Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Easy Turkey Divan

I found this recipe in a magazine many years ago and it's a simple way to use up any
leftover turkey  you might have in the freezer after the holiday.I like to serve it with
baked potato. Or you can buy a thick slice of good turkey from the deli.
Preheat your oven to 350.
Cook 1 10 oz pkg of broccoli spears until almost tender and drain.
Arrange in a 10 x 6 casserole dish.
 Sprinkle 3/4 of a lb cooked turkey over the broccoli.
Mix in a small pan over low heat;
1/4 lb of Velveeta cheese,cut in cubes
1/4 cup miracle whip or mayonaise
1/4 cup milk
 salt & pepper
Pour the cheese sauce over it all and bake for 20 to 25 minutes and serve.

Beef Stroganoff and Noodles in a Jiffy

For years I assumed that I could never like  Beef  Stroganoff   because it just tasted too
much like sour cream and over powered the beef flavor . Then one day I needed to
do something fast with some leftover beef roast  for dinner . I had a couple jars of the
real dark homestylebeef gravy and a jar of sliced mushrooms in my cupboard and I
figured I'd do something over noodles since they cook so quick.
This came together  in a flash and I like it so well we have it often. Use whatever cooked
beef you have but leave it chunky.  Sometimes I even make mini meatballs and
brown them .Then  I add 1/2 cup water and the gravy,cover
and simmer them till they are cooked through.I add
sour cream  at the last minute and toss with hearty shaped pasta. 
Place a large pan of water over to boil  for your noodles and gather all the ingredients.
 Heat in a medium pan;
2 jars of Homestyle beef gravy (Heinz is what I use)
1 small jar sliced mushrooms,drained 
1 -2 cups chopped chunks of cooked beef 
1 tsp worchestshire  sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Stir in last;
1/4 cup sour cream
Cook 1 lb of thick noodles according to the pkg. Drain and toss the gravy and
 meat in with the noodles and serve. 

Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

 Who wouldn't love a a rich, creamy, Chocolate Cheesecake bar to go along
  with a steaming cup of coffee now that the busy holiday season is here?
 Throw these together for all your holiday parties and your chocoholic
 friends and family will adore you forever.
 Preheat your oven to 350 degrees .
 Prepare this crust in small bowl and press in the bottom of a 9 x 13 deep baking pan;
 2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup brown sugar(packed)
 2/3 cup melted butter
 Bake for 10 mins at 350 degrees

 Next in a large mixing bowl beat well ;
 2 (8oz) original cream cheese bars , set out to soften
1 cup sugar
Add in one at a time and beat again;
 4 eggs
 6 Tbs Hersheys Cocoa
 2 tbs.flour
 1 tsp. pure vanilla
 Beat again and pour over the crust. Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 mins.
 Cool to room temperature .

 Cream together with mixer;
 2 ( 8 oz) softened cream cheese bars
 2 Tbs. soft butter
 2 cups confectionery sugar
 1 tsp vanilla
  Beat until really smooth. Spread over cooled chocolate
  layer  and refrigerate for at least 3 hours until set. Cut into
 small squares or serve party size bites on a decorative tray.


Monday, June 10, 2013

Angel Hair Pasta with Beans and Greens


This lighter version of pasta
is my new favorite now-a-days.
It's a quick meal that's so
easy to prepare .
It's very versatile so pick
up your favorite greens
and type of beans and
give this a try .

1/2 box angel hair pasta
or  another spaghetti
2 cloves minced garlic
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
or more if desired
1/2 bunch of  Escarole
or Swiss Chard,  thick
stems removed
1 can cannelini beans,drained
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp. olive oil
1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese

.Cook pasta to Al Dente and drain in strainer.
 Pour chicken broth in the pan with garlic
 and cut escarole .
When greens wilts add the cayenne
 pepper and salt .
Put the pasta back in and reheat.
 Add olive oil.
Gently stir the beans and parmesan cheese
 in and serve.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Shepherd's Pie

   This is my version of a delicious home style meal that can be thrown together
with the ingredients you have already in your cupboards and freezer . Of course
you can substitute green beans for peas , frozen carrots for fresh,or canned peas and
carrots instead. Use whatever you have on hand. Just add the canned veggies
 towards the tail end with the corn.

For mashed potato topping;
Boil 4 large peeled and cubed  potatoes until tender .
Add 1 Tbs oil to large fry pan and saute over low heat for 5 mins;
2 peeled and chopped carrots
1 large chopped onion
1/2 chopped green pepper
 1 cup frozen peas
1 cup beef broth and simmer until liquid is cooked down
   a bit but not dry
Add 1 can drained whole kernel corn.
Pour this mixture into a 9x13 baking pan or
similar  size casserole dish and set aside.

Brown in frying pan ;
1+1/2 lbs of ground beef and drain off fat.
Stir in 1 can undiluted tomato soup,
1 tsp garlic powder,
1 tsp Italian seasonings
salt and pepper to your taste
Mix this together in the casserole with veggies .
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mash potatoes with butter,milk,salt and pepper and drop scoops
 of potatoes over top of the meat veggie mixture.Gently spread
to cover completely.
Sprinkle shredded cheddar, monterey jack or whatever cheese
 you might have on hand  over potatoes and cover dish with foil.
Bake at 350 for 45 mins. Uncover and bake for 15 mins to
 lightly brown potatoes a bit.
Remove from oven and let set 10 mins to allow potatoes to firm a little.

This makes 6 generous servings or 8 smaller.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

This is another recipe from that really old cookbook I have that
doesn't give exact measurements on the flour amount.
These are thick , soft  cookies with the occasional crack in
them like the old days.

Beat in Lg. bowl;
1 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
1 cup molasses
4 tsp.s  soda
2 tsp.s  ginger
2 tsp.s  cinnamon
1/2 ground cloves
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
Alternate into batter;
2 cups flour
1 cup sour milk ( tsp vinegar to regular milk)
 Add up to 4 cups more  flour to make a soft dough.
 Start with 3 and add more as needed to be able to roll  them out.
 Sprinkle board with flour, roll 1/4 thick and cut out in large circles.
 Sprinkle sugar on tops and bake 5 to 8 mins in 375 mins.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Orange Jello Fruit Salad

This is a tasty jello salad that sets up quicker because you add ice cubes to it.  Feel  free to experiment with other flavors of jello. Also  you may double the recipe as well.
1 pkg. 3 oz. orange jello in 3/4 cup boiling water .

2 cups ice cubes stirring constantly until jello starts to thicken about
 3 to 5 mins. and remove any unmelted chunks of ice .
1 cup thawed cool whip and blend till smooth.

1  11 oz. can mandarin oranges (drained well)
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 can 15 oz . crushed pineapple in syrup(drained well)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Pour into serving bowl or dessert glasses and chill till completely set. Garnish with extra fruit if desired.
Makes 4 cups or 8 servings 


 Mexican food is so yummy and here is my version of cheesy baked enchilada's.

2 lbs lean g. beef
1 packet taco seasoning mix

2 small( 8oz) can's mild green chili enchilada sauce
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups sliced black olives
2 small cans mild white Queso cheese sauce
I package large size package tortilla wraps

optional toppings;
sour cream
green onions
Sliced jalepenos
diced tomatoes
shredded lettuce

Prepare beef according to taco seasoning packet.
Add 1 cup sliced olives,and cheddar cheese.

Pour one can green chili sauce in a pie plate.
Wet each tortilla with that and spoon some meat
down the middle of each.
Roll them up tucking sides in like burritos.
Place seam side down in large baking dish.

Blend remaining can of green sauce and 2
cans of white queso sauce and cover rolled tortillas.
Sprinkle the olives over top
and bake them for about 45 mins.

Add toppings of your choice at the table.

No Bake Banana Cream Pie

I love this pie because I can throw it together in a jiffy. Hope you enjoy it.
 Ingredients you will need;
 graham cracker pie crust
 nonfat dry milk
 cool whip
 chocolate syrup
 instant banana pudding
 Line a graham cracker pie crust with 2 medium sliced bananas and set aside
 Beat in a bowl well;
1 - 4 oz. box of instant banana pudding
 2/3 cup nonfat dry milk
1+1/3 cup cold water
 Blend into pudding ;
 1/4 cup cool whip and pour over the bananas. Chill for 15 mins.
 Spread 3/4 's cup cool whip evenly over the pudding.
 Drizzle chocolate syrup over the cool whip.
 Sprinkle with chopped nuts if desired and chill well.