Sunday, May 29, 2011

Bow tie pasta is adorable, no?

Good Midwestern comfort food at its finest...

Hamburger Stroganoff


1 1/2 lbs. ground beef, browned
1 10 oz. can cream of mushroom soup
1 2 oz. can sliced mushrooms
1 c. milk + 1/2 pkg. "simmer sauce", beef home style + 1/4 pkg. instant chopped onions
OR 1 pkg. beef stroganoff sauce mix
8 oz. sour cream (or plain yogurt)
12 oz. bow tie pasta (or fettuccine)


Combine everything except sour cream and pasta. Bring to a boil and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sour cream and heat through. Serve over pasta.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Justin Beiber says 'um' a lot....

I was watching the Billboard Music Awards until JB won the Fan Choice award or something? He kept saying 'um' and then Rhianna made fun of his legions of screaming fans when he presented her award. I was done at that point....now I'll miss the BritBrit/NickiM performance. Pity, that.

These pizzas are way classier than anything I watched on TV tonight :)

Middle Eastern Pita Pizzas

4 6" pita breads
1/2 c. roasted garlic (or other flavor) hummus
1 c. (4 oz.) crumbled feta cheese
1 small onion, thinly sliced
2 c. thinly sliced fresh spinach
1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
1/4 c. sliced ripe or Kalamata olives (I hate olives...these guys never make an appearance)


Heat oven to 400*.

Place pita breads on an ungreased cookie sheet or in a baking pan. Spread hummus on pita breads, then sprinkle with feta cheese.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top each pizza with onion, spinach, tomato and olives. You can also add cooked chicken to these!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Catch up time...

It's finals week, so that means I have some free time. I really haven't been studying like I should, but I have no motivation whatsoever and have been baking my way out of a rough patch. That said, I think it's appropriate to share my family's favorite baked goodies :)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

(Makes about 2 1/2 dozen bars)
1 c. creamy or chunky peanut butter
6 T. butter or margarine, softened
3/4 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
1 c. flour
2 c. (11 1/2 oz. package) milk chocolate morsels, divided
1 c. colored sugar or small colored candies or sprinkles (optional)


Beat peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, regular sugar, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Beat in eggs. Beat in flour. Stir in 3/4 c. morsels. Spread into a greased 9"x13" baking pan.

Bake at 350* for 20-25 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with remaining chocolate morsels. Let stand for 5 minutes, then spread. Sprinkle colored sugar/candy/sprinkles over melted chocolate. Cool in pan on wire rack.

As you can see, I made Christmas brownies. I, um, may be about 5 months behind on recipes. Oops :)