Friday, January 30, 2009

Julie's crescent roll chicken & dumplins.....

I combined two recipes to get this delicious version and I made a few adjustments the 2nd time I made these. Feel free to tweak this recipe as much as you like. One word of caution: only put the recommended amount of filling in the dumplins. That is all those crescent roll dumplings can hold. Any more and they will explode! (Yes, I am saying, "dumplins" on purpose. Dumplings just doesn't sound right to me, ya'll! :)

4-5 chicken breasts, boiled and chopped up fine (I cooked mine in crockpot all day with onion & celery and poultry seasoning to make an excellent broth)

1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can cream of chicken soup

1/2 c. broth

1/2 c. milk

4 tbsp. butter, softened

3 cans buttery flaky BIG crescent rolls

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. salt or just use 1/2 tsp. garlic salt and no powder

black pepper & salt for dumplins.

Preheat oven to 400. Spray 9 X13 baking dish with cooking spray. Mix in med. size bowl, chicken, cream cheese & garlic powder & salt or just garlic salt. In another med. size bowl, mix together soups and broth and milk.

Roll out the cans of croissant sheets and separate into diamond shaped sections. Place a small handful of chicken mixture on each diamond, fold dough over and press ends together to create dumplings. Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with one layer of dumplings.Place some softened butter on top of each of the dumplings.Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Pour soup mixture on top of dumplings. Place foil on top of pan now or dumplings will brown too quickly and not be done all the way through. Bake another 15-20 minutes or until the dumplings are tender and cooked through and the top is brown and bubbly .

Thursday, January 29, 2009

mexican cornbread...

1 lb ground beef
1 large onion, diced
1 small can diced green chillis,drained
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder

Cornbread Mixture

1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 can creamed corn
2-3 cups shredded colby/jack cheese


1Brown together the ground beef,seasonings, onion and chilis; drain well.

2In a bowl mix together the cornbread ingredients.

3Lightly spray a 13 x9 in baking dish with Pam.

4Pour 1/2 of the cornbread mixture into prepared dish.

5Top with the meat mixture then sprinkle on the cheese to cover.

6Pour the remaining cornbread mixture on top.

7Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 45 mins or until the top is lightly browned.

m&m cookies.....(a tradition for EVERY holiday)

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups candy-coated milk chocolate pieces

In a large bowl, mix sugar, eggs, shortening, and vanilla thoroughly. Add flour, salt, and baking soda to creamed mixture. Blend well. Add 3/4 cup of M&M candies.
Drop dough by teaspoonful onto cookie sheet. Slightly push a few candies on top of each dough ball with remaining candies.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 9 to 11 minutes, to your liking. Cool on wire racks.

*Our girls love to make these!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Granny's Coconut Cream Pie....

*This recipe makes 2 pies. :)

1 c. granulated sugar

6 Tbsp. cornstarch or a.p. flour

1 tsp. salt

5 c. whole milk

6 eggs, seperated (yolks for filling)

2 Tbsp. butter

2 tsp. vanilla

1 c. coconut

Combine sugar, flour and salt in saucepan. Add milk and egg yolks. Cook and let thicken. Remove from heat, add vanilla, butter and cocnut and stir. Pour into baked pie crust. In cold metal bowl with cold mixer whisk attachment or hand mixer beaters, beat egg whites until stiff. ( I add a little cream of tartar to whites) Add 2 Tbsp. sugar and beat again to blend. Pour over pie filling and sprinkle with coconut. Lightly brown in 400 degree oven.
(My Granny & my Mamaw both made an EXCELLENT coconut cream pie and their recipes were so similar that I combined them to make this one. It's a little more like Granny's than Mamaw's so I call it Granny's. Trust me, Mamaw would not mind. She loved Granny's cooking.... :)

Hoppin' John....

1 tablespoon olive oil
4-5 slices bacon, cut in 1/4's
1/2 pkg. smoked sausage; sliced thin (optional)
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 pound black-eyed peas, soaked overnight and rinsed
1 quart chicken stock
Bay leaf
1 teaspoon dry thyme leaves
Salt, black pepper, and cayenne
3 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
3 cups steamed white rice


Heat oil in a large soup pot,If using sausage, heat all sides in oil. Add the onion, celery, green pepper, and garlic, cook for 4 minutes. Add the black-eyed peas,bacon, stock, bay leaves, thyme, and seasonings. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 40 minutes, or until the peas are creamy and tender, stir occasionally. If the liquid evaporates, add more water or stock. Adjust seasonings, and garnish with green onions. Serve over rice.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Julie's Texas Sheet Cake....

Combine in a mixing bowl:
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

In a saucepan, melt:

2 sticks butter
Add 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa. Stir together. Add 1 cup boiling water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Pour over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool.

In measuring cup, pour 1/2 cup buttermilk.


2 beaten eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. Pour into sheet cake pan and bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes.

While cake is baking, make icing:

Chop 1/2 cup pecans finely.
Melt 1 1/2 sticks butter in a saucepan.
Add 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa, stir to combine, then turn off heat.


6 tablespoons buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 lb minus 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Stir together.Add pecans, stir together, and pour over warm cake. Cut into squares 7 serve.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Julie's Spicy Spaghetti Sauce....

1 pound spicy sausage

1 pound ground beef

3 onions, chopped

2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms

6 garlic cloves, minced

2 14.5 ounce cans crushed tomatoes

1 small can tomato sauce

1 12 ounce can tomato paste

2 tablespoons dried basil

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Cook sausage& beef, onions, mushrooms and garlic over medium heat for 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to slow cooker. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover; cook on low 8 to 9 hours. Serve over your favorite pasta and enjoy!

*This is SO good on a cold winter's day :) We had this just last week when the temperature reached 12 degrees! what a yummy way to warm up! :)

Stuffed Cabbage Casserole (without the work) ;)

1 1/2 lbs ground beef or pork (or use the meat in my homemade Spaghetti Sauce)

1 medium onion, chopped

1 dash garlic powder

1 dash oregano

32 ounces spaghetti sauce(or 1 recipe homemade sauce)

1/4 cup rice

1 dash basil

1 head cabbage

1 lb mozerella cheese, shredded


1Shred, boil 3 minutes and drain cabbage.

2Brown onion and meat and Drain.

3Place cabbage in casserole dish.

4Place meat mixture on cabbage.

5Add garlic powder, oregano and basil on meat.

6Add spag.sauce and rice.

7Layer like you do lasagne.

8Top with cheese.

9Cover and bake 1 hour at 350F degrees

Barbara's Cheesy Broccoli Chowder

1 T. butter

1 med. onion, chopped

2 cans chicken broth

3 cups cubed potatoes

1 (10 0z) pkg. frozen chopped broccoli or 2 c. fresh broccoli

1 lb. velveeta, cubed

2 c. half and half cream

salt & pepper

Melt butter in Dutch oven and add onions, cook until transparent. Add potatoes, broth and salt and pepper. Cook until potaoes are almost tender. Add broccoli. Cook about 10 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat and add cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. Add cream. Add more salt if needed. Keep warm on low. Serve with french bread.

*This is my mother-in-law's recipe for her yummy broccoli soup! Enjoy!!!

Chicken Enchiladas...

4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)

1(8 oz) pkg. cream cheese

1 (4 oz) jar salsa

1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies

12 flour tortillas

1 pt. whipping cream

2 c. grated monterey jack cheese

Boil chicken until tender. Cut into small pieces. Combine chicken, cream cheese, salsa & chilies. Butter both sides of tortillas. Put in chicken mixture and roll up. Place in baking dish, seam side down. Cover with cheese and pour whipping cream over all. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

*WOW!!! These are YUMM-O!!! :)

*recipe courtesy of Sister Helen Meadows, Broken Bow, OK

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ferguson chili...

2 lbs. ground beef, drained

2 small onions, diced

1 large can crushed tomatoes

1-2 cans ROTEL (whatever your taste) if using just1 can, add 1 can diced tomatoes, drained

2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1&1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 teaspoon cocoa
grated sharp cheddar cheese
sour cream

In a large saucepan, cook the beef and onion over medium heat; drain. Stir in tomatoes, & rotel. Add the seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Serve steaming hot with cheese and sour cream.

*warning: this is on the spicy side; most of the time I use 1 can of Rotel & 1 can diced tomatoes. Makes the heat more tolerable for wimps! Haha. :)

Monday, January 12, 2009

poppyseed chicken....

Poppy seed chicken

2 or 3 chicken breasts, boiled and cut in small pieces
1 16 oz sour cream
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 tbls of poppyseeds (I don't measure - I just shake a ton in)
Ritz crackers
1 stick of butter

Mix the first 5 ingredients and put in a baking dish. Cover with crushed up ritz crackers. Melt a stick of butter and pour on top. Put more poppy seeds on top. (just sprinkle).Bake for 20-30 minutes at 350.

Julie's breakfast burritos

Julie's breakfast burritos (adapted from McDonald's recipe)

1/2 pkg. JC Potter HOT sausage

1 small can chopped green chilis

4 eggs, beaten

1/2 small onion, chopped or just dried minced onions to taste

1/2 tsp. cumin

grated clby jack cheese

flour tortillas, warmed

Brown sausage and onion in skillet with cumin. Turn to medium heat; add chilis. Heat app. 1 minute. Stir in eggs. Cook until done. lay tortilla flat; place app. 1/4 c. of mixture into tortilla. Add cheese. Roll up and place in wax paper. Insert toothpick and freeze or heat app. 30 seconds in microwave. (We unroll the burrito flat and microwave to melt cheese. then add a dallop of sour cream & some salsa and roll back up; oh YUM!!)