Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Spicy Cranberry Sauce

1/2 cup sugar
1 T. cornstarch
1 1/2 c. cranberry juice cocktail
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. ground cloves
Bring all ingredients to a boil in small pan over medium heat, stirring constantly; boil 1 minute. Serve warm.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Monday- homemade vegetable beef (deer) soup and gourmet grilled cheese
(on garlic bread with velvetta and/or 3 or 4 different kinds of cheeses.)

Tuesday - Sandra Lee's slow cooker chicken/borracho beans and spanish rice.

Wednesday - turkey
make ahead mashed potatoes,
green beans.

Thursday - I have a pork loin
baked sweet potatoes with cinnamon/brown sugar
chunky applesauce

Friday - Smothered meat loaf with potatoes o'brien

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tip for Tuesday

Tip of the Day...

To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove top.

Friday, November 14, 2008

4 Foods on Friday

Here are this week’s four questions.
#1. What kind of pretzels are your favorite?

  Soft Pretzels with Yellow Mustard & Cheese.
#2. What’s your favorite way to eat pancakes?  
Chocolate Chip w/ syrup.
#3. Do you make garlic bread from scratch or buy frozen? 
 Both.  I enjoy both.
#4. Share a recipe that calls for mozzarella cheese.  
     Spinach Chicken Lasagna
I’ve never tried this recipe but it looks like a well-balanced meal that has several food groups.

8 oz. cottage cheese
1 ½ cans cream of chicken soup, undiluted
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
½ lb. lasagna noodles
16 oz Mozzarella cheese slices

Cook spinach and cool. Mix with cottage cheese. Mix soup with chicken (add no milk or any other liquid). Cook lasagna noodles. In 9 x 13-inch pan, layer the following: half of spinach mixture, half of chicken mixture and 1/3 cheese slices. Repeat. Top with noodles and cheese. Bake, covered with foil at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, removing foil for final 5 minutes. Serves 2 easily.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lemon Cheese Recipe

Lemon Cheese ?!

Strangely, this sounds "yummy'' to me...
I will put it on a pastry for our upcoming 50's party.
It is from then, right?  
I don't care, I am making that for my food!!

Lemon Curd/Cheese in a Swiss Roll type cake!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tip Jar Tuesday- Cast Iron cookware care

Cooking with & Cleaning Cast Iron Cookware-------
How to cook with it, season it, clean it & keep it for years to come!

- More cool how to projects

Monday, November 10, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Monday - Hamburgers, Alfredo Noodles & Peas.

Tuesday- Chicken Pot Pie, Homemade Corn Bread.
Wednesday- Grilled Cheese, Potato Soup
Thursday- Tuna Casserole
Friday-Crock Pot Beef Stew, Biscuits.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

New Way of Making HASHBROWNS

I have a new way of making HASHBROWNS, HOMEFRIES, fried potatoes...

I fried some onion in bacon grease, then I plopped about a pound of tater tots into it- melted cheese on top.


Saturday, November 8, 2008

"Stretching" Your Chicken

Poultry is relatively cheap.
Here are ways to possibly get it cheaper &
 to make it "stretch" in recipes, 
courtesy of a site called: .

  • Chop & dice
  • Search out discount meat sources.
  • Creatively extend your rotisserie purchases
  • Stretch it out with another filler.
  • Go for the stock options.
  • Regular and seasonal sales.
  • Explore the world of bone-in breast.
  • Creative cutting.
The details for each option are in the site's link.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Why Does Organic Cost More?

Why does organic cost more?

The truth of the matter is that organic food doesn’t always cost more. Some items, such as coffee, cereal, bread, and even hamburger, may cost the same or even less than their conventional counterparts. And, as the demand for organics continues to grow, the cost will continue to come down. When the cost is higher, consider these facts: 
  • Organic farmers don’t receive federal subsidies like conventional farmers do. Therefore, the price of organic food reflects the true cost of growing.
  • The price of conventional food does not reflect the cost of environmental cleanups that we pay for through our tax dollars.
  • Organic farming is more labor and management intensive.
  • Organic farms are usually smaller than conventional farms and so do not benefit from the economies of scale that larger growers get.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Wordless Wed

Monday, November 3, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Easy cookin' week!!

Mon- Hot Dogs, Cole Slaw & Chili

Tue- Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Wed- Rotisseried Chicken, Spinach, Stuffing

Thu- Chef's Salad/ Cobb Salad

Fri- Out to eat?
Our anniversary is this coming weekend. 12 years!!