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Rice Krispies Treats

Rice Krispies Treats are a simple and perfect dessert.  Be careful, one person could easily eat half a pan.  You can find the recipe on the box and it is super easy to make.

Gather the following ingredients:

3 tablespoons of butter
1 package of marshmallows
6 cups of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies

A large Pot
A large glass pan
Non-stick cooking spray

Melt the butter in the pot.  Add the marshmallows and melt them on a low heat stirring continuously until completely melted.

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Remove the pot from the heat and add the Rice Krispies.  I like to measure them into the glass pan so that I can pour them all in at once.  It is a bit less than a small box.  Stir until the Rice Krispies are coated.

Quickly spray down the glass pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Pour the marshmallows and Rice Krispies into the glass pan and flatten the top with your stirring device.  Allow them to cool.

Cut and serve.  Once they are cool you can wrap them in Saran wrap.  If you do it when they are warm it will stick to it.  Same thing with parchment paper.

Fajita Rice and Beans

Fajita Rice and Beans

Gather the following ingredients:

Steak

Red pepper

Green pepper

Olive oil

Fajita seasoning packet

Cheddar cheese

Vigo rice and beans

Medium pot with lid

Large frying pan

Glass pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook the rice and beans according to the package directions.

Cut up the steak into nice bite sized pieces.  Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan.  Cook the steak over a medium heat until all sides are browned.  Set aside on a plate.

Cut up the red and green peppers.  Slice the peppers into long slices.  Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the frying pan.  Cook the peppers until you can cut them with a spatula.

fajita and rice no cheese

Add the stead back into the frying pan.  Cover in fajita seasoning and a some water.  About a forth of a cup.

Cover the bottom of the glass pan with the rice and beans.  Top this with the peppers and steak.  Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the top.  Cook for 30 minutes.

Goulash

Goulash – simple and tasty

Gather the following ingredients:

1 lb. hamburger
1 tbsp. minced garlic

1 green pepper chopped
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 can 15 oz. tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
1-2 tsp. Italian herbs

1 cup large elbow macaroni

**optional:  onion, cheddar cheese

Large Pot or Dutch oven

Brown the ground beef in the pot.  Add the garlic to the beef while it cooks.

Chop the green pepper and add it to the pot.  Add the soy sauce, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes to the pot.  Add Italian herbs for taste.

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Add 1 1/2 cups of water.  Simmer , covered, for 20 minutes.  Add macaroni noodles.  Simmer, covered, until macaroni noodles are cooked, about 25 – 30 minutes.  Let this sit before serving.

**Double recipe if needed.  If you like onions add them after you cook the beef and saute them until tender 5 minutes on medium-high heat.  Add cheddar cheese if desired.

Prime Rib

Prime Rib

Gather the following ingredients:

4+ lbs Prime Rib (rib eye) – marble, marble, marble
Steak Seasoning
Au Jus Sauce

Pan large enough for your steak
Pot
Meat thermometer

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees or 475 degrees.

Season all of the sides of the prime rib roast generously and place it into the pan.  Cook for 30 minutes at 500 or 475 degrees or until the smoke alarm goes off (about 28 minutes).

Prime Rib Pan

Reduce the heat down to 250 degrees and slow cook the meat for a few hours.  For 5 lbs of meat cook it about one and a half hours.  140 degrees internal temperature for a medium rare prime rib.

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When the meat is done pull it out and make the Au Jus sauce.

Serve a thick slice of prime rib swimming in a scoop of Au Jus.

Prime Rib on a plate

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp – my favorite dessert of all times

Gather the following ingredients:

3 cups of apples – about 3 apples – I used honey crisp
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 cup oatmeal
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/3 cup butter softened

Small glass pan
2 bowls

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Soften the butter and let it cool.

In one of the bowls mix the 1 cup sugar, 1 tbsp. flour, and 1 tsp. cinnamon.  Cut up the apples into bite sized chunks.  I cut them into half and half again from top to bottom.  Remove the core of the apple.  Cut those quarters, top to bottom, into thirds and then finally a horizontal cut to half the thirds.  Add the apples to the sugar and cinnamon mix.  Coat the apples with the sugar.

In a separate bowl mix the remaining oatmeal, brown sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and the softened butter.  This will become your crumble topping.  You can use more butter than a third cup butter if needed, up to half a cup max.

Dump the apples and sugar mix into the glass pan.  Top this with the crumble topping.

Cook for 40 minutes.

apple crisp

Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies – a classic

I make this basically like the recipe on the package with one exception and a few technique differences.

Gather the following ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
half a package of chocolate chips

wax paper
sifter
large bowl
small bowl
cooling racks
cookie sheet

Mix the dry ingredients first.  Set out the wax paper.  Place the sifter over the wax paper.  Measure out and add the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Sift these items onto the wax paper.

In a large bowl add the softened butter (leave the butter out for a few hours or heat it in the microwave or on the oven and let it cool to soften it).  Add the granulated and brown sugar.  Add the vanilla extract.  Crack the eggs into a separate bowl to make sure they are OK before adding them to the large bowl.  Mix everything in the bowl.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Slowly add about a fourth cup of the flour mixture to the large bowl and mix it into sugar and egg mixture.  Continue to add more flour and mix it in until all of the flour is combined with the ingredients  in the bowl.  DO NOT ADD ALL OF THE FLOUR AT ONCE AS IT WILL NOT MIX WELL AND WILL TAKE FOREVER.

Add the chocolate chips to the mix and fold them in.

Use a metal spoon to grab a small amount of cookie dough and form it into a ball about an inch across.  Make multiple balls of cookies and place them on the cookie sheet.  Leave enough room between the balls of cookies for the cookies to expand.

Cook about 9 – 11 minutes, until the cookies are a golden brown.  If the outside ring of the cookie is brown and the top is not that is a good thing.  The cookie will continue to cook a little bit after it is pulled out.  Lighter brown equals softer cookies.  Not enough brown equals under-cooked cookies.

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Chicken and Red Grape Salad

Chicken and Red Grape Pasta Salad – oh yeah

Gather the following ingredients:

1 small jar Mayo or 2 cups
1 tbsp. Sugar
1/2 tbsp. Mustard
1 tbsp. Heavy Whipping Cream
16 oz Rotelle noodles
Rotisserie chicken
1 celery rib
1/2 lb cheddar cheese
Seedless Red Grapes

large pot
large bowl
small bowl

Cook the noodles and let them sit until they cool to room temperature.

rotelle noodles

In the meantime mix together the Mayo, sugar, mustard, and Heavy whipping cream in the small bowl.  Put this into the fridge to cool.

Mayo, sugar, mustard, heavy whipping cream

When the noodles are cool and the mix is chilled start to put everything together.  Put the noodles in the large bowl.  Pull the chicken apart and add it to the bowl.

chicken and noodles

Chop up the celery stick and add it.  Cube the cheddar cheese and add it to the bowl.  Add some grapes.

rotelle, chicken, cheddar, red grapes, celery

Top with the dressing from the fridge and mix.

chicken and red grape salad

Put it back into the fridge until you are ready to serve it.

 

Ribs – Roaster Oven

Ribs – cooked in a Roaster Oven – super yummy

Gather the following ingredients:

Ribs – baby back over spare ribs
Rub – your favorite kind

Aluminum foil
Roaster Oven

Optional:

BBQ sauce

ribs, aluminum foil, rub, and roaster oven

Heat the roaster oven to 350 degrees.

Make sure the ribs will fit.  Cut in half if needed.  Cover the ribs in rub.  Wrap in aluminum foil.  Place on rack in roaster oven.

Ribs in foil

Put some water in the bottom of the roaster oven.  Cook for 2 or 2 1/2 hours.

or cook at 225 – 250 for 5 hours.

Pull out of roaster oven and set on a plate with the foil on still.  Let rest for 15 minutes.

Ribs

Serve with BBQ sauce if you like.

Ham and Potato Gratin

Ham and Potato Gratin – very good

Gather the following ingredients:

2 lbs. potatoes
1 lb. ham
1/2 lb. Gruyere cheese
fresh parsley
1 1/2 cup half-and-half
Salt and pepper

large glass pan

Preheat over to 325 degrees.

Cut the potatoes into slices.  Cube the ham.  Grate or chop up cheese into small pieces that will melt.  Chop the parsley.  Mix everything in  the glass pan.

Pour 1 1/2 cups over the top.  Season with salt and pepper.

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Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.  Uncover and cook an additional 30 minutes.

Grutin Potatoes and ham cooked

Hungarian Goulash

Crock Pot Hungarian Goulash

Gather the following ingredients:

16 oz frozen cut green beans, thawed
1/2 onion, chopped
1 1/4 lbs beef, cubed
1 can chunky tomato sauce, large or small can
1 can chicken broth
6 oz can of tomato paste
4 teaspoons paprika
cooked egg noodles

Ingredients for Hungarian Beef Goulash

Crock Pot
Medium bowl

Pour the green beans into the Crock Pot.  Chop half an onion and add it.  Cube the beef and add it.  I used a prime pot roast for the beef and cut that into chunks.

Combine the chunky tomato sauce, chicken broth, tomato paste, and paprika in the bowl.  Mix.  Add to Crock Pot.

Beef, onions, and green beans in Crock Pot

Put the lid on and cook on low for 6 -8 hours.

Prior to the beef finishing, cook the egg noodles.

Serve the beef mixture over the cooked egg noodles.

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