Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey & Rice

We've got turkey.  Wonderful, moist turkey.  We were gone over the weekend, so this is the first night of using up the leftovers.

The original recipe is Chicken & Rice, and is quite a regular guest over at my parent's house.  My family loves it, and it's been around for years.  This is a great meal in terms of using food storage.  Basically, all the ingredients are items that you probably already have sitting around.  This casserole is also easy to make, but it does take awhile to cook-but it is well worth it.

So here you go:

Turkey & Rice or Chicken & Rice

4 Cups of diced cooked Turkey or Chicken
1 Stick of butter
1 Cup of Rice
1 Packet of Lipton Onion Soup
3 Cups of Chicken Broth
1 Can of Cream of Chicken Soup
French's Fried Onions

In a 350 degree oven, stick the butter in a 9 x 13 pan & melt the butter

 When the butter is melted, pour the rice in
 And the turkey {or chicken}
 Sprinkle half of the Onion Soup packet over the turkey {or chicken} & rice

In a measuring cup, measure out 1 cup of broth.  Add the cream of chicken soup & the remaining soup mix.  Mix everything together. 

 Pour the mixture over the turkey-rice.
 With the remaining 2 cups of broth, pour over everything.
 You don't have to mix anything together-just dump & go.  Place some foil on top.  Cook for an hour.  After the hour, take off the foil and let it cook for another 20 minutes
 This is how it should look when you take it out of the oven:
 And then when you mix it up.  It should be moist, but not liquid-like.  If there's still alot of liquid, stick it back into the oven.
When you serve it up, sprinkle some fried onions on top {I forgot to buy some at the grocery store}. This will serve about 6 people. 

Monday, November 29, 2010

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge: Scenic B&W

This weeks photo challenge over at I Heart Faces is scenic B&W.  I started to go through my pictures & I found this:

I am always amazed when I stand on a beach and look out over the ocean.  The blue waters are so vast.  This shot is of my husband & son; it being my oldest son's first time playing in the pacific ocean's water.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cranberry-Apple Streusel Pie

I created my own pie.

Well...not exactly, but I didn't have a recipe so I winged it.  I was shopping at Sam's Club the other week, and of course, my kids & I had to stop by the sample carts.  That day, they were giving away samples of pies.  Yummy.  So much so, I decided to make my own.  And it turned out delicious.

Good thing there's another holiday coming up, I might be making another one.

Cranberry-Apple Streusel Pie:

3 Apples-peeled & diced {I used Gala, because that is what I had in the fridge}
1 12 oz bag of fresh Cranberries
1 Cup of Sugar
1/2 Cup of Cranberry Juice
2 T Cornstarch
1 Pie Crust {Unbaked}
1 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Sugar
6 T Butter

 Peel & dice the Apples & throw them in a pot.  The great thing about this part is that I snacked on the apple peels and didn't feel guilty at all {you know, since they're healthy & all}.
 Add the cranberries, juice & cornstarch.  Stir it around and put it on the stove, cooking over medium heat.  It'll take awhile for it to come up to a boil and thicken up.  Just make sure to stir it around every once in awhile.
 In the meantime, in a food processor, add your flour, sugar & butter.  This is going to make your streusel topping.
 Pulse it around until it looks like this.....like cornmeal....well, sort of.
 Look at that yummy pie filling :)
 Pour it into your pie crust.

 Add your streusel topping
 And because I was going to baking it for awhile, I tented my pie with foil {I didn't want the top to burn}.  Cook in the oven @ 375 degrees for 30 minutes.  Take the foil off and let it cook for another 10 minutes.  Also {I learned}, it would be smart to put it on a baking sheet; because if the filling bubbles up and pours over, it'll be on the cookie sheet and not the oven.
 When it's done
It'll look yummy and delicious like this...I was very tempted to eat it right then....but I resisted.

I like it ;)

Try it.  Enjoy!


Friday, November 26, 2010

Watergate Salad

I *HEART* this jello salad.

It's one of those dishes that is made for family get togethers.  It's a recipe that has been in my family for awhile.  It's super simple.

There is something about pistachios.  They are just yummy.

So if you need to add an easy, food storage worthy, jello salad to your arsenal, I highly recommend this.

Watergate Salad:

1 Can of Crushed Pineapple or Chunks {just chop the chunks}-make sure to keep the juice
1 box of Instant Pistachio Jello Pudding
Half a bag of mini-marshmallows
1/2 C of chopped Walnuts
1/2 Tub of Cool Whip

 In a bowl, pour the juice from a can of pineapple.
 Add the box of pudding
 Wisk them together
 Add the pineapple
 And the walnuts
 And then the marshmallows
 And lastly the Cool Whip
Mix everything together, making sure you get the pudding mixed with the other ingredients {you want an even color of green}.  Refridgerate {you can make this salad the day before & it'll be good} or Eat.


I'm linking up here:
Mouthwatering Mondays

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Turkey Eve

I've been busy......

licking spatulas & bowls.....

Happy Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Microwaved Pineapple Upside Down Cake

If you remember from a previous post, my brother is stationed over in Okinawa, Japan, and unfortunately does not have a kitchen.  He does however, have a microwave.  My sweet friend Tiffany {from Simply Complicated} sent me some recipes for microwaved cake to try out.  Tonight, my husband wanted something sweet {he wanted to make a cake...but I didn't want to have a huge cake around considering Turkey day is just 2 days away} so I told him that I would try out these recipes.

They worked.  You must be warned though...do not expect cake cake {like what you would get out of the oven}; my husband said it was more custard-ie.  I like it...my husband ate it...all of it.

So here it is:

Microwaved Pineapple Upside Down Cake

 In a bowl, add 4 T of flour & 4 T of sugar

Add an Egg, 3 T of Milk, and 2 T of Oil

 Then add some vanilla....since this was just a plain cake {no chocolate}I think I added somewhere between 1-2 tsp of the vanilla.
 Mix it all together.
In a coffee cup {that's been sprayed}, line the bottom with cherries {I had some marichio cherries in my fridge} and a pineapple ring. 

 Pour in your batter.  Cook it in your microwave for 3 minutes.

 Not the prettiest thing....but like I said, my husband ate it; and it tasted good.

So if there ever come a time in your life that you need to make a dessert using the microwave, give this a try.