Monday, January 2, 2012

Weekend Cooking

It has been two months of traveling and staying with others.  After finally moving into our own apartment, I'm back to cooking ahead.  Without cooking for toddlers, I have to remember not to cook so much at once.  I feel like I did a mini-session, but actually have several meals.


Hamburger meat for spaghetti.
I browned hamburger with some minced onion and garlic powder.  I put it in a container and in the freezer.  I'll defrost it and add it to spaghetti sauce.



Turkey Burgers
I mixed ground turkey, cracker crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, and minced onion.  I made patties and fried them in a pan.  I got 11 patties out of two pounds of ground turkey.



Tangy Sweet Potatoes
I followed the link recipe, except I used the juice of two small lemons instead of the juice from the mandarin oranges.

I have turkey burgers for lunches made, yummy sweet potatoes, and meat ready for spaghetti.  It feels good to have some ready-made meals again.


Pamm


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Monday, December 5, 2011

Easy Peach Cobbler

I love this recipe!  It's so easy!

1 large can (or 2 small cans) of sliced peaches
1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick butter

Dump the peaches into a 9x13" pan.  Pour the cake mix evenly over the top.  Dot with butter.


Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

I didn't get a picture of the finished cobbler, it was eaten so quickly!  It's delicious!

I've heard of people doing this with other canned fruit such as apricots.  I've never tried it, but I plan to some day.


Pamm


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Got A Lot Of Turkey?

Hopefully you had a great Thanksgiving with a beautiful bird.  Ours was wonderful.


We have a lot of turkey left over.  What to do with all that turkey?  Here are three easy ideas:

Turkey Spaghetti
Prepare 1 pound pasta (your choice of the shape).  Drain and return to pan.  Add 2 cans cream of chicken soup and  1 to 2 cups cut into bite sized pieces.  Mix well and heat through.

Turkey and Biscuits
In a large skillet, combine 1 can chicken broth, 1/4 cup melted butter, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.  Add 1-2 cups turkey cut into bite sized pieces and cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, until bubbly.  Place refrigerator biscuits (2 10.8 oz cans, or I make homemade ones) evenly over top.  Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 10 minutes.  Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon paprika and simmer uncovered 10-12 minutes or until broth is slightly thickened.

Fried Rice
Cook and stir 2/3 cup uncooked rice and 1 medium, chopped onion in 2 tablespoons hot oil until rice is golden brown and onion is tender.  Stir in 1 1/2 cups boiling water, 1 tablespoon beef or chicken soup base, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and 1 to 2 cups cooked, diced turkey.  Heat to boiling.  Lower heat, cover tightly, and simmer for 15 minutes without removing lid.  Remove from heat and fluff with fork.  Cover and let stand for an additional 10 minutes.  Serve or freeze.

Those three recipes I have made over and over through the years.


Pamm

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Double Duty


This is the top of my mini crock pot.


I discovered for items like pancakes, cheese & sausage biscuits and other things that don't need to be directly in a crock pot for heating, I can put on top, covered with a bowl to trap heat.  I have the vegetables of the day in the crock pot, warming.


Pamm


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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pumpkin & Oatmeal Pancakes

Remember my pumpkin pancakes?  Well I had to use up the rest of the pumpkin and the rest of the box of pancake mix.  When I did that, roughly doubling the recipe, it came out too thin.  I had to add something to thicken it up.  I just so happened to have about 2 cups of quick oats that needed to be used up.  I mixed it in and it was just what it needed to thicken up.

I cooked just like I described in the original recipe.  They came out very good with added texture and nutrition.  It was a good mistake.




Pamm


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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sweet & Sour Rice

I had made some basic meatballs for Sweet & Sour Meatballs.  They were just sitting in the freezer waiting for something to go with it so I made up some Sweet & Sour Rice.

I didn't measure anything, I didn't even look at a recipe--yikes!  I mixed up:
pineapple tidbits and juice (the whole can)
garlic power
onion power
ground ginger
soy sauce
apple cider vinegar
minced garlic
minced ginger
brown sugar

I kept adding things and tasting until it tasted right.

I made several cups of Jasmine rice in my rice cooker.  I Put a serving of rice with some sweet and sour sauce, into a container then into the freezer.  To heat, I put in some of the meatballs, then a container of rice and sauce into my mini crock pot and heat for 2-3 hours.

I think I need to trust myself more and cook without recipes.  Maybe we all need to try it once in a while.


Pamm


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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Hot Pastrami

A very simple sandwich!


I put a little butter in a frying pan and heated the pastrami.  I took the meat out of the pan, then put the bread in, topped with the pastrami and some provolone cheese, then topped with bread.  I let it brown, then flipped to brown on the other side.

I ate this without any condiments.  It was a very nice, simple sandwich.



Pamm

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Meatloaf Muffins

In using things up from my pantry and freezer I decided to make some Meatloaf Muffins.  I didn't have a box of stuffing on hand, so I had to improvise.











2 pounds ground turkey
1 packet onion soup mix
1 sleeve wheat saltines, crushed
1 cup milk
garlic powder to taste
onion powder to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all ingredients.  Spoon into muffin trays (I use an ice cream scoop).  Bake for 30 minutes.

The ones I made were overcooked!  I think 20 minutes would have been plenty of time.

The flavors were good, but I like the stuffing mix better. It was nice to have a change and to use up what I had.


Pamm


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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pasta Salad













I had a head of broccoli, some pasta that needed to be used up and a few bottles of Italian dressing.  I had bought Italian dressing, then forgot I bought it, then bought it again, so I needed to use it up.

I cooked the pasta according to package directions and drained.

Meanwhile, I cut the broccoli into bite-sized pieces.

I put the pasta, broccoli, and dressing all in a bowl and tossed, then chilled.

I turned out very yummy!  I nice change-of-pace salad for my lunches.

Pamm


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Monday, October 17, 2011

Cooking Weekend

It's time to use up what is in the pantry.  I used only the ingredients I had on hand.  I find it a fun challenge to make something out of thing I have in the pantry.


Pasta Salad
(recipe coming!)





Sweet & Sour Rice
(recipe coming)



Oatmeal Pumpkin Pancakes
(recipe coming)



Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
(recipe coming)




Pamm


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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pumpkin Pancakes

I had a can of pumpkin in the cupboard and a box of pancake mix that needed to be used up.  Pumpkin Pancakes sounded so good!  Now to figure out how to put it together.  I search for a recipe, but ended up piecing this one together . . .



Pumpkin Pancakes

2 1/2 cups pancake mix
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 egg
1 3/4 cups milk
2 tablespoons oil
1 cup can pumpkin


Mix all the ingredients together.  Cook in heated pan with a little oil.  Flip when golden brown and almost cooked through.  Cook until the other side is golden brown.


I had these plain with just a pat of butter on them.  They were very yummy!


I put the leftovers in a gallon freezer bag.  I get a few out and heat them up in the microwave for a quick breakfast.

Pamm


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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rice Cooker Green Beans?

As you know, I have a home child care in a separate area of my house.  I have no access to my kitchen during the day.  Most of the time, I use mini crock pots to heat most of the food for me and the toddlers throughout the day and occasionally, I will use the microwave.

I decided to experiment with the rice cooker and a can of green beans.

I drained a little water from the can, then dumped it in and added a pat of butter.  I set it to "cook" and put the lid on.

It came to a boil within minutes and I removed the lid.  It continued to boil for a few minutes more.

I will definately continue to use my rice cooker to heat vegetables in a hurry!





Pamm


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