Monday, April 21, 2014

Cheesy Shells and Italian Sausage

I made this dish the other day, one pot on the stove top and it came out really good!  No need to cook your pasta in another pot, win!

Now if you don't have a RockCrok, you can easily make this in a 4 quart pan.  It was so easy and all you need to add to it is some Garlic Bread and a salad.  Oh, I used the Traditional Prego sauce, as this is what we like.  Also, I didn't have the chicken stock, so I just used Vegetable stock that I had on hand and it will come out just as delicious.  I also omitted the Croutons, not in the pantry either.

 Enjoy!!  Mary

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Fast 'N Easy Mac and Cheese

Today I want to share with you a Pampered Chef recipe for Macaroni and Cheese that is made in the microwave, this will be nice this summer, no heat and humidity in the kitchen!  The original recipe called for a bigger batch, but I wanted to try it and I was the only one home to eat it the other night, perfect size for two people.

I used the Round Covered Baker from Pampered Chef, it is a stoneware piece and when I went to put the left-overs away 30 minutes later, it was still warm!

Now when I went to the store this morning to get some cheese, I spotted the Smoked Cheddar cheese and thought, "I bet that would add a lot of flavor to it", boy I'm telling you, that made this mac and cheese gourmet!  It added so much flavor to the dish.  I will be making it this way for sure the next time too.

Now there was more in there, but I just could not wait to try it and then I had force myself not to eat it all!  If you don't like smoky flavor, just use all Cheddar cheese.  I will write the recipe as I made it with the original in parenthesize.

Fast 'n Easy Mac 'n Cheese

1 cup elbow macaroni  (2 cups)
1 cup chicken broth  (2 cups)
1 cup Half & Half  (2 cups)
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese  (2 cups)

Oil your Round Covered Baker.  Place macaroni, chicken broth and Half & Half into prepared dish.  Stir and cover with lid.  Heat in the microwave on high for 14 minutes (use turntable or rotate every 2 minutes).  Remove from microwave and add shredded cheese.  Stir and replace the lid and let stand for 10 minutes.  Stir and serve warm.  You can top with bacon, ham or more shredded cheese.  Not all of the liquid will be absorbed.

Now of course, you will need to cook it however it works best in your microwave, some cook hotter then others.  My microwave is a KW 1.25, it is a smaller one too.

If you want this to be completely meatless, then I would use vegetable broth, perfect for Lent then.

I hope you give this a try.  Mary

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pampered Chef Party

My other daughter is having her first time ever Pampered Chef party!!  If anyone would like to place an order, she would be thrilled!  You can have your order shipped directly to you and your credit card is not charged until the show closes.  Here is her link:  Her show will close by March 30th, 2014.

I made this the other night and it is really good!

If you have kids, this is a great gadget and I also have a free e-book with more recipes too!

Here is a cute idea for Easter using the Brownie Pan, I also have a free e-book for lots more ideas too!

Thanks!  Mary

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

English Muffin Pizza

Hi everyone!!  I don't know about you but I'm glad that Spring is only 24 days away!!  The sun is out here today too, but it's still cold.

I think I mention that hubby has a part-time job, got bored being retired, and his hours are so that he works at night.  So I'm on my own for that meal and I tell you what, it's hard to cook for one!  So I've been on the look out for recipes that I can down size to make for myself, a person can eat only so many sandwiches for dinner before you get tired of it!

I found this recipe over on Plain Chicken for these English Muffin Pizzas and had a light bulb moment!  I could easily make this for myself and make it many different ways too.  So I gathered all the necessary ingredients and had a yummy meal!

This would be great for afternoon snacks for the kids after school or even a family meal.

 I used Pepperidge English Muffins for mine and was pleased with their taste and texture.  I also used Classico Traditional pizza sauce, oh my this is really good sauce too!  I would definitely buy this again.  Then I got mozzarella cheese, shredded, pepperoni and went to town making my pizza. One night I fried up one link of Italian sausage for my meat topping, yum!

Now you spread on as much sauce as you want on the cut side of the English muffin (split in half), then add your meat/toppings, you could add some small diced vegetables, if you wanted, then sprinkle on your cheese.  Bake in a preheat 400 degree oven (I used my toaster oven to bake mine).   YUMM-O!!

English Muffin Pizza

English Muffins, split
pizza sauce
mozzarella cheese, shredded
pizza toppings, the sky is the limit
garlic powder, optional

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place the English muffin halves, cut side up, onto a baking sheet.  Spoon some of the pizza sauce onto each half.  Top with mozzarella cheese and your pizza toppings.  Sprinkle with garlic powder.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and browned on the edges.

Hope you give this a try, they are good!   Mary

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Swiss Loaf

Here is another oldie but goodie recipe. My brother shared this recipe with me along time ago. I really like it and it makes wonderful sandwiches with the leftovers, but my family insist that anytime I make meat loaf it has to be my Grandmother's recipe or they won't eat it, sniff..sniff..I like variety. Anyhoo, here is the recipe.

Swiss Meat Loaf

2 pounds hamburger, I always use lean
1- 8 oz. package Swiss cheese, diced or shredded
1/2 cup green pepper, diced
1/2 cup onions, diced
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
1 1/2 teaspoon salt, you probably could use less, remember old recipe
1 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 cup bread crumbs

Mix all of the ingredients together, shape into a loaf and place into a cake pan. If you wanted you could place a rack in your cake pan and than put the loaf on top of the rack to let the drippings fall of the loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour and 30 minutes. Serve 4 to 6.

Sorry no pictures again, but worth sharing with all of you!  Mary

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Crock-Pot Beef Stew

Today I want to share with you a crock-pot recipe that I found in a church cookbook.  Aren't those where we find the best recipes in the first place?!  The title of this recipe is Stayabed Stew, as you can bake this in a 275 degree oven for 8 hours if you don't have a crock-pot.  I really like my crock-pot and like findings new recipes to use in it too.  My family really likes this and I usually serve biscuits with it too, but this last time I made Green Chili Cheddar Loaves in my Pampered Chef Brownie pans.  I'll share that recipe later.

I didn't take step by step pictures because you just put everything in the crock-pot except the peas, you add those just before serving.  Oh and the first picture is missing the onions.

Crock-Pot Beef Stew

2 pounds beef stew meat, cubed (I just buy already cubed stew meat)
1 14.5 ounce can peas, drained
1 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 large potatoes, cubed, peeled or unpeeled
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 10.75 ounce can condensed tomato soup
1 bay leaf

Spray crock-pot liner with PAM.  Mix all of the above in the crock-pot except for the peas.  Cook on LOW for about 8 hours.  Right before serving, add peas and give it a good stir.  Serve.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Broccoli Soup

Today it has turned alittle bit cool, so I thought I would share a soup recipe with you. I like to serve it with a crusty bread and of course, some real butter!  Sorry no picture.

Broccoli Soup

2- 10 oz. packages frozen broccoli
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups half & half
1- 10 1/2 oz. can cream of chicken soup
1/2 teaspoon oregano (I use more like 1/8 teaspoon)
salt and pepper, to taste

Cook broccoli according to package directions in a pot large enough to hold all of the ingredients above; drain. Add the rest of the ingredients and heat thoroughly. Serve. Serves 4 to 6.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Pioneer Beans

Before I went to work this morning I put the fixin's for this soup in the crock-pot (love my crock-pot). Actually I put some of it togther last night, sliced the green onions and the sausage up to make it super easy in the morning for me. As you can see I served it with corn bread.  It must have been good, hubby had two bowls and three slices of cornbread too!! Still have plenty for another meal or two.

I found this recipe in a magazine back in the early 1980's. It is a recipe from Tabasco, so naturally there is Tabasco in the recipe.

Pioneer Beans

1 pound dried lima bean, I like to use small navy beans when I make it
1 pound smoked sausage, sliced, I use Eckridge sausage
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
4 beef bouillon cubes
3/4 teaspoon Tabasco pepper sauce **
6 cups water

Place all ingredients in a crock-pot. Mix well. Cover and cook on High for 8 to 10 hours. Serves 4 to 6.

Now today when I made this I accidentally put it on Low instead and didn't realize it until I came home from work (about 4 hours later). I bumped it up to High for a couple of hours, tried the beans and they were soft, so I put it back down to Low until we were ready to eat. I really think it would have been OK on Low all day. 

**Now this does have alittle bit of a kick to it, if you don't want that, your could add less Tabasco sauce. If you want it more spicy, than add more.

You could easily make half of this recipe.

Hope you all stay warm and cozy........Mary

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Years

Happy New Years to all of you!  I hope you have a happy, healthy year!!!  Mary