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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Calico Beans

This is a staple for pretty much every party we have.  We only make it for large events when they get eaten up though, but the dish would be great for a family for supper even with bread and butter because it has hamburger in it, bacon and the beans, so filling and tasty.  I am not a bean person normally, but I love the sauce on these and like them as a side dish with ham or picnics especially.  Today is my daughter's boyfriend, Kevin's, 50th birthday at their place and they are having a big crowd with outdoor games and tons of food.  So far the day is beautiful, so it's going to be a lot of fun.  I offered to make the giant potato salad and these beans for the luncheon.  I hope both come back to  me empty!  I doubled the recipe, but this is the single version..

CALICO BEANS:

Brown 1 lb hamburger with 1/2 of a chopped onion, salt and pepper.  Drain.

Cook 1/2 lb bacon (I cut it up with kitchen shears in smaller squares so I don't have to later), until most of the fat is gone, but not too crispy)..drain.

In a regular crockpot (or large one if you double) Add:
the hamburger and bacon
1 (15 ounce) can of kidney beans drained
1 (15 ounce) can white kidney beans, drained.
1 (16 ounce) can of baked beans with pork (I used Bushs)
1 (4 ounce?) can lima beans
1/2 cup ketchup
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 Tablespoon dry mustard
1/2 cup brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste if needed.

Stir well and cook on Low for at least 2 hours.  Can keep on low for a long time. 

You can also bake these in the oven in a 9 x 13 pan, covered, for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees. 



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Beer and BBQ Country Style Pork Ribs

They had country pork ribs at our little local grocery store on sale this past weekend, so I bought a pack.  I hadn't even cooked them for quite a while and thought we needed a change from the standby stuff every day.  Today I decided to look up a recipe that was a little different than the norm, and found this one that I changed a little bit with adding my husband, Dave's, moms homemade BBQ sauce that we like to much.  I just added a tsp of minced garlic to it per the recipe's suggestion..  I really liked the end result.  I made some mashed potatoes, corn and tossed salad to go along with it and some cut up watermelon. 

Here is the recipe: The original was from the "Meat Lovers cookbook" and had a 5 star rating and lots of reviews.

BEER AND BBQ COUNTRY STYLE PORK RIBS:]

3 lbs country style boneless pork ribs (I had bones in some of mine and it worked out fine-just took the meat off them before serving)
2 medium onions, sliced (mine were sweet yellow onions)
1 (12 oz) can of beef (I used Michalob light because there was a can in the fridge)
2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce (a lot of people used sweet baby rays, but I made Netties-the recipe is on this blog under Nettie's BBQ sauce)

DIRECTIONS:
1)  Brown the pork on all sides
2) Place the ribs in an oven proof pan and scatter the onions all around them.
3) Pour in the beef and cover with a lid or tin foil tightly.
4) Bake at 300 degrees for 3-4 hours until very tender
5) Pour out the beer, leaving the onions.
6) Slather the pork with the BBQ sauce and add 3 minced garlic cloves if desired to the sauce. Bake uncovered for another hour until the sauce is brown and thick.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Rhubarb Meringue Torte

This is another old recipe..it's from my 1971 4H cookbook and who knows how long it was around before that. I used to make it a lot in the spring when the rhubarb was perfect and abundant, in fact I doubled it for a 9 x 13 pan because it would get gobbled up quickly..you just can't help eating it..it kind of melts in your mouth.  I love the shortbread type buttery crust and the pudding center.  so good.  Tomorrow I am having my mom over with a couple of my siblings for a potluck luncheon for her and decided to make it.  I just made the original size because I know for a fact I'd be endlessly eating it into oblivion if I made the large size.  If you have rhubarb or can get a hold of some this is a great recipe.  Looks special, but really isn't that hard, I am not the best at meringue, but most of the time it's good enough. 

RHUBARB MERINGUE TORTE:

CRUST:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

Mix together like a pie crust (I use a pastry blender so it's well combined) and press into the bottom of an 8 x 8 square baking pan.  Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes until slightly browned.  set aside to cool.

PUDDING CENTER:
in a medium sized kettle combine:
3 cups of rhubarb, peeled and cut up finely. 
pinch of salt
2 Tablespoons flour
1/2 cup half and half
3 egg yolks from large eggs  (save the whites for the meringue in a mixing bowl)
1-1/2 cups sugar

Cook on medium heat, stirring all the while so the bottom doesn't scorch, until thick and creamy. 
Let cool slightly and then pour it evenly over the cooled crust. 

MERINGUE:
Beat the 3 egg whites until soft peaks form.  add a pinch of cream of tarter and 3 Tablespoons of powdered sugar, one at a time, until stiff peaks form.  spoon on to pudding layer evenly and bake at 300 degrees until light brown.  KEEP your eyes on it..it can turn quickly and burn once it starts browning.  I think mine took about 20 minutes, but that's different on every oven. 

Cool at room temperature and then refrigerate when completely cooled.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Lemon Supreme Pudding Dessert

It's Easter tomorrow, so I am making a couple desserts.  The first one is a pudding dessert, nothing new really, but I altered it a little so it mimicked lemon supreme pie, which is my favorite pie.  Here's how I put it together:

LEMON SUPREME PUDDING DESSERT:

OVEN: 325.

CRUST:
Mix together,
1 cup white flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/8 cup powdered sugar
until well mixed.  spray the bottom of a 9 x 13 cake pan (I used glass just so you could see the layers for presentation), and press the mixture evenly into the bottom.  Bake for 20 minutes or until slightly browned on the edges..may be sooner if your oven is hotter than mine.

Remove and cool.

WHEN COOLED COMPLETELY: 
Layer two:
Beat together with a mixer on low speed:
1 softened package of 8 ounce cream cheese.  I used the light one.
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 of a small cool whip and pour/spoon over the crust.

THIRD LAYER:
Mix together 2 pkgs (3 oz) of lemon instant pudding and
2-1/2 cups milk until thickened.  carefully spoon over 2nd layer and smooth out. 

FOURTH LAYER:
Cover with a layer of cool whip.  I use a whole small container for mine because I like the yellow covered well. 

refrigerate.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

One Pot Cheesy Kielbasa Pasta

Kim shared this recipe with me after she made it last night for supper and it looked really good.  She made some changes to the original recipe, so I will let you know what was the original.  I made it tonight and I thought it was good, quick and easy..

Here is her version:

ONE POT KIELBASA CHEESY PASTA:
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 ring of smoked kielbasa or smoked sausage cut into bite sized cubes
1/2 of a large onion finely diced
2 cloves garlic minced
2 cups chicken broth
1 (10 oz) can tomatoes (she used Rotel blended)
8 oz dry small pasta (I used small bow ties, she used small shells)
1/2 cup milk or heavy cream
1/2 tsp salt and pepper, each
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS
1.  Add olive oil to a 4-5 quart saute pan over medium high heat
2.  Fry the smoked kielbasa and onions
3.  Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
4.  Add chicken broth, tomatoes, heavy cream, pasta and seasonings
5.  Simmer for 15 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
6.  Remove skillet from heat and stir in 1/2 cup of cheese.
7.  Top with remaining cheese and cover until it's melted.
8.  sprinkle with sliced scallions and serve.

(I added some petite frozen peas when I added the pasta etc)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache and Marshmallow Frosting

We are celebrating my grandson, Kyle's, 12th birthday today.  When I asked him what kind of dessert he wanted he thought a bit and then said, chocolate cake with marshmallow frosting.  Where he thought that up is beyond me, but I came through today and made him a Hershey's chocolate cake with a layer of chocolate ganache and marshmallow frosting from a recipe I found on the internet.  It tastes just like marshmallows too, so I am hoping for a thumbs up!  The candles and decorations will be put on at the party... This cake would be a great Valentines dessert too..especially in cupcake form with a sugared raspberry or cute heart shaped marshmallow on top and served with ice cream even.  Here is how I made it.

Bake a chocolate cake or cupcakes.  I made a scratch one..the Hershey's chocolate cake (recipe is posted on my blog if you just do a "cake" search it will come up.  Let it completely cool.

Chocolate Ganache:
In a medium saucepan, bring 1 cup of heavy cream to a simmer on medium high heat, remove from heat and add one 12 ounce bag of semisweet chocolate chips.  Let sit 5 minutes and then whisk until smooth.  Pour over cake, or dip cupcakes if you made those into it.  Let set/cool. 

Marshmallow Frosting:
Place a heat resistant glass bowl on top of a kettle with boiling water (not in the water-has to placed like a double boiler would) Add 8 egg whites, 2 cups of sugar, 3/4 tsp cream of tarter all at once into the bowl and whisk it continuously until the sugar has dissolved (1-5 minutes).  Remove from heat and beat with a mixer until stiff peaks form-about 5-7 minutes.  ADD 1 tsp vanilla, stirring it in to incorporate.  Frost or pipe onto cake or cupcakes.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A new banner for my cube at work

I have a "Hanging on a Star" hanger at work outside my cube that I have made different banners for throughout the year..I didn't have a February/Valentine's Day one, so Sunday afternoon and today in the afternoon, I made one up finally.  I will be anxious to hang it tomorrow and take down my snowman one for January..I am anxious for warmer weather and spring to come and this might help seeing it's fresh colors and hope for just that!  I think it turned out pretty..