Thursday, June 28, 2007

Tuna Casserole

Another I got from Recipezaar... Was delicious!

Tuna Casserole Recipe

4 servings 45 min 15 min prep

8 ounces egg noodles
1 (10 1/4 ounce) can cream of celery soup
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 cup grated cheddar cheese, divided
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
4 ounces mushrooms, drained (optional)
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 (7 ounce) can tuna, with juice

Cook egg noodles to al dente in boiling salted water; drain well. Preheat oven to 325°F. Mix all ingredients together in a large casserole dish, reserving 1/2 cup of cheese. Sprinkle reserved cheese over the top. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve hot.

Treebeard's Red Beans (and rice)

I got this recipe from Recipezaar.. It was very tasty & Spicey so if you don't want the spicey omit the hot stuff.. LOL!!
Treebeard's Red Beans (And Rice)

This recipe is quite a favorite at Treebeards' restaurant in Houston.

6 servings
2½ hours 20 min prep

1 lb dried red kidney beans
2 quarts water
2 medium onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, with leaves, chopped
1/2 large bell pepper, choppped
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
1 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (hot stuff)
2 bay leaves
1 lb smoked sausage, cut in 1/2 " slices

Sort and wash red beans. In a large soup pot, add 2 qrts cold water and red beans. Let soak overnight. (To speed up the process, you can bring them to a boil, simmer 2 minutes, remove from heat and let stand 1 hour before the next step.) DO NOT DRAIN WATER!

Add onions, celery, and bell pepper to beans and bring to a boil. Cover, and reduce heat to simmer about 1 1/2 hours, or until beans are soft. DO NOT STIR MORE THAN NECESSARY.
Stir in seasonings and sausage. Simmer 30 minutes more. Meanwhile cook a pot of rice, and serve the beans over the hot cooked rice, garnished with shredded cheddar cheese and chopped green onion.

Note: Don't stir more than necessary - you don't want mushy beans. If you want thicker beans, remove the lid during the last 30 minutes of cooking time, or remove 1/2 cups of the beans and mash them before returning to the pot.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Shar's Scalloped Potatoes

This recipe came from my very sweet friend Shar, She shared it with our recipe challenge group and I tried it with my Beef Mushroom Tips this past week, I did cut the recipe in half and it made more than enough for the three of us who don't eat baby formula.. LOL!! It was absolutely Delicious Shar! Thank you so much!

Scalloped Cheese Potatoes

from Shar on Recipe Challenge
4 pounds potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1/4 cup butter or margarine, divided
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

In a large bowl, combine potatoes and soup. Layer half of the mixture in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Dot with half of the butter and sprinkle with half of the cheese. Repeat layers. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 60-70 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

Pork Chops Yum-Yum

Found the recipe on Recipezaar looking for a new way to make pork chops. I cannot begin to tell you how yummy these were... I doubled the recipe for the sauce.. and the pork chops were so...tender.. YUM-YUM
Pork Chops Yum-yum

Recipezaar Recipe #95222

2-4 pork chops, 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/8 cup honey
1/8 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt

Brown chops on both sides. Place in greased casserole dish. Mix all remaining ingredients and pour over pork chops. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for one hour.
Sides: Make with Green Beans and Mashed Potatoes

Chewy Cocoa Brownies

I searched for these during a brownie craving a few days ago, They were VERY VERY extremely rich... Jake loved them.. They were almost TOO rich for me.. But I'm not a "sweets" type person...

Chewy Cocoa Brownies

Recipezaar Recipe #13729 taken from

1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 tablespoons water
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Nestle Toll House baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
powdered sugar

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan. COMBINE sugar, butter and water in large bowl. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; stir into sugar mixture. Stir in nuts. Spread into prepared baking pan. BAKE for 18 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into bars.

Mushroom Beef Tips

This was a pick from Teresa's week on the Recipe Challenge group. I've tried a lot of recipes for this but never found one I liked enough to make again, This one will definately go in the family cookbook! It was so tasty!!


2 lbs beef stew, cut into small cubes
1/4 c. butter
1 med. clove garlic, minced
2 cans mushroom soup
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion (I used more)
1/2 cup watercooked noodles of choice
*optional--can of mushrooms*

Brown beef and onions in butter. Add remaining ingredients and cover.
Cook 2 hours or until tender. Stir at least once. Serve over noodles of choice.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Quesadilla's Burgers & Seasoned Potatoes

WOW! Made these last night.. They were one of my selections for my Quesadilla themed week. These were so YUMMY!! Everyone loved them.. even my picky girl!! I completely cooked this entire meal on the grill which was awesome!! My potatoes below were just seasoned with Basil, Oregano, salt, pepper and olive oil..

Quesadilla Burgers

Recipezaar Recipe #189541

8 burgers 25 min 5 min prep

1/2 lb ground turkey
1/2 lb ground beef (I just used all beef)
8 slices monterey jack pepper cheese (I used monterey jack no pepper)
8 small flour tortillas
guacamole (didn't make this)
sour cream
fresh salsa (in a jar is fine)
nonstick cooking spray (didn't use this..
Combine the turkey and beef together. Form into four large patties. Pat them down so they are about 1/2 inch thick or thinner. Salt and pepper to taste. Heat an electric skillet to Med-high heat. Spray with non-stick cooking spray, and then cook your patties until desired doneness. Cut the burger patties in half so you have 8 "half moons" and put a slice of pepper jack on each half, let cheese melt and keep warm. Meanwhile, spray your skillet again and place the tortillas on one at a time lay them on the skillet to warm and lightly brown. Just before the tortilla is done, lay one of the burger halves,straight side in the middle, on the tortilla. Remove from heat and place quacamole, sour cream ,and salsa in the tortilla before your cheese cools, fold up taco style and enjoy.

Meatball Potato Supper

This was pretty good, I may have sliced up too many potatoes because mine needed more soup to it :o)

Meatball Potato Supper

From Shar on Recipe Challenge


2 eggs
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (didn't use this)
6 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
1 cup milk
Paprika (didn't use this)

DIRECTIONSIn a bowl, combine the eggs, bread crumbs and soup mix. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Roll into 1 inch meatballs, and place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 425* for 15 minutes. Meanwhile.. peel and cut potatoes into thin slices as meatballs cook. (i used red potatoes and didn't peel)
Place half of the potatoes in a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Top with meatballs and then remaining potatoes. In a bowl, combine soup and milk until blended; pour over potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika if desired. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 60-65 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

Mandi's Mom's Spanish Rice

Now I know we're all sort of partial to our Mothers cooking. But My Mom got this recipe from an old Mexican ladie selling her homemade tamales in front of mexican food grocery store.. This is by far the BEST Spanish Rice I have ever eaten.. anywhere... I'm warning you.. this makes ALOT!!!

Mandi's Mom's Spanish Rice

2 Cups long grain Rice
1 bell pepper diced (mom didnt' use this in hers, but I Added it)
1 small onion diced
2 cloves of Garlic Minced
Butter - LOTS OF it!! 1 Stick at least.
2 Cans of Diced Tomatoes
3 Cups of Chicken Broth
(I almost always end up adding more, So try 4 cups instead)
Salt, Pepper to taste
1 tsp. Cumin or more to taste...

Variation: one time I bought tomatoes with green chili's in them and it gave it spice which was yummy too!!

Melt lots of butter and sautee' Bell Peppers, Onion and Garlic together... cook until done to your likeness.. add Rice and brown... add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer until rice is cooked...

Burrito Pie

This is the second time I've made this recipe I believe, It makes a lot if you have a big family to feed.. I made it with my Mom's recipe for Spanish rice which I make all the time and will be sharing the recipe for next!

Burrito Pie

Burrito Pie

(from Recipes4Friends)


2 pounds ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 (2 ounce) can black olives, sliced
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chili peppers
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green Chile peppers
1 (16 ounce) jar taco sauce
2 (16 ounce) cans refried beans
12 (8 inch) flour tortillas
9 ounces shredded Colby cheese ( I Just use any I have on hand)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a large skillet over
medium heat, saute the ground beef for 5 minutes. Add the onion and
garlic, and saute for 5 more minutes. Drain any excess fat, if desired.
Mix in the olives, green Chile peppers, tomatoes with green chile peppers,
taco sauce and refried beans. Stir mixture thoroughly, reduce heat to low,
and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Spread a thin layer of the meat mixture in the bottom of a 4 quart casserole
dish. Cover with a layer of tortillas followed by more meat mixture, then a
layer of cheese. Repeat tortilla, meat, cheese pattern until all the tortillas are
used, topping off with a layer of meat mixture and cheese.

Bake for 20 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheese is slightly
brown and bubbly.
Sides: Make with Mom's Spanish rice recipe