Showing posts from September, 2012

Pizza Salad

Ingredients 1 pound spiral macaroni, cooked and drained3 medium tomatoes, diced and seeded16 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed1 to 2 bunches green onions, sliced3 ounces sliced pepperoni1 cup sliced mushrooms1/2 cup diced ham1/2 diced green bell peppers2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese1 cup tomato ranch dressing*2 teaspoons fresh basil1 teaspoon 

Mexican Biscuit Casserole/Midwest Living

This looked so good when i saw it. Of course i had to add a twist with the tomatoes and green chilies.ingredients1 1/2pounds lean ground beef1 1 1/4-ounce packagetaco-seasoning mix

Oatmeal Bread

The one thing mom always asked for when we would visit Grandma was oatmeal bread. I think she thought it had magic properties, or something.  The texture is soft and a little crumbly.
This and a carton of milk, and we had dinner. I think it  is really good too. Try it with warm with butter and jam, or ham and mayo. OK, now I'm hungry.


1 1/8 cups all pupose flour
1 1/8 cups bread flour
1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned oats)
2 tablespoons shortening
1  teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons  sugar
1 packet active dry yeast*
1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
2 tablespoons dry milk

*Dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup lukewarm water before combining with the remaining ingredients.


1) In a large mixing bowl, or in the bowl of an electric mixer, combine all of the ingredients, mixing to form a shaggy dough. Knead dough, by hand (10 minutes) or by machine (5 minutes) till it's smooth.

2) Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover and allow it to rest for 1 hour; it'll b…

Oatmeal Scotchies

This another favorite cookie. My Grandpa could eat cookies by the hand full. And these were no exception. Definitely addictive.


1/2 pound (2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
3 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1 package (11 oz.) butterscotch flavored chips

. .Preparation

Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat margarine and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda and salt; mix well. Add oats and butterscotch morsels; mix well.

Drop dough by level tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 7 to 8 minutes for a chewy cookie or 9 to 10 minutes for a crisp cookie. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.



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Gyros for Heros.

Believe it or not we found a Gyro kit in the grocery store. It comes with pita bread, meat and Tzatziki sauce. Cool huh? Well the meat was seasoned nicely and there is nothing bad about a warm piece of pita bread. But the sauce, not the best. Next time I would make my own. So …
Here is a good recipe for tdziki sauce the next time we want gyros, and by the way the Greeks say “ero” like the G is silent.

Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients

• 2 (8 ounce) containers plain yogurt
• 2 cucumbers - peeled, seeded and diced
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1/2 lemon, juiced
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
• 3 cloves garlic, peeled


In a food processor or blender, combine yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, dill and garlic. Process until well-combined. Transfer to a separate dish, cover and refrigerate for at least one hour for best flavor.
To make the sandwich, take a warm pita, top with thin strips of beef, top with cooled sauce and shredded lett…

Ina Garten's Carrot Cup Cakes

2 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 extra-large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
3 cups grated carrots (less than 1 pound)
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
For the frosting:
3/4 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pound confectioners' sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Beat the sugar, oil, and vanilla together in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the eggs, 1 at a time. In another bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add 1/2 of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Add the grated carrots, raisins, and walnuts to the remaining flour, mix well, and add to the batter. Mix until just combined.

Line muffin pans with paper liners. Scoop the batter into 22 muffin cups u…

Potato Egg "Cups"


4 small russet or Yukon potatoes, rinsed clean 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled ¼ stick unsalted butter, melted 8 poached eggs 1/2 cup sour cream 8 tsp chives, minced Salt and pepper to taste Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Poke the top of each potato with a fork and place on a baking sheet.  Bake for 60-70 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes. Cook bacon on stove over low heat, about 10 minutes.  Remove, drain on paper towels, then crumble into small pieces. Once potatoes are cool, cut in half lengthwise, so that each potato will yield 2 skins.  Carefully scoop out center of the potato, while still leaving some potato in the boat.

Poach the eggs Heat broiler to high.  Brush melted butter on the inside and outside of the potatoes.  Season each side with salt and pepper.  Place under the broiler for 8-10 minutes to allow the insides to get crispy.  Remove from oven and place cheese and bacon on each skin.  Return to the b…

Favorite Chocolate Pie

Gram would make the wondrous chocolate pie. Rich and chocolaty. You know the kind you can only eat a small sliver.  Unfortunately, she never wrote down that recipe. I have spent a year scouring the Internet for a recipe with a similar taste and texture. I think I finally found it, and not online. 
This is from a small maybe out of print cookbook called "The Great Flavors of Arkansas".
for pie 1 9 in pie shell, baked 3 tbs flour 3/4 cups sugar 3 tbs cocoa 1/4 tsp salt 3 egg yolks 1 can evaporated milk 2 cans of water (use evaporated milk can) 1/2 tsp vanilla 6 tbs sugar
formeringue 3 eggs whites 1/2 cup sugar  1/8 tsp cream of tarter

Directions Mix flour sugar and cocoa and salt. Blend egg yolks milk and water. Combine flour mixture and egg yolk mixture in a double boiler. Cook until thickened--about 2 minutes. Add vanilla. Cool slightly pour into pie shell. Refrigerate to cool.  Meanwhile beat egg whites until stiff. Gradually add sugar and cream of tarter.  Top pie. Bake 15 minutes …

beef goulash

Ingredients1 lb ground beef1 large onion, chopped fine1 package frozen corn1 clove garlic, chopped1 can diced tomatoes1 can (15 oz) tomato soup1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce1 tsp salt (or more to taste)3 Tbls paprika2 Tbls mustardpepper to taste2 cups egg noodles PreparationBrown ground beef.Add onion and corn. Cook over medium heat until soft (10-15 min).Add paprika, tomatoes, tomato soup, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to the beef mixture. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.While the beef mixture cooks, boil the egg noodles dente, drain.

Aunt Mea's Pie Crust

One of the most precious things that was left to me was my Grandmother's recipe book. At this time it is fading, so it is time to re-write it. 

This is first because everyone needs a good pie crust, and it is the one recipe I have that belonged to Aunt Mea.

Each year for the family picnic she brought gooseberry pie, which people inhaled. Every good pie needs a good crust. This one is very tender.

3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 cold shortening
1 tbs vinegar
1 egg
1/4 cup cold water

In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in shortening until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Mix egg, water and vinegar together. Pour into flour all at once and blend with a fork until dough forms a ball.
Wrap with plastic and chill in refrigerator.

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It's BBQ Time!

Ah, fall. The weather is getting cooler; the leaves are changing color. Such a wonderful time of year. Fall in Kansas City also means BBQ!.

This is the biggest contest in the country. "The American Royal World Series of  BBQ".

The Dates this year are Thursday, October 4th to Sunday October 7.

Tickets and schedules are available at their website.

WW Breakfast Burritos

IngredientsPam cooking spray2 teaspoons olive oil2 scallions, chopped1 green peppers, chopped ( I skipped, but next time I am adding green chilies or jalapenos)1 tomatoes, chopped2 garlic cloves, minced2 eggs4 egg whites1/2 cup low-fat cheddar cheese, shredded ( I used WW Mexican blend shredded cheese)2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepper4 whole wheat tortillas1/2 cup nonfat sour cream1/2 cup salsa DirectionsPreheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Corn Salad

1 can black beans, rinsed, drained
10 oz frozen corn kernels, thawed, drained (or fresh corn; about 1 3/4 cups)
1 medium sweet red pepper(s), chopped
1 medium orange bell pepper, chopped
1 medium yellow pepper(s), chopped
1 medium uncooked red onion(s), minced
1/2 cup(s) cilantro, fresh, minced
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup green onions, minced. green part only.

3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp lime zest
1 Tbsp kosher salt
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp cumin seeds


In a large bowl, combine black beans,  corn, peppers, onion and cilantro.

In a small bowl, whisk together vinaigrette ingredients.

Drizzle vinaigrette over bean mixture and toss to coat. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Yields about 1 cup per serving.