Monday, October 20, 2014

Friday Friend Cookbook Recipe #29 -- Breakfast Casserole


Making my way thru my Friday Friend Cookbook, one recipe at a time.

Friday Friend cookbook:   I have about 50 of my closest friends and family on an e-mail forum which I called the Friday Friends.  At first, most of them didn't know each other, (they knew me) but over the past 15 years, we've answered and shared silly--and serious---questions,  exchanged Secret Santa Christmas gifts,  had a dieting contest in which we paid a $1 a week and that money went to a scholarship fund for a Friday Friends son's memorial scholarship, and we went on a great vacation for my 52 birthday.

AND,  we contributed recipes for a cookbook.
Which brings me to this... recipe #29

Shelly Noble's
Easy Breakfast Casserole




Just to make certain that you know,
every recipe in the Friday Friend Cookbook, are recipes that we use.
All the time.
Tried and true.

That is why my friends submitted them--because they are simple and good.

Here is a great one for breakfast!
Thank you Shelly for contributing to the Friday Friend Cookbook.
To see all of Shelly's Recipes (so far---I'm not done yet)  click here.
And all the FF recipes to date: click here.





Easy Breakfast Casserole
from Shelly Noble
Winnemucca, NV

1 bag frozen tater tots
1 dozen eggs, slightly beaten
shredded cheese--lots
link sausage

Layer all uncooked ingredients in the order given.
Bake at  350 for 45 minutes.


(I wish I had cut the links apart--the little v's are bugging me. Next time I will)


My Shelly story?
Well,  this week she is having surgery on her foot--her Achilles's tendon.
She had the right one done last year and this year it will be her left one.

Now, I will meander .....
We are kind of 'theme' people, my friends and I.
We are in a rut and always do the same things over and over and over.
Like I always have a wiener-fest party in the summer and a soup supper in the winter.
Sally always has a waffle party in the winter
April always has movie night in the summer
Theresa always has a 4th of July BBQ
Shelly always has a Superbowl party.

We really need to get out of our rut.
Same things....again and again and again......
and we don't have any fun.

Take for instance, last year at Shelly's dance party.
(initially the husbands were not happy and said, 'whatever, we're NOT dancin'... but once they had a beer or two, they got into the 'dance theme')

Shelly was hurt, injured, sidelined by surgery...and yet, she went ahead and had her dance party.  (sigh)  It's an every other year tradition, you know.
In November.  Outside.
No. Fun. At. All.

we  need to get out of this habit  of doing the same thing.
This  pattern of behavior is dull. 

But ummm......





We did a good job at faking our way thru it!

Pat (not her husband)  decided that Shelly should dance!
No matter the surgery!
No matter that her leg is in a rolley thing!
No matter --- one must keep with the habit, and the dance party must go on!

I am sure no fun was had!!









Meanwhile,
back at the bonfire.....


One day I'll do a blog post about the dance parties.

I just might have to change the names. 
To protect the innocent. 

oh, and thanks Shelly!
Great recipe for a lazy morning!
Company morning or whomever you want to serve it too.
It's good.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday Snapshot


A morning walk at one of my favorite places on earth.

Wallowa Lake, Oregon.
When we are there, we love to walk early in the morning.
As you can tell by the Handyman's (silly---i wish he would take that off) date on the photographs, we were there just last month!

I am linking with Saturday Snapshot!


































Friday Friend Recipe #28 -- Macaroni Salad



Making my way thru my Friday Friend Cookbook, one recipe at a time.

Friday Friend cookbook:   I have about 50 of my closest friends and family on an e-mail forum which I called the Friday Friends.  At first, most of them didn't know each other, (they knew me) but over the past 15 years, we've answered and shared silly--and serious---questions,  exchanged Secret Santa Christmas gifts,  had a dieting contest in which we paid a $1 a week and that money went to a scholarship fund for a Friday Friends son's memorial scholarship, and we went on a great vacation for my 52 birthday.

AND,  we contributed recipes for a cookbook.
Which brings me to this... recipe #28

Barbara Brown's
Macaroni Salad



I am adding  pasta salads in with the category of hard to take photos of.
It's hard to take a 'pretty' photo of macaroni salad.
But those of us who love macaroni salad can take satisfaction in knowing that it is GOOD!
Barb uses tuna in hers---gives it a little seafood edge.  (My mom would use shrimp sometimes--both are good.)



Tuna Macaroni Salad
FF Barbara Brown
in
Buckeye, AZ

2 cups seashell macaroni, boil and drain
1 small diced onion
1 1/2 cups diced celery
1/2 of a green pepper, diced
6 hard boiled eggs, diced
2 can tuna, drained
small can of chopped black olives
sweet pickles--to taste
mayo to taste & a small amount of mustard
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all. Chill. Serve.



In all honesty, I am going to have to begin to do a "Barb" recipe every other FF countdown.  Since she was the typist and I was the compiler,  we added lots of recipes.
AND, I am just going to have to put one fact about her (and others) with each recipe now.  I don't think I can think up 300 stories about my Friday Friends  (sigh)
and there are just some I shouldn't tell....

....and right now, all I can think about is one I shouldn't tell.
Dang it!  

(and I'm wondering what the heck the Handyman is looking at!  Must be something on the floor)

We had a traveling cocktail party on this weekend. This photo was taken at the beer and hotdog cocktail cabin.




This photo below of Barb and  Friday Friends, Shelly and Mitzi, was also taken at my 52nd birthday weekend party.
The one where I invited people who didn't know each other to spend a weekend together.
This was on one of our early morning walks to the Water Fall at Wallow Lake.
I am a 6am walker and some of my friends joined me.
I have to be honest, MOST of them stayed in bed and joined us all later for brunch.

Barb, on the left, is a faster walker than me, and she's had 2 hip replacements!
I admire that about her---nothing can keep her down.



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mexican Chicken Soup




On Tuesday I saw this on my Facebook page, was having a bad day (just tired mostly) and thought:  I'm going to make this soup.  This looks like COMFORT FOOD!!
And I got to chop lots of vegetables.
Does that sound weird?
Chopping vegetables makes me happy.
I don't know what it is.
I think that's why I like to make soup---it has lots of vegetables that need chopping.
I chopped, put the soup on the stove, ran to the Library Bookclub, came home and the smell in my house?
Heavenly!

This is a great soup. Good for you too.
Just fresh veggies simmered in broth served over some homemade Spanish rice.

I loved it.

It made the grade to be on my menu when I open 
Ahhhh  Some Soups.
(one day...)

I love listening to the Splendid Table on NPR.
Stump the cook, always stumps me.
I cannot open my fridge and just make something.  

The Splendid Table's very own game show — a refrigerator/pantry game in which a call-in contestant challenges Lynne Rossetto Kasper to create a dish with five ingredients from their kitchen.

I need a recipe.

This is a great soup.




Mexican Chicken Soup
The Splendid Table

Ingredients

Spanish Rice:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 3 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Soup:
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped onions
  • 1 cup peeled, cubed carrots
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped celery
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup cubed potatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • whole boneless chicken breast, cubed
  • ears of corn, cut in half
Garnish:
  • 3/4 cup fresh Salsa (recipe follows)
  • ripe avocado, cubed
Salsa:
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves (about 1 bunch cilantro)
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup cubed red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • small jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
Instructions

To make the rice:Heat the olive oil in a big soup pot over low heat, add the onions, celery, carrots, tomatoes, and sauté, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the spices, rice, stock, and salt. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 45 minutes.

To make the soup: Put the onions, carrots, and celery in the olive oil in a large sauté pan. Cook over low heat until they become limp. Add the stock, potatoes, thyme, bay leaf, and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Add the chicken. Cook for 15 more minutes and add the corn. Continue to cook for 5 more minutes.

Put 2 tablespoons of rice into each of 6 soup bowls. Ladle 1-1/2 cups of soup into each bowl along with ½ ear of corn. Garnish with 2 tablespoons of salsa and 1 tablespoon of avocado.

Salsa

To make the salsa: Hold the cilantro under running water, making sure that all the dirt pours off. Pinch the leaves off the stems and put them in a small bowl with the remaining salsa ingredients, mixing with a spoon until everything is thoroughly melded. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until you are ready to use.



I am going to link up with 
at
There is always a great list of new ideas there for me 
for soups, sammies and salads!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Friday Friend Recipe #27 -- Spaghetti Sauce #2


Making my way thru my Friday Friend Cookbook, one recipe at a time.

Friday Friend cookbook:   I have about 50 of my closest friends and family on an e-mail forum which I called the Friday Friends.  At first, most of them didn't know each other, (they knew me) but over the past 15 years, we've answered and shared silly--and serious---questions,  exchanged Secret Santa Christmas gifts,  had a dieting contest in which we paid a $1 a week and that money went to a scholarship fund for a Friday Friends son's memorial scholarship, and we went on a great vacation for my 52 birthday.

AND,  we contributed recipes for a cookbook.
Which brings me to this... recipe #27

Robbie Milton's
"Little" sauce
the 2nd in the FF spaghetti sauces




The only thing harder than taking a photograph of salad is taking one of spaghetti.  Well, actually, many spaghetti dinners--and making  them look different.
You will just have to bear (or is it bare?) with me, because I asked all of them, my 50 Friday Friends, how they made spaghetti and 24 of them answered me...so I have 24 spaghetti dinners to post for you.
This is number 2.

You can't really go wrong with any pasta, so I will just forgo the description of how good this tasted.  
For the record--it did.

I am probably the only person in the world who still makes red sauce from scratch and not out of a jar.
The jar tasted fine tho, AND it's about the memories I have when I make a friend's recipe from this book.


Little Sauce
(That's what Barb, the publisher named it---she was trying to name 24 red sauces. LOL)
by Robbin Milton via the FF Cookbook.

Brown and season hamburger
Add one jar of Ragu
Add some basil, garlic, and other seasonings.
Simmer and serve over pasta

There you have it. 
That's it.




see Robbie here:  (all of her recipes I mean)

Robbie is on the right in the photo below.
(my friend Jean on the left)

Robbie and her husband John are our Friday Night Friends.  The ones we have dinner with every Friday night, IF neither of us is doing anything else.
We've been doing it for years and years.
17 to be exact.
It is so comfortable and normal I can wear my slippers over there if I want to.
And sometimes I do.




Robbie will probably not like this picture below, as I caught her in the middle of eating a cracker.
BUT---if you notice she is looking at THE FRIDAY FRIEND COOKBOOK!

It was, of course,  Friday Night and we have wine and food, our husbands are playing cribbage.

I love our Friday Nights!




I am going to link up with 



I know it's not an original recipe or even something out of the ordinary, but
Michelle says:
When someone says "I'm making a gumbo," it means family and friends are invited.
And this cookbook, which my family and friends contributed to, is fun for me!

and 


Because.... this is  a food related post with random thoughts.




Saturday, October 11, 2014

Friday Friend Recipe #26 -- Black Bean Salsa



Making my way thru my Friday Friend Cookbook, one recipe at a time.

Friday Friend cookbook:   I have about 50 of my closest friends and family on an e-mail forum which I called the Friday Friends.  At first, most of them didn't know each other, (they knew me) but over the past 15 years, we've answered and shared silly--and serious---questions,  exchanged Secret Santa Christmas gifts,  had a dieting contest in which we paid a $1 a week and that money went to a scholarship fund for a Friday Friends son's memorial scholarship, and we went on a great vacation for my 52 birthday.

AND,  we contributed recipes for a cookbook.
Which brings me to this... recipe #26

Tomi Pingree's
Black Bean Salsa



When I first had the idea of asking all my friends for recipes for a FF cookbook, I knew that lots of recipes would be similar, and that was okay for the camaraderie of bonding, emailing back and forth, etc.
I had no idea I was going to "challenge myself"  (because believe me, none of these guys care that I am doing this .  YES I consider them my Best Friends in the Whole World, but they just think this is ---- odd.  Or Fluky.  They are suspicious of what I'm going to say about them. )

I digressed so much in that sentence I forgot what I was going to say.

Oh yes---similar looking and sounding recipes.
Don't be fooled into thinking that this wonderful Black Bean salsa is like the Cowboy Caviar I posted about before!
There are subtle differences.
Cowboy Caviar had only 1 can of black beans!
Black Bean Salsa has 2 cans!

And a different dressing or sauce or marinade. (whatever you call it here)
so, while both similar, also different.
My take on community type of cookbooks where there are similar recipes is that --- if lots of people send in like types, then it must be VERY GOOD.

And this Black Bean salsa is VERY GOOD.

I want some Black Bean Salsa RIGHT NOW!
It was so yummy!




Black Bean Salsa
Tomi Pingree by way of the Friday Friend Cookbook

2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can corn, drained
1 purple onion, chopped
1 T. red wine vinegar
1 28oz can diced Mexican tomatoes, drained
1 chopped avacado
 2 to 4 T lime juice
1 t. salt
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped

Mix lightly together and bring on the Doritos!! 



And now I present FF Tomi Pingree!
The author of this wonderful appetizer.
For all Tomi's recipes so far, click here.

Tomi is a criminal.
I hang out with criminals.
I even aided and abetted her. 

We set off fireworks in her backyard once.

It's illegal in the State of Nevada.

(geez, I hope the statute of limitations is over, as they do use social media to catch hardened criminals nowadays. )

Can I justify it by saying our children were little and we wanted to give them a good 4th of July celebration (those founding fathers were criminals too... )
and nothing was shot into the air.  And it was on her grass.  And she stayed close by with her garden hose.

That's what I remember most about that evening.
Tomi dousing everything with water.

It's a good memory of my criminal -- gangsta friend.

She also makes a great Black Bean Salsa.