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Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese

10 Oct

Charity’s sensory issues have led me to cut artificial food dyes out of her diet.  Among the bajillion culprits lies Kraft’s Macaroni and Cheese, which uses yellow dye.  This has placed me on the hunt for a good homemade macaroni and cheese recipe.  In general I don’t like Velveeta recipes because they seem to turn out so thick and sticky.  And homemade versions using real cheddar, flour, and milk always seem a bit chalky and pasty to me.  This version of Velveeta macaroni and cheese, utilizing butter, flour and LOTS of milk creates a much creamier pasta than the recipe on the Velveeta box.

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. uncooked macaroni
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 14 oz. Velveeta, cut into chunks
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs tossed with 3 T melted butter (optional)

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare macaroni almost according to package directions.  Undercook by a minute or two and drain while still al dente.  You want a firmer pasta, so it doesn’t turn to mush as it bakes for 20 minutes.  Pour into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.

Melt margarine in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Whisk in flour and cook for a few minutes, until color begins to darken without burning.  Whisk in milk and cook, stirring constantly until mixture bubbles and thickens.  Add chunks of Velveeta and stir to melt.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Pour sauce over macaroni. If desired, top with buttered panko.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Recipe inspired by food.com

Creamy Mushroom Basil Spaghetti Squash Casserole

10 Oct

Creamy mushroom basil spaghetti squashWe have been receiving quite a few spaghetti squash from Derek’s Aunt Verna and Uncle Glen.  I am always looking for new recipes and have found a few winners this fall.  I like the creamy, toasty crunch that this one packs.

Ingredients:

  • 2 small to medium spaghetti squash
  • olive oil for sauteeing
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 8 oz. fresh, sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup seasoned panko bread crumbs
  • 3 T butter, melted

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Halve spaghetti squash and place cut side down on buttered baking sheet.  Bake for 40 minutes or until tender.  Cool to the point of being able to handle, remove and discard seeds, then shred pulp gently with a fork so that strands resemble spaghetti noodles.  Place strands in a greased casserole dish, discarding shell.  Do not turn off oven.

While squash is baking, heat oil over medium heat and saute onion, mushroom, and basil until vegetables are just tender.  Stir sour cream and onion mixture into squash.  Gently mix in the parmesan cheese.  Combine the panko and melted butter and top casserole evenly with buttered crumbs.

Bake uncovered for 15 minutes.  Serve hot, creamy, and toasty!

Recipe inspired by allrecipes.com.

Photo by me, MyLittleFoodSpot.com

Baked Onion Bread

9 Sep

When my grandfather passed away, friends from all over brought by or sent TONS of awesome food.  One of our favorites was Sharon’s yummy, bubbly onion bread.  She was kind enough, at Derek’s persistence, to share her recipe.

Ingredients

  • one loaf sour dough bread, cut in pieces or halved
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • dash Worcestershire sauce

Combine butter, mayo, cheese.  Stir in chopped onion and Worcestershire.  Layer bread slices on baking sheet and top with butter and cheese mixture.  Bake at 400F for 20 minutes.

 

Recipe by Sharon Yeargan

Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Cheesecake

5 May

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I must say, for something chock full of buttery Oreos, cream cheese and sour cream, it was pretty good.  (I did use fat-free sour cream…that makes it healthy, right)?  I immensely enjoyed licking out the bowl and the beaters.

Ingredients

  • 20 OREO Cookies, crushed (about 2 cups)
  • 3 Tbsp.  butter, melted
  • 4 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 cup  sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup  BREAKSTONE’S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 squares  BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted, cooled

Preparation

HEAT oven to 325°F. Mix cookie crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of foil-lined 13×9-inch pan. Bake 10 min.

BEAT cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Add sour cream; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing after each just until blended.

RESERVE 1 cup batter. Stir chocolate into remaining batter; pour over crust. Top with spoonfuls of reserved plain batter.

SWIRL batters with knife. Bake 40 min. or until center is almost set. Cool. Refrigerate 4 hours.

Recipe and photo by kraftfoods.com

Creamy Potato Soup

27 Mar
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Thick and creamy potato soup seasoned with onion and dill, topped with croutons
Ingredients:
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cups sliced and peeled potatoes
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Few dashes of pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill
  • Seasoned croutons and crumbled bacon, for serving (optional)
Instructions: 1. Bring first three ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes or until done. Cool slightly, then blend until smooth. Set aside.

2. Stir together the next four ingredients. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Stir into potato mixture. Add dill and heat soup thoroughly. Top with croutons and serve.

Yields 8 servings

Recipe from Tammy’s Recipes

Spicy Chicken Rice Bowl

14 Feb

If you want this dish hotter, add more red curry paste.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2  cups  uncooked long-grain rice
  • 2  tablespoons  butter
  • 1  tablespoon  all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4  cups  chicken broth
  • 1/2  cup  milk
  • 1/2  cup  light coconut milk
  • 3  tablespoons red curry paste
  • 2  tablespoons  fresh lime juice
  • 2  teaspoons  grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  savory baked chicken (about three cups, shredded)
  • 1 1/2  cups  fresh steamed green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2  red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4  cup  chopped fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges

Preparation

1. Prepare rice according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in chicken broth, milk, and coconut milk. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, 2 minutes or until mixture is thick and bubbly. Stir in curry paste and next 3 ingredients. Stir chicken, green beans, and red bell pepper strips into curry mixture; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro. Serve chicken mixture over rice. Sprinkle with remaining chopped cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

Yields 6 servings

Chicken Cobbler Casserole

18 Jan

We’re big on leftovers, and while this is ok reheated, it is best right out of
the oven while the croutons are hot and buttery crispy.

Ingredients

  • 6  tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • 4  cups  cubed sourdough rolls
  • 1/3  cup  grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2  tablespoons  chopped fresh parsley
  • 2  medium-size sweet onions, sliced
  • 1  (8-ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1  cup  white wine
  • 1  (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2  cup  drained and chopped jarred roasted red bell peppers
  • 2 1/2  cups  shredded cooked chicken

 

  1. Toss 4 tablespoons melted butter with next 3 ingredients; set aside.
  2. Sauté onions in remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat 15 minutes or until golden brown.  Add mushrooms, and sauté 5 minutes.  Stir in wine and next 3 ingredients; cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until bubbly.
  3. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 9-inch square baking dish; top evenly with bread mixture.  Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until golden brown.