Thursday, October 30, 2008

French Dip Sandwiches

I tried this because...
1) it looked easy and 2) Sam would be required to dip her food.

2-3 lb London Broil
1 can Campbells Beef Consome
1 can Campbells French Onion Soup
1 can water

I put a 2 lb frozen london broil and all the ingredients in a crock pot on low for 7-9 hours.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Apricot Chicken

Recipe From: Mormon Cookbook
This is really easy and UNinspiring.

2-4 chicken breasts (leave whole or slice in thick strips)
1 cup Russian dressing
1 cup apricot preserves
1 envelop onion soup mix

Mix 3 ingredients together and pour over chicken in a baking dish. Cook at 350 for 30-60 minutes (depending on whether chicken is whole or cut). Serve with steamed broccoli over rice.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Recipe From: Blake's Aunt Charlene
I LOVE meatloaf and Blake hates it. He is out of town on business, so tonight is meatloaf night! Sam is sure to love this only because she can dip it with ketchup.
1 lb extra lean ground meat
1 egg (beaten)
3/4 cup bread crumbs or oats (I use 2 slices of whole wheat bread)
1/2 yellow onion (chopped)
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup ketcup (divided) (I use 8 oz tomato sauce)
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
salt, pepper, thyme, marjoram

Mix all the ingredients together (1/2 the tomato sauce/ketchup) and form a loaf. Place into a sprayed pan and cover with the remaining tomato sauce (or last 1/4 cup of ketchup). Bake for 1 hour at 350 or until cooked thoroughly. Serve with ketchup.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Spinach Pasta Salad

Recipe From: Laurie Turk
Laurie entertains a lot and this looked yummy. She has a great website
Salad Ingredients:
1 bag spinach leaves
3-4 green onions (sliced)
1/4 cup parsley
3 oz craisins
3 oz honey roasted peanuts
1 can mandarin oranges (drained)
6-8 oz bow tie pasta
1 chicken breast (cooked and sliced)

Dressing Ingredients:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup teriyaki sauce (I used Lawry's marinade)
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Combine dressing ingredients and refrigerate overnight. Combine salad ingredients, toss in spinach and dressing prior to serving.

Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Mini Muffins

Recipe From: Jen Meacham
Good ole' college roomate and recipe. Jen and I used to make pumpkin bread to go along with our pasta and cold spaghetti sauce...with a can of applesauce on the side. It was great. Now it is mini muffins with mini chocolate chips... low fat. My, my, how the times have changed.

15 oz canned pumpkin
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar (I use half splenda)
2 eggs
3/4 cup butter (I use half low fat)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Combine and mix. Add chocolate chips last. Spray mini muffin tin with Pam flour spray. I fill them full and/or over the top. Bake at 325 for 20-24 minutes. In a bread pan, cook for 1 hour & 10 minutes.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Smoked Brisket & BBQ Sauce

Recipe From: ??
Been hanging on to this BBQ sauce recipe for awhile, and just finally tried it. We smoked 10 lbs of brisket this weekend at the Property.
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
4 Tbsp worstershire sauce
4 Tbsp brown sugar
3 Tbsp dijon mustard
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp honey
1 tsp black pepper
pinch of salt

Combine and simmer over low heat.
His Way
Meat and Bread.
My Way
Baked Potato with chopped brisket simmered in BBQ Sauce with steamed veggies.

Spinach, Strawberry & Feta Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Recipe From: Maralee Holiday
My sister-in-law is famous for bringing her Spinach Salad to all events. This is the dressing recipe, but a different salad.
Salad Ingredients:
Bag of Spinach
1/4 red onion (sliced and rinsed)
Strawberries (sliced)
Feta Cheese
Sesame seeds or Walnuts (toasted)

Dressing Ingredients:
2 Tbsp poppyseeds
2 Tbsp white vinegar
1/2 cup mayo (I used low fat)
1/2 cup sugar (I used 1/2 splenda)
1/4 cup milk (I used skim)

Combine and shake and refridgerate.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Bow Tie Pasta Salad

Recipe From: ??
Found it on someone's food blog, can't printed it off months ago and now can't find it. I served this at Samantha's Birthday Party and was able to make it the night before. Turned out great!
1 box (16 oz) bow tie pasta
2 chicken breasts (cooked, cooled & cubed)
1/2 cup craisins
1 cup red grapes (cut in half)
3 green onions (chopped)
3/4 cup sunflower seed kernels

Dressing Ingredients:
1 cup mayonnaise (I used light)
2/3 cup sugar (I used half splenda)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp ginger powder

Mix all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk them together and cover. Refrigerate. Mix the pasta salad ingredients together (except sunflower seeds) in a large bowl. Toss and refrigerate. Just before serving, mix in the sunflower seeds and dressing.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Recipe From: Amy Griffeth's Sister-in-Law
For Monday Night Football, Blake loves to eat pizza. We used to order out, but Sammie loves to roll out her own dough! We tried this new recipe and it was great! Depending on what meats we have left over, that is the pizza theme. Since coming home from Costa Rica, I haven't really been cooking there were no leftovers. But, this was easy and really good!
Pizza Dough Ingredients:
2 tbsp yeast
1 tbsp salt
1/4 c. brown sugar
5 c. flour
3 1/2 c. hot water

Gradually stir in 3 1/2 c more flour so dough is not sticky.
Knead 10 minutes.

Let rise 30 minutes.
350 degrees for 25 minutes. (Bake 10-15 minutes, then add toppings and bake until cheese is melted)

Pizza Ingredients:
Chicken Breast (boiled & shredded)
BBQ Sauce
Red Onion
Pineapple Tidbits
FRESH Mozzarella Cheese

Boil and shred the chicken OR slice and marinate with seasonings and bbq sauce. Broil on low and don't overcook, as it will cook longer on the pizza. Combine with pineapple and sliced red onion. Spread bbq sauce on the pizza crust, top with chicken/pineapple/onion mixture. Tear pieces on mozzarella and add all over pizza.

Twice Baked Potatoes

Recipe From: My Mom
Everytime my family gets together to grill steaks, Blake insists on these. I don't think they are worth the trouble, but whatever. This was the first time I made them, and they weren't as good as when my mom does it. I never really measure, so that could be my problem.

4 large baking potatoes
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup butter (softened)
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
1 tbsp fresh chives (chopped)

Heat oven to 375. Scrub potatoes and pierce them several times with a fork to allow steam to escape while they bake. DO NOT WRAP IN TINFOIL. Bake 1 hour+ or until potatoes feel tender. When they are cool enough to handle, cut lengthwise in half. Scoop out inside, leaving thin shell. Mash potatoes with electric mixer on low speed until no lumps remain. Add milk in small amounts and mix until smooth and fluffy. Add butter, salt and pepper. Beat until potatoes are light and fluffy. Stir in cheese and chives. Fill potatoe shells with mashed potatoe mixture. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 400 for 20 minutes.

Salmon Steaks

Recipe From: Me
Butter and lemon juice...that's all you need, right? Healthy and easy.

2 salmon steaks (1 lb)
2 tbsp butter (I used low-fat)
1 lemon (seperated)
salt, pepper, garlic salt (to taste)

Melt the butter and add 1/2 lemon juice, salt, pepper and garlic salt. Rub into salmon. Squeeze the remaining juice from the lemon on top and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Broil on low and watch it closely...don't overcook. I served with fresh green beans.

Danish Ebleskivers

Recipe From: Blake's Mom
This is a Holiday tradition on General Conference Sunday. Blake's mom always gave an ebelskiver pan and a copy of her recipe as wedding presents. When Blake and I got married, his oldest brother's wife continued the tradition.

2 cups buttermilk
2 cups flour
3 eggs (yolk/whites seperated)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
chocolate chips, powdered sugar, butter, syrup, jam
Seperate egg whites and yolks. Beat egg yolks. Add sugar, salt and milk. Then add flour, baking soda and baking powder. Last, fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Heat ebelskiver pan over medium-low heat. I spray it with a flour-pam spray each batch. Cook until bubbly, then use skewers to carefully turn them over. Blake likes to have mini-chocolate chips mixed into the dough. Serve with powdered sugar, butter, syrup and jam.