Saturday, May 30, 2009

Vanilla Frosting

This is my super basic vanilla frosting recipe. I actually had to measure to figure out what measurements to write down. I ususally just throw the ingredients in by sight. This recipe, for me, is always a winner. It's easy, never fails and tastes delicious.

1/4 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 Tablespoons milk
4 - 6 cups of powdered sugar

Cream the butter. Add the vanilla, milk and 4 cups of powdered sugar. Mix well. Add more powdered sugar to reach your desired consistency. If you make it too thick, just add a little splash of milk.

Shepherd's Pie

This is so simple and yummy. Also a great way to use up leftover mashed pototoes. This recipe comes from my Mom.

1 pound hamburger (I've also used ground turkey)
1 chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 can tomato soup
2 cups corn
2 cups green beans
5 medium potatoes (I usually use leftover mashed potatoes)
1/2 cup milk
2 Tablespoons butter
1 cup grated cheese

Brown the hamburger and onion. Add the salt, Worcestershire sauce, tomato soup, corn, and green beans. Put into a 3 quart casserole dish.

Boil and mash the potoatoes. Add the milk and butter. Spread over the meat/vegatable mixture.

Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle with 1 cup grated cheese and bake 5 minutes longer.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

White Chicken Chili

I don't remember where I got this recipe but it is wonderful. Every time I have made it for guests, they have always asked for the recipe.

1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cooked chicken breasts, chopped (I use canned chicken)
2 cans (14 oz. each) chicken broth
1 can chopped green chilies (to make it spicer, use chopped jalapenos)
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons oregano
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
3 cans (14.5 oz. each) Great Northern Beans
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese

In a saucepan combine onion, garlic, chicken, chicken broth, green chilies, cumin, oregano, and cayenne. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low.

With a pototo masher, mash one can of beans until smooth. Add to saucepan. Add remaining 2 cans of beans to saucepan. Simmer for 20 - 30 minutes. Top each serving with cheese.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Chicken and Wild Rice

This recipe comes from my sister, Wendy. It's super easy and delicious. It's a great meal to make ahead, freeze and cook when you need it. The chicken comes out with a yummy, crunchy top.

1 package Uncle Ben's long grain/wild rice
2 cups cooked white rice
1 green pepper, chopped
8 slices Swiss cheese
4 chicken breasts
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup water
1 cup stuffing mix (not prepared)
1/4 cup melted margarine

Prepare the package of long grain/wild rice. Add the white rice and green pepper. Place mixture on the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish. Cover rice mixture with 4 slices of cheese, then the chicken breasts, followed by the remaining 4 slices of cheese. Sprinkle with paprika. Combine the soup and water. Pour over the chicken and rice. Stir the stuffing mix with the butter. Sprinkle on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 - 70 minutes.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Taco Soup

This recipe is from a Pampered Chef party. Oh my, is it ever good.

2 pounds lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 can (4 oz.) diced green chilies
2 cans corn
4 cans stewed tomatoes
1 can pinto beans
1 can kidney beans
1 taco seasoning packet
1 Ranch dressing/dip packet

Brown beef and onion in the pot you are going to make the soup in. Add all ingredients (do NOT drain any of the cans) and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes. If desired, top with ingredients such as cilanro, tortilla chips, cheese, or sour cream.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Turkey Mushroom Burgers

I totally cheated and "grilled" these on my George Forman. But they turn out even better on the barbeque. I also love to add a slice of Pepper Jack cheese to each burger. These are so easy and so delicous. When I've made them for company, people think they must take forever to make because they are so wonderful.

1 pound ground turkey meat
1 medium onion, chopped
8 oz. mushrooms, chopped
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
4 hamburger buns

Combine turkey, onion, mushrooms and sauce. (I use my hands.) Shape into 4 patties. Barbeque (until internal temperature is 165 degrees) and enjoy!

Zucchini Bread

I got this recipe on my mission. In one area we volunteered at a center that made homemade lunches for senior citizens. They also would fill a freezer full of meals and baked goods for them to buy and take home. This is the best zucchini bread recipe, EVER!

4 cups flour (I usually do 1/2 white, 1/2 wheat)
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (I use grated lemon peel)
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup oil
3 cups zucchini, shredded

Mix the first 7 ingredients. Add eggs, sugar and oil to the dry ingredients. Mix well. It will be very dry. Add the zucchini and mix by hand. Meaning, get your hands nice a sticky. It will be amazing how much moisture the zucchini adds to the mixture. Put into 2 greased bread pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes. Soooo delicious!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Crockpot Burritos

This is soooo easy and so yummy!! I got this recipe from my sister, Amy.

Beef Burritos 1 beef roast
1 jar of red salsa

And if you like, you can also add:
1 can of corn
1 can of beans (I switch between kidney, black and pinto)
1 can of olives

Place the roast in the crockpot. Pour in the salsa. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. Using two forks, pull the beef apart until completely shredded. Add the corn, beans and olives. Wrap in a tortilla and enjoy with your favorite burrito toppings.

Chicken Burritos Make exactly the same way as above but use 4 chicken breasts.

Pork Burritos Make exactly the same way as above but use a pork roast and green salsa.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

This cookies are very addictive and extremely delicious. Probably because there is not one healthy thing in them. I got this recipe from the back of a bag of peanut butter chips.

2 cups flour (I use 1/2 white, 1/2 wheat)
3/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 2/3 cups Reese's Peanut Butter Chips

Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Beat together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well. Stir in peanut butter chips. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Do not overbake; cookies will be soft. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Makes about 4 1/2 dozen cookies.

Strawberry Pizza

This is the best dessert you will ever have. And I promise, you will make it over and over again. YUMMY! This recipe came from my childhood.

1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup flour

Cut butter in until crumbly. Press onto a 12" round pizza pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Cool completely.

8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat the ingredients together until light and fluffy. Spread on the cooled crust.

2 cups of sliced strawberries (I use waaaay more)
1 box of Strawberry Danish Dessert (you find this in the jello aisle)

Make the Danish Dessert according to the directions on the box for pie filling. Cool slightly and add the strawberries. Spread over the filling. Let set in the fridge for a couple of hours. Enjoy!