Braided Spaghetti Bread

Gorgeous!

Through Pinterest I found this recipe, and I am in love with it. It’s not that it’s anything extraordinary, but it’s fun, easy, inexpensive, visually impressive, and a great way to use up leftovers. Saturday night we had spaghetti for dinner. I just used spaghetti sauce out of the jar. I was short on time, and let’s face it… its easy!

 
I had remembered seeing this recipe on Pinterest and I decided to make a little extra spaghetti up to give this recipe a try. Admittedly I was a little intimidated at the idea of ‘braiding’ the bread, but in truth it’s really not braiding more like laying lol! I can handle that! I have included the original link so that you can see the step by step pictures the original poster posted. The original recipes comes from the Rhodes bread recipe book.
Pre-Baked
My Variation of Ingredients:
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce (I used the store brand 4 cheese)
  • 1 small package of spaghetti noodles
  • 8 oz. package of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 loaf of frozen bread (Rhodes, or Bridgford)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TBS Parmesan cheese
  • Dry parsley
  • ½ tsp. Garlic powder
My Variation Directions:
**Using Left Over Spaghetti** I used leftover spaghetti which already had sauce on it. I weighed out 14oz of spaghetti with the sauce already on it. I added an additional 1 cup of spaghetti sauce to the left over spaghetti and mixed it in well. This will help prevent the spaghetti from drying out as its baking. You will want to make sure your spaghetti is very saucy. I also took a knife and fork and cut the spaghetti into 1 inch pieces to make sure it would work easier with the dough and serving it.***
 

Ham and Potato Hash (Using Easter Leftovers)

 
This recipe is not visually appealing, but it definitely takes comfort food to a whole new level! I started off using this recipe, but then I wanted to add my own twist to it. I made it the first time following the recipe to the letter, and it was wonderful. The second time I decided to add my own spin on it, and it was wonderful! 
 
Ingredients:
  • 3 cups potatoes, peeled, boiled and cut into cubes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 of a medium onion diced
  • 2 cups condensed milk (like Carnation)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup Pepper Jack Cheese shredded
  • 2 cups cook ham diced 
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
Directions: 
  1. Peel, and dice potatoes and boil until they are tender, drain and place in a baking dish
  2. While the potatoes are boiling cut ham into cubes and place in a frying pan along with the onion. Begin to pan fry until the onion is tender, but not brown. Add to the baking dish 
  3. Gently combine the potatoes, ham and onions in the pan. 
  4. Melt butter in a saucepan over a medium heat. Gradually add flour mixing constantly with a whisk, gradually add milk then add cheese and paprika.
  5. Heat until warm, melted and smooth. (Use a whisk and stir constantly)
  6. Pour white/cheese sauce over potatoes and meat and mix all together.
  7. Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 35-45 minutes (watch, until golden brown on top).

Hammy Cream of Potato Soup (Using Easter Leftovers)


I started off making one recipe tonight, and then changed it in the middle of chopping. So this was another recipe that has been modified to something I thought might be better, and I was right it’s fantastic. This is perfect for left over Easter Ham! This is a very rich and hearty recipe. The flavors work so well together, and it’s just down right good!
 
Soup Base Ingredients:
  • 4 cups peeled cubed potatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrot
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup finely diced onion
Cheese Sauce Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups diced ham
Directions: 
  1. In large dutch oven, add all of your Soup Base Ingredients
  2. Cook soup base until the vegetables are. Do not drain.
  3. While your soup base is cooking add your flour and butter to a saucepan and begin to whisk to insure you don’t get lumps
  4. Once your butter is melted gradually add your milk while whisking, then add your salt.
  5. Once your mixture is well combined add the cheese and allow it to melt. Don’t forget to keep whisking
  6. Fold in ham.
  7. Gradually add your cheese sauce mixture to your vegetable mixture, and stir well.
  8. Simmer until ready to serve. Make sure it’s not cooking too high or it will burn quickly.

“Fancy” Ham and Cheese Sliders (Using Easter Leftovers)

This was a really fun meal for the family. It was quick and easy, and relatively inexpensive. Everyone likes sliders and finger food. These would be great to serve at a get together or a party.  This is also a great meal for something for a midweek meal when you need something fast.  I have seen a lot of recipe on the web that is similar to this one that uses a lot more brown sugar. I made the heavy brown sugar recipe once, but it was a little too sweet for us. I like this recipe much better because it’s a little milder! 
 
Ingredients: 
  • 12 good white dinner rolls
  • 12 pieces good honey ham
  • 12 small slices Swiss cheese
  • mayonnaise
  • miracle whip
Poppy seed sauce 
  • 1/2 Tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 Tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 Tablespoon minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon brown sugar
Directions:
  1. Spread onto both sides of the center of each roll may or miracle whip. Place a slice of ham and a slice of Swiss inside of each roll. Close rolls and place them into a large baking dish or heavy cookie sheet. Place very close together.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the poppy seed sauce ingredients. Pour evenly over all of the sandwiches. You do not have to use all of the sauce! Just use enough to cover the tops. Let sit 10 minutes or until butter sets slightly. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover and cook for 2 additional minutes or until tops are slightly brown and crispy. Serve warm. 

Serendipity’s Frozen Hot Chocolate

 

A few years ago I found this recipe on Good Morning American’s website. I fell in love and knew that if I was ever anywhere near a Serendipity that I would have to try the authentic Frozen Hot Chocolate. They have one in Las Vegas near Cesar’s Palace (of course the original one is in NYC), and it’s just amazing. I think Disney World is the greatest place on earth, and Serendipity is the second greatest place on earth!!

This recipe is super simple, and the best thing I think I have ever had to drink. I don’t use “best-quality chocolate” I just use whatever I have laying around that no one will eat. You know that bowl with a few Hershey Kisses, a few Hershey bars, and so on.

Remember it’s just plan chocolate nothing with nuts, or caramel.  You certainly could use better quality chocolate, but don’t let that stop you from making this.  I have used chocolate bark and it was amazing.  Don’t skimp on the heavy cream that is the deal breaker in this recipe. It’s where the decadence comes from.

 
Ingredients:
  • 3 ounces best-quality chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons store-bought hot chocolate mix
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 cups ice
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate shavings

Whipped Cream Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy cream, very cold
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
Directions:
  1. Chop the chocolate into small pieces and melt chocolate in a small heavy saucepan or in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted. 
  2. Add the hot chocolate mix and sugar, stirring constantly until blended.
  3. Remove from heat, slowly add half a cup of the milk, and stir until smooth. 
  4. Cool to room temperature. 
  5. In a blender, place the remaining cup of milk, the chocolate mixture, and the ice. 
  6. Blend on high speed until smooth and the consistency of a frozen daiquiri. 
  7. Pour into a giant goblet and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Enjoy!!
Whipped Cream:
  1. Combine the cream and vanilla and mix well. With an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, start whipping the cream on medium speed. Add the corn syrup slowly while beating. Whip until the cream holds soft peaks.
  2. Slather, drop and dollop onto whatever your heart desires. Makes 2 to 2 1/2 cups, enough for 1 to 5 persons, depending on if you feel like sharing.

Oven Fried Bacon

I love bacon, but I hate the mess that comes with frying bacon. I decided there had to be an easier way. I decided to figure out how to “fry” bacon in the oven, and now that’s the only way I do it. First off I don’t have to scrub down my kitchen after making bacon now, and I don’t smell like fried bacon after cooking it! That’s a huge plus! This is simple and fantastic!
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 pound of bacon
  • 1 jelly roll pan
  • Heavy foil
  • Optional oven safe cookie cooling racks

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with heavy foil. This will make your cleanup much easier. I like to use the heavy foil to insure that the grease doesn’t get on my pan. Yep it’s called lazy.
  2.  Arrange your bacon on the foil. I put my bacon on cookie cooling racks in the middle of my foil lined pan. This helps the grease drip off your bacon.Place the baking sheet in a cold oven. Turn you oven on to 400°F. 
  3. Check your bacon within 15 to 20 minutes. This will vary based on the thickness of your bacon. Check back often you don’t want burnt bacon. Let your nose be the guide. As soon as the bacon is golden brown, but not excessively crisp, it’s done. 
  4. Remove pan from the oven and remove your bacon from the pan. Place bacon on paper towels to allow the excess grease to drip off. 

Microwave Potato Chips

This is a fun recipe, but it is time consuming. You can only put so many chips in the microwave at the same time, or they will take forever to cook. Also make sure that your rounds are cut the same thickness, if not some will be over cooked, and some will be under cook. This recipe is great, but it take a long time to make enough for a family to eat.
 
Ingredients:
  • 3-4 medium potatoes
  • No stick cooking spray
  • Season Salt, or you choice of seasoning
Directions:
  1. Scrub potatoes and cut into 1/16-in.-thick slices.
  2. Spray the slices on both sides with no stick cooking spray and lightly sprinkle season salt.
  3. Arrange on a microwave safe plate, or the plate inside your microwave (do not overlap).
  4. Microwave on high for 3 minutes; turn and microwave 3 minutes longer or until chips are dry and brittle. If you have a turning tray in your microwave then cook for 6 minutes total without flipping the chips
  5. Repeat with remaining potatoes, oil and seasonings.
  6. Let chips cool for at least 1 minute before serving.
Store in an airtight container

Super Fluffy Pancakes

Stand back when I make these because my husband is going to come running. He loves these fluffy cakes, and to be honest so do I. They are fantastic and better yet easy to make. I think they are just as good as any restaurant. Sometimes I add a little more sugar to the recipe just to give them a sweeter flavor but that will vary depending on what I am serving over the top. If you are adding syrup you probably won’t need the extra sugar but fresh berry and cream you might.

This is my favorite pancake recipe. I looked and looked for a fluffy pancake recipe, and this was the winner. I tried many recipe until I found the perfect one. The pancakes come up large and supper fluffy.
Ingredients:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons margarine, melted
  • 2 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 6 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Directions:
  1. Beat egg until fluffy.
  2. Add milk and melted margarine.
  3. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Heat a heavy griddle or fry pan which is greased with a little butter on a paper towel.
  5. The pan is hot enough when a drop of water breaks into several smaller balls which ‘dance’ around the pan.
  6. Pour a small amount of batter (approx 1/4 cup) into pan and tip to spread out or spread with spoon.
  7. When bubbles appear on surface and begin to break, turn over and cook the other side.
Thank you Ellen Brody!!

Poblano Cheesy Chicken And Rice

 
After perusing the Southern Plate I came across a recipe that caught my eye. I ended up bookmarking it for future use. A few days ago I decided I was going to make it but I forgot to put it in the crockpot and I forgot to pull the chicken breast out of the freezer. Needless to say I wasn’t going to make it…
 
At the last minute I decided to make an adapted version with the things I had on hand. Instead of making it in the crock pot I made it on the stove top. In the end I realized my recipe wasn’t even close to the Southern Plate’s but it did turn out fantastic. She was certainly my inspiration. This is just incredible!! It’s so easy to make and the flavor is fantastic. I am using the leftover to make enchiladas with!
 
I highly recommend this recipe for a quick easy inexpensive week night meal. I literally made the entire meal in 30 minutes.
 
 
Ingredients: 
  • 1-13oz can of chicken drained
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 -8 ounce box  Zatarain’s Yellow Rice Mix,
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 1- 10.5 ounce can cream of poblano soup
  • 1-15 ounce can whole kernel corn, drained

Directions: 

  1. In a large pot sauté onion until its tender, remove from pot and set aside. 
  2. In the same pot cook yellow rice according to package directions. 
  3. Once the rice is cooked about 20-25 minutes add onions back into the pot, add drained chicken, cheddar cheese, cream of poblano, and drained corn. 
  4. Mix well and heat all the way through. Once everything is heated through serve immediately.

Adapted from Original Recipe Source

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

 
I was looking for a good Sunday dinner recipe last week when I came across OrgJunkies Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe. It can’t get any easier than this recipe. You put all the ingredients in the crockpot and you let it cook. This recipe is super simple and super easy. Thanks for the great recipe Laura. CLICK HERE for the original recipe. 
 
Ingredients: 
  • 2 pounds beef chuck or stew meat, cut in 1″ cubes 
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper 
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 clove garlic 
  • 1 bay leaf 
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 4 carrots sliced or baby carrots 
  • 2 cans of potatoes
  • 2 onions, chopped 
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced

Directions:

  • Place meat in cooker (no need to brown first). 
  • Mix flour, salt and pepper and pour over meat; stir to coat meat with flour. 
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix well. 
  • Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours or high 4-6 hours. 
  • Stir stew thoroughly before serving.