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Got tortillas?


TortillaCasserole

I somehow ended up with an abundance of tortilla shells recently and remembered a recipe that is sort of like a Mexican Lasagna that would help use up some of them. I used to make this quite often when all the chiildren were at home. It had been a while since I had made it for just the two of us. We really enjoyed it and decided it needs to be included in the meal rotation again. The recipe came from Betty Crocker many years ago.

Tortilla Casserole

1/2-1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup salsa
1/2 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
4-6 tortillas cut or torn into about 1" pieces
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Cook and stir the ground beef and onion until the beef is brown and onion is tender. Drain thoroughly. Spread half the salsa in the bottom of a 8" x 8" square casserole dish. Mix the remaining salsa, yogurt (or sour cream), beef mixture and chicken soup. Layer half the torn tortillas, half the soup mixture,and half the cheese on top of the salsa. Repeat the layers. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and then let the casserole stand for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and black olives, if desired. Serves 4-6.


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Busy day dinner


We all have days and weeks when we are especially busy and it's good to have a few recipes that go together quickly and don't need much attention. This is one such recipe which was given to me years ago by my sister-in-law, Deb. Whenever I make it, both Rob and I comment on how good it is and that I should make it more often.

Busy Day Dinner

For two people:
a little olive oil
1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 of an onion, thinly sliced
2 potatoes
3 carrots
salt, pepper, garlic powder
1/4 cup water
about a cup of frozen peas (optional)

With the olive oil coat the bottom of a heavy skillet or Dutch oven with a lid. Crumble the ground beef into the skillet. Top with the sliced onion. Slice the potatoes thinly (no need to peel) and then season with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Peel and slice the carrots thinly and then add a layer of those. Pour the water over the top, add the lid, and then cook on very low heat for about 35 mins. (Deb's original recipe said not to peek, but I usually check on this a couple of times to see if I need to adjust the heat.) Add the peas if you are using them and cook for about 10 more minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Serve with fruit or a simple salad and you have a delicious dinner without a lot of work. It's easy to adjust the amounts for a larger group.

What is your favorite busy day meal? (Take-out doesn't count!)

Becka


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A contest winner and a winning recipe


I had my unbiased assistant draw a name from the hat and the winner of the fall give away is Robin S.! Since I know where you live, Robin, I will see that your prizes are delivered to you. It was fun to see who has been lurking around my blog. 🙂 Thanks to all who entered the contest and thanks for reading and commenting.

I'm always happy when I find a new recipe that utilizes things that we have on hand. A couple of weeks ago friends from church gave us a large bag of green peppers from their garden. That same week Christy Jordan, the author of the Southern Plate blog and cookbook, posted a recipe utilizing green peppers. I tried it right away and both Rob and I really thought it was good.

Whenever I try a new recipe, Rob always asks how I changed the recipe. I do often change things to utilize what we have on hand or to make it more to our liking. The only thing I changed from the original recipe this time was to use bread crumbs instead of crushed saltines since I didn't have any saltines on hand. 🙂 So, if you need a new, tasty crockpot recipe I would encourage you to try this one.

picture of Uptown Beef Patties

Becka


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A new favorite


Sometime during the past year I discovered a new blog that I have really enjoyed. It is called Southern Plate and is written by an Alabama girl named Christy Jordan. If you live south of the Mason-Dixon line you may have heard of her, but some of my readers live far to the north or even out of the country, so you may not have had the opportunity. Christy states that she loves to feed people and her blog has lots of recipes as well as many lovely stories about her immediate and extended family. Although she has only been blogging for a few years her blog has become hugely successful and she had the opportunity to publish a cookbook which just came out last fall, shortly before Christmas.

picture of Southern Plate

Guess what? I asked for the book and DH bought it for me for a Christmas present. I know that I really don't need another cookbook, but I have enjoyed her blog so much that I wanted to support her endeavor.

I have tried a number of her recipes and will link to two of them here today. After you read them you might just want to sign up for her blog.

One of our new favorites is this Chicken and wild rice casserole that you cook in the crockpot. While it is not particularly interesting to look at, it is very easy and very tasty. I have made it at least three times. It works great for Sunday dinner.

Another one that I tried recently is this Frozen Cranberry Banana salad. I cut the recipe in half and found that it made twelve servings. It made a nice fruit salad to serve with Sunday dinner.

picture of Cranberry Banana Salad

I hope you will visit the Southern Plate site and enjoy it as much as I have.

Becka


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