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Patty’s Cheese Squares

21 Oct

Cheese Squares

My sister Patty would make these squares and bring them to our Moms. They would disappear.

The great thing about them is that you can use broccoli, spinach, asparagus or whatever other vegetable you like.

Today I decided to use broccoli because I had a lot leftover.

One pound of  cooked , chopped broccoli

One pound of cottage cheese

1/2 pound of  cheddar cheese

1/4 pound muenster

1/2 pound mozzarella cheese

1/4 pound american cheese

1/8 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

6 well beaten eggs

Mix everything together.

Grease a deep dish 9 x 9 pan

Place the filling inside.

Bake at 400 degrees for  at least a 1/2 hour or until it is set in the middle.

This is a great recipe for using leftovers like chopped steak or pork.

I have sautéed onion and peppers with the vegetables or meat.

Just keep the basic egg, cheese, flour and condiments and you can add anything you want.

If you are using spinach make sure it is squeezed dry.

These can also be made in mini or regular muffin tins just adjust the time.

Use muffin tin liners to avoid a messy clean up.

If you want to really go wild, use crispy bacon, cooked sausage or diced ham.

Very forgiving recipe.

These freeze nicely.



Vegetable Pizza

4 Aug

Vegetable Pizza

This is a recipe that I first tasted fifteen years ago. We would have a big pot luck meal for all the swimmers before they went off to the championships.

I wasn’t sure if I would like this but decided after one bite it was great.

I changed  it a little and my family loves it but I can only make it  once in a while because it is really fattening.

Two cans of crescent rolls

Two softened 8 ounce packages of cream cheese

One cup of mayonnaise.

One package of dry ranch dressing

Two cups of broccoli flowerets

One chopped onion

One chopped red pepper

One chopped green pepper

One chopped jalapeno [optional]

One cup of diced tomatoes

One 12 ounce package of  shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Ranch dressing to drizzle on top

Spread out the crescent rolls in a 9×13 pan. Make sure all the seams are sealed and make a small lip of dough all around like a pie crust.

Bake according to the package directions till the crust is golden brown.

Set aside to cool.

Mix the softened cream cheese with the mayonnaise and dry ranch dressing.

Spread the mixture on the cooled crust.

Microwave the broccoli for  one to two minutes.

Do not cook the broccoli,  just soften it a little.

Cool and sprinkle on the pizza.

Microwave the onions one minute and cool then sprinkle of the pizza.

Sprinkle the raw peppers and tomatoes on top followed by the cheese.

Finally drizzle the ranch dressing on top like you would drizzle olive oil.

Do not add a lot of the dressing.

Just before I serve this I broil the pizza to melt the cheese on the top.

This is supposed to be served cold or at room temperature.

Cut into 3×3 squares.

It is like eating ranch dressing with vegetables.

Don’t be afraid to use whatever vegetables you like but you may have to cook them a little like the broccoli.

Carrots, cauliflower and even zucchini are delicious.

Lemon Pasta with Broccoli

23 May


Trader Joe has this great lemon pasta. Go and buy some.

4 cloves of minced garlic

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 stick butter

One pound of pasta

4 cups broccoli  flowerets

1/2 lemon with the zest

parmesan cheese

Melt the oil and butter

Saute the garlic till light brown

Add the lemon zest and the juice of 1/2 a lemon

Set aside

Boil a pot of water with a tablespoon of salt

Add the pasta and stir

Add the broccoli with the pasta

Cook about 4 minutes till the pasta is cooked.

Strain the water out and save one cup of pasta water

Pour the pasta into the oil mixture and slowly add the pasta water if needed.

Do not add all of it if the pasta is moist.

The pasta should not be dry.

Serve with grated cheese

This is great meal for a lot of people

It goes well with grilled chicken or pork.