Jun 172016
 

This is a family favorite I posted some time ago and finally added a couple pictures. I’m still trying to remember to take pictures when I make some of the variations, but we don’t have this recipe often due to the high-calorie content.

I also discovered something after making this recipe many times. If you stir the mixture after 30 to 45 minutes of cooking, it resembles more traditional baked macaroni and cheese. If you don’t stir, it comes out more like layers with the top being a fluffy cheese layer.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese
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Cook Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  2. 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  3. 12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese
  4. 4 oz. mozzarella cheese
  5. 5 cups milk
  6. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Layer macaroni, butter, and cheeses in a 9-by-13 dish. Pour milk over the top layer.
  3. Bake for one hour. Do not cover.
Notes
  1. To prevent this dish from becoming too brown and crusty (I like the brown and crusty myself but I know some people don’t), cover with foil for the last 15 minutes of baking.
  2. Experiment with other cheeses!
  3. You can turn this into an entrée by adding your favorite meats and veggies!
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Some variations:

 

Baked Mushroom Cheeseburger Macaroni

Ingredients above plus:
1 lb hamburger
1 diced medium onion
8 oz fresh, sliced mushrooms or 12 oz can mushrooms

Brown hamburger with onion and mushrooms. Drain and add meat mixture before cheese layer. Reduce milk by 1/2 cup. Follow remaining directions above.

 

Baked Bacon Cheeseburger Macaroni

Ingredients above plus:
1 lb hamburger
1 diced medium onion
6 slices bacon, crumbled

Brown hamburger with onion.  Drain and add hamburger and onion mixture before cheese layer.  After cheese layer, sprinkle with crumbled bacon.  Reduce milk by 1/2 cup.  Follow remaining directions above.

 

Baked Ham and Cheese Macaroni

Ingredients above plus:
1 lb ham and choose any combination of the following veggies:
Onion
Mushrooms
Broccoli
Cauliflower

Fry ham and veggies to remove excess liquid. Drain and add before cheese layer. Reduce milk by 1/2 to 3/4 cup. Follow remaining directions above.

This is a very versatile dish. Try using leftover taco meat, chicken, peppers, or any number of variations to make a completely different dish every time. Let me know what you tried, what worked and what didn’t!

Mar 072016
 
Baked Cheesy Bacon Grits
Serves 6
If you like breakfast, casseroles, grits, cheese, and bacon this is the dish for you. Very cheesy and rich in bacon flavor.
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped
  2. 1 1/2 C. water
  3. 1 1/2 C. chicken stock
  4. 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  5. 1 C. quick-cooking grits
  6. 6 oz. process cheese (velveeta), cubed (little over 2 C.)
  7. 1/4 C. butter, cubed
  8. 1/4 C. milk
  9. 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  10. 1 C. (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, cook b acon over medium heat until crisp. Stir occasionally. Remove bacon from pan with slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
  2. Add water, stock, garlic powder and pepper to bacon drippings. Bring to a boil. Slowly stir in grits. Reduce heat to med-low. Cook covered 5-7 min. or until thickened. Remove from heat.
  3. Add process cheese and butter. Stir until melted. Stir in milk. Slowly stir in eggs until blended.
  4. Transfer to a greased 8" x 8" baking dish. Sprinkle with bacon and shredded cheese. Bake uncovered for 40-45 min. until edges are golden brown and cheese is melted.
  5. Let stand 10 min. before serving.
Notes
  1. Can be frozen unbaked - cool, cover and freeze. Remove from freezer and refrigerate night before. Remove from freezer 30 min before baking. Bake as directed except increase time to 50-60 min. Thermometer should register 165° near center of casserole.
Adapted from Taste of Home - Fall 2014
Adapted from Taste of Home - Fall 2014
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Jan 112016
 

Whenever I grill, I stand outside having fun playing with fire while my wife makes all the side dishes in the house. So, I decided that I wanted to make the side dishes myself on the grill so she could actually have a break from cooking.

This is one of the first sides I tried to go with hamburgers and we liked it so much that I kept making it. We’ve tried different toppings and are anxious to try even more, so let us know if you come up with something good we haven’t tried.

Grilled Cheesy Fries
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Cook Time
27 min
Cook Time
27 min
Ingredients
  1. 14 ounce bag seasoned steak fries
  2. 1 Tablespoon butter, melted
  3. 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  4. 2 Tablespoons sliced green onions
  5. 2 Tablespoons crumbled bacon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat gas or charcoal grill to medium-high.
  2. Toss fries with melted butter
  3. Tear off two 12 inch sheets of aluminum foil.
  4. Place half the butter tossed fries in the center of each sheet of foil.
  5. Loosely fold foil to make a boat. Leave a big hole at the top so steam can escape.
  6. Place boats on grill over indirect heat. Cover grill and cook for about 25 minutes or until crisp, stirring once.
  7. Top each with 2 ounces of cheese and cook until cheese is melted, about 2 minutes and remove from grill.
  8. Sprinkle with green onions and bacon before serving.
Notes
  1. Other toppings to consider; sour cream, jalapenos, green chilies, monterey jack cheese (instead of or in addition to cheddar), ham, BBQ seasoning, fresh garlic...
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Dec 312015
 

Many of us eat black-eyed peas for luck on New Year’s Day. I used to cook dried black-eyed peas with some fatty ham and jalapeño which is good, but I wanted something a little more exciting. After playing around with some recipes online, I came up with this dish. Even my husband, who doesn’t like beans or peas, enjoyed it.

Adding tomatoes symbolize health and kale to symbolize money to the black-eyed peas (prosperity or coin) and ham (forward movement or positive motion), should make this year very lucky! Luck aside, it’s a tasty rendition of a traditional dish.

New Years Black-Eyed Peas
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1/2 lb bacon or fatty ham, diced
  3. 1 small onion, diced
  4. 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  5. 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  6. 2 15-oz can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  7. 3 cups water
  8. 1 Tablespoon beef Better Than Bouillon or crystal/cube equivalent
  9. 1/4 cup jalapeño peppers (from jar), chopped
  10. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  11. 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  12. 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  13. 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  14. 1 tablespoon honey
  15. 1 bunch kale leaves, washed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  16. 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  17. 2 cups cooked rice
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot at medium heat. Add the bacon or ham and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add chopped onions and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until onions begin to soften.
  3. Add diced tomatoes with juice, water, bouillon, black-eyed peas, jalapeño, vinegar, cumin, chili powder and coriander. Stir, then cook uncovered over medium heat for about 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in honey and kale. Cook another 10 minutes.
  5. Serve over rice with grated cheese on top.
Adapted from Shannon Kuhn
Adapted from Shannon Kuhn
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Sep 112015
 

Very easy!

When I need a side dish that goes together fast so I can concentrate on the rest of a large meal, this is one of the first recipes that springs to mind. I’ve made it for large potluck gatherings as well and there’s rarely any left.

My family loves it and it freezes well, so it’s one of my favorite go-to sides for large meals, holiday meals and other gatherings.

Slow Cooker Green Beans with Bacon
Easy side dish for a crowd.
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Cook Time
4 hr
Cook Time
4 hr
Ingredients
  1. 4 14.5 ounce cans green beans
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 1/2-1 pound bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  4. 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced (optional)
  5. coarse ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to 4 quart or larger slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 4 hours.
Notes
  1. Don't forget the slotted spoon!
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Slow Cooker Green Beans with Bacon

Jul 252014
 
Broccoli-Bacon Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 clove Garlic, minced (I always grate it.)
  2. 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise (No, I used regular)
  3. 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream (Nope, give me the good stuff.)
  4. 2 tsp cider vinegar
  5. 1 tsp sugar
  6. 4 cups finely chopped broccoli crowns
  7. 1 8 oz.can sliced water chestnuts, rinsed and chopped
  8. 3 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  9. 3 tbsp. dried cranberries (you could also use white raisins)
  10. Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Wisk garlic, mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Add broccoli, water chestnuts, bacon, cranberries and pepper; stir to coat with dressing.
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This recipe originally came from www.webmd.com. I have changed it a little and will keep changing it till I have it just the way I like it.

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