Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Cake in a Mug

I've found this recipe in various places on the internet. I like it better than the traditional cake in a mug recipes that use egg because in my opinion they turn out too "eggy."

1 box angel food cake mix
1 box cake mix of your choice

Mix both dry cake mixes together in a gallon sized ziploc bag.

Put 1/3 c of the mix in a microwave safe mug. Mix in 3 Tbsp water. (Or you may use 1/4 c mix and 2 Tbsp water.)

Microwave on high for 1 min or til cake is done. Dump on plate or eat straight out of mug. Frost if desired. Makes 1 serving.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Flavorful Pot Roast

boneless beef chuck roast, 3-5 lbs
1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
1 envelope brown gravy mix
1/2 c water
1 Tbsp cornstarch

Put roast in 5 qt crock pot. In a small bowl, mix together the next 4 ingredients. Pour over meat Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hrs or til tender. Mix cornstarch with meat juices in small saucepan and cook til thickened for gravy.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Lemon Garlic Hummus

I first had hummus when Hubby and I were on our honeymoon. I thought it was "different" back then but have since come to love it. Even most of my kids gobble it up.

This recipe is a modified version of one I found. The original had 3/4 c oil and 3 Tbsp lemon juice ... That was WAY to tart and runny for my taste, so I played with the recipe to come up with this version that I think is just right.

My favorite thing to eat with this is pita chips, but we usually end up eating it with pretzels. A friend suggested Wheat Thins. I think we may have to try that!

1/2 c extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 1/2 - 2 minced garlic cloves (I use 2 heaping tsp minced garlic from a jar.)
1/2 tsp salt, optional
1 15 oz can chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained

Put first 5 ingredients in blender or food processor. Add about half the chickpeas and process til smooth. Add rest of chickpeas and process til smooth. Transfer to small bowl. Store in fridge. Makes 1 1/2 - 2 c.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Lebanese Pita Pockets

Hubby's mom submitted this recipe for his high school's cookbook. It was a favorite of his family growing up, and now it's a favorite of ours.

3 lbs ground beef
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 lg onion, chopped
1 Tbsp dried mint leaves
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
pita breads, cut into halves
chopped lettuce
chopped tomato
plain yogurt or bleu cheese dressing

Brown beef and onion; drain well. Add garlic, cinnamon, mint, lemon juice, cumin, and salt. Simmer, covered for 45 min to develop flavors. A couple Tbsp of water may be added if mixture gets dry. Serve meat in pita breads. Top with lettuce, tomato, and yogurt or bleu cheese dressing.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cheesy Vegetable Soup

This recipe is from Quick Cooking 2003, but I double the California veggies to the amount listed here for a heartier soup.

6 c water
1 pkg (30 oz) frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
2 pkgs (16 oz each) frozen California blend vegetables
4 tsp chicken bouillon granules
1 lb process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
2 cans (10 3/4 oz each) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 c milk

In a lg pot, bring water to a boil. Add potatoes, veggies, and bouillon. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 min or til beggies are tender. Stir in cheese, soup, and milk; cook and stir til cheese is melted. Serve immediately or cool and freeze for up to 3 months. Makes 14 servings.

To use frozen soup: Thaw in refrigerator. Heat in a saucepan, adding additional milk if desired to achieve desired thickness.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tater Tot Casserole

I thought everyone knew what Tater Tot Casserole was til a friend out east mentioned that it was a midwestern dish and that lots of her non-midwestern friends had never heard of it.

This is one of those comfort meals that I remember eating as a kid. I'm sure there are many, many different versions of it. This is mine. I don't have it written down, I just make it, but I'll try to write it down for others to follow. The pizza tot casserole version is based on one I found in a cookbook.

2 lbs ground beef
1/2 of a chopped onion
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 cans whole kernel corn, drained (may substitute 2 cans green beans, drained)
any or all of the following spices to taste: seasoned salt, salt, pepper, garlic powder
32 oz pkg frozen tater tots

Brown beef and onion in skillet, draining as needed. Mix in soup, corn, and spices; heat through. Put meat mixture in greased 9x13" pan. Arrange tater tots in single layer on top of meat mixture. Bake according to tater tot package directions.

Pizza Tot version changes:
Saute half or all of a chopped green pepper with beef and onions.
Substitute 2 cans tomato soup for cream of mushroom soup.
No corn or green beans.
Add 1 or 2 cans (4 oz each) of mushrooms (drained) to beef mixture with soup.
Use Italian seasoning and/or oregano instead of or in addition to the garlic powder.
After putting the meat mixture in the pan, sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese and/or black olives on top before adding the tater tots.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Sunshiny Fruit Salad

This is my go-to fruit salad.

2 cans (20 oz each) pineapple chunks
2 cans (11 oz each) mandarin oranges
1 pkg (3.4 oz) instant lemon pudding
other fruit of your choice, atleast 5 c total (I like to use sliced strawberries, blueberries, apple chunks, and/or halved grapes. Bananas would also work well, but I'm not big on bananas in fruit salad.)

Drain pineapple and oranges, reserving the liquid from one of the pineapple cans. In a sm bowl, combine the pudding mix with the reserved pineapple juice. In a lg bowl, mix together all fruit except oranges. Add pudding/juice mixture and stir. Gently fold in oranges. (Do not mix too much once oranges are in or they will fall apart.) Chill 2 hrs. Makes 10-12 servings.

*Note: The fruit salad will get more liquidy the longer it sits.