Saturday, August 10, 2013

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Gooey S'mores Brownies

Once again the internet has provided a chocolate lovers delight.  Check out Swirls of Flavor on Facebook or Pinterest.  Thanks Gwenn.
OMG.  These are GREAT!!

Gooey S’mores Brownies
4 whole graham crackers
1 pkg. (19.5 oz.) chocolate fudge brownie mix, Pillsbury
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup water
4 pkgs. (1.55 oz. each) Hershey’s milk chocolate candy bars
1 cup marshmallow fluff
1 cup mini marshmallows
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 8″ x 8″ square baking pan with foil leaving 2-inch overhang. Coat with cooking spray.
S'mores Grahams for brownies2. Line bottom of prepared pan with 3 whole graham crackers and one graham cracker cut into thirds.
3. With mixer on medium speed combine brownie mix, eggs, oil and water, beating until a batter forms.

S'mores Pouring brownie batter over grahams4. Pour brownie batter over graham cracker layer, covering evenly.
5. Bake 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs.

S'mores candy bars for brownies6. Remove from oven. Immediately top with three whole candy bars and one candy bar cut into thirds. Let stand until chocolate has melted, about 30 minutes.

S'mores swirling7. Top with dollops of marshmallow fluff. Swirl with knife to make topping.
8. Top with mini marshmallows.
9. Serve ooey gooey warm (you’ll need lots of napkins!) or completely cooled, your choice! Cut into 12 brownies.
Makes 12 servings.

The Old Guy

Friday, August 9, 2013

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 Cheese, Potato and Smoked Sausage Casserole

Quick is good.  Easy is good. Inexpensive is good. Taste is very good.  I hope you enjoy this recipe I found.

Cheese Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole

3 cups Idaho potatoes, peeled, boiled and cut into cubes when cool, approx. 1 lb.
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 lb. Velveeta cheese, diced
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 lb. smoked sausage
1/8 teaspoon paprika

Cut skinless smoked sausage in half, lengthwise, and then chop into 1/2 inch "half moon" cuts. Cook in a frying pan for about 15 minutes, turning frequently to SLIGHTLY brown.
Meanwhile, put cooked & diced potatoes in 2 quart casserole. Add cooked meat and give it a gentle toss.
Mix all remaining ingredients (except for shredded cheddar cheese & the paprika) in a saucepan over medium heat until warm, melted and smooth. (Use a whisk and stir constantly.).
Pour white/cheese sauce over potatoes and meat. Sprinkle shredded sharp cheddar cheese on top, and then sprinkle paprika evenly over the top.
Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 35-45 minutes (watch, until golden brown on top).

**NOTE: You can substitute: 1/2 lb. hot dogs, sliced into 1/2-inch slices OR 1/2 lb. ham diced into 1/2-inch dices OR 12 oz. can of Spam diced into 1/2-inch dices, instead of the smoked sausage.** 

The Old Guy
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Oven Baked Frito Pie

I found this recipe on Facebook.  Thanks to who ever posted it.  It is good.

Oven-Baked Frito Pie

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 can (16 oz) chili beans
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
1 envelope low sodium taco seasoning
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (2% fat kind)
3 1/2 cups corn chips (Fritos)
1 1/4 cup fat free sour cream

Cook ground beef until meat is browned; drain. Stir in beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, taco seasoning mix and 1/4 c. of cheese. Sprinkle 1 cup corn chips in bottom of 8x8 baking dish. Cover with chili. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Spread sour cream over chili. Top with remaining corn chips and cheese. Bake 4-5 minutes longer.

The Old Guy

Thursday, August 8, 2013

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Kitchen "Miracle" Cleaner


How to clean your cookie sheets--Kitchen "Miracle" Cleaner! You put about 1/4 cup of baking soda in a small glass bowl and squirt in hydrogen peroxide until it makes a nice paste. Then you rub it on the offending dirt/stain/grease...whatever! You can usually just use your fingers...but you can also use a small sponge as well.

Cool, and it works

The Old Guy


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White Chicken Enchiladas

White Chicken Enchiladas

10 soft taco shells
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
1 (4 oz) can diced green chillies
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 pan
2. Mix chicken and 1 cup cheese. Roll up in tortillas and place in pan.
3. In a sauce pan, melt butter, stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Add broth and whisk until smooth. Heat over medium heat until thick and bubbly.
4. Stir in sour cream and chilies. Do not bring to boil, you don't want curdled sour cream.
5. Pour over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese.
6. Bake 22 min and then under high broil for 3 min to brown the cheese.

The Old Guy
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Pecan Cake Bars

Pecan Cake Bars

For crust:

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt

For topping:

1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 cups chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a 9x13-inch pan with foil, leaving enough for a 2-inch overhang on all sides.

First make the crust by creaming together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add in the flour and salt and mix until crumbly.

Press the crust into the foil-lined pan and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.

While the crust bakes, prepare the filling by combining the butter, brown sugar, honey and heavy cream in a saucepan and stirring it over medium heat. Simmer the mixture for 1 minute, then stir in the chopped pecans.

Remove the crust from the oven and immediately pour the pecan filling over the hot crust spreading it to cover the entire surface.

Return the pan to the oven and bake an additional 20 minutes.

Remove the pan and allow the bars to fully cool in the pan.

Use the foil overhang to lift out the bars and transfer them to a cutting board. Peel off the foil, slice into bars and serve.
The Old Guy