Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Cabbage Casserole

1 lg head cabbage, cut into small pieces
1 lb. hamburger
1 lb. Jimmy Dean sausage
1 lg green bell pepper, chopped in small pieces
1 large onion, diced
1 can Ro*tel
1 cup cooked rice
1 c. water
1/2 c. green onions
1 1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper

Cook both meats in skillet and drain (I cook them separately). Mix all ingredients and put in a large, covered stock pan. Do not peek! Cook for 30 minutes on med-high. Let stand 30 minutes to one hour. Stir and serve. Tastes really good, so try it!


Grocery List:
cabbage
hamburger
Jimmy Dean sausage
green bell pepper
onion
Ro*tel
rice
water
green onions
salt
pepper

Approximate Cost: $8.45

Monday, November 24, 2008

Popcorn Balls

1 T. butter
1 c. sugar
1 c. molasses
1/2 t. salt
4 quarts of popped corn
1 t. mapline flavoring

Melt butter in sauce pan, add sugar, molasses and salt. Cook stirring frequently to hard ball stage (260 degrees F). Pour over corn and stir thoroughly. Butter hands and immediately shape into golf-ball sized balls--be careful, they are very hot. Makes 12-14 popcorn balls. From my mother in law, Mary Ann.


Grocery List:
butter
sugar
molasses
salt
air popcorn
mapline flavoring

Approximate Cost: $3.56

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Apple Dumplins

2 large apples
2 packages of crescent rolls
2 sticks butter
12 oz. Mountain Dew
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. vanilla
dash of salt

Peel and core apples. Cut each into 8 pieces. Roll each apple piece in a crescent roll starting at the large end. Place in a deep 9X13" pan. Melt butter, add sugar, cinnamon, salt and vanilla. Pour over rolls. Pour Mountain Dew over rolls. Bake 45-55 minutes at 350 degrees until brown on top. From Marliyn P.


Grocery List:
apples
crescent rolls
butter
Mountain Dew
sugar
cinnamon
vanilla
salt

Approximate Cost: $4.30

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Turkey Tetrazzini

1 can sliced mushrooms
1/2 c. thinly sliced onions
1/4 c. margarine
1/4 c. flour
2 c.chicken broth (or turkey broth, if you saved some)
1 c. light cream
1 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1 8 oz pkg spaghetti, cooked and drained (wonderful if you have some broth to boil this in!)
3 c. diced turkey
1/2 c. shredded Monterrey jack or cheddar cheese

Lightly brown mushrooms and onions in margarine. Stir in flour and cook 'til bubbly. Stir in broth and cream. Add salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently until mixture boils. Pour the sauce over cooked spaghetti. Add turkey and mix well. Pour into 13X9" baking dish and sprinkle cheese on top. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until bubbly. From my friend Melissa R.


Grocery List:
mushrooms
onion
margarine
flour
chicken broth (or turkey broth)
light cream
salt
pepper
spaghetti
turkey
Monterrey jack or cheddar cheese

Approximate Cost: $9.26

Friday, November 21, 2008

Pumpkin Play Dough

2 c. flour
1 c. salt
2 c. water
3 t. pumpkin pie spice
3 drops of Orange food coloring (remember red and yellow make orange!)
2 t. vegetable oil
4 t. cream of tarter

Combine ingredients in a large pot. Cook on low heat until a dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the pot. Remove the dough and cool. Store in a large ziplock bag. This will make an orange-y brown play dough.

To make different colors, do not add the pumpkin spice or orange food coloring--divide the play dough into about 8 balls and then add 8-10 drops of the colors you want for each.


Grocery List:
2 c. flour
1 c. salt
2 c. water
3 t. pumpkin pie spice
3 drops of Orange food coloring (remember red and yellow make orange!)
2 t. vegetable oil
4 t. cream of tarter

Approximate Cost: $3.96

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Pfefferneuse

1/2 c. butter
4 c. brown sugar
4 eggs
4 c. sifted flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 t. cloves
1 t. nutmeg
1 t. crushed cardamom (or 1/2 t. crushed black pepper)
1/2 c. crushed walnuts (or almonds)
1/2 c. mixed candied fruit (or candied ginger)
16 oz. can frozen OJ (not diluted)
granulated sugar

Cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time and beat. Sift together dry ingredients (flour, powder, soda, salt, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom and walnuts) and add to batter. Chill for 6 hours.

Roll 1/2 " thick. Cut each cookie 1" and rolls into round balls. Wrap in cellophane and freeze overnight. Dip one side into thawed OJ, then into sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Best if kept in a container for about a week before sharing, as the flavor improves with age. Slice an apple to put into the container to keep the cookies softer.


Grocery List:
butter
brown sugar
eggs
sifted flour
baking powder
baking soda
salt
cloves
nutmeg
crushed cardamom
walnuts (alternate choice: almonds)
mixed candied fruit (alternate choice: candied ginger)
frozen OJ
granulated sugar

Approximate Cost: $8.65

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Different Kind of Chocolate Chip Cookie

2 sticks butter
2 eggs
2 T. molasses
2 t. vanilla
1/3 c. water
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c brown sugar
1 t. baking powder
1 1/2 t baking soda
1 t salt
5 c. flour
18 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cream butter, add eggs, molasses, vanilla and water in mixer. Sift together dry ingredients (sugars, powder, soda, salt and flour). Mix moist with dry ingredients well in mixer. Add chips and stir a couple of times through. Rolls into 1" balls and cook at 375 degrees for 8 minutes or until light brown.

Grocery List:
butter
eggs
molasses
vanilla
water
sugar
brown sugar
baking powder
baking soda
salt
flour
semi-sweet chocolate chips

Approximate Cost: $6.25

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Oyster Dressing

Turkey giblets (Don't know what they are? Click here.)
1 loaf of your favorite bread
1 medium onion, minced finely
1 t. salt
1 1/2 t. sage
3 eggs
1/8 t. pepper
1 container oysters, drain and reserve 2 T. of this liquid
1/2 c. drippings from the cooked turkey (drippings are the liquid at the bottom of the turley pan--the oils and juices from the turkey)

Boil giblets from turkey. Using the broth from this, lightly wet a loaf of bread and add, 1 finely minced onion, 1 t. salt, 1 1/2 t. sage, 3 eggs and pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly. Gently add in 1 container of oysters with 2 T. of the liquid. Divide mixture in half and cook in two pie pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

In the middle of cooking, drip some turkey drippings on it to make a nice crust. A family Thanksgiving favorite!!


Grocery List:
Turkey (reserve the giblet bag and drippings)
bread
onion
salt
sage
3 eggs
pepper
oysters

Approximate Cost (just for the dressing, not the turkey): $7.85

Sand Tarts

1/2 lb. butter
7 T powdered sugar
1 T vanilla
1 1/2 c. ground pecans
3 c. flour

Cream butter with sugar. Mix pecans with flour and work into butter mixture. Knead into small rolls about 2 " long and round as a nickel and bake on a greased cookie sheet at 325 degree for 8-10 minutes. Roll in powdered sugar while cookies are still hot.


Grcoery List:
butter
powdered sugar
vanilla
pecans
flour

Approxmiate Cost: $4.68

Monday, November 17, 2008

Biscotti

9 c. sifted flour
2 c. sugar
1/3 c. baking powder
1 t. salt
1 1/2 c. shortening (24 T)
1 stick margarine plus 2 T. margarine, used separately
8 eggs
1 c. milk plus 2 T. used separately
2 T vanilla plus 1 t. used separately
2 c. powdered sugar

Cream 1 stick margarine and shortening. Add sugar, then eggs and 2 T. vanilla. Alternate the dry ingredients (flour, powder and salt) with 1 c. milk until the dough is easy to handle. When a good consistency, flour your hands and surface. Roll a handful of dough about 12" long, as round as a nickel. Cut at a slant about 2" for each cookie. Bake at 300 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool.

Icing: Mix together 2 T. melted margarine, 2 c. powdered sugar, 2 T. milk, 1 t. vanilla. Spread on or dip each cookie in the icing. From our dear friends, the Hunts. These are great gifts to give at Christmas-time with the recipe card attached!


Grocery List:
flour
sugar
baking powder
salt
shortening
margarine
eggs
milk
vanilla (This is my favorite vanilla to use for cooking, especially cookies!)
powdered sugar

Approximate Cost: $8.96

Texas Gold Bars

1 Box Duncan Hines Butter Golden Cake Mix
4 eggs, beaten (used separately in two parts)
1 stick butter, softened
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
1 1 lb. box powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla

Mix together cake Mix (just the mix, not the additional things in the recipe to make the cake) and 2 eggs. Pat into greased and floured 13 X 11" baking dish.

Mix butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and 2 eggs and pour over batter.
Bake at 325 degrees for one hour. Cut into squares and share! Can freeze.


Grocery List:
Duncan Hines Butter Golden Cake Mix
eggs
butter
cream cheese
powdered sugar
vanilla

Approximate Cost: $4.25

Friday, November 14, 2008

Tomato Bisque

4 T. butter
1 medium sweet onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans whole tomatoes--about 28 oz.
46 oz. can tomato juice
2 bay leaves
1-8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
1 c. half and half
1 c. heavy cream
1 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper

Melt butter on medium heat in a large stock pot. Sauté onions and garlic for 8 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add cans of tomatoes (not drained), tomato juice and bay leaves. Simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes.

Remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes. With a hand blender, pureé the tomatoes. Stir in cream cheese. Return to heat and cook on low. Slowly stir in half and half, heavy cream, salt and pepper.

May top with bacon, croutons or Parmesan cheese. Serves 8.


Grocery List:
butter
sweet onion
garlic
whole tomatoes
tomato juice
bay leaves
cream cheese
half and half
heavy cream
salt
pepper

Approximate Cost: $9.48

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mississippi Sin Dip

1 loaf French bread
8 oz. container of French onion dip
4 oz. can green chilies, drained
1 pkg. of bacon bits
2 c. grated cheddar cheese
8 oz. pkg. of cream cheese, softened

And yes, all this cheese makes it seem very fattening, but think of all the calcium!Plus, the bacon bits provide some protein.

Anyway, cut out top of French bread and scoop out insides. Mix all other ingredients together in a large bowl. Put the dip inside the loaf of French bread and put the top of bread back on. Wrap the whole thing in foil and bake 1 hour at 350.

I personally love this served with Fritos Scoops, but it would be great with crackers too.

I can guarantee I’ll be making this a lot during college football season, because watching the Aggies while eating fattening foods is what fall is all about.

From Jennifer
Submitted to the Siesta Fiesta Cookbook by Melanie aka Big Mama (my Aggie Sister in Christ!)


Grocery List:
French bread
French onion dip
green chilies
bacon bits
cheddar cheese
cream cheese

Approximate Cost: $7.12

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Broccoli Rice Casserole

3 T. butter
1/2 c. celery, finely chopped
1 - 8 1/2 oz. can water chestnuts, drained and chopped finely
1 c. Vidalia onion, chopped finely
2 pkgs. (10 oz. each) frozen chopped broccoli
1 c. rice, cooked
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 jar (8 oz.) Cheez Whiz

Melt butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Sauté onions, celery and water chestnuts for about 5-8 minutes or until the onions are translucent. Prepare broccoli according to package directions; drain. Prepare rice, according to package directions.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Pour into a buttered casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. (May be prepared in advance and frozen before baking. To cook it frozen, bake at 300 degrees for one hour.)


Grocery List:
butter
celery
water chestnuts
Vidalia onion
frozen chopped broccoli
rice
cream of mushroom soup
cream of chicken soup
Cheez Whiz

Approximate Cost: $10.68

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Potato Chip Cookies

1 c. butter
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
2 c. flour
1/2 c. crushed chips
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/4 c. powdered sugar

Mix all together. Roll into balls. Bake 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while hot. You can't beat sweet and salty together in one place like this! And you can't just eat one.


Grocery List:
butter
sugar
vanilla
flour
crushed chips
chopped pecans
powdered sugar

Approximate Cost: $ 4.24

Pimiento Cheese

1 lb. Velveeta, cubed
1 jar (7.5 oz.) pimientos (Roland's sweet pimientos are the best!)
1 c. Hellman's mayonnaise

In a microwave-safe dish melt Velveeta cubes for 1 minute 30 seconds. Stir. Cook for 30 seconds more. Chop and drain pimientos. Blend into melted cheese. Cook 30 seconds more. Stir in mayonnaise. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve on your favorite bread for a sandwich or on crackers for an appetizer. From my dear friend, Patty.

Grocery List:
Velveeta
pimientos
mayonnaise

Approximate Cost: $4.76

Friday, November 7, 2008

Christmas Cake Custard

4 c. cubed pound cake
1 qt. light cream
7 medium eggs
1 c. sugar
1/4 t. vanilla
1 T butter
pinch of nutmeg
Brandy sauce:
1/2 pound butter
1 pound dark brown sugar
2 lemons (juice and zest)
2 eggs (beaten)
1/2 c. apricot brandy

Beat eggs. Heat cream in microwave 'til warm. Add rest of ingredients, except pound cake.

In 12X8X2" pan spread the cakes cubes evenly on bottom. Pour liquid over the top and press down to soak up the liquid. Bake for 50 minutes in a water bath (put this pan in a larger pan with water in it) in 350 degree oven.

Remove and cover with brandy sauce...topped with whipped cream.

Brandy sauce:
Place 1/2 pound butter, 1 pound dark brown sugar, 2 lemons (juice and zest) and 2 eggs (beaten) in heavy sauce pan and cook on med-hi heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Then add 1/2 cup Apricot brandy.

From Chris' Mom. Good on any holiday cake! Chris brother even likes it on bread :)


Grocery List:
pound cake
light cream
eggs
sugar
vanilla
butter
nutmeg
dark brown sugar
lemons
apricot brandy

Approximate Cost: $9.35

Rose's Buttermilk Pie

1 1/2 c. sugar plus 3 T. for meringue
6 T. cornstarch
1/4 t salt
2 c. buttermilk
3 egg yolks (reserve 3 egg whites for meringue)
2 T. butter
1 t. vanilla (or lemon juice, if you like tart)
1/4 t. cream of tarter
Pillsbury pie crust, baked and cooled

Mix 1 1/2 c. sugar, 6 T. cornstarch, and 1/4 t. salt in large microwavable bowl. Add: 2 c. buttermilk and microwave on high for 4 minutes. Stir well with a wire whisk. Microwave on low for 5-6 minutes and stir again with whisk for 2 minutes.

Add 3 beaten and strained egg yolks. Remove and stir in 2 T. butter and 1 t. vanilla or lemon juice (if you like tart). Pour into a cooled, baked pie shell. Top with meringue and brown.

Meringue: 3 egg whites, whip in glass bowl. After whipped, add 3 T sugar and 1/4 t. cream of tarter. Cover pie to edge of crust and brown in broiler until just browned.


Grocery List:
sugar
cornstarch
salt
buttermilk
eggs
butter
vanilla (or lemon juice, if you like tart)
cream of tarter

Approximate Cost: $5.50