Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Scalloped Potatoes

2 to 3 pounds of yukon or russett Potatoes - sliced
1 1/2 cups half and half
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 bay leaves
1 tsp pepper
2 to 3 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic

cook in pan on stove until almost tender

grease 9x13 dish, pour into pan

sprinkle with swiss cheese on top

cook at 425 for 20 min

if you make ahead let get to room temp before cooking

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Red Curry with Chicken & Veggies

4 chicken breasts
1 jar THAI Red Curry sauce (in a jar - located in Asian/Thai section at store)
1 can coconut milk
1 heaping spoonful of creamed coconut (in cans - located in the drinks section at store)
1 Tbs. Red Curry Paste (to taste)
S&P (to taste)
Sugar (to taste)
Cayenne Pepper (to taste)

Veggies (use any or all):
Snow Peas
Carrots - thin sliced
Bell Peppers - red, green &/or yellow

Slice up chicken breast really thin. Saute in pam until cooked through. Pour in Red Curry (Thai sauce in a bottle), Coconut milk, and a scoop of creamed coconut. Coconut milk is not sweet and creamed coconut is sweet. You'll need just enough to make it a thick soup consistency. Let it come to a gentle boil. Season to taste with Red Curry paste, S&P, Sugar and Cayenne Pepper. If you want it spicy, add more Red Curry paste and/or Cayenne pepper. Add veggies just before you're ready to serve. Let them cook just until tender. It's really easy to overcook them, so just watch it carefully.

Serve over rice.

Pineapple Fried Rice

Cook your rice like normal. Use an electric skillet or a frying pan to fry the rice. First, use about 1 Tbs butter and scramble 1-2 eggs. Then add more butter and pour in the cooked rice. Season with Curry powder, Sugar, S&P. Add green peppers, pineapple and cashews. Toss all around until everything is coated with the curry powder. Taste as you go...add more sugar and curry powder as needed.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cafe Rio


2 1/2 lbs Pork Tender thawed (roast style)
1 1/2 C brown sugar with
1 1/2 C salsa
1 can coke
(just do equal parts of brown sugar & salsa - how ever much you think you need/want)

Put pork in Crock-Pot and pour mixture over it. Cook it on low for 7 hrs (or until meat is cooked). Shred pork and cook an additional 30 min minimum. The pork will absorb all the juices.

Cafe Rio Rice

3 cups rice
4 cups water
4 tsp. chicken bouillon
1 Tbs. butter
1/2 onion chopped
4 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 can diced green chilies
1/2 tsp. salt

Saute onion and garlic with the butter until the onion is soft. Add the rice and water and all other ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

Creamy Cilantro Tomatillo Salad Dressing

1 package dry Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 cup cilantro, chopped
2 cloves garlic
3 tomatillos (skin off)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Put all ingredients into a blender. Chill before serving and it will thicken.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Hawaiian Chicken

4 - 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 c. vinegar
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 c. pineapple juice
1 can pineapple tidbits or crushed pineapple
1 c. sliced green peppers
1/2 c. - 1 c. sliced onion (your preference)

Pound out the chicken breast with a meat tenderizer, and cut each breast into about 3 pieces. Flour the chicken, and brown it on both sides in a little bit of oil. Place it in a 9x13 dish. Salt & pepper the chicken lightly.

Mix the brown sugar, cornstarch, salt, vinegar, pineapple juice & soy sauce in a saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, until it's clear and thickened (add extra cornstarch if needed). Pour the sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle onion, peppers and pineapple over the chicken. Cover and bake at 350 for 1 hour - 1 1/2 hours. Serve over rice. Serves 6 - 8.

(*I usually double the sauce recipe and use the extras to serve with the rice)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Alfredo Sauce

1/2 cup butter
3 oz. cream cheese
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
S & P to taste

Melt the butter. Add cream cheese, whipping cream and garlic. Gently boil, then reduce the heat. Add the paremesan cheese and S & P.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Natalie's Mexican Rice

2 c. rice
2-3 T. oil
4 c. chicken broth
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
2-3 T. chopped green onions
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper

Add oil and rice to pan. Lightly brown rice over medium heat. Add all other ingredients. Increase heat and bring rice to a boil. Stir rice, then cover and reduce heat to low. Keep covered and cook for 25-30 min. May need to be stirred once during cooking.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Grilled Veggies

Sliced peppers (red, yellow, green)
Zucc. and summer squash

Put in baggie, add olive oil, kosher salt and Monterey steak seasonings. Cook in microwave for 2 mins then pour into grill basket and grill on BBQ.

Go Juice for Steaks

1 cube butter
1/2 of lemon pour over steaks when cooked

Grilled Mahi Mahi with TOMATO BASIL SALSA

Chop tomatoes
Chop purple onion
Add fresh basil snipped
Kosher salt
Balsamic vinegar
Olive oil

Mix all together and serve with Grilled Mahi Mahi

Friday, May 9, 2008

Sweet and Sour Pork Sandwiches

Another Easy Recipe

Cook a pork roast in the crock pot overnight with a little bit of water, salsa, and brown sugar. Once it is cooked, shred the pork and add more salsa and brown sugar. That's it! Then serve it on a yummy roll. Perfect for a Jazz party.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Rice Pilaf for Beef

1/2 lb butter
1 chopped onion
1 tsp oregano
1 can mushrooms (or cooked fresh ones)
2 cups uncooked rice
3 cans beef consumme (you'll find it in the campbells can section)
2 cups water

Saute onion in butter in a pan until onions are cooked soft. Add all ingredients in a pot and simmer for 20 minutes. Then transfer to a 9x13, cover with foil. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Quick & Easy!

I've been asked if we have some more simple-type meals, and the answer is yes! We make these quite often and don't really use a recipe for them. (So I'll try to make out the measurements).

Hawaiian Chicken (Lisha's)
4 chicken breasts diced up into bite size chunks
1 large can diced pineapple 
1 green pepper - chopped up
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce 
(you can do more of honey & soy sauce to your taste)

Pour some flour, salt & pepper, and a little garlic powder into a plastic bag. After chicken is diced put into bag and shake it around to cover chicken. In a big pan - pour some oil in and heat up. Then place breaded chicken in the pan. Cook the chicken through. Then add pineapple, honey, and soy sauce. Cover and let simmer for about 10 mins. Add green peppers and simmer for about 5 mins. Serve over rice! 

Crouton Chicken 
Chicken breasts cut into strips/pieces
1 - 2 eggs

Cut chicken breast in like 3 or 4 pieces, and then pound out with a meat tenderizer. Put about 1/2 box of croutons (our favorite kind is Ms. Cubbison's Restaurant Style) into a bag and smash to be crumbs. (You can use a meat tenderizer or rolling pin). And then put the crumbs in a bowl. Beat the egg in a bowl. Dip each piece of chicken in the egg first, and then the crouton crumbs. Grease a cookie sheet and lay chicken on it. Bake at 350. Serve with honey mustard dip and cheesy mashed potatoes.

Honey Mustard Dip
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
Big squirt of Mustard
Big squirt of Honey

Stir up to be smooth.

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
5-6 potatoes (depending one how many you're feeding)
1/2 pack of 8 oz. cream cheese 
1/2 cube butter
(about) 1/2 cup milk
Salt & Pepper
Garlic Powder (to taste)

Peel potatoes and then cut into chunks. Boil potatoes in water until tender. Drain water and then beat potatoes with hand mixer and add other ingredients. Mix until smooth. Pour potatoes into a 9x13 pyrex and cover the top with cheese. Either bake in the oven at 350 until cheese is bubbly or throw in the microwave until cheese is bubbly.

BBQ Chicken Pizza
1 Boboli pizza crust (I like thin crust)
KC Masterpiece Original BBQ Sauce
2 chicken breasts
A few slices of purple onion
Mozzarella cheese

Dice up chicken breast into small bite size pieces. Cook chicken in a pan on the stove with a little oil. When cooked through, add some bbq sauce to chicken. Get your crust and pour some bbq sauce on it and spread all over. Spread chicken on it next. Chop up some purple onion and sprinkle over chicken (however much onion you like). Next, chop up some cilantro (again, however much you like). Shred your cheese (or buy it already shredded) and sprinkle lots of top. Then sprinkle a little more cilantro on top to make it look pretty. Bake at about 375 until cheese is bubbly. Enjoy!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Diana's Breakfast Casserole

1 1/2 - 2 lbs. sausage or diced ham
1 1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. salt
1 lb. hashbrowns
1 dozen eggs
1 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
2 cups grated cheese

If using sausage, cook it. Spray 9x13 with pam. Place hashbrowns in pan, then the cooked meat. Mix eggs, milk, seasonings, and cheese. Pour over the hashbrowns/meat. Cover with foil and refrigerate over night. Bake at 350 for 45-60 min. Remove foil for last 15 min to brown top.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Ben Prince's Marinara

2 lb. Hamburger – brown and drain
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lg. onion, chopped

Sauté both together in olive oil until cooked through, then add to hamburger.

2 – 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
2 – 14.5 oz. cans petite diced tomatoes
1/4 c. Basil
1/3 – 1/2 c. sugar
Salt to taste
Oregano to taste
2-3 shredded carrots
1 shredded zucchini

Bring to a boil, then simmer for 2 hours. Stir occasionally.

Larson's Lasagna

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 med. Onion
2 cloves garlic
1 lg. can petite diced tomatoes
1 sm. can tomato paste
1 lg. can tomato sauce
Italian seasoning
4 Tbs. sugar
1 Bay leaf
Salt & Pepper to taste
12 Lasagna noodles
Cottage cheese, sm. curd
1-2 lb. mozzarella & cheddar cheese

Cook lasagna noodles to package directions, and set aside. Fry meat until cooked, drain off fat, and return to sauce pan. Blend onion, garlic and tomato sauce in blender until smooth or small chunks. Add sauce to meat, add diced tomatoes & tomato paste. Sprinkle Italian seasoning to cover sauce completely. Add sugar and other seasons. Simmer for 1 hour. Layer: sauce, noodles, cottage cheese, grated cheese, and repeat, finishing with cheese. Cover & bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Uncover at the end to brown the top.

Mimi's Lasagna

1 – 16 oz. box lasagna
1 lb. Italian Sausage
2 lg. cans chopped tomatoes
1 packet spaghetti sauce seasoning
16 oz. cottage cheese + 2 eggs
2 lb. grated cheese (mozzarella, cheddar or any)

Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions, and set aside. Fry the sausage until cooked, roll into a paper towel to remove grease. Mix tomatoes and seasoning; add meat to the sauce. Layer: sauce, noodles, cottage cheese, grated cheese, and repeat. Bake at 350° for 45-60 minutes.

Beef Stroganoff

½ cup butter
½ cup minced onion
1 lb. ground beef
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
2 Tbs. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 lb. mushrooms
¼ tsp. pepper
¼ tsp. paprika
½ tsp. accent
1 can cr. Mushroom soup
1 cup sour cream

Sauté onions and mushrooms in butter. Add ground beef until browned. Add rest – stir in sour cream and soup. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve over noodles.

Beef Broccoli Pie

1 lb. ground beef
3 oz. cream cheese
10 oz. broccoli
1 egg – beaten
¼ cup onion – chopped
4 oz. grated cheese
2 Tbs. flour
¼ tsp. garlic salt
¾ tsp. salt
1 ½ cup milk
2 pkgs. Pillsbury crescent rolls

Brown hamburger. Drain. Mix in flour and milk. Put in pan and add all other ingredients. Roll out crescent rolls to fit in pie pan. Pour meat mixture onto dough in pie pan. Put grated cheese on top of mixture. Cover with a rolled out piece of crescent dough. Seal all edges and bake at 350° for 30 minutes.

Sour Cream Pot Roast

1 beef rump roast 4+ lbs.
1 chopped onion
1 cup sour cream
8 lg. carrots - diced
2 cups celery - diced
2 or more tomatoes - diced
Salt & pepper

Brown all sides of roast. Add onion. Pour sour cream over and simmer slowly till tender – 3-4 hours. Add vegetables the last 15 min. Serve over mashed potatoes.

Quiche Lorraine

1/2 lb. bacon
2 cups cream
4 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
Pinch of pepper
Pinch of nutmeg
1 tsp. chives
3 sm. green onions
1/4 cup grated swiss cheese

Cook bacon and crumble. Sauté onions. Put bacon, onions, chives, and cheese in uncooked pie shell. Beat milk and eggs in blender with spices. Pour over bacon in pie shell. Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes until golden. Knife inserted should come out clean. Let cool 5 minutes before cutting and serving.

Rice Pilaf

1 cube butter
1 cup fine noodles
1 1/2 cup white rice
3 cups chicken broth

Break noodles into small pieces (rolling pin). Melt butter in frying pan. Add noodles and cook over low to medium heat. Until golden, stirring occasionally. Wash uncooked rice 3 times. Add to noodles and butter and stir to mix. Add chicken broth and salt. Bring to boil then turn down heat and cover as you would for rice. Cook for 30 minutes.

Yams Casserole

3 cups cooked, mashed yams
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup milk

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 Tbs. butter, melted
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut

Mix all yams ingredients. Pour into greased 8x8 pan. Sprinkle topping over yams. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 350°. Cover at end if topping looks too crispy. If made in advance, put topping on right before cooking.

Sour Cream Potato Casserole

6 lg. potatoes
1/4 cube melted butter
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/3 cup chopped onions
1 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded cheese

1 cup crushed corn flakes
2 Tbs melted butter

Wash potatoes and boil with skins on. Peel off skins when cool. Dice or grate potatoes into large bowl and add all ingredients. Spread in 9x13 pan. Sprinkle topping on and cover casserole. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes. Uncover for the last 10 minutes.

Gable House Potatoes

5 slices bacon - crumbled
2 cups grated cheese
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup butter
2 Tbs green onion
1/2 tsp salt
6 lg. potatoes

Mix sour cream, cheese, butter and minced green onion. Refrigerate mixture overnight (optional). Bake potatoes for 1 hr. 15 min at 400°. Make a slit in top of potato and squeeze open. Prick at white part of potato with a fork to loosen insides. Scoop on heaping scoop of topping and sprinkle with crumbled bacon pieces. Return to oven for about 5 minutes to melt topping.

Debbie Draper's Scalloped Potatoes

8 lg. potatoes
1 pt. sour cream
10 oz. grated cheese
Green onions
1/2 cup milk
Salt & pepper to taste
1 can cream of mushroom soup
Bread crumbs & butter

Boil clean potatoes in skin. Let cool. Skin and grate. Add all other ingredients. Top with melted butter and breadcrumbs. Cover and bake at 300 for 30 minutes.

Monte Cristo Sandwiches

4 eggs - room temp.
1 Tbs baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups milk
2 cups flour

Swiss cheese

Blend on high in blender. Make sandwiches with ham, turkey and cheese. Stick toothpick(s) through middles of sandwiches to keep them together while cooking. Cut off crusts and saturate sandwich in batter. Heat oil in deep pan and deep fry sandwiches until golden. Cut sandwich in half crosswise when done and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with strawberry jam and/or mustard.

Tuna Bake

2 cans tuna - drained
An 8 oz. pkg. noodles
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1 cup grated cheese
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, melted

Boil noodles according to package directions. Mix noodles with all other ingredients. Sprinkle topping over all and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Sherrie Gubler's Baked Beans

½ lb. hamburger
½ lb. bacon
1 cup chopped onion*
½ cup ketchup
1 tsp. salt
¾ cup brown sugar
2 Tbs. prepared mustard
1/2 Tbs. vinegar
1 #2 can Pork & Beans
1 #2 can kidney beans

Brown hamburger. Brown bacon. Sauté onions in oil of either one. Drain oil off. Mix all ingredients together and pour into a baking dish. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes.
* Use some green onions if you have them.

Marinate for Turkey

Turkey breasts cut up into 3x3 size pieces
2 cups 7-Up
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup oil

Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Put turkey in and stir. Cover and seal tight. Marinate over-night. Stir when possible. Barbeque turkey breasts.

Chili Rellenos Con Queso

(Chilies Stuffed with Cheese)
1/4 lb. Monterey Jack cheese
1 can peeled whole green chilis
2 eggs
2 Tbs. flour
Crisco for frying

Cut cheese into rectangles about 1/2" think and 2 1/2" long. Wrap chili around each piece of cheese. Roll in flour. Make a batter by beating the whites of eggs until stiff and beating the yolks slightly. Fold yolks into whites, then fold in flour. Drop the stuffed and floured chilies into the batter one at a time. Transfer to a saucer: then slide from saucer into about 1 1/2" of moderately hot oil. Fry until golden on each side. Drain well and let stand.

Chili Rellenos Sauce
1/2 med. onion - chopped
1 clove garlic - crushed
1 Tbs oil
1 can crushed tomatoes
2 cups chicken broth
Salt & pepper

Cook onion and garlic in oil until limp. Add tomatoes and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and oregano. When ready to serve, heat the chilies in the boiling sauce for about 5 minutes.

Chile Verde

3-4 lbs. pork roast, cubed
1 lg. can petite diced tomatoes
2 cans diced tomatoes w/jalepeno
1 sm. can diced green chilis
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, pressed/minced

Place everything except cilantro into a crock pot. Cook on low for a full day (or high for 1/2 day, stirring occasionally). When ready to serve, add 1/3 bunch chopped cilantro. Serve with rice, hot tortillas, quesadillas (our fav) or nachos.

LeAnn's Chicken Enchiladas

4-5 chicken breasts (cooked and cubed)
Sour cream
Cream of chicken soup
Colby Jack cheese
Flour tortillas
1 can diced green chilies

Mix sour cream and chicken soup together. On tortilla, spread some sauce then add chicken, chilies, and cheese and roll up. Place in 9x13 pan. Cover with remainder of sauce and spread cheese on top. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

Chicken Divine

4 chicken breasts
1 lb broccoli - cooked
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup sour cream
2 tsp. curry powder
1 Tbs. lemon juice

Boil chicken in water and onion for about an hour, or until it's coming off the bones. Steam broccoli. Remove chicken from bones and cut into bite size pieces. In separate bowl, combine soups, sour cream, lemon juice, curry, and cheese. Place cooked broccoli in bottom of 9x13 pan. Cover with chicken. Pour sour cream mixture over all. Top with more grated cheese or dried bread crumbs mixed with melted butter. Bake at 350 for 30 mins. Serve with steamed rice.

Emily's Chicken Parmesan

Prepare chicken:
4 1/2 lb. chicken breasts
3 c. water
2 Tbs. salt
1 med onion, sliced
1 1/2 tsp. celery salt

Spaghetti noodles
1/2 lb. mushrooms
3 Tbs. butter
1 Tbs. lemon juice
1 c. shredded parmesan cheese

3 Tbs. butter
2 Tbs. flour
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
Dash paprika
1 c. cream or 1/2 & 1/2
1 1/2 cups chicken broth

Cook chicken with water, salt, onion and celery salt until tender. Remove chicken and cut into cubes. Save broth. For sauce: create a roux of butter and flour (melt butter, add flour, mix until bubbly). Slowly add other ingredients and simmer until thickened. Cook spaghetti. Saute mushrooms in butter and lemon juice. In a 9x13, repeat layers of noodles, chicken, mushrooms, parmesan cheese, and sauce. Top with cheese and cover. Bake at 350 for 25 mins.

Opulent Chicken

8 boneless chicken breasts
4 cans cream of chicken soup
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 cup sour cream
8 slices of swiss cheese

2 cups stuffing
1/2 cup melted butter

Cut up chicken into big chunks. Place chicken (raw) in 9x13 pan. Place slices of swiss cheese over the chicken and then pour the sauce on. Mix stuffing with butter and sprinkle on top of sauce. Cover with foil and bake for 3 hours at 250. Uncover at very end to brown stuffing. Serve with rice.

Chicken Tortilla Casserole

4 chicken breasts, cooked and then diced
2 cups cheese - grated
1/2 onion chopped
1 can diced green chilies
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom
1 soup can of milk
Flour tortillas

Mix chicken, soup, onion, chilies, and milk together in large bowl. In 9x13 pan, layer mixture with tortillas - beginning and ending with sauce. Top with grated cheese. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight (optional). Bake for 1 1/2 hour at 325.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Chicken Pillows

5-6 chicken breasts, cubed
8 oz. cream cheese
2 pkg. crescent rolls (Pillsbury)
½ c. butter
1 tsp sage
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. salt

2/3 cup stuffing mix (crunched up)
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 tsp sage
Melted Butter (in separate bowl)

Simmer chicken in water, salt, bay leaf, pepper and onion until cooked tender. Set broth aside. Stir cream cheese and butter together. Add pepper, a few shakes of sage, mushrooms (optional) and chicken. Separate crescent rolls and pinch two rolls together to make a rectangle. Roll out rectangle and cut in half. Put one heaping spoonful of chicken in middle of each rectangles and seal edges. (Each pkg. of rolls should make 8 finished pillows). Dip top of pillow into melted butter (or milk) and then press into topping. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes. Make gravy using chicken broth and adding chicken bouillon and seasonings for flavor. Thicken with flour mixed with water. May add cream of chicken soup. Pour over pillows and serve with rice.