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Alissa_Sal's picture
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OT - Getting to know you QOTW - 4/29

Post a favorite recipe.

(hahaha - this is totally self serving - I am looking for new recipes...)

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My DH and I hate these but the kids thought they were great (and frankly I'll eat anything this easy to make):

Pilsbury (or other) Crescent rolls - use two triangles but don't separate them leave them stuck together still flat (you might need to pinch them together at the perforation to keep them together)

Put some pizza sauce and cheese (and any other pizza topping) on them and bake.

The crust is a little soft for my liking but the kids divoured them and asked for more.

I served them with some salad and strawberries so I felt like they got a mostly well balanced meal!

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"carg0612" wrote:

My DH and I hate these but the kids thought they were great (and frankly I'll eat anything this easy to make):

Pilsbury (or other) Crescent rolls - use two triangles but don't separate them leave them stuck together still flat (you might need to pinch them together at the perforation to keep them together)

Put some pizza sauce and cheese (and any other pizza topping) on them and bake.

The crust is a little soft for my liking but the kids divoured them and asked for more.

I served them with some salad and strawberries so I felt like they got a mostly well balanced meal!

I've made those with mini pepperonis, sauce, and cheese. I rolled them up before baking so they were like homemade pizza rolls. I agree, they go well with a salad.

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Here is one -
Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Icing

Pumpkin Muffins:
2 cups pumpkin purée (canned)
1½ cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
¾ cup canola oil
1½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
¾ tsp. salt
1½ tsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. cinnamon
¾ tsp. ground cloves
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
½ cup raisins

Preheat oven to 325ºF.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together pumpkin, sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla until well blended.
Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg over the pumpkin mixture and whisk until just blended. Over mixing may result in less tender muffins.
Fold in the raisins until consistently distributed.
Portion mixture into muffin pans and bake at 325ºF for 25 minutes.
Insert a toothpick into center of muffin and remove. If toothpick is clean, the muffins are ready. If not, allow muffins to cook an additional 1-2 minutes or until toothpick is clean.
Allow muffins to cool for 30–60 minutes.

Cream Cheese Icing:

1 cup unsalted butter
1½ cups cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon

Allow cream cheese and butter to soften at room temperature for about an hour.
Mix cream cheese and butter together until smooth.
Add vanilla extract, powdered sugar and cinnamon, and mix until well blended.
Remove from mixer, and cover and refrigerate until needed.
Fill a pastry bag fitted with a star tip with icing.
Poke a hole into the center of each cooled muffin and squeeze icing directly into the middle of the muffin, finishing with a rosette on the top.

Special Tip: This recipe makes a generous amount.

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This banana bread is ALWAYS perfect in texture and so flavorful! It's a recipe I found and have adapted over the past few years into sheer perfection.

BANANA BREAD

½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
4 ripe bananas -- very very ripe ones are best, use 5 if they are small
1 tablespoon milk (I use 1%)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or more -- I often use 2 1/2)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla (maybe a little more would be good too!)

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Butter a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan. (Cooking spray would work too)

Cream the sugars and canola oil in a large mixing bowl until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each one.

In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Mix in the milk and cinnamon, nutmeg, & vanilla.

In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add the banana mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until combined. Add the dry ingredients, mixing just until flour disappears.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove bread from pan, invert onto rack, and cool completely before slicing.

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There are lots of variations, you can add chocolate chips, or just drizzle chocolate on top, or leave it as is. Canola oil can be replaced with butter if that's all you have. I tried applesauce but it ruins the texture.

Sometimes I make muffins instead, then they only need to bake for about 30 mins.

This is a fun one for the kids to help with because there are so many bowls with different things in them. And mashing the bananas is fun for them...for the first 25 seconds or so. Then they get tired and hand it back.

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This one is a good fresh, made ahead of time or freezer meal. It can feed a good sized family. I am told that it can result in great leftovers, but in our family there is never any left no matter how big a pan I make! It is a great meal to use seasonal veggies in as it doesn't really matter which kinds you use as long as they fry and bake well.

Shepherds Pie

Ground Beef (or other meat)

vegetables (fresh or frozen)
I use:
mushrooms
carrots
celery
onions
peas
beans
corn
onions
garlic
potatoes (can also use yams and squashes)
cheese
mushroom soup or gravy
salt
pepper

fry up the ground beef
add the vegetables, onions and garlic
add salt and pepper to taste
once the vegetables and meat are cooked add mushroom soup or gravy. I do a gravy as DH is lactose intolerant. I usually just add some corn starch and water and make a gravy from the mean and veggies. The soup or a gravy mix would work well too.

place this mix in the bottom of a casserole dish
top with mashed potatoes (I like to add patches of yams or squash to the potato layer to make it more interesting)

top with cheese

bake at 350 until the cheese is melted and the gravy/soup is bubbling up the sides a little.

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This is always a big hit in our family.

Tortilla Soup

1 lb ground meat (I typically use turkey, but DH usually grinds up some chicken)
1/2 onion diced
1 TSP diced garlic
1 can stewed mexican style tomatoes
1 yellow squash, sliced
1 can corn (drained)
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 pkg dry ranch dressing
2 cans water
1 can black beans (drained)

Brown meat, while also cooking onion and garlic until tender. Drain. Combine meat/onion mix with all other ingredients in a large pot, and simmer about 1 hr.

Top with cheese, sour cream. and corn chips or cornbread.

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"Alissa_Sal" wrote:

This is always a big hit in our family.

Tortilla Soup

1 lb ground meat (I typically use turkey, but DH usually grinds up some chicken)
1/2 onion diced
1 TSP diced garlic
1 can stewed mexican style tomatoes
1 yellow squash, sliced
1 can corn (drained)
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 pkg dry ranch dressing
2 cans water
1 can black beans (drained)

Brown meat, while also cooking onion and garlic until tender. Drain. Combine meat/onion mix with all other ingredients in a large pot, and simmer about 1 hr.

Top with cheese, sour cream. and corn chips or cornbread.

Oh yes! I've made something very similar. I didn't use squash or corn, but instead used avocado and rice. I topped with shredded tortillas. And I prefer chicken in this dish. Very easy crockpot meal!

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I've never made it in the crock pot, but that is a great idea!

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I love crockpot meals! We're very busy in the evenings so it is nice to be able to throw something in the crockpot and get back to it later.

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I'm not a recipe girl in general, but tonight we had some cedar planked salmon (in Braggs aminos, maple syrup, orange zest, evo s&p) with israeli couscous (cooked in chicken stock) tossed with sauteed vine tomatoes, garlic, parsley, yellow and green squash and green and orange bell peppers finished with locatelli cheese and some grilled bread with EVO and balsamic creme and it was flippin delish.

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I love cedar planked salmon. Yum!

My husband has an incredibly delicious recipe of his own invention for chicken wings in the pan with potatoes & carrots. . .the kids & I love it. I don't cook, so all my recipes are for baking. And he never works off recipes! He'll glance at it, get the gist, and then take it from there on his own. He amazes me. His chili is out of this world.

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Banana Pudding

5 lg bananas
Box of Nilla Wafers
Large box vanilla pudding
2 cups milk
8oz Sour Cream
16 oz Cool Whip (thawed)

Mix milk and pudding. Stir in sour cream and Cool Whip. Layer with cookies and sliced bananas.

We use sugar free pudding, milk, and cool whip and low fat Nilla wafers with fat free sour cream, but it obviously tastes better with the "real" version of those ingrediants.

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"Potter75" wrote:

I'm not a recipe girl in general, but tonight we had some cedar planked salmon (in Braggs aminos, maple syrup, orange zest, evo s&p) with israeli couscous (cooked in chicken stock) tossed with sauteed vine tomatoes, garlic, parsley, yellow and green squash and green and orange bell peppers finished with locatelli cheese and some grilled bread with EVO and balsamic creme and it was flippin delish.

I love youmelis, but the fact that you said EVO makes me want to hurl. Rachel Ray is the devil incarnate. Please dear Lord tell em you don't say "sammies" cause I don't think I can be your friend any more?

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I don't even know who rachel ray is. I just use the acronym instead of typing it out, I do it that way in recipes too Smile Like S&P, I don't actually call them S&P I call them salt and pepper it is just easier to type that way.

"Sammies" or any sort of baby talk makes me throw up in my mouth, so have no fear my friend.

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What do you have against Rachel Ray? I mean, other than her so called 30 minute meals actually take me like an hour after all of the chopping and prepping.... Wink

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What's a sammie?

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"Potter75" wrote:

I don't even know who rachel ray is. I just use the acronym instead of typing it out, I do it that way in recipes too Smile Like S&P, I don't actually call them S&P I call them salt and pepper it is just easier to type that way.

"Sammies" or any sort of baby talk makes me throw up in my mouth, so have no fear my friend.

OK, phew. Smile

I can;t stand that woman. I actually have a viceral reaction to her of complete hate and disgust. I think it's the baby talk and the stupid voice. She is the only person I know whom I would love to ring her neck.

As long as I know you don;t call them EVOO in everyday speak, lol. we're cool. Baby Talk makes me gag, too. My aunt talks liek that constantly and I feel chunks well in my throat. I even hate that she calls my grandparents "Ganma" and "Pop-pop".

sammies are RR's f***ed up way of saying sandwiches. Hurl.

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Alissa- I think she's entirely too perky. No One should be that chipper and happy all the time over the age of 10 and she reminds me of Martha Stewart without the wonderfully awful story that makes her more human.

EVOO- extra vigin olive oil, right?

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Not my recipe but this is one that is pretty easy and almost everyone in the family likes.

http://www.justapinch.com/recipe/huryevelyn/sombrero-casserole/beef

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I take a roast and 2 packets of onion soup mix, throw it in the crock pot with enough water to cover the roast, cook all day until meat shreds and serve it on soft kaiser rolls with dijon mustard or horseradish sauce, then we take the leftovers and make it into enchiladas the next day. But, with the sandwiches I serve coleslaw (store bought, just can't do that one), and krispy taters...a bag of southern style hashbrowns, a pint of sour cream, 2 cans of cream of mushroom, a bag of shredded cheddar, and 1/2 stick of melted butter, all mixed together in a big bowl then spread into a 13x9 pan, top with crushed cornflakes that are mixed with another 1/2 stick of melted butter. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.

I know, not the most nutritious recipes, but they taste so good! We only have it every once in a while though Wink

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I was also stumped by "evo"....had no idea what it was.

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I'm totally late to this, but at least the EVOO thing got cleared up so I don't have to hate anyone over it. Blum 3 I made this last night. I had bits & pieces of things but not enough to make one of my "real" recipes, so I threw it all together & it was brilliant! I wouldn't go out & buy everything for it, but if I happen to have a few of these things again, I would definitely make it again.

1 lb. penne pasta
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 basket grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half
3 or 4 Tbsp. oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
2 or 3 Tbsp. pesto
handful of fresh basil, shredded
One piece of "stick cheese" thinly sliced into wheels (could use 1 ounce regular mozzarella)
fresh parmesan

Cook the pasta as directed & reserve a cup of cooking water when draining. Heat the olive oil & saute the garlic until soft. Add the fresh tomatoes & cook for a few minutes. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, and fresh basil. Stir & cook until basil is just barely wilted. Add the drained pasta and a bit of the cooking water if it's too dry. Sprinkle the cheeses on top, give it all a good toss, and serve immediately.