Saturday, December 11, 2010

Traditional Green Bean Casserole Made Better

After Thanksgiving as the leftovers disappeared, I found myself craving more Green Bean Casserole. You know the one, smothered in Cream of Mushroom soup and topped with crispy French's French Fried Onions! As I gathered the ingredients needed, I noticed on the back of one of my Cream of Mushroom soup cans (but not the other can I had), there were variations to the recipe. One option being bacon and another being cheese. Um yes, hello, it had to be both not one or the other! Fortunate for me, (who hates cooking bacon) I had some in the fridge from my dear husband's pancake breakfast from that morning. Cheese is always on hand at my house! So that was not a problem to add cheese! We are a family under the spell and belief that cheese makes everything better! Here is the simple variation that I highly suggest you give a try for your Christmas meal!

Are you ready? Prepare the casserole as the back of the soup can or French's French Fried Onions container suggests and also mix in bacon pieces and cheese. When the time comes to add the remaining Fried Onions to the top, first top with more cheese and then the onions and return to oven. Nothing more simple than that for once again what I called, "heaven in my mouth."

Ingredietnts needed for your shopping list:

2 cans (14.5 oz.) cut green beans or french style cut green beans
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) cream of mushroom soup
3/4 cup milk
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 1/3 cups French's Original French Fried Onions
Three to four pieces of cooked bacon crumbled
Grated cheddar cheese

Merry Christmas to your taste buds!

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Layered Beef Casserole

I am on my fifth pregnancy and for the first time in all my life, all I think about is food! I am by no means a foodie, but I do enjoy a good meal. I just have never had my thoughts consumed by what I may consume until now. Accompanying this pregnancy have also come very strong cravings, so I have been busy in my kitchen throwing together things that sound good and calling it dinner. Each time my creation has been what I call at first bite, "heaven in my mouth."  Here is one of my recipes I came up with (at least I think I did since I have never had it or come across it before). I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I did.

Layered Beef Casserole

Ground beef
Ground cumin
Roasted garlic and herb Grill Mates McCormick seasoning
Fire roasted diced green chiles (2 cans)
Cream of Mushroom soup (2 cans)
2 cups Sourcream
3 TBS. Milk
Grated sharp cheddar cheese
Tortilla chips
Avocado (optional)
Tomato (optional)
Shredded iceberg lettuce (optional)

In frying pan saute onions with ground beef as it browns. Season the beef, onion mixture, before it browns, with the following spices to your taste and preference; salt, pepper, ground cumin and the Grill Mates seasoning.
When the beef is brown and the onions are soft, turn stove down to simmer and add one can of the Cream of Mushroom soup. Then add one can of the fire roasted green chiles and mix well together.
In a baking dish layer in the following ingredients, repeating the layers. First layer the beef mixture, top with tortilla chips, top with cheese and repeat.
In a separate bowl mix one can of Cream of Mushroom soup, sour cream and milk, until the mixture is a thick sauce consistency. Then mix in one can of the fire roasted diced green chiles. Pour the sauce over the top and then top with cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minuets.
Serve and top with the optional ingredients: avocado, tomatoes and or shredded lettuce.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thankful Thanksgiving

A great deal has changed for me personally since the last time we all met here. I entered my previous post, left for vacation and then returned home with the knowledge that another precious baby is to born to our family. Exciting news indeed, just very unexpected and took me by complete surprise, leaving me in shock for days! I have now entered my second trimester and life around my Created Home seems to be resuming back to order.

I would like to share with you some of the things I have been up to. Let us begin with Thanksgiving. I was a little behind the rest of the world in getting ready to receive dinner guests into our home for Thanksgiving. I found this out when I ventured into the stores in search of festive fall table decorations, only to find, Christmas was all around me. Thankfully, my thrifty finds did not break the bank, since the only things in stores were the clearance items. Maybe not what I had originally envisioned for my table scape, but I do have to say all turned out beautiful and festive.
Bought these sunflowers on clearance for $3.49!  

I did not have enough napkin rings so I tied them up with sparkle ribbon.

The table runners I bought on clearance, but the two different colors worked for my tables.   

The hanging plate shelf was one of my thrifty garage sale finds!

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