Jun 032016
 

This salad is especially good when using garden tomatoes. Wonderful addition to backyard BBQs, picnics and gatherings.

I try most recipes first without salt and add it later if needed. This salad seems to need the salt. You could probably do without it if using home grown tomatoes, but I haven’t tried it.

Sometimes I have to adjust the herbs depending on how strong the basil is. My basil is stronger some years than others, so if you grow your own basil, you might want to take a taste test before serving and add more if needed.

Tomato Macaroni Salad
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 8 ounces macaroni noodles
  2. 2 cups tomatoes, diced
  3. 2 green onions, chopped
  4. 1 cup cubed or shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)
  5. 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped or 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  7. 1 Tablespoon fresh basil, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  8. 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon coarsely cracked pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook macaroni as the package directs. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Mix/toss together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate 2-3 hours or until chilled.
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Tomato-Macaroni-Salad

Jan 222016
 

I didn’t have any fresh parsley, so instead of the parsley and basil, I added about 1 Tablespoon of Italian Seasoning instead.  You can find Italian Seasoning with the spices.  It’s a pre-mixed variety of herbs commonly used in Italian food.  Since I used pressed ham, omitted the salt since ham has such a high salt content.  It turned out pretty well.  I think next time I might try adding some cream cheese to make the dish a little creamier.

Great recipe for surprise company and brunch with family and friends.

Ham and Egg Bake
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  2. 3 cups shredded pepper jack, mozzarella, or other favorite cheese
  3. 1/2 – 1 cup fresh mushrooms
  4. 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  5. 1 cup frozen hashbrown potatoes
  6. 2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
  7. 2 cups diced cooked ham
  8. 8 eggs
  9. 1 3/4 cup milk
  10. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  11. 2 Tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  12. 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  13. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  14. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine cheeses and put 3 cups in ungreased 13×9 inch baking dish.
  2. In skillet, saute mushrooms, onions, and potatoes until tender; drain. Place over cheese and top with ham. (If using pressed ham, consider frying in the skillet to remove some of the added liquid before adding to baking dish.) Add remaining cheese.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat eggs. Add milk, flour, parsley, basil, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Pour over the cheese.
  4. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted neat the center comes out clean. Let stand 5-10 minutes before cutting.
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HamEggBake

Nov 112013
 

The original recipe calls this Company Casserole because it “has things commonly found in your kitchen” so you can whip this up when company comes over. Sadly, I don’t commonly have all these ingredients in my kitchen, and I added a few more, so company casserole isn’t fitting. But, I couldn’t think of anything else to call it. I’m not very creative when it comes to dish names. Poor Man’s Lasagna has been suggested or Italian Casserole of the Thousand Calories, but I think I’ll try to figure something else out.

Company Casserole
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Cook Time
40 min
Cook Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 lbs Hamburger
  2. 12 oz Wide Egg Noodles
  3. 1 Tablespoon Butter or Margarine
  4. 2 cloves Garlic, crushed
  5. 8-16 oz Fresh Mushrooms, sliced
  6. 1 bunch Green Onions, chopped
  7. 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
  8. 8 oz Cream Cheese
  9. 1 cup Sour Cream
  10. 8 oz Cottage Cheese, small curd
  11. Pepper, to taste
  12. 16 oz can Tomato Sauce
  13. 2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  14. 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Boil egg noodles to slightly al dente. Drain well. Excess liquid will make this dish runny.
  3. Brown hamburger and drain well and set aside.
  4. Melt butter and sauté garlic, mushrooms and green onion to remove excess liquid. Drain well.
  5. In bowl combine eggs, cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese. Mix well. Add mushroom mixture and stir.
  6. Add half the noodles to a casserole dish or 9×13 pan. Add cheese mixture then the rest of the noodles. Top with hamburger and add pepper.
  7. Spread tomato sauce evenly over the top of hamburger and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
  8. Cook for 30 minutes, add mozzarella cheese and cook 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cook slightly longer if you like your cheese nice and brown.
  9. Let sit for 10-15 minutes to allow noodles to absorb excess liquid.
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CompanyCasserole

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!

Jun 082011
 
Seafood Fettucini Alfredo

3 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon flour
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
4 cups half-and-half
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 lb crab or imitation crab meat
12 oz cooked fettucini or angel hair pasta
2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning

  1. Melt butter, stir in flour.  Gradually add half-and-half.
  2. Stir in 1 cup mozzarella until melted, then add second cup and stir until melted and thickened.
  3. Add parmesan cheese; cook and stir until smooth.
  4. Fold in crab and heat for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally and do not boil.
  5. Toss pasta with sauce and sprinkle with seasoning. Serve immediately.
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