Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fast Fruity Delight

recipe from Kraft

additional flavor combinations can be found at their link

3/4 cup boiling water
1 cup thawed cool whip
1 pkg (3 oz) Strawberry gelatin
2 cups frozen strawberries

Add boiling water to gelatin in a large boil, stir 2 minutes, until completely dissolved
Stir in 2 cups frozen fruit until gelatin starts to thicken
Add 1/2 cup of the gelatin mixture to cool whip, stir until blended.
(Kraft has directions for placing in individual serving cups)
I placed all the the gelatin mixture in a dish and topped with cool whip mixture
mix all the gelatin with the cool whip and skip the layering
refrigerate 15 minutes or until firm

This jello sets quickly with the frozen fruit, so it's a great last minute dish

Combinations I have made;
Strawberry gelatin, frozen strawberries
Very Berry gelatin, frozen mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Three Meat Pizza Casserole

recipe from Cully's Kitchen

1 lb box tie pasta
1 lb mild pork sausage
1 large onion, chopped
2 (26 oz) jars spaghetti sauce. I used tomato basil flavor
1 lb cubed cooked ham ( I used 1/2 this amount)
1/2 - 1 lb pepperoni (or enough to cover the casserole)
3 (8 oz) bags mozzarella cheese
6 Tbsp of grated parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp chopped garlic (I used 1 tsp garlic powder)
1 teaspoon dried oregano

cook pasta in boiling water
cook sausage, garlic and oregano with onions until juices run clear
the link above with give you directions if you would like to layer each ingredient.
The next time I make it, I plan on mixing everything together and then putting it in the dish
Save 8 oz of cheese and the pepperoni to layer on top

bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 40 minutes
let stand for 5 minutes before serving

I split this dish into 2, 8x8 pans and put one in the freezer. This recipe makes more than enough!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Three Cheese Potatoes

recipe from Taste of Home

3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 medium onion chopped
3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp minced chives (optional)
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon bits
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients
Transfer to a double layer thickness of greased heavy duty foil
Dot with butter
Fold foil around potato mixture and seal tightly
Grill, covered, over medium heat for about 20 minutes on each side, or until potatoes are tender.

Carefully open foil. Sprinkle with cheese and bacon bits
Grill 3-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
Open foil slowly allowing the steam to escape.

These are amazing! Taste like a loaded baked potato!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Potato Soup

recipe from my Aunt Lois

4 cups cubed potatoes (red or white)
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 1/2 cups water
3 cups milk
2 Tbsp. oleo
2 tsp. salt
chopped celery to taste
1 can corn, drained
1 inch block Velveeta cheese or 1/3 cup Chedder cheese

Boil potatoes and onion in water.
Do not drain.
Add remaining ingredients and simmer,
To make it a little thicker, I added about 2 Tbsp of cornstarch mixed with water.
Add this towards the end of cooking and stir while pouring it in.

Mini Mexican Pizzas

recipe from Dashing Dish

originally made for our cooking party

3-4 large whole wheat tortillas
(enough to cut out 12 small circles)
1 cup cooked ground turkey or cooked ground beef
(I used ground beef)
1 cup salsa of choice (I used a corn and bean salsa)
2 tsp dry taco seasoning
1/2 cup low fat refried beans
1/2 cup shredded Mexican or Chedder cheese
Optional Toppings: sour cream, lettuce, black olives, tomatoes

Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Spray a 12 count muffin tin with non stick cooking spray

Start by laying out individual tortillas on flat surface.
Cut 3-4 circles out of each shell, using a glass, can or cookie cutter
Press each circle into the tins. (it doesn't need to be perfect)
In a bowl, stir together meat, taco seasoning, refried beans, and salsa
scoop approx 1/8 cup of mixture into each shell
top with shredded cheese

bake 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted

*approx 3-4 per person

*these freeze well

I used my hamburger pattie maker.
I was able to get 3 circles from each shell

Drumsticks, Chicken legs

recipe from ES Cookbook, Vicki

1/2 cup Progresso bread crumbs
( I used herb seasoning stuffing, and crushed it up)
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp garlic salt
2-3 pounds chicken legs

Place bread crumbs, cheese and salt in plastic bag.
Wet chicken with water and shake chicken in seasoning bag.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hour
(Makes a good recipe for whole chicken also)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Baked Potato with Kosher Salt

recipe from Jen

If you like to eat the skin of a baked potato, this is your new favorite recipe!

large potatoes
olive oil
Kosher salt

wash and dry large potatoes
stab several times with a fork
coat with a little olive oil
sprinkle with Kosher salt all over
lay them directly on the oven rack
(the olive oil will drip, so lay a piece of tinfoil on the rack under the potatoes)

bake at 400 for 1 hour

Pork Tenderloin, Slow cooked on grill

recipe from guys at Crown Motors :)

lay pork tenderloin on tinfoil
sprinkle with Montreal Steak Seasoning
double wrap in tinfoil
grill on low for 1 hour, turning occassionally
unwrap and grill for addition 15 minutes
(make sure meat is cooked through)

(add more seasoning than what you see in this picture, 
we could have used more)