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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Random Sunday Recipes

Hello readers!

I surprisingly made two meals and a treat today as well, not what I had planned, but entirely worth it.  We are still working on "cleaning out" our freezer, pantry and cupboards, and I was only helping today.

For lunch I was super hungry, because I skipped breakfast, woops!  I made my version of stir-fry, which comes from a recipe that is on the back of the "Minute" white rice products, it is called Shrimp-Teriyaki Stir-Fry.  I figured out one day that I don't have to use the exact veggies they call for, and then I realized that you don't have to use the exact protein they call for.
This time I used half a bag of frozen stir fry veggies
a quarter pound turkey
Asian seasoning
2 cups water
2 cups instant white rice
Teriyaki sauce

I browned the turkey and added Asian seasoning.  I made the Asian seasoning myself, here is where I found the recipe:  http://maddieruud.hubpages.com/hub/Seasoning
Then I added the veggies and just kind of cooked them until they weren't all frozen, and some veggies were warm all the way through, like the green beans and water chestnuts, but the broccoli wasn't quite yet.
Then I added the 2 cups of water and brought it to a boil.
After that, I added the rice, and dropped the heat down, covered it and let it simmer for 5 minutes.

Then once it was finished, I fluffed it up, and added teriyaki sauce to my liking.

For dinner I made "Pizza Potatoes"
Over the summer, my husband's grandma had a garage sale, and she had all these retro Betty Crocker recipe cards from the 70's and 80's, and my husband got them for me, that is where I found this recipe.

The recipe calls for the following:
One package of scalloped potatoes
1 1/2 cup water
can of tomatoes

I had all except for the tomatoes.  I had already decided I was going to make this so what do I do?  Go though EVERYTHING in my pantry to see if it would work, which nothing had the acidity that this recipe needs.  So then I went to my fridge and what do I find?  Chunky Salsa and Ketchup, hmm, crunchy, sweet, salty and spicy, why not?
So in a saucepan I brought that (it was supposed to come to 16 oz) to a boil with the water.  I just used a couple squirts of the ketchup and the jar of salsa, I don't even remember what kind it was, it didn't matter, I was hungry, and desperate.
Then I added my tomato concoction into a 2.5 qt baking dish along with the taters and the seasoning, and mixed until the seasoning was all wet.  Then I layered with tomato and put some mozzarella on it, baked it at 450 (I think, don't quote me, if you really want the recipe, I will check!!), for 33 minutes.  It said 30-35 minutes, so I went in the middle.
Pulled it out, let it sit, and ate it like nobody's business (like I said, I was HUNGRY).

I know that I just recently said that I don't like gingerbread, I take that back.  I don't like gingerbread boys and girls, I love gingerbread scones, period.  And they were so easy.  I got the recipe from the Gingerbread Cookbook by Gooseberry Patch, I got it for FREE on my Kindle, if you are considering a Kindle, you should get one, just for all the free books you can get, seriously.  Anyhoo, I was reading through that and came across a recipe for gingerbread scones, and realized that I have all the ingredients for it, so I decided, on a whim, to make them!

The recipe calls for
2 cups all purpose flour
2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
1 t. ground ginger
1 t. cinnamon (I love cinnamon, so I had a HEAPING t.)
7 T. butter, sliced
1/3 cup molasses
1/3 cup milk

so you mix all the dry ingredients, and then cut in the butter, I use butter knives, and I didn't cut up the butter, do that, it makes things easier.  Mix the milk and molasses together, and then add to the dry mixture.  Mix until just moistened, I actually added a smidgen more milk, to help pull it together, then on a lightly floured surface knead the bread a few times, then cut in have, and shape into two 5-inch circles, put them both on a baking sheet and cut them into six wedges, do not pull them apart, and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
You can serve this with coffee or tea, or milk, we were planning on serving with ice cream, but they were too good and we gobbled them up, oh well!

All-in-all, today was a good food day!  And it's official, I am making braided biscuits, green bean casserole, and brownie thing-a-ma-bobs for Thanksgiving this year!  Now to let you go, I'm sure I just wrote a whole book!


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