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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Easy Creamy Cheesy Soup

This soup is just as its name says, easy and creamy. No chopping veggies or dirtying many pots. Just open and stir. It is definately a comfort food, not figure friendly, but that's ok every once in awhile, right.

6 chicken bouillon cubes
6 cups water
2 lbs. frozen shredded hash browns
1 lb. frozen California blend veggies (cauliflower, broccoli, carrots)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 lb. Velveeta cheese
1 cup milk

Boil bouillon cubes and water in a large pot. Add hash browns and veggies. Cover; simmer for 20 minutes. Uncover and simmer for another 10 minutes. In a separate pot, warm soup, cheese, and milk. Add to large pot and serve.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Cheesy Vegetable Soup

I'm not sure what it's called, but was wondering if you could also toss me that recipe when you get the chance, Kristin. Thanks!

Sylvia's Apple Crisp

This recipe comes from my Great Aunt Sylvia and has had many a request. I make it often; it's one of my favorite desserts, especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

Baking apples—Granny Smith work great (enough to fill a 9x13 pan)
½ cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
½ cup brown sugar
1½ cups quick oatmeal
1 cup flour
½ tsp soda
*½ cup melted butter

Wash and slice the apples. Combine the cinnamon and sugar. Line the pan with half of the apple slices and evenly pour half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the top. Fill the pan with the rest of the apple slices and then pour the rest of the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the top of the apples. Mix together the remaining ingredients and sprinkle over the top. Bake at 350* for 1 hour (until bubbling).

*I sometimes use more butter to hold the crumble together a bit better. Plus it helps prevent the topping from being too dry.

Mom Gardner's Chicken Enchiladas

I really adore these enchiladas. They are simple, yet satisfying. If you are looking for something creamy and goo-ey, these are them!

2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 small can chopped green chilies
¼ cup green onions
1 cup shredded cheese (or more)
One chicken, shredded
1 can milk
1 can chicken broth
Flour tortillas

Mix the cream of chicken soup, milk, and broth and reserve some for the top of the enchiladas. To the remainder, add the shredded chicken, chilies, green onions, and cheese. Stuff the tortillas with this mixture, and line them in a pre-sprayed 9x13 pan. To the top, add the reserved sauce, along with cheese—to taste. Bake at 350* for 35 minutes.

Pillows and Pot Pie.....Oh my.....

Kristin, lovely...PLEASE pass the recipes for your yummy Chicken Pillows and Chicken Pot Pie. My chicken supply is dwindling in the freezer, and when I asked Austin what he would like to have using chicken, you guessed it. I would love to get those when you get the chance. Thanks so much!!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Cheryl's Buttermilk Syrup

Cheryl got this recipe from The Royal Fork restaurant in Sioux Falls. Knowing her I'm sure this recipe has her adjustments and improvements added. It is so good I could eat it with a spoon (and sometimes do)! This makes a huge amount of syrup so make sure you have a big enough pot, and plan on sharing! It also freezes well. Just thaw and reheat before serving.

Yield: 1 1/2 gallons

3 1/2 quarts sugar
2 quarts buttermilk
2 pounds butter
2 cups corn syrup
3 tablespoons baking soda
1/2 cup vanilla -- I used Mexican vanilla

It is a must to use a very large, even huge pot for this recipe.
Melt butter over a low flame. Add sugar, buttermilk, and corn syrup, mix well.
Bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until thickens, stirring occasionally
Put the pot in your sink, add baking soda and stir. Add vanilla and stir.
Remove from heat and place in serving size containers.
Store in the refrigerator or freezer. Separation will occur. Reheat and stir before serving.

*An urgent message - use a large enough kettle. I can't tell you how much it boils up and over after adding the soda. You will loose so much of the syrup and make such a HUGE mess if your kettle isn't large enough. You should put the kettle in the sink when adding soda so that if you do have a boil over, it will not be a huge mess to clean nor mess up your stove with all that sweet and sticky syrup. I added 1 Tbsp at a time and this helped! I'm warning you and not exaggerating at all when I talk about the boil over, I couldn't believe it!

Blender Pancakes

Once hooked on the ease and flavor of these pancakes, you'll want for no other. My mom made them for us while she was out visiting the baby. I have been craving them ever since and am going to get the ingredients today. Especially good with Cheryl's Syrup! These pancakes are a great way to use wheat, powdered milk, and honey from your food storage, and you don't even need a wheat grinder.

7 each

1 cup whole wheat berries
1 1/4 cups water
1/4 cup dry milk
1 egg
2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
In a high speed blender, mix whole wheat berries, dry milk powder, and water. Blend on high speed for 3 minutes.
Add egg, oil, honey, and salt. Blend about 20 seconds.
Add baking powder and pulse 3 times. Batter will foam up.
Fry on hot griddle.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Grandma Larson's Meatloaf or Balls

2 lbs. ground beef
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp ginger
1 onion, chopped
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs, 6 slices
3/4 cup milk

Mix all together. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until done. For Meatloaf - Place in greased loaf pan and bake, draining grease half way through, and at the end. For meat balls - roll into balls and brown until almost done before baking. Add cream of mushroom soup to make a gravy.
Serves 6-8.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Looking for.....meatball/loaf and biscuits

I am in search of a couple of recipes and wonder if anyone's Auntie or neighbor has that secret, so good recipe. Hope so! The search is for meatballs/meatloaf and also a good, moist biscuit. For the meatballs and loaf, I'm just looking for traditional, can't go wrong comfort food. With the biscuit, though, it has to be the kind that gums up in your mouth and gets caked to the roof of your mouth. You know the kind? Mmmm..........Buttermilk or baking powder preferably. Thanks, guys!