Sunday, August 31, 2008
Pizza Eggrolls & Variations

The kids loved the pizza eggrolls we made tonight for dinner.

We just wrapped pepperoni, pizza sauce, and mozarella in an eggroll wrapper and fried them until they were browned on both sides.

My favorite was a spur of the moment creation determined by what was in the refrigerator - cream cheese, sauteed onions, broccoli, and bacon! So delicious! I think spinach would be fabulous in this instead of the broccoli too.


The dud for this experiment was the Peanut butter and bacon filling. Too strong. However...it would be excellent as a schmear with grilled chicken!!! (1/4 c. chunky pb, 2 tsp dried minced onion, 2 slices crumbled bacon, 2 tsp. Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce) Think Thai...peanut sauce. YUM!

For dessert we did a few peanut butter, jelly, and banana eggrolls! Next time I'm trying caramel and apple, fried and then rolled in cinnamon sugar!

These can be frozen and reheated too. Wouldn't the kids love to take a pizza eggroll to school in their lunch!

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Sunday, August 24, 2008
Grandma Christensen's Lemon Pie

Lemon Filling:

Place all together in a saucepan, cook on medium, stirring constantly until it boils and thickens.

1 1/4 c. cold water
4 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. butter
1 c. sugar
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
3 egg yolks
pinch of salt
rind of 1 lemon

Let cool. Pour into cooked pie shells. Top with meringue.

Meringue:
3 egg whites
1 tsp. lemon juice
6 Tbsp. sugar

Beat until stiff. Bake at 350 degrees until golden.

Makes one 9", regular thickness (not deep dish), pie.

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Monday, August 11, 2008
Banana Bread




2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
4 eggs
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour
1 cup chopped nuts
6 bananas (grind or smash)

Mix as for cake. Add egg whites last (hahaha - that was another century, worked fine just dumping everything in together). Bake about 1 hour in slow oven. (I baked muffins/small loaves about 45 minutes in 325-350 degree oven). Until knife comes out clean.

(I also dumped in an untouched bowl of raisin bran, soaked - but drained the milk out. It added a yummy brann-iness to them! Yeah, someone changed their mind.)

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Chicken & Rice Casserole
In greased large casserole, pour 2 cups white rice, add thawed and lightly browned in butter, chicken breasts. Cover with Family Size can of Cream of Chicken or Cream of Mushroom soup, plus 1 four cup box of Chicken Broth. Cover and Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour. Love it with Green Beans and Rhodes Rolls.

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Friday, August 8, 2008
More Once A Month Cooking!



Yesterday, I purchased, prepped, and froze meals for the next month. (I know it sounds intimidating, but it probably won't once you read the menus.) I usually try to do the prep work on the day I do my grocery shopping - I brown and freeze any ground beef, or saute, chop up, and freeze chicken breasts that will later go into recipes. That way, whether it's me, the hubby, or kids who cook, half the meal is already done to toss into a dish.

So, what can you whip up in 20 minutes or under if you've got the meat already frozen?

Tacos
Taco salad
Burritos
Hamburger helper
Spaghetti
Gravy with Hamburger or Sausage
Stir Fry
Chicken Packets
Spanish Rice
Layered Enchiladas
Linguine Alfredo with chicken
Fried potatoes with Hamburger
and a bunch more I can't think of right now

Here are my menus for the next month, for your viewing pleasure, and for me to refer to (just in case the list on the front of the fridge mysteriously disappears):

9/13 - 9/19
M- bread pudding (frozen in aluminum lasagne pan) with buttermilk syrup (which would make dirt taste delicious)
T- "ham" salad sandwiches
W- corn dog muffins
Th- spaghetti
F- Mexican Rice Casserole (I also love Rice-A-Roni Spanish Rice, add precooked/frozen ground beef - gotta double it for my family)
Sat- stir fry chicken (bag o' frozen stir fry veggies, chicken is precooked, chopped and frozen, minute rice)
Sun- lasagne (all prepared and frozen in aluminum lasagne pan with directions to thaw and bake written on tinfoil cover)

9/20-9/26
M- biscuits and sausage gravy (sausage is cooked, and frozen in gladware. McCormick mix is delish if you don't do homemade.)
T- beanie weenie (I'm lovin' Bush's baked beans, toss in after frying some hotdog coins, add a little extra brown sugar)
W- chicken packets (chicken filling is cooked, chopped, doctored, and frozen in gladware)
Th- ravioli (frozen bag of premade stuff, add can of sauce and precooked frozen ground beef)
F- Rhodes dough pizzas (defrost loafs of Rhodes in the morning, quick homemade pizza that evening)
Sat- tostadas
Sun- chicken ranch pasta (crockpot in the morning, ready when you get home from church!)

9/27-10/3
M- hamburgers & fries (yes, I bought the premade, frozen patties and a bag o' fries to bake while I'm frying them)
T- ham sandwiches (mixed, filled, and frozen in tinfoil, just toss in the oven for 20 minutes)
W- Kielbasa and Potatoes (kielbasa chopped and frozen in gladware)
Th- enchiladas (frozen in aluminum lasagne pan, just add sauce and bake)
F- pancakes
Sat- soft tacos (hamburger cooked and frozen in gladware, tortillas soft fried, and frozen in a gallon bag)
Sun- quiche (frozen pie crusts; bacon, onions, etc. frozen - no thawing required, but I precook my crust about 5 minutes before adding eggy mixture and filling)

10/4- 10/10
M- fried potatoes with bacon & onions (bacon is chopped, cooked, and frozen with onions - just chop potatoes, saute them til tender, and toss in meat)
T- Easy Crustless Quiche (precooked sausage, add green chile and onion)
W- penne pasta lasagne (I had a bunch of lasagne filling left, so I cooked up some penne, tossed it in the cheesy filling, put it in a baking dish, and poured on the rest of the can of sauce. Can't be too bad, right?)
Th - baked potatoes with hamburger gravy
F - homemade Mac & Cheese
Sat - Time to Go Shopping and Cook Again. I'm going out to eat.

Everything for these meals is either in the pantry, fridge, or freezer. I like to package and freeze parts together, so they don't accidentally get eaten before their time. (For example, if you were having french bread pizzas, you could wrap your container of homemade meat sauce, bag of mozarella, package of pepperoni, and loaf of french bread together in saran wrap, before you stick it in the freezer. Get the package out the night before, defrost in the fridge, and you're all set to whip it up in about 15 minutes!)

By the way, I spent about an hour at Walmart, after I made up a list of meals in the parking lot. I spent about $200 (and that included milk, bread, cereal and some other necessities, but not a bunch of snacks or anything). My goal is to spend about $1 per meal, per person. The prep work (cooking the meat - hamburger and chicken, assembling lasagne, ham sandwiches, enchiladas, and making filling for chicken packets, etc.) took about three hours. (And just in case you're wondering, I figure I spend about $400 per month on food for 7 people (5 adult/teen, 2 picky littles. Also, I do have a separate full-sized freezer, but I think I could probably keep all the prepared stuff in the kitchen freezer, as long as I didn't have a bunch of other junk in there.) Another tip: I keep a list of the stuff I have prepped in the freezer, on the front of the freezer, so we don't forget to use it.

I also did laundry while I was doing my cooking. I didn't fold, just moved loads through the washer/dryer to the couch. By Saturday night we were ready for our "Laundry Party!" (which makes little kids beg to be allowed to come, and big kids groan). At our "Laundry Party!" we turn on fun music, and everyone sits in special spot of their choosing (just like Christmas morning!), while I throw laundry off the pile at the owner, and they fold their stuff. Each of the big kids usually has to do their own and a small sibling, while little kids fold dishtowels, and little things. I do mine and DH does his own. Whoever isn't busy (because all their laundry is still on their floor) gets to do towels, sheets, or whatever I throw at them.

Have a productive week! (And if you're all inspired to go for it, try starting with just a week or two.)

Got any good tips for me? I'd love to hear what works for you! Thanks!

Oh, By the way, I don't do the cooking most nights. The kids (16, 13, 11) are still doing it. They just go by the chore chart as to when their cooking day is, then they make the meal on the menu calendar. Yup, life is good.

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Thursday, August 7, 2008
JoDee's Butterscotch Pie
Handwritten recipe from the former owner of my "new" 60 year old cookbook.

Boil until syrupy one and 1/2 cups brown sugar, 1 cup water, and a piece of butter the size of an egg.

Then add the following mixture:

Yolks of 3 eggs
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup top milk (cream? half & half?)

Pour slowly into first mixture and boil until creamy.

Flavor with vanilla and pour into baked crust. Cover with meringue

Meringue - 3 eggs, pinch of cream of tartar (I would add 3 T. sugar to that.)

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Chocolate Cake (Made with Mayonnaise)
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup cold water
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine all ingredients, mixing well. Bake in two greased eight or nine inch cake layer pans in oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit about 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

March 13, 1966 - Empire Magazine

(I just bought a cookbook that was published in 1948 by the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Topeka, KS. The recipes are in the handwriting of the contributors and signed. There are a disconcerting number of recipes for canning. This magazine clipping was inside the book. Love it!)

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The BEST chocolate frosting
1 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sour cream
2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar (a 1 lb box is approximately 4 cups)

(But go ahead and double it, because you're going to want more than this.)

Melt the chocolate chips and butter in a glass bowl in the microwave (30 second intervals, stirring each time until just melted). Cool about 5 minutes. Stir in sour cream. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth and of spreading consistency. Store cake in the refrigerator.

(The BH&G New Cookbook - the red gingham one, says that a single recipe is enough to frost the tops and sides of two 8-9 inch cakes. I have no idea how thin they like to spread it, but I don't think it's enough for me. So I'm doubling this because I want it really thick, with some left over for graham crackers or cupcakes ;D

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