October 26, 2009

What Was Wrong With Last Week?!?

(That title would have been so much cooler if I had put "Wast" instead of "Last" but I just couldn't do it. Sounds too much like baby talk.)

So last week was a little off for me but even with fewer meals cooked I still have some recipes for you.

Here is how the week went as far as our meals:
Monday -- I can't recall what we had for dinner but I believe Moo made Chocolate Puddle Bottoms Up Cake (recipe in a later post) and I made whipped cream (recipe in a later post)
Tuesday -- migraine, I ate bread with butter and honey, PE ate Shrimp Scampi (recipe below), I was sleeping and have no idea what the kids ate (such a good mom)
Wednesday -- Smoked Swiss and Onion cheese spread with Ritz crackers and pumpkin chocolate chip bread from bakery (so healthy)
Thursday -- Peanut Butter and honey/jelly sandwiches and pumpkin chocolate chip bread (again, so healthy)
Friday -- Stroganoff Sauce with steamed brocolli
Saturday (Lunch) -- Cheeseburger Soup (freezer swap meal) with Brown and Serve Rolls and Apple Crisp (recipe in a later post) for dessert
Saturday (Dinner) -- Leftover Shrimp Scampi and Arizona Sugar Cookies (recipe below) that was our big date night for the week as the kids were over at Auntie Cooking W. having their annual pumpkin carving/cookie decorating party. (One of the many reasons I admire my sister. She can have all the kids together and not go crazy.)
Sunday -- One Pot Dinner (recipe below) and Cheddar Cheese Bread (recipe below)

Tonight or tomorrow I am going to try throwing something together (this is a big step for me). I have enchilada sauce and black beans that I took out of the freezer for another recipe and that fell through so I need to get them used. It is going to involve making homemade tortillas so I will let you know how it all goes and what I will try to pay attention to what I do so I can share a recipe.

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Cheeseburger Soup
from Recipezaar
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1 lb ground beef
1 onion, diced
3/4 cup shredded carrot
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 tsp dried parsley
3 cups chicken broth
4 cups potatoes, cubed
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups cheddar cheese, cubed
1 1/2 cups milk
4 tablespoons butter or margarine

In a large pot, brown ground beef and onion. Add broth, celery, carrots, parsley and potatoes. Bring to a boil, and then simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10-12 minutes. In a saucepan, melt the butter and stir in flour. Add the milk, stirring until smooth. Gradually add milk mixture to the soup, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Stir in cheese; continue to stir until cheese is melted then serve or freeze. Do not boil.

**To serve from frozen: Defrost in refrigerator overnight. Place in pot and heat on medium heat until warmed through. Do not boil.

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One Pot Dinner
from Sparky
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1/2 lb bacon
1 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp dry mustard
2 cans pork and beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can butter beans
1 lb hamburger
1/2 - 1 cup ketchup
1 – 3 Tbsp vinegar
1 Tbsp liquid smoke

Brown bacon, onion, and hamburger; add remaining ingredients and simmer for 1 hour OR cook in slow cooker on low 4 -5 hours.

++Prior to this week I have never made this on the stove. It turned out just as good. I bet it will taste even better as leftovers though.

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Cheddar Cheese Bread
from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures
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3 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp black pepper
4 oz of cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 1/4 cups milk
3/4 cup sour cream
3 Tbsp butter melted
1 egg, lightly beaten

Heat oven to 350. Generously grease a 9×5 loaf pan with oil. In a bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. Carefully stir in cheese cubes until cheese is well coated. In a separate bowl whisk together the remaining ingredients. Fold the milk mixture into the flour/cheese mixture. Stir just until combined, do not over stir. The mixture will be thick. Pour/spread into greased loaf pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes, scrape around edges with a knife, and then remove from pan. Let cool one hour before slicing and serving.

++This was a great addition to the One Pot Dinner. It has a slight biscuit flavor to it. I think next time I might add some garlic salt or onion salt to it. (I say that like I know what I am talking about. I know it was missing something and I figure onion/garlic salt more often than not make food better.)

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Shrimp Scampi
from PE
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1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
olive oil
garlic, minced (a lot)
whipping cream (some)
grated Parmesan cheese (some)
grated parmigiano reggiano (some)

Heat olive oil in medium sauce pan. Add garlic and saute until tender and fragrant. Add some butter and some whipping cream. Stirring continuously add cheeses and stir until creamy. Add shrimp and cook until shrimp are pink. Serve over spaghetti or angel hair pasta.

For leftovers, heat on medium heat in microwave stirring frequently. Add extra cheese including shredded asiago.

++You have to love how PE gives me measurements for his recipes. The only thing that matters is that it tasted delicious. I hope you can replicate it in one form or another because you are missing out if you don't try.

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Arizona Sugar Cookies
from Grandma
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1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 - 3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tarter
1/2 tsp salt

Combine shortening, butter, and sugars. Add egg and vanilla. Mix in dry ingredients. Roll into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

++PE adds extra flour until it reaches the "right" consistency. Which (according to PE) can only be reached by mixing it by hand. I usually add 2 cups and call it good that is why PE makes the cookies more often than I.

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