Sunday, June 18, 2017

Creamy Corn and Rotel

Creamy Corn and Rotel

2 cans Le Sueur white shoepeg corn, drained
1 can yellow sweet corn, drained
1 pkg cream cheese - 8 oz
2 tablespoons butter
1 can Original Rotel, drained
1/4 teaspoon garlic sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon red pepper

Cube cream cheese into bowl.  Add butter, salt, black and red pepper.  Heat in microwave for 1-2 minutes - until bubbly.  Mix until smooth.  Add corn and tomatoes.  Stir well.  Heat 5 minutes in microwave and serve.  You can also refrigerate this and serve it cold.  If you don't have garlic flavored salt, just substitute a little salt and garlic powder.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Beef Jumble Casserole


1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup onion, chopped fine
2 cups uncooked spiral noodles
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cups shredded cabbage
1 can sliced carrots, drained
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix ground beef, onion, salt, pepper together and form into a large patty.  Brown on each side in a skillet - about 5 minutes each side - and then break the patty up into small bite size pieces.  Mix in remaining ingredients and pour into casserole dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Simple Pasta Salad


1 box small shells
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cucumber
1 small red onion
4 roma tomatoes
1 can medium black olives
Olive Garden Italian dressing

Prepare shells according to package directions careful not to overcook them.  Drain and rinse two or three times with cold water.  Place in bowl and add vinegar, stir well.  Let set 15 minutes and then drain.

Quarter and slice cucumber, onion and tomatoes.  Add to pasta.  Drain can of black olives and add to pasta bowl.  Toss ingredients.  Add about a cup of dressing adjusting to what you prefer.  Chill at least two hours.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Mayan Candy

Mayan Candy

1 package chocolate almond bark
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 cup coconut
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Melt almond bark according to package directions.  Mix cinnamon and sugar until blended.  Stir into melted almond bark until well mixed.  Add pecans, coconut, and marshmallows.  Stir until blended.  Drop by tablespoonfuls onto wax paper.  Let cool until hardened and store in air-tight container.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup

1 large can tomatoes
1 small onion
1 tablespoon salt
dash paprika
2½ tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon butter
2½ tablespoons flour
2 cups hot milk
1 pint water
Put tomatoes with 1 pt. water to boil, boil for at least half hour. Fry onion in butter and add to soup with sugar and salt. When thoroughly cooked thicken with the flour blended with a little water. Now strain. Have the milk very hot, not boiling. Stir constantly while adding milk to soup and serve at once.
Do not place on the stove after the milk is in the soup. 1 cup of cream instead of 2 cups of milk greatly improves the soup.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tomato Chops

A quick use for some leftovers....


Measure three-quarters of a cup of tomatoes after the water has been drained off, put in a saucepan medium-high heat and stir into it a cupful of mashed 
potatoes, a heaping tablespoonful of butter, salt and pepper to taste, half a cup of grated bread crumbs. Mix thoroughly and add one egg beaten light. Remove from the heat, turn into a deep plate, let it get cold, then form in the shape of chops, dip in egg and roll in dried bread or cracker crumbs and fry a nice brown in oil. Arrange on a platter and serve with tomato sauce, or place around a dish of stewed tomatoes.

Thursday, May 4, 2017


2 cans white beans
2 slices bacon (diced)
1 small onion, chopped
1 can corn
1 can tomatoes
salt and pepper
cracker crumbs

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Fry the bacon and onion until bacon is crisp and onion tender - take care not to burn. Pour into casserole dish.  Then add corn, seasoning and tomatoes. Mix all and add beans. Sprinkle cracker crumbs over the top and bake twenty-five minutes at 350 degrees.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Scalloped Ham and Potatoes


1 cup cooked ham
6 Red Potatoes - medium
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small can sliced mushrooms
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk or cream
1/4 cup pimentos
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
Chop ham into bite-size pieces and set aside.  Add onion to microwave safe dish.  Clean potatoes (leave skins on) and slice into 1/4 inch thick slices.  Add potatoes to onions in dish.  Toss in olive oil.  Cook in microwave 5-6 minutes until potatoes are almost tender.  Mix mushroom soup, milk, pepper and soy sauce.  Add mushrooms, ham and pimentos.  Stir well.  Stir in cooked potato mixture and pour into baking dish.  Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until bubbly.

Monday, April 24, 2017


Tablespoon-onion, chopped
1½ lb. flank steak ¾ inch thick
½ teaspoon-pepper
1/8 teaspoon-paprika
teaspoon-ground mustard

Melt the butter in a frying-pan over medium/high heat, add the onion and sauté gently until golden brown in color. Cut the flank steak into pieces three by two inches. Dredge these lightly in one tablespoon flour and sauté in the butter until well browned. Remove the meat from the frying-pan; add the salt, pepper, paprika, mustard, vinegar and flour. Mix all together and add the water slowly. Replace the steak in the pan, cover closely and simmer one hour, or until the steak is tender. Serve on a warm platter and pour the gravy over it.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Scalloped Meat Dish


  • Any left over meat
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes, fresh or canned
  • Soup stock or broth
  • Flour
  • Butter  
  • Bread crumbs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Into the bottom of a baking dish put a layer of thinly sliced onion, salt, pepper, a sprinkling of flour and a few dots of butter, then a layer of the cooked meat sliced very thin, another layer of onion and seasoning, and then one of meat, moistening it occasionally with a tablespoon of soup stock or hot water in which a bouillon cube has been dissolved. Repeat this until the dish is nearly full. Last put in a layer of raw tomatoes (canned tomatoes may be made to serve the purpose) and cover the top with bread crumbs, salt, pepper and bits of butter. Bake in the oven for one-half hour at 350 degrees.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Easy Bean Soup


  • 1 can Kidney beans
  • 1 can Lima beans
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 sprig of parsley
  • 1 piece/rib of celery
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Finely chop the onion, garlic, parsley and celery and  fry in the oil with salt and a generous amount of pepper. When the vegetables are a delicate brown add the broth and the tomatoes. Let all come to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes before serving.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Pickled Beets

Pickled Beets 

1 can sliced beets, 15 oz
2/3 Cup- apple cider vinegar

Drain beets, reserving liquid.  Bring beets, vinegar and sugar to a boil.  Strain beets, reserving liquid.  Pour beets into a jar, cover with vinegar mixture.  If you need to add a little liquid to the jar, heat liquid from can and add until beets are covered.  Seal jar and refrigerate at least two hours before serving - overnight is best.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Home-Style Thousand Island Dressing

Sure you can buy it everywhere, but why not try making your own, fresh dressing once in a while.

Home-Style Thousand Island Dressing

½ Cup-olive oil
Tablespoons-lemon juice
Tablespoons-orange juice
teaspoon minced onion
¼ teaspoon-salt
¼ teaspoon-paprika
teaspoon-Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon-yellow mustard
teaspoon-chopped parsley

Place all the above ingredients in a pint fruit jar with lid and shake vigorously until the dressing is well mixed and creamy. Pour over tomatoes, asparagus, peas, beans, spinach or lettuce. Serve as a salad.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Stuffed Tomatoes

Stuffed Tomatoes

2 firm, good-sized tomatoes
Tablespoonsbread crumbs
Tablespoons-left-over cooked vegetables (peas, beans, celery or corn)
Tablespoon-chopped cooked ham or cooked bacon
1/8 teaspoon-paprika
1 egg
teaspoon -melted butter
½ teaspoon-salt

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
Wash the tomatoes thoroughly and cut a slice one inch in diameter from the blossom end, reserving it for future use. Carefully scoop out the pulp, being careful to leave the shell firm. To the tomato pulp, add bread crumbs, left-over vegetables, chopped meat, egg, melted butter, salt and paprika. Cook the mixture four minutes over medium-high heat. Fill the shells with the cooked mixture. Put the slices back on the tomatoes. Place in a small pan and bake 20 minutes.

Thursday, March 16, 2017



8 medium potatoes
1 large onion, sliced
2 tablespoons Mrs. Dash
dash of salt
about a cup of evaporated milk
2 tablespoons butter
Peel and boil potatoes with onion, spices and salt; press all through a colander; then thin it with milk and add a lump of butter, more seasoning, if necessary; bring to a boil and remove from heat.  Serve immediately.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Simple Apple Sauce

Simple Apple Sauce

4 apples, Granny Smith
1/3 Cup-water

1 Tablespoon - light brown sugar
½ teaspoon-cinnamon

Wash and core the apples. Add water and cook slowly in a covered pan until tender. Remove cover, add the sugar and cook two minutes. Sprinkle cinnamon on the top.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Ham Salad

(serves 4)


½ Cup-chopped ham
Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
Tablespoon-chopped green olives with pimentos
Tablespoons -Miracle Whip salad dressing

Mix all ingredients and chill at least 2 hours before serving.  Spread evenly over toasted bread slices.  

You can substitute tuna or chicken for the ham.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Creamed Tuna on Toast

Creamed Tuna on Toast
(serves 2)


¼ teaspoon-salt
1 Tablespoon diced pimento
3 slices of bread, toasted and sliced length-wise
½ Cup-tuna, shredded

Melt the butter, add the flour, salt and pimento. Mix well. Gradually pour in the milk. Allow the mixture to boil one minute. Stir constantly. Add the tuna, cook one minute and pour over toasted bread.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cherry Fluff


1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
1 can crushed pineapple (8 oz - not drained)
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 can cherry pie filling
1 tub Cool Whip (12 oz - thawed)

Stir all ingredients except Cool Whip and mix well.  Stir in pie filling.  Fold in Cool Whip and chill until ready to serve.  This is best if it done the night before.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Margarita Pie

This easy recipe makes 2 pies.  Enjoy!

Margarita Pie

1 tub Cool Whip (8 oz)
1 can frozen limeade juice (6 oz - or you can use lemonade)
1 can sweeten condensed milk
2 graham cracker pie crusts

Thaw limeade slightly, but not completely - do not add water - mix with milk and Cool Whip.  Pour into pie crusts.  Chill in refrigerator (or freezer) until ready to serve.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Broccoli and Rice Bake



2 cups chopped broccoli
1 cup cooked rice
1 cup chopped onion
2 cups chopped celery
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup Velveeta cheese, cubed
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup French's onions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Saute vegetables until tender with 2 tablespoons of butter.  Combine soup, rice, spices, vegetables and cheese.  Pour into a casserole dish and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Top with onions and bake an additional 5-10 minutes or until browned on top.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Chocolate Crunch


1 package chocolate almond bark
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup Spanish peanuts
2 cups Rice Krispies

Melt almond bark according to package directions.  Stir in peanut butter chips until melted.  Stir in peanuts and Rice Krispies until blended.  Drop by tablespoonfuls onto wax paper.  Let cool until firm and store in air-tight container.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Turnip Soup

Turnip Soup

  • 10 turnips, peeled and diced
  • 2 onions., diced
  • 2 potatoes., diced
  • 1 small stick of celery, chopped
  • 1 pint milk.
  • 3 pints water.
  • 2 ounces butter.
  • 2 teaspoons salt.
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
Dissolve the butter in a large saucepan, place in the vegetables sliced, salt, peppercorns, and water, and boil gently for two hours. Strain, return to the saucepan, add milk, simmer a few minutes .  Stir in sour cream and serve.