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Breakfast Is Ready! March 8, 2008

Filed under: breakfast,Brunch — mrmrsbsh @ 8:23 pm
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Brian & I love breakfast! For dinner, for lunch, for breakfast, for brunch! Be it eggs, french toast, pancakes, veggie sausage… So this morning it is pancakes. Not just any old pancakes, and definitely not from a box! This right now is our favorite recipe!

Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes

(I found this recipe on AllRecipes.com)

Ingredients

1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 egg

1 cup milk, plus more if necessary (it is! I added at least another 1/2 cup)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon artificial sweetner (I use the real deal!)

1/2 cup blueberries (I used at least a cup)

I also added about a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Directions

1. Sift together flour and baking powder; set aside. Beat together the egg, milk, salt and sugar in a bowl. Stir in flour until just moistened, add blueberries (and vanilla), and stir to incorporate.

2. Preheat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Pour approximately 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan for each pancake. Cook until bubbly (about 1 1/2 minutes). Turn & continue cooking until golden brown.

The Eggs

I’m not a fan of “plain” eggs, so I’m always adding things to them; tomatoes, onions, garlic, broccoli, zuchinni, asparagus, sprouts, etc…

The easiest way is to saute the veggies (lightly so that the veggies still have a slight “crunch” to them), then push them around the perimeter of the pan so the center of the pan is empty. Add the egg/milk mixture and let it become “firm.” Once firm, lightly blend in the veggies with the egg and add shredded cheese if desired!

 

The All-New Vegetarian Crockpot Lasagna! January 24, 2008

Filed under: recipes — mrmrsbsh @ 4:39 am
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When I was a kid, I wasn’t much of a fan of lasagna. But, I remember it being loaded with ground beef and cottage cheese. Now, I’ve never been a fan of ground beef, and for as much as I like cottage cheese (small curd, of course!), it just didn’t seem appealing to me at all! So, with some adaption (again, as usual!), here’s a vegetarian lasagna made via the crockpot!

Ingredients:
(Just a note, you will need to adjust your measurements according to the size of your crockpot. Also, when cooking, I don’t normally use a lot of measurements, so it’s really just a matter of how much of something you want to use!)

-whole wheat lasagna noodles

-ground veggie burger

-onion, chopped

-egglant, sliced

-zuchinni squash, sliced

-fresh spinach

-ricotta cheese

-spaghetti sauce

-mozzerella cheese

-Italian seasoning

Directions:

Start your bottom layer with the noodles (no need to boil or buy the no-boil kind), then start your layers and turn your crockpot on to low. It doesn’t take but a couple hours. You may need to add a little bit of water.

(I started it at 9:30am and it was done by 2pm)

It’s really soo easy and I’m just eating it now! Quite delish! 🙂

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Chili Corn Pie

Filed under: soup — mrmrsbsh @ 4:07 am

 

 

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Years ago I used to nanny for this awesome family. Every so often, Kathy (the mother) would make a ton of this on the weekend, especially in the winter time when it was cold (remember, it was Minnesota!). Well, a couple days ago we had a cold snap here in Florida so this sounded so good. I’ve adapted this recipe and I do change it up every so often, omit some of the beans…. it really just depends on how many people I’m cooking for. The recipe below is for a very large batch of it, but you can always freeze the chili then add the cornbread topping when you’re ready to bake. Oh – don’t forget the Beano!!

 

  

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(I’m sorry – the pictures really don’t do it any justice!!)

 

INGREDIENTS

¨  1 medium chopped onion

¨  2 large cans tomato juice

¨  2 cans crushed tomatoes

¨  1 can garbanzo beans (chick peas)

¨  1 can kidney beans

¨  1 can navy beans

¨  1 can chili beans

¨  1 can black beans

¨  1 can red beans

¨  1 cup corn

¨  ¼ cup black olives

¨  2 tablespoons chili powder

¨  ½ teaspoon oregano

¨  ½ teaspoon cumin

¨  2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese (I actually have better luck if i use blocks of cheese & cut it to lay flat on top of the chili)

¨  2 cups shredded hot pepper jack cheese  (I actually have better luck if i use blocks of cheese & cut it to lay flat on top of the chili)

¨  4 boxes Jiffy corn muffin mix (prepare as directed but do not bake!) 

DIRECTIONS

1.       Brown onion in large stock pot (use olive oil).

2.       Add tomato juice & tomatoes. Bring to boil. Add all the beans (drained & rinsed), corn, black olives & spices. Simmer gently for ½ hour.

3.       Pour chili in (2) 9×13 baking dishes (or into individual ramekins). Spread 1 layer of cheese over chili, and then spread a thin layer of prepared muffin mix on top of cheese. Put another layer of cheese on top of muffin mix, then top with remaining muffin mix.

4.       Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes (toothpick should come out of corn muffin top clean).

 

Cold-fighting Chicken Noodle Soup

Filed under: soup — mrmrsbsh @ 3:46 am

Yes – again, I cooked with meat. I know, I know… I don’t normally like to. BUT, last week Brian & I were both suffering with bad colds (he’s still slowly getting over his), I decided I needed us to nip it in the bud as quickly as possible. And to be honest, there really is nothing better than garlic loaded chicken noodle soup to fight a cold (the drug manufacturers I’m sure are not pleased with me, but it is the truth!).

To find a good soup – and not just any old soup, I turned to my trusted cooking friends on the Nest.com (What’s For Dinner board) and of course, they did me good! Thanks to Krashed24  & MrsWindyCity (Elly’s) soup is awesome!

Chicken Noodle Soup

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2 Tbsp. butter
1 large onion, diced
1.5 cups carrots, sliced
1.5 cups celery, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced (I actually used 7 large ones!!!)
12 cups homemade or good quality chicken broth or stock
1 bay leaf
1/2 (heaping) tsp. ground marjoram
1 tsp. thyme
1 Tbsp. dried parsley
4 cups cooked chicken, chopped or shredded (I baked it)
5 oz. (about 1.5 cups) uncooked egg noodles
fresh ground pepper, to taste

In a large stockpot or dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook for about 3 minutes before adding the celery and carrots. Continue cooking a few more minutes before adding the garlic. Stir until fragrant.

Add the chicken, broth, bay leaf, marjoram, thyme, parsley and ground pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and then reduce. Simmer lightly for 30 minutes.

Add the noodles* and simmer until cooked, about 8 minutes.

 

Macaroni & 4 Cheese Bake

Filed under: recipes — mrmrsbsh @ 3:32 am

I LOVE mac & cheese. I’m really trying to get away from the boxed stuff (tho I must admit, it is quick & easy and sometimes I just don’t have the patience to cook these days).  We liked this recipe a lot, however, I think I would just completely omit the gorgonzola (not a fan!!!) and add more of the cheddar! But, that’s just me. Also, more bread crumbs would be nice for the topping to add more texture. I baked half of the recipe and put the other half in the freezer for another time.

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Macaroni and 4 cheeses

(original recipe from cookinglight.com)

Ingredients:

1 pound uncooked medium elbow macaroni
1 (1-ounce) slice white bread (I used bread crumbs I already had on hand)
2 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk (I used 2%)
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Emmenthaler or Swiss cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Cooking spray
2 teaspoons minced fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
2 teaspoons butter or stick margarine, melted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°.Cook pasta in boiling water 5 minutes or until almost tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Place pasta in a large bowl.Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs form. Set aside.Bring milk and bay leaves to a simmer in a small saucepan. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour in a small bowl; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until well-blended. Return milk mixture to pan. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat. Add cheeses, salt, and pepper; stirring until cheeses melt. Pour cheese sauce over pasta; stir well. Spoon mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine breadcrumbs, sage, and butter in a bowl; toss with a fork. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture over pasta mixture.Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

 

Not your typical Lentil Soup with Ham January 23, 2008

Filed under: soup — mrmrsbsh @ 7:37 am
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Brian & I went to the annual LCC staff Epiphany party at Pastor Dave’s house on the 6th. I decided to take lentil soup, but didn’t want to bring the usual. I looked through my hundreds of lentil soup recipes and finally found one to try. I got it out of my 1000 Low Fat (Salt, Sugar & Cholesterol) Recipes book. It’s a monster of a book, and I have a “sister” vegetarian book (1000 Vegetarian Recipes) that’s got some great recipes, too. Anyways – back to the soup… It turned out sooo good! Brian & I really liked it a lot. It’s very “holiday-ish” – meaning, the spices added to it make it seem like more of a holiday soup (all-spice), so it will probably become one of our “comfort” soups (you know – when it gets cold here in Florida (when it reaches 60!).

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Lentil & Ham Soup

1 cup red lentils (I think I used the green ones, but it’s really no big deal)
6 1/4 cups stock (or water)
2 onions, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
1 lean ham knuckle (I had some leftover Honeybaked Ham in the freezer that I just cut up)
4 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2 bay leaves
9 oz potatoes, chopped
1 Tbs. white wine vinegar
1/4 tsp ground all-spice (I used nutmeg & cardimum)
salt & pepper to taste
scallions or fresh parsley, chopped to garnish

1) Put the lentils and stock (or water) in a pan and set aside to soak for 1-2 hours.

2) Add the onions, garlic, carrots, ham, tomatoes, and bay leaves. Season to taste with salt & pepper.

3) Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, then lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 1 hour until the lentils are tender, sitrring occasionally to prevent the lentils from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

4) Add the potatoes and continue to simmer for about 20 minutes until the potatoes and the meat on the ham knuckle are tender.

5) Remove and discard the bay leaves. Remove the knuckle (if used) and chop the meat. Press half of the soup through a strainer or blender until smooth. Return to the pan with the rest of the soup and add the meat.

6) Adjust the seasoning, add the vinegar and allspice. Simmer gently for a further 5-10 minutes. Serve sprinkled liberally with scallions or chopped parsley.

 

The Incredible Edible Christmas Day of Feasting! December 27, 2007

Filed under: Brunch,Christmas,Dinner,recipes — mrmrsbsh @ 12:36 am
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Everything was so good! Brian & I hosted Christmas Day, and the festivities began mid-morning. I served up veggie sausage links (Publix brand) that were OK, scrambled eggs with cheese, homestyle potatoes (ok, not homemade…Simply Potato brand), and homemade Baked French Toast Casserole. The french toast was the rave! I will definitely be making this in the future! It’s sooo easy and would be great to take to potluck brunches. 

Baked French Toast Casserole
(Courtesy of Paula Deen) 
1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)
Butter, for pan
8 large eggs
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash salt
Praline Topping, recipe follows
Raspberry Syrup, recipe follows
  
Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch thick each (I used 1 loaf of bread). Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices.  In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.  The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 45 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with Raspberry Syrup.  Praline Topping:
1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
 
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and blend well. Spread over bread as directed above.  Raspberry Syrup:
1 cup raspberry preserves
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons raspberry liqueur (recommended: Framboise) 
 

Combine ingredients in a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir until warm and thinned out like syrup. 

Now on to dinner! Oh, it was sooo yummy and I am so glad we have leftovers!! My MIL, Betsy and SIL, Amy helped with the food. We had: 

Honeybaked Ham
Dressing
Corn Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole (thanks, Betsy!)
Bean soup (thanks, Betsy!)
Green Bean Casserole (thanks, Amy!)
Peach & Blueberry Cobbler

Betsy took photos for me of the food (our camera died!), so I don’t have the photos just yet but will add them when I get them from her.Obviously, I didn’t have to do anything with the ham except open up the package (and Betsy put it on a platter!). The Dressing – Stuffing – whatever you want to call it! This was my Grandma Dorothy Wallace’s recipe. It was actually better than I anticpated and extremely easy to make! 

Grandma Wallace’s Dressing

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12 cups bread crumbs (I used 2 LARGE Cuban bread loaves)
1 cup melted butter
2 medium onions, chopped
4 tsp. salt
pepper to taste
4 Tbs. sage
6 eggs, beaten
4 celery stalks, chopped (my addition)
2 large carrots, cubed fine (my addition)
 

Pour enough boiling water over crumbs (I first used 1 quart of veggie broth then added probably another 4 cups of water) to make moist. Add other ingredients and mix well.Bake at 350 in large pan (I used a large roasting pan) covered with foil. (Grandma’s recipe didn’t have a bake time on it, but I think it baked for 2 hours?). NOTE: Per my mom, this is good for a 14 pound turkey. 

Corn Casserole
(courtesy of Paula Deen) 

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1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
1 (8-ounce) package corn muffin mix (recommended: Jiffy)
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar 
 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, stir together the 2 cans of corn, corn muffin mix, sour cream, and melted butter. Pour into a greased 9 by 13-inch casserole dish. Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and top with Cheddar. Return to oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Let stand for at least 5 minutes and then serve warm. NOTE: I doubled this recipe and it just fit into a 9×13 baking dish. 

Sweet Potato Casserole
(I can’t remember where she said she got it from) 

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6 large sweet potatoes
1 Tbs. olive oil
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. white pepper
½ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
8 oz. sour cream
4 Tbs. unsalted butter
 

Rub sweet potatoes with oil and place on aluminum foil in oven to roast for about one hour. When cooked, set aside to cool. Cut potatoes in half and scoop potato insides into a 3 qt. sauce pan. Set burner to medium low and mash potatoes in the pan until smooth. Add all ingredients until thoroughly combined. Put in casserole dish & keep warm until served.

(Another photo of the Peach & Blueberry Crisp – recipe below)

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