Saturday, September 28, 2013

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How to made symbols with your keyboard

This does not have anything to do with cooking  but I found it interesting that my 13 year old Grandson found it and posted it in Facebook. I hope you enjoy it.

The Old

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One Pot Goulash

In an earlier post, I had a recipe for One Pot Spaghetti, this One Pot Goulash is the same only different. (Haha).
But seriously, check out the website  Good stuff.

One Pot Goulash

Yield: 8-10 servings
2 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
3 cups water
1 can (29 oz.) tomato sauce
1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1-2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
2½ cups uncooked elbow macaroni

In a 5 qt. pan, cook and crumble beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Add the onion, green pepper and mushrooms. Cook until tender, about 3-5 minutes. Drain if desired. Add beef mixture back to the pot and add garlic, water, tomato sauce, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, paprika, sugar, crushed red pepper flakes, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add the elbow macaroni and stir well. Return lid and continue to simmer for 15 minutes or until the noodles are done. Allow to sit covered for 5-10 minutes and mix well before serving.

The Old Guy

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Sweet Baby Ray's Slow Cooker Chicken

This one is a keeper.

Sweet Baby Ray's Slow Cooker  Chicken

4-6 chicken breasts
1 (18 ounce) bottle Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce
1/4 c vinegar
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 c brown sugar
1 tsp garlic powder

Combine all ingredients.

Place chicken breasts in slow cooker

Pour sauce mixture over chicken
Cook on low 4-6 hours

The Old guy

Thursday, September 19, 2013

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Chicken Piccata Skillet

This recipe comes from a blog that I really love.  The recipes are simple, inexpensive and taste like "home".  Check it out.

Chicken Piccata Skillet

  • 12 oz cooked, chopped chicken (half a rotisserie chicken)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp dried minced onion
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 8 oz pasta
  • 3-4 Tbsp capers, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

In 12-inch skillet, combine chicken, pasta, onion, garlic, heavy cream, lemon juice and pasta. Bring to boil. Cover and reduce heat. 

Simmer for 15-18 minutes, until pasta is tender. Stir in capers and Parmesan cheese. Cook over low heat about 5 minutes. 

Enjoy this and the web site above
 The Old Guy
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Mountain Dew
Mountain Dew (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mountain Dew Apple Coobler

Cooking with Soda pop is always fun.  I will be posting more in the future.


2 Granny Smith Apples (peel and slice into 8 sections each)
2 cans crescent rolls (1 can for each apple)
2 sticks butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups Mountain Dew
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Wrap each 1/8 apple section in crescent roll dough. Place in lightly greased baking dish. Melt butter & stir in sugar. Spread over apples. Pour Mountain Dew over apples. DO NOT STIR.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and chopped pecans.

Bake, uncovered, at 350°F for approximately 45 minutes.

Can be served with ice cream or whipped cream

The Old Guy
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Chicken and Biscuit Bake

This Chicken and Biscuit Bake is, basically, a cross between chicken and dumplings and a pot pie. In any case, it's fabulously good and comes together in a convenient casserole!

3 cups (approx.) of cooked, shredded chicken (I used 2 breasts for this)
1 1/2 cups chicken stock or broth
1/4 cup (half of a stick) butter, melted
2 cups Bisquick
1 1/2 cups milk
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 1/2 cups frozen mixed veggies (allow to thaw for about 30 minutes before adding to recipe)
3 chicken bouillon cubes


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Warm chicken stock in a small sauce pan and add in the bouillon cubes to dissolve. Keep warm until ready to use.

Lightly coat with non-stick spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish or large, round casserole dish (mine was a 12" round). Pour in the melted butter.

Layer the shredded chicken on top of the butter.

Sprinkle on the veggies.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the milk and Bisquick. (It's okay if there are a few lumps remaining.)

Pour over the chicken and vegetables. DO NOT MIX!

Sprinkle on a little black pepper, if desired.

Combine the cream of chicken soup with the warmed stock in a small mixing bowl.

Once blended, slowly pour over the Bisquick layer. Again, DO NOT MIX!

(Yes, it'll looks like a big, soupy mess. Trust me ... this is what it's supposed to look like!)

If using a 9 x 13 pan, bake for 40 - 45 minutes or until casserole is set and top is brown and bubbly. If using a large, round dish (mine was 12"), bake for 50 - 55 minutes or until casserole is set and top is brown and bubbly.

Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes. 
Enjoy The Old Guy

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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Polish Sausage And Cabbage Soup

Here in Michigan we had 90 degree weather last week, and this week, highs in the 70's and lows in the 40's.
Like the old saying goes, in Michigan if you don't like the weather, wait a few minutes.
With these fall temps my taste buds are thinking about soup. So dig out the slow cooker and go for it.  This one is a keeper.

2 cups potatoes, cubed and peeled
4 cups cabbage, shredded it fine
1 carrot, shredded it fine
1 large onion, chopped
2 teaspoons caraway seeds, crushed (optional)
1-1/4 lb Polish sausage, cooked, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2 inch slices
4 cups fat free chicken broth or you can just use water
black pepper and salt to taste

Directions:Place potatoes, cabbage, carrot, onion, caraway seeds, sausage, pepper and salt in crock pot. Pour broth over all.Cover, cook on low for 10 - 12 hours or high for 5 - 6 hours.
The Old Guy

Friday, September 13, 2013

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Pizza Balls

Looking for a quick idea for dinner? The kids will LOVE IT and would love helping you make it!



3 cans Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits (10 ct)
60 pepperoni slices (2 per biscuit)
Block of cheese (Colby/Monterrey Jack or Cheddar)
1 beaten egg
Parmesan Cheese
Italian Seasoning
Garlic Powder
1 jar pizza sauce


Slice cheese into approx. 28 squares. Flatten each biscuit and stack pepperoni and cheese on top (Like in the picture) Gather edges of biscuit and secure on top of the roll. Line rolls in greased 9x13 pan Brush with beaten egg. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Bake at 425 degrees F. for 18 to 20 minutes. Serve with warm pizza sauce for dipping. 

The Old Guy


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Olive Garden Chicken Marsala (a copycat recipe)

Judging from the number of views, copy cat recipes are very popular on my blog.  So, here is one you should really enjoy.
You can turn this recipe into Chicken Vesuvio by using a Pino Grigio instead of the Marsala and serving it on roasted or pan fried potatoes.

Olive Garden Chicken Marsala Recipe

4 chicken breasts, boneless & skinless
1/2 cup flour
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Dried oregano to taste
4 Tbsp oil
4 Tbsp butter or margarine
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 cup Marsala wine

POUND chicken breasts between sheets of plastic wrap until about 1/4" thickness.
COMBINE flour, salt, pepper and oregano in a mixing bowl. Dredge chicken pieces in the flour, shaking off any excess.
HEAT oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken breasts on medium heat for about 2 minutes on the first side, until lightly browned. Turn breasts over to cook other side, then add mushrooms to skillet. Cook breasts about 2 more minutes, until both sides are lightly browned. Continue to stir mushrooms. Add Marsala wine around chicken pieces.
COVER and simmer for about 15 minutes.
TRANSFER to serving plate.

The Old Guy

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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Baked Apples in a Bag

Perfect Late night snack

Baked Apples in a Bag. Quick and easy snack when you're craving something sweet but want something decently healthy. This would be a great after school snack as well.  Let the kids help too.  You do the peeling and cutting and let the kids assemble.

1 apple peeled and sliced, 1tsp sugar, 1tsp water, 1/4tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp cornstarch, 1 or 2 tablespoons raisins (if desired). Put in bag and microwave 2 min. tasty treat! Only 59 calories

Use a Ziploc Zip "n Steam bag or a similar vented bag.
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Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole

I love Tater Tots!  I love Sloppy Joes!  Here is a recipe that combine both.  What's wrong with that?  NOTHING.

Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole

  • 1.25 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1/2 (15.2 oz.) can corn, drained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can Manwich Original Sloppy Joe Sauce
  • 2 oz. 1/3 less-fat cream cheese
  • 8 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
  • 16 oz. seasoned tater tots
  • Scallions, chopped, for sprinkling on top as desired
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the peppers and onions until the meat is cooked through. Drain the fat and return to the heat. Stir in the corn, Manwich, and cream cheese. Cook over low heat until the cream cheese is melted.
Pour the sloppy joe mixture into a 9x13 baking dish. Top with half of the grated cheese.
Arrange the tater tots in a single layer over the top of the cheese. Sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with chopped chives if desired. Serve immediately.

The Old Guy

Monday, September 9, 2013

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Old Fashioned Chocolate Chippers

Comfort food at it's best from Granny's Kitchen.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 sticks butter, soft
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup nuts, chopped
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375° F. Cream together butter and sugars; beat in vanilla; beat in eggs; measure then sift flour, soda, salt and beat into creamed mixture. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoon onto baking sheet and bake 8 minutes. Makes 5 dozen cookies
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The Old Guy
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Pizza Grilled Cheese

Now that school has started, here is a great sandwich for lunch or an after school snack

Pizza Grilled Cheese

4 sliced bread
4 mozzarella, sliced
pepperoni (cut in half or mini)
Italian seasoning or basil
Parmesan cheese (opt)
pizza sauce (for dipping)

Cooking Directions
*Warm a medium/large skillet over medium heat. Butter each piece of bread on one side. When skillet is hot place a piece of bread butter side down on the skillet then add one slice of cheese and small shake of Italian seasoning or basil (add a small shake of Parmesan cheese here too if desired). Top with a desired amount of pepperonis (I used about 8 -10 whole regular pepperonis per sandwich) If any other toppings are desired, add now. Add another slice of mozzarella and top with slice bread butter side up.
Repeat with second sandwich. When bottom slice is golden brown then flip over carefully. Once both sides are brown remove from pan cut and serve with pizza sauce if desired.

The Old Guy
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How to Store Onions and Garlic and Shallots

This tip will save you a lot of money, and it works.

How To Store Your Garlic, Onions And Shallots So They Can Last For Months

1. Make sure onions, garlic etc are firm and blemish free.
2. Use brown lunch paper bags.
3. Hole punch.
4. Paper clips for holding bags closed.

How to make:

1. Punch the bags. You can do this any way you wish, even randomly all about the upper half of the bags. Typically holes are punched by folding the bag a few times and then punching in a row, spacing the punches an inch or so apart. Another method would be to fold the bag in half lengthwise, punch along one edge, flip the folded bag over and punch along the other edge, approximately 1" between punches. It by no means needs to be perfect, simply punch holes for ventilation. The result is multiple rows of holes.

2. Fill the bag up to half full (just below or at first punched holes), fold over the top, label it and paper clip it to hold the top down."
The Old Guy
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Snackin' Apple Cake his a wonderful site.  She post recipes that are simply and down to earth.
This Snackin' Apple cake did not last long in my house.  In fact I had to bake a second one.   I drive fir Meals on Wheels for my county here is Michigan and shared this cake with some of my clients and they loved it too.

This Applesauce Snackin’ Cake makes a great afternoon snack with a glass of milk or cup of coffee.  How many times have you ended up with one cup of applesauce in the refrigerator that is about to spoil and you don’t know what to do with it?  I usually make this cake because it is quick and easy and I hate to see anything ruin.  This cake is so moist it really doesn’t need a frosting.
4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup raisins
1 cup nuts (I use walnuts, you can use whatever you like)
Whisk together butter, sugar, egg, applesauce and vanilla in a large bowl.  In another bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg.  Pour the flour mixture into the first mixture and mix well with a spoon. Fold in raisins and nuts.  Spray a 9 x 9 inch baking dish and add batter.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 35 to 40 minutes testing for doneness as ovens vary.  Remove and let cool.  Can frost with your favorite frosting or just dust with powdered sugar on top.  Enjoy!
Note:  You could double this recipe, too.

The Old Guy
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Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs 


I have tried many ways of cooking hard boiled eggs so that they would peel easily, but this method works the best best. I have tried. Thanks to who ever posted it, and thanks to "" for posting it originally.