Tuesday, February 8, 2011


I haven't posted on here for a while. But I've actually tried a ton of new recipes that I have loved and have wanted to share. My family's menu is growing and I think they really appreciate that. Now I'm just trying to organize everything. Lately I have been a slacker at cooking but once in a while I get in this mood to try new food and I love it when I do and realize just how much I enjoy cooking and seeing how my family loves it. Hopefully you enjoy some of the recipes too and maybe I can be better at being more consistent with cooking and posting what I cook.

The new recipes I posted below are as follows: Creamy Sausage and Tomato Dip, Oreo Cookie Balls, Banana Banana Bread, Creamy Tomato and Chicken Spaghetti, Crepes, Chicken Rice Casserole, Hamburger Rice Hot-Dish, Teandra's Pizza, and Taco Pie.


Creamy Sausage and Tomato Dip

This is just the right amount of spice for me. Very creamy and has a great flavor. A huge hit at our super bowl party.

1lb Italian Sausage
1-8 oz package cream cheese
1-14/4 oz can tomatoes w/ green chilis. (I used Rotel)

Brown sausage. Drain grease. Add cream cheese and can of tomatoes. It's up to you whether you want to drain can of tomatoes or not. We drained ours and it turned out great. Stir until cheese melts and well incorporated. Serve with tortilla chips. You can also put in small crockpot on warm. Yields about 2 cups of dip.

*I doubled it. I made it all in a skillet and then put in small crockpot to serve and keep warm.

Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up!

Oreo Cookie Balls

I made these for the super bowl party at my parent's house and they were gone by the end of the game. These are very delicious and rich and perfect for any get-together.

1 regular pkg oreos (3 rows of cookies)
1-8oz pkg cream cheese
4 oz white almond bark or a bag of white chocolate chips (I used white chocolate chips and they turned out great. But make sure you get a high quality chocolate chip)

Add oreos to food processor and blend until fine. Add cream cheese to oreo crumbs and blend until dough-like. Chill mixture for 15 minutes then roll into bite-size balls. Chill balls for 15 minutes. Melt almond bark or chocolate chips in microwave making sure not to burn it. I melted my chocolate chips in a glass bowl on 50% power in 40 second intervals until it was all creamy and melted. If you have almond bark it should have how to melt it on the package. Dip chilled balls in melted chocolate using fork or toothpick so chocolate can drip off. Set on wax paper and let set approx. 30 minutes. If using sprinkles do so right away before chocolate sets. Once set I put the balls in mini cupcake liners to serve. These are best when chilled.

*I had a hard time covering the whole ball in chocolate at first but it got better as I practiced.

Recipe from Just a Pinch

Banana Banana Bread

I just think this recipe is delicious.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/3 cup mashed overripe bananas (about 6 bananas)

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake in preheated over for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn onto a wire rack.

Recipe from allrecipes.com. All recipes I have gotten from there have been a success.

Creamy Tomato and Chicken Spaghetti

I'm trying to get a good menu for our family. There have been several recipes that I have tried and they just haven't turned out very well. I consider myself a good cook. I follow directions and will try new things and improvise but for some reason some recipes just aren't good-at all. This one is very family friendly and again my daughter enjoyed it. The whole reason of wanting to expand our menu was my daughter. My husband and I could eat cereal every night and be happy with it. But I think he is grateful that I am trying new recipes. My husband is kind of picky too at times but he also really liked this one.

1/2lb spaghetti, uncooked
2 cups frozen stir-fry veggies
1 TB oil
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 can (14.5oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 c zesty italian dressing (i used Kraft brand)
1/2 cup (1/2 of 8 oz box) cream cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Cook spaghetti in large saucepan as directed on package, adding stir-fry veggies to the boiling water for the last 3 min.

Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 6 min., stirring occasionally. Stir in tomatoes and dressing; bring to boil. Simmer on medium heat 4 min., stirring occasionally. Add cream cheese spread; cook and stir until cream cheese is completely melted and mixture is well blended.

Drain spaghetti mixture; place in large bowl. Add chicken mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan.

Recipe from Kraft Foods. I love this place, it has great recipes and a recipe box where you can store your favorite ones.


My daughter LOVES these. I have to be careful because they are very addicting. I had never made crepes before and this was very easy and very good.

1 large egg
1/4 c flour
1/4 c milk
1/4 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
1 tsp sugar
1/4 stick of butter (the real stuff)
-these represent the approx. proportions, you can always experiement to taste and multiply for more servings, this is for about 3-4 crepes or 1-2 servings.

Mix all ingredients together so that there are no clumps in the batter. A whisk helps. The batter should be the consistency of a thick beverage like egg nog. Heat a frying pan on the oven at medium heat and rub some butter on the bottom so the crepes don't stick. Remove excess butter in pan with a paper towel. Too much butter will ruin crepes. Put about 1/4 cup of batter in the pan and spread around by rotating the pan (crepes need to be very thin, don't put too much batter in or you will end up with pancakes). Wait approx. 30 seconds then flip carefully with a large spatula, wait another minute or so and you have made your first crepe. Spread on toppings: nutella, chocolate, cream, fruit, coconut, etc. Wrap up like a burrito and ENJOY!

Thank you to my friend Levi, my daughter really enjoys these!

Chicken Rice Casserole

Another recipe from my friend Audra. And again we enjoyed this, including my 2 year old.

This recipe makes in a 9 x 13 casserole pan.

2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 2/3 cups of water
1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
1/3 cups of shredded cheese (depending on how cheesy you want it.

Mix everything in the baking dish except for the cheese and chicken. After that's mixed well, take the chicken and cut it up into bite size pieces and top the mix in the dish with the chicken. Bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes. Once your chicken is cooked and your rice is tender pull it out and top it with the cheese (however much or little you want) and then put it back in the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and you are all done.

Hamburger Rice Hot-Dish

I got this from a friend and it actually was a success with my 2 year old. I hold on to those recipes. I changed the recipe up a little. It wasn't a strict recipe to begin with. But it's a good dish for a family.

1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
dehydrated onion or 1/4-1/2 an onion
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/4 c soy sauce
1 cup of rice
2 1/2 cups water
2-3 TB sour cream (optional-this is what I added for ours)

Brown meat in large skillet. Season with a little salt and pepper and onion. Then add the can of cream of chicken soup. Add sour cream now if you wish. Next you add the rice and water. Then add the soy sauce and bring it all to a boil. Reduce it to a simmer and cover. Let it simmer until rice is tender. It's usually between 20-25 minutes. You can add more water if the rice needs it. You can also add or take away the soy sauce depending on how well your family likes it.

Thank you Audra for the recipe!

Teandra's Pizza

This recipe comes from my wonderful and talented sister-in-law Teandra. She is an amazing chef and this is a very very yummy recipe. The only thing you really need to get right on this is the dough. It's great because it doesn't have to rise.

Dough Ingredients:
1 c warm water
1 T yeast
1 tsp sugar
1/4 c olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 1/4 - 2 1/2 c flour

Dough Directions: Mix the water and yeast and sugar, let sit until frothy. Add the other ingredients and mix/knead a bit until smooth. Spread on the pizza pan and top as you wish. Bake 400-450 degrees in oven until browned on the bottom.

Thoughts from Teandra: When I start making the pizza dough, I will pre-heat the oven and put the stone/pan into the over to pre-heat as well. I then take the HOT stone/pan out and put the dough on it, careful not to burn myself. Pre-heating the stone/pan will make the bottom crispy and starts the cooking process.

I dice up an onion really fine, and take some minced garlic (jar from fridge generally) and sprinkle that directly on the dough, then I sprinkle some pizza spices on: basil and oregano. Then I put the sauce on (little can of tomato sauce). I like to put the spices on the bottom since I think it helps the flavor get captured better. Then I put the cheese on and top with any ingredients we want. Ingredient Ideas: crumbled bacon, sausage, pepperoni, green peppers, onions, olives, mushrooms, tomatoes and parmesan cheese.

My thoughts on this: Really you can put any ingredients you want on. Once we loaded it with veggies another time we kept it simple with cheese and pepperoni (our daughter likes it better that way usually). But what we LOVE is putting the chopped onion, garlic and spices on before the sauce. The dough truly does capture the flavor. As you make it you'll find what you like and what you don't. For example: we definitely use onion it every time but we never end up putting a whole onion on-usually because of my husband's taste buds. We love pizza on Friday or Saturday night and this has saved us a lot of money.

Taco Pie

We made this recipe at a relief society activity because you can freeze it. It was pretty good and my husband enjoyed it. It could use some fresh tomatoes or avocados or sour cream once it comes out of the oven.

1lb ground beef or ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
1 package taco seasoning
1- 4oz can sliced black olives
1- 8oz can tomato sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 tube refrigerator crescent rolls
1 cup refried beans
1- 10 1/2 oz package corn chips, crushed
1 cup sour cream

Brown ground beef with onion. Add taco seasoning, olives and tomato sauce. Flatten crescent roll dough and press onto bottom of foil baking pan. Heat refried beans and mix with 2 tablespoons of water to make spreadable. Spread over crust. Top with 1 cup of the cheese. Cover crust with half of the crushed corn chips. Spoon meat mixture over corn chips. Cover with sour cream. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup of cheese. Top with remaining corn chips. Cover with heavy foil. Label and freeze.

to serve: Thaw overnight. Bake uncovered 45 minutes at 375 degrees. If frozen bake 3 hours.

When we got this recipe they told us that it was for two meals. You could probably use it for one because when we made it, it was a little thin.