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

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Pampered Chef Party Online

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to extend to all of you an open invitation to visit my Online Pampered Chef party!!  I know of some really great items that I'm going to get to give to my daughters for Christmas this year.  Here is the link to either browse or shop, if you would like.  Your order will be shipped directly to you. My party starts on November 18th, 2013 and will close on December 10th, 2013.

Here is the link:

Here is a PDF of gifts for under $10.00.

Have fun looking!  Mary

Monday, November 18, 2013

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili

Hi everyone, so sorry about not posting more but hubby has a part-time job now (he was bored sitting around doing nothing in retirement, so he's back to work again) and a lot of times I'm here in the evening by myself.  It's hard to make recipes when it just one eating.  I have been thinking about adapting some of my favorites and seeing if I can make them so it serves just two, we shall see.

I found this recipe on Facebook one day and it looked so good and with cooler weather now upon us, it just plain sounded good too!  I had so much left over that I frozen two containers of it for another really cold day.

This recipe is very thick and has a lot of chicken to it, so it is very filling.  The original poster showed her served over rice, but I just had chips on the side with mine.

This recipe is really easy to put together too, just dump everything in a crock pot.  I will tell you that I added the chicken to the middle and not on top like she instructs you to do.  I did cook mine on LOW for 6 to 8 hours rather than High, and it was just fine.  Also I did not add the one tablespoon of chili powder and cumin, I didn't want if real spicy, I just used one teaspoon of each and it was fine for my family.  If you like spicy, you can adjust those two spices to your taste.

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili
 Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 10  Size: 1 1/4 cups  Old Points: 3 pts  Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 203.7 • Fat: 1.4 g • Carb: 33.3 g • Fiber: 10.0 g  • Protein: 16.9 g

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 16-oz can black beans
  • 1 16-oz can kidney beans
  • 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
  • 10 oz package frozen corn kernels
  • 2 14.5-oz cans diced tomatoes w/chilies
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 24 oz (3-4) boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • chili peppers, chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    Combine beans, onion, chili peppers, corn, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder and taco seasoning in a slow cooker. Place chicken on top and cover. Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Top with fresh cilantro. Also try it with low fat cheese and sour cream (extra points).

    I copied the Weight Watchers information from her blog for any of you that are following WW.  You can click on the link above to go to her blog.

    Well, this is my share for today, hope to be back sooner!  Mary