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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ressurection Rolls

Crescent rolls
Melted butter
Large marshmallows
Cinnamon
Sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Each marshmallow represents Jesus.
  Dipping the marshmallow in butter represents the oils of embalming.  Dipping the marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar represents the spices used to anoint the body.  The crescent roll represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.  Wrapping the marshmallow with the crescent roll represents the wrapping of Jesus’ body after death.  The oven represents the tomb.  After the rolls have cooled, you can open the rolls (cloth) and discover that Jesus is not longer there, He is Risen.  The marshmallow and the crescent roll should be puffed up, but empty.

Dip the marshmallow in melted butter. Then dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar. Then wrap the coated marshmallow tightly in the crescent roll (not like a typical crescent roll up, but bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside.)

Place in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Let cool.

BAKING NOTE:
 It might help to cut the large marshmallow in half. Then instead of baking them on a cookie sheet put them into cupcake papers and bake them in the muffin tin.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

This is my favorite recipe for pancakes.  It is a good way to use your left over, expired (really! it's okay), tubs of cottage cheese.  They are so creamy, too. 
This recipe is easily turned into low fat.  Just use low fat or fat free cottage cheese and use only egg whites.

3/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup cottage cheese
2/3 cup milk
2 large eggs whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 teaspoons vegetable oil

Put together flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.  Mix together with a wire whisk.

Add cottage cheese, milk, eggs, and vanilla together with flour mixture.  Stir together with spoon.  Batter is supposed to be lumpy. 

Spread some vegetable oil on a griddle or in a pan.  Take a paper towel to spread the oil.  Fry for a few minutes on each side.  The pancakes will be golden brown on the outside becuase of the sugar.  Enjoy!

Beef Steak Pie

3 lb. Lean Round Steak, cut into 1/2 to 3/4 inch cubes 
1 Bay Leaf
1 can Beef Consomme   
2 med. Onions, thinly sliced
1 lb. fresh Mushrooms, sliced  
1 c. Chopped Celery (use leaves)
1 1/2 tsp. Dill Weed
Dash of Salt and Pepper
1 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce 
1 (9 inch) unbaked Pie Shell
 
Brown beef in butter in a large skillet. Sprinkle with flour. Stir in the consomme, bay leaf, onions, mushrooms, celery, dill weed, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove bay leaf.

Put in a 2-quart casserole and cover with pie shell. Seal edges with fork.  Brush with about 1 tablespoon of melted butter, and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Serves 6

Adapted from cooks.com

Provencal Potato Salad

1 ¼ pounds small red potatoes
1 cup (1-inch) pieces green beans
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
¼ cup finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons whole-grain Dijon Mustard
1-tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
¾ teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black
pepper
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
9 kalamata olives, pitted and quartered

Place potatoes in a medium saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and
simmer 20 minutes. Add beans; cook 1½ minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water until cool.
Cut potatoes into quarters; place potatoes and beans in a large bowl. Add tomatoes and onion;
toss gently to combine.

Combine oil and next 5 ingredients (through pepper) in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.
Pour over potato mixture; toss gently to coat. Stir in parsley and olives just before serving.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size is 1-cup)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Monterey Sausage Pie

1 lb. pork sausage
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
3 teaspoons minced garlic
2-1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
1-1/3 cups milk
3 eggs
3/4 cup biscuit/baking mix
3/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/4 teaspoon pepper

In a large skillet, cook the sausage, onion, red pepper and mushrooms over medium heat until meat is no longer pink.  Add garlic, cook 1 minute longer.  Drain.  Stir in 2 cups cheese.  transfer to a greased 9 inch deep dish pie plate.

In a small bowl, combine the milk, eggs, biscuit mix, sage and pepper.  Pour over sausage mixture.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake 1-2 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.  Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

Adapted from Taste of Home

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Alfredo Chicken 'N' Biscuits

I used frozen broccoli and fresh carrots, something I had on hand.  I heated them over medium heat until the carrots were tender.  I also used a few pre-made biscuits and topped with a little shredded cheese.

2 cups chopped fresh broccoli
1-1/2 cups sliced fresh carrots
1 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 carton (10 ounces) refrigerated Alfredo sauce
1 cup biscuit/baking mix
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon dill weed

In a large skillet, saute the broccoli, carrots and onion in oil until crisp and tender.  Stir in chicken and Alfredo sauce; heat through. transfer to a lightly greased square baking dish.

In a small bowl, combine the baking mix, milk and dill just until moistened.  Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto chicken mixture.

Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees for 18-22 minutes or until bubbly and biscuits are golden brown.

Adapted from Tasteofhome

Monday, April 4, 2011

Cucumber Punch

This is my families favorite drink when we get together.  So easy and sooo good.  The recipe calls for diet 7-up, which tastes better.  You can use regular 7-up but it does taste different, not as good in my opinion.  During the holidays we use the pomegranate 7-up.  

1 Cucumber
1 bag Ice
1 can frozen Limeade
1 2-liter of Diet 7-Up

Place ice in a large punch bowl.  Empty can of limeade and pour the 2 liter over the ice and limeade.  Slice a cucumber and add to the punch.  Stir, mixing until limeade is dissolved.

This recipe is extremely easy to prepare and taste like you slaved over it.  You can use regular soda, however, it will not taste the same as with a diet version.  During the holidays we have used Pomegranate 7-Up and it is wonderful.

Cowboy Caviar

This is a family favorite.   Plus, it is a great tasting way to incorporate fiber and protein.

1 bunch Cilantro
1 bunch Green Onion
1 can Black Eyed Peas
1 can Black Beans
1 can Corn
4 Tomatoes On the Vine
1 pkg Italian Salad dressing
1 bag Fritos

1. Mix Italian dressing package according to directions on the packet. 
2. Rinse beans and corn with water, using a strainer.  Place in a large bowl.
3. Slice tomatoes into small chunks.  Cut up cilantro (about 1/4 of bunch) and slice green onions (a few stems).
4.  Pour dressing over salad and mix well.

The great thing about this recipe is that you can change it up and it still tastes great.  I have used kidney beans instead of black beans.  Some people prefer more cilantro and/or green onion added, which is fine.  I have used bottled Italian dressing instead of the package.  Although I wouldn't recommend doing it this way, unless you are familiar with this recipe.  Approx. 1/4 of the bottle. 
Also, you may serve it with whatever style chip you prefer.  However, my family prefers Frito scoops.