Sunday, September 30, 2007

Mexi Tortilla Casserole

This is my choice for Mandi's week on Recipe Challenge.
The cilantro in this is a must! I rarely buy it but it made the dish! We finished the whole pan for dinner=O

Sabrina 9
Hunter 9
Corrine 9

Mexi-Tortilla Casserole

1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1 Small Onion, Chopped
1 lb ground pork (or ground beef)
1 Can (14oz) diced Tomatoes
1 Teaspoon dried Oregano
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cuminnnn
1/4 Teaspon black pepper
1 1/2 cups shredded pepper jack or taco-flavored cheese
2 Cups Tortilla Chips
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1 can diced green chili's, drained
2 Tablespoons minced Cilantro

1. Preheat Over to 350

2. Heat oil in large skillet. Add onion, cook and sstir 5 minutes or until tender. Add meat and cook until browned. drain fat. stir in tomatoes, oregano, salt, cumin and pepper. spoon into 11x7 dish. sprinkle with cheese. arrange tortilla's chips over cheese. bake 10-15 minutes until cheese melts.

3. Combine Sour creama nd chiles in small bowl, mix well, dropped by spoonfuls over baked casserole, sprinkle with cilantro.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Simple Salisbury Steaks

This was a Campbell's soup recipe I printed from somewhere years ago. The patties didn't hold together well but they were so tasty that I will be making them again anyways! Next time I want to add more salt.

I used a big can of soup and added milk at the end to make a gravy to go over mashed potatoes.


Sabrina 10
Hunter 8
Corrine 8

Simple Salisbury Steaks

1 can mushroom soup
1 pound of ground beef
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms.

In a bowl, mix together 1/4 cup of the soup, beef, bread crumbs, egg and onion. Shape firmly into 6 patties.

In a skillet over medium heat, cook patties, a few at a time, until browned on both sides, spoon off fat, set aside.

Stir in remaining soup and mushrooms, return the patties to the skillet, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 20 minutes or until done, turning patties occasionally.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Italian Hamburger Casserole

This was from the recipe challenge list. I made a ton of changes so I wouldn't have to buy all the ingredients. I don't think it needed a full 45 minutes but I think my oven is hotter than normal(and I haven't picked the oven thermometer off the bottom yet lol).


Justin--wouldn't eat it

Substitutions: spaghetti noodles, diced tomatoes for sauce and cheddar cheese because I didn't realize it called for mozz.

Quick, Easy -N- Fast Italian Hamburger Casserole Recipe
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
2 15 oz. cans tomato sauce
2 t. garlic salt
1 t. basil
1/2 t. oregano
10 - 12 oz. package fine egg noodles
8 oz. cream cheese
2 C. sour cream
12 green onions chopped
8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

In a large skillet, brown ground beef and drain. Stir in the spices and tomato sauce. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.In boiling water, cook noodles as directed on package. Rinse and drain well.Blend together sour cream and cream cheese. Stir in green onions.In a 9 x 13 pan, layer cooked noodles, cream cheese mixture, meat sauce and cheese. Bake for 45 minutes at 375°F.Serves 8 - 10

Cheesy Zucchini

This was so good! Corrine tried one and said she'd give it a 5 but the kids have never been big on zucchini as a side dish. I really liked it=) I'll definitely make it again!

Cheesy Zucchini
5-6 medium zucchini, sliced
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (or so)

Preheat broiler.
In a large saucepan,bring water, boullion and salt to a boil.
Add zucchini.
Cover and boil for 3 to 5 minutes until just tender-crisp;drain well.
Arrange half of zucchini in the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate;sprinkle with half the cheddar cheese and half the Parmesan.
Layer the remaining zucchini and cheeses.
Broil for 1 or 2 minutes until cheese melts and bubbles

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Time for zucchini bread! I've done butterscotch, plain, chocolate chip and others so I decided to try this one this time. Corrine asked how cocoa tastes so I gave her a little try...poor kid ;o)

This recipe came from Sandie on the recipe group and it was really good! Corrine is my picky eater and she ate half of the first loaf all by herself! Justin wasn't feeling well and wouldn't eat anything(except a few chocolate chips) all day and he ate some of was a relief for him to get something nutritious!
I would totally make this again! 

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup cocoa
2 cups grated zucchini
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda

Beat eggs, add sugar and oil. Next add vanilla and zucchini.
Mix dry ingredients into wet. Stir until mixed.
Grease 2 loaf tins and bake 50-60 minutes at 350.

Thursday, September 20, 2007


Not my favorite meal ever but Hunter and Corrine loved it. I doubled the recipe and day 2 I put it over the spanish rice. It was fab that way!
And yes the picture fits the name=p

Creamed ground beef sos
1 lb lean ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon beef bouillon powder
3/4 teaspoon salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
cayenne powder, to taste
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 1/4 cups milk

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef and onion.
Stir in the flour, granulated bouillon, salt, pepper, and garlic and onion powders (and cayenne, if using).
Saute all together until flour is absorbed, about 5 minutes.
Gradually stir in the Worcestershire sauce and milk.
Bring it all to a simmer, stirring, and cook until thickened, about 5 to 10 minutes.
Serve over toast, biscuits, noodles, rice, or potatoes

Friday, September 14, 2007

Burrito Pie and Spanish Rice

These are both from Mandi's blog. The burrito pie is here and the spanish rice is here. Both of these took some time to prepare but were really yummy!
Me burrito 10 rice 10
Hunter burrito 10 rice 9
Corrine burrito 9 rice 9
and Justin ate a good sized portion himself=)

Mandi's Burrito Pie
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(made this from scratch)
2 (16 ounce) cans refried beans
12 (8 inch) flour tortillas(I used corn)
9 ounces shredded Colby cheese(I used cheddar)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a large skillet overmedium 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 casseroledish. Cover with a layer of tortillas followed by more meat mixture, then alayer of cheese. Repeat tortilla, meat, cheese pattern until all the tortillas areused, topping off with a layer of meat mixture and cheese.
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheese is slightlybrown and bubbly.

Mandi's Mom's Spanish Rice
2 Cups long grain Rice
1 bell pepper diced (I didn't have any on hand)
1 small onion diced
2 cloves of Garlic Minced
1 stick butter
2 Cans of Diced Tomatoes
4 Cups of Chicken Broth
Salt, Pepper to taste
1 tsp. Cumin or more to taste...
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...

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Peach Cobbler

I tried two recipes for peach cobbler yesterday. They were very similar with the only big difference being that the first had cinnamon in it.
The second is Tee's and I loved hers! I prefer it without cinnamon for sure as did everyone else! I'm putting the recipe for Tee's below and pictures of both.

Teresa's peach cobbler

2 cups peaches---diced
1 cup sugar
1 cup self rising flour (I added 2 teaspoons baking powder to all purpose flour)
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup butter

Put butter in a casserole dish and put in oven on 375 til melted. Put peaches in a bowl with one cup of the sugar and set aside. In a mixing bowl, mix together the other cup of sugar, milk, and flour. After the butter has melted, pour in the batter and DO NOT stir after you pour it in. Then spoon the peaches on top of that and do not stir. Bake for one hour. (Mine only took 40 minutes to get this brown)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Hamburger Nacho Dip

I got this off recipezaar. It was good but I'd try another recipe rather than make it again or stick with 7 layer dip. This is very meaty!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken

This was really good! I added mushrooms this time and they were good but Hunter really doesn't like mushrooms so I won't do it next time. I cooked it the amount of time called for but other reviewers from recipezaar that used boneless skinless chicken breasts said that makes it dry(I say...DUH! lol).
Also after the chicken cooked it was way too soupy and next time I want to drain some of that out before adding the cream cheese mixture. I definitely will make this again!
I don't keep italian salad dressing mix on hand so I made my own from another recipezaar recipe. I didn't measure but it was parmesan cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, sesame seeds, celery seeds and some paprika. Worked great=)

3 lbs chicken pieces
1 (2/3 ounce) package Italian salad dressing mix
4 tablespoons melted butter (divided)
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup chicken broth

Place chicken pieces in crock pot and sprinkle Italian seasoning over chicken. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons melted butter.
Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a sauce pan and saute onion and garlic. Add Cream of Chicken Soup, cream cheese, and chicken broth. Stir until smooth.
Add this mixture to crock pot and cook on low for an additional hour.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

This was great! When I make it again I'm going to cut down the chocolate just a bit because the inside of the center was just pure chocolate. I can't say that's a bad thing for taste but it made it difficult to keep it all in a nice slice=) I used Ghiradelli 60% cacao chocolate chips in this and even with that strong of a chocolate it was super good...but definitely needed a tall glass of milk!

1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour,
plus 4 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Beat butter and sugars together.
Add eggs and vanilla.
Mix flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
Add dry ingredients to the batter and mix until well blended.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Spread dough into a 15 1/2 inch round pan.
Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees