Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Since I figure most of you will have lots of leftover candy, I wanted to share this recipe recently shown on WSMV - More at Midday - Don't Bug Me Chocolate Cake. Not only is it great for Halloween, but I think it would make a cute birthday cake. Check it out and have a Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Herb & Garlic Chicken

The secret ingredient in this baked chicken dish is Lipton Recipe Secrets Savory Herb with Garlic Soup & Dip Mix. I love the flavor it gives to chicken. Adding cream of chicken soup helps make a delicious and creamy gravy. Try this simple recipe the next time you find chicken on sale!
Herb & Garlic Chicken
Chicken Legs & Thighs (5 each)
1 packet of Lipton Savory Herb with Garlic Soup & Dip Mix
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup water
1 small can of mushrooms, drained
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse and pat dry chicken. Toss to coat with the Lipton soup mix. Line a shallow baking pan with foil. Coat with olive oil. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Cover with foil. Reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake for another 20 minutes. Mix mushrooms, cream of chicken soup and 1/4 cup water. Remove foil and spoon soup mixture over chicken. Continue baking, uncovered, another 15 minutes or until liquid has thickened.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Simple Cookery on

I can't believe it's been a year since I started my Simple Cookery blog! A big 'Thank You' has to go out to all my friends and followers. Thanks for your support and comments over the past year!
This month Simple Cookery is featured on along with several other blogs with Cereal Spooktacular Creations! I was so excited to hear they were featuring my Golden Graham Spiders and Halloween 'Boo' Bags. Check it out and be sure to keep visiting Simple Cookery!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Ham and Cheese Casserole

I love coupons. I especially love coupons for free products! Lately Kroger has been very good with their cash register coupons. They gave me a coupon for their Kroger brand Deluxe Shells & Cheddar. So, I decided to see how far I could stretch this 'free' food. Leftovers combined to make this delicious casserole.
Ham & Cheese Casserole
1 box Deluxe Shells & Cheddar (12 oz)
1 cup cooked broccoli
1/2 cup cooked ham
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup water
salt & pepper to taste
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Cook shells & cheese according to package directions. Combine water, soup and ham. Mix in shells and cheese. Pour in a small casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30minutes or until slightly browned on top.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Cranberry Raisin Drops

I was telling Sunflower Sue about my latest chocolate and fruit experiment the other day. She wondered if I would be posting a picture. My answer was no, because it looked like all the other chocolate drop candies I had already posted. The taste is different, but you can't tell that from the picture. So, had this partial bag of candy corn that needed to be used. Well, it is Fall and close to Halloween....
Cranberry Raisin Drops
1 lb of chocolate almond bark
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup crushed graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Candy Corn
Melt chocolate according to package directions. Stir in cinnamon. Add graham cracker crumbs, cranberries, raisins and pecans. Drop by teaspoonful onto wax paper. Before chocolate sets, top each candy with a piece of Candy Corn.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Bow-Tie Pasta & Meatballs

We all have those days. We're too tired to cook or have run out of time. And, I don't want to measure anything! Well, here's a five ingredient dish that you can make anytime. Just base the amount of ingredients on the size of your casserole dish. I used a small casserole dish and I've listed the measurements for it to the side of the ingredient. I used canned pasta sauce and store bought frozen meatballs, but you could make a batch of your own to keep in the freezer. The uncooked pasta absorbs the water in the dish as it cooks.
Bow-Tie Pasta & Meatballs
Prego Pasta Sauce mushroom & onion(2 cups)
Bow-Tie Pasta-small (1 cup)
Water (3/4 cup)
Frozen Swedish Meatballs (1 dozen)
Mozzarella Cheese (1/2 cup)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Layer uncooked pasta in bottom of casserole dish. Mix water and pasta sauce. Layer sauce on top of pasta. Top with frozen meatballs. Cover dish with foil and bake for 30-40 minutes or until bubbly. Remove foil and sprinkle cheese over meatballs. Cook another 5 minutes until cheese is melted.

Friday, October 16, 2009

And the winner is....

The winner is....


Congratulations Katy! E-mail me at with your address so I can ship your prize courtesy of MyBlogSpark and!
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Friday, October 9, 2009

Guest Recipe - Susan's Pizza

I don't know about you, but I'm going to Sunflower Sue's house the next time she makes pizza! She sent me this delicious recipe.
Here's a picture just as it's going in the oven!
Susan's Pizza
1 lb. ground sausage (I almost always use Tennessee Pride mild sausage )
Canadian Bacon – 5 –7 pieces
1 medium onion
1/2 to 1 cup chopped green pepper – approx..
1 small can mushroom pieces drained
Cheddar Cheese and Mozzarella cheese or what ever you like (Combo of ricotta, Provolone, etc.)
4 oz. sliced Pepperoni
Adjust the ingredients to your liking. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
Prepare your crust mix as directed on package. While it is resting you can fix the rest. Chop your onion and green pepper. To the size you like (I use frozen peppers a lot)
Brown a pound of sausage, if there is a lot of fat, drain some off, if too little you can add some margarine. Remove the meat and add the chopped onion and green pepper. Cook until just tender you don’t want them to get real wimpy. When I use the frozen green peppers I let the onion cook a bit before I add the pepper.
While that is cooking you can chop up your Canadian bacon.
Put some sauce on the prepared crust
Sprinkle with some cheese
Add your meats and toppings
add more cheese on top..
Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and browned to your liking

Saturday, October 3, 2009 & Contest

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Visit today and begin searching for your 'next' favorite recipe. Thanks to MyBlogSpark and General Mills, I have a "Pass the Inspiration" Prize Pack to giveaway to one of my readers. Every cook can use an extra potholder or measuring cup and this prize comes with both in addition to a great set of measuring spoons. Just leave a comment below and if you found a great recipe on, let me know about it. If you're already a follower of Simple Cookery, you are automatically entered in this contest; but I'd love a comment anyway! Hurry, the Contest ends Midnight, October 15th.
This contest has ended. The Winner was Katy. Congratulations Katy!