Thursday, February 11, 2010

"Mug" Cake *great to make with kids*

I got this recipe from a friend. It is a mini cake that's made in a large coffee mug. It turns out to be similar to a sponge cake since the cake itself is really moist and springy. It says chocolate chips are optional. I used them in mine and I had a bite of a piece without the chips and it was a little bland, so the chips are good to add.

  • 4 T flour
  • 4 T sugar
  • 2 T cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 3 T milk
  • 3 T oil
  • 3 T chocolate chips (optional)
  • Small splash of vanilla extract
  • 1 large coffee mug microwave safe
Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract and mix again. Put mug in microwave and cook for 3 minutes. The cake will rise over the top of the mug but don't be alarmed. Allow to cool a little and tip out onto a plate if desired. EAT!

Beef Broccoli Mushroom Pie

This is another Bisquick recipe and it turned out well. It could use a little extra kick of "something" (maybe garlic) but I couldn't figure out exactly what. Anyways, my husband had seconds so that's always a good sign.

  • 1 pound beef cooked, drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 (9 oz) box broccoli cuts, thawed
  • Sliced mushrooms (we like fresh)
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup Bisquick or baking mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
Heat oven to 400. Grease 9' pie plate. In bowl, mix beef, onions, broccoli, mushrooms and spoon into pie plate. In bowl, stir bisquick, milk, sour cream, eggs, salt and pepper until well blended. Pour into pie plate and top with Swiss cheese. Bake 30 to 35 minutes until knife in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

Ravioli Lasagna

This recipe was fun since it's a lot like lasagna but much quicker and easier. Yet still tastes like lasagna.

  • Cooking spray
  • 3 cups favorite spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 container ricotta
  • 1 package frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 (30 ounce) package frozen cheese or beef ravioli
  • 6 ounces shredded mozzarella
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
Heat oven to 375 and spray sides of 13 x 9 dish. Stir sauce and water in a large bowl. Spread 1 cup sauce mixture in dish. Top with half the ravioli. Next mix 3/4 cup mozzarella with the ricotta and spinach. Then spread on top of the ravioli and top that with 1 more cup of the sauce mixture. Top with the remaining ravioli and cheese mixture and finally the rest of the sauce. Cover dish with foil. Bake for 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Uncover dish. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese melts. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Dijon Pork Chops

This was a nice and simple recipe that was very tasty.

  • Dijon mustard (I used honey dijon)
  • 5-6 pork chops
  • bread crumbs
  • canola oil
Spread dijon mustard on both sides of the chops. Coat in bread crumbs and pan fry in a little canola oil 3 to 5 minutes per side or until 155. This goes well with green beans and red potatoes with dill butter.

Beef Stroganoff Casserole

This is a Betty Crocker recipe using Bisquick, but you can also use a generic "baking mix" version. It turned out really well when I used fresh mushrooms instead of canned. We liked this one.

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (3/4 oz) package mushroom gravy mix
  • 3/4 cup water
  • fresh sliced mushrooms, broken into small pieces (as many as you desire)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup bisquick
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small bell pepper cut into rings
Heat oven to 400. Grease an 11 x 7 x 1-1/2 dish. Cook beef and onion over medium heat. Stir in gravy mix (dry), water and mushrooms. Cook 1 to 2 minutes while stirring until thick. Remove from heat. Stir in sour cream. Spoon mixture into baking dish. In small bowl, stir bisquick, milk and egg. Spread gently over beef and top with bell pepper rings. Bake 18-22 minutes until topping is golden brown. Wait 5 minutes before cutting.