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October 21, 2007

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This month I've added several new recipes to the site which I want you to try and give me some feed back. Just head over to your kitchen and try out some of these recipes, you want be disappointed.

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This months new recipes include.

1. Boneless Pork Chops
2. Beef and Cheese NachoS
3. Grilled Cheese Sandwich
4. Spinach Dip
5. Baked Chicken and Biscuit
6. Bean Dip
7. Cinnamon Bread Rolls
8. Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
9. Onion Dip
10. Pork Breakfast Tacos
11. Tuna Noodle Casserole

Boneless Pork Chops Recipe

Recipe Ingredients:

4 to 6 thinly sliced boneless breakfast pork chops
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
Salt to taste

Cooking Directions:

1. Since these pork chops cook up so quick it's a good idea to go ahead and cook your side dishes before frying your pork chops. Try vegetables and rice, baked potatoes, or dressing along side your chops.

Let's cook up those chops.

2. Preheat a large frying pan over medium heat. Add enough vegetable oil to coat the bottom of the frying pan. Gently sprinkle garlic powder and pepper into the oil. No go ahead, place pork chops into frying pan. Flip chops frequently for even browning and proper cooking. Fry meat for approximately four minutes per side.

3. When meat is browned and well done remove from pan. Drain on paper towels for a minute or two and serve with your favorite side items.

Bean Dip

Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound of lean ground beef, browned thoroughly and drained
1 10-ounce can Mexican spiced diced tomatoes with chilies
1 15-ounce can refried beans
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 15-ounce can corn, drained, or cooked bag of frozen corn
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, non-spiced
1-1/2 cups of shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese mix

Cooking Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. While your oven is heating cook and stir ground beef in a skillet over medium heat until meat is thoroughly done. Drain cooked beef is a strainer and pour beef back into skillet. Next pour your diced tomatoes, refried beans and chili powder over the top of your cooked ground beef. Mix well, continuing to cook over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes until hot.

3.Spread your bean dip out over a slightly greased baking dish. Top with corn, tomatoes and cheddar cheese. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes or until cheese has melted.

4. Serve bean dip hot with your favorite name brand corn chips.

Grilled Cheese with a Twist

Recipe Ingredients:

12 slices of white or wheat bread
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
4 ounces shredded cheddar
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
Oregano or parsley

Cooking Directions:

1. Preheat oven to broil.

2. Place six pieces of bread on cookie sheet. Sprinkle mozzarella and cheddar cheese over each slice. Top each peice of bread with another slice. Blend melted butter and garlic together and brush over the tops of each sandwich.

3. Sprinkle tops with Parmesan and oregano or parsley. Broil until golden and flip and repeat brushing and cheese sprinkling process. Broil until golden brown.

I like serving my grilled cheese with homemade tomato soup. Give it a try you just might like it too.

Best Nachos Recipe

Cooking Ingredients:

1 pound of ground beef, cooked thoroughly
1 packet of taco seasoning mix
1 large bag of corn tortilla chips
1 can of refried or red beans
1 package of shredded cheddar cheese or Mexican blend
1 jar of ready-made salsa, mild to hot depending on taste
Sour cream
1/4 cup green onion tops, diced

Cooking Directions:

1. Heat oven to broil.

2. Start off by cooking ground beef according to taco seasoning directions. Drain ground beef and set aside. Spread tortilla chips evenly over a large cookie sheet, don't worry about overlapping.

3. Next mix beans and ground beef together, then spoon mixture evenly over the chips. Sprinkle cheese on top of tortilla chip and beef mixture. Place in oven and broil until cheese is melted and edges of the chips begin to turn light brown.

4. Using a spatula place cheese and beef nachos onto individual plates or you can use a serving patter. Top each nacho with salsa, a sour cream and green onions.

5. A variation of this dish is to replace beef with chicken to make chicken nachos. Or could forgo the beef and chicken and just use cheese for the perfect cheese nachos.

Baked Chicken and Biscuit Recipe

Recipe Ingredients:

2 cups boxed biscuit mix
1/2 cup milk
5 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons flour
Salt, pepper to taste
Thyme and other herbs (optional)
1 cup half and half
2 cups chicken broth
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
3 1/2 cups cooked, diced white meat chicken
1 small package frozen mixed vegetables, cooked and drained

Cooking Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. While oven is preheating, prepare biscuit dough by blending together mix and milk. Turn your dough out on a lightly, floured surface. With rolling pin roll dough to about a 1/2-inch thickness and using a cutter cut into 2 1/2-inch diameter biscuits. Reserve the remaining dough for topping.

3. Next in a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and then add flour. Stir butter and flour mixture constantly until well blended and bubbling begins. Add spices, half-and-half and chicken broth. Continue to cook and stir until sauce thickens.

4. Finally, place chopped onions, cooked chicken and mixed vegetables into a greased 2-quart casserole dish. Pour sauce over the top and then place biscuits on top, completely covering the pie. Brush top of biscuits with milk.

5. Bake biscuits at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until biscuits are golden brown and done, about 35 minutes.

Enjoy your chicken and biscuit dinner!

Quick and Easy Dip Recipe

Recipe Ingredients:

1 large bunch of green onions, chopped
1/8-cup fresh milk
16-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon crystals or 1 cube
1 teaspoon beef bouillon crystals or 1 cube
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Dash Worcestershire sauce

Cooking Directions:

1. First let me say this onion dip is very easy to prepare.

2. Start off by adding your green onions and milk to a blender, and blend until smooth. Next place cream cheese in a medium bowl and using a hand blender blend until mixture becomes smooth.

3. Add the remaining ingredients consisting of crushed chicken and beef bouillon cubes, garlic powder, salt/pepper to taste and Worchester Sauce.

4. Blend well taste and adjust seasoning as required. Refrigerate dip for a minimum of 4 hours.

5. Serve with your favorite raw vegetables. If you'd like to you can also serve with crackers.

Spinach Party Dip Recipe

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (10 oz.) package of frozen chopped spinach
1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
6 slices of crumbled crisp bacon
2 tablespoons of minced onions
1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese

Cooking Directions:

1. Place frozen spinach in a microwave safe container and thaw out in the microwave. Remove spinach and squeeze out excessive water.

2. In a medium mixing bowl mix spinach and remaining ingredients together, well.

3. Spoon prepared dip into a hollowed, un-sliced loaf of bread. Preferably pumpernickel or rye bread because this works best.

4. Serve dip with tortilla chips, chunks of bread or crackers.

Your're probably wondering why I call this a party dip? One night we had some guest over and we ran out of appetizers.

My son mentioned I should fix his favorite spinach recipe. I did and the rest is history. The dip is now a party favorite that I fix all the time.

Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Recipe Ingredients:

1 package of frozen or ready-to-bake rolls
3/4 cup melted butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon

Cooking Directions:

1. Preheat oven to package directions.

2. Remove rolls from package and place in a round cake pan. In a small bowl, blend together butter, sugars and cinnamon.

Drizzle mixture over rolls and bake according to package directions. Let cinnamon rolls cool for a couple of minutes and then devour.

Homemade Spaghetti Recipe

Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef, browned and drained
Olive oil
1 yellow onion chopped
1 green pepper chopped (yellow and red peppers can be added for color>
2 29-ounce cans of tomato sauce
2 9-ounce cans of tomato paste
1 12-ounce or bigger can of diced tomatoes
Garlic, fresh or powdered
salt and pepper

Cooking Directions:

1. Place ground beef into a medium sauce pan. Cook and stir over medium heat until browned. Drain beef and set aside. Next add olive oil to a sauté pan, heat pan over medium heat. Lightly sauté yellow onions and green peppers.

2. Pour tomato sauce, tomato paste and diced tomatoes in a large sauce or simmering pan. Add sautéed vegetables, grown beef and begin to simmer. Next add in garlic, oregano, black pepper and salt to taste. Continue to Simmer spaghetti sauce over the lowest heat setting until sauce comes to a boil.

3. Serve over your favorite pasta along side cheese garlic toast.

Pork Breakfast Taco Recipe

Recipe Ingredients

1 cup of hash brown potato mix (with onion)
2 cups of hot water
3/4 teaspoon of salt
1 pound ground pork sausage
10 eggs (beaten)
10 burrito-sized flour tortillas
1 cup shredded cheese
Salsa (to taste)

Cooking Directions:

1. In a medium mixing bowl, blend together hash browns, water, and 3/4 teaspoon of salt, mixing thoroughly. Let hash brown mixture stand uncovered for 15 minutes. After which time drain excess water from hash browns.

2. While hash browns are draining, in a medium-sized skillet cook and stir the pork sausage over medium heat until well browned. Remove sausage from skillet leaving some grease behind for cooking the eggs. Drain pork sausage in a strainer or on paper towels.

3. Now, add eggs to skillet and begin to scramble. Once again place sausage in the skillet and cook eggs until done. Spoon mixture evenly on warm tortillas. Top with cheese and mild or hot salsa.

4. This pork sausage recipe will easily feed a family of four. Serve with orange juice.

Tuna Casserole Recipe

Recipe Ingredients:

3 cups macaroni noodles, cooked
1/2 cup white onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup butter
1 6-ounce can tuna, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup milk
1 can cream of celery or mushroom soup
Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cook macaroni noodles according to package directions, rinse and drain. Rinse pot and place cooked noodles back into pot.

3. In a small skillet, sauté onions in butter over medium-low heat. Add tuna, milk, soup and sautéed onions to macaroni, mix well. Place mixture into a 2 quart baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Cover and bake for 25 minutes.

Talk with you next month.


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