Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Baked Beans

I've made my sister, Patty's baked bean recipe for many years with booming success. But my husband found this other recipe in the newspaper a few weeks ago, so I made it for a neighborhood barbecue the other night, and they were amazing! It's from Dear Abby's cookbook (I also make her pecan pie- yum!). I usually make a new recipe just as it says the first time, but I found the original made a pretty small pot, and I needed a BIG pot, so I'll give you my altered recipe. The orginal also called for you to bake the beans in the oven, but I wanted to do them in the crock pot- so much easier and it doesn't heat the house.
The writer requesting the recipe in the article said she gets invited to parties just so that she'll bring these beans. I believe it; they were good. Everyone at our party loved them and they were gone in a flash!

Baked Beans
6-8 slices bacon, diced
1 cup chopped onion
2 cans (16 oz. pork and beans)
1 can butter beans, drained and rinsed
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 lb. sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
1 1/2 cup ketchup
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 T. Worcestershire sauce

Cook the bacon and onion together in a skillet until bacon is crisp and onion is browned. Put in crock pot with the other ingredients and cook on low several hours- probably 6-8 hours, depending on your crock pot.

Enjoy with your next barbecue!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Pasta Taco Salad

I tried this recipe from another food blog and tried it while Kristen was here visiting. It was really good, and the leftovers were yummy for several days after. I love dinners like this in the summer when it's just too hot to heat the oven.
Pasta Taco Salad
1 pound pasta ( farfalle, wagonwheel, spiral, whatever you like)
1 (10 oz pkg.) frozen corn (I used two cans of drained canned corn)
1 1/2 cup salsa
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3 T. fresh lime juice
1 large avocado, peeled, seeded, and diced
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
Dash of Tabasco

Cook Pasta in salted water until Al dante. Drain pasta and stir in frozen corn to cool the pasta and stop the cooking. Toss the pasta with the salsa, beans, tomatoes, cilantro, and cheese. Make a dressing with the lime juice, spices, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well, then whisk in the olive oil and Tabasco. Add the dressing to the pasta. In a small bowl, toss the avocado with some more lime juice. Serve the salad with the avocado on the side to be added. If you don't add the avocado, the salad will keep for several days and makes great leftovers.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Peach syrup

Blake made pancakes w/ this yummy syrup on his birthday--so yummy! We have a BlendTec blender (where we got the recipe) which heats it up as it blends. So just use your blender and blend til totally smooth then heat it up either on the stove or microwave.

Peach Syrup
-3 cups peaches, peeled and pitted
-3/4 cup sugar
-1 tsp. lemon juice


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Traditional Mother's Day Dinner

Years ago, I taught what was then called the "Merrie Miss" girls. Every year, just before Mother's day, our activity would be to teach them how to make the whole dinner so they could make it for their moms(most done on Saturday before) on Mother's Day. We would make Lasagna, Italian Salad, and garlic bread and Sherbet Dessert. Since then, it's become our traditional Mother's Day dinner. I remember getting lots of phone calls every Saturday before Mother's Day from little girls cooking for their families, most for the first time.
This is a very easy and tasty lasagna recipe. The noodles "soak" all night in the fridge because you prepare the day before, so they don't have to be cooked.
1 32 oz bottle spaghetti sauce ( I like Prego- but use your favorite jar sauce)
1 8 oz/ pkg. lasagna noodles
1 lb. grated mozarella cheese
1 pint cottage cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 egg
Parsley flakes
1 lb. hamburger OR 1/2 lb. hamburger and 1/2 lb. crumbled sausage, browned with
1 chopped onion
In a large frypan, brown the hamburger and onion, drain and add the spaghetti sauce. In a bowl, mix cheeses with parsley and egg. Layer in a 9 x 13 pan: dry noodles, filling, sauce, noodles, filling sauce. Sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and store in fridge until Sunday. Put in timebake while you're at church at 350 for 1 hour 15 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

Italian Salad
1 bunch broccoli, chopped fine
1 head cauliflower, chopped fine
8 oz. mushrooms, chopped fine
1 bottle Italian dressing
Sunflower seeds, opt.
Grated cheese, opt.
Pour dressing over vegetables and marinade overnight.

Garlic Bread
Slice a large loaf of French bread and spread both sides generously with a mixture of barely melted butter, Parmesan, garlic salt and parsley flakes. Put back together, wrap in foil and heat in oven just before serving. Serve warm.

Sherbet Dessert
1/2 gallon sherbet (lime, orange, or raspberry)
Frozen Whipped Topping (12 oz.)
1 box vanilla wafers

Crush the vanilla wafers. Line a 13x9 pan with 1/2 of the crushed wafers. Soften the sherbet and whipped topping. When soft, mix together in a very large bowl. When well combined, spoon over the crushed vanilla wafers. Top with the remaining wafers. Freeze.

Happy Mother's Day!!!!