Tuesday, October 14, 2008


I've had a good deal of my friends asking me to add some of my favorite recipes on here so I'll add a few and continue every so often. I love seeing my friends blogs with recipes because it gives me new ways to spice up my cooking. I hate getting stuck in a rutt! So thanks gals and ENJOY!!

this was my ex mother in law's recipe and I changed it up so it's my recipe now..lol

there are two ways to make it, the cheater way and the long way. they are both great but for the sake of time I cheat! lol not every time but a good bit of the time. It just starts smelling so amazing I can't wait to get to eating it! I double this recipe, and freeze half!

6 cups chicken broth
2tsp. salt
2-3 large broccoli heads(chop off tops, tiny and set apart. then chop stalks as small as poss, set aside) I do 3 per pot..hehe
1-2 onions (chopped as small as you can) I do 2 per pot
1 (8oz) jar cheese whiz or velvet ta cheese
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup flour
almost 2 qrts milk (I use whole but I want it thick!)

hard way......
chop up broc, and onion as small as possible, cook with broth,and salt as long as possible, pull out and put through blender until pureed. Put back into pot, and continue cooking on low heat. In a separate pot melt butter and slowly whisk in flour, cook on, low for about 1-2 minutes so the flour looses that starchy taste. Add to broth mix, whisk in. In another separate pot, set jar of cheese in water with lid off until warm. Slowly stir jar of cheese or brick of cheese into soup. Cook as long as possible3-5 hours all the while on LOW heat stirring almost constantly (ya see why that's hard..lol)

easy Cheater McCheater Pants way.......
I chop off the broc heads and use my pampered chef veggie chopper to chop it tiny! put all the little heads into the broth, and salt. Cook on low, while I chop the onions, and broc stalks as small as possible, and steam them in the microwave until tender, aprox 10-15 mins, puree only the steamed veggies, and pour into broth mix. Cook on low. in separate pot melt butter, add flour, cook 1-2 mins, and add to broth mix. In a water bath heat the cheese in the jar with the lid off. Add to soup once it's heated. Stir into soup and stir as often as possible until its Incorporated, approx 45 mins-2 hours.

Super YUM!!!!!

cheater chicken and dumplings:
oh btw Alena for turning me onto this. again I changed it a good bit so now it's my recipe..hahaha

4 rolls croissant rolls
1 small rotisserie chicken OR I used 10 chicken tenders I cooked and seasoned and chopped into half's
4 small cans cream of potato soup
2 cups chicken broth
salt and pepper
1 small bag frozen corn
5 small carrots peeled and chopped up tiny

if you use the rost. chicken remove off bone and shred up some.

heat oven to 350. in a casserole dish spray with pam, wrap each piece of chicken in a cros. using 3 1/2 tubes of rolls.
put in the oven for 3-5 mins until the crost starts to cook up some (you dont want them too doughy in the mix) . Remove from oven, pour on all 4 cans soup and spread it out. Pour on chicken broth, salt and pepper to taste. Steam the carrots and corn until ALMOST tender. Add to soup mix, make sure they are covered in the soup. Use remaining rolls and cut into small, long strips, lay them in a criss cross pattern over the top of the entire mix. Increase temperate to 400. Put in oven for 30-40 mins until golden bubbly.

Easy Meatball soup (crock pot love!)

I mucho loved this one because I heart my crock pot!

1 lbs frozen meatballs, Italian style
5 cups beef broth
2 cans diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings
4 medium size potatoes peeled and diced
1 lrg onion, diced
1/4 tsp garlic pwdr
1/4 tsp black ground pepper
16 ounces frozen mixed veggies. (I used cau-broc-carrot)

In Crock pot, add meatballs, broth, tomatoes, potatoes, onion, garlic pwdr,and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 horus. Last hour, add in the winter veggies, and cook on high 1 hour.
I serve with salad and parm cheese. It's Great in bread bowls!

Home made bread sticks:
this recipe came from Wretha and Steph and omg thanks so much you two, I use this one ALL the time!! it's a huge fam fav!!

1 tblsp yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup warm water
3 1/2-4 cups flour
2 tblsp sugar

Heat oven to 350. Soften yeast in the warm water. Add flour, salt,sugar, and softened yeast and mix well. Knead for 5 mins. Set aside and let rest aprox 30 mins, until dough has risen to double. Mean while mix the topping

1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup butter/ marg
1/4 cup parm cheese

mix well.

Spread dough on cookie sheet that has been greased with butter. spread to edges. smear topping on. cut dough into strips bread stick size. Cook at 350 for 25-30 mins.

Ok thats the last one for now, because I have like 40 things that still need done today and my OCD is screaming at me to do the laundry, the shopping AND add 40 more recipes so I'm sticking with doing the household things..lol Let me know if you try any of these and how they turn out ..oo and if you alter them. I Always love to see how my friends change them up to fit their families better! ENJOY!


Darla and Kirk Nuttall said...

Well Rach it took me about a half hour to catch up on your life. Wow you had a wild summer! I am glad you found another guy. I hope things workout with you two, for the long haul. You are a very strong person though and can get through anything. I was just thinking back to that summer you spent with me and you were a wild women then to. I can't believe that you have three kids and have been through all that you have been through. So are we expecting wedding bells or are you going to date for a very long time to make sure he is the one to make the leap for? I hope everything goes well when your ex gets to town. I hope its not too awkward. I wish I were in Arizona with you, because I really hate the winters here. Well take care chica. Love ya, Darla

The Bunnell Fam said...

Once again reading blogs and craving something I can't possibly have RIGHT NOW! Ughhhh! HA:)