Thursday, March 15, 2007

Creamy Cheesey Grits

Being from the South- I grew up on Grits- just look for them by the oatmeal- instant grits! This is a great side that goes with meats. My girls love them. Hope you will too. Kesley

3 cups of hot cooked grits- 5 little packets it what I used and just mix with boiling water
1/4 cup of butter
1 cup of milk
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
2 cups of mozzerella cheese
1/2 tsp. of salt and pepper

PreHeat oven 350
Lightly grease 9-inch baking dish

In medium bowl- combine hot grits and butter, stirring until butter is melted. Stir in milk and beaten eggs. Add cheese, salt and pepper- stir until cheese is melted. Then spoon grits into dish and bake for 50- 60 minutes, or until set. Let Grits stand for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy ya'll

Sweet Chex Mix

1 1/2 cups- sugar
1 1/2 cups- corn syrup
1 cup- margarine
1 1/2 teaspoons- vanilla
1 box Rice Chex
1/4 cup- sliced almonds

Boil the first 4 ingredients.
Add that mixture to the rice chex and sliced almonds.
Spread 1 layer on cookie sheet.
Bake at 250 for 10 minutes.
Remove from cookie sheet and put in a seperate bowl.
Repeat with remaining mixture.

Banana Slush Punch

This is a must have for hot summer days

4 cups- sugar
6 cups- water
1- 46 oz can pineapple juice
2- 12 oz cans frozen orange juice
1- 12 oz can frozen lemonade
5- bananas (mashed)
7-up or Sprite

Combine all of the above, except the 7-up or Sprite.
Let it set in the freezer for 8 hours- removing every 2-3 hours to stir and then return to freezer.
When ready to serve put a couple scoops into a cup and add 7-up or Sprite.

Spanish Mickle

An old lady who I grew up by would always make this for our family and bring it by. Thanks Louise.

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup- chopped onion
1/2 cup- green pepper
2 quarts- stewed tomatoes
dash of salt , pepper, and garlic salt
2 teaspoons- chili powder
3 cups- macaroni (I use rotini)
1 can- whole kernel corn or mexicorn
cheddar cheese- optional

Brown beef, onion, and pepper in large pan.
Add stewed tomatoes, salt, pepper, garlic salt, and chili powder.
Simmer until a little thick.
Cook macaroni and add to tomato mixture.
Add corn, serve this way or put in casserole dish and sprinkle cheese on top, put in oven at 325 for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Shrimp Dip

This stuff is so good to make for a veggie platter. One of our family's favorites.

1- 8 oz package cream cheese (room temp.)
1/2 cup- Miracle Whip (not mayo)
3 Tablespoons- chili sauce (I use Heinz)
1 teaspoon- lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon- onion powder
1/4 teaspoon- worchestershire sauce
1 teaspoon- horseradish
1- 5 oz can small shrimp (deveined and drained)

Beat all ingredients together (except shrimp) w/mixer until smooth, then stir in can of shrimp. Best for dipping carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, etc.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Apricot Glazed Corned Beef

Since St. Patrick's Day is just next week I thought I would post this recipe. So if you're looking for an Irish themed dinner, this is actually real good!

4 1/2 pounds corned beef, rinsed
1 cup water
1 cup apricot preserves
4 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Coat a large pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place corned beef in dish and add water. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 2 hours; drain liquid.
In a small bowl combine apricot preserves, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Spread the apricot mixture evenly over the corned beef.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) 25 to 30 more minutes, or until the meat is tender; basting occasionally with pan drippings.
Slice corned beef across grain and serve.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Rolo Cookies

I think I got this recipe from Chels...can't remember! But, it's always a crowd favorite.

1 C. butter
1C. sugar
1 C. brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 ½ C. flour
¾ C. cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1 bag Rolo’s Candies

1. Cream butter, sugar, eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla.
2. Then add flour, cocoa, and baking soda. Combine all together.
3. Roll rolo candies inside of dough ball and roll in sugar.
4. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-10 minutes.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Lasagna A La Mexicana

1 pkg of extra wide cooked lasagna noodles or any type of noodle works- I like shells
1lb of lean ground beef
1/2 c chopped onion
1/2c chopped green pepper
2 12 oz jars of salsa (2 1/2 cups)
1 can of whole kernel corn-drained
1 tsp. chili powder
1 c of ricotta cheese (you can use the non-fat)
2 c of shredded cheddar cheese
one small can of sliced black olives
sour cream to top it off

Preheat oven 375
prepare noodles
brown meat, onion and green peppers- drain
return to pan- add salsa, corn, and chili powder
in a 13X9 baking dish- layer meat sauce, noodles, ricotta cheese and cheddar cheese combined-then repeat layers ending with sauce. Sprinkle with olives and remaining cheddar cheese-cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving- and then serve with sour cream! Enjoy- this is really yummy!!!

Fruit Salad

Red Grapes
Or any fruit you would like (oranges, pears, etc.)
Vanilla Yogurt

Chop up fruits for the fruit salad. You can really use any fruits you have. This recipe is from my friend Rebekah and when she made it she used apples, bananas, oranges, and red grapes. So mix up the fruit, add vanilla yogurt and sprinkle some cinnamon on top and mix well! It is soooo yummy and refreshing! I'm eating it right now.