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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.



Cheese Crisps

14 Oct

Cheese Crisps

I always wanted to make these cheese crackers.

Since I was having a pretty healthy meal I decided to make these tonight.

They are crisp, cheesy and salty.

One cup of parmesan, asiago or cheddar cheese.

1/2 tablespoon flour

1/8 teaspoon corse black pepper

Mix everything together.

Heat a non stick skillet and coat with some  olive oil.

Place about three tablespoons of the cheese mixture in the pan and make sure it is nice and thin.

Wait until you see the outside edges turn brown then turn over with a spatular and cook the other side.

They should be golden brown, thin and crispy.

Serve with your salad or vegetables.

I served them with steamed broccoli and salad.

These crackers are a great change from the ever so delicious homemade croutons.


Easy Pasta with Vegetables

8 Oct

Easy Pasta with Vegetables

This takes all of fifteen minutes.

One pound of pasta. I like to use a small rotelle, they are little spirals.

Salt for the cooking water

6 cloves sliced garlic

One sliced onion

1/3 cup olive oil

One package frozen mixed Italian vegetables. Defrost and discard the excess water.

One teaspoon powdered chicken soup

1/4 cup milk or cream

One package Jimmy Dean peppered white sauce mix

One cup boiling pasta water

2 tablespoon butter

Grated cheese for the topping.

Saute the onion and garlic in the oil

Add the defrosted vegetables and powdered soup

Saute till warm

Mix the white sauce mix and the boiling water till smooth.  Set aside

Cook the pasta

Drain well

Add the cream and butter to the pasta

Add  the vegetables

Add the white sauce and mix well

Serve on a bed of fresh spinach

Add the grated cheese on the top.

If you have any leftover chicken or any other protein, add it to the pasta.

So easy. So good.

Baked Gnocchi

16 Sep

Baked gnocchi

Easy, Simple, Delicious.

One large chopped onion

Two cloves chopped garlic

Five tablespoons olive oil

One 28 ounce can of whole tomatoes

One 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes

One small can of tomato paste

One tomato paste can of water

1/2 teaspoon oregano

8 basil leaves

2 teaspoons sugar

One pound of ground beef

One pound of sausage, out of the casing

One pound of mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes

1/2 pound of muenster cheese ,cut into cubes

Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top

Two pounds of cheese gnocchi

Soften the onion and garlic in the olive oil.

Add  all the tomatoes and bring to a boil then add the paste and water.

Smash up the whole tomatoes with the back of your spoon.

Add the basil, oregano and sugar.

Let simmer.

Take out about three cups of sauce  to use if someone wants extra sauce.

Bring a big pot of water with a small handful of salt to a boil.

Add the gnocchi and stir so they don’t stick to the bottom.

When the gnocchi rise to the top use a slotted spoon and put them into the sauce.

When all the gnocchi is in the tomato sauce, take the pot off the heat.

Brown the beef and sausage and drain all the fat off.

Add the cooked meat to the tomato and gnocchi pot.

Add the mozzarella and muenster cheese and mix in well.

Pour everything into a casserole dish.

Add the parmesan cheese on top.

Bake at 400 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until everything is nice and hot.

This serves about eight good eaters.

Since I don’t always have 8 for supper I separate this into individual casserole dishes or aluminum foil pans and freeze them for a quick meal.

Its like making your own TV dinner.

This tastes just as good without the meat.

I have also made this with bottled sauce and doctored it up.

Not bad and it is faster.


Beef & Veal Chili

15 May

Beef & Veal Chili

I have so many different kinds of chili.

Last night I made a beef and veal chili.

1 large diced onion

1 pound of ground veal

Two 14 ounce cans of Rotelle tomatoes

Two eight ounce cans of tomato sauce

Two 15 ounce cans of kidney beans

One 15 ounce can of pork and beans

Two packages of chili mix

Four cups of leftover grilled sirloin cut unto 1/4 inch cubes

Saute the onion in two tablespoons of oil.

Brown the veal with the onion

Add everything else.

Stir to combine

Bring to a boil then simmer, stirring often.

This all takes 20 to 30 minutes

Serve with grated cheddar cheese on top and a couple of nachos or corn chips.

I love a dollop of sour cream on top.

Whenever I have leftovers, I try to incorporate them into something within a few days.

If I had chicken I would have made a white chili

Try not to waste anything .

Food is too expensive.


Onions and eggs

6 May

Onions and Eggs

Since I had delicious leftover pasta for breakfast I figured I should eat something breakfast for supper.

My husband loved breakfast at night.

I didn’t go overboard so I eliminated the pancakes.

Three eggs

1/2 chopped onion

One small piece of salt pork, about the size of a half dollar.

I used the salt pork because I wanted the flavor of meat plus it was in my refrigerator.

2 slices american cheese

Two tablespoons cheddar cheese

One sliced toasted bialy

Two handfuls of arugula with  two tablespoon balsamic dressing.

sliced red pepper

2 tablespoons of salsa

Put the salt pork in a nonstick skillet and let it render down.

I gave the half melted piece of pork to my dog because I was tempted to eat it.

Add the chopped onions and cook till soft but not brown.

Scramble the eggs and add 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper plus one tablespoon milk.

Add to the onions and slowly cook the eggs the way you like them.

Toast the bialy and place one slice of cheese on each side.

Add the eggs and top with the cheddar.

The salad, salsa and red pepper made this a very filling meal.

Nice break from meat and potatoes.