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

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 152015
 

We’ve hit cooler weather a few times over the last few weeks and chili is starting to sound good. I was looking for something a little different when I ran across a recipe for Slow Cooker Salsa Chili. I love salsa, so I thought salsa chili in the crock pot sounded like a wonderful idea. I added a few tweaks of my own and this is what I came up with.

Mild, with a little spice to it, this chili worked for everyone. Not everyone likes hot chili like I do.

Slow Cooker Salsa Chili
Serves 6
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Cook Time
8 hr
Cook Time
8 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound ground beef
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  5. 1 16 ounce jar salsa
  6. 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  7. 2 teaspoons dried cilantro
  8. 1 16 ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  9. shredded cheddar cheese, for garnish (optional)
  10. sliced green onions or chopped red onions, for garnish (optional)
  11. sour cream, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook ground beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until beef is cooked through. Drain.
  2. In 4 quart slow cooker, combine beef and remaining ingredients except beans and garnishes.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  4. Add beans and stir. Replace cover and cook 5 to 10 minutes longer or until beans are hot.
  5. Top with desired garnishes and serve.
Notes
  1. It's even better when you use homemade ingredients. You can replace the jar of salsa with 2 cups homemade salsa and the can of pinto beans with 2 cups homemade pinto beans, drained and rinsed.
  2. Tortilla chips, cottage cheese, guacamole, sliced black olives, green chiles and jalapenos make great garnishes. I tend switch it up and serve it a little different every time. Honestly, it depends on what I have on hand to what I garnish it with.
  3. Freeze Ahead:
  4. Cook the ground beef with onions and garlic and cool. Mix the rest of the ingredients except beans and garnishes and freeze in a Foodsaver or gallon bag. Make sure to get all the air out of the bag you can before freezing.
  5. When you’re ready to make the chili, thaw until the mixture fits in your slow cooker. I try to freeze it so that it fits right out of the bag in case I forget to take it out of the freezer the day before to thaw. If partially frozen, cook on high for 1 hour, then turn it to low for 7-9 additional hours. If completely thawed, cook for 8 to 10 hours on low.
  6. Don't forget the beans and garnishes!
Adapted from Betty Crocker
Adapted from Betty Crocker
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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

Dec 062011
 
 3 cups tomato juice 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
 1 medium onion 1 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
 1 green bell pepper 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
 1/2 cucumber 1 teaspoon dried basil
 1 large tomato 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
 2 green onions 1/2 Tablespoon chopped fresh Cilantro
 1 clove garlic salt and pepper to taste
  1. Blanch tomato and remove skin.
  2. Cut vegetables into smaller pieces to fit in blender. Blend all ingredients until well mixed but still chunky.
  3. Chill for 2+ hours before serving. Serve cold.
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!

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