Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Cranberry Jalapeno Cream Cheese Spread


one 12 ounce bag of fresh cranberries
2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
3 green onions, sliced
handful of cilantro, roughly chopped
1/2 cup of sugar (to start, then add sugar to taste - I ended up using about 3/4 cup)
8 ounce package of whipped cream cheese

Mix first 5 ingredients in blender or food processor.  I put the cranberries in the blender first and pulsed a few times to get them started, then added the other ingredients.  Transfer mixture to container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.  Don't be concerned if it looks pretty dry, after it sits there will be more liquid.  Serve with crackers over whipped cream cheese. 

The first time I had this, Adam's coworker made sort of a cheese ball out of the whipped cream cheese and then placed it in the middle of a pie dish and poured the "salsa" over it.  When I made it, I spread the cream cheese over the bottom of a pie dish, and then spread a layer of the salsa over it.  Adam said they also had just the salsa part at work once with tortilla chips, and that was good too. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

One Dish Dinner

You have probably seen this on Pinterest:
I made it tonight and it was so quick and easy.  And quite tasty.  So there ya go.  A recipe you may have already tried.

1. Cut green beans (fresh!) up. Line one side of the pan with green beans.
2. Cut potatoes up. Line opposite side of pan with the potatoes.
3. Line the chicken breasts down the middle of the baking dish.
4. Cut butter up and layer over the green beans, potatoes and chicken. Sprinkle Italian dressing over the entire pan. Cover with foil.
5. Bake, covered, for 1 hour at 350°

My notes:  I used just a wee less than half a stick of butter and don't be scared to throw on a whole packet of the Italian seasoning.  After 1 hour, my potatoes were not quite soft as I like them so I just put them in the microwave for 5 minutes and they were good to go.

Alex declared this "the best dinner ever!  Though he says that a lot.  He's always complimentary of my cooking and it is much appreciated.  :)

Monday, July 29, 2013

Breakfast Casserole

Here is the breakfast casserole we made at the Girls Getaway this year. It is super easy! I just used cheddar cheese instead of pepper jack.

Farmer's Casserole
recipe image
Submitted By: Lorrie Starks
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour 10 Minutes
Servings: 6

"Ham, green onions, and hash browns baked with spicy pepperjack cheese make up this easy make-ahead breakfast dish."
3 cups frozen hash brown potatoes
3/4 cup shredded pepperjack cheese
1 cup cooked ham, diced
1/4 cup chopped green onions
4 eggs, beaten
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 2 quart baking dish.
2.Arrange hash brown potatoes evenly in the bottom of the prepared dish. Sprinkle with pepperjack cheese, ham, and green onions.
3.In a medium bowl, mix the eggs, evaporated milk, pepper, and salt. Pour the egg mixture over the potato mixture in the dish. The dish may be covered and refrigerated at this point for several hours or overnight.
4.Bake for 40 to 45 minutes (or 55 to 60 minutes if made ahead and chilled) in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Zucchini Muffins

Here is the recipe that I made for the Girls Getaway this year. I am going to try it with substituting applesauce for the oil and I'll let you know how it turns out.

2 c. peeled, grated zucchini (I use my food processor to grate it - easy!)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. oil
2 c. sugar
3 c. flour

Mix all ingredients except sugar and flour in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add each cup of sugar slowly to blender (while blending) IF your blender is big enough to fit both cups. If not, pour blended mixture into a large bowl and add each cup of sugar - mix well. Then add flour and mix well. Pour into muffins tins, filling 2/3rds of the way. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min. (makes about 24 muffins)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Homemade Granola

This is what Emily Flake made for this years Christmas cookie exchange.  I loved it.  The perfect amount of sweetness with a touch of tart from the craisins.  I have had her little tag with the recipe, kicking around for months.  Time to jot it down here.  I just pulled a batch out of the oven.  Mmmmm......

5 C old fashioned oats
5 C rice crispies
1 C craisins
3/4 C slivered almonds
1 C coconut
2 cans fat free sweetened condensed milk

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, lay out on a baking sheet, and bake at 350 for 9 min.