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November 2012 Archive for Four Seasons of Fun

RSS By: Kristina, AgWeb.com

Kristina grew up in a small farming community in southwest Iowa. Today, she lives on five acres in the country while running her own consulting business in the city.  Her website, www.kristinashouse.com, features homemaking, gardening, travel, entertainment, business and technology tips. In the kitchen, Kristina bridges the recipes of her past to the new flavors and fashionable foods of today. In business, she combines a Midwest work ethic with trendy tech tools.  Join her each week for flashbacks and fast-forwards. To contact her, e-mail: Kristina@kristinashouse.com.

Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Nov 26, 2012

 

I always make a 20-24 pound turkey just so I will have plenty to make our favorite leftover dishes.  Depending on when you made your Thanksgiving Dinner this weekend you might still be wondering what to do with those leftovers.  Here are a few ideas………………. Click the recipe title to see them at www.kristinashouse.com. 

Best of Thanksgiving Casserole
Line bottom of baking dish with leftover turkey and top with leftover gravy.  Layer with leftover homemade dressing topped with leftover mashed potatoes.  Thinly slice a Tablespoon of butter and dot over casserole.  Reheat in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until heated through.  Serve hot.

Also on posted to www.kristinashouse.com this week.......
Suzanne's Turkey Tortilla Soup
Kristina's Classic Turkey Tetrazzini
You could also easily take
Jenny’s White Chicken Chili and use leftover turkey.
You could also take the
Easy Tetrazzini recipe and make that with leftover turkey rather than canned chicken.

Check out what you may have missed for recipes…..a few have short videos outlining preparation and many have printer friendly versions for the recipes.
Jenny’s Jacked Potatoes – my cousin Jenny’s jacked up version of my easy scalloped potato recipe.
Easy Chicken Tortillas – from my sister Suzanne who says this crockpot meal is a hit with the men at her house.  Easy!
Charlie’s Chocolate Cookies – an easy NO BAKE cookie.
Easy Enchiladas – an easy casserole saving the work and the mess of trying to make authentic style beef enchiladas
Oatmeal Scotchies – instead of oatmeal raisin or oatmeal chocolate chip try these with butterscotch!
Easy Tetrazzini – an easy twist for chicken tetrazzini
Grandma's Cranberry Orange Jam – candied orange slices are the secret to this easy jam
Suzanne’s Pizza Casserole – a fast easy casserole twist on pizza.
Jenny’s White Chicken Chili– a great soup for fall.
Jan’s Pumpkin Chip Muffins – a great recipe for fall baking.
Apple Snack Cake  a quick easy snack cake made simple by using applesauce
Sugar and Spice Sliders  a sweet and spicy twist on traditional loose meat sandwiches. 
Jessica’s French Toast   featuring cinnamon swirl bread this is a quick easy recipe just enough for one.
Kristina’s Monster Cookies   peanut butter and oats (no added fat or flour) with pops of chocolate. 
Skinny Macs   a fast easy slimmed down version of the classic McDonald’s Big Mac
Easy Chicken Marsala  easy elegant dinner
Taco Soup   a taco twist on chili
Kristina’s Peanut Butter Cookies   a simple set of ingredients with no additional fat and very little flour
Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Boy’s Beans  so easy – great for working Moms or guys to make. 
Kristina’s Tomato Gravy  very simple – a quick economical old Midwest comfort food
Kristina’s Frozen Corn   absolutely the best method for freezing sweet corn.
Aunt Kathy’s Chocolate Cream Pie a great holiday pie that is a kid favorite.

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Jacked Potatoes

Nov 13, 2012

My cousin Jenny asked me for my Easy Scalloped Potato recipe and then took it to a whole new level!  Try Jenny’s Jacked Potatoes.  We posted these to www.kristinashouse.com yesterday and they had A LOT of hits.  As well they were being pinned and repined all over pinterest.  We hope you like them!  Click the recipe title to see them at www.kristinashouse.com. 

Jenny’s Jacked Potatoes
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for brushing
1/2 clove garlic
5 - 6 russet potatoes, washed and sliced 1/8 inch thick
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 1/4 cups chicken broth
1/2 milk
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup grated smoked gruyere cheese
1/2 cup grated pepper jack cheese
Preheat oven to 425.  Generously brush a large skillet with butter, then rub with the garlic.  Heat the skillet over medium-high heat.  Add half of the potatoes, sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste, then arrange the remaining potatoes on top.  Sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste.  Pour the broth and milk over the potatoes, then add the nutmeg; simmer 3 minutes.  Generously brush a shallow baking dish with butter and slide the potatoes into the dish; arrange with a fork.  Dot the potatoes with the cut up butter and sprinkle with the cheese.  Bake until golden, about 25 minutes, let rest 5 minutes before serving.


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Easy Chicken Tortillas

Nov 12, 2012

This recipe is coming from my sister Suzanne who is a contributor to kristinashouse.com.  She said these are a hit with the men in her house!  This is so fast and easy.  Click the recipe title to see it at www.kristinashouse.com.

Easy Chicken Tortillas
6 chicken breast halves
1 can mild Rotel
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 package of taco seasoning
Cook in crockpot all day on low.  Then when ready to serve add 2 cups sour cream.  Serve with your favorite tortillas.


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Charlie's Chocolate Cookies

Nov 06, 2012

This recipe was featured in a cookbook put together by my hometown.  It was submitted by my Aunt Kathy with a note that it is one of my Dad’s favorite cookies.  It is a great NO BAKE cookie.  So easy.  For those of you who enjoy pinterest – we have it pinned there too.  Click the title - Charlie's Chocolate Cookies - to see it on the website.  And if you are looking for a great holiday pie, Aunt Kathy’s Chocolate Cream Pie recipe is in the recipe list below. Enjoy!

Charlie’s Chocolate Cookies
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
3 cups quick oats
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla
Bring sugar, milk and butter to a full rolling boil.  Pour over oatmeal, cocoa, coconut and vanilla.  Stir well and drop by spoonful onto waxed paper.

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Easy Enchilada

Nov 01, 2012

Have you ever attempted to make authentic style beef enchiladas at home?  It can be kind of tricky because the sauce is hot then you have to dip the tortillas in the sauce before filling with meat and rolling them up.  Well, here you can enjoy enchiladas without all the work or any of the mess.  Try these Easy Enchiladas.  A 24 hour stay in the refrigerator takes care of getting the tortillas soaked with the sauce.  It is another great Queen of Convenience meal that is sure to be a hit with your family.
 

Easy Enchiladas
1 pound lean ground beef
1 small white onion chopped fine
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1  (15 oz). can seasoned beans (either tex mex chili beans or seasoned black beans)
1 cup sour cream
1 pkg of 10 corn tortillas
2 (10 oz.) cans enchilada sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Brown ground beef seasoned with salt and pepper along with onion, chili powder and cumin until meat is brown and onion is tender.  Drain fat.  Stir in garlic and beans.  Set aside.
Place half the tortillas in lightly greased 13 x 9 baking dish cutting as necessary to fit evenly in pan.  Top with half the beef and bean mixture, half the sour cream, 1 can enchilada sauce and 1 cup of the cheese.  Repeat layer except for the cheese.  Cover with lid or plastic wrap and chill for 24 hours.  Remove dish from refrigerator.  Set the oven to preheat to 350 degrees.  Once preheated bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with reserved cheese and bake another 5 minutes or until heated through.  Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

As with the Sugar and Spice Sliders we shared in an earlier post – I again used 1 pound of ground buffalo to make this dish.  Click here to read Buffalo (Bison) Familiar Yet Unusual which outlines buffalo as a leaner alternative to beef.  Now – I love beef – I just think it is interesting to try different kinds of meats and buffalo just happens to be what I have in the freezer at the moment!


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