Saturday, March 28, 2009

Olive Nut Spread Recipe

This is so yummy! I love it on toast wheat bread as finger sandwiches and on Ritz crackers. It keeps for awhile and makes a great snack. You can substitute black olives for a completely different, but still tasty, spread.

What You Need:
8oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 c chopped pecans
1 cup salad olives - green olives, sliced or diced
2T olive juice
dash of pepper

What You Do:
Mix mayo and cream cheese. Add other ingredients. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. This spread keeps well for at least two weeks in the refrigerator. Serve as sandwich filling, on toast, crackers, or lettuce leaves.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Crustless Ham & Spinach Quiche Recipe

I found a recipe somewhat like this on another blog over the weekend, then tweaked it to suit our tastes as well as what we had on hand. It was a huge hit and the family has requested it again ASAP!

What You Need:
3/4 cup cubed ham

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

2 large eggs

2 large egg whites

1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend, separated in 1/4 cup and 3/4 cup

3/4 cup cottage cheese

1/2 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves

What You Do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add ham, onion and pepper to pan and saute 4 minutes until ham is lightly browned.

Spray a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray. Sprinkle 1/4 cup Mexican blend cheese in pie plate. Top with ham mixture.

In a large mixing bowl, gently whisk together the eggs, remaining cheeses, cottage cheese, and evaporated milk.

In a small bowl, stir together the flour and baking powder. Add flour to egg mixture and gently stir in. Add spinach to egg mixture and gently mix in.

Pour the egg mixture over ham mixture in pie plate. Bake for about 45 minutes, until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Bierocks Recipe

A friend of my mother's made these a lot when I was a child. They are on of my very favorite foods.

What You Need:
3 1/2 cups cabbage, shredded
2 tablespoons butter
1 lb ground beef
salt and pepper, to taste
1 (1/4 ounce) packet active dry yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup warm water
3/4 cup milk, scalded, cooled
1/2 teaspoon shortening
2 cups flour

What You Do:

Melt butter in a skillet. Add the cabbage and saute.

Add the ground beef, season to taste, and cook until done.

Drain the grease, then set meat mixture aside.

In a small bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast, let this sit for about 5 minutes.

Mix flour, shortening, and milk into the yeast mixture. Mix well.

Knead this until you get a nice dough.

Place dough in greased bowl, rub some oil on top of the dough, cover and let rise until it has doubled in size.

On a sheet of floured wax paper, roll into a rectangular shape about 1/4 inch thick.

Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces.

Place two heaping tablespoons of the meat mixture into the center of each piece of dough. Then bring up the corners of the dough and press to seal the filling inside.

On a greased cookie sheet, place the dough seam side down.

Let the bierocks rise an additional 20 minutes.

Bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Zesty Crock Pot Pork Chops Recipe

These are melt in your mouth tender & soooo tasty!

What You Need:
4 pork loin chops
3 tablespoons oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon vinegar - I've used white, cider, and balsamic all with good results
1 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

What You Do:
Brown chops in oil in a frying pan.

Transfer chops to a greased to slow cooker.

In a mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients, then pour over chops.

Cook on Low 8-10 hours.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Best Ever Brownie Recipe

I love this brownie recipe! I've been making these since I was a kid & it is my favorite recipe. The are so rich, sweet, and just fabulous! A glass of milk is a must with these guys. Oh, and cut small pieces...they are sweet, rich, and thick. Enjoy!

What You Need:
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 sticks butter (1 cup)
3 eggs
3/4 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp. salt

What You Do:
*Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 8x8 or 9x9 square baking pan.
*Mix together sugar and cocoa.
*Melt butter, then add to sugar & cocoa mixture.
*Add the eggs and vanilla, mix thoroughly.
*Add the flour and salt, then mix until just blended & smooth. Do not over mix! If you want, you can add about 1/2 cup of chopped nuts at this point.
*Spread mixture into prepared pan.
*Bake for 400 to 50 minutes, then cool before serving.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Super Easy Spanish Rice Recipe

This is great and so easy to whip up! I served it last night with the Crocky Carne Guisada and it was a hit!

Super Easy Spanish Rice

What You Need:
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups water
2 cubes chicken bouillon
1 1/4 cups rice
1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons chili powder
3/4 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon cumin

What You Do:
In large saucepan, combine all ingredients, and stir well. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 25 minutes or until rice is done. Resists the urge to uncover & stir during cooking, just let it do it's thing. Sprinkle a little cheddar cheese on top and you've got a great Mexican side dish!

Crocky Carne Guisada Recipe ~ Yummy & Cheap

I got a great deal on some reduced beef stew meat awhile back and have been looking for some out of the norm ways to use it up. This was an outstanding meal and so CHEAP! The meat, which was the biggest expense, costs $1.50! I hope you enjoy this yummy, frugal, filling dish as much as we did!

Crock Pot Carne Guisada

What You Need:
1 1/2 lbs beef stew meat
2 tsp. diced garlic
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 small jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
2 cups water
1 15oz can tomato sauce
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

What You Do:
Brown the stew beef in a little hot oil...I used bacon grease. Put meat in greased crock pot. Add the garlic, onion and peppers. Add the tomato sauce and water. Add all remaining ingredients. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Serve over Spanish rice.

Note: We have a large abundance of canned jalapeno peppers, most of which are very mild. I would not advise using 4 hot jalapenos in this, unless you just really enjoy spicy food! The amount of peppers you use is totally up to your own tastes!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Music Monday ~ Chicken Fried

This song is so fun! It just makes me smile! Makes me think of, well, my life! I hope you enjoy this down to earth song!

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