Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Super Easy Homemade Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

I have never made homemade ice cream.  I usually am quite content with the one I buy from the store.  Then one of my dear friends decided to have a neighborhood homemade ice cream contest and I thought, why not try to make some?  Now I don't have an ice cream maker and I don't really want to buy one.  So I started doing a little research.  That lead to finding this AMAZING recipe from none other than sweet Paula Deen.  I was sold immediately when I noticed how easy it is to make and after reading the reviews.  Everyone raved about this.  It is seriously insanely easy and quick to make.  The longest time consuming is the whipping of the heavy cream!  Then you mix it, freeze it and eat it.  You can't get easier than this!  The result is also FANTASTIC!   The ice cream is creamy and delicious.  Give it a try.  You definitely won't regret it.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-2 cups heavy cream
-3 egg yolks
-1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
-4 tsp vanilla extract
-1 cup original oreos
Directions:
In a large plastic bowl, whip the heavy cream with a hand mixer until soft peaks form.  In a separate bowl mix the eggs, condensed milk and vanilla.  Mix very well.  Pour cookies into plastic bag and crush them coarsely.  Pour egg mixture and crushed cookies over whipped cream.  Mix very well.  Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 6 hours or until firm.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Roasted Tilapia over Mamaliga with Tomato Relish

What a treat this dish is!  Everything blends in perfectly.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-4 tilapia fillets
-salt and pepper, to taste
-a little extra virgin olive oil
-a handful grape tomatoes, halved
-1 clove garlic, minced
-1 Tbs capers
-1 Tbs caper juice
-2 Tbs lemon juice
-2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
-about 10 kalamata olives, pitted and quartered
-plain mamaliga
Directions:
 Prepare the tomato relish at least one hour before serving this dish.  In a medium bowl, mix the tomatoes with the garlic, capers, caper juice, lemon juice, olive oil and kalamata olives.  Stir, cover and let it sit on the kitchen counter.
Preheat oven at 425 F.  Rub each fillet with some olive oil on both sides.  Season the fish with salt and pepper.  Place on baking sheet.  Roast in preheated oven for 12 minutes.  To serve, place some mamaliga on the plate.  Top with roasted tilapia and a generous portion of the tomato relish.  Enjoy!
Recipe inspired from here.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Stromboli

Yum, yum, yum!  This is super delish!  Just don't count the calories on this.  It's one of those indulgent meals.:)  Enjoy!
 Ingredients:
-1 (1 lb) frozen Rhodes bread dough
-1/4 lb ham, slices
-1/4 lb hard salami
-1 1/2 cups mixed shredded provolone and mozzarella
-1 tsp dried oregano, divided
-extra virgin olive oil
-cornmeal
-marinara sauce, for dipping
Directions:
Lay out a large piece of wax paper.  Coat it generously with cooking spray.  Place frozen dough on it and let thaw out and rise (about 2-3 hours).
Once risen, preheat oven to 375 F.
Flatten and spread dough on cookie sheet.  Lay the ham on dough.  Top it with the salami.  Spread 1/2 tsp oregano on top.  Spread cheese evenly.  Top with the remaining oregano.  Fold the dough lengthwise.  Flip the dough.  Brush it lightly with olive oil and sprinkle a little cornmeal on it.  Flip it back up and repeat the process with the olive oil and cornmeal.
Bake in preheated oven for about 22 minutes, or until nice and golden brown. 
Heat the marinara sauce.  Slice the stromboli and dip it in the marinara sauce.  Enjoy!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Frozen Chocolate Bananas

This is a quick, simple and delicious treat, perfect for a hot summer day.  It's a Paula Dean recipe, and amazingly there's no butter in it! :)  We really enjoyed these treats and I hope you will too.  I chose to roll ours in coconut flakes, sprinkles or leave them simple.  You can also do this with other fruit, like cherries, strawberries, pineapple, etc.  The possibilities are endless.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
-1 Tbs vegetable oil
-about 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
-about 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles
-3 large bananas, cut into large bite-size pieces
-toothpicks
Directions:
Line serving platter with wax paper.
Melt chocolate chips.  Add oil and stir well, until smooth.  Spear each banana chunk with a toothpick.  Dip in chocolate, then roll through coconut flakes, sprinkles or leave them plain.  Place on prepared platter.  Freeze for at least 20 minutes or up to 8 hours.  Enjoy!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Honey Walnut Shrimp

Quick and yummy!  I just love this combination of flavors.  True, it's not as good as Thaifoon's, but it's still very, very good.  Even my kids loved it!:)  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-1 lb large shrimp, peeled, deveined, with tails removed
-1 cup water
-2/3 cup sugar
-1/2 cup chopped walnuts
-3 egg whites
-1/2 cup cornstarch
-1/4 cup mayonnaise
-2 Tbs honey
-1 Tbs canned sweetened condensed milk
-oil for frying
Directions:
In a small sauce pan, mix water and sugar.  Bring to a boil and add the walnuts.  Boil for about 2 minutes.  Drain.  Place on a large piece of wax paper and let them dry.
While the walnuts dry, beat egg whites until foamy.  Stir in cornstarch and mix until smooth.  Dip the shrimp into batter.  Place in hot oil.  Fry until golden brown.  Drain on paper towels.
In a serving bowl, mix mayo, honey and condensed milk.  Add shrimp and toss to coat.  Add walnuts and serve.  Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Blackened Tilapia with Radish and Cucumber Salsa

I've had this recipe from way back when my husband did Weight Watchers online (a few years ago).  For some reason I've never tried it.  I stumbled upon it again a few days ago and thought to give it a try.  Boy, am I glad I did!   It's sooooo good!  Simple and delicious!  To sweeten the deal for the kids, I served it with mac'n'cheese, and it worked great.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-cooking spray
-4 tilapia fillets
-Blackened seasoning
-5 radishes, quartered
-1 medium cucumber, peeled and chopped
-1/2 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
-3 green onions, sliced
-2 Tbs lime juice
-1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
-salt and pepper, to taste
Directions:
Spray large skillet with cooking spray.  Season tilapia with blackened seasoning.  Place in prepared skillet and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until fish flakes with a fork.
Meanwhile, combine radishes, cucumber, bell pepper and green onions.  Add lime juice, oil and salt and pepper.  Stir well and adjust the seasoning.  Serve next to tilapia.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Roman-style Chicken

Ingredients:
-4 chicken thighs, skin on, bone in
-salt and pepper, to taste
-1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
-1 red bell pepper, sliced
-1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
-4 slices bacon, chopped
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-1 (15 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
-1/2 cup apple juice
-1 tsp dried oregano leaves
-1/2 cup chicken broth
-1 Tbs capers
Directions:
Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.  Heat the oil in a large skillet.  Place the chicken in hot oil for a few minutes on each side, or until nice and brown.  Remove from heat.
In the same pan, add the peppers and bacon.  Cook until the peppers have browned and the bacon is crisp (about 5 minutes).  Add the garlic and cook for an extra minute.  Add the tomatoes, apple juice and oregano.  Return the chicken to pan and add the broth.  Bring the mixture to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the chicken is cooked through, about 20-30 minutes.  Add the capers and serve.  Enjoy!
Adapted from a Giada De Laurentiis recipe.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Pandesal

Pandesal means the bread of salt and it's very popular in the Philippines.  It is not salty, as the name implies.  It rather is on the sweet side.  It is nice and crunchy on the outside, and soft on the inside.  My husband was craving this the other day, so I made it for him, as a nice reminder of his LDS mission to the islands.  Of course, this has to be served hot with the yummy noodles and some Pepsi.:)  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-1 cup lukewarm water
-1 tsp instant dry yeast
-1 tsp salt
-1/4 cup sugar
-1/4 cup vegetable oil
-3 cups flour
-1/4 cup fine bread crumbs
Directions:
Pour the water into large mixing bowl.  Sprinkle yeast over it and let it sit for 10 minutes.  Add the sugar, salt and vegetable oil.  Mix well.  Add the flour, half a cup at a time.  Mix well.  Move the dough onto a slightly floured surface and knead it by hand for a few minutes.  Place dough into oiled bowl.  Cover well and let it rise until double in size.
Preheat oven to 325 F.  Punch the risen dough out.  Shape into rolls.  Roll through bread crumbs.  Shake off the excess.  Place rolls onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake in preheated oven for 25-20 minutes, or until nice and golden brown.  Enjoy!

Friday, August 19, 2011

10-Minute Gyros

So simple, quick and oh, so tasty!  Love this one!  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-1 lb beef, cut into thin strips
-seasoned salt
-garlic powder
-black pepper
-2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
-6 soft pita breads, warmed
-1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
-1 cup cucumber, peeled and cut into thin strips
-1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
-ranch dressing
Directions:
Heat oil in large skillet.  Season the beef with seasoned salt, garlic powder and black pepper.  Add to skillet and cook until done.  Divide beef among pitas.  Top with tomatoes, cucumber strips, and feta.  Drizzle ranch over filling.  Fold and enjoy!
Adapted from a Parents Magazine recipe.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Chicken 'N Biscuits

This is a nice, tasty and filling meal.  All in one dish too!  I absolutely love it.  It's one of those nice comfort foods.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-about 2 cups frozen vegetables (any mix you like- I went for broccoli, cauliflower and mushrooms)
-2 chicken breasts, cooked (I boiled mine) and cut into small chunks
-1 (10.75 oz) can cream of chicken soup
-3/4 cup milk
-1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
-8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
-1 1/2 cups biscuit/baking mix
-2/3 cup milk
-1 (3 oz) package French-fried onions
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 F.
In a large bowl, combine the vegetables, chicken, soup, 3/4 cup milk, 1 cup cheese and bacon.  Mix well.  Pour into ungreased 9x13 baking dish.  Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the biscuit mix with the 2/3 cup of milk.  Drop the batter by spoonfuls onto chicken mixture.  Bake, uncovered, for about 22 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown.  Sprinkle the onion and remaining cheese all over the dish.  Bake for about 4 more minutes, or until the cheese is melted.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Zesty Roasted Chicken with Mediterranean Potatoes

It seems like I'm on quite a Mediterranean kick lately.  What can I say though, it's so good!:)  This was a nice and filling dish.  The flavors were nice and homey for me.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
For chicken:
-4 chicken thighs, skin on and bone in
-1/2 cup lemon juice
-1/2 cup orange juice
-salt and pepper
-2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
-1 cup chicken broth
For potatoes:
-3-4 large potatoes
-2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
-4 tsp capers, drained
-1/2 cup pitted and sliced black olives
-1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
-salt and pepper
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 F.
In a large bowl, mix lemon juice, orange juice, salt and pepper (to taste).  Place thighs in and let them sit there for about 10 minutes.  Heat oil in large oven proof skillet.  Remove chicken from marinade (do NOT discard marinade), season with salt and pepper and place in hot oil.  Cook it for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until nice and brown.  Remove chicken from skillet onto a plate.  Add the marinade to the skillet and bring it to a simmer.  Add chicken broth and let it simmer until reduced a little.  Return chicken to skillet.  Place in preheated oven and cook for about 12 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
While the chicken is roasting, peel and cut the potatoes into small wedges.  Place in pot full of water and boil until al dente (they need to have a little bite to them).  Drain.  In a large skillet heat the oil.  Place drain potatoes into hot oil, season them with some salt and pepper, and cook for a couple of minutes or until golden brown.  Remove skillet from heat.  Stir in capers, olives and feta.  Serve potatoes with chicken and a drizzle of the sauce on top.  Enjoy!
Adapted from a foodnetwork.com recipe.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Best Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are seriously the best mint chocolate chip cookies.  They are so good, that my family and I ate the first two dozen in less than an hour!  Yeah, they're that good! :)  They are soft, minty, simply delicious!  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-1/2 cup margarine, softened
-3/4 cup brown sugar
-1/2 cup white sugar
-1 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp baking powder
-2 tsp vanilla extract
-2 eggs
-1 (10 oz) package Andes Creme de Menthe Baking Chips
-2 2/3 cups flour
Directions:
In your mixing bowl, mix margarine, brown sugar, white sugar, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla and eggs.  Stir in mint chips.  Then add the flour, a little at a time.  Mix well.  Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 F.  Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Spoon dough onto prepared sheets.  Gently press each cookie down to flatten it a bit. Bake in preheated oven for 9-10 minutes.  Let them cool on the sheet for about 2 minutes.  Enjoy!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Yogurt Soup with Noodles and Meatballs

I'm taking you to Turkey today with this soup.  I bought a Mediterranean cookbook a looooong time ago and kind of forgot all about it (it's a VERY big book, so I put it in a corner).  As I was scheduling the weekly meal menu, I somehow noticed the book.  Then I found this recipe.  I tweaked it just a little and loved what came out!  I served ours with yummy rolls.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-3 cups plain yogurt
-2 egg yolks
-2 Tbs flour
-2 cups water
-3 garlic cloves, crushed
-10 oz (about 16) frozen Italian style beef meatballs
-6 oz medium dry egg noodles
-1 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp pepper
-dash of cayenne pepper
-1/4 cup unsalted butter
-1 small onion, finely chopped
-1 Tbs dried mint flakes
Directions:
In a large pot, mix well together the yogurt, yolks and flour.  Once mixed well, place the pot on the stove.  Bring it to a simmer.  Add water, garlic and frozen meatballs.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt the butter.  Add the onion and mint.  Cook until onion is translucent.  Remove from stove.
Once the soup is boiling, lower the heat and add the noodles.  Cook for about 3 minutes.  Add the salt, pepper and cayenne.  Cook for 1more minute.  Stir in the onion mixture and continue cooking for about 4 more minutes.  Serve hot.  Enjoy!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Peach Cobbler

I LOVE having a peach tree in our backyard, where I can just go and pick peaches as I please.:)  Of course, with so many peaches, we need to either eat a lot of them fast or put them into a delicious cobbler.  This is seriously so good!  I served ours hot with some vanilla ice cream on top. Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-4 cups fresh peaches, sliced
-1 cup sugar
-1 1/2 cup flour
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 1/2 tsp baking powder
-2/3 cups unsalted butter
-1 egg
Directions:
Preheat oven 375 F.
Place peaches on bottom of 9x13 baking dish.  Mix dry ingredients in large bowl.  Cut the butter into small chunks and add to the mixture.  Add the egg.  Mix until crumbly.  Sprinkle over fruit, covering all exposed fruit. Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until nice and golden.  Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Carissa Seward on Food Network.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lamb with Red Onions, Asparagus and Olives

Oh, how I LOVE this dish!  The lamb is super good, moist, tasty and the veggies complement it perfectly.  I served ours with some yummy homemade mashed potatoes.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
-1 lb lamb, trimmed of visible fat and sliced into thin strips
-1 red onion, sliced
-1 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
-2 (6 oz) cans black pitted olives, drained
-2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
-salt and pepper, to taste
Directions:
Heat oil in large skillet.  Add lamb and cook for about 4 minutes, or until browned.  Transfer to a clean plate and set aside.  In the same skillet add onions and asparagus.  Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Return lamb and any juices to the pan.  Stir in the olives, vinegar, salt and pepper.  Stir well.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Homemade Mashed Potatoes

I know there's a gazillion ways of making mashed potatoes.  This is my way of making them super fast, simple and easy.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-6 large Yukon gold potatoes
-1/4 cup milk
-1/2 cup margarine
-2 tsp salt
Directions:
Peel potatoes and slice into small chunks (the smaller you cut them, the faster they'll cook).  Place into pot full of water and boil until fork tender.  Drain.  Transfer into mixer bowl.  Mash them with fork, mixer attachment or whatever you use.  Add milk, margarine and salt.  Mix until nice and smooth. Taste and season more, according to your taste.  Enjoy! 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

BLT Pasta Salad

I should change the recipe name to BST, because I like spinach better than lettuce in my salad.  That aside, this salad is by far the best pasta salad ever!  I will definitely be making this again.  All the flavors blended in perfectly.  It's pretty light too.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-7 oz cooked pasta (rigatoni, rotini, any kind of small tubular pasta would work)
-8 slices bacon, cooked until crispy and crumbled
-1/2 cup mayonnaise
-1/8 cup lemon juice
-1 tsp sugar
-1 tsp seasoned salt
-1 large tomato, chopped
-1/4 cup green onions, sliced
-2 cups baby spinach leaves
Directions:
In a small bowl combine mayo, lemon juice, seasoned salt and sugar.  Mix well until smooth.
In a serving bowl add pasta, bacon, tomato and green onions.  Toss with dressing.  Stir in the spinach just before serving.  Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from here.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Vietnamese Pork Meatballs with Nuoc Cham

I always look forward to trying new dishes, especially from parts of the world I'm not very familiar with.  I received this recipe from my mother in law (she found it in a magazine) and I instantly knew that I wanted to make it.  It did take me out of my comfort zone, but in a good way.:) I adjusted the recipe a little, but not much.  Nuoc Cham is apparently like ketchup in Vietnam.  They use Thai bird chilies, but the magazine suggested crushed red peppers as the substitute.  We had ours for a light dinner with a nice salad on the side, but you can enjoy it as an appetizer as well.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
For meatballs:
-2 Tbs cornstarch
-1 Tbs sugar
-1 Tbs Asian fish sauce (I found it at Target)
-2 tsp soy sauce
-1/4 tsp black pepper
-1 Tbs dried minced onion
-1 large garlic clove, minced
-1/2 tsp dried mint flakes
-1 lbs ground pork
-3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil, for cooking
For Nuoc Cham:
-1 garlic clove, sliced
-2 Tbs sugar
-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
-1/4 cup hot tap water
-3 Tbs lime juice
-2 Tbs Asian fish sauce
Directions:
Heat olive oil in large skillet.
While oil is heating, whisk cornstarch, sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce and pepper in a medium bowl.  Stir in onions, garlic and mint.  Add the pork and combine very gently by hand.  Form meatballs and place in hot oil.  Drain on paper towels.
While meatballs are cooking, make the dipping sauce:  shallow bowl, mash the garlic, sugar and red pepper flakes into a grainy paste, with the back of a fork.  Pour the hot tap water and mix until sugar is dissolved.  Let it cool for a minute, then add the lime juice and fish sauce.   Dip meatballs in it and enjoy!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Pork Schnitzel

Schnitzels were a big part of my childhood.  They are super easy to make and soooo good!  It can be made with chicken too.  You can serve them with pretty  much any side dishes, salads or make sandwiches out of them.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-4 thick boneless pork chops
-1 egg
-1 cup Italian bread crumbs
-1 tsp seasoned salt, divided
-1 tsp garlic powder, divided
-1 tsp ground black pepper, divided
-3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
Directions:
Slice chops in half (lengthwise).  In a shallow bowl, beat the egg and season it with 1/2 tsp seasoned salt, 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1/2 tsp black pepper.  In a separate bowl, mix the bread crumbs with remaining seasoned salt, garlic powder and black pepper.
Place chops in between plastic wrap.  Tenderize with meat mallet.  Dredge chops first through egg mixture, then through bread crumb mixture.
Heat oil in large skillet.  Place chops in and cook for about 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through.  Enjoy!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Slow Cooker Creamy Garlic Chicken

This is such a nice, tasty dish!.  As usual, with slow cooker meals, the meat falls off the bone and simply melts in your mouth.  The seasoning was also really nice and just perfect.  I served ours over rice with some sweet peas.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-4 chicken thighs, bone in and skin on
-2 Tbs margarine or butter
-1 dry packet Garlic and Herb dressing mix
-2 cans fat free cream of chicken soup
-1 (8oz) package cream cheese, at room temperature
-1 tsp seasoned salt
-1 tsp garlic powder
Directions:
Place chicken on bottom of slow cooker.  Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.  Pour over chicken.  Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Serve on top with rice.  Sprinkle with pepper and enjoy!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sesame Chicken

This is another super delicious dish.  The list of ingredients might look long, but the process is very quick and easy.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch chunks
-2 Tbs sesame seeds
-2 green onions, sliced
For marinade:
-1 tsp chicken broth
-1/4 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp sesame oil
-dash of white pepper
-1/4 tsp sugar
-1 Tbs apple juice
For batter:
-1/2 cup flour
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 egg, beaten
-1/2 cup water
-3 Tbs cornstarch
-salt, to taste
-1 Tbs vegetable oil
For sauce:
-3 Tbs honey
-2 Tbs sugar
-salt, to taste
-2 Tbs ketchup
-1 Tbs white distilled vinegar
-dash of black pepper
Directions:
Combine all marinade ingredients into large bowl.  Add chicken chunks.  Stir well, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
After the 30 minutes, combine all batter ingredients into a bowl.  Scoop the chicken chunks from the marinade with a fork and dip them into the batter, one by one.  Deep fry them until golden brown.  Drain on paper towels.
In a large skillet or wok, combine all the sauce ingredients.  Heat up until bubbly.  Add chicken.  Stir to coat.  Remove from heat.  Serve on top of white rice and garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.  Enjoy!
Recipe slightly adapted from here.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Mint Chocolate Chip Cake

My little man turned 5 last week and wanted an Indiana Jones mint chocolate chip cake.  So I went to work.:)  Mind you, I suck at decorating cakes.  Decorating skills aside, the cake came out soooo good!  It was VERY moist and simply delicious!  Everyone loved it.  I used whipped chocolate frosting for the topping.  It went very well with the cake.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-1 triple chocolate fudge cake mix with pudding in mix
-3 eggs
-1/2 cup oil
-1 1/4 cups water
-1 package instant chocolate pudding
-1 very generous cup Andes mint chips
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Mix all ingredients.  Pour into 9x13 inch pan.  Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until middle is set.  Let it cool completely.  Frost and decorate.  Enjoy!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Ham and Bean Tetrazzini

This is a nice change from the ordinary.  It's not too heavy either.  It's nice and creamy.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-cooking spray
-2 cups fresh sliced mushrooms
-8 oz cubed ham
-2 green onions, sliced
-1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
-1 1/4 cups milk
-1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
-1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
-salt and pepper, to taste
-8 oz cooked spaghetti
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 F.  Coat a baking dish with cooking spray.
Coat a large skillet with cooking spray.  Add mushrooms, green onions and ham.  Cook for about 5 minutes.  Add milk and soup.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for a couple of minutes.  Add beans and cheese.  Mix well.  Remove from heat.  Add cooked spaghetti.  Stir well.  Pour mixture into prepared pan.  Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until bubbly.  Enjoy!

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