Monthly Archives: May 2011

Fancy Hot Dogs

How often do we eat hot dogs in our house? Um, never, but we do like a hot dog or two when we are at a ballgame, at Sonic, etc. You can make this with hot dogs or if you want to make a super fancy hot dog dish, you can make it with bockwurst. (Good luck finding it at your local grocers…I would stick with the hot dogs.)

1 Tbsp butter (more if needed)
6 standard sized hot dogs (plan 1-2 per person, or fewer if you are serving kids), sliced into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thick slices
1 cup chopped yellow onion
2/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup of water
Egg noodles

Cook egg noodles according to package directions.

Melt butter in a large skillet (cast iron works well for this purpose) on medium high heat. Add the chopped onions and sliced hot dogs. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions and the hot dogs are nicely browned, 5-10 minutes.

Add the sour cream and water, stir until creamy.

Serve over egg noodles.

Did I change anything? The original recipe called for chopped fresh parsley. I think fresh parsley tastes like grass, so I left it out.

What did the family think? Everyone LOVED it! No complaining whatsoever.

Where did the recipe come from? Simply Recipes

from Simply Recipes

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Cajun Orange Glazed Salmon

Sunday is usually fish night at our house which usually means salmon. I am always looking for new tasty ways to prepare it and this one from Aggie’s Kitchen was not a disappointment and was pretty easy too.

3 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
4 boneless, skinless salmon fillets (6 oz. each)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup orange marmalade
1 tablespoon lime juice

Combine Cajun seasoning, brown sugar and salt in a small bowl. Rub over both sides of fillets.

Saute fillets in oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes. Turn and saute an additional 2-3 minutes. Cover and continue to cook turning occasionally.

Blend marmalade and lime juice; swirl in skillet until melted. Carefully turn fish to glaze on all sides. The salmon is done when it begins to flake when tested with a fork.

What did the family think? Hubby and I really liked it. The boys had fish sticks.

photo from Aggie’s Kitchen

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French Toast Bake

I picked up this recipe recently at our grocery store knowing that eventually I would need it. This weekend both sets of grandparents were in town for our oldest child’s First Communion, so before church we had a Mother’s Day/First Communion brunch and this recipe was a huge hit.

12 (1 inch) slices of day old French bread
5 eggs
2 1/2 cups milk
1 cup brown sugar, divided
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup-2 cups blueberries, frozen or fresh

Arrange bread in a greased pan (about 13×9).

In a bowl mix eggs and milk. Then add 3/4 cup brown sugar, vanilla and nutmeg. Pour mixture over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for 8 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Remove bread from refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Combine melted butter and remaining sugar and drizzle over top. Sprinkle with blueberries.

Bake for about 40 minutes or until set.

Did I change anything? The recipe called for 1 cup chopped pecans which I left out.

What did the family think? It was so tasty and the blueberries on it made it look pretty too. It was a great addition to our special feast.

Photo by Me


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Hershey’s No Bake Cookies

I was in a pinch one time and had to make some cookies for a meeting I was going to, but I had two napping kids who I didn’t want to wake up and take to the store and really, I didn’t want to take them to the store when they woke up either. So I rummaged around in the pantry. I had some Hershey’s cocoa powder and this recipe was on the back and-bonus-it turned out I had everything I needed to make these cookies. This recipe has been around forever and if you haven’t made them yourself, you have probably had some at a picnic or some other such gathering. Either way, they are yummy and easy to make.

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons cocoa
1 stick butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups quick oats

Combine the sugar, milk, cocoa and butter in saucepan. Cook over medium to high heat until mixture boils 1 1/2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and add vanilla, peanut butter, salt and stir quickly. Add oats and stir together. Will be stiff.

Drop by tablespoon onto waxed paper. Let dry. Makes about 2 dozen.

What did the family think? I don’t think anyone in this house has ever turned down a cookie. 🙂


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Horseradish Mayo (for Hamburgers)

I found a recipe over at Ezra Pound Cake for some really yummy hamburgers. It is a really wordy recipe, so I am going to shorten it up for you and concentrate on the star of the show, the sauce. Your goal is to make a bacon burger and to make enough sauce to not only put on it, but to also dip your hamburger into. If horseradish scares you, don’t be afraid. You can start out with a little and add more if you’d like.

1 lb. hamburger or ground turkey or ground chicken
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 slices bacon
Hamburger buns
Salt and Pepper

For sauce:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sour cream
3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Cook bacon as you normally do…in the oven, in a skillet, in the microwave…whatever you prefer.

Combine hamburger, garlic, salt, pepper. Form into patties and grill/cook in a skillet until cooked through.

While those are grilling combine all ingredients for the sauce in a medium bowl.

Also, if you are grilling your hamburgers on the grill you can wrap the buns in aluminum foil and stick them on the coolest part of the grill or stick them in the oven on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes.

When hamburgers and bacon are done assemble burgers with hamburger buns, lettuce, bacon and hamburger and a dollop of sauce. Serve with sauce on the side for dipping, too.

We had this with cole slaw and strawberries.

Did I change anything? The original recipe called for chopped onions in the hamburgers, but I left those out. Also, next time I make these I will make more sauce. Can you tell I liked the sauce? I might also add a teeny tiny bit more horseradish.

What did the family think? My hubby groaned when he took his first bite. As in, holy cow I love these. The boys had just regular hamburgers.

photo from Ezra Pound Cake

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Mexican Tortilla Lasagna

It has come to my attention that there are some folks out there who would like for me to really make it super duper clear as to where I am getting all of these recipes from. Some of them are mine, some of them are not and I have always, from the beginning, noted where the recipe came from if it was not my own. However, I will begin, starting today, making it even more obvious where the recipes come from and adding a link if appropriate. MommaCooks has grown to be something more than I ever thought it would be, so I will just chalk this up to growing pains and get back in the kitchen. Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming…

1/2 lb. ground beef
1 cup chopped Italian plum tomatoes (2 medium)
1 cup julienne-cut zucchini
1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
1 (15-oz.) can black beans, drained, rinsed
1 (10-oz.) can enchilada sauce
1 (8-oz.) container nonfat sour cream
1 teaspoon Taco Seasoning Mix
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas, halved
6 oz. (1 1/2 cups) shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Spray 13×9-inch glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Brown ground beef in medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain.

In medium bowl, combine tomatoes, zucchini, onions and beans; mix well. Stir in cooked ground beef. Reserve 1/3 cup enchilada sauce; set aside. In another medium bowl, combine remaining enchilada sauce, sour cream and taco seasoning mix.

Spoon 2 tablespoons enchilada sauce mixture in bottom of sprayed baking dish. Arrange 8 tortilla halves over sauce, overlapping as necessary. Spoon half of vegetable-bean mixture over tortillas. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the cheese. Spoon half of remaining sauce mixture over cheese. Repeat layers, reserving 1/2 cup cheese for top. Top with reserved 1/3 cup enchilada sauce.

Cover with foil; refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.

Heat oven to 375°F. Bake casserole for 30 to 35 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Uncover; sprinkle with reserved 1/2 cup cheese. Bake, uncovered, an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Did I change anything? I didn’t let it sit as long as the recipes says. I only put it in the frig for about 5 hours.

What did the family think? Sadly, I was the only one who liked it. Normally, I wouldn’t put a recipe on MommaCooks that was “a bomb”, but this one wasn’t. Honestly, I wasn’t home last night and had eaten before everyone else and I think someone thought it might be a wee bit easier to take the kids out rather than trying to get them to eat something that has zucchini in it. 🙂

Where did the recipe come from? I found this recipe at

from Betty Crocker

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Egg “Muffins”

We are going to be celebrating Mother’s Day next weekend since both grandmas will be in town, so I thought I would give this recipe a trial run before making it for our Mother’s Day brunch.

10-12 eggs
2 T fat free half and half
1 1/2- 2 cups diced meat: canadian bacon, ham, cooked turkey sausage or cooked veggie sausage
1 1/2- 2 cups grated low fat cheese (I like sharp cheddar or feta)
Optional, but highly recommended, 3 green onions diced small.

Preheat oven to 375.

Use regular or silicone muffin pan, 12 muffin size. If using silicone pan, spray with nonstick spray. If using regular muffin pan, put two paper liners into each slot, then spray liner with nonstick spray.

In the bottom of the muffin cups layer diced meat, cheese and green onions. You want the muffin cups to be 3/4 full, with just enough room to pour a little egg around the other ingredients. Beat eggs well with the half and half (you could use milk). Pour egg into each muffin cup until it is full to the brim, nearly overflowing.

Bake 25-30 minutes until muffins have risen above the rim of the muffin cups and are slightly browned and set.

Did I change anything? I made these with bacon and green onions for the adults and just cheese and eggs for the kids. They were very tasty and I found some fun polka-dotted muffin cup liners to use, so they were fun, too.

What did the family think? Everyone liked them. Be careful though, they take a while to cool off.

from Kalyn’s Kitchen

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Mexican Beef and Bean Casserole

This was our Cinco de Mayo dish…we didn’t actually get too festive though because I completely messed up our dinner schedule by thinking our 6:30 baseball game was at 5:00. Oh well…it was still a tasty dish.

1 pound ground beef, chicken or turkey
2 cans (15 to 16 ounces each) pinto beans
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1/2 cup mild chunky-style salsa
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 ounces)
Sour cream and salsa, garnish
Rice or tortillas

Heat the oven to 375°.

Cook the beef in the skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown; drain.

Rinse and drain the beans in a strainer. Mix the beef, beans, tomato sauce, salsa and chili powder in the ungreased baking pan.

Cover with lid or aluminum foil and bake 40 to 45 minutes, stirring once or twice, until hot and bubbly. Carefully remove the lid, and sprinkle cheese over the top. Continue baking uncovered about 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

The boys had this on tortillas. I melted a little cheese on the tortilla like a quesadilla and then added the beans and meat. You could also serve this over rice with a little salsa and sour cream and that would be good, too.

Did I change anything? I baked it just as the recipe says to, but I think you could totally skip that part and save yourself about 40 minutes. Just put everything in the skillet and heat it up that way. Just put the cheese on at the end in the skillet…it will still melt, but you don’t have to wait for it to bake in the oven.

What did the family think? Well, we didn’t get to all eat together (which is VERY rare in our house) because I messed up the baseball game time. 3/4 of us still ate what I made for dinner and everybody ate it…even our youngest. He picked out the beans, but he still ate it without any fuss.

from Betty Crocker

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Beer Bread

I love homemade bread, but I don’t like baking anything that has yeast in it…all the waiting and kneading…I don’t have time for all that. I haven’t had beer bread in years, but it is so good and you don’t need any yeast…the yeast’s in the beer. 🙂 When I came across this recipe I just had to make it.

3 c. self-rising flour
3 tbsp. sugar
1 (12 oz.) bottle beer (or can)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix together until blended. Pour into greased loaf pan. Bake 45 minutes or until top is lightly browned.

Did I change anything? Just make sure your beer isn’t too “hoppy” unless you want your bread to taste like hops.

What did the family think? They haven’t made it home yet to eat any, but I ate some and it was deeelish. I slathered some butter and honey on it while it was still warm. Yum!



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This is not a new recipe for MommaCooks, just a previous one with a tiny twist. Our oldest isn’t a big fan of tacos and will usually just eat the filling and not the tortilla, but he does love tortilla chips, so I decided to make nachos using the taco filling (from Jessica Seinfeld) that I normally make.

1 lb. ground beef or turkey
1 14-oz. can crushed or diced tomatoes, with their juice
2 T cup sweet potato, carrot, or butternut squash puree (use baby food)
2 T wheat germ
1 packet taco seasoning
Tortilla chips

Garnish: cheese, sour cream, avocado, salsa…whatever you like on your tacos

Cook meat in large nonstick skillet. Drain fat.

Stir in the tomatoes and their juice, vegetable puree, wheat germ and seasoning mix.
Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the meat is no longer pink and the mixture begins to thicken, 8-10 minutes.

Make nachos by putting tortilla chips on a plate and topping with meat mixture. Add your favorite toppings.

Did I change anything? I added the wheat germ and reduced the amount of puree.

What did the family think? It was a hit!

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