Friday, November 25, 2011

Gifts from the Kitchen #3

The first salsa is one I make in the winter when fresh tomatoes are not great.  Everyone who has this cannot believe it is made with canned tomatoes.  Make ahead and divide into smaller jars, add to a basket with chips and they have a great snack basket.

             Easy Texas Salsa

1 sm can (4 ½ oz) Black Olives, chopped
1 sm can (4 ½ oz) Green Chilies, chopped
1 sm can (4 ½ oz) Jalapeno Relish chopped
1 - 14 oz can Diced Tomatoes
4 Green onions, finely chopped
1 ½ TBS Oil
¾ TBS Vinegar
1 tsp Garlic powder (can use a sm spoonful of jarred chopped garlic)
½ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Pepper
Combine & refrigerate overnight. Makes 1 qt. An empty Miracle Whip jar is perfect. Everyone raves & can’t believe it is made with can tomatoes.

      Salsa Mix in a Jar
1 ½ c dried cilantro
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 c dried chopped onion
1 TBS salt
1/4 c dried red pepper flakes
1 TBS pepper
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients until well blended. Put into a 1-pint jar. Put the following instructions on a gift tag:
           Spicy Salsa
Blend 2 TBS salsa mix with one 10 oz can Mexican-style tomatoes. Serve with tortilla chips.
          Salsa Spread
Blend 2 TBS salsa mix with 1 c softened cream cheese. Serve with crackers or tortilla chips

This mix is great in a basket wtih chips and a cute bowl.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Blue Cheese Cranberry Pear Toasts

Not sure where this came from, it is great for this time of year when you always need an appetizer.

24 – 1/2 inch thick slices French bread
cooking spray
4 oz cream cheese
4 oz blue cheese
1/4 c pecans
1/4 c dried cranberries
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Bosc pear, very thinly sliced
Spray both sides of the bread slices with the cooking spray. Arrange bread slices on a large baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about 7 minutes. In a small food processor combine the cream cheese, blue cheese, pecans, cranberries and cayenne pepper; process until just combined, but not smooth. Spread the cheese mixture onto one side of the toasts. Arrange a thin slice of pear on each toast. Bake at 425 for 5-6 minutes or until lightly browned. Yield: 24 toasts

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Gifts from the Kitchen #2

Happy Friday!  This is the second installment of Gift from the Kitchen. Today has drink mixes and creamers.  Add any of these to a basket with a mug and a book for the recipient.

Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar

6 ½ c powdered milk
1 pkg non-instant chocolate pudding mix
1 c powdered chocolate drink mix
½ c powdered non-dairy creamer
½ c powdered sugar
½ c unsweetened cocoa powder
In a large bowl, combine powdered milk, chocolate pudding mix, chocolate drink mix powder, creamer, confectioners' sugar, and cocoa. Divide the mixture between two 1 quart jars. Seal, and decorate as desired. These can be stored in a dry area for up to 3 months. Attach a tag with the following instructions: Hot Cocoa: Dissolve 1/3 c cocoa mix in 1 c boiling water.

Cappuccino in a Jar

2/3 c instant coffee
1 c non-dairy creamer
1 c powdered chocolate drink mix
½ c sugar
¾ tsp cinnamon
3/8 tsp nutmeg
Have ready 2 (12 oz) canning jars. Put the instant coffee into a food processor, and process to a fine powder. If you don't have a food processor, put it into a large plastic bag, and crush with a rolling pin. In a large bowl, combine creamer, chocolate mix, instant coffee, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir together until well mixed. Spoon into 2 - 12 oz jars. Attach a note to each jar that reads: Cappuccino: Mix 3 TBS of powder with 6 oz hot water.

Peach Tea Mix

1 c instant tea
1 - 3 oz pkg Peach Jell-O
2 c sugar
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well. Store in an airtight container. Give with instructions to serve. For one mug use 2 tsp tea mix with 8 oz hot water. Makes about 3 1/2 c tea mix. Can use Strawberry Jell-O or your choice of flavor.

Snickerdoodle Coffee Mix

1 c sugar
1 c powdered milk
½ c vanilla flavored powdered creamer
½ c baking cocoa
3 TBS instant coffee granules
½ tsp allspice
¼ tsp cinnamon
Combine ingredients and store in an airtight container. Attach instructions. Makes about 3 cups Instructions: Add 3 TBS mix to 3/4 c boiling water; stir well. Makes one serving.

Mocha Creamer

1 jar non dairy powdered creamer (6 oz)
1 c chocolate mix for milk
½ tsp cinnamon
In a medium bowl, combine creamer, chocolate mix and cinnamon. Store in an airtight container. Give with serving instructions. Makes about 2 ½ c creamer (or 4 gifts).  To serve: Stir 1 TBS creamer into 6 oz of hot coffee.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Corn Casserole

This always makes an apperance at Thanksgiving and Christmas at our house.  Not sure where it came from, probably the Jiffy Cornbread box.

1 box Jiffy cornbread mix
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can creamed corn (not drained)
1 c sour cream
1/2 c melted butter
Mix all ingredients and pour into (greased or sprayed with cooking spray) 8x8" casserole dish. Cook uncovered for 55-60 minutes at 350 degrees.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip

2 pkgs frozen chopped spinach
1 jar Alfredo sauce
1 can plain artichokes, chopped
8 oz Italian blend cheese
1 TBS minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
Mix together all ingredients but half of the cheese in a oven safe bowl or pan. Place in oven and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes cover with remaining cheese & bake till melted and slightly golden

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Pam's Artichoke Dip

This comes from my SIL, she is not an artichoke fan, but loves this dip!

1 can artichokes (plain, not marinated) drained then mashed
1 c mayonnaise
1 c parmesan cheese
garlic powder (to taste) I probably used a teaspoon or more
Stir all together, nake at 350 for 40 minutes

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Impossible Quiche

Wish I knew where this came from – possibly Bisquick box

2 c Ham, cubed
1 sm can Mushrooms, drained
½ c Onion, chopped
1 c Cheddar Cheese, grated
1 ½ c Milk
3 Eggs
¾ c Bisquick
Lightly grease pie plate. Layer in order given up to milk. Mix milk, eggs & bisquick. Pour on top. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.

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The Casserole (Chicken, Tuna, or Turkey)

My “favorite” aunt makes this for any occasion you need to take a dish. It also turns up for Sunday lunch after church, she lowers the temperature while at church and we come home and lunch is ready.

1-2 c Chicken or tuna or turkey (cut up) (amount is what you have)
½ bag Egg noodles (cooked)
1 Sm jar pimento
1 sm can mushrooms, drained
1-2 can(s) Cream of mushroom soup (or Cream of Chicken)
1 can Water chestnuts, drained (optional)
½-1 pkg Seasoning Blend (frozen sm bag of onions, & green peppers)
1-2 c Grated Cheddar Cheese
Pepper to taste
Cook noodles per pkg. Sauté the seasoning mix pkg. Combine all ingredients in bowl- mix together & turn into a greased casserole. Bake at 350 until heated through & bubbling. 30 minutes) if you make this up in advance or make enough to freeze allow additional time for cooking. You can top with crushed potato chips, crushed croutons, or seasoned breadcrumbs if you like.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Super Easy Chili - 3 Ingredients

This came from At Home My Way, it was quick, easy and good!  Thanks Gina!  This is so easy, a friend's high school son even made it and liked it.

1 ½ lb browned hamburger (drained)
2 cans "chili beans"(not kidney beans or pinto beans but the cans that say "chili beans")
30 oz tomato sauce

Dump all the ingredients in the pot or crock-pot, give it a good stir. You can cook this on top of the stove for 30 minutes to an hour, or cook in the crock-pot on low however long you want (up to 8-10 hours). You can add a packet of chili mix, but this chili is a little more tomato-y and it works fine. The "chili" beans have plenty of seasoning in them and the chili will still be seasoned and taste strongly of "chili".

Friday, November 11, 2011

Gifts from the Kitchen #1

Happy Friday!  I'm going to start a Friday series, Gifts from the Kitchen.  I'll post items you can make and give.  We all like to give a small gift to the people who are special to us, the childrens' teachers, the postman, the list goes on.......  I hope you find something to help you.

I wish I could give credit where it is due - but........ I have had some of these for 20 plus years!  I've given you two breads and two soups and a dessert.  When you add a bread mix, soup mix, and a dessert mix to a basket you have a perfect gift.
              Beer/7 - Up Bread
3 c Self rising flour
1/3 c Sugar
2 TBS Butter, melted
12 oz Beer or 7 –Up
Mix dry ingredients, add butter then beverage. Put into greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 45 – 50 minutes, or until done. It will sound hollow when done.

             Quick Muffin Recipe
1 c self rising flour
1 TBS sugar
1 TBS mayonnaise
Mix thoroughly and spoon into greased muffin tins. Bake about 15 minutes. Makes about 6 muffins. You may add berries, chocolate chips or any other flavoring.

               Chili Mix in a Jar
3 c dried beans (pink, red, or kidney -- sorted).
Put into a jar or large bag.
3 TBS chili powder
2 TBS dehydrated onions
1 TBS garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp salt
½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
Combine spices and put into a small bag.
         Include in your gift basket:
8 oz. can tomato sauce
2 14oz. cans diced tomatoes in juice
Label: Wash beans. Put into pot with spices. Cook until done, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Meanwhile, brown 1 lb. ground beef (if desired), and drain. Add meat to the beans with the tomatoes and sauce. Simmer to blend flavors.

               Italian Soup Mix in a Jar
½ c dried pinto beans
½ c dried pink beans
½ c dried kidney beans
1 c small pasta, uncooked
1 TBS dried parsley
1 TBS chicken bouillon
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp salt
½ tsp dried, minced garlic
Layer beans in order listed in a one quart wide mouth jar; set aside. Place pasta in a plastic zipping bag; gently pack on top of beans. Secure lid; set aside. Toss remaining ingredients together; place seasonings in a small plastic zipping bag and add to jar. Tie on instructions. Instructions: Set plastic bags to the side; pour beans into a mixing bowl. Rinse with water; drain. Cover beans with water; let soak overnight. Rinse and pour into a 5 quart Dutch oven; add 8 cs water, a 28 oz can crushed tomatoes, seasoning packet, one c sliced carrots, one c sliced celery and one c chopped onions. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 2 hours; uncover and boil gently until thickened, about 35 minutes. Stir in pasta; heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Makes 2 quarts. Gift giving idea: Slip a soup mix inside a new thermos and tie on some mittens...a clever gift for a winter celebration.

                S'Mores in a Jar
1 sleeve graham crackers, crushed
1/3 c brown sugar
1 ½ c mini marshmallows
1 c milk chocolate chips
Layer ingredients in the order listed in one quart, wide mouth jar. Secure lid; attach instructions.
Pour mix into a greased 9 x 9" baking pan; set aside. Whisk 1/2 c melted butter and 2 tsp vanilla extract together; pour over mix. Stir well; pat lightly into pan. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Cool; cut into squares.

Hamburger Stew

A military friend shared this and we have made it for years!!

1 - 1 1/2 lbs hamburger, browned
3 cans tomato soup
4 – 5 med Potatoes, cut into sm cubes
1 bag baby carrots, cut up into rings
Brown hamburger. In large soup pot, add soup and fill half way with water (probably 5 cans worth). Add potatoes, carrots, and pepper. Simmer until veggies are tender.  Probably could put in the crock pot in the morning and cook all day.  mmm -- may have to try that next time.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Quick Chicken & Dumplings

I made this tonight for a friend who is in labor and she'll have it this weekend when they get home. So good and what a great comfort food!

This is from my SIL Terri.  We do splurge on name brand biscuits.  My guys prefer no peas, so I serve this with a salad instead.  Enjoy.

4 c water
3 c chicken, cooked and shredded
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 tsp chicken bouillon granules
1 tsp pepper
1 – 2 cans buttermilk biscuits
1 c frozen peas, thawed (optional)

Bring first 5 ingredients to a boil over med heat stirring often. Cut biscuits in quarters and roll each into a ball. Drop biscuit pieces one at a time into boiling mixture stirring gently. Reduce heat to low and cover. Allow to simmer 15 to 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Add peas during the last 5 minutes.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The General's Carrot Cake

This came from a General’s wife we were in the Air Force with. This was the General’s favorite cake and she would make and  freeze and pull out when need (or wanted).

2 c flour
2 c sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 ½ c oil
2 c carrots, grated
4 eggs
20 oz can crushed pineapple

Mix dry ingredients, mix wet & add to dry. Pour into greased & floured 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 for 30 - 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

8 oz cream cheese, softened
½ - 1 sticks butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla
1 box powdered sugar
Beat until smooth & frost.

Thuss cake can be made when you have time & frozen. It can be doubled & bake in whatever size you want. Freeze unfrosted.

I've also post this at Ingredient Spotlight at Eat at Home

Mamaw 2’s Applesauce Raisin Cookies

My grandmother always brought me these when we would come home to visit. Sometimes I would even get a care package in the mail.

Sift & set aside,
4 ½ c Flour
½ tsp Salt
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Cloves

Mix until creamy,
1 ½ c Crisco
2 c Sugar
add 1 egg and beat until light and fluffy

Mix together and add to egg mixture
1 c Applesauce
1 tsp Baking Soda

Gradually add dry ingredients. Add 1 c chopped pecans, & 1 ½ c raisins. Mix well & drop by spoonfuls on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 12 – 15 minutes.

This makes a lot of cookies. These will be a soft cookie.

I've also linked this to Ingredient Spotlight over at Eat at Home.

Gifts from the Kitchen

If you are like us when the kids were in school - there were teachers, office staff, school nurse, and others that you wanted to recognize for taking care of them day in and day out. And don’t forget everyone else on your list, mailman, neighbors etc. Of course you can’t buy something for everyone, so gift mixes or pre-made treats are perfect. I was just thinking of this when Tiffany posted these great snack mixes.

I’ll post some mixes I’ve used over the years. I’ll apologize in advance that I can’t give credit to the original owner, some were passed down, some were from friends and some I just don’t know.

Here’s to a Happy Holiday!


Monday, November 7, 2011

Cookie Gun Dough

With the holidays around the corner it will be time to make these.  This my favorite recipe.

1 c Crisco
1 c Sugar
1 Egg
2 c Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
¼ tsp Salt
2 tsp Vanilla
Cream sugar and Crisco. Add vanilla, eggs then dry ingredients. Put in gun & "shoot". Bake at 375 for 7- 9 minutes.

PS  Don't have a cookie gun - watch for them to be on sell half-price after Christmas.  I have been known to buy a couple to have for shower gifts.  What better way to start a new brides kitchen!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Tater Tot Casserole

This was and still is Matthew's favorite.  This recipe was given to me when he was in 6th grade. It satisfied boys then and still does today!

1 ½ lbs Hamburger, browned
1 pkg Dry Onion Soup
1 can (4 1/2 oz) Mushrooms, un-drained
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 c Milk
1 pkg Frozen Tater Tots
Mix all ingredients except tater tots and place in greased 9 x 13 pan. Top with tater tots. Bake at 350 uncovered 45 minutes, cover and bake about 30 more until hot and bubbly.  Can be made into 2 8x8 pans and frozen.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Crab Puffs

I got this recipe from my SIL Donna.
We've made it for more years than either of us probably want to admit too!  These are a "holiday treat" for us.

1 pkg English Muffins
1 stick Butter
6 oz jar Old English Cheese Spread
2 TBS Mayonnaise
6 ½ oz can Crabmeat
½ tsp Lemon Pepper
½ tsp Seasoning Salt
½ tsp Garlic Powder
Cream butter, cheese, & mayo. Add seasonings and mix. Rinse crabmeat & squeeze out water. Add to cheese mixture & mix. Split english muffins and spread with a generous amount of mix. Freeze for 1 hour. Broil until golden, cut into quarters and serve. Best if served warm. Can be kept frozen for months. Great to keep in freezer for unexpected guests.