Monday, April 20, 2015

Classics With A Twist

Meatloaf is always a comfort food.  This recipe is super good.  If you like pizza and meatloaf, why not combine the two and make a pizza-loaf.

Pizza Loaf
adapted from:

1 1/2 lbs ground meat (beef & Italian sausage, equal parts)
1 1/2 cups oats
1 egg
1 cup pasta sauce
2 t (each) Italian seasoning and garlic powder
2 t olive oil & 1T butter
1/2 green pepper, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 mushrooms, sliced
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
12-14 pepperoni slices

Preheat oven to 350.  In a bowl knead together meat, oats, eggs, pasta sauce and egg.  Spread out on a parchment lined cookie sheet. In a small skillet saute onions with peppers and onions, in oil and butter.   Cool slightly. Spread evenly over meat mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Roll up jelly roll style . Pinch sides shut to prevent oozing. Bake for an hour until thermometer reads 165.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Birthday Boy!

For the last week since BAP has realized that his birthday is fast approaching (as it is today). He is the big 7.  I cannot believe he is so old...we still think of him as a little squirt.  He has requested porcupine meatballs for dinner with steamed broccoli.  He asked for a chocolate bacon cake...hmm. I hope that chocolate cake with sprinkles and frosting work!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Roasted & Toasted

Cabbage is one of those vegetables that one either loves or hates.  I am definitely a lover of it. Recently I made this was so tasty. I think I could survive off this recipe. It was awe-mazing.

Oven Roasted Cabbage
adapted from:

1 small head cabbage, sliced (or wedged)
olive oil
garlic, minced

Preheat oven to 400.  Place parchment paper on lipped cookie sheet with cabbage pieces.  Drizzle with olive oil.  Spread minced garlic over all (about 1 t per piece). Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast 40minutes until lightly browned. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

More Turtles, Please

With today being Easter these potatoes are a perfect and easy side to go with the traditional ham dinner.  Mom made these often while we grew up.   A few nights back I made these potatoes to go with our roasted chicken. BAP loved them and kept calling them turtle potatoes.

Crispy Parmesan Potatoes "Turtles Potatoes"
adapted from:

1/4 cup butter
1/2 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder
3/4 t thyme
1/2-3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
4 medium Yukon potatoes, halved length wise

Preheat oven to 400.  As the oven preheats, put a 9x13pan in the oven with the butter. Let melt. Remove from oven.  Sprinkle evenly with garlic, onion, thyme and Parmesan. Nestle potatoes in the mixture. Bake for 35minutes.

Easter Blessings

Happy and blessed Easter to you and Family. Jesus Christ is risen. ALLELUIA!

 Mass at the Cathedral

Discovering their loot

Easter Egg Hunters

Monday, March 30, 2015

Creative Breakfast Deliciousness

I would have never thought of pairing tater tots and eggs for a breakfast twist on the classic casserole.  This recipe hit the spot.  I thought I would try it in the crockpot.  Started it at 9 the night before serving and cooked on LOW until about 7 the next morning when I turned it to WARM for the last 2 hours.  So good and so easy. Two things that are a win-win in my house.

Breakfast Tater Tot Bake
adapted from:

1 lb sausage, cooked with 1/2 diced onion and crumbled
2 1/2 cups cheese, shredded
2 cups milk (I used 1/2 cup)
3 eggs (I used a dozen)
2lbs tater tots

Mix together sausage with eggs, milk and seasonings.  Put in tater tots in the bottom of a well-greased 9x13pan. Put half cheese on top of tater tots; pour egg mixture over all. Bake at 350 for 35minutes. Top with remaining cheese and bake another 10minutes.  Serve with salsa and sour cream.  Cool slightly before serving.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Glorious Tater Tot BBQ

Lately I have fallen into using my crock pot all the time rut. It has been nice since I have not had the time nor energy to cook after a long day (I am not pregnant). I enjoy just being able to smell delicious goodness all day. Mmm. The other night I made this delicious meal. 

BBQ Tater Tot Chicken Mix Up

4 chicken breasts, cooked & chopped fine (I coated them with some mesquite seasoning overnight before baking)
1 bottle BBQ sauce
1 (32oz) bag tater tots
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

Place some of the tater tots in the bottom of the crockpot. Top with some of the chicken. Drizzle with about 1/2 the BBQ sauce. Top with 1/2 the cheese. Repeat (leaving off the last cheese). Cook on HIGH for about 4 hours. Top with remaining cheese at the 3 1/2 hour mark. Cover and cook the last half hour until cheese is all bubbly and gooey. Serve with ranch dressing and corn.