Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Fun-Fetti Oatmeal Cookie Bars

 Have you ever found yourself trapped inside a man's kitchen?
Yes, trapped.
I was planning a meal for a family get-together,
visited my local grocery for the main course,
and found myself with no plans for dessert when I returned home.
You can't have a family meal without something sweet.
So I started opening cupboards, closets, and drawers 
looking for any sugary substances.
I started throwing things on the counter.
I will put something together once I empty unorganized
locations of sugary goodness.
This is what I found:
Cherry Pie Filling
Oatmeal Cookie Mix
Chocolate Chips
and a Fun-Fetti Cake Mix
Now what do I do with these ingredients?
I'll show you.....
 I lined an 8x8 pan with foil and spayed with cooking spray.
I mixed the oatmeal cookie dough according to package directions,
pressed it in the bottom of the pan and baked at 350 degrees 
for 15 minutes.
I removed the cookie crust from the oven and threw on half
of the bag of chocolate chips. 
I didn't spread them I just left them set where they fell.
 The fun-fetti cake mix:
1 cake mix
2/3 c. melted butter
2 eggs
All mixed together
I spread the cake mix on top of the cookie crust, 
and baked for 25-30 minutes.
Cool completely.
The foil lined pan makes it nice for lifting out the cookie
bars and slicing them into servings.
I topped each serving with cherry pie filling.
And that is what comes out of being trapped in a man's kitchen.
The impossible is always possible.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

(Leftover) Stuffed Pepper/Artichoke Soup

 Is anyone else experiencing a crazy winter?
I haven't seen a winter this bad for a very long time.
Since the weather is still freezing cold I thought I would share
a soup recipe that I created.
This soup is the BOMB!
Are you a stuffed pepper fan?
I know I am!
I was walking past the meat department at my local grocery store
when a display of stuffed peppers caught my attention.
How easy is that?
Take them home, 
place them in a baking dish,
create my own tomato sauce,
and bake.
Simple!
Simple!
Simple!
But I bought four of them for two people.
Which that means we had leftovers.
I consider myself the leftover KING.
I can take leftovers and turn them into something new
over
and
over
and
over
I had one leftover stuffed pepper from our dinner the evening prior.
What can a lonely stuffed pepper be turned into?
Soup, of course.
As I created this soup I wrote down all my ingredients and steps involved. 
This is what I did:

(Leftover) Stuffed Pepper/Artichoke Soup

2 1/2 qrt. water
4 TBS beef soup base
2 c. whole wheat spiral pasta
1 can diced Italian seasoned tomatoes
Bring broth and tomatoes to a boil, add pasta and boil according to pkg. directions for al dente.

Then Add:
1 can artichoke hearts (drained and chopped), chopped leftover stuffed pepper, 1 c. frozen corn, and a few drops of hot sauce of your choice. 
Simmer until heated through, approximately 18-20 minutes.
Place in soup bowls. 
Top with Parmesan or grated provolone. 

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Creamy Turkey Lasagna

 I haven't been here for a while,
and I'm sorry,
very sorry,
And I'm a little late with the turkey leftover recipe.
But I know you have picked turkey in your freezer.
Yes, you do.....
Because I do!
This is a perfect dish to serve using leftover turkey.
 Why haven't I been here for a while?
Because I have been working on my life. 
I have to have my life in order before I can bring you any
kind of goodness.
I have met a man named John.
John loves to cook.
John loves to travel for FOOD.
John is the perfect match for ME.
FOOD + ME + JOHN = HAPPINESS
John and I searched All Recipes to see what we could do
with our leftover Thanksgiving turkey.
This is what we found:
We took out the chicken and added turkey.
Genius, I say!!
We used 1 elephant garlic in place of the 4 cloves of garlic.
We also used a parm mixture (Parmesan, Asiago, and Romano mix). 
So click on the link above to gather this amazing recipe.
We loved it!!
And we had loads of fun making it TOGETHER.  

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