Monday, December 20, 2010

Taco Soup


Here's a very good taco soup recipe that I'm preparing for a Mexican Christmas party in our teacher's lounge tomorrow. (I will triple the recipe).

It has just a bit of a kick, not too spicy--just right.

YOU WILL NEED:

1 can corn
1 can kidney beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can tomato sauce
1 can Rotel (tomatoes and green chilies)
1 can diced tomatoes w/garlic (or stewed tomatoes)
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
1 lb. cooked hamburger.

Sour cream
Shredded Cheddar cheese
Taco chips

Combine all except last 3 ingredients (do NOT DRAIN any cans) in a pot on stove (simmering) or in a crock pot.

When done, serve in bowls- top with sour cream , cheddar and taco chips.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cranberry Pork Loin



What a perfect recipe to serve for Christmas!

It is delicious, easy to prepare (only 4 ingredients) and it's made in a crock pot so the tireless cook can attend to decorating, wrapping last minute gifts or visiting with guests.


*NOTE: For a better presentation, I would have warmed up a bit of cranberry sauce in the microwave and drizzled over top right before serving--after cooking for so long, the sauce lost its color and "moved off" the top of the meat. My guys didn't care--they devoured this roast!

YOU WILL NEED:

1 (5-8 lb.) Pork loin
1 can cranberry sauce
seasoned salt
1/2 cup brown or Dijon mustard

Sprinkle roast with seasoned salt to taste. Place in crockpot. Spread mustard over top of pork as if "icing" it. Stir cranberry sauce and pour over top. Cook on high 1-2 hours, then on low for 6 hours (180 degrees on meat thermometer).

*I cooked mine on high the whole time because I needed to serve it earlier--but it led to the meat falling apart--which normally is not a problem, but it doesn't look as good when you plate it.
Delicious!

ENJOY!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Devil's Food Cookies (from a cake mix)


Simple and so good- these are great to add to your cookie sampler platter for Christmas.

It's always good to have a box of cake mix handy for those unexpected times when cookies are needed.

I make them with and without nuts, with and without powdered sugar--and they're always a hit.


1 box devil's food cake mix
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tbsp. water
1/2 c. vegetable shortening
1/2 c. chopped nuts
Powdered sugar

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix cake mix, eggs, water and shortening until well blended. Stir in nuts. Shape into small balls, then roll in powdered sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Makes about 48 cookies.

Friday, December 3, 2010

O-Balls (a 3-ingredient recipe)--reposted


An Ever so simple recipe to make with the kids! Delicious and makes 75! Let the kiddos give them as gifts!

A co-worker served these in the Lounge at school, and I had forgotten how simple and delicious they were. Now they are back on my Christmas list of fun treats to make.
WARNING! These are very rich.


YOU WILL NEED:

1 package Oreo cookies(1 lb. 4 oz.)
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
20 ounces almond bark,melted




Directions:

Crush 1 pkg. Oreo cookies. Mix with softened cream cheese. Roll into balls; chill. Dip in 18-20 oz. melted almond bark to coat.

*You can also crush Oreo's in food processor and add in cream cheese cubes to mix. * chill this mixture before rolling into balls.

*You can drizzle with chocolate if desired.