Thursday, November 29, 2012

Creamed Corn Bread Casserole

It is the pits coming off of a holiday with the flu! I feel like I haven’t been apart of the real world since Sunday. So I am now here to report that this creamed corn bread casserole is so yummy! My niece came back for thirds (I believe she may have skipped dessert for more). And on top of it my father in law came up to me the next day and asked me to write down the recipe so my mother in law can cook it for him all year long. This recipe is a keeper! Keep this in mind for Christmas this year if you are looking for a really easy and delicious side! Thanks so much Janice for giving me this recipe.

creamed corn

Creamed Corn Bread Casserole

1 stick Butter, melted
2 Eggs beaten
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 - 15 oz. Creamed Corn
1 - 15 oz. Whole Kernel Corn (drained)
1 - 8 1/2 oz. Jiffy box of Corn Bread Mix

In a 9X9 square dish, melt stick of butter in microwave. Let cool before adding beaten eggs so they don’t scramble. Mix in the rest of the ingredients in the dish; stir together, and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Serve warm.
Source: Janice Shanks

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

How To Cook Buttercup Squash

I love to bargain shop! Plain and simple. I won’t pay full price for items, it just makes me cringe. I get such a thrill from finding a good bargain. Hence, I love Black Friday! I look forward to getting the newspaper on Thanksgiving and seeing all the ads chalk full of great deals! It gets me so excited. I get anxiety on some items because they are such great buys I’m afraid I won’t snag them before someone else does. {I know, I’m a bit odd!} But I’m a thrifty odd girl :)
And now on a side note, I will tell you how to cook a buttercup squash. It is so painfully easy! I had no idea it was so easy. I really never made squash because I thought it would be too hard and well I actually just acquired the taste for it recently.
This method yields a moist rich and creamy squash!squash
1 Buttercup Squash
2 Tbs butter

First and foremost, wash the outside of your squash! If the exterior is too hard to cut through, place it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes to help soften the exterior. Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds with a tablespoon. Fill a 9 x 13 baking dish with about 1 inch of water and place the squash cut side down into the water.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and flip the squash over. Should be soft and pull away from the exterior easily. Put 1 Tbs of butter in each half of the squash.If you are like Paula Deen, add more butter! If you like it sweeter you can also add brown sugar.
This would make a great side dish for Thanksgiving! I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Baked Ravioli

Oh what a rough 4 days it has been in our household! It all started 4 days ago when my 2 year old daughter bit a hole into her last pacifier she had. And it happened at bedtime. Those who don’t have kids probably don’t understand the severity of this situation! She cried for 2 hours that night before she finally fell asleep. That was after a half hour straight of me singing twinkle twinkle little star. Its gotten a little bit better everyday. But of the last 3 days she has refused to take a nap for 2 of them. I’m just clinging onto the hope that it will get better and its for her best interest that we stop the use of a pacifier at this age. I hope it gets better because momma needs her nap too!
This supper only has a couple of ingredients and it goes together quickly. Even my picky 2 year old loved it!
ravioli Baked Ravioli:18 oz frozen ravioli (I used pesto cheese from Target)
1/2 med onion diced
1 lb hamburger
1 jar pasta sauce (my favorite is Newmans Own-Sockarooni)
2 c mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Brown hamburger and diced onion together until hamburger is no longer pink. Pour pasta sauce over meat. In a 2 qt casserole dish (you could also try a 9x9 baking dish) start the bottom layer with meat mixture next layer frozen ravioli in a single layer. Top with some cheese. Repeat layers ending with meat mixture on top with the final cheese. Cover your casserole dish and bake for about 30 - 35 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling.
Source: The Country Cook

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Grilled CAB

I’m apart of a group of friends where we get together every couple of months and have our version of “Iron Chef” night. I love when this night rolls around. We collaborate together to decide which ingredient will be our secret ingredient. Nate is in charge of the main dish, Michelle decorates the table to match our ingredient, Sarah makes the dessert, Kelly makes the drink, I make the appetizer, and my husband, well he just shows up! Its always exciting to see what everyone made to show off our secret ingredient. Our last get together our ingredient was apples and I made these! They were delicious and the next day I was still thinking about them. That is what inspired me to make this Grilled CAB (Cheddar Apple Bacon). It is a great combination of creamy cheese, smoky bacon, and tart apples!
Grilled CAB: Makes 2 sandwiches
4 slices of your favorite bread
4 slices cheddar cheese
1/2 granny smith apple
1 tsp brown sugar
4 slices of bacon
butter for the bread

Prepare your bacon according to package. Slice granny smith apples into 1/4 inch slices and put them in a bowl with the brown sugar. Make sure they are evenly coated. Layer the apple slices, cheese, and bacon on the bread. Butter the outsides of the bread and grill on medium heat.
TIP: If I would have had apple butter on hand I would have put a layer of that on the sandwich before grilling! Yummy.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Buffalo Turkey Quesadilla

Am I the only one that gets sick of having the same thing over and over again for lunch? Turkey sandwich, ham sandwich, cheese sandwich (of the grilled sorts). Well one of the perks of being a stay at home mom is I have full use of my kitchen on my “lunch hour”. I know, lunch hour, please. How about lunch minutes. I came up with this idea for a buffalo turkey quesadilla because it used all my ingredients that I had on hand at home and it spiced my lunch up! buffaloturkey1 Buffalo Turkey Quesadilla
-makes 2 quesadillas (I had to feed my husband too!)

2 burrito size tortillas
1 C shredded cheddar cheese (split between the quesadillas)
10 slices turkey breast sandwich meat
2 Tbs sour cream
10 dashes Franks Red Hot sauce
2 Tbs oil for frying

Mix the sour cream and hot sauce together to make the sauce for the quesadilla. Spread half of the sauce on the entire tortilla. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese. (I like cheese, so if this is too much for you cut it in half again.) Layer 5 slices of turkey breast on the tortilla and fold in half.
Heat up the oil in a skillet on medium heat. Wait until the oil is hot enough that the tortilla will sizzle a little when placed in the oil. You don’t want a soggy quesadilla! Cook for a couple of minutes on each side until it is golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

7 Up Biscuits

O M to the G these biscuits are amazing! Im not gonna lie. Im going to be completely honest. I have never cooked a biscuit in my life! I never really grew up eating biscuits but my husband loves them! (Again a southern thing!) I felt like they would be overwhelming to make and too challenging. Not these biscuits. They were so simple and super delicious. We were ooohing and ahhhing after every bite. O the possibilities. I made bbq chicken and coleslaw to go with them. They would also be delicious with apple butter or amazing as a sandwich with bacon and egg. This is a keeper! Trust me, people will be impressed if you make these.
7upbiscuits 7 Up Biscuits2 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup 7-up
1/4 cup melted butter

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Mix sour cream into the Bisquick  mix and then add 7UP. Stir until completely combined, it will be a sticky soft dough.
Sprinkle counter top with Bisquick and pat out biscuit dough. (Put Bisquick on your hand when handling the dough, it will help it from sticking)
Cut the dough into biscuits.
Melt the butter in a 9 inch pan and then add your biscuits onto the top of the melted butter.
Bake at 450 degrees for 12 min or until golden.

Source: Plain Chicken

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Neat –and- Tidy Joes

If you are like me and are from the north a sandwich like this would be called a BBQ. (Unless it was just my family that called them that!) And if you are from the south like my husband, they are called sloppy joes. I can’t ever recall using the name sloppy joes ever for this sandwich. Apparently if I use the term BBQ my husband expects BBQ sauce to be slathered over said item. Before I met my husband I hated BBQ sauce, and I don’t use the word hate very often. It was just gross. I have learned to like BBQ sauce after making the trip to his hometown of Memphis. Its slightly growing on me. This recipe is a great combination of buttery biscuits and tangy barbeque. And like I named them, they are not sloppy at all. :)
Neat –and- Tidy Joes1 lb hamburger
1/2 medium onion
2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 c. ketchup
1 Tbs. jalapeƱo mustard
(regular ol’ mustard will work)
1/4 c BBQ sauce
1 can refrigerated biscuits
Cheddar cheese for topping

Brown hamburger and onions together until meat is no longer pink. Add all the sauces into the skillet with your meat. Push individual biscuits into a muffin tin so they make a cup on the inside to put the meat mixture. Spoon meat mixture into the biscuit cups and top with desired amount of cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 14 minutes.
If you like to “dip it” as my daughter calls it, I made an equal mixture of ranch and BBQ sauce together to dip it in.