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CREAMY AUTUMN POTATOES

I have a TON of potato casseroles in my recipe files.  You need them.  Perfect for taking to potlucks, always welcome at cookouts, and the perfect comfort food to take to new parents or sick loved ones.  This one is creamy and delicious and I’d even eat it with eggs and bacon the next morning.

CREAMY AUTUMN POTATOES

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 12 – 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, cut in cubes
  • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup or (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of celery soup
  • 3 -4 cups southern style hash browns
  • 12 cup shredded cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°F Butter a 1 quart casserole dish. In sauce pan, sauté onion and garlic in butter over med heat until tender. Stir in cream cheese cubes and undiluted soup; cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and hot. In casserole, alternate layers of frozen potatoes and cream cheese sauce, ending with sauce layer. Cover and bake 45 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and potatoes are tender. Remove from oven and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

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Recipe: Mexican Roll Ups

Midnight snacks.  My weakness.  I like to have a little snack before I head off to bed, so I make a batch of these to keep in my fridge and grab two or three to nosh on while I wrap up my computer time.  They are pretty light so don’t make you feel all bloated if you indulge a little later in the evening.

MEXICAN ROLL UPS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (8 ounce) carton cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 (3 1/2 ounce) can chopped black olives
  • (3 1/2 ounce) can chopped green chilies
  • teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
  • 1 (8 ounce) package flour tortillas

Mix all except tortillas and spread on tortillas. Cut and serve with salsa.

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Cinnamon French Toast Bake

Cinnamon French Toast Bake

Christmas morning is probably the only morning that I’ll prepare a delicious and indulgent breakfast casserole.  I’ll pull bacon and eggs together on special occasions: a niece spending the night, overnight guests visiting and the like, but the rest of the year we eat cereal or just wait for lunch hours to roll around.
This casserole is super sweet and decadent.  The kids loved it.  Christmas is a time for happiness, that’s my only excuse for making this delicious sugar bomb!
I originally found this recipe on the Cooking Channel.

Cinnamon French Toast Bake

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Chocolate Trifle in a Jar

Yesterday began my month of Christmas baking and cooking!  This is the most wonderful time of the year 🙂  We are all so busy, sometimes it feels good to just stay home and have a day of fun.  And fun for me is spending time in my kitchen.

These little trifles are adorable and portable!  Usually a trifle is in a big glass bowl, a formidable and elegant offering.  These individual trifles are perfect for giving or for a party.

I will give you the recipe that I used for my chocolate cake.  It’s easy, it’s moist…but if you wanna, you can certainly use a devil’s food cake mix.  Entirely your preference!

 

Here’s the recipe I used: One Bowl Chocolate Cake Mix.  It’s very moist and tastes good with nearly any frosting you want to top it with 🙂

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Frosting of your choice
  • Colored sprinkles, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13×9-in. baking pan. In a large bowl, whisk the first 6 ingredients. Stir in eggs, oil and buttermilk. Add water; stir until combined.
  2. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Frost cake. If desired, decorate with sprinkles.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting: In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup softened butter until creamy. Beat in 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, 1/4 cup baking cocoa, 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 3-4 tablespoons 2% milk to achieve desired consistency.

 

For the trifle itself, I used the recipe I found at Blooming Homestead: Chocolate Trifle

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Winter Cookery

Winter.  Ugh.  After Christmas is over, I’m kind of done with it.  Recently we had a snow storm that shut down our Southern city for a few days, so I took that time to cook.  So, not all bad.  I’ve been neglecting that part of my life lately, so was nice to get back to it, even if it was forced.

Snow Cream!

So easy, you don’t need a recipe!  Stick a big bowl outside to collect fresh falling snow.  When full mix with sweetened condensed milk and vanilla.  Scoop into a mason jar and garnish with snow if you want to be bougie.

I find myself really stepping up my pasta game in the winter, since it’s heavier and sticks with you in the frigid 40 degree temps of the Carolina tundra.  I found this recipe while searching for one to take to a friend who was in need of a casserole and a visit.  It was pretty to look at and yummy!

To view the recipe, head over to Very Best Baking

“BEST”-OVER HAM & PESTO PASTA

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box (12 oz.) dry tri-color rotini or spiral shaped pasta (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 1 bag (16 oz.) frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrot medley
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 2 cups (8-oz. pkg.) shredded Italian cheese blend or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 3 tablespoons jarred or refrigerated pesto with basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) cooked ham, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

INSTRUCTIONS

COOK pasta according to package directions, adding frozen vegetables to boiling pasta water for last 2 minutes of cooking time; drain. Return pasta and vegetables to cooking pot.

MEANWHILE, COMBINE evaporated milk, cheese, pesto and black pepper in medium saucepan. Cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.

POUR cheese sauce over pasta and vegetables. Add ham; stir until combined.

Winter is when I’m ready for carbs.  These potatoes are simply delicious.  Seriously.  Not a lot of ingredients, and the hardest thing is slicing the potatoes thinly, but I have a mandolin so that was just plain fun.

Oh, and I forgot to snap a picture of this when it was done.  Curses!  But here’s the cookbook where I tried the recipe:

Potatoes Dauphinoise

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 medium russet potatoes (2 1/2 lbs)
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, plus more for baking dish
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground white pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)

DIRECTIONS

  1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Scrub and peel potatoes, then cut them into 1/8 inch thick slices.
  2. Combine potatoes, milk, butter, salt and white pepper in a large saucepan.  Bring to simmer over medium heat.  Add the garlic; partially cover pan and simmer until potatoes are almost tender when tested with point of small sharp knife, about 20 minutes.
  3. Pour potatoes with liquid into a buttered 13×9 inch casserole dish.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Bake until sauce has thickened and cheese is melted and golden brown, about 35 minutes.

 

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Grab and Go Breakfasts

We’ve all heard the mantra: breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  But for me, morning is the busiest time of the day and it seems I’m always just too late to do anything more than grab something as I head out the door.  These yummies can be eaten on the fly, so don’t skip breakfast when you can eat it on the fly!

BACON BISCUIT CUPS

INGREDIENTS

      • 2 tablespoons milk
      • 1 large egg
      • 2 (3 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
      • 1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese ( 2 ounces)
      • 1 green onion, chopped
      • 1 (10 ounce) cans refrigerated biscuits
      • 5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

GARNISH

    • sliced green onion

DIRECTIONS

  1. Beat cream cheese, milk and egg at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended.
  2. Stir in cheese and green onion.
  3. Set aside.
  4. Separate biscuits into 10 portions.
  5. Pat each portion into a 5 inch circle, and press on bottoms and up sides of greased muffin cups, forming a 1/4 inch edge.

 

 

PUFF PASTRY CHERRY BLOSSOMS

INGREDIENTS

    • puff pastry sheet
    • pie filling, of your choice
    • egg wash ( one beaten egg)
    • turbinado sugar
    • glaze
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut your sheet of puff pastry into squares. I cut down the 3 vertical marks that are previously there. I was left with 3 strips. I cut each strip into 3 squares. They are not perfectly square, but that’s o.k! You can make yours larger if you like. Take one of your squares and place 1 tablespoon of filling in the center. Don’t use more than that, or you will have a mess.
  2. Grab two opposite corners and pull up to center and pinch together.
  3. Do the same with the other corners. Now, pinch closed two seams and leave two open.
  4. Lay your cherry blossoms on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. If you don’t have parchment paper, grease your pan lightly.
  6. Brush with egg wash.
  7. Sprinkle sugar over pastry.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees until very golden.
  9. 15 to 20 minutes.
  10. Don’t worry if a bit of your filling runs out.
  11. You can take a knife and push it right back inches.
  12. Prepare the glaze while the blossoms are baking . . .Mix confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla.
  13. Make the glaze the consistency you like.
  14. Once the blossoms have finished baking, glaze them while still warm.

The dishes below aren’t mine, and haven’t been tested by me.  BUT they sound delicious.  I’d love to hear it if  you try any of these!

APPLE SANDWICHES WITH ALMOND BUTTER AND GRANOLA

These are great little sandwiches on the run that are packed with protein to keep you full until lunch.  From Garnish with Lemon blog

Strawberry Chia Overnight Oats

The ultimate make-ahead healthy breakfast.  Just don’t forget your spoon! This recipe from Kristine’s Kitchen Blog

 

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Avocado Ranch Dressing

Delicious Avocado Ranch Dressing is a very versatile recipe.  Make a batch, eat it on your salad and then use it up on twists on classic recipes.

AVOCADO-RANCH DRESSING

INGREDIENTS

    • 2 ripe avocados
    • 1 cup ranch dressing
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
    • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

DIRECTIONS

  1.  Cut avocados in half; scoop pulp into a food processor or blender.
  2.  Add 1 cup Ranch dressing and remaining ingredients to food processor. Process until avocado mixture is smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 3 days.

Use it up by making:

Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad Sandwich from Spend with Pennies

Another brilliant idea is Fried Green Cherry Tomatoes with Avocado Ranch Dipping Sauce from Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen

It would be cool and creamy on these Chili Nachos from Ragu