Sunday, September 25, 2011

Zucchini-Pineapple Cake or Bread

Beat until foamy:

3 eggs
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla


3 cups unsifted flour
2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. nutmeg

Add flour mixture to egg mixture.


2 cups grated zucchini
1 8 oz. can well drained crushed pineapple
Nuts and raisens

Stir gently until blended. Bake in one 9X13 inch pan or 3 loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes for the cake and a little less for loaf pans. Be sure to check with a toothpick to see that cake (bread) is done. Can frost or serve plain.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

White Chili

If any of you are looking to mix up your meal rotations, this is a fun one! I stole it from my friend, Jessica's blog, she says it would be her last dieing meal. It is a good meal if you like green chilies and lime!
Spray a large soup pot with Pam and saute:
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped onion

1 tsp chicken oxo
2 cans of chicken broth
1 4oz can green chilies, undrained
2 8oz cans white shoe peg corn, drained (Hominy)
1 tsp cumin
2-3 tbsps of fresh lime juice (or much more :-)
2 14oz cans of white/ northern beans drained

Simmer gently and finish with:
2 cups of cooked and shredded chicken

Serve topped with:
crushed tortilla chips
lime wedges
fresh cilantro (optional)

Mmm, mmm, mmmm...

Note by Eileen- This is FREAKIN delicious. We added 1/2c. light sour cream and some monterey jack cheese and melted it through before we ate it. The cilantro is a must. YUMMY.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Rice Pudding

This is a recipe that my mom has used for years. We ate it almost as often as we did potatoes because we always had milk on hand. The story goes that when Lawna was young (4-6mon.) and my mom ran out of milk because she was already pregnant again. A friend suggested this recipe. Nowadays we all know that we should never give our babies eggs or whole milk before the age of 1. But, I guess Lawna turned out without allergies okay.

I make it for my children when the milk is about to expire and we have a ton left. Makayla loves it and even has special requests for it. One night she said, "mom, can you get up and make rice pudding so that when I wake up I can have some for breakfast?" Talk about the entitlement trap. This is also the ONLY form of Dessert that I feed my children for Breakfast ever.

Rice Pudding

1/2 c. butter

1 c. rice

6 c. milk

1 tsp. salt

6 eggs

1 Tb. vanilla

1 c. sugar

Raisins (optional)


Melt 1/2 cup butter in bottom of heavy 2 1/2 qt. pan, then add 1 cup of rice, 6 cups of milk, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Simmer, covered 1 hour on low heat until rice is cooked. Beat together eggs, vanilla, and sugar and slowly add to rice stirring until it coats the spoon (until the eggs are cooked). Add cinnamon and raisins if desired. We like the apple pie spice.

* We almost always 1/2 this recipe.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fudge Bars

1 C. butter 2 1/2 C. flour
1 C. brown sugar 1 tsp. baking soda
1 C. sugar 1 tsp. salt
2 eggs 3 C. oatmeal (instant)
2 tsp. vanilla

Cream together butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and mix. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and oatmeal. Combine both together to form dough. Spread 2/3 dough on a flour and greased cookie sheet.

1 (12oz.) pkg chocolate chips 2 tsp. vanilla
1 can sweet & condensed milk 1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. butter

Melt all together in microwave, and pour over pressed out dough evenly. Press out remaining dough, and place in pieces on top of fudge.

Bake @ 350* for 20-25 min. Cool and cut like brownies.

Veggie Dill Dip

Dill Dip

1 C. sour cream 1 T. minced onion flakes
1 C. mayonnaise 1 T. parsley flakes
1 tsp. Seasoning salt 2 tsp. lemon juice
1T. dill weed

*Mix all ingredients together. Chill, and serve with fresh vegetable tray.

Avocado Dip

Avocado Dip

1 lg. avocado 1 T. mayonnaise
1 C. cottage cheese 1 T. lemon juice
3 oz. cream cheese 1/2 tsp. onion salt
1 T. minced onion 1/2 tsp. garlic salt

Mash avocado, and lemon juice. Then mash in cream cheese. Add cottage cheese, onion, mayo, and salts mix well. Put avocado pit in dip to keep from turning brown. Serve with corn chips.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

In Honor...

In honor of the RIVALRY Game today. I thought I would post our favorite tail-gating treat!

Stuffed Jalapenos

12 large jalapenos
1c. shredded jack cheese (I like pepper jack)
8oz. cream cheese
12 slices bacon
12 tooth picks

Slice 1/4 of the jalapeno off the top length wise. (Leaving it like a boat) Clean out all the seeds and ribs.
Mash softened cream cheese and jack cheeses together and stuff inside peppers.
Wrap with bacon and secure with toothpick.
Bake 400* for 15 min.
If not eating right away layer a crockpot with tin foil and keep warm on low.


What's For Dinner???

Sunday Dinner

Malibu Chicken
(Basically same ingredients as cordon blue just prepared different with different sauce.)
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
6 chicken breasts, skinned,boned,pounded thin
3/4 cup fine dry breadcrumbs (I use Panko)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons butter
6 slices cooked ham
6 slices swiss cheese
3 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2T. Honey

6 servings
50 minutes
20 mins prep

Combine flour, salt and pepper.
Stir egg and water together with a fork.
Coat each chicken piece with flour, dip into egg mixture and then coat with crumbs.
Press crumbs in firmly.
Heat oil and butter in large skillet over medium heat.
Brown chicken 4 to 5 minutes on each side.
Place browned chicken on oven proof platter.
Bake at 350* F for 20 min.
Add a layer of ham then cheese for 10 more min until cheese melts.

Combine mustard, honey and mayonnaise.
Serve chicken immediately with sauce.

We are serving it with twice baked potatoes.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Alfredo Sauce

I usually buy alfredo in a jar, but this was tasty, and easy! Ya'll should give it a try. Also, supposedly you can use it as a pizza sauce too!

2 cups low-fat milk
1/3 cup low fat cream cheese
2 tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter
3 garlic cloves
1 cup grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese

Toss the milk, cream cheese, flour, and salt in a blender and process until smooth.
In a sauce pan, melt butter on med-high heat and add garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
Add milk mixture to the pan. Stir constantly for about 3 or 4 minutes or until it just comes to a simmer. Keep stirring and let it cook for a few minutes more until it becomes much thicker.
When it's nice and thick add the cheese, stir it up and then cover immediately. Let stand for at least 10 minutes before using. It will continue to thicken upon standing. Also, if you have leftovers in the fridge, the sauce will thicken almost into a solid. Just re-heat and add a little milk and it will be back to normal again.

Grandma June's Chocolate Chip Cake

1 pkg. yellow cake mix

1 sm. pkg. vanilla instant pudding

1 sm. pkg. chocolate instant pudding

1 1/2 c. water

1/2 c. cooking oil

*Beat all together for two minutes

*Add 4 eggs all at one time; mix another minute.

*Add one small package chocolate chips.

*Bake in greased and floured Bundt pan for 1 hour @ 350*

Family Recipes

Here it is!

This is the place to post all our shared family recipes.

Label them by food group and ingredients, and who's recipe it is.

Ex. Dessert, Cake, Chocolate Chip, Grandma June.

That way we can search for and find them more easily.

Feel free to post RECIPES OLD, NEW, and anything inbetween. And don't forget the pictures, if you have them.