Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Summer Broccoli Salad

I got this recipe from my mom in law. It is one of my favorite summertime recipes.

2 crowns of broccoli, coarsely chopped
1/2 red onion, coarsely chopped
1/4 to 1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds
shredded mozzarella cheese to taste

3/4 cups mayonnaise (not miracle whip)
1/8-1/4 cup vinegar (i prefer apple cider, but white works ok, too)
1-3 tablespoons of white sugar
celery seed to taste

Toss dressing and salad together. It is best chilled for a little before you eat it. This recipe serves about 4-5 people.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

I found this recipe a couple of years back. It is my absolute favorite recipe for chocolate frosting.

1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 pinch salt
1 1/2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In small bowl mix at medium speed, sugar, butter (softened), and salt until light and fluffy. Add melted chocolate, milk and vanilla extract, beating until well blended.
This recipe makes enough for a 13x9 cake. If you are making a layer cake with it, you will probably want to double it.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Chicken Tortilla Soup (White Chicken Chili?)

This is a recipe that I had at Anne's house a couple of years back. It is absolutely delicious and I try to enjoy it often.
She didn't ask me to post this one, but since I'm doing the posting, I'm making the rules! :)

2 cans great Northern Beans
3 cans chicken broth (4 cups-ish)
1lg can green enchilada sauce
4 c. cooked cubed chicken
1 bag frozen white corn
1/2 c. cilantro

Bring to a boil (except cilantro) turn down and simmer 20 minutes. Add cilantro and serve w/ (fresh) salsa (and chips if so desired) (i desire chips) (a lot).

Taco Soup

Taco Soup
(anne's recipe)
Brown 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
1 15-oz can corn
1 15-oz can kidney beans
1/2 package taco seasoning

Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Serve with cheese over crushed tortilla chips

Chicken and Rice Casserole

(Again, this is one of Anne's recipes....)

Chicken and Rice Casserole

1 1/2 c. uncooked rice
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1 c. milk

Combine and heat in micro for 2-ish minutes.
Spread in pammed 9x13 and cover with 6-8 chicken breasts.
Sprinkle with a package of Lipton Onion soup.
Bake, covered at 350. Remove foil and bake for 20 more minutes.

Beans and Rice

This is Anne's fabulous recipe for Beans and Rice. She used to make this in college and I would try to keep myself from eating the whole pan before she got any!
(She's unable to post for some reason, so i'm posting for her. Also, she was scheduled to have her baby yesterday....)

2 onions, chopped
3 green peppers,chopped
bunch cilantro, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed

Make sofrito, then freeze 1/4 cup portions in Ziplock baggies.

In large frying pan, saute 1/4 c. sofrito in 2 T. hot oil
Add: 1/2 can tomato sauce
       1 can black beans (don't drain)
       3 c. cooked rice
       1 Sazon seasoning (available in Mexican foods sections of most grocery stores)

Can serve plain, or in burritos with salsa, lettuce, cheese, sour cream