Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Meatloaf with Potatoes & Peas

This is a meal that I grew up with, and one my parents grew up with as well! It is one of those nice old fashioned dinners that you've got to love! We always had these two together, so I will put them in the same post. They are both so easy, but I don't have an official recipe for the Potatoes & Peas, so I will give directions the best that I can - sorry.
2 lb. ground beef
2 eggs
1 1/2 C. bread crumbs
1 pkg onion soup mix
3/4 C. ketchup
1/2 C. warm water
1 (8 oz) tomato sauce (optional)
Add soup mix to water, then combine mix and other ingredients with beef. Mix thoroughly. (I usually place everything in my food processor and let that mix it all up - it works pretty well!)Place in greased loaf pan (I recommend putting it in a bundt pan) & top with tomato sauce. Bake at 375 for 1 hour (I would watch it after about 50 minutes or so, just to make sure it's not burning). ***For my small family I half this recipe and put it in a loaf pan, I cook it at 350 for about 45-50 minutes. ***
Potatoes & Peas
Boil bite sized pieces of potatoes until you can poke a fork through, about 15-20 minutes. In another pan make a rue with 1/4 C. flour and 1/4 C. butter. Add about 3/4 C. of the potato water and about 1 1/4 C. half & half (or any kind of thick milk). Add potatoes & frozen peas. Salt and pepper as you wish. ***For my family I usually cut up about 4 potatoes and use half of a small bag of peas, last night I used the whole bag of peas and it was really good. I usually hate peas, but I love them in this!!*** This recipe will make enough for about 4 people.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Coconut Syrup

1 stick butter
3/4 c. sugar (I know, but just use a little syrup on your waffles.)
1/2 c. milk

Stir in sauce pan until it boils.
At boil, add 1 tsp soda and 1 tsp coconut flavoring (or vanilla if you are not a coconut fan) and stir, stir, stir. It will get very foamy. Pour on your pancakes, waffles, french toast, etc. Enjoy! This is also great on icecream!

Chocolate chip Banana Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2-3 medium)
1/2 cup shortening(or butter)
2 eggs
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1. heat oven to 30. Grease bottom only of 9x5-inch loaf pan
2. combine all ingredients except chocolate chips and walnuts in large bowl; blend well on medium speed. Stir in small chocolate chips and walnuts. Pour batter into prepared pan.
3. Bake 60-65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. cool 10 minutes; remove from pan. cool completely on wire rack.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Oatmeal Sandwich Cremes

1 cup butter, softened
3 cups, brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
3 cups flour
3 cups quick oats

2 egg whites (wash egg with warm water and soap before cracking)
2 tsp vanilla
4 Tbs milk
4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened

Cream together butter, sugar, eggs, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Flatten (mine flattened all by themselves while they cooked) Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Do not overbake.
Filling: Beat egg whites. Add vanilla, milk, butter and 2 cups powdered sugar. Beat thoroughly. Add remaining powdered sugar and mix well. Spread filling over one cookie and top with another cookie. Repeat.

Chicken Tetrazzini

This is my absolute favorite dish EVER!! (just thought I would let you know)

3 Chicken breasts, cut into 1" strips
1 14.5-0z. pkg spaghetti
6 0z. mushrooms, sliced
3 Tbs butter
1 Tbs lemon juice
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese

3 Tbs butter
2 Tbs four
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup heavy cream

Grill chicken and cut into bite-sized pieces. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain. Turn into a 9x13 dish. Fold in grilled chicken. Saute mushrooms in butter with lemon juice. Toss with spaghetti and chicken. For sauce, melt butter and flour together in a saucepan. Add broth, seasonings, and cream. Cook and stir until sauce thickens slightly. Stir into chicken, spaghetti and mushrooms. Mixture will appear soupy, but liquid will be absorbed. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and paprika. Bake at 4oo for 25 minutes or until browned and bubbly.