Archive for February, 2014

Beef Vegetable Soup

February 19 was my grandmother’s birthday. She would be 88 years old. I was close to my grandmother because she came to live with us when I was 12. Before that, she lived within walking distance of my house. She passed away almost eight years ago. This post is in memory of her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This picture is of my grandmother and me.  I have this picture resting on a shelf in my living room along with my other grandparents and Brandon’s grandparents.  I glance at her picture often and it always brings memories of her being in the kitchen.

I have fond memories of her Beef Vegetable Soup. I don’t remember much about her cooking it, but I do remember eating and enjoying her soup with a peanut butter sandwich. My mom likes to make this soup often. My parents like to adjust the ingredients, depending on what ingredients they have on hand. I guess it’s just a comfort food for all of us that brings back loving memories with each bite.

I suggest you try this recipe out and make your own memories and family traditions. For the recipe:

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 2 cans Veg-All
  • 1 large can tomato juice
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • chopped fresh vegetables (we used 2 baked potatoes, chopped into small chunks)
  • 5 beef bouillon cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste

In Dutch Oven, brown ground beef with onion. Drain fat. Add Veg-All with juice, tomato juice, chopped vegetables, and beef bouillon cubes. Bring to a boil. Turn to low and cover. Cook for one hour. Stir to prevent sticking. Season with salt and pepper.

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Serve with your favorite sandwich. Brandon prefers grilled cheese, but I love to eat peanut butter and honey sandwich with my soup.

Ultimate Chicken Strips

I am loving this chicken recipe! It is definitely on the top of my dinner recipe list. I found this recipe in a local church’s cookbook. The best recipes are located in a church cookbook. These strips are BAKED not fried. Have I got your interest, yet?

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If you have these ingredients in your cabinets, then forget about running through the drive-thru at a fast food restaurant. These chicken bites are just as tasty for a few extra minutes of cooking. And, you get more for your buck.

Now, for the details you have been waiting for:

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken, cut into strips
  • 1/3 cup Bisquick mix
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted
  • Heat oven to 450 degrees. Line cookie sheet with foil, sprayed with cooking spray. In 1 gallon resealable bag, mix Bisquick, cheese, salt, and paprika. Dip half the chicken into egg. Place into the bag. Seal bag and shake to coat. Repeat with remaining chicken. Drizzle butter over chicken. Bake 12 to 14 minutes, turning halfway through baking time with a spatula until no pink is in center. Makes 4 servings.

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    You can serve this with fries and a salad. Or, in our case, serve with vegetable spring rolls (from the freezer section).

    Soapapilla Cheesecake

    Since it’s Valentines Day Weekend, I wanted to post a special Valentines recipe, but I couldn’t find anything that I have made that was special like that. So, I thought, Valentines is the day of love. What do I love? Cheesecake! (This love only comes after my love for my husband, of course.) My favorite is The Cheesecake Factory’s white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake. Unfortunately, I do not have a recipe nor a picture of that…nor a piece to eat right now. But, I do have a very simple and delicious Soapapilla Cheesecake recipe, which I do love also.

    This cheesecake can be eaten anytime of the day. My favorite time is eating a piece for breakfast. It’s similar to a cream cheese Danish. If you get the impression that it is related to the Mexican dessert, then you will be disappointed because the only similarity is the cinnamon and sweet flavors.

    I love this recipe because it is so easy to make. I found the recipe on Pinterest from My Chocolate Therapy. And the best part, most of the ingredients are already in your kitchen. This is another of my go-to recipes when I need something quick. I have made this for church, our family, and just for Brandon and me. We have also divided the recipe in half and made two pans to share with a family who lost a loved one.

    The only ingredients you need are 2 cans of crescent rolls, 2 packages of cream cheese, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and butter. Prepare in a 9×13 glass dish or divide in half and prepare in an 8×8 glass dish. The link above will carry you to the recipe. You can eat it warm or cold. I love eating it fresh out of the oven, like in the picture below.

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    I have also seen variations of this cake. You may want to try this recipe out:
    Blueberry Cheese Rolls

    Crunchy Apple and Grape Salad

    This is a recipe that I have been wanting to try for a while.  I had pinned this recipe on Pinterest, but never got around to do it until today.  I chose to make this recipe now because I had a friend who had some leftovers, like a tray of fruit, from a party that she hosted last weekend.  I hate to throw away food and let it waste, so I offered to take it home with me. The tray that was left over had sliced apples and grapes.  I was excited because I remembered about this recipe and I knew I had most of the other ingredients in the cabinets.  Plus, I wouldn’t have to do much since it was already sliced except just throw it together.

    This salad has several things going for it.  I love the flavors of the walnuts mixed with the sweet yogurt and grapes.  I found the recipe on Tasty Kitchen.  For the ingredients, all you need is vanilla yogurt, granulated sugar, brown sugar, Mayonnaise, juice from 1/2 a lemon, ground cinnamon, apples, pear, celery, silvered almonds, walnuts, and seedless grapes. The first 6 ingredients make the dressing and the last 6 ingredients make the salad.  So simple!  I really love the recipe’s website because you can key how many servings you need and they will adjust the amounts you need.

    I did slightly adjust the recipe for various reasons.  We omitted the pear and celery. Brandon hates celery, which makes me a little sad because I enjoy celery diced and mixed in dishes.  However, I don’t feel we were deprived by not having those ingredients.  I also only used 2 types of apples instead of 4 like suggested and that was because the tray only had green and red apples.  I added raisins to the salad that had been soaking in water for about 20 minutes because there was only a palm full of grapes in the tray and we knew that would not be enough.

    So, if you are looking for a tasty way to get in your fruits for the day, then in would highly recommend this salad. You will not be disappointed!

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