The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 218 – 219

August 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm (Food) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hello again friends, and welcome back!

I know, I know, behind again.  What can I say, I’ve been watching the Olympics and doing some crafts, so I’ve sort of let this slide.  Good news is, I actually cooked the past two nights, so I have something for you, if now new then at least tasty!

Work is beyond busy, but I’m getting there!  Getting things done, hitting my stride, feeling like I might actually know what I’m doing, FINALLY!

Mike is rocking his job, and coming home more excited than I’ve seen him in a long time, and I’m so glad!!

James is getting a few more hours, and we’re making plans to get his car in the next couple of weeks.

And poor little William is bored to tears at home by himself, but he’s being stubborn about spending time with his friends, so I can’t help him right now.  I do need to get all his pants hemmed for school, guess I know what I’m doing this weekend!

So here are a couple of recipes for you, hope you enjoy them!


Great Value deep dish pie shells, package of 2, thawed, poke them up the sides and around the bottom so they don’t puff up when you bake them, baked for 10 minutes at 425 degrees

10 eggs

2 cups milk, divided in half (I actually mixed 1 1/2 cups milk and 1/2 cup half-n-half this time)

10 slices bacon, cut into small pieces, cooked until crisp, drained on paper towels

6 slices Swiss cheese

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper

1/2 cup frozen spinach, cooked in the microwave about 2 minutes

Mix the eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl, set aside.

After the pie shells have cooled a bit, spread the Swiss cheese in the bottom of one, fanned out around the inside and slightly up the sides, so it will give you cheese in every slice.  Top with the partially cooked spinach, then half the cooked bacon.

In the second, spread the cheddar cheese, top with the remaining bacon.

Pour roughly half the egg mixture into each pie crust, and bake 10 minutes at 425 degrees, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 35-40 minutes more.


Pork Chops with Apples and Peas

5 boneless pork chops

2 Tbsp soy sauce

1 Tsp ground ginger

1 cup frozen peas

1 Granny Smith apple, diced

Cook apples and peas in a large skillet over medium heat until apples are soft and peas are heated through.  Remove from pan and set aside. Put pork chops into a skillet , pour over soy sauce, sprinkle over ginger.  Cook until pork chops are browned and cooked through, turning as needed to avoid over browning.  Add back peas and apples and reheat through.


So that’s it for tonight.  Until tomorrow, eat well, love well, live well!



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The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 67

March 9, 2012 at 1:26 am (Food) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hello again, and welcome back!  So glad you could join me again…

Another busy day.  Working on a new necklace for a contest, maybe, getting laundry together and started so I don’t end up doing it ALL on the weekend, and maybe have a weekend.  Quick shopping trip to pick up a few odds and ends.  Doing the usual running around, taking kids here and there.  But still plenty of time to make a really good meal!  So here’s what we had tonight:

Quiche Two Ways

Great Value pie shells, package of 2, thawed, baked for 10 minutes at 450 degrees (I would recommend deep dish shells, wish I had those tonight!)

10 eggs

2 cups milk, divided in half

10 slices bacon, cut into small pieces, cooked until crisp, drained on paper towels

2 Tbsp flour

3 slices swiss cheese

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper

Handful of fresh spinach, cooked about 3-4 minutes in the fat from the bacon (basically deep fried)

10 grape tomatoes, cut into quarters

2 large mixing bowls

First bowl, mix 5 eggs, 1 Tbsp flour, 1 cup milk, salt and pepper to your taste.  Pour into one of the pre-baked pie shells.  Add the sliced swiss cheese and half the bacon.

Second bowl, mix 5 eggs, 1 Tbsp flour, 1 cup milk, shredded cheddar cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.   Add the other half of the bacon, the spinach and the tomatoes.

Bake both at 325 degrees for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Serve!

We had a nice fresh salad with this, so it was a nice dinner.

And for dessert, we’re having:

Apple Pie Bites

1/2 Cup sugar

2 Tsp cinnamon

1 pkg refrigerated pie crusts (Great Value of course!)

3 Tbsp melted butter

1/2 can Great Value apple pie filling (I used the no sugar added kind)

Mix the sugar and cinnamon and set aside.  (I am making these so often now, I’m just keeping a mixture of sugar and cinnamon in a shaker!)

Unroll the pie crust onto a baking pan covered with parchment paper.  Brush with melted butter.  Sprinkle with just less than half the sugar mixture.  Cut into 8 wedges with a pizza cutter.  Place one or two apple slices from the canned pie filling at the outer edge of each wedge.  Roll in toward the center of the pie crust.

Repeat with the second pie crust.

 Unrolled crust

 Brushed with butter

 Sprinkled with cinnamon

 Apples placed


Brush the outside of the rolls with melted butter, and sprinkle with the remaining sugar mixture.

Bake at 425 degrees for 13-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.  Allow to cool about 15-20 minutes before serving.  Serve alone, or with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, whatever YOU like with your apple pie! (thinking about trying a little cheddar cheese one of these days…)

Hope you enjoy these as much as we do!!

Until tomorrow, eat well, love well, live well!!

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The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 10

January 12, 2012 at 2:40 am (Food) (, , , , )

Hello friends, and welcome back!

Last night’s meal of pork roast and veggies was wonderful, and there were leftovers for lunch today, so that was cool.  First time since the twice baked potatoes that we had anything leftover!  I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not, as I was used to having leftovers for lunch the next day, and they’ve been a little scarce since I started this project!  Guess I need to get better at making extras???

Anyway, on the menu tonight was Sheepherder’s Breakfast, but with my own little twists.  Here’s the recipe, including my tweeks:

1 pound sliced bacon, diced

1 medium onion, chopped (I didn’t have ONE medium onion, but I did have a whole BAG of green onions, so I chopped up 5 of those instead)

32 ounces frozen shredded hash browns, thawed (I mistakenly bought a 24 ounce bag, OOPS!)

10 eggs (since I had less hash browns, I also went with 8 eggs)

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

So, the recipe said to cook the bacon until crisp, and cook the onion with it until soft, which I did, then drain off the grease, which I did.  I was supposed to reserve ONLY 1/2 a cup of grease, but I didn’t even HAVE 1/2 a cup, so I made due.  Recipe said to put the 1/2 cup of grease back into the pan with the bacon and onion, so I put what I had right back into the pan!  Then you add the hash browns, cooking about 10 minutes or until brown.  Well, let me tell you, without enough grease, the hash browns never actually got really brown, but I forged ahead anyway.  Next step was supposed to be to make little “wells” in the hash brown mixture, crack an egg into each well, top with cheddar cheese, salt and pepper, cover and cook another 10 minutes or until the eggs are set, which looking at the picture, the eggs are sort of poached.  Well, no one in this house can handle a poached egg, so here’s what I did…  I beat the eggs, poured them and the cheese over the hash brown mixture, and cooked for that same 10 minutes.  I had to stir a few times to make sure all the eggs cooked, but in the end, it really turned out pretty well!  Not as pretty as the picture in the cook book, of course, but good enough that we all wanted seconds!

Tomorrow night, something with chicken, still deciding what exactly…

Until then, keep eating!!

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The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 7

January 8, 2012 at 11:32 pm (Food) (, , , , , , , , , , )


Hello friends, and welcome back!!

Yesterday’s “big sandwich” was a hit, of course, and there are still a few sections leftover for a lunch for someone.  It was cool letting everyone put their own dressings on their piece, so everyone got what they wanted.

On the menu tonight, mini meatloaves, twice baked potatoes, and a nice fresh salad.  Gotta go make some fresh ranch dressing or William won’t eat the salad, but that’s quick!

Here are the recipes for tonight, William picked them out!

Mini meatloaves

1 cup ketchup

4 tbsp packed brown sugar

1 tsp ground mustard

2 eggs, beaten

4 tsp Worchestershire sauce

3 cups bread crumbs, cracker crumbs, corn flake crumbs (basically whatever type of filler you like)

3 tsp onion powder or flakes

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 tsp garlic powder

3 pounds lean ground beef, or mixed beef and sausage (mix 2:1 beef and sausage)

In large bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar and mustard. Remove 1/2 cup to be used on top of cooked loaves. Add eggs, Worchestershire, cereal/bread crumbs, seasonings.  Mix well, let set for 5 mins.  Add meat(s) and mix very well.

Press mixture into 18 muffin cups and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.  Drizzle/top with remaining sauce mixture reserved earlier. Bake 10 minutes longer, or until meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.

Leftover loaved are freezeable!  Thaw frozen loaves and reheat at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Can also be microwaved for 1 minute each.

Twice baked potatoes

8 large baking potatoes

1/2 pound bulk pork sausage, cooked and drained

1/4 cup butter, softened

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 1/2 cups diced fully cooked ham

6 bacon slices, cooked, drained, crumbled

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup Italian dressing

Salt and pepper to taste

Scrub and pierce potatoes, microwave for 14-16 minutes or until tender.  Allow to cool slightly, until you can handle them safely.  When cool enough to handle, cut in half lengthwise, scoop out all but 1/4″ of insides.  Place potato insides in a bowl, add butter and sour cream, mix until smooth.  Add sausage, cheese, bacon, ham, salad dressing and mix well.  Spoon mixture into shells, place in baking pan, bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

The house smells wonderful, can’t wait to eat!!  Have to admit, we all tasted some of the leftover potato filling, it was AWESOME!!

So, until tomorrow, eat well friends!!

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