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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Crock Pot Apple Dump Cake



       This is the ultimate summer dessert.  Our family loves dessert but I hate turning on my oven during the hot summer months so why not make a dump cake in your crock pot?  That is what I decided to do and it turns out wonderfully and it only takes 3 ingredients, including some of my homemade and canned apple pie filling!!!

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        My hubby says this reminds him of a cobbler but since the cake layer is nice and thick, I think a "dump cake" is a more appropriate name for it but call it what ever you want, it is still simple and delicious.  

Crock Pot Apple Dump Cake

1 box yellow or white cake mix
1 stick of butter

     ***Note***:   If you do not have your own canned pie filling you may use 2 (15 oz.) cans of store bought pie filling.

       Turn your crock pot onto "high" and LIGHTLY spray the bottom and sides with cooking spray.

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       Pour your pie fillings into the crock pot.  Now, open up the cake mix and pour the dry mix onto the fruit. 


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 DO NOT STIR!  Cut up your butter and lay around the dry mix.  Again, DO NOT STIR!  Trust me on this.  It will be all right.

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         Now, place the lid on the crock pot and wait.  

         Check after 2 1/2 hours and see if the cake is done.  Stick a toothpick into the center and see if it comes out clean.  If not, allow it to cook up to 30 minutes longer.  The edges will finish baking first but wait until the center is done before enjoying.

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        This dessert is perfect on its own or you can enjoy it warm with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream!

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Cheeseburger Casserole




         I like to cook from scratch as much as possible because I am trying to stay clear of processed foods for my family.  It is not always easy to do but just because you are cooking from scratch does not mean meals have to be elaborate or time consuming or fancy.  Easy is good too and this is one of those recipes.


Cheeseburger Casserole

2 c. shredded cheese
2 c. milk
1 c. hamburger pickle slices
1 c. ketchup
2 lb. hamburger meat
3 eggs
1 T. dehydrated chopped onions
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. pepper

         Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Spray a 9"x13" cake pan with cooking spray and set aside.

         In a large skillet, brown the hamburger meat and onions together.  Cook until the meat is no longer pink and the onions are softened.  Drain.  Stir in the garlic powder and pepper.

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         In a bowl, stir together the baking mix, eggs and milk.  Stir well and set aside.  

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        Spoon the meat mixture into the cake pan. 

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      Sprinkle the cheese on top of the meat mixture evenly.

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          Layer the pickle slices around the top of the cheese and then squirt the ketchup over the top.  Finally, pour the baking batter over the top.  Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

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      Serve with a side of corn.  This makes a really good meal that my hubby says I could serve to him every single day.  

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Baking Mix




      This baking mix is very similar to Bisquick.  You can use it to make biscuits, pancakes, etc.  I often use it in my casseroles such as my Cheeseburger Casserole.  


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1 1/4 c. flour
1/4 c. cold butter
1 1/2 T. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
pinch of salt

       Mix the above ingredients together and store in a cool dry place.  I keep mine in a mason jar.  Use 2 eggs and a cup of milk for every 1/2 cup of baking mix used.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Chicken Enchiladas



        This recipe is easy and one of our family's favorite dishes.  It does not take hours to make either.  In just 40 minutes, this taste-tempting version can be on the table and ready to enjoy.

      And if you like enchiladas, check out my Beef Enchilada recipe too.  

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Homemade Chicken Enchiladas

4 c. shredded cooked chicken 
1 c. Mexican style shredded cheese
1/2 c. Ranch dressing
12 flour tortillas (8-10")
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 pkg. taco seasoning 
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1 jar salsa con queso
1 can corn
2 T. milk

      Preheat your oven to 350.  Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray.  Set aside.
      In a medium sized bowl, mix together the cream cheese, taco mix, cheese and milk.  If you want to use canned shredded chicken you can.   Then stir in the chicken, tomatoes, ranch and corn.   If I use canned chicken, I use 2 large cans and 1 small can.
  

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The filling for the enchiladas.



      Now, spoon about 1/2 cup of filling (or however much you prefer) onto a tortilla and roll up.

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        Place seam side down in your prepared pan.

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       Open up the salsa con queso and pour over the top of the enchiladas.

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         Bake for 12 minutes.  Makes 14 enchiladas.  We love to serve this with a side of homemade refried beans.  

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Other Mexican style recipes I have shared include:

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Baked Pork Chops & Rice

 
       This is a nice and basic dish but the best part about it is that you don't have to cook the rice ahead of time.  The pork chops and rice cook together in the oven.  Easy Peasy.  The rice is very flavorful and the pork chops come out tender and delicious.  Serve with some potato biscuits or homemade bread and your meal is complete.


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Baked Pork Chops & Rice

4 c. chicken broth
2 c. rice
4-6 pork chops 
2 cans cream of chicken soup
4 T. butter
1 tsp. dehydrated chopped onions
1/4 tsp. pepper

        Preheat your oven to 350.  Spray a 9"x13" cake pan with cooking spray.   Spread the uncooked rice in the bottom of the pan.  Add in the chicken broth and undiluted soup.  It will look like a LOT of liquid but it will be soaked up by the rice.  No worries. 

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        Place the pork chops into the liquid and then sprinkle in the pepper.  Cut your butter into small slabs and place in the liquid also.  Bake for one hour and fifteen minutes or until pork chops are cooked through and the liquid is absorbed.  


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I used 9 small pork chops...use however many you want.  I just generally fill up the pan with them then you have plenty for another meal.  


Enjoy!

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Homemade Hush Puppies

 
      Ronny loves going to eat at a certain fast-food style fish restaurant mainly because he loves their hush puppies.  The nearest one of those restaurants to where we live is well over an hour away so naturally, he rarely gets them.  He was craving some the other night so I figured I'd give my hand at making some and by golly, they turned out pretty good.  I hope you like it as much as he does.

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Homemade Hush Puppies

2 c. cornmeal
1 c. buttermilk
1 large egg
2 T. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
a bit of finely diced onion (fresh is best)
vegetable oil for frying

      I did not put down the exact amount of onions to add because everyone's tastes are different.  I generally use dehydrated onions and if you are using them, I would add 1 T. of dehydrated onions.  BUT for this recipe, using fresh onions makes a HUGE difference on how these turn out.  The fresh onions really enhance the flavor so I recommend using fresh onions for this recipe.
    
      Now, on to how to make the hush puppies:
      In a large bowl, stir together all the ingredients (except the oil of course)!  Whisk to make sure there are no lumps, but do not over mix) and then set the bowl aside and allow the mixture to rest for at least 10 minutes.

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      While the mixture is "resting", go ahead and heat up your oil in a skillet.  We actually have a nice big wok and we like to fry things in it so we added about 1 1/2" of oil to our wok and heated it up.

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     When the oil is hot, scoop up a bit of the cornmeal batter and drop by spoonfuls (carefully to not burn yourself) into the oil.

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     Turn as needed and fry until golden brown. 

      Remove and place on a paper towel covered plate.  Eat as a snack or as a side with fish and french fries.  :-)  


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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Beef Enchiladas

       
        My Beef Enchilada recipe is the perfect go-to weeknight entree.  My family really likes it and says it is better than we get at a local Mexican restaurant.  Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think of it.
     Also, check out my recipe for Chicken Enchiladas too.

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Beef Enchiladas

1 lb. hamburger meat
1 jar salsa divided (we used mild)
1 can refried beans
1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese, divided
12 flour tortillas (we used 10")
1 T. chopped onion 
1 tsp. salt

         Heat your oven to 350 degrees.  Pour half the jar of salsa into the bottom of a 9"x13" cake pan.

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      In a large skillet, brown your meat with the onions.  Drain when done.  Return the meat to the skillet and stir in 1/2 the jar of salsa and 3/4 cup of cheese.  Add in the refried beans and stir well.  It may not look good but it smells and tastes delicious.

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         Spoon the meat mixture into the center of a tortilla and then roll up and place seam side down in the cake pan.  Continue making them until all the tortillas are used.

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       Top with remaining salsa and cheese. 

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       Bake for 20 minutes.

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      We love to serve ours topped with sour cream and a side of refried beans. 

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 If you love Mexican inspired dishes, try out some of my other recipes:  Mexican Chicken Casserole, Mexican Tater Tot Casserole, or making your own refried beans in the crockpot!



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