Thursday, February 16, 2017


I used to make homemade potstickers.  Now I buy them at Costco.  But the homemade ones were good and I would make them again in a different phase of life.
Homemade Pot Stickers
1 lb ground pork
 cloves garlic
1/3 head cabbage
1 medium carrot
2 green onions
1/2 red bell pepper
2 t. Worcestershire sauce
2 t. soy sauce
black pepper
1 t. ginger

Put 1 T. of finely chopped veggies in each pot sticker.  Fry in 2 T. oil, af 1/2 c. wate to the pan and steam for 20 minutes. Or freeze before cooking

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Taco Stack

Taco stack is a long time favorite. It's really easy to double and feed the neighborhood.

Taco Stack
1 lb ground beef
1 onion
1 can tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1 package taco seasoning
12 corn cortillas
1 pound shredded cheddar cheese.

Brown beef with onion.  Drain fat.  Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, and taco seasoning.  Simmer 10 minutes.

Place 1/4 c mixture in the bottom of 9x13 pan.  Layer tortillas, meat mixture, and cheese in two stacks of 6 tortillas.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Serve with sour cream and green onion.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti

This is, like, not even a recipe.

4-5 chicken breasts
1 jar spaghetti sauce
8 hours on low in the crock pot

Serve over spaghetti with parmesan cheese.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Tomato Chicken Penne

A simple one pot pasta dish, other than it assumes you have cooked chicken lying around

Tomato Chicken Penne

2 1/2 c penne
1/2 c. onion
1 T. olive oil
2 T. chicken broth
2 c. cooked chicken
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1/2 c. parmesan cheese
1/2 c. whipping cream
1 can sliced olives

Cook pasta.  Saute onion in oil.  Stir in broth, cook for 1 minute.  Drain pasta and add to skillet.  Add remaining ingredients.  Cook and stir until heated through and slightly thickened.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Jamie's Potato Casserole

Here is Jamie's potato casserole recipe, just in case I ever have to make it myself.

Mix together:
30 oz bag of frozen shredded potatoes
1 can cream of mushroom
1 can cream of chicken
1 1/2-2 c. sour cream
1-1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Place mixture in a 9x13 dish and sprinkle with crumb topping

crumb topping:
1/2 c. melted butter
1 sleeve of crushed ritz crackers
1 c. crushed corn flakes

Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 1 hour.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Southwestern Bean Soup

This is one of those recipes, like taco soup, that hardly bears writing down.  It's basically taco soup with beans instead of meat.

Southwestern Bean Soup
1 small onion chopped
1 t. garlic
1/2 t. vegetable oil
1 can black beans
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can chicken broth
1 can cannelloni or white kidney beans
1 can corn
3/4 t. cumin
3/4 t. chili powder

Saute onion and garlic.  Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 5 minutes.  Serve with tortilla chips, shredded cheese, and sour cream.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Apple Cheddar Soup

I love this soup, but I'm the only one, so I make it when I make fish or Zuppa Toscana for John.

Apple Cheddar Soup
1/2 c. finely choppd onion
1 T. butter
2 medium potatoes, diced
2 c. apple cider
1/2 t. salt
dash cayenne pepper (I usually add a sprinkle of chili powder instead)
1 medium apple, peeled and chopped
1/2 c. milk
2 T. flour
1 . shredded cheese
fresh apple slices

Cook onion in butter.  Stir in potatoes, cider and seasonings.  Boil.  Simmer covered 15 minutes or until potatoes are almost tender.  Add apple and simmer 5 more minutes.  Combine milk and flour.  Stir into soup.  Cook and stir untl bubbly.  Whisk in cheese until melted.  Top with fresh apple slices and ground pepper.