Friday, October 29, 2010

Chicken w/ Cream of Mushroom Gravy

**This was seriously done in 30 minutes. I was not in the mood to cook dinner, but I felt guilty pulling out the old can of soup or macaroni. Then I realized I had not cooked chicken in a while, so I used my recipe for making pork chops and gravy and just did it with chicken instead. The flavor is still good, and mashed potatoes are always a hit with my girls.**

Chicken with Gravy
3 chicken breast (I buy the "select size" ones from Costco. I love them because they are already pre-portioned sizes of breasts that are 3 or 4 ounces each)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk
Lawry's seasoning salt

Place chicken breasts in a skillet. (I just put then in frozen) Sprinkle with Lawry's seasoning salt. Be careful not to use too much or it can get pretty salty. Brown each breast. It's okay if it sticks to the pan. The bits then end up adding more flavor. As the breasts were half way done, I cut mine in to cubes. Then I added the cream of mushroom soup and milk. This all simmered until the potatoes were done and the broccoli. (scroll down to the bottom of this post to see how we love our broccoli. This will serve 4-5

I just used instant mashed potatoes. They cook up real quick.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chili - Chili Billies

**I don't make homemade Chili very often, but I don't know why because it really is super simple. Another dinner option while you have the chili is Chili Billies. Chili Billies are a kid favorite, and it is super easy when you need a quick dinner. Just take Fritos chips and layer the chili and cheese on top.**

Homemade Chili

1 pound ground beef with fat drained
1 15oz can tomato sauce
1 15oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles
1 15oz can chili beans (these are yummy because they alread have alot of chili seasoning to them)
1 15oz can black beans
1 tsp cumin
1 TB chili powder

Place all ingredients in a large saucepan, stir. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for about 30 minutes for flavors to blend. Serve. It is super yummy with this cornbread.

This recipe served 5, but if you have large heaping bowls, probably only 4 bowls.

Chili Billies
Frito chips
Layer chips on bottom of bowl. Spoon chili on top of chips and then sprinkle cheese over top.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Broccoli Cheese Soup

**This is a recipe handed down from my mom. We used to have it when I was younger all the time. It is yummy and easy! Serve it with crushed up saltine crackers.**

Broccoli Cheese Soup
4 cans chicken broth (I use the reduced sodium one)
2 heads of brocoli with broccoli florets cut off.
4 cups milk (I use non-fat milk)
3/4 cup flour
2 tsp onion salt
3 cups grated Cheddar cheese or a 16oz block of velveeta cheese (I use cheddar cheese)

In a stock pan, combine the 4 cans of chicken broth, and the brocoli florets. Cook until the brocoli is tender. Remove all brocoli florets from the broth and place in a blender. Add about 1 cup of broth as well. Blend in blender until it is smooth. Add back to broth and bring back to a boil.

Then in same blender, add 4 cups of milk and 3/4 cups flour. Blend until smooth. Slowly pour in to the broth and brocoli mixture. Stir until it begins to thicken. Once it is starting to thicken, turn the stove off, and add the onion salt and stir well. Then add the cheese and replace lid. The cheese will begin to melt in the hot mixture. After about 5 minutes stir well. The cheese should all be melted. Serve.

This should EASILY serve 6 people

Monday, October 11, 2010

Mexicali Shredded Pork

**This is a recipe from my friend Jen. We have been cooking it for a few years now. You can use corn tortillas and make tacos too, although in this picture we just used flour tortillas to make burritos. I added sliced bell peppers and red peppers to mine also. If you read the directions, I followed the crock pot cooking.**

Mexicali Shredded Pork

2 1/2 to 3 lb. pork shoulder roast (weight after
trimmed of fat)
1 Tbsp. oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 pkgs. taco seasoning mix
1 (14.5 oz.) can Mexican style diced tomatoes
1 (4 oz.) can diced green chilies
Tortillas, shredded jack or cheddar cheese,
green onions, tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, avocado

Prep time: 15 min. Cook time: 1 hour 30 min.

Cut pork into 1 1/2 inch chunks. In a large skillet sear
in hot oil until browned on all sides. Add onion, taco
seasoning mix, tomatoes and chilies; stir well.
Cover and simmer over low heat for 1 hour and
15 minutes. Remove cover and cook 15 minutes
more or until liquid has reduced and sauce is
thick. Shred meat with two forks. Spoon filling
into tortillas (corn or flour) and top with desired

I’ve also cooked meat in crock pot for
4-6 hours and that works as well. Add to the
crock pot after you have seared the meat and
added all the other ingredients to the skillet.

Makes: 8-10 servings

Chocolate Chip / Brownie Pillow Cookies

**This recipe comes from....
My daughter loves chocolate chip cookies and she loves brownies, so for her birthday, this was the perfect cookie for her. We served it with some cake batter ice cream and it was so yummy! If I were to make these again, I would skip the whole brownie step because I didn't find that it really added that much. You must chill the dough though. I think that is real important.**

Brownie Pillow Cookies

1 package brownie mix
1 cup butter, room temperature (I used 1/2 butter and 1/2 shortening so they would be a fluffier cookie)
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (I would use 1tsp if I made again)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
12 oz. bag miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips

Make brownies according to package and let cool. Cut about ten 1 inch squares. Enjoy the remaining brownies. (I used a pan about 8 X 8)

For the chocolate chip cookie dough, beat butter with a mixer until creamy.

Add brown sugar and beat until smooth.

Add eggs, yolk and vanilla. Beat until smooth.

Combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt in a medium bowl and stir together with a wire whisk.

Add flour to butter mixture and beat until combined. Stir in mini chips.

Let dough chill covered in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Use a measuring cup to scoop batter by the 1/2 cup. Since it’s chilled, you may need to pack it with a spoon. Then use the spoon to remove the dough from the cup and place it on parchment paper. Work quickly so the dough remains chilled or either prepare one cookie at a time so the rest of the dough remains cold.

After the dough is on the parchment paper, make an indention and place a 1 inch square brownie in the center. Press the brownie down gently and work the remaining dough around the brownie. You can use your hands to shape the dough into a ball.

During this step, I found it easier to use a piece of parchment paper as a work surface since the dough can get sticky and then I used another piece of parchment paper for the baking sheet. If your dough gets too soft, you can chill the rolled dough balls for a few minutes right before baking.

Prepare six cookies at a time using a large baking sheet (15 X 20) and bake at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes. Return the remaining dough to the refrigerator until time to bake the second batch.

Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and then cool completely on a wire rack.

Makes about ten cookies using a little less than a 1/2 cup of dough for each cookie.

If your cookies start to get too brown before they are done baking, you can place a sheet of aluminum foil over top for the last few minutes.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sticky Buns

**This is a real real family favorite. The Rhodes rolls are the best with this recipe, but if your grocery store does not carry them, they will still be yummy with whatever other brand you can find.**

Sticky Buns

18 "Rhodes" frozen dinner rolls
1/2 cup butter (not margarine)
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 small pkg Butterscotch COOK N SERVE pudding (DO NOT USE INSTANT)

Lay frozen dinner rolls in a greased bundt pan. Melt butter in a medium sized measuring cup, then add the brown sugar and cinnamon. Pour this mixture over the frozen rolls evenly. Then open the pudding package and sprinkle entire contents evenly over the top.

Let rise overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. When you take it out of the oven, turn it upside down on to a large plate.

Sausage Breakfast Casserole

**This is a family favorite. We make this every year for Christmas, and we make it twice a year for breakfast in April and October when our church has General Conference. This is a tried and true yummy recipe.**

Sausage Breakfast Casserole
2 lbs sausage cooked (sometimes I use 1 hot and 1 original)
6 slices white bread (cut into cubes or torn into small pieces)
2 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese

*Layer these ingredients into a 9x13 pan. Put bread on the bottom, followed by the cheese and then the cooked sausage.

6 eggs
2 1/2 cups milk (I use non-fat because that is what I buy)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 cup cut up green onion (Optional, but yummy)

*Mix all ingredients together in a blender for a few seconds until the eggs are blended well. Pour over the layered ingredients. Bake at 325 degrees for 40-55 minutes depending on your oven.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Creamy Meatballs

**This recipe came from I changed the recipe just a little bit, because I don't ever use Cream of Celery soup and it scared me, so I also added a can of Cream of Chicken. The meatballs got rave review from everyone who ate dinner, so that makes it "blogworthy." Go check out The Daily Smash 101 and see if you can be inspired by some her yummy looking recipes also.

Creamy Meatballs
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can french onion soup
2 cups sour cream
2 lb bag or larger of Frozen Italian meatballs (I got mine at Wal-Mart)

Place all soup ingredients in crock pot. Stir well. Pour in meatballs. Cook on low heat for about 3-4 hours. Serve over Egg Noodles or rice.

ANOTHER VERSION from my friend Jen
2 cans cream of mushroom
1 can mushrooms
1pkg onion soup mix
Meatballs or stew meat already cubed or meat cut up for fajitas
1 cup sour cream
Place all ingredients in Crock pot except sour cream. Cook on low heat for 3-4 hours. Stir in the sour cream right before you are ready to serve. Serve with egg noodles or rice.


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