Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Chili with Beans

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 chipotle peppers, seeded and chopped in adobo sauce
  • 1 15-ounce can red kidney beans
  • 2 12-ounce can Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 8-ounce can tomatoes sauce
  • 1 cup water or beef stock
  • 2 tablespoon ketchup
  • grated cheese
  • thinly sliced green onions

Cook beef and onion in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat 10 to 12 minutes, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink.
Drain, and return beef mixture to Dutch oven.
Add chili powder, salt and pepper.
Cook 2 minutes, stirring to toast chili powder.
Stir in chipotle peppers, tomatoes, tomato sauce, ketchup and water.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat.
Cover and simmer one hour.
Add beans 10 minutes before serving.
Garnish with grated cheese and green onions.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Peachy Banana Smoothie

  • 2 bananas, frozen, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup fresh or canned peach slices
  • 1 6-ounce carton nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 dash nutmeg

Place all ingredigients in blender.
Blend until smooth.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Hamburger Soup

A hearty soup recipe, that's a family favorite.


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, sliced
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 4 cups water, more to desired consistency
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 15-ounce can English peas, drained
  • 1/2 head cabbage shredded
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 pound spaghetti pasta

Brown ground beef and onion in a large pot. Drain if needed.
Add celery and tomato paste.
Cook 10 minutes, scrapping bottom of pan as tomato paste browns.
Add stock, water, tomatoes, corn, peas, cabbage and carrots.
Season with salt to taste.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
Add potatoes cook 15 minutes.
Add spaghetti cook 10 minutes.
Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Peanut Butter Cookies

Classic peanut butter cookies are easy to make with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

  • 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Cream together peanut butter, shortening and sugar.
Mix in egg and vanilla.
Add dry ingredients. Do not over-mix.
Roll dough into 1 inch balls.
Place on cookie sheet and flatten with fork tines dipped in water.
Leave tine marks on surface of cookies.
Bake in pre-heated 375 degrees oven 8 to 10 minutes.
Cool slightly before removing from pan.
Cool on rack.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Praline Cake

  • 1 box butter pecan cake mix
  • 1 tub coconut pecan frosting
  • 4 eggs                                                                                             
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour a 12-cup bundt pan.
Mix all ingredients together.
Beat on low speed 30 seconds.
Beat on medium speed 2 minutes.
Pour into prepared pan.
Bake in pre-heated oven 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Tip:  Serve plain or top with a simply confectioners' sugar glaze.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Confectioners' Sugar Glaze

1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix sugar, milk and butter together in a saucepot.
Bring to a boil over medium heat.
Remove from heat.
Stir in vanilla extract.
Slowly pour over cake.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Impossible Egg Custard

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Beat eggs, sugar and flour together.
Add milk and mix well.
Add melted butter, vanilla and nutmeg.
Pour into a greased deep-dish pie pan.
Bake in pre-heated 350-degree oven for 50 minutes.

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