Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Guacamole Salsa

I came across this recipe on yummy blog Frosted Bake Shop. The kids weren't' quite sure of it because of the tang of the tomatillos but my husband and I loved it. We had it on chicken tacos and the next day I used it to top my taco soup and boy, that was good! It is also good with tortilla chips as a snack, with burritos or any thing else that you would put salsa on. Enjoy!
Guacamole Salsa - from Frosted Bake Shop

1 lb. tomatillos (or more if you want it thinner)
1 jalapeno pepper, cut up (remove the seeds for less spice or add more if you like it spicy)
1/3 bunch cilantro
1 thick slice of onion
1 garlic clove
1 avocado
1 tsp. salt
Peel the husks off and wash the tomatillos. Cut them into quarters and put in the blender. Add the jalapeno, cilantro, onion, garlic, avocado & salt. Be sure to put the tomatillos in the bottom of the blender and not the avocado so it doesn't stick to the blade. You might have to help it start by shaking or using a mixer at first. But, once it gets going the juice from the tomatillos will help move the other ingredients around. That is it!
The recipe says that it lasts for about a week in the fridge. It does thicken up in the fridge, so if you want it thinner grab a couple more tomatillos to mix in again. So easy and so good!!

Loose Meat Sandwiches

My mom is visiting from out of town and shared this delicious recipe with me. I had no idea what to expect when she told me the ingredients because we are not fans of yellow mustard, but I was pleasantly surprised! These sandwiches are so yummy! I don't know that I will ever go back to a regular Sloppy Joe again. These are sweet and tangy and it is hard to stop eating them!

Traditionally these are eaten with mustard and dill pickles, we had them with coleslaw and that was a great combination. I'll have to try them with pickles next time.

Loose Meat Sandwiches adapted from
2 lbs lean hamburger meat
1 extra large sweet onion, chopped
1/4 cup yellow mustard
1/4 cup vinegar (we prefer apple cider vinegar)
1/4 cup sugar
Seasoning salt
Sprinkle seasoning salt in bottom of skillet and throw in chopped onion and hamburger meat. Fry up the meat and onion while chopping up the meat to make it small like for Sloppy Joes. Drain off any fat. Aadd mustard, vinegar and sugar. Heat it through till sugar is dissolved. IF you want a little more tang add just 1-2 tablespoons more vinegar to your liking. Serve on your favorite hamburger bun toasted.

7-Up Biscuits

Oh My! These biscuits are incredibly good and so easy to make! They are moist and fluffy and oh, so yummy. They were even good the next day. I will be making these babies on a regular basis. 7 Up Biscuits from Plain Chicken

2 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup 7-up
1/4 cup melted butter

Cut sour cream into biscuit mix, add 7-Up. Makes a very soft dough.

Sprinkle additional biscuit mix on board or table and pat dough out into the same size/shape as the pan you are going to bake them in. Cut biscuts into squares.

Melt 1/4 cup butter and pour in a 9 inch square pan. Place cut biscuits in pan, they will be touching, and bake at 450 degrees until golden brown (approx 15 minutes).

Note: I usually double this recipe and bake in a 9x13 pan as shown in the picture.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fresh Peach Pie

This is an awesome fresh peach pie recipe from my sister Janae. It is light, refreshing and not too sweet. Doesn't this picture make you want to take a bite? You can make this two different ways, as pictured or with a cream cheese filling layered on the bottom! Either way is delish! If you have fresh peaches and like pie, this recipe is a must!

Fresh Peach Pie - Janae Turner

2 cups sliced peaches

1/4 cup sugar (or Splenda)

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

3 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 teaspoon of almond extract

dash of salt to taste

1 cooked and cooled pie crust

Combine peaches, lemon juice and sugar

Let stand for 1 hour

Drain peaches should be 1 cup of juice if not add orange juice to make 1 cup

In sauce pan on stove add cornstarch and cook until thickened. and the butter almond extract a dash of salt. let cool

Gently fold in filling with peaches and place is a cooked and cooled pie crust.

Chill and serve with whipped topping

Cream cheese layer on bottom- Optional

1 8 oz package of cream cheese

1 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups whipping cream or cool whip

Mix together place on bottom of pie crust and layer peaches w/ filling on top

Chill until ready to serve

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Mexican Veggie Dip

I friend of mine brought this to a Christmas dinner party and I fell in love with it! I have made it a number of times and am finally sharing it with you. It is so refreshing with the veggies and satisfying with the dip. This is a new family favorite! I almost forgot to take a picture so this is a picture of it half gone from the pan :)

Mexican Veggie Dip

Mix together:

2 blocks of cream cheese, softened

¾ cup mayo

2-4 tsp taco seasoning ( to taste)

Spread in the bottom of a 9x13 pan

In a large bowl, mix together:

1 can corn

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

sliced green onion

1 red bell pepper, chopped

Spread the veggie mixture over dip and serve with chips. So refreshing and yummy!

Sweet Potato Oven Fries and Island Chicken

I made this for dinner a while back and it was a hit with the family. I love sweet potatoes and this is one of my favorite ways to make them. Super easy and healthier than fried potatoes. The chicken is from my Friend's blog Taste Every Season and is flavorful and pairs great with the sweet potatoes!

Sweet Potato Oven Fries
Peel and slice up sweet potatoes in the shape for fries. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt & pepper. Roast in a 400* oven for 15-20 minutes until done. It's that easy!

Island Chicken from Jessica at Taste Every Season

½ cup vegetable oil
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1½ tbsp. soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
½ tsp. dried oregano
¼ tsp. salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2-4 chicken breasts

How to Make:
1. Combine all ingredients except chicken in a mixing bowl or large airtight plastic bag. Whisk or shake well until the marinade is well mixed. Add the chicken breasts to the bowl or plastic bag so that they are covered by the marinade. If using a bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap. If using a plastic bag, press out all the excess air and seal the bag tightly. Refrigerate and marinate up to 10 hours. (the longer the better)

2. When ready to cook the chicken, preheat the oven to 350° F. Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish and pour the excess marinade over them. Bake in the oven until cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165° F, about 45 minutes (exact baking time will depend on the size of your chicken pieces.) Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
OR Preheat an outdoor or indoor grill. When heated grill chicken for about 7 minutes on each side until done.

Chicken Chop Suey/Chow Mein

I got this recipe from my same sister-in-law that shared the Mandaran Orange Salad recipe with me. She actually made this recipe up for a class assignment in high school where she had to do a demo in class. I love this recipe, it just hits the spot and has a nice flavor. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Chicken Chop Suey/Chow Mien
from Susan Miller

Melt 2 -3 Tbs. butter or oil in wok or frying pan

1 chopped onion and cook for 3 minutes

2-3 carrots, sliced
2-1 stalks celery, sliced
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste
1 ½ c water
Cook for 5 minutes.

1 can bean sprouts drained
2 cups cooked cut chicken
1 can sliced chestnuts, drained (optional)
Cook for approx. 5 minutes

Mix together:
2 Tbs water
2 Tbs corn starch
1 Tbs soy sauce
1 tsp sugar

Add sauce to meat/vegetable mixture and cook 1 minute to thicken.
Serve over chow mien noodles or rice and top with chow mein or rice noodles. Drizzle with Soy Sauce to taste.

Sweedish Pancakes

These puppies are a favorite breakfast in our home. They are like a crepe but thicker. I like to drizzle them with syrup, the kids like to sprinkle cinnamon sugar on them and roll them up. There are many ways to top them. So delish!

Swedish Pancakes
4 eggs
2 c flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
¼ c oil
2 c milk

Milk together and cook as for crepes but a little thicker. Top with syrup, cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, lemon juice, jam or syrup.

Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce

I found this recipe at one of my foavorite recipes sites All Recipes . It is an easy and delicious way to make asparagus and my whole family loved it. I hope you do too!

Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce Adapted from All Recipes

1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
Arrange the asparagus on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.
Bake asparagus 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until tender.

While asparagus is baking, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat, and stir in soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Pour over the baked asparagus to serve.

BBQ pork sandwiches, Grilled Corn, & Creamy Dilled Potato Salad

This is a yummy meal but each item is delicious on it's own! I'll start with the BBQ, move on to the corn, and finish with this yummy dill potato salad!

BBQ Pork Sandwiches

This is easiest of all, no recipe really. Just add your favorite BBQ sauce ( we like Sweet Baby Rays) to roasted pork ( I used left over roast) and serve with cole slaw on a bun. Seriously, the kids were hesitant but it was very good! I just bought some cole slaw mix and mixed in slaw dressing from a jar, No recipe here but a great combination. We had never tried it this way before but will definitely do it again!

Grilled Corn
Ok, this is another easy peasy recipe that I got from my friend Sue. ( I love her recipes) Anyhow, you have to use canned corn! Yes, canned. Frozen and fresh corn won't work.

Drain your canned corn and dump it in a non stick skillet. Cook it on medium high heat until any water evaporates and the corn starts to brown and get a little carmelized. Season with salt and pepper. That's it! So easy and so yummy!!

Creamy Dilled Potato Salad from Family Circle Magazine
2-1/2 pounds small red- and white- skinned potatoes (about 1-inch diameter), unpeeled
1 medium-size onion, chopped
6 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and chopped
1 cup chopped dill pickles
1 cup light mayonnaise
3 tablespoons brine from pickles
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1. Place potatoes in a large pot of lightly salted water. Boil for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender. Drain well.
2. Cut the potatoes in half (cut larger potatoes in quarters so all pieces are about the same size). Place the potatoes, onion, eggs and pickles in a large bowl. Stir gently to combine.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, brine, garlic salt, pepper and dill. Spoon mayo mixture into potato mixture and stir gently.
4. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

Mandarin Orange Salad

This is one of my favorite summer jello salads. I got this recipe from my sister-in-law Susan years ago and am excited to share it with you. I made this for the same get together that I had made the Chinese Chicken Salad for and it was gobbled up in a flash! I hope you enjoy it's sweetness. :)

Mandarin Orange Salad

Dissolve together:
1 large package (or two small) orange Jello
2 cups boiling water
1 small 6oz can frozen orange juice concentrate.
Dissolve in jello mixture
1/2 cup water
Approx. 3/4 of a 20oz can crushed pineapple with juice
1 can mandarin oranges, drained and cut
Miniature marshmallows.
Chill and let set up in fridge.
Mix 1 small package instant lemon pudding and spread on top of set jello. Then top with whipped cream or cool whip. Keep cold until ready to serve.

Chinese Chicken Salad

This is one of my favorite salad recipes that I got from my dear friend Sue! I doubled it for a get together and it was gone in a flash! It takes a little effort but it well worth it! It doesn't look like much but it is so incredibly yummy!

Chinese Chicken Salad
1 head iceberg lettuce, torn, washed & dried
1 Tablespoon toasted sesame seeds (found in the Asian section at the grocery store)
3 cooked chicken breasts, diced
*1/4 pkg won tons, fried
* Fried rice sticks

4 Tablespoons sugar
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup olive oil
2 Tbs sesame oil
6 Tablespoons rice vinegar
Put dressing ingredients in a jar and shake/mix until the sugar dissolves.

Plan ahead....

*To save time and mess, you can buy fried won tons and fried rice sticks at most Chinese restaurants. I go to a Chinese buffet to get the fried won tons and to a different Chinese restaurant to get the rice sticks but it only costs me a couple of dollars and saves me a lot of work at home so I think it is well worth it! Just call around, they may think you are weird but that's OK, they'll understand once you explain what they are for.

Anyhow, if you are frying your own won tons and rice sticks, make sure you have plenty of time. Cut up the fresh won tons and deep fry them in oil. Set aside to drain. Then, deep fry the rice sticks in Very Hot (near boiling) oil. They will immediately puff up and you have to pull them out quickly! Be prepared and use metal tongs or a large metal slotted spoon to pull them out (it will warp your plastic.)

Drain and store the won tons and rice sticks in a paper sack until you are ready to serve the salad.

Toss all the ingredients and add dressing just before serving. YUMM!

Billys Vanilla Vanilla Cupcakes!

My daughter has become a big fan of Cupcake Wars on Food Network and has decided that she wanted to learn how to make cupcakes from scratch instead of using the box cake mix. We tried several vanilla cupcake recipes and this one won hands down. It is very good!

Just remember do not over bake them or they will get dry. Pull them out just before they look done an they will be moist and incredibly yummy. There are some tips and suggestions on making them here. The butter cream frosting is rich so you don't need as much as shown in these pictures but we were going for the gourmet look :)

Billy's Vanilla, Vanilla Cupcakes.... From Billy's Bakery NYC

Makes about 30 cupcakes

1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 325°. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix on low speed until combined. Add butter, mixing until just coated with flour.

2. In a large glass measuring cup, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla. With mixer on medium speed, add wet ingredients in 3 parts, scraping down sides of bowl before each addition; beat until ingredients are incorporated but do not over beat.

3. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling about two-thirds full. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes.

4. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat process with remaining batter. Once cupcakes have cooled, frost the tops of each cupcake. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Serve at room temperature.

Billy's Vanilla Butter cream

Colored sprinkles, for decorating (optional)
Makes enough for 30 cupcakes

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
6 to 8 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add 6 cups sugar, milk, and vanilla; mix until light and fluffy. If necessary, gradually add remaining 2 cups sugar to reach desired consistency.


What we've been up to

Well, it has been a busy summer and now that the kids are back in school I have the time to get back to my blog. But first, let me show you a little of how we started off our summer with a budget wise kitchen renovation!

Here is a picture of the kitchen when we were looking to buy the house 7 years ago.
I hated the laminate cabinet doors, white walls, and old light fixtures so they were the first thing to go! The previous owners had re-faced the cabinets so I ordered new oak doors to match the cabinets. It looked & felt so much better, but I still hated the counter tops and the kitchen felt very cramped. We lived with it that way for about 6 1/2 years.

This year we decided it was finally time for new counters and time to knock out some cabinets and open up the kitchen! I had been inspired by so many great kitchen renovations in blog land that we decided why not! We really had no idea how much work it would be but we are so glad we did it! It took about 2 weeks and we ate a lot of pizza and sub sandwiches but it was worth it!

First to go was the laminate on the walls. That took me days of using a heat gun and chisel to get the walls scraped. Ugh! I hope to never do that again...

Then it was time for some demolition!

We (my husband) knocked down the cabinets and removed the bulk head which left a gaping hole that my son helped to patch up!
The stove had to be moved. So, we pulled it out and cut out the cabinets on the other side of the kitchen so we could move the stove and install the new microwave. We also had to re-wire for the stove and microwave. I'm so glad to have a handy husband!
We cut the face off the cabinets (They are built in cabinets) where we wanted the stove to go and re-built the cabinet shelves and facing where the stove had been.

We cut out cabinets on the other side to accommodate for a new over the range microwave and bought a new sink.
Then it was time to install the counters and tile the back splash. I found this great new product at Home Depot called Simple Mat. It makes tiling so quick and easy! We loved it!

It is a double sided sticky tape with glue strips. it was so easy to cut to size and stick on the wall. I could place the tile, adjust it with the level etc, leave to run an errand and get back to whenever I was ready. Once the tile is in place, you press it in and it is set. Then you can grout right away!
I bought the pre-mixed grout made by the same company.
So easy my 11 yr old son helped out.
Now all we have to do is put a fresh coat of paint on the walls. (The paint has been purchased!) I am so happy with how it turned out and we did it with very little expense!

I love having the free counter space and open feel. Honestly, I thought I would miss the storage space in the cabinets, but I found so much that I never used and got rid of it. The kitchen feels so much bigger! I still dream of a big gourmet kitchen some day with all new appliances, but for now, this is a great improvement! I have debated on whether to paint the cabinets an off white but the jury is still out on that one. :)

Remember the before..
And now the after.. (well, minus the fresh coat of paint and the third bar stool :)

I am linking up to The DIY Show Off Project Parade!

Now time for some recipes!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Bruschetta Chicken

This recipe is seriously yummy! It is easy to throw together and a family pleaser! The recipe calls for canned tomatoes and seasonings, However, I like to make it with the fresh bruschetta at Costco and it is so incredibly good! If you don't have the Costco bruschetta, then follow Kraft's recipe and you will still enjoy a very tasty meal!
Bruschetta Chicken
Adapted from Kraft Recipes

1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts , cut into bite-size pieces or chicken tenders

1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken

Mix with
2 cups Costco Bruschetta

OR Mix stuffing mix with
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, un-drained
1/2 cup water 2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried basil leaves

1 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Layer chicken on the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish. Mix stuffing with bruschetta or tomato mixture. Top chicken with stuffing mixture and sprinke with cheese. Bake at 400* for 30 minutes or until chicken is done. Serve with your favorite veggies and a salad.

Cafe Rio Burritos

For all of you Cafe Rio fans out there, you've most likely come across this recipe or a version of it before. But as much as I love the Sweet Pork Salad, I am the only one that wants the salad version in my home. Everyone else likes it burrito style. I came across this burrito variation and it is my new go to recipe when I am craving some sweet pork. We've also made the chicken version and it is also delicious!

If you live near a Costco, look for the raw tortillas that you bake fresh at home. They are so incredibly good! Also, this recipe makes a lot of food so invite your friends over, freeze some for later or eat it twice!

Cafe Rio Burritos
Adapted From: Recipe For Disaster

For Chicken Burritos:
5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 bottle zesty italian dressing
1 Tbs. chili powder
1 Tbs. Cumin
3 cloves garlic, minced

Mix ingredients in a crockpot. Cook on high for 5-7 hours. Remove chicken and shred. Pour juice over shredded chicken. Keep warm.

For Pork Burritos:
3.5 lbs. Pork Roast (I use a boneless pork loin roast)
1 8 oz. jar of your favorite salsa
1 Tbs. cumin
1 cup brown sugar
1 can Dr Pepper, or Coke(NOT diet), I prefer Dr Pepper

Put pork roasts in crockpot and cook 6 hrs on low. 3 hours before done, add remaining ingredients. ( I usually just add it all at once ) Shred and keep with juices. Keep warm.

Cilantro Lime Rice
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/4 cups rice
2 1/4 cups chicken broth
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
juice and zest of 1 large lime
1/4 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

In a skillet, melt butter and add rice. Let cook for 1-2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients except for the cilantro and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 18-20 minutes. Stir in choped cilantro and serve.

Pico de Gallo:
4 fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
1/4 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. lime juice
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Combine Pico ingredients in a large bowl. Toss to combine.

Tomatillo Dressing:
1 pkg. Buttermilk ranch dressing mix (can use regular ranch mix if you can't find this, but it does make a little difference.)
1 cup buttermilk (I always use 1 Tbs. cider vinegar to 1 cup milk)
1 cup mayo
1-2 tomatillos
1/2-1 clove garlic, minced
1/2-1/3 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/2 tsp. lime juice
1/2-1 small jalepeno, seeds removed, chopped.

Coarsely chop tomatillos, garlic, cilantro and jalepeno and place in food processor. Pulse until everything is chopped very finely. Combine mixture with remaining ingredients. Serve over burritos.

Serve also with cheese, black beans, guacamole, etc.

Chicken & Dumplings

I came across this recipe a while ago and had to try it. My family absolutly loved it and has requested it many times since. It has a wonderful flavor and is easy to throw together. Just be warned, it is so good that you'll be temped to over eat!

Chicken and Dumplings from The Sister's Cafe

3 c. cooked chicken, cut into large pieces
½ c. butter
1/3 c. flour
½ tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
3 c. chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup (98% fat free variety works great)

2 c. flour
3 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1 tsp celery seed
¼ c. oil
1 c. milk

Blend butter, flour, salt and pepper in saucepan. Add chicken broth and cook until thick. Stir in cream of chicken soup and add cooked chicken. Put in a 9x13 pan. To prepare dumplings, mix all ingredients together and stir until moistened. Drop rounded spoonfuls onto chicken and gravy. Bake at 425° for 20-25 minutes.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Bowles' Rolls

I made these dinner rolls yesterday and they were so incredibly good! They remind me of the sweet buttery rolls you get at Logan's or Texas Road house. They are soft, sweet and buttery! They are my new go to dinner roll recipe. Soooo yummy!

Bowles’ Rolls from Heather D White

1 1/2 C. milk (Scald = heat until hot...not boiling)

2 cubes butter
1 C. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt

Set aside to cool.

In a medium-sized bowl, dissolve:
4 T. Yeast
1/2 C. warm water
1/2 tsp. sugar

Set for 10 minutes. (yeast will expand. Make sure it is in a large enough bowl to do so.)

Beat 4 eggs and add to milk mixture.

Add 4 C. flour and mix well (by hand with a wooden spoon or in mixer).

Add yeast, mix well.

Add 3 C. flour, mixing after each cup.

Let rest for 10 minutes, then stir.

Cover with a towel or saran wrap and let rise until doubled in bulk (approx. 1 hour).

Punch down and let rise 10 more minutes. Section dough into 2 pieces. Roll each piece out separately into a big circle and brush with melted butter. Cut into 16 triangles like a Pizza. Roll up each piece like a crescent roll. Place on a cookie sheet and let rise until doubled. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-13 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter.

Feel free to shape dough in whatever shapes desired (simple round, etc.). These rolls are to die for!! Makes approx. 2 1/2 dozen rolls. You can also use this recipe to make cinnamon rolls and they are SOOO DELISH!!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Enchalada Casserole

This is an easy weeknight meal that the whole family enjoys. My kids like to eat it as is, but my husband and I like to top it with lettuce, tomatoes, onions etc ( as you can see in the picture). It is simple and delicious. I hope you enjoy it!

Enchilada Casserole

1 lb hamburger
1 can tomato soup
1 can red enchilada sauce
2 cups cheese divided
10-12 corn tortillas torn up
(optional: 1 can of beans, drained)

Garnish with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, diced onions, sliced olives, sour cream etc

Fry up hamburger and drain fat. Put cooked hamburger meat in a large mixing bowl, add can of soup, enchilada sauce, 1 cup of cheese, and torn corn tortillas. Mix well and put in a 9x13 casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of cheese on top and bake in a 350* oven till heated through.

I sometimes add a can of black beans drained to stretch the recipe further. Also, if I am in a hurry I cook the entire thing in my 12inch deep skillet on the stove and it still turns out great.

Chicken Corn Chowder

Here is another delicious soup recipe that I am sure your family will enjoy. I found it on one of my favorite recipe blogs, My Kitchen Cafe. It is full of flavor and a big hit with my family. The recipe calls for fresh jalapenos with the seeds removed, I used jalapeno slices from a jar and cut out some of the seeds, I thought it turned out great and not too hot. Enjoy!

Chicken Corn Chowder - from My Kitchen Cafe

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, finely chopped, seeds and membrane removed (this is important for flavor - but doesn't add heat because the seeds and membranes are removed and it is cooked with the other veggies)
1/4 cup thinly sliced or cooked chopped ham
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 (14-oz.) cans chicken broth
3 tablespoons flour
3 ears of fresh corn kernels or 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
2 large chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
4 oz. softened cream cheese
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Place olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute celery, bell pepper, onion and jalapeno until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and ham; cook for another 3 minutes. Whisk the broth with the flour in a liquid measuring cup or bowl and then stir into the soup. Stir in the corn and chicken. Bring to a low boil and reduce heat. Whisk together the cream cheese and milk in a large bowl until smooth. Whisk the cream cheese/milk mixture into the soup along with the salt, pepper and cheddar cheese. Simmer on low until ready to serve. * note, the cream cheese may not completely dissolve in the soup and you will have tiny bits of it in your soup but that is OK!

Fresh Alpine Potato Soup

I have made a lot of soups this winter and this one has become a family favorite! It is full of flavor and easy to make! don't be afraid of the dill, it adds a nice flavor but does not overpower it at all. I am also not a parsley fan but I do like the fresh Italian parsley added to this soup as well. Enjoy!!

Fresh Alpine Potato Soup - from The Sister's Cafe
1 Tb butter or olive oil
1 c chopped onion
1 clove minced garlic
5 cups water
5 cubes chicken bouillon
4 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
1/2 ring Polska Kielbasa sausage, sliced
1 tsp dried dill weed
3 Tb chopped fresh Italian parsley
1/2 tsp pepper

Saute the onion and garlic in butter or olive oil in a 4 quart pot. Then add the water, bouillon, vegetables, and sausage to onion mixture. Bring to a boil and simmer for 25-30 minutes until potatoes are tender. Then add the dill weed, parsley and pepper.