Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Banana Cream Pie

First "make" the crust. I DON'T make crust! I buy it at the store and unroll it. Just follow the instructions on the box. (Why torture yourself?)

For the filling:
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup starch
1/2 tsp salt
1 envelope unflavored gelatine
3 cups milk
4 egg yolks
Cook this mixture on the stove until thick, about 15 minutes. Add 2 T butter and 1 T vanilla.
Whip 1 cup whipping cream and fold into this mixture with 4 cut up bananas.
Pour into 2 baked pie crusts and refrigerate.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Taco Soup

Another one from my Mother In Law...........

1 lb hamburger, browned
2 cans Mexican stewed tomatoes
2 cans kidney beans
1 can corn
1 can tomato soup
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
1 cup water

Dump everything into a pot and heat on the stove for about 10 minutes. That's it!! Just how I like it, quick and easy. (This makes quite a bit, I usually end up freezing half.)

Serve with cornchips, shredded cheese, etc.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Pepperoni Stromboli

OK- I'm totally cheating!! I took a picture of this recipe card I tore out of a magazine. Trust me, the one I made wasn't pretty, almost inedible looking.) So this is what it's SUPPOSED to look like when you're done...........
1 pkg refrigerated pizza crust (13.8 oz)
1/2 cup spaghetti sauce
1/4 tsp dried oregano
8 oz sliced pepperoni
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out crust on a greased baking sheet. Spread spaghetti sauce in a strip down the center. Sprinkle with oregano, pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. Fold crust in half; pinch ends to seal. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Serves 4-6

I wish I remembered which magazine I stole this one from to give them credit. It's been in my recipe box forever and I don't have a clue where it came from.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Crock-Pot Roast Beef

Buy a small/medium roast.
Put it in the crock pot with:

1 packet onion soup mix
1 can cream of chicken or mushroom soup
2 cups water
6-8 peeled potatoes and carrots

Cook on high for 6-8 hours.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Orange Chicken

Before the sauce...........
With the sauce..............
Around 2 pounds of chicken, cut up
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 eggs beaten
oil for frying

1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 Tbl orange juice
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 1/2 Tbl soy sauce
1 Tbl finely grated orange peel
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp ginger root (I didn't know what this was, so I used ground ginger?)
1/2 tsp garlic
2 Tbl finely chopped green onion
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
3 Tbl cornstarch
1/4 cup water

Combine the flour, salt and pepper. Dip the chicken in the eggs, then in the flour mixture and fry in the oil until it's cooked through.

In a saucepan, combine the 1 1/2 cups water, lemon juice, orange juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. Stir and cook over medium heat for a few minutes. Stir in the brown sugar, orange peel, ginger, garlic and onion. Bring to a boil. In a separate bowl, combine the cornstarch and 1/4 cup water. Pour into sauce and stir until it thickens a little. Pour over the chicken.

This wasn't quite as good as our favorite chinese place, but a close second. Maybe if I knew what ginger root was............

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine (As you can see, I used half Fettuccine and half Spaghetti, I wasn't about to run to the store for one measly ingredient.)
1 cup half-and-half, or whipping cream
3 Tbl margarine or butter
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp pepper

Cook the Fettuccine according to the package directions. Also, cook the chicken and cut into bite sized strips. In a saucepan; combine the cream, butter, cheese and pepper. Stir and heat, but don't boil. Add in the chicken and pour over the noodles.

Sometimes I add peas to the sauce, we had them on the side this time.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Cafe' Rio Pork Barbacoa

5-6 Pounds Pork Roast
1 Tbls. Cumin
1 C. Brown Sugar
12 Ounces La Victoria Taco Sauce
20 Ounces Coca Cola

Place roast in a crock pot and add water halfway up roast. Cook on low for 12 hours. Drain out the water and add the remaining ingredients, then cook for 4 more hours. Shred the pork and cook for 2 more hours. (18 hours total!!)

I stole this recipe off of a website. I'm not sure if it really is the Cafe' Rio recipe or not. You can be the judge of that.

Obviously this is going to make a ton. I'm planning on freezing the leftovers.

(This can be used in tacos, burritos, quesadillas, salad, whatever!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


I must have been a weird child. While most kids were requesting pizza and mac & cheese, I was requesting artichokes. These were my FAVORITE when I was little. I still love them, but I don't make them very often because HELLO, they are expensive!! No wonder my parents only bought them on "special occasions."
Put them in a large pot and boil for about 45 minutes-1 hour.

Serve with butter and a little lemon juice mixed together for dipping.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Homemade Pizza

Oh my gosh! This is one ugly pizza!! I'm almost embarrassed to post it..........almost. I'd like to say it's ugly because the kids helped, or maybe it got tossed on the floor. But, I don't really have an excuse. It's just ugly because I made it that way!!! I "made" the crust by using a pizza crust mix. These are around 30-35 cents and come in individual boxes/packets. (I usually use Jiffy or Great Value.) You just add water, and roll it out. As you can see, I got the edges nice and neat. lol

Next, you spread on the sauce. (I used spaghetti sauce.) Now, sprinkle on some grated cheese, and add the toppings. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes.

We actually made two pizza's. The other one was vegetarian style. I WAS too embarrassed to post it. If you can believe it, it looked even worse than this one! Maybe I'll try the refrigerated dough next time.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

BBQ Flavored Chicken

Put some fresh or frozen chicken breasts/tenders/wings/whatever in an electric fry pan and pour some barbecue sauce on top with a little water. (I used 8-9 frozen chicken tenders and about 1/2 bottle sauce.) Cook this at 3oo degrees, turning it over every once in awhile until it is no longer pink inside. (It took about 20 minutes.)

It doesn't matter if you use frozen or fresh meat. But, it will take a little longer to cook if you start with it frozen.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Shortcut Enchiladas

Okay, I've been completely neglecting this blog! I've made some repeat meals, we had a pizza party, I've been lazy, and I've been spending all my computer time (naps and after bedtime) on my other blog. So, there's my excuse. But, tonight I tried a new one I found in a magazine and it actually turned out pretty well. Of course I forgot to take a pic!

Now, don't tell anyone this is what you did, they'll never know the difference! Take full credit for the wonderful meal you "slaved" over.

10 frozen chimichangas or burritos (I used the $3 package walmart beef/bean chimichangas)
1 small can enchilada sauce (I used the Walmart "Red Sauce")
1-2 cups grated cheese

Place the little frozen cheaters on a pan or cookie sheet. Pour the enchilada sauce over the top. Sprinkle on the cheese. Bake at 375 for about 30 minutes. Serve with whatever toppings you want.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Breakfast Casserole

More breakfast for dinner, what can I say?

6-7 eggs
1 cup milk
1-2 cups grated cheese
frozen hash browns (enough to cover the bottom of the dish)
sausage or bacon (about 1/2 pound)

Spread the frozen hash browns across the bottom of a medium casserole dish. (I actually used some leftover baked potatoes that I grated up.) Sprinkle the cooked sausage or bacon on top. In a bowl, mix together the eggs and the milk, then pour this over the meat. Sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

BBQ Pork Sandwiches

Buy some boneless pork ribs. These are usually really cheap if you buy the big package. I usually get the five pounder and use half of it for this, and freeze the rest.

Put the pork in the crock-pot with a bottle of barbecue sauce. Cook on high for about 6-8 hours. Shred it up, and throw it on the bun. That's it.

This makes a ton, even with only using half of the 5 pound package. You can freeze the leftovers for another night.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Fruit Crepes

2 beaten eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 Tbl vegetable oil
1 cup flour
2 Tbl sugar

Mix everything together well. Pour 3-4 Tbl of the mix into a heated skillet. (If you use anything but a skillet with a non-stick surface, you will have to grease it first.) Spread the batter out thinly by tilting the pan slightly in all directions. Let it cook a little, then flip it over and just lightly brown both sides.

Add whatever fruit you want to the middle and roll it up. We put whipped topping on the top of ours. I know some people put cream cheese in with the fruit. Whatever trips your trigger!

These are more of breakfast/dessert type crepes. If you would rather have less sweet "dinner crepes" with meat, eggs, vegetables etc, use this same recipe, except take out the sugar and add 1/4 tsp salt instead.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Barbecue Steaks

We fired up the grill again last night. (Even though the wind blew the ENTIRE time we were cooking.) We had planned to eat outside, but WHATEVER.