Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Quiche for Cowboys

Sometimes, for whatever reason, I have to punt on the menu plan and make a last minute change.  I'm always a little extra thrilled when the change-up exceeds my expectations.

Such is the case with Cowboy Quiche.  It's got completely basic ingredients, and yet it tastes anything but boring.  I used refrigerated bacon crumbles instead of cooking my own, which makes this recipe even more simple.  One note of caution - this is a lot of egg mixture, make sure you use your largest pie plate.  If you are using a fairly standard sized dish, plan on extra baking time.

I am totally keeping this in my back pocket for the future.  It's too good to make only once.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Weekends are for Guests

My in-laws made a quick visit to see our kiddo compete in her first speech meet.  I used the visit as an excuse to try a couple of new recipes.

For breakfast I made this Sausage Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole.  Although it has a few steps, it's pretty easy.  I swapped regular breakfast sausage for the hot sausage to keep the spice in check.  I would suggest combining the cooked hash browns with the sausage mixture.  I didn't care for the separate layers as I ate it.  I also think you mix half the cheese in, and leave the other to sprinkle across the top.

We also enjoyed these Cream Cheese Frosted Harvest Pumpkin Bars.  Both the bars and the frosting are pretty quick prep--there's not a lot of hands-on time.  I topped our bars with pecans and dried cranberries, and we all enjoyed the crunchy texture and tart contrast to the sweet frosting.  I great topper for future pumpkin bar recipes.

Both of these recipes were winners in my book.  I'm loving the breakfast casserole recipes for breakfast this week, and the pumpkin bars were gone in no time.  Thumbs up on both accounts.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Soup is On!

Today was perfect soup weather, and by that I mean, it was icky outside, but perfect for a nice hot bowl of creamy Ham & Potato Soup.

This recipe was just so amazingly easy.  Throw everything in, stir, cook.  Love, love.  I ended up cooking mine on high for about four hours and it worked perfectly.

We enjoyed our soup with some dinner rolls from the freezer and a lovely Honeycrisp apple.  Couldn't ask for anything better on the easy scale.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Crockpot Ravioli

The weather has taken a cold turn just in time for all the comfort foods on my menu.  This Crockpot Ravioli Casserole was the perfect hot and cheesy dish for a blustery night that felt more like December than October.

This is a pretty simple recipe that had a couple of simple alterations.  I used closer to a pound of ground beef instead of a pound and a half.  I usually package my ground beef by the pound, and there was no need to make this recipe any bigger for our little family.  I happened to use rotini instead of bowtie pasta.  No particular reason, just what I had to work with, and in my book, a noodles's a noodle.  Lastly, I used fresh spinach, I find both the flavor and texture better than frozen.

This recipe turned out to have great flavor, exactly as you'd expect from the ingredients.  It was the best way to warm up on a cold night.  It would also be delicious with Italian sausage, or a different mixture of cheeses.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

No Way It's November

We are now less than two months to Christmas, which means it's November!  I can hardly believe it, but I'm glad.  I love the holiday season starting with Thanksgiving all the way through to New Year's.  It's a wonderful time of great food, family time, and a change of classes at school.

The November menu brings a lot of soup nights, pot roast, and lots of other cozy favorites.  It's taken a cold turn here, so I'm sure that influenced my menu planning.  Plus, November is regularly cold and rainy, so cozy just seems like a good call.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

I Made It Up

I've been known to make things up as I go along in the kitchen, which is kind of surprising, because there's little else in my life that works that way.

We had some birthday dinner leftovers, that I was trying to find a place for.  Realizing that I was out to lunch when I made the October menu and put three breakfasts for dinners in a row, I swapped out one night for an amazing brainstorm.

What if, I thought to myself, I took the leftover chicken, and made a Salsa Verde Chicken Taco Pizza?!?!  It could be Awe.Some.  The very best of all the flavors we like in a new format.

So, I used a purchased pizza crust, brushed lightly with olive oil and added a thin layer of sour cream.  Next, I added a light sprinkle of quesadilla cheese--I wanted its mild flavor and excellent meltiness.  From there I added the chicken and then a little more quesadilla cheese and some cheddar jack.  After the pizza came out of the oven, I added some crushed Wild White Nacho Doritos on the top.  It made the flavor and crunch out of this world.

This was a perfect use of the leftover chicken (for future reference it also tastes delicious when added to mac and cheese), and I'm looking forward to a leftover slice.  It's delightful when ideas work out this well!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Birthday Celebrating

October is a big birthday month in our house because it's my kiddo's turn to celebrate.  She loves Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos, so that was her meal request.

My additions to her birthday menu included this Strawberry Aqua Fresca, which she loved and thoroughly enjoyed polishing off the next day.  (It really was sooooooo yummy.)

And her birthday cake.  I think every tween girl is enamored with emojis, and mine is no different.  She likes the nerd because she says it looks like her.😄  I used this as my design inspiration.  The cake was a box mix made following these instructions, and a double recipe of this frosting, because it's another favorite of hers.  I just purchased small fondant packages in the colors I need, and it was much easier to use than I anticipated.  I borrowed this trick for getting the sprinkles on the side of the cake, and it worked like a charm.

We had a lovely time celebrating with our family, and I think my girl felt properly celebrated.