Tuesday, March 31, 2009
12 ounces short pasta (shells, spirals, etc)
1 to 1 1/2 pounds broccoli, cut into small florets
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped.
(If you don't like walnuts, I think almond slivers might work well.)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
salt & pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 3/4 cup of the cooking water, drain the pasta, and return it to the pot.
Meanwhile, on a rimmed baking sheeet, toss the broccoli, walnuts, oil, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Roast, tossing once, until the broccoli is tender, 18 to 20 minutes.
Toss the pasta with the broccoli mixture, butter, and 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water. (Add more water if the pasta seems dry.) Sprinkle with the Parmesan before serving.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
4 cups frozen hash browns (at least partially thawed) - Today I had potatoes o'brien in the freezer, and it was especially tasty
1 cube melted butter or margarine
Press hash browns into the bottom of a 9x13. Pour melted butter on top. Bake for 425 for 25 minutes.
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cups sausage
4 cups cheese - a combo of 2 would be tasty. I had the cheese blend from the big Costco bag
2 chopped green onions
Pour on top of the hash browns and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
Seth ate it all, Abigail about half, and Zachary none. About typical for dinner around here. I'm sure it would also work to cut the recipe in half and make in an 8x8.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I usually add a layer of frozen corn, then a generous layer of tator tots.
In a mixing bowl, stir together 1 can evaporated milk, 1 can cream of chicken, 1 can cream of mushroom (or substitute for another "cream of" for you mushroom-hatin' Oshels).
Pour the soup mixture over the TOP of the casserole. This is the trick I picked up recently. Before I used to put the tots on top and it wasn't nearly as good.
Monday, March 23, 2009
This was one of my Grandma's recipes. It originally called for "deli thin diced chicken, cut into thin strips." I'm not sure exactly what that would be, and I didn't have any chicken anyways, so I used ham lunch meat.
1 1/2 to 2 cups cooked rice
1 egg white
1 Tbl chopped green onions
Beat together and spread into a greased 10" pie plate. Bake at 350 for 5 minutes.
2 ounces of deli meat of your choice
1 egg white
1 can evap milk
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 grated cheddar
2 green onions, chopped
Sprinkle meat onto rice crust.
Beat eggs, egg white, evap milk, and salt. Stir in 1/2 cup cheese and green onions. Pour into crust. Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese. Bake for 35 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
Let stand at least 10 minutes before serving.
The recipe says you can top each wedge with a tomato slice, but I think that is a silly idea. :)
We ate this with some oatmeal muffins and mandarin oranges. All three kids cleaned their plates, which is quite remarkable considering it had green things in it. Maybe it was because Nathanael ran them around outside for hours and they were famished! Either way, I'll take it.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
6-7 slices of bread, crusts removed
3 cups of grated cheddar
2 cups milk
1 tbl minced onion
1 tsp Johnny's Seasoning Salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13. Arrange the bread in one layer on the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle with half of the cheese. In a medium bowl mix together the milk, eggs, and seasonings. Pour over bread and cheese. Sprinkle remaining cheese on the top. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Let sit at least 5 minutes before serving.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
4 chicken breasts
1 can bamboo shoots
1 bottle Trader Joe's red or yellow curry sauce
1 can coconut milk
2 cups jasmine rice
In a mixing bowl, combine curry sauce and coconut milk. Stir well.
Place chicken in a 9x11 glass pan and spread bamboo over the chicken evenly.
Pour sauce over chicken and bamboo.
Bake at 350 for one hour.
Service with jasmine rice
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
This recipe started from Mom. I've been making them as long as I can remember baking. I often use the big box of Jello and double.
3/4 C shortening (part butter)
1/2 C sugar
1 small (3 oz) package of Jello. Any flavor will do.
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Roll into balls and flatten with glass dipped in sugar. Or today I used a stone cookie press.
Bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes.
These also make great cut out cookies. Just chill the dough for a while first. I tend to make these for holidays. Green for St. Patrick's day, pink for Valentines, orange for Halloween, etc. They will bake faster though. Try 350 degrees, and keep your eye on them after 6 minutes.
Note: I just made grape for the first time, and it wasn't a great idea. Purple Jell-O plus yellow eggs makes brown cookies. Some red food die saved the day into an odd pink color, but I'd just pick another option next time.
In the crockpot, starting at the bottom:
4-5 diced potatoes -I had yellow ones on hand and they were so good
layer of frozen meatballs - I usually have the Costco ones, but I'm sure anything would work
stir together and pour over - 1 cream of celery soup, 1 can of tomato sauce, 1 can of chicken broth
saute one diced onion and put on top
Cook on low all day.
I thought it would be fun to make bagels with the kids. They did get a kick out of helping and watching the first few steps, but then lost interest and I was stuck doing 101 little steps to finish them. It isn't like it was hard to do, but hard to keep up with the rest of the house in the process. I found myself thinking I should never make them again, but then they did turn out pretty tasty. So who knows. Next time I will at least do it on a morning Nathanael is here to help with the kids.
This is straight out of the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook, with some minor adjustments and notes from me.
- 4-1/4 to 4-3/4 cups bread flour
- 1 package active dry yeast (or about 3 tsp if you have bulk)
- 1-1/2 cups warm water (120 degree F to 130 degree F)
- 3 tablespoons sugar + 1 tbl later
- 1 teaspoon salt
In a large mixing bowl (I used my big mixer) combine 2 cups of the flour and the yeast. Add the water, 3 tbl sugar, and salt. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 seconds. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon (I switched to my dough hook), stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.
Turn dough onto floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes total.) (I used the mixer for about 4 minutes, and then let the kids have at it.) Cover dough and let rest for 10 minutes.
Working quickly, divide into 12 portions and roll into balls. Punch a hole in the center of each ball. Pull center of dough gently and evenly to make a 2-inch hole. Place on lightly greased baking sheet; cover and let rise 20 minutes (start timing after the first bagel is shaped).
While bagels are still rising, in a 12-inch skillet (or a big pot) bring 6 cups of water and the 1 tbl sugar to boiling. Preheat broiler.
Broil bagels 5 inches from heat 3 to 4 minutes, turning once (tops should not brown). Turn off broiler; preheat oven to 375 degree F. (Mine turned brown, but still turned out fine.)
Lower 6 bagels, 1 at a time, into boiling water. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 7 minutes, turning once. (Since I used a pot I did 3 rounds of 4 bagels.)
Remove bagels with slotted spatula; set on paper towels. Repeat with remaining bagels.
Place bagels on greased baking sheet. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 25 minutes or until golden. Cool on a wire rack. Makes 12 bagels.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
In the morning, put all the veggies plus the meat in the slow cooker and stir in one can of beef gravy. You could also make the gravy yourself or make up one of the slow-cooker powder packets.
Cook it on the LOW setting all day or the HIGH setting for half the day.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Zachary: Knock Knock
Me: Who's there?
Me: Banana who?
Zachary: Banana chocolate oatmeal!
So today when I was making some banana bread to use up the bananas that got smooshed in the car ride snack bag, I decided to make it into banana chocolate oatmeal bread.
Mix wet ingredients:
2 cups mooshed bananas
1 cup applesauce
1 1/2 cups sugar
Mix dry ingredients:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oats
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
Combine wet and dry.
Add 1 cup chocolate chips.
Pour into two bread pans.
Bake 50 minutes or so at 350 degrees.
Monday, March 2, 2009
First, boil the ribs for about an hour. I wouldn't boil them for less than an hour, but you could boil them longer (up to 2 hours). Then baste in BBQ sauce (all sides) and either put on the barbecue or bake in the oven at 250 degrees for 30 minutes.