Sunday, August 26, 2007

Brownie Recipe from the kitchen of Susan Tuft!

Susan’s Wonderful Brownies!

Mix all this stuff together with your mix master:

1 cube softened margarine
1 3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Then add:
½ cup dry powdered milk (the “instant” kind...most of them are)
1/3 cup cocoa powder (the dark bitter stuff)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup flour

Batter will be stiff. Spread into a greased 9x13 baking pan. Bake for 28-30 minutes, at
somewhere between 325 & 350 degrees. Don’t over bake. (Don’t over eat!!)
Now! These brownies are real tasty with chocolate frosting of some kind, but, they’re EVEN
BETTER UN-frosted, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on them, and covered with this sauce:

Chocolate Microwave Sauce

Add all this dry stuff and mix it well::

1 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup cocoa powder
dash salt
Then put in 1 cup of water and stir it up.

Microwave on high power for about 2 minutes, or until it just begins to thicken. Then take it out,
stir in 2 Tablespoons of butter or margarine, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla.
Microwave again for about 1-1 ½ minutes more, til thick. Don’t go too long in the microwave or
it can get Way Too Thick. (You can cure this by adding water, and Stirring Soundly, by the
Anyway, when it’s thick but not TOO thick, pour it over the ice cream and brownie.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Mormon Lasagne:)

This is not exactly authentic, but yummy nonetheless. I hope I haven't posted it before...

1 pkg lasagne noodles
2 lbs-ish hamburger
2 cans tomato sauce
1 small pkg sour cream
1 small pkg cottage cheese
1 can chopped olives
pinch of salt
1 1/2 c-ish of shredded cheese, or however much you like!

Boil noodles. Brown hamburger with a little salt and pepper if you like. When brown, add tomato sauce. You can also add a dash of cornstarch if it's runny.

In a small bowl, stir together about 3/4ths of the sour cream and cottage cheese. Add olives and a bit of salt. I know there are actual measurements, but honestly, I lost the recipe and this works just as well:) Just add until it tastes/looks good. You can't go wrong.

Then go ahead and layer it! I do noodles, meat sauce, noodles, sour cream mixture, noodles, meat sauce and then shred cheddar over the top.

Bake at 375 for about 45 min or until bubbily. (Also, I like to cover the top with tin foil so it doesn't get dried out). Okay, The End.

Butter noodles and saute'd shrimp

Shrimp are probably the easiest and tastiest things on the earth. Here is the recipe for our delicious dinner of last night, which all my children enjoyed. My husband however, asked, "what stinks?" when he came home. Can't please everyone.


Jumbo, flash frozen, pre-cooked, Shrimp - about 6 pieces per person works well for our family

1/4 stick of butter

Olive Oil

2 Garlic cloves

Parsley, oregano, crushed red pepper, rosemary, salt, pepper, chives, onion flakes, you know, what every yummy spices you like.

Noodles (we used linguine)


Thaw the shrimp by running cold water over them in a colander; set aside. Boil and salt water, drop in noodles. In a skillet, on medium heat, melt butter with a few TBS of olive oil. When that is nice and melty, add garlic, onions and all the spices your heart enjoys (we used all those listed above, in moderation). Let the garlic get happy, but not toasty. Drop in the shrimp. They are already cooked, so you are just warming them through and covering them in yummies. Then turn the heat way down. When the noodles are done, drain and combine them with the shrimpy buttery happiness.

We served this with apple slices, steamed cauliflower, and watermelon. It is my current theory that fruit and veggies should make up the main parts of your meal and the meats and grains should be treated more like small side dishes.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

One-Dish Chicken Bake

Here's another back of the box recipe. It's alot like your chicken and vegetable, Brandy. We had it tonight, I love it. Here you go!

1 pkg. Stove Top
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 can crm of mushroom soup
1/3 c sour cream or milk
*I always half recipe this for our little family

Mix Stuffing pouch with 1 2/3 C water, set aside.

Place chicken in 13x9 baking dish. Mix soup and sour cream; pour over chicken. Spoon stuffing evenly over top.

Bake 375 for 35 min.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

On a new Health Trend

Been eating a lot of salsa. I love pretty much any kind of salsa, but here's a quick recipe to make some fresh. Some restaurants call in Pica De Gillo or something like that. Like I said, it's all salsa to me.

Homemade Fresh Salsa

4 Roma Tomatoes, diced
1/2 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, diced or pressed
1 bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 jalapeno, diced (leave some seeds for heat, if desired)
juice from half a lime
salt and pepper to taste.

Mix tomatoes, onion, garlic, cilantro, jalapeno in a bowl. Squeeze lime juice over. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. This has almost no calories and is great with corn chips, over chicken, pasta, grilled steaks ... it's just a great healthy thing.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Creamy One-Dish Chiken and Vegetables Skillet


6 small boneless skinless chicken halves (I'm on a low meat thing, just used 3 little tender things)
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1/3 cup sour cream
1 10 oz pkg frozen mixed vegetables (I like broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots) - THAWED.
1 pkg Stove top stuffing mix, northern style with long grain and wild rice (PREPARED!)


1. Heat up oil or spray skillet. Add chicken. Cook on medium heat, 5 minutes on each side.

2. Mix soup, sour cream, and vegetables. Pour over chicken. Top with prepared stuffing. Reduce heat to low; cover.

3. Cook an additional 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

So .. I love stuffing and love the quick recipe things they put on the boxes, which is, of course, where I got this recipe. However, I did not read it carefully enough and dumped the uncooked stuffing on my chicken and sauce mixture. THEN, as I was typing the instruction in here, I realized the stuffing needed to be already prepared before I added it to the chicken. I knew this recipe sounded TOO easy. So I quickly added some butter chunks, some water, and am now praying for the best .... There's the timer now .. hold on .... the rice needed a little more time, but other than that, mmmm, comfort food. This will feed my troupes for a couple days! A lovely green salad with ARUUUUUGALA, some cantaloupe chunks, and delicioso! Dinner, tonight!