Tuesday, August 26, 2008


My standard "classic" lasagna recipe

1 1/2 lb ground beef, browned
32 oz (4 c) spaghetti sauce*
1 c water*
1 tsp salt
8 oz uncooked lasagna noodles
3 c shredded mozzarella
2 c small curd cottage cheese
1 c grated Parmesan cheese OR additional 1/2 - 1 c shredded mozzarella

Combine beef, sauce, water, and salt. Layer 1/3 sauce mix, 1/2 noodles, 1/2 cottage cheese, and 1/2 mozzarella in large pan. Repeat layers, ending with sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan or additional mozzarella. Bake covered with foil at 350 degrees for 1 1/2. Makes 12 servings.

* OR use 5 c spaghetti sauce and NO water.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Cheesy Zucchini Wedges

A cheesy zucchini wedge (top) is shown with chicken rosemary (right).

1 med onion, chopped
1/4 c butter
2 1/2 c biscuit mix
1 Tbsp minced, fresh parsley OR 1/2 Tbsp dried parsley
1/2 dried basil
1/2 tsp dried thyme
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 c milk
1 1/2 c shredded zucchini
1 c shredded cheddar cheese OR 1/2-3/4 c grated parmesan cheese

In a skillet, saute the onion in butter til tender. In a bowl, combine the biscuit mix, parsely, basil, thyme, and onion mixture. Stir in eggs, milk, zucchini, and cheese just til combined. Transfer to a greased 9" round baking pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 min or til a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cut into wedges. Makes 8-12 servings.

Toffee Bars

This recipe is from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

1/2 c margarine or butter
1/2 c sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 c flour
14 oz can (1 1/4 c) sweetened condensed milk
2 Tbsp margarine or butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 square (1 oz) unsweetened chocolate
2 Tbsp margarine or butter
1 1/2 c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

In a mixing bowl beat the 1/2 c butter, the sugar, and salt with an electric mixer on med to high speed til thoroughly combined. Stir in flour. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 13x9" pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven about 15 min or til edges are lightly browned.

In a heavy med saucepan heat condensed milk and the 2 Tbsp butter over med heat til bubbly, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 5 min more. (Mixture will thicken and become smooth.) Stir in the 2 tsp vanilla. Spread over baked layer. Bake for 12-15 min or til golden.

For fudge icing, in a sm saucepan heat chocolate and the 2 Tbsp butter over low heat til melted, stirring occasionally. (I heat them in a microwave for 1 min on high, stir, and continue heating in microwave at 30 second increments as needed, stirring in between.) Remove from heat; stir in powdered sugar and the 1 tsp vanilla. Stir in enough HOT water (1-2 Tbsp to make an icing of pouring consistency. Spread over warm cookie and immediately cut into bars. Cool.

Makes 3 dozen.