Monday, June 15, 2009

Cheesy Potato Casserole .

This is another of those fabulous dishes that comes from the Bunco group. Come to think of it, we may have to rename it the Bunco-Chickenfoot-Fluxx-Eat&Drink Society. This goes well with a nice Chardonnay! LOL!

Thank you Barbara, this was good.

6 medium potatoes
- peel, chop, then cook in water and drain

1 can mushroom soup
1 can milk (measure in soup can)
8 oz light sour cream
16 oz cheddar cheese
1/2 stick margarine, chopped
10 pcs of crisp cooked bacon, chopped

Mix above ingredients. It should be the consistency of light cream. If too thick, add more milk in 1/4 cup increments, then combine gently with cooked potatoes. Spoon into casserole dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
Bake 45 min in 350 oven.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Cream peas .

I hated green peas when I was a kid and I especially hated cream peas. Peas are still not my favorite vegetable, but you wouldn't think so if you could watch me at the salad bar. I can skip the tomatoes, although in the summer the fresh tomatoes are specia., but I love those umcooked thawed peas that pop when you bite into them. I sprinkle them over everything else and then grate an incredible of fresh black pepper over that. Yum.

Oh, the creaming of the yukky veg. This is pretty good. I especially like it because it doesn't begin with instructions to cook the peas to mush...

2 cups frozen green peas, thawed
2/3 cup water
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon white sugar

In a medium sauce pan, combine peas, water, and salt. Bring to a boil, then stir in butter.
In a small bowl, whisk together cream, flour, amd sugar. Stir mixture into peas. Cook over medium high heat until thick and bubbly, about 5 minutes.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Poppy Seed Loaf Delight .

I have a big 'ol stack of recipes beside my computer to put on the blog. They have piled up while I've been out discovering, and being discovered on, Facebook. I do need to retire so I have more play time!

This recipe if from my sister. The great thing about her recipes is they work, they are good and usually nutritious, and don't venture too far off into the bizarro. No pickled yak's tongue simmered with olives and pistachios in a mouse milk sauce. In other words, you don't have to figure out what to substitute for that ingredient you have never heard of or that is so esoteric that once you've made the recipe the remainder of the carton will spoil because you'll never use it again. This one threw me a loop, however, because being the padded sister, I always got butter flavor from butter. She is a bit more calorie/fat content conscious, so here it is...Thanks, sis.

3 cups flour
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/8 cups vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 1/2 Tablespoons poppyseeds
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1 1/2 teaspoons butter flavor

Combine flour, sugar, milk, oil, eggs, poppy seeds, salt, baking powder, vanilla extract and flavor. Mix 1-2 minutes with an electric mixer. Pour into 2 greased 9x5 loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Let cool 5 minutes and glaze (optional).

Glaze: 3/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 teaspoon butter flavoring
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

Mix together and pour over warm bread before removing from pans.