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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Please Pass The Recipe

This section (named by my mom - Rhonda Kimble) is to request recipes from others. These can be specific recipes you know they have, or just asking if anyone has a good recipe for something you want to make. For example, there are several recipes I want from my mom so I would create a post asking her to add them to the blog. Or, I wanted to make Scalloped Potatoes a few weeks back but don't have a good recipe for them so I would create a post asking if anyone has a Scalloped Potato recipe that they love. Remember to label your posts before publishing them by entering the label in the field in the lower right corner of the create post page. The labels are listed on the right hand side of the blog. Check it often to see if you have a recipe someone could use!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Taco Soup

This soup is among our favorite, quick meals. Also great for taking dinner to a family in need. For full effect, don't forget the sour cream, cheese, and tortilla chips. It makes a world of difference. Warm cornbread is also nice on the side.

1 lb hamburger
½ large onion, diced
2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can kidney beans (16 oz)
*1 can diced tomatoes (16 oz)
*1 can whole kernel corn (or frozen)
1 can tomato sauce (8 oz)
1 tsp chili powder
¼ tsp oregano
¼ tsp cumin
½ tsp salt
1 tsp sugar

Brown the hamburger, onions, and garlic. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or longer. Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream, and shredded cheese. You will most likely want to double this recipe if cooking for a family.

*If you can find diced tomatoes with spices or chilies added, this makes for a nice addition to the flavor. You can mix and match to create the flavor you want.

*Del Monte brand whole kernel corn provides a nice flavor and texture to the soup. Be sure you do not use creamed corn.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Pumpkin Dessert

A roommate made this recipe years ago and it has been my favorite pumpkin dessert ever since. The recipe is often requested and seconds often eaten.
1 large can evaporated milk
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar

1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Add to liquid.

1 (29 oz) can pumpkin solid pack
Add to above. Stir to combine. Pour in greased 9x13 pan.

1 pound cake or yellow cake mix
Sprinkle on top of pumpkin.
3/4 cup butter

1/2 - 1 cup chopped walnuts, opt.
Thinly slice butter and lay across the cake mix. Sprinkle with walnuts.

Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until browned. Let cool slightly. Serve warm topped with whipped cream or ice cream.

Creamy White Chili

1 tablespoon oil
1 pound chicken, cubed
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1 jar Randall's Great Northern beans, not drained
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies
1 tsp salt
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne, to taste
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup whipping cream

Heat the oil over medium heat. Saute the chicken, onion, and garlic powder until chicken is almost done.

Add the rest of ingredients except the sour cream and whipping cream. Brig to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat.

Add the sour cream and whipping cream just before serving. Stir to blend.

(The above is my mom's recipe.  I like to triple the recipe and use a whole rotisserie chicken from Costco.  I make homemade broth from the carcass.  I use regular canned great northern beans and I do rinse and drain them.)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Chicken Stroganoff

This was really good. I thought they recommended too many noodles for the sauce ratio, and I just used 2 large chicken breasts.

3 Tbsp. butter
4 cloves garlic, pressed
5 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into thin strips
5 green onions, minced
1/2 lb. mushrooms, sliced
1/2 can diced tomatoes, drained
1 lb egg noodles (I used wheat noodles. mmm.)
1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
Salt and pepper to taste

In a skillet, over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add garlic and sauté quickly (don't let it brown). Add chicken, green onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes and cook until chicken is cooked, stirring frequently.
Meanwhile, you should have your water on to boil. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.
Reheat chicken mixture if necessary to get it hot. Add sour cream to the skillet, and salt and pepper to taste. Spoon chicken over pasta and serve.

Suggestion: Steamed baby carrots and some green beans would go work well.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Spicy Sloppy Joes

This is a fun Crockpot recipe that has proven to excite the taste buds. I have cut back on the spice level in the past, and am sure it would be simple to crank up the heat if that's what you want.

1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (6 oz) can hot-style tomato juice
1/2 cup catsup
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp chopped canned jalapeño chili peppers (optional)
1 Tbsp prepared mustard
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
8 Kaiser rolls or hamburger buns
Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

In a large skillet brown beef, onion, and garlic. Drain. Meanwhile, in a 3 1/2 to 4 quart slow cooker combine tomato juice, catsup, water, brown sugar, jalapeño peppers, mustard, chili powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir in meat mixture. Cover; cook on low heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high heat setting for 3 to 4 hours. Broil open-face rolls 3 inches from heat for 1 to 2 minutes, or until toasted. Spoon meat mixture onto toasted roll bottoms. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired. Makes 8 servings.

White Cornbread

I love this quick recipe, but not as much as Austin (and others) loves it! I make it practice to make more than we need for dinner, and I have never ever seen a leftover piece go bad. Be sure to use WHITE cornmeal, as it makes all the difference.

1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup white cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
1 egg, beaten (or 2 egg whites)

Mix together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, oil, and egg. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients while stirring. Butter and flour an 8x8 pan and then bake mixture at 400 for 20-25 minutes.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Garlic Lime Chicken! (mmm)

1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp. thyme
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. olive oil
4 Tbsp. lime juice
1/2 cup chicken broth

On a dinner plate, mix together first seven ingredients. Sprinkle mixture on both sides of chicken breasts.
In a skillet heat butter and olive oil together over medium-high heat. Sauté chicken until golden brown about 5 minutes on each side. Remove chicken and add lime juice and chicken broth to the pan, whisking up the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Keep cooking until sauce has reduced slightly. Add chicken back to the pan to thoroughly coat and serve.

Serve with garlic mashed potatoes, steamed broccoflower, or baked sweet potatoes.

Quick Tri-Bean Soup

Ah, my first post. This soup is SO easy, and Elliot really likes it (of course, Elliot likes most everything...). Just the same, he's who eats the stuff I make, so he's my only guinea pig most of the time.
The recipe is supposed to feed six. (from 'Saving Dinner' book)

1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 can white beans, drained
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 can black beans, drained
1 can chicken broth
1 tsp. basil
1 can diced tomatoes
6 Tbsp. Romano cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

In a saucepan, over medium-high heat, cook the onion and garlic in olive oil until translucent.
Add the rest of the ingredients except the Romano cheese and stir well.
Salt and pepper to taste, and heat until nice and hot.
Top each bowlful with a tablespoon of Romano cheese and serve.

Serve with a big salad and some whole-grain rolls

Welcome to Cook and Tell

I always wonder what others are having for supper at their house. This is a way we can let each other know. We have many great cooks in our family, and among friends. Hopefully this will motivate us to cook, try new recipes, and share tips and tricks with each other. Not only that but we can add pictures, have internet access to our recipes no matter where we are, and sort and organize them. I am excited to see "What you're having for supper tonight!"

Happy Cooking!