Wednesday, October 31, 2007

another rule....

This is sooo fun!! Thanks for sharing all these great recipes!!

I was just going to ask, that after you share a recipe you add a "label," ie: Main Dish, Side Dish, Dessert, etc.. If two apply than write two, separated with a comma, so if it's a recipe for cherry pie, write: dessert, pie. The labels are listed on the side bar, so if someone feels specifically like eating chicken, they can click on chicken and all things chicken will pop up.

I added labels to those that didn't have... I just did it really quick, so if it needs to be changed, feel free!!

Thanks. :o)


Shrimp Verde (mexican dish)

I watched my husbands Hispanic grandmother make this and it is one of my favorites!!! No cooking involved, so its great for hot summer days.

1 pound of pre-cooked shrimp
lots of tomatoes
white onions
lemon juice
1 jalapeño pepper
1 avocado (optional)
Salt and Pepper

Put shrimp (tail off) into big bowl pore lemon juice on top of shrimp...juice should almost completely cover shrimp. Put in fridge, leave in fridge for several hours..or 20 minutes whatever your schedule is.

about 20 minutes before dinner roughly chop tomatoes and avocado, dice onions and jalapeño. Tear off cilantro leaves. pour everything into bowl with shrimp and lemon juice stir and salt and pepper to taste.

Eat with chips or tostada shells (homemade is best) or a no carb meal eat it alone.

this is not an exact science recipe..adapt it to your family's tastes.

TIP: Can't get jalapeño pepper off of your fingers? Wet finger tips then dip in salt let it soak for a minute then wash off. salt draws the pepper juice off of skin.

Fabulous Breakfast Casserole

This is a GREAT recipe for Christmas morning, but it's good all year long!

Ham & Egg Casserole

3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
8 oz cooked ham….strips (deli)
1 ¾ cup milk
8 eggs beaten
3 cups mozzarella cheese
¼ cup melted margarine
½ cup flour
2 Tbs. fresh parsley

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
In large bowl, lightly toss the cheeses together. Sprinkle half the cheese in 13x9 baking dish. Arrange ham strips over the layer of cheese. Sprinkle remaining cheese over ham.
Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup….level off. Using wire wisk, blend flour, milk, parsley and eggs. Pour over layers in baking dish.
Bake 35-40 minutes.


Monday, October 29, 2007

Stuffing Mix Recipes...

Hi everyone,

Thanks for all the mexican recipes. I just wanted to post and tell everyone that today when I was buying the stuffing for a recipe I found on this blog, I found on the back there are three easy recipes to make meals out of the stuffing. Two were with chicken and one with sausage. They looked good and if I try one I enjoy I will post it.... P. S. The stove top stuffing is on sale for 88 cents at walmart.

I also noticed at walmart a pumpkin cheesecake in the freezer section.. Doesn't that sound good? I will have to make that at home and post the recipe if it turns out. Also, the walmart brand quick bread pumpkin mix is really good and it's only 1 dollar. It will make your house smell like heaven.


Easy Baked Pepper Chicken

6 uncooked chicken breasts
2 cups thinly sliced onion and peppers
2 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. basil
1/4 cup olive oil, seperated

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a deep baking pan (9x13) with foil - this will make for a quick clean up- and seal in the heat. Drizzle the foil layer with 1/2 of the olive oil to avoid sticking. Sprinkle foil with half onions, peppers, and seasonings. Put the chicken on top of the layer of onions and peppers. Place remaining onions, peppers, and seasonings on top of the chicken.

**Important: cover teh pan with another layer of foil, and seal the sides. Bake 30-45 min, or until the center of the chicken is no longer pink.
***This will be the juiciest, most tender chicken you have ever made. No knife needed!!

Serve over rice and sauteed vegetables or make into FAJITAS (my favorite)

Salsa Verde

6 tomatillos (boil 1/2 until they change color)
1/2 onion
1/2 tsp garlic
1 1/2 Anaheim peppers- large (clean out)
1/2 c cilantro chopped
1 lime juice
1 tsp salt
1 avocado
1 jalapeno (clean out)

Blend all ingredients in blender. I usually add more avocado and just do it to taste.
Freezer Friendly
Can be used as a topping on enchiladas or as a dip.

Another Mexican-ish Idea

This one is in one of my Pampered Chef books, and its cheap and easy and I love it!
(And I'm not going to copy word for I'm just gonna go on memory here.)

Make cornbread (you want it kind of thin, I use my bar pan) (I use two pkgs, because the bar pan is large)

Then while that is in the oven:

2 cans of refried beans
a clove of garlic
a TBS or 2 of taco seasoning

After the cornbread has cooled off a little bit, spread the bean mixture over the cornbread.

Then top it off with:
green peppers
black olives
and a little sour cream


So, I have never made this salsa, but my this is my cousin Lauren's recipe, and her salsa is always awesome! If you make it, let me know how you like it. :)

  • 2 bundles of cilantro
  • 6 cans tomatoes (2 cans juice)
  • 1 green onion
  • 1 anaheim pepper (de-seed it)
  • 1 yellow pepper (also without seeds)
  • salt to taste (2 TBSP)
  • 1 garlic colve
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 TBSP El pato (yellow can)
okay, that is all she gave I'm confused on the 2 cans tomato juice...I'm sure you could just use your judgment and decide how thick you like your salsa. I'm assuming you just chop and dice and blend it all together. ? :) Good luck.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Wanted: Mexican Recipes

Hi everyone,

I love Mexican food and I was wondering if any of you had any great mexican recipes to share. I am looking for maybe a new salsa recipe, tamale recipe, guacamole salsa, or red enchilada sauce recipe. Or any other mexican recipe? I have made enchilada sauce before it's just a pretty basic recipe and isn't too creamy. I also have a good salsa recipe but I need a new one since I already make this salsa almost every week.

Also, has anyone here made tamales before? What was your experience? Was it hard? Can you use a cake spatula to spread the masa in the corn husk?


Saturday, October 27, 2007

Swiss Chicken Casserole

I have a bunch of slow cooker recipes that are awesome! This one for Swiss Chicken Casserole is easy and so yummy!

6 Chicken Breasts
6 Slices Swiss Cheese
1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/4 Cup milk
2 Cups Stuffing Mix
1/4-1/2 Cup Melted Butter

Lightly grease slow cooker. Place chicken in pot and top with cheese. Combine soup and milk. Pour in slow cooker. Sprinkle with stuffing mix and pour melted butter on top. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours. (I always cook it on high and it turns out great!)
Posted by Ranee

Bread Making recipes

Basic Bread Making

Basic Bread Recipe (for a Bosch, Kitchen Aid, etc.)
2 T. yeast 2/3 C. vegetable oil (or shortening)
1 quart warm water 1 T. salt
2/3 C. honey (or sugar) 10-12 C. flour (white, whole wheat, or mix)
Add ingredients in the order they are listed, ending with the flour. Turn on the machine to high, using the dough hook (3 for a Bosch). Let it knead for 6-10 minutes. Shape into loaves. (5 loaves for the smaller pans, 2-3 for the larger) Put into greased pans. Cover with towel and let rise until doubled in size. (30 minutes to an hour) Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes. Add 10-20 minutes for the larger pans. Loaves should be well browned. Butter tops immediately. Remove from pans and let cool.
Without a machine: You can make this same recipe by hand by halving all ingredients, mixing the first five ingredients and then adding the flour a cup or two at a time. However, you will have to knead the dough by hand and let it rise an extra time in a greased bowl, until the dough is doubled. Then you would shape it as the recipe says and continue from there.
For dinner rolls: Shape into balls the size of a medium apricot. Place in a greased pan almost touching each other. Let rise until doubled (about 30 min.). Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Butter tops immediately. Makes 48 to 60 rolls.
For cinnamon rolls: Roll ¼ recipe into a 8 by 12 inch rectangle. Spread 1-2 T. softened butter (as you would lightly spread on bread) and then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar (1/4 c. sugar mixed with 1 t. cinnamon) to cover it. Roll up carefully starting from one of the long sides and pinch to close. Using floss or thread, slice rolls one inch thick.. Continue as for rolls. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Frost or drizzle with powdered sugar glaze.
For fun!: Let the kids each have a chunk of dough and give them rolling pins, cookie cutters, etc. Let them make their own shapes and then bake them. You can even sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar for a sweet treat.

Bread Sticks (VERY easy for a beginner)
1 T. yeast 3 T. sugar
½ C. warm water ¾ t. salt
1 C. warm milk 3 ½ C. flour (can be a mixture of white and wheat)
2 T. oil Parmesan cheese (opt.)
Dissolve yeast in water. Add to milk and oil. Add sugar, salt, and flour. Mix well; form into ball. Let rise 15 minutes.
Pull off pieces of dough. Roll into sticks. Place sticks on greased cookie sheet; let rise 30 minutes (or less if you don’t have time). Bake for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove from oven. Spread with butter and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Makes 10-12 bread sticks.

Soft Pretzels
1 T. dry yeast 4-5 C. flour, divided (white or mixture)
1 ½ T. sugar 1 egg, beaten
1 ½ C. warm water Coarse salt
1 t. salt
Dissolve yeast, sugar, and warm water in a small glass bowl; let sit 5 minutes. Combine 1 t. salt and 2 to 3 cups flour in a large bowl. Add yeast mixture to flour mixture and make a soft batter. Keeping hands dusted with flour, knead in 2 to 3 more cups of flour to make a stiff dough.
Divide the dough into 12 pieces. With dusted hands, roll between your hands to make a 12 inch rope the thickness of your finger. Twist the rope into a pretzel shape (2 twists on the knot) and place on greased cookie sheet. Repeat until all dough is used. Brush pretzels with beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Makes 1 dozen.

Margie’s Pizza Dough
1 C. warm water 1 t. honey
1 T. yeast 1 T. oil
1 t. salt 2 ½ C. flour
Combine all ingredients, except flour and salt and let stand for 5 minutes. Add salt. Then add 2 cups of the flour and beat until smooth and elastic. Add ½ cup more flour (enough to make a stiff dough). Turn onto floured surface and knead until smooth. Roll to fit pizza pan. Top as desired. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Makes 1 crust. Note: This recipe is easily doubled (except for the yeast) to make 2 pizzas.

Bread Bowls
2 ½ C. warm water 4 C. flour
3 T. sugar 1 T. salt
2 T. yeast 3 C. flour
2 T. salad oil
Mix together water, sugar, and yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes. Add oil and salt. Put four cups flour in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the flour and put the wet mixture in the well. Mix the flour into the wet mixture until well mixed. Add the remaining flour ½ cup at a time until too thick to stir. Continue to add flour and mix with your hands until you have a stiff dough. Knead for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic.
Turn dough into a large greased bowl and let rise until doubled. Punch down dough and divide into 6 equal pieces. Place on greased baking sheet; let rise until doubled. Smooth and round the dough before rising the second time. Bake for 30 minutes in a 375 degree oven. Cool bowls on rack; slice top of and remove inside bread to form serving cavity. Makes 6 bowls.

Bread making tips:
Dissolve yeast in water first and add sweetener to help jumpstart yeast.
Let dough rise until double before baking.
Use hot tap water.
Sweeteners can be exchanged cup for cup (i.e. honey for sugar)
Knead the dough using the palm of your hand, folding the dough over each time.
When substituting whole wheat flour for white, let the dough rest for 5-10 minutes to determine if you need to add more flour as the whole wheat flour absorbs moisture more slowly due to the bran. The white flour will absorb it instantly. You will use more whole wheat flour in a given recipe than white flour for this reason.
If your house is very cold, you can let the dough rise in the oven to speed the process. Turn the oven to WARM for five minutes and then turn it off. Put the dough in the oven, covered, and let rise. Beware of putting it in a hot oven because it will kill the yeast.
You can freeze dough for later use right after you make it. Put it in a Ziploc bag and squeeze the air out. It will take about a day to thaw (on the counter), depending on the size of the dough, but the work is done. You can even freeze it in the shape of your bread pan and then just put it in the bread pan to thaw (covered) so it will be ready to bake. If you do this, make sure to cover it with a thin layer of oil so that it won’t dry out.
If your wheat flour doesn’t have enough gluten or you want to ensure 100% whole wheat success, add some Vital Wheat Gluten with your flour, 1 t. per cup. Find it at places like Sprouts in the bulk bins.
I often use instant powdered milk from my food storage (a good way to rotate it) in my bread in place of fresh milk…just add the amount you need with the dry ingredients.
My very favorite wheat to use is hard white wheat…it makes wonderfully light bread!
Experimentation is the best teacher.


Someone told me at a school advent if you add a vanilla pudding pack the powder to chocolate chip cookies it makes the taste really good. And it makes you cookies turn out everytime.

Thursday, October 25, 2007


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Vote on the Title

SORRY!! I took the title poll off... I got some more good ideas and it wouldn't let me just add them. SO, I'm going to start it again tomorrow (sorry if you already voted, you'll have to revote); if anybody else has a good idea get it to me before tomorrow!! :o)


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

All My Favorites

OK, here is a quick meal idea for those nights that you need something fast and it is actually quite good. It is a copy of the KFC "All My Favorites" dish (Is that it's name?). I got the idea from Erica Orosz and have used it several times.


Instant Potatoes
Frozen Popcorn Chicken
Gravy (I like the McCormick packets)

Cook according to the individual directions and layer!


Posting Rule

I vote that we have one rule when posting..........tell us who you are! We can't always tell from your profile name and there isn't a link to the blogs from the post. If you don't want a link, that is fine, just end the recipes with your name so we know who to thank when we try out a new good one!
Keep on bloggin'!
Jamie Hutchings

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Alice Springs Chicken

Alice Springs Chicken
Submitted by: Tiana Gray

This is a recipe that is very close to a dish at Outback Steakhouse. I used to work there and loved the food.

-1/4 cup or grey poupon or other store brand type
-1/4 cup of honey
-1 teaspoon of olive oil
-1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
-2 chicken breasts
-1/2 Tablespoon of oil
-1 cup of mushrooms
-salt and pepper
-4 slices of bacon
-1/2 cup of cheddar
-1/2 cup of monteray jack

1. Combine first 4 ingredients in small bowl and whip for 30 seconds.
Pour over chicken and marinate for one hour. (This doesn't look good
at all but it will taste good on the chicken later)
2. Cook chicken and bacon in a skillet till done.
3. Remove from skillet and saute sliced mushrooms in butter until tender.
4. Arrange bacon, mushrooms, then cheese on top of the chicken and
sprinkle with parsley.
5. Bake in oven till cheese has melted.
6. Then you can serve with this with:
- french fries with monteray jack and cheddar cheese and leftover
bacon sprinkled on the top with ranch dressing.
(this is really good and is known as cheese fries at Outback- tip: use
fast food fries) YUM!
-steamed vegetables
-baked or mashed potatoes
Other Tip: Use fresh mushrooms instead of canned and they taste much better I think. You can saute them in your skillet with a little garlic and butter or oil.
-Also, you may be able to find honey mustard dressing to subsitute in this recipe.

Lemon Raspberry Pie

Lemon Raspberry Pie
By Tiana Gray

Graham cracker pie crust
Lemon Pudding and Pie Filling (Cook and Serve) 3 cups worth
Cool Whip (can use small container but big one would probably work better)
1 cup raspberries (I buy frozen bag)

To make:
1. Just make your lemon pie filling with the eggs as it says on the
package. Then let it cool. After it has cooled pour half
(11/2 cup) of the pudding into the crust.
2. Then sprinkle one cup of
raspberries on top. Mix most of the cool whip into the remaining
pudding that is in the pot and stir. Then pour that on top of
the raspberries. Then spread more cool whip all by itself on top of
that and garnish with berries if you want.