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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Paula Deen's Beef Stroganoff & Ham-Hash Casserole

So, I'm still making my way through the recipe box.  Tonight we tried Paula Deen's Beef Stroganoff.

It was pretty good, if a little salty (but that's my fault).  Definitely a step above the Hamburger Helper version Joey & I grew up on.  The only problem was that I'm not sure it's worth the cost.  At home meals are suppose to be significantly cheaper, but steak isn't necessarily cheap.  I mean, it's not super expensive or anything.  But when it's half your meal price (at apprx $5.50), that's not something I'll be cooking in the regular rotation.  It *is* making it into the recipe box, though, because we did actually like it.  I could always sub out ground turkey for the beef to save a little cash, but I have a feeling it wouldn't taste as good, and since it isn't *amazing* to begin with, why bother?

I also made a Ham-Hash Casserole the other day, but forgot to snag a pic, sorry!  It's basically a pound of hashbrowns, mixed with broccoli, red bell peppers, diced ham, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and cream of celery soup.  It's really good, and I totally recommend it.  As usual, let me know if you want the recipe.  I would post them, but I get bored with typing them all out just for no one who is interested in making it to "read"...

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Food and Such...

I have made it my mission to cook more.  So I finally tried out some recipes that had been sitting under my "to try" tab in my recipe box for awhile. 

First up was Triple Mac w/Ham.

Personally, I wasn't a fan.  Joey liked it ok, but it will not be officially incorporated into my recipe box.  The texture was grainy (due to the recipe calling for flour, I suppose), and the unusual types of cheese used (white cheddar, monty jack, and asiago) didn't really seem to suit mac and cheese to me.

Next up was Confetti Salad, with pineapple sausage. 

This is much more of a summer dish, but I have been really wanting to try it, so I made it anyway.  It uses black eyed peas, which I'm not a fan of.  But I loved this salad.  It has every color from brown to green- black eyed pease, tomatoes, carrots, yellow bell pepper, celery- and a honey vinegar dressing.  Yum!  Definitely stays in the recipe box.

Third was a cheesy onion mash.

This was *really* good.  It's basically a mashed baby gold potato with caramelized onions and cheeses mixed throughout.  In the box!

Last was the dish I made today, which unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of.  It was called Pasta e Ceci soup.  It contained tomatoes, carrots, chickpeas, rosemary, thyme, and tiny pasta.  Sadly, this was a major disappointment.  It ended up being really bland, in my opinion.  Poor Joey is stuck with the leftovers for at least 2 more meals, but he seemed to think it tasted ok, so no worries. This recipe is not staying in the box, though.  I mean, shouldn't we both have to like it???  ;)