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Month: February 2006 (Page 1 of 5)

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

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Prep/Cooking Time: Prep: 30 Minutes / Cooking: 1 Hour 30 Minutes


4 russet potatoes, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
1 onion, sliced into rings
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Butter a 1 quart casserole dish.

Layer 1/2 of the potatoes into bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Top with the onion slices, and add the remaining potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

In a medium-size saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Mix in the flour and salt, and stir constantly with a whisk for one minute. Stir in milk. Cook until mixture has thickened. Stir in cheese all at once, and continue stirring until melted, about 30 to 60 seconds. Pour cheese over the potatoes, and cover the dish with aluminum foil.

Bake 1 1/2 hours in the preheated oven.

German Potato Pancakes

Recipe Source: Wendy L /

Prep/Cooking Time: Prep Time: 25 Minutes / Cook Time: 6 Minutes


2 eggs
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 medium potatoes, peeled and shredded
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup vegetable oil


In a large bowl, beat together eggs, flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Mix in potatoes and onion.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. In batches, drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the potato mixture into the skillet. Press to flatten. Cook about 3 minutes on each side, until browned and crisp. Drain on paper towels.

Handsome Party Punch

Recipe Source: Sarah /

Prep/Cooking Time: Prep Time: 10 Minutes


1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 (6 ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate
3 liters lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage
1 quart raspberry sherbet


In a punch bowl combine orange juice concentrate, lemonade concentrate, and lemon-lime soda. Stir gently to mix, then slide the sherbet in.

Grilled Garlic Potatoes

Recipe Source: Kelly Cetnarski /

Prep/Cooking Time: Prep Time: 15 Minutes / Cook Time: 25 Minutes


6 medium baking potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1 large white onion, sliced
3 tablespoons butter, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


Preheat grill for high heat.

Arrange potato slices, separated by onion and butter slices, on a large piece of aluminum foil. Top with garlic, and season with parsley, salt, and pepper. Tightly seal potatoes in the foil.

Place on the preheated grill, and cook 20 minutes, turning once, or until potatoes are tender.

Sprinkle potatoes with Cheddar cheese, reseal foil packets, and continue cooking 5 minutes, until cheese is melted.

Mexican Cornbread

Recipe Source: Down Home Soul Food Cooking Blog


1 lb. lean ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
3 Tablespoons green pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon catsup
8 oz. cream style corn


Saute onion and green pepper in small amount of oil. Add ground beef and brown. Season with chili powder, salt and catsup. Stir in canned corn.

Cornbread: Sift together 3/4 cup cornmeal, 1/4 cup plain flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt. Add 1 egg and 1-1/2 cups milk. Mix well.

Pour half of cornbread mixture into a well greased 10 inch iron skillet. Spread meat mixture over this. Add remaining cornbread mixture. Bake in a 400 F. oven until bread is done, about 30-40 minutes. Cut into wedges.

Serves 6-8.

Willie’s Notes:

Serve with a green salad for a complete meal. I like to serve this with sour cream on the side for those that like it.

Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

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Prep/Cooking Time: Prep Time: 30 Minutes / Ready In: 1 Hour 15 Minutes


1 pound fully cooked smoked sausage link, cut into 1/4-inch slices
2 cups chopped onion
2 cups sliced celery
2 cups chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped jalapeño peppers
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes
3 cups water
2 cups cooked, cubed chicken
2 cups cubed ham
1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
1 tablespoon Chicken Flavored Bouillon Granules
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
2 bay leaves
1 pound fresh or frozen raw shrimp, shelled and deveined
Hot pepper sauce


In Dutch oven over medium heat, cook sausage, onion, celery, peppers, and garlic until tender. Add remaining ingredients except shrimp and hot pepper sauce. Bring to a boil. Cover; reduce heat and simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until rice is tender. Add shrimp. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp turns pink. Remove bay leaves. Serve with hot pepper sauce.

Makes 12 servings.

Three Cheese Baked Spaghetti

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6 ounces dry spaghetti pasta
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) finely grated Romano cheese
2 cups (16 ounce jar) prepared spaghetti sauce
1 teaspoon dry basil
2 teaspoons dry oregano
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 ounce part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded


Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain completely. Preheat oven to 350 °F.

In a large bowl, combine ricotta and Romano cheeses, 1 cup spaghetti sauce, basil, oregano, and pepper. Set aside remaining 1 cup spaghetti sauce.

Mix cooked pasta with cheese mixture, stirring until pasta is distributed. Place in a casserole dish coated with vegetable oil cooking spray.

Top pasta and cheese mixture with shredded mozzarella cheese. Cover with lid or foil and bake 20 minutes. Remove cover; continue baking until cheese bubbles.

Remove from oven and let stand for three minutes.

Cut into four large or six smaller servings. Top each portion with remaining spaghetti sauce before serving.

Thimble’s Baked Spaghetti

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1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 small green pepper, diced
1 large can tomato sauce
1 tsp chili flakes
1 tsp basil
1 cup chopped olives
1 375g package whole wheat (or plain) spaghetti
1 cup chopped fresh spinach
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup grated mozzarella
1/4 grated Parmesan


Boil noodles according to package directions in a large pot.

To prepare tomato sauce (you may substitute your favorite tomato sauce recipe here):
Cook onion, chili flakes and garlic in a small amount of oil in a sauce pan. Add green pepper. Stir in tomato sauce, olives and basil. Let simmer on low for 10 minutes.

When noodles are done, drain and put back in the large pot. Pour tomato sauce over noodles and mix together. Add spinach and cottage cheese and stir until mixed in. Pour the whole mixture into a large casserole dish. Top with the mozerella and parmesean. Cook in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, or until cheese in melted and brown. Let stand for 5-10 minutes and serve.

Basic Baked Spaghetti

Recipe Source: Wendy /

Prep/Cooking Time: Prep: 20 Minutes / Cooking: 30 Minutes


3/4 pound lean ground beef
1 (16 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1 pound spaghetti
1 cup shredded mild Cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In large skillet, cook hamburger until brown. Mix spaghetti sauce into skillet. Reduce heat and simmer.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Mix in pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

Mix together spaghetti and meat mixture, pour into 9×13 pan. Top with cheese and bake for 30 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is bubbly.

Banana bake

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6 medium ripe bananas
1 tsp grated orange rind
50 g butter (about 3.5 Tbsp)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup orange juice
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp rum


Peel bananas, halve lengthwise and arrange in buttered shallow dish. In a small saucepan combine and heat butter, sugar, citrus juice, rum, cinnamon and salt. Pour sauce over bananas and bake 10-15 minutes at 180 C (350 F) degrees.

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