Tuesday, September 6, 2011

New Recipes

So lately I have been checking out some new recipes from all kinds of cookbooks in my possession.  I have tried to use items in my refrigerator or pantry with the hope of finding some new things my family will like.  Unfortunately I have not succeeded in finding new items that they would like to have again.
I feel like my menus often feel redundant and I feel in a rut sometimes.  I love to look through cookbooks and my mother-in-law actually gave me some of hers yesterday to add to my collection!  I can't wait to sit and go through them all!
Ultimately I would like to eat healthier but darn it, healthier is not always tastier!  So I want your help!  Give me some of your BEST recipes.  I want to know what your recipe your family turns to the most.  Help me to expand my horizons!  Oh -- I like simple and quick recipes the most but you may sway me if you can convince me that your recipe is yummy!
To make this really fun, how would you like to make this into a Contest?  Yay!  So the best recipe wins and you have to submit the Entire Recipe -- not just the name!  Winner will be announced on Monday, September 12th at noon (EST).  Winner will receive ----- it's a Surprise!!!  I can't wait to read all your recipes!


  1. You should go on my step sisters blog and check out recipes she posts daily. It's nice because she puts a notes & tips section at the bottom stating if the recipe was good, what could have made it better, etc.

  2. This is not a family recipe, but very healthy with apple sauce instead of butter and very yummy!

    Oats and Raisin Cookies
    Preheat oven to 150 degrees.
    Mix together 1 cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup apple sauce, 1 egg white and 1 cup raisins. Mix together 1 1/2 cup flour, 2 cups of rolled oats, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp cinnamon, pinch of salt. Mix together the wet and dry ingredients and drop onto cookie sheet. Cook for 15 mins. Enjoy!

    This is a cross between cooks.com recipe and Paula Dean

    one cut up chicken
    black pepper
    plain flour
    cold water
    Wash and place the cut up chicken in Dutch Oven with plenty of water to boil. Add salt to boiling chicken (to taste), black pepper and a stick of butter. Make sure there is enough water in pot to create ample broth for dumplings.
    When chicken is tender and well done, remove from bone. Remove bones from broth leaving chicken meat in broth; turn onto simmer while you prepare dumplings.
    You can add a can of Cream of Chicken Soup if you like them creamy.
    I like to add a small onion to broth for flavor.
    2 1/2 cups plain flour
    1 teaspoon salt mixed into flour
    (season with garlic powder & pepper if you like)
    cold water (stir enough into flour mixture to make a stiff dough)
    Meanwhile, turn up the chicken and broth; slowly drop spoonfuls of dumplings into the boiling broth. As they cook they will become somewhat stiff; that's what you want.
    It's ok if some flour drops into pot with dumplings. The temperature should not be any higher than medium and as dumplings cook it will need to be turned down more. Place lid on pot and cook until dumplings began to change and become somewhat translucent. You will know when they are done because they will thicken.

  4. Rob’s Veggie Soup

    1 lb – Cheap ground beef
    15oz can of petite chopped tomatoes
    2 – 15oz cans of whole tomatoes
    2 – 15oz cans of tomato sauce
    1 – small can of tomato paste
    1 - small onion chopped fine
    4 – med size potatoes cut up
    2 – 3 carrots cut up
    1 – bag of frozen veggie soup mix (can use leftovers, need about 2-4 cups)
    5 – cubes of chicken bullion
    5 – cubes of beef bullion
    small handful of bowtie or other noodles, just enough to add a little surprise when eating (can break up a few spaghetti noodles if needed)
    2 quarts of water (may need more or less depending on how veggies absorb or release liquid)

    Brown & drain ground beef. (No clumps)
    Cut up whole tomatoes use all the juice.
    Combine all other ingredients except tomato paste and noodles and bring to a boil. Add water to preferred constancy.
    Add noodles, stir in tomato paste, and salt & pepper to taste. Easy on the salt because of bullion cubes. I like about a teaspoon of each.
    Reduce heat and simmer 1 hour.
    Best if eaten the next day.

  5. I am sure I combined 2 or 3 recipies to get this, but I cannot remember where I got them!(Probably Paula Dean and something else)

    Green Beans & potatoes

    1 –2 pounds fresh snapped beans
    3 – 5 medium potatoes cut up in chunks
    1 small sweet onion or part of a Vidalia diced
    3 - 4 beef bullion cubes
    16oz can of chicken broth (low sodium)
    shake or two of garlic powder or garlic salt
    3 – 5 pieces of bacon (I like thick peppered bacon)
    water as needed

    Fry bacon till almost crisp but not too crisp.
    Pour bacon grease into large boiler pot
    Add beans, potatoes, onions, chicken broth and finish covering veggies with water and stir mixture.
    Cut bacon into small pieces and add to mixture.
    Bring to a boil and add garlic, beef bullion. You can add more salt and pepper later to taste. If you use peppered bacon you will not need much more. The other ingredients also add salt. You can add a teaspoon or less of sugar if you want it a little sweeter.
    Bring to a slow simmer boil and cover. Stir occasionally and continue cook for 45 minutes or until beans are tender and potatoes are soft. Add water if needed, but not too much. Liquid should thicken to a brown color.

  6. Where should I start?! How about Turkey Dinner Casserole? This is a great hearty recipe and also a good way to re-use turkey or chicken leftovers.
    1 small bag frozen corn or 1 can corn drained
    turkey, cut into bites or shredded (or chicken will work too)
    1 can cream of mushroom soup
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    2 cans chicken broth
    1 box stove top turkey or chicken stuffing
    1 stick of butter
    salt, pepper, garlic powder
    Melt stick of butter then add to dry stuffing and mix. In a 13x9" pan, spread 2/3 of butter/stuffing mix. Then add a layer of turkey/chicken, then layer the corn. Add a dusting of garlic powder, salt, and pepper to your tastes. In a separate bowl, mix both cream soups together with the chicken broth. Mix together as well as you can. When mixed, pour over your layers in the 13x9" pan. (Disclaimer: this will look REALLY gross! It is not going to look like something you want to eat, but I promise, it does look better when it is cooked!) Sprinkle with the remaining stuffing mixture. Cook at *350 for 45-60 minutes. Allow to set for 10 minutes before serving.