Thursday, November 26, 2009

Apricot Chicken

Sorry... I don't have a picture of this one yet, but I was wondering if I can go back a attach pictures to my other posts?? Someone let me know if that is a possibility.

1 jar apricot jam
1/2 bottle Russian salad dressing
1 package onion soup mix
6 pieces of boneless, skinless chicken breasts

mix all the ingredients together and 1/2 of the mixture together in either a crock pot bowl or the bottom of a casserole dish. put the chicken in and then pour the rest of the sauce on top of the chicken.

If cooking in a crock pot, cook it on low for 4 hours. If cooking in a casserole dish, cook at 350 for an hour.

Tyler rates this ****, and he doesn't like apricot chicken very much so hopefully you enjoy this as much as we do!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Shepards Pie

Again, from my Mama's recipe book. We had this on Wednesday and Hubby DEVOURED it!

Shepherd’s Pie
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped (not needed if you use Beefy Onion soup mix)
3 tablespoons four or cornstarch
1 enveloped beefy mushroom or beefy onion soup mix
2-3 cups water
1 teaspoon salt or beef bouillon granules to taste
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cans green beans
5-6 cups mashed potatoes
2 cups grated cheese

►Brown beef and chopped onion together until onion is transparent and beef is well browned (browning helps create the flavor and color of the dish).
►Add salt or beef bouillon granules to taste.
►Remove from heat and stir in flour or cornstarch and dry soup mix.
►Add 2 cups water.
►Return to heat, bring to a boil; boil 2-3 minutes.
►Add additional water, as needed to create desired consistency of gravy

►Place gravy mix in bottom of 9x13 casserole or baking pan.
►Drain green beans and scatter over top of gravy.
►Spoon mashed potatoes over top and gently spread to form a crust.
►Sprinkle with cheese.
Bake at 350⁰ for 30-45 minutes or until hot, bubbly and cheese is melted.

NOTE: I personally prefer fresh mashed potatoes, but instant mashed works fine. If making fresh, use approximately 6-8 medium to small potatoes or about 6 cups diced potatoes.

Hubby Score * * * * *

Rice Pudding

Although Mr. Picky Two won't eat rice pudding (he can't even tell me why he doesn't like it, its not the taste nor consistency) I'm posting this recipe anyway. Its also via my mother although its called Grandma Rose’s Rice Pudding.

2 quarts whole milk
¼ tsp. lemon zest
¾ cup converted long grain rice
½ cup sugar
1 tsp butter
Pinch of salt
3 large eggs (medium eggs would work OK)
1 tsp vanilla extract

►In a large saucepan, bring the milk, lemon zest, rice, sugar, butter and salt to a simmer.
►Cook for 30 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally, making sure the rice does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
►Taste the rice after 30 minutes. It should be tender.
►In a large bowl, beat the eggs and vanilla extract until frothy.
►Slowly stur 2/3 of the hot rice into the egg mixture.
►Return the rice and eggs to the saucepan with remaining rice and on low heat
►Stir the rice constantly for 5-8 minutes until creamy.
►Pour into a 2 quart shallow dish, sprinkle with cinnamon and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serves 8-10 (It makes a lot!)

My Sibling's Score * * * *
Hubby Score ?

Funeral Potatoes

This recipe is from my Mom and not healthy but sure yummy!

Funeral Potatoes

24 oz grated frozen potatoes
1 cube butter softened (My Mom uses ½ cube)
16 oz. sour cream (My mom sometimes use non-fat, but she dosen't like the consistency as well)
1-3 cups grated cheese
2 cans mushroom soup

►Mix softened butter, sour cream, mushroom soup and cheese together.
►Mix potatoes into mixture.
►Press into a large casserole dish.
Bake at 350⁰ for 45 minutes or until bubbly throughout.

My sibling score * * * * *

Hubby score * * * *

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Russian Chicken with Feta Cheese

I'm a sucker for a good sauce recipe. I took some adjusting liberties with the directions on this one. It's supposed to serve 8 but if you consume sauce like I do (or save the remaining to top upon other things), it may be much less.

- cooked chicken breasts (diced, sliced, or in halves- any way seems to be fine. 1-2 pieces works great, but the original recipe called for 8 breasts- yikes.)

- 2 tbs. butter
- 1 clove garlic, minced

- 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped

- 1 tbs. flour
- 1/4 cup vodka
(white grape juice or water can substitute)
- 1 tbs. tomato paste
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper

- 1 1/2 tsp. dried parsley

- 1 1/2 cups sour cream

- 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Place cooked chicken pieces into a 9x13 baking dish- set aside.
Melt butter in a wide frying pan, stir in garlic and onion and cook until onion begins to soften. Stir in flour (cook about 5 min.) then add vodka/grape juice and simmer & stir on med-high heat constantly until heated through. Then add the rest of the ingredients. Reduce heat and simmer 20 min (they say 20- I say until it's heated through.)
Pour sauce on top of chicken and put in oven preheated to 350F. Cook for 20 min. or until browned on top.

This is great with mashed potatoes, but pasta or rice would be great as well.

HUBBY SCORE: * * * *

Tomato Gravy

-Southern Living, Feb 2005

This sauce came with a dependable meatloaf recipe, but I love this sauce so dang much, I put it on lots of things now. Super easy too.

- 2 tbs. butter
- 2. tbs. flour
-1 can diced tomatoes w/ green chiles (I NEVER do the green chiles)
-1/2 cup ketchup
-1/2 cup water

Melt butter in a saucepan, then stir in flour. When pasty add tomatoes, ketchup and water. Stir til all combined and heated through (it will get thicker).

HUBBY SCORE: * * * 1/2

Bran Muffins

- From my Mom

These may be an acquired taste for some, but when served warm and slathered in butter and honey, they're awesome. I could probably eat 6 of these in one sitting.
These are quite healthy too- a molasses sweetener instead of sugar- rock on. The worst part for me is shredding the carrots- I need to get a food processor someday.

1 egg
2 carrots, shredded

1/2 cup molasses

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup flour
1 cup bran (crunched Bran Flakes work well)
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup tomato juice
(or one small can)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

Combine ingredients and pour into muffin tin. Bake for 18 minutes at 400 F.
Yields 12 muffins.

At home I used to dump the ingredients in willy nilly, but I recently experimented with mixing the dries separately and adding to the rest of the ingredients already combined. The batter turned out more even- I think I'll proceed that way again in the future.

HUBBY SCORE: * * * 1/2

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


This is one that Mr. Picky Two likes but my brothers LOVE.


15 oz ricotta cheese
8 oz mozzarella cheese
1/2 c parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 jar of spaghetti sauce*
manicotti noodles

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cook the manicotti noodles according to directions. While those are boiling, mix together ricotta, mozzarella, permasean, parsely, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Pour 1/2 cup of sauce on bottom of a greased 9x13 baking dish. Scoop cheese mixture into manicotti noodles and place in baking dish. Pour remaining sauce on top. Cover and cook 40 minutes. Remove cover and cook an additional 10 minutes.

Hubby Score * * * *

* I'm looking for a good spaghetti sauce recipe, if you have one please post!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Mashed Potato Quesadilla

- (plus improvisation)

Probably not very good for you, but very good.

- 2-4 medium potatoes, mashed
- 6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
- 1/2 onion, sauteed
- frozen corn, cooked
- flour tortillas
- shredded Cheddar cheese
- soft butter
- sour cream
- salsa

Stir up the mashed potatoes, bacon, corn, onions, and a fistful or two of cheese. Butter one side of tortillas lightly, and sandwich the potato spread between sides not buttered. Grill in pan like a grilled cheese sandwich. Dice up with pizza cutter, dollop with sour cream and salsa, and serve.

This quantity makes at least 4 decent sized quesadillas, but 1 is enough to feed two people- don't let your eyes get bigger than your stomach. With the potatoes in there they're quite filling.

HUBBY SCORE: * * * *