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!

Aug 112015
 

Sometimes you just need to get something on the table fast. Now and then, more than that I’m not willing to admit, I get distracted and realize at the last minute that I need to get dinner on quick. When those nights happen, I often make this recipe since I keep most of the ingredients on the shelf or in the freezer.

I don’t always have mushrooms around, but if I happen to have some I use them. You can also use canned mushrooms if you prefer.

Fast but hardy, this versatile dish hits the spot when you’re in a pinch.

Easy Cheesy Potato Sausage Skillet
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
  2. 1 pound smoked sausage (or your favorite ring sausage variety), sliced
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 2/3 cup green onions, chopped (optional)
  5. 8 oz sliced fresh mushrooms (optional)
  6. 1 1/2 cups water
  7. 1 cup milk
  8. 1 box scalloped potatoes
  9. 1/2 cup salsa
  10. 12 oz bag frozen broccoli
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in skillet. Cook sausage, garlic, green onions (optional) and mushrooms (optional) over medium high heat until sausage browns.
  2. Add water and milk. Heat to boiling.
  3. Stir in potatoes and sauce mix from boxed scalloped potatoes. Add salsa and mix well.
  4. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  5. Add frozen broccoli and cook 10 minutes or until potatoes and broccoli are tender.
  6. Remove from heat and let stand until sauce thickens.
Notes
  1. This dish is great for using up leftover veggies. Instead of broccoli or in addition to, use leftover zucchini, bell peppers, carrots, green beans or anything you think would taste good with sausage and cheese sauce.
  2. Add a cup of shredded cheddar with the salsa for a more "real" cheese taste.
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Apr 102015
 

We love alfredo, so I was super excited when I ran across this recipe. So much easier and faster! I love not having to boil the pasta separate and heat up the house even more during the summer months.

This recipe isn’t quite as rich as the old way I used to make alfredo, but it’s rich enough. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the old way. I’m excited to try it with crab and see how it turns out.

One Pan Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
Serves 6
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Total Time
35 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  2. 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  3. pepper to taste
  4. 12 oz bag frozen broccoli
  5. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 2 cups chicken broth (I make mine with Better Than Bouillon if I don’t have some premade)
  7. 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  8. 8 oz penne or other small pasta
  9. 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  10. 2 cups fresh shredded real parmesan cheese or 1 cup pre-grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Cut chicken into bite size pieces and season with pepper.
  2. Lightly brown chicken in olive oil over medium heat. Don’t cook through. The chicken will continue to cook while it simmers.
  3. Add broccoli and garlic. Cook for about a minute. Don’t worry about the broccoli still being frozen. It will cook while it simmers.
  4. Add chicken broth, heavy cream and uncooked pasta.
  5. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  6. Remove from heat. Add parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.
  7. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Don’t like broccoli? Try a different vegetable or omit completely.
Adapted from Melissa’s recipe at No. 2 Pencil
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One-Pan-Alfredo

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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Oct 102011
 

This is a great recipe to make with the kids!

Shortening 8 oz pizza sauce
All-purpose flour 1-2 cups shredded cheese (mozzarella, cheddar, or other favorite cheeses)
1 package refrigerated biscuits Toppings: any combination of favorite pizza toppings (e.g. sliced pepperoni, chopped green peppers, onions, hamburger, Italian sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes)
  1. Heat oven to 425. Grease baking sheets with shortening.
  2. Sprinkle cutting board with flour.  Pull biscuits apart and use rolling-pin to flatten biscuits until about 4 inches across. Place on baking sheet.
  3. Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons pizza sauce onto each biscuit. Sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons of cheese. Let everyone top with favorite toppings.
  4. Bake until crust is brown, about 10-15 minutes.

Get creative!  Try BBQ sauce instead of pizza sauce with chicken, red onions, a slice of provolone and  jalapeños.  Alfredo sauce, shrimp, mozzarella, onions and chopped broccoli is very good, too.  Ketchup, mustard, american cheese, pickle relish, onions and hot dogs for the hot dog lover.  You can use Grands biscuits for thicker crust, or larger crust if you flatten it out more.  Bake for 15-20 minutes if you use Grands.

Comment and let us know what combinations you tried!

Aug 252011
 
6 ounces spaghetti 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch 1/3 cup cold water
1/2 teaspoon curry powder 3 Tablespoons cooking oil
1 clove garlic, minced 1 medium onion, sliced
1/2 cup chopped fresh broccoli 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup shredded carrot 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
3 cups shredded cabbage
  1. In saucepan cook noodles according to package directions. Rinse in cold water and drain well.
  2. Stir soy sauce into cornstarch. Stir in water and curry.
  3. Heat wok over high heat.  Add 1 tablespoon oil.  Add half the noodles.  Stir-fry for 7 to 9 minutes or until lightly browned.  Remove to plate.  Repeat with 1 tablespoon more oil and the remaining noodles.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon more oil and stir-fry garlic for 30 seconds.  Add onion and stir-fry 2 minutes.  Add broccoli and stir-fry 2 minutes.  Add mushrooms and carrot.  Stir-fry 2 minutes.
  5. Stir soy sauce mixture.  Stir into vegetables.  Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.  Cook and stir 2 minutes more.
  6. Stir in noodles and heat through.  Remove from wok and keep warm.
  7. Add 1 tablespoon oil to wok.  Stir-fry cabbage 3 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  8. Arrange on platter and top with noodle mixture.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Works best in a wok, but can be made in skillet.

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