Thursday, September 24, 2009

Super Easy French Dips

This is so easy and so so yummy. I love it because it works great when we have company. You can do it for lunch or dinner. I usually have all this stuff in the cupboard and the freezer ready to go for those nights I just want something easy and fast.

1 package French Rolls
1 bottle Johnny's French Dip Sauce
Roast Beef from your local Deli
1 onion
Fresh Sliced Mushrooms
package Swiss Cheese

Make the Au Jus according to package add Roast Beef until the meat is hot. Saute Mushrooms and onion in a bit of olive oil (i add a little sugar as well) until brown and delicious. Pile meat, onions and mushrooms on hot broiled rolls. Top with slice of cheese and voila. Pure yumminess. The OP loves this - minus the onions and mushrooms of course! Be sure to serve with the au jus!

Whip up some coleslaw or tater tots or both and voila - you've got a meal.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Ladies...Start Your Ovens

Well, Summer is turning into Fall (my favorite time of year). Time for brisk, blustery days, warm sweaters, crunchy,crackling leaves under your feet, and the smell of yummy comfort food being cooked or baked. Oh my, I feel my thighs and butt getting bigger already. Did I just go up one pant size? Oh well, I love comfort food. While it cooks, it fills the house with it's luscious aroma and the oven warms the kitchen. It's wonderful to be nice and cozy inside your home while something delicious is baking in the oven.

This is a side dish recipe I got from my sister-in-law, who got it from a friend while she lived in Fort Benning, Ga. It is very good. In addition, it is pretty simple and you don't need exact measurements. It all depends on how much cheese and bacon you like on your potatoes. Yes, I know, I just said cheese, bacon, and potatoes in the same sentence so you know you are liking this recipe already (I haven't even mentioned the ranch dressing yet). Oh yeah, they are TOTALLY low fat. If you believe that last sentence I have what my husband in another life George Strait would say "ocean front property in Arizona".

I don't know what the official name for this recipe is so I am going to call them

Cheesy Ranch Potatoes


2lbs potatoes (you can use any kind, but red work the best)

1 ranch packet

1 C. mayo

1 C. milk

1 bag real bacon crumbles or you can cook your own bacon

4-6 C. Colby-Jack Cheese shredded

**Cube potatoes and boil until fork can pierce but potatoes are still firm. While potatoes are boiling mix ranch packet, mayo, and milk. Drain potatoes and put back into pot. Pour half ranch dressing onto potatoes, half of the bacon crumbles, half the cheese, mix well. Spray Pam in a 13X9 inch pan, then put potato mixture in pan. Pour remaining ranch dressing, cheese, and bacon on top of potatoes. Place into a 375 degree oven and bake for 15 minutes until bubbly.



Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

1 pound ground beef, lean
1 pound Sweet Basil Italian Sausage, casings removed and crumbled
2 cups grated carrot
1 medium onion, finely chopped
5 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 Tbsp. Parsley
1 Tbsp. dried Oregano
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
Olive Oil
salt & pepper
Garlic powder
2 28 ounce cans concentrated crushed tomatoes
1 23 ounce can tomato sauce

Cook hamburger with some garlic powder. Drain and set aside . Cook Italian sausage until almost done and add grated carrot. Cook the rest of the way. Transfer both meats to crock pot. In saucepan, saute onion in a little olive oil. Add garlic, parsley, oregano, salt & pepper until onions are soft. Transfer to crock pot. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and brown sugar and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

***This feeds a lot of people or gives lots of left over sauce to freeze. For picky eaters or young children I put some sauce in a food processor and puree. To make it a little thicker (if you like thick sauce) puree half and add back to sauce.