The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 178 & 179

June 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm (Food) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Hello again friends, and welcome back!  Sorry I’m slacking off again, but this whole working and writing and being a mom and being crafty thing is just getting to be a little too much I guess.  I just can’t keep up with everything every day!

So, first things first, news of the family!  I had a really good week at work, then I decided to have a little “me” time today.

I had to go get some blood work done for my doctor’s appointment on Monday, so I made an appointment for that for this morning, got up a little early (around 8) for a Saturday.  Got there, they couldn’t do one of my tests, it can only be done on a weekday, which sucks because now I’ll have to wait until I have a day off to get that one done.  Oh well, got the rest, hopefully they won’t take too long to get the results to the doctors.  Bought myself breakfast at McD’s when that was done.

Then, I thought I would drop all my used sharps at the hospital office that collects those.  Turns out they only take them Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM.  So, now that I’m working, I guess that’s completely out of the question, unless I happen to have a day off.  Supposedly, Humira has a program where you can mail them in, but I have to call next week and see if that’s something I can use.

Then, I still have pocket money left from last week, plus what I got this week…  see, Mike and I decided we each needed some “mad” money, something that wasn’t tied to bills or allowances or gas money, something we could just spend on ourselves.  Neither of us is actually very good at that any more, so it’s taking some getting used to.  Seems he’s getting better at it than I am!  He goes to the comic shop almost every week now, William goes with him usually.  I, on the other hand, usually end up giving some of mine to William as his allowance, or buying food for the family with mine.  Not this time!

So today I went to the bead store, spent a whopping $6.01 on myself!  If I had known she was going to give me an extra 25% off, I would have picked up more!  But by the time I had spent an hour there sifting through the “cheap” bins, I was ready to leave anyway, nothing else really caught my eye.  Haven’t actually made anything with the beads yet, but there’s still tomorrow.  I did make myself a pair of earrings, but not with the new beads.  I’ll have to take a photo for you I guess…

Then, I gave myself a real manicure, something I haven’t done in literally years.  Cut, filed, clipped cuticles, polished, even decorated.  Felt good, but now my nails feel weird because I haven’t done this in so long.  Reorganized my nail supplies, too, put them in a cool case I had emptied of craft stuff recently, so that worked out well.  I did mess up a line or two, so I’ll have to do a touch-up, but that’s for another day I think.

So, William spent the afternoon with a friend, Mike napped a few hours away, James is at work, and I’m here writing between loads of laundry.  So on to the cooking!

Thursday night, after I made dinner, I baked, thought I would share that with you.

Bisquick Coffee Cake Muffins

Dough

2 Cups Bisquick mix

2/3 cup milk or water

1 egg

2 Tbsp sugar

Topping

1/3 Cup Bisquick

1/3 Cup packed brown sugar

1/4 Tsp cinnamon

2 Tbsp butter, melted

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Grease muffin pan, I used the Texas sized muffin pan this time.

Mix together dough ingredients, spread into prepared pan.

Mix together topping ingredients with a fork.  If you want it a little drier, add a little more brown sugar and Bisquick.  I like it moist rather than crumbly.  Drop small pieces of topping all over cake, press into cake, or drag a knife through topping and dough to mix in a little.  For this, I wish now I had knifed them in rather than just patting them on top.  The crumblies all fell off every time we ate a muffin!

Bake 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Mine was EXACTLY 20 minutes.

Allow to cool about 5 minutes, then remove from pan and serve warm, or put into zipper bags and refrigerate.

Friday night, I meant to cook, but forgot to thaw anything.  So I went to the store to get odds and ends to get through until pay day, figured I would remember to pick up something for dinner, I was hungry after all, but no, I completely forgot until I was on my way home from Walmart.  So, I pulled in to McD’s and got two 20 pieces McNuggets and two large fries, which Mike, William and I split.  Not a very healthy meal, I know, but we ate, and I was a lot less grumpy after we ate.

And on to tonight…

Bacon Spinach Quiche

1 refrigerated pie crust

5 eggs

1/2 cup half and half

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Salt & pepper to taste

4 slices Swiss cheese

1/2 pound bacon cut into small pieces and cooked until crisp

1 cup fresh spinach, cooked in bacon grease just until wilted

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Mix eggs, half and half, and spices in a medium bowl.  Place cheese, bacon and spinach in the bottom of your pie crust, cover with egg mixture.  Cook at 425 degrees 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and cook 30-35 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Serve!

Bacon Quiche

1 refrigerated pie crust

5 eggs

1/2 cup half and half

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Salt & pepper to taste

4 slices cheddar cheese

1/2 pound bacon cut into small pieces and cooked until crisp

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Mix eggs, half and half, and spices in a medium bowl.  Place cheese and bacon in the bottom of your pie crust, cover with egg mixture.  Cook at 425 degrees 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and cook 30-35 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Serve!

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

1 box tri-color rotini, cooked to package directions

About 1 cup ranch dressing

About 1/4 cup bacon bits, either real or imitation, that’s up to you

About 1/4 cup Heinz 57 sauce

Cook, rinse and cool your pasta.  Mix ranch dressing, Heinz sauce and bacon bits together, mix into pasta.  Serve!

Garlic Butter Popcorn

Pop about 1/3 cup kernels in vegetable oil, allow to cool slightly.

Melt about 1/2 stick of butter, mix in about 1/2 tsp garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.  Allow to cool slightly.  Drizzle over popcorn, mix very well, serve!

I have to say, we weren’t crazy about this.  It was OK, but it just wasn’t really “us”.  It was a little greasy, and the garlic was overwhelming, even though I didn’t put in that much.  I think I want to try an herb mixture next time, just not sure which herbs I want to try!

So, that’s it for tonight.  I think it’s time to watch a movie and then head to bed.  Got another busy day tomorrow!

Until then, eat well, love well, live well!

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The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 162 & 163

June 14, 2012 at 8:00 pm (Food) (, , , , , , , , )

Hello again friends, and welcome back!  Sorry I missed another night last night, just wasn’t up for it for some reason.  Besides, I didn’t cook, I picked up chicken strips from Walmart.

Anyway, I was sort of jealous that William got his glasses the other night, and then I got the call last night that mine were in, too!  I was so excited!  Got new glasses, something completely different than what I’ve had the past few years, getting used to them, SO happy to be able to see so well!!  Gotta go back in a month or so and maybe get computer only glasses, but then these seem to be working out OK, so maybe not, we’ll see.

After the last two nights of frozen foods and pre-cooked foods, I decided I really needed to cook tonight, so here’s what we had:

 

Broccoli Bacon Quiche

1 Frozen deep dish pie crust

6 eggs

1 cup half & half

1 cup shredded cheese of choice

1 cup broccoli florets

1/2 pound cooked crisp bacon pieces

1/4 tsp Salt

1/4 tsp Pepper

1/2 tsp Garlic powder

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Place pie shell in foil pan on cookie sheet.

Put broccoli, bacon and cheese in pie crust.  Mix together eggs, cream and spices, pour into pie shell.  Bake 10 minutes.

Reduce heat to 350 degrees, cook 35-40 minutes, or until puffy and toasty brown on top.

Allow to cool about 10 minutes, slice into wedges and serve.

 

Bacon and Cheese Quiche

1 Frozen deep dish pie crust

6 eggs

1 cup half & half

1/2 cup shredded cheese of choice

2-3 slices cheddar cheese

1/2 pound cooked crisp bacon pieces

1/4 tsp Salt

1/4 tsp Pepper

1/2 tsp Garlic powder

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Place pie shell in foil pan on cookie sheet.

Put bacon and cheese in pie crust.  Mix together eggs, cream and spices, pour into pie shell.  Bake 10 minutes.

Reduce heat to 350 degrees, cook 35-40 minutes, or until puffy and toasty brown on top.

Allow to cool about 10 minutes, slice into wedges and serve.

This makes great leftovers the next day, if you have any left.  I usually make two pies when I make these, one with veggies and one without, so everyone gets something they like, and I get lunch the next day.

So, friends, until tomorrow, eat well, love well, live well!

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The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 97

April 8, 2012 at 1:50 am (Food) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Hello again my friends, and welcome back!  Hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday!!

Relatively quiet day today, nothing out of the ordinary.  Took James to the new job, went grocery shopping, put Easter baskets together, after sleeping until 11AM!  Can’t believe I slept that late, but must have needed it.  Of course, last night was shot night, that could have something to do with the late sleeping.  And I can’t believe it’s possible, but I feel like I could sleep already!

It’s movie/family night around here, so we had “snack” foods, as William calls them.  I made Meat Muffins, Taco Meat Muffins, Crab Wraps and Apple Pie Bites.  Here are the recipes for you!

Meat Muffins (a repeat, but a good one!)

1 pound ground beef

about 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can refrigerated biscuits (normal size, not the jumbos!)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Brown ground beef in a large skillet, drain.  Add in cream of mushroom soup, mix well.  Remove from heat.

Grease 10 cups of muffin pan, press biscuits as flat as you can with your fingers and put them in the greased muffin cups.  Spoon meat mixture into prepared muffin cups, you might have just a little leftover, but if you fill them over the top you should have just enough.  Top with just a little shredded cheese, it doesn’t need much, about a tablespoon on each.

Bake at 400 degrees for 14-16 minutes.

Remove from muffin pan using a spoon, serve!

Taco Meat Muffins

1 pound ground beef

about 1/4 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese

2/3 cup water

1/4 cup taco seasoning mix

1 can refrigerated biscuits (normal size, not the jumbos!)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Brown ground beef in a large skillet, drain.  Add in water and taco seasoning, simmer on low about 10 minutes.

Grease 10 muffin cup in muffin pan, press biscuits as flat as you can with your fingers and put them in the greased muffin cups.  Spoon meat mixture into prepared muffin cups, you might have just a little leftover, but if you fill them over the top you should have just enough.  Top with just a little shredded cheese, about one tablespoon on each.

Bake at 400 degrees for 14-16 minutes.

Remove from muffin pan using a spoon, serve!

Crab Wraps

About 1 cup imitation crab meat

2 Tbsp garlic powder

2 Tbsp butter

1 can refrigerated crescent roll dough

Melt butter in small skillet, add in imitation crab meat and garlic.  Mix well, flaking crab meat as much as possible, and heating through.

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Unroll crescent dough on covered cookie sheet, careful not to separate triangles.  Seal diagonal perforations, and separate dough into rectangles.  Cut each rectangle in half so that you have almost squares of dough.

Put 1/8th of crab meat mixture onto each square of dough, fold in corners diagonally across filling to form small packets.  Corners might be open slightly, that’s OK.  You can brush with melted butter if you like, it adds a nice color to the finished product.

Bake at 375 for 17-20 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.  Serve warm!

Apple Pie Bites

1 pkg rolled pie crust

1/2 can apple pie filling

1/2 cup sugar

2 Tsp cinnamon

3 Tbsp melted butter

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl, set aside about 2 Tbsp.

Unroll pie crust one at a time, brush with melted butter, sprinkle with half the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Cut with a pizza wheel into 8 pie shaped wedges.  Place a full apple slice with a little of the sauce on the outer edge of each “pie slice”, roll inward towards points.  Place on parchment lined baking sheet.  Repeat with second pie crust.  Brush rolls with melted butter and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar.  Bake 13-15 minutes or until edges of pie crusts are lightly browned. (mine actually took about 17 minutes total)

Serve warm, with or without ice cream or whipped cream.

 Meat muffins

Crab wraps

I grew up eating crab from the Chesapeake bay, used to LOVE to eat crab, then developed a severe allergy to shellfish around age 16.  Been using imitation crab ever since, but don’t do it very often.  And I think I’ve outgrown my love of crab, because I really didn’t enjoy these at all.  It’s not that they didn’t taste good, they tasted exactly the way I expected them to, I just didn’t like them any more.  Oh well…

I had the apple pie bites with ice cream AND whipped cream, which might be why I’m tired now, but that dessert was SO worth it!

Anyway, hope you enjoy one or all of these dishes, and until tomorrow, eat well, love well, live well!!

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The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 93

April 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm (Food) (, , , , , )

Hello again friends, and welcome back!  Seems like I say that every day…  oh wait, I do!  Need to come up with a new greeting…

Anyway, Tuesday was sort of normal, or as normal as things get around here anyway.  Shuttling kids as usual.  Mike at work as usual.  Me hunting for Easter eggs on a website all day, NOT as usual, but killed a WHOLE day, which still bugs me a bit.  Power went out for about an hour last night, set me off schedule a little, completely forgot to write in here until after I went to bed, so decided I could catch up in the morning instead of getting back up!  So here I am, rested, ready for a new day, catching up…

Dinner was a quick and easy meal, since I had NOTHING thawed out, but sometimes that’s when we get the most creative or inspired.  Not this time, though, went for a tried and trusted recipe with lots of potential for variations, QUICHE!  Here’s the recipe I used this time:

Quick Quiche

2 refrigerated pie crusts

8 eggs

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup water

1 cup shredded cheese

1 cup chopped lunch meat ham

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Unroll pie crusts into glass pie plates, making sure to get them centered.  Any overhang on the edges should be turned inward and used to thicken the edges of your pie shell.  Pinch around the edges to make a decorative edge on your pie crust.  Use a fork to poke small holes all over the bottom and sides of the pie crust.  Bake for 10 minutes and remove.  Cool slightly before filling.

While those are baking, beat eggs, water and cream together in a large bowl.

Once pie shells are partially baked and cooled, wrap tin foil over edges to keep from burning.  Place half the ham and cheese in each pie shell, pour half of egg mixture over ham and cheese, spreading around with a spoon if needed to make sure the ham and cheese are all covered. (you can also add some veggies if you like at this point, just make sure the egg covers everything!)  Place on cookie sheet and put in oven.  Cook 30 minutes, then remove foil and cook another 10 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Serve with salad, soup, or just by itself!

My kids like this one because it’s all their favorite stuff, but I like that it’s so versatile.

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

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The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 89

March 30, 2012 at 11:39 pm (Food) (, , , , , , , , , )

Hello again friends, and welcome back!  Hope you all had a great Friday, I know I did!

Good news all over the place today!!

My dad is doing really well, up and walking around, eating really well, and the hospital staff are taking great care of him…  now if they would just let him sleep!

James got a new job, goes to orientation next Tuesday, not sure when he starts, but he gave notice to his current job today, which I think made him VERY happy!  Sign spinning isn’t meant to be a full time job, and he’s been doing it for over six months!  Now THAT’S dedication!!

William says he had a GREAT day at school, which he doesn’t say often, so I’m always happy to hear.  They had some sort of celebration, all the kids got cotton candy, so I’m sure they had fun.

And as for me, I did laundry, nibbled here and there, went to go see my dad in the hospital, did the usual kid shuttling around, and did NOT actually cook today, unless you count the eggs I hard boiled to make egg salad for lunch.  I SO cheated for dinner, got ready made Walmart pizzas that you just have to stick in the oven.  They are really good, honest, but definitely NOT home made.  Going to make those apple pie bites here in a bit, but those aren’t new, so I can’t count them!!  But I’ll give you the recipe again anyway, just in case you missed it before…

Egg Salad

4 hard boiled eggs (I put mine in a pan of COLD water, put it over MEDIUM heat, and set the timer for 30 minutes, they come out perfect)

2 Tbsp mayonnaise

1 Tsp yellow mustard

Salt and pepper to taste

Mash peeled hard boiled eggs using a potato masher, this gets the absolute best consistency for the egg salad, or at least I think so. Nice, small pieces of egg, no large chunks, and the yolk gets really creamy when you add in the rest of the ingredients.  Add in the mayo, mustard, salt and pepper and mix well.  Serve over lettuce leaves, on plain bread, on toast, however you like!

 

Apple Pie Bites

1 pkg rolled pie crust

1/2 can apple pie filling

1/2 cup sugar

2 Tsp cinnamon

3 Tbsp melted butter

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl, set aside about 2 Tbsp.

Unroll pie crust one at a time, brush with melted butter, sprinkle with half the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Cut with a pizza wheel into 8 pie shaped wedges.  Place a full apple slice with a little of the sauce on the outer edge of each “pie slice”, roll inward towards points.  Place on parchment lined baking sheet.  Repeat with second pie crust.  Brush rolls with melted butter and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar.  Bake 13-15 minutes or until edges of pie crusts are lightly browned. (mine actually took about 17 minutes total)

Serve warm, with or without ice cream or whipped cream. (we got BOTH for tonight!!)

Hope you enjoyed these, until tomorrow, eat well, love well, live well!!

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The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 80

March 22, 2012 at 12:06 am (Food) (, , , , , , , , )

Hello again my friends, and welcome back!  Happy to have you here!

Well, it was an interesting day…  the usual running around, getting William to and from school, getting James to and from work, but between the to and the from, I took a three hour nap!  I NEVER take naps, unless I’m sick, but I was just absolutely exhausted.  Guess pulling weeds yesterday took more out of me than I thought.  I woke up sore all over, then the whole nap thing, but I’m much better now.

Anyway, I went for a quick and easy dinner, just because I forgot to take anything out of the freezer last night.  So here’s what we had:

Garden Quiche

1 refrigerated pie crust

3 eggs

1 cup half and half

1/2 cup shredded cheese

Veggies of your choice – tonight I used about 10 cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters, about 1/4 cup chopped green and orange peppers mixed

Meat of your choice – tonight I used cooked crumbled sausage, about 1/2 pound precooked weight.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Put pie crust into GLASS pie plate, prick bottom of crust with a fork and cook 10 minutes unfilled.  Remove from oven and cool while you mix your filling.

Mix eggs, half and half, shredded cheese in a medium bowl.  Place veggies and meat in the bottom of your pie crust, cover with egg mixture.  Cook at 425 degrees 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and cook 40-45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Serve!

Meat Quiche

1 refrigerated pie crust

3 eggs

1 cup half and half

1/2 cup shredded cheese

1/2 pound sausage, cooked and crumbled

1/4 pound lunch meat ham, cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Put pie crust into GLASS pie plate, prick bottom of crust with a fork and cook 10 minutes unfilled.  Remove from oven and cool while you mix your filling.

Mix eggs, half and half, shredded cheese in a medium bowl.  Place meats in the bottom of your pie crust, cover with egg mixture.  Cook at 425 degrees 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and cook 40-45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Serve!

Sausage Omelette

5 eggs

1/2 cup half and half

1/2 cup shredded cheese

1/2 pound sausage, cooked and crumbled

Preheat large skillet over medium heat.  Spray pan with butter flavor cooking spray.  Mix eggs and half and half in a medium bowl, pour into pan, and allow to cook almost completely before adding cheese and sausage.  When egg mixture is browned on the bottom and almost down through, sprinkle with cooked sausage and cheese, and using two spatulas, fold in half.  Cook about 2-3 minutes, turn over and cook another 2-3 minutes, or until eggs are done through.  Serve!  (We actually cut this into 4 pieces so everyone got some, and with the other food, it was more than enough!)

We also had a nice fresh salad!

Sorry, no photos tonight, I forgot!

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

 Finished!

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 55

February 26, 2012 at 12:52 am (Food) (, , , , , , , , , )

Hello again friends, and welcome back!

Feeling much better tonight, so I cooked!!!  And it was fun, tasty, and popular!!  WOO HOO!  Everyone got something they liked, which is always a challenge around here…  So here’s the menu:

Taco Muffins

1 Pkg canned biscuits (I used Great Value, of course), 10 biscuits per can

1 pound ground chuck

2/3 cup cold water

1/4 cup taco seasoning

1/4 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese (again, I used Great Value brand)

Butter flavor cooking spray

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray 10 muffin cups with cooking spray.  Flatten the biscuit dough with your fingers, make it as flat as you can, and place it in a muffin cup.  It should cover most of the way up the sides of the cup.

Brown the ground chuck, drain excess fat, add in water and taco seasonings.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes or until sauce is thickened.  Spoon meat mixture into biscuit lined cups, should use up as much of the meat mixture as possible without overflowing cups, might have a few tablespoons left over.  Top with shredded cheese, using all the cheese across all the muffins.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and biscuit cup is browned.  Serve!

Sausage Sandwiches

1 roll crescent dough

1/2 pound Italian sausage, skins removed

2 slices Provolone cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line baking pan with parchment paper.  Unroll crescent dough on lined pan.  Break into four rectangles, pinching diagonal seams together.

Brown sausage, separating into small (less than bite sized) pieces, make sure it’s cooked through.

Split cheese slices in half, place one half slice on one end of each dough rectangle.  Top with a couple spoonfuls of cooked sausage.  Fold over dough into shorter rectangles, seal edges by pressing with a fork all the way around.  (You can also add a couple spoonfuls of spaghetti sauce if you want, but I didn’t this time.)

Bake at 400 degrees 15-18 minutes. Serve with dipping sauce!

Apple Pie Bites

1 pkg rolled pie crust

1/2 can apple pie filling

1/2 cup sugar

2 Tsp cinnamon

3 Tbsp melted butter

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl, set aside about 2 Tbsp.

Unroll pie crust one at a time, brush with melted butter, sprinkle with half the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Cut with a pizza wheel into 8 pie shaped wedges.  Place a full apple slice with a little of the sauce on the outer edge of each “pie slice”, roll inward towards points.  Place on parchment lined baking sheet.  Repeat with second pie crust.  Brush rolls with melted butter and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar.  Bake 13-15 minutes or until edges of pie crusts are lightly browned. (mine actually took about 17 minutes total)

Serve warm, with or without ice cream or whipped cream.

Hope you all enjoyed one or all of these recipes!  We certainly did!!  🙂

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

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The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 5

January 6, 2012 at 10:52 pm (Food) (, , , )

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Welcome back friends!!

WOW!  That oven fried fish last night was REALLY good!  Even the picky 10 year old (William) went back for seconds!!  The green beans, I thought were really good, but then I like green beans with almonds.  And of course, there was salad.  Little by little I’m conditioning William to eating salads.  No complaints last night, so I guess I’m making progress!

Tonight, bacon egg and cheese pizza is on the menu.  We should probably have a salad to go with, just to fill everyone up.  Gotta get on that…  It smells fantastic!

Recipe:

Pastry for single crust pie

1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled

2 cups shredded cheese (I used cheddar, but you could use swiss or mozzarella)

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups sour cream

2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley

Spread pastry on pizza pan (or like I did, sprinkle cornmeal on a pizza stone and spread the pastry crust on the pizza stone). Fold up edges slightly, and pinch to create a little bit of an edge to hold in the eggs. Bake at 425 degree for 5 minutes.

Sprinkle bacon pieces and cheese on the crust.  Mix eggs, sour cream and parsley, blend until smooth.  Pour over cheese and bacon on pizza crust.  Bake another 20 minutes at 425 degrees.  You can go as long as 25 minutes, but it doesn’t look as good.

Until tomorrow, eat well my friends!

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