs
1 T. soy sauce
1/2 t. salt

*opt. add 2 c. chopped cooked meat

Rice & Hamburger

Brown 1 1/2 lb burger with 1 onion - drain
Add 1 can mushrooms

Mix w/ cooked rice & onion (start w/ 2 c. dry)
Add soy sauce to taste

AuGratin Potatoes & Ham

3 c. potatoes -peeled and sliced
1/2 med onion -coarsely chopped
3/4 c. ham -cooked, cubed
1/2 c. cheese -shredded
1/2 can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 c. milk
dash of thyme

In slow cooker, layer half each of potatoes, onion, ham and cheese - repeat layers. In small bowl, combine soup, milk and thyme. Pour over top of potatoes.

Cook on high for 1 hour - reduce to low setting and cook for 6-8 hours or until tender.

Funeral Potatoes

10-12 spuds - cook, cool, grate into 9x13 pan
cover w/ 2 c. cheese or more
saute 1 cube butter w/ 1 chopped onion

Mix together:
1 can cream chicken
1 can cream celery
1 c. sour cream.

Pour over potatoes - cover w/ corn flakes or french onion sun chips. Drizzle w/ 1/4 c. melted butter.

350 degrees for 45 min

Yummy Dutch oven Potatoes

Cut 1 lb. of bacon small. Cook and drain.
Wash and slice potatoes
Mix together:
1 large can Cream of mushroom soup
1 large can Cream of chicken soup
1 small can of golden mushroom soup
cooked bacon
small amount of milk
desired amount of onions
grated cheese (added at the end of cooking)

Cook for 45 min - 1 hour w/ 12 coals on top and 12 on bottom.

Tater Tot Casserole

1 lb. burger
1 onion

Combine with:
1 can cream mushroom soup
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. cheese (or more)

Line 9x13 pan w/ 1/2 bag of tater tots (2 lbs). Spread mixture over. Top w/ remaining tots and more cheese.

Bake at 350 for 20-30 min or until golden.

BBQ'd Spareribs

3/4 c. ketchup
3/4 c. water
3 T. vinegar
1 T. salt
1 t. chili powder
2 T. worchestershire
dash of pepper/paprika

Mix together and pour over ribs in crockpot. Cook until tender, about 3 hours.

Ham & Cheese Cresents

1 pkg refrig. cresent rolls
1/4 lb ham
1/2 c. cheese, grated

Put meat & cheese on rolled out cresent - roll up.

Bake as directed on cresent pkg.

Kielbasa Skillet Stew

5 bacon strips - cooked until crisp

brown in drippings:
1 med. chopped onion
1 1/2 lbs smoked fully cooked sliced kielbasa

stir in & bring to boil:
2 cans (15 1/2 oz) great northern beans, undrained
2 cans (8oz) tomato sauce
1 can (4oz) chopped green chilis
2 med. carrots, sliced
1/2 med. green pepper, chopped
1/2 t. Italian seasoning
1/2 t. dried thyme
1/8 t. pepper

Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 min or until veggies are tender, stirring occasionally. Crumble bacon and sprinkle on top.

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp & Water Chesnuts

1 pkg bacon - cut in half, cook in skillet but don't crisp.
Wrap bacon around:
20 lrg shrimp - marinated in 1/2 c. bottled teriyaki sauce
1 (8 oz) can whole water chesnuts - marinated in 1/2 c. BBQ sauce

Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 min. until bacon is crisp


Boil brats first (for however many your family will eat.) I use beer.
Fry on the stove in oil or cook on the bbq.

Pecan Pie

1 c. butter
2 c. light brown sugar - packed
3 eggs
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. vanilla
1 1/2 c. pecans, chopped

In a saucepan, melt butter with brown sugar. Add eggs, salt and vanilla & mix well. Add pecans.

Pour into unbaked pie shell.
Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 45 min.

Chocolate Pie

4 oz. cream cheese
2 (4 serving) Jello Choc pudding
1 1/2 c. cold milk
1 (8 oz cool whip)

Beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add milk till well blended. Add pudding mixes. Beat 2 min - smooth. Immediately stir 1/2 of cool whip. Pour in graham crust. Refrigerate 3 hours - top w/ remaining cool whip.

Apple Pie

Crust - cut in:
1 c. flour
1/2 t. salt
1/3 c. shortening
add: 3-4 T. cold water

Roll and form in dish.

5 sliced apples
1 T. cinnamon
1/3 c. flour
1 t. allspice
shake of ginger & nutmeg

Bake 375 for 20-30 min.

Laura King's Pumpkin Pie

2 eggs, slightly beaten but not whipped
3/4 c. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. cloves
1 3/4 c. pumpkin
1/4 t. salt (pinch)
1 t. nutmeg
1 2/3 c. milk

Put eggs, sugar & pumpkin in bowl. Whip and add rest.

425 degrees 15 min or 350 degrees for 45 min.

Strawberry Mousse Pie

1 graham cracker pie crust
1 packet unflavored gelatin
1/4 c. cold water
2 c. strawberries - sliced
1/4 c. sugar
1 c. chilled heavy cream
3 T. powdered sugar

Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in saucepan, let stand 1 min to soften. Stir over low heat until gelatin in dissolved (about 1 min.) Remove from heat. Place berries, sugar and gelatin mixture in food processor or blender, whirl to puree. Pour into bowl. Chill until mixture mounds when dropped from spoon (about 1 hour.) Beat cream and powdered sugar in chilled bowl until soft peaks form. Stir 1/4 of cream into strawberry puree to lighten mixture. Fold in remaining cream. Pour into crust. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

Frozen Pie

My cousin's wife introduced me to this my first year of college. It's heavenly on a hot summer night.

1 can any flavor concentrate juice (grape is wonderful and so is orange)
1 tub cool whip
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Combine all together and pour into graham crust - freeze and serve.

Water-whip Pie Crust

3/4 c. Crisco
1/4 c. boiling water
1 t. salt
1 T. milk
2 C. flour

Pour boiling water into DEEP bowl w/ salt, crisco & milk. (will be lumpy - it's ok). Whip with fork, wisk, or mixer until creamy smooth. Slowly stir in 2 c. of flour. Make a ball, cut in half. Wrap halves separately in wax paper & refrigerate until firm. Roll between two floured sheets of wax paper.

Makes 2 crusts.

Strawberry Bottom Cheesecake

1 graham cracker pie crust
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. sour cream
1 t. vanilla
4 oz. cool whip
1 pint fresh strawberries
1 c. strawberry glaze

Beat cream cheese till smooth. Slowly beat in sugar, sour cream and vanilla. Fold in cool whip.

Spread thin layer of glaze over bottom of crust. Place strawberry slices on glaze and cover w/ remaining glaze. Gently spoon cream cheese mixture over top.

Cover and chill until set - at least 4 hours.

Cheesy Pasta & Beef Casserole

Cook & drain:
1 lb. lean hamburger
1 chopped onion
Cook until almost done:
4 c. uncooked penne pasta

Combine and stir w/ above ingredients:
1 c. grated cheddar
1 c. grated mozzarella
1 c. tomato sauce

Put into crockpot and top with 3 more T. of tomato sauce and grated parmesan cheese.

Cook low 3-5 hours or 1.5-2.5 on high.

Southwestern Lasagna

Brown & drain:
1 1/2 lb burger
1 onion
Add & bring to boil:
1 15oz can enchilada sauce
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 t. salt
1/4 t. garlic pow
1/4 t. pepper

Combine and set aside:
1 c. cottage cheese
1 egg

Spread 1/3 of meat sauce in 9x13 pan - top with shredded jack cheese, 1/2 of cottage cheese mixture & then corn tortillas, repeat layers, ending with meat sauce and more cheese.

Bake 350 for 20 min covered and 10 min uncovered

Dreamy Tortellini

4 cloves garlic - chopped fine
1 1/2 t. basil
1 T. oil
28 oz. Italian stewed tomatoes

Add & heat thru:
1 c. sour cream
1/4 t. cayenne
1 can evaporated milk

Add & heat thru:
4 oz. wedge parmesan - grated

Pour over cooked cheese tortellini

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Jell-O Choc. Pudding Fudge

One of the EASIEST fudges to make and it's so creamy and good.

1 pkg Jello choc. pudding - NOT instant
2 T. butter
1/4 c. milk
1 1/2 c. powder sugar
1/4 c. nuts, chopped

Combine pudding, butter & milk. Bring to full boil for 1 min, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, quickly blend in sugar and add nuts.

Pour into greased 8x4" pan. Cool.

Cream Caramels

These are seriously the best caramels I've ever had. I make them for neighbors every year.

2 c. sugar
2 c. cream
1 c. butter
1 3/4 c. corn syrup
1 t. vanilla

Mix 1c. cream and remaining ingredients (except vanilla) in large pan. Bring to boil and slowly add rest of cream. Bring to soft ball stage. Remove from heat, add vanilla.

Pour into greased pan to set, then wrap.

Makes 1 cookie sheet of poured caramel.

Hot Cheese Salsa Dip

1 1/2 lbs hamburger
1 lb. pasteurized proceesed cheese, cubed
12 oz. salsa (6 oz medium, 6 oz mild)
Corn chips

Brown beef and drain. Combine with other ingredients in crockpot. Heat on low until melted, stirring occasionally. Keep hot for serving.

Use chips for dipping.

Gobbly Goop or Dad's Good Grub :)

I know the sound of this is weird, but when my dad used to take care of us on the rare occasion my mom was gone, he would make this concoction that we lovingly named.

3 cans potatoes, drained
1 can cr. of mushroom soup
1 can corn
2 t. Mrs. Dash
1/2 t. salt
1 pkg ramen noodle seasoning (chicken or beef)

Cook till warmed about 30 min to flavors to blend. Serve w/ beef or chicken (match bullion)

Dill Dip

8 oz. sour cream
2 c. mayo
2 T. dill seasoning
3 slices chopped onions

Mix well, chill & serve

Italian Sausage & Mozzarella Frittata

Preheat oven to 350

Cook 6oz. sweet Italian sausage in skillet, save drippings

Set cooked sausage aside and add to pan:
2 yellow peppers, in strips
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 c. water
Stir occasionally, until peppers are tender and water has evaporated, about 12 minutes.

In a medium bowl beat 8 eggs with:
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsely
3/4 t. salt
1/4 t. ground black pepper

Stir in:
cooked sausage
4 oz. shredded mozzarella

Pour into skillet over the top of vegetables.
Cook over medium heat until egg mixture begins to set around edge, about 3 min. Then place skillet in oven and bake until set, about 12 min.

Makes 6 servings.

Deviled Eggs

I actually got this out of The Friend magazine and it's my favorite way to make them!

8 hard boiled eggs - cut in half, remove yolks

Mix yolks with:
1/3 c. mayo
dash of salt
1/4 t. dry mustard
2 t. vinegar
2 t. parsley flakes

Fill egg cavities, and sprinkle with:


3 eggs, beaten
1 c. milk
1/2 c. mayo
1/2 t. salt
2 T. flour
1 c. shredded cheese

Add in any cooked meats and raw veggies

Pour into baked pie shell - bake 325 for 40 min or until knife comes out clean. Let rest for 10 min before serving.

Mexican layered dip

LAYER in 9x13 in this order:
refried beans or bean dip
3 avacados & 2 T. lemon juice - w/ s&p
1 c. sour cream mixed w/ 1/2 pkg taco seasoning
sliced olives
chopped onions
chopped tomatoes
green onions

Serve with chips

Chicken Tortilla Casserole

4 breasts, diced and cooked
1 lg family sized cream of chicken
1 can nacho cheese soup
1 can diced chilis
8 oz salsa

Mix and pour over crused corn chips, top w/ grated cheese

Bake at 350 - 30 min.

Upon serving, top with sour cream

Authentic Mexican tacos

Cook steak to desired doneness, cut into small pieces - season with taco seasoning

Place cooked meat into tortilla
add shredded cabbage, cheese, salsa to meat
squeeze lemon or lime juice over the top

Roll up, EAT

Taco Seasoning

6 T. chili powder
3 T. flour
4 T. cumin
2 T. oregano
1 t. onion powder
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. salt
1/4 t. cayenne

Mix and store. Use enough on meat to taste

Mexican Corn Dip

3 cans mexicorn - drained
1 c. sour cream
1 c. mayonnaise
3 c. cheese - Mexican 4-cheese blend
small can, green chilis
1/2 of a small can diced jalapenos
2-3 sliced green onions
slat, pepper and garlic powder to taste
- you can add a few drops of Tabasco if you like

Green Salsa

10-15 tomatillos- chopped (reserve 1 c.)

COOK for 15 minutes:
1/4 t. salt
3 t. water
3 cloves chopped garlic

Add rest of chopped tomatillos
2 chopped jalapenos
1/4 c. cilantro

Serve warm or cold with tortilla chips


Bushel romas
35 lg anaheims
18 jalapenos
10 serranos
3 lb each - yellow, white, red onions
2 bunches cilantro
9 T. minced garlic
9 T. pepper
9 T. salt
9 T. seasoning salt
9 T. lemon juice

Process pints for 20 min.
yields 50 pints

Easy Corn Salsa

3-5 diced tomatoes
1 can corn (drained)
1 can black eyed peas (washed and drained)
1 bunch green onion
chopped cilantro (to taste)
1 8oz zesty Italian dressing

Chill, Add avacado just before serving.


Brown & drain:
1 lb hamburger
1 onion

1 large can refried beans

Add to taste and mix:
Sliced raw onions
Sour Cream

Place in crockpot to keep warm and serve with chips.

Parsley Butter Rice

2 c. rice
3 T. Chicken Bullion (or more if desired)
3 T. dry parsley
4 c. water
1/2 c. butter
1/2 small onion chopped

Bring all but rice to a BOIL, then add rice and cover. Cook for 15 minutes on medium heat. Turn off heat and let set for 5 minutes.

OR - you can put all together in your rice cooker and press button. :)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Motherload Brownies

When I was in HS, my friend Mike and I got a craving for brownies, so we found his mom's recipe and made it our own, adding everything we could think of to make these truly MOTHERLOAD!

1 1/2 cubes butter
2 c. sugar
3 eggs
3/8 c. water
2/3 c. cocoa
1 1/2 t. vanilla
3/4 c. pow milk
2 c. flour
3/4 t. bak powder
1/4 t. salt
1 c. choc chips
nuts (opt)

Spread into greased pan
Bake 350
15+ min.


3/4 c. shortening
1 C. sugar
1/4 c. molasses
1 egg
2 c. flour
2 t. bak soda
1/4 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. ground clove
1 t. ginger

Roll into balls - dip in granulated sugar, smash

Bake 375 degrees 8 min

Monster Cookies

When you want a complete cookie full of goodness, this is the one to make!

2 squares butter - softened
3 c. creamy peanut butter
3 c. br sugar
2 c. sugar
2 t. vanilla
2 t. corn syrup
4 t. baking soda
6 eggs
add gradually:
9 c. oatmeal
1 c. choc chips
1 c. M&M's

350 for 8 min

Pumpkin Cookies

1 large can pumpkin
1 pkg spice cake mix
1 bag choc chips
2 T. flour

Combine, drop onto sheet

bake 350 for 5-7 min.

My mom's Choc Chip Cookies

1 lb. butter
2 c. br. sugar
2 c. sugar
4 eggs
2 t. vanilla
3 t. baking pow
3 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
4 c. flour
3 c. nuts
4 c. oats
2 pkg choc chips
2 c. coconut

Bake 250
10 min.

Krunchie Cookies

1 c. sugar
1 c. br sugar
3/4 c. oil
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
1 t. cr of tartar
1 t. soda
3 1/2 c. flour
1 c. rice crispies
1 c. coconut
1/2 c. nuts

Press with fork
bake at 350
12 min

Peanut Butter Cups

I don't know whether to classify this as a dessert, candy or a cookie - you choose.

2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. melted butter
Add and mix well:
1/2 c. br. sugar
2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 t. vanilla

Spread on pan, pour over the top:
1 c. melted choc chips
2 T. butter
1/2 c. peanut butter - creamy or crunchy

Chill and serve

The BEST choc chip cookes in the world


3 1/2 c. unsifted flour
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 c. butter, softened to room temp
1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
1 large pkg Jello brand pudding, vanilla, pecan, chocolate, or choc fudge
1 1/2 t. vanilla
3 eggs
3 c. choc chips
1 1/2 c. chopped nuts (opt)

Mix flour with baking soda and set aside. Combine butter, sugars, pudding mix and vanilla in large mixer bowl. Beat until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add flour mixture; then stir in chips and nuts. Batter will be very stiff. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets about 2 in. apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. (my oven does them in 9 minutes)

Chocolate Truffles

Microwave on HIGH for 2 min.:
1 pkg. BAKERS choc
Add, stir till blended:
4 oz softened cream cheese
Cool to room temp, then add:
1 8 oz. tub french vanilla cool whip

Refrigerate for 2 hours
roll into balls, refrigerate for 1 more hour.
Coat in favorite toppings.

Cream Cooked Chicken

8 breasts, placed in 9x13 pan
mix and pour over chicken:
1 can cr. celery soup
1 can cr. chicken soup
1 1/2 c. sour cream
1 1/2 c. cheese

Sprinkle with paprika, cover with foil
350 for 1 1/2 hour (remove foil in last 10 min)

Serve with noodles or baked potato

Dutch Oven veggies and chicken

Not every dutch oven dish needs to be cooked outside on coals - we place this inside our seasoned dutch oven and cook it in our indoor oven. Very tasty dish on a Sunday!

Place in bottom of dutch oven:
6 chicken breasts (can be frozen)
Cut up over the top:
1 head cauliflower
2 bunches broccoli
2 onions
1 lb baby carrots
3 cans sliced potatoes
fresh whole mushrooms
Cut 2 squares of butter onto top of veggies, sprinkly with seasoning of your choice (we use Spike)

Bake for 1 hr. at 350.

(can also do just veggies, but bake for only 45 min.)

Chicken Quesadillas

1 lb breasts - cooked, cut up
add, heat thru:
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1/2 c. chunky salsa

Spread mixture on tortilla w/in 1/2" of edge. Moisten edge with water to seal.
Place on 2 baking sheets and broil or grill for 5 min.

Chicken Chow Mein

Saute the following in 4 T. olive oil and allow to simmer for 5 min.
2 green peppers
2 red peppers
2 chopped onions
4 ribs celery

Sprinkle with 1/2 c. flour - stir
Add in, and bring to boil - then reduce to simmer for 10-15 min:
4 T. soy sauce
2 c. chicken broth
1 can mushrooms (opt)
2 chicken breasts - cut up
s&p to taste

Serve over rice or chinese noodles, top with slivered almonds, more soy sauce and fried noodles.

Parmesan Chicken

Dip 2 lbs of chicken pieces into melted butter
Then dip in:
3/4 c. parmesan cheese (shredded or powdered)
1 1/2 c. breadcrumbs

Place in pan, sprinkle with season salt

Bake at 375 for approx 20-30 min.

Chicken Filled Cresent Rolls

1 8-oz pkg softened cream cheese
1/4 c. chopped celery
1/4 c. chopped onion
4 c. diced chicken.

Roll 2 cans refrigerator cresent rolls (16) to enlarge slightly.
Place 1 T. heaping chicken mixture in center and roll up.
Dip in melted butter: roll in crushed garlic croutons.

Bake at 350 for 20 min.

Serve with gravy made from 1 can cr. chickn soup and 1/2 c. milk

Chicken Parmesan

4 breasts
1 beaten egg
3/4 c. Italian seasoned bread crumbs

arrange chicken in greased 9x13 pan
Cook uncovered at 400 degrees for 20 min.

Pour tomato pasta sauce over and top with mozerella cheese.

can serve with buttered noodles.

Chicken Curry

1 lb chopped chicken pieces
4 T. chicken broth
Add, cook for 5 min on low heat:
1/2 c. chopped celery
1/2 c.chopped onion
1/2 t.salt
1/4 t. paprika
Add, cover, cook for 45 min or until chicken is tender:
3 c. boiling water (can use more if desired)

Mix, add to above and cook several minutes:
1 T. curry powder
3 T. butter
Add and cook till thick:
4 T. flour
2 c. milk
Let sit for 1 hour or overnight - serve over rice.


This cheesecake will make others think you bought it. It's THAT good. Very creamy, tasty and FAT. **I love the crust, so I double the thickness by doubling the crust recipe.**

1 c. graham cracker crumbs
3 T. sugar
3 T. melted butter
Press into 9" Springform pan, bake at 350 for 10 min.

Beat till well blended:
5- 8 oz pkgs softened cream cheese
1 c. sugar
3 T. flour
1 T. vanilla
Add, and mix well:
1 c. sour cream
Add 1 at a time, slowly until well blended
4 eggs

Pour filling over crust. Bake at 325 approx 1 hour, 5 min till center is almost set. Cool before serving. NOTE: The cheese cake with rise significantly in the oven and probably crack around the edges - don't worry - it tastes marvelous!

Blueberry Dessert

My Great-Grandma Shupe used to make this, it was her favorite and is now one of mine. (can also use cherry, raspberry, strawberry or blackberry)

1 box of vanilla wafers - crushed - pour half into 9x13 pan, set the rest aside.

Mix together:
12 oz. cool whip
1 lg softened cream cheese
1/4 c. milk
then add:
1/2 c. powdered sugar

Spread half of this mixture onto the crushed wafers in the pan.
Spread on:
1 can of blueberry pie filling then spread the remaining cool whip mixture
top with the remaining crushed wafers

Chill and serve.

Carrot Cake

This is my husbands absolute favorite cake - especially with the cream cheese frosting.

2 c. shredded or finely chopped carrots
2 c. sugar
1 c. crushed pineapple
1 c. oil
4 eggs
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
2 t. baking powder
3 c. flour
1 c. nuts - opt.

Combine all, pour into greased/floured 9x13 pan - bake 20-30 min or till toothpick comes out clean.

8 oz softened cream cheese
1/2 c. softened butter
powdered sugar
sweetened condensed milk

Beat in pow sugar and canned milk until creamy. (can add orange food coloring if desired)

Skor Cake

Otherwise known as, BETTER THAN SEX CAKE

Prepare a german choc cake mix as directed
While it's still hot, poke holes w/ large fork
Pour half can of sweetened condensed milk over cake into holes
Pour bottle of caramel topping over to cover top and sink into holes
Mix 8 oz. cool whip w/ 3 crushed Skor bars
Spread over cooled cake.

Top with another crushed Skor bar.

Cream Puff Dessert

My friend, Melanie, made this for GNO once and it was LOVELY. Not so good the next day cause it gets kinda soggy.

Bring to boil:
1 cube butter
1 c. water
Add and make into a paste:
1 c. flour
Add one at a time:
6 eggs
Beat for 3-5 min.

Spray a large cookie sheet and spread mixture. Bake at 450 degrees for 15-20 min.

While baking:
prepare as directed,
1 lg pudding package (vanilla or chocolate)
Stir in until smooth:
8 oz softened cream cheese

Pour pudding mixture over cooled cream puff
spread with cool whip
drizzle with chocolate syrup (or caramel, if using choc pudding)

Place in fridge to set for a couple of hours.

Apple Cake

***You can also make this into any combination of fruit/cake dessert. So far, I've tried cherry pie filling with chocolate cake & blueberry pie filling with white cake. I obviously ommitted the cinnamon/sugar and opted for nuts instead in the middle.***

1 spice cake mix
2 T. flour
combine with:
2- 21 oz cans apple pie filling
3 eggs

Pour half of batter mixture into cake pan
sprinkle generously with cinnamon and sugar
pour on remaining batter and sprinkle again

Bake at 350 for approx 30 min or until toothpick comes out clean.


Put in mixing bowl:
1 t. sugar or 1/2 t honey
1 T yeast
1 1/2 c. warm water
Once yeast is activated, add:
1 t. salt
4 c. flour

Knead for at least 10 min. Let dough rest for another 10 min. Roll onto greased (with butter) cookie sheet. Brush with more butter, sprinkle with garlic salt and parmesan cheese. Cut into breadsticks with pizza cutter.

Bake at 350 for 12-15 min.

Hot Wassail

I made this during the holidays....SOOOO good. *also great for those sore throats...

Mix the following together and heat in crockpot:
1 gal. apple juice
1/2 box brown sugar
1/2 jar, orange drink mix
1 t. cinnamon
1 small can lemonade concentrate
4 c. water
1 orange - sliced on top
15 whole cloves - for flavor


Every once and awhile, I get the craving for this - just like Mom used to make, and just like HER mom used to make.

Brown and drain:
1 1/2 lb hamburger
2 cans tom soup
1 can water
onion powder to taste
s&p to taste
5 c. cooked macaroni

Mix well, serve.

Beef Taco Skillet

I'm pretty sure I got this out of a magazine - probably on a Kraft ad or something

1 lb hamburger - brown and drain
1 can Tomato Soup
1 c. salsa
1/2 c. water
tortillas - cut or torn up

Bring to boil and cover, reduce heat to low for about 5 min. Top with more cheese.

Sloppy Joes

This makes a pretty big batch

3 lbs hamburger - brown, drain
3 chopped onions
1 chopped green pepper
1 chopped clove garlic
3 chopped fine ribs of celery

1/2 c. flour - sprinkle over meat and veggies
then add:
2 T vinegar
1 T Salt
2 T chili powder
3/4 T dry mustard
1/4 c. brown sugar
2 T. worchestershire
3/4 c. ketchup
1 qt crushed tomatoes

Simmer together for at least 20 min - serve on open face buns

Porcupine Meatballs

I love these - my mom used to make them when I was young. Simple tomato, beef, and rice dish

Mix together:
2 cans tomato soup
1 can water

Form the following into balls and brown:
1 egg
1 lb hamburger
2 t. salt
1 onion (can used dried onion)
dash of pepper
1 c. cooked rice

Once balls are browned, add soup mixture and simmer for 15 min.

Serve over more cooked rice. YUM!

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

This dish is great all together, but also great if you're just looking for a great flavored meatball

Form the following into balls, cook thru and brown in oil, drain - set aside
1 lb hamburger
2/3 c. soda cracker crumbs
1/3 c. minced onion
1 egg
1 1/2 t salt
1/4 t ginger
1/4 c. milk

2 T cornstarch
1/2 c brown sugar
Stir in and put on heat until thickened/boils:
13 oz can pineapple tidbits w/ juice
1/3 c. vinegar
1 T. soy sauce
add the pre-made meatballs and heat thru.

Serve over rice. (can add a green pepper)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Cream of Potato Soup

I found this in a family cookbook called Recipes to Remember from Grandma Norman & Family. It was given to me as a Christmas present when I worked for an insurance agency year ago. This is the first recipe I've tried out of it, and now I think I'll try others.
BTW, I took liberties with this recipe, as I usually do which I'll put in parentheses.

Makes approx. 5 cups

2 c. cubed, peeled potatoes
1/4 c. chopped celery
1/4 c. chopped onion
(1/4 c. chopped carrots)
1 T. parsley flakes
1/2 t. salt (instead of this I used about 1 T. chicken bullion)
1/8 t. pepper
Put in soup pan and cover with 2 c. water - bring to boil until tender. Do not drain.

While veggies are softening, bring the following to a boil until thickened, stirring constantly with a whisk.
2 c. milk - thickened with 4 T. butter and 4 T. flour

Once veggies are soft and cream sauce is made, combine and add:
1 c. cream
(1/2 c. frozen or canned corn)
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled

Mine turned out really thick, just the way my husband likes it, so you could possibly add more water and bullion to taste.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Kielbasa Scramble

1-2 tablespoon canola oil (can use butter)
2 medium potatoes, sliced to your desire thickness
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic (can use less (or more)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (can use more or less)
8 ounces kielbasa, sliced into bite size (beef or pork)
4 eggs
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 teaspoon water
kosher salt
fresh ground pepper

Heat oil or butter in large skillet (I use my iron skillet).
Add potatoes slices and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
Add onion slices and stir. Cook for 5 minutes.
Add garlic, red pepper flakes and Kielbasa.
Continue to cook until potatoes are browned, stir occasionally. Cooking time will depend on how thick you sliced your potatoes.
Beat eggs with sour cream and water.
Add to pan over Kielbasa and potato mixture.
Cook and stir until eggs are fluffy and cooked.
Add salt and pepper to taste.