Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Souper Good--Refried Bean Soup

I'm really into soups.  I don't mind recipes with lots of ingredients, but I also don't mind a quick and easy soup sometimes, too.  I think I made this soup twice in the last week and a half.  Will probably make it again this coming week.  One of my daughters-in-law pointed me to this recipe.  It really hits the spot.  (Terry)

1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes (I use petite diced.  4 C of tomatoes works, too.)
1/2 C chopped onion
1/2 tp minced garlic
1 can (31 oz)  refried beans  (This is the BIG can.)
1 can (14 1/2 oz) chicken broth  (I just measure out 2 C from those boxes of broth.)
In a large saucepan, bring the tomatoes, onion and garlic to boil.  Reduce heat.  Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.  Stir in refried beans and broth.  Simmer for 15 minutes.
Serve with the following sides:  fresh cilantro, minced--sour cream--shredded cheese--baked tortilla strips or broken nacho pieces

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Raspberry and Chocolate. Enough said.--ChocolateRaspberry Bars

Raspberry and chocolate.  Enough said.  These cookie bars are sooo good.  Start with a cake mix and some raspberry jam.  Mix a little cream cheese (I know) and some vanilla chips.  Just keeps getting better.  Why postpone the inevitable.  Here's the recipe.  (Terry)

1 pkg (18 1/4 oz) devil's food cake mix
1 egg
1/3 C softened butter (no substitute)
1 jar (12 oz) seedless raspberry jam
1 pkg (10 to 12 oz) vanilla or white chips
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 TB milk
1/2 C semisweet chocolate chips
2 TB butter (no substitute)
Combine cake mix, egg, and butter until crumbly.  Press into a greased 15 x 10 inch baking pan.  NOTE:  I just use my 9 x 13 pan.  Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Crust will appear puffy and dry.  Cool.  Spread jam over the crust.

Beat cream cheese and milk until smooth.
Microwave vanilla chips until melted and stirs smooth.  Combine cream cheese and melted chips.  Carefully spread over jam.
Melt chocolate chips and butter in microwave.  Stir until smooth.  Drizzle or pipe over the cream cheese layer.  NOTE:  I just use a fork and flick (scatter, shake, whatever) it over the cream cheese layer.  (I don't get fancy.  At this point I just want to eat some of it.)  Refrigerate before cutting.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

You May Want To Grab A Spoon--Raspberry Crumble

How can you go wrong with raspberry?!  There are certain universal flavors that you just can't live without:  chocolate, garlic, cheese, onions,  and RASPBERRY.  This cookie recipe is made in a microwave and is ready to eat in just minutes.  I suppose one should wait awhile and let them cool down so that they don't actually crumble when one eats them, but...they're just as good with a spoon if one can't wait that long.  (Terry)

¾ C butter or marg
1 C brown sugar
1 ¾ C flour
1 ½ C quick-cooking oats
1 tp vanilla extract
½ tp salt
½ tp baking soda
1 C raspberry jam
Place butter in a 2-qt microwave-safe dish.  Heat, uncovered, at 50% power for 30-45 seconds or until softened.  Add brown sugar; stir until creamy.  Add flour, oats, vanilla, salt, and baking soda.  Mix well.  Pat half of the mixture into a greased 8” square microwave-safe dish.  Microwave, uncovered at 70% power for 5-6 minutes or until mixture sets, rotating a half turn after 3 minutes.  (Crust will be uneven.)  Spread with jam.  Sprinkle with remaining dough; press down lightly.  Cook, uncovered, at 70% power for 4-5 minutes or until set, rotating a half turn after 2 min.  Serve warm.  Yield:  9-12 servings.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sometimes You Just Have To Try A Little Deceit--Tangy Beef Turnovers

There is one ingredient in this recipe that is going to make you have second thoughts on trying it out.  And if your children find out about it--it's history.   Now I'm not stupid.  (Careful there.)  I raised 7 kids.  And I know that sometimes you have to be a little deceitful when preparing certain dishes so that family members don't know what ingredients you are using.  This was especially true when my kids were young, and I was cooking with wheat.  But, I digress.  This recipe does call for sauerkraut.  But you are going to rinse off all the sour part and wah-la, it is no longer sauerkraut.  Just cabbage.  And if you don't tell, neither will I.  This is one of my favorites.  (Just make it ahead of time when no one is home.)  (Terry)

1# ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 jar  (16 oz) sauerkraut, rinsed, drained, chopped
1 C (4oz) shredded Swiss cheese
3 tubes (8 oz each) refrigerated crescent rolls
In a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.  Add sauerkraut and cheese; mix well.  Unroll crescent roll dough and separate into rectangles.  Place on greased baking sheets; pinch seams to seal.  Place ½ C (1/3 C) beef mixture in the center of each rectangle.  Bring corners to the center and pinch to seal.  Bake at 375 for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.
Yield:  1 dozen


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Three Exclamation Marks !!!--Raspberry Cheese Danish

Tonight I was looking through some old Taste of Home and Simple and Delicious magazines, when I came across a recipe I had made several times and forgotten about.  Next to the recipe I had the following notation:  Good!!!  Wow.  How could I have forgotten this recipe?!  I have been missing out all this time.  Bummer.  (Terry)

-Unroll an 8 oz. tube of crescent roll dough.  Separate into 4 rectangles.  Seal perforations.  Now cut into halves, so that you have 8 squares (instead of 8 triangles). 
-Beat 4 oz cream cheese with 1/4 C powdered sugar.  Spread 1 TB diagonally across each square.  Top with 1 TB raspberry jam. 
-Take two opposing corners and pinch together, twist just a bit, making sure those corners will stay together.  Bake on parchment or a Pam sprayed baking sheet at 375 for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
-Combine 1/2 C powdered sugar with 2 tp milk.  Drizzle over danishes.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

You Might Have To Sell One Of Your Children--Cabbage and Grape Salad

Last night I taught a class on growing herbs at Relief Society.  To go along with the presentation, I served three dishes made with herbs.  One dish was an especially BIG hit:  Cabbage and Grape Salad.  It was a large salad, but I didn't go home with much in the line of leftovers--much to the dismay of my husband.  In fact today, as Wayne was finishing off the dab that was left, he told me I really ought to make some more.  Right away.  I must warn you, however, you might have to sell one of your children in order to fund your purchase of the pistachios.  They are pretty pricey right now.  But so worth it.  (Terry)

1 head green cabbage--shredded
2 C red grapes--halved
1 head red cabbage
2 C green grapes
1 C (8 oz pkg) pistachios
¼ C chopped fresh parsley (must be fresh)
2-4 green onions
Dressing:  Hidden Valley Ranch dry mix, prepared (2C) OR coleslaw dressing
NOTE:  I prefer the green cabbage with red grapes and ranch dressing
NOTE:  Last night I only used half a head of cabbage.  I chopped it instead of leaving it shredded.  I used more than 8 oz of pistachios, making sure I had a full cup of nuts.
NOTE:  Do not add the pistachios until you actually serve your salad as they will soften in the dressing
NOTE:  I got this recipe from my daughter, Jamie Turner.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Recipe For Murder--Fruity Pasta Salad

Love this salad.  It's the honey and mayo combo that tastes just right.  Course nothing wrong with the pasta and the mandarin oranges and the sugar peas and the green onions.  Mmmm.  Mmmm.  Mmmm. I have adapted this recipe from a Josi Kilpack murder mystery recipe.  If you like mysteries, I suggest you give her books a try.  I've read and enjoyed them all.   (Terry)

2 C mayo
1 tp minced garlic
½ tp celery seed
½ C honey
1 tp salt
½ tp pepper
2-3 chicken breasts, diced
16 oz tri-colored rotini
30 oz mandarin oranges, drained
¼ pound sugar snap peas, sliced diagonally
½ C chopped green onions
Chow mein noodles (optional)

Mix together: mayo, garlic, celery seed, honey, salt, pepper. Cover and set in fridge.
Dice chicken and stir fry in pan until done. 
Meanwhile, cook pasta until done and drain.
Gently combine all ingredients, except chow mein noodles, in a large bowl. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Sprinkle with chow mein noodles. Serves 12.
NOTE:  You can also simmer the chicken in salted water.  Let it cool a little, and then cut into bite-sized pieces.