Monday, January 19, 2009

Sloppy Joes

Brown 1 pound of ground meat (I use Turkey, but beef is good too) drain any fat
add 1 chopped onion and 1 chopped green bell pepper
cook until veggies are soft
add 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
add 1 Tablespoon sugar
add 2 Tablespoons dry ground mustard
mix it all until evenly distributed
add ketchup to the consistency you want---it ends up being quite a lot, kind of a shocking amount.

serve on warmed buns with cheese

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Penne and Smoked Sausage Casserole

This is from Taste of Home Easy Family Casseroles that was sold in the spring 2008 at check out counters as a 5x7 sized magazine.

2 cups uncooked penne pasta
1 pound smoked sausage or keilbasa cut into 1/4 inch slices (I use Jenny-O turkey keilbasa)
1 1/2 cups milk
1 can cream of celery soup
1 1/2 cups chedder french fried onions, divided
1 cup shredded mozzerella, divided
1 cup frozen peas (i'll use about 2 cups mixed veggies)

cook pasta. Meanwhile in a skillet brown sausage over medium, drain. In a large bowl combine milk and soup. Stir in 1/2 cup onions, 1/2 cup cheese, veggies and sausage. Drain pasta and add to mixture. Stir.
Transfer to greased 9 x 13 dish, Cver and bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining onions and cheese, bake uncovered 3-5 minutes until cheese melts.

Egg Salad

I forgot to snap a photo--but really you know what a sandwich looks like.

Put eggs in pot cover with cold water, bring to a boil, boil 8 minutes.
I got this from Kyle's mom and it definitely worked perfectly. No dark ring around the yolk and the shells came off in 2 giant halves--no picking tiny slivers of shell.
rinse and submerge eggs in COLD water (I kept dumping it out and refreshing until the water stayed cool then plopped a lunch box ice bag in) for 30ish minutes.

Peel eggs, mash with a fork. Add mayo/mustard or Dijionnaise by Best Foods. salt and pepper to taste. Add finely diced celery and sweet pickle. Really you can add whatever you like: onion, carrot, red bell pepper..etc....

put on toasted bread with preferred accompaniments: cheese, spinach, tomato etc.