Thursday, November 26, 2015

Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

I am very grateful that we live in a place where we can celebrate the holidays with both sides of the family.  Living close to both families means twice as many celebrations (two Christmas Dinners, Thanksgivings, Easters,etc ) .It is so much fun being able to celebrate so much . We (often) find an excuse to celebrate multiple times. Thank you God for the gift of family and friends.  Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours .

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Breakfast on Steriods

I love making breakfast casseroles. There is something about that them that is is homey.  This recipe was a great hit...made it for my Dad's birthday breakfast a few weeks was perfect to go along with the cinnamon rolls that my sister made.

Hashbrown, Sausage and Egg Breakfast Bake
adapted from:

1 pound sliced kielbasa
1 onion, diced fine
1 bell pepper, diced
8oz mushrooms, sliced
1 dozen (12) eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 (32 oz) bag Southern style hashbrowns, thawed
2 cups shredded cheese (plus an additional 1 cup)
1/4 t black pepper

In a skillet saute onion, pepper and onions, until softened.  Stir in kielbasa - just to brown slightly. Remove from heat to cool.  In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk and black pepper.  Slow stir in veggie mixture and hashbrowns.  Fold in 2 cups cheese.  Pour into a well greased 9x13pan.  Bake at 375 for 1hour (covered). Uncover and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup of cheese and bake for another 15minutes.  Serve with salsa, ghost pepper sauce, or whatever suits your fancy. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Glorious Fish Dinner

Over the summer my Dad took my husband, brothers (including my brother in law) salmon fishing. They all had lots of fun.  It was much appreciated; with all the fish we ended up coming home with. We made some of that delicious was awesome.

Teriyaki Salmon
adapted from:

1 T cornstarch, mixed with 1/4 cup water
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 t ground ginger
1 T fresh ginger, chopped
1/4 t garlic powder
2 T honey
1 cup (additional) water
4 (5oz) salmon fillets

Whisk all ingredients together (minus the salmon) on the stove until thickened.  Cool completely. Place salmon in a resealable bag/container.  Cover with sauce.  Let marinate at least 30 minutes (I did about 24hours).  Once the salmon is done marinating, bake at 400 for 20minutes. Serve over rice and stir fry veggies.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Calling All Superheroes

Today is my Dad's birthday.  He is a superhero in my eyes.  He has worked hard all his life and for the past (almost 35 years) to support Mom and us kids when we were at home.  I saw this recipe and thought of all the warm memories from home.  I love you Dad! Happy Birthday too!

Cheeseburger Soup aka Super Hero Soup
adapted from:

1/2lb ground beef
3/4 cup onion, diced small
1/4lb bacon (peppered is exceptional), cooked and crumbled
3 cups chicken stock
2 cups milk with 2 heaping tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup shredded hashbrown potatoes, thawed
1pkg instant potato flakes (like this)
2 1/2cups cheese, shredded

Brown beef with onion, until the onions are softened and translucent. Stir in bacon pieces and hashbrowns.  Sprinkle with potato flakes. Stir in stock. Let thicken slightly. Add milk/cornstarch mixture until really thick and bubbly.  Remove from heat; fold in cheese.  Serve immediately

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Shredded Goodness

I know I have said it before.  My husband LOVES LOVES pork.  I made this recipe. Great for an all day project. I served it with chips, black beans and chips.  (aka pork nachos). Super good.

Mojo Shredded Pork
adapted from:

4lb boneless pork butt (I had pork roast with bone)
3/4 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 large onion, chunked
1 jalapeno, sliced in half (I used 7 jalapeno slices)
1 head garlic, cloves (peeled and separated)
1 1/2 t salt
1 t oregano
1/2 t pepper
1 t cumin
1/2 t paprika
2 bay leaves

Place pork in the crockpot. Dump the rest on top of it. Cook on HIGH 3hours then LOW for 8hours. Shred meat (remove bone if necessary). Mush the garlic as you go.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Great Tasting Deal Buster on Taco Tuesday

I love it when I can find great deals. (Memory recall of getting 5lbs of delicious chorizo for only $3.24). I was watching a little Food Network show the other night and this recipe popped up for homemade chorizo.  I made it the next day, even better than the screaming deal I got on the store bought stuff. BAP and SSP loved it too...though it required LOTS of milk.

Homemade Chorizo
adapted from:

2 T olive oil
1 cup diced onion
1/2 lb ground beef (12%fat)
2 T paprika
1 T cumin
1 T granulated garlic
2 t chili powder
1 t coriander
1/4 t cayenne
1/4 t cinnamon (weird, but necessary - it is great)
3 T Cholula hot sauce (like this one)
1/2 cup water
1 cup grilled corn (I just sauteed in a pan with salt, pepper and chili powder)
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

In a large saute pan brown meat with the onion.  Once the onion is translucent and soft, stir in the corn and beans. In a separate bowl combine paprika, cumin, garlic, chili powder, coriander, cayenne, cinnamon, hot sauce and water to form a paste.  Pour over meat mixture. Stir. Simmer 15minutes until most the liquid is absorbed (stirring occasionally). Serve in tacos, over chips (as taco salad) or whatever other creative ideas you have.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Better Than Store Bought

I enjoy making things from scratch. I don't really like using food from cans, especially when you not even pronounce the names. I found this recipe for enchilada sauce when I was making my enchilada soup the other night. It was great.

Homemade Enchilada Sauce
adapted from:

1T oil
1 T cornstarch  (mixed with some water)
2 (heaping) T chili powder, I like the medium blend
1/4 t garlic powder
1/4 t salt
1/4 t cumin
1/4 t oregano
1 cup chicken/vegetable stock

Stir all ingredients together on the stove until thick and bubbly. Use right away or refrigerate.