Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lucy's Birthday Pound Cake

This is pretty much the same recipe she had last year, but the strawberries are on the side. I think this is the best cake recipe I make. I love it. I'm glad she keeps asking for it.

Pasta Bake

This is totally different than any other pasta recipe I have. We really enjoyed it. I think the veggies in it make the difference.

Pasta Bake
6 slices ready cook bacon chopped up
1 t. minced garlic
1 c. chopped onion
1 c. chopped bell pepper
3 14.5-oz. cans diced tomatoes with liquid
1 2.25-oz. can sliced ripe black olives, drained
1 T. oregano
1 lb. ground beef
salt and pepper
12 ounces rotini pasta
2 c. grated cheddar cheese
1 10-ounce can cream of mushroom soup
¼ cup water
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Boil the pasta and drain. Brown the hamburger and drain. In a dutch oven, add the bacon, onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, olives, oregano, hamburger and salt and pepper. Cook for 10 minutes. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with Pam. Put a spoon full of the sauce in the bottom of the pan. Put half of the noodles in the pan. Layer on half of the cheese. Layer on half of the sauce. Repeat. Mix the cream of mushroom with water and pour over the top. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.

Chicken and Dumplings Paula Style

This recipe comes from Paula Deen. We usually have the biscuit kind of dumplings. These are more like fat noodles. They made for a nice change.

Chicken and Dumplings
1 small fryer chicken
2 bay leaves
1 t. Salt
1 t. Pepper
2 T. chicken noodle base
1 can cream of celery soup
2 c. Flour + 1 t. Salt
Put the chicken in a large stockpot. Just barely cover it with water. Rough chop the veggies and throw in (you will take them out later). Add in salt, pepper, bay leaves, and base. Bring to boil, reduce heat and cook for an hour. Remove chicken. Debone. Remove veggies and bay leaves. Add in chicken and celery soup and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. In the meantime, put the flour and salt in a bowl. Sprinkle it with about 3/4 c. ice water. Knead into a ball. Roll out 1/8 inch thick. Let it rest for 5 minutes or so. Cut into 1 inch squares using a pizza cutter. Throw them in the soup. Let cook for 4 or 5 minutes until they float.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Red Beans and Rice

This recipe is one I adapted from Emeril. We loved it. It was very easy to do. I soaked the beans over night and then put everything in the crock pot in the morning. When I got home from work all I had to make was the rice.
Red Beans and Rice
1 chopped onion
3 chopped celery
2 T. minced garlic
1 pkg. New Orleans style (andouille) sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 bay leaves
1/4 t. pepper
1 t. thyme
1/2 t. cayenne (use less to make it less spicy or more to make it hotter)
1/2 t. salt
ham hocks (I also added smoked pork chop bones- when we had them earlier in the week I cut the bones off before I served them, knowing they would be good seasoning here)
1 lb. dried red beans
32 oz. chicken stock
4 c. water
3 T. chicken noodle base
white rice
First, soak the beans in water overnight. Rinse in the morning. Add to a large crock pot. Put everything else, (except for the rice) in the crock pot. Cook on low all day. When you get home from work, remove the ham hocks, bones and bay leaves. Take a cup of the beans out and mash them. Return them to the crock pot and stir them in. Cook your rice and serve the beans on top of the rice.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Coconut Cream Cake

This cake is too easy and people always love it. If you love Almond Joys, you can also make this with a chocolate cake and sprinkle sliced almonds on the top with the coconut.

Coconut Cream Cake
1 white cake mix
1 can of cream of coconut (found usually by the mixed drink stuff- don't accidentally get coconut milk)
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
cool whip
Bake the white cake according to the directions in a 9 x 13 pan. After removing it from the oven, mix the cream of coconut and the sweetened condensed milk in a bowl. Using the end of wooden spoon or something similar, poke holes in the top of the cake, every inch or so. Pour the coconut mixture on the cake and let it settle down in the holes. Frost the cake with the cool whip, then sprinkle with coconut. Keep refrigerated and serve cold.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Twice Baked Potatoes

These are really easy to make and really add to a meal. We had them tonight with smoked pork chops and a salad.
Twice Baked Potatoes
4 baking potatoes
sour cream
real bacon bits (or bacon if you have it)
shredded cheddar
green onions
Bake the potatoes (I did these in the microwave on the baked potato setting). Cut them in half and scoop out most of the insides. Put the insides in a bowl. Add in some butter and salt and pepper. Mash them a little. Throw in a big blob of sour cream (like 1/2 c.), a big handful of cheese, a handful of bacon and chopped green onions. Mash together until mixed. Scoop back into the potatoes. Top with a sprinkle of cheese. Bake at 350 until they are warm and the cheese is melted.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Crunchy Peanut Butter Bars

These are delicious. They are hard to stop eating. Bad for the diet, but so good.
Crunchy Peanut Butter Bars
1 1/2 c. white corn syrup
2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. peanut butter
10 1/4 c. cornflakes
Put the cornflakes in a large mixing bowl. In a large sauce pot, mix the syrup and sugar. Bring to a boil. Stir in the peanut butter. Pour over the cornflakes and mix well. Spread into a greased jelly roll pan and let cool. Cut into squares.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cheeseburger Meatloaf

This is a Paula Deen recipe that I tried out of her new cookbook.  We really liked it. I think this would be awesome on a bun as a sandwich.
Cheeseburger Meatloaf
1 t. season salt
1 c. crushed club crackers
1/2 c. sour cream (I used ranch dip)
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 c. shredded cheddar
1 medium bell pepper finely chopped
2 T. dried onions
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1/4 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1 lb. ground beef
2 slices white bread
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 c.of milk
1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar
1 t. parsley
Mix together everything for the meatloaf but the bread. Pat into a loaf shape. Put the bread slices in the bottom of a greased loaf pan and then put the meatloaf on top to soak up the grease. (When you take it out of the oven you can throw away the bread). Bake at 350 for an hour (until not pink on the inside). Heat the soup and milk. Add in the cheese and parsley. Serve the meatloaf with the sauce on top.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake

This is a damn good cake. The recipe is Paula Deen's. Try it. You won't be sorry.
Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake
bottom layer:
1 devils food cake mix
1 stick of butter melted
1 egg
top layer:
8 oz. cream cheese
1 stick of butter melted
2 eggs
2 t. vanilla
Mix the ingredients for the bottom layer together and press into a 9 x 13 pan. Then beat the cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the eggs, then the butter and vanilla. Spread over the bottom layer. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Let cool before cutting.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Sausage Balls

I have adapted this slightly from the Jimmy Dean version. My recipe is not a dry as the original. Mine are flat on the bottom because I use my cookie sheet to scoop them out. Don't forget to either spray your pan or use parchment paper when baking these, because they stick.
Sausage Balls
1 roll of pork sausage, cooked and drained
2 c. cheddar cheese
1 egg
3/4 c. bisquick
Mix it all together. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Collard Greens

Hopefully we'll have lots of cash in 2012 after eating these. This is based off a Paula Deen recipe, and tastes awesome. As an added bonus, these greens are super nutritious.
Collard Greens
Bunch of collard greens
Ham hocks or bits of ham for seasoning
1 T. Lawry's seasoning salt
1 t. Salt
1 t. Pepper
1/2 t. Garlic powder
2 T. Hot sauce
In a large Dutch oven, boil the ham hocks, seasonings and water. Turn down to Low and simmer for one hour. Rinse the greens and remove the leaves from the stems. Roll the leaves up and cut into 1 inch pieces. Remove the ham hocks and add the greens to the pot. Cook for 45 minutes. Drain the greens and serve.

Crackers in a Blanket

When Lucy helped me make these she renamed them crackers in a blanket.  I know they look weird, but they taste awesome. If it helps to convince you to try these, I got the recipe from Pioneer Woman.

Crackers in a Blanket
1 sleeve of club crackers
Parmesan cheese
1 pkg. bacon
Lay out the crackers on a cookie sheet. Put one teaspoon of Parmesan cheese on each cracker. Wrap each cracker with half a slice of bacon. Bake in the oven at 275 for 2 hours.