Friday, May 20, 2011

Dirt Road Sopapilla Cheesecake

Sopapilla Cheesecake

2 cans crescent rolls

2 (8 oz) cream cheese, softened - not low fat - go for the good stuff!

2 C sugar (divided)

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 C butter

ground cinnamon

*Roll one can crescent dough into bottom of greased 9x13 baking pan.

*Stretch dough and pinch seams together to form crust.

*Blend together cream cheese, 1 C sugar and 1 tsp vanilla

*Spread over dough - not too close to edge

* Stretch second can of crescent rolls over cream cheese layer to form top crust

*Melt butter and 1 C sugar and 1 tsp vanilla and pour over crust

*Sprinkle with cinnamon

*Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes

Jalapeno Popper Pizza

Jalapeno Popper Pizza

1 can of pillsbury crescent rolls

2 8oz packages of softened cream cheese

2 cloves of garlic, minced

3/4 cup of real bacon bits

1 8oz package of shredded cheese (I prefer Monty Jack or a Monty Jack mix but Mozz works too)

3 jalapeno peppers, seeds removed and chopped

Spread crescent roll dough on the bottom of a 13x9 casserole dish. Pinch together to make a crust and bake at 375* for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

While that's baking, mix up cream cheese, bacon bits and garlic. When the crust comes out of the oven, spread the cream cheese mixture on top evenly. Sprinkle the peppers all over, and then cover with shredded cheese. Bake for about 15 minutes at the same temp, or until the top is bubbly and melted. Cut and serve.

*if you like it hotter, add more peppers, if you like it milder cut them smaller and use less of them.. but for heaven's sake, do not forget to remove the seeds and don't handle them with your bare hands. They sting when they get in your skin and you don't want to chance rubbing your eyes with that juice in your skin..*

Summertime Strawberry Jello

Strawberry Jello Salad


2 Large boxes Strawberry Jello (reg or sugar free)

2 cups boiling water

2 Large Cans crushed Pineapple, drained well, juice reserved

Whipped Cream

Sour Cream (fat free)

quart of Strawberries, sliced

chopped walnuts, if desired


Dissolve jello in boiling water, add pineapple juice. Cool slightly and stir in pineapple. Chill til slightly set, stirring often. Stir in strawberries. Chill until set. Spread a thin layer of sour cream over the top, and then a thin layer of Cool Whip. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.

**Note: The men in this family really like this jello.**

Grandpa's Favorite Apple Pie

This is a recipe I found using macintosh apples that are my husbands favorite. They are a less tart, quicker cooking apple.

5 cups sliced peeled Macintosh apples
1 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tbls.minute tapioca

Measure in a bowl:
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
Cut in with pastry cutter:
2/3 cup crisco
Measure :
6 level tbls. ice cold water and blend in with
the flour mixture
Divide into 2 balls and roll out one crust on floured
board. Place bottom crust in pie pan
Add apples evenly and dot with butter.
Roll out top crust and place over the pie.
Trim ,seal edges together and then crimp .

Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

My Spaghetti Sauce

I remember a young bride calling me once to tell me she had been thinking about my spaghetti sauce all night. If you use your crockpot leave cover on to retain the heat the first few hours. Hope you like it.

3 large cans Hunt's or home canned whole tomatoes,blended in processor
1 medium can tomato paste
1 medium chopped onion
2 cloves minced garlic or 2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tbls. brown sugar
1 tbls. italian seasoning
1 bay leaf
1 tap basil
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
2 tbls. grated parmesan cheese
Browned Italian Sausage or Meatballs

Cook in a crockpot all day or over low heat
on stove all day stirring occasionally.
Serve over pasta.